Very nice strategic step! We should see some nice gains the in the next months with more coming from Mt.Kare. My recommendation: Try to get some shares below 1,15 $! Near term target should be 1,50 $.
So good trades to all!
Buffalo Gold to acquire Sargold in friendly merger
2007-07-13 13:45 ET - News Release
Also News Release (C-SRG) Sargold Resource Corp
Mr. Damien Reynolds of Buffalo reports
BUFFALO GOLD AND SARGOLD PROPOSE MERGER
Buffalo Gold Ltd. and Sargold Resource Corp. have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to enter into a friendly merger. Under the LOI, all outstanding securities of Sargold will be exchanged for common shares and common share purchase warrants and options of Buffalo.
Highlights of the transaction
Under the terms of the transaction, shareholders of Sargold will receive either one common share, common share purchase warrant or option of Buffalo in exchange for each 3.5 Sargold common shares, common share purchase warrants or options which they hold immediately prior to the effective date of the transaction, or at Sargold's option, a ratio calculated on the basis of firstly, the weighted average price of Buffalo shares on the TSX Venture Exchange for the 10 trading days immediately prior to the execution date of a definitive agreement (converted into Canadian dollars on the basis of the average closing exchange rate quoted by the Bank of Canada for the 10 banking days immediately prior to the execution date of the definitive agreement) and secondly, the price of the Sargold shares being 30 Canadian cents. This represents an approximate 80-per-cent premium on Sargold shares, based on the July 11, 2007, closing price of the shares of both companies. Following completion of the transaction, Sargold shareholders will hold an approximate 25-per-cent equity ownership in the merged company.
Both Buffalo and Sargold have agreed to pay the other a break fee of $1-million in certain circumstances if the transaction is not completed.
Completion of the transaction is subject to satisfaction of a number of conditions, including, but not limited to, the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement, and the receipt of all required approvals, including those from the shareholders of Sargold and the TSX Venture Exchange. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all. In order to consider the transaction and make recommendations to the board of directors of Sargold, an independent special committee of Sargold's board of directors will be appointed. It is intended that a meeting of the shareholders of Sargold will be held as soon as possible to seek approval of the transaction and it is anticipated that this meeting will be held on or before Oct. 31, 2007.
As at July 11, 2007, the undiluted share capital of Sargold was 77,564,772 common shares, and 105,925,427 calculated on a fully diluted basis. Upon completion of the transaction, based on current Sargold issued and outstanding shares, Buffalo will issue approximately 22 million common shares to the Sargold shareholders. A total of 67,435,643 Buffalo common shares are issued and outstanding as at the date of this news release.
About Buffalo Gold
Buffalo's management is dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through growth strategies that emphasize careful opportunity assessment and vigilant project management. Buffalo is aggressively exploring at the Mt. Kare project in Papua New Guinea where the company has defined a National Instrument 43-101-compliant indicated resource of 1.4 million ounces of gold at a 1.0-gram-per-tonne (g/t) gold equivalent cut-off. (See Buffalo news in Stockwatch on June 21, 2007.) Buffalo also has a portfolio of gold exploration projects in producing and past-producing regions of Australia. Recently, Buffalo acquired a 25-per-cent interest in near-term gold producer Kinbauri Gold and vended the company's Australian uranium properties into Australian uranium explorer Bondi Mining Ltd. for a 44-per-cent interest in that company.
Sargold controls the largest precious metals exploration land area in Sardinia, Italy. The company now holds a 90-per-cent interest in the assets, which range from the mine and full processing plant at Furtei, to a host of exploration prospects at Monte Ollasteddu and the advanced exploration properties at Osilo. Sardinia has a long history of mining including the production of tin, alumina, industrial minerals, coal, base and precious metals. The island sits approximately 150 kilometres west of Rome and has excellent transportation, communication, business and political infrastructure.
The Furtei mine includes a number of potential open pit and underground mines, a processing plant (1,000 tonnes per day) which was constructed at a cost of 15 million euros, multiple exploration targets and a fully permitted mining concession including future tailings disposal. The Furtei processing plant was built in 1995 to 1996, and has a maximum annual capacity of 400,000 tonnes of ore. The Furtei mine produced 135,000 ounces of gold between 1996 and 2002 from oxide resource, after which the processing plant was converted from an oxide heap leach to a sulphide flotation plant.
Sargold successfully recommissioned the Furtei plant for a marginal cost in the fourth quarter of 2006. Sargold poured its first gold bar at Furtei in March, 2007, to launch a near-term production plan based on processing the upgraded ore from the residual heap leach pad at the site. While the current production is relatively small scale, based on metallurgical testwork, internal studies and results to date, Sargold is now targeting to commence annual production of 15,000 to 20,000 ounces of gold from the Sa Perrima gold zone within the next six months. The company then plans to ramp up production by producing from the Su Coru underground zone, which is a gold-copper-hosted mineralization, to produce between 60,000 to 70,000 ounces of gold equivalent in its second year, before levelling off to approximately 50,000 ounces of gold equivalent per year for a minimum of five years.
In addition to the known mineralized zones at Furtei, Sargold has defined a series of high-priority gold exploration targets within the mine area, as well as at the Monte Ollasteddu and Osilo properties.
(Sargold has not completed a feasibility study and there is no certainty that the projected production rates will be achieved, or that the proposed operations will be economically viable. For details on the long-term production strategy, other projects and news releases, please see the Sargold website.)
Strategy for the transaction
Since its reactivation in late 2005, Buffalo has been pursuing an aggressive strategy of building value through the acquisition of properties and companies with significant growth potential, with a focus on assets that will provide gold production. This strategy has resulted in Buffalo's current 60-per-cent interest in the advanced exploration stage Mt. Kare gold project in Papua New Guinea, and a 25-per-cent interest in near-term gold producer Kinbauri Gold Corp. The acquisition of Sargold represents the next step in the continuing growth of the company, moving Buffalo from pure explorer to gold producer.
"We are pleased with this development in the evolution of Buffalo," remarked Buffalo chairman and chief executive officer Damien Reynolds. "Sargold's assets add nicely to our stable of gold projects and allow us to move quickly to a production stage, greatly enhancing our overall value."
Sargold recognizes that the combination of the Buffalo assets with the Sargold assets allows the shareholders of Sargold to be involved in an energetic company with an aggressive growth strategy focused on gold, with wide geographic exposure and a diversified development portfolio.
Brian McEwen is the qualified person for Buffalo and has read and approved the contents of this news release