Newmont buys Fronteer and adds almost 6 Moz to resources in Nevada

first_imgNewmont Mining, the current subject of International Mining’s ‘Great Mines’ series (see above), and Fronteer Gold have entered into an agreement pursuant to which Newmont will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Fronteer Gold. Fronteer Gold owns the development-stage Long Canyon project, which is located about 160 km from Newmont’s existing infrastructure in Nevada.  This proximity provides the potential for significant development and operating synergies. Fronteer Gold also owns a 100% interest in the Northumberland project and a joint venture interest with Newmont in the Sandman project in Nevada, among other assets.  Fronteer Gold has total attributable Measured and Indicated gold resources of 4.2 Moz and Inferred resources of 1.7 Moz Long Canyon, Northumberland and Sandman.Under the Plan of Arrangement, shareholders of Fronteer Gold will receive C$14.00 in cash and one  common share in a new company (Pilot Gold), which will own certain exploration assets of Fronteer Gold, for each common share of Fronteer Gold.  Pilot Gold will own a portfolio of Fronteer Gold’s exploration properties in Nevada, Turkey, and Peru and will be capitalised at closing with C$10 million of cash. The acquisition of Fronteer Gold will contribute significantly to our anticipated growth profile in North America,” stated Richard O’Brien, Newmont’s President and CEO.  “The Long Canyon project, with its Carlin trend-like metallurgical and geological characteristics, complements our existing project pipeline in Nevada. This combination of assets will allow Newmont to leverage our expertise and extensive infrastructure in the region.  Based on the work conducted to date by Fronteer Gold, as well as our own due diligence, we believe that Long Canyon holds the potential to grow beyond three to four times Fronteer Gold’s current stated resource estimate, with an attractive average gold grade of approximately 2.3 g/t. Additionally, we believe that Fronteer Gold’s wider portfolio of assets offers further upside potential for our portfolio.”  In January 2011, Fronteer Gold released an interim resource estimate for Long Canyon, which reported Measured and Indicated resources of approximately 1.4 Moz gold and an additional Inferred resource of approximately 0.8 Moz. Fronteer Gold President and CEO Mark O’Dea: “This transaction delivers an immediate and attractive premium to our shareholders. It not only recognises the current value of our key Nevada gold projects, but rewards shareholders for their future growth. The team at Fronteer Gold has done an exceptional job of creating value and we are proud of the high quality project pipeline that we have built in Nevada. Newmont shares our view that Long Canyon, our flagship project, is a ‘best-in-class’ asset with excellent production attributes and significant growth potential. Importantly, this transaction continues to expose Fronteer Gold shareholders to our ongoing exploration and development success through Pilot Gold. Pilot will have an ideal new company structure, an experienced Board of Directors and management team, and sufficient financial resources to immediately undertake active exploration programs in both Turkey and Nevada. We welcome Newmont as our largest shareholder in Pilot Gold and we look forward to creating ongoing value for shareholders in the near-term.” Newmont’s land position in Nevada extends over 810,000 ha. From its regional base in Elko, the company currently operates six open pit mines, five underground mines, and nine process facilities (IM, February 2011). In addition, Newmont’s project pipeline in Nevada includes Greater Leeville-Turf, Phoenix Copper Leach, Greater Gold Quarry, and our ‘Sleeping Giants’ (Mike, Fiberline, Greater Phoenix and Copper Basin).  In 2010, Nevada operations produced 1.7 Moz attributable gold, which was approximately 32% of its total attributable gold production for the year. Nevada represents growth for Newmont, as evidenced by a 2011 exploration and development budget of approximately $285 million for near-mine activities. Newmont plans to advance exploration activity in early and advanced stage projects such as Greater Leeville-Turf, Mike, Fiberline, Copper Basin and Greater Phoenix.last_img read more