[The Education Collaborative is including this 2017 news as background information on the current protests in Dolores Hidalgo.]
Toronto, Ontario - Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSX: AR) (the “Company”, “Argonaut Gold” or “Argonaut”) is pleased to announce it has closed the previously announced acquisition of the Cerro del Gallo (“CDG” or the “Project”) through the purchase of all of the issued and outstanding shares of San Anton Resource Corporation, a subsidiary of Primero Mining Corp. (see press release dated November 14, 2017) for $15 million. Argonaut expects to be able to recover approximately $1.7 million of value added tax, which reduces the total purchase price to $13.3 million. The companies acquired as part of this transaction include approximately $22 million in tax losses.
The CDG deposit sits within the San Antón property, which covers an area of 25,269 hectares and consists of 12 granted, contiguous mining concessions all now owned by Argonaut through its subsidiary. The concessions include areas of historical mines formerly worked for high grade vein-hosted gold and silver.
The CDG deposit is located in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, approximately 30 kilometres west of the Guanajuato International Airport, 55 kilometres west of the city of Leon and major facilities and in an active mining district. The property is accessible by road, rail and air services. Additionally, there is availability of a skilled local workforce, grid power, water, sealed roads, equipment suppliers and established transport routes.
[In Argonaut Gold's press release of November 14, 2017, they stated:
"...A Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”) for CDG was completed in May 2012. The DFS outlines an initial 7.2 year mine life, which could be extended to 14 years through a Second Stage Carbon-in-Leach (CIL)/Heap Leach mill expansion. The Project has been planned as conventional open-pit truck and shovel operation coupled with a 4.5 million tonne per annum processing plant. The flow sheet design is broadly based upon a conventional cyanide heap leach and gold on carbon recovery technologies but will incorporate a SART processing stage to facilitate copper removal prior to gold recovery. The plant design is based on the treatment of both fully and partially oxidised ores, producing an average of 95,000 ounces of gold equivalent annually at estimated cash costs of $700/oz. For more information on CDG, please see the National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report dated June 29, 2012 (effective May 11, 2012) and available at www.primeromining.com or at www.sedar.com. ]
About Argonaut Gold
Argonaut Gold is a Canadian gold company engaged in exploration, mine development and production activities. Its primary assets are the production stage El Castillo mine and San Agustin mine, which together form the El Castillo Complex in Durango, Mexico and the production stage La Colorada mine in Sonora, Mexico. Advanced exploration stage projects include the San Antonio project in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the Magino project in Ontario, Canada. The Company also has several exploration stage projects, all of which are located in North America.
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Argonaut Gold Inc.
Vice President, Investor Relations
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