Agnico Takes Stake in Quebec Junior, Shares Surge
Maple Gold (TSX-V: MGM)(OTC: MGMLF) has achieved a transformational milestone with Agnico Eagle coming in to invest C$6.2 million, taking 19.9% ownership on a partially diluted basis.
Agnico is acquiring the stake by subscribing for 25.8 million units of a private placement priced at C$0.239.
The pair will form a 50-50 joint venture consisting of Maple Gold’s Douay project and Agnico Eagle’s Joutel project.
It’s a good deal for Maple, with Agnico also funding C$18 million in exploration at the projects over a four year term — including C$4 million in the first year.
Agnico is also contributing its technical team via joint operatorship.
Interestingly, each party will be granted a 2% net smelter return royalty (NSR) that can be bought by the other for a total consideration of C$40 million.
That C$40 million per 2% NSR should open some eyes given Maple Gold’s entire market capitalization has been below that amount for some time.
Maple Gold shares were up 35% on the day to 52-week highs after the deal was announced.
With a major backer and a large exploration budget, not only will more investors eyes on it, but there will be more news to come.
Some of that news could be very exciting, with Maple and Agnico jointly financing a half million exploration for volcanogenic massive sulphides at Douay.
So keep an eye on Maple Gold as it starts to explore and build gold resources at Douay under this new partnership.
Yours in profits,
Editor, Resource Stock Digest
Mike Fagan has mining in his blood. As a teenager he staked countless gold and silver properties in Nevada alongside his dad Brian Fagan, who created the Prospect Generator model that’s still widely used today in the resource space. One of those staking projects was put into production by a major Canadian mining company — a truly rare and profitable experience. That background uniquely qualifies him as a mining stock speculator. One of the most well-known names in the business, Mike is now putting that experience to use for the benefit of Resource Stock Digest and Hard Asset Digest readers.