TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2012) - Sprott Resource Lending Corp. (the "Corporation" or "Sprott Resource Lending") (TSX:SIL)(NYSE MKT:SILU) today reported that it has completed the sale of its 75% interest in Castle Mountain Venture, the owner of the Castle Mountain property, a former operating gold mine in the State of California. All figures below are in Canadian dollars.
The sale of the Corporation's interest in Castle Mountain Venture was completed by selling Viceroy Gold Corporation, the Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary. A portion of the purchase price was satisfied on closing by the issuance of 4 million common shares of Telegraph Gold Inc., a private Canadian gold exploration company with mineral assets in the State of California ("Telegraph" or the "Purchaser"). The balance of the purchase price is due in two installments of $3 million and $5 million on the earlier of the achievement of certain milestones but no later than three and six years from closing, respectively. The second and third installments of the purchase price may also be satisfied by the issuance of common shares of the Purchaser, provided that Telegraph's shares are listed on a recognized stock exchange. The common shares of Telegraph received by Sprott Resource Lending on closing represent approximately 9.4% of the current issued and outstanding common shares of Telegraph. As at June 30, 2012, the Corporation's net investment in Castle Mountain Venture and related holding companies was $0.2 million. Separately, Telegraph has also purchased the remaining 25% of Castle Mountain Venture not beneficially owned by Sprott Resource Lending.
Telegraph has entered into an acquisition agreement with Foxpoint Capital Corp., a capital pool company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, which intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares in the capital of Telegraph as part of its "Qualifying Transaction".
Closing costs, including commissions, are expected to be in the range of 26% of the purchase price, part of which will be paid as the Corporation receives the purchase price. Additionally, Sprott Resource Lending expects to incur US taxes of approximately 35% on the net proceeds.
About Sprott Resource Lending Corp.
Sprott Resource Lending specializes in lending to resource companies on a global basis. Headquartered in Toronto, the Corporation seeks to generate income from lending activities as well as the upside potential of bonus arrangements with borrowers generally tied to the underlying property or shares of the borrower. Pursuant to a management services agreement and partnership agreement, Sprott Lending Consulting Limited Partnership provides Sprott Resource Lending (www.sprottlending.com) day to day business management as well as other management and administrative services. Sprott Lending Consulting LP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc., the parent of Sprott Asset Management LP (www.sprott.com), a leading Canadian independent money manager.
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