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Ely Gold Royalties purchases Cote Project Gold Royalty

Sep 29, 2020

Ely Gold Royalties has agreed to purchase, a 1% net smelter returns royalty from Sanatana Resources Inc. 

The Watershed Royalty was granted to Sanatana in connection with an Asset Purchase Agreement between the Company and Trelawney Augen Acquisition Corp., now IAMGOLD Corporation, dated January 12, 2016, where IAMGOLD acquired a 100% interest in 46 mining claims in Chester and Yeo Counties, Ontario.

The Watershed Property surrounds the Coté Gold Project which is a joint venture between IAMGOLD and Sumitomo Metal Mining Company. Part of the Watershed Claims are included in the November 1, 2018 Feasibility Study and the balance of the claims completely surround the Coté Gold Project (see Figure 1).

The Transaction
Sanatana will sell the Watershed Royalty to Ely Gold for total consideration of $3,000,000 to be comprised of $2,500,000 in cash and 1,000,000 Ely Gold warrants (the "Ely Warrants") with an approximate value of $500,000. The Ely Warrants have a five-year term and will have an exercise price of C$1.31. Securities issued under the Ely Warrants will be subject to a four-month hold period. The completion of the Royalty Sale is subject to: (i) receipt by Sanatana of a waiver from IAMGOLD of its right of first refusal as provided in Watershed Royalty ("ROFR"); (ii) the negotiation of a definitive agreement; and (iii) applicable approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSX-V"). The parties have also agreed to a 90-day period of exclusivity with respect to this Transaction. In the event IAMGOLD exercises the ROFR, Sanatana will pay a break fee of $500,000 to Ely Gold.

Purchase Agreement Assignment
Sanatana and Ely Gold have also signed a term sheet (the "Term Sheet") whereby Sanatana has agreed to (i) assign its rights and interest in the Purchase Agreement to Ely Gold (the "Assignment") for $10,000, and (ii) Ely Gold will participate for $500,000 in Sanatana common shares (the "Common Shares") through a non-brokered private placement (the "Private Placement").

The Purchase Agreement provides for certain deferred payments as follows:

  • $1,500,000 upon a production decision by IAMGOLD on the Watershed Property; and
  • $1,500,000 upon the commencement of commercial production by IAMGOLD on the Watershed Property (together, the "Deferred Payments").


In the event that IAMGOLD exercises the ROFR and either of the Deferred Payments are made to Ely Gold, it will pay 50% of any such Deferred Payments to Sanatana.

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Figure 1

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Private Placement
In connection with the Assignment, Sanatana is announcing a non-brokered private placement (the "Private Placement") of $500,000 in Sanatana common shares (the "Common Shares") to be purchased by Ely Gold at a price of C$0.30 per Common Share. The proceeds from the Private Placement are expected to be used by the Company for a drone based magnetic survey and an initial drilling program at the Gold Rush property. Securities issued under the Private Placement will be subject to a four-month hold period which will expire four months and one day from the date of closing of the Private Placement.

About Ely Gold Royalties Inc.
Ely Gold Royalties Inc. is a Nevada focused gold royalty company. Its current portfolio includes royalties at Jerritt Canyon, Goldstrike and Marigold, three of Nevada's largest gold mines, as well as the Fenelon mine in Quebec, operated by Wallbridge Mining. The Company continues to actively seek opportunities to purchase producing or near-term producing royalties. Ely Gold also generates development royalties through property sales on projects that are located at or near producing mines. Management believes that due to the Company's ability to locate and purchase third-party royalties, its strategy of organically creating royalties and its gold focus, Ely Gold offers shareholders a favourable leverage to gold prices and low-cost access to long-term gold royalties in safe mining jurisdictions.

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