Barrick Will Sell Lagunas Norte Mine

Boroo will buy the Peruvian gold mine, which was idled in July 2019.
Barrick Gold Corp. reached an agreement to sell its 100% interest in the Lagunas Norte mine in Peru to Boroo Pte Ltd. (Singapore) for a total consideration of up to $81 million, plus the assumption of Barrick’s closure liability relating to Lagunas Norte of $226 million backed by an existing $173 million bonding obligation.

The total consideration consists of an up-front cash payment of $20 million, additional cash consideration of $10 million payable on the first anniversary of closing and $20 million payable on the second anniversary of closing. It also includes a 2% net smelter return royalty (NSR) on gold and silver produced through the refractory sulphide ore project (PMR), which will terminate once 1 million ounces (oz) of gold has been produced and which may be purchased by Boroo for a limited period of time after closing for $16 million, plus a contingent payment of up to $15 million, which is based upon the average gold price per ounce for the two-year period immediately following closing. The contingent payment, which is payable two years following closing, is $5 million if the average gold price is greater than $1,600 and less than $1,700; $10 million if the average gold price is greater than $1,700 and less than $1,800; and $15 million if the average gold price exceeds $1,800.

Boroo will also assume 100% of the $173 million reclamation bond obligations for Lagunas Norte in two tranches: 50% on closing and 50% within one year of closing. The deferred payments, the contingent payments, and the obligation to replace the second tranche of the reclamation bond obligations will be secured. Barrick President and Chief Executive Mark Bristow said the sale was in line with Barrick’s decision to sell noncore interests in order to focus its portfolio on tier one assets. The proposed acquisition would benefit the mine’s stakeholders in Peru by giving Boroo the opportunity to extend its life by accessing satellite resources and adapting the infrastructure, according to Barrick.

The transaction is subject to closing conditions. Boroo, formerly known as OZD ASIA PTE Ltd., is a privately held investment holding company principally engaged in operating, developing and acquiring gold properties globally. Boroo owns and operates various production-stage and development- stage assets in Central Asia.

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