Kinross Gold Corp. has entered into an agreement with Fortress Minerals Corp., a member of the Lundin Group of Companies, to sell all of its interest in Aurelian Resources Inc. and the Fruta del Norte (FDN) project in Ecuador for $240 million in cash and equity. Kinross will receive $100 million to $190 million in cash, depending on the net proceeds from Fortress’ announced equity financing, of which affiliates of the Lundin Family Trust have committed up to $100 million. The balance of the purchase price will be paid in Fortress equity.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement and would like to express our appreciation to the government of Ecuador for their support during the FDN transition process,” said J. Paul Rollinson, Kinross CEO. “We believe that Fortress Minerals, as part of the Lundin Group of Companies, is very well positioned to take FDN to the next stage in its development.”
The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including Fortress shareholder and stock exchange approval, the granting by the Ecuadorian government of an 18-month extension period from transaction closing to provide time for Fortress to carry out additional project feasibility work and development negotiations, and other customary conditions for a transaction of this nature.
The government of Ecuador has indicated its support for the transaction. Kinross and Fortress, and certain of their wholly owned subsidiaries, have initialed bilateral agreements with the government, which are subject to the approval of the Ecuadorian attorney general, which is also a condition of the transaction.