Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD)(TSX:RGL) today announced the closing of the acquisition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary RGLD Gold AG, of an additional 12.25% of the payable gold produced from the Mt. Milligan copper-gold project, located in British Columbia, from a subsidiary of Thompson Creek Metals Company, Inc. (“Thompson Creek”) (NYSE:TC; TSX:TCM). Consideration for the new transaction was $200 million and cash payments equal to the lesser of $435 or the prevailing market price for each payable ounce of gold delivered to Royal Gold (the “Delivery Payments”).
Combined with the prior transactions completed in July 2010 and December 2011, Royal Gold is now entitled to 52.25% of the payable gold produced from Mt. Milligan for total consideration of $781.5 million and the Delivery Payments. Once the $75.0 million is paid in connection with today’s closing, Royal Gold will have paid approximately $529.6 million to Thompson Creek. The remaining $251.9 million will be paid in five scheduled quarterly payments commencing on September 1, 2012 and ending on September 1, 2013.
The Mt. Milligan project is in an advanced stage of construction, and Thompson Creek estimates that commercial production will commence in late calendar 2013. Thompson Creek also reported that as of June 30, 2012, progress is 99% complete for project engineering, 94% complete for procurement, 51% complete for construction, and overall progress is at 69%.
Royal Gold is a precious metals royalty company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalty and similar production based interests. The Company owns interests on 193 properties on six continents, including interests on 39 producing mines and 26 development stage projects. Royal Gold is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “RGLD” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “RGL.” The Company’s website is located at www.royalgold.com.Cautionary “Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projections or estimates contained herein. Such forward-looking statements include the operator’s estimated date for initial production. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from projections include, among others, precious metals prices, the risks inherent in construction, development and ramp up of operations of a new mine at Mt. Milligan by an operator who has not previously operated gold mines, decisions and activities of the operator of the various properties, unanticipated grade, geological, metallurgical, processing or other problems the operator may encounter, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, economic and market conditions, operations in land subject to First Nations jurisdiction in Canada, as well as other factors described elsewhere in this press release and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, acquired royalty interests on certain projects are subject to risks associated with conducting business in a foreign country, including application of foreign laws to contract and other disputes, foreign environmental laws and enforcement and uncertain political and economic environments. Most of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to predict or control. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement made herein. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.