Coeur Mining, Inc. (“Coeur” or the “Company”) (NYSE:CDE) (TSX:CDM) today announced the formation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Coeur Capital, Inc. (“Coeur Capital”), which will hold Coeur’s existing and any future-acquired royalty and streaming interests along with its portfolio of strategic equity investments. Increasing Coeur’s interests in royalties and streams through Coeur Capital is expected to provide the Company’s stockholders with higher-margin, less volatile free cash flow 1, diversified metal exposure, and future avenues for growth.
In addition, Coeur today announced that it has entered into an agreement for Coeur Capital to acquire Global Royalty Corp. (“Global Royalty”), a Vancouver-based privately-held company holding precious metals royalty interests in operating mines located in Mexico and Ecuador. Total consideration for the transaction, which is expected to close in December 2013, will be approximately $23.8 million, consisting of $0.3 million in cash and $23.6 million in Coeur common shares, which represents a 2.1% increase in Coeur’s current outstanding shares of 100.5 million. Upon closing of the transaction, Mark Kucher, President and CEO of Global Royalty, has agreed to join Coeur Capital as Managing Director and will have primary responsibility for its daily management and growth. Mr. Kucher, who is the largest shareholder of Global Royalty, has agreed to support the transaction with Coeur.
“We are pleased to announce our agreement to acquire Global Royalty,” said Mitchell J. Krebs, Coeur’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Combining Global Royalty’s cash flowing royalties with those already owned by Coeur into a newly-formed entity is expected to enhance the quality and stability of our cash flows, offer superior leverage to metals prices, reduce our overall risk profile, and increase our margins and current net cash flow. Over time, we believe Coeur Capital can build sufficient critical mass to make a meaningful impact on our overall margins and cash flow and eventually be valued by the equity markets at the multiples currently enjoyed by streaming and royalty companies due to the attractive nature of this business model. While the acquisition of Global Royalty and the formation of Coeur Capital are expected to augment and balance our composite asset portfolio and complement our business development initiatives, our focus and priority will remain on our core business, which is exploring, developing, and operating precious metals assets.”
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