VANCOUVER, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (NYSE MKT: SAND, TSX: SSL) announces that Luna Gold Corp. ("Luna") has temporary halted operations at the Aurizona Gold Mine in Maranhao, Brazil ("Aurizona").
Access to Aurizona has been constrained as community members demonstrate against the local government concerning the progress of government-sponsored infrastructure projects. In order to ensure the safety of the Aurizona workforce and to protect their assets, Luna has decided to temporarily suspend mine operations until this situation is resolved and deemed safe for employees to resume work.
Luna is optimistic that an agreement will be reached soon and the mine will recommence normal operations.
ABOUT SANDSTORM GOLDSandstorm Gold Ltd. is a gold streaming company. Sandstorm provides upfront financing to gold mining companies that are looking for capital and in return, receives a gold streaming agreement. This agreement gives Sandstorm the right to purchase a percentage of the gold produced from a mine, for the life of the mine, at a fixed price per ounce. Sandstorm has acquired a portfolio of nine gold streams and twenty-five gold royalties, of which thirteen of the underlying mines are producing gold. Sandstorm plans to grow and diversify its low cost production profile through the acquisition of additional gold streams. Sandstorm is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed gold stream agreements with Brigus Gold Corp., Entrée Gold Inc., Luna Gold Corp., Metanor Resources Inc., Mutiny Gold Ltd., Rambler Metals and Mining plc., Santa Fe Gold Corp., and SilverCrest Mines Inc. For more information visit: www.sandstormgold.com. CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION This press release contains "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm"). Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the future price of gold, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, realization of mineral reserve estimates, and the timing and amount of estimated future production. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "plans", or similar terminology.