Vancouver, British Columbia (December 23, 2015) -- Goldgroup Mining Inc. ("Goldgroup" or the "Company") (TSX:GGA, OTC:GGAZF, BMV SIX:GGAN.MX) announces it has entered into an agreement to amend the terms of the outstanding loan facility (the "Facility") to Credipresto SAPI de CV SOFOM ENR ("Credipresto"), subject to TSX approval. Javier Reyes, a director of Goldgroup, is a principal of Credipresto.
Facility amended terms
- The Facility previously was set to mature on September 18, 2017 and was repayable in the amount of 25% of the outstanding amounts drawn (plus accrued interest) every three months commencing December 18, 2016. The Company has extended the repayment period by one year with the Facility now maturing on September 18, 2018 and is repayable in the amount of 25% of the outstanding amounts drawn (plus accrued interest) every three months commencing December 18, 2017;
- the Facility is available for drawdown through December 18, 2017; and
- the remaining terms of the Facility are unchanged with outstanding principal amount of the Facility accruing interest, in arrears, at an annualized rate of 15% on the portion of the Facility that is drawn down. The portion of the Facility which is not drawn down accrues interest, in arrears, at an annualized rate at 2% until December 18, 2017.
The total amount drawn down as at the date of this release is approximately US$7,550,000 (approximately US$2,450,000 available to be drawn), and the amount of outstanding principal is approximately US$3,740,000.
As part of the terms of the amendment, Credipresto has also agreed to forfeit 9,000,000 warrants to the Company for cancellation. These warrants were originally issued as a condition for entering into the Facility and are described as the "First Warrants" and the "Third Warrants" in the Company's press release announcing the Facility on September 22, 2014.
As consideration for the amendment, the Company has agreed to:
- issue 8,642,080 common shares to Credipresto, subject to the statutory hold period; and
- amend the terms of 3,000,000 other outstanding warrants held by Credipresto (described as the "Second Warrants" in the Company's press release announcing the Facility on September 22, 2014) by (a) decreasing the exercise price from $0.19 to $0.10 and (b) delaying the expiration date by a year from March 18, 2018 to March 18, 2019. As discussed in the September 22, 2014 press release, these warrants are no longer cancelable due to the Company having now drawn more than US$7,500,000 on the Facility,
The Company has determined that the issuance of shares to Credipresto pursuant to the amendment is exempt from the formal valuation and minority approval requirements under Multilateral Instrument 61-101 because, in the good faith opinion of the Company's board of directors, neither the fair market value of the subject matter of the amendment nor the fair market value of the consideration being delivered by the Company pursuant to the amendment exceeds 25% of the Company's market capitalization.
Goldgroup is a Canadian-based gold production, development, and exploration Company with a significant upside in a portfolio of projects in Mexico, including a 50% interest in DynaResource de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., which owns 100% of the high-grade gold exploration project, San José de Gracia located in the State of Sinaloa. The Company also operates its 100%-owned Cerro Prieto heap-leach gold mine, in the State of Sonora.
Goldgroup is led by a team of highly successful and seasoned individuals with extensive expertise in mine development, corporate finance, and exploration in Mexico. Goldgroup's mission is to increase gold production, mineral resources, profitability and cash flow, with a view to building a leading gold producer in Mexico.
For further information on Goldgroup, please visit www.goldgroupmining.com
On behalf of the Board of Directors,Certain information contained in this news release, including any information relating to future financial or operating performance, may be considered "forward-looking information" (within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities law) and "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Actual results could differ materially from the conclusions, forecasts and projections contained in such forward-looking information. These forward-looking statements reflect Goldgroup's current internal projections, expectations or beliefs and are based on information currently available to Goldgroup. In some cases forward-looking information can be identified by terminology such as "may", "will", "should", "expect", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "projects", "potential", "scheduled", "forecast", "budget" or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology. Certain assumptions may have been made regarding the Company's plans at the Cerro Prieto project. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Goldgroup and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to materially differ from those reflected in the forward-looking information, and are developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors including, without limitation: uncertainties related to actual capital costs, operating costs and expenditures, production schedules and economic returns from Goldgroup's projects; uncertainties associated with development activities; uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral resources and precious metal recoveries; uncertainties related to current global economic conditions; fluctuations in precious and base metal prices; uncertainties related to the availability of future financing; potential difficulties with joint venture partners; risks that Goldgroup's title to its property could be challenged; political and country risk; risks associated with Goldgroup being subject to government regulation; risks associated with surface rights; environmental risks; Goldgroup's need to attract and retain qualified personnel; risks associated with potential conflicts of interest; Goldgroup's lack of experience in overseeing the construction of a mining project; risks related to the integration of businesses and assets acquired by Goldgroup; uncertainties related to the competitiveness of the mining industry; risk associated with theft; risk of water shortages and risks associated with competition for water; uninsured risks and inadequate insurance coverage; risks associated with potential legal proceedings; risks associated with community relations; outside contractor risks; risks related to archaeological sites; foreign currency risks; risks associated with security and human rights; and risks related to the need for reclamation activities on Goldgroup's properties, as well as the risk factors disclosed in Goldgroup's Annual Information Form and MD&A. Any and all of the forward-looking information contained in this news release is qualified by these cautionary statements. Although Goldgroup believes that the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on reasonable assumptions, readers cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with such statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking information. Goldgroup expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except as may be required by, and in accordance with, applicable securities laws.
Mr. Keith Piggott, Chairman and President
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