Vancouver, British Columbia (June 18, 2015) -- Goldgroup Mining Inc. ("Goldgroup" or the "Company") (TSX:GGA, OTC:GGAZF, BMV SIX:GGAN.MX) is pleased to announce two recent developments: (i) the signing of a letter of intent (the "LOI") and credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") with Monarch Gold Corp. ("Monarch") and (ii) the appointment of Mr. Javier Montaño to the Company's Board of Directors.
LOI and Credit Agreement with Monarch Gold Corp.
On June 17, 2015, the Company signed an LOI with Monarch, a privately held mining company with mining concessions in Canada.
Pursuant to the terms of the LOI, Goldgroup shall invest CAD$100,000 in Monarch in order to acquire 50% of Monarch's issued and outstanding common shares.
Concurrently with the execution of the LOI and pursuant to the terms of the Credit Agreement, the Company advanced a non-interest bearing secured loan (the "Secured Loan") of CAD$2,500,000 to Monarch to fund an equipment purchase and the acquisition of mining concessions. The Secured Loan is due on July 17, 2017.
The LOI also contemplates that Goldgroup will advance another CAD$1,400,000 to Monarch on substantially the same terms as the Secured Loan, subject to the completion of Goldgroup's ongoing due diligence and other conditions precedent. Goldgroup hopes to conclude the definitive agreements for its equity investment in Monarch and its second secured loan by not later than July 31, 2015.
Keith Piggott, Chairman and President of Goldgroup commented: "The investment in Monarch would diversify our mining projects portfolio and provide Monarch with near term cash flow to help it grow organically. We are impressed with the business plan of Monarch and are excited about our investment in this company."
Appointment of Javier Montaño to the Board of Directors
Mr. Montaño is a Certified Public Accountant with a post graduate in accounting at Universidad Panamericana de Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of C-UNO, S.A. de C.V. which is part of the group which owns a series of retail chain stores in Mexico and South America.
Mr. Montaño holds various other positions which includes:
- Secretary and Board Member of Codesin, which is the private sector chamber for economic development for the State of Sinaloa;
- President of Administración de Crediavance, S.A. de C.V. Sofom ENR, which is a microfinance company with a presence in Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Nayarit and Jalisco;
- Member of the Board of Promotora de Casas y Edificios SA de CV, which is a real estate developer in Mexicali and Tijuana in the State of Baja California;
- Member of the Board of Endeavor for the State of Sinaloa, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York that credits itself as pioneering the concept of high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging and growth markets around the world.
Keith Piggott commented: "We are excited to welcome Mr. Montaño to the Company and very much look forward to utilizing his experience on the Board."
Goldgroup is a Canadian-based gold production, development, and exploration Company with 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,
Mr. Keith Piggott, Chairman and President
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