Vancouver, British Columbia (April 20, 2021) – Goldgroup Mining Inc. ("Goldgroup" or the "Company") (TSX:GGA, OTC:GGAZF, BMV SIX:GGAN.MX) announces that on April 16, 2021, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (the "Circuit Court") affirmed the May 9, 2019 order and judgment from United States District Court for the District of Colorado, which confirmed the arbitration award (the "Arbitral Award") the Company received on August 14, 2016 pursuant to an arbitration held in Denver, Colorado, commencing in March 2014 (the "Arbitration").
The Circuit Court rejected the appeal lodged by Texas-based DynaResource Inc. ("DynaUSA") and its Mexican subsidiary ("DynaMexico") to vacate the Arbitral Award, which had found that DynaUSA had improperly diluted the Company's interest in the San Jose de Gracia Mexican mining project, which Goldgroup had earned into pursuant to an option agreement between the Company and DynaUSA (the "Agreement").
The Circuit Court's opinion clarifies several misleading facts previously presented in various news releases issued by DynaUSA.
Results and Award from Arbitration
The arbitrator concluded that there was no doubt that DynaUSA failed to do what it was obligated to do under the parties' Agreement.
The arbitration award confirmed that, under the Agreement:
- The expenditures made by DynaUSA without the approval of the joint Management Committee have to be reimbursed to DynaMexico, since Goldgroup did not participate in those decisions;
- A detailed accountability assessment by DynaUSA must be done for Goldgroup for the time period since June 2011, when DynaUSA excluded Goldgroup from the management of DynaMexico;
- The use of the Power of Attorney of DynaUSA's CEO, K.D. Diepholz, did not provide authorization for Mr. Diepholz to circumvent the Management Committee's power to approve and oversee expenditures;
- DynaUSA has acted in bad faith, engaged in forum shopping, and breached the terms of the Agreement;
- Certain amounts must be reimbursed to Goldgroup which include but is limited to the fees paid, and to be paid, in the Mexico City case related to the current dispute;
- A fifth director must be jointly appointed in DynaMexico and the names of prospective candidates exchanged by the parties; and
- The deliberate dilution by DynaUSA of Goldgroup's equity interest in DynaMexico was unlawful.
The Company may now pursue the USD $1,111,000 bond that DynaUSA posted for the appeal, along with the non-monetary awards from the arbitration. There is no certainty that the Company will be successful in the Company's pursuit of this bond, nor any certainty that DynaUSA or DynaMexico will not further contest the Arbitral Award, the Circuit Court's opinion, or further litigation in Mexico or the United States.
Goldgroup is a Canadian-based gold production, development, and exploration Company with a significant upside in a portfolio of projects in Mexico, including an 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. In addition, the Company operates its 100%-owned Cerro Prieto heap-leach gold mine, in the State of Sonora, Mexico.
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.
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