Gold deal making heating up as Kirkland Lake swallows Newmarket


By Danielle Bochove
Bloomberg News
Thursday, September 29, 2016

A proposed merger between two Canada-based gold miners is the latest example of consolidation in an industry that remains under pressure to cut costs, even as stronger gold prices smooth the way for deal-making.

Today Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. agreed to buy Newmarket Gold Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at C$1.01 billion (US$770 million), creating what the companies said will be a low-cost producer focused on Canada and Australia.

"It certainly fits with the theme of looking at junior and intermediate producers trying to move up the food chain, creating a new tier of intermediate producers nipping at the heels of the senior producers," Michael Siperco, an analyst with Macquarie Capital Markets in Toronto, said by telephone.

Deal making in the gold industry this quarter is the busiest in a year by volume of transactions, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, as surging metal and stock prices give companies more scope to grow through acquisitions. ...

Kirkland Chief Executive Officer Tony Makuch will lead the company and sit on its board, while Kirkland Chairman Eric Sprott will have the same title in the combined company. Sprott is also a major shareholder in Newmarket, holding 13.5 percent of shares outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, which also shows him holding 6.7 percent of Kirkland’s outstanding shares.

The deal was unanimously approved by both boards, with the exception of Sprott, who didn't vote, the companies said. ...

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Sandspring Resources Commences 2016 Exploration Campaign

Company Announcement
August 17, 2016

Sandspring Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SSP, US OTC: SSPXF) is pleased to announce commencement of the 2016 exploration campaign at its Toroparu Gold Project in Guyana, South America.

In 2015 the company completed a 3,700-meter diamond drilling program on the promising Sona Hill Prospect, located 5 kilometers southeast of the main Toroparu deposit. Sona Hill is the easternmost gold anomaly in a cluster of 10 gold features located within a 20-by-7-kilometer hydrothermal alteration halo around Toroparu. Drilling at Sona Hill in 2012 and in 2015 intercepted high-grade mineralization in both saprolite and bedrock, and confirmed the continuity and grade potential of the Sona Hill mineralization.

For the remainder of the announcement and highlights of the 2015 drill program:

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