Endeavour Closes the Sale of Its Non-Core Tabakoto Mine
ENDEAVOUR CLOSES THE SALE OF ITS
NON-CORE TABAKOTO MINE
George Town, December 24, 2018 - Endeavour Mining (TSX:EDV OTCQX: EDVMF) ("Endeavour") is pleased to announce that on December 24, 2018, it completed the sale of its interest in the non-core Tabakoto mine to Algom Resources Limited, a subsidiary of BCM International Ltd ("BCM"), as previously announced on September 4, 2018.
As part of the transaction, Endeavour will retain its greenfield exploration tenements located over 20km north of the Tabakoto processing plant, on trend with Randgold's Loulo mine. These relate to a portion of the Kofi tenement and the Netekoto tenement.
Following further discussions, Endeavour and BCM agreed to amend the Tabakoto sale terms. The total sale price consideration has been increased to up to approximately US$70 million compared to the previously disclosed US$60 million upfront cash consideration. The total consideration is now composed of an upfront cash consideration of US$35 million, which was received today, a deferred cash consideration of US$10 million in 2019, subject to certain conditions, and a 10% net smelter royalty on the Dar Salaam deposit, capped at a maximum of 200,000 ounces of gold.
ABOUT ALGOM RESOURCES LIMITED
Algom Resources is a West African mining development company based in Sierra Leone. Algom Resources Limited is a wholly owned entity of BCM Investments, which previously acquired Endeavour's Nzema mine in 2017.
The Tabakoto Gold Mine is located approximately 360km west of Bamako in southwestern Mali, near the Senegal border. Endeavour's current ownership ranges from 80% to 90% depending on the pits, with the remainder owned by the government of Mali.
Tabakoto is an open pit and underground mining operation with a 1.4mtpa gravity/CIL processing facility. In 2017, Tabakoto produced 144koz of gold at an AISC of $1,148/oz. Tabakoto produced 86koz at an AISC of $1,335/oz for the first nine months of 2018.
| Martino De Ciccio |
VP - Strategy & Investor Relations
+44 203 011 2719
| Brunswick Group LLP in London |
Carole Cable, Partner
+44 7974 982 458
ABOUT ENDEAVOUR MINING CORPORATION
Endeavour Mining is a TSX listed intermediate African gold producer with a solid track record of operational excellence, project development and exploration in the highly prospective Birimian greenstone belt in West Africa. Endeavour is focused on offering both near-term and long-term growth opportunities with its project pipeline and its exploration strategy, while generating immediate cash flow from its operations.
Endeavour operates 5 mines across Côte d'Ivoire (Agbaou and Ity), Burkina Faso (Houndé, Karma), and Mali (Tabakoto) which are expected to produce 670-720koz in 2018 at an AISC of $840-890/oz. Endeavour's high-quality development projects (recently commissioned Houndé, Ity CIL and Kalana) have the combined potential to deliver an additional 600koz per year at an AISC well below $700/oz between 2018 and 2020. In addition, its exploration program aims to discover 10-15Moz of gold between 2017 and 2021 which represents more than twice the reserve depletion during the period. For more information, please visit www.endeavourmining.com.
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