Newmont Optimizing Portfolio with Agreement to Sell Midas Operation


DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (“Newmont”) today announced the signing of a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Agreement”) under which Klondex Mines Ltd. (TSX: KDX) (“Klondex”) will acquire Newmont’s Midas underground operation and mill complex in Nevada for total consideration in excess of $83 million.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement with Klondex for the sale of Midas and believe they are well positioned to continue safely and successfully operating the mine,” said Randy Engel , Newmont’s Executive Vice President, Strategic Development. “This agreement underscores our ongoing commitment to optimizing our portfolio, as we continue to focus on our longer-life and lower cost core assets.”

The purchase price comprises approximately $55 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments, and the replacement of Newmont surety arrangements with Nevada and federal regulatory authorities in the amount of approximately $28 million. In addition, Newmont will receive 5 million common share purchase warrants of Klondex that have a 15-year term, subject to acceleration in certain circumstances, and having an exercise price to be determined on the closing date.

Newmont anticipates closing the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory and third party approvals, in early 2014.

About Midas

The Midas underground mine and mill complex is located in north central Nevada, between Elko and Reno. Newmont acquired Midas through its merger with Normandy in 2002.

About Newmont

Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont is a leading producer of gold and copper. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 40,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at managed operations in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, and health and safety performance.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws that are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by those laws, including statements that use forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “continue”, “potential” or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding the completion of the proposed transaction and other statements that are not historical facts. While such forward-looking statements are expressed by Newmont as stated in this release in good faith and believed by Newmont to have a reasonable basis, they are subject to important risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, gold, silver and other metals price volatility, approval of applicable governmental or regulatory authorities, the receipt of all required third party approvals, the satisfaction or waiver of certain other conditions contemplated by the Agreement, the inability to realize expected synergies or cost savings, estimates of reserves or future production, increases in production costs, including due to parts, equipment, labor or power shortages, variances in ore grade or recovery rate, mining accidents or other adverse events, changes in applicable laws or regulations, community relations, competition from other mining companies, and the other risks disclosed in Newmont’s public filings, any or all of which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the forward-looking statements. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, the proposed transaction could be modified, restructured or not be completed, and the results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results or events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, given that they involve risks and uncertainties. Newmont does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any forward-looking statement or to comment on expectations of, or statements made by Klondex or third parties in respect of the proposed transaction, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued forward-looking statement constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement. Continued reliance on forward-looking statements is at investors' own risk.

Source: Newmont Mining Corporation

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