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Monday, March 06, 2017 Derek Macpherson

AEM Buys 15% of GQC at a Premium


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GoldQuest Mining Corp. (TSXV:GQC) announced a private placement with Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (TSX:AEM, NYSE:AEM) for C$22.86 million to fund working capital and the exploration and development of its properties in the Dominican Republic. In our view this investment by Agnico provides technical validation for the Romero project, and highlights the exploration potential of its district scale land package. The financing consists of 38.1 million common shares priced at C$0.60/sh which represents a 27.7% premium to the prior day’s close. As a result of the transaction, Agnico would own ~15% of GoldQuest on a non-diluted basis. In conjunction with the financing, Agnico has been granted the right to nominate one director and maintain its interest in future financings. GoldQuest currently trades at 0.54x NAV and $42/oz versus peers at 0.51x NAV and $35/oz. We believe that a further premium may be warranted because of Romero’s stage of development and the exploration potential of the company’s district scale land package. We expect the combination of the ongoing de-risking at Romero (feasibility study in early 2017 & operating permits in late 2017) along with ongoing regional exploration are likely to provide positive momentum for the share price.


 

Derek Macpherson | VP Mining Analysis
Sunneva Bernhardsdottir | Associate, Mining Analysis
Victoria Ellis Hayes | Associate
 
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