Toronto, ON - Victoria Gold Corp. (VIT.TSX-V) ("Victoria" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the sale of the subsidiary which holds all of the interests in the Company's Guyanese gold assets to Takara Resources Inc. ("Takara") as previously announced (see news release dated November 13, 2009) has been completed.
Chad Williams, President, CEO and Director of Victoria commented, "We are pleased to monetize the value of these assets which will allow us to increasingly sharpen our focus on our existing advanced Canadian and American gold assets. The Guyanese gold assets are being passed to an up-and-coming gold company with solid management and strong leadership. The significant equity position that Victoria will maintain in Takara will allow the Company to participate in the upside that we believe still exists in these underexplored highpotential Guyanese gold assets."
Pursuant to this transaction, Takara has issued 21,858,355 (or 56% prior to the closing of Takara's previously announced private placement financing) of its common shares to Victoria. The shares are subject to a 4-month hold period and will be held in escrow with a release as follows: 10% on issuance of the TSX Venture Exchange bulletin and 15% every six months thereafter for a period of three years. Victoria is restricted, subject to Takara Board approval, from trading, on any one day, more than 25% of Takara's daily trading volume based on a 30- day average. Prior to closing, Victoria held 350,000 of Takara's shares and thus Victoria now currently holds 22,208,355 (or 42.5%) of Takara's issued and outstanding shares post-closing of the asset sale and of Takara's previously announced private placement financing. Victoria shall also be entitled to an additional 4,000,000 shares of Takara in the event that Takara reaches certain operational or exploration milestones. Victoria is also entitled to a pre-emptive right, expiring on September 30, 2011, subject to extension, enabling it or any of its affiliates to participate in future equity financings in Takara, in order to maintain a minimum 19% shareholding, on a non-diluted basis.
As part of the transaction, John McConnell, Victoria's Executive Vice President, and Marty Rendall, Victoria's Chief Financial Officer, were appointed to the board of Takara effective on closing.
Victoria is a high-growth gold company with a focus on adding value per share through efficient exploration, project development, and accretive acquisitions. Maintaining a low risk profile through project diversification, sound financial management, and operating in secure jurisdictions are key priorities for Victoria's management team.
On Behalf of Victoria Gold Corp.
Chad Williams, P. Eng, CEO, President & Director
Cautionary Language and Forward-Looking Statements
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President & CEO
Victoria Gold Corp
303-80 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2A4
Tel: 416-866-8800 Ext. 230