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Sandstorm, Mariana Announce Planner Merger

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Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (NYSE MKT: SAND; TSX: SSL) and Mariana Resources Ltd. (TSXV, AIM: MARL) announce plans for Sandstorm to acquire Mariana in a move that officials say will create a mid-tier royalty and streaming company. Officials say the combined group would have a diversified portfolio of 155 streams and royalties, including 20 producing, 23 development-stage, 26 advanced exploration-stage and 86 exploration-stage assets. This would also include a 30% joint-venture interest in Hot Maden, a gold-copper development-stage project, in Turkey. Sandstorm says it intends to move from equity participation in the joint venture to converting the group’s interest into a gold stream. Nolan Watson, president and chief executive officer of Sandstorm, would hold these titles for the combined company. Under the deal, Mariana shareholders will receive 28.75 pence in cash and 0.2573 of a Sandstorm share for each Mariana share held. Mariana shareholders would collectively own 19% of the ordinary share capital in the combined group. Shareholders in both entities must approve the deal.

By Allen Sykora of Kitco News;


Sibanye, Stillwater Shareholders Approve Merger Plan

Wednesday April 26, 2017 08:18

Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE: SBGL; JSE: SGL) and Stillwater Mining Co. (NYSE: SWC) both report that their shareholders have approved the planned merger between the two companies. Stillwater is the world’s largest primary producer of platinum group metals outside of Russia and South Africa. Stillwater officials say that the merger is expected to close around May 4.  Mick McMullen, Stillwater’s president and chief executive officer, says that “this is a very good outcome for Stillwater and delivers certain value of $18 per share in cash to our shareholders.” Neal Froneman, chief executive of Sibanye, says the transaction “represents a unique and transformative opportunity to acquire world-class, low-cost international PGM assets. Stillwater offers near-term organic production growth through the Blitz project, further enhancing Sibanye’s asset portfolio and will create in Sibanye, a globally competitive South African mining champion with a unique commodity mix.”

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