First Mining to Sell Non-Core Royalty Portfolio for C$6.7 Million
February 6, 2023 – Vancouver, Canada – First Mining Gold Corp. (“First Mining” or the “Company”) (TSX: FF) (OTCQX: FFMGF) (FRANKFURT: FMG) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its non-core royalty portfolio to Elemental Altus Royalties Corp. (“Elemental Altus”) for total consideration of approximately C$6.7 million, comprised of C$4.7 million in cash and 1,598,162 common shares of Elemental Altus (the “Transaction”).
“Following the sale of our Goldlund royalty in December, we are very excited to announce the sale of our remaining non-core royalty portfolio to Elemental Altus,” stated Dan Wilton, CEO of First Mining. “The assembly of our royalty package has been in process over the last few years and this monetization transaction will provide near-term liquidity while also retaining upside exposure to a premier emerging royalty company in Elemental Altus. The proceeds will provide financial flexibility as we continue to advance our two flagship assets, Springpole and Duparquet.”
First Mining’s royalty portfolio sale to Elemental Altus is comprised of 19 royalties across four countries, and includes a 2.0% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty on the Pickle Crow Gold Project that is located in Ontario and is being operated by Auteco Minerals Ltd, a 1.5% NSR royalty on the Hope Brook Gold Project that is being operated by Big Ridge Gold Corp., and a number of other royalties on exploration and development projects.
Elemental Altus is an income generating precious metals royalty company with 11 producing royalties and a diversified portfolio of pre-production and discovery stage assets, and its common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) under the symbol ELE.
The Transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of TSXV listing approval for the common shares of Elemental Altus that are being issued to First Mining under the Transaction, and is expected to close on or before February 14, 2023.
About First Mining Gold Corp.
First Mining is a gold developer advancing two of the largest gold projects in Canada, the Springpole Gold Project in northwestern Ontario, where we have commenced a Feasibility Study and permitting activities are on-going with a draft Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) for the project published in June 2022, and the Duparquet, Pitt and Duquesne Gold Projects in Quebec, a collection of advanced-stage development assets located on the Destor-Porcupine Fault in the prolific Abitibi region. First Mining also owns the Cameron Gold Project in Ontario and a portfolio of gold project interests including the Pickle Crow Gold Project (being advanced in partnership with Auteco Minerals Ltd.), the Hope Brook Gold Project (being advanced in partnership with Big Ridge Gold Corp.), and an equity interest in Treasury Metals Inc.
First Mining was established in 2015 by Mr. Keith Neumeyer, founding President and CEO of First Majestic Silver Corp.
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Forward-looking statements in this news release relate to future events or future performance and reflect current estimates, predictions, expectations or beliefs regarding future events and include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: (i) the closing date of the Transaction; (ii) the receipt of TSXV approval; (iii) the monetization of the Company’s non-core royalty portfolio proving the Company with near-term liquidity; and (iv) the proceeds from the Transaction providing the Company with financial flexibility as it continues to advance its Springpole Gold Project and Duparquet Gold Project. All forward-looking statements are based on First Mining's or its consultants' current beliefs as well as various assumptions made by them and information currently available to them. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the beliefs, opinions and projections on the date the statements are made and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by the respective parties, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Such factors include, without limitation the Company’s business, operations and financial condition potentially being materially adversely affected by the outbreak of epidemics, pandemics or other health crises, such as COVID-19, and by reactions by government and private actors to such outbreaks; risks to employee health and safety as a result of the outbreak of epidemics, pandemics or other health crises, such as COVID-19, that may result in a slowdown or temporary suspension of operations at some or all of the Company's mineral properties as well as its head office; fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold, silver, base metals or certain other commodities; fluctuations in the currency markets (such as the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar); changes in national and local government, legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments; risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining (including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins and flooding); the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on mining; employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities, indigenous populations and other stakeholders; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; title to properties.; and the additional risks described in the Company’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities under the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com, and in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC on EDGAR.
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