DENVER, April 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vista Gold Corp. (NYSE American and TSX: VGZ) (“Vista” or the “Company”) today announced that PT Masmindo Dwi Area (“PT Masmindo”) provided the necessary notice to Vista to exercise the option to cancel half of the Awak Mas net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty in consideration of a $2.4 million cash payment to Vista by May 8, 2020.
Vista holds an NSR royalty on the Awak Mas project in Indonesia. During 2019, Vista and PT Masmindo amended the original royalty agreement to allow PT Masmindo to make a $2.4 million payment to Vista by April 30, 2020 to cancel a 1% NSR on the first 1,250,000 ounces produced at Awak Mas and a 1.25% NSR on the next 1,250,000 ounces produced. The due date for this payment was subsequently amended to May 8, 2020. On April 29, 2020, PT Masmindo provided notice to Vista to exercise the option to cancel the related 1% NSR and 1.25% NSR upon making a payment of $2.4 million, which the Company expects to receive by May 8, 2020. Upon receipt of the $2.4 million payment, PT Masmindo will then have the right to cancel the remaining 1% NSR and 1.25% NSR for an additional payment of $2.5 million by April 30, 2021. If PT Masmindo does not make the $2.4 million payment by May 8, 2020, Vista will retain the full royalty interests and can pursue alternative monetization strategies.
Frederick H. Earnest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vista, stated, “The notice provided by PT Masmindo to cancel 50% of the Awak Mas NSR royalty is another example of Vista’s priority to monetize non-core assets and to maintain Vista’s financial stability. When received, the $2.4 million payment will strengthen Vista’s balance sheet and provide an important source of working capital for the next twelve months. Looking ahead, should PT Masmindo choose to exercise the remainder of its option and cancel the other half of the Awak Mas NSR royalty, Vista could expect to receive an additional $2.5 million in twelve months.”
About Vista Gold Corp.
The Company is a gold project developer. The Company’s principal asset is its flagship Mt Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia. Mt Todd is the largest undeveloped gold project in Australia and as presently designed, is expected to be Australia’s 5th largest gold producer on an annual basis.
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