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TORONTO, Oct. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF) (the “Company” or “Gran Colombia”) announced today, further to the press release of the Company dated September 16, 2019, that it has entered into a letter of intent (the “LOI”) on October 4, 2019 with Bluenose Gold Corp. (TSX-V: BN.H) (“Bluenose”) in respect of the proposed acquisition by Bluenose of certain mining assets (the “Mining Assets”) at the Company’s Marmato Project located in the Department of Caldas, Colombia (the “Transaction”).

The Mining Assets principally comprise the existing producing underground gold mine, including the right to mine in the lower portion of the Echandia license area, the existing 1,200 tonnes per day processing plant and the area encompassing the Deeps mineralization, all located within the mining license area referred to as Zona Baja. The existing underground mine at Marmato produced 24,951 ounces of gold in 2018 and is on track to produce between 24,000 and 26,000 ounces of gold in 2019. The Mining Assets have excellent infrastructure, being located by the Pan American Highway with access to Medellin to the north and Manizales to the south, and have access to the national electricity grid which runs near the property. Gran Colombia is currently working with SRK Consulting (US) Inc. to complete a technical report for the Mining Assets pursuant to National Instrument 43‐101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (the “Technical Report”). The Technical Report, expected to be completed by the end of November and filed on SEDAR and the Company’s website, will include an updated Mineral Resource estimate for the Mining Assets. Gran Colombia will retain its existing ownership of the mining licenses in the areas known as Zona Alta and Echandia. Gran Colombia and Bluenose are not related parties.

About Bluenose

Bluenose is primarily engaged in the acquisition and exploration of resource properties and is a “reporting issuer” in British Columbia and Alberta listed on the NEX Board of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”). It is anticipated that the proposed Transaction will constitute a Reverse Takeover (as such term is defined under TSX-V Policy 5.2 – Changes of Business and Reverse Takeovers) of Bluenose. The authorized share capital of Bluenose consists of an unlimited number of common shares (“Bluenose Common Shares”) and an unlimited number of preferred shares, issuable in series. As at the date hereof, an aggregate of 106,028,802 Bluenose Common Shares on a pre-Consolidation (as hereinafter defined) basis and no preferred shares are issued and outstanding. An aggregate of 5,800,000 Bluenose Common Shares, on a pre-Consolidation basis, are reserved for issuance under incentive stock options granted to directors, officers and consultants of Bluenose (“Bluenose Options”).

Prior to the completion of the Transaction, Bluenose will consolidate its outstanding common shares on a one (1) for ten (10) basis (the “Consolidation”).

Terms of the Transaction

It is currently anticipated that Bluenose will acquire the Mining Assets by way of purchase from Gran Colombia of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Gran Colombia’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Medoro Resources Colombia Inc. (“Marmato Panama”). Marmato Panama holds all of the issued and outstanding shares of Gran Colombia Gold Marmato S.A.S. (“Marmato Colombia”), which, in turn, holds all of the Mining Assets. The Mining Assets will be acquired by Bluenose for C$57,500,000 which will be satisfied by the issuance by Bluenose to Gran Colombia of an aggregate of 28,750,000 Bluenose Common Shares (on a post-Consolidation basis) having a deemed price of C$2.00 per post consolidation Bluenose Common Share.

Prior to, or concurrent with, the completion of the Transaction: (i) Gran Colombia will purchase from Bluenose, on a private placement basis, 2,500,000 units of Bluenose (“Units”), at a price of C$2.00 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds to Bluenose of C$5,000,000 (the “Private Placement”); and Bluenose anticipates that it will complete a brokered private placement of a minimum of 5,000,000 Units and a maximum of 7,500,000 Units, at a price of C$2.00 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds to Bluenose of between C$10,000,000 and C$15,000,000 (the “Brokered Private Placement”). No agent has yet been engaged with respect to the Brokered Private Placement.

The Units to be issued pursuant to the Private Placement and Brokered Private Placement, respectively, will each be comprised of one Bluenose post-Consolidation Common Share and one share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”), with each Warrant being exercisable to acquire one additional Bluenose post-Consolidation Common Share at a price of C$3.00 for a period of five (5) years from the closing of the Private Placement or Brokered Private Placement, as applicable.

Pursuant to an agreement between Fiore Management & Advisory Corp. (“Fiore”) and Bluenose, Fiore shall be entitled to 100,000 Bluenose post-Consolidation Common Shares upon the completion of the Transaction.

The following table outlines the anticipated share capital of Bluenose on a post-Consolidation basis following the completion of the Private Placement, Brokered Private Placement and Transaction.

 Number of Bluenose Common Shares
(minimum Brokered Private Placement)
Number of Bluenose Common Shares
(maximum Brokered Private Placement)
Outstanding Bluenose Common Shares (pre-Transaction)10,602,88010,602,880
Bluenose Common Shares issuable to Gran Colombia pursuant to Transaction28,750,00028,750,000
Bluenose Common Shares issuable to Gran Colombia pursuant to Private Placement2,500,0002,500,000
Bluenose Common Shares issuable pursuant to Brokered Private Placement5,000,0007,500,000
Bluenose Common Shares issuable to Fiore100,000100,000
Total Issued and Outstanding46,952,88049,452,880
Bluenose Common Shares reserved for issuance under Bluenose Options580,000580,000
Bluenose Common Shares underlying Warrants issuable to Gran Colombia pursuant to Private Placement2,500,0002,500,000
Bluenose Common Shares underlying Warrants issuable pursuant to Brokered Private Placement5,000,0007,500,000
Total Issued and Outstanding
Fully-Diluted
55,032,88060,032,880

The Company and Bluenose intend to negotiate and enter into a definitive agreement (the “Definitive Agreement”) setting forth the detailed terms and conditions of the Transaction. The closing of the Transaction is subject to the receipt of all necessary regulatory and third-party consents, authorizations and approvals, including, without limitation, the approval of the listing of the Bluenose Common Shares issued in connection with the Transaction on the TSX-V which will be subject to Bluenose satisfying the TSX-V’s minimum listing conditions for a mining issuer.

The closing of the Transaction will also be subject to the following conditions, amongst others:

  1. Gran Colombia and Bluenose being satisfied with the results of their respective due diligence investigations;
     
  2. all liens and encumbrances in respect of Marmato Panama, Marmato Colombia and the Mining Assets granted in favour of the holders of the 8.25% senior secured notes due in 2024 shall have been released and discharged, on terms and conditions satisfactory to Bluenose, acting reasonably;
     
  3. to the extent required, the receipt of shareholder approval from the shareholders of Bluenose;
     
  4. the Consolidation shall have been completed;
     
  5. the Private Placement and the Brokered Private Placement shall have been completed;
     
  6. the name of Bluenose shall have been changed to “Caldas Gold Corporation” or such other name as may be specified by Gran Colombia in writing;
     
  7. no adverse change shall have occurred in the business, results of operations, assets, liabilities, financial condition or affairs of Bluenose, Marmato Panama or Marmato Colombia, taken as a whole, or the Mining Assets; and
     
  8. the final structure and steps for the Transaction shall be satisfactory to both Bluenose and the Company, acting reasonably, from a tax, corporate and securities law and due diligence perspective.

About the Resulting Issuer

Pursuant to the LOI, the initial members of the board of directors of Bluenose following the completion of the Transaction (the “Resulting Issuer Board”) shall be selected by Gran Colombia and set forth in the Definitive Agreement. If a meeting of the shareholders of Bluenose (the “Bluenose Shareholder Meeting”) is required for the purposes of obtaining Bluenose Shareholder Approval, the members of the Resulting Issuer Board will be nominated and elected by the shareholders of Bluenose at the Bluenose Shareholder Meeting (subject to, and contingent upon, the completion of the Transaction). The current directors and officers of Bluenose shall resign at or prior to the completion of the Transaction.

The Resulting Issuer Board will be fixed at five (5) directors as at the completion of the Transaction, or as soon as practicable thereafter. Pursuant to the LOI, Gran Colombia shall be provided a continuing right to nominate a minimum of: (i) two (2) directors to the Resulting Issuer Board, so long as it holds greater than 20% of the outstanding Bluenose Common Shares, or (ii) one (1) director to the Resulting Issuer Board, so long as it holds greater than 10% of the outstanding Bluenose Common Shares.

The proposed Resulting Issuer Board is expected to include the following members and Gran Colombia intends to appoint the following individuals as officers of the resulting entity upon completion of the Transaction (the “Resulting Issuer”); the two additional nominees to the Resulting Issuer Board are being recruited and will be disclosed when nominated:

Name and Municipality of ResidenceProposed Position with the Resulting IssuerPresent Principal Occupation or Employment, Principal Occupation or Employment for the Past Five Years or More, and Other Current Public Directorships
Serafino Iacono
Panama City, Panama
Interim Chief Executive Officer and DirectorExecutive Co-Chairman of the Board to the Company since August 20, 2010; Co-Chairman of the Board of Pacific Exploration & Production Corporation from January 23, 2008 to November 2, 2016; Interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Medoro Resources Ltd. from September 2010 to June 10, 2011.
Michael Davies
Ontario, Canada
Chief Financial OfficerChief Financial Officer of the Company since August 20, 2010. Mr. Davies is a Chartered Accountant (Ontario) and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Over the last more than twenty years he has gained extensive international and public company experience in financial management, strategic planning and external reporting. Mr. Davies was the Chief Financial Officer of PetroMagdalena Energy Corp. from July 13, 2009 to July 27, 2012. His diverse background also includes senior finance roles with several public companies, including LAC Minerals, IMAX Corporation, Century II Holdings, Energentia Resources, Pamour Inc. and Giant Yellowknife Mines.
Lombardo Paredes
Arenas Medellin, Colombia
DirectorMr. Paredes has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Company since February 1, 2014. Prior to joining the Company, he worked as an Independent Consultant from 2005 until January 2014. Mr. Paredes also held a number of positions at Petróleos de Venezuela and its affiliates from 1975 to 1998.
Hernan Juan Jose
Martinez Torres
Barranquilla, Colombia
DirectorMr. Martinez has been the Executive Chairman and a director of Caribbean Resources Corporation since September 4, 2012. Mr. Martinez served as Minister of Mines (Colombia) from July 2006 to August 2010, President of Atunec S.A. from August 2002 to July 2006 and held a number of positions at Exxon Mobil Colombia S.A. from 1964 to 2002.

Upon completion of the Transaction, the Resulting Issuer will continue to operate within mining and natural resources industry.

About Gran Colombia Gold Corp.

Gran Colombia is a Canadian-based mid-tier gold producer with its primary focus in Colombia where it is currently the largest underground gold and silver producer with several mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. Gran Colombia is continuing to focus on exploration, expansion and modernization activities at its high-grade Segovia Operations and, through the Transaction described in this press release, progressing toward a major expansion and modernization of its underground mining operations at the Marmato Project.

Additional information on Gran Colombia can be found on its website at www.grancolombiagold.com and by reviewing its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information”, which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to anticipated business plans or strategies and the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Gran Colombia to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements are described under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated as of March 27, 2019 which is available for view on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this press release and Gran Colombia disclaims, other than as required by law, any obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, results, future events, circumstances, or if management's estimates or opinions should change, or otherwise. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Further Information

As noted above, completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including, but not limited to, acceptance from the TSX-V and if applicable, disinterested shareholder approval. Where applicable, the Transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the management information circular or filing statement to be prepared in connection with the Transaction, any information released or received with respect to the Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of the Resulting Issuer should be considered highly speculative. The TSX-V has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed Transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities under the Private Placement and Brokered Private Placement in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons (as defined under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

For Further Information, Contact:
Mike Davies
Chief Financial Officer
(416) 360-4653
investorrelations@grancolombiagold.com