Vancouver, Canada, July 23rd 2020 - Redstar Gold Corp. (TSX.V: RGC, US: RGCTF, FRA: RGG) ("Redstar" or the "Company") is delighted to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Heliodor Metals Limited (“Heliodor”) in which Redstar Gold has agreed to issue 86.5 million Redstar shares at a deemed Redstar share price of C$0.054541 for 100% of the outstanding Heliodor shares.
Redstar Chairman Jacques Vaillancourt said “This is an exciting watershed for Redstar that began four months ago. The proposed acquisition promises several key strategic additions; a portfolio of exciting projects in Mexico, funding to achieve short term exploration goals and a strong addition to our management team with the appointment of Charles Funk. Unga will remain our flagship asset and our focus in 2020 will be to add to the maiden 383,318 oz gold resource grading 13.8 g/t at SH-1.”
Heliodor’s President and Founder, Charles Funk added “Adding Heliodor to the Redstar group of companies will form a leading exploration company with quality high grade precious metals assets, a tight share structure and a strong financial position. I am excited to join Redstar and unlock the potential of the group’s asset base.
Heliodor is a private company with a cash position, as of July 21, 2020 (unaudited), of C$1.5M and no debt. The Heliodor mineral projects are within 50 km of seven (7) world class gold-silver and copper mines, all of which are located in the northern portion of Mexico’s Sonora State:
Location of the Mexican Projects of Heliodor
About Charles Funk
The Agreement states that Charles Funk will join Redstar as its Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Funk is currently the Vice-President of Exploration for Vizsla Resources Corp. and the CEO of Heliodor. Vizsla has recently announced some outstanding drill results at its Panuco Project in Mexico. The market capitalization of Vizsla has recently increased fivefold to over C$200M. Mr. Funk has over fourteen years of industry experience, most recently as the Vice President of New Opportunities and Exploration at Evrim Resources.
Previously, Charles worked as a geologist and geophysicist for Newcrest Mining and Oxiana/OZ Minerals with a focus on business development and early stage exploration in North and South America, Australia and South-East Asia. Mr. Funk also has a wide range of experience in porphyry, epithermal and Iron Oxide Copper Gold (IOCG) deposits in both North and South America and the Asia-Pacific region. Charles holds a degree in Space Science from La Trobe University and an honours degree in Earth Science from the University of Melbourne.
2020 Exploration Plans
The company is in the advanced stages of finalizing its 2020 exploration plans for the Unga project, including a 6,600 to 10,000 metres of diamond drilling with an exploration budget of $3.0M to $5.0M. The company intends to focus on its four advanced targets:
In addition, later in 2020, the company plans to commence an estimated $1.2M exploration program at Oso Negro and La Lola including drilling at Oso Negro.
2020 Exploration targets at the Unga Project, Alaska
About the Transaction
The Share Exchange Agreement (the “Agreement”) contemplates that Redstar will acquire all of the issued and outstanding share capital of Heliodor in exchange for an aggregate of 86,621,003 Redstar common shares at a deemed issue price of C$0.054541 per Redstar common share. After adjusting for the Redstar shares issued at closing (but without adjusting for the Redstar shares to be issued in the proposed private placement referred to below), the former shareholders of Heliodor would own an aggregate of approximately 22.4% of the total number of issued and outstanding Redstar shares (or, assuming the issuance of approximately 100,000,000 additional Redstar shares in the proposed private placement, an aggregate of approximately 17.7%). Redstar shares issued to Mr. Funk in the share exchange transaction will be subject to pooling restrictions (50% to be released after 12 months, thereafter 6.25% of the original holding will released every quarter).
The Agreement contemplates that Redstar will conduct a private placement offering of its common shares to raise at least C$6 Million at a price per Redstar share to be agreed by Redstar and Heliodor and subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval. Completion of this private placement is a condition to the parties’ obligation to close the share exchange transaction. Other closing conditions include the appointment of Mr. Funk as CEO of Redstar and TSX Venture Exchange approval. Although the parties have not yet established pricing for the proposed offering, Redstar anticipates that the offering should result in the issuance of up to approximately 100 million new Redstar shares and, as a result, the number of share outstanding following the acquisition and financing would be 486.5 million shares.
Redstar has agreed, on a post-closing basis, to ask its shareholders to:
Redstar intends to call a general meeting of its shareholders as soon as reasonably practical following closing of the share exchange transaction.
About Redstar Gold Corp
Redstar is a well-financed junior exploration and development company with a supportive institutional shareholder base, no debt and is focused on advancing its high grade Unga Gold Project in southern Alaska. The 100% controlled Unga Gold Project includes the SH-1 Zone where, earlier this year, Red Star defined an initial NI 43-101 compliant resource of 395,825 ounces AuEq with an avg. grade of 14.2g/t Au, making it one of the highest-grade gold deposits in North America. Geologically, the SH-1 Zone is an intermediate sulfidation, epithermal gold deposit, located within the district scale property which encompasses 240km2 across two islands hosting an entire suite of deposit types from gold-copper porphyry, through high-grade epithermal gold, to gold & silver rich polymetallic, that have either been drilled or sampled at surface. On Unga Island, these include: SH-1 and Aquila high-grade gold zones, both on the Shumagin Trend; the former Apollo-Sitka mine which was Alaska’s first underground gold mine with historic production grades up to 10g/t Au; and the Zachary Bay porphyry gold-copper district. The supergene-enriched, disseminated gold mineralization at the Centennial Zone is located on neighbouring Popof Island within four kilometres of the infrastructure and services available at Sand Point village (Figure 1).
The Unga Gold Project enjoys a moderate climate at latitude 55 degrees North which provides for year-round tidewater that hosts extensive infrastructure including a deep-water port with weekly vessels from Anchorage and Seattle and is served by daily flights from Anchorage landing on a mile long, paved airstrip on Popof Island. In addition to the Unga Project, Redstar has an investment in NV Gold Corp. (TSXV: NVX) and 30% of the Newman Todd Gold Project, in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada.
For additional information please contact:
Redstar Gold Corp
Tel: +44 780 226 8247
President & Founder
Heliodor Metals Limited
Tel: +1 (604) 347-9772
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Forward-Looking Information. This release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential" and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur. Forward-looking statements in this press release include Redstar’s expectations that the transactions contemplated in the Agreement will be approved by the TSX Venture Exchange and completed and that it can obtain shareholder approval for its proposed post-closing share consolidation, name change and the election of both the Redstar nominees and the Heliodor nominees at its next general meeting of shareholders, that it can successfully raise at least C$6 million and, if so, the number of Redstar shares that would be issued in the offering, and, finally, that it can commence exploration at its Unga project in late August and that it can achieve its 2020 exploration plans. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guaranteeing of future performance and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.