I have followed Columbus Gold Corp. (CGT:TSX; CBGDF:OTCQX) since I first wrote about them in 2014. Their main gold project is in French Guiana and is part of a JV with a Russian company. It's a great project with 2.75 million ounces of proven and probable reserves of gold. Columbus Gold owns 45% and Nordgold owns 55%. At $1200 gold the project has an after tax IRR of 23% and an NPV of $324 million US. Owning 45% should make CGT's interest worth $145 million US or about $185 million CAD. Instead Columbus has a market cap of right at $100 million CAD.
And they own 14 projects in Nevada including one with a 721,000 gold equivalent ounce resource. Management realized they are not getting any value out of the Nevada projects so they are spinning them off into a new company named Allegiant. That's where the free shares come into the deal.
Columbus is holding a special meeting the 20th of November for shareholders to vote on the spinout. Shareholders as of the Share Distribution Record Date will receive 1/5th of a share of Allegiant for every Columbus share held. The company anticipates the record date to be four business days after the meeting or the 24th of November. So if you own 10,000 shares of Columbus on the Record Date, you will be handed 2,000 shares of Allegiant.
That's a hell of a deal for a couple of reasons. Andy Wallace is going to be the CEO of Allegiant. As a manager and now owner of Cordex, he helped the company find an incredible eight gold mine discoveries in Nevada including the five million ounce Marigold Mine, the twelve million ounce Lone Tree Mine and the Daisy Mine.
Allegiant plans on drilling ten projects of the fourteen in the first twelve months. Their two most important projects are Eastside with an existing 721,000 gold equivalent ounce resource and a historic gold resource of 270,000 ounces and the Bolo project northeast of Tonopah. Columbus recently drilled 14 RC holes at Bolo about 500 meters south of a historic hole returning 30.5 meters of 3.24 g/t gold, 12.2 meters of 3.05 g/t gold and 19.8 meters of 1.1 g/t gold. The company is not going to release the results of the drilling until after the spinout is complete. They anticipate assays being back about mid-December.
Columbus is in the process of setting up a non-brokered private placement with terms not yet disclosed. The shares will be free trading right out of the chute.
The spinout is brilliant for creating more value to both Columbus and existing shareholders. Columbus will get 13% of the new shares, existing shareholders will get 52% and new investors will receive about 35% of Allegiant. Allegiant will be well funded for a major 2017-2018 exploration program.
Columbus Gold is not an advertiser. I bought shares in the open market that I intend to hold through the record date and I am participating in the private placement. Do your own due diligence.
CGT-T $0.65 (Oct 20, 2017)
CBGDF-OTCBB 153 million shares
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