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For NovaGold Resources Inc. (NYSEMKT:NG) investors, the expected happened on Monday, when the company said it is one step away from being unable to meet its financial obligations.

Shares in NovaGold have fallen more than 75% to C$0.53 in late morning trading.

NovaGold said it received a cash call related to its Galore Creek partnership for about C$1.9-million due today, and does not intend to make the payment. It does, however, intend to make a payment related to a cash call for its Donlin Creek project of approximately $3.9 million due on or about November 27, 2008.

NovaGold also said its cash position has dwindled to just C$10-million due to cost overruns and may need to sell assets in order to repay a C$20-million loan that comes due at the end of this year, because it has been unable to secure financing.

If that weren't enough, the company suspended the startup of its Rock Creek operation in Alaska after it failed to meet environmental requirements.

Source: NovaGold Dangerously Close to Broke