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Spanish Mountain Gold Closes $2.7 Mln Private Placement Financing

Vancouver-based Spanish Mountain Gold (CVE:SPA) has closed the brokered private placement financing it announced last month, raising a total of $2.7 million.

The company placed 8.2 million units at a price of 33 cents per share. Each unit is made up of one flow through common share, and one half of one common share purchase warrant.

Every warrant is good for the acquisition of an additional common share at a price of 45 cents for a period of 18 months. The company said each flow through share and warrant is designated as a "flow through share" for the purposes of the Canadian Income Tax Act.

The new funds from the financing will be used to incur exploration expenses on the company's Spanish Mountain gold property in British Columbia, the junior explorer said.

The offering was conducted under an agency agreement with Secutor Capital Management, with Spanish Mountain paying the agent a cash commission.

The news today follows Spanish Mountain's announcement in November, of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the project it has been drilling since 2005 in central British Columbia, with the report estimating a pre-tax net present value of US$454 million and an internal rate of return (NYSE:IRR) of 15%.

The Spanish Mountain gold project in BC is projected to have a 15 year mine life, producing an average of 197,000 ounces of gold per year for the first 14 years, with total life-of-mine production of 2.8 million ounces of the yellow metal and one million ounces of silver.

The property, with higher grade gold closer to the surface, has estimated average gold production of 268,000 ounces per year for the first three years of operation, and an average feed grade of 0.7 grams per tonne (g/t) gold.

The grade for the first three years is relatively high, considering the average grade over the 15-year life of the mine is projected at 0.48 g/t gold.

According to the company, cash costs of US$526 per ounce for the first three years are also considerably lower than the industry average of $714 per ounce for the first half of this year. For the full life of the mine, cash costs are projected at US$774 per ounce.

"Due to the nature of the deposit we can benefit from higher grade production over the first few years providing the potential for a reduced payback period," president Brian Groves recently told Proactive Investors.

Using a discount rate of 5% and a 40,000 tonne per day scenario, the resulting pre-tax net present value of US$454 million is much higher than Spanish Mountain Gold's market cap of just $55 million - implying a near 9 times multiple - a significant spread.

The NI 43-101 report, which shows the economic viability of building a new gold mine and mill complex at the project, estimated a post-tax net present value of $291 million using the same 5% discount rate, with an IRR of 12%, after tax.

Initial capital costs were pegged at US$755.9 million, including contingency, meaning the project will be easier to finance given comparative projects out there with capex estimates of well over $1 billion.

The company says it has a strong cash position with no debt and owns 100 per cent of four gold properties in British Columbia.

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