SolGold scores $150m in funding from Franco Nevada – by Cecilia Jamasmie ( – May 11, 2020)

Ecuador-focused miner SolGold (LON, TSX:SOLG) has secured up to $150 million from streaming company Franco Nevada (TSX, NYSE: FNV), which it will use to develop its Alpala copper-gold project.

The company said the net smelter return (NSR) agreement includes an initial $100 million. Franco-Nevada, which provides natural resource companies with upfront cash in exchange for future production, will receive a perpetual 1% NSR.

The total amount could increase by $50 million, at SolGold’s discretion. The move would also increase the NSR for Franco Nevada to 1.5%.

The company said it would spend the coming months developing a feasibility study for Alpala, the largest deposit found at its Cascabel copper-gold asset, located 180 km north of Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

SolGold, which says its Ecuador project is one of the largest copper-gold porphyry systems ever discovered, expects to start production in 2025.

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