Vaaldiam Mining Inc.
TSX : VAA

Vaaldiam Mining Inc.

June 23, 2010 09:00 ET

Vaaldiam Advances Kenyan Asset Sale

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Vaaldiam Mining Inc. ('Vaaldiam' or 'the Company') (TSX:VAA) and Base Iron Ltd. ('BIL') (ASX:BSE) are pleased to announce that BIL has received firm commitments for its A$4.6 million share issue to finance its acquisition of Vaaldiam's Kwale Project. A number of the investors have also undertaken to subscribe to BIL's A$3.42 million rights issue, which is fully underwritten. The financing and the acquisition are subject only to BIL shareholder approval at the general meeting to be held on June 30, 2010. BIL expects the acquisition of the Kwale Project to close in mid-July. 

Vaaldiam CEO Robert Jackson said "The transaction is advancing, which is very positive. We expect to close when BIL receives shareholder approval and the Government of Kenya completes the documentation. At closing, BIL pays us US$3 million in cash and a further cash royalty of 1.5% on all product revenue from Kwale, which BIL projects will begin in 2013. BIL believes that total project revenues could significantly exceed US$1 billion over its 11-year life, which would generate a minimum total of US$18 million for Vaaldiam that is not reflected in our share price. In Brazil, we are on both schedule and budget to restart production at the Duas Barras diamond mine during Q3 and we are about to start a bulk sampling program on the highly prospective Brauna kimberlite project. We are doing exactly what we said we would with no material changes. We have a strong balance sheet, operating assets, a robust diamond market and good exploration potential in a premier location, Brazil. The market has not yet recognized the transition in value that is taking place, presenting an opportunity for investors".

Vaaldiam's focused strategy is to restart diamond and gold production in Brazil in 2010, using cash from this production and the sale of non-core assets to finance diamond and gold exploration and mine development in Brazil.

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Contact Information

  • Vaaldiam Mining Inc.
    Robert Jackson
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 363-6927
    www.vaaldiam.com