Crocodile Gold Corp.

Crocodile Gold Corp.

December 22, 2014 06:30 ET

Crocodile Gold Successfully Negotiates Termination of Free Cash Flow Sharing Arrangement With Aurico Gold

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 22, 2014) - Crocodile Gold Corp. ("Crocodile Gold" or the "Company") (TSX:CRK)(TSX:CRK.DB)(TSX:CRK.WT)(OTCQX:CROCF)(FRANKFURT:XGC) today announced that it has reached a mutually beneficial agreement with AuRico Gold Inc. ("AuRico") that terminates their net free cash flow sharing arrangement in exchange for a one-time lump sum payment and royalties on the Fosterville and Stawell Gold Mines. The termination of the arrangement is subject to final approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board of Australia ("FIRB").

Under the terms of the net free cash flow sharing arrangement, which was established when Crocodile Gold acquired the Fosterville and Stawell Gold Mines from AuRico in 2012, Crocodile Gold was entitled to cumulative net free cash flow from those mines of up to C$60 million. AuRico would then be entitled to 100% of the next C$30 million in net free cash flow, after which Crocodile Gold and AuRico would share the next C$30 million of net free cash flow on a 50/50 basis until C$120 million of cumulative net free cash flow was achieved, following which AuRico would then be entitled to 20% on an ongoing basis.

Under the revised agreement, which will be effective upon final approval from FIRB, Crocodile Gold will pay AuRico C$20 million in cash on the effective date and will grant AuRico a net smelter return royalty of 2% from the Fosterville Gold Mine, also commencing the effective date, and a 1% royalty from the Stawell Gold Mine commencing January 1, 2016.

"We are extremely pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement that releases Crocodile Gold from its obligation to share the net free cash flow generated from our Fosterville and Stawell Gold Mines," said Rodney Lamond, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crocodile Gold. "Fosterville in particular, is an exciting growth asset for the Company. Terminating the net free cash flow arrangement provides the Company the full economic benefit of developing Fosterville. This is a critical step in supporting the future growth and 5 Year Strategy of Crocodile Gold."

About Crocodile Gold

Crocodile Gold is a Canadian gold mining and exploration company with three operating mines in Australia, in the State of Victoria and the Northern Territory. The objective of Crocodile Gold is to continue production from its three operating mines, Cosmo, Stawell and Fosterville, while also exploring and developing the Company's resources to ensure sustainable production in the future. For additional information, please visit our website

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Cautionary Note

Certain information set forth in this press release contains "forward-looking statements", and "forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, which include the Company's expectations about the termination of the net free cash flow sharing arrangement with AuRico, future performance based on current drill results and past production, expected gold prices, and mineral resource estimates, and are based on Crocodile Gold's current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, which may prove to be incorrect. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "will", "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "projects", "plans", and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Crocodile Gold's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: liabilities inherent in mine development and production; geological, mining and processing technical problems; Crocodile Gold's inability to obtain required mine licences, mine permits and regulatory approvals required in connection with mining and mineral processing operations; competition for, among other things, capital, acquisitions of reserves, undeveloped lands and skilled personnel; incorrect assessments of the value of acquisitions; changes in commodity prices and exchange rates; currency and interest rate fluctuations; various events that could disrupt operations and/or the transportation of mineral products, including labour stoppages and severe weather conditions; the demand for and availability of rail, port and other transportation services; the ability to secure adequate financing and management's ability to anticipate and manage the foregoing factors and risks. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Crocodile Gold undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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