Hawthorne Gold Corp.
TSX VENTURE : HGC

Hawthorne Gold Corp.

March 17, 2008 09:04 ET

Hawthorne Gold Announces $20 Million Financing

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) -

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Hawthorne Gold Corp. ("Hawthorne" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:HGC)(WKN:A0M55U) announces it has arranged a brokered private placement (the "Offering) to raise gross proceeds of up to $20 million led by Blackmont Capital Inc ("Blackmont"). The Offering consists of up to 7,500,000 units (the "Units") priced at $2.00 per Unit to raise gross proceeds of up to $15 million. Each Unit consists of one common share and one-half warrant, with each whole warrant exercisable for a period of 24 months from the closing date of the Offering, to acquire one common share at $2.50 per common share. The Offering also consists of up to 2,083,333 flow-through common shares (the "Flow-Through Common Shares") priced at $2.40 per share to raise gross proceeds of up to $5 million. Blackmont will receive a cash commission of 6% of the gross proceeds raised, and compensation options equal to 6% of the aggregate number of Units and Flow-Through Common Shares sold pursuant to the Offering. Each compensation option will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one common share at an exercise price of $2.00 per common share for a period of 12 months from the closing of the Offering.

Proceeds from the Offering will be used to fund the Company's 2008 field work on the Frasergold deposit, including a planned 26,000 metre definition drill program, development work at the Table Mountain gold project to advance to planned production in 2009, definition drilling at the Taurus deposit and for general working capital. The acquisition of the Table Mountain gold project is subject to the completion of the statutory plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") between Hawthorne and Cusac Gold Mines Ltd. ("Cusac") expected to close in late March 2008 (see Hawthorne's press release dated March 14, 2008). On March 14, 2008, Cusac shareholders and debentureholders voted 93% and 100%, respectively, in favor of the Arrangement. The closing of the Arrangement is subject to final regulatory and court approval.

The common shares and warrants to be issued in connection with this Offering will be subject to a four month hold period from the closing date of the Offering in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") and applicable securities laws.

About Hawthorne Gold Corp.

Hawthorne Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company with key properties located in British Columbia, Canada. Hawthorne is lead by well-respected mining leaders Richard Barclay and Michael Beley together with mining veteran Michael Redfearn. Hawthorne's goal is to become a junior gold producer through planned production at Table Mountain in 2009 and continued resource development at the Frasergold and Taurus deposits.

Pursuant to an option agreement dated October 31, 2006 between Hawthorne and Eureka Resources Inc., Hawthorne can earn a 51% interest in the Frasergold property by completing sufficient exploration expenditures totaling $3.5 million (expended), completing a feasibility study by April 30, 2010 and making cash payments totaling $175,000 ($75,000 paid to date) before October 31, 2009. Hawthorne can earn a further 9% (for a total of 60%) by arranging financing for 70% of the estimated capital costs for production.

ON BEHALF OF HAWTHORNE GOLD CORP.

Richard J. Barclay, President & CEO

Certain information regarding the company including management's assessment of future plans and operations, may constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws and necessarily involve risks associated with mining exploration and development, volatility of prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of resource estimates, environmental and permitting risks, the closing of the merger with Cusac Gold Mines Ltd., access to labour and services, competition from other companies and ability to access sufficient capital. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Hawthorne Gold Corp.
    Robert Ferguson
    (604) 629-1505 or Toll Free: 1-888-629-1505
    or
    Hawthorne Gold Corp.
    Todd Hanas
    Toll Free: 1-866-869-8072
    (604) 629-0923 (FAX)
    Website: www.hawthornegold.com