SOURCE: Luna Gold Corp.

Luna Gold Corp.

March 20, 2015 06:00 ET

Luna Gold Announces Restructuring of Sandstorm Stream Agreement

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - March 20, 2015) - Luna Gold Corp. (TSX: LGC) (LMA: LGC) (OTCQX: LGCUF), "Luna" or the "Company") announced today that the Company has signed a Letter of Intent with Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm") (NYSE MKT: SAND) (TSX: SSL) outlining restructuring of its gold stream and debt facility agreement (the "Proposed Restructuring"). Sandstorm currently holds a 17% gold stream (the "Gold Stream") on Luna's Aurizona project in Brazil (the "Aurizona Project") and has a debt facility outstanding to Luna with a principal amount of US$20 million (the "Debt Facility").

The Proposed Restructuring is subject to a number of conditions, including (i) a concurrent equity raise with gross proceeds to Luna of at least CA$20 million, (ii) regulatory approvals such as the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange, (iii) the approval of Luna's shareholders, and (iv) the negotiation and execution of definitive agreements for the Proposed Restructuring. Until the conditions are satisfied there can be no assurances that the Proposed Restructuring will be completed. The Company is seeking equity investors as part of its ongoing review of strategic alternatives, but as of this date has no agreement with any investor for an equity investment that meets Sandstorm's terms. Subject to the execution of definitive agreements, the Company anticipates completion of the Proposed Restructuring on or around June 30, 2015, assuming the conditions can be met.

Restructuring Terms

Gold Stream Restructuring

Under the terms of the Proposed Restructuring, the Gold Stream would be terminated and replaced by two net smelter return royalties ("NSR") (the "Aurizona Project NSR" and the "Greenfields NSR") and a convertible debenture. The Aurizona Project NSR would cover the entire Aurizona project, including the current 43-101 compliant Resources, and all adjacent exploration upside that would be processed through the Aurizona mill net of third party refining costs. The Aurizona Project NSR would be a sliding scale royalty based on the price of gold as follows:

  • 3% if the price of gold is less than or equal to US$1,500 per ounce;
  • 4% if the price of gold is between US$1,500 per ounce and US$2,000 per ounce; and
  • 5% if the price of gold is greater than US$2,000 per ounce.

The Greenfields NSR would cover the 190,073 hectares of exploration ground held by Luna and would be a 2% NSR. Luna would have the right to purchase one-half of the Greenfields NSR for US$10 million at any time prior to commercial production.

Sandstorm would hold a right of first refusal on any future streams or royalties on the Aurizona Project and Greenfields.

Under the Proposed Restructuring, Sandstorm would also receive a US$30 million debenture bearing interest at a rate of 5% per annum (the "Debenture"). The Debenture would be payable in three equal annual tranches of US$10 million plus accrued interest beginning January 1, 2018. Luna would have the right to convert principal and interest owing under the Debenture into common shares of Luna, so long as Sandstorm does not own more than 20% of the outstanding common shares of Luna.

Sandstorm US$20 million Debt Facility Agreement

Under the existing Sandstorm Debt Facility amendment, the maturity date of the Debt Facility would be extended from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2021, the interest rate would be revised to 5% per annum, payable in cash on the maturity date, and Luna would be subject to a default rate of interest equal to 10% per annum.

Luna Gold's President and CEO Marc Leduc commented, "The proposed restructuring of the Sandstorm steaming agreement is a key component to moving Luna toward viability. The Company assets are, and remain, sound and pursuing this restructuring is a first step toward moving in a direction in which all parties can benefit."

About Luna Gold Corp.

Luna is a gold production and exploration company engaged in the operation, discovery, and development of gold projects in Brazil.

Marc Leduc, P. Eng., the President and CEO of the Company, is a "qualified person" as such term is defined in NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information included in this press release.

On behalf of the Company

LUNA GOLD CORP.

Marc Leduc P.Eng. -- President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Website: www.lunagold.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain "forward looking statements" and certain "forward looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "plans" or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the successful completion of the Restructuring or any transaction or transactions similar in nature, regulatory and shareholder approvals of any such transactions, the Company's ability to continue as a going concern, future or continued mining operations, expected gold production and/or the results of analysis on gold production, expected grades, anticipated tailings facility cost, anticipated timing for the release of the new resource and reserve estimates and the Company's compliance with its debt and other financing arrangements. Forward-looking statements are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions that while believed by management to be reasonable, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties concerning the specific factors identified in Luna Gold Corp.'s periodic filings with Canadian Securities Regulators. These factors include the inherent risks involved in a significant transaction such as the Restructuring or other related transactions, regulatory and shareholder approvals, financial performance or results, suspension and potential restart of operations, the effect of the Company's non-compliance with certain covenants in its debt and other financing agreements, the exploration and development of mineral properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drill results and other exploration data, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, accidents, equipment breakdowns, title matters, labor disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in production and operations, fluctuating metal prices, unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, regulatory restrictions, including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability, competition, loss of key employees, uncertainties with respect to non-compliance with credit facility covenants and other related risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information except as required by applicable law. Such forward-looking information represents management's best judgment based on information currently available. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may vary materially. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information

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