Golden Predator to become royalties and streaming company Gold Bullion Royalty Corp
by Greg Klein
(Update: Effective February 22, 2013, Golden Predator Corp began trading as Americas Bullion Royalty Corp TSX:AMB.)
In a late afternoon announcement January 18, Golden Predator Corp TSX:GPD proposed a new name and strategy. Currently an advanced-stage exploration company moving towards production, Golden Predator plans to become Gold Bullion Royalty Corp, a company “focused entirely on royalty creation.”
The company stated it “intends to build on its existing portfolio of 34 projects to increase revenue and provide lower risk exposure to shareholders through a variety of gold and silver projects in which it will retain a royalty, metal stream or other interest.
“The company plans to divest Golden Predator Canada Corp, which will continue to advance the Brewery Creek Project, as well as a number of other significant properties across the Yukon. This proposed segregation of its two main business components, by spin-out or other mechanism, is designed to maximize shareholder value by allowing the market to independently value two very different businesses.”
How that will happen has yet to be determined. Pending tax and legal advice, the process could involve “a plan of arrangement, dividend or other suitable method” which would have shareholders owning both companies, which would be staffed independently. Golden Predator Canada Corp would apply for a TSX or TSXV listing.
The Gold Bullion portfolio already includes gross proceeds royalties on Midway Gold’s TSXV:MDW Pan and Gold Rock deposits, a 4% GPR on Barrick Gold’s TSX:ABX DTR property, a 1% GPR on a nearby Barrick property and a 2% NSR on Silver Predator’s TSX:SPD Taylor Silver project.
The statement added, “The company controls a royalty package of 34 North America properties, most of which are owned by Gold Bullion Royalty Corp and under lease to a variety of companies including Evolving Gold [TSX:EVG], Orsa Ventures [TSXV:ORN], Columbus Gold [TSXV:CGT],” among others.
“The royalty portfolio also includes several deeded royalties covering projects of McEwen Mining [TSX:MUX], NV Gold [TSXV:NVX] and Silver Scott Mines [OTCPK:SILS].” While the royalty packages brought in $799,762 last year, the company expects royalty revenue to increase as its portfolio grows and projects advance.
The royalty portfolio is “unique in the mineral development industry due to its ability to receive the majority of projected revenues in-kind (gold bullion as opposed to cash),” the statement added.
Golden Predator Corp’s stock opened January 18 at $0.345, a penny higher than its previous close. The shares then reached $0.35 before closing on $0.33. With 153 million shares outstanding, the company had a press time market cap of $50.49 million.