DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gatos Silver, Inc. (NYSE: GATO) (TSX: GATO) (“Gatos Silver” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has reached a definitive agreement with Dowa Metals & Mining Co., Ltd. (“Dowa”) to retire the outstanding Los Gatos Joint Venture (“LGJV”) Term Loan (“Term Loan”). Gatos Silver’s attributable portion of the Term Loan and related fees is approximately $154.8 million. The Term Loan retirement is expected to close soon.
Stephen Orr, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The successful completion of this definitive agreement is a significant value-catalyst and deleveraging event for the LGJV. This agreement also reaffirms our commitment to creating value for our Gatos Silver stakeholders while continuing to position Gatos Silver as the prominent “go-to” company for silver exposure. We are grateful for Dowa’s ongoing support to the LGJV and look forward to continuing our accretive relationship.”
About Gatos Silver
Gatos Silver is a silver dominant exploration, development and production company that discovered a new silver and zinc-rich mineral district in southern Chihuahua State, Mexico. To-date, 14 zones of mineralization have been defined within the district and all are characterized by silver-zinc-lead epithermal mineralization. More than 85% of the approximately 103,087-hectare mineral rights package has yet to be drilled, representing a highly prospective and underexplored district. As a 70%-owner of the LGJV, the Company recently built and commissioned its first operating mine and mineral processing plant at the LGJV’s Cerro Los Gatos deposit.
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