Columbus Gold Announces $2 Million Private Placement and Provides Montagne d’Or Project Update; Nordgold Increases Its Equity Interest in Columbus

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAN$2 million, and to provide an update on the status of the Montagne d’Or gold mine project (Columbus 44.99% and Nordgold 55.01%) in French Guiana.

The private placement* will be for up to 10,000,000 units at a price of $0.20 per unit.  Each unit will be comprised of one common share of Columbus, and a half warrant. Each full warrant will entitle the holder, on exercise, to purchase one common share of Columbus at a price of $0.40, for a period of 12 months from the closing date of the private placement.  Finders fees will be paid in connection with a portion of the private placement in accordance with the policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX"). Columbus intends to use the proceeds of the private placement for general working capital purposes. The private placement is subject to approval by the TSX.

Nordgold will subscribe to 4,671,048 units in the private placement to increase its interest in Columbus to 9.99% on a non-diluted basis, and 11.22% when taking into account the effect of the exercise of the Nordgold warrants.

Columbus Gold’s proposed mine development at Montagne d’Or in French Guiana upholds responsible mining principals, with a view to mitigating environmental impact while allowing for economic development.  The Montagne d’Or gold mine will be the 2 largest employer in a region of France where unemployment is disproportionately high.

The process towards permitting of Montagne d’Or continues to move forward.  On December 5, 2018, the French National Commission of Public Debate (the “”) officially acknowledged the decision of the Montagne d’Or joint-venture to move forward with permitting and development of the Montagne d’Or gold mine, subject to certain modifications based on the recommendations of the CNDP (see news release dated November 27, 2018). 

A report by the inter-ministerial mission (see news release dated November 27, 2018), is expected to be filed in the coming weeks.  The mission is a joint ministerial task-force under the direction of the French Ministers of Environment, of Economy and Finance, and of Overseas Territories.  Its purpose is to assess the social and economic benefits, and the impacts, of the development of the gold mining industry in French Guiana, taking into consideration in particular Montagne d'Or, the most advanced large gold project in French Guiana.  Based on the conclusions and recommendations of the task-force’s report, the French Government, in close cooperation with the local authorities of French Guiana, will consider the conditions under which the gold mining industry in French Guiana will operate.             

There is opposition to the Montagne d'Or mine development, principally by NGOs, and some politicians.  However, Montagne d’Or continues to garner widespread support from numerous local groups, three out of the four local workers' trade unions that have signed agreements with the Montagne d’Or joint-venture company, and a majority of the elected representatives of French Guiana, notably whom has stated on several occasion: "".  In a very recent television news interview (January 7, 2019) Mr. Alexandre reiterated his strong views in support of the project.  Click here to view the interview:

Other elected representatives of French Guiana that express ongoing support for Montagne d'Or include , the Mayor of Saint-Laurent du Maroni (Montagne d'Or is located within the municipal jurisdiction of Saint-Laurent du Maroni),, Mayor of the Municipality of Apatou (the closest community to Montagne d'Or) and Vice-President of the Organization of Municipalities of West French Guiana, , one of two Delegates of the National Assembly representing French Guiana in the lower house of Parliament of France, , one of two Senators representing French Guiana in the upper house of the Parliament of France.  Another Delegate representing French Guiana, , has expressed his opposition to the use of cyanide, requesting the government to ban cyanide technologies in the mining industry in France.  His proposed bill is at an early stage and can take months or even years to be voted on, if ever.  Similar bills to ban cyanide mineral processing technologies have been proposed in 2010 and again in 2017 by some members of the European parliament.  In both instances the proposed bills were flatly rejected by the European Commission (see news release dated November 20, 2018).

Other notable individuals that have expressed support for Montagne d’Or in the past (see news release dated August 7, 2018) include:

Columbus is pursuing additional opportunities in French Guiana that could establish Columbus as the dominant player in a world class emerging gold mining district.

*The private placement securities referred to in this news release have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements.  This news release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale, nor a solicitation for offers to buy any securities. Any public offering of securities in the United States must be made by means of a prospectus containing detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.

Columbus is French Guiana’s leading gold exploration and development company.  Columbus holds a major interest in the world-class Montagne d'Or gold deposit.  A feasibility study for Montagne d'Or was filed in May 2017, and the permitting process is currently underway.  Columbus is also earning into the Maripa gold exploration project where past drilling has returned excellent near surface results, including 36 meters of 4.3 g/t gold.

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Globe Newswire: 20:31 GMT Friday 11th January 2019

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