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Asante Gold enters JV for gold development project in Ghana

CSE-listed, Asante Gold Corporation entered into the C$19.5M joint venture with BXC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic Technology Stock Co. (BFXC), to earn 50% of the Kubi Gold JV and a 30% equity interest in Asante Gold.

BXC will participate in a private placement by purchasing 16 468 400 or such other number of common shares necessary to give BXC a 30% equity interest in the then issued capital of the company, at a price of $0.20 per share, subject to the approval of the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE).

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Mining at Kubi pit – circa 2005

Asante Gold will apply 10% of the proceeds of the private placement to its unallocated working capital and the balance to complete its initial funding of the Kubi Gold JV.

The agreement is subject to final due diligence and closing is expected by 31 December 2016.

In addition, BXC has also committed to provide additional funding to the Kubi Gold JV on reasonable commercial terms, for the construction of additional facilities such as a production shaft, full processing facilities or expansion.

The company notes that BXC has the right to maintain a 30% equity interest in new equity financings announced by Asante Gold and up to two seats on the board of directors of the company.

However, the agreement is subject to all requisite governmental and regulatory approvals, including disinterested shareholder approval and closing of the Kubi acquisition from Goknet Mining such approvals expected at the Asante AGM to be held in Vancouver on 28 December, 2016, and if required, the consent of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana and any shareholder, regulatory and stock exchange approvals required by BFXC.

Moreover, Asante has agreed to pay from its share of the JV revenue the two underlying Kubi royalties: the Goknet 1% Net Smelter Returns royalty (recently re-negotiated to 1% NSR from previous 2% NSR) and the Royal Gold 3% net proceeds of production royalty.

New mining leases in Ghana also carry on behalf of the Ghana government a 5%NSR and a 10% interest in any dividends paid out by the operating company.

Douglas R. MacQuarrie, President & CEO comments: “We are extremely pleased to welcome BXC as our JV partner and major shareholder to move Kubi forward to production.”

“Their successful operating history in Ghana and strong balance sheet will complement our strengths in gold exploration, discovery and development,” says MacQuarrie.

MacQuarrie says BXC’s commitment to secure future debt funding for the joint venture gives Asante a non-dilutive path forward to fully develop the potential of Kubi.

Overview of BXC

BXC is listed in China on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of US$580 million, and primarily involved in national power grid infrastructure in Asia, South America and Africa.

BXC has been active in Ghana for a decade and has completed or current contracts for over $200 million including: the design, build and operation of the 20MW Mankoadze solar plant, two $20 million projects pre-financed by BXC involving the upgrade and extension of power grid networks and a $170 million 10 year contract with the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG) installing 450 000 smart meters to reduce distribution system losses.

BXC is also developing two gold mining leases and two exploration projects in Ghana.

As a result of this agreement, the company has suspended the previously announced $0.18 unit private placement offering.

Subscriptions that were received and accepted up to 3 October 2016, will be completed, totaling 2 125 311 units for gross proceeds of $382 556.

In addition, BXC says that no Insiders, directors of Asante, principals or associates of BXC are participating in the placement and that finders fees of $15 000 and 41 667 warrants are payable.

Yi Cheng, Group Chairman of BXC and President of BFXC, concludes, “Our financial and operating strength complements Asante’s proven exploration and development expertise. We are committed to assisting Ghana to provide electricity at competitive rates – which will enhance our growing investments in the gold mining sector.”