TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2021 /CNW/ – HARTE GOLD CORP. (“Harte Gold” or the “Company“) (TSX: HRT) (OTC: HRTFF) (Frankfurt: H4O) announces that it has been advised that BNP Paribas (“BNPP”) has assigned its rights and obligations in its capacity as lender under the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement made as of August 28, 2020 (as amended to the date hereof, the “Credit Agreement”) and the Forbearance Agreement made as of July 30, 2021 (as amended to the date hereof, the “Forbearance Agreement”) to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Silver Lake Resources Limited (“Silver Lake”).
Silver Lake has stated in its news release of earlier today that it “intends to work cooperatively with Harte Gold and its stakeholders to deliver an outcome which will provide the best opportunity to realize the full potential of the Sugar Zone mine and the associated land package“.
Pursuant to the terms of the Forbearance Agreement, Silver Lake cannot, subject to certain terms and conditions, enforce its rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement until November 30, 2021 (the “Forbearance Period”). There can be no assurance that the Forbearance Agreement will be further extended by Silver Lake or, if it is extended, what the terms of such further extension will be. If the Forbearance Agreement is not extended at the end of the Forbearance Period, Silver Lake will have the right to demand immediate repayment of all outstanding indebtedness under the Credit Agreement and to initiate steps to enforce its rights.
The Strategic Review Process has not yet resulted in any binding offers being received by the Company. There can be no assurance that the Strategic Review Process will result in a transaction, what the value of any transaction might be, what the terms or timing of such a transaction might be or that the Company will be able to continue as a going concern.
The Company continues to expect that the Strategic Review Process will not result in a transaction which would provide any value for holders of Harte Gold’s equity securities (including securities convertible into or exercisable for equity securities). As a result of the foregoing, holders of Harte Gold’s equity securities (including securities convertible into or exercisable for equity securities) are cautioned that trading in such securities is highly speculative, and that the trading prices for such securities may bear little or no relationship to the actual realization of value, if any, by holders thereof at the ultimate outcome of the Strategic Review Process. Also, there can be no assurance that the Company’s common shares will continue to trade on the TSX or on any other trading platform.
Based on the Company’s current cash flow forecast, the Company will still require additional financing prior to the end of 2021 in order to continue operations and conclude the Strategic Review Process. However, there can be no assurance that the Company will obtain the required financing or what the terms of such financing might be.
The Company will provide updates when further disclosure is required or otherwise appropriate.
About Harte Gold Corp.
Harte Gold holds a 100% interest in the Sugar Zone mine located in White River, Canada. The Sugar Zone Mine entered commercial production in 2019. The Company has further potential through exploration at the Sugar Zone Property, which encompasses 81,287 hectares covering a significant greenstone belt. Harte Gold trades on the TSX under the symbol “HRT”, on the OTC under the symbol “HRTFF” and on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol “H4O”.
Cautionary note regarding forward-looking information:
This news release includes “forward-looking statements”, within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which are based on the opinions and estimates of management and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “budget”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “forecast”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “should”, “believe” and similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, there being no assurance that the Forbearance Agreement will be further extended by Silver Lake or, if it is extended, what the terms of such further extension will be; Silver Lake having the right to demand immediate repayment of all outstanding indebtedness under the Credit Agreement and to initiate steps to enforce its rights at the end of the Forbearance Period; there being no assurance that the Strategic Review Process will result in a successful transaction, what the value of any transaction might be, what the terms or timing of such a transaction might be or the Company will be able to continue as a going concern; the Strategic Review Process not being expected to result in a transaction which would provide any value for holders of Harte Gold’s equity securities; the trading prices for Harte Gold’s equity securities bearing little or no relationship to their actual realization of value, if any; whether the Company’s common shares will continue to trade on the TSX or on any other trading platform; the Company requiring additional financing prior to the end of 2021; there being no assurance that the Company will obtain the required financing or what the terms of such financing might be; the Company providing updates when further disclosure is required or otherwise appropriate; and the Company having further potential through exploration at the Sugar Zone Property. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions including material estimates and assumptions related to the factors set forth below that, while considered reasonable by the Company as at the date of this press release in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic, and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Strategic Review Process failing to result in a transaction that provides value to the Company’s stakeholders; the Company being unable to secure sufficient financing to complete the Strategic Review Process; the Company being unable to continue as a going concern; the risk that the Company will not have adequate sources of funding to finance the Company’s operations in the near future; the risk that the Company will not be able to obtain sufficient financing for working capital, capital expenditures, debt service requirements, and general corporate or other purposes; the risk that the Company has insufficient assets to meet its liabilities or satisfy its creditors; the Company being able to attract and retain qualified candidates to join the Company’s management team and board of directors, risks associated with the mining industry, including operational risks in exploration, development and production; delays or changes in plans with respect to exploration or development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of reserve estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections in relation to production, costs and expenses; the uncertainty surrounding the ability of the Company to obtain all permits, agreements, consents or authorizations required for its operations and activities; and health, safety and environmental risks, the risk of commodity price and foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the ability of Harte Gold to fund the capital and operating expenses necessary to achieve the business objectives of Harte Gold, the uncertainty associated with commercial negotiations and negotiating with contractors and other parties and risks associated with international business activities, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2021, and in other filings of the Company with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Due to the risks, uncertainties and assumptions inherent in forward-looking statements, prospective investors in securities of the Company should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks, uncertainties and other factors are not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements or in any other documents filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The Toronto Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.