Vancouver, BC (January 3, 2023) Skeena Resources Limited (TSX: SKE, NYSE: SKE) (“Skeena” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has closed a royalty sale (the “Royalty Transaction”) with Franco-Nevada Corporation (“Franco-Nevada”) pursuant to which Skeena granted a 0.5% net smelter returns royalty (“NSR”) on the Eskay Creek gold-silver Project (“Eskay Creek” or the “Project”) to Franco-Nevada in exchange for a closing cash consideration of C$27 million and contingent cash consideration of C$1.5 million. As highlighted in the Company’s September 26, 2022 news release, Skeena repurchased this 0.5% NSR from Barrick Gold Corporation after it was initially granted in connection with the acquisition of Eskay Creek.
The Royalty Transaction was signed and closed concurrently on December 30, 2022. In connection with this transaction, Skeena terminated Franco-Nevada’s right of first refusal to purchase a 0.5% NSR on Eskay Creek, which right was granted to Franco-Nevada on December 24, 2021.
The net proceeds of the Royalty Transaction will be used by the Company to fund exploration and development activities at Eskay Creek and for general administration and corporate purposes.
Skeena Resources Limited is a Canadian mining exploration and development company focused on revitalizing the past-producing Eskay Creek gold-silver mine located in Tahltan Territory in the Golden Triangle of northwest British Columbia, Canada. The Company released a Feasibility Study for Eskay Creek in September 2022 which highlights an open-pit average grade of 4.00 g/t AuEq, an after-tax NPV5% of C$1.4B, 50% IRR, and a 1-year payback at US$1,700/oz Au and US$19/oz Ag. Skeena is currently continuing exploration drilling at Eskay Creek.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Skeena Resources Limited,
Walter Coles Jr. Randy Reichert
Executive Chairman President & CEO
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