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Asante buys Chirano gold mine in Ghana

Canadian, Asante Gold has purchased Chirano gold mine in Ghana from Kinross Gold. The sale was in a cash and shares deal worth $225 million.

The Toronto-based company will receive $115 million in cash and Asante common shares with a value of $50 million based on the 30-day average price of the buying company prior to closing. Kinross will also receive a total deferred payment of $60 million in cash, with 50% payable on the first anniversary of closing and the other 50% payable on the second anniversary of closing.

Chirano represented nearly 3% of Kinross’ total mineral reserve estimates as of year-end 2021 and with its sale, the company will no longer have assets or interests in Ghana. The deal, expected to close around the end of May, follows Kinross’ sale earlier this month of all its Russian assets to Highland Gold Mining.

Chirano gold mine

“The mine is a relatively small, short-life mine in an operating jurisdiction with no synergies other Kinross assets. Even correcting for what is potentially a low mined grade in our forecasts, we believe the sale price is a fair value,” said BMO Metals and Mining analyst Jackie Przybylowski.

The open-pit and underground mining operation in southwestern Ghana produced 154,668 gold-equivalent ounces in 2021, compared to 166,590 in 2020 and is located immediately south of Asante Gold’s Bibiani gold mine. The government of Ghana holds a 10% interest.

Before the invasion of Ukraine, Kinross had forecast that about 13% of its global production would come from Russia, where it operated for 25 years. Asante, which acquired Bibiani from Australia’s Resolute Mining (ASX, LON: RSG) last year, began production at the asset in February.

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