Skeena Sees Barrick Exercise Warrants, Sell Out Of 12.9% Ownership Position Entirely

Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX) has apparently done a quick flip on shares of Skeena Resources (TSX: SKE). While Skeena this morning was busy announcing that Barrick had bought shares from the treasury, Barrick was announcing that it had sold those same shares, and more.

Skeena Resources has evidently seen Barrick Gold exercise 2.8 million warrants, generating the company gross proceeds of $30.4 million in the process. The warrants, which contained an exercise price of $10.80 per share, were originally issued in October 2020.

The company has indicated that funds from the exercise are to be used for a 60,000 metre drill campaign that will utilize a total of eight drill rigs this summer. Drilling is primarily focused on supplementing the current mine plan, as well as exploratory drilling of the 21A West Zone and the 23 Zone.

Barrick meanwhile this morning announced it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with an investment dealer to sell 8.8 million common shares of Skeena. The shares are to be sold on a bought deal basis at $15.00 per common share. As a result, the company expects to see gross proceeds of $132.5 million from the offering.

The negative here for Skeena, is that Barrick is entirely selling out of its position – meaning the company has lost a major shareholder. Presently, the 8.8 million shares represent 12.9% of the issued and outstanding shares of Skeena, meaning volatility may be soon coming for the company.

The sale is said to be due to investment portfolio management purposes.

The loss of the major investor follows the news last month that the company does not have the mineral rights to historic material at its storage facility.

Skeena Resources last traded at $15.78 on the TSX.

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