Sandstorm reviewing its investment in cash-starved Colossus Minerals

Vancouver streaming company Sandstorm Metals & Energy (TSX-V:SND) is reviewing its investment in Colossus Minerals (TSX:CSI), which ceased underground development of its Serra Pelada gold-platinum-palladium mine in Brazil saying it needs to raise approximately US$70 million to resume work.

Nolan Watson, president and CEO, Sandstorm Metals Energy

Vancouver streaming company Sandstorm Metals & Energy (TSX-V:SND) is reviewing its investment in Colossus Minerals (TSX:CSI), which ceased underground development of its Serra Pelada gold-platinum-palladium mine in Brazil saying it needs to raise approximately US$70 million to resume work.

The announcement cut Colossus’ value by a third. It is now trading at $0.16 with 168.95 million shares outstanding.

Colossus needs the money for dewatering work. It also wants to commence underground definition drilling in connection with the preparation of a National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource due this month.

Without financing the company, Colossus said it is uncertain that it will “remain an ongoing concern.”

“These circumstances indicate a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt as to the ability of the company to continue as a going concern,” Colossus said in a press release. “The company, in conjunction with its key stakeholders, is continuing its efforts to raise short-term capital to partly address its working capital deficiency and pursue other strategic alternatives.”

Sandstorm said in a press release, “Given that Colossus has material negative working capital, the company will need additional funding in order to proceed with the strategy outlined by its board of directors. Sandstorm will be reviewing its investment in the company for a partial or full impairment as there can be no assurance that adequate funding will be available for Colossus in the future.”

Colossus is a development-stage mining company. The Serra Pelada Mine is a joint venture between Colossus and COOMIGASP located in the State of Pará, Brazil.