November 30, 2009 - Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE AMEX: TGB) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) announces that it has signed a letter of intent with Sojitz Corporation (“Sojitz”) to establish by early 2010 a joint venture over Taseko’s Gibraltar copper/molybdenum mine in which Taseko will hold 75% and Sojitz 25%. Sojitz will pay approximately $180 million to Taseko for its 25% interest. Taseko will continue to be the operator of Gibraltar.
Russell Hallbauer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Taseko commented, “The formation of this joint venture with a prominent Japanese company is an important step for Taseko, advancing our business plan that includes establishing strategic alliances. As well, it confirms the value that Taseko management has created over the past few years at Gibraltar and underscores the importance of having this long life asset.
This transaction also represents a major advancement of plans to develop our 100% owned Prosperity gold/copper project. With the closing of this transaction, we will have a significant portion of the equity requirement for the construction of a new mine at the Prosperity property.
We are very pleased to have attracted a world class partner in Sojitz. Their historical investments in the British Columbia mining industry and their global trade capabilities position them as an ideal partner for Taseko.”
Sojitz Corporation is a Japanese-based diversified trading company with interests in the machinery, energy and metals, chemicals and consumer products sectors. Sojitz has also made a number of equity investments in the British Columbia mining industry.
The completion of this transaction is subject to ongoing Sojitz due diligence activities, the negotiation and execution of mutually acceptable definitive binding agreements and customary closing deliveries. The letter of intent provides for exclusivity of negotiations and a break fee payable by Taseko.
For further information on Taseko, please see the Company’s website www.tasekomines.com or contact: Brian Bergot, Investor Relations — 778-373-4545, Toll Free 1-800-667-2114.
No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this news release.
CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This document contains “forward-looking statements” that were based on Taseko’s expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates as of which those statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “should” and similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These included but are not limited to:
- uncertainties and costs related to the Company’s exploration and development activities, such as those associated with continuity of mineralization or determining whether mineral resources or reserves exist on a property;
- uncertainties related to the accuracy of our estimates of mineral reserves, mineral resources, production rates and timing of production, future production and future cash and total costs of production and milling;
- uncertainties related to feasibility studies that provide estimates of expected or anticipated costs, expenditures and economic returns from a mining project;
- uncertainties related to our ability to complete the mill upgrade on time estimated and at the scheduled cost;
- uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary licenses permits for development projects and project delays due to third party opposition;
- uncertainties related to unexpected or ongoing judicial or regulatory proceedings;
- changes in, and the effects of, the laws, regulations and government policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, particularly laws, regulations and policies;
- changes in general economic conditions, the financial markets and in the demand and market price for copper, gold and other minerals and commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the U.S. dollar and Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
- the effects of forward selling instruments to protect against fluctuations in copper prices and exchange rate movements and the risks of counterparty defaults, and mark to market risk;
- the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover mining risks;
- the risk of loss of key employees; the risk of changes in accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates;
- environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining including processing and stock piling ore; and
- labour strikes, work stoppages, or other interruptions to, or difficulties in, the employment of labour in markets in which we operate mines, or environmental hazards, industrial accidents or other events or occurrences, including third party interference that interrupt the production of minerals in our mines.
For further information on Taseko, investors should review the Company’s annual Form 40-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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