VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – January 3, 2014 - Batero Gold Corp. (“Batero,” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: BAT) is pleased to announce certain changes in management with the appointment of Mr. Juan David Uribe as Interim President and CEO and the appointment of Mr. Jorge Torres as Chief Financial Officer. The management changes are effective January 2nd 2014. Mr. Juan David Uribe is currently a director of Batero Gold and one of the founding shareholders of the Company. Mr. Uribe is a Senior Partner of the law firm of Uribe Trías Valencia S.A.S., practicing mainly in the natural resource and corporate law sectors in Latin America. Previously, Mr. Uribe served as Corporate Counsel for TVX Colombia, Newcrest, Philips Corporation, Hewlett Packard Company and Agilent Technologies, among other multinational corporations with a presence in Colombia. For more than ten years, Mr. Uribe was an executive in the Colombian Financial sector working as a Board Member of QBE Insurance Company, Senior Credit VP of Banco Latino, Colombia, and as National Credit Manager of Caja de Credito Agrario Industrial y Minero, among others.
Mr. Félix Navarro-Grau, director of Batero Gold stated,” On behalf of the board I welcome Mr. Uribe in his expanded role as Interim President andCEO. Mr. Uribe’s experience in mining and exploration in Colombia will be an asset for Batero Gold. Additionally, I would like to thank Darryl Lindsay for his services as InterimCEO, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President and his work to define the Batero-Quinchia project from exploration through resource definition and completion of the recent Preliminary Economic Assessment. Mr. Lindsay’s management of the project and work in the community has assisted in rapidly advancing the project.”
Mr. Lindsay remains as a director of the Company. An executive search is ongoing for a President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Torres has worked in financial positions with numerous companies including AngloGold Ashanti, Colombia S.A.S as well as the Ministerio de la Protección Social in Colombia. Mr. Torres holds a Business Administration degree from Corporación Unificada de Educación Superior in Bogota as well as a Public Accounting designation from Universidad La Gran Colombia in Bogota.
Mr. Uribe, Director and Interim CEO of Batero Gold stated “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Darren Tindale for his services as Chief Financial Officer and diligent work to dramatically reduce the cost structure and burn rate of the company at this time. We welcome Jorge Torres to the Batero team and his significant experience in Colombia will be an asset to Batero Gold.”
Batero today remains in a strong cash position with a dramatically reduced cost structure which provides opportunity for acquisitions and the capability of moving the Batero-Quinchia project forward in today’s challenging capital markets.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF
BATERO GOLD CORP.
Juan David Uribe
Interim CEO / Director
Batero Gold Corporation
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Batero Gold Corp.
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ABOUT BATERO GOLD
Batero Gold Corp. is a precious and base metals exploration and development Company. The Company is focused on two primary objectives. The first of these objectives is the advancement of the La Cumbre oxide deposit. La Cumbre is located within the Company’s 100% owned Batero-Quinchia Gold Project, which sits within Colombia’s emerging and prolific Mid Cauca gold and copper belt. Batero is moving the La Cumbre oxide deposit towards the goal of making a production decision, once the appropriate level of study has been completed, and intends to first target the near and at surface higher grade oxidized gold mineralization at the deposit. Batero’s second objective is to pursue opportunities to acquire prospective high-grade, production focused mineral properties in Colombia. In pursuing both these objectives, Batero plans to leverage its secure treasury position, strong regional relationships, experienced management team, and long-term financial partners. Shares of the Vancouver-based company trade on the Toronto Venture Exchange under the symbol BAT.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain of the statements and information in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” or “forward-looking information” Any statements or information that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “plans”, “estimates”, “intends”, “targets”, “goals”, “forecasts”, “objectives”, “potential” or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements or information.
Forward-looking statements or information relate to, among other things: developing the most efficient and cost-effective leach processing circuit for the Cumbre gold deposit, the timing and scope of expected diamond drilling; resource estimate, grades on the Batero-Quinchia project; scope of mineralization within the Batero-Quinchia project; timing of receipt of permits and regulatory approvals; the sufficiency of the Company’s capital to finance the Company’s operations; geological interpretations and potential mineral recovery processes.
Forward-looking statements or information are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information, including, without limitation, risks relating to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold or certain other commodities; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls, regulations and political or economic developments in Canada, Colombia or other countries in which the Company may carry on business in the future; the uncertainties involved in interpreting geological data; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining activities; the speculative nature of gold exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; and contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of gold exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or the inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks).
This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company’s forward-looking statements or information. Forward-looking statements or information are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those referred to in the Company’s Filing Statement dated as of June 22, 2010 under the heading “Risk Factors”. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.
The Company’s forward-looking statements and information are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this press release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements and information if circumstances or management’s assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements or information. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information.
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