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Endeavour Agrees to Sell 43% Interest in Crew Gold for US$215 Million Cash

Endeavour Financial Corporation is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding agreement for the sale of its shares of Crew Gold Corporation to Severstal Gold N.V. for US$215 million in cash. Endeavour had acquired its investment in Crew Gold at a total cost of US$134.5 million such that the sale of this investment realizes a profit of US$80.5 million.

Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer commented:
Endeavour has accepted the opportunity to exit its investment in Crew Gold at a significant profit which is a superior alternative to remaining in a minority shareholder position. The capital derived from monetizing this investment will be used to fund our growth and build value for Endeavour shareholders. Following this transaction Endeavour has approximately US$180 million of cash and access to a US$100 million Acquisition Facility. We are now in a position to aggressively seek acquisition opportunities in the gold sector

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