Earn-in Agreement on Donovan 2 Copper-Gold Project Executed between Capstone Mining Corp and Alien Metals
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Alien Metals Ltd (AlienMetals or the Company), a minerals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that it has executed an Earn-in Agreement (“Agreement”) with Capstone Mining Corp (Capstone) (TSX: CS) over its Donovan 2 Copper-Gold project (the “Project”) in Mexico (Transaction). Pursuant to the Agreement, Capstone has the ability to acquire up to an 80% interest in Donovan 2 by sole funding the Project up to completion of a Prefeasibility Study.
– Capstone can earn an initial 65% interest in Donovan 2 through a combination of cash payments and committed expenditure, consisting of:
o US$290,000 in cash payments to Alien over three years; and
o US$3,600,000 in valid exploration expenditure over three years (including US$150,000 being incurred by 31 December 2020)
– Capstone can increase their interest from 65% to 75% by making a further cash payment of US$200,000 and funding the costs associated with a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA)
– Following delivery of the PEA, in the event Alien elects not to contribute pro-rata to its 25% interest, Capstone Mining has the ability to sole-fund the costs of a Prefeasibility Study (PFS) to earn an additional 5% in Donovan 2 (bringing their holding to 80% and Alien 20%)
– Thereafter, each party will fund their pro-rata interest in the Project or dilute according to industry standard mechanisms. In the event Alien dilutes to below 5%, it’s interest will convert to a 2% Royalty
– The Transaction with Capstone delivers the potential for immediate advancement of the Donovan 2 Copper-Gold project while allowing Alien to focus exploration activities across its project portfolio
Further to the RNS dated 9 September 2020, Alien and Capstone had entered into an Exclusivity Agreement whereby Capstone, a mid-tier North American mining company, secured a 45-day period to undertake due diligence to their satisfaction with the aim of the parties executing a joint venture agreement for Capstone to acquire an interest in Donovan 2.
Bill Brodie Good, CEO & Technical Director of Alien Metals, commented:
“The Company is extremely pleased to have executed the Agreement with Capstone Mining. This transaction sees the potential for considerable expenditure to be invested into Donovan 2 over the next few years as the project progresses through to feasibility studies. I thank the team at Capstone Mining for their efforts over the last few months and I look forward to working with them.
“Importantly, the transaction is in line with the Company’s model of unlocking value in its project portfolio; with Capstone overseeing exploration at Donovan 2, the Company’s management team can focus its exploration efforts at Hamersley and Elizabeth Hill in Western Australia and commence maiden drilling at Los Campos and San Celso.”
Figure 1: Location of Donovan 2 Project, Zacatecas Region, Mexico
The key terms of the Transaction for Capstone to move to an 80% interest in Donovan 2 are as follows:
1. Capstone can accelerate work expenditure at their election
2. If Alien chooses not to fund its pro-rata cost of the PFS, Capstone is entitled to a further 5% interest post-delivery of PFS
3. If Alien dilutes to a 2% Royalty, Capstone has the ability to buy back 1% of the Royalty for US1 million
4. The estimated cost of delivery of the PEA is US$1 million
5. The estimated cost of delivery of the PFS is US$5 million
Under the terms of the Earn-in Agreement, Capstone has given Alien a right of first refusal to acquire the Project should Capstone choose to dispose of its interest. Alien will remain the Operator of the Project up until the end of Stage 1A.
For further information please visit the Company’s website at www.alienmetals.uk
Notes to Editors
Alien Metals Ltd is a mining exploration and development company listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange (LSE: UFO). The Company’s focus is on precious and base metal commodities.
Alien Metals has embarked upon an acquisition-led strategy headed by a high-quality geological team to build a strong portfolio of diversified assets including two recent acquisitions in 2019. These include the Brockman and Hancock Ranges high-grade (Direct Shipping Ore) iron ore projects and the Elizabeth Hill Silver projects both located in the Pilbara region, Western Australia.
In addition to progressing and developing its portfolio of assets and following its strategic review of its portfolio of silver and precious metals projects in Mexico, Alien Metals has identified priority exploration targets within its 9 mining concessions which it is working to advance systematically. The Company’s silver projects are located in the Zacatecas State, Mexico’s largest silver producing state which produced over 190m oz of silver in 2018 alone accounting for 45% of the total silver production of Mexico for that year.
About Capstone Mining Corp .
Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, focused on copper. It has two producing mines, the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US and the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico. In addition, Capstone owns 70% of Santo Domingo, a large scale, fully-permitted, copper-iron-gold project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, as well as a portfolio of exploration properties.
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