Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW), the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio announces a merger of its Wilan Project (“Wilan” or the “Project”),
Located in South Australia, with a number of other Australian exploration interests (the “Merger”). The Merger will create a new Australian exploration company and provide Power Metal with exposure to the world class Mount Isa copper belt located within Queensland, Australia
Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources PLC commented:
“Power Metal recognises the forward dynamic of copper as a commodity and the Merger will provide the Company with an immediate equity exposure to a strategic portfolio of exploration interests in the Mount Isa copper belt of Queensland, Australia.
The Queensland Projects are targeting major copper discoveries within a world class copper belt and are situated close to ground held by a number of substantial mining companies.”
· The Wilan Project is comprised of two exploration licences (“ELs”) which cover a total area of 1,994km2, held within Power Metal Resources Australia Pty Ltd (“POW Australia”), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Metal Resources PLC.
· A heads-of-terms agreement (the “Agreement”) has been signed to combine POW Australia (100% owner of the Wilan Project) with two companies holding a 100% interest in a portfolio of two granted exploration licences and four licence applications covering 1,507km2 in the Mount Isa copper belt of Queensland, Australia (the “Queensland Projects”).
· The Queensland Projects are held by two private Australian companies, RAB Resources Pty Ltd (“RAB Resources” or “RAB”) and New Horizon Metals Pty Ltd (“New Horizon” or “NHM”).
· A new company (“NewCo”) will acquire outright the shares in POW Australia, RAB Resources and New Horizon (the “Merger Parties”). Following the Merger Power Metal Resources plc will hold a 20% interest in NewCo.
· POW Australia will be renamed Wilan Resources Pty Ltd shortly after completion of the Merger, enabling Power to retain the POW Australia name.
· Following the Merger, NewCo will then commence the process for a planned listing targeting Q2 2023 or the acquisition of NewCo and its interests from an existing listed vehicle, subject to agreement of all the Merger parties.
· Further information to follow with regard to the Merger progress & structuring, planned listing and project level developments across the combined project portfolio.
Project maps covering the Queensland Projects and Wilan Project licence footprints are provided below and will be uploaded to the Power Metal website in due course.
Fig. 1: Queensland Licence Footprint
Fig. 2 – Wilan Project Licence Footprint and Surrounding Area
NewCo will acquire 100% of the share capital of New Horizon, RAB Resources and POW Australia and then hold the Queensland projects and the Wilan Project.
The NewCo ownership on completion of the Merger and grant of the New Horizon licence applications below is outlined in the table below.
% of NewCo Issued Share Capital
The Merger Parties will appoint the board of NewCo and will each have a right to nominate at least one board member.
Note: 20% of the NewCo shares will be issued to New Horizon immediately, with the balancing 20% issued on the grant of the Copper Creek and Bortala licence applications. Should an acquisition of NewCo and/or its interests by an existing listed vehicle complete prior to any planned listing (which may only proceed with the agreement of all the Merger parties), then the remaining 20% of NewCo shares would be automatically issued to New Horizon on completion.
PROJECT LICENCE OVERVIEW
RAB interests include:
Gregory River – East and West
Tenures Exploration for Minerals (EPM’s) 28642 and 28643, the Gregory River (East and West) Project, are exploration licences in application by RAB Resources covering 169.6km2 and 220.8km2, respectively.
Gregory River East and West tenements are prospective for copper, gold, lead, zinc, and cobalt.
Tenure EPM 27879 the Fiery Creek Project is a granted exploration licence held outright by RAB Resources covering 320km2 with an expiry date of 16/03/2027. Fiery Creek is believed to be prospective for copper, gold, lead, zinc, and cobalt.
Tenure EPM 27870 the Dynamite Creek Project is a granted exploration licence held outright by RAB Resources covering 288km2 with an expiry date of 16/03/2027. Dynamite Creek believed to be is prospective for copper, gold, and cobalt.
NHM interests include:
Tenure EPM 28272, the Copper Creek Project is an exploration licence in application by New Horizon covering 195.2km2 with a lodgement date of 31/1/2022. Copper Creek is prospective for copper, cobalt, silver, uranium, and rare earth elements.
Tenure EPM 28271, the Bortala Project is an exploration licence in application by New Horizon covering 313.6km2 with a lodgement date of 31/1/2022. Bortala is prospective for copper, cobalt, silver, lead, zinc, uranium, and rare earth elements.
POW Australia interests include:
The Wilan Project includes two granted exploration licences (“ELs”) including EL6819 and EL6870.
EL6819, is a granted exploration licence held outright by POW Australia covering 999km2 with an expiry date of 23/08/2028.
A desktop technical review completed over EL6819 identified an approximately 4 x 6km coincident magnetic and gravity geophysical anomaly located in the southeastern part of the Project. Such coincident geophysical anomalies have been noted as potential targets for iron oxide copper-gold mineralisation (“IOCG”) elsewhere within the highly prospective Gawler Craton.
The Wilan Project also includes recently granted EL6870 which covers an area of 995km2 and lies to the northwest of EL6819 which carries an expiry date of 10/11/2028.
Exploration targets within EL6870 include potential surficial lacustrine uranium (U) and vanadium (V) mineralisation located within the western part of the Project. The lacustrine targets were identified by recently completed radiometric and hyperspectral analysis. In addition, within the northern part of EL6870, multiple kimberlitic indicator minerals have been identified by a previous operator, including occurrences of pyrope, kimberlitic ilmenite and picroilmenite.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.
For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:
Power Metal Resources plc
Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)
+44 (0) 7766 465 617
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