Overview of Commercial Terms for Each Project. Each of the Projects - Jasper Canyon, Buckhorn Creek and Frazier Creek - is covered by a separate exploration and earn-in agreement. Pursuant to each Project earn-in agreement, Savant can earn an initial 60% interest in the Project by completing a total of $2,070,000 (all dollar amounts in USD) in work expenditures, delivering 800,000 shares of Savant, reimbursing EMX’s 2013-2014 property holding costs, and paying a total of $342,500 in several tranches over a five year period. In addition, for each Project, upon completion of an NI 43-101 compliant preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”), Savant will make an additional payment to EMX of $75,000.
Each Project earn-in agreement provides that after Savant has earned the initial 60% interest in the Project, Savant may either:
- Earn an additional 40% interest in the Project by completing an additional $10,000,000 in work expenditures, paying EMX $500,000, granting EMX a 2.5% NSR royalty and paying annual advanced royalty payments of $200,000, until production but capped at 20 years; or
- Elect not to acquire the remaining 40% interest but instead elect to form a joint venture company (“JV”).
For each Project, Savant may purchase a total 0.5% NSR royalty out of the EMX NSR royalty by, first, purchasing a 0.25% NSR royalty within 90 days after Savant’s decision to advance the project following completion of a feasibility study for $750,000 and then, if Savant has purchased the initial 0.25% royalty, purchasing an additional 0.25% out of the EMX royalty any time prior to production for $1,250,000.
Jasper Canyon Project. The Jasper Canyon Project is located approximately seven kilometers north of the town of Globe, Arizona, in the Globe-Miami mining district. The target lies on the flanks of the Schultze granite intrusive complex, the source of numerous past and current producing copper mines and deposits in the Globe-Miami and Superior mining districts, including Resolution and Magma (Rio Tinto/BHP Billiton), Pinto Valley (Capstone), Carlota (KGHM), and Miami-Inspiration (Freeport McMoRan). In the Globe-Miami district, the porphyry copper systems have been dismembered by post-mineral faults, displacing upper levels of the mineralized systems northeastward that have been variably concealed by post-mineral cover. Jasper Canyon represents a fault-bounded and largely covered portion of a porphyry copper target in a previously unexplored northeastern portion of the district. Other fault-bounded copper deposits in the district at similar structural levels include Copper Cities (BHP Billiton), Miami East (BHP Billiton), Van Dyke (Copper Fox), and Old Dominion (BHP Billiton). These mines and deposits provide context for the Jasper Canyon Project, which occurs in a similar geologic setting.
Buckhorn Creek Project. The Buckhorn Creek project is located adjacent to the Sheep Mountain porphyry center, approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The porphyry centers and host rocks in the Sheep Mountain area are complexly faulted and tilted by post-mineral faults and largely covered by post-mineral rocks. Small windows through these younger cover rocks exhibit porphyry related alteration and mineralization that vector towards a large, concealed target area on the Buckhorn Creek property. Adjacent to the target area, post-mineral rocks contain beds of altered and mineralized porphyry and Laramide intrusive clasts. EMX and Savant are targeting the porphyry copper source of the clasts that is interpreted to be concealed beneath the veneer of post-mineral units.
Frazier Creek Project. Frazier Creek is located in Eureka County, Nevada about 12 kilometers north of the Mount Hope porphyry molybdenum deposit. The property lies along the prolific Battle-Mountain Eureka trend that is host to many styles of mineralization including porphyry copper-gold, porphyry molybdenum, polymetallic skarn, epithermal gold-silver, and Carlin-type gold. Previous exploration on the property focused on Carlin style gold systems. New work by EMX geologists led to the reinterpretation of extensive zones (1.8 by 2 kilometers) of alteration and mineralization with highly anomalous copper and molybdenum as distal features related to a porphyry system. EMX and Savant are targeting the porphyry source of alteration and mineralization identified on the property.
EMX’s Prospect and Royalty Generation Business Model. EMX staked the Projects on open ground at minimal cost based upon the application of in-region geologic knowledge. The partnering of these three porphyry copper properties with Savant was a result of EMX’s successful execution of the prospect and royalty generation business model. The Company looks forward to working with Savant as they continue to advance these quality copper Projects.
About Savant Explorations Ltd. Savant is an exploration and development stage company focused on generating and exploring high quality precious and base metal properties in stable jurisdictions. Savant has recently initiated a new exploration and discovery strategy in Southwest United States with the acquisition of the Buckhorn, Jasper Canyon, and Frazier Creek properties. Savant’s other properties and assets are 100% owned with combined annual holding costs of approximately $30,000. Savant has a partner funding the Yuby Gabriela copper property in Chile with the next option payment of US$1,000,000 due to Savant at the end of April 2014. Savant also owns two other high-quality properties, Blue Moon and Yava, that Savant’s management is seeking to monetize for maximum value to Savant and its shareholders.
About EMX. Eurasian is a global gold and copper exploration company utilizing a partnership business model to explore the world’s most promising and underexplored mineral belts. Eurasian generates wealth via grassroots prospect generation, strategic acquisition and royalty growth.
Mr. Dean D. Turner, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and consultant to the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
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