Commercial Terms Overview. The agreement with L&M provides for staged payments and work obligations as summarized below:
- Reimbursement of C$100,000 of EMX’s exploration costs (required);
- Payment of 75 troy ounces of gold1 by the second anniversary of the agreement date;
- Payment of 600 troy ounces of gold1 within 30 days of the third anniversary of the agreement date;
- A total of 3,000 meters of drilling during the first three years after the agreement date;
- Further payments (“Further Payments”) at the rate of 100 troy ounces of gold1 per annum beginning with the third anniversary of the agreement until commencement of commercial production, which payments may be credited against the Deferred Consideration as set forth below;
- Agreement to pay amounts (“Deferred Consideration”) equivalent to 3% of net smelter returns from production from the exploration licenses; in any given year, Further Payments made prior to production may be credited against up to 80% of the Deferred Consideration payable in that year;
- Beginning with a decision to construct a mine based on a JORC (2012) feasibility level Technical Report that supports a positive production decision, payment of 0.01 troy ounce of gold for each of the first 500,000 ounces of contained gold in proven and probable (P&P) reserves1. For any contained ounces of gold in P&P reserves that exceed 500,000 ounces over the life of the project, the gold payment to EMX will be reduced to 0.005 troy ounces of gold per contained ounce.
Failure to make the gold payments described in 2) and 3) above or to perform the drilling described in 4) above will entitle EMX to retake possession of Hauraki or the permit covering the Property, at EMX’s option.
The Joint Venture Agreement with the Pakirarahi 1B Trust provides a mechanism for equity participation in the project by a local indigenous community. The Deferred Consideration payable to EMX is not reduced by the interest of the Trust under the Joint Venture Agreement.
Neavesville Property Overview. The Neavesville Property consists of a single exploration permit totaling over 30 square kilometers that covers multiple centers of epithermal gold-silver mineralization. One of the mineralized centers, named Trig Bluffs, has a historic near-surface inferred resource reported as 3.2 million tonnes averaging 2.7 g/t gold and 8.9 g/t silver, and containing 289,000 ounces of gold and 944,000 ounces of silver (R. Brathwaite, IGNS report, 1999; 2001). In addition, a separate higher-grade historic inferred mineral resource of approximately 0.47 million tonnes at 7.1 g/t gold and 20.7 g/t silver, and containing 107,000 ounces of gold and 312,000 ounces of silver, was reported for mineralization at depth beneath Trig Bluffs. A Qualified Person has not performed sufficient work to classify the historic estimates as current mineral resources, and EMX is not treating the estimates as current mineral resources. The historic estimates should not be relied upon until they can be confirmed. However, the drill-delineated Trig Bluffs gold-silver mineralization described by the IGNS report is considered relevant (see EMX news release dated November 19, 2012 for more information).
The district also saw historic commercial production from the high-grade Ajax Vein system, the single largest producing historic mine in the Neavesville camp, which lies within the Pakirarahi 1B Trust land and will be the initial target of an upcoming exploration program. The vein has not been explored in recent decades, and only two modern holes have been drilled in the vicinity of the mine workings, both of which intersected mineralization, with one drilled through a stoped cavity.
About EMX. Eurasian Minerals leverages asset ownership and exploration insight into partnerships that advance our mineral properties, with EMX retaining royalty interests. EMX complements its generative business with strategic investment and third party royalty acquisition.
EMX acquired the Neavesville exploration permit by direct acquisition from the government, and with minimal cost. The sale of a property covering a historic gold-silver resource reported under JORC standards in a key mining district serves as another example of the Company’s execution of the royalty and prospect generation business model.
Please see www.EurasianMinerals.com for more information.
Mr. Chris Spurway, MAIG, MAusIMM, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
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