Vancouver, British Columbia, August 27, 2020 (NYSE American: EMX; TSX Venture: EMX) - EMX Royalty Corporation (the “Company” or “EMX”) is pleased to announce the execution of an amendment to its option agreement with Sienna Resources Inc. (“Sienna”) (TSX Venture: SIE), originally signed in December, 2017 for the Slättberg nickel-copper-cobalt-PGE (Ni-Cu-Co-PGE) project in southern Sweden. The amendment adds EMX’s Bleka and Vekselmyr projects in southern Norway (the “Projects”) to the Option Agreement (the “Agreement”), whereby Sienna will enter a two year option period to acquire 100% interest in the Projects by satisfying work commitments and making payments of cash and equity to EMX, with EMX retaining 3% net smelter returns (“NSR”) royalty interests upon Sienna’s earn-in.
The Bleka and Vekselmyr Projects are greenstone-hosted gold systems in southern Norway (see Figure 1). These Projects were identified during EMX’s regional reconnaissance programs across underexplored greenstone belts in Norway. Bleka is the site of historical mining and gold production from high-grade veins, and at Vekselmyr outcropping gold mineralization hosted by orogenic-style veins has been documented. Both Projects contain extensions of the structures that host gold mineralization which have not been tested by historic exploration programs.
Sienna and EMX have been working together to advance the Slättberg and Kuusamo battery metal (Ni-Cu-Co-PGE) projects in Sweden and Finland (refer to Figure 1), a relationship that will now extend to gold exploration in Norway. The addition of Bleka and Vekselmyr as additional properties optioned to Sienna is another example of the execution of EMX’s royalty generation business model. EMX forms partnerships with companies that are adept at funding exploration and advancing projects, even in challenging market conditions, to the benefit of both companies and their shareholders.
Summary of Commercial Terms. Sienna can earn a 100% interest in the Bleka and Vekselmyr Projects in Norway, subject to 3% NSR royalty interests retained by EMX, by:
- Issuing an additional 500,000 shares of SIE to EMX upon execution of the amended Agreement,
- Spending a minimum of C$250,000 per year on exploration on the Projects over the next two years,
- Reimbursing EMX for its acquisition costs and expenses related to the Bleka and Vekselmyr Projects, and
- Issuing 1,500,000 additional shares of SIE to EMX at the end of the two-year option period.
If Sienna satisfies the earn-in conditions of the Agreement and elects to acquire the Projects, EMX will receive annual advance royalty (“AAR”) payments of US$25,000 for each property commencing on the first anniversary of the option exercise date, with each AAR payment increasing by US$5,000 per year until reaching a cap of US$75,000 per year.
Under certain conditions, 0.5% of the 3% NSR royalties retained by EMX can be repurchased by Sienna.
Overview of the Projects. The Projects are located in an underexplored greenstone belt in southern Norway with areas of historical gold production and documented gold occurrences. The Bleka Vein was discovered in 1880 and mined intermittently until 1940, with historic production reported as 165 kilograms (i.e., ~ 5,300 troy ounces) of gold sourced from mineralized material with an average grade of 36 g/t gold.1 EMX’s Bleka project covers the historic mining area and swarms of similar veins that extend for at least three kilometers along strike. The nearby Vekselmyr license covers outcropping gold mineralization in similar orogenic-style veins.
EMX and Sienna will leverage this historical information and apply modern and updated geologic models to continue exploring the historical targets at deeper levels, as well as to generate new targets on the Projects. Field work and sampling programs are slated to commence immediately.
Dr. Eric P. Jensen, CPG, 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.
About EMX. EMX is a precious and base metals royalty company. EMX’s investors are provided with discovery, development, and commodity price optionality, while limiting exposure to risks inherent to operating companies. The Company’s common shares are listed on the NYSE American Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol EMX. Please see www.EMXroyalty.com for more information.
For further information contact:
David M. Cole
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1Gamst & Thomsen (1998) Gold Exploration in The Seljord and Hjartdal area of Telemark, Southern Norway, Norwegian Geological Survey Report 4655 (https://dirmin.no/sites/default/files/bibliotek/BV4655.pdf). Bleka Gold Mine in Seljord, Telemark, summary report 1998, Norwegian Geological Survey Report BV4654 (https://dirmin.no/sites/default/files/bibliotek/BV4654.pdf)
Figure 1. EMX’s Bleka and Vekselmyr Projects in Norway.