24 February 2017
Granite House, La Grande Rue,
St. Martin, Guernsey, GY1 3RS
Equity issue in relation to completion of Awalé Resources SARL Acquisition in Côte d’Ivoire and exercise of options with Director Dealing
Mariana Resources Limited (‘Mariana’ or ‘the Company’), the TSX.V and AIM (MARL) listed exploration and development company with projects in Turkey, South America, and Côte d’Ivoire confirms that following completion, to acquire an 80% interest in Awalé Resources SARL (“Awalé”) in the Ivory Coast as announced 7 October 2016, as consideration ordinary shares in the Company have been issued. Options have also been exercised into ordinary shares and funds received.
In terms of the announcement regarding the acquisition of Awalé on the 7 October 2016, 723,511 ordinary shares in Mariana will be issued as final consideration.
Regarding options exercised the following shares will be issued:
250,000 GBP0.425 per share for a total consideration of GBP106,250
140,000 GBP0.30 per share for a total consideration of GBP42,000
25,000 GBP0.20 per share for a total consideration of GBP4,500
Included in the above issuance of exercised options (totalling 415,000) to Director Eric Roth these have been exercised and subsequently sold at an average price of C$1.21. Mr Roth’s direct holding remains the same at 649,371 Ordinary Shares (0.51% of total issued share capital).
Admission to AIM
Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for the new ordinary shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and the TSXV. Dealings are expected to commence on or about 2 March 2017 (“Admission”).
Following Admission, there will be a total of 125,740,551 ordinary shares on issue.
Mariana will be presenting at PDAC in Toronto from 5-8 March 2017, please come and visit us at booth 2708 to learn more about the significant high grade Gold and Copper Hot Maden project as well as our exciting portfolio.
|Glen Parsons (CEO)||Mariana Resources Ltd||+61 2 9437 4588|
|Eric Roth (COO)||Mariana Resources Ltd||+56 9 8818 1243|
|Karen Davies (IR)||Mariana Resources Ltd (Canada)||+1 604 314 6270|
|Rob Adamson||RFC Ambrian Limited (Nomad)||+61 2 9250 0041|
|Will Souter||RFC Ambrian Limited (Nomad)||+61 2 9250 0050|
|Oliver Stansfield||Brandon Hill Capital (UK Broker)||+44 20 3463 5061|
|Jonathan Evans||Brandon Hill Capital (UK Broker)||+44 20 3463 5016|
|Camilla Horsfall||Blytheweigh (Financial PR)||+44 20 7138 3224|
|Megan Ray||Blytheweigh (Financial PR)||+44 20 7138 3203|
About Mariana Resources
Mariana Resources Ltd is a TSX.V and AIM (MARL) quoted exploration and development company with an extensive portfolio of gold, silver, and copper projects in South America, Turkey, and Ivory Coast.
Mariana’s most advanced asset is the Hot Maden gold-copper project in northeast Turkey, which is a joint venture with Turkish partner Lidya Madencilik (30% Mariana and 70% Lidya) and which is rapidly advancing to development. On January 17, 2017, Mariana released the results of a Preliminary Economic Study (“PEA”) which demonstrated exceptional potential economics for the Hot Maden Project (after-tax NPV and IRR of USD 1.37B and 153%, respectively) based on a development scenario incorporating a 1Mtpa underground mining / processing operation and the production of two saleable concentrates (a copper-gold concentrate and a gold-pyrite concentrate). This PEA was based on the updated (July 25, 2016) mineral resource estimate of 3.43 Moz gold equivalent (Indicated Category) and 0.09 Moz gold equivalent (Inferred Category) (100% basis) in the Main Zone, as well as a maiden 351,000 Moz gold equivalent (Inferred Category) (100% basis) resource in the New Southern Discovery. Elsewhere in Turkey, Mariana holds a 100% interest in the Ergama gold-copper project.
On October 7, 2016, Mariana announced the signing of a binding Term Sheet to acquire an indirect 80% interest in Ivory Coast-focused private exploration company Awalé Resources SARL (“Awalé”). Through the transaction Mariana will gain an immediate foothold in an established exploration portfolio with known gold mineralisation and artisanal gold workings, and which comprises i) 3 granted contiguous licenses (1,191 km2) in the Bondoukou area, and ii) 4 licenses under application (1,593 km2) in both the Bondoukou and Abengourou areas. The Boundoukou concessions lie along the southwestern extension of the Birimian Bole-Nangodi greenstone belt in adjacent Ghana, host to a number of high grade orogenic gold deposits.
In southern Argentina, the Company’s core gold-silver projects are Las Calandrias (100%), Sierra Blanca (100%), Los Cisnes (100%), and Bozal (100%). These projects are part of a 100,000+ Ha land package in the Deseado Massif epithermal gold-silver district in mining-friendly Santa Cruz Province.
In Suriname, Mariana has a direct holding of 10.2% of the Nassau Gold project. The Nassau Gold Project is a 28,000 Ha exploration concession located approximately 125 km south east of the capital Paramaribo and immediately adjacent to Newmont Mining’s 4.2Moz gold Merian project.
In Peru and Chile, Mariana is focusing on acquiring new opportunities which complement its current portfolio.
|Hot Maden Mineral Resource Estimate – Main Gold-Copper Zone (2 g/t AuEq Cut-off)|
|Indicated Mineral Resource|
|Main Zone LG||463,000||1.1||1.1||0.3||2.4||17,000||5,000||36,000|
|Main Zone HG||4,501,000||3.9||1.9||0.2||6.3||570,000||87,000||908,000|
|Main Zone UHG||2,086,000||32.7||3.5||0.1||36.9||2,195,000||73,000||2,476,000|
|Inferred Mineral Resource|
|Main Zone LG||395,000||1.7||0.9||0.03||2.8||21,000||4,000||35,000|
|Main Zone HG||31,000||3.9||1.6||0.1||5.8||4,000||6,000|
|Main Zone UHG||6,000||39.1||2.1||0.01||41.6||7,000||8,000|
Hot Maden – Southern Gold-Copper Zone (2 g/t AuEq Cut-off)
|Inferred Mineral Resource|
|South Zone LG||396,000||2.8||0.7||0.0||3.6||35,000||3,000||46,000|
|South Zone HG||583,000||5.3||0.7||0.0||6.1||98,000||4,000||114,000|
|Main Zone UHG||224,000||22.2||1.0||0.0||23.4||160,000||2,000||169,000|
*Au Equivalence (AuEq) calculated using a 100 day moving average of $US1,215/ounce for Au and $US2.13/pound for Cu as of May 29, 2016. No adjustment has been made for metallurgical recovery or net smelter return as these remain uncertain at this time. Based on grades and contained metal for Au and Cu, it is assumed that both commodities have reasonable potential to be economically extractable.
*-The formula used for Au equivalent grade is: AuEq g/t = Au + [(Cu % x 22.0462 x 2.13)/(1215/31.1035)] and assumes 100 % metallurgical recovery.
**-Au equivalent ounces are calculated by mulitplying Mineral Resource tonnage by Au equivalent grade and converting for ounces. The formula used for Au equivalent ounces is: AuEq Oz = [Tonnage x AuEq grade (g/t)]/31.1035
This press release contains certain statements which may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as at the date of this press release and include, without limitation, statements regarding discussions of future plans, the realization, cost, timing and extent of mineral resource estimates, estimated future exploration expenditures, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, and requirements for additional capital. The words “plans”, “expects”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimate”, “forecasts”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “may”, “will”, or similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: the effects of general economic conditions; the price of gold, silver and copper; misjudgements in the course of preparing forward-looking statements; risks associated with international operations; the need for additional financing; risks inherent in exploration results; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters; currency and commodity price fluctuations; title matters; environmental liability claims; unanticipated operational risks; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or in the completion of development or construction activities; political risk; and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s annual financial statements for the most recently completed financial year which is available on the Company’s website at www.marianaresources.com . Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Mariana Resources Ltd via Globenewswire