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Ariana Resources PLC - DUE DILIGENCE UPDATE

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Ariana Resources PLC
01 April 2020
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

01 April 2020

AIM: AAU

 

DUE DILIGENCE UPDATE

 

Ariana Resources plc ("Ariana" or "the Company"), the AIM-listed exploration and development company operating in Europe, is pleased to announce the completion of a detailed independent assessment of the Kiziltepe, Tavsan and Salinbas projects by international consultants of the Proposed Partner, following completion of the Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") announced on 25 November 2019.

 

Highlights:

 

·     Initial draft due diligence report has been completed by the technical consultants to the Proposed Partner.

 

·     The Proposed Partner, Proccea and Ariana ("the Parties") have completed a further extension to the MoU, to 30 April 2020, to enable sufficient time to review due diligence information.

 

·     Results of the draft report are being evaluated by the Proposed Partner and draft definitive legal agreements are also under review by the Parties.

 

 

Dr. Kerim Sener, Managing Director, commented: 

 

"We are pleased to report the completion of the due diligence work of the technical consultants.  A period of internal review will now be conducted by the Proposed Partner and Proccea.  In addition, draft definitive legal documentation has been prepared and is being reviewed by the Parties.  We look forward to reporting further on the proposed deal in due course."

 

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.

 

 

Contacts:

 

Ariana Resources plc

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7407 3616

Michael de Villiers, Chairman


Kerim Sener, Managing Director




Beaumont Cornish Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 3396

Roland Cornish / Felicity Geidt




Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7886 2500

Atholl Tweedie / James Stearns




Yellow Jersey PR Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3004 9512

Dom Barretto / Joe Burgess / Henry Wilkinson

[email protected]

 

 

Editors' Note:

 

About Ariana Resources:

 

Ariana is an AIM-listed mineral exploration and development company operating in Europe.  It has interests in gold production in Turkey and copper-gold assets in Cyprus.  The Company is developing a portfolio of prospective licences in Turkey, which contain a total of 1.6 million ounces of gold and other metals (as at end-2017). 

 

The Red Rabbit Project is comprised of the Company's flagship assets, the Kiziltepe and Tavsan gold projects, and is part of a 50:50 Joint Venture with Proccea Construction Co.  Both assets are located in western Turkey, which hosts some of the largest operating gold mines in the country and remains highly prospective for new porphyry and epithermal deposits.  The Kiziltepe Sector of the Red Rabbit Project is fully permitted and is currently in production.  The total resource inventory at the Project and its wider area is c. 605,000 ounces of gold equivalent (as at end-2017).  At Kiziltepe a Net Smelter Return ("NSR") royalty of up to 2.5% on production is payable to Franco-Nevada Corporation. At Tavsan an NSR royalty of up to 2% on future production is payable to Sandstorm Gold.

 

The 100% owned Salinbas Gold Project is located in north-eastern Turkey and has a total resource inventory of c. 1 million ounces of gold equivalent.  The project comprises three notable licence areas: Salinbas, Ardala and Hizarliyayla, all of which are located within a multi-million ounce Artvin Goldfield.  The "Hot Gold Corridor" contains several significant gold-copper projects including the 4Moz Hot Maden project, which lies 16km to the south of Salinbas and 7km south of Hizarliyayla.  A NSR royalty of up to 2% on future production is payable to Eldorado Gold Corporation on the Salinbas Gold Project.

 

Ariana is also earning-in to 50% of UK-registered Venus Minerals Ltd ("Venus").  Venus is focused on the exploration and development of copper-gold assets in Cyprus.

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited are broker to the Company and Beaumont Cornish Limited is the Company's Nominated Adviser.

 

For further information on Ariana you are invited to visit the Company's website at www.arianaresources.com.

 

 

 

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