Sale of Exploration Licences for Cash
(“ECR Minerals”, “ECR” or the “Company”)
SALE OF EXPLORATION LICENCES
(LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on , is pleased to announce the sale by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary (“MGA”) of the licences comprising the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration projects (the “Licences”) in to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (“Fosterville South”) for total potential cash consideration of up to .
Fosterville South, which recently listed on the with the code FSX, has agreed to acquire MGA’s 100% ownership of the Licences by way of , a wholly owned subsidiary of Fosterville South, for the following consideration:
1. in cash to be paid to MGA immediately;
2. A further payment of for every ounce of gold or gold equivalent of measured resource, indicated resource or inferred resource estimated within the area of one or more of the Licences in any combination or aggregation of the foregoing, up to a maximum of in aggregate;
3. A further payment of for every ounce of gold or gold equivalent produced from within the area of one or more of the Licences, up to a maximum of in aggregate.
, Chief Executive Officer of ECR, commented:
We believe Fosterville South is well placed to advance the Licences with its strong local exploration team and backing from North American high-net worth and institutional investors, while ECR will continue to concentrate its resources on our core projects in , Bailieston and Creswick.
The initial cash to be received from this disposal, in addition to the recently announced placing for £500,000, puts ECR in a robust working capital position which we can apply toward development of our core projects.
It is worth noting that other external parties are currently reviewing data on our Bailieston and Creswick gold projects with a view to potential commercial transactions, including joint venture opportunities, although there can be no guarantee that any transaction will occur. In addition, whilst ECR remains open to transactions on these licence areas, the ECR board believe both to hold considerable potential and inherent value for the Company.”
The Licences comprise exploration licences EL5387 (Avoca project), EL006280 and EL006913 (Moormbool project), and EL006278 (Timor project) in .
The book value of the Licences as derived from ECR’s unaudited management accounts for the period ended was approximately , which is the equivalent of approximately £144,000, based on £1 = *. No turnover, profits or losses are attributable to the Licences.
The maximum potential cash consideration receivable by MGA in respect of the sale of the Licences is , which is the equivalent of approximately £1.275 million, based on £1 = *
The Company intends that the consideration to be received immediately, and any future consideration received, will be applied by ECR to augment its ongoing working capital position as well as towards its exploration and development activities.
MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014
The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.
*Exchange rate derived from closing price on Bloomberg at .
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ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central and the Windidda project in the Yilgarn region, .
ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of . An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in and is available for download from ECR’s website.
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