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W Resources PLC

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Our Strategy

W Resources strategy is to build a European mining company focussed on delivering long term production of tungsten, a key strategic metal with strong market fundamentals.

With a focus on  building a world class tungsten company, its flagship project, La Parrilla in Spain is one of the world’s largest tungsten mines, which is under development and funded by BlackRock.

Demand for tungsten remains high and with tight supply, W is well positioned to benefit from the continued demand and higher prices, with offtake agreements already in place on La Parrilla. Importantly, the predicted supply shortages are expected to result in upwards trending prices with market forecasts of between US$445/mtu and US$530/mtu by 2023.

La Parrilla

Project Background

La Parrilla is a large scale, low-cost, long life Tungsten and Tin Mine.

The project has an Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (“JORC”) compliant resources total 49 million tonnes (“mt”) at a grade of 998 parts per million (“ppm”) tungsten trioxide (“WO3“) and JORC compliant reserves of 29.8mt at a diluted grade of 931ppm WO3.

The site is accessed directly from the highway along a 3km asphalt road and is serviced by electricity and water. Importantly, the mine is located within a short trucking distance from both the Atlantic and Mediterranean ports.

Development

Production at La Parrilla commenced with the new plant in November 2019, moving to 24-hour operation in late December 2019. Tungsten and tin production will build substantially throughout 2020 in the ramp-up phase, to mine 2 mtpa of Run of Mine and produce approximately 2,700 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 500t of tin concentrate per annum.

Key Milestones

  • JORC Resource upgrade completed with Maiden JORC Reserves, further underpinning the strong fundamentals of La Parrilla
  • Financial Investment Decision Report reaffirmed the project as a large, long life, low-cost tungsten and tin mine
  • US$35m debt funding completed with BlackRock in February 2018
  • Grant of €5.3m from Extremadura Regional Government to W’s 100% owned subsidiary, Iberian Resources Spain SL in March 2018
  • Offtake agreements secured  with European and US customers
  • Production from new plant commenced in November 2019, moving to 24-hour operation in late December 2019

Régua

Project Background

Régua has a current Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee compliant mineral resource of 4.47 million tonnes (“mt”) at a grade of 0.27% tungsten trioxide (“WO3“), with an indicated resource of 3.74mt at a grade of 0.28% WO3.

The Mine is on-track targeting first ore, following the commencement of operations in 2020.  Régua will be a low-cost mine as W is able to utilise existing adits. This will increase W Resources tungsten production profile to over 3,800 tpa.

Development & Key Milestones

Régua’s high ROM grade (at greater than 0.3% WO3) and proximity to a crushing facility are likely to prove beneficial to the project economics.

The Régua deposit remains open at depth and on all sides, with significant potential to boost the resource growth to the northwest including a 10m thick tungsten intersection.

CAA / Portalegre

Project Background

CAA / Portalegre covers a total of 289.75km², and includes the São Martinho Gold Deposit, the Mosteiros gold project and the Assumar gold prospect.

The focus has been on the São Martinho Gold Deposit where a maiden Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (“JORC”) resource was completed by Golder Associates in June 2016 which confirmed an Indicated Resource estimate of 3Mt at 1.04g/t gold, which equates to 111,987oz in contained gold.

Development and Key Milestones

W has advanced São Martinho through a successful drilling programme and submitted an application for a trial mine and gold production licence in September 2018.

The trial mine licence, once granted, will allow W to pursue a drilling programme to expand the resource and resolve the geological interpretations of a flat lying structure (Golder) and a deeply dipping structure (SRK) which have partially arisen due to the combination of structural complexity and multistage mineralising events.

Importantly, a trial mine is a key level of licence tenure and will provide the authority to mine shallow ore and produce gold on a pilot basis. We will actively explore opportunities to bring in Joint Venture parties and monetise the gold discovery in 2020. New expenditure on this project is pending grant of the trial mining licence.

Tarouca

Project Background

In 2015, trench sampling at the Tarouca project showed high-grade tungsten results with 15 out of 126 samples exceeding 0.5% WO3, including 0.8 m at 11.4% WO3 (TTR063). Together with the 15 holes drilled in 2014, this confirms an outstanding exploration target in the north eastern area of the licence.

Development & Key Milestones

In April 2018, the team carried out a month-long RC drilling programme including 29 holes with 1,515 metres of total drilling, completed in depths of 5 to 70 metres. The Company is working towards consolidating the prior exploration programmes with the latest campaign, which was carried out to provide more in depth understanding of several high-grade skarn lenses with a complex geological history.

Intersections are expected from surface to a maximum of 50-metre depth, based on the very distinctive mineralisation at surface. The full assay results are expected to be received in Q3 2018, following which the development team will model the mineralised lenses in order to advance a geological resource at Tarouca.

The outcome of the drilling campaign at Tarouca will assist to further delineate the resource with a view to increasing our overall tungsten resource and production base.

Tarouca is just 45km from Régua and has the potential to enhance and expand the Régua development.

Tungsten Overview

Overview

  • A chemical element with the symbol W and atomic number 74
  • Tungsten’s important ores include Scheelite and Wolframite
  • Outstanding physical and chemical characteristics, including:
    • the worlds hardest element with the highest boiling point
    • the lowest coefficient of expansion of any pure metals as well as high density

Europe

Michael Masterman - Chairman

Michael is co-founder of W Resources Plc and has an exceptional track record in establishing and financing new resources companies. In 2010, Michael took on an Executive role with Fortescue Metals Groups overseeing the FMG Iron Bridge iron ore company and completed the US$1.15bn sale of a 31% interest in the project to Formosa Plastics Group.

He was CFO and Executive Director of Anaconda Nickel (now Minara Resources). Michael oversaw the financing of the US$1.2 billion Murrin Murrin Nickel and Cobalt project in Western Australia, involving the negotiation of a US$220m joint venture agreement with Glencore International and the raising of US$420m in project finance from a US capital markets issue – the first of its kind for a green fields mining project. Prior to joining Anaconda Nickel, he spent 8 years at McKinsey & Company serving major international resources companies principally in the area of strategy and development.

He is a founding shareholder at Fortescue Metals Group, Po Valley Energy and Atacama Metals.

David Garland - Non-Executive Director

David is the former General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Dominion Petroleum Limited (an oil and gas exploration company then listed on the LSE), Legal Advisor to Hague and London Oil plc (an oil and gas exploration company listed on the LSE) and non-executive chairman of Saffron Energy plc (an oil and gas exploration company listed on the LSE). Before joining Dominion, he had practised as a barrister for 18 years from Brick Court Chambers, a leading commercial barristers’ chambers in London. David currently provides flexible legal counsel services to various private and listed companies through The Legal Director Limited.

James Argalas - Non-Executive Director

James has extensive experience in the financial and investment sectors. In 2006, he founded Presidio Union, LLC, a company that specialises in providing financial analysis and corporate advisory services to early stage growth companies and their investors, taking an active role in developing ventures that have the potential to create significant shareholder value. Prior to founding Presidio Union, James was a Principal at Watershed Asset Management and NM Rothschild, where he was responsible for investments in distressed credit, liquidations, real estate, special situations, and debt and equity investments in Asia-Pacific. Prior to Watershed, James was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company and an Associate at Goldman Sachs. With a Master of Business Administration degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) with majors in Finance, Entrepreneurship and International Business. James also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Pablo Neira - Non-Executive Director

Pablo brings 30+ years of international experience specialising in managing listed industrial manufacturing companies and family office direct investments. He currently works with Casa Grande de Cartagena, family office of several members of Del Pino family, involved with direct investments. Pablo is former CEO of Urbar, a listed industrial group that manufactures equipment for multiple sectors, including raw materials, minerals and quarries; as well as turn-key waste treatment plants. Prior to Urbar, Pablo was Corporate Services General Manager at Valdepesa Textil, a global retail textile company PE backed, and Finance Director at Global Steel Wire Group, a Madrid listed steel wire rod manufacturer. Prior to joining Global Steel Wire Group, he was Manager at A.T. Kearney in New York and at the Swedish group Mölnlycke as Controller for southern Europe. Pablo has broad-based experience managing operations across international and cultural boundaries and brings in depth finance experience under listed companies. He holds a BS in Economics and a Harvard MBA. He is professor at IE Business School.

Oscar Marin Garcia - Non-Executive Director

Oscar Marin Garcia has over 20 years’ experience, specialising in retail business in the Extremadura region of Spain and managing family office investments. He is co-founder and CEO of Lider Aliment, SA, a €200m sales family owned company. Prior to Lider Aliment, Oscar was a Regional Finance Director for Western Europe of Procter & Gamble in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Economics from ICADE – Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain and a Master of Business Administration degree from San Telmo Business School in Seville, Spain.

KEY EXECUTIVES

Fernando de la Fuente - Country Manager - Spain 

Fernando holds a B.Sc. in Geology and a MSc in Geology from the University of Granada in Spain and has over than 38 years experience in the Exploration and Mining Geology industry in Europe, Africa and North America and Latin America. He is also a member of the Spanish College of Geologists (Number 49), the Spanish Society of Mineralogy, founder member of the Spanish Society of Geology, member of the Spanish Association of Applied Geology to Mineral Deposits, member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., member of PDAC. He is Managing Director and main shareholder of Fernando de la Fuente Consultores, S.L. a mining exploration and geological consulting company with projects in Burkina Faso, Canada, Mozambique, Morocco, Portugal, Dominican Republic and in Spain for several international and Spanish companies and for gold, PGM, base metals, tungsten, tin, tantalum-lithium-caesium, uranium, industrial minerals, dimension stones. Hydrogeological projects. Geotechnical studies. He was the Regional Manager for Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in West Africa and has also worked for Rio Algom and Phelps Dodge. Fernando is a “qualified technical person” in respect of the AIM Rules for Companies.

Aaron Szumilak - Development Manager

Aaron is a mechanical and process engineer with 10 years’ experience in mineral processing and resource development. He carries field experience in operational and technical services roles presenting a broad range of process skills. Aaron has worked for Fortescue Metals Group, Syncrude and Composites Innovation Centre.

Juan Garcia Valledor - La Parrilla Operations Manager

Juan is a Mining Engineer with 25 years of experience in management of industrial processing plants and design, planning, management and rehabilitation of open pit mines. Juan was Operations Manager for the Rio Tinto and Imerys groups talc ore mining and processing operations in Spain, and Mining & Safety Manager in the development of the reopening project of Alquife iron ore open pit in Granada, Spain.

W Resources Plc

27/28 Eastcastle Street
London, W1W 8DH
United Kingdom

[email protected]

Alma PR

Media and Investor Enquiries
Justine James

+44 (0) 7525 324431
[email protected]

Human Resources

La Parrilla Mine
[email protected]

Recursos Humanos

Mina La Parrilla
[email protected]

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Ltd

6th Floor,  Becket House
36 Old Jewry,
London EC2R 8DD
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 203 621 4120

Grant Thornton UK LLP

30 Finsbury Square
London EC2P 2YU
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7383 5100

W Resources Significant Shareholders (as at 1 June 2020)

W Resources Plc

27/28 Eastcastle Street
London, W1W 8DH
United Kingdom

[email protected]

Alma PR

Media and Investor Enquiries
Justine James

+44 (0) 7525 324431
[email protected]

Human Resources

La Parrilla Mine
[email protected]

Recursos Humanos

Mina La Parrilla
[email protected]

Auditor

Chapman Davis LLP
2 Chapel Court
London SE1 1HH
United Kingdom

+ 44 (0) 20 7357 6008

Nominated Adviser

Grant Thornton UK LLP
30 Finsbury Square
London EC2P 2YU
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7383 5100

Lawyer UK

Mildwaters Consulting LLP
Walton House, 25 Bilton Road
Rugby, Warwickshire CV22 7AG
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 7799 667 992

Lawyer Spain

Bufete Pérez Cordero y Pérez Morales S.L.P.
Calle Almagro 11, 1°- 4
28010 Madrid
Spain

Broker

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Ltd
6th Floor,  Becket House
36 Old Jewry,
London EC2R 8DD
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 203 621 4120

Registrar

Share Registrars Ltd
Suite E, First Floor
9 Lion and Lamb Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7LL
United Kingdom

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Financial PR

Alma PR
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London EC4V 5EQ
United Kingdom

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