Sulliden Mining Capital Inc. has entered into an agreement with Pitchblack Resources Ltd. to sell its option to acquire 100% of the Troilus gold Project, located approximately 450 kilometers north east of Val-d'Or.
The two-year option agreement for the wholly owned subsidiary of Sulliden to acquire the Troilus Project from First Quantum Minerals Inc. has been in effect since May 2016 (see Sulliden press release dated May 2, 2016)
Agreement with Pitchblack
As part of the agreement, Sulliden will sell all the outstanding equity securities of Sulliden Sub to Pitchblack in consideration for the issuance of 100,000,000 shares of Pitchblack to Sulliden (the "Consideration"). Based on the closing price of Pitchblack's common shares on June 21, 2017, the deemed sale price for the Sulliden Sub shares is $41 million. Sulliden has also entered into an agreement with 251 Ontario Ltd. ("251") to extinguish 251's option in the Troilus Project in exchange for 251 receiving their pro rata portion of the Consideration (see press release dated May 2, 2016).
Sulliden currently owns 9.9% of the issued and outstanding shares of Pitchblack. Upon closing of the proposed sale transaction and the financing proposed by Pitchblack, it is expected that Sulliden will hold more than 20% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Pitchblack. Due to Sulliden's potential controlling position, the proposed acquisition by Pitchblack will be subject to, among other things, receipt of Pitchblack shareholder approval.
Details of the Option Agreement Between Sulliden and First Quantum
In May 2016, First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum") entered into an option agreement (the "Agreement") with Sulliden Sub to hold a two-year option to purchase a 100% interest in the Troilus Project, with First Quantum retaining a variable net smelter royalty of 1.5% or 2.5% depending on the price of gold.
To exercise the option under the Agreement, Sulliden Sub committed to making three cash payments of $100,000 to First Quantum. Two of these payments have been made, and the last remaining payment is to be completed on the date of exercise of the option. In addition, Sulliden Sub committed to spend a minimum of $1,000,000 on engineering and technical studies to evaluate the economic viability of the project.
The acquisition of Troilus would include all infrastructure, including roads, power lines, camp buildings, permitted tailings pond and associated water treatment facilities. The Troilus mill, however, was removed from the project during the first phase of reclamation.
Troilus History & Development Strategy
The Troilus Project is located approximately 175 kilometres by road from Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada. The property covers approximately 4,700 hectares. From 1997 to 2010, Inmet Mining Corporation ("Inmet") operated the Troilus Project as an open-pit mine, producing more than 2,000,000 ounces of gold and 70,000 tonnes of copper.
Following the option agreement with First Quantum, Sulliden engaged Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. to complete an updated mineral resource estimate for Troilus based on the high quality historical drill data of the project. The estimate highlighted open-pit and underground Indicated mineral resources of 44.0 million tonnes containing 1.8 million ounces of gold at 1.27 g/t gold and 117 million pounds of copper at a grade of 0.12%, or 2.1 million ounces of gold equivalent at 1.45 g/t (see Sulliden press release dated May 25, 2017 for details).
Justin Reid, CEO and director of Sulliden, commented, "Not only are we confident in the economic viability of a mine scenario considering the current mineral resources at Troilus, we are also confident in the significant mineral growth potential that exists at surface and underground. All three mineral deposits at Troilus remain open at depth, and our team has already begun designing a focused exploration program aimed at extending the known downdip mineralization via infilling drilling of known intersections from the historical database. We believe there is tremendous value in the Troilus Project as a stand-alone company, and given our large holding in Pitchblack, we believed it was the ideal vehicle to acquire the project."
Upon closing of the transaction, Sulliden intends to transition its technical and operational teams to Pitchblack to accelerate the development of the Troilus Project; the same team who was responsible for the recent successful advancement of the Shahuindo Gold Project in Peru.
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Blake Hylands, P.Geo., who works for Sulliden and is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.