Leeville Royalty Property and Newmont’s Exploration Success. EMX retains a 1% gross smelter return (“GSR”) royalty on the Leeville property, which was acquired in August, 2012 (see EMX news release dated August 20, 2012). Since acquiring the Leeville royalty EMX has received approximately US $7.46 million in royalty revenue from more than 5,300 equity ounces of gold produced (current as of September 30, 2015 EMX third quarter financial reporting). The Leeville royalty property includes much of the Leeville mine and Four Corners deposit, lesser proportions of the Carlin East and Turf mines, and exposure to the upside potential resulting from Newmont’s exploration successes at the Rita K and Full House gold deposits.
As given in Newmont’s Investor Day Presentation of December, 2015 (the “Newmont Presentation”)1 the Rita K deposit is outlined as a west-northwest trend of gold mineralization that extends from the area of the Leeville mine approximately 850 meters to the southeast. The mineralization is portrayed by Newmont as sub-horizontal zones hosted in folded and faulted Paleozoic sedimentary rocks that include the Roberts Mountains and Popovich Formations, which are classic ore hosts of the Carlin Trend. Newmont reported Rita K exploration drill intercepts that include 6.6 meters averaging 23.8 g/t gold and 61 meters averaging 6.7 g/t gold (true widths not reported). As schematically represented in the Newmont Presentation, the mineralized intercepts occur at depths of approximately 450-650 meters below the surface.
Southeast of Rita K is the Full House deposit outlined in the Newmont Presentation as an approximately 800 meter long northwest trend of discrete lenses of gold mineralization. The mineralization also occurs in sub-horizontal zones hosted in the Roberts Mountains and Popovich Formations. Newmont reported Full House drill intercepts of 21 meters averaging 39.1 g/t gold and 21.4 meters averaging 18.9 g/t gold (true widths not reported) at depths of approximately 450-650 meters below the surface. As depicted in the Newmont Presentation, the trend of gold mineralization at Full House extends to the southeast and away from EMX’s property position.
Newmont’s exploration successes at the Rita K and Full House gold deposits, which are in part contained within the Leeville royalty property, highlight EMX’s exposure to ongoing discoveries in the Northern Carlin Trend.
Turf Vent Shaft Completion. Newmont’s Turf Vent Shaft Project was commenced in 2013 and commissioned in late 20152. The Turf Vent Shaft was sunk to a depth of approximately 2000 feet3 (approximately 610 m) below the surface, and totaled approximately $300-350 million in estimated capital expenditures4. Newmont has stated that the project will provide the ventilation required to “increase production”, “unlock” additional resources, and impact “greater Leeville” (see Newmont’s 2014-2015 10-Q and 2014 10-K filings), which includes portions of EMX’s royalty property position.
1See Investor-Day-Presentation-3Dec2015-(Final-merged).pdf page 83 of 127 at http://www.newmont.com/investor-relations/investor-events.
2 See http://ourvoice.newmont.com/2015/12/22/underground-teams-drive-success-of-turf-vent-shaft-project.
3 See http://www.newmont.com/operations-and-projects/north-america/turf-vent-shaft-us/overview.
4 See Newmont news release dated October 28, 2015 and titled “Newmont Announces Third Quarter Operating and Financial Results”.
About EMX. Eurasian is a global gold and copper exploration company utilizing a partnership business model to explore the world’s most promising and underexplored mineral belts. Eurasian generates wealth via grassroots prospect generation, strategic acquisition and royalty growth. Please see www.eurasianminerals.com for more information.
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