Vancouver, British Columbia, January 16, 2018 (TSX Venture: EMX; NYSE American: EMX) - EMX Royalty Corporation (the "Company" or "EMX") is pleased to announce the execution of a definitive agreement (the "Agreement") for the sale of the Modum cobalt project (the "Project") in Norway to Boreal Metals Corp. ("Boreal") (TSX Venture: BMX). The Agreement provides EMX with additional share equity in Boreal, a 3% NSR royalty on the Project, and advance annual royalty payments. The Modum Project is located in southern Norway’s Modum mining district, ~75 kilometers west of Oslo. The Project partially surrounds the historic Skuterud mine property, which was Europe’s principal producer of cobalt from the late eighteenth through nineteenth centuries1. Please see www.emxroyalty.com for more information.
Commercial Terms Overview. Pursuant to the Agreement, Boreal will acquire 100% interest in the Project according to the following terms (all dollar amounts in USD):
- At closing, Boreal will issue to EMX 1,324,181 common shares of Boreal that will bring EMX’s share of equity ownership in Boreal to 19.9%. EMX will have the right to participate pro-rata in future financings at its own cost to maintain its 19.9% interest in Boreal.
- At closing, EMX will transfer its Modum exploration licenses to Boreal.
- EMX will retain a 3% NSR royalty on the Project, of which 1% may be purchased by Boreal on or before the fifth anniversary of the closing date in 0.5% increments for a total of $2,500,000 in cash and common shares of Boreal stock.
- EMX will receive annual advance royalty ("AAR") payments, with an initial $20,000 payment, commencing on the second anniversary of the closing, with each subsequent AAR payment increasing by $5,000 per year until reaching $60,000 per year. Once reaching $60,000, AAR payments will be adjusted each year according to the Consumer Price Index (as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The issuance of Boreal shares to EMX, as set forth in the Agreement, is subject to receipt of TSX Venture Exchange approval.
Project Overview. The Modum Project covers a propsective north-south trend of historic cobalt mines, prospects and occurrences of the historic Modum mining district. The district's cobalt mineralization was discovered in 1772. Historic production from open pits commenced in 1776, but mining moved underground in 1827 and continued through 1898. Historic production from the Skuterud mine is reported to have been approximately 1 million tonnes averaging 0.2% cobalt1.
The Modum district's cobalt deposits are hosted in steeply dipping, north-south trending Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rock known locally as "fahlbands." These rocks are intruded by mafic and ultramafic rocks and contain widespread albitization and sulfide mineralization. Mineralization in the fahlbands occurs as sulfide replacement zones, sulfide-rich veins developed within shear zones, and as structurally controlled lenses that occupy fold hinges.
1Eilu, P. (Ed.), 2012, Mineral deposits and metallogeny of Fennoscandia. Geological Survey of Finland, v. 53, 22, 60-61.
Much of the strike length of mineralized trends on the Modum Project has not been drill tested. Although copper and gold are known to accompany cobalt mineralization in the district, the Project's potential for these byproducts remains unassessed.
Reference to the adjacent Skuterud mine property provides context for the Modum Project, which occurs in a similar geologic setting. However, this is not necessarily indicative that the Project hosts mineralization with similar tonnage or grade.
Dr. Eric P. Jensen, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
About EMX. EMX leverages asset ownership and exploration insight into partnerships that advance our mineral properties, with EMX receiving pre-production payments and retaining royalty interests. EMX complements its royalty generation initiatives with royalty acquisitions and strategic investments.
For further information contact:
|David M. Cole||Scott Close|
|President and Chief Executive Officer||Director of Investor Relations|
|Phone: (303) 979-6666||Phone: (303) 973-8585|
|Email: Dave@EMXroyalty.com||Email: SClose@EMXroyalty.com|
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