EMX’s Parks Salyer Permit is located approximately 5 kilometers northwest of the city of Casa Grande, and approximately 900 meters southwest of the historic Sacaton open pit copper mine in central Arizona. Sacaton is a porphyry copper-molybedenum deposit within the Laramide arc in the southwestern U.S. The Parks Salyer Permit is comprised of one State of Arizona Exploration Permit totaling 158 acres and covers a portion, roughly one third of the poorly drill defined Parks Salyer copper target area. The target lies beneath post-mineral gravels and contained within a fault-bounded horst block, and has potential for supergene enriched copper and hypogene sulfide mineralization. The target is supported by historic induced polarization geophysical surveys and drilling within and adjacent to the EMX royalty ground.
In Q1 2022 EMX announces the execution, by its wholly-owned subsidiary Bronco Creek Exploration Inc., of an Assignment and Assumption agreement as well as a Royalty Agreement (the “Agreements”) for transfer of EMX’s Arizona State Exploration Permit (“Permit”) to Cactus 110 LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arizona Sonoran Copper Company, Inc. (TSX: ASCU) (“ASCU”). EMX’s Permit covers a portion of the Parks Salyer copper target, located approximately 1,500 meters southwest of the historic Sacaton open pit copper mine. Sacaton was previously operated by Asarco from 1972-1984 and is now being developed by ASCU and is known as the Cactus Project. The Agreements provide EMX with a one-time cash payment for the assignment of its rights under a State of Arizona Exploration Permit as well as a 1.5% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty interest, work commitments, annual advance royalty payments, and certain milestone payments. EMX is pleased to see the Permit advance with ASCU as it continues to advance activities at its Cactus project.
Note: The nearby mines and deposits in the region provide context for EMX’s Project, which occurs in a similar geologic setting, but this is not necessarily indicative that the project hosts similar mineralization.