|By Marketwired .||
|May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT||
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR -- (Marketwired) -- 05/26/14 -- Aurion Resources Ltd. ("Aurion") (TSX VENTURE: AU) is pleased to report that it has executed the Definitive Purchase Agreement with Dragon Mining Limited ("Dragon Mining") (ASX: DRA), to acquire a 100% interest in the Kutuvuoma and Silasselka exploration projects in Northern Finland.
In consideration, Dragon Mining will receive 6,000,000 Common Shares in Aurion and Aurion will expend EUR 1,000,000 on the Projects within 3 years. The Payment Schedule from the original Letter of Intent, as announced March 5, 2014, has been re-negotiated such that there is no firm work commitment in the first two years, other than maintaining the tenements in good standing, and the subsequent share issuances will be timed with the granting of final title to the various tenements comprising the projects, as further detailed below. Additionally, Aurion has the option to expend the entire work commitment on only one project if it so decides.
Kutuvuoma Gold Project
The Kutuvuoma project area is located 35 km SE of the 4.8 million ounces Kittila Gold Mine owned by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. ("Agnico Eagle"). Kutuvuoma is a high-grade, shear zone hosted gold deposit that was discovered in the early 1990's by Outokumpu Oy. They conducted geochemical till sampling, ground magnetic and EM geophysical surveys and completed a total of 29 reverse circulation (1,112 metres) and 18 diamond (2,313 metres) drillholes over approximately 150 metre horizontal strike length and maximum of 150 metre vertical depth. Dragon acquired the property from Outokumpu in 2003 as part of a large property and data package and aside from compilation and reconnaissance mapping conducted no other exploration activities.
Drilling results reported in historic exploration reports include high grade gold intercepts such as:
-- 9.7 g/t Au over 5.1 m incl 20.2 g/t Au over 2.0 m -- 7.2 g/t Au over 19.4 m incl 26.7 g/t Au over 1.0 m -- 8.5 g/t Au over 8.6 m incl 31.3 g/t Au over 1.0 m -- 6.9 g/t Au over 5.6 m incl 20.0 g/t Au over 1.5 m -- 6.6 g/t Au over 6.1 m incl 16.5 g/t Au over 2.1 m -- 96.5 g/t Au over 1.2 m and 53.1 g/t Au over 1.2 m
The core has not been systematically sampled and the mineralised zones remain open along strike and at depth. A small portion of the deposit was test-mined during 1998-1999 by open cut method and has not been subject to exploration activities since. Numerous geochemical exploration targets remain untested throughout the property as well.
The Kutuvuoma property covers circa 6 km strike length over a prospective geological sequence with mineralized structures and has been only partially explored with geochemical and geophysical surveys extending strike distance of circa 1.5 km. The previous work has identified a number of gold anomalies that remain untested. The Kutuvuoma property tenements cover 6026 ha (hectares) comprising a 41 ha mining lease, 1648 ha in claims applications and 4337 ha in claim reservations, within a 32,500 hectare area of interest.
The Silasselka project area is located 38 km NW of Agnico Eagle's 4.8 million ounce Kittila Gold Mine. The Silasselka project area was previously explored during the 1960's by Finnish entity Otanmaki Oy. They predominantly focussed on the vanadium potential outlining four vanadium-iron-titanium deposits, Pyhajarvi, Pesosjarvi, Koivusilasselka and Kuusilaanivaara. Historical reports indicate that a total of 55 diamond core drill holes were completed in the project area. Dragon Mining acquired the property in 2010.
Vanadium-iron-titanium mineralisation is associated with massive magnetite-ilmenite veins or ilmenite-magnetite disseminated zones in mafic igneous rocks, along a 15 kilometre long anomalous magnetic zone that strikes north-south and dips towards the east at moderate to steep angles. The dimensions of the main mineralised zones identified to date range from 100 to 400 metres in length, 5 to 10 metres in width and at least 100 to 200 metres with depth. Parallel mineralised zones exist locally. The extensions of the identified vanadium-iron-titanium mineralised zones have not been drill tested.
Some of the better drill intercepts from historical reports include:
Width (m) Fe % TiO2 % V % 4.4 48.3 11.6 0.74 4.1 44.5 10.8 0.65 4.6 51.8 13.4 0.65
While the deposits of Fe-Ti-V mineralisation are significant and still under-explored, Aurion's primary interest in Silasselka is in the gold and PGE potential. The geological setting has the potential to host magmatic nickel-copper-PGE and shear zone hosted gold mineralisation. The volcanic-sedimentary sequence, which includes intermediate and mafic volcanics and banded iron formations, located east of the Fe-Ti-V mineralisation is highly prospective for shear zone hosted gold mineralization. The Silasselka Project area covers the potential northern strike extension of the Hanhimaa shear zone. The Hanhimaa Shear Zone hosts several gold occurrences which have reported drill intersections of 4.5 g/t Au over 11.7 m and 5.9 g/t Au over 7.5 m (Dragon Mining website). The Hanhimaa shear zone lies west of and parallel to the Kiistala shear zone which hosts the Agnico Eagle Kittila Gold Mine.
Aside from compilation and reconnaissance mapping by Dragon Mining no exploration activities have been performed on the property since the 1960's.
The property tenements cover 26,435 ha comprising 1501 ha in claims applications and 24,934 in claim reservations within a 57,350 hectare area of interest.
Pursuant to the agreement, Dragon Mining will receive 6,000,000 Aurion Common Shares and Aurion will expend EUR1,000,000 on the Projects over three years to earn a 100 per cent interest in the two projects, as per the payment schedule outlined in Table 1 and subject to regulatory approvals.
Table 1 - Payment Schedule
----------------------------------------------------- 1 2 3 4, 5 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Expenditures (EUR) 1,000,000 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Common Shares 2,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) Signing, subject to fulfilment of the conditions precedent of: - Aurion receiving all approvals required by the TSX Venture; and - Turvallisuus ja kemikaalivirasto ("Tukes") accepting the bond proposal of Dragon Mining for the Kutuvuoma Mining Licence without material change. (2) Upon the Kutuvuoma Claim Applications 4-21 becoming valid; (3) Upon the Silasselka Claim Applications1-19 becoming valid; and (4) The third anniversary of the Kutuvuoma Claims 4-21 and the Silasselka Claims 1-19 becoming valid. (5) It is anticipated that most claims applications will be processed by Tukes over the next 2-6 months.
The initial tranche of 2,000,000 Consideration Shares to be received by Dragon Mining will be escrowed for 18 months from the date of issuance of the shares. Any other Consideration Shares received by Dragon Mining within 18 months from signing shall also be escrowed for the remaining portion of the 18 month time period.
In addition Dragon Mining will retain a 3% Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR") on any deposit mined by Aurion or any associated third party within the Projects and the defined Areas of Interest. Aurion or its nominee may purchase the full 3% NSR at any time on or before the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Agreement with a one off payment of EUR 4,000,000 in cash or 1% of the NSR any time after the tenth anniversary of the signing of the agreement with a one off payment of EUR 4,000,000 in cash on the basis that Dragon Mining has not sold the NSR to a third party. Dragon Mining is at liberty to sell the NSR to a third party at any time after the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Agreement.
Aurion will also make bonus payments to Dragon Mining of EUR 2,000,000 in cash or equivalent in Aurion Common Shares (share price based on a five day volume weighted average price ("VWAP") immediately before the agreed settlement date) at Aurion's discretion for the defining of one million ounces of gold equivalent material within the Projects and the defined Area of Interests that is categorised as Measured and Indicated in accordance with the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves ("JORC Code") or National Instrument 43-101 Standards for Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI43-101"). Further bonus payments of EUR 1,000,000 in cash or equivalent in Aurion Common Shares at Aurion's discretion for the defining of every additional one million ounces of gold equivalent material within the Projects and the defined Area of Interests that is categorised as Measured and Indicated in accordance with the JORC Code or NI43-101.
Aurion will be able to utilize the services of Dragon Mining's staff in Finland on an as-needed basis, in accordance with a separate Service Agreement. This will provide Aurion with access to a skilled resource base during start-up, while defraying some of Dragon Mining's Finnish costs.
With a treasury of approximately $1.5 million and a low burn rate Aurion can comfortably fund the acquisition. The initial strategy will be to compile all available data and begin developing targets for follow-up in the next few months. Aurion will also seek to finance these projects through JV partnerships.
The Kutuvuoma and Silasselka projects are situated in the Central Lappland Greenstone Belt (CLGB) of Northern Finland and are accessible by road. The CLGB is a highly prospective, underexplored Proterozoic greenstone belt that hosts many gold, base metal, magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE prospects and deposits including Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd's Kitttila Gold Mine (Reserves as of Dec 31 2012, 4.8 Million ounces grading 4.5 g/t Au), First Quantum Minerals Ltd's Kevitsa Ni-Cu_PGM mine (reserves as of Dec 31 2012 of greater than 400 Mt 0.3% Ni, 0.4% Cu and 0.54 g/t combined Au-Pt-Pd) and the recently discovered Sakatti Ni-Cu-PGE deposit owned by Anglo American Plc (1-2 % Ni, 1-2% Cu, 0.5-1.0 g/t PGE, greater than 100 million tonne (Anglo 2011)).
Finland was ranked number two in the Fraser Institute's top mining destination survey in 2013 and is one of the most underexplored stable jurisdictions in the world. It is important to note that Finland only opened its border to foreign mining investment in the mid-1990s.
Mike Basha, P.Eng., P.Geo., President and CEO of Aurion, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, is responsible for the preparation of this release.
Certain statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking information. These statements relate to future events or future performance. The use of any of the words "could", "intend", "expect", "believe", "will", "projected", "estimated" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on the Companies' current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results may differ materially. The forward-looking information contained in this release is made as of the date hereof and Aurion is not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Because of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions contained herein, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The foregoing statements expressly qualify any forward-looking information contained herein.
On behalf of the Board,
Mike Basha, President & CEO
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, will highlight the current challenges of these transformative technologies and share strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” will outline the latest trends and developm...
Feb. 24, 2017 06:00 PM EST Reads: 2,056
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
Feb. 24, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 3,357
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Feb. 24, 2017 05:00 PM EST Reads: 10,691
How will your company move to the cloud while ensuring a solid security posture? Organizations from small to large are increasingly adopting cloud solutions to deliver essential business services at a much lower cost. According to cyber security experts, the frequency and severity of cyber-attacks are on the rise, causing alarm to businesses and customers across a variety of industries. To defend against exploits like these, a company must adopt a comprehensive security defense strategy that is ...
Feb. 24, 2017 05:00 PM EST Reads: 4,886
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo, will discuss the basic set up and solution for an SAP solution in the cloud and what it means to the viability of your company. Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo. He works with business around the globe, to assist them in their journey to the usage of Big Data in the forms of Hadoop (Cloudera and Hortonwork's) and SAP HANA. At Approyo, we support firms who are looking for knowledge to grow through current business process, where even...
Feb. 24, 2017 04:15 PM EST Reads: 542
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
Feb. 24, 2017 03:45 PM EST Reads: 1,431
WebRTC is the future of browser-to-browser communications, and continues to make inroads into the traditional, difficult, plug-in web communications world. The 6th WebRTC Summit continues our tradition of delivering the latest and greatest presentations within the world of WebRTC. Topics include voice calling, video chat, P2P file sharing, and use cases that have already leveraged the power and convenience of WebRTC.
Feb. 24, 2017 03:45 PM EST Reads: 1,273
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Feb. 24, 2017 03:30 PM EST Reads: 1,407
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Feb. 24, 2017 03:15 PM EST Reads: 2,139
Some people worry that OpenStack is more flash then substance; however, for many customers this could not be farther from the truth. No other technology equalizes the playing field between vendors while giving your internal teams better access than ever to infrastructure when they need it. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will talk through some real-world OpenStack deployments and look into the ways this can benefit customers of all sizes....
Feb. 24, 2017 03:15 PM EST Reads: 1,125
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann and Aruna Ravichandran have been named Co-Chairs of @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 24, 2017 02:45 PM EST Reads: 1,874
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, I provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading the...
Feb. 24, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 8,487
In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without persistence miss out on many benefits, and in many cases simply pass the responsibility of persistence onto other infrastructure, adding additional complexity.
Feb. 24, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 918
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Feb. 24, 2017 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,962
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his general session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore...
Feb. 24, 2017 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,111