Restructure of Tennant Creek Mineral Field Joint Venture
- Agreement with Evolution to restructure the Tennant Creek Mineral Field Joint Venture
- Emmerson will retain:
- Significant exploration tenure of ~2,600km2 or 94% of the previous JV area which is considered highly prospective for new discoveries
- All gold dominant projects, small mines and associated exploration ground
- A 100% interest in the Tribute Mining Agreement at Edna Beryl
- Evolution will forego its right to a 65% interest in the entire JV area and instead take a 100% interest in an area of the JV that contains the Gecko, Goanna and Orlando copper-gold prospects
Emmerson's Managing Director, Mr Rob Bills commented: "Emmerson is very pleased with the outcome of these negotiations with our partner, Evolution Mining. As a significant shareholder, we thank them for their ongoing support. This proposed restructure better aligns the assets with the respective companies. It provides Emmerson shareholders with near term, high margin gold assets and exploration ground that can be more easily developed within the constraints of the Emmerson balance sheet.
Importantly, the investment in new data during the term of the JV has provided new insights into what we believe is a new generation of high grade, hematite hosted gold deposits. Directly leading to discoveries at Edna Beryl West, Mauretania and a string of promising drill intercepts that will now be followed up (see fig 1.) Emmerson also look forward to accelerating the monetisation of our small mines portfolio given that we are now the 100% owner.
Evolution's Vice President Discovery and Chief Geologist, Mr Glen Masterman commented: "As we looked to move to the next phase of exploration at Tennant Creek it became clear that our strategic imperatives weren't aligned with those of Emmerson however a subdivision of the ground holding as proposed will allow both parties to take a 100% interest in their preferred prospects. This is a smart outcome for both parties. We remain a significant shareholder of Emmerson and wish them success with their ongoing exploration."
Emmerson Resources Limited ("Emmerson") (ASX:ERM) is pleased to announce that discussions on the future of the Tennant Creek Mineral Field (TCMF) JV with Evolution Mining ("Evolution") (ASX:EVN) has resulted in a proposed new ownership structure that reflects the differing size and corporate objectives of the companies.
For Emmerson, this unlocks greater near- term value for our shareholders and provides a better strategic fit in terms of delivering high margin projects across a shorter time horizon.
Tennant Creek Mineral Field
Under the restructure, Emmerson will retain a 100% (instead of 35% under the current terms of the TCMF JV) of all the gold dominant assets, prospects and associated exploration ground. Keeping in mind that the TCMF is one of Australia's highest-grade goldfields and is where Emmerson (and partners) have made the first new discoveries for over a decade (figure 1). These discoveries have been underpinned by a substantial investment by Evolution in acquiring new data, along with the application of new exploration tools. Directly leading to the discovery of a new generation of hematite hosted, high grade gold projects such as seen at Edna Beryl and Mauretania (figure 1 in link below).
This data and inhouse knowledge from testing and trialling of new concepts and technology remains with Emmerson. As do all the other assets such as the Tennant Creek Exploration Base, Warrego mill and extensive drill core library - enabling Emmerson to easily scale up exploration and operations around its small mines and attract potential new joint venture partners.
Under the restructure, Evolution will take a 100% holding in the tenements (or parts of them) that contain the Gecko, Goanna, and Orlando copper-gold prospects, constituting some 6% of the entire TCMF land position (see figure 1). These prospects are predominantly copper rich but have potential for gold grades to increase at depth. Further exploration of these prospects will require deep drilling. Evolution intends to test these prospects for potential new discoveries of scale at depth and along strike.
First production from a portion of the Edna Beryl Mine (the Tribute Area) was announced in December 2017.
Since then, plans have progressed for the commercial production from the Tribute Area which includes full scale mining and processing. As previously announced, Emmerson receives a "risk free" income stream via a royalty agreement with the specialist small scale miner, the Edna Beryl Mining Company. This restructure will see Emmerson retain full control of the small mines and receive 100% of the revenue stream from the royalty (proportional to the amount of gold produced).
Emmerson firmly believes there is excellent exploration upside at Edna Beryl, but like many of the historical mines in the field, will require higher density drilling that is best achieved from underground. Bulk sampling of ores mined to date from the 90m Level development drive (within the Tribute area) assayed more than 35g/t gold (ASX 23 June 2017). These bulk samples are statistically more representative of the likely overall grade and continuity than the surface drill holes, providing great encouragement for undertaking further underground development and drilling.
Additionally, Emmerson is accelerating the permitting and development of the remainder of the small mines, with the Black Snake project the most advanced, and the largest being Chariot - with a JORC resource of ~100,000ozs of gold at a grade of 17.4g/t (ASX 28 November 2013). The other small mines can be considered exploration targets, adding a further 160,000 - 180,000ozs of high grade gold (at 15-20g/t as indicated from the historical reports).
Conditions Precedent to the Proposed Restructure
The Restructure is conditional on Emmerson obtaining a written opinion from the ASX that the transaction is not subject to Listing Rule 10.1 or, if required, Emmerson obtaining shareholder approval for the Proposed Restructure.
Emmerson is seeking the opinion of the ASX on the application of Listing Rule 10.1 and, if shareholder approval is required, Emmerson will promptly prepare a notice of meeting and convene the meeting of shareholders to seek that approval. Both companies have negotiated the proposed restructure in good faith and remain confident that it is in the best interests of both parties. If, however, shareholder approval is required but is not obtained, then Evolution will elect to earn a 65% interest in the whole of the TCMF as provided for under the current terms of the TCMF JV.
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About Emmerson Resources Limited
Emmerson Resources Limited (ASX:ERM) (FRA:42E) recently commenced exploration on new gold-copper projects in NSW, identified (with our strategic alliance partner Kenex Limited) from the application of 2D and 3D predictive targeting models – aimed at increasing the probability of discovery. The highly prospective Macquarie Arc in NSW hosts >80Mozs gold and >13Mt copper with these resources heavily weighted to areas of outcrop or limited cover. Emmerson's five exploration projects contain many attributes of the known deposits within the Macquarie Arc but remain under explored due to historical impediments, including an overlying cover (plus farmlands) and a lack of exploration focus. Kadungle is a JV with Aurelia Metals covering 43km2 adjacent to Emmerson's Fifield project.
In addition, Emmerson is exploring the Tennant Creek Mineral Field (TCMF), one of Australia's highest-grade gold and copper fields producing over 5.5 Mozs of gold and 470,000 tonnes of copper from deposits including Warrego, White Devil, Orlando, Gecko, Chariot and Golden Forty. These high-grade deposits are highly valuable exploration targets, and to date discoveries include high-grade gold at Edna Beryl and Mauretania, plus copper-gold at Goanna and Monitor. These are the first discoveries in the TCMF for over a decade.
About Evolution Mining Limited
Evolution Mining is a leading, growth-focussed Australian gold miner. Evolution operate five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales; Mt Carlton, Mt Rawdon, and Cracow, in Queensland; and Mungari in Western Australia. In addition Evolution holds an economic interest in Ernest Henry, in Queensland, that will deliver 100% of future gold and 30% of future copper and silver produced from an agreed life of mine area. Outside of the life of mine area Evolution will have a 49% interest in future copper, gold and silver production from Ernest Henry.
Evolution Mining Limited
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