Antler Gold Inc. (TSXV: ANTL) (“Antler” or the “Firm“) is happy to announce that Antler and its subsidiary Antler Exploration Zambia Restricted (“Antler Exploration”) have entered into an choice settlement (the “Possibility Settlement”) with Prospect Assets Restricted (ASX: PSC) (FSE: 5E8) (“Prospect” or the “Accomplice”) pursuant to which Prospect has an choice to accumulate 51% curiosity in Antler Exploration, which holds the Kesya Uncommon Earth Undertaking (“Undertaking”) situated in southern Zambia.
- Prospect has as much as two years to accumulate a 51% curiosity in Antler Exploration which holds the Kesya Uncommon Earth Undertaking through a complete mixed counterparty consideration and undertaking expenditure funds amounting to US$3.05 million.
- Part 1 dedication by Prospect is 2 money funds of an mixture of US$150,000 and US$350,000 in exploration expenditures in addition to an issuance of US$500,000 price of Prospect widespread shares inside 30 days of the completion of Part 1.
- Part 2 choice dedication by Prospect is a money fee of US$150,000 and US$750,000 in exploration expenditures in addition to an issuance of US$500,000 price of Prospect widespread shares inside 30 days of electing to proceed to Part 2.
- The ultimate part dedication by Prospect is a money fee of US$150,000 in addition to an issuance of US$500,000 price of Prospect widespread shares on the finish of the two 12 months choice interval which is able to then earn Prospect 51% of Antler Exploration.
- The Undertaking covers a Giant-Scale Exploration License Utility the place geological mapping and floor sampling carried out by Antler Exploration has recognized a big, uncommon earth-element enriched carbonatite.
- Rock chip samples assayed by Antler Exploration define very encouraging complete uncommon earth aspect oxide (TREO) mineralisation contained inside monazite and bastnaesite with low ranges of uranium and thorium.
- The Kesya rock chip outcomes present extremely anomalous floor values in uncommon earth components with the very best seize pattern thus far assaying 6559 ppm (0.66%) TREO.
- The seize samples are enriched in neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr) oxides which common 29% of the TREO content material and makes this a really encouraging basket distribution.
- Keysa’s great amount of carbonatite outcrop permits for simple drill focusing on providing prospectivity to quickly delineate a mineral useful resource and make a big new uncommon earth aspect discovery in Zambia.
- Antler Exploration together with its associate Prospect are making ready for an preliminary 1,500m diamond drilling program to check the subsurface expression and depth extent of the mapped and sampled uncommon earth aspect enriched carbonatite.
Christopher Drysdale, CEO of Antler commented:
“We’re extraordinarily excited to announce this settlement with Prospect. It is a testomony to our dedication to strategic partnerships with extremely credible organizations that share our imaginative and prescient for worth creation. Prospect has an excellent monitor report, which is demonstrated by their profitable development of the Arcadia lithium undertaking in Zimbabwe. This settlement represents a big milestone for Antler Gold because it underscores our means to establish promising mineral prospects throughout Africa and align ourselves with top-tier firms. Not solely does this partnership allow us to leverage Prospect’s industry-leading experience, however it additionally establishes a strong basis for potential future collaborations, whereas sustaining important publicity to the extremely promising Kesya REE undertaking.”
Prospect’s Managing Director and CEO, Sam Hosack, commented:
“The Possibility Settlement we have now struck in relation to the extremely potential Kesya REE Undertaking in Zambia is one other important milestone, which extends our attain additional into the battery and electrification mineral sector in Africa, consistent with our strategic targets. Kesya has all of the components of a world-class, uncommon earth enriched, carbonatite-hosted system, having additionally returned important values of the high-value REEs, neodymium and praseodymium, over a broad floor space of the Undertaking. Zambia is a number one jurisdiction to discover and develop mining operations in subSaharan Africa, having a long-standing historical past within the assets sector, notably for copper. This consists of wonderful infrastructure and robust help from each the federal government and neighborhood, with main firms like Barrick Gold and First Quantum Minerals already calling it dwelling. We’re delighted to have reached this settlement with Antler, which is a longtime and revered Canadian exploration and improvement firm focussed on its flagship Erongo and Onkoshi Gold Initiatives, situated in central Namibia. The Kesya REE Undertaking affords wonderful potential to ship a big new, highvalue uncommon earths discovery, with outlined present drilling targets and a well-established working surroundings. Topic to the satisfaction of all related situations precedent, it is a high-quality greenfield exploration play for Prospect.”
Introduction and deal phrases:
The Kesya carbonatite was first recognized in 1961 by Bailey within the Kafue district in southern Zambia. An preliminary mapping marketing campaign by Antler demonstrated that it’s enriched with uncommon earth components and warrants additional exploration and drilling.
The Possibility Settlement is amongst Prospect, Antler and a subsidiary of Antler, Antler Exploration. Topic to satisfaction of sure situations precedent, Prospect can have the proper to earn a 51% curiosity in Antler Exploration over a two-phased earn-in association over two years for complete consideration of US$3.05 million, which incorporates consideration funds to Antler and in-ground undertaking expenditure.
Prospect can pay an preliminary non-refundable money fee to Antler of US$50,000 on signing. Following satisfaction of the situations precedent beneath Part 1, Prospect can pay Antler an extra US$100,000 in money, and decide to spend US$350,000 on the Undertaking inside one 12 months (topic to sure extensions permitted beneath the Possibility Settlement). Prospect may even subject to Antler US$500,000 price of Prospect widespread shares on the completion of Part 1 (the worth of the widespread shares can be set on the worth of Prospect shares on the time of signing, based mostly on earlier 10-day VWAP).
After completion of Part 1, Prospect can elect to proceed to Part 2 or terminate the Possibility Settlement (and on this case Prospect will maintain no real interest in Antler Exploration).
If Prospect proceeds to Part 2, it’s required to pay Antler an extra US$150,000 in money and subject US$500,000 price of Prospect widespread shares (the worth of the widespread shares can be set on the worth of Prospect shares as on the time of election to proceed to Part 2, based mostly on earlier 10-day VWAP), and it’ll have the proper, however not the duty, to spend an extra US$750,000 on the Undertaking inside one 12 months from completion of Part 1 (topic to sure extensions permitted beneath the Possibility Settlement).
If Part 2 is accomplished, Prospect can be entitled to train a name choice to accumulate 51% of the issued and excellent shares of Antler Exploration. To train the choice, Prospect should make a closing fee to Antler of US$150,000 money and subject US$500,000 price of Prospect widespread shares (the worth of the widespread shares can be set on the worth of Prospect shares as on the time of the train of the decision choice, based mostly on earlier 10-day VWAP).
Prospect will seek the advice of with Antler in relation to the work program and finances however will in the end decide and handle all exploration actions in relation to the Undertaking.
Upon completion of the acquisition, Antler Exploration can be ruled by a shareholders settlement (“Shareholders Settlement”) amongst its shareholders. Prospect and Antler Exploration have agreed on the important thing phrases of the Shareholder Settlement, with a full kind Shareholder Settlement to be entered into sooner or later. Growth funds for the Undertaking are to be contributed by shareholders of Antler Exploration on a pro-rata foundation. If a celebration doesn’t contribute its professional rata share, its shareholding can be diluted through a prescribed system. Neither celebration may be diluted beneath a 15% curiosity, from which level such curiosity shall be free-carried via to the completion of a JORC-Code reportable or NI 43-101 compliant Feasibility Examine. The shareholder can then elect to transform its free carried curiosity to a 2% NSR or equal (“Royalty”) and the opposite shareholder has a proper however not the duty to buy one half of the Royalty for US$5,000,000.
Proposed Exploration Programme
There was no historic drilling accomplished on the Kesya carbonatite and the subsurface beneath the extent of the mapped carbonatite complicated and the depth extension is but to be examined. Antler together with Prospect is designing a preliminary 1,500 metre diamond drilling programme on the undertaking. (Determine.1) The goal is to guage the continuity of the recognized floor REE mineralisation to depth. The preliminary exploration plan can be to drill twenty (20) 75m deep holes alongside the carbonatite in addition to its contacts with the nation rock through the use of a heli-man moveable drill rig and pending all environmental and statutory approvals.
Undertaking Location and Background
Determine 1.) Proposed Diamond Drill gap location plan for preliminary 1500m drilling.
The Kesya REE Undertaking, contains a single, large-scale exploration license (LEL) utility protecting 1053.13 hectares and is situated close to the city of Kafue in southern Zambia within the Kafue Gorge. This license is situated roughly 90 km through a tarred highway touring south of the capital metropolis of Lusaka and has water and energy infrastructure close by. As soon as the LEL is granted, Antler’s wholly owned Zambian subsidiary, Antler Exploration Zambia Restricted will personal 95% of the Kesya REE Undertaking. The remaining 5% of the Undertaking has native possession.
Determine 2.) Map of the placement of the Kesya carbonatite situated south of the capital metropolis Lusaka.
The Kesya Carbonatite intruded into gneisses of the Paleoproterozoic Basement Advanced rock sequences close to the intersection of the mid-Zambezi-Luangwa Rift Valley and the Kesya Rift.
The Kesya Carbonatite is split into two main rock varieties: Firstly, a coarse-grained carbonatite with scattered nation rock xenoliths: This carbonatite is generally composed of coarse sövite with small quantities of chlorite. The second rock sort is a carbonatite breccia, which surrounds the principle intrusion.
The foremost minerals recognized are magnetite, quartz, apatite, Fe-rich phlogopite, monazite, thorite, Ti-oxides, Fe-sulphides, calcite, ilmenite, and the REE-bearing mineral bastnaesite. Courting of apatite in samples from the carbonatite point out that it’s of Neoproterozoic age (Kesya is ca. 535±16 Ma).
Determine 3.) Map of the seize pattern areas with related TREO assay values.
The carbonatite kinds a central topographic excessive surrounded by deeply incised valleys alongside its margins the place weathering processes are extra intense.
Discipline investigations by Antler, and petrological (Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)) research accomplished throughout 2021 demonstrated that the uncommon earth mineralisation at Kesya is hosted primarily in monazite (a REE phosphate mineral) and bastnaesite (a REE fluoro-carbonate mineral).
Determine 4.) View of the Kesya carbonatite (Trying in the direction of the East from the Western fringe of the Kafue Gorge)
Uncommon Earth Ingredient Mineralisation
Antler Gold has accomplished mapping and sampling campaigns at Kesya in 2021, which concerned reconnaissance work throughout the carbonatite complicated and the gathering of 51 rock chip seize samples taken on the license.
Determine 6; beneath exhibits a small choice of these rock chip seize samples together with their pattern ID’s O6530 (A), O6537 (B), O6514 (C) and O6551 (D).
The rock chip samples collected by Antler at Kesya proved to be strongly and persistently mineralised with REE, with a median of 1280 ppm (0.13%) Complete Uncommon Earth Oxide (TREO) content material, peaking at 6559 ppm (0.66%) TREO.
Encouragingly, these samples additionally present persistently excessive contents of neodymium- and praseodymium oxide – key main supplies within the manufacture of robust everlasting magnets for highly effective motors, utilized in such gadgets as massive, wind generators, more and more utilised within the international renewable power sector.
Neodymium and praseodymium oxides common 29% of the Complete Uncommon Earth Oxide (TREO) content material of the rock chip samples collected from Kesya (Determine 5).
Determine 5.) Pie Chart displaying common grades of Particular person REO’s from the Kesya sampling marketing campaign.
Determine 6.) Photos of rock chip seize samples from discipline mapping at Kesya.
Abstract of most up-to-date seize assay outcomes
In the course of the mapping marketing campaign undertaken by Antler Gold, 51 rock chip seize samples have been taken from in-situ outcrop on the Kesya REE Undertaking. Pattern sizes have been 1-3 kg and brought to pretty characterize the lithology recorded at every pattern web site.
Along with the rock chip samples, an additional 15% of QAQC supplies (2 x blanks, 2 x every of CRM AMIS0185, AMIS0304, AMIS0356 and a pair of x duplicate discipline samples) have been added to the batch of samples dispatched for assaying to adjust to QAQC rules.
All samples have been shipped to Namibia and ready by crushing and milling at Activation Laboratories Ltd (ACTLABS) in Windhoek.
Pulped samples have been then exported to ACTLABS in Ancaster, ON, Canada, for Code 8 – REE evaluation, which is a lithium metaborate/tetraborate fusion with subsequent evaluation by ICP-OES and ICP-MS.
The technical and scientific data on this presentation has been reviewed and permitted by Oliver Tors, B.Sc (Hons)., Exploration Supervisor of the Firm, who’s registered Skilled Pure Scientist with the (SACNASP) South African Council for Pure Scientific Professions (Pr. Sci. Nat. No. 120660) who’s a Certified Individual as outlined by NI 43-101. Mr. Tors is an worker of Antler Gold Inc. and isn’t impartial of the Firm beneath NI 43-101.
About Antler Gold Inc.
Antler Gold Inc. (TSXV: ANTL) is a Canadian listed mineral exploration firm centered on the acquisition and exploration of mineral tasks in Africa’s Prime-Ranked Jurisdictions, with publicity to each gold and REE. Antler’s complete license place now contains 6 tasks for a complete landholding of roughly 584,347 ha. The Firm continues to evaluate new regional alternatives with the goal of constructing a threat diversified enterprise mannequin, which permits the corporate to generate quick and long- time period revenue while offering stakeholders with publicity to potential a number of returns which might be generated from the invention course of.
About Prospect Assets Restricted (ASX: PSC) (FSE: 5E8)
Prospect Assets Restricted (ASX: PSC) (FSE:5E8) is an ASX listed firm centered on the exploration and improvement of mining tasks, particularly battery and electrification metals, in Zimbabwe and the broader sub-Saharan African area.
This press launch could comprise forward-looking data, similar to statements relating to the completion of the transactions topic to the Possibility Settlement and future plans and targets of Antler and its subsidiary, Antler Exploration in relation to the Undertaking. This data is predicated on present expectations and assumptions (together with assumptions in reference to the continuance of the relevant firm as a going concern and normal financial and market situations) which might be topic to important dangers and uncertainties which might be troublesome to foretell, together with dangers regarding the flexibility to fulfill the situations to completion of the transactions contemplated by the Possibility Settlement. Precise outcomes could differ materially from outcomes urged in any forward-looking data. Antler assumes no obligation to replace forward-looking data on this launch, or to replace the the reason why precise outcomes may differ from these mirrored within the forward-looking data until and till required by relevant securities legal guidelines. Extra data figuring out dangers and uncertainties is contained in filings made by Antler with Canadian securities regulators, copies of which can be found at www.sedar.com.
Neither TSX Enterprise Change nor its Regulation Providers Supplier (as that time period is outlined in insurance policies of the TSX Enterprise Change) accepts duty for the adequacy or accuracy of this launch.
For additional data, please contact Chris Drysdale, CEO of Antler Gold Inc at +264 81 220 2439 or Daniel Whittaker, Government Chairman of Antler Gold Inc., at (902) 488-4700.
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