Inflection Resources and AngloGold Ashanti Sign a Heads of Agreement for a Multi-Year Exploration Earn-in Across Portfolio of Copper-Gold Projects in Australia
Vancouver, British Columbia, February 23, 2023: Inflection Resources Ltd. (CSE: AUCU / OTCQB: AUCUF / FSE: 5VJ) (the “Company” or “Inflection”) is pleased to announce it has signed a non-binding Heads of Agreement (“HOA”) with AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited (“AngloGold”) (NYSE: AU / JSE: ANG / ASX: AGG) that outlines the principal terms under which AngloGold may enter into a multi-year Earn-in Agreement across a number of Inflection’s copper-gold projects in New South Wales, Australia. Pursuant to the terms of the HOA, AngloGold shall have a 60-day period to complete further due diligence and enter into a binding Earn-in Agreement with the Company.
- AngloGold shall fund a total of AUD$10,000,000 on exploration expenditures across the portfolio of projects within three years following execution of the Earn-in Agreement as part of a Phase I exploration program. Phase I is intended to drill test a wide range of large intrusive-related, copper-gold exploration targets including Duck Creek. Phase I will include a minimum expenditure commitment of AUD$6,000,000;
- Phases II and III are staged earn-in’s where AngloGold may select up to five Designated Projects in which to earn up to a 65% interest in each by sole funding exploration expenditures of AUD$7,000,000 over three years in Phase II and a further AUD$20,000,000 over two years in Phase III on each Designated Project, for cumulative maximum expenditures of AUD$135,000,000; and,
- AngloGold retains the further right to earn an additional 10% interest in each Designated Project in Phase IV by:
- Completing a Pre-Feasibility Study solely funded by AngloGold within an additional three-year period; and,
- Granting to Inflection, subject to existing underlying royalties, a 2% or 1% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty.
Alistair Waddell, Inflection’s President and CEO, states: “The execution of this Heads of Agreement with AngloGold Ashanti is a major milestone for the Company. We are extremely pleased to enter into such a large-scale exploration and development agreement that will provide the necessary capital to drill test and potentially develop our large portfolio of copper-gold porphyry targets across our 100%-owned land position within the northern extension of the Macquarie Arc. We fully anticipate recommencing drilling immediately following the execution of the Earn-in Agreement, all of which will now be fully funded by AngloGold. Planned drilling will include the completion of deep drill holes at Duck Creek where earlier drilling intercepted strong alteration the Company interprets to be indicative of the upper parts of an alkalic copper-gold porphyry system.”
Table 1: Summary structure of the Heads of Agreement
- Phase I is inclusive of the minimum commitment of AUD$6,000,000.
- Completion of PFS (Pre-Feasibility Study) to include a minimum resource of two million ounces of gold or gold-copper equivalent Measured and Indicated resources per project.
- All expenditure timelines can be accelerated.
Further details of the Heads of Agreement:
AngloGold will sole fund a total of AUD$10,000,000 on exploration expenditures across a wide range of different intrusive related exploration targets over a 36-month period following execution of the Earn-in Agreement. AngloGold will commit to fund expenditures of AUD$6,000,000. If Phase I Expenditures of AUD$10,000,000 are not completed within the required time frame, then the Earn-in Agreement shall terminate and no interest in any of the properties will be earned by AngloGold.
Upon completion of Phase I, the AUD$10,000,000 advanced by AngloGold for exploration expenditures shall be converted into common shares of Inflection equal to 9.9% of the then issued outstanding common shares of the Company, post share issuance, at the time of completion of Phase I. The deemed price of the shares shall be calculated using the 30-day VWAP and the number to be issued shall be capped at the Canadian dollar equivalent of AUD$10,000,000.
If the number of shares issued equals less than 9.9% of Inflection’s outstanding shares, then AngloGold shall retain the right to purchase additional common shares from the treasury of Inflection at a 10% premium to the 30-day VWAP, up to a combined maximum ownership interest of 9.9% of the then-outstanding common shares.
AngloGold may elect to earn an initial 51% interest in up to five Designated Projects individually by sole funding expenditures of AUD$7,000,000 per project within 36 months. If AngloGold fails to complete the Phase II earn-in expenditure for a given Designated Project, Inflection will retain 100% ownership with no interest earned by AngloGold.
AngloGold may elect to earn an additional 14% interest in each Designated Project individually, for a total 65% interest, by sole funding additional expenditures of AUD$20,000,000 per Designated Project within 24 months following completion of Phase II. If AngloGold initiates but does not complete Phase III, then its ownership interest in the Designated Project will revert to 49%, which Inflection retains the right to purchase at a mutually agreed price or for fair value if a price cannot be mutually agreed within a specified period.
AngloGold retains an additional right to earn a further 10% interest in each Designated Project, bringing its potential ownership interest to 75%, by completing the following:
- Delivering to Inflection a Pre-Feasibility Study in accordance with the CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves based on a minimum 2,000,000 ounces of gold or gold-copper equivalent Measured and Indicated resources within 36 months after AngloGold provides notice to move to Phase IV; and,
- Granting to Inflection a 2% NSR on the applicable Designated Project; provided, however, that if the applicable Designated Project has any existing underlying royalties, Inflection will be granted a 1% NSR. AngloGold will have the right to buy back 0.5% of any 2% NSR and 0.25% of any 1% NSR in respect of all or a portion of the respective Designated Project for fair value at any time.
About Inflection’s NSW Projects:
The Company is systematically exploring for large copper-gold and gold deposits in the northern interpreted extension of the Macquarie Arc, part of the Lachlan Fold Belt in New South Wales. The Macquarie Arc is Australia’s premier porphyry copper-gold province being host to Newcrest Mining’s Cadia deposits, the CMOC Northparkes deposits and Evolution Mining’s Cowal deposits plus numerous exploration prospects including Boda, the discovery made by Alkane Resources.
The Company is using cost-effective mud-rotary drilling to cut through unmineralized post-mineral sedimentary cover before transitioning to diamond core drilling once basement is reached. It is well documented that mineralized bodies elsewhere in the belt, in particular porphyry and intrusive related systems, have large district-scale alteration and geochemical halos or footprints surrounding them.
The Company completes a series of short diamond drill holes into bedrock rather than just one or two deep and more expensive diamond drill holes. Multiple data points gained from alteration and mineral geochemistry is then being used to vector additional deeper holes. This is a proven exploration strategy in the covered segments of the Macquarie Arc having been directly responsible for the discovery of the Northparkes and Cowal deposits.
Figure 1: Location map of Inflection’s New South Wales Exploration Licenses (“EL’s”) covered by the Heads of Agreement.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Carl Swensson (FAusIMM), a “Qualified Person” (“QP”) as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Inflection Resources Ltd. Inflection is a technically driven copper-gold and gold focused mineral exploration company listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “AUCU” and on the OTCQB under the symbol “AUCUF” with projects in Australia. For more information, please visit the Company website at www.inflectionresources.com.
About AngloGold Ashanti Limited. AngloGold is a global gold mining company listed on the New York, Johannesburg and Australian stock exchanges. The company has a diverse, high-quality portfolio of operations, projects and exploration activities across nine countries on four continents. For more information, please visit the company website at www.anglogoldashanti.com.
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