EMX Royalty Corporation (TSX-V: EMX) (NYSE American: EMX) is pleased to announce that it will make a $1.0 million (all dollar amounts in CDN) strategic equity investment in Millrock Resources Inc. (TSX-V: MRO, OTCQX: MLRKF) through a private placement financing. In return, Millrock will grant certain royalty interests to EMX on some of Millrock’s properties in the Goodpaster Mining District, Alaska. EMX and Millrock have agreed that the Private Placement funds are to be used to support Millrock’s programs in the Goodpaster District, which hosts the Pogo high grade underground gold mine. The Pogo Mine, now operated by Northern Star Resources Limited has produced 3.8 million ounces of gold since startup in 2006.
Millrock has advised EMX that it has staked a large, contiguous block of claims adjacent to Northern Star’s Pogo Mine property that are subject to EMX’s new royalty interests. The claims include prospects east of the Pogo Mine (the East Pogo project) and add to Millrock’s existing land position west of the Pogo Gold Mine (the West Pogo project). The combined East and West Pogo projects cover over 40 kilometers along the Pogo Trend of gold deposits and occurrences. Additionally, Millrock advises that it has staked claims, also subject to EMX’s new royalty interests, covering a ~30 kilometer strike extent along the “Shaw-Eagle-LMS Trend” of gold prospects and geochemical anomalies. EMX’s Goodpaster royalty properties are particularly compelling given Northern Star’s recent successes in drilling its nearby Goodpaster prospect and developing the Central Lodes discovery. Please see the attached map.
EMX’s strategic investment combines share equity in Millrock and royalty interests covering exceptionally prospective ground in an under-explored, high grade gold mining district that is attracting revitalized interest.
Overview of Commercial Terms. Under the terms of the Private Placement, EMX will invest $1.0 million to purchase 7,142,857 units at a market premium price of $0.14 per unit. Each unit will consist of one common share of Millrock and one share purchase warrant. Each warrant will entitle EMX to purchase one additional common share of Millrock until December 14, 2021 at an escalating exercise price ($0.14 until December 14, 2019; $0.17 from December 15, 2019 until December 14, 2020; and $0.20 from December 15, 2020 until December 14, 2021). EMX will own approximately 9.4% of Millrock’s issued and outstanding common shares upon closing of the Private Placement. If EMX exercises its warrants prior to any further Millrock share issuances, EMX will own approximately 17.5% of Millrock’s shares.
The Private Placement includes an accelerated warrant expiry provision whereby Millrock can notify EMX that the warrants will expire if not exercised within 30 days after receipt of notice that Millrock’s shares have traded at or above $0.20 per share for 20 consecutive trading days. The Private Placement also includes a partial restriction on resale of the securities (in addition to the usual four month hold provision) until the first anniversary of the investment, and an anti-dilution clause entitling EMX to subscribe for additional shares in any future financings to maintain its existing percentage ownership of Millrock.
Of the gross proceeds to be raised from the Private Placement, Millrock will use a minimum of $500,000 to acquire mineral rights and advance exploration on projects within a defined area of interest surrounding the Goodpaster Mining District. Millrock will grant royalty rights to EMX on new projects acquired with the Private Placement funding. The amount of the royalty granted to EMX for new claims where no underlying royalty exists, will be 1.0% of Net Smelter Returns (“NSR”). For claims staked on lands where there is an existing royalty payable to a third party, the royalty granted to EMX will be a 0.5% NSR. The obligation to grant royalties on new projects will end when Millrock has expended $500,000 on claim staking and exploration within the defined area of interest.
Additionally, a 1% NSR royalty will be granted to EMX for some existing West Pogo project claims held by Millrock.
Finally, if EMX provides funding to Millrock to buyout royalties on the Hansen and Aurora claim blocks (optioned to Millrock), Millrock will grant a new royalty of 1.5% NSR to EMX on such claims. Millrock will also grant EMX the right of first refusal on any future royalty financings.
The closing of the Private Placement is contingent on Millrock receiving approval from the TSX Venture Exchange.
Overview of EMX’s Goodpaster Royalties. EMX’s Goodpaster royalty interests will principally result from Millrock’s geologic expertise in the district and a substantial proprietary database of historic drilling, geochemistry, and geophysics that has been key in identifying priority targets for staking claims along the Pogo and Shaw-Eagle-LMS Trends. New claims totaling ~49,300 hectares will be covered by 0.5% to 1% NSR EMX royalty interests. Existing Millrock claims totaling 2,710 hectares will be covered by 1% NSR EMX royalty interests. In addition, EMX has the option to fund a buyout of the underlying 1.5% NSR royalties on each of the Hansen and Aurora claim blocks that total 1,860 hectares.
The West Pogo project is along trend of, and has similar geological and geochemical attributes to, the nearby Pogo Mine. Previous work identified elevated gold, arsenic and bismuth surface soil and rock sample anomalies, as well as gold prospects (e.g., Half-Ounce Gulch and Alkalic Trench) covered by EMX royalties or royalty purchase options.
A new discovery (the Goodpaster prospect) reported by the prior owners of the Pogo Mine may trend onto Millrock’s West Pogo project. Approved permit applications filed by Northern Star indicate its plans to drill near the shared Pogo Mine/West Pogo claim boundary.
EMX is a precious and base metals royalty company. EMX’s investors are provided with discovery, development, and commodity price optionality, while limiting exposure to the risks inherent to operating companies. The Company’s common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol EMX.
Mr. Michael P. Sheehan, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
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