Osisko Metals Incorporated (TSX-V: OM) (OTCQX: OMZNF) (FRANKFURT: 0B51) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding term sheet with Karst Investments LLC and its owners to acquire a 100% interest in Karst, which holds a 3% net smelter returns royalty on the mineral leases comprising the Pine Point Project. Osisko Metals will acquire Karst in exchange for an aggregate consideration of US$8.5 million in cash and 2 million common shares of the Corporation.
Osisko Metals will, within 60 days, enter into a definitive purchase agreement with Karst and its owners providing for the Karst Purchase.
Following the closing of the Karst Purchase, the Pine Point Project will not be subject to any other royalties, back-in rights, payments, or other agreements or encumbrances other than the territorial royalty (calculated as a tax but called a royalty by the NWT government).
Paul Dumas, Executive VP Finance, commented: “We are very pleased to have acquired the outstanding 3% NSR on Pine Point at an early development stage. This allows us to unencumber the asset as we continue to grow the mineral resource base. This acquisition is strategic as it will provide Osisko Metals financial flexibility in the future as we continue to advance Pine Point.”
Completion of the Karst Purchase is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including, but not limited to, entering into a definitive purchase agreement with Karst and its owners and the receipt of all necessary approvals, including the conditional approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
About Osisko Metals
Osisko Metals Incorporated is a Canadian exploration and development company creating value in the base metal space with a focus on zinc mineral assets. The Company controls Canada’s two premier zinc mining camps. The Company’s flagship properties are: 1) the Pine Point Mining Camp located in the Northwest Territories, has an Inferred Mineral Resource of 38.4 Mt grading 4.58% zinc and 1.85% lead (6.58% ZnEq), making it the largest pit-constrained zinc deposit in Canada (please refer to the Amended Technical Report filed on SEDAR for further information). The PPMC is located on the south shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, near infrastructure and paved highway access and with 100 kilometres of haulage roads already in place. In 2019-2020, the company will explore for additional mineral resources and continue advancing the overall project. 2) The Bathurst Mining Camp located in northern New Brunswick, has Indicated Mineral Resources of 1.96 Mt grading 5.77% zinc, 2.38% lead, 0.22% copper and 68.9g/t silver (9.00% ZnEq) and Inferred Mineral Resources of 3.85 Mt grading 5.34% zinc, 1.49% lead, 0.32% copper and 47.7 g/t silver (7.96% ZnEq) in the Key Ancon and Gilmour South deposits. In 2019-2020, the Company will continue to diligently develop and explore in order to confirm and grow both projects. The Company is also active in Quebec where it is advancing multiple base metal targets. The Mineral Resources mentioned in this press release conform to National Instrument 43-101 standards. These mineral resources were reported by the Company on December 6, 2018 and January 20, 2019 and were prepared by independent qualified persons, as defined by NI43 101 guidelines.
The above-mentioned mineral resources are not mineral reserves as they do not have demonstrated economic viability. The quantity and grade of the reported Inferred Mineral Resources are conceptual in nature and are estimated based on limited geological evidence and sampling. Geological evidence is sufficient to imply but not verify geological grade and/or quality of continuity. Reference to historical production in this press release does not imply that any future mineral resources or discoveries will be of economic viability, nor does it imply that additional discoveries will be made. Zinc equivalency percentages are calculated using metal prices, forecasted metal recoveries, concentrate grades, transport costs, smelter payable metals and charges (see respective technical reports for details).
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