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Prophecy Coal to Acquire Pulacayo-Paca Silver-Lead Zinc Mining Project in Bolivia

 

 

 

 

 

Prophecy Coal Corp. (TSX:PCY) (OTCQX:PRPCF) (FRANKFURT:1P2) has entered into a binding letter agreement with Apogee Silver Ltd. (TSX-V:APE) to acquire the Pulacayo-Paca silver-lead-zinc mining project in Bolivia.
 

Transaction Summary
 

Under the Letter Agreement, Prophecy will acquire Apogee’s subsidiaries: Apogee Minerals Bolivia S.A. and ASC Bolivia LDC (which in turn, holds ASC Bolivia LDC Sucursal Bolivia) which hold the Pulacayo-Paca joint venture by paying Apogee $250,000 in cash and issuing Apogee 60 million Prophecy Class B convertible, non-voting shares. The Class B Shares will become eligible for conversion by Apogee, to an equivalent number of listed Prophecy common shares in tranches over a two-year period, when certain price levels of the Prophecy shares trading on the TSX are met, or in the face of certain major triggering events. Prophecy has agreed to assume all liabilities of the Apogee Subsidiaries.
 

Certain shareholders of Apogee who hold an aggregate of 82,253,000 million common shares, representing approximately 18.2% of Apogee’s common shares, have signed support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to vote all of the Apogee shares beneficially owned by them in favour of the Proposed Transaction.
 

The Proposed Transaction would provide Apogee shareholders with liquidity and an opportunity to team up with Prophecy’s mining production experience in a challenging investment climate. Apogee shareholders would also be able to participate in the potentially significant upside of both the Pulacayo-Paca and Prophecy’s coal and energy projects. By combining advanced-stage mining and energy projects in different geographic regions, Prophecy will diversify its project portfolio by adding exposure to multiple commodities, broadening its appeal to Asian, European and American investors; and mitigating perceived political risks.
 

Pulacayo-Paca Project Summary
 

The Pulacayo-Paca property is located 18km east of Uyuni city in southwestern Bolivia. It is located 460km south-southeast of the nation’s capital of La Paz and 150km southwest of the city of Potosi. An 18km paved road connects Pulacayo-Paca to Uyuni, which connects to the port of Antofagasta by 612km of railroad.
 

The Pulacayo-Paca property is comprised of approximately 22,850 hectares of contiguous mining concessions centered on the historic Pulacayo mine and town site with access to power and water. ASC Bolivia LDC Sucursal Bolivia (the indirectly held wholly-owned Bolivian subsidiary of Apogee) controls the mining rights to the concessions through a separate joint venture agreement with the Pulacayo Mining Cooperative who hold the mining rights through a lease agreement with the state-owned Mining Corporation of Bolivia, COMIBOL.
 

Between 2006 and 2012, a total of 69,739m of diamond drilling was conducted by Apogee, whereby 226 surface drill-hole and 42 underground drill-hole results support mineral resource and reserve estimates pertinent to the independent feasibility study dated January 17, 2013 as filed on the SEDAR profile of Apogee.
 

Pulacayo’s trial mining and toll milling programs started in November 2011 and continued for 19 months.
 

During the trial mining period, the following results were achieved:

 

 
 
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                            Trial Mining Results                            
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Development                              Pb    Zn  Stoping    Ag    Pb   Zn 
m               Total Ore tons Ag g/t     %     %     tons   g/t     %     %
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1,247                   12,550    270   2.7   2.4    7,547   339   3.8   3.1
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The ore was trucked 150km to Potosi and processed by 3 custom mills owned by local cooperatives with varying operating capacity between 50 to 150 tonnes per day (tpd). Best recovery results were obtained from the Zabaleta mill which produced the following results:

 

 
 
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                        Concentrate Grade                 Recovery          
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                      Pb%        Zn%       Ag g/t     Pb%      Zn%      Ag% 
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Lead Conc           47.95%     12.85%   6,295 g/t   64.62%   16.26%   72.13%
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Zinc Conc            8.47%     39.45%     941 g/t    9.97%   43.57%    8.41%
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Tailing              0.58%      0.97%   49.38 g/t   25.41%   40.16%   18.45%
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Total silver recovery was 81.55%.
 

The concentrate was sold to Consorcio Minero S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Trafigura Group.
 

In December 2012, the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Pulacayo-Paca project was submitted to Bolivia’s Ministry of Environment and Water and it was approved in October 2013. The submission was the result of over 30 months of technical studies and consultations, including a comprehensive water management plan, the feasibility study, archeological studies, flora and fauna studies, mine closure planning, social baseline studies, and results from two years of public consultations with local communities.
 

The approval of the EIA allows for mine and concentrator construction with a targeted production rate of up to 560 tpd at the Pulacayo Project.
 

Further Detail Regarding the Transaction
 

The Proposed Transaction is subject to the following:

 

 
 
1.  Prophecy and Apogee entering into a definitive agreement based largely
    on the terms set out in the Letter Agreement; 
2.  Apogee securing voting support agreements in favour of the Proposed
    Transaction from its shareholders who hold a minimum of 20% of its
    outstanding shares, (the "Voting Support Agreements"); 
3.  Shareholders of Apogee approving the Proposed Transaction and if
    necessary, shareholders of Prophecy approving any necessary acts
    required to effect the terms of the Proposed Transaction; 
4.  Apogee's shareholders holding more than 10% of Apogee's shares in the
    aggregate, not having exercised rights to dissent over the Proposed
    Transaction; and 
5.  Obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals for the Proposed
    Transaction, including the approval of each of the Toronto Stock
    Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange.
 

 

 

The final structure of the Proposed Transaction will be subject to the parties’ receipt of qualified tax, corporate and securities legal and accounting advice.
 

On the closing date of the Proposed Transaction, Apogee shall appoint to its board of directors an individual nominated by Prophecy to serve as a director of Apogee. Prophecy currently has 251,878,634 common shares issued and outstanding. In the event Apogee were to convert all of the Class B Shares as of the date hereof, Apogee would hold 19.2% of Prophecy.
 

The parties have agreed to enter into a definitive agreement by October 24, 2014 and complete the Proposed Transaction by December 29, 2014. Apogee expects to mail an information circular to its shareholders providing full details of the Proposed Transaction in early November 2014.
 

The Letter Agreement includes a commitment by Apogee to not pursue or conduct negotiations to solicit alternative offers to the Proposed Transactions. In certain circumstances, if the Proposed Transaction is terminated by Apogee, a break-up fee of $850,000 will be payable in cash to Prophecy by Apogee.
 

Prophecy’s focus remains coal and energy projects in Mongolia, where well over 90% of Prophecy’s staff reside. Prophecy has conducted thorough due diligence on Pulacayo-Paca. Upon completion of the Proposed Transaction, Prophecy will examine the project economics in relation to prevailing metal prices prior to making any production decision. At the appropriate time, joint venture partners may be sought to develop the Pulacayo Project.

About Prophecy

 

Prophecy Coal Corp. is a Canadian public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange that is engaged in developing energy projects in Mongolia.

Posted October 15, 2014

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