Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. (TSX-V: SCZ) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Carrizal Mining, S.A. de C.V. has entered into a legally binding term sheet with Minera Cedros, S.A. de C.V. a wholly owned subsidiary of IndustriasPeñoles, S.A.B. de C.V. to acquire the Zimapan property and related assets located in Zimapan, Hidalgo State, Mexico for total consideration of US$20 million (plus applicable Mexican Value Added Tax of US$3.2 million)
The Zimapan Mine is currently under lease by Carrizal from Minera Cedros expiring December 31, 2020. The Zimapan Mine has had a long mining history with recent production for over the past 10 years being carried out by Carrizal under a mining lease agreement with Minera Cedros. During this time, mining operations were based on underground diamond drilling programs. Santacruz completed the acquisition of Carrizal in October 2019.
Assets to be acquired pursuant to the Transaction include:
Pursuant to the Term Sheet, if the parties have not executed definitive agreements relating to the Transaction, and completed the Transaction, on or before December 15, 2020 (the “Closing Deadline”), the party responsible for such lack of performance must pay the other party a break fee in the amount of 20% of the Purchase Price, subject to the extension provisions described below. Accordingly, if the Company is unable to secure funding of the entire Purchase Price or is otherwise unable to complete the Transaction by the Closing Deadline or such later deadline as may result from one or more extensions granted by Minera Cedros (as described below), then Carrizal will be required to pay a break fee equal to 20% of the Purchase Price to Minera Cedros.
If Carrizal pays all outstanding royalties owing to Minera Cedros in connection with the existing lease of the Zimapan Mine, currently amounting to approximately US$1.05 million, on or before October 31, 2020 and subject to Carrizal maintaining a guaranty through a bank letter of credit or similar instrument in favor of Minera Cedros in the amount of US$1 million with an expiry date of February 15, 2021 or later, then Carrizal has the right to request an extension of the Closing Deadline to January 31, 2021 and can thereafter further request an extension of the Closing Deadline to March 31, 2021 if such guaranty is increased to US$2 million and the Purchase Price is increased by 10% after December 15, 2020.
Carlos Silva, Santacruz’s CEO, stated, “This would be a transformational transaction for Santacruz to add the Zimapan Mine, which I have had the privilege to lead throughout the last 12 years, to the Company’s existing mining projects”. Mr. Silva continued; “This acquisition is expected to pave the way for the future growth of Santacruz towards becoming a mid-tier silver producer. We wish to thank Peñoles management for their support throughout this process.”
Completion of the Transaction remains subject to a number of conditions, including receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals including approval of the TSX Venture Exchange to the Transaction which will constitute a “Fundamental Acquisition” pursuant to TSXV Policy 5.3.
* The above Ag Eq references production results and have been calculated using the following metal prices:
2015 Ag Eq was calculated using metal prices of: Ag $17.75/oz, Pb $0.83/lb, Zn $1.09/lb and Cu $2.49/lb.
2016 Ag Eq was calculated using metal prices of: Ag $14.50/oz, Pb $0.76/lb, Zn $0.71/lb and Cu $2.20/lb.
2017 Ag Eq was calculated using metal prices of: Ag $16.00/oz, Pb $1.00/lb, Zn $1.15/lb and Cu $2.81/lb.
2018 Ag Eq was calculated using metal prices of: Ag $17.00/oz, Pb $1.00/lb, Zn $1.35/lb and Cu $2.93/lb.
2019 Ag Eq was calculated using metal prices of: Ag $15.25/oz, Pb $0.94/lb, Zn $1.20/lb and Cu $2.72/lb.
The scientific or technical information included in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Van Phu Bui, P.Geo. of ARC Geoscience Group, who is an independent consultant geologist of the Company and is a qualified person, pursuant to the meaning of such terms in NI 43-101.
About Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd.
Santacruz is a Mexican focused silver company with one active producing silver project (Rosario), one project whose operations have been suspended (Veta Grande) and two exploration properties, the Minillas property and Zacatecas properties. The Company also owns 100% of Carrizal. Carrizal is a private Mexican mining company, which holds a 20% working interest in the Company’s Zacatecas mineral portfolio and assets and has the right to operate the Zimapan Mine until December 31, 2020 under a mining lease agreement.
The Company is managed by a technical team of professionals with proven track records in developing, operating and discovering silver mines in Mexico. Our corporate objective is to become a mid-tier silver producer.
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