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VOX TO ACQUIRE CANADIAN ROYALTY PORTFOLIO FROM FIRST QUANTUM MINERALS

 

 

 

 

 

Vox Royalty Corp. (TSX-V: VOX) (NASDAQ: VOXR)  a returns-focused mining royalty company, is pleased to announce that it has executed a binding royalty sale and purchase agreement dated November 9, 2022 with First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX: FM), to acquire rights to a portfolio of up to four Canadian royalties, for total consideration of up to C$650,000.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the purchase and sale agreement, on closing, Vox will issue C$525,000 of Vox common shares, being 164,319 common shares at an issue price of C$3.1950 per common share for the Estrades and Opawica royalties further described below. Closing of the Transaction remains conditional upon final acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

 

Additional closings and cash payments of C$100,000 (Winston Lake) and C$25,000 will be due and payable following (i) the exercise of separate third-party option agreements, (ii) the issuance of the Winston Lake and Norbec & Millenbach royalties to FQM, and (iii) the assignment of the Winston Lake and Norbec & Millenbach royalties to Vox.

 

Royalty Portfolio

 

Asset Operator Location Stage Royalty
Estrades Galway Metals Inc Québec, Canada Engineering Studies 2.0% NSR(a)
Opawica Imperial Mining Group Ltd Québec, Canada Exploration 0.49% NSR
Winston Lake Metallum Resources Inc Ontario, Canada Exploration 2% NSR
(1% buyback for C$3.0M)(b)
Norbec &Millenbach Falco Resources Ltd Québec, Canada Exploration 2% NSR(c)
(a) Vox notes that the Estrades royalty covers only a portion of the Estrades Project.

 

(b) Vox holds the right to acquire the royalty issued to FQM upon Metallum exercising its option to acquire the property from FQM.
(c) Vox holds the right to acquire the royalty issued to FQM upon Falco exercising its option to acquire the property from FQM.

 

Spencer Cole, Chief Investment Officer – stated: “We are very excited to be expanding our Canadian royalty portfolio with the addition of up to four royalties in Québec and Ontario. The Estrades royalty adds fantastic longer-term potential to Vox shareholders as there are very few zinc-gold deposits globally which also contain gold grades in excess of 3 g/t. We look forward to seeing how the Estrades restart studies progress as well as seeing whether the Winston Lake deposit is incorporated into Metallum’s future Superior Project mine plan.”

 

Transaction Highlights(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)

  • Provides exposure to the high-grade advanced stage Estrades, Gold Polymetallic Project, with substantial exploration upside at depth below the existing resource, along strike and via further exploration targets on the extensive land package;
  • With a substantial ~27,000m drilling programme carried out at Estrades in 2021, a further ~15,000m drilling earmarked for 2022, historical underground mine infrastructure still in place and ongoing environmental and engineering studies, Vox believes that Estrades is progressing well towards a future development scenario;
  • Vox believes that the feasibility study completed in October 2021 at Metallum Resources Inc’s Superior Zinc Copper Project indicates strong economics, and provides a potential pathway for the future inclusion of ore from the royalty-linked Winston Lake deposit (located ~750m from the main Pick Lake deposit) into the mine plan;
  • Potential longer-term optionality from the Norbec & Millenbach royalty rights, which provide future upside to regional exploration and development activities in proximity to the Horne 5 Gold Project; and
  • Exploration at the greenfield Opawica Gold Project has identified a 350m gold-bearing zone which has never been tested below the 150m level or along the additional 1.5km strike extent of the geological structure to the west.

 

Asset Overview – Estrades(1)(2)(3)

 

The 20,000-hectare Estrades zinc-gold property is located in the Abitibi region of western Québec and centered around the historical Estrades Mine, which was developed by Breakwater Resources Ltd. via a 200m deep by 150m along strike decline in the early 1990’s, and which produced a total of 175,000t at a grade of 13% Zn, 6.35g/t Au, 1.1% Cu and 172g/t Ag. Vox previously conducted due diligence on the Estrades Project prior to completing a royalty transaction with Breakwater and its parent entities Nyrstar NV and Trafigura Beheer B.V. in January 2021.

 

The Estrades property hosts three primary mineralized horizons – the former producing, high grade Estrades volcanogenic massive sulphide mine where all the current resources are located, the Newiska VMS horizon to the south, and the Casa Berardi  horizon (gold target) to the north. The Estrades Deposit contains an indicated resource of 1.5Mt @ 7.2% Zn, 3.6 g/t Au, 1.1% Cu, 122.9 g/t Ag and 0.6% Pb as well as an inferred resource of 2.2Mt @ 4.7% Zn, 1.9 g/t Au, 1.0% Cu, 72.9 g/t Ag and 0.3% Pb.

 

Galway Metals Inc carried out a total of 26,937m of drilling across the three mineralized horizons in 2021 and ~15,000m is planned for 2022, with key targets including drilling the deep IP/MT TITAN targets on the east and west sides below the resource in search of source vents and targets along the Newiska horizon looking for new deposit discoveries. Galway in addition plans to continue the environmental and engineering studies, including metallurgical and ore sorting tests. This work includes evaluating alternative variations of long hole mining methods that could be applied to potentially reduce development and operating costs, materially improving project economics.

 

Figure 1: Estrades Project Location with the royalty area outlined in yellow

(Source: https://galwaymetalsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/GWM-PPT-FINAL-1.pdf)

 

Figure 2: Estrades Project, Resource Section

(Source: https://galwaymetalsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/GWM-PPT-FINAL-1.pdf)

 

The Estrades royalty was created pursuant to a royalty agreement dated August 17, 2016, covers 86 claims, and entitles Vox to a 2.0% Net Smelter Returns royalty on any ore mined. The royalty area is located to the south and east of the historical mine area and excludes the area covered by the original mining lease. The royalty covers a large proportion of the East Zone resource and Vox management estimates that the royalty claims cover approximately 25% of the total Estrades resource as outlined in Figure 2 and Table 1. In addition the royalty covers the Newiska VMS exploration target, but excludes the Casa Berardi gold exploration target.

 

Estrades Resource Estimate as at 10 September 2018(1)

 

Category Tonnes  Au Eq   Zn Eq   Au   Ag   Zn   Cu   Pb 
 (g/t)  ( %)  (g/t)   (g/t)  ( %) ( %) ( %)
Total, Indicated 14,97,000 11.28 20.75 3.55 122.9 7.20 1.06 0.60
Total, Inferred 21,99,000 7.36 13.54 1.93 72.9 4.72 1.01 0.29
Category  Au Eq   Zn Eq   Au   Ag   Zn   Cu   Pb 
(oz) (000lb) (oz) (oz) (000lb) (000lb) (000lb)
Total, Indicated 5,43,051 6,84,717 1,70,863 59,12,820 2,37,623 34,983 19,802
Total, Inferred 5,20,430 6,56,194 1,36,452 51,51,951 2,28,824 48,964 14,059

 

Table 1: Estrades Resource Estimate as at 10 September 2018

(Source – https://galwaymetalsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/GWM-MDA-Q2-2022-FINAL.pdf

 

For more information on the Estrades Project, please visit the Galway website at https://galwaymetalsinc.com/.

 

Asset Overview – Winston Lake(5)(6)(7)

 

Winston Lake forms part of Metallum Resources Inc’s Superior Zinc and Copper Polymetallic Project located near the town of Schreiber, east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, as outlined in Figure 5. Inmet Mining, subsequently acquired by FQM, commenced development of Winston Lake in 1986 with production continuing for 11 years, with additional ore added from the Pick Lake deposit from 1995 until operations were suspended in 1998. A total of 3.4Mt @ 1.0% Cu and 16% Zn was mined and processed with a current Indicated Mineral Resource at Winston Lake of 290,000t @ 10.4% Zn, 0.7% Cu, 0.9 g/t Au and 18 g/t Ag.

 

Metallum completed a feasibility study over the Superior Project in October 2021, which contemplates accessing the Pick Lake deposit (not royalty-linked) via a decline from existing infrastructure at the royalty-linked Winston Lake deposit (as outlined in Figure 6). The feasibility study outlines an expected average production rate of 69.8 ktpa of zinc concentrate and 5.3 ktpa of copper concentrate, with a mine life of 8.5 years. Whilst the feasibility was focused on the Pick Lake deposit, Vox management believes that there is potential for the remaining Winston Lake resource to be incorporated into a future mine plan. Metallum has initiated discussions with multiple global metal traders regarding future offtake agreements linked to additional funding solutions.

 

Figure 5: Superior Project Area and surrounding infrastructure

(Source: https://www.metallumzinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/metallum-resources-feasibility-study.pdf

 

Figure 6: Superior Project – Pick Lake and Winston Lake Orebodies with the approximate royalty boundary indicated

(Source: https://www.metallumzinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/metallum-resources-feasibility-study.pdf

 

The Winston Lake property is held by FQM and is subject to an option agreement dated February 9, 2018, whereby Metallum may elect to acquire the property in exchange for the grant of a 2% NSR to FQM and the assumption of liabilities related to the property. Upon exercise of the option and grant of the royalty to FQM, FQM has agreed that the royalty will be assigned to Vox and Metallum will retain a right to buy back 50% of the royalty for a payment of C$3,000,000. Vox management expects the option to be exercised in early 2023, subject to the discretion of Metallum’s management team. The royalty covers the full extent of the Winston Lake resource and excludes the Pick Lake resource.

 

Superior Project – Resource Estimate as at 15 October 2020(6)

 

The drillholes database that was utilised for the for the Superior Lake Project (Pick Lake and Winston Lake) contains 1,812 drill holes with an effective date of October 15, 2020. Based on internal analysis, Vox management anticipates that 100% of the Winston Lake mineral resource is royalty-linked and none of the Pick Lake mineral resource is royalty-linked.

 

Tonnes (Mt) Zn% Cu% Au g/t Ag g/t
Pick Lake Indicated 1.78 19.2 0.9 0.3 36.1
Inferred 0.27 16.4 1.0 0.3 38.0
Winston Lake Indicated 0.29 10.4 0.7 0.9 18.4
Inferred 0.01 8.9 0.6 0.5 11.9
Total Indicated 2.07 17.9 0.8 0.4 33.6
Inferred 0.27 16.2 1.0 0.3 37.2

 

Table 2: Superior Project Resource Estimate as at 15 October 2020

(Source: https://galwaymetalsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/GWM-MDA-Q2-2022-FINAL.pdf)

 

For more information on the Superior Project, please visit the Metallum website at https://www.metallumzinc.com/

 

Asset Overview – Opawica(4)

 

The Opawica Project is located 20km east of Desmaraisville, Québec, and consists of 42 contiguous claims covering 23km2. The Operator, Imperial Mining Group Ltd is targeting gold deposits on the major regional NE-SW and E-W deformation corridors which hosts several past producers such as Lac Shortt (2.7Mt @ 4.6 g/t Au) and Joe Mann (4.8Mt @ 7.56 g/t Au) as well as existing measured and indicated resources at Windfall (6.02Mt @ 9.6 g/t Au) and at Bachelor-Moroy (893,000t @ 5.58 g/t Au).

 

Historical exploration defined a 350m long gold-bearing zone on the eastern part of the property which has never been tested below the 150m level. In addition to the potential at depth, no work has historically been carried out on the 1.5km portion of the structure to the west of the gold-bearing zone. Since 2018, Imperial has carried out a 3D-IP survey, geological mapping, and a ground magnetic survey, which formed the basis for a new 3D geological model over the Central Gold Zone. A 2020 drilling programme was successful in intersecting gold mineralisation (3.11 g/t Au over 1.1m and 2.41 g/t Au over 2.8m) within a feldspar porphyry dyke within this Central Gold Zone. These results and findings will be used to guide future exploration.

 

Figure 4: Opawica Project Area and surrounding deposits

(Source: https://imperialmgp.com/projects/opawica/)

 

The Opawica royalty was created pursuant to a property acquisition agreement dated May 14, 2009 and entitles Vox to an effective 0.49% NSR royalty (being a 49% interest in a 1% NSR royalty). Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K) (NYSE: KGC), with a current market capitalisation of C$7B, holds the remaining 51% interest.

 

 

For more information on the Opawica Project, please visit the Imperial website at https://imperialmgp.com/

 

Asset Overview – Norbec & Millenbach(8)

 

On June 30, 2021, Falco Resources Ltd and FQM entered into an option agreement pursuant to which FQM granted Falco the sole and exclusive right to acquire the historical Norbec and Millenbach mining site (Mining Concessions 177 and 517) which is located approximately 11km to the northwest of Falco’s Horne 5 Gold-Silver-Copper-Zinc Project in Québec. Falco plans to use these two royalty-linked mining concessions as a surface tailings storage site for the Horne 5 Project.

 

Subject to Falco’s decision to exercise the option, FQM will transfer the concessions to Falco and retain a 2% NSR, following which FQM has agreed to assign the royalty interest to Vox. Whilst the site is initially earmarked for tailings, Vox retains exposure to future exploration and development activities on these central mining concessions.

 

For more information on the Horne 5 Project and associated Norbec & Millenbach site, please visit the Falco website at https://www.falcores.com/en/.

 

Transaction Closing

 

The Transaction is subject to the final acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange, which the Company expects will be delivered during Q4 2022.

 

Qualified Person

 

Timothy J. Strong, MIMMM, of Kangari Consulting LLC and a “Qualified Person” under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this press release.

 

About Vox

 

Vox is a returns-focused mining royalty company with a portfolio of over 50 royalties and streams spanning eight jurisdictions. The Company was established in 2014 and has since built unique intellectual property, a technically-focused transactional team and a global sourcing network which has allowed Vox to target the highest returns on royalty acquisitions in the mining royalty sector. Since the beginning of 2020, Vox has announced over 20 separate transactions to acquire over 50 royalties.

 

Posted November 10, 2022

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