News Article | May 8, 2017
On Friday, shares in New York-based Empire State Realty Trust Inc. recorded a trading volume of 760,320 shares, which was lower than their three months average volume of 852,120 shares. The stock ended the day 1.60% higher at $20.96. Shares of the Company, which focuses on owning, managing, operating, and acquiring office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, are trading at a PE ratio of 55.30. Empire State Realty Trust's stock has advanced 0.05% in the last one month and 2.97% in the previous three months. Furthermore, the stock has gained 12.17% in the past one year. The Company's shares are trading above its 200-day moving average by 2.86%. Furthermore, shares of Empire State Realty Trust have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 47.48. Free research report on ESRT is available at: New York-based Drive Shack Inc.'s stock finished Friday's session 1.24% lower at $3.97 with a total volume of 403,286 shares traded. Shares of the Company, which operates as a real estate investment trust in the US, are trading at a PE ratio of 3.83. The Company's shares are trading below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 3.56% and 6.51%, respectively. Drive Shack's stock has an RSI of 40.53. The complimentary research report on DS can be downloaded at: New York-based Resource Capital Corp.'s stock advanced 1.79%, to close the day at $9.66. The stock recorded a trading volume of 259,657 shares. Resource Capital's shares have gained 3.09% in the last one month and 13.11% in the previous three months. The Company's shares are trading 5.25% above its 50-day moving average. Additionally, shares of the Company, which focuses on the origination, holding, and management of commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments in the US, have an RSI of 63.25. Visit us today and access our complete research report on RSO at: On Friday, shares in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based RAIT Financial Trust ended the session 1.82% lower at $2.70 with a total volume of 486,655 shares traded. RAIT Financial Trust's shares have advanced 0.08% in the past one year. The stock is trading 11.87% below its 50-day moving average and 13.55% below its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of the Company, which operates as a self-managed and self-advised REIT, have an RSI of 32.51. Get free access to your research report on RAS at: Stock Callers (SC) produces regular sponsored and non-sponsored reports, articles, stock market blogs, and popular investment newsletters covering equities listed on NYSE and NASDAQ and micro-cap stocks. SC has two distinct and independent departments. 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News Article | February 15, 2017
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2017) - Lydian International Limited (TSX:LYD) ("Lydian" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that its wholly owned Armenian operating subsidiary has entered into a secured credit facility with ING Bank N.V. ("ING Bank") for a maximum principal amount of up to US$50 million ("ING Term Facility"). Proceeds of the ING Term Facility will be used to purchase crushing, conveying and electrical equipment for Lydian's 100%-owned Amulsar Gold Project in Armenia. Construction at Amulsar commenced in October 2016; first gold production is expected during the first quarter of 2018. Howard Stevenson, Lydian's President and CEO, commented, "We are extremely pleased to have secured the remaining source of equipment financing needed for development of Amulsar and look forward to working with ING Bank. This $50 million facility completes our financing plan, which now totals $440 million from all sources." The ING Term Facility is available to be drawn in multiple advances through April 2018. Each advance will be repayable over a 51-month term, beginning on the earlier of: (i) six months following final delivery of equipment to be financed using proceeds from the ING Term Facility, and (ii) October 31, 2018. The ING Term Facility bears an interest rate of Libor plus 2.95%. Principal security consists of specific equipment financed by ING Bank, and a guarantee covering 85% of principal and interest under the ING Term Facility has been issued by the Swedish Export Credits Guarantee Board ("EKN"). The cost of the EKN guarantee shall be financeable using proceeds from the ING Term Facility. In addition, Lydian has provided an unsecured guarantee in favour of ING Bank. All advances under the ING Term Facility are subject to satisfaction of certain conditions. Endeavour Financial is acting as financial advisor to Lydian. The Company also announced that it has amended the offtake agreement dated November 30, 2015 among the Company, its wholly owned Armenian operating subsidiary, Orion Co IV (SO) Limited, and Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. The amendment reflects a one-day reduction of Lydian's opportunity to shorten the quotational period as a result of conditions which had effectively lapsed. The offtake agreement otherwise remains unamended. Lydian is a gold developer, focusing on construction at its 100%-owned Amulsar Gold Project, located in south-central Armenia. Amulsar presents an opportunity for a large scale, low cost operation with production expected to begin in 2018. Open pit mining and conventional heap leach processing contribute to excellent scale and economic potential. Amulsar will be Armenia's largest gold mine, with estimated mineral resources containing 3 million measured and indicated ounces and 2 million inferred ounces. Gold production is targeted to average greater than 200,000 ounces annually over an initial 10-year mine life. Existing mineral resources and open extensions provide opportunities to improve average annual production and extend the life of mine. The Company is committed to good international industry practices in all aspects of its operations including production, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. For more information and to directly contact us, please visit www.lydianinternational.co.uk. Certain information contained in this news release is "forward looking". All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, that address events, results, outcomes or developments that the Company expects to occur are "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "intends", "anticipates" or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "will", "would", "should", or "occur" or the negative or other variations of such terms. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, among others, statements with respect to: the amount and timing of funds available to be drawn under the ING Term Facility; the satisfaction of conditions, and timing thereof, to make draws under the ING Term Facility; the use of funds drawn by the Company under the ING Term Facility; the Company's partnership with ING Bank; the scope of ING Bank's security interests; the realization of mineral resource estimates and the timing of development of the Amulsar Gold Project, including the expected start date of production; the current Amulsar Gold Project construction schedule; results of future exploration and drilling; the commitment to and implementation of good international industry practices; the expected gold production from, and life of mine of, the Amulsar Gold Project; the expected mining methods at the Amulsar Gold Project; and the expected cost of operations at the Amulsar Gold Project. Statements concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered when the property is developed. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and factors include, without limitation: failure to satisfy the conditions to drawn down advances under the ING Term Facility; changes in gold and silver prices; adverse general economic, market or business conditions; failure to achieve the objectives of the future exploration and drilling programs; regulatory changes; as well as "Risk Factors" included in the disclosure documents filed on and available at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results and future events could materially differ from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
News Article | March 2, 2017
NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWS WIRE SERVICES OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Resource Capital Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE: RCG) ("RCG" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has produced its first gold from mill operations at its Dufferin Gold Mine ("Dufferin Project") located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Gold was recovered from a 15-tonne run of test milling of materials stockpiled near the mill. The Company is continuing additional testing in preparation to commence milling on mineralized material from full milling operations commencing in late March(1) . The Company's successful completion of the initial test milling at the Dufferin mill included testing of all milling circuits, each of which performed in line with expected operating conditions. Gold was recovered from gravity concentrates produced from the one-hour test milling of a 15-tonne bulk sample of previously mined material, which was taken as a representative sample from a much larger stockpile containing approximately 3,500 tonnes. This material in the stockpile is believed to have similar overall mineralogy to the materials to be mined at Dufferin. Additional gold was also recovered during testing of individual pieces of equipment and general mill cleanup during the initial test. A total of 10.1 ounces of gold was recovered from the portion of the concentrates analyzed to date. The Company is continuing to improve the grade of the concentrates through equipment adjustments to improve cleanup of the concentrates, and will run a second test milling sequence today in order to calculate recoveries from the material processed. The bulk sample for the test milling was processed through the jaw crusher, cone crusher, a 5 X 16 double deck vibrating screen sized at 3/8 inch and conveyed to the fine ore bin. From the fine ore bin the material was conveyed to the ball mill for further size reduction and passed over a sizing screen where minus 2 mm material was screened off and sent to the centrifugal concentrator. Concentrates recovered in the concentrator were pumped to a secure holding tank until drained from the tank and processed over the shaker table to further assist in separating the gold from the waste material. Further testing is being done to improve separation of gold and waste material on the table. The mineralized material in the 15-tonne batch previously tested and in the test to be performed today is believed to be similar in overall mineralogy to the first 15,000-tonne block of material to be mined commencing later in March. The work was completed while simultaneously preparing for resumption of mining operations at the Dufferin Mine. The Company expects to generate cash flow from processing these materials preparatory to the commencement of mining. "We are very pleased in the recent events just announced, for two significant reasons," said George S. Young, CEO of RCG. "First, though only a relatively nominal amount of cash is being generated from the test work, we have demonstrated that the mill is in working condition, and the revenues represent the first ever revenues generated of any kind in the entire history of the Company, and point in the direction we are heading. Second, the methodical work being conducted in the test milling operations shows that we are proceeding with all of our activities in a professional manner with care and exactness to establish an efficient, high margin mining and milling operation at Dufferin. We will conduct all of our business and operations with a focus on generating cash flow and high return on the capital we deploy. Less than 6 months in to our "roll up" strategy sees us now generating our first revenues and preparing for full operations in the coming weeks, while we prepare Preliminary Economic Assessments on two other projects to also be developed in the near future." Resource Capital Gold Corp. is developing the high-grade Dufferin Gold Mine and mill in Nova Scotia, with initial gold production scheduled for February 2017. The Dufferin project covers 1,684 hectares in 104 mineral claims which contain more than 14 east-west trending "saddle reef" quartz vein gold-bearing structures, each with free-milling gold. The stacked gold reefs are open at depth and extend along trend for over 4.7 kilometers. The Company is also advancing the Tangier and Forest Hill gold projects and is preparing preliminary economic assessments ("PEA's") on both. These historic mines add considerable high-grade gold to Resource Capital Gold's resource inventory and they provide the momentum for RCG to fast-track the development of low-cost gold production from a network of high-grade deposits in Nova Scotia. RCG is also earning-in to the high-grade Corcoran silver-gold project in Nevada, USA. The scientific and technical data contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Michael P. Gross, M.Sc., P.Geo., who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Gross reviewed the technical reports referenced above on behalf of the Company. On behalf of the Board of Directors of Resource Capital Gold Corp. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (collectively, "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information is generally identifiable by use of the words "believes," "may," "plans," "will," "anticipates," "intends," "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "projects" and similar expressions, and the negative of such expressions. Forward-looking information in this news release include statements about the Company's plans for Dufferin. and the respective timing for completion of any activities to further such plans, the results of the PEA and the ability of the Company to achieve those results, including capital and operating costs, mine life, anticipated internal rate of return and net present value, payback period, ramp-up periods, production costs, production parameters, recovery rates, assumptions on which the PEA is based including metal prices and exchange rates, and the Company's prospects for growth and the ability to attain such growth. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, without limitation, risks as a result of the Company having a limited operating history, uncertainty as to the ability to achieve the results described in the PEA as the PEA is preliminary in nature and may have a wide variance from actual results, risks from making a production decision without any feasibility study completed on the Company's properties, uncertainty regarding the inclusion of inferred mineral resources in the mineral resource estimate which are too speculative geologically to be classified as mineral reserves, uncertainty regarding the ability to convert any part of the mineral resource into mineral reserves, uncertainty involving resource estimates and the ability to extract those resources economically, or at all, uncertainty involving drilling programs and the Company's ability to expand and upgrade existing resource estimates, any applicable regulatory processes and actions, risks applicable to mining operations generally, and risk as a result of the Company being subject to certain covenants with respect to its activities by creditors, as well as other risks. Forward-looking information is based on the reasonable assumptions, estimates, analysis and opinions of management made in light of its experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, and other factors that management believes are relevant and reasonable in the circumstances at the date such statements are made. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information herein is qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Company disclaims any obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking information or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking information contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, except as required by law. (1) The Company is not basing its production decision on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability; as a result there is increased uncertainty and economic and technical risks of failure associated with its production decision.
News Article | February 23, 2017
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) today announced fourth quarter and year end 2016 financial and operating results. “We finished 2016 strongly, with record silver and silver equivalent production for the year and robust performance at all our mines driving record sales, strong net income and more than doubling adjusted EBITDA over last year,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla’s President and CEO. “And despite using one of the most conservative price assumptions in the industry, we almost completely replaced the silver reserves that were mined, a very satisfying achievement considering our record silver production levels and lowest exploration budget since 2009.” “Looking to 2017, we estimate our silver equivalent production will be higher than the record we set in 2016, benefiting from higher metals prices and strong performance from our mines. We expect the grade at Greens Creek to revert towards its silver resource grade, and San Sebastian to generate strong cash flow as we extend the mine life by beginning underground mining later this year. And while our silver cost of sales is estimated to increase to $358 million in 2017, our cash cost, after by-product credits is estimated to be $2.75 per silver ounce, down from $3.10 in 2016 and our all in sustaining cost (AISC), after by-product credits, is estimated to be $11.50 per silver ounce,” Mr. Baker continued. Hecla ended the year with proven and probable silver reserves of 172 million ounces, a decrease of 2% over December 31, 2015 levels using a price assumption of $14.50/oz that is unchanged from last year and is among the lowest in the industry. Proven and probable gold reserves of 2.0 million ounces decreased by 3% over December 31, 2015 levels using an assumption of $1,200/oz, a 9% increase from last year’s $1,100/oz assumption. Please refer to the reserves and resources table at the end of this press release, or to the press release entitled “Hecla Reports Silver Reserves of 172 Million Ounces and Gold Reserves of 2.0 Million Ounces”, issued on February 22, 2017 for the breakdown between proven and probable reserve and resource levels as well as a detailed summary of the Company’s exploration programs. Net income applicable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016, respectively, was $20.1 million and $69.0 million, or $0.05 and $0.18 per basic share, respectively, compared to net losses of $63.1 million and $87.5 million, or $0.17 and $0.23 per basic share, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015. Among items impacting the results for the 2016 periods compared to 2015 were the following: Cash provided by operating activities of $52.2 million for the fourth quarter 2016, was $24.7 million higher compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year 2016, $225.3 million in cash was provided by operating activities, as compared to $106.4 million in 2015. In each case, the higher cash provided by operating activities resulted from higher production and metals prices. Capital expenditures (excluding capitalized interest) at the operations totaled $39.0 million for the fourth quarter 2016, of which expenditures were $17.5 million at Casa Berardi, $11.8 million at Greens Creek, $9.3 million at Lucky Friday, and $0.3 million at San Sebastian. Capital expenditures (excluding capitalized interest) for the year 2016, totaled $158.0 million at the operations. General and administrative (G&A) expenditures for the full year 2016, were $11 million higher than 2015, principally due to an accrual under the Company’s compensation plans resulting from the strong performance against annual and long term incentive goals, including cash flow, production and total shareholder return. Average realized silver prices in the fourth quarter and full year 2016 were $16.59 and $17.16 per ounce, 16% and 10% higher than the prior periods, respectively. Realized prices for gold for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 were $1,202 and $1,245 per ounce, respectively, 10% and 8% higher than the prior periods. Realized prices for lead were 2% higher and zinc 10% higher for the 2016 periods than 2015. The following table summarizes the quantities of base metals committed under financially settled forward contracts for forecasted sales at December 31, 2016: The contracts represent 18% of the forecasted payable zinc production for the three-year period 2017-2019 at an average price of $1.20 per pound and 10% of the forecasted payable lead production for the three-year period 2017-2019 at an average price of $1.04 per pound. The following table provides a summary of the production, cost of sales, cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce, and AISC, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce, for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 (AISC for the 2016 periods only)6: The following table provides the production summary on a consolidated basis for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015: For the fourth quarter, silver production of 2,232,855 ounces and gold production of 14,415 ounces, decreased 13.1% and 16.2%, respectively, as compared to the prior year period. Full year 2016 silver production of 9,253,543 ounces was the highest since Hecla acquired 100% of the mine in 2008, and increased over the prior full year by 9.5%, while 2016 gold production of 53,912 ounces decreased by 11.0%. The increase in silver production resulted from higher grades and higher recovery, while gold production was lower due to slightly lower ore grades. The mill operated at an average of 2,226 tons per day (tpd) in the fourth quarter and 2,229 tpd for the full year. The cost of sales for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 was $44.3 million and $191.3 million, respectively, and the cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce, for the quarter and full year of $1.19 and $3.84, respectively, decreased from $4.18 for the fourth quarter 2015, and from $3.91 for the year 2015.7 The AISC, after by-product credits, was $7.03 per silver ounce for the fourth quarter and $9.42 for 2016.6 Silver production of 874,019 ounces in the fourth quarter 2016 was 11.3% lower than prior year period due to lower ore throughput. Silver production of 3,596,010 ounces for the full year 2016 exceeded estimates and increased 18.8% over 2015, mainly due to higher mill throughput, grades and recovery in 2016. The mill operated at an average of 844 tpd in the fourth quarter 2016 and 803 tpd for the full year. The cost of sales for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 was $19.5 million and $76.2 million, respectively and the cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce of $7.50 in the fourth quarter 2016, decreased from $9.02 per ounce for the fourth quarter of 2015.7 This decrease was principally due to higher silver production as a result of mining higher-grade material. The AISC, after by-product credits, was $18.51 per silver ounce for the fourth quarter and $20.66 for 2016.6 The #4 Shaft Project is now complete and the shaft is operational. Gold production of 41,693 ounces during the fourth quarter 2016, including 5,034 ounces from the EMCP pit, was 1.4% lower than the same period of 2015 due to lower grade, underground ore throughput and mill recoveries, while 2016 gold production of 145,975 ounces, including 8,547 ounces from the EMCP pit, was higher than the prior year period by 14.1%. The mill operated at an average of 3,307 tpd in the fourth quarter 2016 and 2,725 tpd for the year. The Company has received a permit to increase production to 1,250,000 tonnes (1,378,000 tons) per year from 1,100,000 tonnes (1,213,000 tons) per year, and with minimal changes to the plant, has operated on a peak basis above 3,600 metric tpd (3,968 tpd). The cost of sales was $49.1 million and $155.7 million, for the fourth quarter and full year 2016, an increase of 25.3% and 7.7%, respectively. The cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce of $800, for the fourth quarter 2016 increased 36% over the prior year period, partly due to the expensing of stripping costs for the new EMCP pit.7 For the full year 2016, the cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce, decreased slightly to $764, from $772 for the prior year period. The AISC, after by-product credits, was $1,247 per gold ounce for the fourth quarter and $1,244 for full year 2016.6 Silver production for the fourth quarter 2016 was 860,071 ounces and 4,294,123 ounces for the year. Gold production for the fourth quarter 2016 was 7,042 ounces and 34,042 ounces for the year. The mill operated at an average of 375 tpd in the fourth quarter 2016 and 391 tpd for the year. The cost of sales was $7.8 million and $31.2 million for the fourth quarter and full year 2016, respectively. The cash cost, after by-product credits, was $(3.12) per ounce in the fourth full quarter of production since reopening, and $(3.35) per ounce for the year.7 The strong cash cost, after by-product credits, performance was due to the high silver grades and strong gold production which is used as a by-product credit. The AISC, after by-product credits, was $(0.66) for the fourth quarter and $(1.99) for 2016.6 The Company is working on a plan to transition from open pit to underground mining by the end of 2017. The Company has the option to extend the mill agreement for a third year (2018) and studies are underway to incorporate recent discoveries of high-grade material into an underground mine plan. Pre-development spending was $1.6 million in the fourth quarter and $3.1 million for the full year 2016, principally to advance the permitting at Rock Creek and Montanore. The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0025 per share of common stock, payable on or about March 13, 2017, to shareholders of record on March 6, 2017. The Company’s realized silver price was $16.59 in the fourth quarter and therefore did not satisfy the criteria for a larger dividend under the Company’s dividend policy. The Board of Directors also declared the regular quarterly dividend of $0.875 per share on the 157,816 outstanding shares of Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock. This represents a total amount to be paid of approximately $138,000. The cash dividend is payable April 3, 2017, to shareholders of record on March 15, 2017. The Board of Directors of Hecla has appointed Catherine “Cassie” J. Boggs as a Director effective January 1, 2017. Ms. Boggs has been General Counsel at Resource Capital Funds since January 2011. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Barrick Gold Corporation from January 2009 to December 2010 and Vice President from July 2005 to 2008. Ms. Boggs was also an international partner at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie from July 2001 to July 2005. She has 35 years of experience as a mining and natural resources lawyer with experience in domestic and international mining projects. A conference call and webcast will be held today, Thursday, February 23, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. You may join the conference call by dialing toll-free 1-855-760-8158 or for international by dialing 1-720-634-2922. The participant passcode is HECLA. Hecla’s live and archived webcast can be accessed at www.hecla-mining.com under Investors or via Thomson StreetEvents Network. Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in seven world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada. Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. (1) Adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders represents a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders, the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of the release. Adjusted net income (loss) is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company’s operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), or cash provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. (2) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP measure, can be found at the end of the release. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by management to evaluate the Company’s operating performance but should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss), or cash provided by operating activities as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. (3) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measurement used by management to analyze cash flows generated from operations. It is calculated as cash provided by operating activities (GAAP) less additions to properties, plants equipment and mineral interests (GAAP). The Company believes free cash flow is also useful as one of the bases for comparing the Company’s performance with its competitors. Although free cash flow and similar measures are frequently used as measures of cash flows generated from operations by other companies, the Company’s calculation of free cash flow is not necessarily comparable to such other similarly titled captions of other companies. Does not include $16 million of insurance proceeds for the Troy Mine reclamation. (4) Silver or gold equivalent production includes silver, gold, lead and zinc production from Lucky Friday, Greens Creek, San Sebastian and Casa Berardi converted using average realized prices for the quarter or year. (5) Net debt to adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and net debt to the closest GAAP measurements of net income (loss) and debt can be found at the end of the release. It is an important measure for management to measure relative indebtedness and the ability to service the debt relative to its peers. It is calculated as total debt outstanding less total cash on hand divided by adjusted EBITDA. (6) All in sustaining cost (AISC), after by-product credits, is a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization, the closest GAAP measurement, can be found in the appendix. AISC, after by-product credits, includes cost of sales and other direct production costs, expenses for reclamation and exploration, and sustaining capital costs at the mine sites. AISC, after by-product credits for our consolidated silver properties also includes corporate costs for all general and administrative expenses, exploration and sustaining capital which support the operating properties. AISC, after by-product credits, is calculated net of depreciation, depletion, and amortization and by-product credits. Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Management believes that all in sustaining costs is a non-GAAP measure that provides additional information to management, investors and analysts to help in the understanding of the economics of our operations and performance compared to other producers and in the investor’s visibility by better defining the total costs associated with production. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. (7) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver and gold ounce represents a non-GAAP measurement, a reconciliation of which to cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization (sometimes referred to as “cost of sales” in this release), can be found at the end of the release. It is an important operating statistic that management utilizes to measure each mine’s operating performance. It also allows the benchmarking of performance of each mines versus those of our competitors. As a primary silver mining company, management also uses the statistic on an aggregate basis - aggregating the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday and San Sebastian mines - to compare performance with that of other primary silver mining companies. With regard to Casa Berardi, management uses cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce to compare its performance with other gold mines. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. (8) Cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce is only applicable to Casa Berardi production. Gold produced from Greens Creek is treated as a by-product credit against the silver cash cost. (9) Silver or gold equivalent production includes silver, gold, lead and zinc production from Lucky Friday, Greens Creek, San Sebastian and Casa Berardi converted using the following average market prices for each period: Au $1,218/oz, Ag $17.18/oz, Zn $1.14/lb, Pb $0.98/lb for the fourth quarter and Au $1,248/oz, Ag $17.10/oz, Zn $0.95/lb, Pb $0.85/lb for the year ended December 31, 2016. (10) Expectations for 2017 includes silver, gold, lead and zinc production from Lucky Friday, Greens Creek, San Sebastian and Casa Berardi converted using Au $1,225/oz, Ag $17.25/oz, Zn $1.30/lb, Pb $1.05/lb. May be rounded. This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws, including Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: (i) estimates of future production and sales; (ii) estimates of future costs including cash cost, after by-product credits per ounce of silver/gold and AISC, after by-product credits, per ounce of silver/gold; (iii) estimates for 2017 for silver and gold production, silver equivalent production, cash cost, after by-product credits, AISC, after by-product credits, capital expenditures and exploration and pre-development expenditures (which assumes metal prices of gold at $1,225/oz, Ag $17.25/oz, Zn $1.30/lb, Pb $1.05; USD/CAD assumed to be $0.78, USD/MXN assumed to be $0.06; (iv) expectations regarding the development, growth potential financial performance and exploration potential of the Company’s projects, including the EMCP pits in Quebec and San Sebastian operations; (v) the Company’s mineral reserves and resources; estimates or expectations of future events or results are based upon certain assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect. Such assumptions, include, but are not limited to: (i) there being no significant change to current geotechnical, metallurgical, hydrological and other physical conditions; (ii) permitting, development, operations and expansion of the Company’s projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans; (iii) political/regulatory developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; (iv) the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar to the U.S. dollar, being approximately consistent with current levels; (v) certain price assumptions for gold, silver, lead and zinc; (vi) prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (vii) the accuracy of our current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; and (viii) the Company’s plans for development and production will proceed as expected and will not require revision as a result of risks or uncertainties, whether known, unknown or unanticipated. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the “forward-looking statements.” Such risks include, but are not limited to gold, silver and other metals price volatility, operating risks, currency fluctuations, increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans, community relations, conflict resolution and outcome of projects or oppositions, litigation, political, regulatory, labor and environmental risks, and exploration risks and results, including that mineral resources are not mineral reserves, they do not have demonstrated economic viability and there is no certainty that they can be upgraded to mineral reserves through continued exploration. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company’s 2016 Form 10-K, filed on February 23, 2017, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as the Company’s other SEC filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any “forward-looking statement,” including, without limitation, outlook, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued “forward-looking statement” constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement. Continued reliance on “forward-looking statements” is at investors’ own risk. Cautionary Statements to Investors on Reserves and Resources Reporting requirements in the United States for disclosure of mineral properties are governed by the SEC and included in the SEC’s Securities Act Industry Guide 7, entitled “Description of Property by Issuers Engaged or to be Engaged in Significant Mining Operations” (Guide 7). However, the Company is also a “reporting issuer” under Canadian securities laws, which require estimates of mineral resources and reserves to be prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101). NI 43-101 requires all disclosure of estimates of potential mineral resources and reserves to be disclosed in accordance with its requirements. Such Canadian information is being included here to satisfy the Company’s “public disclosure” obligations under Regulation FD of the SEC and to provide U.S. holders with ready access to information publicly available in Canada. Reporting requirements in the United States for disclosure of mineral properties under Guide 7 and the requirements in Canada under NI 43-101 standards are substantially different. This document contains a summary of certain estimates of the Company, not only of proven and probable reserves within the meaning of Guide 7, which requires the preparation of a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study demonstrating the economic feasibility of mining and processing the mineralization using the three-year historical average price for any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves and that the primary environmental analysis or report be filed with the appropriate governmental authority, but also of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates estimated in accordance with the definitional standards of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum referred to in NI 43-101. The terms “measured resources”, “indicated resources,” and “inferred resources” are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101. These terms are not defined under Guide 7 and are not normally permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC in the United States, except where required to be disclosed by foreign law. The term “resource” does not equate to the term “reserve”. Under Guide 7, the material described herein as “indicated resources” and “measured resources” would be characterized as “mineralized material” and is permitted to be disclosed in tonnage and grade only, not ounces. The category of “inferred resources” is not recognized by Guide 7. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in such categories will ever be converted into proven or probable reserves. “Resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of such a “resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher category or will ever be economically extracted. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a “resource” exists or is economically or legally mineable. Investors are also especially cautioned that the mere fact that such resources may be referred to in ounces of silver and/or gold, rather than in tons of mineralization and grades of silver and/or gold estimated per ton, is not an indication that such material will ever result in mined ore which is processed into commercial silver or gold. Dean McDonald, Ph.D. P.Geo., Senior Vice President - Exploration of Hecla Mining Company, who serves as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information concerning Hecla’s mineral projects in this news release. Information regarding data verification, surveys and investigations, quality assurance program and quality control measures and a summary of sample, analytical or testing procedures for the Greens Creek Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla and Aurizon Mines Ltd. titled “Technical Report for the Greens Creek Mine, Juneau, Alaska, USA” effective date March 28, 2013, and for the Lucky Friday Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report on the Lucky Friday Mine Shoshone County, Idaho, USA” effective date April 2, 2014, for the Casa Berardi Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report on the Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimate for the Casa Berardi Mine, Northwestern Quebec, Canada” effective date March 31, 2014 (the “Casa Berardi Technical Report”), and for the San Sebastian Mine are contained in a technical report prepared for Hecla titled “Technical Report for the San Sebastian Ag-Au Property, Durango, Mexico” effective date September 8, 2015. Also included in these three technical reports is a description of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate mineral reserves and resources and a general discussion of the extent to which the estimates may be affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant factors. Copies of these technical reports are available under Hecla’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The current Casa Berardi drill program was performed on core sawed in half and included the insertion of blanks and standards of variable grade in every 24 core samples. Standards were generally provided by Analytical Solutions Ltd and prepared in 30 gram bags. Samples were sent to the Swastika Laboratories in Swastika, Ontario, a registered accredited laboratory, where they were dried, crushed, and split for gold analysis. Analysis for gold was completed by fire assay with AA finish. Gold over-limits were analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish. Data received from the lab were subject to validation using in-built program triggers to identify outside limit blank or standard assays that require re-analysis. Over 5% of the original pulps and rejects are sent for re-assay to ALS Chemex in Val d’Or for quality control. Dr. McDonald reviewed and verified information regarding drill sampling, data verification of all digitally-collected data, drill surveys and specific gravity determinations relating to the Casa Berardi mine. The review encompassed quality assurance programs and quality control measures including analytical or testing practice, chain-of-custody procedures, sample storage procedures and included independent sample collection and analysis. This review found the information and procedures meet industry standards and are adequate for Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimation and mine planning purposes. Reconciliation of Cost of Sales and Other Direct Production Costs and Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (GAAP) to Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce and Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce (non-GAAP) This release contains references to a non-GAAP measure of cash cost, before by-product credits, per ounce and cash cost, after by-product credits, per ounce. Cash cost, before by-product credits, per ounce and cash cost, after by-product credits, per ounce represent non-U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) measurements that the Company believes provide management and investors an indication of net cash flow. Management also uses this measurement for the comparative monitoring of performance of mining operations period-to-period from a cash flow perspective. Cash cost, before by-product credits, per ounce and Cash cost, after by-product credits, per ounce are measures developed by gold companies and used by silver companies in an effort to provide a comparable standard; however, there can be no assurance that our reporting of these non-GAAP measures is similar to those reported by other mining companies. Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization is the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP to cash cost, before by-product credits cash cost, after by-product credits. As depicted in the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, and San Sebastian Unit tables below, by-product credits comprise an essential element of our silver unit cost structure. By-product credits constitute an important competitive distinction for our silver operations due to the polymetallic nature of their orebodies. By-product credits included in our presentation of cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce include: By-product credits included in our presentation of cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce for our Casa Berardi Unit include: The following tables calculates cash cost, before by-product credits, per silver ounce and cash cost, after by-product credits, per silver ounce (in thousands, except ounce and per ounce amounts): The following table calculates cash cost, before by-product credits, per gold ounce and cash cost, after by-product credits, per gold ounce (in thousands, except ounce and per ounce amounts): Reconciliation of Cost of Sales and Other Direct Production Costs and Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (GAAP) to All-In Sustaining Costs, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce and All-In Sustaining Costs, After By-product Credits, per Ounce (non-GAAP) This release contains references to a non-GAAP measure of all-in sustaining costs, before by-product credits, per ounce and all-in sustaining costs, after by-product credits, per ounce. All-in sustaining costs, before by-product credits, per ounce and all-in sustaining costs, after by-product credits, per ounce represent non-U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) measurements that the Company believes provide management and investors an indication of net cash flow after costs for exploration, pre-development, reclamation, and sustaining capital. Current GAAP measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain silver and gold production. Management believes that all in sustaining costs is a non-GAAP measure that provides additional information to management, investors and analysts to help in the understanding of the economics of our operations and performance compared to other producers and in the investor’s visibility by better defining the total costs associated with production. Similarly, the statistic is useful in identifying acquisition and investment opportunities as it provides a common tool for measuring the financial performance of other mines with varying geologic, metallurgical and operating characteristics. In addition, the Company may use it when formulating performance goals and targets under its incentive program. Cost of sales and other direct production costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization is the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP to cash cost, before by-product credits cash cost, after by-product credits. See the section above titled Reconciliation of Cost of Sales and Other Direct Production Costs and Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (GAAP) to Cash Cost, Before By-product Credits, per Ounce and Cash Cost, After By-product Credits, per Ounce (non-GAAP) for more information on the by-product credits for each of our operating units. The following tables calculates all-in sustaining costs, before by-product credits, per silver ounce and all-in sustaining costs, after by-product credits, per Silver ounce (in thousands, except ounce and per ounce amounts): The following table calculates all-in sustaining costs, before by-product credits, per gold ounce and all-in sustaining costs, after by-product credits, per gold ounce (in thousands, except ounce and per ounce amounts): Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Applicable to Common Shareholders (GAAP) to Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Applicable to Common Shareholders (non-GAAP) This release refers to a non-GAAP measure of adjusted net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders and adjusted net income (loss) per share, which are indicators of our performance. They exclude certain impacts which are of a nature which we believe are not reflective of our underlying performance. Management believes that adjusted net income (loss) per common share provides investors with the ability to better evaluate our underlying operating performance. Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) (GAAP) and Debt (GAAP) to Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) and Net Debt (non-GAAP) This release refers to the non-GAAP measures of adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which is a measure of our operating performance, and net debt to adjusted EBITDA for the last 12 months (or “LTM adjusted EBITDA”), which is a measure of our ability to service our debt. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income (loss) before the following items: interest expense, income tax provision, depreciation, depletion, and amortization expense, exploration expense, pre-development expense, acquisition costs, interest and other income (expense), foreign exchange gains and losses, gains and losses on derivative contracts, unrealized gains on investments, provisions for environmental matters, stock-based compensation, and provisional price gains and losses. Net debt is calculated as total debt, which consists of the liability balances for our Senior Notes, capital leases, and other notes payable, less the total of our cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. Management believes that, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP measures, adjusted EBITDA and net debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance and ability to meet our debt obligations. The following table reconciles net income (loss) and debt to adjusted EBITDA and net debt: Reconciliation of Cash Provided by Operating Activities (GAAP) to Free Cash Flow (non-GAAP) This release refers to a non-GAAP measure of free cash flow, calculated as cash provided by operating activities, less additions to properties, plants, equipment and mineral interests and a one-time item for settlement of an insurance policy for reclamation of the Troy Mine. Management believes that, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP measures, free cash flow is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance. The following table reconciles cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow:
News Article | December 21, 2016
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 21, 2016) - Adventus Zinc Corporation ("Adventus Zinc" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has closed a C$8,000,000 seed capital financing with a select group of strategic investors, including Resource Capital Funds, Greenstone Resources, Altius Resources Inc. ("Altius"), a subsidiary of Altius Minerals Corporation ("AMC") (TSX:ALS), John Tognetti, Equinox Funds, directors Mark Wellings and Sally Eyre and its CEO, Christian Kargl-Simard, through the issuance of 32,000,000 common shares of the Company ("Common Shares"). These strategic investors are well aligned in support of the Company and its ambitions for zinc exploration and the acquisition of significant zinc development projects. In addition, Adventus Zinc yesterday filed a preliminary prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and British ColumbiaΓÇï for a proposed C$3,000,000 initial public offering of Common Shares (the "IPO"), led by Haywood Securities Inc. (the "Agent"). The proceeds from the IPO and the seed capital financing are planned to be spent on work programs at the Company's Buchans Project in Newfoundland and the Rathkeale and Lismore Project in Ireland, as well as for general corporate purposes and working capital and for other purposes described in the preliminary prospectus. It is expected that post closing of the IPO, Adventus Zinc will have approximately C$9.8M in working capital. The IPO is expected to close on or about February 7, 2017. The preliminary prospectus contains important information relating to the Common Shares and the Company and is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the preliminary prospectus are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or from the Agent. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the Common Shares until a receipt for the final prospectus has been issued. Adventus Zinc acquired from Altius and its subsidiaries an extensive portfolio of zinc exploration projects in Ireland and Eastern Canada, which Altius had been assembling over the past 4 years. Ireland hosts Europe's largest zinc mine and Adventus Zinc's lands comprise the second largest license portfolio in the country, including Rathkeale, which hosts the projected westward extension of structures related to Glencore's Pallas Green Project and Teck/Connemara's Stonepark Project. In Eastern Canada, the Company holds the land position surrounding the old Buchans mine located in Newfoundland, one of the highest grade polymetallic VMS mines in the world. In addition to advancing its exploration lands, Adventus Zinc intends to pursue the acquisition of advanced zinc projects. Adventus Zinc has created a database of zinc-related projects based on defined criteria, with the view of acquiring additional projects over the next 6-12 months. Altius and the co-founding strategic investors of Adventus Zinc will each contribute technical and financial expertise to this effort. Christian Kargl-Simard, President and CEO stated, "I am thrilled with the depth and level of support received in the $8,000,000 strategic seed financing round. Adventus Zinc has the right backers and people, and now is the perfect time to be positioning a new zinc vehicle in the markets. We have high aspirations of making Adventus Zinc the next mid-tier base metals company through exploration and corporate development activities." Adventus Zinc will be based in Toronto, and the Company plans to enter into an interim services agreement with Altius in January, 2017 for management and administrative support. The Company's management and board of directors consists of the following people: Christian Kargl-Simard is a professional engineer with over 13 years' experience in the mining industry, having worked both in technical and finance roles. Prior to joining Adventus Zinc, Christian worked for 6.5 years with Raymond James Ltd., an investment dealer, leaving as Senior Vice President, Investment Banking, and worked prior to that with Haywood Securities Inc. During his time with Raymond James Ltd. and Haywood Securities Inc., Christian was involved in financings raising more than $7 billion, and he assisted in completing over 35 M&A transactions with companies such as Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., AMC, Trevali Mining Corporation, Victoria Gold Corp., Coeur Mining, Inc., Atlantic Gold Corporation and Tahoe Resources Inc. Christian also worked for Dynatec Corporation in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta up to its sale to Sherritt International Corp. in 2007, both in metallurgical engineering and corporate development roles. Christian is an author or co-author of three published technical papers in the field of hydrometallurgy. His B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering comes from the University of British Columbia. Ben Lewis joined AMC's executive team as Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Prior to joining AMC, Ben held roles with increasing levels of responsibility with both private and public companies. His most recent position was that of Corporate Controller for NYSE and TSX-listed CHC Helicopter Corporation. His responsibilities with AMC include overseeing its financial management and reporting as well as contributing valuation and structuring expertise to its project generation initiatives. Ben graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1991 and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1993. Brian Dalton co-founded AMC as a junior mining company in 1997 and has served as its CEO and as a director since then. AMC is now a leading global diversified mining royalty company with revenue from 14 producing mines and is a member of the TSX/S&P Global Mining Index. He has also previously served as a director of Rambler Metals and Mining plc, Aurora Energy Resources Inc. and Alderon Iron Ore Corp., all of which were spun out around AMC-generated projects. Brian has overseen completion of numerous project-level agreements with a wide array of senior to junior mining and exploration companies and has had key involvement with the raising of several hundred millions of dollars in capital for resource projects. Chad Wells has been the V.P. Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary at AMC since January 2005. He has played key and diverse roles related to its major royalty acquisitions, project generation deal structuring and management of its equities portfolio. Chad has cultivated strong relationships with a variety of retail, high net worth and institutional investors throughout North America. Prior to joining AMC, Chad worked with Vale Canada Limited at its Voisey's Bay mine following his graduation from Memorial University's Earth Science Program. Michael Haworth co-founded private equity fund Greenstone Resources LP in 2013 after a 16-year career in the mining sector, including Managing Director and Head of Mining and Metals Corporate Finance of JP Morgan in London. Since leaving in 2006, Michael founded and subsequently listed Zanaga Iron Ore Company Limited (AIM) and Ncondezi Coal Company Limited (now Ncondezi Energy Limited) (AIM). Together with Greenstone Resources LP's co-founder, Michael oversees all aspects of the management of the fund. Michael also serves as a director of Greenstone Management Ltd., the fund's general partner, and is senior partner of Greenstone Capital LLP, an investment advisor to the fund. Sally Eyre is a mining finance professional with extensive experience in global resource capital markets and mining operations. During 2011 to 2014 she served as President & CEO of Copper North Mining Corp., a mining exploration and development company, and prior to that she served as Senior Vice President, Operations at Endeavour Mining Corporation, responsible for a portfolio of exploration, development and production projects throughout West Africa. Dr. Eyre also served as President & CEO of Etruscan Resources Inc. (now Endeavour Mining Corp.), a gold company with producing assets in West Africa. She has served as Director of Business Development for Endeavour Financial Ltd. and has held executive positions with a number of other Canadian resource companies. She currently serves on the board of Japan Gold Corp. Dr. Eyre has a PhD in Economic Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London where her doctoral dissertation focused on Irish-type zinc deposits. Dr. Eyre is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) and a former Director of the SEG Canada Foundation. Mark Wellings is a mining professional with over 25 years' international experience in both the mining industry and mining finance sector. He currently serves as Principal on INFOR Financial Group's investment banking team. He served for 18 years at GMP Securities L.P., including as Managing Director of Investment Banking. Mark has worked on some of the Canadian mining industry's largest transactions, both in equity financing and M&A. He has also worked in the mining industry directly with a variety of companies including Derry, Michener, Booth & Wahl Ltd., Arimco N.L., Inco Ltd. and Watts Griffis McOuat Limited, acquiring valuable hands-on experience in exploration, development and production. Mark has been the CEO and President of Eurotin Inc., a mineral exploration and development company, since December 2015 and an independent director of Gran Colombia Gold Corp. since January 22, 2016. The Company granted options to its CEO, independent directors and its Irish exploration team for a total of 2.25M shares exercisable at $0.25 per share expiring in 5 years, and vesting over a 3-year period. This news release contains forward-looking information. Forward looking information contained in this new release includes, but is not limited to, the intentions of Adventus Zinc to complete the IPO, the planned use of the proceeds of the IPO and the seed capital financing, the expected closing date of the IPO, its plans to pursue the acquisition and advancement of zinc projects, and the expected future contributions of Altius and strategic investors to Adventus Zinc. These statements are based on information currently available to Adventus Zinc and Adventus Zinc provides no assurance that actual results will meet management's expectations. In certain cases, forward-looking information may be identified by such terms as "anticipates", "believes", "could", "estimates", "expects", "may", "shall", "will", or "would". Forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, the ability of Adventus Zinc to complete the IPO, and other similar matters. While Adventus Zinc considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. Although Adventus Zinc believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking information are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking information. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, among other things, changes in market conditions, changes in the prices of commodities, unanticipated changes in key management personnel, general economic and political conditions, the risk that Adventus Zinc's IPO may not be completed, and the failure to receive applicable regulatory approvals, as well as the other risk factors described in Adventus Zinc's preliminary prospectus in respect of the IPO. Accordingly, actual events may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the forward-looking information in this news release. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information in this news release. Adventus Zinc does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that may be made from time to time by Adventus Zinc or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Adventus Zinc is a recently formed company focused on zinc exploration in Ireland and Eastern Canada, as well as pursing the acquisition of one of more major zinc projects currently held by the larger mining houses. Its major shareholders are some of the most respectable and savvy investors in the mining business, providing significant financial and technical support. The Company is based out of Toronto, Canada, and has applied for the listing of its common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange. No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved the contents of this press release. These securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any U.S. state securities law and may not be offered or sold in the United States except in compliance with the registration requirements of the said Act and applicable U.S. state securities laws or pursuant to an exemption therefrom.
News Article | March 2, 2017
TORONTO, March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII) (“Sprott” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016. "During 2016 we grew our AUM by nearly $2 billion through a combination of successful growth initiatives and strong investment performance from our resource and alternative credit strategies," said Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott. "This growth, combined with ongoing expense reduction initiatives, powered a 45% increase in our 2016 adjusted base EBITDA." "We have started 2017 on positive footing, with the Sprott Private Resource Lending strategies raising additional commitments during the quarter," continued Mr. Grosskopf. "In addition, the Sprott Energy Opportunities Trust, the Sprott 2017 Flow-Through Limited Partnership and Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. had successful raises in the first quarter of 2017. We believe the fundamentals are in place for a sustained rally in gold and silver prices and we expect our precious metal and resource strategies to be significant contributors once again in 2017.” (1) Prior to 2016, the "Bullion Funds" category combined Physical Trusts as well as Bullion Mutual Funds. Bullion Mutual Funds are now part of the "Mutual Funds" category while the Physical Trusts have been combined with ETFs as part of the "Exchange Listed Products" category. On March 1, 2017, a dividend of $0.03 per common share was declared for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. A conference call and webcast will be held today, March 2, 2017 at 10:00am ET to discuss the Company's financial results. To participate in the call, please dial (877) 930-8292 ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call and provide conference ID 80217797. A taped replay of the conference call will be available until Thursday, March 9 by calling (855) 859-2056, reference number 80217797. The conference call will be webcast live at www.sprottinc.com and http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/7whgjmcf *Non-IFRS Financial Measures This press release includes financial terms (including AUM, AUA, EBITDA, adjusted base EBITDA and net sales) that the Company utilizes to assess the financial performance of its business that are not measures recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). These non-IFRS measures should not be considered alternatives to performance measures determined in accordance with IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For additional information regarding the Company's use of non-IFRS measures, including the calculation of these measures, please refer to the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section of the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis and its financial statements available on the Company's website at www.sprottinc.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Certain statements in this press release contain forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as the “Forward-Looking Statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify Forward-Looking Statements. In particular, but without limiting the forgoing, this press release contains Forward-Looking Statements pertaining to: (i) continued growth of our business and ability to meet our clients’ needs; and (ii) the declaration, payment and designation of dividends. Although the Company believes that the Forward-Looking Statements are reasonable, they are not guarantees of future results, performance or achievements. A number of factors or assumptions have been used to develop the Forward-Looking Statements, including: (i) the impact of increasing competition in each business in which the Company operates will not be material; (ii) quality management will be available; (iii) the effects of regulation and tax laws of governmental agencies will be consistent with the current environment; and (iv) those assumptions disclosed under the heading “Significant Accounting Judgments and Estimates” in the Company’s MD&A for the period ended December 31, 2016. Actual results, performance or achievements could vary materially from those expressed or implied by the Forward-Looking Statements should assumptions underlying the Forward-Looking Statements prove incorrect or should one or more risks or other factors materialize, including: (i) difficult market conditions; (ii) poor investment performance; (iii)performance fee fluctuations; (iv) changes in the investment management industry; (v) risks related to regulatory compliance; (vi) failure to deal appropriately with conflicts of interest; (vii) failure to continue to retain and attract quality staff; (viii) competitive pressures; (ix) corporate growth may be difficult to sustain and may place significant demands on existing administrative, operational and financial resources; (x) failure to execute the Company’s succession plan; (xi) foreign exchange risk relating to the relative value of the U.S. dollar; (xii) litigation risk; (xiii) employee errors or misconduct could result in regulatory sanctions or reputational harm; (xiv) failure to implement effective information security policies, procedures and capabilities; (xv) failure to develop effective business resiliency plans; (xvi) failure to obtain or maintain sufficient insurance coverage on favourable economic terms; (xvii) historical financial information is not necessarily indicative of future performance; (xviii) the market price of common shares of the Company may fluctuate widely and rapidly; (xix) risks relating to the Company's proprietary investments; (xx) risks relating to the Company's lending business; (xxi) those risks described under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company’s annual information form dated March 1, 2017; and (xxii) those risks described under the headings “Managing Risk - Financial” and “Managing Risk - Other” in the Company’s MD&A for the period ended December 31, 2016. In addition, the payment of dividends is not guaranteed and the amount and timing of any dividends payable by the Company will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company and will be established on the basis of the Company’s earnings, the satisfaction of solvency tests imposed by applicable corporate law for the declaration and payment of dividends, and other relevant factors. The Forward-Looking Statements speak only as of the date hereof, unless otherwise specifically noted, and the Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update any Forward-Looking Statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be expressly required by applicable Canadian securities laws. Sprott Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with three primary lines of business: Exchange Listed Products, Alternative Asset Management and Private Resource Investments. The Exchange Listed Products business platform houses the Company's closed-end physical trusts and exchange traded funds, both of which are actively traded on public securities exchanges. Sprott Asset Management LP ("SAM") is both the principal subsidiary and reportable segment through which these products are managed and distributed. The Diversified Alternative Asset Management business platform houses the Company's full suite of public mutual funds, alternative investment strategies and managed accounts and is also managed by SAM. The Private Resources business platform houses the Company's private resource-focused asset management activities. Primary activities include the management of: (1) U.S.-based fixed-term limited partnership vehicles, discretionary managed accounts and private placement activities; (2) direct and indirect resource lending activities via the Company’s balance sheet and through limited partnership structures; and (3) private equity style and direct asset investments through managed companies. Specific reportable segments and principal subsidiaries in this line of business are; Global - which is made up of Resource Capital Investment Corporation, Sprott Asset Management USA Inc. and Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd.; Lending - which is primarily Sprott Resource Lending Corp.; and Consulting - which includes Sprott Consulting LP, Sprott Toscana and Sprott Korea Corporation. Sprott Inc. is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SII”. For more information on Sprott Inc., please visit www.sprottinc.com.
News Article | February 9, 2017
CENTENNIAL, Colo., Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uranium Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq:URRE) (ASX:URI), an energy metals exploration and development company, today announced that on February 8, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., URI called to order a special meeting of stockholders (the “Special Meeting”). A quorum was not reached at the Special Meeting, with 3,211,570 shares of the URI’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), present in person or by proxy at the meeting, representing only 20.51% of the issued and outstanding shares of the URI’s Common Stock as of the December 14, 2016 record date. Accordingly, the Special Meeting was not duly convened nor adjourned to a later date. Following the Special Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Company held a meeting at which time the Directors unanimously agreed to cause the Company to pay Resource Capital Fund V L.P. (“RCF”) $5.5 million in cash, plus accrued and unpaid interest, to retire all of the obligations remaining under that certain loan agreement dated November 13, 2013 by and among the Company, certain of its subsidiaries and RCF. The retirement of the RCF loan agreement had been the intent of one of the proposals that was to be considered by the Company’s stockholders in the Special Meeting. The payment to RCF should complete on or about February 9, 2017. URI is focused on expanding its energy metals strategy, which includes developing its new lithium business while maintaining optionality on the future rising uranium price. The Company has developed a dominant land position in two prospective lithium brine basins in Nevada and Utah in preparation for exploration and potential development of any lithium resources that may be discovered there. In addition, URI remains focused on advancing the Temrezli in-situ recovery (ISR) uranium project in Central Turkey when uranium prices permit economic development of this project. URI controls extensive exploration properties in Turkey under eight exploration and operating licenses covering approximately 39,000 acres (over 16,000 ha) with numerous exploration targets, including the potential satellite Sefaatli Project, which is 30 miles (48 km) southwest of the Temrezli Project. In Texas, the Company has two licensed and currently idled uranium processing facilities and approximately 11,000 acres (4,400 ha) of prospective ISR uranium projects. In New Mexico, the Company controls mineral rights encompassing approximately 186,000 acres (75,300 ha) in the prolific Grants Mineral Belt, which is one of the largest concentrations of sandstone-hosted uranium deposits in the world. Incorporated in 1977, URI also owns an extensive information database of historic drillhole logs, assay certificates, maps and technical reports for uranium properties located in the Western United States. This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as "expects," "estimates," "projects," "anticipates," "believes," "could," and other similar words. All statements addressing events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to statements relating to the closing of the offering and developments at the Company’s projects, including future exploration costs and results, are forward-looking statements. Because they are forward-looking, they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (a) the Company's ability to raise additional capital in the future; (b) spot price and long-term contract price of uranium and lithium; (c) risks associated with our foreign operations, (d) operating conditions at the Company's projects; (e) government and tribal regulation of the uranium industry, the lithium industry, and the power industry; (f) world-wide uranium and lithium supply and demand, including the supply and demand for lithium based batteries; (g) maintaining sufficient financial assurance in the form of sufficiently collateralized surety instruments; (h) unanticipated geological, processing, regulatory and legal or other problems the Company may encounter in the jurisdictions where the Company operates, including in Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Turkey; (i) the ability of the Company to enter into and successfully close acquisitions or other material transactions; (j) the results of the Company’s lithium brine exploration activities at the Columbus Basin and Sal Rica Projects, and (k) other factors which are more fully described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the Company's underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on the Company's forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any obligation to update or publicly announce any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.
News Article | February 17, 2017
ROAD TOWN, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS--(Marketwired - February 17, 2017) - Talon Metals Corp. ("Talon" or the "Company") (TSX: TLO) is pleased to provide an update on the Tamarack Nickel-Copper-PGE project ("Tamarack Project"), located in Minnesota, USA. The Tamarack Project comprises the Tamarack North Project and the Tamarack South Project. Talon owns an 18.45% interest in the Tamarack Project. Kennecott Exploration Company ("Kennecott") has commenced an approximately US$3-million exploration program at the Tamarack Project, with three drill rigs working in different areas of the Tamarack Intrusive Complex. Whereas the successful 2016 Summer Exploration Program primarily focused on stepping away from known mineralization (see the Company's press releases dated December 13, 2016 and December 19, 2016), the 2017 Winter Exploration Program is mainly focused on testing new targets. Many of these new targets have been identified from the expanded gravity and magnetotelluric ("MT") surveys completed during 2016. The primary objectives for the 2017 Winter Exploration Program are to: As of February 14, 2017, six drill holes have already been completed and three drill holes were in progress (see Figure 1). Results will be released upon receipt of QA/QC'd assays. Figure 1: Plan showing locality areas of proposed drill holes for the 2017 Winter Exploration Program http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/2/16/11G130614/Images/Figure_1-a4f65ddba98487d4b1995dd099699d22.jpg In late January, the Company received US$2-million from Resource Capital Fund VI L.P. in accordance with the terms of the amended loan agreement dated November 25, 2017 (see the Company's press release dated January 18, 2017). These proceeds are being used by the Company to fund, among other things, its 18.45% share of the 2017 Winter Exploration Program at the Tamarack Project. Talon has already advanced its share of the cost of the 2017 Winter Exploration Program to Kennecott. Following the 2017 Winter Exploration Program, it is expected that Kennecott will utilize all of the data accumulated from the Tamarack Project to date to make a decision in regards to the next steps at the Tamarack Project. As discussed in the Company's press release dated December 19, 2016, Kennecott has until September 25, 2017 to make an election whether to grant Talon Nickel (USA) LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Talon, the option to either purchase its interest in the Tamarack Project or form the Mining Venture Agreement. The Company will keep shareholders abreast of any material developments in respect of this subject matter. The locations and distances highlighted on all maps in this news release are approximate. James McDonald, Vice President, Resource Geology of Talon is a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101. Mr. McDonald is satisfied that the analytical and testing procedures used are standard industry operating procedures and methodologies, and he has reviewed, approved and verified the technical information disclosed in this news release, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information. Talon is a TSX-listed company focused on the exploration and development of the Tamarack Nickel-Copper-PGE Project in Minnesota, USA (which comprises the Tamarack North Project and the Tamarack South Project). The Company has a well-qualified exploration and mine management team with extensive experience in project management. This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Such forward-looking statements include, statements relating to the expectation that Kennecott will utilize all of the data accumulated from the Tamarack Project to date to make a decision in regards to the next steps at the Tamarack Project and the form and extent of mineralization, targets, goals, objectives and plans. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: failure to establish estimated mineral resources, the grade, quality and recovery of mineral resources varying from estimates, the uncertainties involved in interpreting DHEM surveys, drilling results and other geological data, inaccurate geological and metallurgical assumptions (including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral reserves and resources, uncertainties relating to the financing needed to further explore and develop the properties or to put a mine into production and other factors (including exploration, development and operating risks)). Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
News Article | March 1, 2017
NEW YORK, March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Resource Capital Corp. (NYSE:RSO) (the "Company") announced today that it will release its 2016 fourth quarter and fiscal year operating results on Monday, March 13, 2017, after market hours, and it invites investors and other interested parties to listen to a live webcast of its conference call on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast can be accessed from the home page of the Company’s website at http://www.resourcecapitalcorp.com. For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay will be available on the Company’s website and telephonically from 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on March 14, 2017 until 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on March 21, 2017 by dialing 855.859.2056 or 404.537.3406, passcode 80740852. The Company is a real estate investment trust that is primarily focused on originating, holding and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt and equity investments. The Company is externally managed by Resource Capital Manager, Inc. ("RCM"), which is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners LLC ("C-III"), a leading commercial real estate investment management and services company engaged in a broad range of activities. C-III acquired RCM's parent company, Resource America, Inc., on September 8, 2016. More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.resourcecapitalcorp.com or by contacting Marketing and Investor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "trend," "will," "continue," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "look forward" or other similar words or terms. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that can affect future results are discussed in the documents filed by The Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new or changing information or events after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.
News Article | December 14, 2016
- Value Maximizing Acquisition with Compelling Premium to AQM Shareholders - Arrangement Affords Opportunity to Realize Immediate and Certain Fair Cash Value for Shares VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 14, 2016) - AQM Copper Inc. (TSX VENTURE:AQM)(BVL:AQM) ("AQM" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has filed and mailed its management information circular (the "Circular") and related proxy materials to its holders of shares ("Shareholders"), options ("Options") and deferred share units ("DSUs") (together, "Securityholders") in connection with the special meeting of Securityholders to be held at 9:00 a.m. (Vancouver time) on Monday, January 9, 2017 (the "Meeting"). At the Meeting, Securityholders will be asked to approve the Company's previously announced transaction with Teck Resources Limited (TSX:TECK.A and TECK.B / NYSE:TECK) ("Teck") whereby Teck will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of AQM ("Shares") that are not already owned by Teck or its affiliates by way of a statutory plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) (the "Arrangement") as described in the News Release of AQM dated November 21, 2016. Assuming the Arrangement becomes effective, each Shareholder (other than Teck and its affiliates) will receive cash consideration of C$0.23 for each Share held. Premium to Shareholders - The consideration of C$0.23 per Share to be received by Shareholders under the Arrangement represents a premium of approximately 53% based on the pre-announcement closing price of the Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange. Realize Immediate Value - Cash consideration allows Shareholders to immediately realize fair value for their Shares without incurring risks related to market volatility generally inherent in junior mining stocks. Strong Likelihood of Completion - The conditions of the Arrangement are not conditional upon financing and Teck has sufficient means to complete the Arrangement in accordance with its terms and within a reasonable time. Unlikelihood of an Alternative Value Maximizing Transaction - Given Teck's significant stake in AQM, and considering other strategic alternatives, it is unlikely that AQM will receive an alternative offer that would generate as much value for Securityholders without significant attendant adverse risk and uncertainty. Lock-Up Agreements - Resource Capital Fund V L.P. and the directors and officers of AQM, whose interests are closely aligned with other Securityholders, hold approximately 18% of the outstanding Shares and have entered into lock-up agreements with Teck to vote in favour of the Arrangement. The AQM Board of Directors UNANIMOUSLY recommends that Securityholders vote FOR the Arrangement. The Circular contains, among other things, details concerning the Arrangement, reasons the AQM Board of Directors has recommended the Arrangement, requirements for the completion of the Arrangement and the procedure for receiving consideration under the Arrangement, procedures for voting at the Meeting and other related matters. Securityholders are urged to carefully review the Circular and accompanying materials as they contain important information regarding the Arrangement and its consequences to Securityholders. A copy of the Circular is available on AQM's website at www.aqmcopper.com and on its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. A proxy form or voting instruction form will accompany the Meeting materials you receive by mail. Instructions on how to vote, which vary depending on whether you are a Shareholder or a holder of Options or DSUs are provided in the Circular. Securityholders are encouraged to vote before 9:00 am (Vancouver time) on January 5, 2017, using the internet, telephone or facsimile. Registered Shareholders may vote in person at the Meeting, by mail or by: Beneficial Shareholders who hold AQM Shares through a bank, broker or other intermediary will have different voting instructions and should carefully follow the voting instructions provided to them on the voting instruction form included in the meeting materials they receive. In addition, certain beneficial shareholders of AQM may be contacted by Laurel Hill Advisory Group, the proxy solicitation agent, to obtain votes directly over the phone utilizing the Broadridge QuickVote TM service. For more information, please contact Laurel Hill Advisory Group at 1-877-452-7184 (toll-free), 416-304-0211 (collect calls outside of North America) or email@example.com. NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.