Elemental Altus Generates Two New Gold & Copper Royalties In Ethiopia
July 25, 2023 – Vancouver, BC: Elemental Altus Royalties Corp. (“Elemental Altus” or “the Company”) (TSX-V: ELE, OTCQX: ELEMF) announces the generation of two new gold and copper Net Smelter Return (“NSR”) royalties, through the execution of a Sale & Purchase Agreement for the sale of 95% of its Ethiopian focused Seychelles incorporated subsidiary Altau Resources Ltd. to Canadian incorporated ANS Exploration Corp. (“ANS”) (the “Transaction”). Through its local branch, Altau holds a 100% interest in the 299.5 km2 Daro and 284.9 km2 Zager licences (the “Projects”) located in the Arabian-Nubian shield geology of northern Ethiopia. The Projects are prospective for the discovery of Volcanogenic hosted Massive Sulphide (“VMS”) copper and gold deposits.
- Royalty generation transaction with ANS on Copper and Gold Projects in northern Ethiopia signed July 21 2023
- Transaction consideration includes:
- Two uncapped 2.5% NSR royalties over highly prospective ground
- US$200,000 in cash with US$50,000 upfront and 5 quarterly payments of US$30,000
- 5% equity interest in Altau retained, non-dilutable until completion of a feasibility study
- Up to 5% equity interest in ANS upon any future Initial Public Offering of ANS equity
- Milestone performance cash payments (for delivery on either of the Projects) of:
- US$500,000 upon a compliant resource above 1 million ounces (gold equivalent)
- US$500,000 on publication of a feasibility study
- ANS has a 5 year buy-back option on up to 1% of the royalties for US$1.5 million each
- ANS selected by Company given their high-calibre management and technical team with proven experience in East Africa
- Transaction remains subject to a number of administrative conditions
Frederick Bell, CEO of Elemental Altus, commented:
“We are delighted to complete this royalty generation transaction with ANS on two strategically located gold and copper licences totalling 584 km2 in northern Ethiopia. The Projects were selected by our technical team based on their geological potential to host economic VMS-style deposits, as mined elsewhere on the Arabian-Nubian shield. Our shareholders will benefit from exposure to two new 2.5% NSR royalties, cash of US$200,000, performance milestone payments and retained project equity. This Transaction exemplifies our capacity to generate organic value by working with high quality counterparties”.
Christopher Schmidt, COO of ANS, commented:
“We are excited to commence field work on these two highly prospective licences in Ethiopia to generate drill ready targets for 2024. Both licences are a great addition to our exploration portfolio in the Nubian Shield. The extensive outcrop of Neoproterozoic intra‐oceanic island arc and back‐arc basin complexes is prospective for near surface base metal discoveries”.
On behalf of Elemental Altus Royalties Corp.
CEO and Director
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TSX.V: ELE | OTCQX: ELEMF | ISIN: CA28619K1093 | CUSIP: 28619K109
About Elemental Altus Royalties Corp.
Elemental Altus is an income generating precious metals royalty company with 10 producing royalties and a diversified portfolio of pre-production and discovery stage assets. The Company is focused on acquiring uncapped royalties and streams over producing, or near-producing, mines operated by established counterparties, as well as generating royalties on new discoveries. The vision of Elemental Altus is to build a global gold royalty company, offering investors superior exposure to gold with reduced risk and a strong growth profile.
About ANS Exploration Co.
ANS Exploration is a private Canadian mineral exploration company, focused on the discovery of world-class deposits in the highly prospective Nubian Shield through systematic mineral exploration and big data approach. The ANS technical team, with extensive experience in East Africa, is currently exploring for base- and battery metal deposits in Sudan and Ethiopia.
Steven Poulton, Executive Chairman for Elemental Altus, and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this press release.
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