Antler Gold Inc. (TSXV: ANTL) (“Antler” or the “Firm“) is happy to announce that Antler and its subsidiary Antler Exploration Zambia Restricted (“Antler Exploration”) have entered into an possibility settlement (the “Choice Settlement”) with Prospect Sources Restricted (ASX: PSC) (FSE: 5E8) (“Prospect” or the “Associate”) pursuant to which Prospect has an possibility to accumulate 51% curiosity in Antler Exploration, which holds the Kesya Uncommon Earth Challenge (“Challenge”) situated in southern Zambia.
- Prospect has as much as two years to accumulate a 51% curiosity in Antler Exploration which holds the Kesya Uncommon Earth Challenge by way of a complete mixed counterparty consideration and challenge expenditure funds amounting to US$3.05 million.
- Part 1 dedication by Prospect is 2 money funds of an mixture of US$150,000 and US$350,000 in exploration expenditures in addition to an issuance of US$500,000 value of Prospect frequent shares inside 30 days of the completion of Part 1.
- Part 2 possibility dedication by Prospect is a money fee of US$150,000 and US$750,000 in exploration expenditures in addition to an issuance of US$500,000 value of Prospect frequent shares inside 30 days of electing to proceed to Part 2.
- The ultimate part dedication by Prospect is a money fee of US$150,000 in addition to an issuance of US$500,000 value of Prospect frequent shares on the finish of the two 12 months possibility interval which can then earn Prospect 51% of Antler Exploration.
- The Challenge covers a Massive-Scale Exploration License Utility the place geological mapping and floor sampling carried out by Antler Exploration has recognized a big, uncommon earth-element enriched carbonatite.
- Rock chip samples assayed by Antler Exploration define very encouraging complete uncommon earth factor oxide (TREO) mineralisation contained inside monazite and bastnaesite with low ranges of uranium and thorium.
- The Kesya rock chip outcomes present extremely anomalous floor values in uncommon earth components with the very best seize pattern so far assaying 6559 ppm (0.66%) TREO.
- The seize samples are enriched in neodymium (Nd) and praseodymium (Pr) oxides which common 29% of the TREO content material and makes this a really encouraging basket distribution.
- Keysa’s great amount of carbonatite outcrop permits for straightforward drill focusing on providing prospectivity to quickly delineate a mineral useful resource and make a major new uncommon earth factor discovery in Zambia.
- Antler Exploration together with its companion Prospect are getting ready for an preliminary 1,500m diamond drilling program to check the subsurface expression and depth extent of the mapped and sampled uncommon earth factor enriched carbonatite.
Christopher Drysdale, CEO of Antler commented:
“We’re extraordinarily excited to announce this settlement with Prospect. It is a testomony to our dedication to strategic partnerships with extremely credible organizations that share our imaginative and prescient for worth creation. Prospect has an impressive monitor report, which is demonstrated by their profitable development of the Arcadia lithium challenge in Zimbabwe. This settlement represents a major milestone for Antler Gold because it underscores our capability to establish promising mineral prospects throughout Africa and align ourselves with top-tier firms. Not solely does this partnership allow us to leverage Prospect’s industry-leading experience, nevertheless it additionally establishes a stable basis for potential future collaborations, whereas sustaining vital publicity to the extremely promising Kesya REE challenge.”
Prospect’s Managing Director and CEO, Sam Hosack, commented:
“The Choice Settlement we’ve got struck in relation to the extremely potential Kesya REE Challenge in Zambia is one other vital milestone, which extends our attain additional into the battery and electrification mineral sector in Africa, consistent with our strategic goals. Kesya has all of the elements of a world-class, uncommon earth enriched, carbonatite-hosted system, having additionally returned vital values of the high-value REEs, neodymium and praseodymium, over a broad floor space of the Challenge. Zambia is a number one jurisdiction to discover and develop mining operations in subSaharan Africa, having a long-standing historical past within the assets sector, notably for copper. This consists of glorious infrastructure and robust help from each the federal government and group, with main firms like Barrick Gold and First Quantum Minerals already calling it house. We’re delighted to have reached this settlement with Antler, which is a longtime and revered Canadian exploration and growth firm focussed on its flagship Erongo and Onkoshi Gold Tasks, situated in central Namibia. The Kesya REE Challenge gives glorious potential to ship a major new, highvalue uncommon earths discovery, with outlined present drilling targets and a well-established working atmosphere. Topic to the satisfaction of all related circumstances precedent, it is a high-quality greenfield exploration play for Prospect.”
Introduction and deal phrases:
The Kesya carbonatite was first recognized in 1961 by Bailey within the Kafue district in southern Zambia. An preliminary mapping marketing campaign by Antler demonstrated that it’s enriched with uncommon earth components and warrants additional exploration and drilling.
The Choice Settlement is amongst Prospect, Antler and a subsidiary of Antler, Antler Exploration. Topic to satisfaction of sure circumstances precedent, Prospect could have the suitable to earn a 51% curiosity in Antler Exploration over a two-phased earn-in association over two years for complete consideration of US$3.05 million, which incorporates consideration funds to Antler and in-ground challenge expenditure.
Prospect can pay an preliminary non-refundable money fee to Antler of US$50,000 on signing. Following satisfaction of the circumstances precedent beneath Part 1, Prospect can pay Antler an additional US$100,000 in money, and decide to spend US$350,000 on the Challenge inside one 12 months (topic to sure extensions permitted beneath the Choice Settlement). Prospect can even challenge to Antler US$500,000 value of Prospect frequent shares on the completion of Part 1 (the worth of the frequent shares will probably be set on the value of Prospect shares on the time of signing, based mostly on earlier 10-day VWAP).
After completion of Part 1, Prospect can elect to proceed to Part 2 or terminate the Choice Settlement (and on this case Prospect will maintain little interest in Antler Exploration).
If Prospect proceeds to Part 2, it’s required to pay Antler an additional US$150,000 in money and challenge US$500,000 value of Prospect frequent shares (the worth of the frequent shares will probably be set on the value of Prospect shares as on the time of election to proceed to Part 2, based mostly on earlier 10-day VWAP), and it’ll have the suitable, however not the duty, to spend an additional US$750,000 on the Challenge inside one 12 months from completion of Part 1 (topic to sure extensions permitted beneath the Choice Settlement).
If Part 2 is accomplished, Prospect will probably be entitled to train a name possibility to accumulate 51% of the issued and excellent shares of Antler Exploration. To train the choice, Prospect should make a closing fee to Antler of US$150,000 money and challenge US$500,000 value of Prospect frequent shares (the worth of the frequent shares will probably be set on the value of Prospect shares as on the time of the train of the decision possibility, based mostly on earlier 10-day VWAP).
Prospect will seek the advice of with Antler in relation to the work program and price range however will finally decide and handle all exploration actions in relation to the Challenge.
Upon completion of the acquisition, Antler Exploration will probably be ruled by a shareholders settlement (“Shareholders Settlement”) amongst its shareholders. Prospect and Antler Exploration have agreed on the important thing phrases of the Shareholder Settlement, with a full type Shareholder Settlement to be entered into in the end. Improvement funds for the Challenge are to be contributed by shareholders of Antler Exploration on a pro-rata foundation. If a celebration doesn’t contribute its professional rata share, its shareholding will probably be diluted by way of a prescribed method. Neither social gathering might be diluted beneath a 15% curiosity, from which level such curiosity shall be free-carried by to the completion of a JORC-Code reportable or NI 43-101 compliant Feasibility Examine. The shareholder can then elect to transform its free carried curiosity to a 2% NSR or equal (“Royalty”) and the opposite shareholder has a proper however not the duty to buy one half of the Royalty for US$5,000,000.
Proposed Exploration Programme
There was no historic drilling accomplished on the Kesya carbonatite and the subsurface beneath the extent of the mapped carbonatite complicated and the depth extension is but to be examined. Antler together with Prospect is designing a preliminary 1,500 metre diamond drilling programme on the challenge. (Determine.1) The intention is to guage the continuity of the recognized floor REE mineralisation to depth. The preliminary exploration plan will probably be to drill twenty (20) 75m deep holes alongside the carbonatite in addition to its contacts with the nation rock by utilizing a heli-man moveable drill rig and pending all environmental and statutory approvals.
Challenge Location and Background
Determine 1.) Proposed Diamond Drill gap location plan for preliminary 1500m drilling.
The Kesya REE Challenge, includes a single, large-scale exploration license (LEL) software masking 1053.13 hectares and is situated close to the city of Kafue in southern Zambia within the Kafue Gorge. This license is situated roughly 90 km by way of a tarred street touring south of the capital metropolis of Lusaka and has water and energy infrastructure close by. As soon as the LEL is granted, Antler’s wholly owned Zambian subsidiary, Antler Exploration Zambia Restricted will personal 95% of the Kesya REE Challenge. The remaining 5% of the Challenge has native possession.
Determine 2.) Map of the placement of the Kesya carbonatite situated south of the capital metropolis Lusaka.
The Kesya Carbonatite intruded into gneisses of the Paleoproterozoic Basement Complicated rock sequences close to the intersection of the mid-Zambezi-Luangwa Rift Valley and the Kesya Rift.
The Kesya Carbonatite is split into two main rock varieties: Firstly, a coarse-grained carbonatite with scattered nation rock xenoliths: This carbonatite is usually composed of coarse sövite with small quantities of chlorite. The second rock sort is a carbonatite breccia, which surrounds the principle intrusion.
The most important minerals recognized are magnetite, quartz, apatite, Fe-rich phlogopite, monazite, thorite, Ti-oxides, Fe-sulphides, calcite, ilmenite, and the REE-bearing mineral bastnaesite. Relationship of apatite in samples from the carbonatite point out that it’s of Neoproterozoic age (Kesya is ca. 535±16 Ma).
Determine 3.) Map of the seize pattern areas with related TREO assay values.
The carbonatite kinds a central topographic excessive surrounded by deeply incised valleys alongside its margins the place weathering processes are extra intense.
Discipline investigations by Antler, and petrological (Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)) research accomplished throughout 2021 demonstrated that the uncommon earth mineralisation at Kesya is hosted primarily in monazite (a REE phosphate mineral) and bastnaesite (a REE fluoro-carbonate mineral).
Determine 4.) View of the Kesya carbonatite (Wanting in direction of the East from the Western fringe of the Kafue Gorge)
Uncommon Earth Component Mineralisation
Antler Gold has accomplished mapping and sampling campaigns at Kesya in 2021, which concerned reconnaissance work throughout the carbonatite complicated and the gathering of 51 rock chip seize samples taken on the license.
Determine 6; beneath exhibits a small collection of these rock chip seize samples together with their pattern ID’s O6530 (A), O6537 (B), O6514 (C) and O6551 (D).
The rock chip samples collected by Antler at Kesya proved to be strongly and persistently mineralised with REE, with a mean of 1280 ppm (0.13%) Whole Uncommon Earth Oxide (TREO) content material, peaking at 6559 ppm (0.66%) TREO.
Encouragingly, these samples additionally present persistently excessive contents of neodymium- and praseodymium oxide – key major supplies within the manufacture of sturdy everlasting magnets for highly effective motors, utilized in such gadgets as giant, wind generators, more and more utilised within the international renewable power sector.
Neodymium and praseodymium oxides common 29% of the Whole Uncommon Earth Oxide (TREO) content material of the rock chip samples collected from Kesya (Determine 5).
Determine 5.) Pie Chart exhibiting common grades of Particular person REO’s from the Kesya sampling marketing campaign.
Determine 6.) Pictures of rock chip seize samples from discipline mapping at Kesya.
Abstract of most up-to-date seize assay outcomes
In the course of the mapping marketing campaign undertaken by Antler Gold, 51 rock chip seize samples have been taken from in-situ outcrop on the Kesya REE Challenge. Pattern sizes have been 1-3 kg and brought to pretty characterize the lithology recorded at every pattern web site.
Along with the rock chip samples, an additional 15% of QAQC supplies (2 x blanks, 2 x every of CRM AMIS0185, AMIS0304, AMIS0356 and a couple of x duplicate discipline samples) have been added to the batch of samples dispatched for assaying to adjust to QAQC rules.
All samples have been shipped to Namibia and ready by crushing and milling at Activation Laboratories Ltd (ACTLABS) in Windhoek.
Pulped samples have been then exported to ACTLABS in Ancaster, ON, Canada, for Code 8 – REE evaluation, which is a lithium metaborate/tetraborate fusion with subsequent evaluation by ICP-OES and ICP-MS.
Certified Particular person
The technical and scientific data on this presentation has been reviewed and accepted by Oliver Tors, B.Sc (Hons)., Exploration Supervisor of the Firm, who’s registered Skilled Pure Scientist with the (SACNASP) South African Council for Pure Scientific Professions (Pr. Sci. Nat. No. 120660) who’s a Certified Particular person as outlined by NI 43-101. Mr. Tors is an worker of Antler Gold Inc. and isn’t unbiased of the Firm beneath NI 43-101.
About Antler Gold Inc.
Antler Gold Inc. (TSXV: ANTL) is a Canadian listed mineral exploration firm centered on the acquisition and exploration of mineral initiatives in Africa’s High-Ranked Jurisdictions, with publicity to each gold and REE. Antler’s complete license place now includes 6 initiatives for a complete landholding of roughly 584,347 ha. The Firm continues to evaluate new regional alternatives with the intention of constructing a danger diversified enterprise mannequin, which permits the corporate to generate quick and long- time period earnings while offering stakeholders with publicity to potential a number of returns which can be generated from the invention course of.
About Prospect Sources Restricted (ASX: PSC) (FSE: 5E8)
Prospect Sources Restricted (ASX: PSC) (FSE:5E8) is an ASX listed firm centered on the exploration and growth of mining initiatives, particularly battery and electrification metals, in Zimbabwe and the broader sub-Saharan African area.
This press launch could comprise forward-looking data, resembling statements relating to the completion of the transactions topic to the Choice Settlement and future plans and goals of Antler and its subsidiary, Antler Exploration in relation to the Challenge. This data is predicated on present expectations and assumptions (together with assumptions in reference to the continuance of the relevant firm as a going concern and normal financial and market circumstances) which can be topic to vital dangers and uncertainties which can be troublesome to foretell, together with dangers regarding the power to fulfill the circumstances to completion of the transactions contemplated by the Choice Settlement. Precise outcomes could differ materially from outcomes advised in any forward-looking data. Antler assumes no obligation to replace forward-looking data on this launch, or to replace the the explanation why precise outcomes might differ from these mirrored within the forward-looking data until and till required by relevant securities legal guidelines. Further data figuring out dangers and uncertainties is contained in filings made by Antler with Canadian securities regulators, copies of which can be found at www.sedar.com.
Neither TSX Enterprise Alternate nor its Regulation Companies Supplier (as that time period is outlined in insurance policies of the TSX Enterprise Alternate) accepts accountability for the adequacy or accuracy of this launch.
For additional data, please contact Chris Drysdale, CEO of Antler Gold Inc at +264 81 220 2439 or Daniel Whittaker, Govt Chairman of Antler Gold Inc., at (902) 488-4700.
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