Abitibi Royalties "Royalty Search" Update
1% NSR Purchased On Frontline Gold’s Menderes Project Surrounding Eldorado Gold’s Efemcukuru Mine
Val-d’Or, Québec, July 20th, 2015 – Abitibi Royalties Inc. (RZZ-TSX-V: “Abitibi Royalties” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding Letter of Intent with Frontline Gold Corp. (“Frontline”) to acquire a 1% net smelter royalty (“NSR”) on its Menderes Gold Project that surrounds Eldorado Gold Corporation’s Efemcukuru gold mine in Turkey on three sides (Fig. 1). This is the fourth royalty purchased near an existing mine since the “Royalty Search” was launched on June 9th.
1% NSR Purchased on Menderes Gold Project (Fig. 1)
In exchange for a 1% NSR on the 6,194 hectare Menderes Gold Project, Abitibi Royalties has agreed to pay Frontline Cdn$20,000. The cash consideration will be paid by Abitibi Royalties from its working capital.
“In our shareholder letter it was indicated that Abitibi Royalties would be willing to invest up to 20% of its capital in royalties outside of North America. This acquisition represents a very small portion of our available treasury and is the first acquisition outside Canada. We view this as a good opportunity to acquire a royalty on a project that surrounds a new, low cost, long life mine where there has been limited regional exploration, but evidence of historic mining. The Menderes Gold Project is well situated, bordering Eldorado Gold’s Efemcukuru mine on three sides,” stated Ian Ball, President and CEO.
Frontline is seeking a joint venture partner in order to explore the Menderes Gold Project. To contact Frontline, please call Walter Henry at 416.414.5825.
The Royalty Search
On June 9th, 2015, Abitibi Royalties launched the “Royalty Search”. The Royalty Search (www.abitibiroyalties.com) is an easy to use website that allows mining companies and prospectors a quick way of accessing capital in this difficult commodities market.
Abitibi Royalties is offering to pay the annual claim fees/taxes related to:
1) Existing mineral properties or
2) Staking of new mineral properties
In return for paying these fees, Abitibi Royalties would be granted a NSR on the property. Many claim holders are having a difficult time paying the fees associated with their property and face losing the mineral claims or they do not have the capital needed to stake new properties. To date, approximately 40 properties have been submitted through the website and 3 agreements have been finalized.
About Abitibi Royalties Inc.
Abitibi Royalties holds a 3% NSR on the Odyssey North discovery, Jeffrey Zone and the eastern portion of the Barnat Extension and a 2% NSR on portions of the Gouldie and Charlie zones all at the Canadian Malartic mine near Val-d’Or, Québec. In addition, the Company holds 100% title to the Luc Bourdon and Bourdon West Prospects in the Ring of Fire, Ontario. The Company owns 3,549,695 shares of Yamana Gold and 459,197 shares of Agnico Eagle Mines.
Golden Valley Mines and Rob McEwen hold approximately 53.3% and 8.7% interest in Abitibi Royalties, respectively.
For additional information, please contact:
Ian J. Ball
President & CEO
1 King West St. Suite 4202
Toronto, Ontario M5H 1A1
Forward Looking Statements:
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Figure 1 – Map of Frontline Gold’s Menderes Gold Project