ABITIBI ROYALTIES TO ACQUIRE 15% CARRIED NET PROFIT INTEREST IMMEDIATELY WEST OF CANADIAN MALARTIC MINE OPEN PIT
Val-d'Or, Québec, July 5th, 2018 – Abitibi Royalties Inc. (RZZ-TSX-V, ATBYF-OTC-Nasdaq Intl: "Abitibi Royalties" or the "Company") announces that it has entered into an agreement with a group of arm's length, third party sellers, in order to acquire a 15% carried net profit interest ("NPI") on the mineral claims located immediately west of the Canadian Malartic Mine open pit in Québec (Fig 1 & 2). The mineral claims are owned and operated by the Canadian Malartic Mine, a partnership between Agnico Eagle Mines ("Agnico Eagle") and Yamana Gold ("Yamana"). The purchase price paid by the Company totals CDN$400,000, which will be paid in cash and from treasury. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q3 2018.
The mineral claims contain the historic Radium Zone and the western portion of the CM West near pit target (Fig. 1). Agnico Eagle has stated that it is evaluating several opportunities (which have not been approved) at a number of operations to enhance its production profile in 2019 through 2022. The near pit targets around the Canadian Malartic open pit, were identified as one such opportunity. The Company believes the CM West area is included in the near pit targets being evaluated, in addition to the Company's existing net smelter royalties ("NSR") on other near pit targets including the Charlie Zone (2% NSR) and eastern portions of the Gouldie Zone (2% NSR), Barnat Extension/Barnat SouthWall Contact (3% NSR) and also the Sheehan Zone (3% NSR).
Information contained in this news release is based on public disclosures made by Agnico Eagle and Yamana and without independent verification.
About Abitibi Royalties
Abitibi Royalties holds a 3% NSR on portions of the Odyssey Project, East Malartic, Jeffrey Zone, eastern portions 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 is building a portfolio of royalties on early stage properties near producing mines. The Company has approximately CDN$44.1 million in cash and securities and is debt free.
For additional information, please contact:
Shanda Kilborn - Director, Corporate Development
2864 chemin Sullivan
Val-d’Or, Québec J9P 0B9
Forward Looking Statements:
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Fig. 1 Canadian Malartic Mine – Abitibi Royalties Holdings
Fig. 2 Abitibi Regional Map – Abitibi Royalties Holdings