Cirrus to Consolidate the Lordsburg Property in New Mexico from Waterton Global Resource Management and Hudbay Minerals and Announces Private Placement and Management Changes
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 13, 2022) - Cirrus Gold Corp. (CSE: CI) ("Cirrus" or the "Company") announces that it has entered into a binding letter agreement (the "Letter Agreement") with Pyramid Peak Mining, LLC. ("PPM"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP ("Waterton"), and Mason Resources (US) Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hudbay Minerals Inc. ("Hudbay", and collectively with PPM, the "Vendors"), whereby Cirrus would consolidate adjacent mineral property interests, located in the State of New Mexico (collectively the "Lordsburg Property") from the Vendors for a combination of cash and Cirrus common shares (the "Proposed Transaction").
At the completion of the Proposed Transaction, the board of directors of Cirrus (the “Board”) is expected to consist of five directors being Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse as Chairman, Daniel Schieber, James Walchuck, Curt Freeman and Stuart Ross. Management is expected to consist of Daniel Schieber as Chief Executive Officer and Blaine Bailey as Chief Financial Officer.
Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse (Proposed Chairman) comments: "Finalizing this agreement with Waterton and Hudbay is a huge milestone for Cirrus. This deal consolidates an entire past producing high grade porphyry copper district located in a safe, mining friendly jurisdiction with excellent infrastructure. We are all thrilled about this agreement because we believe there is no better place to explore for and develop a high-quality copper-gold-silver project. Plans are already underway to complete district-wide 3D IP and Magnetotelluric surveys to identify large-scale porphyry and skarn related targets with plans to drill later this year."
The Lordsburg property is located approximately 5 miles south of the town of Lordsburg in southwestern New Mexico. The area has abundant infrastructure including interstate, rail, and multiple power plants located nearby. The Lordsburg property represents multiple high quality, district scale porphyry related copper-gold-silver targets located immediately adjacent to excellent infrastructure on private patented mining claims and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. Freeport, BHP and Rio Tinto all have adjacent claim blocks. Targets include classic porphyry and skarn hosted copper-gold-silver mineralization and high-grade copper-gold-silver veins.
Historic mining focussed on the high-grade copper-gold-silver veins, most notably with higher copper grades mined from the Bonney and Misers Chest areas with grades ranging from 3-9% Cu (see Figure 1). Historical underground drilling intersected several high-grade zones particularly in the Bonney and Misers Chest areas (Table 1). However, deeper-seated porphyry and skarn targets were never tested except for a small portion of the BB claims where previous owner Entrée Gold drilled eight holes that intersected low grade copper and gold mineralization over significant widths (see Figure 1 and Table 2) indicating that the potential for more disseminated, bulk mineable targets exist. Of note are holes EG-L-09-012 and EG-L-08-02, both of which demonstrate improving grades with depth and yet still relatively shallow for a porphyry system. Furthermore, district scale magnetic surveys along with Aster/Hyperspectral and geologic mapping indicate that multiple deep-seated porphyry and skarn deposits remain completely untested. The Company plans to undertake district scale 3D IP and Magnetotelluric surveys to further identify high quality porphyry, skarn, and vein targets with drilling expected to take place later this year.
The Lordsburg district sits at the intersection of two major regional structural trends - the northwest trending Texas Lineament and the northeast trending Santa Rita Lineament (see Figure 2). Along the Santa Rita lineament there are two major porphyry districts operated by Freeport - the Tyrone Mine approximately 70 kilometers (45 mile) to the northeast and the Santa Rita-Chino Mine Complex ~100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Lordsburg and on the other side of the Burrow Uplift. The Santa Rita-Chino complex has mined over a billion tonnes of skarn and porphyry copper related copper ore. Along the northwest Texas Lineament are several groups of historic and active copper mines including: the Chino-Santa Rita-Tyrone cluster; the Morenci-Safford-Sanchez cluster; and the Miami-Superior-Resolution Cluster. Of particular interest is the Resolution project owned jointly by Rio Tinto and BHP. The regional geologic setting (graben structure filled with Mesozoic volcanics and sediments) and relationship of the porphyry center at the Resolution deposit (1.9 billion tonnes grading 1.5% copper1) to historic high-grade copper veins is very similar to the geologic setting of the Lordsburg district. The Company's objective is to find a high-quality porphyry and skarn system similar to the Santa Rita-Chino or Resolution systems. Management believes that it is in the right geologic setting and neighborhood.
Figure 1. Lordsburg location map in southwestern New Mexico
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Table 1. Historical drilling on the Lordsburg property
|Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Cu%||Ag (ppm)||Au (ppm)||Pb%||Zn%|
Table 2. Entrée Gold drill results (2008-2009), Lordsburg Project
|EG-L-08-002||156.0 - 466.0||310.0||0.14||0.08||0.19|
|Including||182.0 - 211.3||29.3||0.21||0.12||0.28|
|Including||240.0 - 254.0||14.0||0.33||0.26||0.49|
|EG-L-08-005||0.0 - 134.0||134.0||0.13||0.12||0.20|
|EG-L-08-006||11.2 - 130.0||118.8||0.20||0.20||0.32|
|EG-L-08-007||6.0 - 152.0||146.0||0.13||0.16||0.23|
|EG-L-08-008||280.0 - 332.0||52.0||0.18||0.05||0.21|
|EG-L-09-010A||34.0 - 84.0||50.0||0.18||0.21||0.31|
|And||216.0 - 256.0||40.0||0.15||0.13||0.23|
|EG-L-09-011||28.0 - 66.0||38.0||0.15||0.20||0.27|
|EG-L-08-012||96.0 - 252.0||156.0||0.19||0.12||0.26|
|Including||118.0 - 212.0||94.0||0.25||0.15||0.34|
|Including||152.0 - 212.0||60.0||0.31||0.21||0.44|
* Copper Equivalent (CuEq) has been calculated using assumed metal prices (US$3.00/pound for copper and US$1,250/ounce for gold) and no metallurgical factor.
Figure 2. Lordsburg Location map in southwestern New Mexico showing Texas Lineament and Santa Ria Lineament and large porphyry copper districts along regional trends
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The Letter Agreement sets out the principal terms and conditions upon which Cirrus will acquire the Lordsburg Property from the Vendors, in consideration for Cirrus common shares, cash and NSR royalties as described below. On the closing of the Proposed Transaction (the "Closing") Cirrus would pay to Hudbay, or its designee, the greater of 9,860,000 (pre-Consolidation) common shares of Cirrus ("Cirrus Shares") and 12% of the pro forma capitalization of Cirrus following the Concurrent Equity Offering (as described below); and to PPM or its designee, the greater of (i) 18,000,000 (pre-Consolidation) Cirrus Shares and (ii) 19.99% of the pro forma capitalization of Cirrus following the Concurrent Equity Offering, plus CAD$500,000 in cash.
In connection with the completion of the Proposed Transaction, Cirrus will consolidate its outstanding Cirrus Shares (the "Consolidation") on the basis of two (2) pre-Consolidation common shares for each one (1) post-Consolidation common share (the "Post-Consolidation Shares") (subject to corporate and regulatory approval). As at the date hereof, Cirrus has 14,375,000 common shares outstanding. Immediately upon completion of the Consolidation, it is anticipated that Cirrus will have 7,187,500 Post-Consolidation Shares issued and outstanding (excluding the Cirrus Shares to be issued pursuant to the Concurrent Equity Offering).
At Closing, Cirrus will also enter into royalty agreements with the Vendors, under which Cirrus will grant Net Smelter Return Royalties (the "Royalties") on the Lordsburg Property as follows:
- on the lands purchased from PPM (except for certain excluded claims subject to pre-existing royalties), a 2% NSR will be payable, with PPM to receive a 1.5% NSR and Hudbay 0.5%. Each of these will be subject to a buyback provision whereby half of each royalty (0.75% and 0.25% respectively) can be purchased by Cirrus for $5,000,000 ($3,750,000 to PPM and $1,250,000 to Hudbay);
- on the lands purchased from Hudbay, a 2% NSR will be payable, with Hudbay to receive a 1.5% NSR and PPM 0.5%. Each of these will be subject to a buyback provision whereby half of each royalty (0.75% and 0.25% respectively) can be purchased by Cirrus for $5,000,000 ($3,750,000 to Hudbay and $1,250,000 to PPM); and
- In each case, the buyback right will be exercisable until the earlier of 10 years from Closing or the commencement of commercial production on the Lordsburg Property.
In addition to the consideration paid at the Closing as described above, Cirrus will make the following time-dependent payments (the "Milestone Payments") to PPM:
- the first Milestone Payment due 12 months from Closing (CAD$500,000 cash and $500,000 in Post-Consolidation Shares);
- the second Milestone Payment due 24 months from Closing (CAD$750,000 cash and $750,000 in Post-Consolidation Shares); and
- the final Milestone Payment due 36 months from Closing (CAD$1,250,000 in cash and $1,250,000 in Post-Consolidation Shares).
Each of the above share issuances is to be calculated using the 20-day volume-weighted average price as at the issuance date, and if any such share issuance, or portion thereof, would result in PPM owning more than 19.99% of the issued and outstanding shares of Cirrus, Cirrus will be required to pay such amount to PPM in cash.
Concurrent Equity Offering
Cirrus intends to complete a best efforts private placement at a price of $0.50 per Post-Consolidation Share, for gross proceeds of $10,000,000 (the "Concurrent Equity Offering"), in order to finance Cirrus' proposed exploration activities on the Lordsburg Property and for general administrative and working capital.
The Letter Agreement is to form the basis from which the Parties will negotiate and enter into a Definitive Agreement for the Proposed Transaction (the "Definitive Agreement"). It is anticipated that the Definitive Agreement will contain standard representations, warranties, covenants and closing conditions for a transaction of this nature. While the Letter Agreement governs the relationship between the parties, there can be no assurance that a definitive agreement will be completed or entered into amongst the parties.
It is currently expected that the Proposed Transaction would be regarded by the Canadian Securities Exchange (the "CSE"), on which the Cirrus Shares are listed, as a "Fundamental Change" under CSE Policies. As a result, Closing will be subject to the approval of the CSE and all related filing, disclosure and other requirements (including shareholder approval, if applicable).
Directors and Officers
At the completion of the Proposed Transaction, the Board is expected to consist of five directors being Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse as Chairman, Daniel Schieber, James Walchuck, Curt Freeman and Stuart Ross. Management is expected to consist of Daniel Schieber as Chief Executive Officer and Blaine Bailey as Chief Financial Officer. Until such time that each of the Vendors cease to hold more than 10% of the outstanding Post-Consolidation Shares, or three years following the Closing, whichever is later, PPM and Hudbay will each have the right to nominate one director nominee to the Board.
1. See Rio Tinto Annual Report on Production, Reserves and Operations dated 2020 and https://www.resolutioncopper.com/about-us.html
James Walchuk, a director of Cirrus and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has read and approved all technical and scientific information contained in this news release.
About the Company
Cirrus is engaged in the business of mineral exploration and the acquisition of mineral property assets in Canada. Its objective is to locate and develop economic precious and base metal properties of merit and to conduct its exploration program on the Chuchi South Property. The Chuchi South Property consists of thirteen mineral claims covering an area of 3,118.7 hectares located approximately 185 km northwest of the City of Prince George, within the Omineca Mining Division, British Columbia.
For more information, please refer to the Company's prospectus dated July 7, 2021, available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release includes certain "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information involves risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward-looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to: the structure, terms and conditions of the Proposed Transaction; the Concurrent Equity Offering; the Milestone Payments; the Royalties; the proposed slate of directors to be appointed to the Board; the Company's objectives, goals or future plans; the requisite approvals with respect to the Proposed Transaction; and the business, operations, management and capitalization of Cirrus following closing. Forward-looking information is necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; delay or failure to receive Board, shareholder or regulatory approvals; those additional risks set out in Cirrus' public documents filed on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com; and other matters discussed in this news release. Accordingly, the forward-looking information discussed in this release, including the completion of the Proposed Transaction and Concurrent Equity Offering, may not occur and could differ materially as a result of these known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Cirrus. Although Cirrus believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on this information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except where required by law, Cirrus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Completion of the Proposed Transaction and Concurrent Equity Offering is subject to a number of conditions, including but not limited to CSE acceptance. The Proposed Transaction and Concurrent Equity Offering cannot close until these conditions are satisfied or, if applicable, waived. There can be no assurance that the Proposed Transaction and Concurrent Equity Offering will be completed as proposed or at all. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the listing statement or other disclosure document to be prepared in connection with the Proposed Transaction and Concurrent Equity Offering, any information released or received with respect to the Proposed Transaction and Concurrent Equity Offering may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of Cirrus should be considered highly speculative.
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