EMX to Receive US$ 3 Million Milestone Payment for the Parks-Salyer Royalty Property in Arizona
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - October 4, 2022) - EMX Royalty Corporation (NYSE American: EMX) (TSXV: EMX) (FSE: 6E9) (the "Company" or "EMX") is pleased to announce that it will receive a US$3 million milestone payment from Arizona Sonoran Copper Company, Inc. (TSX: ASCU) ("ASCU") for the Parks-Salyer royalty property (the "Royalty Property") in Arizona. The Royalty Property was held under a lease arrangement by EMX's wholly owned subsidiary Bronco Creek Exploration Inc., and was transferred to ASCU via Assignment and Royalty Agreements (the "Agreements") executed earlier this year (see EMX news release dated February 10, 2022). EMX's Royalty Property covers 158 acres of ASCU's Parks-Salyer copper project. The milestone payment results from ASCU's maiden resource estimate for the Parks-Salyer project that exceeds thresholds for contained copper included within EMX's Royalty Property footprint. The Company also retains a 1.5% net smelter return ("NSR") royalty covering the Royalty Property.
EMX's Parks-Salyer Royalty Property provides an example of a significant pre-production payment to the Company resulting from its copper porphyry royalty generation program in Arizona. The Property's porphyry targets, which are concealed beneath post-mineral cover, were identified by EMX based upon structural geological assessments of historical exploration data. The open ground covering these targets was acquired by EMX at minimal cost. The 158 acres transferred to ASCU complemented the property position at its Parks-Salyer project, while providing EMX with pre-production payments and exploration, development, and royalty upside optionality at no additional cost to the Company.
Commercial Terms and Property Summary (all dollar amounts in USD). The Agreements provided for a one-time cash payment to EMX for the assignment of EMX's rights covering the Property, as well as the 1.5% NSR royalty interest (ASCU may buy back 1% of the royalty for $500,000), work commitments, annual advance royalty ("AAR") payments, and the $3 million milestone payment to EMX based upon declared resources totaling 200 million pounds or more of contained copper covered by EMX's Royalty Property. ASCU's (global) maiden resources for its Parks-Salyer project were disclosed in a news release dated September 28, 2022.
Parks-Salyer is located approximately five kilometers northwest of Casa Grande, Arizona and approximately 1.5 kilometers southwest of the historical Sacaton open pit copper mine. Sacaton was a porphyry copper-molybedenum mine operated by Asarco (1974-1984), and is now being advanced by ASCU as the PEA stage Cactus Project. The Parks-Salyer deposit lies beneath post-mineral gravels and represents a tilted, and fault-displaced portion of the Casa Grande-Santa Cruz porphyry system.
Qualified Person. Michael P. Sheehan, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
About EMX. EMX is a precious, base and battery metals royalty company. EMX's investors are provided with discovery, development, and commodity price optionality, while limiting exposure to risks inherent to operating companies. The Company's common shares are listed on the NYSE American Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol EMX, and also trade on the Frankfurt exchange under the symbol "6E9". Please see www.EMXroyalty.com for more information.
About Arizona Sonoran Copper Company. ASCU's objective is to become a mid-tier copper producer with low operating costs, develop the Cactus and Parks-Salyer Project that could generate robust returns for investors, and provide a long term sustainable and responsible operation for the community and all stakeholders. The Company's principal asset is a 100% interest in the Cactus Project (former ASARCO, Sacaton mine) and Parks-Salyer deposit which is situated on private land in an infrastructure-rich area of Arizona.
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