Latin Metals and Patagonia Gold Sign Definitive Option Agreement for Acquisition of Mina Angela Project, Chubut Province, Argentina
VANCOUVER, Sept. 15, 2020 - Latin Metals Inc. (“Latin Metals” or the “Company”) - (TSXV: LMS) (OTCQB: LMSQF) announces that it has entered into a definitive option agreement (“Agreement”) with Patagonia Gold Corp. (“Patagonia”) under the terms of which Patagonia are granted an irrevocable option (the “Option”) to acquire a 100% interest in the Mina Angela property (the “Property”), located in the Province of Chubut, Argentina.
On execution of the Agreement, Latin Metals received a cash payment of US$200,000 from Patagonia (aggregate US$340,000 to date). The Agreement outlines additional payments of US$750,000, with the next payment of US$250,000 being due on or before March 12, 2021 (Table 1).
Upon the exercise of the Option, Patagonia will be required to grant to Latin Metals a 1.25% net smelter returns royalty (“NSR Royalty”)1 on any future production from the Project.
Keith Henderson, Latin Metals’ President and CEO stated, “The agreement with Patagonia Gold and the decision to enter into the Option is consistent with Latin Metals’ strategy to joint venture core assets and where possible to monetize non-core assets like Mina Angela, while keeping a retained interest, which in this case is a 1.25% NSR Royalty on future production. We have a great deal of confidence that Patagonia’s management team can execute on this project and that the retained royalty interest has potential value to Latin Metals’ shareholders.”
Mr. Henderson continued, “Mina Angela is owned 100% by Latin Metals, is in a Province where mining activity is currently restricted, and the Company has never incurred exploration costs on the project. Aggregate cash payments of US$340,000 have been received from Patagonia to date, which helps the Company meet another key strategic objective of securing non-dilutive cash. These payments contribute to G&A costs as well as financing the acquisition of additional exploration projects throughout South America, such as the Lacsha and Auquis copper projects recently acquired in Peru.”
Table 1: Commercial Terms
|Schedule of Payments||Cash Payments||Royalty Payments||Cumulative Earned Interest|
|Within ten days from acceptance of the Offer Letter||US$40,000 (paid)||--||--|
|Additional Payment as consideration for extension of the due diligence period||US$50,000 (paid)||--||--|
|Advance on First Option Payment||US$50,000 (paid)||--||--|
|First Option Payment - Upon signing Definitive Option Agreement – September 12, 2020||US$200,000 (paid)||--||--|
|Second Option Payment - Upon exercise of the Option – by March 12, 2021||US$250,000||--||100%|
|Commencement of Production at the Project||--||1.25% NSR Royalty1||100%|
1. Patagonia can purchase 50% of the NSR Royalty (0.625%) from the Company at any time for US$1 million cash.
2. Within thirty (30) days from the lifting of the Chubut Province mining bans in such a manner that Patagonia thereafter has the ability to perform exploration and exploitation mining activities on the Property, irrespective of whether Patagonia has obtained the required permits for such exploration and mining activities or the actual performance of such activities.
About the Mina Angela Property
The Mina Angela property is situated in the Somuncura Massif of southern Argentina and is comprised of 44 individual claims located approximately 50 km east-southeast of Patagonia’s 100% owned Calcatreu gold project. The Navidad silver and base metal deposit is located 45 km further to the south-southeast of Mina Angela.
About Patagonia Gold
Patagonia Gold Corp. is a mining and development company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company seeks to grow shareholder value through exploration and development of gold and silver projects in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The Company is primarily focused on the Calcatreu project in Rio Negro and the development of the Cap-Oeste underground project. Patagonia, indirectly through its subsidiaries or under option agreements, has mineral rights to over 360 properties in several provinces of Argentina and Chile and is one of the largest landholders in the Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.
About Latin Metals
Latin Metals is a mineral exploration company with a diversified portfolio of gold and copper exploration assets in South America. The Company operates with an investor-focused Prospect Generator model, which brings potential advantages to shareholders such as exposure to multiple exploration projects reducing discovery risk. Most of the exploration expense could be borne by JV partners, potentially reducing dilution associated with funding ongoing exploration activities. The Company’s project portfolio brings exposure to multiple commodities, reducing the impact associated with commodity price cycles. In all future property agreements, the Company intends to retain a minority interest across the portfolio, providing shareholders with exposure to potential discovery upside.
Keith J. Henderson, P.Geo., is the Company's qualified person as defined by NI 43-101 and has reviewed the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for portions of this news release. He has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Henderson is not independent of the Company, as he is an employee of the Company and holds securities of the Company.
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities legislation, including the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation, statements regarding the signing, negotiation and commercial terms of the Definitive Agreement and exercise of the Option, the anticipated content, commencement, timing and cost of exploration programs in respect of Mina Angela and otherwise, anticipated exploration program results from exploration activities, and the Company's expectation that it will be able to operate as a Prospect Generator by entering into agreements to acquire interests in additional mineral properties and attracting joint venture partners to fund drilling and conduct advanced exploration on its properties, the discovery and delineation of mineral deposits/resources/reserves on Mina Angela, the anticipated results from exploration activities and the anticipated business plans and timing of future activities of the Company, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as: "believes", "will", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "may", "should", "potential", "scheduled", or variations of such words and phrases and similar expressions, which, by their nature, refer to future events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved. In making the forward-looking statements in this news release, the Company has applied several material assumptions, including without limitation, that it will be able to negotiate the Definitive Agreement and that it will obtain TSX-V acceptance for filing of thereof, market fundamentals will result in sustained precious metals demand and prices, the receipt of any necessary permits, licenses and regulatory approvals in connection with the future development of the Company’s Argentine projects in a timely manner, including the lifting of restrictions preventing the development of mining activities at Mina Angela, the availability of financing on suitable terms for the development, construction and continued operation of the Company's projects, and the Company’s ability to comply with environmental, health and safety laws.
Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and other factors include, among others, actual results of exploration activities, the fact that the Company's granting of the Option to Patagonia is an option only and there is no guarantee that the Option will be exercised by Patagonia or that Patagonia will be satisfied with the lifting of the mining restrictions in the Chubut Province such that it makes the final payment to the Company, the inability of the Company to operate as a Prospect Generator and enter into agreements to acquire interests in additional mineral properties and attract joint venture partners for the exploration and development of same, operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development and mine development activities at the Company's mineral properties, the fact that the Company's interests in certain of its mineral properties are only options and there is no guarantee that the interests, if earned, will be certain, requirements for additional capital, future prices of precious metals, copper-gold and lithium, changes in general economic conditions, changes in the financial markets and in the demand and market price for commodities, other risks of the mining industry, the inability to obtain any necessary governmental and regulatory approvals (including TSX-V acceptance for filing of the Definitive Agreement, any current or future property acquisitions or dispositions), financing or other planned activities, changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations, hedging practices and currency fluctuations, title disputes or claims limitations on insurance coverage and the timing and possible outcome of pending litigation, environmental issues and liabilities, risks related to joint venture operations, and risks related to the integration of acquisitions, as well as those factors discussed under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in the Company's most recent management's discussion and analysis and other filings of the Company with the Canadian Securities Authorities, copies of which can be found under the Company's profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.
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