Stellar Africa Gold Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Altus Strategies' Cote D'Ivoire Gold Assets
Vancouver - TheNewswire - September 16, 2020, John Cumming, President and CEO of Stellar AfricaGold Inc., (TSXV:SPX) ("Stellar" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the signing of a definitive agreement with Altus Strategies PLC (TSX-V:ALTS) ("Altus") to buy 100% interest of Aeos Resources Ltd ("Aeos"), a wholly owned Seychelles incorporated subsidiary of Altus. Aeos owns 100% of Aucrest SARL, an Ivoirian subsidiary that owns the Prikro Exploration Licence and the pending Zenoula Exploration Licence both totalling 770 km2 in Cote d'Ivoire.
The Prikro Exploration licence is a 369.5 km2 exploration licence in the Prikro and Koun-Fao Departments in eastern Cote d'Ivoire, approximately 240 km northeast of Abidjan. The project is located 40km north-west of the town of Agnibilekrou and 25km west of the town of Koun-Fao, both of which can be accessed by asphalt roads from Abidjan. The licence was selected due to the presence of historically reported gold occurrences, prospective geology, and the existence of artisanal workings in the surrounding areas including along strike of a major NE-SW trending shear zone which is interpreted to traverse the licence area. Birimian-age greenstone rocks reportedly crop out extensively across the Prikro licence and represent Paleoproterozoic volcano-sedimentary units, with associated granite to diorite intrusions, which are the dominant host setting for gold deposits across West Africa.
The Zenoula project is a 400km2 licence (application pending) in the Marahoue Department in central Cote d'Ivoire, approximately 300km north of Abidjan. The Zenoula Exploration licence application straddles the same NE/SW major structure that host the Abujar and Tietto minerals deposits. The project is located 100km north-west of the city of Yamoussoukro, the capital of Cote d'Ivoire, which can be accessed by asphalt roads from Abidjan. Zenoula is targeting a 22 km long ENE trending structure, interpreted by historic air magnetic data. Geologically, the project reportedly comprises metasediments, metabasalts and syntectonic granitoid intrusions.
Maurice Giroux, Vice-President Exploration and COO quote: "This acquisition is a very important milestone for Stellar at this particular time of assembling a substantial portfolio of gold exploration properties in stable jurisdictions! The Prikro licence in Eastern Cote d'Ivoire is particularly attractive being located within a large Birimian volcano-sedimentary and greenstone belt that extends eastwards into Ghana and strikes northwest into Burkina Faso. The Eastern portion of that NS trending belt is the most prolific gold belt in Ghana and in Burkina Faso. Within Cote d'Ivoire, the belt is under explored compared to its Ghanian counterpart that hosts at least 14 of the major gold deposits with two of those deposits, the Obuasi/ Anglo-Ashanti and the Iduapriem also Anglo-Ashanti, being amongst the largest in the world. The western limb of that belt extends northwards into Burkina Faso where six significant gold deposits are reported within the volcano-sedimentary environment. (Note to reader: References and comparisons to regional deposits are for deposit model comparison purposes only.)
The consideration for the acquisition will be 2,500,000 units of Stellar, each unit consisting of one common share and one share purchase warrant exercisable for two years at C$0.07 per share.
Additional Milestone Payments
Contingent upon reaching exploration milestones on each permit Stellar will issue additional shares equal to US$250,000 in value: a) upon completion of a NI43-101 resource estimate of not less than 500,000 ounces of gold with not less than 250,000 ounces in the Inferred category, and b) upon completion of a definitive feasibility study.
Royalty and Buy-back
Altus will retain a 2.5% Net Smelter Return ("NSR") royalty on each permit. Stellar may repurchase up to 1.0% of each NSR for US$500,000 for each 0.5%.
The Agreement is subject to required regulatory approvals on behalf of both parties.
Although Covid-19 international travel restrictions have impeded foreign acquisitions and exploration activity for many international companies, Stellar is fortunate to have access to qualified and experienced African professionals to manage the legal and technical requirements of this acquisition. The acquisition and technical teams in Africa will be directly managed by Stellar's Moroccan director Yassine Belkabir, managing director of African Bureau of Mining Consultants and a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.
ABOUT STELLAR AFRICAGOLD INC.
Stellar AfricaGold Inc. is a Canadian gold company with head office in Vancouver, BC and technical office in Montreal, QC. Stellar President John Cumming can be contacted at 604-618-4262 or by email at email@example.com.
The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Yassine Belkabir, MScDIC, CEng, MIMMM, a Stellar director and a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.
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