KARMIN ENGAGES FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO REVIEW STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES
TORONTO, Ontario, April 5, 2018 – Karmin Exploration Inc. (“Karmin” or the “Company”) (TSXV and the Lima Stock Exchange: KAR) is pleased to announce the Company is undertaking a review of strategic alternatives with respect to its 30% carried interest in the Aripuanã Zinc Lead Copper Silver Project (“Aripuanã” or the “Project”). The range of strategic alternatives under consideration will include financing alternatives for its participation in the development of Aripuanã or such other value enhancing alternatives as a corporate sale or the sale of all or a material portion of Karmin’s assets. In connection with its strategic review the Company has engaged CIBC World Markets Inc. (“CIBC”) to act as its exclusive financial advisor.
Karmin has a 30% carried interest in Aripuanã and is not required to contribute to the Project costs until one year after the completion of a feasibility study and notification from Nexa Resources S.A. (“Nexa”) that the development of Aripuanã will proceed. SNC Lavalin has been contracted to develop a feasibility study, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018. Nexa directly and indirectly owns approximately 70% of Aripuanã.
Recent progress at Aripuanã includes;
2017 expenditures by Nexa totalling US$12.2 million with;
US$5.7 million spent on approximately 26,600 metres of infill drilling plus 2,371 metres of exploration drilling in surrounding areas and
US$6.5 million on engineering, environmental and geo-mechanical studies.
Karmin understands that an update to the mineral resource dated December 23, 2016 is expected in the second quarter of 2018.
Additional engineering work has been completed by Worley Parsons and other engineering firms supporting the capital cost estimate and optimizing the mine plan presented in the Preliminary Economic Evaluation (“PEA”) dated July 31, 2017 all as further outlined in Karmin’s press release dated September 28, 2017. The PEA detailed the development of a 5,000 tonne per day mining operation with a mine life of 24 years based, in part, on inferred resources producing approximately;
2.3 billion lbs. payable zinc
1.0 billion lbs. payable lead
223,000,000 lbs. payable copper
23,600,000 oz. payable silver and
529,000 oz. payable gold.
Estimated 2018 expenditures to advance Aripuanã total US$25.5 million and include;
Exploration; US$5.5 million and
Capital expenditures; US$20 million.
Aripuanã is owned by Mineração Dardanelos Ltda., a joint venture between Nexa (which holds a 63.3% interest), Compañía Minera Milpo S.A.A., a subsidiary of Nexa (which holds a 7.7% interest) and Mineração Rio Aripuanã Ltda., a subsidiary of Karmin (which holds the remaining 30%). Aripuanã is an underground polymetallic project containing zinc, lead and copper, with an anticipated mine life of 24 years and a projected start date in 2020. As set out in the PEA, the estimated aggregate capital expenditure required for the Project is US$354.3 million. It is currently estimated that Aripuanã, if and when it is fully developed and begins operation, could produce an annual average of approximately 51.0 thousand tonnes of zinc in concentrate, 20.0 thousand tonnes of lead in concentrate, 4.0 thousand tonnes of copper in concentrate, 1.0 million ounces of silver and 25.0 thousand ounces of gold over a 24-year life of mine.
Aripuanã is located in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, exhibiting characteristics of a Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide, or VMS, deposit similar to those found at Cerro Lindo. The PEA disclosed the details of the possible development of an operation with 5,000 tpd ore mining and processing capacity. The environmental impact study for the Project has been submitted to the SEMA/MT and is expected to be in its approval phase by the second quarter of 2018. Nexa has a strong track record of mine development and expansion in Peru and Brazil including the modular expansion of Cerro Lindo’s processing capacity from an original 5,000 tonnes per day to the current capacity of 21,000 tonnes per day.
Mineral exploration activities continue to identify mineralized deposits in Aripuanã. The results from these activities indicate there is the potential to increase the mineral resources in the Project, supporting continued investment in mineral exploration activities in Aripuanã. In particular, the large resource base in the Project indicates the potential for a long mine life of up to 24 years. Exploration has identified the potential for incremental resource expansion at Arex, Link, Ambrex and Babaçu. In order to execute this expansion, a 26,600 meter infill drill program was completed in 2017 focused on resource growth and 2,371 meters of exploration drilling was completed in surrounding areas. Geological mapping and preliminary exploration activities have helped identify additional, potentially mineralized bodies at Massaranduba, Boroca, Mocoto and Arpa.
The common shares of Karmin are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the Lima Stock Exchange and trade in both markets under the symbol “KAR”. The principal business of Karmin is to acquire, explore and develop resource properties.
For further information please contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (416) 367-0369
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (519) 337-5302