|May 01, 2015|
Indico Enters Into Private Placement And Partnership With Aruntani S.A.C. For Development Of The Ocaña Project
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Vancouver, British Columbia - Indico Resources Ltd. ("Indico" or the "Company") (TSX-V: IDI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an interim agreement (the "Agreement") with Aruntani S.A.C. ("Aruntani") with respect to the development of the Ocaña Copper Project, located in the Arequipa region of Peru.
Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Indico and Aruntani have agreed to jointly develop the Ocaña project (the "Partnership"). Under the terms of the Partnership, Aruntani will own 70% of the Ocaña Project after completion of expenditures totaling US$18.6 Million, with Indico owning the remaining 30%. The Partnership will immediately work to develop the leachable copper resource at Ocaña with the aim of constructing a 25 Mtpa SX-EW plant. Immediate plans will include additional drilling to expand the leachable copper resources and conduct metallurgical testing to complete a PEA on the leachable copper project.
Robert Baxter, Indico's CEO and President, comments: "We are extremely pleased to have Aruntani agree to the terms of a partnership with Indico Resources to develop the Ocaña Cu-Au-Mo project. Aruntani is wholly-owned by long term Peruvian mining industry participant, Mr. Guido Del Castillo."
Mr. Del Castillo has more than 35 years' experience in open pit and underground mining operations and is a prominent and highly respected personality in Peruvian mining. He began his long and illustrious career in mineral engineering having graduated from the Escuela Nacional Ingenieros in Lima followed by graduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Del Castillo is currently President and CEO of Aruntani and President of MDH S.A.C. and Bradley-MDH S.A.C., a joint venture with Bradley Brothers of Rouyn-Noranda of Quebec, Canada.
The Agreement is intended to serve as a basis for the definitive agreement and the formation of the Partnership is subject to a number of customary conditions precedent, and the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and all other required regulatory, corporate and security holder approvals as may be required.
As part of the Agreement, Aruntani will acquire 40,000,000 units of Indico at a price of $0.075 per unit for gross proceeds of CAD$3 million. Each Unit will be comprised of a share and one-half of a warrant, each whole warrant being exercisable for an additional share at a price of $0.10 per share for a period of 24 months from closing (the "Private Placement"). Proceeds will be used to make property payments which were due to be paid on the 20th of April 2015. Pollitt and Co. of Toronto, Canada, will be paid an advisory fee in connection with the transaction. As a result of the Private Placement, Aruntani will own approximately 28.5% of the issued shares of Indico and approximately 37.5% presuming exercise of the Private Placement warrants.
The Agreement and the Private Placement are subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval as well as shareholder approval of the new insider and control person of the Company as a result of the Private Placement. The Company intends to obtain shareholder approval by way of consent resolution.
The Ocaña Property consists of 23 concessions covering 123 km2 and is located on the northwest extension of the Southern Peru Porphyry Copper Belt, a trend defined in part by the Toquepala, Quellaveco, Cuajone, and Cerro Verde Mines to the southeast. Most recent exploration of the belt has resulted in discovery of the Zafranal copper-porphyry deposit, located approximately 75 km to the southeast of the Ocaña Property. Indico has diamond-drilled a total of 9903 metres in 57 holes at Ocaña.
In July 2014, Indico announced the maiden independent resource estimate for the supergene portion of Ocaña. The Technical Report is available for review on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com under "Company Profiles - Indico Resources Ltd." and on the Company's website at www.indicoresources.com. Table 1 lists the estimated resources following Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM") classification definitions at the cut-off grade of 0.1% recoverable (acid and cyanide soluble) copper. The recoverable copper cut-off, using sequential copper leach analysis, is used because it reflects a more conservative estimate of economically extractable material.
Table 1. Ocaña Supergene Resources at 0.1% Recoverable Copper Cut-off
Highlights of the mineral resource estimate are:
As the mineralization remains open to the east, four additional long holes (400 metres each) and eleven additional short (100-150 metres) holes are currently planned to test the eastern limits of the hypogene and supergene mineralization, respectively; these will total about 3000 metres. One of the best supergene intercepts from the last drill programme is from this area: hole OCA13-27 with 31.5 metres of 0.70% total copper, and 0.63% recoverable copper.
Once the above drilling is complete, Indico intends to complete an updated supergene resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Assessment for a 15,000 - 25,000 tpd, heap-leach, SX/EW operation, producing copper cathode at site.
About Indico Resources Ltd.
Indico is a mineral resource exploration company focused in the discovery and exploration of porphyry copper-gold deposits in South America. The Ocaña Porphyry Project, located in the Arequipa Region of Peru, is the Company's primary exploration project and is currently the main focus of exploration activities.
John Drobe, P.Geo., Indico's Chief Operating Officer and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release. Mr. Drobe is not independent of the Company, as he is an officer.
On behalf of Indico Resources Ltd.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Baxter - President and Chief Executive Officer
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Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward looking information" within the meaning of the British Columbia Securities Act and the Alberta Securities Act. Specifically, there can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all. Generally, the words "expect", "intend", "estimate", "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking information. By their very nature, forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or that of our industry, to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of our forward looking information. Statements in this press release regarding Indico's business or proposed business, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking information that involve risks and uncertainties, such as estimates and statements that describe Indico's future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that Indico or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements address events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. All of the Company's Canadian public disclosure filings may be accessed via www.sedar.com and readers are urged to review these materials, including the technical reports filed with respect to the Company's mineral properties. The foregoing commentary is based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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