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American CuMo Mining Corporation (TSXV: MLY) is a Canadian-based mining company with two polymetallic properties in resource- rich Idaho. American CuMo is currently advancing its two U.S.A. projects—the world-class CuMo Project and its newly-acquired Calida Gold. Each project is managed by industry experts at Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation, the wholly-owned subsidiary of American CuMo.
The Company’s priority is establishing itself as a low-cost, top-tier molybdenum producer through the advancement of its pre-feasibility stage CuMo Project. The deposit, located near Boise, Idaho, has the potential to become one of the world’s largest and lowest-cost primary molybdenum mines. The project also ranks as one of the top 25 silver deposits in the world and hosts a large, easily recoverable copper resource.
The global market for molybdenum is experiencing strong fundamentals. Demand for the metal is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6 percent between 2017 and 2025 on robust demand for steel from substantial infrastructure initiatives across the globe.
American CuMo’s newly-acquired Calida Gold, located in eastern Idaho’s historic mining region, hosts significant gold, silver and copper mineralization. The property has been extensively explored for the past thirty years. Exploration has included drilling 29 holes in 1983 as well as thorough trenching and sampling. Additional drilling is slated to commence at the property in June 2017.
American CuMo Mining is led by a senior management team of mine development professionals and a technical team with more than 260 years of feasibility-level experience including metallurgy, mill and mine design, as well as environmental sustainability and permitting.
- Largest un-mined molybdenum deposit with significant copper and silver credits
- Potential lowest-cost primary producer in the world; ability to compete directly with by-product producers
- Located in politically stable, mining-friendly Idaho with well-established regional infrastructure
- Upside potential with only 60 percent of the deposit drilled to date
- Advancing towards a pre-feasibility study in Q1 2018 and a feasibility study in Q2 2020
- Newly acquired Calida Gold creates additional shareholder value
- Strong strategic, financial partnership for up to US$200 million combined investment in Idaho-based projects
Strategic Financial Partnership
American CuMo recently entered into a strategic financial relationship with Millennia Minerals Pte Ltd., a Singapore and Jakarta based private investment company focused on development stage natural resource projects around the world. Since June 2016, the firm has helped American CuMo arrange financing of approximately US$1.5 million. The agreement will see Millennia invest US$100 million into the CuMo Project and US$100 million into Calida Gold. An initial US$1 million payment was made by Millennia in March 2017.
CuMo Project – World’s Largest Un-Mined Molybdenum Deposit
American CuMo’s wholly-owned CuMo Project is located 35 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho at the southwestern end of the Idaho-Montana Porphyry Belt. The property consists of 184 contiguous mining lode claims covering an area of approximately 3,720 acres and 38 patented claims covering a total area of 740 acres, located in the historic Boise Basin mining district – an area in which gold was discovered in 1862 and exploration and mining has been taking place continuously since that time. The CuMo deposit is classified as a porphyry molybdenum-copper deposit. The vast size of the CuMo deposit gives the project an economic scale equivalent to or exceeding that of high-grade molybdenum deposits such as Henderson or Climax.
The region hosts excellent infrastructure including major road and rail network access, electric power, and water. Exploration and mining can be conducted year-round, due to its proximity to an established road network. The area is serviced by the Idaho Power Company and the nearest rail line is the Idaho Northern & Pacific line that runs through the town of Horseshoe Bend, near CuMo’s warehouse and its center for field operations. Equipment, supplies and services for exploration and mining development projects are available at Boise as well as a trained mining-industrial workforce.
CuMo Resource Estimate
Based on the data compiled from the 2005 – 2012 drill campaigns, a Measured, Indicated and Inferred resource estimate for the project was determined in the November 2015 independent NI 43-101 Technical Report (see table below).
Preliminary Economics: Potentially the world’s largest, lowest-cost moly mine
Stands among the top 5 most profitable mines.
The diversity of metals found at CuMo occurs in two distinct layers: the upper half of the CuMo deposit contains higher grades of silver and copper compared to molybdenum while the lower half is rich in molybdenum, with lower grades of silver and copper. The total recoverable value of both layers is what gives the CuMo Project such excellent economic potential. The copper value alone is expected to contribute from 25 percent to 30 percent of revenues, helping to reduce overall operations costs.
Ore-Sorting: Optimizing profitability through technology
American CuMo announced in January 2017 that the use of Ore-Sorting technology at the CuMo deposit has the potential to increase the value of direct processing feed by up to 270 percent. Ore-Sorting uses state-of-the-art x-ray technology to identify and separate rocks that contain processing grade minerals from those that do not.
Ore-Sorting technology may allow the CuMo Project to be mined at large tonnages (200K to 300K tpd) while requiring only smaller tonnages (50K to 100K tpd) to recover most of the metals—resulting in a significant increase to profitability and reductions in capital and operating costs. The company estimates this could lead to a CAPEX savings of between US$800 million and US$1 billion.
“The updated resource calculation and our most recent Preliminary Economic Assessment combined with these excellent Ore-Sorting results confirm again that CuMo is able to compete on a cost-to-produce basis with not only primary molybdenum producers, but also with copper projects producing molybdenum as a by-product,” said American CuMo President and CEO Shaun Dykes.
Ore-Sorting is the first of several optimizations in preparation for a Feasibility Study on the CuMo deposit. American CuMo plans to incorporate these results into an updated PEA, followed by a series of large bulk samples for feasibility-level metallurgical testing. The results of both the ore-sorting and metallurgical test work will then be used to complete a feasibility-level economic study.
Multi-Phase Mine Development Plan
American CuMo plans to begin feasibility-stage drilling in Q3 2017.
Environmental Permitting at Mid-Level Stage
The CuMo Project sits in the historically mined Grimes Creek Basin. The project area lacks any endangered species or plant life and is not located in a wilderness or pristine area, but a heavily disturbed and mildly contaminated area of historic mining and logging. Logging and mining activity over the past 100 years has contaminated the creek, according to the Idaho State Department of Environmental Quality.
North American project development is governed by three levels of increasingly stringent analyses to evaluate the environmental impacts of proposed projects. The CuMo Project and exploration team completed the Lower Level Categorical Exclusion (CE) in 2011 and have received the necessary Middle Level Environmental Assessment (EA) permits to proceed with advanced exploration and site analysis. American CuMo continues to gather the required scientific information to bring the project to the highest level Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Calida Gold: Substantial Gold, Copper and Silver Deposit
American CuMo’s newly-formed subsidiary, Poly Resources LLC, holds a 100-percent interest in Calida Gold. The 1,050-acre property is located approximately 24 miles south of Salmon, Idaho and consists of several historically producing mines. This production occurred along several separate shear zones with significant output of gold, silver and copper.
Extensive past exploration at Calida includes trenching, sampling as well as 29 drill holes completed in 1983. Highlights from those results are shown in the table below.
In 2009, this historical data was used to complete an independent (non NI-43 101 compliant) resource calculation for Calida Gold which included 8,059,304 tons grading 0.168 oz/t gold, 6.12 oz/t silver and 2.86 percent copper.
Ten mineralized veins hosting oxide and sulfide ore minerals have been identified to date, ranging in size from 1.5 meters to 30 meters in width and up to 4,267 meters in length. American CuMo has examined the data and determined a target area measuring 100 meters wide, 1,500 meters long and 500 meters deep that contains gold with copper-bearing mineralization.
Permitting for Calida Gold is underway as of April 2017. The company has contracted Timberline Drilling, Inc. of Idaho to perform an upcoming drill program scheduled to commence in June 2017, pending the necessary permits.
Shaun Dykes M.Sc. (Eng.), P.Geo – President and CEO
Shaun Dykes has 40 years of diverse experience in all aspects of exploration and mine development at varying stages of development from grass roots to full production. He has been involved in the evaluation, exploration and/or development of some of the world’s major mineral deposits.
Dr. John Moeller – Chairman of the Board
Dr. John Moeller has 40 years of diverse experience in providing environmental consulting and planning. Dr. Moeller managed water quality and hazardous materials programs during a nine-year tenure at Idaho DEQ. He co-founded a state and federal interagency task force to permit a $400 million open-pit molybdenum mine in the headwaters of Idaho’s Salmon River.
Trevor Burns—CFO, VP Corporate Communications and Director
Trevor Burns has 30 years of diverse experience in the financial markets. He is the President of Tiger Capital, a venture capital/investor relations firm with offices in Toronto, Singapore, and Beijing that manages a diverse and privately held investment portfolio.
Joseph Baird – Director
Joseph Baird has 35 years of diverse experience in providing environmental and mining legal counsel to a wide variety of New York Stock Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange and venture capital mineral companies. He provides the expertise required to navigate the permitting and environmental hurdles as well as develop contacts through the U.S. and Idaho.
Thomas Conway has 30 years of diverse experience mainly with Newmont mining in operations, general management, environmental affairs and risk management, including serving as Newmont’s Vice President and general manager of large scale projects/mines such as Carlin and Yanacocha.
Phil Bandy—Executive VP Operations, Idaho CuMo Mining Corp
Phil Bandy has 30 years of diverse experience in environmental and natural resources projects, including outreach and education, project and program management, regulation, and administration. Phil is knowledgeable of federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as state and local regulations as they apply to natural resource projects. Through his experiences as a regulator and elected official, Phil has honed his interpersonal communications, problem solving, and collaboration skills.
Noelle Laury—VP Public Relations & Corporate Communication, Idaho CuMo Mining Corp
Noelle Laury has 15 years of business development and public relations expertise in both the public and private sectors. She develops and executes strategic stakeholder engagement and communication programming. Noelle consulted as a public relations lead for Albertsons, Boise Cascade, Optum Idaho, Nelnet and POWER Engineers. Her longevity and leadership as the public affairs team lead of the CuMo Project has established and grown important stakeholder relationships that are critical to advancing the Idaho CuMo’s projects.
Lisa Anderson—VP of Government Relations, Idaho CuMo Mining Corp
Lisa Anderson has 20 years of experience as a seasoned political operative with expertise in identifying and shaping advocacy opportunities and strategies for both the Republican and Democratic party. She critically monitors the political state of play at the state, local and national level to leverage opportunities that engage officials with strategic initiatives. Throughout her career, she has maintained deep relationships with key Congressional offices, Administrative agencies, state and local elected officials, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and other relevant partners and stakeholders. For the past two years, Lisa has worked closely with Idaho CuMo and American CuMo management to develop and direct the Company’s strategic government relations program.
Joe Puccinelli—Project Manager, Senior Exploration Geologist, Idaho CuMo Mining Corp
Joe Puccinelli has 10 years of project geology expertise in the exploration, documentation and advancement of six major projects in the western United States. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences (Geology Emphasis) at Boise State University. In addition to his work as a project geologist, he is Co-founder of Terra Nostra Geologic and Environmental Services.
Willis Blakeslee—Project Geologist, Idaho CuMo Mining Corp
Willis Blakeslee has 10 years of experience as an exploration geologist on copper porphyry deposits in Arizona at the Pinto Valley mine, epithermal gold deposits in Sonora, Mexico, the CuMo project since 2012, for ‘Gold Hill’ in the Boise Basin exploring more epithermal gold deposits around Quartzburg and up in the Silver Valley from 2013-2015, and for Otis Gold doing more gold exploration in Eastern Idaho since 2015. He has been instrumental in achieving milestones on the CuMo Project since 2012.