Valor Resources

Valor Secures Earn-In Agreement With Barrick At Charaque Project

Barrick to fund exploration at Charaque Project in Peru

Valor Resources Limited (Valor) or (the Company) (ASX: VAL) is pleased to advise that it has entered into a binding Earn-in agreement (Earn-in Agreement) with leading global gold and copper producer Barrick Gold Corporation (Barrick) covering Valor’s Charaque Project in Peru.


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Valor has executed an Earn-in Agreement with leading global gold and copper producer Barrick Gold Corporation covering its Charaque Project in Peru.
  • Under the agreement, Barrick has been granted a 5-year option to acquire a 70% interest in the property for cash payments totalling US$800,000 and US$3 million of exploration expenditure.
  • During the first two years, Barrick guarantees a minimum exploration expenditure of US$500,000.
  • Once it has acquired a 70% interest, Barrick can earn an additional 10% by exercising a second option with a US$1 million cash payment and the delivery of a sole-funded pre-feasibility study, taking its interest to 80%.
  • The agreement secures the involvement of a sector-leading gold and copper producer and explorer to advance the exploration of the Charaque Project, allowing Valor to focus on the upcoming drilling of multiple advanced large-scale copper targets at its flagship Picha Project.

Figure 1: Charaque Project location relative to Valor’s flagship Picha Copper Project in Peru

The Charaque Project is located 30km north-east of Valor’s flagship Picha Copper Project and comprises eight claims covering an area of around 6,000 hectares (60km2).

Valor acquired the Charaque Project 12 months ago given its highly prospective geology and strategic location in the midst of an active exploration area where a number of major mining companies including Barrick, Teck (NYSE: TECK) and Fresnillo (LSE: FRES) all have significant landholdings.

Since acquiring the Charaque Project, Valor has completed ground reconnaissance exploration work and recently commenced an extensive soil sampling program across the entire Charaque Project area.

The agreement with Barrick secures the involvement of one of the world’s leading gold and copper producers and explorers to fund exploration at Charaque, with the agreement including cash option payments to Valor.

Valor Executive Chairman, Mr George Bauk, said: “This is a very exciting outcome for Valor, with the participation of a leading global miner such as Barrick in the Charaque exploration program demonstrating the enormous discovery potential in this district.

“Barrickalready holds land in the area, including tenements immediately adjacent to Charaque, and we look forward to them bringing their significant expertise to lead the exploration program while Valor retains strong, free-carried exposure to any discoveries.

“Barrick’sinvolvementin the ongoing exploration of the Charaque Project will enable Valor to focus our efforts on advancing our flagship Picha Copper Project, where we expect to commence an inaugural drilling program in the September 2023 Quarter.

“This part of Peru has become a very active exploration hotspot, with several major deposits including the San Gabriel and Berenguela polymetallic deposits. The 7.6Moz gold equivalent San Gabriel Gold- Copper Project – which lies just 7km south-east of Picha within the same mineralised corridor – is currently under development, with first production targeted for 2025.”

Figure 2 – Picha and Charaque Project locations showing other major landholders in the district (Barrick landholding in orange).

EARN-IN Agreement Terms

Under the terms of the Earn-in Agreement, Barrick will be granted a 5-year option providing the right to acquire a 70% interest in the Charaque Project for cash payments totalling US$800,000, and exploration spending incurred of US$3,000,000 as follows:

  • Barrick will make an upfront cash payment of US$200,000 upon granting of the option.
  • Barrick will make payments of US$100,000 on each of the first, second, third and fourth anniversary dates (totalling US$400,000).
  • To complete the 70% Earn-in interest, Barrick will make a payment of US$200,000.
  • To exercise the option, Barrick must incur exploration spending of a minimum of US$3,000,000. During the first two years, Barrick guarantees a minimum expenditure of US$500,000.
  • Barrick may earn an additional 10% interest (totalling 80%) by exercising a second option with a US$1,000,000 cash payment and sole fund all costs and deliver to Valor Resources a Pre-Feasibility Study.

Charaque Project – background

The Charaque Project is located 30km north-east of Valor’s flagship Picha Copper Project and comprises eight claims covering an area of around 6,000 hectares (60km2).

The area around Charaque is an active exploration area with major mining companies such as Barrick, Teck (NYSE: TECK) and Fresnillo (LSE: FRES) all having significant land-holdings around the project area.

The Charaque Project was acquired by Valor in April 2022 (see ASX announcement dated 27th April 2022 titled “Valor secures additional concessions in highly prospective Gold-Copper-Silver region in Peru”).


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