Strickland Metals Limited consolidates Horse Well Project to 100% ownership

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Strickland consolidates major advanced gold project. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay)

Strickland Metals Limited (ASX:STK) (Strickland or the Company) is pleased to announce Silver Lake Resources Limited (Silver Lake) (ASX:SLR) has accepted the Company’s binding offer for the purchase of its 37% interest in the Horse Well Joint Venture for total cash consideration of AUD1,750,000 (Transaction). As a consequence of the Transaction, Strickland will become the 100% owner of the Horse Well tenement package.

Horse Well Background

The Horse Well Gold Project is an advanced gold exploration project previously operated under a joint venture agreement with Silver Lake (Horse Well Joint Venture). It comprises 1,000km2 of highly prospective terrain covering the Yandal/Millrose Greenstone Belt in the north-eastern Western Australia Goldfields.

It has a current JORC Inferred Mineral Resource of 5.7 Mt @ 1.4 g/t Au for 257,000 ounces (>0.5 g/t Au) at the more advanced Horse and Dusk til Dawn Prospects (Table 1). The project lies approximately 30km to the east of Northern Star Resources Limited’s Jundee operation.

The project covers at least a 50km strike length of the regionally significant Celia Shear Zone and has a strong demonstrated gold endowment with numerous exploration targets requiring additional programs of work.

During the period 2013-2019, significant exploration funding was allocated to Horse Well, including over 75,000m of aircore drilling and 10,000m of RC drilling. Substantial progress was made in developing a stronger understanding of the project, however due to funding constraints, minimal work has been conducted since 2019.

Key Terms of the Transaction

As consideration for acquiring Silver Lake’s 37% interest in the Horse Well Joint Venture, Strickland will provide AUD1,750,000 on completion in cash in immediately available funds (Consideration). The Company has paid a non-refundable deposit of AUD$20,000 (Deposit). The Deposit will be deducted from the Consideration at completion.

Completion of the Transaction is subject to the following conditions:

  • Completion of the Company’s existing pro-rata right Issue, as announced to ASX on 12 April 2021;
  • The parties entering into a termination deed, terminating the Horse Well Joint Venture; and
  • Each party obtaining any such approvals as may be required to give effect to the transaction or as may be required by law, the ASX Listing Rules, the terms of any statutory licence, regulatory body or constitution or other arrangement.

On completion, the Horse Well Joint Venture will be terminated.

The parties have agreed to enter into and execute a more detailed Sale and Purchase Agreement on the terms and conditions stated above in this announcement.

Both parties expect the Transaction to be completed within 60 days of Silver Lake’s acceptance of the Company’s offer.

PCF Capital advised the Company on the Transaction.

Management Comment

Andrew Bray, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are tremendously excited to have secured a pathway towards 100% ownership in Horse Well. In our view, it represents a very substantial gold system, particularly around the major Big Daddy Prospect and untested granite intrusives where we have some new concepts to apply. We are looking forward to commencing exploration as soon as possible.

Since the new management and board were appointed, one of our key focuses has been on evaluating Horse Well and designing exploration programs for the coming periods. Going forward, Horse Well will be the Company’s flagship project, and we’re particularly excited to begin drilling. There are a number of, in our opinion, ‘walk up’ targets which we plan to test as soon as possible, as well major structures and systems which will be subject to more systematic work.

Upon conclusion of this geological review work, the Company will provide a further update on its specific exploration program and strategy.”

This ASX announcement was approved and authorised for release by the Chairman of the Company.

Source: Company Press Release