Toronto, Canada, March 30, 2017 – Eloro Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ELO; FSE: P2Q; “Eloro”) is pleased to announce it has signed a Definitive Option and Joint Venture Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Cott Oil and Gas Limited (“Cott”)(ASX: CMT), granting Cott an option to acquire up to a 25% interest in Eloro’s wholly-owned La Victoria Gold Silver Project (“La Victoria” or the “Property”), by completing up to C$5 million in expenditures by July 31, 2018, the details of which were announced by Eloro on March 3, 2017. The Property covers approximately 80.4 square kilometres and is held by a Peruvian-based Eloro subsidiary and is located in Pallasca Province, Ancash Department, in the prolific North-Central Mineral Belt of Peru.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Cott can earn an initial 10% interest in the Property by expending C$2 million (exclusive of all applicable taxes) by or before October 30, 2017 (“Stage 1 Earn-in Period”), and a further 15% interest (“Stage 2 Earn-in Period”) by expending an additional C$3 million (exclusive of all applicable taxes) by or before July 31, 2018. At the end of either the Stage 1 Earn-in Period or the Stage 2 Earn-in Period, a joint venture would be formed between Eloro and Cott on the basis of their respective interest in La Victoria on the typical terms for a joint venture, with Eloro being the operator and the typical dilution provisions.
Pursuant to the Agreement, Cott would grant Eloro a right of first refusal (“RFR”) pursuant to which Cott would be obliged to give Eloro at least 60 days prior written notice of any proposed sale of any interest in the Property to a third party and Eloro would have the right to exercise its RFR within 30 days of receipt of such notice from Cott by matching the third party offer. Additionally, should Eloro propose to sell all or a majority of its interest in the Property to a third party, Eloro must first consult with Cott about the identity of the third party and the proposed terms of sale. If Eloro proceeds with the sale, Cott will be obliged to sell its interest to the third party on a pro rata basis in accordance with the terms of Eloro’s sale to the third party.
The Definitive Agreement is subject to, in the case of Cott, the approval of the ASX Limited and if applicable, the shareholders of Cott.
About Eloro Resources Ltd.
Eloro is an exploration and mine development company which holds a 100% undivided interest in the La Victoria Gold/Silver Project, located in the prolific North-Central Mineral Belt of Peru. The La Victoria Gold/Silver Project covers 80.4 square kilometers and is within 50 km of several large, low-cost producing gold mines, with three producers visible from the property. Infrastructure in the area is good with access to road, water, and electricity and is located at an altitude that ranges from 3,100m to 4,200m above sea level. Eloro also holds a portfolio of gold and base-metal properties in northern and western Quebec.
About Cott Oil and Gas Limited
Cott is an ASX publicly-listed company that sold its oil and gas interests in late 2016 and has since been looking to diversify into the mineral resource sector. The Chairman of Cott, Mr. Stephen Dennis, has been actively involved in the mining industry for over 30 years and is also Chairman of several listed resource companies in Australia. Mr. Dennis was for 8 years, up to 2015, Managing Director and CEO of CBH Resources Limited, a significant producer of silver, lead and zinc, which is the Australian-based subsidiary of Toho Zinc Co. Ltd., a Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
For further information, please contact Thomas Larsen, President and CEO or Jorge Estepa, Vice-President of Eloro Resources Ltd. at (416) 868-9168.
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For additional technical information on the La Victoria Project, the reader is referred to the NI 43-101 Technical Report on the La Victoria Au-Ag Property, Ancash, Peru filed under Eloro’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).