CRANBROOK, BC / ACCESSWIRE / March 14, 2023 / Management of Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. (TSXV:EPL) ('EPL', 'Eagle Plains' or the 'Company') is pleased to provide information regarding important developments relating to the Company and to inform shareholders on significant upcoming events.
- Arrangement Agreement, Amalgamation Agreements executed relating to proposed spin out of Eagle Royalties, expected Record Date March 17th, 2023 (NR Mar 1, 2023);
- Significant mineralization reported on 100% owned Vulcan Property (NR Dec 7, 2022);
- Multiple lithium-related projects recently acquired (NR Mar 2, 2023);
- Eagle Plains holds over $11M in cash, in addition to substantial investment, real estate assets;
- Annual net revenues from 100%-owned TerraLogic averaging >$1M/year for past 5 years;
- Taiga Gold merger generated $3.5M cash to EPL during 2022;
- Seven active option agreements in place-aggressive exploration planned.
- Completion of Eagle Royalties Spin-out expected late April, 2023;
- Numerous drill programs planned for 2023 (Eagle Plains and partners) including the Vulcan;
- Continuing EPL project generator model with new British Columbia and Saskatchewan projects;
- Continuing focus on critical metals, energy metals and precious-metal projects;
- Terrralogic Exploration Services has confirmed multiple third-party exploration programs for 2023.
Eagle Royalties Spin-Out
In late 2022 Eagle Plains announced the formation of Eagle Royalties ('ER'), a wholly-owned subsidiary mandated with managing the extensive royalty assets acquired by Eagle Plains after 30 years of exploration in Western Canada. Over 50 royalty assets were subsequently transferred to ER, covering a broad spectrum of commodities including precious-metals, critical-metals (copper, zinc, graphite, lithium, uranium, REE's), diamonds and industrial minerals. Over twenty of these royalty assets are related to lands held by third parties such as Cameco Corp., Iso Energy Corp., Denison Mines Corp., Skeena Resources Ltd. and Hecla Mining Co./Banyan Gold Corp., among many others.
On January 4th, 2023 Eagle Plains announced its intention to spin-out Eagle Royalties to its shareholders on a 1:3 basis, while concurrently amalgamating with 1386884 BC ('138'), a well-funded private BC corporation, which would facilitate the listing of ER on the Canadian Securities Exchange ('CSE'). The combined corporate entity will be called Eagle Royalties Ltd.
On March 1st, 2023 EPL announced the completion of an arrangement agreement with ER and execution of a formal amalgamation agreement with 138, paving the way for completion of the transaction and listing. The matter will be put to shareholders at a special meeting planned for late April, with listing planned for early May (subject to court, regulatory and shareholder approvals). On completion of the above transactions, it is anticipated that Eagle Royalties Ltd. will commence trading with a healthy treasury holding a minimum of $2.5M in cash.
Vulcan Project Summary, Drilling Plans
First acquired by Eagle Plains by staking in 2002, the road-accessible Vulcan property is considered to hold significant potential for the presence of sedimentary exhalative ('sedex') style mineralization similar to that of the now depleted Sullivan deposit located 30km to the east and within the same stratigraphic sequence. Vulcan is owned 100% by EPL and bears no underlying royalties or encumbrances.
Analytical results from the 2022 drill program were announced previously by Eagle Plains (see news release December 7th, 2022). Initial observations of core lithologies, mineralogy, alteration and mineral tenor from VU22004 indicate a possible sedex-type vent source near the trace of the drill-hole. A news release on January 18, 2023 announced subsequent petrographic work and borehole geophysical results which strongly support this interpretation.
Previously-reported analytical results for VU22004 include:
11.55m @ 0.46% Zn, 0.02% Pb, 21.48 ppm Cd, 90.65 ppm Sn (545.50-557.05m), including;
- 1.50m @1.72% Zn, 68.83 ppm Cd, 32.09 ppm Sn (554.58-556.08m), including;
- 0.22m @ 6.46% Zn, 259.00 ppm Cd, 39.10 ppm Sn (554.58-554.80m), and
- 0.18m @ 3.16% Zn, 126.50 ppm Cd, 26.80 ppm Sn (555.53-555.71m).
With funding and permits now in place Eagle Plains' personnel are planning an aggressive drilling program, expected to commence in mid-June, 2023. A 10,000'/3,000m, 5-6 hole Phase 1 program will target mineralization intersected in Hole VU22004 designed to provide a geological vector to locate the interpreted nearby vent source.
View Vulcan Project Highlight Map and Drill Core Photos here
Eagle Plains currently enjoys strong financial health. As of mid-February, the Company has over $11M in cash and short-term investments, controls $800,000 in securities of partner companies, and owns $1.35M in real estate assets with no debt. EPL owns outright the office building from which it's based and has long-term leases with professional groups for unused space, effectively offsetting the majority of overhead expenses. TerraLogic Exploration Services Ltd. ('TL'), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eagle Plains, continues to generate significant revenues, averaging over $1M/ year over the past 5 years, with over $2M in revenues in 2022.
Recent Project Acquisitions
During 2022 and 2023 EPL personnel have been aggressively researching and acquiring quality exploration projects in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. On March 2, 2023, Eagle Plains announced that it had successfully acquired by staking 2 properties in British Columbia and 4 in Saskatchewan comprising a total of 19,503 ha which are considered prospective for the presence of Lithium Cesium Tantalum ('LCT') type pegmatites. Staking activities followed extensive research conducted by Eagle Plains' personnel utilizing both public and proprietary data sources. The individual projects were targeted for lithium bearing minerals such as spodumene, based on the presence of favourable stream and lake sediment geochemistry, geological mapping, and significant mineral occurrences within the subject areas. Updates to the Eagle Plains website to reflect these acquisitions will occur as information about these projects is received and validated.
- Over 19,000 ha prospective for lithium staked in BC and Saskatchewan;
- George Lake, SK: 3662ha acquired to cover 8km mineralized trend that hosts Zn-Pb sedex deposit;
- Cook Lake, SK: greenstone hosted Au/Mo with historic chip samples up to 89.2 g/t (2.60 oz/t) Au over 1m; last work completed in 1989 - never drill tested.
Recent Option Agreements
- Canter Resources: Puzzle Lake (Au); 2023 minimum expenditure $100,000;
- Additional agreements currently under negotiation.
2023 Partner-Funded Exploration Highlights
- Slocan Graphite Aben Resources: diamond drilling program;
- Dictator (Au) Riverstick Resources: $100,00 field program;
- Donna (Au) Annacotty Resources: $100,000 field program;
- Findlay (critical metals): $100,000 field program anticipated.
2023 Eagle Plains-Funded Exploration Highlights
- Vulcan (SedEx): 3000m diamond drilling / geophysical program;
Click here for a tentative schedule of Eagle Plains 2023 exploration programs
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- The Eagle Royalties Spin-out;
- Eagle Plains Exploration Projects;
- Vulcan 2023 Drill Program;
- Eagle Plains Revenue Generation.
About Eagle Plains Resources
Based in Cranbrook, B.C., Eagle Plains is a well-funded, prolific project generator that continues to conduct research, acquire and explore mineral projects throughout western Canada. The Company was formed in 1992 and is the ninth-oldest listed issuer on the TSX-V (and one of only three that has not seen a roll-back or restructuring of its shares). Eagle Plains has continued to deliver shareholder value over the years and through numerous spin-outs has transferred over $100,000,000 in value directly to its shareholders, with Copper Canyon Resources and recently Taiga Gold being notable examples. The Company is committed to steadily enhancing shareholder value by advancing our diverse portfolio of projects toward discovery through collaborative partnerships and development of a highly experienced technical team.
In late 2022 Eagle Plains announced the formation of a separate division within the Company; Eagle Royalties Ltd. ('ER') which holds many of Eagle Plains' diverse portfolio of royalty assets. The restructuring will enhance the valuation of Eagle Plains' extensive royalty interests, enabling ER to market and develop its royalty assets while seeking additional royalty acquisition opportunities. Eagle Plains' royalties cover a broad spectrum of commodities on projects controlled by Cameco Corp., Iso Energy Corp., Denison Mines Corp., Skeena Resources Ltd. and Hecla Mining Co./Banyan Gold Corp., among others. Planning is underway to spin-out Eagle Royalties during H22023 which will enable Eagle Plains to continue to focus on its core business model of acquiring and advancing grassroots critical- and precious-metal exploration properties.
Expenditures from 2011-2022 on Eagle Plains-related projects exceed $30M, the majority of which was funded by third-party partners. This exploration work resulted in approximately 45,000m of diamond-drilling and extensive ground-based exploration work facilitating the advancement of numerous projects at various stages of development. Throughout the exploration process, our mission is to help maintain prosperous communities by exploring for and discovering resource opportunities while building lasting relationships through honest and respectful business practices.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Eagle Plains
'Tim J. Termuende'
President and CEO
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore, involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.
SOURCE: Eagle Plains Resources Ltd
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