SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Sudbury Platinum Corporation (SPC) and Transition Metals Corp (Transition) announce that SPC has completed the purchase of 100% interest in the mineral rights of Aer-Kidd project from CaNickel Mining Company Limited (CaNickel) for a cash payment of $1,250,000. Consequently, the underlying option agreement dated October 1, 2012 that had required SPC to spend $10.0 million to earn a 70% interest was terminated. SPC is a private company of which Transition Metals Corp (XTM – TSX.V) owns 57%.
SPC also has the option to purchase 100% of the property surface rights from the Greater City of Sudbury at any time prior to December 31, 2017 for a cash payment of $250,000 and a further cash payment of $250,000 if a mine is brought to Commercial Production on the property.
Scott McLean, president and CEO of Transition and CEO of SPC commented "The purchase of 100% of the mineral rights to the Aer-Kidd property is a significant milestone that, when combined with Sudbury Platinum's option to purchase the surface rights, establishes full control of the property for the Company. We are now focused on executing a significant drill program that will test the highly prospective targets we have generated below the historic mine workings on the Property."
About the Aer-Kidd Property
The Aer-Kidd Property is located ~20 kilometres southwest of Sudbury, Ontario and covers a 1.4 kilometre section of the Worthington Offset Dyke in an area with a rich mining history, dating back to the 1800's. The property is approximately 2.6 kilometres northeast along strike of Vale's Totten Mine (10.1 million tonnes grading 1.5% Ni, 1.97% Cu, 4.8g/t PGM)¹ that is currently in production and 4.3 kilometres southwest and along trend of KGHM's Victoria Project (14.5 million tonnes grading 2.5% Ni, 2.5% Cu, 7.6 g/t PGM)² which is currently being developed. The Aer-Kidd Property hosts the former producing Howland Pit, Robinson and Rosen Mines, which were small deposits exposed at surface that were mined down to a maximum depth of 300 metres. SPC has completed modern UTEM IV geophysical surveys in accessible historic drill holes (see January 16, 2014 News Release) that have identified highly conductive drill targets below the historic mines that have excellent potential to host an economic Ni-Cu-PGM deposit.
1 Resource reported by Inco; January 31, 2001 News Release
2 Resource reported by KGHM; January 16, 2012 News Release.
The technical elements of this news release have been approved by Mr. Grant Mourre, P.Geo (APGO), a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. Some of the information used in this release is of a historical nature and has not been verified by either Company.
About Sudbury Platinum Corp.
Sudbury Platinum Corp. is a Canadian private corporation focused on exploring for nickel, copper and platinum group metals in the Sudbury region. SPC is evaluating its key Aer-Kidd Property, an advanced exploration property located on the prospective Worthington Offset Dyke, in the heart of the Sudbury mining camp. It also holds a 100% interest in the Owen Nickel Property. Additional information regarding the company and its projects can be found at www.sudburyplatinumcorp.com
About Transition Metals Corp.
Transition Metals Corp (XTM -TSX.V) is a Canadian-based, multi-commodity project generator that specializes in converting new exploration ideas into Canadian discoveries. The award-winning team of geoscientists has extensive exploration experience in established, emerging and historic mining camps, and actively develops and tests new ideas for discovering mineralization in places that others have not looked, which often allows the company to acquire properties inexpensively. The company, which went public in 2011, has an expanding portfolio that currently includes 25+ gold, copper, nickel and platinum projects primarily in Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Minnesota.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Information
Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this news release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may", "will" and include without limitation, statements regarding estimated capital and operating costs, expected production timeline, benefits of updated development plans, foreign exchange assumptions and regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, metal prices, competition, risks inherent in the mining industry, and regulatory risks. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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SOURCE: Transition Metals Corp.
For further information: Further information is available at www.sudburyplatinumcorp.com or by contacting: Scott McLean,President and Chief Executive Officer; Transition Metals Corp., Chief Executive Officer, Sudbury Platinum Corporation; www.transitionmetalscorp.com, www.sudburyplatinumcorp.com, Tel: (705) 669-1777