Results of Resource Update and Engineering Development Confirm Strong Economic Potential for Flagship Gold Resource
Trading Symbol: BZO-TSX.V
HOUSTON, March 3 /CNW/ - Brazauro Resources Corp. (TSX.V: BZO), a pure-play Brazilian gold exploration company, today announced that the Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") for the Company's 100%-owned Tocantinzinho property, conducted by NCL do Brazil Ltda., has been filed and is available at www.sedar.com and at Brazauro's website, www.brazauroresources.com.
The PEA is based on drilling completed through September 2009 as well as a significant body of engineering and cost estimation. It concludes that the 44,525-hectare Tocantinzinho property in the underexplored Tapajós region of Brazil offers compelling economics and earnings potential for Brazauaro shareholders.
The key results of the 2010 PEA and comparable figures from 2007 were initially announced on February 2, 2010 and include:
2007 PEA 2010 PEA
Gold Price/Oz $550/$900 $900
Oz Produced 1.597M 1.735M
Average Production Oz 123,000/YR 145,000/YR
Operating Cash Cost/Oz $353 $490
Initial CAPEX $128M $239M
LOM CAPEX $27M $83M
Payback Period 8.25 YRS 6.25 YRS
IRR 9.6%/34.2% 11.9%
0% NPV $120M/$580M $297M
5% NPV $42M/$357M $129M
Brazauro noted potential increases in value as follow:
- Brazauro management applied its project development skills and
commercial contacts to the PEA results to analyze the project's
sensitivity to power costs of $0.045/kWhr and unit mining costs of
$1.34/tonne - as compared with the PEA assumptions of $0.095 and
$1.44, respectively. Management believes both costs are achievable
and would result in a cash cost of $432/ounce, post-tax IRR of 15.7%,
and a 5% NPV of $198 million.
- An average gold price of $1100 per ounce increases the internal rate
of return to 20.6% with net present values of $585 million at a 0%
discount rate and $328 million at 5%.
"Completion of this PEA for Tocantinzinho is an important milestone in bringing this highly promising deposit in to production. While drilling is continuing on the property the PEA results confirm the viability and potential of the project," said Brazauro President and COO Jim Komadina.
Brazauro Resources is an established and well-financed gold exploration company focused on high-potential properties in the Tapajós region of Brazil. As well as its most advanced property, Tocantinzinho, Brazauro is also actively exploring other properties including the nearby Bom Jardim, Piranhas, agua Branca and Andorinhas projects. The Company's shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol BZO-V. Further information is available at www.brazauroresources.com
Neither 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. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.
Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements under Canadian securities legislation which are not historical facts and are made pursuant to the "safe harbour" provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's reasonable expectations and business plan at the date hereof, which are subject to change depending on economic, political and competitive circumstances and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause a change in such assumptions and the actual outcomes and estimates to be materially different from those estimated or anticipated future results, achievements or position expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company's plans to change include changes in demand for and price of gold and other commodities (such as fuel and electricity) and currencies; changes or disruptions in the securities markets; legislative, political or economic developments in Brazil; the need to obtain permits and comply with laws and regulations and other regulatory requirements; the possibility that actual results of work may differ from projections/expectations or may not realize the perceived potential of the company's projects; risks of accidents, equipment breakdowns and labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties or interruptions; the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated expenses in development programs; operating or technical difficulties in connection with exploration, mining or development activities; the speculative nature of gold exploration and development, including the risks of diminishing quantities of grades of reserves and resources; and the risks involved in the exploration, development and mining business. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE BRAZAURO RESOURCES CORP.
For further information: For further information: Brazauro Resources Corporation, James Komadina, President and Chief Operating Officer, (719) 330-4477; Mark Jones III, Chairman and CEO, (281) 579-3400; Media contact: John Lute, Lute & Company, (416) 929-5883, firstname.lastname@example.org