VANCOUVER, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Callinan Royalties Corporation ("Callinan") announces that it has signed an Exploration Alliance Agreement (the "Agreement") with Avrupa Minerals Ltd. ("Avrupa"). The purpose of the Agreement is to fund prospect generation activities in order for Avrupa to attract joint venture partners to projects, while allowing Callinan to generate and acquire royalties.
The initial geographic focus will be Portugal but may expand to other jurisdictions. The Agreement will be for an initial three year term and calls for Callinan to fund $150,000 of generative exploration during the first year of the Agreement with the option to fund up to $100,000 in each of the two subsequent years.
In return for such funding, Avrupa will grant Callinan the option to receive a 0.5% Net Smelter Returns ("NSR") royalty on any new projects acquired as a result of the generative exploration work. Alternatively, Callinan has the option of funding an additional $150,000 on any of the new projects in exchange for a 1.5% NSR royalty.
If Avrupa proposes that additional value can be generated after spending $150,000, Callinan may elect to contribute subsequent funding with Avrupa on an equally shared basis with no change to Callinan's royalty interest. Avrupa may also propose exploration on Avrupa's existing mineral properties. Callinan will have the option to fund $150,000 in exploration on those projects in return for a 1.5% NSR royalty.
Callinan is supporting the prospect generation business model as a means to create royalties in prospective areas through agreements with companies such as Avrupa that are established prospect generators and have demonstrated expertise in their chosen jurisdictions.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
Roland Butler, CEO
About Avrupa Minerals Ltd.
Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented junior exploration and development company focused on discovery, using a prospect generator model, of valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe, including Portugal, Kosovo, and Germany. Avrupa is currently upgrading precious and base metal targets to JV-ready status in a variety of districts on numerous licenses, with the idea of attracting potential partners to project-specific and/or regional exploration programs.
About Callinan Royalties
Callinan Royalties is a Canadian company that creates and acquires mineral royalties. The company uses its royalty income to provide alternative financing options to mineral exploration and development companies with attractive projects. Callinan's strategy is to create shareholder value over the long term by generating a portfolio of profitable mineral royalties.
The Corporation currently has two producing royalties. Callinan holds a 6⅔% net profits interest royalty and a $0.25 per ton production royalty on lands that include the 777 mine and 777 North mine owned by Hudbay Minerals Inc. located in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. Callinan also holds the 777 Deeps (War Baby) property and an associated royalty option on the property, which is located adjacent to the 777 mine.
Callinan is a dividend paying Tier 1 company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol CAA. The Corporation has a strong financial position with no debt, approximately $27 million in cash and approximately 49.4 million shares outstanding.
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SOURCE: Callinan Royalties Corporation
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For more information, please visit www.callinan.com or contact:
Roland Butler, CEO
Callinan Royalties Corporation
+1 709 535 3433
Tamara Edwards, CFO
Callinan Royalties Corporation
+1 604 605 0885
1110 - 555 West Hastings Street
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