VANCOUVER, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Mediterranean Resources Ltd. (TSX: MNR) (Frankfurt: MHM1) ("MNR" or the "Company") wishes to give an update on its strategy for the remainder of 2012. It shall be engaged in the next few months in closing its previously announced transaction with Golden Touch Resources Corp. (TSXV: GOT) to acquire GOT's exploration properties in Albania and integrating these properties, which consist of gold, copper, PGE and chromite exploration targets, into the Company. The Company notes that both the chromite and copper targets consist of past producing areas including, in the case of the Rubiku copper target, past-producing areas that were under major development and extraction from the 1930s to the 1990s.
The Chromite Spin-Out
It is the intention of the Company to distribute the chromite assets to be acquired from GOT into an entity listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company intends that its current shareholders will receive shares of this new chromite entity on a pro rata basis, and hopes to complete this spin out in the second half of 2012. The Company intends to augment the initial assets in Albania with additional exploration and producing or near-producing chromite prospects from around the world. The Company has already commenced discussions with vendors of chromite properties in Albania, Turkey and Canada. Once the distribution has been completed, the new chromite entity will not be dependent on MNR for its financing needs and may avail itself of flow-through financing for assets it may be working on in Canada.
Separating our Turkish assets into different vehicles
In Turkey the Company has created a new subsidiary, Celtik Madencilik, into which it will place its exploration licenses, including the Celtik prospect (for which drill results were announced in 2009 and 2010). The licenses for the Tac and Corak deposits, which were the subject of the NI 43-101 Resource Statement of May 2009 and the Preliminary Economic Assessment of September 2011, will remain in the Company's original subsidiary, Akdeniz Resources Madencilik A.S. ("Akdeniz").
Listing of Akdeniz in the Turkish capital markets
MNR is currently undertaking discussions with leading investment banks in Istanbul with a view to possibly listing Akdeniz on the Venture (GIP) section of the Istanbul Stock Exchange. This would be done via an IPO of Akdeniz with the inclusion of a Turkish strategic partner and outside shareholders (including possibly emerging market funds and Turkish retail investors).
The Gelişen İşletmeler Piyasaları A.Ş. ("GIP") was established in recent years as a distinct market within the Istanbul Stock Exchange to create a trading platform for securities issued in order to raise funds from capital markets by companies that do not fully meet the quantitative listing criteria (age, capital, proﬁt, market capitalization, etc.) but have development potential. A market advisor system is established to help companies to prepare for the GIP application, and the advisor (known by the acronym, MARAD) co-signs the application. Shares should be issued by restricting any pre-emptive rights to ensure that the capital raised goes to the company. IPO or private sales of the existing shares are not allowed for the same purpose. GIP-listed companies are also required to issue a corporate governance compliance report.
Exploration and other plans at Kızıldağ and Celtik
The Company intends to undertake a drilling campaign over the summer period at Celtik with a view to obtaining more information on the mineralization identified by previous promising drilling at this site. This campaign was delayed from the original intention of undertaking it in mid-2011.
The Company announced some promising surface sample results at Cevreli North on the 4th of June. The release for this can be found here: http://www.medresources.ca/news/2012/june04/
Maps showing the area vis a vis previous sampling in the copper zone and a photo of the site can be found at: http://www.medresources.ca/news/2012/june04/Cevreli-North-Sampling.png
If funds permit, the Company expects to conduct some drilling of the copper zone at Cevreli North in late summer 2012.
On the Tac and Corak deposits, the Company intends to commission an engineering study using a large component of Turkish engineering expertise to obtain more accurate costing and design of the mill and tailings associated with the move to production. This may result in re-siting of the mill and tailings from where they were positioned in the SRK study with resulting benefits for the capex. This fine-tuning will be immensely useful in lodging an application for environmental approvals.
Appointment of Chief Financial Officer
The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Jackson as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Mr. Jackson will be responsible for all aspects of the Company's reporting and finance activities. Mr. Jackson is a Chartered Accountant and has had extensive experience as a director or CFO of numerous corporations (including Golden Touch Resources) in the metals and mining industry.
Mr. Jackson replaces Ann Fehr as the company's Chief Financial Officer.
The Board would like to express its appreciation to Ms. Ann Fehr for her contributions to the Company.
About Mediterranean Resources
Mediterranean is a company with exploration assets in Turkey and is in the process of acquiring further exploration assets in Albania. It acquired an undivided interest in the Tac and Corak properties from Teck Cominco in 2006. The Cevreli and Celtik properties were acquired directly by MNR. Approximately $18 million in cumulative expenditures have been made to date. The Albanian assets are in the process of being acquired from Golden Touch Resources (TSXV: GOT). Mediterranean is well-financed for continued exploration.
On behalf of the Board of Directors.
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Certain information set out in this News Release constitutes forward-looking information, which may include information relating to the exploration and development of the Company's properties. Forward-looking statements (often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "expect", "may", "could", "anticipate" or "will" and similar expressions) may describe expectations, opinions or guidance that are not statements of fact and which may be based upon information provided by third parties. Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions, expectations and estimates of management of the Company as at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. Those factors include, but are not limited to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond the control of the Company, risks associated with the industry in general, commodity prices and exchange rate changes, operational risks associated with exploration, development and production operations, delays or changes in plans, risks associated with the uncertainty of reserve estimates, health and safety risks and the uncertainty of estimates and projections of production, costs and expenses. In light of the risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon forward-looking information. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements set out in this press release or incorporated herein by reference are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. The forward-looking statements of the Company contained in this News Release, or incorporated herein by reference, are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information to reflect information, events, results, circumstances, realities or otherwise after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.
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