VANCOUVER, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Yellowhead Mining Inc. ("Yellowhead" or the "Company", TSX-V: YMI) announces the appointment of Saurabh Handa as Chief Financial Officer effective January 4, 2012. Mr. Handa replaces Robert L. J. Harper who will remain with the Company through a transition period to the end of January as Chief Financial Officer and continue thereafter as a consultant.
"Since Yellowhead's inception as a private company in 2005, Mr. Harper has played an integral role in the transformation of the Company to what it is today," said Ian Smith, President and CEO. "We are grateful for Bob's contribution and we look forward to a continuing relationship."
Saurabh Handa is a Chartered Accountant certified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Prior to joining Yellowhead, Mr. Handa was the Corporate Controller for SouthGobi Resources Ltd., a public mining company listed on both the TSX and Hong Kong Stock Exchange. While at SouthGobi, Mr. Handa was involved in the company's transition from the exploration to development to the production stage; convertible debt financing; secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; transition from the TSX-V to TSX; early adoption of the IFRS accounting standards; and implementation of a company-wide financial reporting system. Previous to that, Mr. Handa worked at Deloitte and Touche LLP as a Senior Staff Accountant working in its audit and valuation practices primarily on international mining companies. Mr. Handa holds a Diploma in Accounting from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Computer Systems and Technology form the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
"I am pleased that Saurabh is joining our team at Yellowhead, where I am confident he will make a significant contribution to the next phase of our company's growth and development," said Mr. Smith.
About Yellowhead Mining Inc. and the Harper Creek Project
The Harper Creek Project is a copper-gold-silver volcanogenic sulphide deposit with a Measured and Indicated Resource of 563.2 million tonnes grading 0.31% Cu (3.6 billion pounds of copper) plus 0.032 g/t gold and 1.08 g/t silver, plus an Inferred Resource of 117 million tonnes grading 0.29% Cu (0.7 billion pounds of copper). The Harper Creek Project is located in south-central British Columbia, approximately 150 kilometers by highway north of Kamloops.
Yellowhead has a 100% interest in the Harper Creek development project(1) . A Preliminary Economic Assessment Report ("PEA"), which demonstrated the technical and economic viability of the Project, was completed at the end of March and filed on SEDAR on April 1, 2011 and can be viewed on www.sedar.com. The PEA demonstrated a 22 year project life at a milling rate of 70,000 tonnes per day, a planned production of 149 million lbs. copper in concentrate per annum for years one to eight, (132Mlb/y LOM), a life-of-mine stripping ratio 0.88:1, a pre-tax IRR of 19.8% with a base case copper price of US$2.66/lb., an NPV8 of US$598 million and a capital cost of C$759 million in Q4 2010 dollars, including contingency with a 4 year payback(2).
1 (Subject to the payment of a 3% NSR royalty capped at $2.5 million, adjusted for inflation and an additional 2.5% NSR royalty on an estimated 3.3 million tonnes of ore which is expected to be mined beginning in year nine within the NI 43-101 resource.)
2 Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND CAUTIONARY DISCLAIMER
Except for statements of historical fact, this news release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as "plan", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, including, among others, the accuracy of mineral grades and related assumptions, inherent operating risks, planned expenditures, proposed exploration and development at the Harper Creek Project, operating and economic aspects of the Harper Creek Project, as well as those risk factors identified in the Company's Annual Information Form filed under the Company's SEDAR profile. Yellowhead undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect financial results is included in the documents filed from time to time with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities by Yellowhead.
This news release includes disclosure of scientific and technical information, as well as information in relation to the calculation of re-sources, with respect to the Harper Creek Project. Yellowhead's disclosure of mineral resource information is governed by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") under the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as may be amended from time to time by the CIM ("CIM Standards"). There can be no assurance that mineral resources will ultimately be converted into mineral reserves. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. This news release uses the terms "measured", "indicated" and "inferred" resources. U.S. persons are advised that while such terms are recognized and required by Canadian regulations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize them. "Inferred Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred resources will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred resources may not form the basis of feasibility or other economic studies. U.S. persons are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of measured or indicated resources will ever be converted into reserves. U.S. persons are also cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable.
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For further information:
Ian Smith, President & Chief Executive Officer
Tel. 604.681.1709 ext. 207