Comet Resources Limited (Comet or Company) (ASX: CRL) is pleased to announce that it has executed a binding agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Mt Margaret Copper Project and associated regional tenements near Cloncurry, Queensland (Project or Mt Margaret) from Mount Isa Mines Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glencore Plc (Acquisition).


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Comet to acquire 100% of Mt Margaret Copper Project from Glencore
  • The Mt Margaret Copper Project successfully produced from open pit mining from 2012 until 2014, when operations were suspended due to the copper price environment and outlook at that time
  • Located only 7km from key processing infrastructure at Ernest Henry, where Mt Margaret ore was previously processed into export quality copper concentrate
  • JORC open-pit Resources of 13.0Mt at 0.78% copper and 0.24g/t gold with >95% in the Measured and Indicated categories'
  • Near-term production potential — 2 open-pit deposits are already pre-stripped
  • Significant potential for resource growth through further exploration
  • Defined high priority exploration targets — both extensional and regional
  • The Company to raise approx. $50 million to fund acquisition and initial post-acquisition pre-development activities

Managing Director, Matthew O'Kane commented, "Acquisition of the Mt Margaret Copper Project is a truly transformational event for Comet. Mt Margaret is a substantial past-producing copper mine that we've been able to acquire due to portfolio rationalisation of a global tier one mining company. It contains existing Mineral Resources of 13.0Mt at approximately 1% copper equivalent', with over 95% of this resource in the Measured and Indicated categories. The majority of Mt Margaret's Resource sits in two already pre-stripped open-pits providing reduced capex pathways to production."

ACQUISITION OVERVIEW

Comet has entered into a share sale agreement (MTM Acquisition Agreement) with Minerals Mining and Metallurgy Limited (ACN 645 972 309) (MMM), Mount Isa Mines Limited (ACN 009 661 447) (MIM) and Mount Margaret Mining Pty Ltd (ACN 150 366 224) (MTM) pursuant to which MIM has agreed to sell, and MMM has agreed to buy, 100% of the issued capital in MTM (MTM Shares). MTM is the owner of the Project. Neither MMM, MIM or MTM are related parties of the Company.

The consideration for the acquisition of the MTM Shares is:

  • a non-refundable payment by MMM of $5,000,000 to MIM; and(ii) on completion, the issue by Comet (such issue to be procured by MMM) of 25,000,000 to MIM; and
  • on completion, the issue by Comet (such issue to be procured by MMM) of 25,000,000fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of Comet (Shares) to MIM (or its nominee) (at an aggregate deemed issue price for those Shares of $0.20 per Share, equal to an amount of $5,000,000.

In addition, the Company has entered into a share sale agreement (MMM Acquisition Agreement) with MMM and the current shareholders of MMM (MMM Vendors) pursuant to which the MMM Vendors have agreed to sell, and the Company has agreed to buy, 100% of the issued capital in MMM. The consideration for the acquisition of the MMM Shares is 73,550,000 Shares (Consideration Shares) and 36,775,000 options to acquire Shares (Consideration Options), to be issued to the MMM Vendors and new shareholders of MMM since execution of the MMM Acquisition Agreement as follows:

Summaries of the key terms of the MTM Acquisition Agreement and MMM Acquisition Agreement are set out in Annexure A to this announcement.

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