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Altus Strategies Plc
("Altus" or the "Company")
Altus Strategies Plc (AIM: ALS & TSX-V: ALTS), the Africa focused exploration project generator, provides an update on its 100% owned 372km2 Birsok and Mandoum bauxite project (''Birsok” or the ''Project'') in the Adamawa province of central Cameroon. The Birsok project is subject to a joint venture with ASX listed Canyon Resources Ltd (“Canyon”) whereby Canyon can earn up to a 75% interest in the Project. Canyon has announced today that it has been granted three exploration licences in Cameroon, which include the Minim Martap bauxite project (“Minim Martap”) located adjacent to Birsok.
- Altus JV partner Canyon (ASX: CAY) awarded Minim Martap bauxite project in Cameroon
- Minim Martap reported to host a substantial high-grade bauxite deposit
- Canyon has the potential to develop a significant Direct Shipping Ore mining project
- Existing port and rail infrastructure may significantly enhance project economics
- Discussions underway with Canyon in respect of vending-in the Birsok joint venture
- Altus currently holds 8M shares in Canyon
A link to Canyon’s news release is here: https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180809/pdf/43x69v53y5w92j.pdf
Steven Poulton, Chief Executive of Altus, commented
“We are delighted that our joint venture partner Canyon Resources has received an exploration licence for the potentially ‘world class’ Minim Martap bauxite project, located adjacent to the Birsok joint venture project. Altus and Canyon are now in discussions in respect of vending the joint venture into Canyon. As part of our original joint venture terms, Altus currently owns eight million shares in Canyon, which had a value of approximately A$1M as at the close of trading in Canyon’s shares prior to their announcement."
Altus staked the strategically located Birsok project and cost-effectively advanced it, spending approximately US$140,000 on exploration. Canyon has subsequently completed two drill programmes at Birsok, which have successfully confirmed the presence of a number of high grade bauxite plateaux."
Today’s news is a strong validation of our project generator business model. Birsok represents just one of 18 projects in our portfolio, which is diversified across six countries in Africa. We look forward to updating shareholders in due course."
The technical disclosure in this regulatory announcement has been read and approved by Steven Poulton, Chief Executive of Altus. A graduate of the University of Southampton in Geology (Hons), he also holds a Master's degree from the Camborne School of Mines (Exeter University) in Mining Geology. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and has over 19 years of experience in mineral exploration and is a Qualified Person under the AIM rules and National Instrument 43-101 under the rules of the TSX.
Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure
Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.
For further information you are invited to visit the Company's website www.altus-strategies.com or contact:
Altus Strategies Plc
Steven Poulton, Chief Executive
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 511 767
SP Angel (Nominated Adviser)
Richard Morrison / Soltan Tagiev
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3470 0470
SP Angel (Broker)
Richard Parlons / Jonathan Williams
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3470 0471
Blytheweigh (Financial PR)
Tim Blythe / Camilla Horsfall / James Husband
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7138 3204
About Altus Strategies Plc
Altus is a London (AIM: ALS) and Toronto (TSX-V: ALTS) listed, diversified and Africa focused mineral exploration project generator. Through our subsidiaries we discover new projects and attract third party capital to fund their growth, development and ultimately exit optionality. This strategy enables Altus to remain focused on the acquisition of new opportunities to be fed into the project generation cycle and aims to minimise shareholder dilution. Our business model is designed to create a growing portfolio of well managed and high growth potential projects and royalties, diversified by commodity and by country. Altus currently has eighteen projects in six commodities across six countries. We aim to position our shareholders at the vanguard of value creation, but with significantly reduced risks traditionally associated with investments in the mineral exploration sector.
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Glossary of Terms
"Bauxite" means an aluminium-rich ore that is used for aluminium production