Today, on 16th May 2019, Tempus Resources Ltd (ASX: TMR) announced multiple updates, i.e. Ecuador Asset acquisition in May 2019 and the proposed appointment of Gary Artmont as an Independent Non-Executive Director. In its Ecuador Asset Acquisition Presentation May 2019, TMR highlighted about its binding agreement to acquire two Ecuadorian companies, Condor Gold S.A. and MiningSources S.A. (Zamora Projects) for US$100,000 cash and 3,446,205 Tempus shares. Zamora Projects comprise the highly prospective Rio Zarza and Valle del Tigre projects in the Zamora Mineral District of south-eastern Ecuador. Concurrent with the transaction, Tempus proposes to appoint key experts in epithermal gold exploration and Ecuador, being:
- Gary Artmont (proposed Non-Executive Director) who is Senior Geologist and recognised expert in epithermal gold mineralisation. Mr Artmont is a seasoned player with 40 years plus of experience and worked in various senior roles at Kennecott Australia, Rio Tinto, Freeport McMoran, Norilsk Nickel and Ivanhoe Mines.
- Rodrigo Izurieta (proposed COO, Latin America) who is an Economist and Business Manager with 20 years plus experience and previously served as President and Board Member for the Chamber of Mines of Ecuador.
The acquisition and associated proposed performance rights are conditional on approval by Tempus shareholders. Its Rio Zarza Project is immediately adjacent to the most valuable greenfields gold discovery of the last 15 years, Lundin Gold’s Fruta del Norte and hosts strikingly similar geochemistry, alteration and geology features. Its Valle del Tigre is a larger permit area to the north with similar subparallel NNE rift faults as controlling Fruta del Norte and strong gold showings in stream sediment analysis.
In the current scenario, Ecuador has become one of the most sought-after exploration jurisdictions for gold and base metals exploration with some of the reputed groups such as BHP Group Limited ( ASX: BHP), Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG), Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) have made advances in the country. The country occupies the northern extension of the world-class copper porphyry belt, which hosts at least 30 deposits with reserves in excess of 1 billion tonnes situated in Peru and Chile. The northern portion of this copper trend is under-explored in Ecuador and offers tremendous potential for discoveries in the Miocene and Jurassic mineral belts. Pro-mining policy shift and reforms had commenced in 2013, including the elimination of windfall tax, VAT rebates, royalty rate reductions and simplification of the permitting process for early-stage projects. Ecuador received “Best Country” award at Mines and Money London, England in Nov 2017. The country also offers low-cost energy as it is an oil producer and has four hydroelectric power stations completed with three more under construction. Energy costs have estimated to be at $US0.06 to $US0.08/Kwh.
Tempus has assembled sector-leading experts within its Board and Management for epithermal gold exploration, in-country Ecuador expertise and mineral company management and finance.
On the stock information front, at the time of writing (on 16th May 2019, AEST 03:30 PM), the stock of Tempus Resources Ltd was trading at $0.170, with a market capitalisation of ~$6.21 million. Today, it touched day’s high at $0.180 and day’s low at $0.150, with a daily volume of 270,099. Its 52 weeks high and low price stands at $0.325 and $0.150, with an average volume of 69,385 (yearly). Its absolute returns for the past six months, three months and one month are -15%, -26.09%, and -22.73%, respectively.
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