Melkior Resources (TSXV: MKR) this evening announced a blockbuster deal with that of Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX: KL). The deal will see the two parties enter into an option and joint venture arrangement with a total value of up to $110 million over the next several years, with Kirkland earning up to a 75% interest in Melkior’s Carscallen property.
The Carscallen property, which previously was 100% owned by Melkior, is located in the Timmins Gold camp, 25 kilometres west of the town of Timmins, Ontario. The property consists of 295 claim units, measuring 47 square kilometres in size. Over 36,000 metres of drilling has previously been completed on the property, with highlights from the recent drill program including 23.5 grams per tonne gold over 8.0 metres at a depth of 426 metres.
Under the terms of the arrangement, Kirkland has the option to acquire a 50% interest in the Carscallen property by completing $10 million in expenditures on the property over the next five years. The first year of the agreement requires minimum spend of $1.5 million and 3,000 metres of drilling, while an addition $1.5 million must be spent on the property in the second year of the option arrangement.
Upon Kirkland earning the 50% interest in the property, the two firms will form a joint venture to conduct operations on the property. At this point, an additional 25% interest can be earned in the property through the expenditure of $100 million in exploration on the property within the first five years of the venture forming. After this figure, any additional amounts will be funded by the two firms on a proportional basis.
During the course of the option period, Kirkland Lake will act as the operator of the property.
Additionally, Melkior has closed a private placement of $1.0 million in which Kirkland was the sole investor. The placement saw the issuance of 1,250,000 units at a price of $0.80 per unit. Each unit contains one common share and one common share purchase warrant with an exercise price of $1.20 and an expiry of two years. Kirkland also retains the right to acquire up to a 19.9% interest in Melkior following the placement.
Melkior Resources last traded at $0.86 on the TSX Venture, with a market capitalization of $17.24 million.
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