Thor Explorations Announces Intention To Seek Admission To Trading On The Aim Market Of The London Stock Exchange
March 31, 2021
Thor Explorations Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: THX) (“Thor Explorations” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its intention to seek admission to trading of its common shares (the “Common Shares”) on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (“Admission”). The Company is targeting Admission during Q2 2021. This listing is supplementary to the Company’s listing on the TSX-V in Canada.
The dual listing is intended to further raise the profile and status of the Company with the global investment community. In addition, the Company intends that Admission will:
- increase access to UK and European investors
- provide additional liquidity for the Company’s current and future shareholders
- broaden the marketing of the Company’s shares
Segun Lawson, President & CEO, stated: “Thor Explorations has advanced significantly, in both project development and capitalisation since the acquisition of Segilola in 2016. This year, the Company is well positioned to achieve two major milestones with the commencement of gold production at Segilola in Nigeria and a maiden resource at Douta in Senegal, as well as continuing to progress our highly prospective Nigerian exploration portfolio on the Ilesha Schist belt.”
“The Company is seeking admission to AIM with near term production, a clearly defined growth strategy, a positive market setting for gold and a track record of exploration and development success. I am looking forward to working with our existing and new investors in the London market to deliver the significant potential of this company."
- Thor is a West African focussed gold company with its flagship Segilola gold mine under construction in Nigeria and set to become the first large-scale industrial gold mine in the country. Thor also owns development projects and exploration properties in Nigeria, as well as a 70% economic interest in a highly prospective region in Senegal.
- The Segilola gold project is scheduled to deliver first gold pour in June 2021, prior to completion of EPC plant performance conditions which is scheduled for August 2021, positioning Thor as a high-grade, low-cost gold producer. The Segilola project has the following highlights:
- Total Probable Reserve of 517,800 ounces at 4.02 grams per tonne (“g/t”) representing a 28% increase over the March 2019 Segilola Definitive Feasibility Study (“DFS”)
- Segilola process plant design capacity increased to 715,000 tonnes per annum (“tpa”) representing a 14% increase to the DFS design
- Life of Mine (“LOM”) All-in sustaining cost (“AISC”) of $685/oz
- LOM plan has been optimised to support increased process plant production rate
- Project Net Present Value (“NPV”) of $311m at a 5% discount rate and Internal Rate of Return (“IRR”) of 85%, both using a gold price assumption of $1,600/oz
- The Douta gold exploration project in Senegal presents a major deposit opportunity for the Company at Makosa, where the Company has announced the results of several successful drilling programs, most recently on 2 February and 9 February 2021, and is targeting a maiden resource in late 2021:
- A significant gold discovery on the renowned Kéniéba Inlier, Douta lies directly between the c. 4,800,000oz Sabodala-Massawa Mine (Endeavour Mining) and the 1,000,000oz Makabingui Gold Project (Bassari Resources)
- Following the success of the drilling programs at Makosa North and Makosa Tail announced on 2 February and 9 February 2021, with high intercept grades at both, the Company has initiated a supplementary 10,000 metre drilling program to assess the potential extension of the identified additional mineralisation, prior to the preparation of a maiden resource
- Extensive mineral rights on the highly prospective Ilesha Schist belt in South West Nigeria, with the following features:
- Nine exploration licenses covering an under-explored area of 913km2
- Significant artisanal activities on many of the licenses, indicating gold presence in the area
- Pre-drilling reconnaissance programs completed, returning positive gold assay results in laboratory tests from every lease sampled
- In January 2021, the Company recruited a dedicated regional exploration team and has ongoing systematic exploration programmes on all its licences in Nigeria
- Thor is deeply committed to sustainability ensuring a cross sectoral approach to our governance, environment and social management throughout our projects’ life cycles. Our core sustainability values are:
- Understanding and working with host community stakeholders from early exploration stage and actioning mutually agreed commitments throughout the project timeframe
- Creating employment and upskilling of the local workforce to leave a long-lasting legacy
- Embedding environment and resource efficiency mechanisms into our designs, operations and activities cognisant of reducing our natural resource use and footprint from the outset
- Strategic shareholder support from the Africa Finance Corporation (“AFC”)
- The AFC has a 17.1% shareholding in Thor and is the major debt financier of the Segilola gold mine project
- The AFC is a pan-African multilateral development financial Institution and is 42.39% owned by the Central Bank of Nigeria
The Company’s objective is to become a leading West African focussed gold producer and developer.
Commencement of production at Segilola is set to provide the Company with a stable and cash generative platform for growth in order to progress the Company’s existing organic development and exploration pipeline, capitalise on its first mover advantage in Nigeria and make further acquisitions, all with the goal of increasing metal price exposure per share and shareholder value.
- Successfully commissioning and ramping-up the Segilola mine and achieving operating efficiency and cost targets
- Extending mine-life and expanding production at Segilola mine through underground development and near-mine opportunities
- Project Development
- Declaring Maiden Resource at Makosa (Douta) and proceeding to assessment and engineering design
- Progressing to project development at Makosa
- Advancing the Company’s significant existing exploration portfolio and increasing the project development pipeline
- Capitalise on First Mover advantage in Nigeria
- Leveraging the successful implementation at Segilola, through the assessment and permitting and/or acquisition of opportunities in what is a highly prospective and underexplored country
- Continuing corporate responsibility in relation to people, the environment and local communities
Nomad & Broker Appointments
In connection with Admission, Thor Explorations has appointed Canaccord Genuity as its Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker together with Hannam & Partners as its Joint Broker.
The above information has been prepared under the supervision of Alfred Gillman (Fellow AusIMM, CP), who is designated as a “qualified person” under National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approves the content of this news release. He has also reviewed QA/QC, sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information.
Further details can be found on the Company’s website: www.thorexpl.com
About Thor Explorations
Thor Explorations Ltd. is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties located in Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Thor Explorations holds a 100% interest in the Segilola Gold Project located in Osun State of Nigeria and has a 70% economic interest in the Douta Gold Project located in south-eastern Senegal. Thor Explorations also holds a 49% interest in the Bongui and Legue gold permits located in Houndé greenstone belt, south west Burkina Faso. Thor Explorations trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “THX”.
THOR EXPLORATIONS LTD.
President & CEO
For further information please contact:
Thor Explorations Ltd
Fig House Communications (Investor Relations)
Tel: +1 416 822 6483
Blytheweigh (Financial PR)
Tim Blythe / Megan Ray / Rachael Brooks
Tel: +44 207 138 3203
Canaccord Genuity (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Henry Fitzgerald-O’Connor / James Asensio / Angelos Vlatakis
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8000
Hannam & Partners (Broker)
Andrew Chubb / Matt Hasson / Nilesh Patel / Franck Nganou
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7907 8500
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