Toronto – December 14, 2020 – Almonty Industries Inc. (“Almonty” or the “Company”) (TSX: AII / OTCQX: ALMTF / Frankfurt: 1MR) is pleased to announce an end-of-year update across all projects around the world.
Almonty Korea Tungsten
Sangdong Project – After the previously announced execution of the loan agreements, the Company wishes to update the market on its current status. The Monty B portal has been completed on time and was increased from 120m to 131.1m.
The office/Laboratory has also been completed on time. The phase 2 mine development of 600m will commence this week and the Company is now discussing with Metso the ordering procedure and protocols for the long lead time crushing equipment. Metso are currently with members of the Almonty team in Portugal concluding the lock cycle process tests which will then enable Metso to finalize their engineering study of the flotation plant. The crushing engineering study was finalized 6 months ago.
Los Santos Mine
With the increasing Tungsten prices in the past couple of weeks and the expected aggressive price increases expected in 2021 due to replenishments of inventories and a supply deficit, the Company is now preparing Los Santos to reactivate the tailings processing section of the plant. A recent report by the head of global commodities research at Goldman Sachs’, Mr Jeffrey Currie, on December 8th has merely added to our confidence in pricing in 2021.
Production rates will be maintained in 2021 and this mine will continue to produce the highest-grade Wolframite available in the market backed by the highest recovery rate of any Tungsten gravity plant in the world.
The sheer depth of Tungsten and Tin understanding contained in this project’s fifth generational team makes them the global leader in Tungsten/Tin expertise. This depth of knowledge has enabled the Company to approach our Sangdong project with a high degree of successful certainly and this was a deciding factor in KFW/Plansee supporting the build so convincingly.
The permit process is on going as foreseen, but regrettably the covid crisis in Spain has slowed the progress. We now expect a further 3 months delay until permits are finalized. However, given its low operational cost and extremely high tin content (30%), Valtreixal will be a much welcomed addition to our portfolio once operational.
Almonty Korea Moly Project
Now that the financing has concluded for Almonty Korea Tungsten, the Company can turn its attention to converting the historical data of the resoucre into a 43-101 compliant instrument with drilling scheduled for early 2021.
With only 150m separating the Moly deposit from our existing infrastructure, the drill program will be extremely cost-effective. Our reported numbers of 16.3mt at 0.40% Mo are quoted with a 40% reduction which is applied when confirmation drilling has not confirmed the historical data.
The Company believes once confirmation drilling is concluded, it will clearly demonstrate one of SE Asia’s largest Moly deposits in both longevity of approx 50 years and grade, and is easily accessible from the exisitng infrastruture. It is worth noting that South Korea is one of the largest consumers of Moly in the world mainly related to the steel business, and currently the vast majority of Mo is imported. There is considerable local support to see this resource developed as quickly as possibe. This will furher soldify our position as South Korea’s largest mining company.
During the run up and closing of the KFW financing, the Company had to provide a snap shot of the Company to the lender. This meant that all previous strategies of growth through acquistion had to remain on hold. Normally, this is not an issue, but given how long the closing took, the Company has not been active for sometime. Now that the KFW execution has occured, the Company can resume its growth approach to continually increase our Tungsten/Moly foot print as strategic metals continue to gain importance across the world with multiple private companies now looking to stockpile.
“With the successful execution of the KFW, loan we can now go back to our continuing growth not just from building the world’s largest tungsten project but also to look at our 100% owned Moly deposit and if other viable acquisitions are matched to our strategy.
We have received multiple inquiries from shareholders regarding the final make up of the ownership structure and Board composition after financial close of the KFW US$75.1m debt financing. The Plansee group will not become a control person which is triggered at a 20% ownership and will have one seat of a 6-person Board. The role of Chairman, President and CEO will remain unchanged and I will also remain the second largest shareholder, merely swapping places with GTP/Plansee from the largest to the second. Given the importance of the Sangdong project to the Plansee Group supply chain and, in turn, to their customers, it is important to both the Plansee Group and to Almonty that they sit on our Board.
I wish all of our shareholders and customers a Happy Christmas and look forward to an incredible 2021”
The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain.
The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate.
The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp.
Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain.
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