Orca Gold Creates Côte d’Ivoire Focused Exploration Company in Combination with Avant Minerals
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 18, 2019 – Orca Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ORG) (“Orca” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that an agreement has been reached with Avant Minerals Inc. (“Avant”) whereby the assets of Avant will be combined with the Côte d’Ivoire assets of Orca to form a new, private mineral exploration company focused in West Africa (the “Combination”).
The new company, Montage Gold Corp. (“Montage”), will initially be owned 60% by Orca and 40% by Avant, prior to the completion of a concurrent non-brokered private placement financing of a minimum of CAD$7 million by third-party investors (the “Financing”).
Upon closing of the Combination and Financing, expected by the end of August 2019, the assets of Montage will include:
Four permits and nine permit applications in Côte d’Ivoire totaling 4,243km2
Nine permits and two permit applications under earn-in in Burkina Faso totaling 1,128km2
Cash balance of at least CAD$11 million
Investors in the Financing will own 22.3% of Montage, with Orca and Avant holding 46.6% and 31.1%, respectively.
In Côte d’Ivoire, Montage will control one of best placed land packages (See Figure 1 ) including the Morondo Licence, which currently hosts a 1.2 Moz inferred resource (see Orca release dated October 3, 2018) and is strategically centered between Roxgold’s Seguela Project 60kms to the south and Barrick/Endeavour’s Mankono joint venture adjacent to the north.
In Burkina Faso, the company will hold a dominant land position on the Sirba Greenstone belt between the Kouri Project of Golden Rim and the Samira Hill/Libiri deposit previously mined by Semafo. Avant presently owns 51% in this collection of properties and is earning into 70% from Predictive Discovery Ltd.
Orca CEO Rick Clark commented “The combination with Avant in West Africa provides Orca shareholders with opportunities to benefit from the strategic portfolio of permits and applications assembled by Orca and the portfolio and strong backing of Avant. For the foreseeable future, the company will focus its efforts in Côte d’Ivoire. The Bira and Bonsiega Projects in Burkina Faso will provide the company with longer term upside. Montage will be the best financed and backed junior explorer in West Africa with a management team to match.”
Management of Montage will include Hugh Stuart as CEO, Adam Spencer as President, and Glenn Kondo as CFO. The Board of Montage will be comprised of four Orca representatives and two Avant representatives, with the Chairman being an Orca appointee.
Montage’s exploration programme to the end of the year will focus on
Advancing the Koné prospect in the Morondo permit where the resource shows potential for expansion;
Continuing exploration on the Bobosso Project where Avant have identified a number of drill targets within areas of strong soil anomalism.; and
Infill sampling on the Badenou soil anomaly in the Korokaha North permit which lies adjacent to Barrick’s Tongon mining lease.
Figure 1: Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso Projects Overview
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Rick Clark| CEO & Director | Orca Gold Inc. | 604.689.7842
About Orca Gold Inc.
Orca Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ORG) is a Canadian resource company focused on exploration and development opportunities in Africa. Led by a board of directors made up of industry experts and a management team with a track record of discovering and building significant mines globally, Orca is developing one of the leading gold projects in Africa. The Company is currently focused on its 70%-owned Block 14 Gold Project in the Republic of the Sudan on which a Feasibility Study was completed in November 2018.
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