NGEx Financial Model Update Based on New Argentina Tax Rules and Also Files Technical Report for Project Constellation
February 22, 2016
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 22, 2016) -NGEx Resources Inc. (TSX:NGQ)(NASDAQ OMX:NGQ) ("NGEx" or the "Company") announces that, subsequent to the completion of the Project Constellation Preliminary Economic Assessment (the "PEA"), the export retention tax applicable to copper concentrate exports from Argentina was eliminated. The elimination of this tax increases Project Constellation's estimated after-tax NPV(8%) from $2.09 billion to US$2.61 billion; and increases the after-tax IRR from 14.5% to 16.6%. Project Constellation is the name given to the integrated project that evaluates the development of the Company's two large copper/gold/silver deposits, Los Helados and Josemaría, together as one project.
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO commented, "We view the lifting of the export tax as very positive for Argentina and for Project Constellation. It is the latest in a series of positive steps taken by the new government in Argentina to encourage investment in the country."
A summary of the findings of the PEA was initially announced in a news release dated January 7, 2016. When the change to the export retention tax was announced, the Company asked the authors of the Technical Report to update the financial analysis in the PEA to remove this tax. The financial results shown in the table below reflect this change and differ from those first reported in the January 7, 2016 news release.
A National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report (the "Technical Report") with an effective date of February 12, 2016 and titled "Project Constellation incorporating the Los Helados Deposit, Chile and the Josemaria Deposit, Argentina NI 43-101 Technical Report on Preliminary Economic Assessment" was prepared by Amec Foster Wheeler International Ingeniería y Construcción Limitada ("AMEC"). The Technical Report, which summarizes the results of the PEA that evaluates Project Constellation has been completed and filed on SEDAR. The Technical Report is available for review under the Company's profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and on the Company's website (www.ngexresources.com).
Updated Summary of Project Constellation Economic Results (Post Argentine Tax Changes):
|Pre-Tax NPV (8%) & IRR|| ||$4.43 billion NPV|
|After-Tax NPV (8%) & IRR|| ||$2.61 billion NPV|
|Payback Period (undiscounted, after-tax cash flow)|| ||3.6 Years|
|Metals Prices Assumed|| ||$3.00/lb Cu|
|Initial Capital Expenditures|| ||$3.08 billion|
|LOM Sustaining Capital Expenditures|| ||$4.36 billion|
|LOM C-1 Cash Costs (net of by-product credits)|| ||$1.05/lb Cu payable|
|Nominal Mill Capacity|| ||150,000 t/d|
|Mine Life|| ||48 years|
|Average Annual Metal Production (rounded)|| ||Life of Mine|| ||First 5 years|
| ||150,000 t Cu|
180,000 oz Au
1,180,000 oz Ag
| ||185,000 t Cu|
345,000 oz Au
1,310,000 oz Ag
|LOM Average Process Recovery|| ||88.3% Cu|
|* All figures reported are in 2015 US dollars and on a 100% Project and 100% equity basis valuation.|
The reader is advised that the PEA study results in this press release are only intended to provide an initial, high-level summary of the project. The PEA is preliminary in nature and includes the use of inferred mineral resources which are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves and there is no certainty that PEA results will be realized. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
The following figures show the sensitivity of estimated NPV's for the Project's updated cash flows at various copper prices and discount rates (Au and Ag held flat at $1,275/oz and $20/oz respectively):
|Sensitivity to Discount |
Rate & Copper Prices
|Discounted at 5%||4.95||3.08||7.77||4.99||10.59||6.87|
|Discounted at 8%||2.57||1.36||4.43||2.61||6.28||3.84|
|Discounted at 10%||1.60||0.66||3.07||1.65||4.54||2.62|
Mr. Jamie Beck, B.A.Sc., P. Eng., MBA, a mechanical engineer and project manager for the Company's engineering studies, is the Company's Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
The field programs and selection of the metallurgical samples were carried out under the supervision of Mr. Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., who is the Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Carmichael is Vice President, Exploration for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
The Mineral Resource estimates were prepared by Gino Zandonai, MSc. (CSM), (RM CMC #0155), in accordance with NI 43-101. Mr. Zandonai is the Qualified Person for the resource estimates and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
The independent Qualified Persons responsible for preparing the Technical Report are:
- Alfonso Ovalle, Chilean Mining Commission (RM CMC #243), Mine Planning and Development, and Operating Costs, (AMEC).
- Cristian Quezada, Chilean Mining Commission (RM CMC #205), Open Pit Mine Planning and Development, and Operating Costs, (AMEC).
- Cristian Quinones, Chilean Mining Commission (RM CMC #149), Geology and Mineralization, Exploration, and Drilling (Los Helados only), (AMEC).
- David Frost, FAusIMM, Mineral Processing and Metallurgy, and Marketing, (AMEC).
- Vikram Khera, P.Eng, Financial Analysis, (AMEC).
NGEx is a Canadian mineral exploration company with exploration projects in Chile and Argentina. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and on NASDAQ Stockholm under the symbol "NGQ". The Company's focus is on three advanced exploration stage copper-gold systems located on a contiguous land package that the Company holds in Chile's Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. Los Helados is part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Pan Pacific Copper Co., Ltd. holds 40%. Josemaría is part of a joint venture in which the Company holds 60% and Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) owns 40%. NGEx holds a 100% interest in the Filo del Sol Project. In addition to these more advanced projects the Company holds a portfolio of 100% owned early stage exploration projects located in Chile and Argentina.
The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of NGEx Resources under the Swedish Securities Market Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on February 22, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Time. Information on data verification by qualified persons on the project is summarized in the following technical reports: "Second Updated Mineral Resource Estimate for the Josemaría Property, San Juan Province, Argentina", with an effective date of 27 September 2013, amended 24 March 2014; and "Los Helados Cu-Au Deposit, Atacama Region III, Chile, NI 43-101 Technical Report on Preliminary Economic Assessment", with an effective date 1 October, 2014.
On behalf of the Board,
Wojtek Wodzicki, President and CEO
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