Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 2, 2019) – Jervois Mining Bound (ASX: JRV) (TSXV: JRV) (“Jervois” or “the Company”) is admiring to accommodate an amend apropos its alliance with eCobalt Solutions Inc. (TSX: ECS) (“eCobalt”) (the “Merger”), as able-bodied as abode First Azure Corp.’s (“FCC”) columnist absolution anachronous 26 June 2019, absolute FCC’s egoistic and ambiguous activity to the Merger.
On 2 April 2019, Jervois and eCobalt entered into an adjustment acceding (the “Arrangement Agreement”) pursuant to which the companies proposed to amalgamate on the abject of an at-market merger. The eCobalt Alliance will be completed by way of a Plan of Adjustment beneath the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) and requires the approval of both Jervois and eCobalt shareholders.
Jervois has alleged a affair of its shareholders to vote on the eCobalt Merger, which will be captivated on 18 July 2019 at 1100 (AEST) on Akin 18, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. eCobalt shareholders will vote on the Alliance at a affair on 19 July 2019 at 1000 (CPST) in Vancouver, Canada.
Prior to advertisement the eCobalt Merger, the Adjustment Acceding was absolutely accustomed by the Board of Directors of both Jervois and eCobalt.
On 26 June 2019, FCC issued a columnist absolution authoritative apocryphal and ambiguous claims about the eCobalt Merger.
In response, eCobalt has reaffirmed that the Alliance is in the best interests of eCobalt shareholders and that its shareholders should VOTE FOR the Alliance at the accessible 19 July 2019 eCobalt actor affair and addressed FCC’s apocryphal and ambiguous activity to the Merger. eCobalt’s acknowledgment can be accessed on its website at: https://www.ecobalt.com/news/news-releases/ecobalt-urges-shareholders-to-vote-in-favour-of-je-20190627.
Jervois feels it adapted that it additionally acknowledge to FCC’s apocryphal and ambiguous activity to the Merger.
As a aftereffect of the aggregate of eCobalt and Jervois, eCobalt shareholders will accretion acknowledgment to the transformative abeyant of East Africa and to the inherent amount anchored in Jervois’ Nico Young nickel-cobalt project, which already in operation will be one of Australia’s better suppliers of nickel-cobalt articles to the beginning array sector.
Jervois is in avant-garde negotiations with the Governments of Uganda and Tanzania over the Kilembe copper-cobalt abundance / Kasese Azure Refinery and Kabanga nickel-cobalt deposits respectively, all of which are bank 1 opportunities that about wouldn’t be accessible to inferior mining companies.
After the Merger, eCobalt shareholders will account from the administration of a acclimatized controlling aggregation with a clue almanac for developing circuitous all-embracing projects and with abysmal acquaintance in exploration, financing, construction, allotment and operations.
Unlike FCC’s administration team, who are inferior mining aggregation promoters; Jervois’s principals are abundance operators who acquire developed, congenital and operated above mines, smelters and refineries globally. We see the Idaho Azure Activity (“ICP”) as an important allotment of the approaching of the aggregation consistent from the Alliance (“New Jervois”) as a above all-embracing aggregation focused on array metals; a aggregation which accepted eCobalt shareholders will own a cogent allotment of should they acquire the Merger.
FCC apocryphal affirmation the Alliance does not beforehand the ICP, either technically or financially
Jervois brings one of the best accomplished and able administration teams accumulated in the inferior mining space. With Jervois, we are attractive to echo what we acquire done before, specifically, the Company’s principals were allotment of founding administration teams in:
The Jervois aggregation is awful accomplished in abject metal mining, processing and adorning businesses from activity development and construction, allotment and operations. Many of Jervois’s admiral acquire developed and run the better mining and mineral processing sites in the sector. The all-around mining companies area we congenital our careers are industry leaders for the accomplishing of operating best convenance systems, procedures and practices for bloom and safety, environment, bounded content, association assurance and sustainability.
Unlike FCC, we will pay our suppliers in Idaho the banknote they are owed for their services, and not force them to acquire claim in shares due to disability to pay an balance (refer to FCC columnist advertisement anachronous 8 May 2019 on folio 2; https://www.firstcobalt.com/_resources/news/20190508.pdf).
Jervois agrees with FCC that an adeptness to admission basic in this bazaar ambiance should be an important application for eCobalt shareholders. The ICP has been delayed abundant – it is time for the activity to be congenital in adjustment to be able-bodied positioned for the abutting backlash in azure prices. The Alliance amid Jervois and eCobalt will acquiesce this to happen.
eCobalt shareholders will accretion admission to Jervois’s adeptness to admission basic at times aback added mining companies cannot. This is apparent by the Company’s afresh oversubscribed costs of A$16.5 million, which was accomplished at a aberrant to its trading price.
Jervois has the requisite abstruse backbone and admission to basic in adjustment to beforehand the ICP into production; FCC artlessly has neither.
Uganda, Nico Young, Jervois’s administration aggregation area and an ASX listing
Uganda is a country that has accomplished three decades of political stability, and contains astronomic abeyant accustomed its agnate cartography and concrete area adjoining to the mineral affluent but politically ambiguous Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”). As allotment of a portfolio of assets, Jervois believes it is important for investors to accretion acknowledgment to the aberrant geological befalling that genitalia of Africa represent; however, abandoned as allotment of a anxiously counterbalanced portfolio, that abundantly balances accident and reward. To say that one should not adventure into Africa in chase of azure aback the all-inclusive majority of the world’s azure accumulation is sourced from there, is about acknowledging that one will never become a globally cogent and cardinal supplier to Western World barter in the arising electrification trend in transportation.
The key to beforehand in Africa is to undertake this in a sensible, abstinent way, area the risks are understood, mitigated area possible, and appropriately priced area not. For context, about 10% of New Jervois ownership, and amount contribution, relates to Uganda.
The Nico Young nickel-cobalt abundance bleed activity in New South Wales, Australia, will blot no banking assets of New Jervois in advancing years – all approaching allotment will be accessed via third parties. Partnering and off-take negotiations are advancing and Jervois expects to defended allotment on adequate bartering terms. Nico Young represents a admired alarm advantage on college nickel and azure prices – aback they return.
Jervois’s aggregation is all-around and our Board of Directors and administration aggregation are actively affianced in the business. Our Accepted Counsel is based in Toronto, Canada. Upon the achievement of the eCobalt Merger, two out of bristles New Jervois Directors will be based in North America. The majority of New Jervois’ controlling administration aggregation is additionally domiciled in North America – EGM Corporate Affairs, CFO / EGM Finance and Accepted Counsel / EGM Legal.
Jervois’s aggregation has spent cogent time in Idaho aback the Alliance was appear in aboriginal April. The appropriate ambit of assignment to finalise the achievability abstraction (“FS”) underpins our contempo basic raise. New Jervois will accumulate a aerial calibre operational aggregation that will be based at the ICP in Idaho and not Toronto or Muskoka, like FCC’s administration aggregation and Board of Directors.
Given that Jervois aloof accomplished a A$16.5 actor oversubscribed adjustment on the ASX, it is adamantine to altercate that admission to an ASX advertisement is not absolute for eCobalt shareholders. In adverse FCC has appear it will no best be listed on the ASX.
FCC’s ambiguous altercation that eCobalt should abide independent
If eCobalt charcoal independent, it lacks the banking assets to beforehand the ICP. FCC is not proposing any another way to move the ICP advanced and lacks the banking accommodation to do so. The time to body the abundance is now – during the abatement – so that the adeptness is allotment at a time of ascent article prices. Placing the ICP on affliction and aliment and shutting bottomward the site, so that the ample amounts of basic invested to date is wasted, is a abhorrent bread-and-butter aftereffect for eCobalt shareholders. Jervois has accurate it has the adeptness to accession money in this arduous bazaar and is able of affective the ICP into assembly to maximise eCobalt actor value.
FCC’s ambiguous claims about its abandoned Ontario refinery
FCC has fabricated a cardinal of claims apropos to its bankrupt Ontario refinery that are artlessly untrue. It states that based on the appear after-effects of eCobalt’s ICP FS and an FCC refinery desktop abstraction (which was able by Primero Group Ltd (“Primero”), an Australian engineering firm), FCC believes that eCobalt could annihilate best of the basic associated with the architecture of a new refinery in the United States via application FCC’s abandoned Ontario facility.
Clearly FCC administration either didn’t apprehend or couldn’t accept Primero’s desktop report, which is accessible to eCobalt shareholders and the accessible on FCC’s website at: https://www.firstcobalt.com/_resources/reports/First_Cobalt_Refinery_Desktop_Cost_Estimate_10_09_2018.pdf.
At the envisaged apply assembly ante from the abate ambit ICP of 800 tonnes per day (“tpd”) ore processing (Case 3 of 45tpd and Case 4 of 50tpd apply through-put respectively), Primero assured the basic to clean the abandoned armpit was amid US$100 and US$105 actor to aftermath azure carbonate, a discounted average artefact acute added refining. This is broadly agnate to the US$129 actor amount estimated by eCobalt to body a committed aboriginal adeptness aural the United States bearing azure sulphate heptahydrate crystals, a final artefact awash anon to array manufacturers. Primero acclaimed that any change in the FCC refinery to aftermath azure sulphate will crave added capital. In addition, busline costs of apply from the ICP to FCC’s abandoned Ontario adeptness (3,400 kilometres away) and college refinery operating costs (approximately bifold that of a new adeptness in Idaho, afresh based on the Primero desktop abode commissioned by FCC) will abundantly abate any abeyant accumulation in capital.
It is additionally important to calendar that Primero’s abstraction is at desktop akin – i.e. not alike at scoping akin definition, admitting ambiguous FCC statements to the contrary. Specifically, Primero accompaniment “…the [desktop] abstraction has been conducted at a absolute aerial level, and the costs will crave added clarification above-mentioned to a final beforehand decision. The brownfields attributes of the activity requires a added all-embracing appraisal than a desktop abstraction can realistically provide.” The upside accident to Primero’s desktop basic amount appraisal was estimated at 50%, highlighting the abridgement of basal activity analogue that FCC was either afraid or clumsy to pay for.
Further, eCobalt has additionally about appear that it is afterlight the FS abject to 1,200 tpd ore processing, which is accepted to beforehand to about 60-70 tpd of apply assembly from the ICP. This exceeds the abeyant refinery processing accommodation of FCC’s Ontario adeptness beneath the accomplished assembly book advised by Primero and would additionally crave redesign to the by-product circuits to abutment added chestnut and gold recovery.
The accepted FCC adequate tailings adeptness at its abandoned refinery is an unlined earthen wet tailings adeptness complete over two decades ago with bound annal of abstracts contained. It requires accurate analysis to appraise its acquiescence with adequate standards in construction, aliment and cease planning. The tailings pond is of bereft admeasurement for the refinery to serve as a athenaeum for the activity of the ICP as appear in the aftermost FS appear by eCobalt, let abandoned the broadcast assembly book currently advancing with the abutment of Jervois’s abstruse team. Adverse to FCC claims, the refinery and tailings adeptness are not absolutely adequate for processing or acquittal of the specific blazon and aggregate of augment and decay that would be generated from ICP concentrates.
For the contempo ‘study’ on recommissioning the bankrupt armpit based on third-party absolute from the DRC, as FCC didn’t like the abstruse facts presented by Primero, they affianced Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. (“Ausenco”). Due to FCC’s banking affliction to pay for absolute abstruse advice, Ausenco completed an apocalyptic desktop analysis aural weeks. Cogent added assignment is required, of far greater abyss and robustness, to affirm the technical, bread-and-butter and ethical authority of a business case of reopening the shuttered refinery on DRC raw absolute supply. Ausenco accurately accent that the ambit of their desktop analysis was conceptual and did not awning the bread-and-butter activity of rebuilding and reopening the bankrupt refinery. The Ausenco abode did not accede ICP apply augment supply, abandoned azure hydroxide from the DRC.
Jervois and eCobalt Alliance Rationale
Finally, Jervois would like to booty this befalling to admonish eCobalt shareholders of the key highlights of the Merger.
Merger highlights include:
Friendly aggregate arch to an continued aggregation with greater scale, clamminess and about-face with re-rating potential;
Combined aggregation to acquire an Australian, East African and United States activity activity that includes the ICP, the accomplished aggregate of azure brand and calibration in North America; New Jervois will be the arch azure beforehand agent globally;
New Jervois to be run by an accomplished administration aggregation with a accurate clue almanac of auspiciously developing, architecture and operating above mines, smelters and refineries globally;
Increased basic markets acknowledgment through listings in Australia and Canada, greater institutional afterward and analysis coverage;
After closing of the eCobalt Merger, New Jervois to be able-bodied capitalized on the aback of Jervois’s afresh oversubscribed costs of A$16.5 million; and
19.05% of eCobalt’s outstanding shares are committed to vote in favor of the eCobalt Merger, comprised of 14.65% of eCobalt shares beneath voting and abutment agreements and Jervois’s 4.40% captivation of eCobalt’s shares.
Jervois believes this advertisement provides accurateness to all accordant stakeholders, including eCobalt shareholders, in affiliation to FCC’s apocryphal and mis-leading claims fabricated to beforehand its own egoistic agenda. As a adept eCobalt actor itself, Jervois is absolutely committed to the development of the ICP and to actualize amount for the account of all shareholders.
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The abstruse agreeable of this account release, as it relates to eCobalt, has been advised and accustomed by Darby Stacey, P. Eng, Activity Manager of eCobalt and a able being as authentic by National Instrument 43-101.
Competent Person’s Statement
The advice in this absolution that relates to Analysis After-effects and Mineral Assets is based on advice aggregate by David Selfe who is abounding time agent of the aggregation and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. David Selfe has acceptable acquaintance which is accordant to the appearance of mineralisation and blazon of drop beneath application and to the activity which they are adventure to authorize as a Competent Being as authentic in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Analysis Results, Mineral Assets and Ore Reserves’. David Selfe consents to the admittance in the absolution of the affairs based on their advice in the anatomy and ambience in which it appears.
This account absolution contains advanced statements, which chronicle to approaching contest or approaching achievement and reflect management’s accepted expectations and assumptions. Such advanced statements reflect management’s accepted behavior and are based on assumptions fabricated by and advice currently accessible to Jervois and about accessible information. Advanced statements generally abode our accepted approaching business and banking achievement and banking condition, and generally accommodate words such as “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “would”, “estimate”, “expect”, “believe”, “target”, “indicative”, “preliminary”, or “potential”. All statements, added than statements of absolute fact, included herein including, after limitation, statements or advice about the affiliation of the business of eCobalt into the Jervois organization, the advancing allowances from the alliance with eCobalt, expectations of circadian assembly from the ICP and the amount of architecture committed adorning accessories for ICP ore, expectations apropos approaching exploration, licensing, development, advance and abeyant of New Jervois’ operations, projects and investments, statements pertaining to mineral ability estimates, Jervois’ ongoing, financing, off-take and partnering activity in account of the Nico Young nickel-cobalt project, approaching opportunities associated with or in affiliation to projects in Africa, Jervois’ expectations with account to article prices, and advice apropos to the approaching allocation of basic assets are advanced attractive statements. By their nature, advanced statements absorb accepted and alien risks, uncertainties and added factors which may account our absolute results, achievement or achievements, or added approaching events, to be materially altered from any approaching results, achievement or achievements bidding or adumbrated by such advanced statements. These accident factors include, amid others: risks associated with the business of Jervois and eCobalt; risks accompanying to the affiliation of eCobalt into the Jervois alignment afterward achievement of the merger; risks accompanying to assurance on abstruse advice provided by Jervois and eCobalt; risks apropos to analysis and abeyant development of Jervois’ and eCobalt’s projects; business and bread-and-butter altitude in the mining industry generally; the accumulation and appeal for labour and added activity inputs; prices for bolt to be produced and changes in article prices; changes in absorption and bill barter rates; risks apropos to inaccurate geological and engineering assumptions (including with account to the tonnage, brand and recoverability of mineral resources); risks apropos to hasty operational difficulties (including abortion of plant, accessories or processes to accomplish in accordance with blueprint or expectations, amount escalation, dearth of abstracts and equipment, government activity or delays in the cancellation of government approvals, automated disturbances or added job action, and hasty contest accompanying to health, assurance and ecology matters); risks apropos to adverse acclimate conditions; political accident and amusing unrest; changes in accepted bread-and-butter altitude or altitude in the banking markets; and added accident factors as abundant from time to time and the added risks articular in Jervois’ and eCobalt’s filings with Canadian balance regulators on SEDAR in Canada (available at www.sedar.com) and with the Australian Balance Barter in Australia (available at www.asx.com.au). These advanced statements are fabricated as of the date hereof and, except as appropriate beneath applicative balance legislation, Jervois does not accept any obligation to amend or alter them to reflect new contest or circumstances.
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