VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Optimum Ventures Ltd. (“Optimum” or the “Company”) (TSXV:OPV), is pleased to announce that the Company has closed its previously announced share exchange agreement dated November 24, 2022 (the “Agreement”) with all of the shareholders of 1309762 B.C. Ltd. (the “Vendor”), a privately held corporation incorporated under the laws of British Columbia, pursuant to which the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares from the shareholders of Vendor in exchange for 3,000,000 common shares of the Company (“Optimum Shares”) subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Agreement (the “Transaction”).
The Vendor owns 19 contiguous mining claims forming the Salmon Property covering approximately 208 hectares in the Hyder Mining District situated in southeastern Alaska, along the panhandle, immediately east of the Salmon River. The property is well located near infrastructures such as an all-weather road, a town, a power line, and docks at tidewater.
In connection with the Transaction, the Company received a Technical Report entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Salmon Property, Hyder Mining District, Alaska” dated October 14, 2022, which has been prepared for the Company by Alojzy Walus, M. Sc., P. Geo and Registered Geologist, who is a “Qualified Person” as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (the “Technical Report“). The Technical Report is available on www.sedar.com under Optimum’s profile.
According to the Technical Report: The Salmon Property has excellent potential for the discovery of high-grade gold-bearing zones along NW trending structures. Data from past exploration operations indicates that the full extent of the gold-silver potential has not been explored but may be achieved using modern exploration methods. The report also states that identified intrusive rocks on the property are similar to those associated with mineralization at the historic Premier mine located 4 km north of the property and the KSM copper-gold porphyries and Brucejack Lake gold deposits. The Premier mine produced 2,000,000 ounces (oz) of gold and 49,000,000 ounces of silver. The KSM and Brucejack Lake deposits contain 6.4 million ounces of gold in the proven and probable categories outlined in public disclosures. Soil sampling has indicated values up to 36.1 g/t gold on the property.
“This additional ground secures Optimums exploration potential in the area, strategically located next to Ascots Premier Mine and Newcrest Minings Brucejack operations, we are excited for the prospect of exploration success and increasing shareholder value” commented Optimum CEO Tyler Ross.
Under the Agreement’s terms, the Vendor’s shareholders exchanged all of the issued and outstanding shares of Vendor to the Company in exchange for 3,000,000 Optimum Shares. The Transaction is an arms-length transaction for purposes of the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV“), and the Transaction was completed as an “Expedited Acquisition” pursuant to Policy 5.3 – Acquisitions and Disposition of Non-Cash Assets of the Corporate Finance Manual. In connection with the Transaction and as consideration for the benefit provided by 1330841 BC Ltd. (the “Finder“) in identifying and introducing to the Company the opportunity to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the Vendors, the Company paid the Finder a finder’s fee consisting of 150,000 common shares of Optimum (the “Finder’s Shares“). The Optimum Shares and the Finder’s Shares issuable in connection with the Transaction are subject to a statutory four-month and one-day hold period from the closing date.
Mr. Edward Kruchkowski P.Geo., a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and registered in the Province of British Columbia, is the “Qualified Person” under NI 43-101 and is responsible for the technical contents of this news release and has approved the disclosure of the technical information contained herein and confirms that the information contained herein is consistent with that in the Technical Report. This news release refers to properties other than those in which the Company has an interest. Mineralization on those other properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization on the Company’s properties.
Optimum Ventures Ltd. is a Canadian based mineral exploration company actively seeking opportunities in the resource sector. Its properties and projects are all located in British Columbia and the extensions of the “Golden Triangle” area of northern British Columbia into Alaska. The company has an option agreement with Teuton Resources Corp. pursuant to which Teuton has agreed to grant to Optimum the option to acquire an up to 80-per-cent interest in the Harry and Outland Silver Bar properties, located near Stewart, B.C. For more information visit www.optimumventures.ca.
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Forward Looking Statements
This release includes certain statements and information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect the expectations or beliefs of management of the Company regarding future events. Generally, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “intends” or “anticipates”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would” or “occur”. Forward-looking statements include those relating to historical exploration results from the Salmon Property. The Company cautions that all forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Such factors include, among other things: risks and uncertainties relating to Optimum’s ability to complete all payments and expenditures required under its mineral property acquisition agreements; and other risks and uncertainties relating to the actual results of current exploration activities, the uncertainty of reserve and resources estimates; the uncertainty of estimates and projections in relation to production, costs and expenses; risks relating to grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with adjacent properties and the Company’s expectations; operational risks and hazards inherent with the business of mining (including environmental accidents and hazards, industrial accidents, equipment breakdown, unusual or unexpected geological or structural formations, cave-ins, flooding and severe weather); metal price fluctuations; environmental and regulatory requirements; availability of permits, failure to convert estimated mineral resources to reserves, the inability to complete a feasibility study which recommends a production decision, the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results, fluctuating gold prices, possibility of equipment breakdowns and delays, exploration cost overruns, availability of capital and financing, general economic, political risks, market or business conditions, regulatory changes, timeliness of government or regulatory approvals and other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry, and those risks set out in the filings on SEDAR made by the Company with securities regulators. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities legislation.
This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.