Kitsault Molybdenum Mine
Avanti is focused on the development of the past producing Kitsault molybdenum mine located north of Prince Rupert in British Columbia. Kitsault has Proven and Probable reserves of 215 million tonnes grading 0.085% Mo and containing 368 million pounds of recoverable molybdenum as outlined in the Technical Report dated December 15, 2009.
The Kitsault Molybdenum Mine — owned 100% by Avanti Kitsault Mine Ltd. — is a former producing mine (total production during two prior periods was approximately 30 million pounds of moly) and is considered to be one of the top five undeveloped primary molybdenum assets worldwide. The project is located on Lime Creek at the head of Alice Arm Inlet, approximately 140 km northwest by ocean transport from Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The high grade resource at The Kitsault Mine site has existing infrastructure, consisting of road access and a power transmission line connected to the B.C. Hydro grid. The project is easily accessible by air or water from Prince Rupert, or by road from the town of Terrace.
Most recently, Avanti completed the following key milestones on the project:
- Completed a Prefeasibility Study recommending advancing the project to a Final Bankable Feasibility stage,
- Increased its land holdings by 300%, through the purchase of contiguous mineral tenures surrounding its existing property at Kitsault, providing the Company with exploration and development lands, and
- Raised $17.3 million by way of a financing involving a syndicate of underwriters, led by BMO Nesbitt Burns, GMP Securities and Macquarie Capital Markets Canada.
Based on Avanti's NI 43-101 Prefeasibility Study, the project shows robust economics with a Proven and Probable reserve of 215 million tonnes grading 0.085% Mo. Over a fifteen year period, Avanti expects to produce an average of 24.5 million pounds per year for a life of mine recovery of 368 million pounds of moly. The first five years are expected to have the highest rate of production, with an estimate of 29 million pounds per year at average grades of 0.10% Mo. With the Projects projected operating cost of $4.43 per pound and a life of mine after tax net cash flow of $1.56 billion, the Prefeasibility shows a discounted after tax NPV (8%) of $551 million.
The Denver-based, private equity group Resource Capital Funds (RCF) recently converted 75% of it $20 million bridge loan into shares, making them the largest shareholder in Avanti with 41%. The recent financing has added some of the world's premiere institutional investors to the Company's share register who along with retail investors own an estimated 50%. Management and Board own approximately 9% of the Company making its objectives aligned with all shareholders.
In late 2008, Avanti signed a Communication Protocol with the Nisga'a Lisims Government, where the Nisga'a Nation has specific constitutionally protected rights under the Nisga'a Final Agreement. The proposed mine construction is anticipated to start in 2011, with The Kitsault Molybdenum Mine reaching production in late 2013. The new mine will create over 330 full-time jobs, plus another 250 jobs over the three year construction period. Avanti is committed to developing the mine in an environmentally acceptable manner acceptable to the Nisga'a Nation and all other neighbours to the Project.
Corporate Profile on Stockhouse
Craig J. Nelsen
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Nelsen is the President, CEO and Director of Avanti, and he currently serves as a Director of New Gold Inc. (appointed June 2008). He is the founder of Metallica Resources Inc. and served as Chairman from 1994 to 2008. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of that company from 1994 to 1999. In June 2008, a three-company merger between Metallica, Peak Gold and New Gold Inc. was finalized, forming the new, larger gold producer known as New Gold Inc., listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and American Stock Exchange. Mr. Nelsen served as the Executive Vice-President, Exploration (from 1999 to June 2007) for Gold Fields Limited, one of the world's largest gold mining companies, listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange in South Africa and also on the New York Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, Euronext in Paris and Brussels and the SWX Swiss Exchange. Mr. Nelsen holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Montana.
Amjad J. (AJ) Ali
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ali is the Chief Financial Officer of Avanti. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' experience in the mining industry. Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Centenario Copper Corporation, a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Previously, Mr. Ali was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of EuroZinc Mining Corporation (2004 to 2006), a public company listed on both the Toronto and American Stock Exchanges. Mr. Ali was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Resource 21 (1998 to 2003), a subsidiary of Boeing, formed to produce satellite-based imaging data and information services primarily for the agricultural industry. Mr. Ali was the Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Vista Gold Corp. (1992 to 1998), a public company listed on the Toronto and American Stock Exchanges. He was a director of Centenario Copper Corporation before its acquisition by Quadra Mining. Prior to the merger of Peak Gold, Metallica Resources and New Gold Inc., Mr. Ali served as the Director and the chair of the Audit Committee of Metallica Resources Inc. Mr. Ali is also a member of the Financial Executives International and the Institute of Corporate Directors.