TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2013) -
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Century Iron Mines Corporation ("Century" or "Century Iron" or the "Company") (TSX:FER) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, through a Century wholly-owned subsidiary, from Champion Iron Mines Limited ("Champion"), Champion's remaining interest in the Attikamagen Lake Project (the "Project") (the "Transaction"). Upon completion of the Transaction, Century, indirectly and directly, together with Labec Century Iron Ore Inc. ("Labec Century") will own a 100% interest in the Project. Labec Century is a joint venture formed with WISCO Canada Attikamagen Resources Development & Investment Limited ("WISCO Attikamagen") to develop the Project and is owned 60% as to Century Iron and 40% as to WISCO Attikamagen.
Consideration for the purchase is 2,000,000 common shares issued from Century Iron's treasury and 1,000,000 warrants of Century Iron exercisable as follows: (i) on or before the first anniversary of the Closing Date (which will be on or before November 29, 2013): $0.75 per share; (ii) after the first anniversary of the Closing Date and on or before the second anniversary of the Closing Date: $1.00 per share; (iii) after the second anniversary of the Closing Date and on or before the third anniversary of the Closing Date: $1.50 per share; (iv) after the third anniversary of the Closing Date and on or before the fourth anniversary of the Closing Date: $2.00 per share; and (v) after the fourth anniversary of the Closing Date and on or before the fifth anniversary of the Closing Date: $2.50 per share. In addition, Champion will receive a 2% net smelter return royalty on iron and minerals produced from the Project.
The Transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of Century but is subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Sandy Chim, President and CEO of Century commented that "we are very pleased to have concluded this acquisition agreement with our joint venture partner, Champion, to own 100% of the Attikamagen Lake Project. This is a major advancement of the Project following the further $20 million investment in the Project by WISCO announced last week. WISCO has invested a total of $40 million to date to complete its earn-in of its full 40% interest. The Transaction is accretive to the shareholders and to the strategic partners of the Company. Now the Project can be developed more effectively to fruition on a simplified 60/40 basis between Century and WISCO.
Over the course of the last few years, we have made substantial investments in exploring and developing the Project with excellent results. Joyce Lake is the most advanced part of the Project. A preliminary economic assessment was completed in April and we are moving toward the feasibility study stage. In addition, we are currently carrying out a fall drilling program at Joyce Lake and expect to expand and upgrade the resource base used in the preliminary economic assessment."
Century is an exploration and development company of iron projects in Canada. The Company has significant interests in several properties in western Québec and in the prolific iron ore-producing region of the Labrador Trough in eastern Québec and western Newfoundland and Labrador. Century has two key strategic partners in WISCO International Resources Development & Investment Limited ("WISCO") and Minmetals Exploration & Development (Luxembourg) Limited S.àr.l., both state-owned Chinese companies with the financial and technical resources to assist the Company with funding and technical expertise for the exploration and development of its projects.
Century has interests in the following mineral exploration projects located in the Provinces of Québec and Newfoundland and Labrador:
The Company's mission is to enhance shareholder value through the development of iron projects in Canada and to become a major Canadian iron ore producer. Century Iron's website is: www.centuryiron.com.
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