Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - January 4, 2023) - Kuya Silver Corporation (CSE: KUYA) (OTCQB: KUYAF) (FSE: 6MR1) (the "Company" or "Kuya Silver") is pleased to announce an agreement with Electra Battery Materials Corporation ("Electra") under which Kuya Silver has the right to acquire 100% of Electra's interest in the Silver Kings Joint Venture properties.
Consolidation of the Silver Kings Project
If Kuya Silver proceeds with this acquisition as planned, it will own or have exclusive rights to approximately 16,600 ha in the Cobalt, Ontario silver mining district, including properties and claims that have been staked or acquired by Kuya Silver since 2021 (Figure 1). In addition, Kuya Silver would acquire Electra's indirect interest in 1,400 ha owned by a third party, although that interest is currently undetermined, as discussed in Kuya Silver's Annual Information Form dated April 20, 2022.
David Stein, Kuya Silver's President and CEO, stated: "We believe the time is right to consolidate our interests in the Cobalt silver mining camp, which we believe has potential for high-grade near-surface silver that could become a second platform in our growth pipeline. Although Kuya Silver remains focused on its flagship Bethania silver project in Peru, having this kind of scale in a mining-friendly jurisdiction like Ontario will differentiate Kuya Silver from other single-project junior companies. Given what is known about the geology and production history, in any future production scenario, cobalt, a strategic critical metal with significant value, is likely to be produced as a co-product or by-product."
Terms of the Transaction
Kuya Silver, Electra, and certain subsidiaries of Electra entered into a share purchase and option agreement dated February 26, 2021, under which Kuya Silver acquired (among other things) an option to acquire up to a seventy percent (70%) interest in the Silver Kings Joint Venture properties, in stages. Kuya Silver, Electra, and the other relevant parties have amended this agreement to change the option terms and address related issues, with effect as of December 31, 2022. The agreement, as amended (the "Amended Agreement"), provides that Kuya Silver now has the option to acquire a 100% interest in the Silver Kings Joint Venture properties by (a) making an initial earn-in payment to Cobalt Industries of Canada Inc. and Cobalt Projects International Corp., two subsidiaries of Electra (the "Electra Subsidiaries"), in the form of common shares of Kuya Silver worth $1,000,000, by September 1, 2021 (the "Initial Earn-In Payment"), (b) making an additional payment of $1,000,000 in cash or issuing the equivalent value in common shares of Kuya Silver to the Electra Subsidiaries by January 31, 2023, and (c) granting to the Electra Subsidiaries a 2% royalty on net smelter returns from commercial production from the Silver Kings Joint Venture properties (the "Royalty").
The Initial Earn-In Payment was part of the original agreement and has already been made by Kuya Silver through the issuance of 671,141 common shares on September 1, 2021, which the Electra Subsidiaries acknowledge in the Amended Agreement. Upon satisfaction of the other requirements for exercising the modified option, Kuya Silver will acquire Electra's entire indirect interest in the Silver Kings Joint Venture properties (subject to the Royalty), making it unnecessary for Kuya Silver and Electra, or for any of their respective subsidiaries, to enter into a joint venture agreement for the exploration and development of this land package. Any additional common shares of Kuya Silver issued in connection with the exercise of the modified option are subject to a four-month and one day resale restriction from the date of issuance.
National Instrument 43-101 Disclosure
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. David Lewis, P.Geo., Exploration Director of Kuya Silver and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
About Kuya Silver Corporation
Kuya Silver is a Canadian‐based mineral exploration and development company with a focus on acquiring, exploring, and advancing precious metals assets in Peru and Canada.
For more information, please contact the Company at:
Kuya Silver Corporation
Telephone: (604) 398‐4493
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Figure 1 - Updated property map of the Silver Kings Project, Cobalt, Ontario. Historic mines, including seven mines (each of which produced in excess of 1 million oz silver), mineralized prospects and target areas are shown on this map.
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