Acquisition of 30% of Kartaltepe Transfers Control of the Entire Ҫӧpler District to SSR Mining
DENVER, CO, Oct. 24, 2022 /CNW/ - SSR Mining Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRM) (TSX: SSRM) (ASX: SSR) ("SSR Mining" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire an additional 30% ownership interest in the Kartaltepe Mining Joint Venture ("Kartaltepe") at the Ҫӧpler District from partner Lidya Mining ("Lidya") for total consideration of $150 million in cash (the "Transaction"). Upon completion of the Transaction, SSR Mining will increase its ownership interest in Kartaltepe from 50% and will own 80% of the entirety of the Ҫӧpler District. The acquisition is expected to deliver material synergies through the remainder of the currently defined 22-year Ҫӧpler mine life. The Transaction will provide increased exposure for the Company to potential exploration success on the geologically prospective Kartaltepe licenses, including Çakmaktepe Extension (Ardich), Çakmaktepe, and the Mavialtin Porphyry Belt. SSR Mining will use proceeds from its non-core asset sales received over the course of the past 18 months to fund the Transaction.
Rod Antal, President and CEO said, "The acquisition of an additional 30% of Kartaltepe continues the Company's successful track record of reinvesting proceeds from non-core asset sales into core operating jurisdictions. Ҫӧpler is our cornerstone asset, and Çakmaktepe Extension represents one of the major drivers of both near and longer-term upside for the operation. With this Transaction, we expect to improve the life of mine cash flow for Çakmaktepe Extension while also increasing our exposure to potential future upside at the Ҫӧpler District. Resource conversion and expansion drilling at Çakmaktepe Extension has continued throughout 2022, with the project remaining on track for first production in 2023. With our aggressive exploration programs targeting near-mine and regional prospects, we expect to deliver additional Mineral Resource and Reserve growth across the Çöpler District in the coming years. This Transaction builds on our long-standing, value accretive and exclusive partnership with Lidya Mining within Türkiye."
Strategic Rationale for the Kartaltepe Acquisition
- Expands ownership of existing Mineral Reserves and Resources at the Çakmaktepe, Çakmaktepe Extension, and Bayramdere deposits while also providing increased exposure to Mineral Resource conversion and expansion activities at the deposits in the future. Kartaltepe is comprised of eight licenses covering 9,200 hectares, which host a total of approximately 207,000 ounces of gold Mineral Reserves, including approximately 200,000 ounces, or 12%, of the existing Çakmaktepe Extension Mineral Reserves outlined in the 2021 Ҫӧpler District Master Plan ("CDMP21"). In addition, the licenses host 408,000 ounces of Measured & Indicated Mineral Resources and 394,000 ounces of Inferred Mineral Resources.
- Streamlines operating, financial and exploration activities across the Ҫӧpler District while creating tangible synergies. Eliminates incremental costs incurred through Anagold's purchase of Kartaltepe ore to account for differential ownership as had been previous practice 1.
- Increases ownership in regional tenements covering the Mavialtin Porphyry Belt, including the prospective Mavidere, Saridere, Aslantepe and Findiklidere targets. SSR Mining is actively drilling at Mavidere in 2022, following up on positive results from geochemical and geophysical survey activities completed at the prospect over the last two field seasons.
The Transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022, upon satisfaction of closing conditions.
SSR Mining's total tenements across the Çöpler District cover approximately 25,800 ha. The licenses have previously been managed under two separate joint ventures with Lidya: the Anagold Mining Joint Venture ("Anagold") and Kartaltepe. With the completion of the Transaction, SSR Mining will control 80% of each joint venture. SSR Mining previously controlled 50% of Kartaltepe, while the other 50% was controlled by Lidya. Kartaltepe hosts approximately 207,000 ounces of gold Mineral Reserves outlined in the CDMP21, along with an additional 408,000 ounces of Measured & Indicated Mineral Resources and 394,000 ounces of Inferred Mineral Resources, exclusive of Mineral Reserves. The licenses include the Çakmaktepe and Bayramdere deposits, and also cover the Mavialtin Porphyry Belt which features a number of exploration prospects including Mavidere, Saridere, Aslantepe and Findiklidere. Upon completion of this Transaction, SSR Mining will hold 80% of all licenses across the Ҫӧpler District.
1 Kartaltepe ore was previously sold in 2019 to the Anagold JV at $15/tonne for on-site processing.
SSR Mining Inc. is a leading, free cash flow focused gold company with four producing assets located in the USA, Türkiye, Canada, and Argentina, combined with a global pipeline of high-quality development and exploration assets. In 2021, the four operating assets produced approximately 794,000 gold-equivalent ounces. SSR Mining is listed under the ticker symbol SSRM on the NASDAQ and the TSX, and SSR on the ASX.
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