Tova Ventures Inc. and 0824239 B.C. Ltd. announce closing of qualifying transaction, the acquisition of the Otjikoto Gold Project and a name change to Auryx Gold Corp.
June 29, 2010
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TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - Tova Ventures Inc. ("Tova") (TSX-V: TOV.P) and 0824239 B.C. Ltd. ("BC Ltd") are pleased to announce the closing on June 25, 2010 of the previously announced (see March 1, 2010 press release) reverse take-over transaction with BC Ltd whereby Tova has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of BC Ltd (the "Transaction"). The Transaction constitutes Tova's qualifying transaction pursuant to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. PowerOne Capital Markets Limited acted as financial advisor to BC Ltd. in conjunction with the Transaction.
Prior to the closing of the Transaction, Tova consolidated its common shares on a one (1) for five (5) basis. Pursuant to the Transaction, Tova issued one (1) common share for each common share of BC Ltd issued and outstanding immediately prior to the Transaction. The outstanding options, warrants and other convertible securities of BC Ltd are exercisable for common shares of Tova based on the same exchange ratios. As a result of the completion of the Transaction, Tova has 122,462,331 common shares issued and outstanding. Assuming that all of Tova's options, warrants and other convertible securities are exercised, 140,728,931 common shares of Tova will be issued and outstanding on a fully diluted basis.
The board of directors of Tova now consists of Tim Searcy, P. Geo., Heye Daun, Alan Friedman, Bongani Mtshisi, George Pirie and Tony Harwood. Tim Searcy, P. Geo. has been appointed President, Alan Rootenberg has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, Heye Daun has been appointed President of Africa and Operations, Alan Friedman has been appointed Secretary and Executive VP of Corporate Development and Bongani Mtshisi has been appointed Chair of the Board.
In connection with the Transaction, Tova filed articles of amendment to change its name to "Auryx Gold Corp.". Subject to final approval from the TSX, Auryx anticipates that its common shares will commence trading on the TSX during the week of July 5, 2010 under its new trading symbol "AYX".
Tova and BC Ltd are also pleased to announce the closing on June 25, 2010 of the previously announced (see March 1, 2010 press release) transactions contemplated by the share purchase agreement dated February 17, 2010 among BC Ltd, TEAL Namibia (B) Inc. and Teal Minerals (Barbados) Inc. for the purchase of a 100% interest in TEAL Namibia (B) Inc. ("TEAL Namibia"), which in turn holds a 92% interest in the Otjikoto Gold project and a 92% interest in the Otavi Exploration area, both located in north-central Namibia, at an aggregate purchase price of US$28,000,000. The Otjikoto Gold Project and the Otavi Exploration area are commonly jointly referred to as "Otjikoto" or the "Otjikoto Project".
Otjikoto is an orogenic gold deposit of late Proterozoic to early Paleozoic age. Its age and tectonic environment make it similar to the AngloGold Ashanti's Navachab deposit, Romarco's Haile deposit, and Centamin's Sukari deposit, all of which are multi-million ounce deposits. Otjikoto has a NI 43-101 compliant resource, on a 100% ownership basis, of:
The resource was calculated using a 0.4 g/t Au cut off. Samples were capped at 15 g/t Au. Parent block sizes were 50m x 50m x 5m with sub-cells of 2.5m x 2.5m x variable. A total of 474 diamond drill and RC holes were used in calculating the resource. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have a demonstrated economic viability. The independent QP responsible for auditing this resource estimate is Mark Wanless, Pr.Sci.Nat., of SRK Consulting, Johannesburg.
Otjikoto is accessible from Windhoek, 300 km to the south, via national road B1, the main north-south paved highway in Namibia. Otjikoto has a 33kV power line to site, and power lines of 66kV, 220kV, and 400kV 15 km west of site. The project is 50 km northeast along B1 from the full service town of Otjiwarongo. The entire Otjikoto Project area consists of three mineral exploration licenses for 193,000 hectares, one mineral exploration renewal application for 49,000 ha, and one new mineral exploration application for 97,000 hectares. Furthermore, TEAL Namibia has a 100% interest in one mineral exploration license, which is proximal to Otjikoto, for 97,000 hectares, and seven new mineral exploration applications for 623,000 hectares.
Alan Friedman, outgoing President of Tova (now Auryx Gold), and a director and Secretary and Executive VP of Corporate Development of Auryx Gold stated: "I would like to thank my co-directors as well as legal and financial advisors of the Company, for their significant contribution and dedication over the past few years. Our efforts have culminated in this successful qualifying transaction with BC Ltd, and I look forward to working with the incoming management and board of Auryx Gold as we progress the Otjikoto Gold Project in Namibia."