Maverix to buy most of the silver from Ascendant’s Honduran mine

Canada’s Maverix Metals (TSX-V: MMX) entered this week into a life of mine purchase and sale agreement for silver produced from the El Mochito mine, owned and operated by Ascendant Resources (TSX: ASND) in Honduras.

El Mochito’s production guidance for 2019 is between 850,000 and 1,200,000 ounces of contained silver in concentrate

In a press release, Maverix said it will make an advance payment of $7.5 million for the right to purchase 22.5% of the silver produced from El Mochito and, subject to certain conditions, a further $7.5 million for an additional 17.5% of the silver produced. The company also committed to pay 25% of the silver price at the time of delivery, for each silver ounce delivered.

“This transaction is consistent with our stated strategy of acquiring long life precious metal streams that are immediately accretive to both our cash flow and net asset value,” Dan O’Flaherty, CEO of Maverix, said in the media statement.

The El Mochito mine is located on a 10,000-hectare land package near the town of Las Vegas in north-western Honduras.

It is a 2,300-tonne per day, underground zinc-lead-silver operation expected to grow to a 2,800-tonne per day operation following a 2018 expansion and optimization PEA. Such assessment outlined a 10-year operation with an increased production capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum and an expected output of nearly 600,000 ounces of silver per year.

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