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Alpha Copper to acquire Cavu Energy

2022-08-19 18:36 ET - News Release

See News Release (C-ALCU) Alpha Copper Corp

Mr. Darryl Jones of Alpha reports


Alpha Copper Corp. and Cavu Energy Metals Corp. have entered a non-binding letter of intent dated Aug. 18, 2022, pursuant to which Alpha will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Cavu. The proposed transaction is an arm's-length transaction, and provides Cavu shareholders with a premium of 60 per cent based on each company's respective 20-day volume-weighted average price (VWAP).

After the proposed transaction, the combined entity of Alpha and Cavu will become a premier copper exploration company with an expanded portfolio of prospective base and precious metals assets in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Highlights of the transaction and strategic rationale:

  • Shareholders of the combined company will gain exposure to four prospective exploration projects in established mining jurisdictions, including:
    • Star project (Cavu) is multitarget copper-gold porphyry project in the Golden Triangle with a preserved supergene zone with 106.98 metres at 0.77 per cent Cu (copper) (hole S045) that is mineralized to 700 m depth and open for expansion. Over 13,000 m of modern drilling has been completed on the project, which is fully permitted for advanced exploration with 200 drill sites until 2026. The Star is located in the traditional territory of the Tahltan and Taku River Tlingit First Nations.
    • Hopper project (Cavu) is a 74-square-kilometre multitarget porphyry copper-molybdenum project in the Yukon with significant copper-gold-silver peripheral skarn mineralization. The skarn mineralization has yielded a best intercept of 22.28 m at 1.405 per cent Cu (hole HOP-21-DDH01), and drill testing of the porphyry target has yielded 116 m at 0.209 per cent Cu from surface (hole HOP-21-DDH06). The project is located on the traditional territory of the Champagne Aishihik First Nations.
    • Okeover project (Alpha) is situated on the south coast of British Columbia 25 km north of Powell River's deepwater port facilities and 145 km northwest of Vancouver, the Okeover property comprises 12 mineral claims totalling 4,613 hectares (11,399 acres), fully permitted for exploration planned for fall 2022.
    • Indata project (Alpha) is situated in north-central British Columbia on the east side of Albert Lake, a two-hour drive from the community of Fort St. James, the Indata property comprises 16 mineral claims totalling 3,189 hectares. Four zones of copper mineralization have been discovered at Indata, and historical drilling includes 148 metres grading 0.20 per cent Cu including 24.1 metres grading 0.37 per cent Cu in hole 98-I-4. Alpha is currently conducting a $1-million drilling exploration program on the Indata project, expected to be completed in Q4 2022.
  • The combined entity will be well capitalized to increase the value of its improved project portfolio, supported by its strong executive management team and board of directors.

Darryl Jones, chief executive officer of Alpha Copper, stated: "We believe the addition of Cavu and its Star and Hopper assets to Alpha's significant project portfolio of properties in British Columbia will be highly accretive for the shareholders of both Alpha and Cavu. With the current interest in copper assets, both for traditional uses and to support the expanding demand for battery metals, Alpha will be aggressively pursuing all four assets. We look forward to working with the excellent team at Cavu throughout this transaction, and look forward to maximizing the potential of a robust portfolio of high-value assets on completion."

Dr. Jacob Verbaas, chief executive officer of Cavu, commented: "Cavu is pleased to enter into this proposed transaction, which is at a significant premium to Cavu's market price. We believe Alpha's regional focus, financing capabilities and exploration capacity, combined with Cavu's strong project portfolio of mature exploration assets and technical expertise, create a scenario that mutually benefits Cavu and Alpha. In addition, we believe that this proposed arrangement will allow our highly prospective Star and Hopper properties to reach their full potential."

Proposed transaction details

Alpha proposes to issue 0.7 Alpha share for each share of Cavu. The consideration values Cavu at approximately 33 cents per share, representing a premium of approximately 60.67 per cent to Cavu shareholders, based on the 20-day VWAP of each company as of the close of trading on Aug. 17, 2022. Upon completion of the transaction, Cavu shareholders will hold approximately 30 per cent of Alpha shares on an outstanding basis.

In addition, it is anticipated that Cavu will appoint a nominee to Alpha's board of directors, and Cavu's chief executive officer, Dr. Jaap Verbaas, and vice-president of exploration, Dr. Luke Bickerton, will assume operational roles with Alpha.

The LOI for the proposed transaction includes customary provisions, including an exclusivity period ending on Oct. 31, 2022. The final structure of the proposed transaction will be determined by the parties, based upon tax, securities and corporate law considerations, and will be governed by the terms of a definitive and binding agreement governing the proposed transaction. Completion of the proposed transaction is subject to, among other conditions, satisfactory completion of due diligence, voting support of key shareholders, shareholder approval and conditional approval by the Canadian Securities Exchange. Both Alpha and Cavu expect to work toward entering into a definitive agreement by Sept. 30, 2022.

QP statement

Technical information related to results produced by Cavu in this news release has been approved by Roger Hulstein, PGeo, a qualified person for Cavu as defined by the National Instrument 43-101.

Technical information herein related to Alpha and its projects has been reviewed and approved by J.W. Morton, PGeo, who is the qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101 and takes responsibility for its technical content.

About Alpha Copper Corp.

Alpha Copper is focused on contributing to the green economy by finding and developing copper resource assets in stable jurisdictions. The company is positioned to earn a 60-per-cent interest in the Indata copper-gold project located in north-central British Columbia and a 100-per-cent interest in the Okeover copper-molybdenum project located near the coastal community of Powell River, B.C.

About Cavu Energy Metals Corp.

Cavu Energy Metals is a mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral projects containing metals used in green technologies and the renewable energy sector. The company is currently focused on the exploration of its Hopper copper-gold project in Yukon and recently acquired Star copper-gold porphyry project in British Columbia.

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