TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2012) - Duran Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DRV) ("Duran" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent ("LOI") with Rio Alto Mining Limited ("Rio Alto") whereby Duran has granted to Rio Alto options (the "Options") pursuant to which it may earn up to a 70% interest in the Company's Minasnioc Gold-Silver Property ("Minasnioc") and a 65% interest in the Company's Ichuna Copper-Silver Property ("Ichuna"). The parties intend to replace the LOI with a definitive agreement containing industry standard terms and conditions within 30 days of the date of the LOI.
The Minasnioc property covers 3800 hectares and is located in the Department Huancavelica, approximately 300 kilometres southeast of Lima, Peru. The Minasnioc property has seen previous intensive exploration campaigns by Barrick Gold Corporation ("Barrick") and Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.C ("Buenaventura") between 2001 and 2004, which included surface channel sampling and drilling. Duran recently acquired the historical geological and drill data from Barrick.
Under the terms of the LOI, Rio Alto has the option to acquire a 51% interest in Minasnioc within a three (3) year period by performing all necessary exploration work in order to define a sufficient mineral resource to justify an economic assessment, and making a payment to Duran of $500,000. Rio Alto may earn an additional 19% interest in Minasnioc within the subsequent two (2) year period by undertaking all necessary actions required to prepare Minasnioc for a production decision, including obtaining all required permits from the applicable Peruvian government ministry or agency, preparing a study which will form the basis upon which Duran and Rio Alto will be obliged to contribute their pro-rata share of capital expenditures to achieve commercial production, and making a payment to Duran of $500,000.
The Ichuna property is located 120 kilometres northeast of Arequipa in the Department of Moquegua in Southern Peru and adjacent to the gold-silver Chucapaca Project of Gold Fields Limited and Buenaventura. The Canahuire Zone is located less than 3 kilometres from the southern boundary of the Ichuna Property.
Under the terms of the LOI, Rio Alto has the option to earn a 65% interest in Ichuna by incurring a total of US$8,000,000 in exploration costs within a four (4) year period, which shall include a drill program of 8,000 metres, of which a minimum of 4,000 metres must be drilled in the first year, and make a payment to Duran of $500,000.
The LOI also includes a provision whereby Rio Alto will invest in a private placement financing ("Private Placement") in securities of Duran, to be completed on or before October 1, 2012. The Private Placement will consist of five million (5,000,000) units (the "Units") of Duran at a price of Cdn$0.15 per Unit for an aggregate subscription price of Cdn$750,000, with each such Unit comprised of one common share of Duran (the "Common Shares") and two half warrants; the "Series A Warrants" and the "Series B Warrants". Each whole Series A Warrant shall be exercisable to acquire one Common Share at an exercise price of Cdn$0.25 per share until the date that is the earlier of (i) the date that is eighteen (18) months following the issuance thereof, and (ii) the date that is thirty (30) days following the date notice is given to Rio Alto that the Common Shares have closed at or above the price of Cdn$0.25 per share for a period of 20 consecutive trading days on the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXVE") so long as such period occurs after twelve (12) months from the date of issuance of the Series A Warrants. Each whole Series B Warrant shall be exercisable to acquire one Common Share at an exercise price of Cdn$0.35 per share until the date that is the earlier of (i) the date that is thirty (30) months following the issuance thereof, and (ii) the date that is thirty (30) days following the date notice is given to Rio Alto that the Common Shares have closed at or above the price of Cdn$0.35 per share for a period of 20 consecutive trading days on the TSXVE so long as such period occurs after twenty four (24) months from the date of issuance of the Series B Warrants. In the event that Rio Alto is precluded from exercising the warrants due to trading restrictions imposed pursuant to applicable securities laws or by Duran under any applicable policy respecting restrictions on trading in its securities, the expiry dates of the Series A Warrants and Series B Warrants may be extended for a period of ten (10) business days from the end of any such restricted period (subject to regulatory approvals).
In order to maintain their Minasnioc and Ichuna property option earn-in rights Rio Alto must exercise 100% of the warrants included in the Private Placement.
Upon Rio Alto earning the interests in the Minasnioc and Ichuna properties, the parties will form a joint venture in accordance with their respective interests to further develop the properties.
The net proceeds of the Private Placement will be used for exploration and development of the Company's mineral projects in Peru and general corporate purposes. The Private Placement is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The LOI includes a provision for a due diligence period to be completed by Rio Alto by September 30, 2012.
The grant of the Options and the Private Placement are subject to the receipt of all regulatory, stakeholder and TSX Venture Exchange approvals.
Duran is a Canadian exploration company focused on the exploration and development of porphyry copper, precious metal, and polymetallic deposits in Peru.
Duran Ventures Inc. is a Canadian resource company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange: Symbol "DRV"
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