VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - Huakan International Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:HK) (the "Company") has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") with Gold Crown LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, AMT Industries Canada Inc. (collectively, the "Purchasers"). The Purchasers acquired the Company's Greenwood Gold Project on December 2, 2011 for consideration of C$7,425,000 and a net smelter returns royalty (the "NSR Agreement"). The NSR Agreement consists of a 2% net smelter returns royalty (subject to reduction to 1% if the price of gold drops below US$1,050) on any ore milled at the Greenwood mill and guarantees payments of C$9,000,000 over a ten year period. Pursuant to the NSR Agreement, the Purchasers are required to make annual minimum net smelter royalty payments of C$500,000 and to make a lump sum payment at the end of the ten year period, if necessary, to bring the total net smelter royalty payments to C$9,000,000. The Company retains a security over certain assets of the Greenwood Gold Project until the payments under the NSR Agreement have been fulfilled.
The Purchasers have requested that the Company amend the NSR Agreement. After consideration by the Company's Board of Directors and Management, the Company believes it is in its best interests to amend the NSR Agreement as follows:
- Within 60 days from the date of the Agreement, the Purchasers will take steps to have the mine permits in respect of the Greenwood Gold Project, which are currently in the Company's name, assigned from the Company to the Purchasers. In connection thereto, the Purchasers will provide a safekeeping agreement and will post a replacement reclamation bond in an amount and form acceptable to the Government of British Columbia (the "Government") and the Purchasers and the Company will request that the Government release the Company's reclamation bond of C$450,000 to the Company;
- Within 90 days from the date of the Agreement, the Purchasers will make a cash payment of C$4,500,000 to the Company; and
- Upon completion of the foregoing, the Company will cancel the NSR Agreement, release the Purchasers' obligations to make any net smelter royalty payments to the Company and remove the Company's security over the assets of the Greenwood Gold Project.
Pengzhi Guo, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company said, "We are pleased to enter into the Agreement with the Purchasers. The cash proceeds and the change in titles on the mill and mining permits allow the Company to focus its resources on its J&L precious and polymetallic metals property and potential new mineral property acquisitions."
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