NPV8 increases to C$383M with average EBITDA of C$102m pa for Superior Lake Zinc Project

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Updated assumptions from the NI 43-101 Feasibility Study have increased the Project’s Pre-tax NPV8 to C$383.1m (previously – C$175.8m) and Post-tax NPV8 to C$287m (previously – $126.3m) 
  • The average EBITDA over the mine life increased to C$102m per annum (previously $67.6m); peaking at C$168m during the fourth year of production
  • The Zinc price has increased substantially since the October 2021 Feasibility Study4.  The fundamentals for sustained higher prices continue to strengthen due to multiple factors, including zinc’s importance in the renewable energy industry
  • The Company is fully funded until a Final Investment Decision (FID) following the recent C$5.2m capital raising 

Metallum Resources Inc. (TSXV:MZN) (“Metallum” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce updated economics for its Superior Lake Zinc and Copper Project (“Project”) in Ontario, Canada.  Based on updated assumptions1, the Project’s NPV8 Pre-tax has increased to C$383m (previously – C$175.8m)whilst the average EBITDA3 has increased to C$102m per annum (previously C$67.6m).  Image 1 illustrates the Project’s Pre and Post tax NPV8% returns based on a number of zinc price scenarios.

Image 1: NPV8 under a range of different zinc price assumptions1,2,4

1 – Updated commodity prices: Zn: US$1.65/lb, Cu: US$4.22/lb, Au: US$ 1,845/oz, Ag: US$21.6/oz ; 2 –  8% discounted NPV pre-tax; 3 –  Life of mine average EBITDA. Total project EBITDA is $870m; 4 The Feasibility Study was conducted using a Zinc price of US$1.22/lb (US$2,700/t), Copper Price of US$3.31/lb (US$7,300/t), Silver Price of US$21.00/oz, and Gold price of US$1,635/oz.

The significant improvement in prices for the suite of commodities produced at the Project (zinc, copper, silver and gold), has driven the Project’s improved returns compared to the Feasibility Study (Table 1 below).  Whilst zinc, the major commodity produced at the Project, price has slightly fallen from its recent a 15-year high (US$2.05 / lb) achieved during April 2022, the fundamentals for the sector are extremely positive due to limited new supply, whilst a significant increase in demand, largely driven by the importance of zinc in multiple renewable energy industry (EV (electric vehicles), solar power generation and wind energy). 

Image 2: Forecasted zinc demand used on renewables industry 5

5 – Source: CRU, IRENA, Teck

Given the strengthening market fundamentals for the Project, the Company is advancing the Project through a number of critical steps prior to making a Final Investment Decision (FID) in the future.  Updates on these initiatives will be released as work is advanced. 

The Company is in an excellent financial position following the recent C$5.2m capital raising that sees the Company fully funded until an FID is made.  A summary of the key inputs and outputs in the Feasibility Study and updated returns are highlighted below.

Table 1: Updated Feasibility Assumptions and Outputs

1 – Updated commodity prices: Zn: US$1.65/lb, Cu: US$4.22/lb, Au: US$ 1,845/oz, Ag: US$21.6/oz ;
2 – The Feasibility Study was conducted using a Zinc price of US$1.22/lb (US$2,700/t), Copper Price of US$3.31/lb (US$7,300/t), Silver Price of US$21.00/oz, and Gold price of US$1,635/oz.

The Feasibility Study dated effective October 13, 2021 was prepared by DRA Global Limited, along with contributions from other prominent engineering companies. The detailed technical report is available on SEDAR under the Company’s profile. The technical report is also available on Metallum’s website at metallumzinc.com.


Qualified Person

The news release has been reviewed and approved by Andrew Tims, P.Geo., Exploration Manager of the Company, and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Metallum

Metallum Resources (TSXV:MZN) is developing its Superior Lake Zinc and Copper Project located in Ontario, Canada which has been advanced to the feasibility stage. For more information on the project please visit metallumzinc.com.  

Metallum is a member of the Gold Group of companies, led by Simon Ridgway.  For further details about the Company and the Superior Project, please visit the Company’s website at metallumzinc.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Kerem Usenmez, 

President & Chief Executive Officer 

Metallum Resources Inc.

Symbol: TSXV-MZN

For further information, contact:

Kerem Usenmez, President & CEO

Tel: 604-688-5288;  Fax: 604-682-1514

Email: info@metallumzinc.com

Website: metallumzinc.com

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