The Ashram Rare Earth Element and Fluorspar Deposit

The Ashram Deposit: Rare Earth Elements / Fluorspar

Robust Preliminary Economic Assessment - Conventional Metallurgy - Significant Size - Secure Jurisdiction

  • Current Resource Calculation:
    • Measured: 1.59 Mt averaging 1.77% TREO
    • Indicated: 27.67 Mt averaging 1.90% TREO
    • Inferred: 219.8 Mt averaging 1.88% TREO
  • 45%+ Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO) mineral concentrate successfully produced.
  • Deposit remains open along strike and at depth..
  • Positive PEA economics with benefits of potential fluorspar by-product not yet incorporated.
  • Financial participation of Quebec Government:
    • $1M CAD direct equity investment.
    • $365K CAD funding of parallel pilot plant program & software modelling (Universite’ Laval).
    • $300K CAD funding of tailings optimization program (INRS).
  • Federal government supported flowsheet work underway at NRCan.
  • Pre-Feasibility Study ongoing.

PEA Highlights

  • Study results show a strongly positive cash flow from a 4,000 tonne per day open-pit operation at Ashram with a 25-year mine life, a pre-tax and pre-finance Net Present Value (NPV) at a 10% discount rate of $2.32 billion, a pre-tax/pre-finance Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 44% and a pre-tax/pre-finance payback period of 2.25 years. The current Ashram Technical Report (effective date July 5, 2012, revised January 7, 2015) explains why no after-tax case is included.
  • SGS's economic evaluation was based on the March 6, 2012 resource estimate which used a base case geologic cut-off grade of 1.25% TREO and provided 1.59 million tonnes (Mt) averaging 1.77% TREO of measured resource, 27.67 Mt averaging 1.90% TREO of indicated resource, and 219.8 Mt averaging 1.88% TREO of inferred resource. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves as they do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  • The rare earth elements at Ashram occur in simple and well-understood mineralogy, being primarily in the mineral monazite and to a lesser extent in bastnaesite and xenotime. These minerals dominate the currently known commercial extraction processes for rare earths.