Telson Resources Inc. (Telson or the Company) (TSXV:TSN) is very pleased to announce it has entered into a Loan Facility and Offtake Agreements (the Agreements) with Trafigura Mexico S.A. de C.V. (Trafigura), a market leader in the global commodities industry, to sell 100% of the lead and zinc concentrate produced at the Campo Morado Mine from the commencement of commercial production estimated during October 2017 and until December 2021. Trafigura has provided Telson with a credit facility of US$5 million thereby securing full working capital requirements to initiate the restart of continuous mining operations at the Campo Morado Mine.
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|US$5 Million Loan Facility|
Telson has provided industry standard security to Trafigura in the form of a corporate guarantee, a promissory note plus a pledge of the shares of Telson 100% owned subsidiary company Nyrstar Campo Morado, S.A. de C.V. Theextent of Telson’s liability to Trafigura within the Agreements under Mexican law is limited to the amount of the offtake loan plus interest.
Antonio Berlanga, CEO of Telson, states We are very happy to be able to deliver to our shareholders this exciting key milestone which has secured Telson not only the US$5 million working capital we were seeking allowing Telson to commence full mining operations at Campo Morado but also, very good concentrate sale terms plus an experienced and professional funding partner recognized worldwide as a leading commodities trader. This working capital will now allow us to finalize the mill clean up and refurbishment, that we initiated immediately after acquiring this project, and commence full-scale mining and mill processing in early October. To view short video of ball mill restart during operational testing Sept 2017 <click here>.
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Telson is currently mining underground on Campo Morado at approximately 500 tonnes per day and will, over the next two weeks, add additional equipment and personnel to increase underground mining production toward 2,000tonnes, or more, per day. In early October, the Company plans to begin the mineral processing mill restart at a planned rate of approximately 1,400 tonnes per day and will methodically and steadily increase the mineral processing mill throughput rate to a planned 2,000 tonnes per day within 6 to 12 months as milling techniques and recoveries are perfected and subsequently increase production to the ultimate capability of the mill which is currently rated at 2,500 tonnes per day.
Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.6% owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura’s Mining Group; 50% owned DT Group which specializes in logistics and trading; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 600 of its 4,100 employees who work in 61 offices in 36 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from US$12 billion in 2003 to US$98.1 billion in 2016. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.
About Telson Resources Inc.
Telson Resources Inc. is a Canadian based resource development company advancing two gold, silver and base metal projects towards production over the coming months of 2017 and 2018. Telson’s Tahuehueto Project, located in north-western Durango State, Mexico and its recently acquired Campo Morado Mine in Guerrero, Mexico purchased from Nyrstar Mining are both polymetallic deposits containing significant gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. Telson is currently mining ore at Tahuehueto at a rate of approximately 150 tonnes per day and direct shipping to a toll mill for processing off-site. By securing the funding stated in this Press Release, Telson will recommence mineral processing mill