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| ||April 14, 2015|
15-08 - Cornerstone signs Strategic Alliance Letter of Intent with Ecuador's State Mining Company ENAMI EP
| ||Mount Pearl, NL, Canada: Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. ("Cornerstone" or "the Company") (TSXV-CGP) (F-GWN) (B-GWN) (OTC-CTNXF) announces it has signed a letter of intent with Ecuador's State Mining Company "ENAMI EP", to jointly explore new prospective gold and copper properties identified using Cornerstone's extensive proprietary geological data base gathered since 2005 in Ecuador. The principal terms of the arrangement are as follows:|
Cornerstone will identify geologically prospective areas covering between 5,000 to 50,000 hectares in parts of Ecuador that are currently off limits to application by private companies. ENAMI will use its preferential right to acquire the mineral exploration concession rights, and then Cornerstone (employing its prospect generator business model) and a funding partner(s) (who will earn a majority interest in the project, the exact percentage to be negotiated with Cornerstone) will earn an interest in each specific area or project explored, by incurring committed first year prospecting expenditures, optional early and advanced stage exploration expenditures (including drilling) for a period of up to 8 years, and, if warranted, additional sums in optional feasibility study expenditures for up to 4 additional years.
At the end of the advanced exploration phase (prior to feasibility study), the parties will form a joint venture, ENAMI will contribute the mineral rights in return for a 16% interest, and Cornerstone and its funding partner will contribute their expenditures incurred to date in return for an 84% interest. ENAMI will have a free carried interest through to completion of a feasibility study. In the event Cornerstone and its funding partner(s) agree to make a Production Decision, ENAMI will have the option to convert 5% of its participating interest to a 1% royalty, and have Cornerstone and its funding partner(s) finance the remaining interest or part of the remaining interest under certain commercial terms, such financing to be repaid out of project cash flows. Cornerstone will have a right of first refusal (ROFR) over any sale by ENAMI of its equity participation in the joint venture or any royalty.
Brooke Macdonald, President of Cornerstone, stated: "This letter of intent with ENAMI is the result of many months of negotiations. Because most of Ecuador is still not open for staking or acquisition of mineral rights on application, this strategic alliance will give Cornerstone, and any companies that partner with Cornerstone, priority access to some of the most prospective gold and copper prospects in Ecuador, and gives ENAMI an opportunity over the coming years to gain a minority interest in multiple projects with Cornerstone and different funding partners. As a state enterprise, ENAMI's assistance in permitting and with local communities in obtaining a social license for the projects will be invaluable. We already have identified several promising targets, and are hopeful of repeating the discovery success we had at the Cascabel project in northern Ecuador."
Cornerstone Capital Resources Inc. is a well-funded mineral exploration company based in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, with a diversified portfolio of projects in Ecuador and Chile, and a strong technical team that has proven its ability to identify, acquire and advance properties of merit. The company's business model is based on generating exploration projects whose subsequent development is funded primarily through partnerships. Commitments from partners constitute significant validation of the strength of Cornerstone's projects.
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