Mawson Acquires 100% of Areva's Finnish Exploration Portfolio and Areva Becomes Significant Mawson Shareholder
Vancouver, Canada - Mawson Resources Limited ("Mawson") TSX - MAW; Frankfurt - MRY. Mr Michael Hudson, President & CEO, is pleased to announce that Areva NC ("Areva"), one of the world's largest integrated nuclear companies and Mawson have signed a set of agreements through various 100%-owned local subsidiaries that entitle:
- Mawson to acquire 100% of Areva's Finnish uranium exploration portfolio, as well as Areva's Finnish uranium exploration database developed over 10 years of exploring in the country. As consideration Mawson will pay Areva €1 million.
- Areva to subscribe, via a private placement, for 4,696,698 common shares at a price of $0.29 in Mawson for a total purchase price €1 million. Fifty percent of the shares from the private placement will remain in voluntary escrow until the final granting of certain claim applications.
- Areva to receive in conjunction with the private placement 4,217,012 purchase warrants that are exercisable for four years after Closing to purchase an equivalent number of common shares of the Company for $1.00 per share.
Mr Hudson states, "This transaction effectively doubles Mawson's exploration portfolio and cements Mawson's place as a key European uranium explorer. We welcome Areva, one of the world's key integrated nuclear companies, as one of the Company's largest shareholders. Areva will hold, post-closing, 11% of Mawson and will hold the right to increase its shareholding by up to an additional 8% of Mawson's issued capital via the exercise of the purchase warrants. Additionally, Areva's potential to increase their shareholding at a significant premium to the current share price is a strong vote of confidence in Mawson's Swedish and Finnish uranium portfolio and the Company's business strategy to fuel Europe's future."
The transaction involves three exploration areas secured by claims or claim applications in Finland that total approximately 16,156 hectares. The Riutta granted claims are located in south eastern Finland and comprise 10 claims for approximately 790 hectares. This area is considered prospective for unconformity-style uranium deposits. TheRompas/Rumavuoma claims are located in north central Finland and comprise 123 claim applications for approximately 11,872 hectares and are considered to be prospective for vein-style, structurally-hosted hydrothermal uranium deposits. The Asento claims, located near to the Rompas area, consist of 37 claim applications for approximately 3,556 hectares and are considered to be prospective for vein-style, structurally-hosted hydrothermal uranium deposits hosted within Archaen granites.
A data swap between Areva and Mawson was executed at signing and detailed project information is currently being compiled and will be released to the market, in a timely manner, as it becomes available. The transaction is subject to acceptance by the TSX of the Company's filing documents.
On behalf of the Board,
Michael Hudson, President & CEO
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