Alexander Mining plc

May 17, 2012 06:30 ET

Alexander Mining plc-Royalty Licence Agreement Signed with Metalvalue Ltd.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - Alexander Mining plc ('Alexander' or the 'Company') (TSX VENTURE:AXD)(AIM:AXM) -

Alexander is pleased to report that it has signed an agreement (the 'Agreement') with Metalvalue Ltd. ('Metalvalue') for the use of the Company's mineral processing technology ('Leaching Technology'). Metalvalue is a successful private business focused on the commercialisation of leading edge technologies in the natural resources industry, including in the iron ore beneficiation and steel business. It is run by its founder, Alain Honnart, an engineer who has a distinguished career as a senior executive and expert in intellectual property commercialisation within the global metals business. Whilst Group Industrial Director with the French multi-national Vallourec Group, he successfully created and managed several companies and joint ventures in China, Korea, India, Brazil, Sweden, USA and Europe.

Under the Agreement, which has a twenty year term (the 'Term'), Metalvalue has been granted a non-exclusive and non-transferable licence to use and sub-licence the Leaching Technology. This right is restricted to entities not on an exclusion list agreed between Alexander and Metalvalue. Under the Agreement, Metalvalue has the right to licence/sub-licence the Leaching Technology for potential discrete projects for the development of a particular mineral resource at a particular site. However, for specific favourable opportunities these terms may be varied, at Alexander's sole discretion, to include multi-site licensing or general agreements to maximise commercialisation for mutual benefit with Metalvalue. For saleable metal product obtained from processing using the Leaching Technology, Alexander will receive a gross sales royalty based on normal industry practice. It is the intention that Metalvalue will identify new targets for the Leaching Technology and will assist in bringing these into production, using the Leaching Technology, thereby creating a new royalty stream for Alexander.

As a condition of the Agreement, Metalvalue has granted Alexander a put option ('Put Option') giving Alexander the right, at its sole discretion, between 1 September 2012 and 30 November 2012, to exercise the Put Option and require Metalvalue to subscribe for 10,000,000 fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of the Company at a price of 10 pence per share, for a total consideration of £1,000,000.

Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: "The agreement with Metalvalue is a major commercial milestone for Alexander as it gives us the opportunity to develop a lucrative business relationship. Metalvalue's Managing Director, Alain Honnart, has extensive industry expertise and a proven record in commercialising intellectual property, as well as having worldwide contacts at the highest executive level which complement those of Alexander. We are already working on significant opportunities with Metalvalue in three countries."

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward looking statements, being statements which are not historical facts, including discussions of future plans and objectives. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove accurate. Such statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those anticipated or projected. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are in Company documents filed from time to time with the TSX Venture Exchange and provincial securities regulators, most of which are available at Although the Company does not anticipate any objection, the Company is required under the rules of the TSX Venture Exchange to obtain TSX Venture Exchange approval of the issuance of ordinary shares underlying the Put Option prior to any exercise thereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise or update such statements unless required by law.

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About Metalvalue Ltd.

Metalvalue was formed in 2006 by its Managing Director and majority shareholder Alain Honnart. Its focus is on commercialising new technology in the natural resources sector by securing rights to utilise those technologies and the use thereof on undervalued mineral deposits.

Alain Honnart is a graduate materials engineer from the École Centrale de Paris, who also holds an MSc in Material Science from Harvard and an executive MBA from HEC Paris. He is a respected worldwide expert in metal transformation and production processes and has been a consultant and investor since founding Metalvalue. He has a distinguished career, including 38 years with Vallourec Group, (current market capitalisation US$5.4bn), a world leader in premium steel and titanium tubular solutions, primarily serving the energy markets, as well as other industrial applications with 22,000 employees, integrated manufacturing facilities, advanced R&D, and a presence in more than 20 countries. Prior to retiring in 2006, Alain Honnart was Group Industrial Director and CEO of stainless steel and high alloys division and during his time with the company he was on the executive committee and responsible, as part of his larger assignment, for R&D and Intellectual Property.

Among the other partners of Metalvalue Ltd, all experts in the field of metals and mining, is Stephane Lamoine, also an engineer from École Centrale de Paris, and who brings his long experience in setting up and financing projects. This enables Metalvalue to propose to its customers a whole range of services from technical assessment, licence agreements and the financing of their projects.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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