Anfield Nickel Corp.

Anfield Nickel Corp.

April 21, 2009 08:31 ET

Anfield to Acquire Mayaniquel, S.A. and Announces a $3.55 Million Private Placement With Lumina Capital Limited Partnership

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - Anfield Ventures Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ANF) ("Anfield") is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Mayaniquel, S.A. ("Mayaniquel") from BHP Billiton Minerals Holdings Pty Ltd. and The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Pty Ltd. (collectively "BHP Billiton") for US$2.5 million and the issuance of a 1.5% Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR") payable to BHP Billiton on any future production.

Mayaniquel, a Guatemalan company, controls 21 mineral exploration licenses totaling approximately 83,430 hectares in the nickel laterite belt that surrounds Lake Izabal located 120 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City. The mineral exploration licenses are adjacent to the "Fenix Project" owned by Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel S.A., which was purchased by HudBay Minerals, Inc. for C$560 million in mid 2007. The Fenix Project comprises the past producing Eximbal nickel mine that produced nickel-matte from saprolite ore material.

Of the 21 licenses owned by Mayaniquel, only three have been drilled extensively (approximately 41,613m of drilling in 1,855 holes) by previous operators and four separate nickel laterite deposits have been defined at Sechol, El Tunico, Chatala and Chiis.

On April 9, 2009, an independent NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate was prepared for each deposit as shown in the table below:

Cutoff Grade 0.8% Ni Cutoff Grade 1.0% Ni
Deposit Transition(1) Saprolite(2) Total Transition Saprolite Total
DMT Ni Ni Ni Ni Ni Ni
(3) % DMT % DMT % DMT % DMT % DMT %
Indicated Resources
Sechol 5.01 1.29 13.31 1.46 18.32 1.41 3.97 1.40 11.23 1.57 15.20 1.53

Inferred Resources
Sechol 3.54 1.19 15.55 1.38 19.09 1.34 2.20 1.38 12.46 1.50 14.66 1.48
Chatala 2.17 0.97 3.89 0.99 6.06 0.98 0.54 1.24 1.36 1.18 1.90 1.20
Chiis 1.26 1.19 2.04 1.35 3.30 1.29 1.15 1.22 1.52 1.50 2.67 1.38
El Tunico 0.01 0.92 2.89 1.15 2.90 1.15 0.00 0.00 1.66 1.34 1.66 1.34
Total 6.98 1.12 24.37 1.28 31.35 1.25 3.89 1.31 17.00 1.46 20.89 1.43

Mineral resources do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Approximately 2-3 million tonnes of limonite mineralized material occurs at
Sechol but has not been defined as a mineral resource as a processing
option has yet to be determined. The Limonite zone at the other deposits
has either been eroded away or is too patchy and irregular to warrant
(1) The Transition zone is a mixed horizon of limonite and saprolite
material and was defined using both geological logging data and
chemical analysis.
(2) The Saprolite zone represents the lower part of the laterite profile
below the Transition zone and was defined using both geological logging
data and chemical analysis
(3) DMT - dry million tonnes.

The laterite deposits at Sechol, El Tunico and Chiis remain open for further resource expansion while initial surface exploration programs have identified the Nueva Caledonia II, Los Tres Juanes, Seamay, San Lucas and Virginia exploration license areas as highly prospective for further resource delineation.

The mineral resource estimates were generated from drill hole sample assay results and the interpretation of three-dimensional geologic laterite profile models that relate to the spatial distribution of nickel in the deposits. Grade estimates were made using the inverse distance method with a power of 2. The mineral resource estimates are presented at a base case cutoff grade of 0.8% nickel, which is representative of other nickel laterite operations with similar deposit characteristics. Don Tschabrun, MAusIMM, from Tetra Tech, an independent engineering and consulting firm, and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the mineral resource estimate and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this press release. A technical report in compliance with NI 43-101 will be filed on SEDAR within 30 days of this press release if the acquisition of Mayaniquel is completed.

Anfield also announces that it has entered into a non-brokered private placement agreement to issue 10.15 million shares at a price of $0.35 per share to Lumina Capital Limited Partnership, an investment partnership held principally by Vancouver mining entrepreneur Ross Beaty. The private placement is subject to the successful completion of the acquisition of Mayaniquel and the shares will bear a four-month restriction on resale. On completion of the placement, Lumina will own approximately 40% of Anfield's outstanding shares. Shareholders currently holding a majority of the currently outstanding shares have provided written confirmation of their support for the placement pursuant to a confidentiality agreement. Both the Mayaniquel acquisition and related financing are subject to TSX Venture acceptance and customary closing conditions with targeted closing dates in the middle of May 2009.

At Anfield's annual shareholders meeting, held on April 7, all director nominees were elected, namely Anish Sunderji, Robert Pirooz, Marshall Koval, David Strang, and Aziz Shariff. Mr. Pirooz and Mr. Koval are newly elected directors replacing Sophia Shane and Jie Yang. Anfield's Board and management wish to thank Ms. Shane and Mr. Yang for their considerable efforts and service to the Company since its inception.

Mr. Pirooz is currently a Director and General Counsel for Pan American Silver Corp. and a Director of Lumina Copper Corp. and Rodinia Minerals Inc. Previously, Mr. Pirooz was CEO of Regalito Copper Corp. and a Director of Northern Peru Copper Corp and Global Copper Corp. Mr. Pirooz holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University.

Mr. Koval is currently Vice President of Corporate Development for Lumina Copper Corp. Previously, Mr. Koval was CEO and a Director of Northern Peru Copper Corp and was President of Pincock, Allen & Holt, an international mining consulting and engineering firm. Mr. Koval holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Missouri.

Messrs. Pirooz, Strang and Koval have a financial interest in Lumina Capital Limited Partnership.


Anish Sunderji

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