Olympus Pacific Minerals Inc.

Olympus Pacific Minerals Inc.

January 24, 2012 09:02 ET

Olympus Completes an Additional Tranche of the Bau Acquisition and Extends Terms of Remaining Tranches

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2012) - Olympus Pacific Minerals Inc. (TSX:OYM)(OTCQX:OLYMF)(FRANKFURT:OP6)(ASX:OYM) Chief Executive Officer John Seton announces that the Company has completed tranche 3b acquiring a further 2.72% in the Bau Gold Project, East Malaysia by payment of USD$3m taking its total ownership of the Joint Venture Company, North Borneo Gold Sdn Bhd to 83.25%.

In order to apply additional resources towards development at the Bau Gold Project which is currently in full feasibility with the objective of achieving a favourable development decision targeting stage one production of 100,000 oz of gold per annum by 2014 (see Olympus press release dated September 8, 2011), the parties also entered into a variation agreement on January 20, 2012:

  • extending the timing of the payments and settlement of the remaining USD$11m due under tranches 3c, 4a and 4b to acquire a further 10.3% interest in North Borneo Gold as indicated in the table below culminating in a total interest of 93.55%; and
  • extending until January 21, 2013 the date for satisfaction of the condition precedent required for settling Tranche 3c.

There is no increase in the overall amount payable by Olympus.

Borneo Gold
Class A
Tranche 3c $ 2,000,000 4/20/2012 1/28/2013 4,500 85.05%
Tranche 4a $ 3,000,000 12/14/2012 9/13/2013 7,000 87.85%
Tranche 4b $ 6,000,000 7/15/2013 1/21/2014 14,250 93.55%

Background to the Bau Gold Project

The Bau property is a brown-field project, spread over a large geographic area in which the Company owns rights to mining tenements covering much of the historic Bau Goldfield in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

The Bau Goldfield lies within the Borneo metalliferous belt, which contains many other important gold mining camps, including Kelian, Mamut and Masupa.

The geology and mineralization of the Bau Goldfield have been compared with that of the Carlin District of Nevada, USA (cumulative production > 60M oz).

The property was acquired pursuant to the Company's merger with Zedex Minerals Ltd. in 2009 (see Olympus press release dated December 17, 2009).

About Olympus

Olympus is a diversified gold company focused on four advanced properties; the Bau Goldfield in East Malaysia, the Bong Mieu and Phuoc Son mines in Central Vietnam, and Capcapo in the Philippines.

The Company expects to substantially expand its combined gold production capacity by 2014. East Malaysia is the primary focus, and Phase One of Bau Central is now in full feasibility phase. Vietnam's production and development activities will provide cash to assist in funding a portion of its future development expenditures. Olympus also expects an increase of its attributed gold resources through continued exploration on the advanced properties having demonstrably large upside potential.

Olympus Pacific Minerals Inc.

John A. G. Seton, Chief Executive Officer


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