Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp.

Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp.

October 12, 2007 18:15 ET

Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp.: A New Tantalum Resources Company

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp. (NEX:PAW.H) ("PAW" or the "Company") has entered into a Letter of Intent ("LOI"), dated for reference October 4, 2007, with Bolan Holdings Limited ("Bolan"), an arm's length private company incorporated in the Seychelles, whereby PAW will acquire from Bolan all of the issued capital of Tantalum Mineracao e Prospeccao Limitada ("TMP"), a Mozambican company that owns certain mining leases and related assets in Mozambique.

Bolan is owned by Perine Assets Corporation, a private British Virgin Isles incorporated company.

The Company is currently without active business operations and in recent years has been focusing on seeking out a suitable asset or business to acquire for the purpose of re-commencing active operations with a view to increasing shareholder value. It is expected that the transaction will constitute a reverse takeover ("RTO") under the policies of TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") and will be the basis for the Company graduating from the NEX board to the main board of the Exchange. Upon completion of the transaction, the Company will be in the business of mineral exploration and development with an initial focus on the exploration and development of the TMP mining leases.


TMP's mining leases are situated in north-eastern Mozambique along a band of pegmatite rocks which have historically been the subject of tantalum production and exploration. The leases cover several tantalum occurrences including the currently dormant Muiane Mine and seven other previously mined areas. None of the leases have been subject to modern exploration techniques, however, the areas of previous mining activity provide delineated exploration targets, both near surface and at depth. The Company intends to engage RSG Global to complete a National Instrument 43-101 compliant technical report on the property interests and to report on historical reserves and resources on the property interests.

In addition to the leases, TMP's assets include camp facilities, plant and equipment, and some preliminary site construction at Muiane as well as several vehicles.


Under the LOI and subject to certain conditions precedent, the consideration payable to Bolan to acquire TMP is as follows:

(a) On closing, a cash payment of US$2.4m and the issuance to Bolan of 6,340,000 shares in PAW; and

(b) A commitment by PAW to expend at least US$1m on exploration on the leases within 18 months of closing; and

(c) In the event that within 18 months of closing, independent verification is received of the quantity of recoverable tantalum reserves on the leases above the historical reserves estimate to be delineated in the RSG Global report, PAW will be required to issue up to an additional 7.5m shares to Bolan (with the number of shares to be issued being tied to the amount of additional recoverable reserves). PAW will have the right, at its sole discretion, to pay cash (at a rate of US$0.35 per share) to Bolan in lieu of the issuance of up to 20% of the additional shares that it may be required to issue.

The condition precedents include the completion by PAW of a majority arms length financing on a private placement basis that will result in gross proceeds to PAW of a minimum of US$5m, the completion of due diligence to the satisfaction of PAW, independent verification of the quantity of reserves and resources on the leases, completion of formal documentation between the parties, approval of PAW's shareholders and regulatory acceptance.


Upon completion, the planned transaction with Bolan will position PAW as a new tantalum resource explorer with ownership of a significant ground position in Mozambique containing areas of historic tantalum mining and defined exploration targets. Mozambique is one of the fastest growing and more secure of the African economies driven primarily by large resource developments such as BHP Billiton's Mosul and Corridor Sands projects and CVRD's Moatize coal project.

The Company's strategy will be to aggressively explore delineated targets on the TMP leases with the objective of increasing the existing resource base to a level sufficient to support a five year production plan, at a minimum. In order to achieve this objective, PAW has brought together an outstanding management team who have substantial financial and mining industry experience, some with particular expertise in the tantalite sector.

Longer term, the Company intends to become a major mine supplier to the tantalum market, building out from an operating base in Mozambique.


The mineral tantalite is used in a wide range of electronic devices to regulate power in circuit boards. It is extensively used in modern appliances such as mobile phones and computers. Tantalite also has applications as an alloy to strengthen and provide heat and corrosion resistance.

The supply side of tantalum market is characterised by the exhaustion of the United States strategic stockpile sales, few mines of scale and a lack of new mine developments. The demand side is characterized by few processors of tantalite concentrates and numerous electronic and metals fabricators of tantalum metal.


The Company will immediately commence due diligence and work with its advisers to satisfy all conditions precedent and to comply with all regulatory requirements and approvals.


Subject to completion of the transaction, the Board of Directors of the Company will be reconstituted and a new management team put in place.

Mr. Darren Townsend, an Australian mining engineer with 15 year's industry experience, will be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Darren was previously Mine Manager at the Wodgina tantalum mine in Western Australia - currently the largest producing tantalite mine in the world. Until recently, he was the Managing Director of an Australian based junior exploration company.

Mr. David Paull, an Australian chartered accountant, will become a non-executive Director. David spent many years as the Executive General Manager - Marketing and Business Development with Sons of Gwalia Ltd., then the world's largest tantalite producer. He is currently a Principal of Perth based LVR Fund Pty Ltd., a private investment company, and Retyre Services.

Mr. Rakesh Garach and Mr. Yunis Shaik will join the Board as non-executive Directors representing Bolan.

Mr. Garach, a South African chartered accountant, is the Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank in South Africa. Prior to that appointment he was a partner with Ernst and Young in South Africa.

Mr. Yunis Shaik, a South African lawyer, specializes in labour relations. His experience includes an appointment as a Senior Commissioner on the South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration from 1999 to 2001.

Mr. Brian Flower, a Canadian mining industry executive, will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer but continue as a non-executive Director. Brian, who has served as an officer and director of PAW for 13 years, is a Principal of Vancouver based advisory firm Trio International Capital Corp., Executive Chairman of White Mountain Titanium Corporation and Orsa Ventures Ltd. and a Director of Aurcana Corporation and Apoquindo Minerals Inc.

Mr. Peter Lalor will retire as Chairman and non-executive Director. The Company expects to appoint a new Canadian chairman in conjunction with the completion of the transaction.

Mr. Chris Lalor, an Australian lawyer who has also served with PAW for 13 years, will continue as a non-executive Director. Chris has extensive legal and commercial experience in the mining industry, including the tantalum sector.


Brian Flower, President

Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including Exchange acceptance and disinterested shareholder approval. The transaction cannot close until the required shareholder approval is obtained. There can be no assurance that the transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.

Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the Management Information Circular to be prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the RTO may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of Pacific Wildcat Inc. should be considered highly speculative.

The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the proposed transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

Contact Information

  • Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp.
    Brian Flower
    (604) 669-8985
    (604) 669-4776 (FAX)