Miranda Gold Corp. has established a reputation as a high-quality project generator attracting a number of mining companies to help advance the exploration on our properties. By successfully leveraging our technical expertise into joint venture partnerships we lower the risk of early stage exploration and preserve shareholder value.
Joint venture partners are responsible for funding all exploration on those projects under agreement in exchange for the opportunity to earn a majority interest in the property.
Below is a list of our current partners:
IAMGOLD is a mid-tier mining company with four operating gold mines on three continents. The company trades on the TSX under the symbol IMG and on the NYSE under the symbol IAG. Production in 2017 is projected to be between 780,000 to 810,000 ounces of gold. IAMGOLD has a solid base of strategic assets in North and South America and West Africa is complemented by development and exploration projects, and continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities.
On March 15, 2017 Miranda and IAMGOLD announced the signing of an option agreement that allows IAMGOLD Corporation to earn an interest in Miranda's Antares Project in Colombia by conducting exploration on a scheduled earn-in basis. IAMGOLD is required to incur US$100,000 in expenditures during 2017 to maintain the right to enter into the option which begins on the later of January 1, 2018 or the date on which mineral title to one or more of the exploration applications making up the Antares Project has been granted by the Colombian government. At such time, should IAMGOLD elect to enter into the option, it will be obligated to incur US$750,000 in expenditures during the subsequent 12 months.
Should IAMGOLD exercise the option they will have the right to acquire an initial undivided 51% interest in the mineral rights of Antares by funding a total of US$5,000,000 in expenditures, including a commitment to drill at least 3,000 meters over four years. IAMGOLD also has a second option to acquire a further undivided 14% interest in the mineral rights, for an aggregate 65% interest by making additional exploration expenditures of US$7,000,000, including a commitment to drill at least 12,000 meters within a subsequent term of four years from the exercise of the first option. IAMGOLD can attain a further 10% interest, for an aggregate 75% in the mineral rights of Antares, by providing Miranda, at its election, financing for mine construction.
IAMGOLD's Colombian exploration team will operate the project with input from Miranda.
Gold Torrent Inc. ("Gold Torrent") is a US listed company with a highly experienced management and technical team. Led by Daniel Kunz, Chairman and CEO, the company was formed to seek out and acquire high-grade mineral projects that could be fast-tracked into production. Dan has over 35 years of experience in engineering, mine operations, management, accounting, and finance including 17 years with Morrison Knudsen Mining as well as having served as the COO of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. Gold Torrent and Miranda have entered into a partnership agreement in November, 2014, whereby Gold Torrent can earn a 70% interest in the Willow Creek project by funding the initial US$10 million in capital. Funding is staged with the total due by May 2018. Upon Gold Torrent earning a 70% interest, Miranda has the option to fund 30% of any additional Capex spending or dilute.
On August 28, 2015, Miranda Gold Corp. and Montezuma Mines Inc. ("Montezuma") executed a Project Management Agreement for the formation and organization of a limited liability company (the "LLC") to hold the lease and related rights in respect of the Red Canyon, Nevada property and to conduct the operations contemplated under the Project Management Agreement. Having met the expenditure requirements of US$4 million under a now superseded exploration agreement; Montezuma owns 60% of the LLC and Miranda owns 40% of the LLC. Montezuma has paid Miranda US$360,000 as consideration for the option to buy-out Miranda's 40% interest in the LLC, with Miranda retaining a 0.5% net smelter return ("NSR") royalty, upon meeting the purchase conditions completing a feasibility study, during the term of the underlying lease. Until then, Montezuma will fund 100% of the costs of the LLC to maintain and advance the exploration of the Red Canyon property. If Montezuma fails to fund and meet its obligations pursuant to the Exploration Agreement and underlying lease, it will forfeit its interest in the LLC to Miranda.