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AXMIN Inc. (AXM-TSX Venture) is a gold exploration company with a track record of finding and developing mines in Africa. AXMIN's strategy is to focus on newly democratic countries where it has the opportunity to acquire highly prospective ground as an early entrant.

In June 2010, AXMIN announced the completion of the acquisition of AfNat Resources Limited, at the same time the Company announced a restructuring of management and the Board, George Roach was appointed President and CEO. Shortly thereafter, in August 2010, AXMIN was awarded a 25 year Mining Licence (ML) for its Passendro Gold Project and two 3-year renewable exclusive Exploration Permits that ring-fence the ML and cover 90 sq km of strike along the prolific Bambari greenstone belt.

The Passendro Gold Project is located in the centre of its 90 km long Bambari permits, located in north-central Central African Republic (CAR). Passendro has as of June 2009, a NI 43-101 Indicated mineral resource of 2.03 million ounces Au (31.5 Mt grading 2.0 g/t Au) and Inferred mineral resource of 1.10 million ounces Au (21.7 Mt grading 1.6 g/t Au).  In January 2011, AXMIN announced the results of its revalidated Feasibility Study, which indicated a robust project with a NPV at 5% discount of US$340 million, an IRR of 32% and a low cash cost of US$484/oz over a mine life of 8.3 years. In addition, the first three years provide an average annual production of 205,000 ounces with a cash cost of US$437/oz resulting in a rapid project payback of 2.2 years. With the feasibility study in hand, AXMIN has all the documentation it needs t secure the debt financing to develop Passendro project.

Highlight of the 2011 FS is detailed below:

Assumed Gold Price


Assumed Oil Price


Mine Throughput

2.8 mtpa

Mine Life

8.3 years

Development & Construction

24 months

Strip Ratio


Average Annual Production years 1-3

205,000 oz

Average Annual Production (LOM)

163,000 oz

Initial Capital Costs (excluding contingency)

US$246 million

Total Cash Costs (including royalties) (LOM)


Average Metallurgical Recovery


Gravity Recovery


IRR (after tax & royalties)


NPV (after tax, 5% discount)

US$340 million

Operating Cash Flows

US$493 million

Payback Period

2.2 years

On December 24, 2012, the Company officially notified the CAR Minister of Mines and Defence, as per its 2006 Mining Convention, of the existence of Force Majeure due to the escalating rebel activity in the country, providing the Company full protection under the circumstances and in the event there is a change of administration in CAR.  Under these circumstances all in country operations other than administrative, as well as all negotiations with the Company’s debt lenders have been suspended pending the lifting of the Force Majeure. The Force Majeure is an unexpected event that crucially affects our ability to carry out our activities under the terms of various agreements and represents a lawful reason for failure to have done so.

Subsequently, on April 2, 2013, AXMIN referenced the COMMUNIQUE GOUVERNEMENTAL NUMERO 01 of the CAR Transitional Governmentthat confirmed that all lawfully and legitimately concluded contracts with the State will be honoured, further confirming the validity of AXMIN’s legally binding contractual agreements with the State.

During 2012, the Company’s main focus was securing the financing required to build the mine. By the first quarter of 2012, AXMIN had successfully, with the assistance of its financial advisor Endeavour Financial (“Endeavour”), executed Mandate Letters for a total of $235 million in debt facility that is a mix of senior and subordinate convertible debt with a number of development agencies and commercial banks from Europe and South Africa.  The debt providers’ Mandate Letters are commitments to arrange financing on a best efforts basis and are subject to legal, technical and environmental due diligence, execution of acceptable terms and documentation and obtaining final credit and board approvals.  As indicated above, all lenders’ due diligence activities and negotiations with debt providers have been suspended until the lifting of the Force Majeure. On April 15, 2013, one of the four financial institutions terminated its debt Mandate Letter pursuant to a decision of certain European States to withdraw recognition of the Central African Republic as a result of the current political situation. This financial institution has indicated that it is willing to reconsider the project if the relevant circumstances change.  

In May 2013, AXMIN's shareholders voted overwhelmingly in support of the Dickson Resources Change of Control, at which time the two-stage Offering closed and AXMIN issued a total of 45,000,000 Units for gross proceeds of approximately C$6.8 million. Under the terms of the Offering AXMIN announced the appointment of three Dickson Resources represetatives to the AXMIN Board.