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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.

The Company through its in-country staff have maintained close communications with senior ministers and officials in Bangui and also in Bambari which is the closest city to the Company’s asset near Ndassima. AXMIN’s country representative Mr Boubacar Sidbe recently meet with the Vice Mayor of Bambari and Sub-prefect to discuss the situation on the ground and express the Company’s desire to get back on site. Meetings have also been held with the Mining Minister and Chief of the Office of the Head of State. AXMIN remains confident that stability will eventually return to the country and that the Company will be well positioned and ready to work with the elected government of the CAR to develop a pragmatic mining plan focusing on the extremely high-grade deposits that will be safe for our employees and contractors, have limited capital expenditure and hopefully achieve very profitable returns in a very timely fashion for shareholders.