Vancouver, British Columbia - Cardero Resource Corp. (“Cardero” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CDU, Frankfurt: CR5, OTCBB: CDYCF) provides a corporate update. In November 2018, the Company completed acquisition of an undivided 100% interest in the Zonia copper oxide deposit (“Zonia” or the “Property”) (previous news release November 1, 2018). The Zonia copper oxide project in Arizona is a near-surface copper-oxide resource located on a brownfields site having already been partially mined in the late 1960s and ‘70s. The Company published a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) (previous news release March 6, 2018), which outlines an open-pit, copper-oxide heap leach project with a 9-year mine life and favourable economics.
The deposit remains open for expansion along strike and at depth to the northeast of the main deposit. Cardero completed a geochemical survey and 28 line-kilometre Induced Polarization and Resistivity survey over the Zonia and contiguous Silver Queen properties, utilizing 200 metre spaced dipoles. Results of the geochemical survey outlined a large anomaly two kilometres northeast of the main deposit and which is a priority near-surface drill target.
The base case economic assessment assumes a $2.00/lb designed pit shell with a cut-off grade of 0.17% total copper. The estimated strip ratio in the economic assessment is 1:1 and a copper sale price of $3.00/lb is assumed. The base case project scenario produces 92.6 million tons of leachable material over an 8.6-year mine life (Table 1). At a copper price of $3.00/lb, the project shows an after-tax NPV8% of $192 million with a payback period of under 3 years (Table 2).
Table 1: Outcomes of the PEA
Table 2: Financial Results at Various Discount Rates
The PEA was prepared by Global Resource Engineering Ltd. (“GRE”) of Denver, Colorado, prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects (“NI43-101”). GRE reported on the scoping-level capital and operating costs, and project economics associated with the potential development of the Zonia copper oxide project.
The PEA is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that PEA results will be realized. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
In the Company’s opinion the full value of its asset is not currently reflected in the Company’s market capitalization and the Company believes that a fundamental transaction can be negotiated that will better reflect the value of the Zonia project. The Company is willing to consider a corporate merger or asset acquisition (a potential “Transaction”) if the terms of such a transaction better reflects the value of the Zonia asset. To that end the Company announces the engagement of Leede Jones Gable Inc. (“Leede”) to assist the Company in sourcing parties with potential interest in a Transaction.
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John Drobe P.Geo., Cardero's Chief Geologist and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific information that forms the basis for this news release, and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Drobe is not independent of the Company as he is an officer, a shareholder and holds incentive stock options.
ABOUT CARDERO RESOURCE CORP.
Cardero Resource Corp., headquartered in Vancouver, is a resource company focussed on building a minerals exploration and development company. Cardero has completed the option to acquire up to a 100% interest in the Zonia Copper Oxide Project, located in Arizona. Zonia is a near-surface copper-oxide resource and a brownfields site having already been mined in the late 1960s and ‘70s. The entire resource (NI43-101 as amended and dated October, 2017), as currently defined, is located on private land and Cardero’s plan going forward is to complete detailed engineering in anticipation of permitting the Project. The resource as currently defined has been pre-stripped and is ready for mining to begin.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
CARDERO RESOURCE CORP.
“Stuart Ross” (signed)
Stuart Ross, CEO and President
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