Low CAPEX, near-surface, open-pit, potential near-term production in a mining friendly state
The pre-tax economic analysis of the project, including the 5% Wyoming state royalty, shows a 33.1% internal rate of return ("IRR") and a net present value ("NPV") of $178.5 million at 5% discount rate. A payback of the initial $113.66 million investment occurs in a little under 2.5 years. The revenue is about 1/3 from copper and about 2/3 from gold. The Copper King project is a project of merit with high-grade mineralization exposed at the surface surrounded by a large, low-grade zone with potential for expanding at least the low-grade resources. The PEA study indicates a 17-year project with a capital requirement of $113.7 million. Over the project life a total of 182 million pounds of copper and 692,000 ounces of gold are projected to be recovered based on the PEA recovery assumptions. The project shows a pre-tax NPV (5%) of $178.5 million and an IRR of 33.1%. These results indicate a potentially economic project and the project should proceed to the prefeasibility or feasibility stage.
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