- Company appoints capital markets and mining industry veteran to its Board of Directors -
TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Aldridge Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: AGM.V) ("Aldridge" or the "Company"), an exploration stage company, today announced its results for the third quarter ended August 31, 2010, and provided an update on corporate developments. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
Third Quarter 2010 Highlights:
-- Net loss was $0.70 million, or $0.03 per share (basic);
-- Cash and cash equivalents of approximately $2.6 million;
-- Commenced a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) study in mid-July.
Highlights Subsequent to Quarter-End:
-- Announced that it has extended its strategic alliance an option agreement with Anatolia;
-- Announced the results of its recently completed Reverse Circular infill drilling program on the Yenipazar Au-Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn VMS deposit;
-- Shipped metallurgical samples obtained from PQ drill campaign to Mintek for flotation study;
-- Restructured its Board of Directors with the addition of Ms Daniella Dimitrov and Jean-Pierre Colin with Hikmet Akin, Peter Kausch and John Schaw stepping down as directors of Aldridge effective immediately.
"We are delighted to welcome Ms. Dimitrov and Mr. Colin to our board of directors", said Barry Hildred, Director of Aldridge Minerals. "Both of these individuals bring a wealth of capital markets experience supported by a mining industry focus that will prove valuable in this critical stage of our development. I look forward to future collaboration as the Board assists management in defining the future direction of Aldridge. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Dr. Akin, Dr. Kausch and Mr. Schaw for their past contributions and wish them success with their future endeavors."
Dr. Akin, Dr. Kausch and Mr. Schaw will remain as directors of Aldridge Uranium, a private exploration company of which Aldridge Minerals holds a 29% interest.
"Once again, we were able to deliver on a number of fronts since our last quarterly update including the extension of our earn-in agreement with Anatolia, initiation of our PEA and metallurgical studies," said Jacob Willoughby, President of Aldridge Minerals. "The results of these studies are expected to be released before the end of the calendar year and are very significant milestones in the development of our Yenipazar project in Turkey."
Once its metallurgical study and PEA are complete, the Company intends to move toward a definitive feasibility study to complete its 100% earn-in on the Yenipazar property. Additionally, Aldridge intends to conduct an exploration program throughout the 100 square kilometers surrounding the Yenipazar resource with the aim of discovering new VMS bodies. Additional discoveries could significantly increase the mine life or allow the Company to consider expanding upon the size of operation being considered for Yenipazar. The Company also intends to explore the optioning of new properties both in Turkey and in other jurisdictions.
Ms. Dimitrov has over 16 years of broad commercial and operational experience in senior executive roles with major international companies. Ms. Dimitrov has held principal roles in mergers, acquisitions, financings, corporate finance and joint ventures. She has also been responsible for major operating divisions including information technology and project management/development and the integration of multiple acquired businesses. Ms. Dimitrov has held various consulting roles in the mining industry since 2009 including Baffinland Iron Mines, where she is now serving as a director and vice chair. Ms. Dimitrov's former positions include Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of Raymond James Ltd., Chief Operating Officer of Dundee Securities and Dundee Private Investors, General Counsel for the Dundee group of companies and counsel at a national law firm. Ms. Dimitrov has served as a director or member of various financial services regulatory organizations and committees including the Industry Representative on the Board of the Investment Industry Association of Canada and director of Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. Ms. Dimitrov has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor.
Jean-Pierre Colin began his career as an investment banker in 1980. Formally the Director & Head of Corporate Finance at Octagon Capital Corporation, he is currently providing corporate strategy consulting services to CEO's of public companies. Previous to his position at Octagon Capital, Mr. Colin was an investment banker with Desjardins Securities Inc., Executive Vice-President of Deacon Capital Corporation, and Senior Vice President of Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited. Mr. Colin was also the founder of JP Colin Securities Inc., a securities dealer focused on corporate finance services to public mining companies. He is a Member of the Bar of the Province of Quebec and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, a Civil Law Degree from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in Comparative Law from the University of Manitoba. He is the former Faculty of Arts Co-Chair of the Waterloo Advisory Council of the University of Waterloo, former founder and President of Caratax Management Ltd., the manager of public flow-through share limited partnerships, and a former director of numerous other successful public mining companies in Canada including Wolfden Resources Inc., Pelangio Mines Inc., Virginia Gold Mines Inc. and NIM Management, the manager of over $730,000,000 of flow through share funds. Mr. Colin is currently a director of Premier Gold and Ursa Major Minerals.
Additional information relating to the Company, including the Company's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three months ended August 31, 2010 will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
About Aldridge Minerals
Aldridge Minerals Inc. is mainly focused on mineral opportunities in Turkey where the Company is conducting an ambitious exploration and development program at its flagship Yenipazar polymetallic VMS project. Aldridge has also identified several other prospective opportunities in Turkey and Papua New Guinea, and has amassed a large property position where a systematic exploration program is underway.
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For further information: Aldridge Minerals Inc., Jacob Willoughby, President and Director, 416- 558-4717, www.aldridgeminerals.com; The Equicom Group Inc., Patrick Piette 416-815-0700 x267 or Dave Feick, 403-218-2839
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