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Strategic Minerals PLC
08 September 2016

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8 September 2016


 Strategic Minerals plc

("Strategic Minerals" or the "Company")


Partial Redmoor Option exercise and Option extension


Strategic Minerals PLC (AIM: SML; USOTC; SMCDY), the multi-minerals production, exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that it has agreed an extension to the option to acquire shares in NAE Resources (UK) Limited ("Redmoor"), further details of which were announced by the Company on 26 May 2016 (the "Option").  The Option entitled the Company to acquire 278,864 new ordinary shares in Redmoor for a total consideration of £945,348.96 in cash at any time prior to 31 December 2016. The Company has today agreed with Redmoor to an extension to the Option exercise deadline until 15 February 2017 (the "Option Period").


In addition, the Company has made a partial exercise under the Option, for 30,000 new ordinary shares in Redmoor at a price of £3.39 per share for a total consideration of £101,700. This, when combined with the Company's current holding of 30,973 shares, will result in the Company holding 16.4% of Redmoor's issued capital. Following this partial exercise, the Option now entitles the Company to acquire 248,864 new ordinary shares in Redmoor for a total consideration of £843,648.96.  Should the Company exercise the balance of the Option in full, the Company would have a 50% interest in the enlarged share capital of Redmoor.


Should Strategic Minerals fail to exercise, in full, its Option to subscribe for the Redmoor shares, then New Age Exploration Limited ("NAE") will have a five year right to acquire any shares subscribed for under the Option at the face value of £3.39 per share.  This does not impact on NAE's previous right to acquire all of the initial 30,973 Redmoor subscription shares for a total of £1.00 should the Company, or its nominee, fail to have exercised, in full, its Option during the Option Period.


Funds from the current subscription for 30,000 new ordinary Redmoor shares will be applied by Redmoor primarily for advancing the project during the pre-drilling phase and to cover working capital requirements. Work associated with preparing for drilling is expected to commence this month in line with Redmoor's stated target of commencement of drilling in the first half of 2017.



Commenting, Strategic Mineral's Managing Director, John Peters, said:


"The extension of the Option Period for the subscription for shares in Redmoor, while only approximately six weeks, is important to the Company as it extends beyond the date by which a major payment under the recent rail settlement is due.  This puts the Company in a stronger position to fund this investment with minimal dilution to existing shareholders.


"The partial subscription of 30,000 shares, under the Option, confirms the Board's intent to take the Option up in full and provides funding to prepare the project for drilling in the first half of 2017."


For further information, please contact:




Strategic Minerals plc

John Peters

Managing Director

+61 (0) 414 727 965

Allenby Capital Limited

Nominated Adviser and Broker

John Depasquale

Jeremy Porter

James Reeve


+44 (0)20 3328 5656

Yellow Jersey PR

Financial PR

Dominic Barretto

Alistair de Kare-Silver

+44 (0) 7825 916 715 

Notes to Editors:


Strategic Minerals Plc is an AIM-quoted, diversified mineral development and production company with projects in the United States of America and Australia. The Company's focus is on acquiring and developing cash generative, high quality projects that meet local market demand for commodities and utilising this cash flow to undertake value added exploration. 


In September 2011, Strategic Minerals purchased its first cash-generating asset, the Cobre magnetite tailings dam project in New Mexico, USA, brought into production in 2012, which continues to provide a revenue stream for the Company. The portfolio was expanded in January 2016 with the acquisition of shares in Central Australian Rare Earths Pty Ltd, which holds tenements in Western Australia and the Northern Territory that are prospective for nickel sulphides, platinum and rare earths. Strategic Minerals has completed drill-testing the highest priority nickel sulphide targets within the tenements and has successfully intersected nickel sulphide and platinum. In May 2016, the Company also entered arrangements to buy up to 50% of the Redmoor tin/tungsten exploration project in Cornwall, UK.


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