Orokolo Bay Strategic Development Update

By: PNG Business News February 26, 2024

Mayur Resources Limited wishes to update shareholders regarding its announced partnership with PT SEA First Nickel Industry (PTSFNI) on 23 January 2024 concerning the Orokolo Bay Vanadium, Titanium, and Iron Sands project in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

PTSFNI has requested to put on hold its obligations to fund the development of the Orokolo Bay project, citing “sudden financial difficulties” related to the depressed state of the global nickel market and these prolonged conditions being forecast to continue.

PTSFNI wish to continue cooperation with the Company in respect of the Orokolo Bay project should it’s circumstances change. As a result, the Company has agreed with PTSFNI that Mayur has the right to transact with other development partners in relation to the Orokolo Bay project.

As previously announced, as part of the proposed strategic partnership, PTSFNI wished to additionally gain ownership exposure to Mayur’s flagship Central Lime Project (Phase 1), the Central Cement Project (Phase 2) and other Company assets by agreeing to acquire a 9.9% stake (Proposed Stake) in the parent Company being 21.99 cents per share representing a 15% premium to the then 30-day VWAP. Given Mayur's share price presently is trading at circa a 43% premium, the Company has agreed with PTSFNI that it no longer has the opportunity or right to acquire such Proposed Stake, nor would it be fair or reasonable to Mayur shareholders to do so.

Subject to PTSFNI's financial situation improving and the potential resumption of its paused projects, Mayur has the opportunity to re-engage with PTSFNI on similar terms previously announced in the absence of other development partners in respect of Orokolo Bay.

While the Orokolo Bay project is an attractive asset, and the Mayur Board is disappointed at these developments, Mayur purposely embarked upon a structure to bring in a 51% majority controlling strategic investor, as the asset is viewed as a non-core asset. Mayur’s focus is to become a carbon-neutral downstream processing lime and cement manufacturing business. Most of the Company’s focus is devoted to closing the conditions precedent and financing documentation to achieve Financial Close for its Phase 1 Flagship Quicklime development and finalise construction of the associated wharf as previously announced.

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