Alecto Minerals forms strategic alliance with Centamin

Alecto Minerals has formed a strategic alliance with Centamin to pursue gold projects in Ethiopia.

Alecto Minerals has formed a strategic alliance with Centamin to pursue gold projects in Ethiopia.

The two have entered into a non-binding heads of terms agreement for a proposed joint venture for opportunities within the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Alecto owns gold projects Wayu Boda and Aysid Metekel in Ethopia.

Following a joint venture agreement, Centamin will inject an initial $1.8m over the initial expenditure commitment and a further $6.0m if they elect to implement the second expenditure commitment in order to earn a 51% and 70% interest respectively.

Centamin will invest £0.25m in Alecto by way of a share subscription at a price per share of 1.6p, a 74% premium to the share price at close of business Tuesday.

"This is a potentially transformative deal for Alecto that endorses the work we have completed and the quality of our portfolio in Ethiopia," said Alecto's Managing Director, Damian Conboy.

"If the joint venture agreement is signed, with Centamin's investment and technical input, we believe we can rapidly advance the Wayu Boda gold project, and potentially our Aysid Metekel Project, to create value for our shareholders. We look forward to working with Centamin to explore our land package in Ethiopia and potentially develop further interesting projects."

Shares in Alecto rose 23.68% to 1.18p at 09:57 Wednesday while Centamin increased 0.44% to 38.73p.

RD

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