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Thursday 24 January, 2019

Tri-Star Resources Plc

First Metal Update, SPMP Funding and Turkey Sale

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 until the release of this announcement

24 January 2019

Tri-Star Resources plc ("Tri-Star" or the "Company")
Update on First Metal, SPMP Funding and Disposal of Göynük Project in Turkey

Tri-Star (AIM: TSTR), the mining and minerals processing company, is pleased to announce that management at Strategic & Precious Metals Processing LLC ("SPMP") in Oman, which Tri-Star has a 40% shareholding, expects the initial production of pure antimony metal to take place in the next week.

The event is a key milestone for SPMP as it proves all aspects of this technologically advanced facility are functional and the country of Oman can boast a world-class, strategic industrial asset.

The production of first metal is also a key requirement in obtaining a long-term finance package for the plant and the board of Tri-Star understands that SPMP is well advanced in these discussions.

As was recently announced, SPMP has requested an additional US$10.5m from its shareholders. The Company is confident that an equity placing will not be required in order to meet its 40% share of the funding requirement.

In addition, the disposal of the Company’s interest in the Göynük mine in Turkey has completed for a total cash consideration of US$500,000, with the first tranche of US$200,000 already received by Tri-Star.

Highlights of Göynük Transaction:

  • The Göynük mine consists of the exploration and mining rights for a historical artisanal mine in a known antimony belt in the Murat Dagi mountains of western Turkey, of which the Company currently owns 99.93%;
  • Tri-Star has signed a Sale Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with a local Turkish entity which has experience in mining (the “Purchaser”);
  • Under the terms of the SPA the Purchaser will pay US$500,000 cash to Tri-Star in three tranches, the first was paid on the signing of the SPA on 21 January 2019, the second payment falls due upon share transfer, and the third payment of US$100,000 falls due on the first sale of material from the mine;
  • Following the closing of the transaction, the Purchaser plans to bring the mine back into production before the end of 2019;
  • Tri-Star is facilitating an offtake contract between the Purchaser and SPMP.

Karen O’Mahony, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Star, commented:

“We are pleased that first metal is now imminent.

The SPMP Plant is a key strategic asset for Oman with very strong backing from the country’s Government – who have shown exceptional support for the Project. The success of the Project demonstrates the potential that can be realised through Foreign Direct Investment in Oman by international partners, particularly the UK, with whom the country enjoys a special relationship.

In Turkey, the new owners of the Göynük Project are extremely keen to advance its development, which will help secure feedstock for the Company’s flagship SPMP Project. We look forward to continuing to work with the purchaser post completion so that we can establish an offtake agreement for SPMP for the Göynük production.”

ENDS

Enquiries:

Tri-Star Resources plc
Karen O’Mahony, Acting CEO/ CFO                                                    Tel: +44 (0)20 7653 6291

Tavistock Communications Ltd
Charles Vivian/ Gareth Tredway                                                         Tel +44 (0)20 7920 3150

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nominated Adviser)
Robert Wooldridge/ Jeff Keating                                                        Tel: +44 (0)20 3470 0470

FinnCap Ltd (Broker)
Christopher Raggett/Scott Morrison/Camille Gochez                        Tel: +44 (0)20 7220 0500

Notes to the Editor

Tri-Star’s principal activities are in an antimony and gold production facility (the “SPMP Project” or the “Project”).

The SPMP Project is based in Sohar, Sultanate of Oman, and is being developed by Strategic & Precious Metals Processing LLC (“SPMP”), an Omani company in which Tri-Star has a 40% equity interest.

Tri-Star also has antimony exploration licenses in Canada which is held for its potential contribution of feedstock to the SPMP Project.


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