Axmif - Axmin Inc. (gold)

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    Axmin Inc Management’s Discussion and Analysis Year ended December 31, 2019

    This report is dated as of June 9, 2020. Readers are encouraged to read the Company’s other public filings, which can be viewed
    on the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).

    Page 5:

    Throughout 2019, the Company continued to work closely with the Minister of Mining and Geology and other senior officials of theCentral African Republic. In December 2019, a site visit of the Passendro property was held at the invitation of the Minister ofMining and Geology with the Company’s management, the staff from the Company’s local subsidiaries, and local governmentofficials. During the site visit, Company committed to provide funding to assist the local government in purchasing school suppliesand repairing infrastructure. Due to the effect of COVID-19 in 2020, a final amount has not been agreed upon.

    In January 2020, the Company learned informally that the exploration and mining permits held by Aurafrique and Somio Toungou have been withdrawn. The Company has not, at the time of this report, received formal notice of any withdrawal. Later in January 2020, the Company was advised by the Minister of Mining and Geology of the Central African Republic to submit a formal request for legal review of the status of the Company’s assets in the CAR. As a result the Company engaged the local law firm, Cabinet Mboligoumba & Associes, to file the request for legal review with the Conseil d’Etat of the CAR. It should be noted that the entire balance of property, plant and equipment related to the Passendro Gold Asset were written off in the Consolidated Financial Statements for the years ended December 31, 2013 as a result of force majeure conditions in the CAR.

    In March 2020, the Company received an invitation by the office of the President of the Central African Republic. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on international travel, the meeting has been delayed.

    On April 7, 2020, the Counseil d’Etat ruled that while the government of the CAR does not have the authority to withdraw the Aurafrique and Somio Toungou permits, the Conseil d’Etat did not have the jurisdiction to overturn the withdrawal of the permits.

    On April 23, 2020, Cabinet Mboli-Goumba & Associes filed another proceeding before the Conseil d’Etat claiming the invalidity of the contested permits deemed granted to one or more companies while this proceedings were on-going. The Company has not received a ruling on this proceeding. The Company is continuing ongoing discussion with CAR government officials to reach a satisfactory resolution of this matter.

    As of the writing of this report, AXMIN continues to maintain operations in the Central African Republic, including its office, country manager, supporting staff and continues to be in contact with the local authorities.

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    Senegal Joint Venture

    In 2020, for the Sounkounkou permit, Teranga has indicated to the Company that it is expected to spend approximately US$1 M on exploring two BLEG (Bulk Leach Extractable Gold) anomalies, including the following planned activities:

    · +/- 3,000 soil samples
    · +/- 5,500 m of excavator trenching
    · +/- 3,500 m of RC / DD drilling

    Full details of the exploration programs at the Senegal JV can be found on the Teranga website at www.terangagold.com.

    In July 2019, AXMIN received through SMC, a tax notification from the Senegalese tax authorities. The Senegalese tax authorities considers that AXMIN, as a result of the royalties paid to it by SMC, is required to declare and pay corporate income tax in Senegal. In 2020, AXMIN obtained a tax opinion from the Senegal office of a major global accounting firm that the royalties received by AXMIN cannot be taken as revenues from the exploitation or concession of exploitation of mineral deposits located in Senegal, and therefore, AXMIN concludes that it is not liable for any taxes claimed by the Senegalese tax authorities.
     
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    While we wait for AXMIF's Q2 financial/MD&A results to come out shortly(unless it's delayed like last quarter), TGCDF Gold filed a new 43-101 and it clearly shows in the maps on Sedar(link below) that they added 4 new targets on the JV claim with Axmin. Those four targets are 20% unless converted to a 1.5% NSR. We are also waiting for results from their drill program. This means AXM has 20 targets now, compared to 16(all 1.5% NSR).

    AXM should hopefully have an update on it's CAR legal case as well in the next MD&A

    TGCDF Sedar link - https://sedar.com/DisplayCompanyDocuments.do?lang=EN&issuerNo=00030562
     
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    Q2 results came out last friday and it looks like progress is being made on Passendro and the Bambari expansion leases, as per the MD&A highlight below. Also keep in mind that Axmin Inc has updated their website which is nice to see, so hoping for a new company presentation soon. Teranga Gold is drilling/sampling on our JV claim and we have 4 new targets, with a total of 20 now.

    Page 6 on the MD&A:

    On June 8, 2020, Aurafrique and Somio Tongou, through its lawyers, Cabinet Mboli-Goumba & Associes, filed a request for arbitration with the government of the Central African Republic and the Chambre Arbitrale Internationale de Paris for its permits On July 24, 2020, the Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Central African Republic accepted the request from Aurafrique and Somio Tongou for arbitration with the Chambre Arbitrale Internationale de Paris for the status of their properties. On August 18, 2020, the parties agreed that the location of the arbitration be the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
     
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    Here is an update on Senegal and CAR, with regards to Axmin's involvement.


    Senegal - As mentioned last time, Teranga Gold announced an updated mineral report. This report did show 4 new targets that AXM owns 20% interest in(Page 88 in the 43-101 from Teranga), unless convereted to a royalty. But on top of that, if you look closer at the report, there is still 50,000 ounces of gold left at Gora, which is a target that has already produced over 400,000 ounces of gold and paid Axmin millions in royalties(see Page 256 in the 43-101 from Teranga). So at $2,000 gold, this is another $1.5 million USD in revenue that Axmin still has to collect.


    CAR - Today an important article came out which shows the United States sanctioning Russian companies in the Central African Republic. This is important because the transaction that would of occured in regards to the sale of Passendro to Midas(Russian Company) can no longer occur. This puts Axmin in a stronger negotiating position with regards to getting back both the Passendro mine and expansion leases. Only Russia and China have worked in CAR for the last several years, making Axmin one of the only true feasible options of getting the gold mine in production.


    Link to new article: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1133


    From the last MD&A: On June 8, 2020, Aurafrique and Somio Tongou, through its lawyers, Cabinet Mboli-Goumba & Associes, filed a request for arbitration with the government of the Central African Republic and the Chambre Arbitrale Internationale de Paris for its permits On July 24, 2020, the Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Central African Republic accepted the request from Aurafrique and Somio Tongou for arbitration with the Chambre Arbitrale Internationale de Paris for the status of their properties. On August 18, 2020, the parties agreed that the location of the arbitration be the city of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
     
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    Axmin Inc's JV Partner, Teranga Gold, To Be Acquired By Endeavour Mining

    Endeavour Mining to acquire rival Teranga Gold for $2.44 billion

    - Good to see this transaction happen. Teranga Gold has not been able to move fast enough in Senegal due to financial constraints. Now with the combined company, Endeavour can assist better in proving up the JV Sounkoukou claims with Axmin.

    https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/endeavour-mining-to-acquire-rival-teranga-gold-for-2-44-billion-1.1522918


    Endeavour Mining Corp., the acquisitive gold producer backed by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, agreed to buy Teranga Gold Corp. in the latest deal to reshape the sector.

    After Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Corp. two years ago created behemoths that dwarf the rest of the industry, other gold miners are trying to consolidate to remain relevant to shareholders. Helped by record gold prices, that’s led to a flurry of deals across the sector as smaller producers beef up their scale.

    Endeavour said last week it was discussing a “merger of equals style” deal with Teranga after the talks were first reported by Bloomberg. Endeavour is offering 5.1 per cent premium to Teranga’s closing price on Friday, valuing its equity at C$2.44 billion (US$1.86 billion), according to Bloomberg calculations.

    The combined company will produce about 1.5 million ounces of gold a year across West Africa, making it one of the 10 largest producers. It also plans to seek a listing on the London Stock Exchange, a long-term goal of Endeavour Chief Executive Officer Sebastien de Montessus.

    London has become a go-to destination for gold-miners in the past year as companies seek to fill the gap left by Randgold Resources Ltd., a former investor favorite that delisted when it was bought by Barrick in a deal that set the tone for low or zero premium combinations in the industry.

    Since Randgold left, Yamana Gold Inc. and Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. have both secured listings in London, though unlike Endeavour they have not sought premium listings that make them eligible for the FTSE 100 index.

    “The combined entity will become a new senior gold producer and enjoy an improved capital markets profile, underpinned by a healthy balance sheet and strong cash flow capabilities to support a sustainable dividend,” de Montessus said in Monday’s statement.

    Endeavour is offering 0.47 of its own shares per Teranga share. That means existing Endeavour and Teranga shareholders will own approximately 66 per cent and 34 per cent, respectively, of the combined company.

    La Mancha, the vehicle which Sawiris holds his stake in Endeavour, will invest a further US$200 million into the combined company, leaving it with a 19 per cent stake. Teranga’s biggest shareholders, including Barrick, support the deal.

    A successful deal would extend a years-long transformation by Endeavour, which has replaced high-cost mines with two new flagship projects that produce more gold and will operate for much longer. Teranga has assets in Senegal, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, including the Massawa project it bought from Barrick.

    The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.
     
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    Axmin Q3 Results Out. Two Updates From The MD&A:

    Page 5: The Company has been advised that Presidential and legislative elections will be held simultaneously on December 26, 2020, with results to be officially announced one week after the elections. On November 2, 2020, the Company has received notice from Central African State to confirm in participating in the mediation process with the company’s subsidiaries AURAFRIQUE SARL SOMIO TOUNGOU SA. Mediation between the Company and the Central African State is progressing and practical arrangements are being made to resolve the difficulties within a short period of time. The date will be further confirmed from the arbitral chamber. The Company has received notice that the Central African State will be represented by Flavien Mbata, Minister of Justice and Human Rights, and Léopold Mboli Fatran, Minister of Mines and Geology in the arbitration.

    Page 7: On November 16, 2020, Endeavour Mining Corporation (TSX:EDV) and Teranga announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Endeavour will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Teranga. In their joint press release, the companies stated that the combination would “leverage Endeavour’s West African operating model to extract significant financing, operating and capital synergies across all of Teranga’s assets [including] Sabodala-Massawa, in Senegal, to become a flagship asset alongside Ity and Houndé with the potential to become a top tier asset given its high grade, low cost, long mine life, large reserves and significant exploration potential.” The Company is in discussions with Teranga regarding the 5 proposed targets within Bransan Lot C on whether the Company will participate in the exploration, which will include funding 20% of proposed work costs, or elect to convert to a 1.5% net smelter royalty.
     

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