TORONTO, Ontario (August 9, 2012) – Mega Uranium Ltd. (“Mega”) (TSX: “MGA”) and NexGen Energy Ltd. (“NexGen”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a letter of intent under which it is proposed that NexGen will acquire the majority of Mega’s Canadian uranium projects; principally those located in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan and the Thelon Basin, Nunavut (collectively “Canadian Projects”). NexGen holds an option over the Radio Uranium Property, which is directly adjacent to and covers the interpreted eastern extension of the E-W structure that hosts Roughrider, Roughrider Far East and Fission Energy’s J-zone, See figure 1 for a map of the Athabasca Basin showing the Radio project location and the Canadian Projects. Together, the combined projects will represent one of the most promising uranium exploration portfolios in Canada. In connection with the sale of the Canadian Projects, Mega will also enter into a structured financing agreement with NexGen to provide approximately $4.2 million for exploration programs on the combined project portfolio. Following the completion of the transaction, Mega will focus its Canadian exploration efforts on its projects in the Central Mineral Belt in Labrador.
“This transaction represents another step in unlocking shareholder value attributable to our exploration properties, but not fully recognized by the market,” commented Sheldon Inwentash, CEO of Mega. “NexGen represents an ideal home for our Canadian projects which will complement its Radio project, one of the most promising exploration targets in the Athabasca Basin. We are looking forward to supporting and working closely with NexGen’s first class management team and board of directors through the exciting next phases of exploration for these projects.”
“We are very pleased to enter into this transaction with Mega,” added Leigh Curyer, CEO of NexGen. “Radio, combined with the existing Mega projects, delivers an extremely prospective and distinguishable portfolio of uranium exploration projects, providing multiple opportunities to make world class uranium discoveries in the Athabasca Basin and elsewhere in Canada. The Mega team brings a deep understanding of the uranium sector and we are pleased they have chosen our technical and commercial expertise and experience to partner with us in Canada.”
Under the proposed terms, Mega will receive 11.25 million shares of NexGen as consideration for the sale of the Canadian Projects, and approximately an additional 6.27 million shares under the structured financing, representing an aggregate equity interest in NexGen of approximately 38%. Additionally, as long as Mega continues to hold an equity interest of no less than 10% in NexGen, Mega will have the right to appoint two directors to the NexGen board (or such other number of directors proportionate to its equity interest).
The letter of intent is non-binding and completion of the transactions is subject to customary conditions, including standard due diligence by the parties and the completion of a definitive agreement.
ABOUT NEXGEN ENERGY
NexGen Energy Ltd. was established by Tigers Realm Group, an Australian based privately owned resources group, as a special purpose Canadian company to option the Radio Uranium Project in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Radio Project is located directly adjacent to and covers the eastern extension of the interpreted structural corridor that hosts Rio Tinto’s Roughrider deposit. Senior Management include Leigh Curyer, CEO, and Andrew Browne, Vice President – Exploration and Development.
ABOUT MEGA URANIUM
Mega Uranium Ltd. is a Toronto-based mineral resources company with a focus on uranium properties in Australia, Canada and Cameroon. Further information on Mega can be found on the company’s website at www.megauranium.com. Mega Uranium’s Ben Lomond and Maureen properties in Queensland, Australia, are subject to a State policy which presently prohibits the mining of uranium.
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Note Regarding Disclosure for Mineral Projects
This press release contains disclosure regarding our mineral resources. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. Mineral resources may never be converted into reserves. Furthermore, inferred resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. Further exploration will be required to upgrade the inferred resources to a higher resource category.