Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Holdings Co. Ltd. Subscribes to $18 Million Private Placement
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Monday, July 26, 2010 – Canada Zinc Metals Corp. (TSX Venture Exchange: CZX) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a financing arrangement with Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Holdings Co. Ltd. (“Tongling”) pursuant to which Tongling has subscribed, by way of a non-brokered private placement, to 31,386,224 units of Canada Zinc Metals at a price of $0.5735 per unit for gross proceeds of $18,000,000. Each unit consists of one common share and one half of a common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant shall entitle the purchaser to purchase, at any time within 24 months from closing, one additional common share of the Company at a price of $0.675 during the first year and at a price of $0.775 during the second year.
“We are extremely pleased to see this level of investment by Tongling,” stated Mr. Peeyush Varshney, CEO of Canada Zinc Metals. “Earlier this year, Tongling retained a leading international mining consulting firm to complete an independent due diligence review of the work we have done on the Akie property to date and, clearly, a very positive report was produced.”
The proceeds of the private placement will be used to fund further exploration and advancement of the Company’s Akie zinc-lead property and for working capital and corporate purposes.
“We are pleased to be further increasing our stake in Canada Zinc Metals,” said Mr. Li Dongqing, Vice-President and Chief Engineer of Tongling. “We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the Company.”
Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Holdings Co. Ltd., based in Tongling, Anhui, is a state-owned holding company, and one of China's largest copper smelting companies. Tongling’s principal activities are exploration, mining, ore processing, smelting & refining and products processing of copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver and other non-ferrous and rare metals.
Upon completion of the private placement, Tongling will own approximately a 36% equity position in Canada Zinc Metals.
The financing is subject to receiving the necessary approvals of the Tongling board of directors, the relevant Chinese regulatory departments, the TSX Venture Exchange and the shareholders of the Company.
The financing is also subject to terms and conditions that generally accompany significant strategic investments of this nature and size.
About the Akie Property
The Akie zinc-lead property is situated within the southern-most part (Kechika Trough) of the regionally extensive Paleozoic Selwyn Basin, one of the most prolific sedimentary basins in the world for the occurrence of SEDEX zinc-lead-silver and stratiform barite deposits.
Drilling on the Akie property by Inmet Mining Corporation during the period 1994 to 1996 and by Canada Zinc Metals since 2005 has identified a significant body of baritic-zinc-lead SEDEX mineralization (Cardiac Creek deposit). The deposit is hosted by variably siliceous, fine grained clastic rocks of the Middle to Late Devonian ‘Gunsteel’ formation. The Company has outlined a NI 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 23.6 million tonnes grading 7.6% zinc, 1.5% lead and 13.0 g/t silver (at a 5% zinc cut off grade).
Two similar deposits, Cirque and Cirque South Cirque, located some 20 km northwest of Akie and owned under a joint venture by Teck Resources and Korea Zinc, are also hosted by Gunsteel rocks and have a combined geologic inventory in excess of 50 million tonnes (not 43-101 compliant) grading approximately 10% combined zinc + lead.
In addition to the Akie property, Canada Zinc Metals Corp. controls a large contiguous group of claims which comprise the Kechika Regional project. These claims are underlain by geology identical to that on the Akie property (Cardiac Creek deposit) and Cirque. This project includes the 100% owned Mt. Alcock property, which has yielded a historic drill intercept of 8.8 metres grading 9.3% zinc+lead, numerous zinc-lead-barite occurrences, and several regional base metal anomalies.
The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CANADA ZINC METALS CORP.
PEEYUSH VARSHNEY, LL.B
CEO & CHAIRMAN