Mountain Province Diamonds Receives Conditional Exchange Approval for Kennady Diamonds Listing
Shares Issued and Outstanding: 80,715,558
NYSE MKT: MDM
TORONTO AND NEW YORK, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Mountain Province Diamonds
Inc. (“Mountain Province”, the “Company”) (TSX: MPV, NYSE MKT: MDM) is
pleased to announce that the Company has received the conditional
approval of the TSX Venture Exchange for the listing of Kennady
Diamonds Inc. (“Kennady Diamonds”). The listing of Kennady Diamonds is
being sought as part of the previously announced plan of arrangement
(“the Arrangement”), pursuant to which the Company will transfer the
wholly-owned Northwest Territories diamond property, the Kennady North
project, to Kennady Diamonds.
Mountain Province President and CEO, Patrick Evans, said: “We expect to
satisfy the remaining conditions prior to the end of June, following
which we will set the record date (the date established for the
purposes of determining the Mountain Province shareholders entitled to
receive the distribution of Kennady Diamonds shares), the effective
date (the date on which the Arrangement will become effective), and
listing date (the date on which the shares of Kennady Diamonds will
Upon completion of the Arrangement, Mountain Province will transfer the
Kennady North property and working capital in the amount of C$3M to
Kennady Diamonds. Mountain Province will distribute 100 percent of the
shares of Kennady Diamonds to Mountain Province shareholders on the
basis of one Kennady Diamond share for every five shares of Mountain
Province held by shareholders on the record date.
Patrick Evans added: “The proposed spin-out of Kennady North is intended
to deliver greater value to Mountain Province shareholders by unlocking
the value of this highly prospective Canadian diamond project. The
transaction will also enable Mountain Province to focus on its flagship
Gahcho KuÃ© JV with De Beers while Kennady Diamonds focuses on advancing
the 123 square-kilometer Kennady North project.”
About Kennady North
The Kennady North project comprises thirteen leases and claims located
to the west and north of the four leases controlled by the Gahcho KuÃ©
Joint Venture between De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province
(49%) located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Exploration at Kennady North commenced in the late 1990′s and resulted
in the discovery of the diamondiferous Kelvin, Faraday and Hobbes
kimberlites. The number of diamonds recovered from these kimberlites
and the size-frequency distribution indicate that they may be of
comparable grade to the 5034 (1.77 carats per tonne) and Hearne (2.10
carats per tonne) kimberlites at the De Beers JV. Exploration samples
from Kelvin and Faraday returned a relatively large number of macro
diamonds with the two largest being a 0.4 carat diamond from Faraday
and a 0.09 carat diamond from Kelvin.
The known kimberlites at Kennady North do not explain all the
kimberlitic indicators previously recovered from glacial till sampling.
Exploration at Kennady North was suspended in 2004 when Mountain
Province focused the Company’s attention on the Gahcho KuÃ©
pre-feasibility and feasibility studies.
Exploration at Kennady North recommenced during 2011 with a 50-meter
line-spacing airborne gravity gradiometry (AGG) survey over the entire
123.6 square kilometer project area. The survey identified 106
geophysical targets. The Company recently completed a
560-line-kilometre total magnetic field (MAG) ground survey over all
106 geophysical targets identified by the AGG survey. The 39 high
priority targets identified through the AGG and MAG surveys will be
drilled as part of an upcoming summer drill program (approximately 20
drill targets) and 2013 winter drill program (approximately 20 drill
Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho KuÃ© JV located
at Kennady Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The Gahcho KuÃ©
Project consists of a cluster of four diamondiferous kimberlites, three
of which have a probable mineral reserve of 31.3 million tonnes grading
1.57 carats per tonne for total diamond content of 49 million carats.
Gahcho KuÃ© is the world’s largest and highest grade new diamond
development project. A December 2010 feasibility study filed by
Mountain Province (available on SEDAR) indicates that the Gahcho KuÃ©
project has an IRR of 33.9%.
This news release has been prepared under the supervision of Carl G.
Verley, P.Geo., who serves as the qualified person under National
This news release may contain forward-looking statements, within the
meaning of the “safe-harbor” provision of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Company’s business or
financial condition. Actual results could differ materially from those
described in this news release as a result of numerous factors, some of
which are outside the control of the Company.
SOURCE Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.