8 January 2010
CANCELLATION OF LISTED OPTIONS
Catalpa Resources Limited (Catalpa) advises that the following listed options held by Auselect Limited, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Catalpa as a result of the merger with Lion Selection Limited, have been cancelled.
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Bruce McFadzean Warrick Hazeldine/Annette Ellis
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Catalpa Resources Limited Purple Communications
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ABOUT CATALPA RESOURCES
Catalpa Resources Limited (ASX: CAH) has two exciting gold assets; a 30% interest in the 100,000 ounce per annum Cracow Gold Operations - a producing gold mine in Queensland (70% Newcrest Mining Limited); and the 100,000 ounce per annum Edna May Gold Operations in Western Australia (100%) - an advanced gold project on schedule to commence production in June 2010.
The A$92 million Edna May Gold Project is fully funded, and, as part of the finance facility, Catalpa has sold forward 352,316 ounces of gold at A$1,557.50 per ounce. At an average gold price of A$1,400 per ounce Catalpa will realize an average cash operating margin of A$72 million per annum from the Edna May Gold Operations alone.
With a combined Mineral Resource of more than 1.9 million ounces and a combined Ore Reserve of more than a million ounces of gold (refer announcement dated 2 December 2009), the Cracow and Edna May Operations will provide a sustainable cash flow to fund Catalpa?s growth strategy.
Catalpa is confident that both the Cracow and Edna May Gold Operations offer further Reserve and Resource growth potential, with ongoing exploration programmes at both operations. In parallel, the Company continues to proactively identify and assess other production growth opportunities.
The Company has a committed and technically accomplished management team and a highly-experienced and supportive Board, committed to realising shareholder value from the Company?s growing asset portfolio.
Catalpa has adopted best practice standards across all its activities, including health and safety, environmental management, corporate governance and social responsibility.
EDNA MAY OPERATIONS (100%)
Catalpa?s wholly-owned Edna May Gold Operations is conveniently positioned just two kilometers from the infrastructure of Westonia, on the eastern edge of WA?s Wheatbelt region. The mine is half way between Perth and Kalgoorlie and ideally situated to be serviced by either of these major mining centres..
With its robust economics, geologically and metallurgically well defined ore-body, high Ore Reserve confidence and excellent recovery rate of more than 92%, Catalpa?s Edna May Gold Operations offers an attractive, long-term platform to grow a mid tier gold producer.
Catalpa?s mine and processing schedule demonstrate average gold production at Edna May in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold recovered per annum for a life of mine of more than nine years, with production planned to commence in June 2010.
CRACOW GOLD OPERATIONS (30%)
Catalpa owns 30% of the Cracow Gold Operations in Queensland with Newcrest Mining Limited, and also has a pre-emptive right over Newcrest?s 70% stake in the asset. The Cracow Gold Project is well managed and operated by Newcrest, allowing Catalpa to remain focused on constructing the Edna May Gold Project on time and within budget.
The Cracow Gold Project has a history of steady gold production of over 100,000 ounces per annum for the past four years and it is considered to have considerable exploration upside.
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