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Trident Royalties complete Lake Rebecca Gold Royalty acquisitiion

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Further to its announcement of 24 September 2020, Trident has announced that all pre-conditions to the Lake Rebecca Gold Royalty Acquisition have now been satisfied and that completion will occur automatically on admission.

On 24 September 2020, the company announced that it had entered into a binding agreement to acquire an existing 1.5% net smelter return (NSR) gold royalty over tenement E28/1610 (the Lake Rebecca Gold Royalty Acquisition), which hosts the entirety of the million-ounce Lake Rebecca Gold Project, currently owned and operated by ASX-listed Apollo Consolidated in Western Australia. The Royalty was acquired for a total consideration of AUS$7 million in cash (approximately US$5 million) and AUS$1 million to be satisfied by the issue of 1 862 556 new ordinary shares of 1p each in Trident (consideration shares) at 29.39 p per ordinary share.

The royalty is payable on production from exploration licence E28/1610 which is currently pending conversion to a mining licence (M28/400, application date 2 December 2019), and covers the entirety of the Cleo, Duke, Duchess and Rebecca deposits which are collectively referred to as the Lake Rebecca Gold Project. Apollo is aggressively pursuing the development of Lake Rebecca following the publication of a conservative opencast shell constrained 1.035 million oz JORC (2012) compliant maiden mineral resource estimate in February 2020 (indicated and inferred resource of 27.1 million t at 1.2g/t gold (Au), with 0.5 g/t Au cut-off and AUS$2250/oz gold price). Nick Castleden, Managing Director of Apollo, recently commented that "construction is expected to commence in 18-24 months." Trident internal estimates indicate a long-life, substantial gold operation - providing a key cornerstone asset to underpin the precious metals' allocation in Trident's portfolio.

Settlement and dealings

Application has been made to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange Plc (AIM) for admission to trading of the 1 862 556 new consideration shares, which rank pari passu with the company's existing issued ordinary shares. Dealings on AIM are expected to commence at 8:00 am on or around 30 October 2020 (admission).

Total voting rights

For the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority's Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules (DTRs), following Admission Trident will have 105 362 556 ordinary shares of 1 p each in the capital of the company in issue with voting rights attached. Trident does not hold any shares in treasury. This figure of 105 362 556 may be used by shareholders in the company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the company, under the DTRs.

Adam Davidson, CEO of Trident, commented: "We are delighted to complete the acquisition of the Lake Rebecca Gold Royalty which will provide our shareholders with precious metals exposure from a significant and growing asset in the world's top mining jurisdiction. At this early stage, Trident believes that Lake Rebecca is on track to support a circa 100 000 oz/yr operation, located in a desirable jurisdiction being supported by gold prices at close to all-time highs. Acquiring attractive development stage royalties with a clear pathway to production has been proven to deliver value to investors, with many major and mid-tier royalty companies built on acquisitions such as this."

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