Morien Announces Quarterly Dividend
August 22, 2023 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Morien Resources Corp. (“Morien” or the “Company“) (TSX-V:MOX), is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has declared a dividend of $0.0025 (one quarter of one cent) per common share for the third quarter of 2023. The dividend will be paid on September 28, 2023, to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 12, 2023.
Morien’s quarterly dividend is intended to be step-variable in relation to Donkin Mine production expansion and coal price, having regard for the stability of cash flow, balance sheet protection and the need to maintain flexibility to secure new royalty assets. The declaration, amount and timing of future dividends will be subject to the Board’s determination that the payment of a dividend is in the best interest of Morien and its shareholders, having regard to the Company’s cash reserves, anticipated financial requirements, legal requirements for the declaration of dividends and other conditions existing at such time, including forward production guidance from Kameron Collieries LLC, owner/operator of the Donkin Mine. The Company’s Q3 2023 dividend payment will qualify as an ‘eligible dividend’ for Canadian income tax purposes.
Donkin Stop Work Order
As of the date of this news release, there remains a Stop Work Order (“SWO”) in effect at the Donkin Mine, put in place by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (“DOL”), the province’s regulator for the Mine, in response to a roof fall in one of Donkin’s two access tunnels. While SWO’s are meant to be temporary in duration, the timing for its release is unknown as it depends on DOL’s ability to timely assess the situation and suggest what corrective measures, if any, are required going forward. For additional detail, please see Morien’s recent news releases dated August 11, 2023, and August 15, 2023.
Morien is a Canada based, mining development company that holds royalty interests in two tidewater accessed projects. The Donkin Coal Mine re-commenced production during the third quarter of 2022 and royalties to Morien have commenced. The Black Point Aggregate Project is permitted, and although production has not begun, Morien is receiving advanced minimum royalty payments on a quarterly basis. Morien’s management team exercises ruthless discipline in managing both the assets and liabilities of the Company. The Company’s management and its Board of Directors consider shareholder returns to be paramount over corporate size, number or scale of assets and industry recognition. The Company has 51,292,000 issued and outstanding common shares and a fully diluted position of 54,192,000. Further information is available at www.MorienRes.com.
Some of the statements in this news release may constitute “forward-looking information” as defined under applicable securities laws. These statements reflect Morien’s current expectations of future revenues and business prospects and opportunities and are based on information currently available to Morien. Morien cautions that actual performance will be affected by a number of factors, many of which are beyond its control, and that future events and results may vary substantially from what Morien currently foresees. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties described in documents filed by Morien with the Canadian securities regulators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) from time to time. Morien cautions that its royalty revenue will be based on production by third party property owners and operators who will be responsible for determining the manner and timing for the properties forming part of Morien’s royalty portfolio. These third party owners and operators are also subject to risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted herein including: volatility in financial markets or general economic conditions; capital requirements and the need for additional financing; fluctuations in the rates of exchange for the currencies of Canada and the United States; prices for commodities including coal and aggregate; unanticipated changes in production, mineral reserves and mineral resources, metallurgical recoveries and/or exploration results; changes in regulations and unpredictable political or economic developments; loss of key personnel; labour disputes; and ineffective title to mineral claims or property. There are other business risks and hazards associated with mineral exploration, development and mining. Although Morien believes that the forward-looking information contained herein is based on reasonable assumptions (including assumptions relating to economic, market and political conditions, the Company’s working capital requirements and the accuracy of information supplied by the operators of the properties in which the Company has a royalty interest), readers cannot be assured that actual results will be consistent with such statements. Morien expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information in this news release, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All dollar values discussed herein are in Canadian dollars. Any financial outlook or future-oriented financial information in this news release, as defined by applicable securities laws, has been approved by management of Morien as of the date of this news release. Such financial outlook or future-oriented financial information is provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such outlook or information should not be used for purposes other than for which it is disclosed in this news release.
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For more information, please contact:
Dawson Brisco, President & CEO
Phone: (902) 403-3149
John P.A. Budreski, Executive Chairman
Phone: (416) 930-0914