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American Resources Corporation's American Carbon Corporation Completes Strategic Acquisition of 51% Interest in Iron Ore and Titanium Assets

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 08:30 AM

American Resources Corporation

Jamaican-based resource deposit further establishes American Carbon's foothold in the steelmaking supply chain for infrastructure development and expansion

Acquisition of mineral deposit and exclusive offtake rights for six percent of American Carbon establishes an acquisition value of approximately $19.3 million

Initial reserve analysis represents over 212.9 million tons of total feedstock deposits

FISHERS, IN / ACCESSWIRE / February 7, 2024 / American Resources Corporation's (NASDAQ:AREC) ("American Resources" or the "Company") subsidiary American Carbon Corporation ("American Carbon"), an owner and operator of low-cost, high-quality metallurgical and specialty carbon assets, has acquired a 51% ownership interest in a diversified mineral asset with a focus on iron ore, titanium and vanadium with an initial estimated deposit of 212,925,000 tons of raw feedstock with an estimated 106,462,500 tons of ore body, based on an average of 50% magnetic material.

Tarlis Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of American Carbon Corporation, emphasized the importance and expansion into the broader supply chain for infrastructure and steel inputs stated, "This project is a diversified and high-quality asset that our team and colleagues have worked on for over a year to evaluate the market need and importance for high value assets in the iron ore and titanium markets. We believe the initial reserve analysis that has been completed and the assays of the material potentially make this a world class asset for iron ore, titanium as well as the potential for other critical and strategic elements. We are excited to work with our local partners as we further expand the reserve evaluation, mine plan, permitting and operational game plan to work with the local community utilizing low cost, highly environmentally sensitive technologies for mineral concentration and processing in the future."

Mark Jensen, CEO of American Resources Corporation added, "We currently sit at a very strategic and unique position within the global supply chain of high value raw materials and refined, technical-grade minerals. Our unique asset base, operational expertise, entrepreneurial foresight and nimble, low cost structure has enabled us to provide, what we think are, the most efficient and meaningful solutions in a highly-competitive, and geopolitical mineral supply chain for commercial and national security applications. Our innovative solutions position us to bring attractive and sought after value for stakeholders, our shareholders and partners alike. We will continue to aggressively work to deploy our value-added solutions and broaden our resource base along the way."

American Carbon Corporation acquired its 51% ownership stake of TR Mining and Equipment Limited ("TR Mining") (including equipment, leases, permits etc.) with 100% offtake rights to mineral feedstock located within the Special Exclusive Prospecting License No. 611, or any successor permit. The total consideration for the 51% ownership interest and offtake rights is the issuance of approximately 6% of the equity of American Carbon Corporation to the owners of TR Mining equating to a total equity consideration of approximately $19.305 million.

The initial assessment and laboratory results from the magnetite and titanomagnetite indicate the black sand resource typically range from 9% to 57% in surface iron content. The asset base contains both onshore and offshore reserves off the southern shore of Jamacia outside of any residential regions of the island. The minerals identified though the initial assessment included titanomagnetite, magnetite, hematite, ilmenite, plagioclase, quartz, epidote, olivine, augite, hornblende, apatite, calcite, garnet, hypersthene, rutile, zircon, etc. Third-party analysis and reserve report evaluation were conducted by the Geological and Geographical Solutions field team, Ja-GeoS, and commissioned by T.R. Mining and Equipment Limited.

About American Carbon Corporation
American Carbon Corporation is a raw material supplier to the infrastructure marketplace with a focus on metallurgical carbon, iron ore and titanium. Current operations are primarily focused on the extraction, processing, transportation, and distribution of coal for a variety of industries, with a primary focus on metallurgical quality coal to the steel industry. We have six coal mining and processing operating subsidiaries in the metallurgical carbon industry located in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia along with a substantial iron ore and titanium asset base in the mining region of Jamaica. For more information visit or connect with the Company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About American Resources Corporation
American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ: AREC) is a next-generation, environmentally and socially responsible supplier of high-quality raw materials to the new infrastructure market. The Company is focused on the extraction and processing of metallurgical carbon, an essential ingredient used in steelmaking, critical and rare earth minerals for the electrification market, and reprocessed metal to be recycled. American Resources has a growing portfolio of operations located in the Central Appalachian basin of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia where premium quality metallurgical carbon and rare earth mineral deposits are concentrated.

American Resources has established a nimble, low-cost business model centered on growth, which provides a significant opportunity to scale its portfolio of assets to meet the growing global infrastructure and electrification markets while also continuing to acquire operations and significantly reduce their legacy industry risks. Its streamlined and efficient operations are able to maximize margins while reducing costs. For more information visit or connect with the Company on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance, or achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond American Resources Corporation's control. The words "believes", "may", "will", "should", "would", "could", "continue", "seeks", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends", "estimates", or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Any forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. The Company cannot assure you that the projected results or events will be achieved.

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SOURCE: American Resources Corporation

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