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American Resources Corporation Establishes Additional Cash Flow Stream By Leasing Non-Core Mining Complex To Third-Party Operator

American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:AREC) ("American Resources" or the "Company"), a next generation and socially responsible supplier of rare earth and critical elements, carbon and advanced

Benzinga · 04/29/2022 08:34

American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:AREC) ("American Resources" or the "Company"), a next generation and socially responsible supplier of rare earth and critical elements, carbon and advanced carbon materials to the new infrastructure and electrification marketplace, today announced that it has entered into a multi-year lease of it Deane Mining complex to a high quality, local, third-party operator named Bluegrass Resources.

Mark Jensen, CEO of American Resources Corporation commented, "As one of the largest owners of mining infrastructure in our region, we are happy to have entered into this lease and partnership with a very reputable local operator. Our Deane Mining complex is a top-tier asset and idled complex, but does not happen to be in our current operational plan, nor in our next phase of growth plans over the next five years. Given the current strength in the worldwide carbon markets, this lease allows us to continue to capitalize on the current environment by monetize our noncore assets, help keep the community working and brings additional value to our shareholders. We have known the owners of Bluegrass Resources, for a number of years and have confidence in their ability to execute and create value for our shareholders and theirs."

Jason McCoy, Manager of Bluegrass Resources commented, "Our team has owned and operated numerous complexes over the years and based on our extensive planning and due diligence, the Deane Mining complex is one of the top-tier. The American Resources team has kept this complex in pristine condition and coal ready, which enables us to move quickly in getting the complex back up and running and to create jobs within the region. I, and the rest of the Bluegrass Resources team are excited to hit the ground running at this complex and take advantage of this structure and market environment for both our shareholders and American Resources shareholders."

The Company's Deane Mining complex, located in Letcher County, Kentucky, contains a state-of-the-art, 800 ton per hour carbon processing facility, logistics infrastructure including batch weight unit train loadout on CSX rail, and access to abundant onsite and nearby mining capabilities. American Resources acquired the Deane Mining complex in December of 2015 from Rhino Resources Partners LP and operated it until 2019.

Under the terms of the lease to the third party, American Resources will receive an upfront cash payment of $100,000 a month for the first two months and then $20,000 monthly minimum until in production. Once in production American Resources will receive the higher of $5.00 per ton or 5% of gross sales price generated from the Deane Mining complex, among other terms of the transaction. The term of the lease is for a five-year period with renewable options thereafter.

American Resources continues to focus on running efficient streamlined operations in being a new-aged supplier of raw materials to the infrastructure and electrification marketplace in the most sustainable of ways, while also helping the world achieve its goals of carbon neutrality. By operating with low or no legacy costs and having one of the largest and most innovative growth pipelines in the industry, American Resources Corporation works to maximize value for its investors by positioning its large asset base to best fit a new-aged economy, while being able to scale its operations to meet the growth of the markets it serves.