Alexco Expands Environmental Business in Canada with Acquisition of Contango Strategies Ltd.

June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018 – Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE American: AXU) (TSX: AXR) (“Alexco” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Alexco Environmental Group Holdings Inc. (“AEG”), has acquired Contango Strategies Ltd. (“Contango”), a private company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for consideration of $1,388,000 comprising $971,600 in cash and 237,999 common shares of Alexco at a deemed value of $416,400. The common shares were valued at $1.75 per share using a 20 day volume weighted average price per share. Payment will be in two tranches with $1,018,000 (comprising $601,600 in cash paid on closing and $416,400 in Alexco common shares to be issued upon receipt of all requisite regulatory approvals) and the remaining $370,000 cash payment to be made on the first anniversary of the transaction closing.  The acquisition includes all of Contango’s operations including $450,000 in working capital, property, plant and equipment at an estimated value of $330,000 and 20 full-time staff.

Contango specializes in biological (passive, semi-passive and active) water treatment systems for mining, oil and gas, and industrial operations. Contango operates a year-round environmentally controlled pilot-scale facility, which allows for the development, testing and optimization of technologies such as bioreactors and constructed treatment wetlands. Additionally, genetic profiling using Contango’s in-house DNA sequencing facility and microbiology laboratories can detect and identify microbes for applications including bioreactor optimization, corrosion and fouling correction, and environmental remediation.

Jim Harrington, President of AEG commented, “With the addition of Contango’s advanced technology and research facilities it will enable AEG to continue to be leaders in the sector and at the forefront of applied environmental science, especially in mining related industrial applications. The Contango team will not only expand our capacity and bring with it a strong client base but it will enable AEG to provide a much broader and diversified service to the industry.”

Clynt Nauman, CEO and Chairman of Alexco added, “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Simair, Dr. Friesen and the rest of the Contango team to Alexco and look forward to them being important contributors to the overall growth of AEG. This compelling transaction delivers immediate value to shareholders with annual revenue expected to be in excess of $2.5 million but more importantly, I believe this type of science and technology is the future of environmental remediation and provides AEG with important additional tools to tackle complex environmental issues for our many clients. This transaction is the next step in growing our environmental business and should be viewed as our commitment to see AEG reach its full potential.”

Monique Simair, President and Founder of Contango commented, “We are excited to join the Alexco team and look forward to expanding the range of services offered to our clients. This transaction enables us to contribute Contango’s unique technologies and services to a broader client base and provides, under one banner, a full breadth of water treatment capabilities. Our laboratories and pilot-scale testing facilities will complement AEG’s expertise in the construction and operation of water treatment systems and turn-key environmental site management and remediation.”

About Dr. Monique Simair, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. Dr. Simair’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment has focused on the mining sector and industrial sites, spanning from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. Dr. Simair has worked on passive, semi-passive, and biological water treatment systems such as constructed wetlands, bioreactors, and in-situ treatment for mines across North America and some overseas locations. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving water treatment firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011) and added to its W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015). 

About Dr. Vanessa Friesen, PhD, EP

Dr. Friesen holds a PhD in applied microbiology and biochemistry and is a Partner and Principal Scientist at Contango.  Dr. Friesen has extensive background in scientific design and testing of biological treatment systems and is regarded by industry as a leading scientist in the discipline of biological treatment of selenium. Dr. Friesen has coordinated the designs and testing for passive and semi-passive water treatment systems and provided specialist support for bioreactor performance monitoring and correction, optimization and enhanced control. Dr. Friesen has led Contango’s internal technology development team for six years, guiding Contango to becoming the first independent company in North America to provide contract genomic microbial profiling for the environmental and water treatment sectors, and maintaining Contango at the forefront of this sector.

About Alexco

Alexco Resource Corp. holds the historical high grade Keno Hill Silver District located in Canada’s Yukon Territory.  Employing a unique business model, Alexco also provides mine-related environmental services, remediation technologies and reclamation and mine closure services to both government and industry clients through the Alexco Environmental Group, its wholly-owned environmental services division.


Clynton R. Nauman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Harrington, President, Alexco Environmental Group
Lisa May, Director of Investor Relations
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