Velocity Minerals is a gold exploration and development company focused on eastern Europe. The Company’s management and board includes mining industry professionals with over 100 years of combined experience spanning Europe, Asia, and the Americas as employees of major mining companies as well as founders and senior executives of junior to mid-tier public companies. The teams’ experience includes all aspects of mineral exploration, resource definition, feasibility, finance, mine construction and mine operation as well as a track record in managing publicly listed companies and bringing real value to shareholders.
Bulgaria is a member of the European Union (2007) and an attractive destination for mining investment. The country’s mining law was established in 1999 and updated in 2011. Mining royalties are low and compare favourably with more established mining countries like Canada, Peru and Chile. Bulgaria also boasts an exceptionally low corporate tax rate of only 10% and the country’s education system is excellent with good availability of experienced mining professionals in a favourable cost environment. Foreign mining companies are successfully operating in Bulgaria. Despite the positive operating environment, the number of established companies is low and Velocity is among the first movers in a new influx of foreign mining investment.
Local knowledge and experience are essential components of mining investment in a foreign jurisdiction. Velocity has entered into a number of option agreements with Gorubso Kardzhali A.D., an established and respected mining company in Bulgaria. Gorubso operates the underground Chala Gold Mine (2006) and the Kardzhali Carbon In Leach (CIL) plant (2011), which produces gold dore. Gorubso is the first and only company in Bulgaria to have secured a permit for cyanide-related processing of gold ores. Velocity’s management has a long-standing relationship with Gorubso as well as abundant previous experience in Bulgaria and elsewhere in the region.