Lakewood Exploration Inc.Wed, August 4, 2021, 7:30 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lakewood Exploration (CSE: LWD / OTC: LWDEF) (“Lakewood” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update to ongoing surface sampling and exploration activities at the Company’s recently acquired past-producing Silver Strand Mine located in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District of Idaho. Highlights from the sampling program include:
11.79 grams per tonne (g/t) gold one kilometre (km) beyond the previously sampled area
255 g/t silver along 5.5 km mineralized trend
Strong indications of multiple sub-parallel veins
The Company recently completed additional claim staking along the Osburn Fault-Burnt Cabin Fault Zone expanding the property from 60 claims to a total of 70 claims. Consulting geologists, Childs Geoscience are currently mapping and reconnaissance sampling the northwestern part of the Silver Strand property. Forty-one samples were collected along road cuts and logging trails revealing stratigraphic contacts, faults, widespread alteration and in places mineralized quartz veins and silicified Revett quartzite. Regionally, this thick sequence of quartzites and siltites strike northwest and dip to the northeast. Gold values ranged from less than detectable to a high of 11.79 g/t gold (Au), averaging 1.33 g/t Au. Silver values from the recent sampling ranged from a low of 1.71 g/t silver (Ag) to a high of 34.29 g/t Ag, averaging 5.48 g/t Ag. One of the better rock chip samples, PN614064, collected near the Burnt Cabin Mine reported 7.23 g/t Au and 7.54 g/t Ag. Another highly anomalous zone, central to the property position, sampled a one metre wide quartz-limonite vein, reporting 5.04 g/t Au and 6.17 g/t Ag.
*These are select samples, V993688- V993691 samples were previously reported June 28th.
The on-going surface work is being conducted from the Silver Strand mine through the Burnt Cabin Mine and up to 1 km beyond. This exploration work is examining areas that have not previously been explored due to the previously fractured ownership of the land package. Work is also continuing around the Silver Strand mine in support of drilling which is planned for the end of summer.
President Morgan Lekstrom stated: “We are very excited with these results which confirm widespread alteration and gold-silver mineralization throughout the property and along the 5.5 km strike. The recent work has also identified multiple sub-parallel veins to the past producing Silver Strand Mine. With drilling of Silver Strand expected to commence toward the end of summer, these results will help inform future exploration plans and step-outs from the historic mine.” We have also scheduled an airborne geophysical (magnetics) survey of the Silver Strand property using modern drone technology to provide more detail than previously available.
Technical aspects of this press release have been reviewed and approved under the supervision of Philip Mulholland, P.Geo. Mr. Mulholland is a Qualified Person (QP) under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Lakewood Exploration
Lakewood Exploration is a junior resource company that controls the Lacy Gold Project in British Columbia, Canada, and the past-producing Silver Strand Mine in the Coeur d’Alene Mining District in Idaho, USA. The Company is rapidly advancing towards an initial drill program at Silver Strand with the aim of defining a large silver resource within a belt that has produced more than 1.2 billion ounces of silver to-date. Geologic studies indicate that the Silver Strand Mine is hosted by the Revett formation, suggesting the potential for significant down dip extensions as demonstrated by other major mines in the district. Previous operators were solely interested in developing the known shallow mineralization, with the mine’s lowest level extending only 90 metres below surface. Lakewood strives to become a multi-mine silver producer.
*Mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Company’s property.
On Behalf of the Board of Lakewood Exploration Inc.
Morgan Lekstrom, President
Corporate Office: 551 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 2C2, Canada
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NEWTOWN, PA and VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / August 4, 2021 /Jericho Energy Ventures (TSXV:JEV)(FRA:JLM0)(OTC PINK:JROOF) (“Jericho” or “JEV” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its wholly owned subsidiary, Hydrogen Technologies (“HT”), has filed for a series of new provisional patents associated with the advancements of its second generation hydrogen boiler with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
On May 26, 2021, JEV announced the launch of HT’s newest Generation 2.0 cleanH2steam Dynamic Combustion Chamber™ (DCC™) Boiler 3000 Series design. The second generation DCC™ Boiler has an improved and streamlined fuel delivery system featuring high precision mass flow meters, increased process monitoring and remote management options. Improvements were also made to the ignitor design providing optimum combustion resulting in higher thermal efficiencies.
The enhanced engineering design was also accompanied by an active procurement strategy which led to metallurgy changes that address the current high cost and long lead time of stainless steel in global supply chains.
There is no pathway to Net Zero targets without a robust, efficient, zero-emission boiler. Currently, 37 percent of the fossil fuels burned by US industry alone is to produce steam. HT’s DCC™ is the only zero-emissions, closed-loop hydrogen boiler, which produces clean process steam without generating any air pollutants or emissions. The DCC™ system is designed to replace existing boilers that burn coal, natural gas, diesel, or fuel oil, which are estimated to account for over 20 percent of all global greenhouse gasses emitted each year.
“Our Hydrogen Technologies team has made significant advances with the DCC™ boiler, leveraging Jericho’s financial and strategic capabilities to drive innovation,” said CEO Brian Williamson. “The DCC™, designed without a smokestack for energy dissipating heat and gasses, is the only hydrogen-based boiler with ZERO greenhouse gas emissions. Our disruptive technology enables meaningful GHG emissions reduction for large users of heat and steam. With the filing of our recent patent application, we are preparing a broader marketing campaign targeting users with large thermal loads worldwide.”
About Jericho Energy Venture
Jericho Energy Ventures (JEV) is focused on advancing the low-carbon energy transition with investments in hydrogen technologies, energy storage, carbon capture and new energy systems. JEV’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hydrogen Technologies, delivers patented, zero-emission boiler technology to the $30 Billion Commercial & Industrial heat and steam industry in addition to its investment in H2U‘s electrocatalyst and low-cost electrolyser platform. JEV also owns and operates producing oil and gas assets in the US Mid-Continent, predominantly in Oklahoma.
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Cranbrook, B.C.; August 3rd, 2021: Taiga Gold Corp (CSE:“TGC”) (“Taiga” or the “Company”) has mobilized crew to commence exploration activity at the Company’s 100% owned Mari Lake property, located in Saskatchewan, approximately 20 km northwest of Flin-Flon, Manitoba. The property is located within the Trans-Hudson Corridor, a geological belt which has historically been significantly under-explored in Saskatchewan.
The Mari Lake property is host to 2 documented gold mineralized occurrences hosted by complexly folded rocks associated with iron sulphides and minor copper in stringer veins and micro-fracture infillings. The two showing are located approximately 2.8 kilometers apart and occur within the same stratigraphic unit. Historical grab samples taken by BHP Minerals Canada Ltd. returned values of up to 12.69 g/t Au from the Aga Showing and 14.4 g/t Au from the Naza Showing. Humus samples collected by BHP suggest near-surface gold anomalies for at least 1km to the north of the Aga showing. Rock grab samples are selective samples by nature and as such are not necessarily representative of the mineralization hosted across the property.
The Mari Lake area was first mapped by the Saskatchewan Government between 1949-51. The first recorded industry work was by Hudson’s Bay Exploration and Development who completed a ground electromagnetic geophysical survey in the vicinity in 1964. Work in the area by BHP Minerals Canada Ltd. between 1989 and 1992 included airborne and ground geophysical surveys, followed-up with geological mapping, rock, lake sediment, and humus sampling. The follow-up work resulted in the discovery of the Aga and Naza occurrences.
The property has been tested with two diamond drill holes located 1.4 kilometers north of the Naza Showing and 1.3 kilometers west of the Aga Showing. Neither drill hole tested the target stratigraphy that hosts the gold mineralization. The above results and information were taken directly from the SMDI descriptions and assessment reports filed with the Saskatchewan government. Management cautions that historical results were collected and reported by past operators and have not been verified nor confirmed by a Qualified Person, but form a basis for ongoing work in the Mari Lake property area.
Fieldwork will be carried out by TerraLogic Exploration Services of Cranbrook, BC
Charles C. Downie, P.Geo., a “qualified person” for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, and a Director of Taiga Gold Corp., has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release.
About Taiga Gold Corp
Taiga Gold Corp was created through a plan of arrangement with Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. and owns 6 projects targeting gold located within the Trans Hudson Corridor in the area near the Seabee Gold Operation, owned and operated by SSR Mining. Taiga’s flagship “Fisher” property is currently being explored by the Fisher Joint Venture between SSR Mining and Taiga. Taiga’s 100%-owned Leland, Chico and SAM properties are currently under option to partners SKRR Exploration, Aben Resources and DJ1 Capital, respectively. Taiga continues to advance its 100%-owned Orchid and Mari Lake projects.
Taiga’s objective is to focus on the exploration and development of its gold projects located adjacent to the Seabee Gold Operation and along the Tabbernor Fault structure in eastern Saskatchewan, a highly prospective mining jurisdiction which was recently recognized by the Fraser Institute as one of the best places in the world in terms of Investment Attractiveness. Throughout the exploration and development process, our mission is to help maintain prosperous communities by exploring for and discovering resource opportunities while building lasting relationships through honest and respectful business practices.
Neither the CSE Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore, involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.
Plan map of drill hole locations in the southern part of Omu Sinter and a cross section illustrating mineralization encountered in the southern part of the Omu Sinter project area. Note that low-grade mineralization extends from surface to a vertical depth of approximately 180 m. Short intervals of higher grade mineralization are present. Irving suspects a higher grade feeder structure is nearby
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Irving Resources Inc. (CSE:IRV; OTCQX: IRVRF) (“Irving” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce plans for drilling at Omui Mine Site and Hokuryu in Q3-Q4, 2021 and provide a summary of results from its Q1-Q2, 2021 diamond drill program at Omu Sinter. All three of these targets are part of Irving’s 100% controlled Omu Au-Ag Vein Project, Hokkaido, Japan. An initial drill permit allowing Irving to drill at Hokuryu (officially registered as Shin-Hokuryu, known as New-Hokuryu) has recently been received from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Hokkaido Bureau. https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-8-0/html/r-sf-flx.html
Q3-Q4 Omui Mine Site and Hokuryu Diamond Drill Campaign
Irving plans to undertake diamond drilling at Omui Mine Site and Hokuryu during Q3-Q4, 2021. At Omui Mine Site, Rodren Drilling of Canada will drill a series of holes to follow up previous high-grade vein intercepts at the Honpi and Nanko targets. At Hokuryu, the maiden drill program will be undertaken using a Japanese-based drill contracted from Sumiko Resources Exploration & Development Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. Drilling will focus on the following priorities:
Three holes will target extensions of veins encountered in some of the deeper holes completed over the past two years, particularly hole 19OMI-010 which encountered such notable intercepts including 3.00 m grading 27.0 gpt Au and 40.5 gpt Ag, 1.10 m grading 29.6 gpt Au and 36.5 gpt Ag, 3.77 m grading 12.3 gpt Au and 84.5 gpt Ag, and 1.20 m grading 7.8 gpt Au and 887.5 gpt Ag. The three planned holes will be positioned to test areas both east and west of hole 19OMI-010. (Please refer to the Company’s news releases dated December 17, 2019 and February 7, 2020)
One hole will test areas north of the historic Honpi vein where shallow holes completed in 2019 encountered high-grade veins. Intercepts include 1.00 m grading 19.25 gpt Au and 27.50 gpt Ag in hole 19OMI-001 and 1.80 m grading 6.05 gpt Au and 808.18 gpt Ag in hole 19OMI-002. The planned hole is expected to hit extensions of these veins. (Please refer to the Company’s news release dated December 17, 2019)
One hole with test for deeper extensions of veins encountered in holes 20OMI-003, 20OMI-004 and 20OMI-005 last year. Most notably, hole 20OMI-003 encountered two veins, one grading 8.15 gpt Au and 147.29 gpt Ag over 1.76 m within a broader intercept of 3.55 gpt Au and 69.24 gpt Ag over 14.24 m and a second vein grading 21.65 gpt Au and 538.75 gpt Ag over 1.72 m including 56.10 gpt Au and 1,435.00 gpt Ag over 0.60 m. The planned hole will be drilled generally from north to south. (Please refer to the Company’s news release dated November 13, 2020)
A second hole will test an area northeast of holes 20OMI-006, 20OMI-007 and 20OMI-008 with vein intercepts of 2.39 m grading 5.22 gpt Au and 103.6 gpt Ag, 2.99 m grading 4.34 gpt Au and 26.8 gpt Ag and 2.00 m grading 3.98 gpt Au and 26.1 gpt Ag, respectively. The planned hole is designed to hit extensions of these veins. (Please refer to the Company’s news release dated February 9, 2021)
Up to four holes are designed as a maiden drill test of the Hokuryu vein system. Mining was undertaken at Hokuryu for a few short years until it abruptly ceased in 1943. Irving’s recent controlled source audio-magnetotellurics (“CSAMT”) geophysical program has identified a large corridor of resistive, presumably silicified, rock extending well beyond the historic mine area. These initial holes will test select areas along this corridor for vein extensions and new veins.
Given the higher altitude at Hokuryu, completion of this program is dependant on weather. If holes remain uncompleted in 2021, Irving plans to complete this program as soon as possible in the spring of 2022.
Summary of Omu Sinter Drill Results
Earlier this year, Irving completed a series of four diamond drill holes at the Omu Sinter target. Holes 21OMS-002 and 21OMS-004 tested an area underlain by a broad expanse of silica sinter terrace in the southern part of this project area. Both holes encountered multiple long intervals of low grade gold and silver mineralization in bedded silica sinter and highly silicified, often hydrothermally brecciated, rocks beneath (see table below). Short intervals of higher grade mineralization were intersected. Remarkably, mineralized rock extends from surface to a vertical depth of approximtely 180 m (Figure 1). Although a high-grade feeder was not encountered, Irving believes potential for such a structure is good given the remarkable strength of this system and the presence of short, higher grade intervals in these holes. Irving plans to review this data and acquire additional structural data in an effort to identify a potential feeder structure prior to future drilling.
Summary of Results from Holes 21OMS-002 and 21OMS-004 at Omu Sinter
Gold eq (gpt)
Silver eq (gpt)
Au eq (gpt) = Au (gpt) + Ag (gpt)/72
Holes 21OMS-001 and 21OMS-003 tested CSAMT anomalies to the west and east of the main Omu Sinter trend, respectively. Although each hole encountered hydrothermally altered volcanic rocks, only anomalous Au and Ag values were encoutered. Therefore, Irving believes all mineralization at Omu Sinter occurs within the 1.2 km long north-south corridor now tested by multiple holes.
“Irving has an aggressive drill program planned beginning approximately September 1, 2021″ commented Dr. Quinton Hennigh, director and technical advisor to Irving. “Two drills will be operating, one conducting follow up drilling of high-grade veins at Omui and a second undertaking maiden drilling at Hokuryu, a very large untested high-grade vein target. We are very eager to get back to work. At Omu Sinter, we have identified a remarkably large volume of mineralized bedded sinter and underlying intensely silicified and brecciated rock in the southern part of this project area. Although low grade, the strength and volume of rock that has been affected suggests a feeder structure is nearby. It may be in an orientation we simply have not explored. We plan to review this data and collect new field data to see if we can better define such a feeder structure prior to future drilling.”
All samples discussed in this news release are ½ split sawn diamond core samples. Irving submitted rock samples to ALS Global, Vancouver, Canada, for analysis. Au and Ag were analyzed by fire assay with AA finish. Overlimit samples were assayed by fire assay with gravimetric finish. Multielements were analyzed by mass spectrometry following four acid digestion. Irving staff are responsible for geologic logging and sampling of core. Au equivalent is calculated by adding Au (gpt) to Ag (gpt)/72.
Quinton Hennigh (Ph.D., P.Geo.) is the qualified person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 responsible for, and having reviewed and approved, the technical information contained in this news release. Dr. Hennigh is a technical advisor and director of Irving Resources Inc.
About Irving Resources Inc.:
Irving is a junior exploration company with a focus on gold in Japan. Irving also holds, through a subsidiary, a Joint Exploration Agreement with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC). JOGMEC is a government organization established under the law of Japan, administrated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and is responsible for stable supply of various resources to Japan through the discovery of sizable economic deposits of base, precious and rare metals.
Forward-looking information Some statements in this news release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation including, without limitation, statements as to the timing of receipt of the results of drill samples and planned exploration activities. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and, as such, involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the statements. Such factors include, without limitation, customary risks of the mineral resource exploration industry, the availability to Irving of sufficient cash to fund any planned drilling and other exploration activities, as well as the performance of services by third parties.
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Joining us for a conversation is David Cole, the CEO of EMX Royalty (NYSE: EMX | TSX.V: EMX), the Royalty Generator.
Honored to have you with us today sir, as you have some breaking news for shareholders, as EMX Royalty has just consummated a watershed moment with the announcement of the Royalty Portfolio purchase agreement with SSR Mining (Press Release). Mr. Cole, thank you for allowing me to be the first to say congratulations’ sir on a significant milestone on what may be the biggest company event in the history of EMX Royalty.
We are very pleased with this transaction, pleased to have SSR Mining as a shareholder in the company, and it’s been a pleasure to work with them.
Let’s get right into the press release, the EMX Royalty acquisition consists of 18 geographically diverse royalties with 4 royalty assets at advanced stages of project development. Please provide us with the details of the Royalty Purchase Agreement with SSR Mining.
Well, we’re paying $66 million upfront for this portfolio, $33 million in share capital, and $33 million in cash, which are deferred payments depending upon the performance of the Yenipazar net profit interest royalty in Turkey. Those deferred payments accumulate up to $34 million, but that’s not until that asset cashflows $20 million. We’re pleased with respect to how this is designed. This gives SSR Mining a nice chunk of equity in the EMX which is one of the key things that they were looking for when they chose us to sell the Royalty Portfolio.
What type of value creation will EMX derive from this transaction and how will it impact the synergies with the existing EMX initiatives around the world?
One of the key things here is immediate large cash flow. The Gediktepe mine which is at the final stages of construction and should be in production within a month or two has a high-grade oxide cap that’s gold enriched with a 10% NSR and we’ll see immediate gold royalty income over double-digit millions of dollars per annum from that royalty right out of the gate. We’re very, very pleased with that so this really propels at the top of our pyramid forward, which is something that we’ve been working on for some time as we’ve discussed previously, with respect to Synergies with our existing portfolio, and one of the reasons why we were able to grab this is because of our relationships in Turkey and our comfort with Lydia as an operator there. And that gave us an edge with respect to working with SSR to accomplish this deal.
One of the key aspects of this transaction along with all of EMX Royalties is something you’ve covered with us and that is the value proposition of embedded optionality, which is just icing on the cake for each of your royalty properties. Can you please elaborate on the virtues of embedded optionality within royalties?
It’s one of my favorite topics and it’s the reason why royalties traded such premium valuations is because of all the embedded optionality, commodity price optionality, discovery optionality, engineering advancement optionality, et cetera, et cetera. And mining districts have a history of giving and giving and it’s always to the benefit of the royalty holder and no cost to the royalty holder. So that’s why royalties are so dear and I will point out that royalty companies that have large numbers of royalties trade at a much higher valuation per royalty than royalty companies, so the lower number of royalties, this is a phenomenon that’s existed in the royalty sector now for some time. Where the portfolio effect impacts the overall valuation of that portfolio and that’s because of this multiplicative optionality of the entire portfolio. You never know where the big success is going to come from years out.
As you know our goal here is to continue to grow this portfolio through organic methods which we’re good at and have had a track record for 18 years of doing, but also through acquisition. And we’ve been challenged quite honestly, to accomplish big creative acquisitions because it’s a competitive space. That we’ve been very patient. We stood at the plate and they kept throwing more pitches at us and we found one to hit and hit it out of the park.
Great way to put it, sir. I referenced a watershed moment. Where does today’s press release rank with the relation to the Malmyzh and/or the Timok?
Well, that’s interesting certainly the value proposition of the Timok acquisition is unbeatable because we paid $200,000 Canadian dollars for a royalty that’s going to pay hundreds of millions. So that one’s astonishing, but that had to do with the fact that we were in that district and understood what was going on there very early in the history of the discovery and were able to acquire that royalty early on thanks to our geologic understanding of the region. That’s a tough one to compare. With respect to the Malmyzh transaction that was a fantastic deal that cashed-up EMX and put us in a position where we could do this deal.
And step-by-step we’re building this company. Very pleased with these transactions. Malmyzh was super accretive for us. As you know, we booked $67 million US dollars out of that deal and have put those monies to excellent work. This being the top example. You and other folks have asked me many, many, many times, “What are you going to do with the money, Dave, what are you going to do with the money”? We just kept looking and turning down opportunities and losing sales processes because our bids weren’t as high as our competitors until the right one came along. And one of the key aspects that made this deal happen, as I mentioned, is the fact that SSR specifically wants to be a shareholder in EMX. And I’ve said before that the right transaction that’ll really advance this company is going to be one where the major companies selling their royalties understand the value proposition that EMX offers and want to be a contributor, want to be a member of the team.
Speaking of the Timok, which is a company making event in and of itself, what are the latest developments there?
It’s going into production. I do believe that they had a couple of delays. So they were originally talking about an opening ceremony in June. I believe that’s been pushed back to August at this point, maybe September, but that’s still ahead of the original schedule. The Chinese have been very aggressive. It’s advancing into production.
Leaving the property bank Mr. Cole, please provide us with the capital structure for EMX royalty.
Well, we’re sitting here today with $84 million shares issued and outstanding and few over $90 million shares fully diluted. That’s not including the shares that we will issue to SSR, which on a pro forma basis will be approximately 12% of the company. So that’ll push us up towards the 95 issued outstanding and over a hundred million fully diluted at the completion of this transaction, which should hopefully occur within four to five weeks in my opinion. Sitting here today with about $30 million US dollars in cash, of course, those monies get paid to SSR as part of this transaction as well.
We have about $20 million in tradable securities and long-term investments in our portfolio as well and no debt at this time. However, we will be taking on a small $10 million debt from Sprott. We appreciate their support as a capital partner for EMX. They’ve helped us out in the past as well. That puts us in a situation where even though we’re putting out USD $33 million to SSR for this transaction, thanks to Sprott we’ll still have a nice cushion here with respect to money in the treasury to continually advance our organic growth, which is our job one, as you know.
Just for the record, ladies, and gentlemen, I plan to match my bullion purchases with shares and EMX royalty. I believe the company has the potential to melt-up. And I’m talking about the stock price of course. The stock price, in my opinion, is at a fire sale. And that is Maurice Jackson’s opinion, but not really just my opinion, Mr. Cole, you and I both know some of the most prominent names in the natural resource space. They share the same sentiment about EMX royalty.
Happy to have those guys on as contributors.
Yes, sir. In closing, what would you like to say to shareholders?
EMX Royalty is in a situation here today where the Bayla royalty of 4% royalty on the lead, zinc, silver mine in Turkey is coming into production. Zijin is advancing the Timok project towards production, of course, Leeville in the background that pays every month. And we have an immense amount of optionality within our pyramid is bubbling up towards the top. And these names I’m throwing out are just examples of that. We’ve talked about the potential for this to become a cash cow over time. We’ve just poured fuel on the fire. We put gasoline on the fire here with this one and the Gediktepe 10% NSR and the oxide gold cap will just propel our gold income in the company here substantially over the next three years. We’re very excited.
Mr. Cole, for readers that want to get more information about EMX royalty please share the website address.
www.emxroyalty.com -The contact details for myself, Scott Close, and Isabel Belger managing European investor relations, and Scott here in North America are embedded in the website and on the press release feel free to reach out to us.
Mr. Cole, it’s been a pleasure speaking with you, wishing you and EMX royalty the absolute best, sir.
Thank you, Maurice. Always appreciate your support.
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Hot Chili Limited (ASX: HCH) (OTCQB: HHLKF) (“Hot Chili” or “Company”) is pleased to announce a strategic investment by Glencore to acquire a 9.99% interest in Hot Chili.
The Glencore investment is a positive endorsement of the Company’s Costa Fuego copper-gold project as it progresses to become a globally significant, low-altitude development.
The Company has entered into a binding agreement with Glencore for a A$14.4 million strategic investment to acquire a 9.99% interest in Hot Chili. Glencore is one of the largest natural resource companies in the world, providing strong support for the completion of a feasibility study and development of Cost Fuego.
Glencore will have the right to appoint a Director to the Board of Hot Chili, and the right to appoint members to a Technical Steering Committee to advise on operational matters. Furthermore, the Company undertakes to grant Glencore offtake agreements over 60% of concentrate produced for a period of 8 years from commercial production on arms-length commercially competitive benchmark terms. These rights are subject to Glencore holding at least 7.5% of the share capital of Hot Chili, except where Glencore did not have the opportunity to participate in a dilution event.
The addition of Glencore as a strategic investor will allow the Company to draw on Glencore’s expertise in project development and production.
Commenting on the strategic investment, the Managing Director of Hot Chili Mr Christian Easterday said: “Hot Chili welcomes the strategic alignment with Glencore, especially as the Company moves toward a dual listing on the TSX Venture exchange by the end of 2021.”
“We view this as a significant milestone event and a strong endorsement by Glencore.” “We believe Glencore will make an excellent partner in the development of Costa Fuego and are a testament to Hot Chili’s staff and consultants who are working tirelessly to transition Hot Chili into a Tier-1 copper developer.”
Cortadera’s maiden Mineral Resource positions Hot Chili with the largest copper Mineral Resource and one of the largest gold Mineral Resources for an ASX-listed emerging company.
The Cortadera maiden Mineral Resource of 451Mt at 0.46% copper equivalent (CuEq) takes the total Mineral Resource estimate for Costa Fuego (Cortadera, Productora & El Fuego) to 724Mt at 0.48% CuEq for 2.9Mt copper, 2.7Moz gold, 9.9Moz Silver and 64kt molybdenum. Cortadera also contains a higher grade component of 104Mt at 0.74% CuEq, and this has strong potential to continue growing rapidly with further drilling.View the Cortadera Project
CNN Chile featured Hot Chili in a recent story about the Company’s exploration activity in the country, including their discovery of copper and gold at the Cortadera Project. Learn more about Hot Chili: https://www.hotchili.net.au/ ASX: HCH OTCQB: HHLKF
I wrote about Eloro about three weeks ago and pretty much covered the story. The Iska Iska project in Southern Bolivia will be a mine. It is far too big and far too rich not to be a mine under any commodity prices.
The company released drill results on July 28th that probably would not qualify as just world class but it would be more accurate to call it universe class results with 300.75 meters of 129.65 g/t Ag eq.
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As I did in my last piece a few weeks ago on Eloro I’m going to cheat a little bit and convert the silver eq into grams of gold. The intercept had a value of about $106 USD per tonne and while 2 grams per tonne gold eq would be about $117, it’s close enough for government work to use 2 grams for ease of understanding.
If you cube the 300.75 meters and use a s/g of 2.7 you get just over 54 million tonnes. Factor in the 2.0 grams and the POG right now of $1831 you have a hole showing about 3.5 million ounces of gold and a total value of $6.4 billion. Since 2 grams of gold is worth about 10% more than the 129.65 grams of silver, reduce that to about $5.8 billion for one hole. In every other case I have used this technique of cubing a hole I say that of course that is the very maximum value you could get out of one cube of that grade. In the case of Iska Iska, it’s entirely possible, indeed probable that they will have cubes of that size and that grade.
Sorry folks but the market just doesn’t get it.
I took the highest gram meter intercept from New Found Gold, which is also a mine in the making, and did the same cube trick because I want potential investors to understand how important long intercepts are. New Found Gold had a world class intercept of 146.2 grams of gold over 25.6 meters for an incredible 3,742 gram meter. That is $8,600 rock. A cubic meter would be worth $23,220.
When you cube it and compare it to Eloro’s hole you get an amazing difference due to the giant length of the 300-meter Iska Iska hole. Eloro had a 54 million tonne hole, NFG had a 45,298 tonne hole. Iska Iska had about 3.15 million ounces compared to 213,000 ounces for NFG. Now I do not want to take anything away from New Found Gold. The company has put in an incredible discovery program and is one of the greatest gold discoveries in the last five years but Iska Iska has a $6 billion hole compared to a respectable $389 million hole for NFG.
As of the close on July 29th, ELO had a market cap of $257 million and they are holding $23 million in cash. The only thing holding them back from bringing in more drills and increasing the speed of exploration is the backlog of 26,000 samples due to Covid.
As an aside, Cartier Iron holds about 2.4 million shares of ELO worth right at $10 million. At a close of $.13 on July 29th, CFE has a market cap of only $11.7 million.
Eloro is an advertiser. I have participated in several private placements in the past and bought shares in the open market. I am naturally biased so do your own due diligence.
Joining us for conversation is Morgan Lekstrom, the president of Lakewood Exploration (CSE: LWD: OTC: LWDEF). It’s great to have you join us today to share the latest developments on Lakewood Exploration and the exciting flagship Silver Strand, which has the makings of becoming the next pure silver play in the United States. Before we begin, Mr. Lekstrom, please introduce us to Lakewood Exploration and the opportunity the company presents to shareholders.
Lakewood is a new silver company. We’re a pure silver play. We are looking at our flagship asset in Idaho, the Silver Strand Mine. It was a past-producing mine, and we are looking to go in there, explore it, put the ore body to depth. It was mined at a very shallow depth, only 90 meters. There’s so much potential there. It was held in by a bunch of feuding parties back in the day. The whole land package has never been consolidated like what we’ve done.
And by consolidating this land package, we’re able to get a five-and-a-half-kilometer strike put together, and which allows us the opportunity to explore the area. From what we’re seeing on the surface and in the underground, and we’ll talk about those news releases later, it looks very promising to have a large, large resource and payoff for shareholders, but also near-term production potential, which is the pillar of what we are looking to accomplish at Lakewood.
Lakewood Exploration is looking for that large exploration payoff, near-term production potential, but also acquisitions at the same time that fit that model. We do have a triple-pronged approach and our big concentration right now is on that large exploration payoff at Silver Strand.
The value proposition is quite compelling. Let’s go on-site. Mr. Lekstrom, please introduce us to your flagship Silver Strand and acquaint us with the region and some of your neighbors.
Silver Strand is our flagship mine. It’s in Idaho, in the Silver Valley-Coeur d’Alene, which is one of the most prolific areas on the planet for silver. The region has produced nearly 1.3 billion ounces of silver. Companies such as Hecla and Coeur have their start there. You also have the deep mines within the region, the Lucky Friday Mine, Galena, and Sunshine respectively.
There are not a lot of regions in the world that have extracted as much silver as the Silver Valley-Coeur d’Alene. The Silver Strand is one of the last, I would say, unexplored assets in this area. This is such an exciting opportunity for us. As a pure silver company, we look forward to putting this to depth. Our neighbors in the valley have mines go down to 2,000 meters. We have only scratched the surface, as the Silver Strand is at 90 meters of the original workings.
We’re going to start drilling the Silver Strand, with an emphasis to start pushing that ore body down to prove it. The unique thing about Silver Strand too is that we have something called a gold credit. What that means is there’s a portion of the ore that comes out that has gold in it. And unlike the rest of the mines around the area, this is actually very high-grade gold. What we’d consider higher-grade, which is 5 grams a tonne of what we’re looking at is 5 to even 10 grams a tonne.
To put that into terms, most mines are built on 1 gram a tonne or less. Silver mines. Most mines are built on 100, 200 grams a tone. We’re seeing anywhere from 300 to 2,700 grams a ton out of Silver Strand (Press Release), and this is just the top. If anything is proven in this area, the deeper you go, the better the grade. We’re looking forward to running our exploration program and getting going on this.
The Silver Strand has a historical resource. What is the exploration plan and timeline moving forward to have a complaint NI 43-101?
We’re currently working on our 43-101 in the background, and we plan update the market by the end of summer. We are looking to run the first-stage of our exploration program, as we’ve been saying, by the end of late summer. We’re working on our plans right now. I work all the time with our geology team and making sure we’re looking at the right area and the right mix of geology. We don’t want to do things in an unmethodical way.
In our latest announcement, we were proud to convey that we brought on Rob Burk (Press Release), which is just a tremendous value add for us. Ron is an exceptional geologist and exceptional exploration leader. He’s worked for some huge companies like Centerra Minnig and TecK Resources. Having calls with Ron and having that advisor in the background has helped us already hone in on what we’re looking at in terms of exploration. Also, how we can make the Silver Strand resource 43-101 compliant, build it out and make it a huge discovery. The upside potential of this resource is massive. I mean, if anything from that area, I mean, anything as an indicator, it’s there, in my opinion.
Having the intellectual capital of someone like Mr. Burk doesn’t show up on the balance sheet, but those are the accretive moves that a company has to make to achieve success. Now that we know the plan, let’s test the ‘Proof of Concept’ to date. Since our inaugural interview two months ago, Lakewood Exploration has had some exceptional sample grades. What can you share with us?
Absolutely. As stated earlier, we just announced 2,744 grams a tonne (Press Release). Keep in mind, most mines are built on 100 to 200 grams a tonne silver. We’re getting that from our existing underground, which everyone said, “Oh, it’s been mined out.” Our geologists go in there with new techniques, new technology. They take chip samples in areas, and it’s just a key indicator for us that there’s that high-grade mineralization. We’re seeing it on the surface as well.
There are outcrops all over the place. Having the ability to walk along this 5.5 kilometers strike length has helped us and help build the Silver Strand story out, along with the upside potential of this resource. Being able to walk on ground that hasn’t been walked up to our Burnt Cabin asset gives us confidence that we may be onto something very intriguing. And if anything that is shown by our results of that between 1,700 and 2,700 grams a ton just from chip samples, there’s a huge potential here.
Certainly sounds like it is. Well, let me ask you this, were the sample grades a surprise, or is this what the team had expected?
You expect good results, or you hope for good results. But honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see 2,700 grams a ton right away off a chip sample. It was unexpected, but it was also encouraging. These high grades reaffirmed to the team in the background that we’re doing the right thing. We’re looking in the right areas. And that when we begin the first phase of our exploration program, we’re going to be looking in the right area.
We have something a lot of companies don’t have, which is that existing underground, the ability to go in the historical mining there that was just hand to mouth small scale. We have the ability to blow this resource out big and score some value for the shareholders.
Multilayer question here, and you referenced drilling, what activity is currently being conducted on-site, and is the goal to twin the historic holes?
I can’t provide the full details on that currently, as we are finalizing the plans, and then we’ll have a news release around that. But I can tell you that we’re looking at extending the current non-43-101 compliant resource to depth, to use the words you used, to ‘Proof of Concept’, which is more than a concept for us. We want to show that identity between the mineralization we’re seeing on the surface, the gold credit, see how far that goes, and we also want to get this thing to depth.
Like I said before, a lot of these mines in the area go down to like 2,000 meters, and we’re only at 90. For us, it’s all about drilling and getting down there and chasing that resource down.
Before we leave the site, what is the next unanswered question for Lakewood Exploration? When can we expect a response, and what will determine success?
I’d say the next unanswered question for Lakewood is, what’s in the pipeline as far as acquisitions? And all I can say on that is stay tuned. What’s going on at Silver Strand for drilling? We’re looking forward to drilling in the late summer. Plus, we’re adding very, very competent, meaningful people to our team.
My background as a mine builder, I’ve worked all over the world building mines for large companies, small companies. It changes the dynamic of the team when you have geologists, amazing capital markets people, and mine building folks in the mix. We do have what it takes to take something through exploration, make the resource huge, and build it. That’s a very unique position for us and for the mining industry.
Yes, sir. The synergies complement one another with Lakewood Exploration. You have experts with a proven pedigree of success. You were brought on board recently, as well as Mr. Burk, and who else was added to the team, sir?
We have Lawrence Roulston. We have Ron Burk, like you mentioned. Myself. We have Kristina Pillon. She’s our head of IR. She’s unbelievable in what she does as well. And just lots of energy in our team so far. We’re going to add a lot more people in the right time and the right positions.
We added our chief geologist, I can’t forget him, Phil Mulholland. Phil is an exceptional geologist with a proven track record in the Western US, in Idaho as well. He’s worked all around the Coeur d’Alene area. He’s worked all over Montana. He’s worked for big companies like Barrick. I just can’t say enough good things about Phil and his dedication to the profession, but also to the Silver Strand project. The ideas that flow, we’re just approaching it with a very unique and new technology.
And Phil’s the right person to be working with that side of it, his ideas and the crew, between him and Ron and how we all communicate together. We have Joness Lang in the background too who’s an also a proven capital markets expertthere and he’s senior VP for Maple gold.
Switching gears, let’s look at some numbers. Mr. Lekstrom, please provide the capital structure for Lakewood Exploration.
We have about 33.8 million shares out. We have about 7.5 million share free trading right now. We’ve got 7.5 million warrants out, and we’ve had a very good run so far. Very successful. I think we’re hitting all the right tunes and all the right notes with our capital structure. It’s very tightly held. We’re in a very good place from a capitalization standpoint and a treasury standpoint. We just raised 3.5 million dollars with 14 million shares. We are well-positioned to execute and to execute on exactly what we’re saying and won’t need more capital anytime soon.
You’re also rewarding shareholders. Speaking of the market cap, Lakewood Exploration has been on a roll. Since our inaugural interview on May 31st, the stock was trading at $.29, and since has moved up to $.76. Congratulations, sir.
Thanks, Maurice. It’s exciting and positive to see the markets responding to the Silver Strand and the Lakewood story, but also to the capital structure and how this whole company has been structured is important to a shareholder to know that there is a lot of room to grow, but it’s also tightly held. It’s not just a large vehicle of shares out everywhere. We’re making sure that we have the ability to bring the value of the shareholders in a meaningful way.
And speaking of shareholders, I am a proud shareholder, by the way.
Oh, thank you.
Honored. Before we close, Mr. Lekstrom, what would you like to say to shareholders?
And I know I said this earlier, be on the lookout for the execution of our three-pronged approach on the acquisition side, stay tuned.
Looking forward to it. What keeps you up at night that we don’t know about?
I’ve been on many projects around the world, and there’s been a lot of times I’ve been kept up late at night for reasons I don’t want to go into it. But here with Lakewood Exploration and the Silver Strand. I’m not kept up at night because we have such a competent team. We have such good leadership in the right places. If there is something, we work it out right away. We have enough credible experience around us to solve challenges and not to delay. It’s a unique position as a company, but even for me to be the president of the company to have that ability to lean on technical experts like Ron Burk, to lean on our VP of exploration Lawrence Roulston when we need to and collaborate and have those great conversations. It’s unique.
Last question, what did I forget to ask?
As much as I say, we’re in the makings of a great mining company, I just remind people that silver is one of these commodities that isn’t just a hedge. It’s used in manufacturing. It’s used in making of video cards for cryptocurrency mining. It’s used in making a semiconductor. It’s used in making the microchips through silver pace.
This is not a commodity to be taken lightly. If the historic proves anything, we’re underperforming compared to our other commodities. I think there’s a big opportunity here. I’m a silver bull, but I think proven from the technology side and the market side, I think we’re onto something amazing here. Lakewood is getting positioned and we are positioned to take advantage of that for our shareholders.
Mr. Lekstrom, for someone that wants to learn more about Lakewood Exploration, please provide those contact details one more time.
Take a look at our website, www.lakewoodexploration.com. If you go to the bottom, Kristina Pillon’s phone number and email are there. She’s fantastic to speak with, if any questions need to be relayed up to me, she can do that.
Hands down, I have to give it to you, your corporate deck is amazing. It’s the best I’ve seen ever. I’d encourage anyone to go to the website. Take a look at their corporate presentation. They’ve put a tremendous amount of effort and it shows. All right. Mr. Lekstrom, it’s been a pleasure speaking with you, sir. Wishing you and Lakewood Expiration the absolute best.
Thanks, Maurice. You too.
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Figure 1: Locations of assets in the Royalty Portfolio
EMX Executes Agreement to Acquire Royalty Portfolio from SSR Mining
Vancouver, British Columbia, July 29, 2021 (NYSE American:EMX; TSX Venture:EMX;Frankfurt:6E9) – EMX Royalty Corporation (the “Company”, or “EMX”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the “Royalty Purchase Agreement”) dated July 29, 2021 with SSR Mining Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries (“SSR Mining”) to purchase a portfolio of royalty interests and deferred payments (the “Royalty Portfolio”). The Royalty Portfolio consists of 18 geographically diverse royalties, with four royalty assets at advanced stages of project development, and also includes U.S. $18 million in future cash payments to be made to the owner of the Royalty Portfolio (see Figure 1 and Table 1). Upon closing of the transaction EMX will pay to SSR Mining U.S. $33 million in cash and U.S. $33 million in common shares of EMX. EMX will also make deferred and contingent payments to SSR Mining of up to U.S. $34 million if certain project advancement milestones are achieved. Further details of the commercial terms are provided below. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”).
The portfolio is highlighted by the Gediktepe royalties, which cover assets currently being developed by Lidya Madencilik (“Lidya”), a private Turkish company that expects initial production from Gediktepe in late 2021. These include a 10% NSR royalty on production from an oxide gold-silver deposit and a 2% NSR royalty on underlying polymetallic volcanogenic massive sulfide (“VMS”) mineralization. Yenipazar (Turkey) and Diablillos (Argentina) are additional royalties on advanced stage projects (see summaries below) and the other 14 royalty interests cover both precious metal and base metal assets in South America, Mexico, the United States (Nevada) and Canada.
This transaction will leverage EMX’s experience base in Turkey, is expected to provide significant near-term cash flow to the Company, and establishes a pipeline of quality royalty assets in numerous well-recognized mineral belts around the world. EMX has been working in Turkey for nearly 20 years and looks forward to building its relationship with both SSR Mining and Lidya. In Lidya, EMX sees a well funded and highly capable operator that is developing both the Gediktepe and Hod Maden mines in Turkey. The Gediktepe and Yenipazar royalty interests will bolster EMX’s existing royalty portfolio in Turkey, which includes an uncapped 4% NSR royalty on the Balya North polymetallic deposit and other royalty interests in Turkey. Balya North is being developed by Esan Eczacibaşi Endüstriyel Hammaddeler San. ve Tic. A.Ş. (“Esan”) and remains on schedule to commence commercial production in 2021.
This Royalty Portfolio acquisition is well aligned with EMX’s corporate growth strategy, whereby the Company leverages its in-region expertise in identifying opportunities in jurisdictions where EMX already has a strategic presence. Through the years this approach has led to continuous value creation for the Company and synergies with existing EMX initiatives around the world. Further, securing near term positive cash flow will represent an important step in the Company’s evolution.
Commercial Terms Overview. As stated above, upon closing of the transaction EMX will pay to SSR Mining U.S. $33 million in cash and U.S. $33 million in common shares of EMX. The number of common shares to be issued by EMX to SSR Mining will be based on the volume-weighted average price (“VWAP”) of the shares on the NYSE American stock exchange for the 20 days prior to the date of completion of the transaction (the “Closing Date”). All such shares will be subject to a hold period of 4 months and a day from the Closing Date. Upon closing, SSR Mining will own an approximate 12% undiluted equity interest in EMX, subject to final calculation at closing.
Additional deferred payments of up to U.S. $34 million will be made by EMX to SSR Mining in consideration for the Net Profits Interest (“NPI”) royalty on the Yenipazar property in Turkey. These will be payable as follows: (i) U.S. $2,000,000 in EMX common shares based on the 20-day VWAP prior to the date of commencement of construction of a mill on the Yenipazar property; (ii) U.S. $2,000,000 in EMX common shares based on the 20-day VWAP prior to the date of commencement of commercial production; (iii) U.S. $15,000,000 in cash, payable when EMX has received U.S. $10,000,000 in net profits interest payments under the Yenipazar NPI; and (iv) U.S. $15,000,000 in cash, payable when EMX has received a second U.S. $10,000,000 in net profits interest payments. All such shares will be subject to a hold period of 4 months and a day from the date of issue.
EMX intends to pay up to U.S. $10,000,000 of the cash payable at closing with the proceeds of a U.S. $10,000,000 senior secured credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) provided for in a non-binding term sheet EMX has entered into with Sprott Private Resource Lending II (Collector), LP (“Sprott”). The Credit Facility is to mature one year from the Closing Date, bear interest at a rate of 7% per annum, and be secured by general security agreements over the assets of EMX and certain of its subsidiaries, and pledges of the shares of certain of EMX’s subsidiaries, who will, at Sprott’s election, also be guarantors of the loan. In addition to interest payable, the U.S. $10,000,000 to be advanced under the Credit Facility will also be subject to an original issue discount equal to 5% of the amount of the advance. Under the term sheet, Sprott will subscribe for U.S. $300,000 of EMX common shares at closing, at a deemed price equal to U.S. $2.74 per share. All such shares will be subject to a hold period of 4 months and a day from the Closing Date.
If the Credit Facility is not ultimately entered into, the Royalty Purchase Agreement provides for vendor takeback financing by SSR Mining of up to U.S. $5,000,000 (the “VTB Note”), and EMX will pay the balance of the cash payable at closing from available working capital. The VTB Note will bear interest at 14% per annum and will mature 60 days from the Closing Date. If unpaid within such 60 day period, the VTB Note will bear additional interest at a rate of 2% per annum for each 60 day period past due.
Royalty Portfolio Overview. As summarized in Figure 1 and Table 1, the Royalty Portfolio spans over 69,000 hectares across seven countries on three continents. Summaries for Gediktepe, Yenipazar and Diablillos are provided here, and further information on the Royalty Portfolio and other EMX assets can be found at www.emxroyalty.com. Upon completion of the transaction, of the royalties purchased, only the royalty over the Gediktepe property in Turkey will be material to EMX at the present time. EMX is currently preparing a technical report on the Gediktepe property to be filed on SEDAR.
Gediktepe VMS Deposit, Western Turkey: The Gediktepe VMS deposit was discovered by a Joint Venture (“JV”) initiative between Alacer Gold Corp. (“Alacer”) and Lidya in 2012-2013 and was quickly advanced to PEA (2014) and Prefeasibility stages (2016). The deposit is comprised of a polymetallic VMS system with precious metal, copper, and zinc rich domains. The upper portion of the deposit is oxidized, forming a precious metal-enriched gossanous cap that will be mined first, followed by production from the underlying polymetallic sulfide deposit. Operator Lidya has commenced development and construction of the project and is anticipating initial production in late 2021.
Alacer, the previous owner of the Gediktepe royalties, completed a merger with SSR Mining in September of 2020. The Gediktepe Royalties consist of: (i) a perpetual 10% NSR royalty over metals produced from the oxide zone (predominantly gold and silver) after cumulative production of 10,000 gold-equivalent oxide ounces; and (ii) a perpetual 2% NSR royalty over metals produced from the sulfide zone (predominantly copper, zinc, lead, silver and gold), payable after cumulative production of 25,000 gold-equivalent sulfide ounces.
The Gediktepe property is the subject of an NI 43-101 Prefeasibility study entitled “Gediktepe 2019 Prefeasibility Study” prepared by OreWin Pty Ltd. on behalf of Alacer with an effective date of Mar. 26, 2019 (the “Gediktepe Report”). The 2019 Gediktepe Report is filed on SEDAR and contains historical mining reserve and resource estimates (summarized in Tables 2.1 and 2.2).
Yenipazar VMS Deposit, Central Turkey: The Yenipazar polymetallic VMS deposit was discovered in the late 1990’s by YAMAS, a predecessor of Alacer and SSR Mining. Aldridge Minerals Inc. (“Aldridge”), a public Canadian corporation formerly listed on the TSX-V, formed a JV with Alacer in 2004 with the right to earn a majority interest in the project. Later modifications to the JV agreement in 2006 led to Aldridge acquiring a 100% project equity interest, with Alacer retaining an NPI royalty that is set at 6% until U.S. $165 million in revenues are received by the royalty holder, after which the NPI converts to a 10% interest.
Aldridge delivered a feasibility study in 2013 that was updated in 2014 before Aldridge encountered financial difficulties. Ultimately, Aldridge (and Yenipazar) were sold to a new private company (Virtus Madencilik) headed by Aldridge’s major shareholder, Ahmet Taçyildiz. Trafigura Ventures V B.V. also owns a 30% interest in Virtus. Virtus recently updated the feasibility study for Yenipazar and is currently seeking project financing for development of the project.
Diablillos Gold-Silver Epithermal deposit, Argentina. Diablillos is an extensive 7,900 hectare property located in the mining friendly Province of Salta in the Argentine Puna region. There are currently seven known mineralized zones on the Diablillos property, with the Oculto zone being the most important and the most explored. Oculto is a deeply oxidized, high-sulfidation epithermal silver-gold deposit.
Operator AbraSilver Resource Corp. (TSX-V: ABRA, “AbraSilver”) has an option to acquire 100% of the Diablillos property, with one outstanding payment due on the earlier of the date on which commercial production occurs at Diablillos or July 31, 2025. A 2018 PEA reported historical Indicated Resources at Oculto of 26.85 million tonnes grading 93g/t silver and 0.85g/t gold, for 80.3 million ounces of contained silver and 732 thousand ounces of contained gold. Preliminary metallurgical tests indicate high recoveries from a crushing, grinding and agitated leach plant with a Merrill-Crowe circuit. High-grade copper intercepts have been discovered at depth and may suggest deeper porphyry-style potential.
AbraSilver continues to drill Oculto as well as advancing other targets on the property. An updated PEA is expected in Q3 2021, with a feasibility study slated for 2022.
Note: A qualified person has not performed sufficient work to classify the historical resource estimate for Diablillos as current, and EMX is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources. Significant data compilation, confirmation drilling, re-sampling and data verification by a qualified person may be required before the historical estimates can be classified as current mineral resources. The historical estimate is considered by EMX to be reliable and relevant, and is presented for the purpose of describing the extent and nature of mineralization as presently understood. The historical estimate should not be relied upon until verified.
Summary: By agreeing to acquire the Royalty Portfolio, EMX seeks to secure near term and sustained cash flow from a diverse collection of royalty interests and deferred consideration payments. Further, EMX welcomes SSR Mining as a strategic shareholder in EMX. EMX views this transaction as wholly accretive to its overall business, where royalties over multiple advanced and resource stage assets add significant value and diversity to EMX’s global portfolio.
Eric P. Jensen, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and an employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified, and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
 As reported in Technical Report on the Diablillos Project, Salta Province, Argentina, prepared by Roscoe Postle Associates (RPA) and filed on SEDAR by AbraPlata Resource Corporation with an effective date of April 16, 2018. Mineral Resources were reported to CIM guidelines and definitions. The resources were estimated using Ordinary Kriging within grade shell domains and reported within an optimized pit based upon metal prices of $1500/oz gold and $23/oz silver and variably calculated recoveries (refer to the technical report for details).
About EMX. EMX is a precious, base and battery metals royalty company. EMX’s investors are provided with discovery, development, and commodity price optionality, while limiting exposure to risks inherent to operating companies. The Company’s common shares are listed on the NYSE American Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol EMX. Please see www.EMXroyalty.com for more information.
About SSR Mining. SSR Mining Inc. is a leading, free cash flow focused intermediate gold company with four producing assets located in the USA, Turkey, Canada, and Argentina, combined with a global pipeline of high-quality development and exploration assets in the USA, Turkey, Mexico, Peru, and Canada. SSR Mining is listed under the ticker symbol SSRM on the NASDAQ and the TSX, and SSR on the ASX. For further information contact: David M. ColePresident and Chief Executive OfficerPhone: (303) 979-6666Dave@EMXroyalty.com Scott CloseDirector of Investor RelationsPhone: (303) 973-8585SClose@EMXroyalty.com Isabel BelgerInvestor Relations (Europe)Phone: +49 178 4909039Ibelger@EMXroyalty.com Neither the TSX-V nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX-V) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain “forward looking statements” that reflect the Company’s current expectations and projections about its future results. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding completion of the transaction, perceived merits of properties, exploration results and budgets, mineral reserves and resource estimates, work programs, capital expenditures, timelines, strategic plans, market prices for precious and base metal, or other statements that are not statements of fact. When used in this news release, words such as “estimate,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “will”, “believe”, “potential”, “upside” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which, by their very nature, are not guarantees of the Company’s future operational or financial performance, and are subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company’s actualresults, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and factors may include, but are not limited to: unavailability of financing, failure to identify commercially viable mineral reserves, fluctuations in the market valuation for commodities, difficulties in obtaining required approvals for the development of a mineral project, increased regulatory compliance costs, expectations of project funding by joint venture partners and other factors.It is possible EMX may not complete the transaction, as a result of failure to fulfill conditions of closing, unavailability of financing or for other reasons EMX cannot anticipate at this time.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release or as of the date otherwise specifically indicated herein. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified in this news release, and other risk factors and forward-looking statements listed in the Company’s MD&A for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and the year ended December 31, 2020 (the “MD&A”), and the most recently filedRevised Annual Information Form (the “AIF”) for the year ended December 31, 2020, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. More information about the Company, including the MD&A, the AIF and financial statements of the Company, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the SEC’s EDGAR website at www.sec.gov.