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Hot Chili Limited | $40M Funding Arranged to Acquire Cortadera & Deliver Rapid Resource Growth

Hot Chili Limited (ASX: HCH) (OTCQB: HHLKF) (“Hot Chili” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has successfully arranged a $40 million funding through the issue of new shares at 3.2 cent per share (the “Placement”).

Highlights:

  • Fully underwritten A$5M share purchase plan, and A$35M private placement corner-stoned by mining major Glencore and underpinned by several domestic and overseas institutional investors, as well as some of Hot Chili’s largest shareholders
  • Glencore will emerge as Hot Chili’s largest shareholder with a 9.99% interest
  • New funds secure the final acquisition payment of US$15M for a 100% interest in the Company’s world-class Cortadera copper-gold discovery in Chile – payment to be made immediately
  • Fully funded to deliver a major resource upgrade and Pre-feasibility study for Costa Fuego, current resource standing at 2.9Mt copper, 2.7Moz gold and 9.9Moz silver and 64kt molybdenum (as announced to ASX on 12th October 2020)
  • Further updates expected as the Company advances its drilling, development studies and expected TSXV dual-listing later this year

Ownership of Cortadera, strong cash position, rapid resource growth and backing by Glencore provide a compelling foundation ahead for the Company’s plans to dual list on the TSXV in Canada later this year.

Hot Chili’s Managing Director Christian Easterday said “the $40 million funding secures ownership of Cortadera, and Glencore’s investment and involvement is a strong endorsement of our future”

To access the announcement please click on the link below.Download full announcement here

Cortadera Reverse Circulation Drilling

Cortadera Copper Project

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

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Hot Chili Welcomes Glencore Investment

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.”

To access the announcement please click on the link below.Download full announcement here

Cortadera Copper Project

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

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Base Metals Energy Junior Mining Project Generators Skyharbour Resources

Skyharbour’s Partner Company Valor Announces Airborne Survey Highlights Targets at Hook Lake Project, Athabasca Basin, Canada

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SYH) (OTCQB: SYHBF) (Frankfurt: SC1P(the “Company”) is pleased to announce that partner company Valor Resources Limited (“Valor”) has received the results and interpretation from the airborne magnetic and very low frequency electromagnetic (VLF-EM) geophysical survey completed over the Hook Lake Project in April. The purpose of the survey was to gather data that would help identify areas of shallow structural complexity, known to be favorable for the deposition of uranium in basement lithologies, and determine the geophysical signature of known occurrences.

Hook Lake (Formally North Falcon) Project
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The Hook Lake Project consists of 16 contiguous mining claims covering 25,846 hectares, located 60 km east of the Key Lake Uranium Mine in northern Saskatchewan. Skyharbour signed a Definitive Agreement with Valor Resources on the Hook Lake (previously North Falcon Point) Uranium Project whereby Valor can earn-in 80% of the project through $3,500,000 in total exploration expenditures, $475,000 in total cash payments over three years and an initial share issuance of 233,333,333 shares of Valor.

Highlights:

  • Airborne geophysical survey reinforces size potential of historic uranium occurrences and highlights additional targets across the Hook Lake Project:
    • Both the VLF-EM and Magnetic data confirm extensive NE-SW trending structural features as well as N-S trending structures
    • Data confirms known uranium showings are situated where these structural trends intersect and in close association with shallow VLF-EM conductors
    • The N-S structural features may represent the influence of the Tabbernor Fault System, a major structural feature associated with known uranium deposits in the eastern Athabasca Basin
    • “Heat maps” illustrating structural complexity highlighted additional areas for follow-up work
  • Field work set to commence very shortly at the Hook Lake Project to follow up new targets and historic uranium occurrences
  • Work approvals received including approval for drilling
  • Radiometric survey has commenced with coverage of the northeastern third of the Hook Lake Project and will be completed by the end of July

Figure 1: Hook Lake Project – VLF-EM image showing priority target areas
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Valor Executive Chairman, Mr. George Bauk commented: “The survey has confirmed the key targets for immediate follow up and has provided data to verify additional targets for drilling. Significant new geological information has come out of the survey including the N-S structural features, possibly representing the Tabbernor Fault System. These results have exceeded our expectations with the number of target areas to follow up. We have secured all permits that allow us to follow up on the ground, including drilling, which we are targeting for the December quarter. The field crew will be mobilising to site July 23rd, 2021. The company is excited to be commencing field work in Saskatchewan and looks forward to the results of the exploration effort at Hook Lake.”

Airborne Magnetic and VLF-EM Survey:

A project-wide, high-resolution, magnetic and VLF-EM survey was completed in April. The 5,172-line km survey was completed by Precision Geosurveys of Langley, British Columbia, using a fixed wing aircraft at a line spacing of 75m. The purpose of the survey was to gather data that would help identify areas of shallow structural complexity, known to be favorable for the deposition of uranium in basement lithologies, and determine the geophysical signature of known occurrences.

Geophysical Data Interpretation:

The geophysical data confirms extensive and complex structural trends across the property that could indicate structural and/or lithological traps for uranium mineralisation. Both the magnetic and VLF-EM data show a strong NE-SW structural trend similar to that present in other basement-hosted uranium deposits in the eastern Athabasca Basin area. A significant N-S structural trend is also present that has features similar to those associated with the Tabbernor Fault System.

Several of the known in-situ uranium occurrences on the property (Hook Lake, Nob Hill and West Way – see news release dated October 22nd, 2020) are coincident with the intersection of these structural trends. The most significant uranium occurrences within the property also appear to have a close association with shallow VLF-EM conductors (see Figure 1 above). Several other conductors, that have previously seen little exploration and have no known nearby occurrences, also represent excellent prospects for follow-up exploration.

The magnetic data shows the Hook Lake mineralisation, with high grade surface outcrop with reported grades in grab samples up to 68% U3O8, may be part of a larger and broader anomalous zone than originally thought. 3D Inversion of the magnetic data indicates a potential feeder system coming up through the stratigraphy.

Tabbernor Fault System:

The presence of a N-S structural influence similar to that recognised in the Tabbernor Fault System could be an important feature on the Hook Lake property. The Tabbernor Fault System is a wide structural feature that runs N-S for over 1,500 km along Saskatchewan’s eastern provincial border. While there is no direct link between the Tabbernor system and current known uranium deposits, several deposits are associated with a N-S structural component within the sphere of influence of the Tabbernor system. It has been proposed that reactivation of the Tabbernor Fault System coincided with the formation of large uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin and the Tabbernor system may have controlled deposit location. Deposits exhibiting N-S structural control, with features consistent with the Tabbernor system include Rabbit Lake (Collins Bay B Zone and Eagle Point), Dawn Lake, Midwest and the Sue deposit (reference Davies, J.R. (1998): The origin, structural style, and reactivation history of the Tabbernor fault zone, Saskatchewan, Canada; Masters thesis, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 105p.).

Airborne Radiometric Survey:

A high-resolution airborne radiometric survey is being flown over the northeastern third of the Hook Lake Project, which will include the Hook Lake historical high grade uranium occurrence. The survey is being flown by Special Projects Inc. (“SPI”) from Calgary, Alberta. SPI is considered an industry-leading provider of high-resolution airborne radiometric surveying. SPI flew the radiometric survey that delineated Fission Uranium’s PLS boulder field which eventually led to the discovery of the high-grade Triple R uranium deposit.

Any significant new radiometric anomalies generated from this survey will be followed up on ground during the upcoming field program.

Ground Field Work Program:

Valor has received the required work permits to carry out its follow-up ground exploration program on the Hook Lake project. The permits, issued by Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment include Crown Land Work Authorization and Forest Product Permit, Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit, and Temporary Work Camp Permit. They allow Valor to conduct ground exploration, including drilling, until the end of 2022.

Field work is set to commence in the next few days at the Hook Lake Project to follow-up on the historic uranium occurrences and new targets generated from the recently completed magnetic/VLF-EM survey. A field crew supported by a helicopter is being mobilised to the area to carry out a field program which will take 2-3 weeks.

The initial field work program will be conducted by Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd. Dahrouge Geological is a North American mineral exploration, consulting, and project management group with offices in Canada and the United States. They provide professional geological, logistical, and project management services to the world’s mining and mineral resource industry including project generation, program design, geophysics, project evaluation, geology & resources, as well as mine engineering and geotechnics. Dahrouge Geological has extensive exploration experience in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, with a consistent presence in the area since the early 2000’s; this experience and network of contacts makes Dahrouge Geological an ideal team to lead the exploration program on the Hook Lake Project.

About Hook Lake (previously North Falcon Point) Project:

Valor has the right to earn an 80% working interest in the Hook Lake Uranium Project located 60 km east of the Key Lake Uranium Mine in northern Saskatchewan. Covering 25,846 hectares, the 16 contiguous mineral claims host several prospective areas of uranium mineralisation including:

  • Hook Lake / Zone S – High grade surface outcrop with reported grades in grab samples up to 68% U3O8; a bio-geochemical survey carried out over the trenches in 2015 responded positively with along-strike anomalies 2 km to the northeast
  • Nob Hill – Fracture-controlled vein-type uranium mineralisation on surface outcrop with up to 0.130% – 0.141% U3O8 in grab samples; diamond drilling intersected anomalous uranium in several drill holes with values up to 422 ppm U over 0.5 m
  • West Way – Vein type U mineralisation within a NE-trending shear zone; grab samples taken from the surface showing contained variable uranium values including up to 0.475% U3O8 and drilling of the structure intersected the altered shear zone at depth, along with anomalous Cu, Ni, Co, As, V, U, & Pb
  • Grid T – Fracture-hosted secondary uranium mineralisation in sheared calc-silicates and marbles in a 100 m x 20 m zone of anomalous radioactivity with grab samples having up to 800 ppm U
  • Alexander Lake Boulder Field – 30 biotite-quartz-k-feldspar pegmatite boulders NE of Alexander Lake; the best results include 360 ppm U, 1,400 ppm U and 1,600 ppm U respectively
  • Thompson Lake Boulder Field – Numerous radioactive boulders and blocks of pegmatized meta-arkose, pegmatite, and granite; the best value obtained was 738 ppm U from a granite boulder
  • NE Alexander Lake – Several calc-silicate, plagioclase-quartz granulite, quartzite, and meta-arkose boulders with up to 4,800 ppm U, 7,600 ppm Mo and 1,220 ppm Ni

The project area is in close proximity to two all-weather northern highways and grid power. Historical exploration has consisted of airborne and ground geophysics, multi-phased diamond drill campaigns, detailed geochemical sampling and surveys, and ground-based prospecting culminating in an extensive geological database for the project area.

Qualified Person:

The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed and approved by Richard Kusmirski, P.Geo., M.Sc., Skyharbour’s Head Technical Advisor and a Director, as well as a Qualified Person.

About Valor Resources Ltd:

Valor Resources Limited (ASX: VAL) is an exploration company focused on creating shareholder value through acquisitions and exploration activities.

About Skyharbour Resources Ltd.:

Skyharbour holds an extensive portfolio of uranium exploration projects in Canada’s Athabasca Basin and is well positioned to benefit from improving uranium market fundamentals with six drill-ready projects covering over 240,000 hectares of land. Skyharbour has acquired from Denison Mines, a large strategic shareholder of the Company, a 100% interest in the Moore Uranium Project which is located 15 kilometres east of Denison’s Wheeler River project and 39 kilometres south of Cameco’s McArthur River uranium mine. Moore is an advanced stage uranium exploration property with high grade uranium mineralization at the Maverick Zone that returned drill results of up to 6.0% U3O8 over 5.9 metres including 20.8% U3Oover 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 265 metres. The Company is actively advancing the project through drill programs.

Skyharbour has a joint-venture with industry-leader Orano Canada Inc. at the Preston Project whereby Orano has earned a 51% interest in the project through exploration expenditures and cash payments. Skyharbour now owns a 24.5% interest in the Project. Skyharbour also has a joint-venture with Azincourt Energy at the East Preston Project whereby Azincourt has earned a 70% interest in the project through exploration expenditures, cash payments and share issuance. Skyharbour now owns a 15% interest in the Project. Preston and East Preston are large, geologically prospective properties proximal to Fission Uranium’s Triple R deposit as well as NexGen Energy’s Arrow deposit.

The Company also owns a 100% interest in the South Falcon Uranium Project on the eastern perimeter of the Basin, which contains a NI 43-101 inferred resource totaling 7.0 million pounds of U3Oat 0.03% and 5.3 million pounds of ThO2 at 0.023%. Skyharbour has signed a Definitive Agreement with ASX-listed Valor Resources on the Hooke Lake (previously North Falcon Point) Uranium Project whereby Valor can earn-in 80% of the project through $3,500,000 in total exploration expenditures, $475,000 in total cash payments over three years and an initial share issuance.

Skyharbour’s goal is to maximize shareholder value through new mineral discoveries, committed long-term partnerships, and the advancement of exploration projects in geopolitically favourable jurisdictions.

Skyharbour’s Uranium Project Map in the Athabasca Basin:
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To find out more about Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SYH) visit the Company’s website at www.skyharbourltd.com.

SKYHARBOUR RESOURCES LTD.

“Jordan Trimble”

Jordan Trimble
President and CEO

For further information contact myself or:
Riley Trimble
Corporate Development and Communications
Skyharbour Resources Ltd.
Telephone: 604-687-3376
Toll Free: 800-567-8181
Facsimile: 604-687-3119
Email: info@skyharbourltd.com

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THE CONTENT OF THIS NEWS RELEASE.

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements”. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address events or developments that management of the Company expects, are forward-looking statements. Although management believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, include market prices, exploration and development successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Please see the public filings of the Company at www.sedar.com for further information.

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EMX Executes Agreement to Sell its Svärdsjö Project in Sweden to District Metals


July 22, 2021

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Vancouver, British Columbia, July 22, 2021 (NYSE American: EMX; TSX Venture: EMX; Frankfurt: 6E9) – EMX Royalty Corporation (the “Company” or “EMX”) is pleased to announce the the execution of an agreement for the sale of its Svärdsjö polymetallic project (the “Project”) in Sweden to District Metals Corp. (TSX-V: DMX) (“District”). The agreement provides the Company with additional share equity in DMX that brings EMX’s ownership of District to 9.9%, annual advance royalty payments, a 2.5% Net Smelter Returns (“NSR”) royalty interest in the Project, and other consideration.

The Svärdsjö Project is located in the prolific Bergslagen mining region of southern Sweden, nearby District’s Tomtebo and Trollberget polymetallic VMS projects, which are also EMX royalty properties (see Figure 1). The Svärdsjö Project hosts multiple zones of polymetallic (copper-zinc-lead-silver-gold) volcanogenic massive sulfide (“VMS”) and carbonate replacement (“CRD”) style mineralization and is located in the vicinity of the historic Falun VMS mine and Boliden AB’s active Garpenberg mine, one of the largest and most efficient underground polymetallic mines in the world.

Svärdsjö has been the site of historical mining activity for over 500 years, with production continuing through to 1989. Most recently, Boliden AB explored and drilled extensively in the area from 2009 until 2019. Historical production records indicate that much of the production came prior to 1972 and focussed on silver rich copper-zinc-lead mineralization developed as zones of replacement in carbonate host rocks. These styles of mineralization are similar to that seen in the nearby Garpenberg mine. See www.EMXroyalty.com for further information on the Project.

The agreement with District represents another example of EMX’s execution of the royalty generation aspect of its business model. Although not available when first recognized during regional assessments, Svärdsjö remained on an EMX “watch list” for several years until coming available in 2020, when EMX quickly moved to secure the opportunity. EMX looks forward to working closely with District to further advance the Project.

Commercial Terms Overview. In accordance with the agreement, District will acquire a 100% interest in the Project subject to the following terms (all dollar amounts in CAD):

  • Upon closing, EMX will transfer the Svärdsjö exploration license to District.
  • Upon closing, EMX will receive $35,000 in cash and 1,400,000 common shares of DMX that increases EMX’s equity ownership in DMX to 9.9% (on a non-diluted basis).
  • EMX will receive a 2.5% NSR royalty interest in the Project. On or before the sixth anniversary after closing, DMX has the option to purchase 0.5% of the NSR on the Project by paying EMX $2,000,000.
  • EMX will receive annual advance royalty (“AAR”) payments of $25,000 for the Project commencing on the third anniversary of the closing, with the AAR payment increasing by $10,000 per year until reaching $75,000.
  • Payments of $275,000, payable in cash or shares of DMX, will be made to EMX upon the achievement of certain milestones, and District will be responsible for fulfilling work commitments on the Project.
  • To maintain its interest in the Project, within five years of the closing of the transaction, DMX will also: (i) spend a minimum of $1,000,000 on Project work expenditures with a minimum of $150,000 spent each year, and (ii) complete a minimum of 3,500 m of drilling.
  • Closing is subject to approval by the TSX Venture Exchange.

Overview of the Svärdsjö Project. The Project comprises 1,037 hectares within the prolific Bergslagen mining region in southern Sweden. In the Project area, copper-zinc-lead-silver-gold VMS and carbonate replacement style mineralization are associated with mid-Proterozoic age volcanic belts (refer to Figure 1). The Project is situated within a three-hour drive of Stockholm-Arlanda airport and has excellent year-round access, as well as nearby rail and power lines.

Mineralization at Svärdsjö is primarily developed as polymetallic sulfide replacements in dolomitic carbonate units accompanied by skarn minerals. Bodies of mineralization are enveloped within broader alteration zones typical of VMS systems, which in the case of Svärdsjö, provide well documented vectors that can be used to guide further exploration.

Historical production primarily came from three mining areas, which includes Kompanimalmen (“Company Ore”), Mellangruvan (“Middle Mine”), and Norramalmen (“Northern Ore”), with several of the historical zones remaining open and poorly explored at depth. Most recently, exploration between 2009-2019 delineated new lenses of mineralization to the west and southwest of the historical mining areas1. These, and other underexplored areas of the project will be targets for further exploration.

In addition, several additional exploration targets exist on the project, either defined by untested geophysical anomalies, or based upon trends of historical prospects and occurrences.

Notes on nearby mines and deposits. The nearby mines and deposits discussed in this news release provide context for EMX’s Project, which occurs in a similar geologic setting, but this is not necessarily indicative that the Project hosts similar mineralization.

Dr. Eric P. Jensen, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.

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.

For further information contact:

David M. Cole
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (303) 979-6666
Dave@EMXroyalty.com

Scott Close
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: (303) 973-8585
SClose@EMXroyalty.com

Isabel Belger
Investor Relations (Europe)
Phone: +49 178 4909039
Ibelger@EMXroyalty.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) 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 perceived merit 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 actual results, 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.

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 year ended March 31, 2021 (the “MD&A”), and the most recently filed 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.

1  A. Fahlvik, 2018: Hydrothermal alteration and lithogeochemical marker units at the Svärdsjö Zn-Pb-Cu deposit, Bergslagen, Sweden, and their implication for exploration.

Figure 1. Location map, major geologic features and mineral occurrences in the Svärdsjö area.

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Base Metals Energy Exclusive Interviews Junior Mining

Copper Bullet Mines – Copper is the New Oil

Maurice Jackson: Joining us for a conversation is Dan Weir, the CEO of Copper Bullet Mines.

It is a pleasure to be speaking with you today to discuss the opportunity before us in Copper Bullet Mines. Before we delve into company specifics, Mr. Weir, please introduce Copper Bullet Mines and the opportunity the company presents to shareholders.

Dan Weir: Copper Bullet Mines is a new company we plan to take it public in the next 12 months. It’s run by a bunch of experienced mining guys. We have currently three geologists involved in the company. We have multiple engineers, mining engineers, metallurgical engineers, process engineers, guys that know how to mine. We have decided to focus on the Western United States.

Maurice Jackson: This may very well be the “Golden Age for Copper,” as many believe that copper is the new oil. Mr. Weir, please provide us with an overview of the supply and demand of copper.

Dan Weir: Yes, it’s very interesting. You’ve got Goldman Sachs and several companies have come out; Goldman Sachs uses the term “copper is the new oil.” If you look at a comparison, a combustible gasoline or diesel-burning vehicle has about 48 pounds of copper in it, but a Tesla or an electric vehicle has 183 pounds of copper in it. So, you can see here that it can be four, five times as much copper in an electric vehicle. So that’s just one aspect of it. Let alone the fact that we have to go across all over around the world building stations to recharge our electric vehicles, and our houses are all wired with copper wiring. More and more people are putting solar panels on their house. That means more wires, more copper is needed for that. Again, I look at Africa and only about 50% of Africa has electricity to people’s homes. That’s being built out as we move along. Other people call this is the “golden age for copper,” and I agree 100%.

Maurice Jackson: The value proposition of copper is quite compelling. Now, it’s early days for Copper Bullet Mines as the company’s currently private looking to go public. How does Copper Bullet Mines plan to meet the global demand for copper?

Dan Weir: We plan to focus on the western region of the United States. Currently, we are in what we call the copper triangle, which is in Arizona. Last month we purchased our first project the Copper Springs Project, which took about six months to put it all together. And that first project has historical resources, but we’re also looking for other assets. We are currently right now bidding on some producing assets. I can’t get into any details on those right now because we’re under confidentiality agreements, but we are looking for those types of assets, near-term type producing assets or producing assets, or something that has historical resources that we can bring up to a new resource by twinning holes. So, our focus and what we really would want to do is buy producing assets.

Maurice Jackson: Let’s go on site and find out more. Sir, take us to the “Copper Triangle” of Arizona and get us acquainted with the Copper Springs Project along with some of your neighbors.

Dan Weir: The Copper Springs Project is in the Copper Triangle, which is about one hour east of Phoenix. Some our neighbors in the Copper Triangle are the largest mining companies in the world, such as Rio Tinto, BHP, KGHM, Capstone and Asarco, which is owned by Grupo Mexico, and Freeport-McMoRan. We are surrounded by some of the largest mining companies in the world with mines in this area or are building a mine. And what I mean by building a mine, as an example, Rio Tinto and BHP, are spending billions of dollars to build the Resolution Mine. It will be one of the largest copper mines in North America when it’s completed. The Copper Springs Project is less than 12 kilometers away from the Resolution Mine.

Just to the north of us is Freeport-McMoRan. It has a copper smelter. There are only currently three, well, sort of three large copper smelters in the United States and one smaller one. Two of them just happened to be in the Copper Triangle, one with Freeport, just north of us, and the second at the bottom of the triangle owned by Asarco, and it’s called the Hayden Smelter. That smelter is being shut down. In the near future, the United States, is only going to have two full-sized copper smelters. One here, one up at Bingham Canyon in Utah, and then a small one in the Texas area. The Copper Triangle is probably the premier place in all of North America where you’re seeing copper production. And guess what? We’re right in the heart of the Copper Triangle.

Maurice Jackson: The Copper Springs is a shallow enrichment mineralization project with the historical resource, which is currently non-compliant to 43-101 standards. Provide us with some context and what is the plan moving forward to become 43-101 compliant?

Dan Weir: Over the last 50 to 60 years, there have been many different groups who have owned this project or optioned this project and have gone in and drilled at calculated resources on the Copper Springs Project. Companies like Kerr-McGee, Humble, American Copper, and most recently in around 2010, there was a small junior company called Toro Resources that had the project. And I must add to that, they had parts of the project. It wasn’t until I was able to come in here and put all of the claims together in this area. There were three groups that I had to work with. The groups had the claims. They had a package of eight claims that sat right in the middle of the claim block, and they have owned these claims since 1924. Their great grandfather had staked them, owned them in the family all that time. And this is the first time since the ’50s that this project has all been put together with all these claim packages under one option.

I’m not trying to pat myself on the back too much, but it was a lot of work, and it’s been a great experience putting this whole package together. Thus we now have a claim package of 126 claims over 2,600 acres. Our claim package that has had worked done over the years by some very large companies. Anglo-America recently visited the project in the last number of years. They say that this thing has huge potential, that we could be looking at similar to some of the others in the Copper Triangle, like Pinto Valley.

I’m not saying that that’s what we’re going to get. I believe from the data that we’ve looked at that we have a historical resource now, with 40 million tonnes grading around the 0.4% range. I’ve read several reports. Again, I can’t guarantee this, that there is potential here to be sort of 100 to 200 million tons. Let’s put that in some perspective. Even if we have 40 million tonnes and we have success twinning the historical holes, 40 million tonnes grading 0.4% is about 320 million pounds of copper.

The price of copper recently went up to the $4.60, $4.70 range. It’s pulled back in a little bit, but let’s use $4. It’s currently trading I think today at $4.25. Let’s call it $4. Multiply $4 times 320 million pounds of copper, you’re somewhere around $1.2 to $1.3 billion worth of copper sitting on this property right now. Now, again, there’s a lot of work to do. We’ll have to figure out recovery rates. We’ll have to figure out all sorts of things that go along with that. But I’m just throwing some big numbers out here because it does have some historical resources on here, and we believe that those historical resources are good. Again, until we do the drilling on here and twinned a bunch of these holes and bring it up to 43-101 standards, and do wish to be responsible with my words, these are just hypotheticals at the present.

Maurice Jackson: Sticking with the historical resource, please walk us through some of the historical drill locations.

Dan Weir: As I mentioned, several different groups drilled over time, including Kerr-McGee, Phelps Dodge, some different groups have kind of come in and out of this project. Some people will look at a project and go, “Well, these guys drilled and they didn’t find anything.” Well, they did find a lot. You talk to certain geologists or people that had been around the mining industry for a long time and one discovers that to put a project into production, there may have been about five or six junior companies, maybe a couple of larger companies that have done all of the resource studies and looked at it at so many different ways, and then you’re likely going to have one or two guys before it goes into production.

It’s very typical of these types of projects that you have multiple different people over time that will pick up claims. They’ll do some drilling, maybe they ran out of money, maybe the copper price dropped, all sorts of things. But I can tell you that in this area, as I mentioned, I’m the first one since the 1950s that’s been able to put this whole package together, and we have a lot of the old data that we can go on model, go back and drill and build a resource on the back of that.

Maurice Jackson: What can you tell us about the genetic and the exploration model?

Dan Weir: Another great thing is around 2011, several people went out and mapped the Copper Springs Project. We have talked to the geologists and some of them are PhD-type geologists who have gone out and done a lot of mapping on this project. Most of the work has been done in one area. There’s a massive area sort of on the east side of the deposit that has huge potential. And these guys have gone out and done a bunch of the mapping and again agree that there’s massive potential. And there has been very little activity on the east side of the deposit. The non-compliant historical was produced mainly from the west region of the deposit of 40 million tonnes grading about 0.4%, but there’s been very little work done on three-quarters of the project. We are confident that these is a much larger potential before on the Copper Spring Project. And again, I can’t guarantee this. I do believe that we can get too much higher numbers than 40 million tonnes.

Maurice Jackson: To coincide with mapping, I see that a geophysics study was completed in 2007. Now, will this suffice for a drill targeting, or is there a plan to conduct another survey, or do you plan to twin the historical holes?

Dan Weir: Yes we will twin some of the holes. We will do a lot more geophysics over the property. You can see from some of the maps, it was only done in the one area where they did most of the drilling. We do want to go back in here and want to do a lot more geophysics over that. Geophysics is a cheap way to do exploration. Remember that drilling is very expensive, so anything that you can do to pinpoint where you want to put those drills helps the geologists pinpoint exactly where we want to put the drill in the ground.

Maurice Jackson: Let’s discuss some important topics germane to your project. Are you fully permitted?

Dan Weir: The simple answer is no. There’s a lot of work to do over the next couple of years on here. We have to go out and get permits from the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] and the Forest Service to begin our drill program of twinning the holes. That should take to get the drill permits about six months. But as we’re applying for those permits, we can be doing a lot of the mapping work, IP work, as we decide exactly where we want to drill those holes. There’s lots of work to do here.

One thing I’m going to add here, Maurice, I mentioned earlier that we’re looking at buying some other properties, producing mines, one of them in Arizona. If we’re able to buy one of those mines, it’s close enough that we think we can just truck the ore from this property over to the operating mine, and utilize a lot of the infrastructure there. And it’s fully permitted and is in production. If we can take some of the ore from here and move it over to a producing mine, it should expedite the permitting process from the Forest Service to start mining because you’re not having to worry so much about leach pads and other things. Again, I can’t guarantee that that’s exactly what’s going to happen, but it is one model that we’ve been looking at.

Maurice Jackson: Is the Copper Springs Project 100% owned?

Dan Weir: We have optioned the project. It is an eight-year option process in which we have annual full cash payments, which most of the financing is backend loaded. So, from the first number of years, they are not onerous. And we have to do a certain amount of exploration work on the project. It is a great deal for us to move forward on this.

Maurice Jackson: What are the company’s goals and what strategy will the company use to accomplish its stated goals?

Dan Weir: I used to work for a brokerage firm on Bay Street or Wall Street for several years. I spent 12 years working at one of the top brokerage firms in all of Canada. When I left that firm, I spent another three years running the institutional sales desk for another firm. I have experience working on Bay Street or Wall Street and have been involved in financing mining companies.

One of the companies that we did a lot of work with, and I can remember doing the IPO for it in 2004, was a company called Quadra. When Quadra started, they bought one mine in Nevada called the Robinson Mine. They then took some of the cash flow that they were doing from that mine and then expanded out and started buying all sorts of other mines, not only the U.S. and into Chile. Then they went and bought another full company called FNX Mining. Maybe many of the people that will read this will remember Quadra or FNX. Ultimately, they sold it to a Polish company called KGHM for $2.5 billion. I’m not saying that we can do that, but that’s the type of model that we want to work on for this company.

I would love to be able to buy an operating mine. Again, as I said, we are bidding on several assets that are currently in operations, or that mines are in operation. If we can take that cash flow and everything else from that and start to build a company out, that’s really what I want to do. My chairman of the board is a gentleman named Daryl Hodges. He is a geologist. He worked all over the world for Falconbridge, including places like Norilsk in Russia looking for nickel, copper. He understands and gets that he and I are aligned; that’s what we want to build in this company. We want to buy assets that are in production or close to production. We also want to have some exploration plays like Copper Springs, the first one that we bought here, and grow and build a company. That is exactly what we want to do.

Maurice Jackson: We’ve discussed the good. Let’s address the bad. What can go wrong and what are your action plans to mitigate that wrong?

Dan Weir: We all know, anybody in the mining business, that mining is very cyclical. There can be ups and downs. I believe that the copper cycle here is going to be here for quite a while. Number one, because as we start to electrify more and more of the world, you’re going to see the demand for copper continue to increase. As we buy and drive more and more electric vehicles, you’re going to see big copper demand increase. In a lot of places in the world, Chile, as well as others, the copper grades continue to fall off at most of the mines around the world. Us focusing on places like Arizona to mitigate some of the risks, even Chile that produces most of the copper in the world is considering increasing some of its royalty rates. You’ve got Peru. They’re going through an election cycle here right now. We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen.

Peru and Chile produce the majority of the world’s copper. Therefore, we are focusing on places like Nevada and Arizona. Now, could things change in the United States? Could it get more difficult to get permits? That is always a risk. But I believe, and even if you look at the Fraser Institute, they rate the top two jurisdictions in the world to look at mining are Nevada and Arizona. And that is exactly where we want to focus, right in the heart of the Copper Triangle in Arizona. One hour outside Phoenix with infrastructure, with people that know mining, understand mining, and we can work and get highly skilled people. It’s a huge opportunity for us. But again, you’ve got to look at cycles, and mining can be very cyclical so that can cause big problems.

Maurice Jackson: Speaking of high-skilled people, Mr. Weir, please introduce us to your board of directors and management team, and what skill sets do they bring to Copper Bullet Mines?

Dan Weir: I mentioned earlier, Mr. Daryl Hodges. I mentioned earlier, too, that we have three geologists working with us; Daryl, we have another advisor to us, a gentleman named Herb Deurr. Herb is involved in some other junior publicly traded companies here in Canada. He lives in Reno. He is a prospector and a geologist and a brilliant guy. He has claims all over the United States, and even Puerto Rico. He’s been developing a project there as well. I’ve got engineers, like Keith Minty is a guy that built up North American Palladium, which now has been bought by Impala. We have Rich Warner as an advisor. He lives in Zurich. He’s Canadian, but lives in Zurich, works for some very high-end companies over in the Zurich area, and knows the mining industry, has worked in the mining industry all his life.

And again, our board right now, we have Doug Harris. He’s an accountant. He’s also the CFO of three other junior mining companies. So, we have the people. We also recently picked up another geologist who was the chief geologist of a mine in the Globe Miami area, right in the heart of the Copper Triangle. We have been talking to several permit experts that will likely come on board with this as we move forward here, too. We have been able to put together an absolutely amazing team who understand copper, who know copper, who have built mines, who have built processing plants, are PhD-type guys in metallurgy and metallurgical engineering. We have an amazing group of people that know how to do this.

Maurice Jackson: Who is Dan Weir and what makes them qualified for the task at hand?

Dan Weir: Again, as I mentioned, I spent several years working on Bay Street/Wall Street. I’ve spent the last 10 years working for mining companies. I’ve been on the board of directors of zinc and copper companies. I’ve been around the mining industry. I know the mining industry, but I also know that I’ve got to bring the right people with me. So, I see myself more of as a conductor of an orchestra in bringing all the right people together. I’m not a geologist, but I know a little bit about geology. But I know that I’ve got to bring the right people around me, the engineers, and everybody else to put this all together. So, we have a bunch of guys that are very hardworking, willing to roll up their sleeves, and have a lot of experience in the mining industry. And I consider myself one of those people as well.

It’s going to be interesting over the next couple of months as we go through the bidding process on some of these production assets, but right now we want to raise a million dollars as the seed round and then we will likely raise money at much higher prices.

Maurice Jackson: Mr. Weir, for readers who want to get more information on Copper Bullet Mines, please share the contact details.

Dan Weir: I may be reached at 416-720-0754. Or you can email me anytime at danweir@bulletmines.com.

Maurice Jackson: Last question, sir, what did I forget to ask?

Dan Weir: Well, Maurice, in some of the last projects that you and I have worked on together, you’ve traveled down to see some of the deposits. I think the next thing for you to do is come on down to Arizona and let’s go see the property because I’m sure you’re going to be very, very impressed with the property and the area inside the Copper Triangle. Seeing some of those smelters and some of the producing mines in the area, I think you’ll be very, very impressed. So, you know what? Ask me to get you on an airplane and get you down there, and over the next month or so, we will do that.

Maurice Jackson: Mr. Weir, it’s been a pleasure speaking with you today. Wishing you and Copper Bullet Mines the absolute best, sir.

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