Orla Mining Ltd. to Acquire Camino Rojo Project from Goldcorp Inc.

http://www.orlamining.com/index.php/news/2017/71-

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – June 21, 2017) – Orla Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:OLA) (the “Company” or “Orla”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement dated June 20, 2017 (the “Agreement”) with Goldcorp Inc. (“Goldcorp”) to acquire the Camino Rojo Project (“Camino Rojo”), a gold and silver oxide heap leach project containing 1.7 million ozs of gold reserves* located in Zacatecas State, Central Mexico for consideration to Goldcorp consisting of 31.9 million common shares (“Consideration Securities”) of Orla and a 2.0% NSR (the “Acquisition”). All of the mineral reserves and resources estimates herein are historical estimates and Orla is not treating such estimates as current. In addition, Orla and Goldcorp have agreed to enter into an option agreement regarding the potential future development of a sulphide operation at Camino Rojo whereby Goldcorp will, subject to the sulphide project meeting certain thresholds, have an option to acquire a 60% to 70% interest in such sulphide project at Camino Rojo (the “Sulphide Option”, as described below).

Key Highlights

  • Acquisition of a second high quality advanced oxide heap leach project: The Acquisition leverages management’s and the board’s extensive exploration, development and operating experience in Mexico
  • Significant mineral reserves and resources: 1.7 million ozs of oxide gold reserves and 4.0 million ozs of attributable Measured & Indicated gold resources1along with significant silver, lead, and zinc by-products*
  • Highly attractive acquisition cost: Based on the last closing price of Orla common shares, Orla is paying approximately US$16/oz for oxide gold reserves, with the sulphide resource providing long term optionality to create additional shareholder value
  • Large prospective land package: Over 200,000 hectares, potential to find additional oxide and sulphide mineral resources
  • Ejido agreements and strong community relationships in place

VVC Announces Samalayuca Drilling Permit Approval and Planned Financing

http://vvcexpl.com/news-releases/

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 13, 2017) – VVC Exploration Corporation (“VVC” or the “Company“) (TSX VENTURE:VVC) announces that (i) the Mexican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has approved the application for a Permit to conduct Advanced Exploration Drilling on its Samalayuca Cobre (Samalayuca Copper) Project, located in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico, approximately 50 kilometers from El Paso, Texas. In addition, the Company anticipates raising up to CA$5 (US$3.75) million in Equity and Debenture financings by the end of July.

Highlights on the Fourth Week of May, 2017. Mineral Exploration in Mexico

During the 21st week of the year (May 22nd to May 28th, 2017), at least 25 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, Zenith announced sample results from its brine project in Zacatecas. The bulk of exploration press releases relate to work in Sonora, with San Marco commencing exploration of the Oregano project, Minaurum identifying two new structures at its Alamos Silver project (formerly La Quintera), Goldex presenting the exploration status of the Mingeo project, Oceanus presenting drilling results from El Tigre and Alix announcing metallurgical results for its Agua Fria project.  ON MINING, An illegal strike and union blockade paralyzed operations at First Majestic’s La Encantada mine in Coahuila, Fortuna Silver presented financial results for Q1 2017 and Torex reported a fatal accident at its Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero. ON FINANCING, five companies announced some form of financing, with Evrim closing a private placement for $4.3 M, Arian raising £600 K, West Minster $678 K and Mexican Gold 1.8 M, Bacanora signing a subscription agreement for US$9.6 M and Coeur ending the purchase of 2021 tender notes for $117.9 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Consolidated Zinc has defined new geophysical targets in Plomosas, Chihuahua, Marlin released high grade results from drilling within the pit area in La Trinidad mine in Sinaloa and Almadex Mnerals reported new drill results from El Cobre in Veracruz. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Goldex entered into a LOI to acquire the Mingeo property in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Zenith Minerals Ltd. has released high grade lithium results from its Zacatecas brine project. Lithium is up to 1,046 ppm on the San Juan lagoon, where a 4 km x 2 km zone with sediment samples over 100 ppm was defined. A passive seismic survey confirmed the presence of a sedimentary basin beneath the surface salt lakes, with a layer 50 to 70 m thick recognized through the area and a yet unconfirmed deeper layer at 150-180 m of depth. A reservoir of brine has to exist to advance the project, with the next exploration steps involving an electrical based geophysical survey followed by drilling.
  • San Marco Resources Inc. commenced exploration at its Oregano project in Sonora. Within the 73 K hectares concession application there is a set of quartz veins interpreted as the shallow part of an epithermal system, with true widths of the veins appearing to be in the 5 to 15 m range. Vein textures include lattice, bladed and cockade features, with quartz varieties including chalcedony, opaline, silica replacing calcite and cryptocrystalline. Initial continuous diamond saw cut channel sampling has returned 23.5 m @ 0.33 g/t Au, 9 g/t Ag; 14.3 m @ 0.31 g/t Au, 5 g/t Ag; 31.4 m @ 0.12 g/t Au, 15 g/t Ag; 16.6 m @ 0.12 g/t Au, 10 g/t Ag.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. identified two new well mineralized vein systems at its Alamos Silver project (La Quintera). The Europa-Palomas and El Tigre veins lie in a down-faulted block, and their structural model indicates a high level system. The Europa-Palomas vein system can be traced for 1.4 km, with Chips and dumps sampling returning up to 1,085 g/t Ag, 1.3% Cu, 3.1% Pb, 5.3% Zn. The El Tigre vein has been mapped for over 800 m, and chip sampling has returned up to 438 g/t Ag, 0.3% Cu, 1.6% Pb, 11.5% Zn.
  • Goldex Resources Corp. presented the exploration status of the Mingeo property, which it has under a letter of intent (LOI). The property “lies within the carbonate rocks of the Mural or Morita Formation Cretaceous siltstones and Paleozoic carbonate sedimentary rocks of the Sonoran Bisbee-Cananea rift basin. One of the main mineralized structures consists of a low angle dipping quartz epithermal vein/manto with approximately 15° to 20° dip to the NE and a thickness that ranges from 0.50 to approximately 3 metres. Mineralization has been observed to comprise medium grained disseminated pyrite, arsenopyrite, minor chalcopyrite and rare galena”.
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. reported recent drilling assay results from its El Tigre property in Sonora: 67.6 m @ 1.24 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag (including 23.4 m @ 2.77 g/t Au, 40 g/t Ag); 37.7 m @ 0.62 g/t Au, 12 g/t Ag; 9.0 m @ 0.18 g/t Au, 125 g/t Ag.
  • Alix Resources Corp. announced metallurgical results from lithium bearing clays at its Agua Fria project in Sonora. The acid leach process achieved 99% extraction over four hours with no roasting or expensive reagents required.

ON MINING

  • First Majestic Silver Corp. announced “that a rogue group of union workers have halted activities and blocked the access at the La Encantada mine in Coahuila. The illegal blockade arose after some of the unionized individuals did not agree with the bonus that the company and the National Union of Miners, Metallurgists, Steelworkers and Similar Workers of Mexico (National Union), agreed to offer the miners in lieu of profit sharing.”
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter 2017. At San Jose in Oaxaca 267.3 K tonnes were milled (3,108 tonnes per day, or TPD) @ 226 g/t Ag, 1.67 g/t Au, recovering 92% and 91% respectively to produce 1.79 M Oz Ag, 13,116 Oz Au at cash cost $1.35 and AISC $6.61 per silver ounce net of by-product credits. Cash and cash equivalents stood at 191.2 M at the end of the period.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported a fatal accident at its El Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero. An employee of a contractor was fatally injured when its truck rolled down a berm on El Limon Sur pit.

ON FINANCING

  • Evrim Resources Corp. has closed its private placement for gross proceeds of $4.3 M (Ermitaño, Sonora; Cerro Cascaron, Chihuahua).
  • Bacanora Minerals Ltd. has entered into a subscription agreement with Capital Research and Management Co. under which Capital will subscribe Bacanora shares for US$9.6 M (Sonora, Lithium project, Sonora).
  • Coeur Mining Inc. announced the expiration date of the previously announced cash tender offer to purchase its 7.85% senior notes due 2021, with $117.9 M of the notes validly tendered, or 66.2% of the 2021 outstanding notes (Palmarejo, Chihuahua).
  • Arian Silver Corp. has raised £600 K before expenses (lithium properties, Zacatecas).
  • Westminster Resources Ltd. closed the first tranche of a private placement, raising gross proceeds of $978 K, and expects to close a second tranche of up to an additional $462 K (El Cobre, Sonora).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of 1.8 M (Las Minas, Veracruz)

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. has defined new geophysical targets by reprocessing the magnetic and gravity data collected during the 2016 survey on its Plomosas project in Chihuahua. One of the main points is the interpretation of an intrusive body at depth that could explain the origins of mineralization in the Plomosas mine area. Geochemical vectoring is also being evaluated to assist in determining the presence of such intrusive body.
  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. released high grade drill results from the south part of the Taunas pit on its Trinidad mine in Sinaloa. Intercepts include 63.35 m @ 7.57 g/t Au (including 10.0 m @ 29.3 g/t Au); 11.90 m @ 2.53 g/t Au; 10.0 m @ 1.12 g/t Au.
  • Almadex Minerals Ltd. released assay results from drilling at the Norte zone in its El Cobre project in Veracruz. Intercepts results comprise 45.0 m @ 0.65 g/t Au, 0.28% Cu in one hole, and 378 m @ 0.65 g/t Au, 0.28% Cu (including 74.8 m @ 0.65 g/t Au, 0.25% Cu; 28.6 m @ 1.31 g/t Au, 0.57% Cu; 96 m @ 0.76 g/t Au, 0.28% Cu; 59.4 m @ 0.95 g/t Au, 0.33% Cu) in another hole.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Goldex Resources Corp. has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an option to acquire a 51% interest in the Mingeo property with Mingeo International S.A. de C.V. by spending US$500 K by April 2020, and another US$500 K by 2022. The Property consists of six concessions totaling approximately 1947 hectares and is located within the major porphyry belt of Sonora.

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On the picture below, irregular oxidized sulfide veining in a felsic volcanic rock, Central Chiapas. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

Oxidized sulfide veinlet, La Javia SE, 2m from sample 18595

LITHIUM EXTRACTIONS UP TO 99% FROM AGUA FRIA, MEXICO

http://www.alixresources.com/index.php?page=news&id=1235

May 24th, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada – ALIX RESOURCES CORP. (“Alix” or the “Company”) (AIX-TSX:V) (37N–FRANKFURT) announces results of successful metallurgical work on Agua Fria lithium bearing clays.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Acid leach at 50C achieves 99% lithium extraction
  • Short leach time – only 4 hours
  • No roasting required
  • No expensive reagents required.

Goldex Signs LOI JV For Gold-Silver-Copper Project In Sonora, Mexico

http://goldex.ca/goldex-signs-loi-jv-for-gold-silver-copper-project-in-sonora-mexico/

VANCOUVER, BC – Goldex Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE: GDX; Frankfurt: WKN-A2AEDT, Ticker: G6T2) (“Goldex” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Mingeo International S.A. De C.V. (the “Vendor”) for an option to acquire a fifty-one per cent (51%) interest in the Mingeo Property (the “Property”) by spending US$500,000 by April 30, 2020 and another US$500,000 by April 30, 2022 or by bringing the property into production and fulfilling certain LOI obligations. The Property consists of six concessions totaling approximately 1947 hectares and is located within the major porphyry belt of Sonora.

Highlights on the Third Week of May, 2017. Mineral Exploration in Mexico

During the 20th week of the year (May 15th to May 21st, 2017), at least 27 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, In Chihuahua Kootenay has begun drilling at La Cigarra, whereas Levon started drilling at Cordero. In Zacatecas Alset has sent the first drill samples for assay and Defiance commenced a drill program at San Acacio. In Veracruz Mexican Gold announced one high grade gold drill intercept  at Las Minas.  ON MINING, Fortuna presented financial results 2016. Mexus keeps advancing to production at Santa Elena in Sonora. ON FINANCING, three companies announced private placements, or increased placements for $7.8 M. One company completed and offering to reduce paid interest on outstanding notes for 300 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alio announced a PFS on its Ana Paula project in Guerrero, while Almaden Minerals presented a PFS, on Ixtaca, in Puebla. Consolidated Zinc continues drilling to get a resource on its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, SilverCrest Metals began trading at the OTCQX® Best Market, Fortuna is getting up to date with its SEC filings, Mexican Gold has bought two more concessions at its Las Minas project in Veracruz and Colibri received confirmation that it is to resume trading on May 18th.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Kootenay Silver Inc. has initiated a 7,500 m drill program at its La Cigarra project in Chihuahua. The program is to focus on the expansion of the current mineral resource by first targeting an 800 m expanse between Las Venadas and Las Carolinas zones.
  • Levon Resources Ltd. starts a 5,000 m core drilling campaign at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The holes are being drilled in the Cordero felsic dome complex in the central portion of the resource, looking for better grades near the surface.
  • Alset Minerals Corp. has completed one drill hole and five auger holes at La Salada, the first of seven salars to be drilled in Zacatecas. Soil and brine samples were collected and sent for assay.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. announced that step-out drilling at the Cinco Señores zone, in its Las Minas project in Durango, has indicated a potential parallel mineralized zone. One hole intersected 2.0 m @ 10.8 g/t Au, 42 g/t Ag, 2.8% Cu.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. commenced a drill program at its San Acacio property in Zacatecas, with the aim to expand the current deposit. Previous drilling at Esperanza intersected 12.7 m grading 297 g/t AgEq, and at Almaden 8.3 m @ 278 AgEq. A third target to be tested is the Quartz-Pyrite Breccia. Previous drilling includes intercepts of 17.0 m @ 110 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au (including 8.1 m @ 222 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au); 16.7 m @ 101 g/t Ag, 0.75 g/t Au (including 3.2 m @ 419 g/t Ag, 0.8 g/t Au); 10.1 m @ 100 g/t Ag, 0.56 g/t Au. These intercepts display lead and zinc values of up to 1.9% and 4.6% respectively.

ON MINING

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Ltd. presented full year 2016 financial results, with a net income of $17.8 M on revenue of $213 M. At San Jose in Oaxaca 273 K tonnes were milled (3,103 tonnes per day, TPD) @ 225 g/t Ag, 1.69 g/t Au, recovering 92% Ag, 92% Au, to produce 1.82 M Oz Ag, 13,660 Oz Au at cash cost $1.85 and all-in sustaining cost $6.73 per silver ounce, net of by-product Au credits.
  • Mexus Gold US. has completed two holding ponds and a heap leach pad, commenced a cyanide drip system on the heap and started the Merryl Crowe recovery system at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora (not to mistake with First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora). Smelting the first 250 pounds of precipitate is the next step to be accomplished in May.

ON FINANCING

  • Geologix Explorations Inc. intends to carry a private placement for proceeds of up to $1 M (Tepal, Michoacan).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. announced an increase on its private placement, from $1.5 M to $1.8 M (Las Minas, Veracruz).
  • New Gold Inc. announced that it has completed its offering of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375% Senior Notes due 2025, intending to use the net proceeds to fund the redemption of its outstanding $300 million 7.00% Senior Notes due 2020 on or about June 3, 2017.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. announced a private non-brokered placement intended to raise $5 M (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Ltd. announced that “The Company will not be proceeding with the brokered private placement announced on April 4, 2017 and April 27, 2017”.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Alio Gold Inc. announced the pre-feasibility study (PFS) results on its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. The report defines 13.4 M tonnes @ 2.36 g/t Au as proven and probable mineral reserves, containing 1.02 M Oz Au. The scope of the PFS involves an open-pit with a mine life of 7.5 years to produce 868 K Oz Au on an 85% recovery rate. A capital cost of $137.2 M and an NPV of $223 M and IRR of 34% after tax at $1,250/oz Au. “Mineralization occurs in the complex breccia, granodiorite, monolithic breccia, hornfels and limestoneshale. The bulk of the high grade mineralization at Ana Paula is centered on the complex breccia domain which is surrounded by a high-grade mineralized halo, mainly granodiorite. “
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. has filed the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on its Ixtaca project in Puebla.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. is drilling to determine the full scope and geometry of the Carola South and Tres Amigos zones, both with high-grade zinc recent results, as both areas are to be included in the upcoming resource update.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. has begun trading on the OTCQX® Best Market under its existing ticker symbol “SVCMF”, operated by OTC Markets Group, providing a better platform to reach U.S. investors (Las Chispas, Sonora).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. has filed its 2016 annual financial documents, complying with SEC requirements. The company still has to file the Q1 2017 financial statements, and is planning to comply by May 24th, 2017.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. Acquired two mining concessions at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. The company paid $150 K plus VAT for 100% interest on the properties, while the previous private owner is to retain 1.5% NSR, of which 0.5% can be purchased by $500 K. The Pueblo Nuevo concession covers 97.5 has with several historical underground mines, including one with 21 levels. The veins in marble and diorite are 100 to 300 m in length, and 0.50 to 3.0 m in width. Of three samples collected, one returned 11.99 g/t Au, 41 g/t Ag, 1.3% Cu over 1 m and one other 0.2 m @ 28 g/t Au, 14 g/t Ag. The 43 hectares La Luz concession covers an area prospective for skarn mineralization akin to the adjacent Las Minas area.
  • Colibri Resources Corp. has received confirmation from the TSX Venture Exchange that its shares will resume trading on May 18th.

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On the picture below, incipient brecciation sealed by oxidized sulfide in a volcanic rock, Central Chiapas. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

Breccia, La Javia SE 2

ALIO GOLD ANNOUNCES ANA PAULA PRE-FEASIBILITY RESULTS

http://aliogold.com/_resources/news/nr_20170516.pdf

May 16, 2017, Vancouver, BC – Alio Gold Inc (TSX, NYSE MKT: ALO) (“Alio Gold” or the “Company”), formerly Timmins Gold Corp., will officially begin trading today under its new ticker “ALO” on both the TSX and the NYSE MKT. The Company is pleased to announce the results of a Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) on its Ana Paula Project (“Ana Paula” or the “Project”). Ana Paula is Alio Gold’s 100% owned high-grade, open pit gold project located on the highly prospective Guerrero Gold Belt in Mexico. All figures are in US dollars unless otherwise stated. An NI 43-101 technical report will be filed on SEDAR and will be available on the Company’s website within 45 days.

Alset Minerals Intersects Brine In New Wells At La Salada Salar, Zacatecas, Mexico

https://alsetenergy.ca/news/2017/alset-minerals-intersects-brine-in-new-wells-at-la-salada-salar-zacatecas-mexico

Vancouver, British Columbia: Alset Minerals Corp. (TSXV: ION) (“Alset” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on the progress of the drilling at La Salada salar in Zacatecas, Mexico. La Salada is the first of seven salars to be drilled. All of these salars are currently under license to Alset. These salars are covered by 11 mineral concessions in which Alset owns a 100% interest (see Company news release dated 12th April 2017). In total the seven salars cover an area of approximately 3480 hectares (8600 acres).

As of May 12, 2017, one diamond drill hole and five auger holes were completed. Soil and brine samples were recovered from these holes and were delivered to independent lab personnel on May 12, 2017. These samples have been submitted for geochemical analysis, mineralogical studies and leach testing of the soils. The drilling program is ongoing and the Company will provide updates on drilling progress and on lab results as soon as they are available.

Board Changes and Update on Lithium Projects in Mexico and Germany

http://ir.euroinvestor.com/Tools/newsArticleHTML.aspx?solutionID=2482&customerKey=bacanoraminerals&storyID=13598842&language=en

Bacanora, the London and Canadian listed (AIM: BCN, TSXV: BCN) lithium exploration and development  company, is pleased to announce changes to the Board, as well as provide an update on its flagship Sonora Project (‘Sonora’) in Mexico where a Feasibility Study (‘FS’) for a 35,000 tonnes per annum lithium carbonate operation is now on course for completion in late 2017. The Company has also recently commenced a FS for the Zinnwald Project (‘Zinnwald’) located near Dresden, Germany.   In addition the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Non-executive directors and Canaccord Genuity Limited as its sole broker with immediate effect.

 

Changes to Board of Directors

The Company announces the appointment of Dr Andres Antonius, who is based in Mexico City, and Mr. Junichi Tomono, head of the Speciality Metals and Alloys department of leading Japan-based global trading company Hanwa Co., LTD. (‘Hanwa’), as Non-executive Directors of the Company.  Such appointments have been approved by the Board of Bacanora and will take full effect upon completion of standard regulatory reviews, which are underway.

 

The two appointments replace Mr. James Leahy, who has stepped down from the Board to pursue other business interests, and Mr. Kiran Morzaria who resigned from his position as Non-executive Director of the Company earlier this year (see announcement of 26 January 2017 for further details).  Mr. Tomono’s appointment to the Board follows the signing of a strategic partnership and offtake agreement for Sonora which has seen Hanwa acquire an initial 10% interest in Bacanora following a private placement (see announcement of 2 May 2017 for further details).  

 

Highlights on the First Week of May, 2017. Mineral Exploration in Mexico

During the 18th week of the year (May 1st to May 7th, 2017), at least 29 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news this week. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora Alix released metallurgical tests results from its Elektra lithium property, San Marco is preparing to drill Chunibas, while confirming the presence of a porphyry copper system at project 1068, and Aztec informed that is likely to drill its Cervantes property on the same State. In Zacatecas Canasil disclosed high grade drill results from La Esperanza, Galore commenced a drill program at Dos Santos and Zenith disclosed advance on its lithium properties. ON MINING, Ten companies presented first quarter 2017 financial results: Marlin Gold, Santacruz Silver, Primero Mining, Gold Resource, Torex Gold, Endeavour Silver, McEwen Mining, Alamos Gold, Great Panther and First Majestic. ON FINANCING, Three companies, Evrim Resources, Aztec Minerals and Almaden Minerals presented information on financing rounds for $4.2 M, C$4.02 M and $15 M respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Consolidated Zinc presented an activities report on its Plomosas property in Chihuahua, and Alamos Gold released information on exploration on the Mulatos district in Sonora, with a hefty budget. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Fortuna Silver presented an update on its MTCO and disclosed it is soon to comply with the regulatory agencies requested paperwork. Southern Silver entered into an agreement with La Cuesta to buy two properties adjacent to its Cerro Las Minas property in Durango.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news this week

ON EXPLORATION

  • Alix Resources Corp. announced preliminary metallurgical tests released by its JV partner Lithium Australia ML, from the Agua Fria prospect, part of its Elektra project in Sonora. Preliminary sulphuric acid shaker tests were carried out at room temperature for a period of four hours, with Lithium extraction attaining up to 85%.
  • Zenith Minerals Ltd. is exploring its three lithium properties in Zacatecas, funded by partner Bradda Head Ltd. Surface sampling has been completed, with results pending, on the Zacatecas Li brine properties.
  • San Marco Resources Inc. informed that field work on its 1068 project has confirmed and expanded the size potential of a porphyry copper system. The work that included geological and alteration mapping, stream sediment and rock chip sampling, and petrographic samples increased the phyllic alteration zone to 1,000 x 450 m, with an internal zone of strong phyllic stockwork in the volcanic rock lithocap. The drilling application is in process and surface rights access have been secured over the main targets.
  • Canasil Resources Inc. disclosed assay results for three drill holes at its La Esperanza project in Zacatecas. True width (TW) intercepts include 1,87 m @ 231 g/t Ag, 1.2% Zn, 1.4% Pb; 11.23 m @ 0.74 g/t Au, 219 g/t Ag, 0.9% Zn, 0.4% Pb; 2.07 m @ 261 g/t Ag, 2.1% Zn, 0.9% Pb; 2.75 m @ 2.76 g/t Au, 552 g/t Ag, 1.1% Zn, 0.6% Pb; 1.51 m @ 0.39 g/t Au, 256 g/t Ag, 1.7% Zn, 0.7% Pb. The vein system is open in all directions, and the mineralization intercepted is interpreted as part of the upper part of the system.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. expects to drill test the California target of its Cervantes property in Sonora, after the rainy season late this summer.
  • San Marco Resources Inc. is preparing to drill its Chunibas project in Sonora. The Chunibas targets are a series of high-grade gold bearing veins hosted in intrusive rocks. There are five main vein zones: Santa Rosa, Argentina, Santa Fe, Guasima, and Western, which comprise a corridor 750 m wide and 1.5 km long. Grades of up to 46 g/t Au have been obtained from the one to two metre-wide structures.
  • Galore Resources Inc. commenced a 3,500 m diamond drill program at its Dos Santos property in Zacatecas. The first drill hole began testing the main fault/vein system prevalent on Galore’s San Jose claim.

ON MINING

  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. presented financial results for 2016, which include total assets for C$102.2 M, and total liabilities of C$73.3 M for a total of 28.83 M Equity.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported financial and operating results for 2016. During the year Santacruz restructured its silver loan agreement with JMET LLC and divested from the San Felipe and El Gachi projects in Sonora, in order to reduce debt obligations. The company processed 42,746 tonnes of ore to produce 200.1 K Oz AgEq, at cash cost $23.97 per AgEq Oz, and AISC $26.15 per AgEq Oz. The company continues with its operations at Veta Grande, Zacatecas, working on the Guadalupana, Garcia and the Choros mines, while the Rosario mill in San Luis Potosi is processing ore from the Cinco Estrellas mine.
  • Primero Mining Corp. reported first quarter 2017 results, including figures from its San Dimas property in Durango. The San Dimas mine was subject to an unionized strike that left only 45 working days on the quarter, but the new work agreement sets better terms for more competitive operations. Total production was 10,118 Oz Au, 0.62 M Oz Ag, at cash cost $827 and AISC of $1,335. The mine expects to produce between 90 K and 100 K Oz AuEq during 2017. At March 31, 2017, the company had $30.6 M in cash and $15 M available under its line of credit.
  • Gold Resource Corp. presented Q1 2017 results. At its El Aguila operations in Oaxaca 101.3 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 1,206 tpd, and an average grade of 2.42 g/t Au, 143 g/t Ag, 0.28% Cu, 1.16 % Pb, 3.07% Zn. Recoveries were 86% Au; 92% Ag, 78% Cu, 76% Pb, 85% Zn, to achieve the production of 6,747 Oz Au, 427.9 K Oz Ag, 220 tonnes Cu, 927 tonnes Pb, 2,149 tonnes Zn. Total cash cost was $980 per Au-AgEq Oz before by-product credits, $263 Au-AgEq Oz after by-product credits and all-in sustaining cost of $920 per “precious metal gold equivalent ounce sold” (??).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. disclosed production and financial results for Q1 2017. 941 K tonnes were processed @ 2.49 g/t Au, and a recovery rate of 85% to produce 70,887 Oz Au at $671 cash cost and AISC $923 per Au Oz. During the period a maiden underground resource was announced, containing 324 K inferred and 89 K indicated Au Oz. The cash balance at the end of March was $108.5 M (of which $14.6 M is restricted).
  • Endeavour Silver released Q1 2017 financial results, with the production of 1.08 M Oz Ag, 11,724 Oz Au at cash cost $7.81 per Ag Oz and all-in sustaining cost of $18.24 per Ag Oz net of gold credits. During the period high grade results were disclosed for Terronera, in Jalisco, the decision to develop the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato was taken and announced a robust PFS on the Terronera project. Cash and cash equivalents stand at $70.5 M at the end of the period (Guanacevi, Durango; El Cubo and Bolañitos, Guanajuato).
  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported financial results for Q1 2017, including figures from its El Gallo property in Sinaloa, where 9,730 Oz Au, 722.8 K Oz Ag were produced at cash cost $564 per AuEq Oz and AISC $668 per AuEq Oz co-product. At the end of the period cash and cash equivalents stood at $55.1 M.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. presented its financial and operational results for the first quarter of 2017, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Mulatos and El Chanate in Sonora 40 K and 15.8 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $920 and $1,144 per Au Oz, and all-in sustaining cost $920, $1,187 per Au Oz respectively. At Mulatos 1.8 M tonnes of ore were mined in the open pit, 1.89 M tonnes of waste were moved (Waste to ore ratio 1.04), 1.69 M tonnes were crushed and stacked @ 0.86 g/t Au, while 35.7 K tonnes @ 8.88 g/t Au were mined from underground operations and milled. The recovery rate stood at 70%. At El Chanate 906 K tonnes of ore were mined, 7.56 M tonnes of waste moved (Waste to ore ratio 7.34), 747.9 K tonnes @ 0.53 g/t Au were crushed and staked on the heaps. The waste to ore ratio is higher than usual due to a scheduled pit pushback that will extend into the second quarter. Cash and cash equivalents stand at $479.2 M at the end of the period.
  • Great Panther Silver Ltd. reported first quarter 2017 financial results. From its operations at Topia, Durango, and San Ignacio and the Guanajuato mine complex in Guanajuato, 82.6 K tonnes were milled, producing 366.4 K Oz Ag, 5,178 Oz Au at cash cost $10.99 per AgEq Oz, and AISC $19.10 per AgEq Oz. At Topia, the company is struggling to comply with one of the SEMERANT (environmental agency) requirements, with the continuity of operations at risk. Cash and short-term deposits stand at $53.2 M at the end of the period.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. announced Q1 2017 financial results. During the period 822.3 K tonnes were milled, to produce 2.7 M Oz Ag, or 4.27 M Oz AgEq at cash cost $6.68 and all-in sustaining cost $12.21. At the end of such period cash and cash equivalents stood at $127.6 M.First Majestic Q1 2017 operating cost1

ON FINANCING

  • Evrim Resources Corp. has further increased its private placement to raise gross proceeds of $4.2 M (Ermitaño, Sonora, Cerro Cascaron, Chihuahua).
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. completed its IPO, for total gross proceeds of C$4.02 M (Cervantes, Sonora).
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. entered into an agreement to raise, in a private placement basis, up to $15 M (Ixtaca, Puebla).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented a quarterly update on activities at its Plomosas property in Chihuahua. A scoping study is in progress, which includes the assessment on the possibility to re-start the mine, targeting a 200-400 tonnes per day (tpd) operation. Exploration efforts have shown new areas of mineralization, as the underground Tres Amigos South, and Carola South areas, with 40 samples averaging 20% combined Pb-Zn, and surface exploration includes the drilling of the Tres Amigos North zone.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. presented exploration and development activities for the first quarter 2017, including information from its Mexican properties. In Sonora, development continues at La Yaqui, where $5.3 M were spent during the period and further $7.0 are to be spent to complete construction of the mine that is expected to produce 25 K Oz Au per year. At La Yaqui Grande also 9,227 m of drilling in 46 holes were collared, with many results still pending. The exploration budget for the Mulatos district is of $17 M, now focusing beyond La Yaqui and Cerro Pelon, as new targets emerge, including Los Bajios, La Yaqui Norte, El Refugio, El Halcon and El Carricito.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. provided an update on the ongoing regulatory review of the Company’s 2015 annual filings by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the management cease trade order (MCTO) it is subject to. Fortuna reported that the “SEC has verbally communicated it will accept the Company’s use of inferred resources for the calculation of depletion expense, provided that the Company includes additional disclosure regarding these calculations”. It anticipates it will file the needed documents in the coming weeks, not later than May 30, 2017.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. acquired claims adjacent to the SW of its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. The claim package comprises two concessions, Biznagas and Los Lenchos, contiguous to the SW to Southern Silver’s concessions. Southern Silver has agreed to make to La Cuesta International Inc. “periodic payments on a semi-annual basis accelerating from $5,000 to $25,000 over a ninety-six month period and a 1% NSR with such periodic payments being credited to NSR payments. Subsequent to payment of $5,000,000 in NSR payments the royalty is reduced to 0.5%. All monetary references are to U. S. dollars.”

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On the picture below, Potassic feldspar alteration in diorite with quartz-barite veinlets, Central Chiapas. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

Diorite, strong potassic alteration, chlorite in fracures and barite veinlets