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

During the 46th week of the year (November 13th to November 19th, 2017), at least 33 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including four quarterly reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES: The Mexican environmental agency (PROFEPA) suspended Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. operations at the Veta Grande mill in Zacatecas. ON EXPLORATION: six companies informed on exploration efforts during the week: In Sonora Aztec Minerals announced drilling is underway at the Cervantes project; Colibri has new drill targets at El Pilar project. In Chihuahua, Silver Spruce is on the drill permitting process stage for its Pino de Plata property; Endeavour released drill results with bulk mining potential at its Parral project. In Coahuila Alset Minerals  applied for over 400 K hectares of ground in mining concessions, looking for lithium brines. In Sinaloa, Santana Minerals disclosed high-grade historical assays from the Lupita prospect, in its Cuitaboca project.  ON MINING: Mag Silver, Leagold Mining, Primero Mining and Starcore International presented quarterly results. Vangold Mining informed of a sampling program to measure the backfill resource at the Pinguico property in Guanajuato. Telson Resources delivered the first concentrates from Campo Morado, in Guerrero. In Zacatecas, operations at Santacruz Silver’s mill in Vetagrande, Zacatecas were suspended by PROFEPA. ON FINANCING: This was definitely a good week, with six companies reporting the opening or closing of financing rounds: VVC Exploration, Over CA$2.6 M; MAG Silver, $48.16 M; Kootenay Silver, $4 M; Gainey Capital, $717.8 K (for a total of $1.96 M). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: Mexican Gold Corp released high grade results from four step out holes at its Las Minas property in Veracruz. Consolidated Zinc is modifying its plans to mill over 250 K tonnes per annum at its Plomosas property in Chihuahua. Silver Bull released high-grade Ag-Cu drill results from drilling the sulfide zone at its Sierra Mojada property in Coahuila. Oceanus disclosed high-grade results from the first hole on its new drill campaign at El Tigre, in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES: Argonaut Gold is to acquire the Cerro del Gallo property in Guanajuato, from Primero mining, for US$15 M, including VAT.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • PROFEPA (Mexico’s environmental enforcement agency) temporarily suspended operations at the Vetagrande mill in Zacatecas, citing inadequate atmospheric emission controls. Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. failed to present an environmental permit, equipment maintenance registers or an inventory of atmospheric emissions. Primero Mining received VAT refunds from the SAT (Servicio de Administracion Tributaria) of $4.6 M during Q3, and $10.6 M during October.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Alset Minerals Corp. staked and filed mineral claims for over 400 K hectares of prospective lithium-rich salars in Coahuila. The claims contain the dry lagoons of Mayran (one of the biggest dry lakes in Mexico), Viesca and Los Remedios, in an area of 150 km (N-S) by 125 km (E-W). At Viesca there is history of commercial brine extraction by Sulfatos de Viesca.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. along with partner Kootenay Silver Inc. announced that phase one of the drilling program is underway at its Cervantes project in Sonora. The program consists of 3,000 m on 14 to 17 holes to test: 1) A gold anomaly in soil and rock chip surveys 600 m by 900 m over quartz-feldspar porphyry and intrusive breccias at the California prospect. 2) Au-Cu mineralization on the Jasper target. 3) A geophysical chargeability/resistivity anomaly.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. is changing the mineralization model at its El Pilar project in Sonora. The mineralization is hosted in andesites along the contact with a granodiorite, but recent drilling confirmed that a supposed strike slip fault is not present, increasing the potential for gold carrying pyrite rich zones associated to two structures in the andesites. New drill targets have been defined, with chargeability anomalies also to be tested.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. has restarted the permitting process for initiating a drill program at its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua. Drill companies have visited the 397 hectares property and are to submit bids on the drilling program that is to test three zones. The El Terrero target consists of disseminated epithermal mineralization in intrusive rocks, with grab samples of up to 557 g/t Ag. The Teodora vein targets have verification samples with up to 553 g/t Ag. The Santa Elena target area shows replacement Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu mineralization.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. discovered additional potential bulk tonnage silver mineralization in the Palmilla area of its Parral project in Chihuahua. “ Endeavour drilling has outlined lower grade, bulk tonnage mineralization above and along strike of the old workings that may be amenable to open pit mining”. The true width mineralized intervals averaged 10.1 m @ 92 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn (Each mineralized interval on one of the Capuzaya, Palmilla and La Luz veins). Endeavour has already an historic resource at the Veta Colorada vein, and is continuing with drilling at the San Patricio vein. A new resource for the Parral property is to be released by Q1, 2018.
  • Santana Minerals Ltd. disclosed a review of historic data that shows high-grade silver mineralization in the La Lupita prospect, part of its Cuitaboca project in Sinaloa. Of a total of 24 samples collected by Peñoles in a 130 m long stretch, nine returned values between 200 g/t Ag and 786 g/t Ag, with an average (on the 24 samples) of 220 g/t Ag, 0.3 g/t Au. Previously reported saw channel sampling by Santana on the same zone returned 7 m @ 161 g/t Ag, 1.1 m @ 158 g/t Ag, 2.9 m @ 281 g/t Ag, 1.65 m @ 514 g/t Ag.

ON MINING

  • Vangold Mining Corp. started a grading and sampling campaign on the surface 200 K stockpile at its Pinguico property in Guanajuato. The company also intends to clean the underground workings in order to access and sample the mine back fill, which they estimate to have the potential to reach 500 K tonnes. The back fill comprises material that did not reach the 15 g/t Au cut off that was being mined in 1913. Both above ground and underground material is to be tested metallurgicaly to define processing methods.
  • Mag Silver Corp. released its third quarter 2017 financial results. During the quarter underground development has been intensified to allow for a planned increase to 4,000 tpd in mining rate, permitting is in process for the planned production increase, and a 20,000 m exploration drill program commenced in July, with three rigs on the surface and one underground. An independent feasibility study (FS) is due by early 2018. The company had $121.6 M in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period. A new expanded resource estimate was presented on November 7, 2017.
  • Telson Resources Inc. delivered the first zinc concentrates produced at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero, to Trafigura’s warehouse in Manzanillo, Colima. Up to the first week of November, Telson has produced more than 800 tonnes of zinc concentrate and more than 250 tonnes of lead concentrate.
  • Leagold Mining Corp. reported Q3 2017 production from Los Filos in Guerrero. During the quarter 7,6 M tonnes were moved and 2.1 M tonnes of ore mined @ 0.67 g/t Au, 98 K tonnes were mined from underground @ 7.43 g/t Au, with a recovery rate of 70% (estimated at 80% from underground material) to produce 47,766 Oz Au at an all-sustaining cost (AISC) of $993. An expanded resource estimate for the Bermejal underground deposit was released, and 38,581 m of a 56,000 m drilling campaign were also completed. The company held $52.9 M of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period.
  • Primero Mining Corp. reported operating and financial results for the third quarter 2017. At San Dimas in Durango, 110.2 K tonnes were mined and 114.7 K tonnes milled (1,246 tpd) @ 4.78 g/t Au, 301 g/t Ag, recovering 97% Au, 94% Ag, to produce 17,070 Oz Au, 1.1 M Oz Ag (or 20,537 Oz AuEq), at cash cost $884 AuEq and AISC of $1,117 per ounce. Production at San Dimas was affected by persistent issues with underground equipment reliability which impacted development and stoping, and a strike by unionized workers over the negotiation of the 2016 annual workers’ bonus. Cash at end of period was $14,9 M, which increased to $22 M by the end of October.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. announced production results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, ended on October 31st, 2017. During the quarter 69.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.56 g/t Au, 13.6 g/t Ag, recovering 80.9% Au and 54% Ag, to produce 2,739 AuEq Oz. the Altiplano Facility received 137.2 K tonnes of concentrate and 311 Kg of precipitates containing 197 Oz Au, 13,650 Oz Ag. Also during the quarter 94 Oz Au and 20.3 K Oz Ag were sold.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported that the Mexican Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA) requested that the subsidiary operating the Veta Grande mill hold the environmental license directly on its name. The documents were submitted on November 8th, and the company expects the imminent resumption of operations at the mill. The mining operations and mill maintenance have continued through this time period.

ON FINANCING

  • VVC Exploration Corp. issued last week shares and warrants for CA$1.4 M, pursuant to the first closing, shares and warrants were issued for gross proceeds of CA$1.26 M. Insiders of the company subscribed for an aggregate of CA$200 K (Samalayuca, Chihuahua).
  • MAG Silver Corp. announced a non-brokered private placement with some shareholders for up to $44 M in gross proceeds. Later on the week MAG informed that the offering was increased for total gross proceeds of $ $48.16 M. MAG intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund exploration and development of the Juanicipio Project, in Zacatecas, and for working capital and general corporate purposes (Juanicipio, Zacatecas).
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. announced the opening of a non-brokered private placement of up to $4 M (La Cigarra, Chihuahua).
  • Gainey Capital Corp. closed the second and final tranche of its previously announced private placement, for gross proceeds of $ 717.8 K. Total gross proceeds for the offering are $1.96 M (El Colomo, Nayarit).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. informed its largest share holder, Palisade Global Investments Ltd. exercised warrants for gross proceeds of $833 K (Las Minas, Veracruz).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mexican Gold Corp. released results from four step-out holes at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. The highlighted intervals include: 54.0 m @ 3.9 g/t Au, 13 g/t Ag, 1.7% Cu (including 38 m @ 5.4 g/t Au, 17 g/t Ag, 2.2% Cu); 19.0 m @ 2.1 g/t Au, 0.2% Cu (including 5.0 m @ 4.6 g/t Au, 0.4% Cu); 21.35 m @ 1.3 g/t Au, 0.7% Cu (including 11.35 m @ 2.2 g/t Au, 1.0% Cu) in one hole, and 9.0 m @ 0.9 g/t Au, 11 g/t Ag, 1.4% Cu; 8.0 m @ 1.3 g/t Au, 0.4% Cu; 12.80 m @ 0.8 g/t Au, 8 g/t Ag, 1.2% Cu. The drilling increased the strike width of the initial resource to 365 m (a 65 m increase) by 395 m. The rig is back to this zone to commence infill and resource expansion drilling near the drill intercept outlined above.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. is expanding the plans outlined in the recent scoping study on its Plomosas property in Chihuahua. The company is now evaluating the opportunity targeting over 250 K tonnes per annum over a mine life of 7 to 10 years.
  • Silver Bull Resources Inc. released results from the sulfide zone at its Sierra Mojada property in Coahuila. Highlighted drill intercepts comprise: 16 m @ 396 g/t Ag, 1.6% Cu (including 5 m @ 379 g/t Ag, 3.2% Cu; 6 m @ 610 g/t Ag, 1.1% Cu); 7 m @ 370 g/t Ag, 0.8% Cu; 4.8 m @ 352 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu. The sulfide zone sits below the current Sierra Mojada’s oxide resource, along a steeply dipping fault, remaining open to depth and over 3 km along strike.
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. reported results from the first hole of the current drill campaign in the Caleigh vein at its El Tigre property in Sonora. The hole returned 0.75 m @ 10.9 g/t Au, 2,830 g/t Ag, encountering also the low grade hanging wall alteration zone adjacent to the vein, with 25.75 m @ 0.65 g/t Au, 92 g/t Ag. “The true width has not been calculated for the intercepts, however true width is generally estimated at 75% to 90% of drilled width.”

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Argonaut Gold Inc. reached an agreement with Primero Mining Corp. regarding the acquisition of the Cerro del Gallo project in Guanajuato. Under the deal Argonaut is to purchase all the shares of the Primero Mining subsidiary that holds the property for a cash consideration of $15 M (including VAT), payable on closing.

Content like what you have just read can be seen at https://gambusinoprospector.com/ and at LinkedIn’s Mexico Mineral Exploration Group.

On the picture below, beautifully banded epithermal quartz vein from a prospect on the Durango Altiplano. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

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Primero Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

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TORONTO, ON — (Marketwired) — 11/14/17 — (Please note that all dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. Refer to the Q3 2017 management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) and financial statements for more information.)

Primero Mining Corp. (“Primero” or the “Company”) (TSX: P) today reported operating and financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Highlights:

  • Financial Results: The Company recognized a net loss of $7.6 million in Q3 2017 compared to a net loss of $11.7 million in Q3 2016. Adjusted net income1 was $1.8 million ($0.01 per share) for Q3 2017, compared to adjusted net loss of $7.9 million ($0.04 per share) for Q3 2016. Primero generated operating cash flow before working capital changes during Q3 2017 of $13.5 million ($0.07 per share).
  • Q3 2017 Production: Total production of 36,602 gold equivalent ounces2, comprised of 20,537 gold equivalent ounces ounces from San Dimas, and 16,065 gold ounces from Black Fox, compared to 35,965 gold equivalent ounces in Q2 2017 and 44,684 gold equivalent ounces in Q3 2016. Consolidated Q3 2017 total cash costs3 were $857 per gold equivalent ounce, with consolidated all-in sustaining costs4 (“AISC”) of $1,235 per gold ounce.
  • San Dimas Operations: San Dimas produced 17,070 ounces of gold and 1.05 million ounces of produced silver compared to 11,903 ounces of gold and 0.97 million ounces in Q2 2017. San Dimas continued to implement its phased restart throughout the quarter, despite delays early in the quarter related to the 2016 annual workers’ bonus negotiations, underground mining rates increased month-over-month during the quarter.
  • Black Fox Sale Complete: Black Fox produced 16,065 ounces of gold in Q3 2017 (all attributable to Primero), compared to 16,230 ounces in Q3 2016. Primero closed the sale of the Black Fox Complex on October 6, 2017. After closing net working capital adjustments and release of cash collateral previously securing environmental closure liabilities, Primero expects to receive total consideration of $32.5 million. The net amount received is being applied to the Company’s revolving credit facility (“RCF”) with all amounts other than the cash collateral amount being a permanent reduction of the RCF.
  • VAT Refunds Add to Cash Position: The Company continued a dialogue with the the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (“SAT”) during the quarter to seek to a resolution of its tax matters in Mexico. The Company received VAT refunds from the SAT of $4.6 million during Q3 2017. In October 2017, a further $10.6 million of VAT refunds were received. The Company’s cash position as of September 30, 2017 was $14.9 million, and as of October 31, 2017 was approximately $22 million.
  • Strategic Process Ongoing: The Company continues to explore alternatives to maximize stakeholder value related to its San Dimas mine in Mexico. Primero has received proposals from interested parties regarding a potential acquisition of the San Dimas operation. All proposals received require a revision of the silver purchase agreement (“SPA”) with Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (“WPM”), formerly Silver Wheaton Corp. Discussions are now focused on the distribution of potential proceeds among stakeholders. The Company’s RCF matures on November 23, 2017 and any extension will likely require the consent of WPM as guarantor of the RCF. There can be no certainty that these discussions will result in a resolution acceptable to all stakeholders.

Alio Gold Provides Third Quarter 2017 Update

http://aliogold.com/_resources/news/nr_2017_11_09.pdf

November 9, 2017, Vancouver, BC – Alio Gold Inc. (TSX, NYSE AMERICAN: ALO) (“Alio Gold” or the “Company”), today reported its third quarter 2017 results. Production results were previously released on October 5, 2017.  The Company will host a conference call at 11:00am ET today to discuss the results and the details of the call can be found at the end of the release.

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Gold production of 19,429 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost1 (“AISC”) of $1,104 per ounce.
  • Completed bought deal equity financing of C$50.4 million.
  • Received formal Change of Land Use Permit at Ana Paula Project (“Ana Paula”).
  • Advanced underground decline at Ana Paula:
    • Permit approved
    • Contracts awarded
    • Underground exploration program to start mid-2018
  • Initiated surface exploration program targeting a zone north of the proposed pit at Ana Paula.
  • Drill results from first two twinned holes at Ana Paula confirm the presence of high-grade mineralization and the lithology of the previous drilling.
  • Received C$3.5 million in warrant exercise proceeds and exercised a buy-back right from Goldcorp of a 1% net smelter royalty (“NSR”) on Ana Paula for US$2.9 million.

ALAMOS GOLD DECLARES SEMI-ANNUAL DIVIDEND

http://www.alamosgold.com/news-and-media/news-releases/news-releases-details/2017/Alamos-Gold-Declares-Semi-Annual-Dividend-9292017/default.aspx

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Sept. 29, 2017) –

All amounts are in United States dollars, unless otherwise stated.

Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) (NYSE:AGI) (“Alamos” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has declared a semi-annual dividend of US$0.01 per common share. This represents the Company’s 16th consecutive semi-annual dividend and once again demonstrates its commitment to returning value to shareholders.

The dividend is payable on October 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 16, 2017. This dividend qualifies as an “eligible dividend” for Canadian income tax purposes.

Highlights on the Second Week of September, 2017. Mineral Exploration in Mexico

During the 37th week of the year (September 11th to September 17th, 2017), at least 27 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexican fiscal authorities and Canadian mining companies maintain dialog on delayed tax reimbursements for $360 M. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Canuc released results on phase I of drilling at is San Javier project, while SilvercCrest informed on phase II drill results from the Babicanora vein on its Las Chispas property. In Veracruz, Almadex disclosed results from one more hole from the Norte zone of its El Cobre property. In Durango Golden Minerals is to drill test its Mogotes project. ON MINING, MX Gold is on track to complete plant expansion, and presented results from metallurgical tests at Magistral, in Durango. Mexus Gold and MarMar Holdings announced first dore production at Santa Elena, in Sonora. US Antimony presented an update on its Mexican operations in Guanajuato, Queretaro and Zacatecas. Impact Silver presented drill results from El Paso vein at its Zacualpan property in Estado de Mexico. Starcore presented financial results for the first quarter. ON FINANCING, Silver One, Southern Silver and Defiance Silver opened, extended or closed tranches of financing for $8.25 M. Minera Alamos and Leagold started trading in the US. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT; Silver Bull released high-grade results from underground channel sampling at Sierra Mojada, Coahuila. Capstone announced good drill intercepts at Cozamin, Zacatecas. Americas Silver presented an update on development work at San Rafael in Sinaloa. Oceanus announced an updated mineral resource for El Tigre, in Sonora. Levon finished an infill drilling campaign at Cordero in Chihuahua. Mexican Gold filed at SEDAR the resource estimate for Cerro Las Minas, Veracruz. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Endeavour Silver and Capstone are to share mining concessions in Zacatecas, on an arrangement based in the elevation of mineralization.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexican fiscal authorities and Canadian mining companies maintain a table of dialog on delayed tax reimbursements for $360 M, according to José Antonio Meade (head of the IRS equivalent agency) and Bill Morneau (Canadian Finance minister). They pointed out at a joint press conference that the situation is to be solved by dialogue and under the legal framework, with the aim to avoid this situation to have an effect on Canadian investment in Mexico. Bill Morneau pointed out that the common objective is to keep Canadian companies taking opportunities in the mining sector; while Meade said that the intention is to create an adequate investment environment for companies to feel at ease, with confidence in Mexico as a country under the rule of law. According to the latter, 40% of Canadian investment in Mexico is on the mining sector.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Canuc Resources Corp. released results from the phase I drill program at its San Javier project in Sonora. A total of seven holes have been drilled on the Santa Rosa vein, over 430 m of strike length. The vein has been confirmed an all holes, remaining open in all directions. Drill intercepts include 4.35 m @ 202 g/t Ag, 0.57 g/t Au, 2.7% Pb, 2.6% Zn; 3.32 m @ 326 g/t Ag; 6.0 m @ 1.74 g/t Au; 1.0 m @ > 1,000 g/t Ag, 3.83 g/t Au, 8.2% Pb, 4.3% Zn; 0.80 m @ 270 g/t Ag, 1.79 g/t Au, 2.1% Pb, 0.8% Zn, the last two intercepts in two splays of a new vein. To note is the 43 m intercept of thin quartz and barite stringers containing disseminates and patchy sulfides, including galena and sphalerite. The stockwork is hosted by quartzite, conglomerate and siltstone.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. released phase II drill results from the Babicanora vein at its Las Chispas property in Sonora. True width intercepts in the Babicanora vein include 3.7 m @ 2.58 g/t Au, 333 g/t Ag; 3.6 m @ 0.14 g/t Au, 267 g/t Ag; 4.8 m @ 4.63 g/t Au, 251 g/t Ag; 0.5 m @ 4.78 g/t Au, 37 g/t Ag; 2.2 m @ 1.91 g/t Au, 139 g/t Ag; 1.9 m @ 0.29 g/t Au, 394 g/t Ag; 2.1 m @ 2.01 g/t Au, 160 g/t Ag. The average estimated true width and grade for 16 drill intercepts of the high-grade footprint is 4.0 m @ 2.88 g/t Au, 275 g/t Ag. The Babicanora vein has been traced on the surface for 3 km, of which SilverCrest has tested only 20% of that strike length.
  • Almadex Minerals Ltd. disclosed results from the last hole at the Norte zone, in its El Cobre project in Veracruz. The hole intersected 273.50 m @ 0.59 g/t Au, 0.21% Cu; including 206.7 m @ 0.74 g/t Au, 0.26% Cu;, which in turn include 151.0 m @ 0.88 g/t Au, 0.30% Cu. This hole was drilled between two other mineralized holes to test for continuity.
  • Golden Minerals Co. is to start a 1,500 m drilling program at its Mogotes property in Durango, on the third week of September 2017. The plan is to test 1.5 Km of silicification and breccias up to 500 m in width, partially controlled by a fault that juxtaposes Tertiary volcanic rocks with Cretaceous limestone. The zone is highly anomalous in arsenic and antimony, with erratic gold values of up to 1.8 g/t in surface rock samples.

ON MINING

  • MX Gold Corp. confirmed being on track for plant expansion on its Magistral tailings project in Durango. Although on a non-43-101 complaint basis, the company estimates 1.2 M tonnes @ 2.06 g/t Au, 3.9 g/t Ag, a recovery rate of 76% Au, 45% Ag at a production rate of 30 K tonnes per year, and a life of project of 3.5 years.
  • Mexus Gold US. Along with JV partner MarMar Holdings announced the production of the first dore from its Santa Elena mine in Sonora (not to mistake with First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora). The ore currently being placed on the heaps averages 2 g/t Au, with an expected recovery rate of 76%. The goal is to bring production to 10,00 tonnes per day (tpd).
  • United States Antimony Corp. reported successful production of antimony tri-sulfide per military MIL-A-a59D specification. Additional equipment is being installed to enter the market. SEMARNAT is expected to approve the cyanide circuit at the Puerto Blanco mill in Guanajuato for Los Juarez property (Queretaro) within 30 days. Powder magazines are being built at Soyatal (Queretaro) and a reopening a road at Guadalupe (Zacatecas).
  • MX Gold Corp. performed metallurgical tests on samples from backhoe pits at its tailings Magistral project in Durango. The aim of the test was to confirm the results obtained by previous studies. Gold recoveries at the Met-Solve Lab in Surrey, BC, Canada, ranged from 72.4% to 89.9%, silver from 22.7% to 64.9% and copper form 14.9% to 54.4%.
  • Impact Silver Corp. disclosed assay results from a drilling on the El Paso vein, at its Zacualpan property in Estado de Mexico (Mexico State). The hole intersected 3.38 m (TW) @ 834 g/t Ag. Including 1.26 m @ 1,448 g/t Ag. A new vein was encountered further down hole, with 1.3 m of core length @ 199 g/t Ag. Other drill holes intersected 1.4 m @ 122 g/t Ag; 1.6 m @ 113 g/t Ag on El Paso vein, and a further down hole 1.58 m core length intercept @ 240 g/t Ag. The El Paso vein passes less than one kilometer from Impact’s Guadalupe mill, and has been traced on the surface for 2.1 Km from El Paso adit, with widths ranging up to 13 m in the El Capulin adit. Better access on the San Felipe workings is to be completed in order to prepare underground drill stations.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. reported financial results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2017. During the period 3.7 K Oz Au, 15.2 K Oz Ag were produced by milling 69.8 K tonnes of ore @ 1.97 g/t Au, 12.6 g/t Ag, with recoveries of 85.0% Au, 51.2% Ag at a cash cost of US$1,052 per gold equivalent ounce. Cash and short-term investment of CAD$7.4 M at the end of the period (San Martin mine, Queretaro).

ON FINANCING

  • Silver One Resources Inc. is to conduct a non-brokered private placement aiming to raise gross proceeds of up to $4 M (Peñasco Quemado, Sonora).
  • Minera Alamos Inc. has received approval for OTCQB listing in the United States (La Fortuna, Durango).
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. extended the final closing of its previously announced brokered private placement until September 29, 2017. In total, the company has closed two tranches for total gross proceeds of $3 M (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango).
  • Defiance Silver Corp. announced the closing of the first tranche of $1.25 M of a non-brokered private placement (San Acacio, Zacatecas).
  • Leagold Inc. commenced trading on the OTCQX® Best Market in the United States, on September 15th, 2017 (Los Filos, Guerrero).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Silver Bull Resources, Inc. released further assay results from channel sampling at its Sierra Mojada project in Coahuila. The channel sampling was continuous over the strike length of an east-west trending high angle structure on old mine workings, with the structure 2 to 3 meters in width in places. The 117 sample program results highlights a zone of sulfide mineralization 160 m below the surface with 94.5 m @ 9.7% Zn, 124 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, 0.46% Cu; including 31.5 m @ 22.4% Zn, 134 g/t Ag, 2.0% Pb, 0.2% Cu; 9.0 m @ 10.2% Zn, 21 g/t Ag; 10.5 m @ 432 g/t Ag, 1.1% Zn, 1.2% Cu (Note of editor for clarity.- The samples were not collected across mineralized widths).
  • Capstone mining Corp. announced drill results of step-out drilling at its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas. Four holes have been completed near the southern limit of Capstone’s concessions with Endeavour’s concessions (see recent deal details between both companies below), with Highlighted drill intercepts of (estimated true width, “TW”) 14.4 m @ 2.2% Cu, including 6.3 m @ 4.4% Cu; 15.0 m @ 1.0% Cu, 0.4% Zn, 0.1% Pb, 19 g/t Ag; 4.6 m @ 3.0% Cu, 0.5% Zn, nil Pb, 54 g/t Ag. This zone is almost 600 m along strike from Cozamin’s current indicated mineral resource.
  • Americas Silver Corp. informed on the Development of the San Rafael project, part of its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa. Development to the southern lobe of the Main Zone began in January, and ore is now mined from two development headings, with two levels being prepared for production. Ore from three additional headings will be added to the stockpile within the next week. The primary ramp to the bulk of the deposit is progressing, with 480 m of advance needed to reach the bottom of the Main Zone. Process plant modifications are progressing, with initial concentrate production from San Rafael expected before the end of September 2017.
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. announced an updated mineral resource estimate for its El Tigre property in Sonora. The resource includes two open pit and two underground operations at the El Tigre and Fundadora veins. The open pit operations contain 430 K Oz Au, 14.3 M Oz Ag and 73 K Oz Au, 9.6 M Oz Ag as indicated and inferred resources respectively. The underground resources carry 6 K Oz Au, 1.3 M Oz Ag; 38 K Oz Au, 9.1 M Oz Ag as indicated and inferred resources respectively. The total hard rock resource is 25.9 M tonnes @ 0.52 g/t Au, 19g /t Ag, containing 436 K Oz Au, 15.7 M Oz Ag and 6.6 M tonnes @ 0.52 g/t Au, 89 g/t Ag as indicated and inferred resources respectively. The tailings resource is 939 K tonnes @ 0.27 g/t Au, 78 g/t Ag, containing 8 K Oz Au, 2.3 M Oz Ag; 1 K Oz Au, 254 K Oz Ag as indicated and inferred resources respectively.
  • Levon Resources Ltd. completed 5,655 m of core drilling in 18 holes at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. “The 2017 holes were drilled to test for near surface, higher gold grades within multiple rhyolite intrusives that make up the volcanic Cordero Felsic Dome Complex, and higher grade mineralization in contact breccia bodies that could improve a starter open pit configuration in the southwest part of the Resource.” Assays are pending.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. filed at SEDAR the technical report on the mineral resource estimate for its Las Minas project in Veracruz. The report states an inferred resource of 719 K Oz AuEq contained in 10.3 M tonnes @ 2.17 AuEq and total measured and indicated resources of 304 K Oz Au in 4.97 M tonnes @ 1.90 g/t AuEq.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. and Capstone Mining Corp. entered into an agreement under which Endeavour has the right to explore and mine for precious metals above 2,000 m elevation (meters above sea level, or “mas”) on Capstone’s the Toro del Cobre claim, adjacent to Endeavour’s Calicanto concessions in Zacatecas. Endeavour granted Capstone the right to explore and mine for base metals below the elevation of 2,000 m (mas). The deal was done on the understanding of mineralization zonation in the district, with precious metals mineralization over 2,000 m elevation and base metals occurring below that mark (Note of editor.- This type of deal is not common in Mexico, and reveals a “Think outside of the box” attitude by both companies).
  • Magellan Gold Corp. and Rose Petroleum PLC signed a definitive and binding stock purchase agreement on Magellan’s acquisition of the mineral processing mill operation in San Dieguito de Arriba, Nayarit. The purchase total consideration is US$1.5 M, consisting of $1.0 M in cash and $500 K in Magellan stock, of which $100 K in cash has already been paid. Magellan has arranged $900 K in irrevocable bridge loans in support of its option to purchase the 200 tpd mill.
  • Advance Gold Corp. is to acquire a 100% interest in the Tabasqueña silver mine in Zacatecas. Upon receipt of regulatory approval, Advance will issue Hot Spring Mining, a Mexican based corporation, 1 M common shares. Hot Spring is to retain a 2.5% NSR, of which Advance has the right to buy 1.5% at a rate of CAD$500 K per 0.5%.
  • Dyna Resources Mexico, S.A. de C.V. announced that it has received a favorable ruling with the dismissal by a court in Veracruz of Goldgroup Resources Inc.’s amparo trial challenge to the US$48 M damages award previously granted in favor of Dyna.
  • Orex Minerals Inc. was made aware that Canasil Resources Inc. has been named in a lawsuit brought by Pan American Silver Corp. with the BC Supreme Court, regarding the mineral claims making up the Sandra Escobar project in Durango. Orex earned 55% ownership on the project from Canasil, interest that could be impacted if Pan American Silver’s claim is proven.

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On the picture below, the ignimbrites of the Sierra Madre in Chihuahua, near Batopilas. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

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Highlights on the Second Week of August, 2017. Mineral Exploration in Mexico

During the 32nd week of the year (August 7th to August 13th, 2017), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including eight second quarter reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES, two companies reported the receipt of VAT recovery from the government for $1.3 M and $2.4 M respectively. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Oceanus reported results from underground sampling at El Tigre, while Millrock presented an update on properties under its alliance with Centerra. In Zacatecas, Alset presented drilling results from its lithium property, La Salada. In Guanajuato, Golden Minerals informed on drilling by Electrum of its Celaya property.  ON MINING, Golden Minerals, Torex Gold, Premier Gold, Alio Gold, Pan American Silver, Americas Silver, Primero Mining and Argonaut Gold presented production and/or financial results for the second quarter of 2017. US Antimony reported cost reductions on its operations and Telson resources reported the first concentrates shipment from Tahehueto in Durango. ON FINANCING, no relevant news for the first time in the year.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Golden Minerals informed on the acquisition of three more claims and the incoming drilling campaign on its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Santacruz Silver completed the sale of the Gavilanes project in Durango to Marlin Gold. Colibri completed the acquisition of Canadian Gold, along with its properties in Sonora. McEwen Mining reported on the next semi-annual return of capital instalment.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • On VAT recovery. The first company to announce a sizeable VAT recovery in years was Alio Gold, which received $1.3 M in cash before the end of the second quarter. Primero Mining received $2.4 M after the end of the second quarter.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Golden Minerals Co. announced that Electrum Global Holdings L.P. received results of drilling on Golden’s Celaya property in Guanajuato. Results from 5,600 m drilled in seven holes (800 m per hole?) show intercepts of epithermal quartz vein mineralization with Au, Ag, Zn grades that warrant further testing.
  • Alset Minerals Corp. reported partial results from phase one drilling at La Salada salar in Zacatecas, the first of 13 salars to be tested. At La Salada, one deep hole (51.35 m) and 40 auger holes (4.5 – 26.0 m in depth, average 14 m) were completed, both near surface brine samples and extensive lake sediment samples were recovered in the 1,800 m by 900 m salar. Results from five of the holes (the rest are pending) average 14.4 m @ 3.6% K, 975 ppm Li (up to,1860 pm) and 535 ppm B. Water samples average 1.3% K, 1.6% SO4, 258 ppm B, 9 ppm Li, 57 ppm Ca, 36 ppm Mg.
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. presented assay results from sampling at old underground exploration tunnels from the unmined Protectora, Aguilas, Fundadora and Caleigh veins on its El Tigre project in Sonora. The rock chip samples are said to be at least 0.5 m in width (no average width disclosed), and collected every 3-5 m along strike in 13 exploration tunnels. Average results include 3 samples on the Caleigh vein @ 19.9 g/t Au, 2,247 g/t Ag; On the Protectora vein: 20 samples @ 0.2 g/t Au, 437 g/t Ag; 18 samples @ 1.3 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag; 4 samples @ 2.8 g/t Au, 337 g/t Ag; 16 samples @ 2.2 g/t Au, 473 g/t Ag; 5 samples @ 2.8 g/t Au, 680 g/t Ag; 19 samples @ 0.6 g/t Au, 480 g/t Ag. On the Fundadora vein: 5 samples @ 6.1 g/t Au, 307 g/t Ag; 12 samples @ 1.2 g/t Au, 254 g/t Ag.
  • Millrock Resources Inc. presented an update in exploration, including information on its three properties in Sonora. The La Navidad project was optioned on June, and immediately entered into a JV with Centerra Gold Inc. Presently underway are soil sampling, geological mapping, induced polarization and magnetic surveys. Also in June El Picacho project was optioned and made a “designated project” on the alliance between Centerra and Millrock. Soil sampling, geological mapping, induced polarization and mag surveys are currently being performed. Los Chinos and Los Cuarenta projects options were terminated by Centerra.

ON MINING

  • United States Antimony Corp. reported major cost reductions at its Mexican antimony smelter, as a result of metallurgical changes while increasing production rates. Production at Wadley, San Luis Potosi, is growing with more miners. USAC intends to use its Los Juarez explosives license at Soyatal, Queretaro, which will save money and time. Guadalupe is undergoing road work to re-establish the production of high-grade concentrates. The application for the cyanide permit for the Los Juarez project was resubmitted to SEMARNAT (EPA equivalent) at the end of July, after one item change requested by the agency.
  • Telson Resources Inc. announced that the first shipment of lead and zinc concentrates processed at the Atocha mill has been delivered to Mercuria Commodities Trading, S.A. de C.V.. As of August 1, 2017, the Company has processed approximately 1600 tonnes of ore through the Atocha toll mill producing approximately 66.1 dry tonnes of lead concentrate and 94.5 dry tonnes of zinc concentrate which have been delivered to Mercuria.
  • Golden Minerals Co. presented financial results for Q2 2017. Approximately $1.7 M revenue was received from the oxide plant lease to Hecla, and costs of $0.5 M to the services provided under the lease, for a net operating margin of $1.1 M. The company spent $0.5 M in exploration related primarily to work at the Santa Maria (Chihuahua), Rodeo (Durango) and other properties, as well as holding costs. Cash and cash equivalents balance of $2.7 M at the end of the period.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported financial and operational results. At El Limón Guajes mine in Guerrero 74,487 Oz Au were produced, as ramp-up continues, with design throughput achieved in June. Plant throughput was 1.2 M tonnes, or 13,063 tonnes per day (tpd), while mine production was 8.4 M tonnes, or 92,044 tpd. The gold recovery rate was 86% on a 2.37 g/t Au average grade, at cash cost $709 per Oz Au and AISC $991. Cash balance of $77.2 M including restricted cash of $15.7 M at the end of the period.
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. announced its operational and financial results for the second quarter of 2017. At Mercedes in Sonora 177.9 K tones were milled (1,954 tpd) @ 4.03 g/t Au, 36 g/t Ag; with recoveries at 94.9% Au, 43% Ag, to produce 21,893 Oz Au, 89.5 K Oz Ag. By-product cash cost per Oz Au was CAD$550 and by-product AISC per Oz Au of CAD$688. Quarter end cash balance of $156.8 M (US$120.9 M).
  • Alio Gold Inc. reported second quarter 2017 results. Production at the San Francisco gold mine was 22,011 ounces during the period, at AISC $954 per Oz Au. The San Francisco mine revitalization plan was initiated and the definitive feasibility study (DFS) after the positive pre-feasibility study (PFS) was released and a CAD$50.4 M bought deal financing was completed. The pre-stripping campaign envisions moving 22 M tonnes of waste from the Main and La Chicharra pits over the next 20 months. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period were $35.9 M.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. announced Q2 2017 results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Dolores in Chihuahua the construction of the agglomeration plant was completed and development for underground mining advanced, with initial stope ore mining expected to initiate before the end of 2017. At La Colorada mine in Zacatecas production achieved 1,800 tpd rates during the last month of the quarter. At La Colorada 1.73 M Oz Ag, 0.94 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $3.38 per Ag Oz. At Dolores 1.04 M Oz Ag, 22.44 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $0.12 and at Alamo Dorado in Sonora 0.26 M Oz Ag, 0.69 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $11.18. Cash and short-term investments of $198.2 M at the end of the period.
  • Americas Silver Corp. disclosed consolidated financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2017. The figures of its operations in Mexico were informed in a previous release. San Rafael in Sinaloa remains on budget and on time to start production by the end of Q3, 2017. Cash balance at the end of the period was $12.8 M.
  • Primero Mining Corp. reported operating and financial results for the second quarter, 2017, including figures form its Mexican operations. At San Dimas 11,903 Oz Au, 0.97 Oz Ag were produced at cash cost $1,144 per AuEq Oz, and AISC $1,650 per AuEq Oz, with operations being impacted by bad relations with unionized employees. “…the Company believes that labour disruptions may continue to adversely affect the Company’s ability to profitably operate the San Dimas…” and “Primero highlights the significant liquidity risk imposed by the pending RFC maturity date of November 23, 2017, and notes that it may not be able to fully repay its debt obligations…”. Cash stood at $12.1 M and $10.0 M available under its existing revolving credit facility (RFC) at the end of the period, with a $33.5 in VAT and $22.8 M income taxes receivable outstanding.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2017. The consolidated production was 29,730 AuEq Oz at cash cost $785 and AISC $906 per AuEq ounce. At El Castillo in Durango 2.0 M tonnes of ore @ 0.39 g/t Au and 2.65 M tonnes of waste were moved (51 K tpd) to produce 16,927 Oz Au at cash cost $893 per ounce. At La Colorada in Sonora 1.22 M tonnes of ore @ 0.64 g/t Au and 4.77 M tonnes of waste were moved (66 K tpd) to produce 12,098 Oz Au and 38.2 K Oz Ag at cash cost $590 per AuEq ounce. At San Agustin (10 km from El Castillo) mining commenced during the quarter, leach pad and pond construction was completed and the crushers installed, with ore beginning to be staked on the pad in late June. Construction was 75% complete by the end of July. Cash and cash equivalents stood at $53.8 M at the end of the quarter.

ON FINANCING

  • No relevant news.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Golden Minerals Co. entered into an agreement to acquire three additional claims at the Santa Maria project in Chihuahua for $0.7 M over four years, with an initial payment of $50 K and $30 K in six months. The targets in these claims are to be tested in an upcoming 2,000 m drill program in the third quarter of 2017, while the environmental study to obtain the permit to perform the 200 tpd underground mining envisaged on the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has been completed.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. entered into a definitive agreement to sell 100% interest in the Gavilanes property in Durango to Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. Santacruz is to settle the outstanding balance on some of the claims by making a $500 k payment and issuing 1.25 M Santacruz shares to the property vendor. Gavilanes is a low sulphidation epithermal deposit in the San Dimas mining district with NI-43-101 compliant 6.1 M AgEq indicated ounces (953 K tonnes @ 200 g/t AgEq), and 28.2 M AgEq inferred ounces (5.4 M tonnes @ 163 g/t AgEq).
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. settled the outstanding balance owing on certain of the claims included in the Gavilanes project (in Sinaloa) by making a cash payment of US$500 K and 1.25 M Santacruz shares.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. completed the acquisition of Canadian Gold Resources Ltd. Colibri acquired all outstanding shares of Canadian Gold for $4 M, paid by way of issuance of 24.2 M shares to the vendor. Colibri now owns 100% interest in Minera Bestep S.A. de C.V., a private Mexican company that holds 100% (no NSR’s) of the Pilar and the Sun properties near Suaqui, in Sonora.
  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported a revised record date for the next semi-annual return of capital instalment of a ½ cent per share which will be distributed to shareholders of record on August 14, 2017. The distribution will be paid on August 17, 2017.

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On the picture below, vuggy silica fragment within a felsic tuff in Chihuahua. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

Vuggy quartz at Moreno

Highlights on the Second Week of June, 2017. Mineral Exploration in Mexico

During the 23rd week of the year (May 5th to June 11th, 2017), at least 25 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the Mexican government owes more than US$360 M on tax returns to Canadian mining companies. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora Riverside released assays from recent sampling at Cecilia; Colibri received drill results from its partner at the Pitaya property; and Millrock is to explore the Picacho project. In Chihuahua Sierra Metals released high-grade drilling results from a new structure at its Cusi property; Golden Goliath is to start a field program at San Timoteo and Harvest Gold is to begin a field program at the recently optioned Cerro Cascaron property. In Sinaloa Santana commenced an RC drill program at its Cuitaboca project. Defiance released results from the first hole of the season at the San Acacio property. In Jalisco Plata Latina announced an incoming drill program at Vaquerias.  ON MINING, Pan American Silver continues the expansion at La Colorada and Dolores mines in Zacatecas and Chihuahua. ON FINANCING, New Gold announced the redemption of $200 M in senior notes, and Agnico Eagle made a $9.76 M strategic investment in Candelaria. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, US Antimony started pilot production at Los Juarez pit in Queretaro, and Oceanus disclosed high grade intercepts from a step-out hole in El Tigre, Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Endeavour Silver bought the Calicanto and Veta Grande properties from Arian Silver and Impact Silver respectively. Candelaria issued 4.6 M shares to Minera Apolo as partial payment for 65 concessions in Zacatecas, Durango and San Luis Potosi. Mexican Gold made a definitive agreement to acquire three important concessions within its Las Minas project in Veracruz. Millrock optioned El Picacho project in Sonora, and the property has now become a “designated project” under its alliance with Centerra.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Mexican government plays deaf on tax returns to Canadian companies. The SAT (IRS equivalent) holds more than US$360 M on tax returns to six Canadian mining companies, including US$230 M to Goldcorp, which declined to comment. Other affected companies include Torex Gold (US$66.5 M), Alamos Gold (US$26 M), Agnico Eagle (US$18 M) Endeavour Silver (US$15.6 M) and McEwen Mining (US$6.2 M). The issue was raised by the mining companies with Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, who contacted the Secretaria de Economia regarding the VAT tax returns. The matter is to be “investigated”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Sierra Metals Inc. completed the first phase of systematic drill campaign on the Santa Rosa de Lima structure at its Cusi mine in Chihuahua. The drilling encompassed 36 holes in an approximate grid covering an area 1,000 m long by 400 m depth, with average true width and grade of 4.1 m @ 371 g/t AgEq. Intercepts include 12.0 m @ 757 g/t Ag; 1.8 m @ 709 g/t Ag; 2.0 m @ 1,152 g/t Ag; 3.5 m @ 414 g/t Ag; 3.2 m @ 1,034 g/t Ag; 4.3 m @ 690 g/t Ag; 11.0 m @ 575 g/t Ag. A 24 hole, 13,200 m definition drilling program is to be completed during June. The 12 km long Santa Rosa de Lima structure presents no hydrothermal alteration on the surface, and presents a NW-SE orientation that contrasts with the NE-SW orientation of the structures currently being mined in the district.
  • Santana Minerals Ltd. has commenced a reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at its Cuitaboca property in Sinaloa. The 16 hole, ~2,500 m RC program is to test the vertical and horizontal continuity of mineralisation across the Las Animas and Evangelina zones of the Mojardino prospect.
  • Riverside Resources Inc. released assay results from the first phase exploration program at its Cecilia project in Sonora. The company is targeting epithermal Au-Ag mineralization hosted by a felsic flow-dome complex. The sampling to date has concentrated at the North Breccia and Central zones, where 36% of the samples assayed more than 0.5 g/t Au. Rock sample results are up to 113.7 g/t Au, 288 g/t Ag; 58 g/t Au, 207 g/t Ag; 8.42 g/t Au, 88 g/t Ag. More than 20% of the samples assayed more than 200 g/t Ag, with the highest one returning 310 g/t Ag.
  • Golden Goliath Resources Ltd. is about to start the 2017 field program at its San Timoteo project in Chihuahua, which is deemed to expand “the Terraspec coverage and acquire and incorporate geological, geochemical and structural data from other workings to select specific drill targets in areas further away from the San Martin mine targets”.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. announced drill results received from its JV partner Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. from its Pitaya property in Sonora, on which Agnico currently holds a 66% interest. Drill results cover 1,543 m in six holes, with drilling on going and further 4,700 m of drilling to be completed. Results include 5.4 m @ 0.5% Cu; 3.6 m @ 0.81 g/t Au; 1.1 m @ 2.2 g/t Au; 3.3 m @ 0.48 g/t Au; 6.4 m @ 0.32 g/t Au; 2.2 m @ 21 g/t Au, 57 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 0.48 g/t Au, 34 g/t Ag, 3.1% Cu; 7.0 m @ 0.5 g/t Au; 1 m @ 2.4 g/t Au; 7 m @ 0.36 g/t Au; 4 m @ 0.94 g/t Au.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. released results from the first hole of the ongoing drill program at the San Acacio project in Zacatecas. The drill hole targeted the Esperanza zone and intersected high grade silver, with 27 .03 m of hydrothermal breccia and veins assaying 203 g/t AgEq. The 27.03 m intercept @ 148 g/t Ag, 0.29 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.7% Zn includes 7.58 m @ 213 g/t Ag, 0.3% Zn; 5.00 m @ 231 g/t Ag, 0.51 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn and 6.05 m @ 122 g/t Ag, 0.74 g/t Au, 1% Zn.
  • Millrock Resources Inc. is to explore the El Picacho project as a designated project on its strategic alliance with Centerra Gold Inc. in Sonora. The project is an orogenic gold target, where Jurassic rocks are juxtaposed in a thrust fault relationship with much older Precambrian age rocks, being located 18 km W-SW from Alio Gold’s San Francisco mine.
  • Harvest Gold Corp. is to start a first phase two-month field program on the recently optioned Cerro Cascaron project with a budget of $225 K, including the opening of two historic adits, detailed mapping, sampling and prospecting of the main vein field, La Cascarita, and the eastern extension across a river valley.
  • Plata Latina Minerals Corp. announced that Fresnillo PLC has initiated drilling at the Naranjillo property in Guanajuato, which it optioned from Plata Latina. The focus of the company is now the Vaquerias project, where previous drilling intersected up to 727 g/t Ag, 0.24 g/t Au over 0.55 m. Drilling is to re-initiate at Vaquerias, Jalisco, in late summer of 2017.

ON MINING

  • Pan American Silver Corp. is continuing with the expansion at its La Colorada and Dolores mines. At La Colorada (Zacatecas) the goal is to rise mine production to 1,800 tonnes per day (tpd) and 7.7 M Oz Ag and significant Pb and Zn. At Dolores (Chihuahua), the goal is to load 17.6 – 18 K tpd on the heap leach pads to obtain 4 – 4.5 M Oz Ag and 109.1 – 115 K Oz Au.

ON FINANCING

  • New Gold Inc. completed the previously announced redemption of its outstanding $300 M 7.0% senior notes due 2010. “The redemption was funded from the net proceeds of its recent issue of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375% Senior Notes due in 2025 and cash on hand.” (San Pedro, San Luis Potosi).
  • Candelaria Mining Corp. announced that Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. is making a strategic investment of $9.76 M in Candelaria. “Upon completion of the Private Placement, Agnico will own approximately 9.95% of the common shares of Candelaria.”

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • United States Antimony Corp. started pilot production from the Los Juarez pit at it Los Juarez property in Queretaro. Approximately 400 metric tons were trucked to the Puerto Blanco mill in Guanajuato. “The permit for a cyanide leach circuit for the Puerto Blanco mill tailings has been reviewed by SEMARNAT (Mexican equivalent of EPA), and USAC is changing the location and design of the tailings pond to comply with their request.”
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. reported a high grade drill intercept from a step-out hole at its El Tigre property in Sonora. The hole in the Protectora vein intersected 3.15 m @ 10.1 g/t Au, 1,991 g/t Ag, including 0.85 m @ 37.2 g/t Au, 7,339 g/t Ag, and a deeper intercept of 1.5 m @ 1,107 g/t Ag. “The mineralized zone consists of several vuggy quartz veins and veinlets carrying galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, stromeyerite and pyrite.” This hole is collared some 800 m North of the El Tigre mine, from where the unmined Protectora vein extends for 1,500 m to the North.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. has acquired 100% interest in the Calicanto and Veta Grande properties in Zacatecas. Calicanto was bought from Arian Silver Corp. for US$400 K, is subject to a 3% royalty and covers five >1 km long veins, 1-3 m thick and grades of 100-300 g/t Ag, 1-3 g/t Au, 1-3% Pb+Zn. The Veta Grande property (10 concessions, 152 hectares) was bought from Impact Silver Corp. for US$500 K in shares, covering six Ag-Au-Pb-Zn veins and 14 hectares of surface land on which an idle 200 tpd processing plant is located.
  • Candelaria Mining Corp. announced that it issued 4.6 M shares to Minera Apolo S.A. de C.V., meeting the obligations required to complete the acquisition of 60% of the shares of Minera Apolo. Candelaria holds a right of first refusal to purchase the remaining 40% of the shares of Minera Apolo, which are currently held by four individuals resident in Mexico. Minera Apolo holds 65 claims over 20,475 has in the states of Zacatecas, Durango and San Luis Potosi, including properties in the Pinos district, Lucifer, Km66, Guadalcazar, Cascabel, El Gato and the Noria tailings.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire 100% interest in the Pepe, Pepe Tres and San Jose concessions at its Las Minas project. The concessions form the core of the Las Minas property, encompassing six strongly mineralized zones. The agreement states a $433 K payment (plus VAT) upon execution, six monthly equal payments of $22 K (plus VAT) commencing on December 2017 and a final payment of $867 K (plus VAT) on December 2018. The vendors retain a 1.5% NSR, of which one third can be bought by US$500 K, with Mexican Gold having the right of first refusal on the rest.
  • Millrock Resources Inc. entered an option agreement to purchase the El Picacho project in Sonora. The project was identified to Centerra Gold Inc. by Millrock, and it is now to become a “designated project” under the strategic alliance between the companies. An initial payment of US$21,375 has been made on the US$1.723 M option payments due over a four year period. “Seven equal option payments of US$21,375 will be due at six-month intervals. A final option payment of US$1,552,000 would be made to complete the purchase of the mineral rights.”
  • Evrim Resources Corp. optioned its Cerro Cascaron project in Chihuahua to Harvest Gold Corp., which will have the right to earn up to 80% interest. Under the agreement Harvest can earn 70% by investing $6 M in the property, making a 900 K payment and issuing 2 M shares to Evrim over a four year period. Harvest can earn an additional 10% by paying $200 K (or 200 K shares, Evrim’s election), fund a 43-101 compliant feasibility study (FS) and make further $2 M expenditures.

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Winding dirt road in the Sierra Madre, at Cañada del Güerachi, Chihuahua. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

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Esto le debe el SAT a mineras canadienses

http://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/empresas/este-es-el-monto-que-el-sat-le-debe-a-mineras-canadienses.html

Goldcorp, McEwen Mining y Alamos Gold son algunas de las mineras canadienses a las que el órgano tributario no les ha devuelto impuestos, por lo que funcionarios de ese país presionan a México para que solucione el problema.

El Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) retiene más de 360 millones de dólares en devoluciones de impuestos a seis mineras canadienses, incluyendo 230 millones de dólares a Goldcorp, según fuentes y documentos oficiales vistos por Reuters, un hecho que eleva la tensión entre el gobierno y las firmas que operan en el país.

En una serie de reuniones, funcionarios canadienses han presionado a México para que solucione el problema, que afecta la capacidad de inversión en operaciones y es particularmente difícil para las mineras y exploradores más pequeños con escasez de efectivo, dijeron personas familiarizadas con el asunto.