Highlights on the Third Week of May, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 20th week of the year (May 14th to May 20th, 2018), at least 17 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Seven companies updated exploration advances, with only one company reporting a quarterly report and one other a round of financing. Two companies disclosed news on resources and development while four reported on deals and company issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, San Marco was awarded the Espiritu concession, and Millrock begun a new drilling campaign at La Navidad. In Chihuahua, Endeavour Silver released drill results from its Parral properties; VVC Exploration commenced a new drill campaign at its Samalayuca project. In Coahuila, Discovery Metals presented rock sample results from three prospects within its Minerva project. In Sinaloa, Kootenay optioned the Copalito property. In Jalisco, Evrim commenced a third phase exploration campaign at Cuale. ON MINING, Starcore International presented a quarterly report. ON FINANCING, SilverCrest Metals announced the closing of a $17.25 M financing. Mexus Gold paid a $183 K debt. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mag Silver presented an advance on development of the Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. Minera Alamos completed the second phase of bulk leach testing at its Santana property in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Marlin Gold and Golden Reign signed a LOI pursuing a business combination. Kootenay Silver optioned the Copalito property in Sinaloa. Argonaut Gold informed on the state of affairs of the legal battle to resume blasting at its La Colorada mine in Sonora. Leagold received clearance from the Mexican government to complete a business combination with Brio Gold.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. disclosed drilling results from its Parral properties in Chihuahua. At the San Patricio vein system 8,846 m of core drilling have been completed over 1400 m of strike length. “Three mineralized areas were intersected, of which the largest and central zone now measures 600 m long by 250 m vertical (starting 150 m deep) by 1-3 m true thickness, still open to the south and at depth”. Highlighted true width (TW) intercepts include 2.1 m @ 303 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 1.0 m @ 678 g/t Ag, 0.22 g/t Au, 3.5% Pb, 0.9% Zn; 3.0 m @ 689 g/t Ag, 0.24 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 1.6 m @ 293 g/t Ag, 0.27 g/t Au, 3.5% Pb, 7.6% Zn; 2.3 m @ 1,660 g/t Ag, 0.72 g/t Au, 6.5% Pb, 14.4% Zn. Metallurgical recoveries from core samples with flotation and leaching tests include 47% Ag from Sierra Plata (oxide), 98% Ag on El Verde (mixed), 95% Ag on Remedios-Argentina (mixed), 94% Ag and 93% Au on Palmilla (oxide) and 91% Ag and 86% Au in Cometa-San Juanico (mixed).
  • San Marco Resources Inc. announced it was awarded the Espiritu 2,712 ha SMR concession in the recent mineral concession lottery by the Mexican government. The property is less than 30 km SE from San Marco’s Chunibas and 1068 projects in the Sahuaripa district. “Espiritu SMR overlies a window of pre-mineral cretaceous volcanic and sedimentary rocks intruded by Laramide age granitoids”. Previous operator in the area, Kootenay Silver Inc. stated: “An extensive area of polymetallic vein, stockwork, breccia and gold-copper porphyry mineralization”. A porphyry copper setting and a vein and stockwork zone of precious and base metal mineralization are separated by a major fault. Selected drill hole intercepts include 48.0 m @ 0.19 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu; 220.5 m @ 0.14 g/t Au, 0.15% Cu. San Marco is preparing to do a first-pass ground validation and prospecting.
  • VVC Exploration Corp. commenced the third phase of diamond drilling at its Samalayuca copper project in Chihuahua. VVC expects to drill about 3,000 m in the next 180 days.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. optioned the Copalito project in Sinaloa (See below). “The Copalito Project covers a gold and silver epithermal vein system comprised of numerous veins, with individual veins currently traced over strike lengths up to 2 kilometres. Veins vary in width from 0.5 to 10 meters at surface and grade from background to highs of 7.2 gpt gold and 1,620 gpt silver in grab samples”. Vein textures indicate a low or intermediate sulfidation vein system.
  • Millrock Resources Inc. is beginning a second round of drilling at its La Navidad project in Sonora. The target in the project is orogenic gold mineralization, bulk mineable run-of-mine oxidized deposit. The 1,650 m program aims to drill 150 – 250 m in depth in seven holes, testing areas of gold soil anomalies that now are supported by gold anomalies in trenches. The strongest anomalies occur in folded, faulted metasedimentary rocks of Jurassic age, in close proximity to diorite and monzonite dikes. An induced polarization survey has identified low angle structures conducive of orogenic gold deposits. A 1.4 km of trenching on 16 trenches has been completed, with multiple intervals of anomalous gold, like 18.0 m @ 0.56 g/t Au, 24.9 m @ 0.32 g/t Au, 18.2 m @ 0.20 g/t Au, 10.9 m @ 0.38 g/t Au.
  • Evrim Resources Corp. commenced a third phase exploration at its Cuale high sulfidation project in Jalisco. The program includes 3,000 m of drilling, following on discovery trenches 1 to 4 from La Gloria zone, where trench 1 returned 1.67 g/t Au over 263.7 m and trench 4 returned 13.61 g/t Au over 106.2 m. “The soil survey has already commenced and will be followed with up to 650 metres of trenching at La Gloria and surrounding targets to extend the known footprint of outcropping gold mineralization”. A 40 line-km controlled source audio-magnetotellurics (CSMAT) is planned on potential mineralization under shallow cover. A 3,000 m program is expected to commence on July.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. disclosed assay results of 152 samples from its Minerva project in Coahuila. “Minerva encompasses Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization hosted in skarns, mantos, chimneys and breccias”, similar to La Encantada mine 30 km to the East. The mineralization is located along the margin of a polyphase granitoid intrusive body, with ample zone of shallow gravel cover. At La Tercia prospect, channel samples returned 0.8 m @ 30 g/t Ag, 2.3% Pb, 4.6% Zn; 2.0 m @ 249 g/t Ag, 6.9% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 4.0 m @ 37 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.6 m @ 3.8% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 0.6 m @ 84 g/t Ag, 5.8% Pb, 0.2% Zn. At Concordia samples returned 0.8 m @ 1,775 g/t Ag, 14.5% Pb, 40.3% Zn; 0.7 m @ 51 g/t Ag, 2.6% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 0.4 m @ 11 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 25.8% Zn. At Mina Minerva results include 5.1 m @ 39 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 2.0% Zn; dump @ 229 g/t Ag, 30.5% Pb, 5.7% Zn; 0.8 m @ 143 g/t Ag, 9.7% Pb, 5.3% Zn; 1.0 m @ 41 g/t Ag, 2.0% Pb, 16.4% Zn.

ON MINING

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. announced production results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2018. During the quarter 71.9 K tonnes of ore @ 1.69 g/t Au, 40.6 g/t Ag were processed on its San Martin mine in Queretaro, resulting in the production of 4,140 Oz AuEq. Mill recoveries averaged 88.4% Au, 57.4% Ag. Also during the quarter the Altiplano facility received 373 tonnes of concentrate containing approximately 805 Oz Au and 26,813 Oz Ag.

ON FINANCING

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. completed its prospectus offering for gross proceeds of $17.25 M, including the exercise of the over-allotment option in full. The company paid the underwriters a cash commission of up to 6% of the gross proceeds of the offering. The proceeds are to be used on the preparation of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) at the Las Chispas property in Sonora, as well as continuing exploration in the several targets it contains.
  • Mexus Gold US. announced the payment of $183.3 K due to JMJ Financial, closing the current outstanding debt agreement prior to the expiration date (8 Hermanos, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mag Silver Corp. presented financial results for the first quarter of 2018. Underground development rate has intensified, and exploration drilling is now utilizing directional drilling to infill and expand the Deep Zone, which remains open to depth and on strike. The company funded advances on the Juanicipio project in Zacatecas, mainly by “cash calls” by the operator (Fresnillo PLC). At the end of the period the company had $152.7 M in cash and cash equivalents.
  • Minera Alamos Inc. has completed the second phase of its bulk testing heap-leach activities at its Santana project in Sonora. The initial phase used coarse crushing (<3”) and the second phase involved fine crushing (<1.2-5/8”) and agglomeration of the same mineralized material prior to leaching. The recoveries from the second phase were faster and consistent with those of the first phase of leaching, with 190 Oz Au recovered from 9,000 tonnes of material over a three month period, representing 0.65 g/t of recovered gold.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. and Golden Reign Resources Ltd. entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) together with Wexford Capital LP, pursuing a business combination of Golden Reign’s San Albino-Murra property in Nicaragua, and Marlin’s La Trinidad mine in Sinaloa. Golden reign plans to acquire all Marlin shares. Upon completion of the transaction Marlin shareholders will own approximately 45% of Golden Reign shares, while Golden Reign shareholders will own 55% of the shares.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% interest on the Copalito Ag-Au project in Sinaloa. The seven concessions 3,700 ha project can be acquired by making staged payments over a 4-year period, totaling US$985 K, with the vendors retaining a 0.5% NSR. A finders fee of C$10 K and 100 K common shares have to be paid.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. reported that the Judiciary court hearing with respect to the company’s explosives permit for its La Colorada mine has been rescheduled to June 4, 2018. The company also appealed the Judiciary court’s original decision to temporarily suspend the explosives permit to the Collegiate Tribunal, requesting to re-instate the explosives permit so the company can blast material while the judiciary legal process continue. Argonaut estimates it has sufficient ore to continue operations until the end of July, at the present rate of 12,000 tonnes per day (tpd).
  • Leagold Mining Corp. received clearance from the Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE) with respect to Leagold’s acquisition of Brio Gold Inc. “COFECE approval was the final government agency approval required before completing the acquisition, which is anticipated to occur on or around May 24, 2018”

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On the picture above, opaline silica from a shallow epithermal system in Guanajuato. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

Highlights on the Second Week of May, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

 

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 19th week of the year (May 7th to May 13th, 2018), at least 40 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight informing on exploration results, nine reporting Q1 2018 results, four announcing financing, sixteen communicating deals and corporate issues, and  seven reporting on resources & development. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Fernando Alanis Ortega was appointed President of CAMIMEX for the period 2018-2010. Investment in the mining sector reached $4,287 M USD in 2017, representing an increase of 14.3%. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri Resource reported drilling results at its El Pilar project, and Azure provided an update on its El Alacran project. In Chihuahua, Sable commenced a 4,000m diamond drill program on its Margarita project; Prospero and Fortuna revised its 2018 work program for Bermudez and Trias projects in Chihuahua, and Buenavista project in Durango.  In Zacatecas-Durango, Canasil announced plans to resume drilling at its La Esperanza project. In Guerrero, Alio announced that a regional exploration work is underway on its Ana Paula project. In Oaxaca, Megastar signed an option agreement to acquire a mining project. ON MINING, Alio Gold, Pan American Silver, Americas Silver, Excellon, GoGold, Hecla, Premier Gold, and Torex reported Q1 2018 results from their Mexican operations. Gainey completed upgrade of its Huajicori mill in Nayarit. ON FINANCING, Almaden announced a non-brokered private placement for $7M.  Minaurum raised $4.7M in its first tranche of a total $6M non-brokered private placement. Prize Mining announced a non-brokered private placement for $2M. Silver Spruce closed a non-brokered private placement for $287.7K. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alio initiated the construction of a 1,200m underground decline at its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. Hecla provided an exploration update on its San Sebastian Mine.  Leagold reported underground drilling results for its Los Filos mine in Guerrero. Premier Gold filed a technical report for its Mercedes mine in Sonora.  Sierra Metals reported mine development at its Cusi and Bolivar mines in Chihuahua during Q1 2018 period. US Antimony reported progress on the construction of the leach plant for the Los Juarez Au-Ag-Sb deposit in Queretaro. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Alamos Gold, Endeavour, Excellon, and Fortuna reported results of its 2018 annual general meetings. Alamos also announced changes to its Board of Directors. Almadex approved spinout transaction. Great Panther announced the departure of its COO. Canuc announced the appointments of its CFO and Corporate Secretary. New Gold announced the appointment of its President and CEO. Candente reached an agreement with 3rd Eye Research to retain IR services. First Majestic completed the acquisition of Primero Mining. Goldplay received approval on the San Marcial option agreement in Sinaloa with SSR Mining. One World Lithium announced the granting of stock options. Primero announced receipt of Mexican antitrust clearance for arrangement with First Majestic. MX Gold signed a definitive agreement to sell interest at its Magistral project in Durango.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Fernando Alanis Ortega, was appointed President of the Mexican National Chamber of Mines (CAMIMEX) for the period 2018-2010, replacing the outgoing Daniel Chavez Carreon.
  • CAMIMEX, reported that the investment in the mining sector reached $4,287 M USD in 2017. Although this represents an increase of 14.3% over the previous year, it is still 48.5% lesser that the invested record in 2012 which reached $8,043M USD.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation, reported drilling results from its El Pilar project in Sonora. Highlights are 9m of 8.16 g/t Au, including 1.5m of 33.4 g/t Au. The company has completed 2,117m in 20 RC holes “aimed to test for continuity within previously interpreted zones of mineralization, test for extensions to the known mineralization, and explore locally for new zones of gold mineralization”.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, provided an update on results from its El Alacrán project in Sonora, currently operated by Minera Teck S.A. de C.V. Teck drilled 14 holes to test extensions of Au mineralized zones at Loma Bonita area. Results suggest potential expansion of the Loma Bonita epithermal Au-Ag mineralized system at depth south towards Cerro San Simon, where four holes were drilled to test resistivity anomalies. Teck also drilled four holes at Cerro Colorado Zone to test mapped targets and geophysical anomalies generated by IP surveys and airborne magnetics, confirming potential for porphyry copper mineralization. Geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys are being carried out in H1, 2018 and will be followed by further drilling in H2, 2018.
  • Sable Resources Ltd., commenced a 4,000m diamond drill program to test 1.7km of Ag-bearing epithermal quartz veins at its margarita project in Chihuahua. The aim is to test for high-grade precious metal horizon 200m below mineralized surface samples.
  • Prospero Silver Corp., and Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., revised its 2018 exploration program, deciding to conduct a 6,000m drill program to test targets at its Buenavista, project in Durango, as well as at its Bermudez and Trias projects in Chihuahua.
  • Canasil Resources Inc., announced plans to resume drilling at its La Esperanza project in Zacatecas-Durango. The drill program was designed to test the northwestern and southeastern extension of the La Esperanza vein 50m below of the high grade found in hole ES-17-16.
  • Alio Gold Inc., announced that a regional exploration work is underway on its Ana Paula project in Guerrero which includes an airborne magnetic survey targeting further breccia or skarn targets.
  • Megastar Development Corporation, signed an option agreement with Paradex Inc., and Minera ZalameraA. de C.V., to acquire 100% of the Rama de Oro project in Oaxaca. “The Project is hosted by caldera-related Tertiary volcanic rocks (e.g. El Aguila model) crosscut by hydrothermal veining inferred to be related to late-stage granitic magmatism locally exposed as dikes and underlying the adjacent ‘Nueve Puntos’ mountain”. Exploration work on the property has identified a 4 square-Km zone of quartz veining, silicification, and clay alteration of volcanic rocks. Sampling on this altered zones have returned anomalous values of Au, Ag, As, Hg, and Sb, suggesting the upper part of a precious metal epithermal system.
  • Prize Mining Corporation, reported sampling results at its Manto Negro Copper project in Coahuila. Significant results include 6m of 2.73% Cu and 58 g/t Ag, 5.2m of 1.78% Cu and 40 g/t Ag, and 7m of 1.65% Cu and 36 g/t Ag.

ON MINING

  • Alio Gold Inc., announced Q1 results from its san Francisco mine in Sonora, Alio produced 17.6K Oz Au and ~9K Oz Ag at an AISC of $1,262 per Oz Au.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., reported results from its Dolores and La Colorada mines in Chihuahua and Zacatecas states respectively. Au and Ag production during the period of Q1, 2018 was 34.4K Oz Au and 1.2M Oz Ag at Dolores mine and 1K Oz Au and 1.65M Oz Ag at La Colorada mine.
  • Americas Silver Corporation, reported Q1 2018 results from its Cosala operations in Sinaloa. Americas processed 163.8K tonnes to produce 397K Oz Ag, 7.6 M Lb Pb, and 7.3M Lb Zn.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., reported Q1 2018 results from its La Platosa mine in Durango. The company processed 18.9K tonnes (including 5.9K tonnes of historical stockpile) at average grades of 359 g/t Ag, 3.8% Pb, and 6.4% Zn to produce 194.5K Oz Ag, 1.3M Lb Pb, and 1.8M Lb Zn.
  • Gainey Capital Corp., completed upgrade of its Huajicori mill in Nayarit to process 300 tonnes per day.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced Q1 2018 results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. The company stacked 439.3K tonnes on the leach pad to produce 265.6K Oz Ag and 1908 Oz Au.
  • Hecla Mining Company, reported Q1 2018 results from its San Sebastian mine in Durango. The mine produced 512K Oz Ag and 4,500 Oz Au.
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, announced Q1 2018 results from its Mercedes mine in Sonora. The company milled 168.3K tonnes of 2.91 g/t Au and 31.8 g/t Ag to produce 15K Oz Au and 57.4K Oz Ag.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., reported Q1 2018 results from its El Limón-Guajes Mine Complex in Guerrero. Torex processed 785K tonnes of 3.29 g/t Au to produce 67.2K Oz Au at an AISC of $954 per ounce.

ON FINANCING

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd., announced a non-brokered private placement for $7M. Net proceeds will be used for exploration and development of its Ixtaca project in Puebla.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., raised $4.7M in its first tranche of a total $6M non-brokered private placement. Net proceeds will be used for its ongoing exploration program at the Alamos Silver project in Sonora.
  • Prize Mining Corporation, announced a non-brokered private placement for $2M. Net proceeds will be used to conduct a geological, diamond drill and engineering assessment on its Manto Negro Copper project in Coahuila The aim is to produce a 43-101 compliant mineral resource.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., closed a non-brokered private placement for $287.7K. Net proceeds will be used at Its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua, aimed to drill target sites on the property.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Alio Gold Inc., initiated the construction of a 1,200m underground decline at its Ana Paula project, which is expected to be completed in Q3 2018. It will enable commencement of the first phase of the proposed underground diamond drill program, which will consist of 12,000 m in 55 holes. The company completed a six-hole 3,800m drill program below the proposed open pit to better define the geometry of the complex high-grade breccia and know the mineralization extent. Alio is also currently carrying out a drilling program on a high priority surface target 150m north of the proposed open pit, on which a detailed geological mapping at a scale 1:2,000 will be conducted.
  • Hecla Mining Company, provided and exploration update on its San Sebastian mine in Durango. An Infill drill program is been conducted to expand high-grade polymetallic zones similar to the Hugh Zone on the Middle and Francine veins, as well as oxide mineralization along the Professor and Francine veins. Significant results are 1.34m of 135 g/t Ag, 23.5% Pb, 18.5% Zn, and 7.9% Cu on the polymetallic zone, and 1.58m of 1,200 g/t Ag and 4.98 g/t Au on the oxide mineralization. At West Middle vein, the most significant intercepts are 1.34m of 317 g/t Ag, 10.1% Pb, 18% Zn, and 3% Cu, and 0.85m of 304 g/t Ag, 8.5% Pb, 9.4% Zn, and 3.8% Cu.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., reported step-out drilling results from the El Dorado / Juan Bran and Santa Cruz zones within its Las Minas projects in Veracruz. Significant interceptions are 8m of 1.06 g/t Au and 6 g/t Ag, including 6m of 1.36 g/t Au and 8 g/t Ag; 6m of 2.52 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag; 14m of 1.96 g/t Au and 0.3 g/t Ag, including 6m of 3.49 g/t Au and 0.5 g/t Ag; and 24m of 1.24 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag, including 10m of 2.12 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag. The drill results tested the continuity of mineralization at El Dorado / Juan Bran zone and extended the mineralized zone to depth as well as cutting multiple mineralized intervals in the upward extension of the Santa Cruz zone.
  • Leagold Mining Corporation, reported underground drilling results for its Los Filos mine in Guerrero. Highlights are 4.1m of 24.2 g/t Au, 6.95m of 23.6 g/t Au, and 9.1m of 8.7 g/t Au from the Nukay, Conchita and Creston Rojo deposits respectively. The aim of the drilling program which comprises over 12,000m to date from 62,000m planned for 2018 is to identify additional resources along the contact of the circular intrusive orebodies.
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, filed a technical report to release  updated mineral reserves for its Mercedes Mine in Sonora, with 3.3M tonnes of 3.94 g/t Au containing 417K Oz Au, and measured and indicated mineral resources for 3.68M tonnes of 4.32 g/t Au containing 511K Oz Au.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., reported mine development at its Cusi and Bolivar mines in Chihuahua during Q1, 2018. At Cusi, mine development totaled 676m. The company also carried out 1,448m of underground infill drilling, and 7,398m from surface. At Bolivar, mine development totaled 1,177m, with 650m to prepare stops for mine production, 466m to deepening ramps and developing service ramps for ventilation and pumping, and 61m of raises.
  • US Antimony Corporation, reported progress on the construction of the leach plant for the Los Juarez Au-Ag-Sb deposit in Queretaro. Testing and shake-down of the plant is anticipated in Q4 2018.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Almadex Minerals Limited., approved a spinout transaction of its early stage exploration projects, royalties interests, and certain other assets. Almadex will be re-named Azucar Minerals Ltd., upon closing of the transaction.
  • Candente Gold Corp., reached an agreement with 3rd Eye Research to retain IR services.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., completed the acquisition of Primero Mining Corp. With the arrangement now completed the Primero´s shares will be delisted from the TSX. The company also announced the termination of the silver purchase agreement with Wheaton

Precious Metals Corp., relating to the San Dimas mine.

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., received the approval to acquire the 100% of the San Marcial, Sinaloa option agreement with SRR Mining. Goldplay will pay, over a three year option period, $2.6 M in cash, issue 3.5M common shares, and incur in exploration expenses for $3M.
  • Primero Mining Corp., announced receipt of Mexican antitrust clearance for the arrangement with First Majestic.
  • MX Gold Corp., signed a definitive agreement to sell its 50% interest on its Magistral project in Durango for a purchase price of US$4.5M.

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On the picture above, an oxidized quartz vein with a high content of disseminated pyrite in a prospect in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

 

Highlights on the Fourth Week of April, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

On the picture above, a banded quartz-barite vein in a prospect in Chihuahua state, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 17th week of the year (April 23th to April 29th, 2018), at least 19 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with seven informing on exploration results, six reporting Q1 2018 results, two announcing financing, three communicating deals and corporate issues, and  two reporting on resources & development. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Argonaut has taken legal measures to re-activate its explosive permit at its la Colorada mine in Sonora. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals & Kootenay presented drilling results from its Cervantes property and Azure reported recoveries and concentrate grades at its Oposura project. In Sinaloa, Goldplay received drill permit for its El Habal project. In Chihuahua, Mammoth announced drilling results from its Tenoriba project.  In Zacatecas, Goldcorp presented drilling results from the Santa Rosa target near its Peñasquito Mine, and signed a LOI with Frisco to explore key regional targets at the Mazapil Valley. Prospero provided its plan work for the remainder of 2018 for its exploration projects in Mexico. ON MINING, Agnico Eagle reported Q1 results on its La India mine in Sonora, and Pinos Altos y Mascota mines in Chihuahua. Goldcorp reported Q1 results from its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Capstone announced Q1 results from its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas. New Gold presented Q1 results from its San Pedro mine in San Luis Potosi. ON FINANCING, Oroco closed a private placement for $900K. First Mexican entered into an arrangement to secure a credit facility loan for up to $10M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, In Sonora, SilverCrest filed a mineral resource estimate on its Las Chispas project. In Chihuahua, Agnico reported development progress and expansion drilling results on their satellite deposits within its Pinos Altos and Creston mines, as well as at its La India mine in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Bacanora Lithium announced director changes and the grant of options (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora). Capstone reported voting results from its annual general meeting (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas). Westminster announced VP appointment (El Cobre, Sonora).

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., reported that the court has rescheduled the hearing pertaining the explosives permit from its la Colorada mine in Sonora to May 16, 2018. The company estimates it has sufficient ore to continue operations until the end of July, however, is taking legal measures to re-activate its explosive permit and re-commence blasting activities as soon as possible.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp. & Kootenay Silver Inc., reported drilling results from the California target at the center of a gold geochemical anomaly within its Cervantes property. The most significant results are 160m of 0.77 g/t Au, 0.13% Cu, and 3.4 g/t Ag, including 80m of 1.0 g/t Au, 0.11% Cu and 4 g/t Ag.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, reported flotation test results showing significant improvements of recoveries and concentrate grades at its Oposura project. Zinc and lead recoveries of 85.6% and 84% achieve concentrate grades of 57.2% and 61.4% respectively. Silver recovery in the lead concentrate is 67.1% at a concentrate grade of 323.8 g/t Ag. The positive metallurgy has reduced significantly the processing and marketing risk and has enhanced the project potential.
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., received a drill permit to carry out a 4,000m drilling program at its El Habal project in Rosario, Sinaloa. The goal of the drilling program is to test low sulphidation epithermal mineralization targets generated by mapping and sampling of shallow underground workings along with a CSMAT geophysical survey.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., announced drilling results from the Los Carneritos target within its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. Significant results are 126.8m of 0.47 g/t Au and 7.2 g/t Ag, including 58.2m of 0.73 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag or 25m of 1.1 g/t Au and 2.7 g/t Ag; and 14.9m of 0.58 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag. “These diamond drill holes at Los Carneritos extend the strike length of gold mineralization on the property a total of almost four km within a High Sulphidation system with mineralization open at least one km both to the east and west of this four km trend where gold has been sampled on surface”.
  • Goldcorp Inc., presented initial drilling results from the Santa Rosa target near its Peñasquito Mine in Zacatecas. Significant intersections are 164m of 1.06 g/t Au, in disseminated, intrusive-hosted mineralization within dacite porphyry dykes, along with a 22m of 3.46 g/t Au interception of skarn mineralization. “The Santa Rosa system is interpreted as a quartz porphyry complex intruding a contemporaneous volcanic pile underlain by Lower Jurassic to Upper Cretaceous carbonate stratigraphy”. Goldcorp also signed a LOI with Minera Frisco to explore, under a JV agreement, key regional targets in the Mazapil Valley near Peñasquito Mine.
  • Prospero Silver Corp. & Fortuna Silver Inc., provided a plan work for the remainder of 2018 on their different JV exploration projects in Mexico. In Chihuahua, they planned to drill the Bermudez and Trias projects with a program of 1,200m each. In Durango, a 3,450m drilling program will be conducted at their Buenavista project. In Hidalgo, they plan to drill a fourth hole by the end of the year at their Pachuca SE project. All the projects are low sulphidation epithermal style targets, with Buenavista in Durango displaying some characteristics of intermediate sulphidation affinity, like elevated base metals levels at depth in the system.

ON MINING

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited., reported results on their Mexican operations. The company processed 1.7M tonnes from its La India mine in Sonora with a grade of 0.74 g/t Au to produce 23K Oz Au at cash cost of $700 USD per Oz Au produced. In Chihuahua, Agnico processed 519 K tonnes and 475K tonnes from their Pinos Altos and Creston mines respectively, with grades of 2.62 g/t Au and 0.67 g/t Au to produce 41.8K Oz Au and 12K Oz Au correspondingly. Total cash cost per Oz Au produced are $758 USD and $865 USD in that order. At Pinos Altos, production is transitioning from open pit to underground mining with a higher cost associated.
  • Goldcorp Inc., reported results from its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. On Q1 2018, Goldcorp milled 8.96M tonnes with grades of 0.54 g/t Au, 23.5 g/t Ag, 0.19%Pb and 0.64% Zn to produce 98K Oz Au, 5.2M Oz Ag, 27M Lb Pb and 88.7M Lb Zn, at cash cost of $708 USD per Oz Au produced.
  • Capstone Mining Corp., announced results from its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas. On Q1 2018, Capstone produced 4,285 tonnes of Cu at cash cost of $0.71 USD per Lb Cu produced.
  • New Gold Inc., presented results from its San Pedro mine in San Luis Potosi. On Q1, New Gold produced 4.5K Oz Au and 0.1 M Oz Ag from residual leaching. Cerro San Pedro finished active mining in Q2 2016.

ON FINANCING

  • Oroco Resource Corp., closed a non-brokered private placement for $900K. Net proceeds will be used for exploration expenditures (Santo Tomas, Sinaloa).
  • First Mexican Gold Corp., entered into an arrangement to secure a credit facility loan for up to $10M. The funds will be used to bring into production the Karen Zone within its Guadalupe project in Sonora.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., filed the mineral resource estimate on its Las Chispas project in Sonora. The Inferred resource estimate encompasses 3.44M tonnes of 3.63 g/t Au and 296 g/t Ag for a total of 401.6K Oz Au and 32.7M Oz Ag contained.
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, announced that the Sinter and Cubiro satellite deposits within its Pinos Altos mine are currently being developed to be mined from underground and a small open pit the first, and from underground the second. Both are expected to commence production in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 respectively. It also conducted 3,450m of infill drilling on Q1 2018 at its Reyna de Plata deposit to convert inferred resources to indicated mineral resources. Significant results are 22.9m of 2 g/t Au and 53 g/t Ag; 17.7m of 0.9 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag; and one hole with 9.6m of 1.7 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag, and 3.6m of 4.2 g/t Au and 144 h/t Ag. At Reyna de Plata, mineralization style is low sulphidation epithermal veins hosting inferred mineral resources of 110 K Oz Au and 3.9M Oz Ag in 5.8M tonnes of 0.59 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag at open pit depth, as well as 93K Oz Au and 1.4M Oz Ag from 1.2M tonnes of 2.35 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag at underground depth. At the Madrono Zone, Agnico drilled 5,073m of infill and exploration drilling in 24 holes, within its Creston mine. Significant results are 16.2m of 2.2 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag, 6.7m of 3.1 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag, 7.5m of 2.2 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag, and 7.8m of 1.4 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag. Madrono hosts underground indicated mineral resources of 56K Oz Au and 863K Oz Ag hosted in 858K tonnes of 2.03 g/t Au and 31.3 g/t Ag, and inferred mineral resources of 144K Oz Au and 2.6M Oz Ag in 1.94M tonnes of 2.31 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag. In Sonora, Agnico is conducting drilling programs focused on extending near pit mineralization at its La India mine as well as on other near-mine targets. On Q1 2018, the company drilled 6,833 m in 49 holes distributed at El Realito and Chipriona targets. Significant results are 58.5m of 0.6 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag; 14.1m of 2.4 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag, including 3.2m of 6.8 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag; 18m of 0.6 g/t Au and 216 g/t Ag; and 56.3m of 0.9 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag, including 28.9m of 1.4 g/t Au and 40 g/t Ag.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., announced director changes and grant options (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora).
  • Capstone Mining Corp., reported voting results from its 2018 annual general meeting (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas).
  • Westminster Resources Ltd., announced VP appointment (El Cobre, Sonora).

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SilverCrest Files Mineral Resource Technical Report onthe Las Chispas Property

SilverCrest files mineral resource technical report on the Las Chispas property

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – April 24, 2018) – SilverCrest Metals Inc. (TSXV: SIL) (OTCQX: SVCMF)(“SilverCrest” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that a technical report titled “Technical Report and Mineral ResourceEstimate for the Las Chispas Property, Sonora, Mexico” (the “Las Chispas Report”), dated April 23, 2018, with an effective dateof February 12, 2018, was filed today on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com and is also available on SilverCrest’s website.

Highlights on the Third Week of April, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

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On the picture above, Very strong silicification and minor alunite on a shallow epithermal system in Guanajuato. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

By Jorge Cirett

During the 16th week of the year (April 16th to April 22nd, 2018), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, of which two had information on exploration, five on first quarter production, three in financing, two on resources and development and seven in corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Jalisco, Evrim released impressive high-grade results from trenching at Cuale. In Veracruz, Mexican Gold released high grade samples from veins at Las Minas. ON MINING, McEwen, Fortuna Silver, Avino Silver, Telson and Excellon presented Q1 2018 production reports. ON FINANCING, Prospero Silver and Aura Silver respectively announced the opening and closing of financing rounds, while Excellon announced the exercise of warrants. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, SilverCrest released drill results from the Luigi vein at its Las Chispas property in Sonora. Levon Resources filed a PEA report with a new resource estimate on the Cordero project in Chihuahua.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Monarca Minerals continues work to solve community issues in Tejamen, Durango. Geologix Explorations Inc. is to change name to ValOro Resources Inc.. Advance Gold acquired the Venaditas property in Zacatecas. Argonaut Gold informed on the legal struggle that halted the explosives permit use on its La Colorada mine in Sonora. Goldplay Exploration optioned the San Marcial property in Sinaloa. Vangold Mining and Mexican Gold granted options to officers, directors and consultants.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Evrim Resources Corp. announced results from trench sampling at its Cuale project in Jalisco. Trench 4 grades 13.61 g/t Au over 106.2 m, including 50.0 m grading 26.13 g/t Au, including 7.5 m @ 163.3 g/t Au. Trench 2 grades 2.94 g/t Au over 29.4 m, including 17.9 m @ 4.55 g/t Au. Gold results over 10 g/t have been re-assayed. “Metallic screen assays reported acceptable repeatability with excellent repeatability at the highest gold grades”. A second IP line defines a 1,200 m long by 50 to 120 m deep highly resistive ledge associated with strong silicification and minor anomalous gold at the surface.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. released initial sampling results from four veins on its Pueblo Nuevo concession, part of its Las Minas property in Veracruz. The veins are hosted in diorites with argillic alteration, occur as mesothermal quartz veins, 20 to 50 cm in width with sub-vertical dips and lack post-minerals deformation. The Tamiahua I vein assayed 90.82 g/t Au, 37 g/t Ag over 0.40 m, with the footwall and hanging wall returning 0.52 g/t Au, 1 g/t Ag over 1.0 m and 0.72 g/t Au, 1 g/t Ag over 0.80 m respectively. Nine samples at the Tamiahua II returned 2.05 to 22.82 g/t Au and 5 to 37 g/t Ag on an average width of 0.27 m (up to 0.50 m). At the Cajon vein a grab sample returned 32.2 g/t Au, 231 g/t Ag; while a 0.20 m chip sample assayed 3.53 g/t Au, 31 g/t Ag. At the Dos Rios vein, two 0.35 m and 0.18 m samples returned 3.86 g/t Au, 16 g/t Ag; 8.25 g/t Au, 59 g/t Ag respectively, while a 1.0 m  hanging wall channel sample returned 4.92 m g/t Au, 38 g/t Ag.

ON MINING

  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported consolidated production for Q1 2018, which includes figures from its Mexican operations. At El Gallo in Sinaloa, 12,217 AuEq Oz were produced during the period. Mining from the existing open pits will cease in Q2, while heap leach activities will continue until 2020, or as long as it remains economic.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported first quarter 2018 production, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Jose in Oaxaca, 258 K tonnes were milled, at an average rate of 3,011 tonnes per day (tpd) @ 284 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, and a recovery of 92.8% Ag, 92.3% Au, to produce 2.18 M Oz Ag, 14,882 Oz Au.
  • Avino Silver & and Gold Mines Ltd. released first quarter 2018 production results from its Avino property in Durango. During the period 120.6 K tonnes were milled @ 56 g/t Ag, 0.58 g/t Au, 0.43% Cu, with recoveries of 81% Ag, 68% Au, 84% Cu, to produce 309.9 K Oz Ag, 2,065 Oz Au, 970 K Lb Cu.
  • Telson Mining Corp. presented first quarter 2018 results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. During the period the mill processed 148.7 K tonnes (approximately 1,650 tpd) @ 3.65% Zn, 0.41% Cu, 0.90% Pb, 1.14 g/t Au, 108 g/t Ag, with recoveries of 70.4% Zn, 23.0% Cu, 37.9% Pb, 17.9% Au, 28.3% Ag in the elaboration of distinct Zn, Cu, Pb concentrates containing 3,824 tonnes Zn, 140.5 tonnes Cu, 508.7 tonnes Pb, 970.9 Oz Au, 146.8 K Oz Ag. Telson continues to ramp-up production to the 2,500 tpd plant capacity.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. presented first quarter 2018 production results from the Platosa mine, Durango. During the period 13,784 tonnes were mined, 18,885 tonnes milled @ 359 g/t Ag, 3.79% Pb, 6.43% Zn, with recoveries of 87.3% Ag, 81.2% Pb, 83.8% Zn, to produce 194.5 K Oz Ag, 1.27 M Lb Pb, 2.25 M Lb Zn.

ON FINANCING

  • Prospero Silver Corp. is to complete a non-brokered private placement intending to raise gross proceeds of up to $1 M (Petate, Hidalgo; Bermudez, Chihuahua).
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced that 3.33 M warrants were exercised, for proceeds of C$2.17 M (Platosa, Durango).
  • Aura Silver Resources Inc. is undertaking a non brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $600 K (Aranzazu, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. released drill results from the Luigi vein on the Las Chispas property in Sonora. The vein was discovered in mid-2017 and referred only as unnamed vein until further drilling delineated a prospective target. Relevant results comprise: 0.8 m (true width, or TW) @ 1.03 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag; 4.1 m @ 1.71 g/t Au, 232 g/t Ag; 1.8 m @ 0.28 g/t Au, 221 g/t Ag; 1.4 m @ 13.22 g/t Au, 2,067 g/t Ag; 1.4 m @ 0.18 g/t Au, 172 g/t Ag; 1.6 m @ 3.41 g/t Au, 265 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 2.75 g/t Au; 231 g/t Ag. The Luigi vein high-grade footprint measures 300 m long by at least 75 m high, averaging 1.7 m in width @ 2.84 g/t Au, 417 g/t Ag. “The Phase III drill program also includes drilling several new and partially-drilled high-grade mineralized veins. An additional 15,000 to 20,000 metres of drilling are planned for Q3 2018”. The 672 ha Cuesta Blanca ranch was bought, with SilverCrest now owning two thirds of the surface rights on the Las Chispas property.
  • Levon Resources Ltd. filed a NI-43-101 technical report with a resource update and preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The project envisages a 40 K tpd operation with a 29 year mine life on 417.5 M tonnes of mineralized material @ 46.5 g/t AgEq, to produce 231 M Oz Ag, 2,863 M Lb Zn, 1,992 M Lb Pb, 0.35 M Oz Au. The base case economic estimate is an after tax net present value of $438 M, using a 7.5% discount rate, and an after tax internal rate of return of 16.5%, with a payback period of 4.8 years.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Monarca Minerals Inc. presented a corporate update. At Tejamen, in Durango, 202 RC holes and 10 diamond holes have been re-logged to help in the design of a new drilling campaign. The company has involved the Federal, State and Municipal governments in its search of an agreement with the community regarding the surface rights. At San Jose, in Chihuahua, the LOI on the project was extended to July 2018. “Terms of the LOI call for payment of US$20,000 on execution of the LOI(paid), US$20,000 on execution of a definitive agreement, US$50,000 on the first anniversary of the definitive agreement and US$60,000 on the second anniversary of the definitive agreement. The owners retain a 2% NSR. One percent of the NSR can be purchased by Monarca for US$100,000. Back taxes on the property of US$390,000 will be paid over a period of time. Concession taxes per year are approximately US$46,000”.
  • Geologix Explorations Inc. announced its intention to change its name to ValOro Resources Inc., subject to approval by the TSX-V, as well a 10 to 1 consolidation on shares (Tepal, Michoacan).
  • Advance Gold Corp. announced the acquisition of the 2,365 ha Las Venaditas claim in Zacatecas, 11 km to the West of Advance’s Tabasqueña project, which is currently being drilled. “Upon receipt of regulatory approval, Advance will issue to Hot Spring Mining, a Mexican based corporation, 1,000,000 common shares which will be subject to a statutory four-month hold period, in exchange for which Hot Spring Mining will transfer a 100% interest in the Venaditas claims to Advance Mexico. Hot Spring Mining will retain a 2.5% NSR, of which Advance Mexico has the right to buy 1.5% at a rate of $500k CAD per 0.50%”. Advance will issue 800 K options to certain consultants and advisers.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. reported that the court has postponed “the hearing pertaining to Argonaut’s explosive permit at its La Colorada mine (see press release dated April 12, 2018) to allow the Secretary of National Defense (“SEDENA”) to provide evidence requested by the court regarding the temporary suspension of the explosives permit at Argonaut’s La Colorada mine. It is expected that a ruling will be issued within 15 business days of the original hearing date (April 16, 2018), as required by law.” (La Colorada, Sonora).
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. entered into an option agreement with SSR Mining Inc. to acquire a 100% interest in the 1,250 ha San Marcial project in Sinaloa. San Marcial is a low sulfidation epithermal near surface high grade Ag, Zn Pb project with a NI-43-101 resource completed by Silvermex Resources Inc., with opportunity for resource expansion. The indicated resource holds 3.75 M tonnes @ 149 g/t Ag, 0.67% Zn, 0.36% Pb, hosting 18.0 M Oz Ag, 29.9 M Lb Zn, 55.3 M Lb Pb; and 3.07 M tonnes @ 44 g/t Ag, 0.51% Zn, 0.29% Pb holding 4.4 M Oz Ag, 19.5 M Lb Zn, 34.7 M Lb Pb as inferred resources. Goldplay has to pay SSR Mining an aggregate of $2.575 M in cash, issue an aggregate of 3.5 M common shares, incur in $3 M in exploration expenditures over a three year period and grant a NSR royalty (0.5% to 1.5%, based on a resource estimate). A NI-43-101 resource estimate has to be completed on or before the third anniversary of the agreement.
  • Vangold Mining Corp. granted an aggregate of 4.8 M stock options to directors, officers and consultants (Pinguico, Zacatecas).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. granted 174 K incentive stock options to directors and officers of the company.

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Highlights on the First Week of April, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

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On the picture above, pervasive kaolinization of volcanic rocks in the vadose zone of an epithermal system in Guanajuato. Geologist Miguel Heredia for scale.

By Jorge Cirett

During the 14th week of the year (April 1st to April 8th, 2018), at least 12 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, of which three had information on exploration, one in mining, one in financing, five on resources and development and two in corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Riverside informed on exploration of its Ariel copper project. In Sinaloa, Goldplay completed a geophysical survey at El Habal. In Durango, Southern Silver announced its exploration program for 2018 at Cerro Las Minitas. ON MINING, Torex Gold announced all access to its projects in Guerrero has been restored.  ON FINANCING, Palamina granted options to officers, directors and consultants.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alio Gold released drill results on two more holes on its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. Telson Resources disclosed PEA figures for its Campo Morado project in Guerrero. Evrim announced a maiden resource on its Ermitaño project in Sonora. Americas Silver released drill results from the 120 zone of its Cosalá project in Sinaloa. Bacanora Lithium announced that a recent feasibility study demonstrated good economics for its Sonora project.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Evrim announced First Majestic commenced arbitration proceedings on its Ermitaño project in Sonora. Bacanora Lithium announced the termination of a “placing letter” with NextView New Energy Bull HongKong Limited, regarding funding for its Sonora lithium project.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. completed a ground CSMAT (Controlled source audio frequency magnetotellurics) and magnetics survey at its El Habal property in Sinaloa, delineating 15 new drill targets. Goldplay completed a 27-line survey consisting of 100 m line spacing and 409 total stations over the 1.5 km of mineralized known length at El Habal. “Results confirm anomalous zones previously identified by historical drilling results and nearby shallow historical underground workings”. Several resistive geophysical anomalies were identified that correlate with anomalous surface trenching results and structural trends mapped previously.
  • Riverside Resources Inc. identified through mapping altered porphyritic intrusive rocks in the western part of its Ariel porphyry copper project in Sonora. The hydrothermal alteration measures 2.8 km in length by up to 1.9 km in width.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. announced that a 2018 budget totaling US$3 M has been approved by the joint venture partners for exploration work at the Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. “The program comprises 13,000 metres of drilling in two phases which will target both the systematic resource expansion in the Area of the Cerro containing the existing Mineral Resource Estimate and continued surface sampling and reverse circulation drilling on new discoveries in the recently staked CLM West claim group.”

ON MINING

  • Torex Gold Resources. Reported that negotiations between community leaders have resulted in an end to the illegal blockades of the El Limon-Guajes mine complex, supporting infrastructure and the Media Luna project in Guerrero. “The official government-regulated process for selecting between the two competing unions, continues. Since midMarch, there have been two public hearings at the Federal Labour Board, regarding the timing of a union selection vote. It is Torex’s understanding that the public hearing stage of the process is now complete, and that the next stage is a decision as to when and where the vote will occur. As Torex has said since the beginning, the Company will work with whichever union the workers democratically select.” Cash reserves at the end of Q1 were US$124 million, including US$14 million set aside for reclamation obligations. Also during Q1 a US$9.3 million principal repayment was made to reduce the term loan under the debt facility to US$290.7 million.

ON FINANCING

  • Palamina Corp. granted 950 K stock options to certain officers, directors and consultants of the company under its stock options plan. The options granted at $0.39 per common share expire in five years for officers and directors and in three years for consultants (Santuario, Hidalgo).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Alio Gold Inc. released drill results for the last two holes at its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. The 3,800 m program targets the complex breccia extension below the proposed open pit. On the first hole a hydrothermal breccia south of the proposed pit returned 0.94 g/t Au over 44.2 m, while the complex breccia below assayed 1.91 g/t Au over 40.90 m. The second hole returned 0.90 g/t Au over 32.4 m on the hydrothermal breccia south of the proposed pit and 2.03 g/t Au over 48.2 m on the complex breccia below. The fourth and fifth holes of the program have been completed and the last hole is in progress.
  • Telson Mining Corp. informed a positive result of a 43-101 compliant independent preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its Campo Morado project in Guerrero. The current resource contains five mineral volcanogenic massive sulfide zones (G9, El Largo, Naranjo, Reforma and El Rey) containing zinc, copper, silver, gold and lead. The 2017 mineral resource estimate using a 5.5% ZnEq cut-off holds 16.6 M tonnes @ 1.70 g/t Au, 123 g/t Ag, 0.80% Cu, 0.93% Pb, 4.01% Zn (or 8.68% ZnEq) as measured and indicated resources, and 988 K tonnes @ 1.32 g/t Au, 116 g/t Ag, 0.64% Cu, 0.92% Pb, 3.20% Zn (or 7.27% ZnEq)as inferred resources.
  • Evrim Resources Corp. announced a maiden resource was disclosed by its partner First Majestic Silver Corp. on its Ermitaño project in Sonora. The inferred resource was calculated on the Ermitaño West vein, holding 3.36 M tonnes @ 3.99 g/t Au, 68 g/t Ag (or 377 g/t AgEq), containing 432 K Oz Au, 7.38 M Oz Ag.
  • Americas Silver Corp. released results of step-out holes on its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (TW) intervals comprise 4.94 m @ 33 g/t Ag, 7.2 g/t Au, 0.13% Cu; 41.68 m @ 148 g/t Ag, 0.25 g/t Au, 0.32% Cu; 26.24 m @ 181 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.51% Cu; 12.32 m @ 84 g/t Ag, 0.17 g/t Au, 0.23% Cu. “The zone 120 deposit is characterized by steeply dipping parallel lenses of Ag-Cu-Au skarn mineralization developed in volcanically derived calcareous sediments adjacent to intermediate intrusive dykes and sills. Skarn mineralization is characterized by disseminated chalcopyrite and tetrahedrite….. Mineralization at area 120 has been found over an area greater than 500 meters in length, 300 meters in width and down to a depth of 550 meters. Individual lenses have widths of up to 60 meters.”
  • Bacanora Lithium plc. Informed a recently completed feasibility study (FS) demonstrated economics of US$1.25 billion NPV; 26.1% IRR; and life of mine gross operating costs of US$3,910/t Li2CO3 comparable to those of the low cost brine producers of South America. Design of both the roaster/kiln FEED and the crystalliser/evaporation/IX FEED has commenced. “The current FEED schedule is to have designs, cost estimates and process guarantee scopes completed in Q2 2018 with orders for long lead items being placed at the end of the FEED process. The current ­time table is based on commissioning and lithium carbonate production commencing in Q1 2020” Currently advance is being made on water licenses, natural gas supplies and land surface access.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Evrim Resources Corp. announced “that First Majestic has initiated arbitration proceedings in connection with its purported exercise of the option pursuant to which First Majestic can earn a 100% interest in the Ermitaño property, subject to the retention by Evrim of a 2% net smelter return royalty interest. It is expected that the arbitration will deal with the requirements under the option agreement for First Majestic to exercise the option and not the relative interests of the parties in the Ermitaño property.” (Ermitaño, Sonora).
  • Bacanora Lithium plc. “As previously announced, the Company entered into a binding placing letter (the “Placing Letter”) with NextView New Energy Bull HongKong Limited (“NextView”) in December 2017 and as announced on 28 February 2018, although the Company had fulfilled all of its obligations in respect of the Placing as of that ­me, NextView failed to forward the Placing proceeds to the Company, leaving it in default under the terms of the Placing Letter. In spite of repeated efforts on the part of the Company requesting that NextView remedy its continuing default, NextView has continued to fail to complete the Placing as contemplated under the Placing Letter. Accordingly, the Company has terminated the Placing Letter and has reserved its rights to pursue any available legal remedies against NextView.”

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On the picture below, pervasive kaolinization of volcanic rocks in the vadose zone of an epithermal system in Guanajuato. Geologist Miguel Heredia as scale.

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Goldplay Exploration Announces Completion of Ground Geophysical Surveys and Delineation of New Drilling Targets at El Habal

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VANCOUVER, April 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Goldplay Exploration Ltd. (TSXV: GPLY – the “Company” or “Goldplay”), is pleased to announce completion of the first ground geophysical survey at the Company’s 100% owned El Habal Project, located in the historic (gold-silver) Rosario Mining District, Sinaloa, Mexico. The results of the CSMAT1 and ground magnetics surveys have delineated 15 new drill targets at
El Habal, (see Figure 01).

Highlights on the Fifth Week of March, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

 

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 13th week of the year (March 26th to April 1st, 2018), at least 20 press release were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight releasing exploration results, five reporting resources & developments, four communicating deals and corporate issues, and two announcing financing. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Oceanus increased its land package at its El Tigre project, Azure reported drill-out results on its Oposura project, Aztec Minerals acquired additional ground adjacent to its Cervantes project, and San Marco reported results on its Chunibas project. In Coahuila, Prize Mining received a technical report on its Manto Negro property. In Zacatecas, Advanced Gold commenced exploration work at its Tabasquena project. First Majestic reported exploration results at its six operating Mexican mines. In Hidalgo, Prospero presented drill results at its Pachuca SE project. In Veracruz, Mexican Gold reported exploration results on its Las Minas project.  ON MINING, Premier Gold reported 2017 Q4 and full year results. First Majestic reported annual 2017 production results at its Mexican operations. ON FINANCING, Almaden closed a private placement for $5.6M, and Mexican Gold announced its intentions to complete a $1M non-brokered private placement, which could be increased up to $1.25M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Premier Gold updated mineral reserves and mineral resources at its Mercedes Mine in Sonora.  First Majestic updated to 2017 mineral reserve and resources estimates at its Mexican operations. Argonaut announced updated mineral reserves and technical reports at its Mexican operations. Endeavour provided an update on its Terronera property in Jalisco. Mag Silver reported 2017 annual results. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Orla announced a Director appointment (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas). Starcore announced an update of its corporate strategy (San Martin, Queretaro).

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news

ON EXPLORATION

  • Oceanus Resources Corporation, increased its land position at El Tigre project in Sonora by 20%, to a total land package of 26,307 hectares. With this, the company covers the southeastern extension along strike of the El Tigre Formation for additional 5km toward the Lluvia de Oro prospect.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp., won a government land lottery to acquire additional ground at its Cervantes project in Sonora. The company has now expanded its land position to 3,649 hectares, covering six historic mineral prospects and/or gossan zones that represent high priority porphyry-type targets. Aztec plans to map and sample these areas this year after completing the current drill program.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, reported drill-out results on its Oposura project in Sonora. Significant results were 5.50m of 150 g/t Ag, 3.4% Pb , and 17.5% Zn; 9.6m of 71 g/t Ag, 4.5% Pb, and 13.8% Zn; 7.25m of 29 g/t Ag, 4.6% Pb, and 9.3% Zn; 3.42m of 24 g/t Ag, 8.7% Pb, and 10.6% Zn; 7.45m of 16 g/t Ag, 6.6% Pb, and 10.4% Zn; and 5.4m of 31 g/t Ag, 11.6% Pb, and 4.4% Zn.
  • San Marco Resources., developed a mineralization model at its Chunibas project in Sonora, which consists of stratiform volcanic hosted Cu-Ag mineralization. This model will help to prepare a drill program to test the Cu-Ag mineralization. Ongoing exploration in preparation for drilling includes detailed mapping, hand trenching and XRF rock analysis.
  • Prize Mining Corporation, received a technical report on its Manto Negro Oxide Copper project in Coahuila, which includes a review of the regional and local geology, mineralization types and grades, exploration history and results, overall mineral potential and recommendations for further work.
  • Advanced Gold Corp., commenced underground sampling of the first 100m at its Tabasquena Silver Mine in Zacatecas, on the oxidized zone of the Tabasquena vein as well as on the sulphide zone at the bottom of the shaft. Based on these results, the company will prepare a drill program to test the sulphide portion of the vein as well to explore for additional parallel veins.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced exploration results at its six Mexican operations. The company drilled 156,540m during 2017 resulting in multiple discoveries with the most significant results at Cerro de Santiago in La Parrilla Durango, and El Ermitaño West in Santa Elena, Sonora. Cerro Santiago hosts a system of 0.3 to 3.0m wide quartz-calcite-fluorite vein and breccias hosted in Cretaceous limestones, while Ermitaño West consist of massive and banded quartz epithermal vein and stockwork mineralization. First Majestic has plans to drill approximately 183,000m across its core Mexican assets during 2018.
  • Prospero Silver Corp., announced results of the third hole collared at its Pachuca SE project in Hidalgo. This hole intersected multiple structures hosted in volcanic altered rocks with anomalous values associated. Significant results were 1.5m of 0.37 g/t Au and 121 g/t Ag from 407.4m downhole, including 0.20m of 870 g/t Ag.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., revealed that prospectors of the company re-discovered several historical gold mines at Pueblo Nuevo mining district located 3.5km away of its Las Minas project in Veracruz. Mineralization at Pueblo Nuevo consists of multiple gold-bearing mesothermal quartz veins hosted by the same dioritic intrusion present at Las Minas.

ON MINING

  • Premier Gold Mines Limited., reported 2017 Q4 and full year results on its Mercedes Mine in Sonora. On Q4 2017, Premier milled 182.5K tonnes @52 g/t Au & 40 g/t Ag to produce 19.9K Oz Au and 77K Oz Ag, milling 683.5K tonnes  @ 3.93 g/t Au & 37.6 g/t Ag during 2017, for a total annual production of 82.5K Oz Au and 339K Oz Ag. The company also announced its exploration plan for 2018 which will be focused on exploring extensions to mineralization along strike of the main mine trend and test new geological targets to expand resources close to existing workings.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., reported annual 2017 production results at each of its six Mexican operations. At Santa Elena, Sonora, 927K tonnes were processed to produce 2.3 M Oz Ag, at La Encantada, Coahuila, 825K tonnes to produce 2.2M Oz Ag,  at La Parrilla, Durango, 544K tonnes to produce  7M Oz Ag, at Del Toro, Zacatecas, 278K tonnes to produce 1.1M Oz Ag, at San Martin, Jalisco, 278K tonnes to produce 1.8M Oz Ag, and at La Guitarra, Estado de Mexico, 128K tonnes to produce 611K Oz Ag. First Majestic processed 2.98 M tonnes during 2017, for an annual production of 9.75 M Oz Ag.

ON FINANCING

  • Almadex Minerals Limited, closed a non-brokered private placement for $5.6 M. Total gross proceeds will be used to continue drilling at its El Cobre project in Veracruz.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., announced its plans to completes a $1M non-brokered private placement, which could be increased up to $1.25M. Total proceeds would be used to continue exploration at its Las Minas project in Veracruz.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, updated mineral reserves and mineral resources as of December 31, 2017 at its Mercedes Mine in Sonora. Total proven + probable reserves are 3.29M tonnes @94 g/t Au & 24 g/t Ag, for a total of 417K Oz Au and 2.6M Oz Ag. Total measured + indicated resources are 3.68M tonnes @ 4.32 g/t Au & 44 g/t Ag, for a total of 511K Oz Au and 5.2M Oz Ag while inferred resources are 1.63M tonnes @ 4.2 g/t Au & 34 g/t Ag, for a total of 222K Oz Au and 1.8M Oz Ag. Premier increased 34% of its measured and indicated resources to 511K Oz Au at 4.32 g/t and 23% of its inferred mineral resources to 220K Oz Au at 4.2g/t. With this, the company replaced 18 months of mining gold reserves at its Mercedes Mine.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., updated mineral reserve and resources estimate as of December 31, 2017 at each of its six Mexican operations. Total proven + probable reserves at Santa Elena, Sonora are 5.2 M tonnes of 1.29 g/t Au and 84 g/t Ag, for a total of 215.8 K Oz Au and 14 M Oz Ag, at La Encantada, Coahuila are 6.8M tonnes of 143 g/t Ag and 0.28% Pb, for a total of 31.4 M Oz Ag, at La Parrilla, Durango are 1.6M tonnes of 195 g/t Ag, 1.2% Pb, and 1.2% Zn, for a total of 9.9M Oz Ag, at San Martin, Jalisco are 2.3M tonnes of 0.36 g/t Au and 255 g/t Ag, for a total of 26K Oz Au and 18.8M Oz Ag, at Del Toro, Zacatecas are 1.2M tonnes of 0.15 g/t Au, 159 g/t Ag, 3.4% Pb and 2.5% Zn, for a total of 5.8K Oz Au and 6.1M Oz Ag, and at La Guitarra, Estado de Mexico are 917K tonnes of 1.27 g/t Au and 242 g/t Ag, for a total of 37.4K Oz Au and 7.1M Oz Ag. On its six Mexican operations, First Majestic estimated proven + probable reserves of 18M tonnes of 0.5 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag, 0.44% Pb and 0.27% Zn, for a total of 287.2K Oz Au and 87.4M Oz Ag.

Total measured + indicated resources at Santa Elena are 4.6M tonnes of 1.62 g/t Au and 106 g/t Ag, for a total of 241K Oz Au and 15.8M Oz Ag,  at La Encantada are 6.2M tonnes of 163 g/t Ag and 0.48% Pb,  for a total of 32.4M Oz Ag,  at La Parrilla are 1.7M tonnes of 212 g/t Ag, 1.24% Pb and 1.26% Zn, for a total of 11.7M Oz Ag, at San Martin are 2.6M tonnes of 0.4 g/t Au and 267 g/t Ag, for a total of 33.1K Oz Au and 22.3M Oz Ag, at Del Toro are 1.4M tonnes of 0.23 g/t Au, 195 g/t Ag, 4% Pb and 3.2% Zn, for a total of 10.2K Oz Au and 8.5M Oz Ag, and at La Guitarra are 812 tonnes of 1.53 g/t Au and 292 g/t Ag, for a total of 39.8K Oz Au and 7.6M Oz Ag. First Majestic estimated measured + indicated resources for  17.3M tonnes of 0.59 g/t Au, 177 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 0.4% Zn, for a total of 326.6K Oz Au and 98.3M Oz Ag on its six Mexican operations.

Total inferred resources at Santa Elena are 4.4M tonnes of 3.38 g/t Au and 77 g/t Ag, for a total of 481.4K Oz Au and 11M Oz Ag, at La Encantada are 2.2M tonnes of 164 g/t Ag, for a total of 11.4M Oz Ag, at La Parrilla are 2.6M tonnes of 225 g/t Ag, 1.42% Pb and 1.8% Zn, for a total of 19M Oz Ag, at San Martin are 2.5M tonnes of 266 g/t Ag, for a total of 21.4M Oz Ag,  at Del Toro are 1.5M tonnes of 192 g/t Ag, 4.5% Pb and 1.7% Zn, for a total of 9.4M Oz Ag, at La Guitarra are 500K tonnes of 1.24 g/t Au and 276 g/t Ag, for a total of 19.8K Oz Au and 4.4M Oz Ag, and at  La Joya, Zacatecas are 27.9M tonnes of 0.28 g/t Au and 58 g/t Ag, for a total of 251.4K Oz Au and 51.6 M Oz Ag. First Majestic estimated inferred resources on its six Mexican operations for 41.7M tonnes of 0.57 g/t Au, 96 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, and 0.2% Zn, for a total of 765.8K Oz Au and 128.3 M Oz Ag.

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., announced updated mineral reserves and technical reports at its Mexican operations as at July 1, 2017. Total proven +probable reserves at El Castillo Complex, Durango are 121.3 M tonnes of 0.34 g/t Au and 10.2 g/t Ag, for a total of 1.3M Oz Au and 26.2 M Oz Ag. Total measured and indicated resources are 160.3M tonnes of 0.31 g/t Au and 9.6 g/t Ag, for a total of 1.6M Oz Au and 30M Oz Ag. Total inferred resources are 12.5M tonnes of 0.23 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag, for a total of 91K Oz Au and 3.2M Oz Ag.

Total  probable reserves at La Colorada, Sonora are 20.7M tonnes of 0.65 g/t Au and 11.5 g/t Ag, for a total of 435K Oz Au and 7.6M Oz Ag. Total indicated resources are 31.2 M tonnes of 0.6 g/t Au and 10.4 g/t Ag, for a total of 603K Oz Au and 10.4 M Oz Ag. Total inferred resources are 1.9M tonnes of 0.78 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag for a total of 47K Oz Au and 648K Oz Ag.

Argonaut also filed Technical Reports for the El Castillo Complex and the La Colorada Mine.

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., conducted several engineering trade-off studies at its Terronera property in Jalisco, to refine the operating parameters and optimize the economic performance of the project. Highlights include a throughput of 1,500 tonnes per day, with an annual production of 5M Oz Ag Eq at a grade of 300 g/t Ag Eq. Endeavour also announced that a 5,400m drill program is testing the southeast extension of the Terronera vein and the Quiteria vein at depth below the Quiteria mine. Also, a new infill drill program of up to 10,000m in up to 25 holes was approved to upgrade the inferred resources to indicated resources mainly at depth in the Terronera vein and to a lesser extent in the La Luz vein.
  • Mag Silver Corp., presented 2017 annual results. The company announced that a 20,000m exploration drilling program is ongoing at its Juanicipio project to test new targets and to upgrade Inferred Mineral Resources in the Deep Zone to Indicated Mineral Resources at its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. A FS is expected to be completed by Q2 2018.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Orla Mining Ltd., announced that Mr. David Stephen has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the company (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., provided an update of its corporate strategy, which will consists in focusing on production assets in Mexico. Starcore also announced its intention to sell its El Creston Moly deposit in Sonora and that has extended the review period for its exclusive option to acquire Santa Fe project in Sinaloa (San Martín, Queretaro).

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On the picture above, a silicified rhyodacitic flow, with strong quartz vein stockworking in a prospect in Sinaloa State, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

Highlights on the Fourth Week of March, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

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On the picture above, take geologists to a mining museum, and this is what you get. Geologists Ruben Padilla, Barry Quiroz and Miguel Heredia at El Oro Museum in Estado de Mexico. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

By Jorge Cirett

During the 12th week of the year (March 19th to March 25th, 2018), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, a gold nugget weighing 850 grams was found in northern Sonora. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri has begun drilling at El Pilar project; while Azure updated work on its Oposura project releasing new high grade drill results. Kootenay has drilled six of seven holes on one target of its La Cigarra project, other targets to follow. ON MINING, three companies, Primero Mining, Excellon and Sierra Metals presented financial and or production results for the fourth quarter and/or full year 2017. Santacruz Silver completed expansion of milling capacity at Veta Grande in Zacatecas.  ON FINANCING, Evrim received $3 M from the exercise of warrants.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Americas Silver presented an updated resource on its San Felipe property in Sonora. Almaden provided an update on work being done on the feasibility study at the Ixtaca project in Puebla. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Alio Gold is to acquire all shares outstanding of Rye Patch, a company with several properties in USA. Bacanora Minerals extended the timetable for re-domiciling by a few days. Sonoro executed an option agreement on a group of properties adjoining its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • A gold nugget weighing 850 grams was found in La Cienega area, south of Pitiquito in Sonora. The nugget was discovered using a metal detector by a local gambusino. Northwest Sonora is known by the presence of orogenic gold style deposits, like La Herradura, Nochebuena, La Choya, San Francisco and El Chanate. This type of ore deposits has produced large gold nuggets, of up to 12 kg in weight, with the most famous specimens coming from the El Boludo, La Cienega and Tajitos gold placers.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corp. has begun phase 1 of its 2018 drilling program on its Pilar property in Sonora. The program envisages up to 30 holes to be drilled focusing on modelling and extending the known mineralization of the Main Zone to the northwest and southwest along trend. “To date, Colibri has defined an in-house resource of 700 K tonnes @ 1.9 g/t Au”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. informed on advances on the current drill program at its La Cigarra property in Chihuahua. Six holes have been completed, and one more is in progress at La Borracha zone, which is the extension of the structure that hosts La Cigarra resource, and drilling has now tested 1,000 m of strike length beyond the resource. Results will be disclosed once all assays have been received. The next drill target is the newly identified Nogalera gold zone, with 8 holes planned on anomalous mineralization over more than 1,000 m of length. Once Nogalera has been drilled, the 104-Vein on the southern part of La Cigarra resource is to be drill tested.
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. updated on work being done at its Oposura project in Sonora. Drilling along strike of an outcrop carrying up to 59.6% Pb+Zn on the West Zone intersected high grade mineralization over an area of 400 x 400 m. Some of the best combined Pb + Zn intercepts returned 2.4 m @ 15.5%. 7.4 m @ 15.9%, 2.8 m @ 19.0%, 3.7 m @ 15.6%, 3.5 m @ 13.2%, 4.6 m @ 15.0%. To date drilling in the West Zone has comprised 64 holes for 4,936 m, with assay results received for 26 drill holes.

ON MINING

  • Primero Mining Corp. reported financial and operating results for 4Q and full year 2017. Primero commenced a strategic review process that resulted in the sale of the Cerro del Gallo project (Guanajuato) in November 2017, and the entering into an arrangement agreement whereby First Majestic will acquire all issued and outstanding common shares of Primero. At San Dimas in Durango, 21,076 Oz Au and 1.32 M Oz Ag were produced during the fourth quarter. For full year 2017, San Dimas produced 111,376 Oz Au, 3.96 M Oz Ag. A strike at San Dimas in early 2017 stopped work for more than two months, significantly impacting yearly production levels.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. During the fourth quarter the Platosa mine in Durango produced 16.1 K tonnes, processing 18 K tonnes @ 424 g/t Ag, 3.8% Pb, 5.8% Zn, with recoveries of 90.3% Ag, 80.0% Pb, 82.2% Zn, to produce 206.4 K Oz Ag, 1.17 M Lb Pb, 1.67 M Lb Zn. For the year 57.2 K tonnes were produced, while milling 55.6 K tonnes @ 456 g/t Ag, 4.4% Pb, 5.7% Zn, with recoveries of 90.5% Ag, 82.1% Pb, 80.1% Zn, producing 668 K Oz Ag, 4.09 M Lb Pb, 4.60 M Lb Zn. During 2017 the optimization plan was completed at the Platosa mine, resulting in dry mining conditions that increased production and lowered the costs. Total cash cost per Ag Oz decreased to $10.38, with an AISC of $21.89. All in sustaining cost was $15.84 per Ag Oz for the fourth quarter and $21.89 per Ag Oz for the year.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. informed that expansion of milling capacity at its Veta Grande project to 750 tpd (tonnes per day) has been completed. The mill is currently operating at 450 tpd, and full capacity operations are expected to be achieved early in the second quarter 2018. Santacruz now will focus in the consolidation of underground operations.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported fourth quarter and year end 2017 financial results, without separating figures for its operations in Mexico. Production at Bolivar is expected to reach 3,000 tpd in Q1 2018 and 3,500 tpd in the second half of 2018. An update in resources is expected in the coming months. At Cusi production is being ramped up to the 650 tpd Mal Paso mill capacity by Q2 2018. The installation of another mill is expected to take production to 1,200 tpd by 2019. At the end of the period the company had 23.9 M in cash and cash equivalents.

ON FINANCING

  • Evrim Resources Corp. received $3.06 M from the exercise of common share purchase warrants, representing 98% of the warrants issue dated December 16, 2015. As a result, Evrim’s current cash position approximates $5.5 M (Cerro Cascaron, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Americas Silver Corp. provided an update on the mineral resource estimate at the San Felipe project in Sonora (optioned from Hochschild in early 2017). Of 342 holed drilled by four companies since 1998, 294 are within La Ventana, San Felipe, Transversales and Las Lamas deposits which host the current resource. The new resource contains 4,685 K tonnes @ 5.4% Zn, 2.5% Pb, 61 g/t Ag in the indicated category and 2,008 K tonnes @ 3.6% Zn, 1.4% Pb, 48 g/t Ag in the inferred category. These resources host 560 M Lb Zn, 256 M Lb Pb, 9.1 M Oz Ag; 158 M Lb Zn, 63 M Lb Pb, 3.1 M Oz Ag respectively.
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. updated on work related to the feasibility study (FS) at the Ixtaca project in Puebla. Work underway includes a resource model update, metallurgy testwork, engineering design, optimization studies, work to move the Rock Creek processing plant to Ixtaca, construction planning, geotechnical site investigation and water management studies. Almaden is also preparing an environmental impact assessment study (Manifiesto de Impacto Ambiental, or MIA) for Ixtaca.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Alio Gold Inc. and Rye Patch Corp. entered on an arrangement under which Alio Gold (San Francisco, Sonora; Ana Paula, Guerrero) is to acquire all the outstanding shares of Rye Patch (Florida Canyon, Nevada; Lincoln Hill, Nevada). The offer values Rye Patch outstanding equity at C$128 M. The transaction is expected to close on or about May 25, 2018.
  • Bacanora Minerals Ltd. announced that the proposed timetable for the proposed Re-domicile has been changed to 26 March 2018.
  • Sonoro Metals Corp. executed a formal option agreement with a Tucson, Arizona resident to acquire a 100% interest in the 403.5 ha Rosario group of concessions, adjacent to its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora, thus increasing the land holdings of the project to 1,455 ha. The option agreement entails a total consideration to the vendor of US$1.6 M, payable in escalating cash installments over 72 months, and a 2% NSR which can be bought for US$1 M for each percentage point. The initial US$60 K was paid on execution. Total drilling in the two properties before 2008 is 10,118 m in 101 holes.

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Sierra Metals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End2017 Financial Results

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TORONTO, March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX:SMT)(BVL:SMT) (“Sierra Metals” or the “Company”) today reported revenue of $205.1 million and adjusted EBITDA of $81.0 million on throughput of 1,988,738 tonnes and metal production of 14.9 million silver equivalent ounces, 90.4 million copper equivalent pounds, and 193.2 million zinc equivalent pounds for the year ended December 31, 2017.

During 2017, silver equivalent production increased by 26%, copper equivalent production decreased 1%, and zinc equivalent production decreased by 9% compared to 2016. During Q4 2017, silver equivalent production increased by 15%, copper equivalent production decreased 12%, and zinc equivalent production decreased by 8% compared to Q4 2016. The decrease in metal production was due to lower production in Mexico, partially offset by record throughput, which led to an increase in production, in Peru.  The temporary decrease in metal production in Q4 2017 compared to Q4 2016 was primarily due to lower throughput, head grades, and recoveries at the Bolivar Mine, and decreases in throughput and recoveries at the Cusi Mine.