The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of February, 2021.

Hydrothermal breccia

By Miguel A Heredia

During the second week of the year (February 08th to February 14th, 2021), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 11 news published by the media, with nine disclosing deals and corporate issues, six announcing financial rounds, six reporting on resources and development of their mine operations, six commenting on Mexican issues, five informing on exploration results, five discussing social issues, and two communicating production and financial results.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria are a key factor in Accendo Banco’s investments in Mexico’s mining sector, according to its CEO, Javier Reyes. Mining in Mexico registered a 19.5% rebound during October, 2020, according to the Monthly Indicator of Industrial Activity by Federal Entity (IMAIEF) released by the Institute National Statistics and Geography (INEGI). Tatiana Clouthier, head of the Secretariat of Economy declared that mining in Mexico must become a sustainable activity that prioritizes three issues: economic, human and nature. The energy policies that the federal government is following are already affecting the development of projects for the self-supply of energy by the mining sector. Experts detailed the main challenges that the Mexican mining sector will face in 2021, the year in which the industry is expected to play a leading role in the economic reactivation after confinements. Almost a year of delay accumulates the USD $60M of Chinese investment to construct the industrial park at Guadalupe, Zacatecas.   ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Canuc commenced a drill program at its San Javier project, Carlyle and Riverside initiated a phase one drilling program at its Cecilia project, Tocvan and Colibri reported drill results from its El Pilar project, and Minaurum released results from its phase II drilling program conducted at its Alamo Silver project.   ON MINING, Equinox provided 2021 guidance and outlined growth and investment plan (Los Filos mine, Guerrero). GoGold reported Q4, 2020 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. ON FINANCING, Bacanora announced that 106,995,885 New Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on London Stock Exchange market (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora). Silver Tiger announced that it entered into a CAD $20M bought deal financing (El Tigre, Sonora). Comet raised $1M in strategic investor placement (Santa Teresa project, Baja California). Orogen announced a private placement for gross proceeds of $2.7M (Ermitaño property, Sonora). Prospero Silver announced a consolidation of its common shares (Pachuca SE property, Hidalgo). SilverCrest entered into a bought deal financing agreement for aggregate gross proceeds of USD $120M (Las Chispas project, Sonora).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Bacanora commenced initial site activities at its Sonora Lithium project in Sonora. Excellon provided an update on ongoing exploration at its Platosa mine in Durango. GR Silver released underground and surface drilling results from its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Newmont reported 2020 mineral reserves and resources for its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Orla filed updated FS on its Camino Rojo Oxide project in Zacatecas. Southern Silver released drill results from its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Carlyle announced that it has now met its first-year exploration commitments of its option agreement with Riverside Resources to acquire 100% of the Cecilia Gold-Silver project. Fabled granted an aggregate of 350K stock options to certain consultants, to acquire one common share of Fabled at an exercise price of $0.22 per common share until September 1, 2021 (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua). Fortuna announced management changes (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). Gold Resource announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Arista mine, Oaxaca). Gold79announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and granted him with 500K common shares at a price of $0.10 per share and expire on February 12, 2031 (Taviche project, Oaxaca). Orogen announced that its current President and Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to the Board of Directors (Ermitaño project, Sonora). Premier announced that two independent adviser firms have recommended that holders of Premier´s common shares and options approve the proposed acquisition of Equinox (Mercedes mine, Sonora). Tarachi Gold signed a purchase agreement with Manto Resources to acquire the Magistral del Oro mill and tailings project in Durango. Vizsla announced it will change its name to Vizsla Silver Corp (Panuco project, Sinaloa).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Coanzamex (GoGold) supported the Municipal Shelter of Parral, Chihuahua with blankets. Fresnillo plc organized literary caravan and delivered books to children from rural communities. Peñoles signed an alliance with the UNAM Foundation so that medical fellows serve the communities near its operating units in Durango, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Zacatecas. Peñoles encourages the presence of women in the areas of science, innovation and technological development. Santa Elena Mine (First Majestic) in connection with the Sonora A.C. Mining Cluster are carrying out a support program for merchants in the Banámichi and Río Sonora region.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria are a key factor in Accendo Banco’s investments in Mexico’s mining sector, according to its CEO, Javier Reyes. Investment deals recently advanced by the bank include a proposed USD $12M loan to finance construction of Telson Mining’s Tahuehueto gold mine in Durango. Candelaria Mining also signed a USD $9M loan agreement with Accendo in June 2020 for the construction of its Pinos gold project in Zacatecas. Lastly, Accendo signed a strategic alliance with Vancouver-based Empress Royalty in August last year. The agreement aims to acquire royalties, cash flows and other investments in Mexico’s mining sector.
  • Mining in Mexico, registered a 19.5% rebound during October, 2020 according to the Monthly Indicator of Industrial Activity by Federal Entity (IMAIEF), released by the Institute National Statistics and Geography (INEGI).
  • Tatiana Clouthier, head of the Secretariat of Economy declared that mining in Mexico must become a sustainable activity that prioritizes three issues: economic, human and nature. On the other hand, Clouthier highlighted the work that mining companies of all levels have done to accelerate the economic reactivation of the country. “The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that is generated through mining is about 3.2% and we are pleased to see that these numbers can continue to move in favor of the economy and Mexican families,” she said. “In the Ministry of Economy we have already invited large, medium and small companies and associations that are linked to this issue to be able to find solutions, to be able, within the framework of the law, to activate what we have to activate for this task it can be managed better and it can yield better results in favor of our country”, she assured.
  • The energy policies that the federal government is following are already affecting the development of projects for the self-supply of energy by the mining sector. According to data from the Mexico Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), electricity for this industry is 33% and up to 350% more expensive compared to other countries, which increases its production costs. That is why the mining companies have decided to invest and develop electricity generation projects, which range from combined cycle plants to solar or wind farms. Despite this, many of these plans have been affected by current policies on energy and the action of regulatory bodies, such as the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), which reduced the granting of permits to a minimum. President of CAMIMEX assured in recent days that half of the energy consumed by the mining industry is under the self-supply model.
  • Experts detailed the main challenges that the Mexican mining sector will face in 2021, the year in which the industry is expected to play a leading role in the economic reactivation after confinements. The main problems for the sector are the current health complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of directly or indirectly legislative proposals with potential negative impacts on the mining sector such as the direct initiatives to try to raise taxes at the state of federal level or indirect initiatives as the elimination of the outsourcing or initiatives of the electricity industry. Deputies of Mexico received in January a proposal from a legislator of the ruling party Morena aimed at reviewing the fees paid for mining concessions. It proposed replacing per hectare fees with potentially much higher charges linked to production. Another problem is the “profound ignorance” of the importance of the mining industry.
  • Almost a year of delay accumulates the USD $60M of Chinese investment to construct the industrial park at Guadalupe, Zacatecas. This delay has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

ON EXPLORATION

  • Canuc Resources Corporation, commenced a drill program at its San Javier project. The program will be focused on testing geophysical anomalies and mineralized breccia and stockwork zones as reported previously.
  • Carlyle Commodities Corp. and Riverside Resources Inc., initiated a six drill holes, phase one program at its Cecilia project designed to test down to roughly 250m in depth over the Cerro Magallanes rhyolitic dome. The drill program will commence to test the San Jose structure where sampling returned values up to 48.3 g/t Au over 0.75m at surface.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. and Colibri Resource Corporation reported drill results from its phase one drilling program performed at its El Pilar project in Sonora, which consisted of nine RC holes for a total of 1,505m. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole JES-20-32 with 1.6 g/t Au over 94.6m, including 10.8 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over 9.2m; hole JES-20-33 with 1.1 g/t Au over 41.2m, including 6 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag over 3.1m; and hole JES-20-36 with 2.5 g/t Au and 73 g/t Ag over 24.4m, including 6.3 g/t Au and 192 g/t Ag over 9.2m, including 33.4 g/t Au and 1,090 g/t Ag over 1.5m.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., released results from its phase II drilling program conducted at its Alamo Silver project. “Drilling at the Europa-Guadalupe target outlined a prospective south-west (“SW”) plunging silver shoot along with the potential for additional high-grade mineralization to the north and south of the area drilled. At the Promontorio target, drilling returned high-grade mineralization in excess of 100m below historical workings, indicating the potential for two SW-plunging silver shoots”. At Europa-Guadalupe Zone, Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole AL20-054 with 342 g/t Ag, 0.76% Cu, and 1% Zn over 3.85m, including 1,185 g/t Ag, 2.19% Cu, and 1.2% Zn over 0.8m; and hole AL20-050 with 196 g/t Ag, 0.26% Cu, 0.35% Pb, and 1.1% Zn over 3.25m, including 784 g/t Ag, 1.05% Cu, and 2.5% Zn over 0.55m. At Promontorio Zone, hole AL20-064 intersected 528 g/t Ag, 0.8 g/t Au, 0.83% Cu, 2.4% Pb, and 1.5% Zn over 3.7m, including 1,203 g/t Ag, 2.45 g/t Au, 1.4% Cu, 5.1% Pb, and 2.8% Zn over 1.05m; and hole AL20-069 with 161 g/t Ag, 0.5 g/t Au, 0.24% Cu, 2.15% Pb, and 5.9% Zn over 4m, including 327 g/t Ag, 0.9 g/t Au, 0.23% Cu, 2.5% Pb, and 6.6% Zn over 1m. At San Jose Zone, hole AL20-066 encountered 314 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 4.45m, and hole AL20-075 with 460 g/t Ag, 0.15% Cu, 0.5% Pb, and 0.85% Zn over 2.15m. At Travesia Zone, hole AL20-077 intersected  210 g/t Ag, 0.59% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 1.3% Zn over 4.4m, including 355 g/t Ag, 0.7 g/t Au, 1.02% Cu, 4.6% Pb, and 3.2% Zn over 0.9m.

ON MINING

  • Equinox Gold Corp., provided 2021 guidance and outlined growth and investment plan. It expects to produce 170K-190K Oz Au from its Los Filos mine in Guerrero at cash and AISC of USD $1,125-1,200 and USD $1,330-1,390 respectively. The company has planned a total sustaining and non-sustaining capital spend of USD $133M for the year.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported Q4, 2020 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. The company produced 298.6KOz Ag, 3,632 Oz Au and 280K Lb Cu (614.15K Oz AgEq) at cash and AISC of USD $12.27 and USD $15.19 per Oz Ag sold. GoGold reported revenue of USD $14,078M, a net income of USD $4.23M, and a cash flow from operation of USD $5.86M.  

ON FINANCING

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., announced that 106,995,885 New Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange market (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora).
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., announced that it entered into a CAD $20M bought deal financing with Sprott Capital Partners LP.  Net proceeds will be used to fund continued exploration at its El Tigre project in Sonora, as well as for general working capital and business development purposes.
  • Comet Resources Ltd., announced that it raised $1M in strategic investor placement. Part of the raised funds will be used to support exploration activities at its (Santa Teresa project in Baja California.
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., announced a private placement for gross proceeds of $2.7M (Ermitaño property, Sonora).
  • Prospero Silver Corp., announced a consolidation of its common shares on the basis of one new post-consolidation common share for every three pre-consolidation common shares effective as of February 11, 2021.  There will be no name change or trading symbol change in conjunction with the consolidation (Pachuca SE property, Hidalgo).
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., entered into a bought deal financing agreement for aggregate gross proceeds of USD $120M. Net proceeds of the offering will be used to expand resources and reserves at its Las Chispas project in Sonora through further drilling, to optimize the mine and processing plant design, to explore regional targets, and for general working capital purposes. 

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., commenced initial site activities at its Sonora Lithium project in Sonora. Bacanora engaged a local specialist ecological service company to rescue and remove surface vegetation and topsoil in the area proposed for the construction of the processing plant. The company is also upgrading the main access road for providing access to heavy equipment to commence the bulk site earthworks later in the year.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., provided an update on ongoing exploration at its Platosa mine in Durango. The company is drilling regional targets such as Jaboncillo and the PDN areas, as well as drilling the Platosa extensions and Platosa Underground to support resource definition and expansion. At Jaboncillo zone, located 11 km north of Platosa mine, Excellon identified in a previous drilling campaign a 1.2km length gossans mineralization.  The current drilling program is targeting the source of these gossans and the existence of massive sulphides. At PDN zone, located 2 km north of Platosa mine, it is testing a large 800m by 60m target generated with multiple sets of geophysical data, surface mapping and sampling. This target is interpreted as a deeper skarn related to the Rincon del Caido  skarn discovered in 2012 where a previous drill intercept encountered 132 g/t Ag, 3.1% Pb, 1.7% Zn, and 0.075 g/t Au (278 g/t AgEq) over 55.5m. At the 10-20 target, the company has been conducting drilling surface to add mineralization over approximately 300m of strike with a vertical extent of 30-40m. This zone has potential to significantly increase the current 800m by 600m mineralized footprint of the Platosa mine.  At Platosa mine, Excellon is conducting underground drilling to define mineralization ahead of mine development and add mineralized inventory in areas not adequately tested by surface drilling. This underground drilling program follows up on previous drilling of the Pierna and NE-1 mantos and depth extensions of the 623 and NE-1S mantos.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., released underground and surface drilling results from its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Significant mineralization was encountered in hole PLI-20-05 with 2.63 g/t Au, 39 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 4m, including 8.95 g/t Au, 136 g/t Ag,0.4% Cu,  0.6% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (1,101 g/t AgEq) over 1.0m, and other deeper intersection of 2.77 g/t Au, 25 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.6% Zn over 9.2m, including 19.95 g/t Au, 227 g/t Ag, 1% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 4.7% Zn (2,507 g/t AgEq) over 0.20m; and hole PLI17-32 with 1.37 g/t Au, 68 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (245 g/t AgEq) over 10.6m. “The underground drilling program is targeting high-grade Ag-Au epithermal mineralization and bulk tonnage-style polymetallic mineralization in the Plomosas Mine Area, with the objective to delineate high margin precious and base metals mineralization for planned resource estimation”.
  • Newmont Corporation reported 2020 mineral reserves and resources for its Peñasquito and Noche Buena mines. Figures are shown in the tables below:

(Resources are reported exclusive of reserves)

  • Orla Mining Ltd., filed updated FS on its Camino Rojo Oxide project in Zacatecas. Highlights include a total ore to leach pad of 67.4M tonnes of 0.73 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag for a total of 1.59M Oz Au and 31.5M Oz Ag at metallurgical recoveries of 62% and 20% respectively to recover 980K Oz Au and 6.19M Oz Ag. The mine life of Camino Rojo has been estimated in 10.4 years with a throughput rate of 18,000 tonnes per day for an annual production of 94K Oz Au, at a cash and AISC cost of USD $490 and USD $543 per Oz Au respectively. The FS reported a Pre-Tax and NVP (5% discount rate)  of USD $668M, Pre-Tax IRR of 82%, an After-Tax and NVP (5% discount rate) of USD $542M,and an After-Tax IRR of %62%, for a payback time of 1.5 years.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp., released drill results from its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. The company intersected bonanza grades at La Bocona Chimney in hole 20CLM-131 with 1,072 g/t Ag, 18.8% Pb, and 7.5% Zn (2,040 g/t AgEq or 51.7% ZnEq) over a true width (TW) of 8m, which includes subintervals of 3,180 g/t Ag, 58.8% Pb, and 2.3% Zn over a TW of 0.6m, and 2,340 g/t Ag, 35.9% Pb, and 1.6% Zn over a TW of 0.8m. Additional mineralized intervals intersected further down-hole include 121 g/t Ag, 2.5% Pb, and 2.5% Zn (311 g/t AgEq or 7.9% ZnEq) over a TW of 8.5m, including 413 g/t Ag, 8.7% Pb, and 9.3% Zn (1,103 g/t AgEq or 28% ZnEq) over a TW of 1.6m, including 59 g/t Ag, 0.6 g/t Au, an 3.7% Cu (489 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.5m. Additional assays results were also received from the Muralla and the South Skarn targets located 500m away of the Mina La Bocona. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole 20CLM-134 with 205 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 4% Pb, and 0.9% Zn (377 g/t AgEq or 9.5% ZnEq) over a TW of 4.1m, including 575 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 9.9% Pb, and 2.2% Zn (972 g/t AgEq or 24.7% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.6m in the Muralla target; hole 20CLM-126 with 95 g/t Ag, 0.7% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (174 g/t AgEq or 4.4% ZnEq), including 398 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 2.7% Pb, and 4% Zn (679 g/t AgEq or 17.2% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.7min the South Target Zone, and hole 20CLM-130 with 327 g/t Ag, 5.6% Pb, and 11.5% Zn (960 g/t AgEq or 24.4% ZnEq) over a TW of 1m in the South Target Zone.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Carlyle Commodities Corp., announced that it has now met its first-year exploration commitments of its Option Agreement with Riverside Resources to acquire 100% of the Cecilia Gold-Silver project, by having advanced at least CAD $750K for exploration expenditures.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., granted an aggregate of 350K stock options to certain consultants, to acquire one common share of Fabled at an exercise price of $0.22 per common share until September 1, 2021 (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., announced the resignation of its Director and Chair of the Board, and the appointment of its replacement (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).
  • Gold Resource Corporation announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Arista mine, Oaxaca).
  • Gold79 Mines Ltd., announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and granted him 500K common shares at a price of $0.10 per share and expires on February 12, 2031 (Taviche project, Oaxaca).
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., announced that its current President and Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to the Board of Directors (Ermitaño project, Sonora).
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited announced that two independent adviser firms have recommended that holders of Premier´s common shares and options approve the proposed acquisition of Equinox Gold Corp. (Mercedes mine, Sonora). 
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., signed a purchase agreement with Manto Resources SA de CV to acquire the Magistral del Oro mill and tailings project in Durango.  Magistral project consists of a 1,000 tons per day (TPD) Merrill-Crow tailings reprocessing  plant and tailing disposal facility, and access to an estimated 1.3M tonnes of tailings with a historic average grade of between 2.06 g/t Au and 2.11 g/t Au. In order to acquire the property, Tarachi has to issue 4M of its common shares, grant Manto with a 15% net profits royalty on the estimated 1.3M tonnes of tailings material expected to be processed and reimburse Manto for USD $1,179,500 of cash outlays, and will satisfy certain obligations of Manto by paying a total of USD $1,111,000 plus any Mexican value add tax (IVA) and issuing 1,685,916 common shares within 90 days of closing. Manto will be entitled to the following staged bonus payments: an additional 4M common shares 60 days after the closing date, 4M common shares 180 days after the closing date, 4M of common shares 365 days after the closing date, USD $500K in cash following 6 months of commercial production at Magistral, USD $500K in cash following 12 months of commercial production at Magistral, upon the company earning USD $15M in revenue from Magistral, the company will pay Manto USD $1M. Finally, a finder´s fee of 1M common shares will be issued to Spirit Exploration Corp.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., announced it will change its name to Vizsla Silver Corp. The name change is expected to be effective on February 9, 2021 (Panuco project, Sinaloa). 

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Coanzamex (GoGold Resources Inc.) delivered blankets to the Parral Municipality Shelter. Major of Parral thanked the spirit of solidarity that has characterized the mining company that has operated in Parral, Chihuahua for several years.
  • Fresnillo plc organized literary caravan and delivered 10,000 books to children and adolescents from 23 communities in Caborca, Sonora.  It should be mentioned that Fresnillo plc, in alliance with the IBBY México organization, encourages children’s reading through the “Picando Letras” program, which has been implemented for some time more than 8 years and, to date, approximately more than 2,500 infants and adolescents have participated in the various actions.
  • Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV signed an alliance with the UNAM Foundation so that medical fellows serve the communities near its operating units Durango, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Zacatecas. For more than 10 years, Peñoles has carried out Health Days to the communities near its operations, to provide free medical care to its neighbors. To give continuity to preventive health programs among the population with fewer resources, Peñoles ratified an agreement with the UNAM Foundation whereby eight social service providers of the University will provide medical care to the communities surrounding the Velardeña, Sabinas, Tizapa, and Capela mines.
  • Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV encourages the presence of women in the areas of science, innovation and technological development. Its General Director, Rafael Rebollar, points out that, fortunately, more women are joining the different mining processes, contributing their talent and skills. The Central Laboratory and the Center for Research and Technological Development (CIDT) of Peñoles stand out, with 35 women who carry out functions key to mining and metallurgical processes. Thus, Peñoles reiterates its commitment to society by integrating more women scientists in the industry, through programs that expand their knowledge and allow them to innovate in the processes, which contributes to strengthening the activity mining and make it more sustainable.
  • Santa Elena Mine (First Majestic) in connection with the Sonora A.C. Mining Cluster are carrying out a support program for local merchants in the Banámichi and Río Sonora region. Through a workshop, they seek to provide the necessary tools to promote the economic reactivation of businesses and overcome the barriers of the pandemic using new digital marketing tool to offer its products and services. This training was offered in virtual mode where the last session was completed in person, ending with the delivery of recognitions to the participants.

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On the picture above, a quartz hydrothermal breccia in a low sulphidation epithermal system in a prospect in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia., Mexico.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of October, 2020.

Rich-Mn jasperoid

By Miguel A Heredia

During the forty one week of the year (October 5th to October 11th, 2020), at least 27 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 10 news published by the media, with seven informing on exploration results, seven announcing financial rounds, seven commenting on Mexican issues, six disclosing deals and corporate issues, six communicating production and financial results, three discussing social issues, and one reporting on resources and development of their mine operations  ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) and other organizations in the mining sector urged the federal government to maintain the operations of the Mining Fund, which has counted, until now, with an amount of MXP $22,000M (about $1B). The fate of the Fund for the Development of Mining Production Zones (Mining Fund), which had drastically changed its distribution in the last two years, is now more uncertain. Alvaro Burgos Barrera, the State Secretary of Economic Development of Guerrero, stated that Mining fund distributed MXP $300M for urban infrastructure in seven municipalities of the state, but now this support won´t arrive anymore at the entity after the disappearance of such program, at the initiative of the current federal government. Mining companies operating in Mexico demanded to guarantee the resources of the Mining Fund to the mining communities. The mining sector of Zimapan, Hidalgo spoke against the extinction of the Mining Fund. Mexico loses shine to attract mining investment. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to take a decision on how to manage Mexico’s lithium resources soon.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Riverside reported assay results from 55 channel samples and 181 soil samples taken at its Cuarentas property and announced it is preparing a drill program. In Chihuahua, Kootenay released drilling results from its Columba project and announced the discovery of a broad area of Ag mineralization.  In Sinaloa, Brigadier reported exploration results from the El Placer vein system within its Picachos project, Prismo received environmental permit from SEMARNAT to drill 5 holes at its Palos Verdes project, and Vizsla reported drill results from its Panuco property.  In Zacatecas, Advance Gold reported drill results from two holes collared at its Tabasquena project. In Guanajuato, VanGold released assays from underground channel sampling carried out at its Pinguico property.  ON MINING, Aura reported preliminary Q3, 2020 production results from its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas. GoGold reported Q3, 2020 production activities from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. Endeavour announced Q3, 2020 production results from their Mexican operations. Great Panther released production results from their Topia mine in Durango and Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato for the period Q3, 2020. Hecla announced production results from its San Sebastian mine in Durango for the period Q3, 2020.Torex reported Q3, 2020 production results from its El Limon-Guajes mine complex in Guerrero. ON FINANCING, Almadex announced a proposed non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of approximately $1.35M (El Chato project, Puebla). Barksdale granted stock options to its directors, employees and consultants (San Javier project, Sonora). Comet raised $1M under its share purchase plane with approximately 180 shareholders participating (Santa Teresa project, Baja California). Golden Tag announced that it has initiated the process to have its common shares trading on the OTCQB Venture Market and the repricing of 9.9M incentive stock options. Inomin closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $400,500 (La Gitana project, Oaxaca). Santacruzclosed the first tranche of its previously announced non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $7,629,279.02. Mexus announced that it has completed a 1 for 20 reverse split of its stock (Santa Elena mine, Sonora).   ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus announced that its ball mill gravity gold recovery system is now operational, allowing the company to run high grade material from the Julio quartz vein at its Santa Elena mine located in Caborca, Sonora.    ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Avino announced that it achieved a successful resolution to the strike at its Avino mine in Durango. Gold Resource announced its intent to spin-off in two separate companies its Nevada and Oaxaca Mining Unit (Arista Mine, Oaxaca).  Gray Rock announced the change of its name to Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd (Ana Maria project, Durango). Impact Silver executed a letter of intent to option the Nuevo Taxco project in Guerrero to Road Oak Mining Corp. Osisko announced spin-out of mining assets and creation of a premier North American Gold Development Company (San Antonio project, Sonora).  Silver Dollar reported that it is evaluating to transfer its Canadian exploration projects to a new subsidiary with the aim of position the company to be focus on the exploration and development of its advanced stage la Joya property in Durango. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver) fulfilled an agreement with the Oaxaca community to extend the hours of attention to patients at the Health Center of the Municipal Headquarters.  In the Municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, 11 school domes were inaugurated, of which 6 were made with resources from the Mining Fund and five in coordination with the Municipality and the State. Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV faces firmly the new challenges posed by the pandemic.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) and other organizations in the sector urged the federal government to maintain the operations of the Mining Fund, which has counted, until now, with an amount of MXP $22,000M (about $1.04B),  with an impact on 690 communities. The Mining Fund was created with the objective of benefiting the populations where the resources were generated.
  • The fate of the Fund for the Development of Mining Production Zones (Mining Fund), which had drastically changed its distribution in the last two years, is now more uncertain. The resources collected between 2014 and 2018 have been used for the installation and maintenance of public lighting, sanitary landfills, water treatment plants, drainage works. Public jets and environmental projects such as reforestation, etc. In 2019, it was decreed that these resources be distributed in a general way in the country through the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), which reduces the possibility of continuing with the development of mining communities. It goes against the principles by which it was generated: to distribute the Mining Fund among mining states and municipalities to promote high-impact infrastructure works.
  • Alvaro Burgos Barrera, the State Secretary of Economic Development of Guerrero, stated that Mining fund distributed MXP $300M for urban infrastructure in seven municipalities, but now this support won´t arrive anymore at the entity after the disappearance of such program, at the initiative of the current federal government.
  • Mining companies operating in Mexico demanded to guarantee the resources of the Mining Fund to the mining communities claiming that is was created with the spirit of benefiting the populations where the resources are generated. The Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) asked the federal government to guarantee the application of resources from the Fund for the Development of Mining Production Zones for the benefit of the more than 690 mining communities in the country located in 212 municipalities in 24 states of the Mexican Republic. That is the commitment 27 made by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during his protest, which states: “The tax charged to companies for the extraction of the mineral will be transferred to the mining communities.”
  • The mining sector of Zimapan, Hidalgo spoke against the extinction of the Mining Fund. The federal initiative to disappear 109 trusts with an economic sum of almost MXP $68.5 would cause Hidalgo to stop receiving part of those funds, in different lines, including the one focused on Science and Technology as well as the extractive mineral industry. One of the first impacts would be the cancellation of economic resources for the urban infrastructure of the municipality.
  • Mexico loses shine to attract mining investment. After disagreements between the federal government and the mining industry, last year Mexico fell nine places in investment attractiveness for the mining industry, going from 29th place in 2018 to 38th in 2019. The federal government has been clear that no mining concessions will be granted during this administration. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has declared that 40 percent of the national territory was concessioned and it is about stopping them “because with what has been granted, it is enough for millions of years.” Karen Flores, general director of the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX), refuted this statement and points out that 24 thousand 66 mining concession titles are in force in Mexico, representing 16.83 million hectares, equivalent to 8.59 percent of the national territory, for which is a myth to affirm that practically the entire national territory is concessioned to mining. At least 84 projects were postponed in 2019 due to different factors that affect their competitiveness, such as the price of metals, a higher tax burden, delays or rejections of permits, and uncertainty regarding possible changes in existing regulations, as well as in mining public policies, according to CAMIMEX.
  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to take a decision on how to manage Mexico’s lithium resources soon. As is known, the government considers nationalizing the metal for batteries, whose demand is expected to increase in the coming decades to meet the growing manufacture of electric vehicles. What will be analyzed is to see if the country will opt for a total nationalization or to count with stricter controls on concessions, since all minerals belong to the State under Mexican law. While Mexico is not yet a lithium-producing country, this is expected to change in 2023 when project production begins in Sonora. Sonora is home to one of the largest lithium deposits in the world.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Riverside Resources Inc., reported assay results from 55 channel samples and 181 soil samples taken at its Cuarentas property in Sonora and announced it is preparing a drill program to test some outlined targets. Highlights of the channel sampling include 9.1 g/t Au over 3.4m, including 32.9 g/t Au over 0.8m; 21.7 g/t Au over 1.6m; and 6.3 g/t Au over 1.2m. The soil program was done using a grid of 50 meter spaced lines and 25 meter spacing between samples. The soil sampling has defined a continuous 550 m long high-grade gold-in-soil anomaly which merges the Santa Rosalia and Santa Rosalia Sur as Centro de Rosalia and cumulates more than 1.7 km with higher-grade gold mineralization. Highlights include results of up to 0.9 g/t Au.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., released drilling results from the J-Z zone within its Columba project in Chihuahua, and announced the discovery of a broad area of at least 320m long, 460m deep, and an average width of 60m with high grade Ag mineralization in hydrothermal breccias.  The mineralized system is open laterally on strike and at depth. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole CDH-20-061 with 43 g/t Ag over 30.85m, including 164 g/t Ag over 1m and 63 g/t Ag over 8m, as well as 54 g/t Ag over 7.85m, including 144 g/t Ag over 2m; hole CDH-20-062 with 93 g/t Ag over 11.6m including 115 g/t Ag over 8.3m and including 161 g/t Ag over 1m; hole CDH-20-063 with 91 g/t Ag over 9m, including 187 g/t Ag over 2.49m, including 762 g/t Ag over 0.49m; hole CDH-20-065 with 106 g/t Ag over 7m; hole 69 g/t Ag over 25.5m, including 154 g/t Ag over 9m, including 773 hg/t Ag over 1.5m; hole CDH-20-030 with 76 g/t Ag over 8.9m, including 173 g/t Ag over 3.3m, as well as 200 g/t Ag over 25.85m, including 415 g/t Ag over 11.15m, including 721 g(t Ag over 4.07m, and including 982 g/t Ag over 1.9m; and hole CDH-20-060 with 132 g/t Ag over 64m, including 226 g/t Ag over 9m, including 1,025 g/t Ag over  1m, as well as 229 g/t Ag over 22m, including 608 g/t Ag over 5m, including 1,160 g/t Ag over 1m.  
  • Brigadier Gold Limited, reported exploration results from the El Placer vein system within its Picachos project in Sinaloa. This vein system has been traced now for at least 4km along strike and comprises multiple parallel veins over a trend width ranging from 60 to 160 metres. Sample assay highlights include 7.4 g/t Au over 3.2m; 12.8 g/t Au, 54 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu, 7.7% Pb, and 6.73% Zn over 0.5m; and 101 g/t Ag, 0.3% Cu, 2% Pb, and 11.6% Zn over 1m.
  • Prismo Metals Inc., received environmental permit from SEMARNAT for its Palos Verdes project in Sinaloa. “The Palos Verdes drilling program will consist of about five holes, with the longest hole planned at 150-175m, designed to test the vein on strike and below the high-grade intercepts from a previous drill program carried out in May 2018. The best intercept from that program was 8.42 g/t Au and 2,336 g/t Ag, over an estimated 0.8m true width”.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., reported results from its current drill program at its Panuco property in Sinaloa. Significant drill intersects were encountered at hole NP-20-25 with 2.02 g/t Au, 255 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, and 0.6% Zn (449 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 15.3m; and hole NP-20-27 with 8.7 g/t Au, 870 g/t Ag, 0.8% Pb, and 2% Zn (1,696 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.58m. 
  • Advance Gold Corp., reported drill results from two holes collared at its Tabasquena project in Zacatecas, to test a 3,500m long continuous high chargeability Induced Polarization (IP) anomaly. Hole AGT-15 intercepted 122 g/t over a narrow interval of 0.33m, 198 g/t Ag over 2.23m, and 664 g/t Ag over 2.15m; and hole AGT-16 intercepted 0.7% Pb and 2.6% Zn over 6.5m, including 2.27% Pb and 5.45% Zn over 1.3m. A new geophysical survey will be underway within days to determine east to west dimensions of the geophysical anomaly at the northern end.
  • VanGold Mining Corp., released assays from channel sampling carried out at its Pinguico property in Guanajuato.  “El Pinguico vein system between the 4th and 6th levels (from approximately 130m to 185m below surface), covering an area approximately 55 meters in height, by 60 meters in width and where the stopped out area, plus remaining vein material, ranges from 1.5 meters to 5.5 meters wide.  This exposure is adjacent to the El Pinguico shaft where crews continue to remove material blocking access to the #7 adit level”. Significant assays are 1.72 g/t Au and 630 g/t Ag (9.59 g/t AuEq or 767 g/t AgEq) over 1.6m; 4 g/t Au and 404 g/t Ag (9.05 g/t AuEq or 724 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m; and 4.59 g/t Au and 4566 g/t Ag (10.41 g/t AuEq or 833 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m. A weighted average grade of the underground sampling was 2.5 g/t Au and 363 g/t Ag (6.71 g/t AuEq or 537 g/t AgEq). Additionally, VanGold announced that a drill program will commence in the third week of November. It will consist of 14 holes for a total of 2,230m of HQ and/or NQ drilling.

ON MINING

  • Aura Minerals Inc., reported preliminary Q3, 2020 production results from its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas. It produced 5,881 Oz Au, 101, 379 Oz Ag, and 6,921 Lb Cu (17,909 Oz AuEq).
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported Q3, 2020 production activities from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. The company produced 300,740 Oz Ag, 3,414 Oz Au, and 282.2K Lb Cu (a total of 605,287 Oz AgEq).
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., announced Q3, 2020 production results from their Mexican mine operations: Guanacevi in Durango, Bolañitos in Guanajuato, and El Compas in Zacatecas. Figures are summarized in the below table:
  • Great Panther Mining Limited, released production results from their Topia mine in Durango and Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato for the period Q3, 2020. At Topia, Durango, the company processed 20,292 tonnes of 0.85 g/t Au and 353 g/t Ag, at metallurgical recoveries of 55.5% and 92.5% respectively to produce 308 Oz Au, 213,320 Oz Ag, 1M Lb Pb, and 1.25M Lb Zn (383,897 Oz AgEq). At Guanajuato Mine Complex, Great Panther processed 45,101 tonnes of 1.59 g/t Au, and 131 g/t Ag at metallurgical recoveries of 83.4% and 85.5% respectively to produce 1,919 Oz Au and 161,927 Oz Ag (334,675 Oz AgEq).
  • Hecla Mining Company, announced production results from its San Sebastian mine in Durango for the period Q3, 2020.The company produced 1,931 Oz Au and 0.3M Oz Ag, for a total production of 6K Oz Au and 0.8M Oz Ag during the first 9 months of 2020.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., reported Q3, 2020 production results from its El Limon-Guajes mine complex in Guerrero. The company produced 131,790 Oz Au and sold 133,030 Oz Au at an average realized price of $1,880 per Oz. Torex has produced 299,830 Oz Au and sold 304,230 Oz Au  through the first nine months of 2020, at an average realized gold price of $1,735 per Oz.

ON FINANCING

  • Almadex Minerals Ltd., announced a proposed non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of approximately $1.35M. The company intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes (El Chato project, Puebla).
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., granted stock options to its directors, employees and consultants to purchase up to 925K common shares at an exercise price of $0.50 per share  (San Javier project, Sonora).
  • Comet Resources Limited, raised $1M under its share purchase plane with approximately 180 shareholders participating. These funds are in addition to the $2M raised under the previous placement completed in September 2020. Part of the proceeds raised will be used to fund activities at its Santa Teresa project in Baja California.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd., announced that it has initiated the process to have its common shares trading on the OTCQB Venture Market and the repricing of 9.9M incentive stock options from $0.325 to $0.33 (San Diego property, Durango).
  • Inomin Mines Ltd., closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $400,500. The company will use the gross proceeds to establish operations in Mexico to move forward with the La Gitana project in Oaxaca.  
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., closed the first tranche of its previously announced non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $7,629,279.02. Gross proceeds will be used to purchase underground equipment for its Zimapan property in Hidalgo and for general working capital and corporate purposes. Santacruz also announced that due to the strong demand it has further increased the size of the private placement to up to $10M. Closing of remain tranche(s) of the private placement is expected to occur on or before October 14, 2020.
  • Mexus Gold US, announced that it has completed a 1 for 20 reverse split of its stock. The stock will began trading at its new price allowing the stock price to move up and accurately to reflect the value of the company. An increased stock price will also give Mexus the opportunity to uplist the stock once all parameters for doing so have been met. (Santa Elena mine, Sonora).   

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mexus Gold US recently announced the discovery of a significant amount of gold trapped in silver chloride at the bottom of the heap leach pad located at its Santa Elena mine. As stated in its recent press release the company noted that its ball mill gravity recovery system would be used to recover this gold, allowing the company to run high grade material from the Julio quartz vein at its Santa Elena mine located in Caborca, Sonora.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., announced that it reached an agreement with the Mexican Mining Union and the strike at the mine has ended (Avino mine, Durango).
  • Gold Resource Corporation, announced its intent to spin-off in two separate companies its Nevada and Oaxaca Mining Unit. The company wants to spin-off its Nevada Mining Unit to shareholders as a separate publicly-traded company. The transaction is targeted to be completed by year-end 2020 or the first quarter of 2021.  With this transaction, the Oaxaca Mining Unit would be focused on expanding and discovering new vein systems since it has only drilled 2% of its 560 square kilometer land package in Oaxaca (Arista Mine, Oaxaca).
  • Gray Rock Resources Ltd., announced the change of its name to Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., effective October 8, 2020. The company shares will commence trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the new trading symbol “SWLF” (Ana Maria project, Durango).  
  • Impact Silver Corp., executed a letter of intent to option the Nuevo Taxco project in Guerrero to Road Oak Mining Corp. , under which Red Oak will carry exploration of a portion of Impact´s very large land position in Mexico. The Nuevo Taxco project comprises 1,100 hectares and is located on the NW extension of the famous Taxco Silver Mining District, and the area is prospective for high grade Ag-Au mineralization. Red Oak may earn a  100% interest by making staged payments and incurring exploration expenditures over a 3-year period as follow:  a) $50K in cash and 500K Red Oak common shares upon TSXV approval of the transaction and closing of their financing, b) $200K in exploration expenditures on or before September 30, 2021, c) $100K in cash, 1M common shares, and $400K in exploration expenditures before September, 2022, and d) $150K in cash, 2M common shares, and $800K in exploration expenditures on or before September, 2023. IN addition, Impact will retain a 1% NSR that Red Oak may buy back for CAD $1M.
  • Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., announced spin-out of mining assets and creation of a premier North American Gold Development company (San Antonio project, Sonora). Osisko and Barolo Ventures Corp., entered into a binding letter agreement outlining the terms upon which Osisko Royalties will transfer certain mining properties (or securities of the entities that directly or indirectly own such mining properties), including the San Antonio Gold property in Sonora and Guerrero properties in Guerrero state as well as  a portfolio of marketable mining properties in Canada valued at approximately CDN $116M, to Barolo in exchange for common shares of Barolo which will result in a “Reverse Take-Over” of Barolo under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., reported that it is evaluating to transfer its Canadian exploration projects to a new subsidiary that would be spun out to Silver Dollar shareholders. It allows Silver Dollar to be focused on the exploration and development of its advanced stage la Joya property in Durango.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.), fulfilled an agreement with the Oaxaca community to extend the hours of attention to patients at the Health Center of the Municipal Headquarters, benefiting the inhabitants of the municipality, agencies and ranches. In addition, two specialized spaces were enabled for general medicine and emergency care, and the two municipal ambulances were maintained, one of them equipped for the transfer of patients with COVID-19 symptoms. It is worth mentioning that the agreement will be in force until the health emergency due to COVID-19 is lifted by the Federal Government through the General Health Council.
  • In the Municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, 11 school domes were inaugurated, of which 6 were made with resources from the Mining Fund and five in coordination with the Municipality and the State.
  • Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV faces firmly the new challenges posed by the pandemic and continues to prepare to create the health conditions required to protect its thousands of workers, highlighting that this has undoubtedly been an extremely complicated year. In addition to the fact that during this 2020 none of its workers will be left without employment. Peñoles today applies the highest standards of health protection to continue operating as a company and also as an industry despite all the circumstances.

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On the picture above, a rich-Mn jasperoid from an epithermal system in a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 10th week of the year (March 5th to March 11th, 2018), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and three articles on mining matters in Mexico published by newspapers. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the Fraser Institute released the results of the 2017 survey on Mining Attractiveness by Jurisdiction, with Mexico stagnant at mid table due to low results on taxation regime, labor disruptions and security perception. The Sonora government is supporting the mining industry with the signature of a collaboration agreement with the Economy Bureau. The governors of Chihuahua and Oaxaca attended the PDAC in Toronto for promoting mining investment in their respective states. Other delegations present were from Durango and Zacatecas. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora Riverside announced a bigger land position at its Cecilia project; Oceanus has mapped the favorable El Tigre Formation rock package for 5 km in strike length at its El Tigre property; Mexus Gold updated on exploration of its 8 Hermanos property; Millrock disclosed interesting low grade drilling results from its Navidad property; Azure has started the second drill campaign at its Sara Alicia Au-Co property. In Chihuahua VVC Minerals received the permit for drilling its Samalayuca property; Radius updated on exploration at its Amalia project. In Guanajuato, Vangold started the phase two of drilling at its Pinguico property. ON MINING, two companies, Americas Silver and Santacruz Silver presented production results for the quarter and/or full year 2017. Magellan Gold announced the restart of its mill in Nayarit.  ON FINANCING, Canuc Resources closed a $1.1 M financing round, Colibri closed the first tranche of a financing round netting $1.08 M. Vangold announced the opening of a financing round for raising up to $2 M. Santacruz Silver obtained a US$2.3 M private loan. Starcore closed a financing round for $125 K with an insider.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Levon Resources released an updated mineral resource report for its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Alio Gold provided an exploration update at its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. Leagold updated its mineral resource estimate for its Los Filos mine and the Bermejal Underground deposits in Guerrero. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sonoro Metals acted on the LOI to option a group of properties adjacent to its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora. Autlan is to acquire all shares from Metallorum (it already controls an undisclosed percentage), which owns the Lluvia de Oro mine in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico stays about the same on the investment attractiveness index published yearly by the Fraser Institute. Mexico fell to the 50 (of 91 jurisdictions surveyed) position from the 44 (of 104) on the 2016 survey, affected mainly by low rankings in security, taxation regime and labor regulations/work disruptions. In 2014 Mexico was on the 24 position of 122 surveyed. Chile ranked 8 and Peru 19 on the 2017 survey. Below is the table for the perception of the taxation regime (which presents the effect of the recently imposed royalties as a hard fact). The security perception ranking, along the other rankings can be seen at the following link: (https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/survey-of-mining-companies-2017.pdf).Taxation Regime Index, Fraser Institute 20171
  • The Sonora government is supporting the development of the mining industry in the state with the signature of a collaboration agreement with the Economy Bureau (Secretaría de Economía). The agreement looks to promote investment, better technical assessments, training and cut red tape. The mining industry represents 17% of the state’s GDP, with the state providing 31% of Mexico’s mining production. Sonora’s Governor Claudia Pavlovich has been pushing a proposal on the Deputies Chamber to install a 100% deduction of exploration expenses on the year these are incurred.
  • The governors of Chihuahua and Oaxaca attended the PDAC in Toronto Canada to promote mining investment on their states. Both Javier Corral (Chihuahua) and Alejandro Murat (Oaxaca) attended the Mexico Mining Day 2018 and had personal interviews with companies doing business in their states or trying to set a foothold there. Other delegations present were from Durango and Zacatecas.

ON EXPLORATION

  • VVC Minerals Corp. received the permit for drilling at its Samalayuca property in Chihuahua. The SEMARNAT permit approved 22 new drilling sites, in addition to 13 already approved. The drilling is to focus on La Gloria Extension area, La Concha pit area, La Zorra zone and the Julianna, Suerte and Trinidad areas. The completed and proposed drilling cover 7 Km of strike length on the property.
  • Vangold Mining Corp. concludes phase 1 drilling, starts phase 2 drilling at El Pinguico property in Guanajuato. Vangold completed five of 15 drill holes targeting the underground stockpiles (backfill) on the El Pinguico vein, with poor recoveries and grades. While a better method of assessing these stockpiles is researched, the company has initiated the phase 2 drilling campaign targeting the lower El Pinguico vein extension below the old workings, 300 m below the surface.
  • Riverside Resources Inc. announced that it has been granted the mineral rights to the Cecilia 1 concession, increasing the ground held on the Cecilia project in Sonora to almost 6,000 hectares. Epithermal Au-Ag mineralization is associated to a rhyolite flow-dome setting.
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. updated on its exploration efforts on El Tigre property in Sonora. The El Tigre Formation is the rock package that host the historic El Tigre mine, which operated from 1903 to 1938, producing 353 K Oz Au and 67.4 M Oz Ag; the favorable El Tigre Formation has been now traced for 5 km.
  • Mexus Gold US. presented an update on exploration of its 8 Hermanos and Scorpio_370 claims in Sonora. Mexus controls 2,800 hectares in an area with sedimentary rocks intruded by granodiorite, dioritic dikes and a diorite porphyry, all covered in turn by Tertiary volcanic tuffs and flows. Three samples from the 370 concession returned 9 g/t Au, 41 g/t Ag; 47 g/t Au, 33 g/t Ag; 10 g/t Au, 8 g/t Ag. Porphyry copper potential is highlighted on a report (no alteration is described).
  • Radius Gold Inc. provided an update on exploration at the Amalia project in Chihuahua. The 10,380 ha project has Au-Ag mineralization defined over 2 km of strike length in high level chalcedonic veins, stockworks and breccias and deeper level structurally controlled higher grade mineralization. “Radius continues to advance the Amalia project and is currently permitting drilling and bulldozer trenching.” Recent channel sampling returned 4.5 m @ 10.3 g/t Au, 202 g/t Ag, extending the total strike length of the high-level epithermal mineralization of the Campamento zone to 500 m.
  • Millrock Resources Inc. reported on first phase core drilling at its La Navidad project in Sonora, funded by earn-in partner Centerra Gold. In total, 2,130 m were drilled in 12 holes, with several anomalous intersections, like: 17.2 m @ 0.75 g/t Au (including 1 m @ 9.05 g/t Au); 15.65 m @ 0.60 g/t Au; 18.30 m @ 0.33 g/t Au; 18.0 m @ 0.12 g/t Au; 6.00 m @ 0.26 g/t Au; 5.90 m @ 0.45 g/t Au; 57.0 m @ 0.29 g/t Au; 16.6 m @ 0.35 g/t Au.
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. announced the start of the second drilling campaign on its Sara Alicia project in Sonora. “The Sara Alicia mineralised zone consists of carbonate rocks intruded by a porphyry. This intrusive event caused strong alteration and mineralising reactions in the limestones to form a skarn body which hosts massive and semi-massive sulphides containing the cobalt and gold mineralisation”. The first phase of this drilling campaign is to comprise 1,000 m in 10-12 holes, targeting along-strike and down-dip extensions. The second phase is planned to complete a 50 x 50 m drill pattern over the mineralized body.

ON MINING

  • Americas Silver Corp. reported 4Q and year-end financial results for 2017, including some figures from its operations in Mexico. The San Rafael mine in Sinaloa declared commercial production on December 19, 2017, and was constructed for $16.3 M, 32% lower than the initial project guidance. For 2018 the company plans to produce 1.6 to 2.0 M Oz Ag and 7.2 to 8.0 M Oz AgEq. Cash balance at the end of December was $9.3 M, with net working capital of $11.8 M.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. Santacruz produced 865.4 K Oz AgEq during the year, including 139.7 K Oz AgEq during the fourth quarter. At Veta Grande in Zacatecas 102.1 K tonnes were milled @ 100 g/t Ag (127 g/t AgEq) and Ag recovery of 61% to produce 201.3 K Oz Ag, 424 Oz Au, 466 tonnes Pb, 803 tonnes Zn during the year. At Rosario in San Luis Potosi, 78.9 K tonnes were milled @ 52 g/t Ag (205 g/t AgEq) and a recovery of 85% Ag to produce 112.6 K Oz Ag, 1,007 Oz Au, 157 tonnes Pb, 1,489 tonnes Zn during the same period.
  • Magellan Gold Corp. announced it has rehired employees and is restarting its 100% owned SDA mill in Nayarit. Operations are initially to reprocess tailing located at the site, with recovery of precious metals expected to defray holding costs of the mill while new ore sources are acquired. The mill last operated in November 2017 and processed third-party ore on a toll basis.

ON FINANCING

  • Canuc Resources Corp. closed a non-brokered private placement financing with gross proceeds of $1.1 M (San Javier, Sonora).
  • Colibri Resource Corp. has closed an over-subscribed first tranche on its previously announced $1 M financing, raising gross proceeds of $1.077 M. Total gross proceeds to be raised between the two tranches is expected to be $1.2 M (Pilar, Sonora).
  • Vangold Mining Corp. announced a non-brokered private placement financing to raise up to $2 M, and fund the phase 2 drill program targeting the lower El Pinguico vein extension, and general working capital.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. has arranged a loan from a private Bolivian mining company, for US$2.3 M. The loan bears interest at 9% per annum, is repayable July 1st, 2018, and is unsecured (Veta Grande, Zacatecas; Rosario, San Luis Potosi).
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. announced the closing of its non-brokered private placement to an insider, for gross proceeds of $125 K (San Martin, Queretaro).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Levon Resources Ltd. announced an updated NI-43-101 mineral resource estimate and a 2018 preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The new estimate includes 990 M tonnes of ore @ 12.8 g/t Ag, 0.37% Zn, 0.17% Pb, 0.04 g/t Au as indicated resources and 282.2 M tonnes @ 20.7 g/t Ag, 0.75% Zn, 0.30% Pb, 0.04 g/t Au as inferred resources. The said resource contains 595 M Oz Ag, 1.63 M Oz Au, 12.7 B Lb Zn, 5.6 B Lb Pb in the indicated and inferred categories. The PEA includes an open pit mining rate of 40 K tpd (tonnes per day) to produce mineral concentrate, an annual production of 8 M Oz Ag, 44.8 K tonnes Zn, 31.1 K tonnes Pb, 11,900 Oz Au. Over the 29 year mine life on the PEA, 231 M Oz Ag, 2,863 M Lb Zn, 1,992 M Lb Pb would be produced.” Metallurgy is simple (side by side lead and zinc conventional flotation mills) with 88% overall recoveries after three rounds of bench-scale testing”.
  • Alio Gold Inc. provided an update on exploration of its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. To date 1,300 m of the planned 3,800 m of surface drilling have been completed (two of six diamond drill holes), intersecting breccia mineralization as expected and awaiting assay results. Two new breccia targets were discovered by mapping within 1.5 km of the limit of the proposed pit, showing magmatic and hydrothermal breccia mineralization with traces of pyrite and arsenopyrite.
  • Leagold Mining Corp. has filed a NI-43-101 technical report for the Los Filos mine in Guerrero. For Los Filos and Bermejal Underground deposits, measured and indicated resources amount to 13.53 M Oz Au, while inferred resources stand at 6.28 M Oz Au (Almost 20 million ounces of gold!).  Los Filos Resources1Los Filos Resources1 - copia

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Sonoro Metals Corp. has executed on the letter of intent (LOI) of an option agreement on the Rosario group of properties in Sonora. The Rosario concessions are adjacent to Sonoro’s Cerro Caliche property, covering 403.5 hectares, thereby increasing Sonoro’s land holdings in the area to 1,455 hectares. Sonoro is to acquire 100% interest on the property by paying the vendor (a Tucson resident) US$1.6 M payable in escalating cash installments over 72 months, with the initial installment of US$60 K payable on execution. The vendor is to retain 2% NSR, same that can be bought by Sonoro by US1 M for each one percent.
  • Compañía Minera Autlán SAB de CV. is to acquire all the shares of Metallorum Holding, which owns the Lluvia de Oro mine in Sonora. The company is to invest US$25 M in the next three years to increase its manganese and ferroalloys production capacity.

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On the picture below, beautiful quartz vein with bladed calcite pseudomorphs at the museum of El Oro mining district in Estado de Mexico.

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

During the 34th week of the year (August 20th to August 26th, 2017), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including two quarterly reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Azure is soon to release drilling results from the Oposura project, while Colibri is planning to drill the Pilar property near Suaqui. In Hidalgo Prospero intends to drill the El Petate property. In Zacatecas Arian Silver completed the drilling of three lithium salars. ON MINING, Impact Silver and Santacruz Silver reported second quarter production results for 2017. ON FINANCING, no relevant news for the first time in the year.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Monarca is trying to secure surface rights at its Tejamen property in Durango. Mexican Gold is to realize a geophysical survey at Las Minas in Veracruz. Telson Resources has received permits for tailings facilities in Durango. Silver Bull identified a new zone of sulfide mineralization at Sierra Mojada, Coahuila. Almaden released drilling results from inside the planned pit at Tuligtic, Puebla. Consolidated Zinc released high-grade drilling intercepts at Plomosas, Chihuahua. Bacanora Minerals provided an update on the FS of the Sonora Lithium project. Americas Silver released drilling results from the Cosalá mine complex in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sonora Metals started trading on the OTCQB Venture Market.  Azure Minerals acquired the gold-cobalt Sara Alicia property in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Azure Minerals Ltd. is advancing on the planning and approval process of an upcoming drilling campaign at its newly-acquired Oposura Zn-Pb-Ag project in Sonora. The previous owner drilled 994 m in 16 diamond drill holes, assay results for which are expected shortly. “Significant sulphide mineralisation, including massive, banded and disseminated, was observed in most holes.”
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. acquired the Sara Alicia property in Sonora (see note below). The 9 hectares concession covers all the historical mine workings and observed Au-Co and Cu-Zn-Ag manto mineralization exposures related to the intrusion of a granodiorite porphyry into a thick limestone sequence. Sampling on the Au-Co zone returned 2.5 m @ 39.0 g/t Au, 6.1% Co; 2.5 m @ 12.5 g/t Au, 6.9% Co; 3.0 m @ 5.7 g/t Au, 2.4% Co; 2.1 g/t Au, 3.2% Co; while sampling at the Cu-Zn-Ag zone returned 2.4 m @ 2.2% Cu, 2.4% Zn, 84 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.4% Cu, 3.1% Zn, 124 g/t Ag; 3.5 m @ 2.1% Cu, 4.2% Zn, 54 g/t Ag; 2.5 m @ 5.2% Cu, 2.5% Zn, 170 g/t Ag; 1.5 m @ 2.1%Cu, 3.2% Zn, 133 g/t Ag.
  • Prospero Silver Corp. intends to begin drilling in September at the El Petate project in Hidalgo, funded by strategic partner Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. High level epithermal alteration is exposed over a 5×4 km area, showing a robust mineralized system with additional potential to host a carbonate replacement deposit at depth. Surface sampling returned a continuous channel sample of 67.5 m @ 0.93 g/t Au. A total of 2,800 m on 29 holes has been proposed to Fortuna.
  • Colibri Resources Corp. is planning three tranches of RC drilling (10,000 m) at its recently acquired Pilar gold project in Sonora. The surface rights agreement has been signed on friendly terms.
  • Arian Silver Corp. completed the first phase of auger drilling on its three lithium projects in Zacatecas. The drilling of 28 holes resulted in 214 samples that have been sent for assay at ALS Global. The results are expected in about three or four weeks.

ON MINING

  • Impact Silver Corp. released its financial and production results for the second quarter of 2017. Most of the production was from the San Ramon Deeps, Cuchara, Mirasol and San Patricio mines at its Zacualpan property in Mexico State. The average silver feed to the mill was 173 g/t Ag, to produce 227.5 K ounces of silver. Exploration work is focused on larger and higher-grade targets at Alacran and Alacran North. The cash position at the end of the period was $6.8 M, with net working capital of $8.6 M.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported second quarter 2017 production results. At the Rosario project in San Luis Potosi 28 k tonnes were milled @ 42 g/t Ag (172 g/t AgEq), recovering 87% Ag, to produce 33.2 K Oz Ag, 298 Oz Au, 40 tonnes Pb, 408 tonnes Zn (124.7 K Oz AgEq). At Veta Grande in Zacatecas 29.7 k tonnes were milled @ 102 g/t Ag (218 g/t AgEq), recovering 64% Ag, to produce 56.1 K Oz Ag, 174 Oz Au, 198 tonnes Pb, 317 tonnes Zn (145.9 K Oz AgEq). At Rosario the focus has been on increasing the input from the Membrillo vein and the Cinco Estrellas property. At Veta Grande the focus is in through-put maximization and grade control.

ON FINANCING

  • No Relevant News.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Monarca Minerals Inc. is trying to secure the surface rights at Tejamen, Durango. To date Monarca has met with senior government officials at the Federal, State and Municipal level, earning full support for the project, and contact with the leaders of the community has been initiated aiming to become a responsible Community partner. A new deeper drilling program is being planned to follow high grade feeder veins and test the base of the volcanic rocks over sedimentary rocks where manto and carbonate replacement mineralization might occur; initial work is to involve re-logging all drilling samples of the previous campaigns.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. has commenced field work preparation for ground magnetic and time domain electromagnetic surveys at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. The surveys aim to identify targets for the upcoming 3,000 m diamond drill program by contractor K.D.L. Mexico S.A. de C.V. at the Cinco Señores, Las Minillas and El Dorado/Juan Bran zones.
  • Telson Resources Inc. has received permits from Semarnat for reactivation of the existing tailings disposal facility and for the construction of a new larger tailings facility for the Tahuehueto project in Durango. The permitted capacity of over 13 M cubic meters can accommodate more than 30 years of production at the planned 1,000 tonnes per day mining rate.
  • Silver Bull Resources Inc. identified a new massive sulfide zone at its Sierra Mojada project in Coahuila. This zone lies within a 1.4 km long chargeability anomaly within which other two zones of sulfide mineralization that present high grade Zn-Pb-Cu. Approximately 280 m of previously non-accessible workings were opened and 19 samples collected with results like: 2.34 m @ 1,315 g/t Ag, 9.0% Cu; 2.32 m @ 392 g/t Ag, 0.4% Zn, 1.8% Cu; 1.4 m @ 329 g/t Ag, 42% Zn, 3.2% Cu; 1.52 m @ 713 g/t Ag, 3.4% Zn, 0.1% Pb, 1.1% Cu; 1.13 m @ 1,130 g/t Ag, 22.2% Zn, 3.3% Pb, 12.9% Cu; 2.00 m @ 495 g/t Ag, 7.1% Zn, 2.7% Pb, 1.1% Cu; 2.00 m @ 33 g/t Ag, 8.1% Zn, 3.4% Pb, 0.1% Cu; 2.0 m @ 42 g/t Ag, 1.5% Zn, 2.4% Pb, 0.2% Cu; 2.0 m @ 73 g/t Ag, 19.2% Zn, 4.8% Pb, 0.3% Cu: 2.0 m @ 491 g/t Ag, 24.7% Zn, 0.4% Pb, 1.6% Cu; 2.0 m @ 277 g/t Ag, 19.6% Zn, 18.3% Pb, 0.7% Cu.
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. released high-grade drilling results from a previously undrilled area inside the planned pit at its Tuligtic project in Puebla. The hole reported intersected 74.5 m @ 0.66 g/t Au, 45 g/t Ag; 64.30 m @ 0.79 g/t Au, 74 g/t Ag; 46.85 m @ 0.49 g/t Au, 68 g/t Ag.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. reported new high-grade results from underground sampling from the Las Espadas West stope area. Significant assays include 1.0 m @ 22.2% Zn, 3.5% Pb, 20 g/t Ag; 1.5 m @ 28.8% Zn, 13.2% Pb, 41 g/t Ag; 1.2 m @ 36.3% Zn, 12.8% Pb, 50 g/t Ag; 1.5 m @ 37.9% Zn, 12.3% Pb, 36 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 33.2% Zn, 6.9% Pb, 32 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 20.4% Zn, 10.8% Pb, 25 g/t Ag. Mineralization is coarse grained massive sulfides, comprising low iron sphalerite and galena at a ratio of around 2 to 3:1.
  • Bacanora Minerals Ltd. provided an update on the feasibility study (FS) for a 35,000 tonnes per year lithium carbonate operation that is to be completed in late 2017. A sodium sulfate (Na2SO4) roast has been developed over the more expensive gypsum (Ca2SO4) roast previously contemplated. “Ausenco Engineers is currently undertaking final plant layout, capital equipment tenders and flow sheet optimization work.” Mechanical and metallurgical optimization of the Hermosillo plant is underway, while the mine plan optimization continues. On the energy supply side five independent proposals have been received, including gas and electrical sources. Long term debt funding is being sought for the construction phase, which should take 18 months.
  • Americas Silver Corp. released results from drilling at the Zone 120 deposit, adjacent to the San Rafael development project, part of the Cosalá property in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (TW) recent intercepts include 61.4 m @ 306 g/t Ag, 0.23 g/t Au, 0.8% Cu (including 9.4 m @ 932 g/t Ag, 0.82 g/t Au, 1.9% Cu and 9.4 m @ 479 g/t Ag, 0.29 g/t Au, 1.1% Cu); 39.6 m @ 205 g/t Ag, 0.28 g/t Au, 0.5% Cu; 22.8 m @ 138 g/t Ag, 0.22 g/t Au, 0.37% Cu; 18.1 m @ 113 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au, 0.2% Cu.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Sonora Metals Corp. has started trading on the OTCQB Venture Market. The company owns the over 1,000 ha San Marcial property in Sonora, which contains the old Soledad and San Marcial mines.
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. has acquired the Sara-Alicia gold-cobalt project in southern Sonora. The property saw limited underground mining of gold and cobalt in the 1930’s. To get hold of the property the company successfully obtained the revocation of the recently cancelled mining concession, and a further payment of US$125,000 will be made to the family once commercial production is achieved, no NSR to be paid. The company is to wait for the liberation of a recently expired surrounding 22,000 has tenement to apply for further terrain.

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On the picture below, artisanal rock mill, or “tauna”, in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

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

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

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news this week

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

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

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

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

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

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

During the 14th week of the year (April 3rd to April 9th, 2017), at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Sonora congressmen presented a proposal to reinstate the deductibility of exploration expenses, a move highly needed by the country to recover some ground in the investment favorability ranking.  ON EXPLORATION, Source Exploration continues drilling in Durango, Galore Resources has a new model for its Durango project, and is working on defining targets by mapping and sampling, and Canasil presented drilling results from its project in Durango/Zacatecas. ON MINING, Coeur Mining, US Antimony, Marlin Gold and Timmins Gold presented operating and/or financial results for Q1 2017. ON FINANCING, Marlin Gold continues to pay its debt in advance, Geologix intends to raise up to $3 M, Alamos Gold has paid a substantial amount and is now debt free, and Wealth Minerals closed its financing, having raised $4.89 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Kootenay Silver presented drilling results from its project in Sonora, Marlin Gold presented drilling results from the bottom of the pit in its Sinaloa operations, Endeavour Silver updated resource figures in Jalisco, Almaden presented PFS results from its project in Puebla and Levon is planing a drill program seeking to define a sweeter core for its project in Chihuahua.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Plata Latina confirms the optioning of its property in Guanajuato, Colibri reaches a definitive agreement on the acquisition of Canadian Gold, Fortuna Silver provides an update on its ongoing  regulatory process, Alset Energy changes name to Alset Minerals and Leagold completes the acquisition of the Los Filos project from Goldcorp in Guerrero.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Congressmen from Sonora presented a proposal to reinstate the deductibility of exploration expenses, aiming to restore the deteriorated attractiveness index for mining investment in Mexico. The governor of Sonora, C. Pavlovich supports the move that can foster new projects, raise production and generate more resources for the Mining Fund to benefit the inhabitants of mining zones in the country. The congressmen are Susana Corella, Sylvana Beltrones, Abel Murrieta, Prospero Ibarra and Ulises Cristopulos, all five from the PRI.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Source Exploration Corp. has completed to date 2,290 m of drilling (out of a 2,800 m program) in 17 holes at its Las Minas project in Veracruz, with samples for nine holes having been sent for assay. “The program consists of infill/extension as well as step-out drilling to expand the mineralized footprint of the El Dorado/Juan Bran zone.” This zone is 420 m long and 650 m down dip, and from 8 to 60 m in thickness in drill intercepts. An initial mineral resources estimate for the mineralized zone is planned for the second quarter of the year.
  • Galore Resources Inc. is nearing the completion of a geological mapping and sampling program on the San Jose and Los Gemelos claims, part of its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. A new exploration model is developing, with a number of drill holes being planned to test new exploration targets. An estimated 3,500 m drill program is envisaged beginning on the San Jose claim.
  • Canasil Resources Inc. presented drilling results for two holes from its La Esperanza project in Durango and Zacatecas. One hole intercepted 4.92 m (True Width, or TW) @ 257 g/t Ag, 0.64% Zn, 0.63% Pb; while the other intersected 2.02 m @ 89 g/t Ag, 1.8% Zn, 1.0% Pb; and 1.71 m @ 225 g/t Ag, 1.3% Zn, 0.6% Pb; and 5.81 m @ 204 g/t Ag, 1.8% Zn, 1.5% Pb. The first hole is a 60 m step-out to the southeast, extending the length of La Esperanza vein to 400 m, while the second hole intercepted several mineralized intervals within a 32 m wide structure. The bladed calcite textures encountered suggest the upper parts of an epithermal system.

ON MINING

  • Coeur Mining Inc. announced first quarter 2017 production results, including figures from its operations at Palmarejo, Chihuahua, where 360.4 K tonnes of ore were milled at a grade of 150.5 g/t Ag, 2.80 g/t Au, to produce 1.53 M Oz Ag, 30,792 Oz Au. Metal recoveries were 86.5% and 93.7% respectively.
  • United States Antimony Corp. presented production figures for the first quarter of 2017, including from its operations in Mexico. At Soyatal, in Queretaro, and Wadley in San Luis Potosi, 200 K Lb of contained antimony were produced and sent to the Madero smelter, where 132,092 Lb were processed and shipped to the US as finished metal. The antimony price has recently increased from $3.33 to $3.97 per Sb pound.
  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. provided and operational update for the first quarter of 2017 on its La Trinidad mine in Sinaloa, with 355 K tonnes of ore @ 1.74 g/t Au, bearing 19,844 Oz of Au, being crushed and staked on the heaps.
  • Timmins Gold Corp. reported Q1 2017 production of 26,048 Oz Au, 11,899 Oz Ag at its San Francisco mine in Sonora. 1.96 M tonnes of ore were processed @ 0.48 g/t Au, and 3.27 M tonnes of waste moved, for a strip ratio of 1.67. Ore came from three pits: San Francisco Main, La Chicharra and Las Barajitas. As the San Francisco pit undergoes more stripping, ore from the last two pits will supply the operations during the second and third quarters.

ON FINANCING

  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. repaid a further US$2.0 M of principal from its unsecured facility to affiliates of Wexford Capital LP, Marlin’s controlling shareholder.  Total outstanding principal of the Facility now stands at US$30.0 million, down from US$37.5 million at year end 2016. Cash and refined gold stands at approximately $6.7 M, with a payable balance of $4.2 M (La Trinidad, Sinaloa).
  • Geologix Explorations Inc. is to offer shares and warrants of the company, seeking to raise up to $3 M on a private placement (Tepal, Michoacan).
  • Alamos Gold Inc. “has completed the redemption of its outstanding US$315 million 7.75% Senior Secured Second Lien Notes (the “Notes”) due in 2020. This will result in annual interest savings of US$24.4 million. The Notes were redeemed at a price of 103.875% of the principal amount plus accrued interest to the date of redemption. The Notes were retired with net proceeds of US$239 million from the equity financing completed in February 2017 along with existing cash”. The company is again debt-free (Mulatos, Sonora).
  • Wealth Minerals Ltd. closed the previously announced non-brokered private placement, for gross proceeds of $4.89 M (Coronado, Chihuahua)

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Kootenay Silver Inc. reported high-grade drilling results from 6 remaining holes of the 2016 drill program at its La Negra property in Sonora, operated by partner Pan American Silver Corp. Four of the six holes were drilled on La Negra breccia, which is 600 m long and still open at depth, while the other two were testing another target. The next intercepts are from the drill holes at the La Negra breccia: 47.1 m @ 121 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.26% Pb (including 13 m @ 216 g/t Ag, 0.18 g/t Au, 0.14% Pb); 40.85 m @ 194 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb (including 11.65 m @ 441 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au, 1.0% Pb); 25 m @ 98 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 0.17% Pb. The two drill holes testing the other target returned no significant results.
  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. disclosed drill results from the bottom of the pit at its La Trinidad mine in Sinaloa, following up high-grade blast-hole assays, and to investigate to depth the high grade HS zone. Results include: 6.5 m @ 2.59 g/t Au; 9.4 m @ 3.27 g/t Au; 10.2 m @ 2.68 g/t Au; 17.9 m @ 0.99 g/t Au; 17.7 m @ 1.21 g/t Au; 20.0 m @ 2.33 g/t Au; 7.0 m @ 3.45 g/t Au; 6.0 m @ 3.55 g/t Au.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported an updated NI43-101 mineral reserve and resource estimate for its Terronera mine project in Jalisco. Reserves stand at 4.061 M tonnes @ 207 g/t Ag, 1.95 g/t Au, for 27 M Oz Ag, 255 K Oz Au. Indicated resources are 3.959 M tonnes @ 232 g/t Ag, 2.18 g/t Au, for 29.5 M Oz Ag, 277 K Oz Au, and Inferred resources stand at 0.72 M tonnes @ 309 g/t Ag, 1.48 g/t Au, for 7.1 M Oz Ag, 34 K Oz Au.
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. reported results of the pre-feasibility study (PFS) for its Ixtaca deposit in Puebla. The report states an after-tax NPV(5%) of $310 M at IRR of 41%, an initial capital of $117 M and two years for payback. With the production of 88,780 Oz Au and 5.5 M Oz Ag during the first 9 years at cash cost $706 and AISC of $862 per gold equivalent ounce, and a total production of 1.04 M Oz Au, 70.9 M Oz Ag. The measured resource holds 42.45 M tonnes @ 0.57 g/t Au, 35.7 g/t Ag, the Indicated resource contains 83.37 M tonnes @ 0.45 g/t Au, 22.5 g/t Ag and Inferred resources stand at 47 M tonnes @ 0.3 g/t Au, 19.1 g/t Ag.
  • Levon Resources Ltd. is planning a drilling program on its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The plan envisages 5,000 m in 28 core holes, in close spaced infill drilling within the Felsic Dome portion of the resource defined in 2014.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Plata Latina Minerals Corp. has received approval from its shareholders and the TSX Venture Exchange on its option agreement with Metalurgica Reyna, S.A. de C.V. (Fresnillo PLC) regarding its Naranjillo property in Guanajuato. During a 36 month period Fresnillo is to pay US 1.45 M in installments (US$0.2 M already paid), invest US$3 M in the property, and further US$0.5 M and a 3% royalty to keep the property.
  • Colibri Resources Corp. “reached a definitive agreement with Ontop Capital Limited (the “Vendor”) regarding the acquisition of Canadian Gold Resources Ltd. (“CGR”) from the Vendor….” Colibri has agreed to issue 24.2 M shares at a price of $0.165 per share to the Vendor for an aggregate acquisition cost of $4.0 M (Pilar Gold project, Sonora?).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. provided an update on the ongoing regulatory review of the Company’s 2015 annual filings by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and announced a management cease trade order (MCTO) by the British Columbia Securities Commission and other Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities. Fortuna is delayed in filing its annual audited financial statements and related MD&A for the years 2015 and 2016. The Company expects to be in a position to complete the SEC filing by May 5, 2017.
  • Alset Energy Corp. is changing its name to Alset Minerals Corp., while keeping its current stock symbol (TSXV: ION).
  • Leagold Mining Corp. has completed the acquisition of the Los Filos Gold mine in Guerrero, for US$350 M from Goldcorp Inc. Leagold has completed a C$179 million equity financing (US$133 million), US$50 million equity private placement, and US$150 million senior secured term loan. Post-closing, Leagold estimates its cash balance to be approximately US$76 million. Goldcorp shares in Leagold amount to 25.3%, and will be reduced to 22.9% once regulatory approvals come through.

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On the picture below, a hydrothermal breccia in a coarse grained felsic intrusive rock, with monomictic rounded fragments suspended in a dark sulfide-carrying siliceous matrix, located in southern Chiapas. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

Coatan 100 Polarization

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

During the 11th week of the year (March 13th to March 19th, 2017), at least 13 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, Minaurum identified two more vein targets on its Quintera property in Sonora. ON MINING, Primero mining and Impact Silver presented 2016 financial results, while Starcore presented last quarter results. ON FINANCING, Five companies announced financial news, with Argonaut Gold closing a bought deal for C$40M and Silver Spruce raising $459 K. Source Exploration has a new largest shareholder, Riverside announced a $416 K oversubscription and VVC Exploration informed of errors on its last two debentures. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Kootenay Silver started a second phase metallurgical testing at its La Cigarra property in Chihuahua,  Endeavour Silver reported high grade results at its Terroneras property in Jalisco and VVC Exploration applied for and exploration permit at its Salamayuca copper property in Chihuahua.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, no relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Minaurum Gold Inc. identified two new vein targets, Amalia and Nueva Europa, at its La Quintera project in Sonora. At Amalia dump samples returned values of up to 256 g/t Ag, 14.7 g/t Au, 2.1% Cu, 1.3% Pb, 2.0% Zn, on a positive topographic feature 500 m long. At Las Europas two vein zones, Nueva Europa and Europa, traced for 1,500 and 400 m respectively. “Vein widths range from stringers to vein/breccia zone measuring more than one metre wide.” Selected samples from Las Europas returned 155; 211; 213; 235; 263; 308; 2,500; 3,120 g/t Ag, with Cu, Pb and Zn credits.

ON MINING

  • Primero Mining Corp. reported financial results for 2016, including figures from its San Dimas operations in Durango. During the year 113,968 AuEq Oz were produced at the unit, at cash cost $856 per AuEq Oz and AISC of $1,117 per Au Oz. On 2016 the San Dimas operations suffered reduced underground development rates and ventilation restrictions that reduced mine productivity, averaging 2,074 tpd. The San Dimas operation remains halted by a unionized strike opposed to changes on labor reduction, the short-term bonus structure and a more continuous shift cycle needed to return to profitability. At the end of the year the company held a $20 M cash position, and has signed a binding agreement for a $75 M three-year term loan with Sprout Resource Lending Partnership.
  • Impact Silver Corp. announced its 2016 financial and production results. Production at the Guadalupe mill during 2016 came mainly from the Cuchara (42%), San Ramon Deeps (38%) and Mirasol (17%) mines. The average grade was 180 g/t Ag, to produce 952,768 Oz Ag. The company’s cash position at the end of the year was $8.1 M.
  • Starcore Interantional Mines Ltd. filed the results for the quarter ended January 31, 2017. The San Martin mine in Queretaro produced 3,000 Oz Au and 15,500 Oz Ag during the period, milling 69,700 tonnes @ 1.91 g/t Au, 14.7 g/t Ag, recovering 70.7% Au and 47.1% Ag. Cash cost per AuEq Oz stood at $1,105. The Altiplano concentrate processing plant at Matehuala, San Luis Potosi is now fully operational, and the CIL plant at San Martin is complete, allowing the process of higher grade carbonaceous ore. Cash and short-term investments stand at $4.7 M.

ON FINANCING

  • Source Exploration Corp. announced that Palisade Global Investments Ltd. has become the largest shareholder, with 12.68% of the issued common and outstanding shares, percentage that might grow if the warrants of the units purchased on the last issuance are exercised (Las Minas, Veracruz).
  • Riverside Resources Inc. announced an oversubscription by $416 K on its previously announced private placement, for total proceeds of $3.441 M (El Capitan in Durango, Glor in Sonora).
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. closed its current non-brokered private placement, raising gross proceeds of $459 K (Pino de Plata and Encino de Oro in Chihuahua).
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. closed its previously announced bought deal for aggregate proceeds of C$40 M (La Colorada, Sonora; El Castillo, Durango).
  • VVC Exploration Corp. informed of errors committed on the last 2 debentures issuances, on December 2, 2016 and June 4, 2015.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Kootenay silver Inc. has begun the second phase of leach testing of oxide and sulfide mineralization (the latter not previously tested) on its La Cigarra silver project in Chihuahua, applying the proprietary SILVOX Technologies Inc. Previous testing demonstrated higher Ag recoveries by this method against standard leaching. Previous metallurgical testing using conventional flotation achieved recoveries of up to 88%, but the method entails higher capital and operating costs.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. continues to expand high grade mineralization zones to greater depths within the Terronera vein and at shallow depths within the La Luz vein at the Terronera project in Jalisco. At Terronera vein high grade mineralization was extended to 400 m depth and remaining open in that direction. New intercepts include 16.3 m @ 1.8 m @ 1.8 g/t Au, 230 g/t Ag; 1.7 m @ 6.9 g/t Au, 82 g/t Ag; 7.7 m @ 1.8 g/t Au, 116 g/t Ag; 3.5 m @ 2.1 g/t Au, 192 g/t Ag; 7.1 m @ 3.0 g/t Au, 118 g/t Ag; 7.5 m @ 0.7 g/t Au, 307 g/t Ag. At La Luz vein, 2.2 km NE of the Terronera vein, results include 1.0 m @ 19 g/t Au, 407 g/t Ag; 1.5 m @ 29.5 g/t Au, 651 g/t Ag; 1.4 m @ 23.1 g/t Au, 245 g/t Ag; 2.0 m @ 12.8 g/t Au, 21 g/t Ag; 2.2 m @ 57 g/t Au, 63 g/t Ag. None of these results are to be included on the upcoming resource estimate for the property.
  • VVC Exploration Corp. has filed a request for a permit for exploration drilling on its Samalayuca copper project in Chihuahua. Drilling is to be concentrated on the Kaity concession, seeking further understanding of the project, with up to 53 drillholes using previously constructed roads and historically disturbed areas to avoid any damage to the environment, and producing an updated resource by the second or third quarter of 2017.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • No relevant news this week.

 

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On the picture below, Tacaná volcano on the left (Mexico) and Tajumulco volcano on the right (Guatemala), as seen from the plane approaching Tapachula, Chiapas. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

Tacana-Tajomulco detail extractor

 

 

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

During the 10th week of the year (March 6th to March 12th, 2017), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, Chesapeake presented an update on regional exploration in Durango and Sinaloa. ON MINING, McEwen, Timmins Gold, US Antimony and Odyssey Marine Exploration presented 2016 results. Consolidated Zinc presented drilling and rockchip sample results ON FINANCING, Four companies announced financial news, with Leagold raising C$175 M; Telson obtaining a US$2 M credit line; Alix raising $248.5 K and McEwen on a share repurchase plan. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, McEwen announced a well-funded exploration budget for its properties in Sinaloa; Mag Silver disclosed a probable increase on the projected processing plant at Valdecañas by its JV partner, Mexus advances toward production in Sonora and Sierra Metals informed of fairly good drilling results from a brownfield zone in Chihuahua.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Avino Silver announced the death of founder and CEO for more than 30 years, Louis Wolfin, a pioneer of Canadian mining investments in Mexico; Radius Silver sold a property in Oaxaca; Santacruz Silver amended an agreement with Hochschild; finally, Colibri shares on the TSX remain halted.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Chesapeake Gold Corp. has identified four precious and base metals projects with district scale potential in the more than 85,000 hectares held by the company. At Yarely, Sinaloa, three target areas have been defined on a 70,000 hectare land package assembled by staking and acquisition. At Yarely North 12 veins ranging up to 12 m in width have been traced for an average length of 650 m, with rock samples returning 2 m @ 19.5 g/t Au, 505 g/t Ag; 11 m @ 1.1 g/t Au, 42, g/t Ag, 8 m @ 1.6 g/t Au, 33 g/t Ag; 3 m @ 1.1 g/t Au, 805 g/t Ag. At Yarely Central the mineralized zone measures 1.5 by 2.0 Km, with several wide zones of quartz stockwork and disseminated polymetallic mineralization, with trench samples returning 14 m @ 1.5 g/t Au, 143 g/t Ag; 93 m @ 17 g/t Ag; 36 m @ 0.7 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag. At Yarely South preliminary sampling has returned up to 83 g/t Ag, 2.9% Cu, 0.12% Mo. At El Paso in Sinaloa, extensive exoskarn and intrusive hosted quartz stockworks are present, with channel samples returning 69 m @ 2.2 g/t Au, 8 g/t Ag, 1.1% Zn; 50 m @ 0.6 g/t Au, 12 g/t Ag. At Nicole, in Durango, quartz breccia veins transition at depth to dissemination and stockwork. On the veins, channel samples returned 7 m @ 3.1 g/t Au, 238 g/t Ag, 0.3% Zn; 3 m @ 12 g/t Au, 450 g/t Ag; while lower in the system sampling has returned 30 m @ 1.2 g/t Au, 29 g/t Ag, 1.5% Zn; 30 m @ 0.7 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, 0.7% Zn. At San Javier, in Durango, sampling on a 4 km long quartz stockwork has returned 60 m @71 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb; 28 m @ 158 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb; while another 3 km long structurally associated breccia has returned 48 m @ 1.0 g/t Au.

ON MINING

  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported financial results for 2016, including figures for its El Gallo mine in Sinaloa, where 54,929 Oz Au, 25,336 Oz Ag were produced at an average grade for the ore of 2.14 g/t Au. The 2017 guidance for the unit is 49,700 Oz Au, 24,000 Oz Ag, at cash cost $760 and AISC $900 per AuEq Oz. As of the end of 2016 the company had 58.8 M in cash, investments and precious metals, and no debt.
  • United States Antimony Corp. announced that it has successfully transitioned from custom smelting antimony concentrates at the Madero, Coahuila, plant to its own mine production. Antimony production in January was 159 K pounds and 185.8 K pounds in February. The company expects to ramp up production form Wadley (San Luis Potosi), Soyatal (Queretaro) and Guadalupe. During 2016 US Antimony produced 2.9 M pounds Sb, 604 Oz Au, 38.1 K Oz Ag.
  • Timmins Gold Corp. announced financial results 2016, producing 100,322 Oz Au at cash cost $734 and all-in sustaining cost of $853 per gold ounce. The company ended the year with $33.9 M in cash and working capital of $37.8 M.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. released rock sample results from the Tres Amigos North zone, and resource drilling results at its Plomosas project in Chihuahua. The results from seven continuous rock samples range from  21.4% to 24.8% Zn+Pb, including up to 19.2% Zn, 11.6% Pb and 38 g/t Ag. Resource definition drilling results include 1.3 m @ 4.5% Zn, 1.7% Pb, 15 g/t Ag; 4.7 m @ 11.6% Zn, 6.7% Pb, 31 g/t Ag; 3.95 m @ 3.8% Zn, 0.1% Pb, 1 g/t Ag.
  • Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. reported full year results for 2016, with a net loss of $6.3 M. Its seabed phosphate San Diego Project off the coast of Baja California has not yet been awarded the environmental permit needed, Odyssey expects to obtain the said permit in 2017.

ON FINANCING

  • McEwen Mining Inc. plans to repurchase up to 5.4% of its outstanding common stock (up to $15 M). During 2015 and 2016 $1.8 M and 0.6 M were repurchased respectively.
  • Alix Resources Corp. completed the second and final tranche of a non-brokered flow through private placement, for gross proceeds of $248.5 K.
  • Telson Resources Inc. has secured a $2 M line of credit for leasing underground and surface mining equipment for mine development at its Tahuehueto project in Durango. The surface area rights to install the processing plant in Tepehuanes have been secured.
  • Leagold Mining Corp. completed its previously announced offering for aggregate gross proceeds of C$175 M. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund a portion of the purchase price of the Los Filos mine in Guerrero from Goldcorp Inc.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • McEwen Inc. has budgeted $6 M for El Gallo silver project in Sinaloa, $3 M in exploration and $3 M in development.
  • Mag Silver Corp. disclosed that its JV partner (Fresnillo PLC) in the Valdecañas project in Zacatecas is considering to increase the planned processing plant capacity from 2,650 tonnes per day (tpd) to 4,000 tpd, reflecting the latest drill intercepts in the deeper zone. Permitting on the new design has already commenced, and formal approval by Frenillo’s Board is to come on the next three to four months. A 20,000 meters drill program for 2017 has still to be approved by the JV Technical Committee.
  • Mexus Gold US. has completed the testing of the leach circuit. Testing and calibration of chemical treatment equipment is underway before the leaching process begins.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. delivered drilling results from La Sidra vein and Bolivar West, at its Bolivar mine site in Chihuahua. At La Sidra Ag-Au mineralization currently extends over 500 m in length and 300 m in depth, and is open along strike and depth, while at Bolivar drilling proceeds at the skarn ore area and geophysics targets. At La Sidra, drill length intercepts include 3.75 m @ 0.7 g/t Au, 717 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 9.75 m @ 4.0 g/t Au, 390 g/t Ag, 1.9% Pb, 5.0% Zn; 5.7 m @ 1.8 g/t Au, 91 g/t Ag, 0.7% Pb, 1.8% Zn; 1.75 m @ 3.9 g/t Au, 537 g/t Ag, 1.2% Pb, 1.7% Zn. At Bolivar intercepts include 9.15 m @ 69 g/t Ag, 2.3% Cu, 2% Zn; 7.35 m @ 42 g/t Ag, 1.3% Cu, 1.4% Zn; 12.6 m @ 133 g/t Ag, 1.4% Cu, 0.7% Zn; 6.0 m @ 1.4 g/t Au, 42 g/t Ag, 1.4% Cu.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Avino Silver & Golod Mines Ltd. announced the death of founder and CEO for more than 30 years, Louis Wolfin, at the age of 85. Mister Wolfin founded Avino in 1968, and the Avino mine went into production in 1974. Avino Silver Gold Mines Ltd. was one of the first Canadian companies to invest in the mining industry in Mexico, more than 20 years before the opening of the industry for full foreign investment in the country.
  • Radius Gold Inc. reached an agreement for the sale of its Tlacolula property in Oaxaca to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. As an amendment to a previous contract, Fortuna acquires 100% interest in the property by issuing Radius 250 K shares of Fortuna and granting a 2% NSR royalty. Fortuna will retain the right to purchase 1% of the royalty by paying Radius US$1.5 M.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. completed the amended agreement with Hochschild by issuing 13.4 M shares of the company, in consideration for the restructuring of the payment there-under.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. announced trading in its shares remains halted pending filing and review of documentation by Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, regarding the acquisition of Canadian Gold Resources.

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On the picture below, Cerro Lanza in Chiapas, a Tertiary volcanic neck poking through Mesozoic sedimentary rocks. Photo by Jorge Cirett.

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

During the 8th week of the year (20th to 26th February, 2017) at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including financing rounds by two companies. ON EXPLORATION, Prospero Silver completed additional field work at a shallow epithermal system in Chihuahua. ON MINING, First Majestic, Torex Gold and Alamos Gold reported financial and/or operational results for 2016.  ON FINANCING, Two companies announced financing rounds for $3 M and C$40. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Gold Resources, Great Panther Silver, Consolidated Zinc, Kootenay Silver, Primero Mining, Timmins Gold, HECLA Mining, and Alamos Gold presented press releases relating to mineral reserves and resources to the end of 2017, or the commissioning of scoping studies.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, American International Ventures completed the acquisition of a group of concessions in Baja California, whilst Argonaut Gold entered into an agreement with Fresnillo PLC to buy a concession adjacent to a mine.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, presented a constitutional controversy at the Supreme Court regarding the controversial “ecological tax” recently implemented in Zacatecas. The unpopular tax was set to impose a tariff on every tonne mined in the state, arguing environmental affectations.
  • CyPlus Idesa, a JV between German Evonik Industries and Mexican Grupo IDESA, inaugurated the Coatzacoalcos plant in Veracruz to produce sodium cyanide, with a yearly capacity of 40 K tonnes to supply the mining industry.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Prospero Silver Corp. has completed additional sampling and mapping at its Bermudez property in Chihuahua, where 4.5 km of strike length of outcropping high-level banded, low sulphidation veins. The fifty one samples collected carry the total to 144 samples, with strongly anomalous Au, Ag, Ba and Zn and peaks of 1.9 g/t Au, 35 g/t Ag. “Fluid inclusion temperature data (153°C to 224°C and salinities between 0 wt% and 3.2 wt% NaCl equivalent) indicate that the current surface expression of the vein system sits between 150m to 280m below the elevation of the now-eroded-off paleo-water table……. Prospero’s fluid inclusion and geochemical work indicates that drilling at Bermudez should target depths of 200m to 400m below the exposed high level portion the system”.

ON MINING

  • First Majestic Silver Corp. delivered its 2016 consolidated financial results, which include 18.7 M Oz AgEq at an AISC of $10.79 per Ag Oz, ending the year with $129 M in cash and cash equivalents. At Santa Elena in Sonora 988 K tonnes were processed to produce 2.6 M Oz Ag (6.2 M Oz AgEq) at AISC $1.75 per Ag Oz; at La Encantada in Coahuila 881 K tonnes were processed to obtain 2.7 M Oz Ag; at La Parrilla in Durango 610.5 K tonnes were processed and 2.2 M Oz Ag obtained (3.4 M Oz AgEq); at Del Toro in Zacatecas 337 K tonnes were treated to obtain 1.5 M Oz Ag (2.6 M Oz Ag); at San Martin in Jalisco 298 K tonnes were treated to produce 1.9 M Oz Ag (2.2 M Oz AgEq); at La Guitarra in Mexico State, 115.7 K tonnes were milled to obtain 0.9 M Oz Ag (1.5 M Oz AgEq).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. presented its financial and operational results for 2016. Its El Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero started commercial production on April, extracting 279,937 Oz Au by the end of the year. Plant throughput averaged 9,226 tonnes per day (tpd) @ 3.25 g/t Au (3.49 g/t Au during the fourth quarter), with 86% gold recovery and cash cost of $543 and AISC of $733 per ounce.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. reported financial results for 2016, including figures for its Mexican operations. At Mulatos in Sonora, 154 K Oz Au were produced, at cash cost $877 and AISC $931 per gold ounce, while at El Chanate, also in Sonora, 68 K Oz Au were produced, at cash cost $1,171 and AISC $1,190 per gold ounce. At Mulatos 6.5 M tonnes were placed on the heaps @ 0.81 g/t Au, while 113.7 K tonnes were milled @ 11.23 g/t Au. At El Chanate 6.3 M tonnes were processed @ 0.60 g/t Au (17,300 tpd) and a recovery ratio of 56%. Guidance for 2017 includes the production of 150-160 K Oz Au at Mulatos and 50-60 K Oz Au at El Chanate. About 17 M are to be spent in exploration in the Mulatos district. Updated exploration efforts include the Mulatos district in Sonora, where $16 M were spent in 2016, mainly on La Yaqui, Cerro Pelon and Los Bajios targets. At La Yaqui 46,809 m were drilled, whilst upgrading resources and reserves, with mine development in progress and mining expected to start in mid-2017. At Cerro Pelon 19,081 m were drilled, with exploration and drilling expanding from the initial zone. At Los Bajios mapping, sampling and induced polarization surveys were carried out, and form the base to the coming 2017 drill programs.

ON FINANCING

  • Riverside Resources Inc. arranged a non-brokered private placement to raise aggregate proceeds of up to $3.025 M. Part of these funds are to be used for a first phase exploration program at La Cecilia project in Sonora.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. entered into a bought deal basis agreement with a syndicate of underwriters to raise gross proceeds of up to C$40 M. The net proceeds of the offering will be used for the acquisition of properties adjacent to the El Castillo Mine (see below) and for general corporate purposes.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Gold Resource Corp. increased gold reserves by 31% and silver reserves by 17% during 2016 at its Oaxaca Mining unit. Proven and probable reserves totaled 1.89 M tonnes @ 2.75 g/t Au, 165 g/t Ag, 0.3% Cu, 1.3% Pb, 3.6% Zn, for a total of 167 K Oz Au and 10 M Oz Ag, 5,543 tonnes Cu (12.2 M Lb), 24,020 tonnes Pb (53 M Lb), 66,517 tonnes Zn (146 M Lb). In addition to reserves, measured and indicated mineralized material was reported from four zones: 774 K tonnes @1.45 g/t Au, 153 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 1.4% Pb, 3.6% Zn at the Arista vein system; 959 k tonnes @ 1.61 g/t Au, 97 g/t Ag, 0.4% cu, 1.8% Pb, 5.7% Zn at the Switchback vein system. At Alta Gracia project 297 K tonnes @ 0.36 g/t Au, 232 g/t Ag and at Margaritas 58 K tonnes @ 0.72 g/t Au, 276 g/t Ag.
  • Great Panther Silver Ltd. updated mineral resource estimates at the Guanajuato Mine Complex. Measured and Indicated Resources(Guanajuato and San Ignacio mines) stand at 693 K tonnes @ 144 g/t Ag, 2.5 g/t Au, or 3.2 M Oz Ag and 55,787 Oz Au. Inferred Resources (including El Horcon) stand at 954 K tonnes @ 115 g/t Ag, 2.36 g/t Au, or 3.5 M Oz Ag, 72,587 Oz Au.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. has commissioned a scoping study at its Plomosas project in Chihuahua, on which a maiden resource of 568 K tonnes @ 16.9% Pb+Zn, 24 g/t Ag was announced on December 2016. The study is to include the refurbishment and expansion of the existing plant to treat 75 K tonnes of ore per year, the mining infrastructure, and the metallurgical and engineering processes.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. announced continued activities for 2017 on La Cigarra, Chihuahua (51 M Oz Ag @ 86.3 g/t Ag), Promontorio, Sonora (92 M Oz AgEq @ 64 g/t Ag) and La Negra, Sonora, (JV with Pan American Silver). At La Cigarra, work envisaged includes up to 7,500 m of drilling planned on peripheral targets and up to 7,500 m for resource expansion along extension of La Cigarra deposit, advanced metallurgical testing, updated resource estimate and setting the timeline for a preliminary economic assessment (PEA). At Promontorio and La Negra more drilling is planned for late second quarter.
  • Primero Mining Corp. presented year-end 2016 updated mineral reserves and resources, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Dimas, Durango, measured and indicated mineral resources totaled 5.0 M tonnes grading 5.2 g/t Au, 387 g/t Ag, for 832 K Oz au, 61.9 M Oz Ag, while inferred resources stood at 7.2 M tonnes @ 3.7 g/t Au, 317 g/t Ag, for 860 K Oz Au, 73.5 M Oz Ag. Recent drilling at La Victoria vein include 5.8 m true width (TW) @ 56.9 g/t Au, 3,367 g/t Ag, 3.4 m @ 45.6 g/t Au, 2,147 g/t Ag, and 3.0 m @ 28.9 g/t Au, 1,398 g/t Ag.
  • Timmins Gold Corp. has carried 7,903 m of infill drilling in 34 holes at its Ana Paula project in Guerrero, since October 2016. Highlights include 48.4 m @ 12.16 g/t Au and 151 m @ 8.98 g/t Au. A variety of metallurgical methods have been tested, with overall gold recoveries improving to 80-85%. M3 Engineering was selected to provide the feasibility study (FS), while the environmental base line study has already been filed. The company expects to reach a construction decision by the second quarter 2018, and commissioning on the fourth quarter 2019.
  • HECLA Mining Co. reported mineral reserves and resources to the end of 2016. At San Sebastian, Durango, reserves stand at 326 K tonnes @ 535 g/t Ag, 3.42 g/t Au for 5.6 M Oz Ag, 37 K Oz Au; M&I resources are 1.5 M tonnes @ 168 g/t Ag, 2.18 g/t Au, for 8.2 M Oz Ag, 114 K Oz Au, 14.6 K tonnes Pb, 19 K tonnes Zn, 8.4 K tonnes Cu; and inferred resources stand at 2.8 M tonnes @ 171 g/t Ag, 0.93 g/t Au, for 15.4 M Oz Ag, 89 K Oz Au, 23 K tonnes Pb, 32.7 K tonnes Zn, 19.2 K tonnes Cu. During 2016 4.3 M Oz Ag, 34,042 Oz Au were produced with the mill working at a 375 tpd rate. Production was achieved at cash cost $(3.35) and AISC $(1.99) per silver ounce after by-product credits. The company is planning to go from open pit to underground mining by the end of 2017.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. reported mineral reserves and resources to the end of 2016. At Mulatos in Sonora (including Main Pits, San Carlos u/g, stockpiles, La Yaqui and Cerro Pelon areas) reserves stood at 50 M tonnes @ 1.17 g/t Au for 1.885 M Oz Au; M&I resources were 76 M tonnes @ 1.14 g/t Au for 2.8 M Oz Au; inferred resources stood at 10.3 M tonnes @ 0.98 g/t Au for 325 K Oz Au. At El Chanate, also in Sonora, reserves stood at 10.8 M tonnes @ 0.84 g/t Au, or 293 K Oz Au; M&I resources were 4.4 M tonnes @ 0.66 g/t Au, for 93 K Oz Au and 112 K tonnes of inferred resources @ 0.71 g/t Au for 3 K Oz Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • American International Ventures, Inc. completed the acquisition of a group of concessions in the Alamo district in Baja California, comprising over 1,900 hectares. The Company currently has a pilot plant gold mining operation at its La Sorpresa IV Property in the same area.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Fresnilllo PLC, whereby Argonaut is to acquire the 420 ha. San Juan concession, adjacent to the Argonaut’s El Castillo mine in Durango for a cash consideration of $26 M, half of which is payable upon the execution of the transaction. “Currently, Argonaut holds the surface rights to the San Juan Concession. Over the past three years Argonaut and Fresnillo have collaborated as Fresnillo completed 34,510 metres of exploration drilling in 132 drill holes. The Company reviewed these results and has found evidence that the El Castillo mineral system continues onto the San Juan Concession…”

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On the picture below, beautiful weather-carved Mesozoic granitoids as seen from the road between San Luis Rio Colorado and Sonoita, in Sonora.

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