The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of August, 2022.

Banded calcite vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 32nd week of the year (August 08th to August 14th, 2022), at least 27 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 2 news published by the media with twelve communicating production and financial results, four disclosing deals and corporate issues, three commenting on Mexican issues, three reporting resources and developments of their properties, three informing on exploration results, two announcing financing issues, and two discussing social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Vizsla Silver, GR Silver, and Defiance Silver reported the best drilling intercepts in Mexico on the second week of August, 2022. According to a report from the Secretariat of Labor and Social Security, in the last three years, 979 mine inspections have been carried out throughout the country, of which 387 have been carried out in the coal zone of Sabinas, Coahuila. The General Directorate of Mines of the Ministry of Economy provisionally suspended works on 10 mining concessions in Sabinas Coahuila. ON EXPLORATION, In Coahuila, Monumental Minerals announced results of a recently satellite multispectral interpretation covering its Jemi Heavy Rare Earth Elements project. In Durango, Silver Wolf released 155 grab sample results collected during the ongoing surface sample program at its Ana Maria project which has returned some high-grade values up to 1,536 g/t Ag, 34% Pb, and 19.4% Zn. In Zacatecas, Defiance Silver provided an update on the 4,750m maiden drill program at its Lucita project, within its Zacatecas Silver property.  ON MINING, Argonaut reported Q2, 2022 production results from their Mexican mining operations. Aura provided a production guidance for 2022 on its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas where it expects to produce between 115-120K Oz AuEq at cash cost between USD $645-690 per Oz AuEq produced.  Avino reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Avino mine, Durango. Capstone reported Q2, 2022 production results from its Cozamin mine, Zacatecas. Endeavour reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from their Guanacevi and Bolañitos mines in Durango and Guanajuato respectively. Gatos Silver reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Cerro Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua. GoGold reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project, Chihuahua.  Golden reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Rodeo mine, Durango. Orla reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Camino Rojo mine, Zacatecas. SilverCrest reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Las Chispas project, Sonora. Americas reported Q2, 2022 production results from its Cosala mine in Sinaloa. ON FINANCING, Advance announced a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $200K (Sarape project, Sonora). Fabled informed about an extension of its non-brokered private placement (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua). Fortuna Silver reported Q2. 2022 from its San Jose mine, Oaxaca.  GoGold reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project, Chihuahua. Golden Minerals reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Rodeo mine, Durango. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GR Silver reported a new Ag discovery SE of its San Marcial Resource Area on its wholly-owned Plomosas project, Sinaloa. Pan American Silver reported Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources as at June 30, 2022 for their Mexican properties. Vizsla released results from 26 new drill holes targeting the Tajitos-Copala resource area at its 100%-owned flagship Panuco project in Sinaloa.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Prismo announced that its common shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement in the United States through the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”). Consolidated Zinc made several management changes (Plomosas mine, Chihuahua). Advance Lithium sold its royalty on three claims in Kenya to Orogen for USD $120K and the transfer of the 100% ownership of its Sarape property, Sonora. Kootenay amended the schedule on the final payment of its option agreement for 100% of the Columba high-grade silver project, Chihuahua.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, First Majestic released its 2021 Sustainability report. Peñoles and Fresnillo plc promote entrepreneurs.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Vizsla Silver, GR Silver and Defiance Silver reported the best drilling intercepts in Mexico on the second week of August, 2022. Details are shown in the table below:
  • According to a report from the Secretariat of Labor and Social Security, in the last three years, 979 mine inspections have been carried out throughout the country, of which 387 have been carried out in the coal zone, which means that “39% of all the mining inspections that have been carried out in the coal zone of Sabinas (Sabinas, Nueva Rosita, Palau)”. In the coal region, in these three years, 27 mining operations have been closed; that is, 84% of all mine closures in the country, due to non-compliance with security measures; to date 15 remain in force. In addition, the Ministry of Economy has been informed of the existence of 12 concessions that presumably could have irregularities.
  • The General Directorate of Mines of the Ministry of Economy provisionally suspended the works on 10 mining concessions in Sabinas Coahuila, on August 11, until the employers or representatives of each of the work centers certify compliance with the measures dictated in each one of the respective files after the inspections carried out by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS). The then General Director of Mines did not proceed with the provisional suspension of the works, arguing that the STPS information on the 10 previously mentioned mining concessions did not coincide with the registry data held by the General Directorate of Mines. Considering this and other possible irregularities, the Directors of Mines and Obligations were dismissed last June with the purpose of investigating and, where appropriate, establishing the corresponding responsibilities.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Monumental Minerals Corp., announced results of a recently satellite multispectral interpretation covering its Jemi Heavy Rare Earth Elements project in Coahuila. The interpretation highlighted discreet areas that may host eudialyte-bearing dykes, veins, and disseminations. Eudialyte is a Na, Ca, Fe/Mn, Zr silicate mineral that can contain up to 10% Rare Earth Elements, and 12% ZrO2. The Aster satellite spectral data also identified several areas prospective for Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag carbonate replacement deposits.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., released 155 grab sample results collected during the ongoing surface sample program at its Ana Maria project, Durango, which has returned some high-grade values of Ag, Pb, and Zn.  From the 155 samples collected by Silver Wolf, 30 returned values >100 g/t Ag, 73 returned > 0.5% Pb, and 59 returned > 0.5% Zn with peaks of 1,536 g/t Ag, 34% Pb, and 19.4% Zn.  These results combined with the anomalies generated in the geophysical and remote sensing surveys will provide a basis for prioritizing drill targets.
  • Defiance Silver Corp., provided an update on the 4,750m maiden drill program at its Lucita project, within its Zacatecas Silver property. Drilling has encountered multiple intercepts over 199 g/t Ag and individual high-grade silver intervals. Drilling highlights include hole DDLU-22-10 with 0.20 g/t Au and 264 g/t Ag over 3.05m, including 0.19 g/t Au and 668 g/t Ag over 0.77m, plus 0.37 g/t Au and 166 g/t Ag over 4.01m, including 0.57 g/t Au and 220 g/t Ag over 22.72m, including 1.13 g/t Au and 416 g/t Ag over 1.22m, plus 0.08 g/t Au and 235 g/t Ag over 2.25m, including 0.19 g/t Au and 737 g/t Ag over 0.53m, plus 0.03 g/t Au and 189 g/t Ag over 0.75m, plus 0.04 g/t Au and 108 g/t Ag over 0.88m; and hole  DDLU-22-13 with 0.04 g/t Au and 147 g/t Ag over 1.57m, plus 0.04 g/t Au and 150 g/t Ag over 2m, including 0.2 g/t Au and 843 g/t Ag over 0.3m, plus 0.09 g/t Au and 109 g/t Ag over 1.15m. “The inaugural drill program at Lucita central (Palenque vein system) confirmed the presence of high-grade, Fresnillo-style, low to intermediate-sulfidation epithermal silver mineralization, consisting of mainly of pyrargyrite (high-level sulfosalt) and silver sulfides that potentially indicate the higher-level setting of a zoned epithermal system. Follow-up drilling is planned for later this year at the newly discovered zones of mineralization at Palenque and Tahures”.

ON MINING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., reported Q2, 2022 production results from their Mexican mining operations. At El Castillo mine, Durango, Argonaut mined 1,471,000 tonnes of 0.30 g/t Au to produce 12,047 Oz Au and 10,407 Oz Ag (12,178 Gold Equivalent Ounces (GEOs)), and sold 11,463 Oz Au and 11,293 Oz Ag (11,603 GEOs) at a cash cost of  USD $1,513 per Oz Au sold. At San Agustin mine, Durango, the company mined 2,954,000 tonnes of 0.29 g/t Au to produce 18,033 Oz Au and 88,160 Oz Ag (19,135 GEOs), and sold 18,656 Oz Au and 93,420 Oz Ag (19,824 GEOs) at a cash cost of USD $1,009 per Oz Au sold. At La Colorada mine, Sonora, Argonaut mined 976,000 tonnes of 0.44 g/t Au to produce 12,950 Oz Au and 35,191 Oz Ag (13,390 GEOs), and sold 13,322 Oz Au and 38,194 Oz Ag (13,799 GEOs) at a cash cost of USD $1,003 per Oz Au sold.
  • Aura Minerals Inc., provided a production guidance for 2022 on its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas where it expects to produce between 115-120K Oz AuEq at cash cost between USD $645-690 per Oz AuEq produced.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Avino mine, Durango. The company mined 118,224 tonnes to produce 225.5K Oz Ag, 1,350 Oz Au, and 1.64M Lb Cu (649.6K Oz AgEq), and sold 594.7K Oz AgEq at cash and AISC of USD $8.39 and USD $15.95 respectively per Oz AgEq sold. Avino reported revenues of USD $9.4M; operating income of USD $3.9M; non-cash depreciation and depletion of USD $4.4M; net income of USD $2.3M; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBIDTA) of USD $4.1M; adjusted earnings of USD $2.5M, operating cash flow (before working capital changes of USD $2.5M; and free cash flow of USD $1.5M. Cash balance reported at June 30, 2022 of USD $12.8M and working capital of USD $14.3M.
  • Capstone Copper Corp., reported Q2, 2022 production results from its Cozamin mine, Zacatecas. The company produced 14.33M Lb Cu at a cash cost of USD $1.25 per Lb Cu produced.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from their Guanacevi and Bolañitos mines in Durango and Guanajuato respectively. At Guanacevi, Durango, Endeavour processed 94,017 tonnes to produce 1.19M payable Oz Ag and 3,680 payable Oz Au at cash cost of USD $10.35 per Oz Ag, total  production cost of USD $12.90 per Oz Ag, direct operating cost per tonne of USD $170.75, and direct cost per tonne of USD $201.84 . At Bolañitos mine, Guanajuato, the company processed 107,344 tonnes to produce 155.7K payable Oz Ag and 5,609 payable Oz Au at cash cost of USD $8.01 per Oz Ag, total production cost of USD $24.66 per Oz Ag, direct operating cost per tonne of USD $99.25, and  direct cost per tonne of USD $101.05. Consolidated results summarize 201.4K tonnes processed to produce 1.36M payable Oz Ag and 9.3K payable Oz Au (2.1M Oz AgEq) at cash cost of USD $10.18 per Oz Ag, AISC of USD $19.56 per Oz Ag, total production cost of USD $14.26 per Oz Ag, direct operating cost per tonne of USD $132.63, and direct cost per tonne of USD $148.11. The company reported revenues of USD $30.8M from 602.9K Oz Ag sold and 9.8K Oz Au sold at realized prices of USD $22.72 and USD $1,840 per Oz Ag and Oz Au respectively. It also reported a net earnings (loss) of USD $11.9M, adjusted earnings (loss) of USD $4.3M), mine operating earnings of USD $4.5M, mine operating cash flow before taxes of USD $8.8M, operating cash flow before working capital changes of USD $3.6M, and working capital of USD $149.7M.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., reported Q2. 2022 from its San Jose mine, Oaxaca. The company mined 251.9K tonnes of 187 g/t Ag and 1.13 g/t Au, both with metallurgical recoveries of 91% to produce 1.38 M Oz Ag and 8.3K Oz Au. Fortuna sold 1.42M Oz Ag and 8.6K Oz Au at realized prices of USD $22.56 and USD $1,873 per Oz Ag and Au respectively at a production cash cost per tonne of USD $83.57, production cash cost per Oz Ag Eq of USD $11 and AISC per Oz AgEq of USD $15.41.
  • Gatos Silver Inc., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Cerro Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua. The company milled 211,350 tonnes of 374 g/t Ag, 0.38 g/t Au, 2.79% Pb, and 5.03% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 90.4%, 48.9%, 90.5%, and 66.4% respectively to produce 2.3M Oz Ag, 1.27K Oz Au, 11.8M Lb Pb, and 15.6M Lb Zn. Gatos Silver reported unaudited sales of USD $57.2M, cost of sales of USD $27.8M, royalties of USD $1M, G & A expenses of USD 3.6M, other expenses of USD $0.7M, capital expenditures of USD $20.5M, and cash balance of USD $40M as of June 30, 2022.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project, Chihuahua. The company produced 213.5K Oz Ag, 3,081 Oz Au, and 219.5K Lb Cu at a cash and AISC of USD $13.17 and USD $17.73 per Oz AgEq respectively. GoGold reported revenues of USD $10.4M from the sale of 512.7K Oz AgEq at a realized price of USD $20.26 per Oz AgEq. It also reported cost of sales including depreciation of USD $7.9M, operating income of USD $221K, net income of USD $1.1M, free cash before working capital changes of USD $3.7M, and cash of USD $73.8M.
  • Golden Minerals Company reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Rodeo mine, Durango. Golden produced 3,004 payable Oz Au and 12,768 payable Oz Ag (3,158 payable Oz AuEq) and sold 3,219 Oz AuEq at a realized price of USD $1,865 per Oz Au and USD $22.49 per Oz Ag. The total cash cost net of Ag byproduct credits was USD $1,426 per Oz AuEq. Golden reported revenues of USD $5.9M, net operating margin of USD $1.3M, cash and cash equivalent balance as of June 30, 2022 of USD $9.5M, and a net loss of 2.8M or USD $0.02 per share.
  • Orla Mining ltd., reported production and financial results from its Camino Rojo mine, Zacatecas. The company produced 25,672 Oz Au and sold 25,431 Oz Au at an average price of USD $1,872 per Oz, and cash and AISC of USD $439 and USD $601 respectively. Orla reported revenues of USD $47.8M, cost of sales-operating cost of USD $10.8M, adjusted earnings of USD $11M, cash flow from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital of USD $20.7M, free cash flow of USD $28.7M, cash and cash equivalents as at June 30, 2022 of USD $66.7M, and a net debt of USD $100.3M.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Las Chispas project, Sonora. The company milled 12,700 tonnes of low-grade from historic stockpiles. At the end of June, 2022 it produced its first precious metal pour consisting of 312Kg of doré with approximately 2,200 Oz Ag and 100 Oz Au. SilverCrest reported cash and cash equivalents of USD $118.6M remaining under a USD $120M project financing facility, a value-added taxes (IVA) receivable in Mexico of USD $26.3M, an inventory of USD $19.4M, and mineral property, plant and equipment of USD $200M.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation reported Q2, 2022 production results from its Cosala mine in Sinaloa. It produced 128K Oz Ag, 3.9M Lb Pb, and 9.9M Lb Zn. Americas provided 2022 production guidance and expect to produce between 0.7-0.9M Oz Ag, 13-15M Lb Pb, and 36-40M Lb Zn.

ON FINANCING

  • Advance Lithium Corp., announced a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $200K. Gross proceeds will be used to advance its Sarape project in Sonora and for general corporate purposes.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., informed about an extension of its non-brokered private placement by 30 days starting this August 8, 2022 (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., reported a new Ag discovery SE of its San Marcial Resource Area on its wholly-owned Plomosas project, Sinaloa. Hole SMS22-10 encountered 308 g/t Ag, 0.02 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 101.6m, including 7,139 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 1,6% Pb, and 1.3% Zn over 0.8m, plus 3,065 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 0.3m, plus 1,774 g/t Ag, 0.01 g/t Au, 0.1% Zn over 0.20m, plus 1,508 g/t Ag, 0.1% Zn over 0.2m, plus 1,285 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 0.3m, plus 1,004 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 4.1m, plus 1,579 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, and 0.1% Zn over 0.4m, plus 1,017 g/t Ag, 0.15 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, and 0.7% Zn over 0.3m, plus 414 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, and 0.9% Zn over 16.2m, including 1,405 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, 0.8% Pb, and 1.9% Zn over 1.3m. “The hole was drilled 250 m to the SE of the San Marcial Resource Area, where the Company has been exploring the extension of the target contact between upper and lower volcanic units, which typically hosts the San Marcial Breccia Ag mineralization, together with strong ground magnetic anomalies delineated in 2021. This new, wide, high-grade silver discovery coincides with an inflexion in the NW-SE trending contact where it intersects with two key NE-SW trending faults. This defines a highly prospective target for continued drilling, both along strike and down dip”.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., reported Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources as at June 30, 2022 for their Mexican properties. At La Colorada, Zacatecas the company reported proven reserves of 3.8M tonnes with average grades of 340 g/t Ag and 0.23 g/t Au for a total of 41.5M Oz Ag and 27.5K Oz Au contained, and probable reserves of 6.2M tonnes with grades of 303 g/t Ag and 0.18 g/t Au for a total of 59.9M Oz Ag and 36K Oz Au contained. The company also reported measured resources of 1.9M tonnes with grades of 216 g/t Ag and 0.14 g/t Au for a total of 13M Oz Ag and 8.2K Oz Au, indicated resources of 3.4M tonnes with grades of 191 g/t Ag and 0.17 g/t Au for a total of 20.8M Oz Ag and 18K Oz Au contained, and inferred resources of 14.9M tonnes with grades of 195 g/t Ag and 0.2 g/t Au for a total of 93.9M Oz Ag and 98.4K Oz Au contained. At Dolores, Chihuahua, probable reserves reported are 4.1M tonnes of 18 g/t Ag and 0.6 g/t Au for a total of 2.4M Oz Ag and 77.7K Oz Au contained, while inferred resources are 2.5M tonnes with grades of 29 g/t Ag and 0.92 g/t Au for  a total of 2.4M Oz Ag and 74.4K Oz Au. At La Bolsa, Sonora, Pan American reported inferred resources of 13.7M tonnes with grades of 8 g/t Ag and 0.51 g/t Au for a total of 3.3M Oz Ag and 224.8K Oz Au contained. Reported mineral resources do not include amounts identified as mineral reserves. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves have no demonstrated economic viability.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. released results from 26 new drill holes targeting the Tajitos-Copala resource area at its 100%-owned flagship Panuco project in Sinaloa. Drilling highlights include hole CS-22-191 with 133 g/t Ag and 0.48 g/t Au (158 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.39m, plus 706 g/t Ag and 4.93 g/t Au (1,011 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 12.52m, including 3,880 g/t Ag and 27.7 g/t Au (5,602 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.26m, plus 1,245 g/t Ag and 8.24 g/t Au (1,751 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.26m, plus 1,425 g/t Ag and 10.65 g/t Au (2,092 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.42m; hole CS-22-173 with 663 g/t Ag and 2.90 g/t Au (826 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 14.46m, including 1,375 g/t Ag and 7.19 g/t Au (1,796 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.78m, including 1,501 g/t Ag and 5.49 g/t Au (1,791 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.93m, plus 1,655 g/t Ag and 8.05 g/t Au (2,118 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.78m, plus 1,505 g/t Ag and 5.93 g/t Au (1,826 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.37m; hole CS-22-159 with 285 g/t Ag and 2.12 g/t Au (418 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 10.50m, including 493 g/t Ag and 18.3 g/t Au (1,775 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.56m, plus 1,025 g/t Ag and 4.61 g/t Au (1,285 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.71m; and hole CS-22-181 with 165 g/t Ag and 0.52 g/t Au (191 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.70m, plus 832 g/t Ag and 3.85 g/t Au (1,051 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 3.44m, including 1,725 g/t Ag and 11 g/t Au (2,396 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.68, plus 1,501 g/t Ag and 4.98 g/t Au (1,754 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.81m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Prismo Metals Inc., announced that its common shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement in the United States through the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”). It will simplify the process of trading and enhance liquidity of Prismo shares in the United States. The Company’s shares recently began trading on the OTCQB® Venture Market (“OTCQB”) under the ticker symbol PMOMF (Palos Verdes project, Sinaloa).
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited made several management changes. The company announced the retirement and replacement of its non-executive Chairman, the appointment of a new member of its Board of Directors, and the appointment of its Exploration Manager. All Board changes are effective September 1, 2022 (Plomosas mine, Chihuahua).
  • Advance Lithium Corp., sold its royalty on three claims in Kenya to Orogen Royalties Inc., for USD $120K and the transfer of the 100% ownership of the Sarape property, Sonora. Orogen will retain a 1.5% royalty on the Sarape property.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., amended the schedule on the final payment of its option agreement for 100% of the Columba high-grade silver project, Chihuahua. The amended agreement splits the final November 2022 payment into a series of payments due in August, November, December 2022 and January, April, and May of 2023. Payments range from USD $215K (August 2022 and May 2023) to USD $480K (November 2022) and USD $430K (December 2022, January, and April 2023).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • First Majestic Silver Corp., released its 2021 Sustainability report summarizing the Company´s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance. CEO of the company stated that their effort in 2021 demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and to improving lives and communities in our host regions while increasing shareholder value, as well as driving positive changes for society and delivering long-term benefits for all First majestic shareholders.
  •  Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de C.V., and Fresnillo plc promote entrepreneurs providing tools to micro and small entrepreneurs from the communities neighboring their operations through a training and advisory program for the strengthening and creation of proudly local and Mexican companies. Both Peñoles and Fresnillo plc have given nearly 249 workshops for entrepreneurs, with the support of the social organization ProEmpleo. In parallel, the companies and the organization work on the abilities and skills of the participants who seek the continuity of their projects and reinforce them with actions to make them competitive in their local environment. To date, more than 3,800 people have benefited and 203 new companies have been created, which in turn generated 534 direct jobs; 74% of the total number of companies created continue to operate.

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On the picture above, a banded calcite vein with Manganese Oxides from an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico; Highlights on the First Week of August, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 31st week of the year (August 1st to August 7th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties and four presented production results for the second quarter. Only one company reported on the closing of a private placement, one on the granting of incentive options to officers, directors and consultants, one on a $5 M loan facility and one in a share consolidation plan. One company filed an amended report. One company closed the sale of its Mexican properties and one more amended the option agreement of a property.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce completed an RC drilling program at Diamante; Tocvan Ventures informed on drilling at Pilar. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver informed on drilling at Columba; Mammoth Resources presented drilling results from Tenoriba. In Zacatecas, Alien Metals updated on work at Donovan 2 and San Celso. In Oaxaca, Vortex Metals updated on exploration at Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects. ON MINING, Coeur Mining, Torex Gold, Equinox Gold and First Majestic Silver presented financial and operational results for the second quarter 2022. ON FINANCING, Heliostat closed a private placement for $3 M. Bear Creek Mining entered into a US$5 M loan facility. Tocvan is granting incentive stock options and Ridgestone Mining is proposing consolidation of its shares.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver is filing an amended technical report for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Great Panther Mining closed the sale of its Mexican properties to Guanajuato Silver Company. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex at Nacozari, in Sonora, was granted the “Great Place to Work” certification.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. along with Colibri Resource Corp. completed its phase 1 drilling program at the 1,057 ha Diamante project in Sonora. The 2,005 m reverse-circulation program in 19 holes, up to 135 m in depth, covered the La Prieta, and Pillado targets. “Mineralization is reported visually as pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, argentiferous galena, argentite, hematite and probable metal oxides, carbonates and sulphates, including copper carbonate (malachite), copper sulphates and plumbojarosite”.
  • Vortex Metals Inc. provided an update in exploration of its Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects in Oaxaca. The late David Jones identified this area in the early 2000’s …”Copper-gold mineralization within both the Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects is associated with geologic processes operative in the Late Jurassic to Middle Cretaceous within a back-arc sequence of bi-modal volcanics and volcaniclastics deposited on the sea floor. Early exploration conducted by Dave Jones identified several copper and gold anomalies over a broad area but clearly associated with specific rocks, i.e. exhalite, rhyolite debris aprons or breccia. These associations prompted the identification of a geologic environment which incorporated these features. The Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) model incorporates the geologic and geochemical features observed to date”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. informed significant progress has been made on the 15,000 m drilling campaign at Columba, in Chihuahua. The current program will test extensions of the F, D, B and JZ veins and exploratory step-outs on other prospective veins. The V vein has been traced for over 700 m of strike and 200 m of depth with an average of 2 m in width, the D vein has been hit along 430 m of strike and 340 m of depth with an average of 6.9 m in width.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed that seven reverse circulation drill holes for a total of 1,382 m have been completed on the phase III drill program at Pilar, in Sonora.
  • Alien Metals Ltd. updated on exploration work at its San Celso and Donovan 2 projects in Zacatecas. Three holes totaling 201 m were drilled at San Celso and four holes at Donovan 2 for 410 m. No significant intersections were returned for San Celso. At Donovan 2, a 1.87 m interval returned 0.33% Cu, although the recovery was in the 15-20% range. A weak Zn anomaly correlates with a similar zone in a previous hole.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. provided results from four holes at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The four holes totaled 388.95 m brining the total to 2,623.55 m in 21 holes. Highlighted intercepts comprise 81.0 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag (including 12.0 m @ 1.03 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag); 10.6 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 30.0 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 48.0 m @ 1.11 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag (including 4.5 m @ 2.88 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag).

ON MINING

  • Coeur Mining Inc. reported second quarter 2022 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 539.6 K tonnes were milled @ 1.68 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag, recovering 92.4% Au, 84.2% Ag, to produce 27,109 Oz Au, 1.79 M Oz Ag. Four drill rigs are to be active in the third quarter 2022 on infill drilling of the Hidalgo and Nacion zones and expansion drilling on the NW Hidalgo and La Carmela zones.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022. During the period, 123,363 Oz Au were produced at its El Limon-Guajes project in Guerrero, at total cash cost $703 per Oz Au and AISC of $911. Construction at Media Luna (close to El Limon-Guajes), is well underway, with a physical progress of 5%, including the development of 2,100 m at the Guajes tunnel and 700 m at South Portal. At the end of the period the company had net cash of $306.3 M with no debt and an undrawn $150.0 M credit facility.
  • Equinox Gold Corp. announced its second quarter 2022 financial and operating results. The report includes the sale of the Mercedes mine in Sonora to Bear Creek Mining Corp., but does not elaborate on production numbers for Mercedes or Los Filos in Guerrero, other than a guidance of 155-170 K Oz Au production from Los Filos in 2022.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. presented financial results for the second quarter 2022. During the quarter the company negotiated and signed a conclusive agreement with the Mexican tax authority (SAT) though the office of the taxpayer ombudsman (PRODECON) to settle an uncertain tax position relating to intercompany debt financing in Mexico, with a one-time payment of $21.3 M. Consolidated production in Mexico was 6.16 M Oz AgEq, as shown in the table below.

ON FINANCING

  • Bear Creek Mining Corp. entered into a US$5.0 M loan facility with Auramet International LLC.. Bear Creek will sell Auramet 100% of the outrun from the Mercedes mine in Sonora until the note is paid in full and 50 K Oz thereafter (Mercedes, Sonora).
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. closed its non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of $3 M (Oso Negro and El Picacho, Sonora).
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced the approval of the grant of 1.3 M incentive stock options to officers, directors and consultants of the company (Pilar, Sonora).
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. intends to seek shareholder approval at its upcoming annual general meeting to consolidate its commons shares in a 20 to 1 ratio. “The proposed Consolidation remains subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange”.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Silver Corp. is filing an amended technical report on the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The phrase “the Cordero project is technically and economically viable” was removed, as “the economic analysis is a preliminary economic assessment and cannot demonstrate economic viability”. Discovery is well advanced on a pre-feasibility study (PFS) to be completed on Q4 2022, which is to outline the technical and economic viability of the project.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. closed the previously announced sale of the Guanajuato Mine Complex (Guanajuato), the Topia mine (Durango) and the El Horcón and Santa Rosa projects (Guanajuato) to Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd.. The deal comprised US$8 M in cash, plus additional cash of US$1.35 M, US$6.7 M in GSilver shares, US$500 K when Topia produces an aggregate of 2.5 M Oz Ag and US$750 K if the silver price rises above US$27.50 per Oz for a month within two years of closing, and US$750 K if the silver price closes above US$30.00 per Oz for a month within three years of closing.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. announced the amendment of the property agreement on the Guadalupe y Calvo project in Chihuahua. The revised option agreement with Endeavour Silver extends the cash, share and work commitments of year 2 from February 2023 to March 2024, that of year 3 from February 2024 to March 2025 and that of year 4 from February 2025 to March 2026.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex in Nacozari, Sonora, obtained the certificate “Great Place to Work”. The certification is recognized in more than 60 countries.

On the image below: Quartz-specularite veining on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fifth Week of March, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 13th week of the year (March 28th to April 3rd, 2022), at least 32 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, five companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three released quarterly and full year 2021 reports, one informed on the end of a strike and one declared commercial production. One announced the granting of stock options, three updated on project work, three reported drill results on their advanced properties, two released new resource estimates. ON MEXICO ISSUES, three of the top eight silver intercepts on the fifth week of March were obtained by companies working in Mexico. For the quarter, four of the top ten silver intercepts were from projects in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures provided drill results on the Pilar project; Infinitum Copper commenced drilling at Adelita; Silver Spruce had the preventive report approved for drilling at Jackie. In Zacatecas, Galore Resources informed on drilling at Dos Santos project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released additional trenching results at La Tigra. ON MINING, SilverCrest Metals, Excellon Resources and Mag Silver released quarterly and full year 2021 reports. Excellon Resources informed the strike on its Platosa mine in Durango was terminated. Orla Mining initiated commercial production at Camino Rojo, in Zacatecas. ON FINANCING, Inomin Mines granted stock options to director and a contractor.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus Gold informed partner company Irmex is modelling the Mabel deposit in Sonora. Solaris Resources is preparing exploration work at La Verde, in Michoacan. Vizsla Silver reported drill results at Panuco, in Sinaloa. Prime Mining delivered drill results from Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. Discovery Silver released results from 17 holes at Cordero, Chihuahua. Torex Gold presented results of the updated technical report on the Morelos Complex in Guerrero. First Majestic Silver presented 2021 resource estimates for its properties. Silver Valley Metals updated on its potassium-lithium salars in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Tamino Minerals is triggering a securities fraud probe. Huntington Exploration acquired the El Grande project in Nayarit. Xali Gold ratified the agreement on the tailings with El Oro Municipality in Estado de Mexico. Prime Meridian Resource updated on the purchase of La Verde project in Sonora.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Of the top eight silver intersects released on the fifth week of March, three were by companies working in Mexico, according to Miner Deck. Discovery Silver was first with 45.6 m @ 125 gpt Ag at Cordero in Chihuahua, Vizsla Silver was sixth 2.75 m @ 322 gpt Ag at Panuco, in Sinaloa, and Prime Mining was eighth with 42.7 m @ 43 gpt Ag at Los Reyes, in Sinaloa.
  • According to Miner Deck, of the top ten silver intersects released on Q1 2022, four were by companies working in Mexico. Pan American Silver was fourth with 322.9 m @ 64 gpt Ag at La Colorada Skarn in Zacatecas, GoGold Resources was fifth with 25.7 m @ 776 gpt Ag at Los Ricos, in Jalisco; Silver Tiger was eight with 25.9 m @ 687 gpt Ag at El Tigre, in Sonora and Radius Gold was tenth with 96 m @ 167 gpt Ag at Amalia, in Chihuahua.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced additional results from the ongoing trenching program at La Tigra, in Nayarit. Highlighted intervals comprise 6.1 m @ 0.98 gpt Au; 24.2 m @ 1.59 gpt Au (including 4.7 m @ 5.58 gpt Au); 22.9 m @ 1.78 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 6.6 m @ 3.42 gpt Au.
  • Galore Resources Inc. provided a drilling update of Los Gemelos, at its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. Three holes have been finished on the San José area, showing recrystallized limestone, dikes and sills of intermediate composition with phyllic and argillic alteration, multiple bodies with hydroxides, hematite, calcite, and local sulfides and quartz, and hydrothermal breccia cemented by calcite and iron oxides. ”The mineralization is repetitive that is concentrated as veins, veins and stratabound bodies, hosted between the carbonate marine sedimentary sequence and the cupula of an unexhumed pluton….”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. provided results for the three first holes of the phase III drilling campaign at Pilar, in Sonora. Highlighted drill-length intervals comprise 33.3 m @ 0.63 gpt Au (including 21.7 m @ 0.94 gpt Au) and 5.5 m @ 0.64 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag in core holes and 6.1 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag in a reverse circulation hole.
  • Infinitum Copper Corp. commenced diamond drilling at La Adelita project in Sonora and Sinaloa. The program envisages a total of 9,000 m of drilling in two phases, with phase I consisting of 3,000 m targeting areas within and adjacent to the existing mineralized zones, and some drilling on new zones like Cerro Grande footwall, Pericos and Las Trancas Sur. A magneto-telluric geophysical is underway, and is expected to aid in targeting.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. informed the approval by SEMARNAT (environmental agency) of the preventive report for the 1,130 hectares Jackie project in Sonora. “Exploration plans were submitted for a 500-1,000-metre trenching program followed by an initial 1,000-2,000-metre reverse circulation drill program”.

ON MINING

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. reported the financial results for the year 2021. At the end of the year construction progress at Las Chispas in Sonora was 86.2%, slightly ahead of schedule. Since 2019 over 17.5 km of underground development has been completed at Las Chispas, and during last year 114,143 m of drilling were completed, mostly as infill holes. At El Picacho, 40 km north of Las Chispas, 80,700 m of drilling were completed in 2021. At the end of the period the SilverCrest held cash and cash equivalents of $176.5 M, and $30 M remaining under a $120 M financing facility.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. posted financial results for Q4 and full year 2021. During the year, 85.5 K tonnes were mined, 86.0 K tonnes milled @ 494 gpt Ag, 5.01% Pb, 6.03% Zn, recovering 90.5% Ag, 78.5% Pb, 83.7% Zn, to produce 1.22 M Oz Ag, 7.61 M Lb Pb, 9.01 M Lb Zn (2.02 M Oz AgEq). Cash cost was $13.01 per Oz Ag and AISC $26.78 per Ag Oz. “current mining is entering an area of the deposit that steepens significantly, with fewer vertical-tonnes-per-metre than historically encountered…. the Company currently expects to wind down operations at Platosa during Q3 2022, subject to results from ongoing exploration programs” (Note by editor.- Although high-grade, Platosa seems to be at the end of its mine life due to a combination of deeper ores and high de-watering costs).
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced on April 1, 2022 the resolution of the labor action initiated on March 7 by the Sindicato Nacional Minero Metalúrgico (Miner’s Union) at its Platosa mine in Durango.
  • Mag Silver Corp. presented its financial results for year 2021. The 4,000 tpd Juanicipio (56% Fresnillo PLC, 44% Mag Silver) plant was delivered to plant commissioning late in Q4, but due to regulatory approval commissioning was extended to Q2 2022. It is expected the plant to be working 85% to 90% of capacity by late 2022. Processing of mineralized headings from Juanicipio continues at the nearby Fresnillo plant and has begun to be processed at the Saucito facilities; Processing rates have increased from 38 K tonnes per month in Q4 to 45 K tonnes on the first two months of 2022. During 2021, 251.9 K tonnes from Juanicipio were processed, averaging 470 gpt Ag, to produce 2.97 M Oz Ag, 5,975 Oz Au, 1,065 tonnes Pb, 1,519 tonnes Zn. According to Juanicipio operator, Fresnillo PLC, the project construction is expected to be delivered on budget at $440 M. As of end of 2021 Mag held cash of $56.7 M.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. declared commercial production at the Camino Rojo Oxide mine in Zacatecas. “The declaration of commercial production at Camino Rojo comes after a successful commissioning period which included the ramp up of mining and processing to sustained throughput levels in excess of 75% of designed nameplate capacity of 18,000 tonnes per day”.

ON FINANCING

  • Inomin Mines Inc. informed 350 K stock options were granted to director and a contractor of the company (La Gitana, Oaxaca).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mexus Gold US. informed that its partner at the Mabel project in Sonora, Irmex, “has been working on modelizing the Mexus data including the 611 core and RC holes previously carried out by Pacific Comox before acquisition by Mexus Gold”. To date Irmex has calculated a volume of 184.4 K tonnes @ 1.15 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag, but work continues to increase the resource. Signature of the definitive agreement is planned for late April 2022.
  • Solaris Resources Inc. is planning more exploration work to advance its La Verde project (60% Solaris, 40% Teck) in Michoacan. The work envisaged includes the possible extensions of higher-grade ore. A spin-off company, Solaris Exploration, probably will continue with the work on La Verde, while Solaris Resources focus in Ecuador.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from 53 holes on the Napoleon vein corridor at Panuco, in Sinaloa. The mineralized zone has been extended 350 m, which takes the total length of the corridor to 2,500 m. Highlighted true-width intervals comprise 4.00 m @ 55 gpt Ag, 20.38 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 3.0% Zn and 9.42 m @ 85 gpt Ag, 2.73 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 4.1% Zn (including 2.17 m @ 85 gpt Ag, 7.91 gpt Au, 1.2% Pb, 7.4% Zn) on the Napoleon vein, 2.7 m @ 746 gpt Ag, 6.27 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 2.9% Zn on the Napoleon hanging wall vein and 0.47 m @ 17 gpt Ag, 60.5 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.4% Zn at the Josephine vein.
  • Prime Mining Corp. released results from the phase II drill program on El Zapote Sur, one of eight ore deposits, at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true-width intervals comprise 27.4 m @ 2.38 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag; 5.8 m @ 7.75 gpt Au, 57 gpt Ag; 3.9 m @ 2.68 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag; 5.6 m @ 2.91 gpt Au, 41 gpt Ag; 4.3 m @ 2.73 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 8.8 m @ 1.49 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 2.3 m @ 7.10 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 5.3 m @ 1.92 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag; 18.2 m @ 1.09 gpt Au, 32 gpt Ag. Currently nine rigs are operating at Los Reyes, having completed 30,000 m (in 106 holes) of the planned 50,000 m program. “Mineralization at Zapote South consists primarily of white to grey crystalline to chalcedonic quartz, quartz breccia and stockwork ….. fault structures within or along the margins of rhyolite dykes …… Quartz is massive to crustiform, locally displaying colliform to bladed replacement textures. Higher-grade intervals are marked by finely banded green adularia”.
  • Discovery Silver Corp. informed on results from 17 holes from the phase 2 drilling program at Cordero, in Chihuahua. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 45.6 m @ 125 gpt Ag, 0.54 gpt Au, 2.0% Pb, 2.7% Zn (328 gpt AgEq); 177.4 m @ 27 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 1.1% Zn (74 gpt AgEq); 44.5 m @ 20 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 2.2% Zn (106 gpt AgEq) outside the current resource, 38.6 m @ 91 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 1.3% Pb, 1.3% Zn (189 gpt AgEq) beneath the PEA pit and 32.3 m @ 70 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 1.0% Zn (142 gpt AgEq); 17.7 m @ 68 gpt Au, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn on the margins of the PEA pit. “This current set of results was predominantly targeting the expansion of the open pit and the resource in the northeast of the deposit”.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. presented the results of the updated technical report on its Morelos Complex in Guerrero. The Morelos Complex has a baseline cumulative cash flow of $1,418 M and after-tax (NPV 5%) of $1,040 M, while the Media Luna (ML) projects presents an after-tax NPV(5%) of $458 M. Life of mine (LOM) estimated at 11.5 years, commencing in April 2022, with an annualized production of 374 K Oz AuEq at total cash cost $809 per Oz AuEq and AISC of $954 per Oz AuEq. Total mineral reserves of 5.123 M Oz AuEq @ 3.90 gpt AuEq.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. announced its 2021 mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates for the company’s properties, including figures from its operations in Mexico. In its three Mexican mines (San Dimas in Durango, Santa Elena/Ermitaño in Sonora and La Encantada in Coahuila), the company holds 63 M Oz Ag, 879 K Oz Au in the proven and probable categories (included in resources), as well as 111 M Oz Ag, 1.28 M Oz Au in the measured and indicated resource categories and 75 M Oz Ag, 829 K Oz Au in the inferred resource category.
  • Silver Valley Metals Corp. updated on its potassium-lithium salars in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi. “it is in advanced discussions and under NDA’s with several well financed and highly technical groups ……… All options remain open for the Company, including a direct investment into the Company itself and the Company moving the project forward, to a joint venture, to a spin out of the asset, to a buy-out of the entire asset”. The inferred resource on the properties comprise 243 K tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent and 12.3 M tonnes of sulphate potash in 120 M tonnes @ 4.6% K, 380 ppm Li.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Tamino Minerals Inc. informed it is planning to trigger a Securities Fraud Probe against whomever results responsible of highly unusual “market activity witnessed during the last several months” (El Volcan, Sonora).
  • Huntington Exploration Inc. completed the acquisition of Lago de Oro S.A. de C.V. and its 550 square km El Grande gold project in Nayarit. A definitive agreement was reached to purchase all shares of the holding company for a cash payment of US$500 K, issuing 4 M shares of the company, a 2% NSR to the vendor and milestone payments on resources above 500 K Oz Au backed by NI-43-101 technical reports, capped at 20 M shares.
  • Xali Gold Corp. announced the ratification of the tailings and tourism agreements with the El Oro Municipality on El Oro tailings project in Estado de Mexico. “Renewing the Tailings Agreement is the final item required for Sun River Gold Corp (“Sun River”), who have the option to acquire 100% of the Tailings Project from Xali’s subsidiary…. The Tailings Agreement provides Xali Gold with the right to recover all available gold and silver from the tailings deposit and pay to the Municipality of El Oro an 8% Net Profits Interest”.
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corp. updated on the option to purchase La Verde project in Sonora. Prime Meridian (PMR) formed the Mexican subsidiary Sonoran Copper, S.A. de C.V. and reserved the new company’s new name Sonoran Desert Corporation. PMR has to make a US$200 K payment on Exchange approval, and a further US$200 K payment on late February 2023. Also, Cdn$3.75 M in shares of PMR prior to the first anniversary, and Cdn$2.5 M of PMR shares on the second anniversary. A 2% NSR on production from skarn mineralization will be retained by the vendor, and a 2% NSR on production from porphyry mineralization, with PMR having the right to buy 1% for US$1 M.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Epidote bearing porphyritic rock from a project in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of March, 2022. 

Malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 10th week of the year (March 7th to March 13th, 2022), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 3 news published by the media, with nine reporting resources and developments of their properties, four informing on exploration results, four communicating production and financial results, three discussing social issues, two announcing financial issues, and one disclosing deals and corporate issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce filed environmental permits to drill at their the Diamante, Mezquite and Jackie projects. In Durango, Canasil provided a review of the results from its 2020-21 drill program on the Candy Vein at its Nora project and Silver Wolf provided a 2021 year in review and 2022 outlook on its Ana Maria property. ON MINING, Endeavour reported consolidated full year 2021 production and financial results from their mining operations in México. First Majestic announced Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. Gatos Silver presented Q4 and 2021 year-end production and financial results from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos operation in Chihuahua, and provided a corporate update. Gold Resource provided Q4 and year-end 2021 production and financial results from its Don David Gold mine in Oaxaca.  ON FINANCING, Argonaut sold 9.74M of common shares of Magna Gold for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $6.82M. Kootenay closed a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $4.78M and a non-brokered portion of the offering for gross proceeds of approximately $1.47M, for total aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $6.25M (Columba project, Chihuahua). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Altaley announced positive Pre-Feasibility Study and updated Mineral Resources and Reserves at its Tahuehueto project, Durango. Capitan Mining released results from its ongoing RC drilling program at its Cruz de Plata project (former referred as Peñoles) in Durango.  Magna Gold released results from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Prime Mining reported results from its ongoing drilling program at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Avino announced drill results from the La Potosina area at its Avino project, Durango. Azucar Minerals reported that it will commence to drill test a new large lithocap alteration at its El Cobre project, Veracruz.  Barksdale released results from its phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone on its San Javier project, Sonora. Vizsla reported results from seven new drill holes collared on the Copala and Christiano veins within its Panuco project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Ranchero Gold announced the appointments of two new members to its Board of Directors (Santa Daniela project, Sonora). Fabled announced that it has completed the planning of its phase 2 definition diamond drill program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc reported the return to face-to-face work in the state, and the opening of its outdoor activities. Grupo Mexico, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day, held activities related to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in the communities where it has a presence. Media Luna Mining Company (Torex Gold) ratified for the sixth consecutive year the collaboration agreement with fishing cooperatives in the Balsas River Basin in Guerrero.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., filed environmental permits with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment (SEMARNAT) to drill at their the Diamante, Mezquite and Jackie projects in Sonora. Approvals from SEMARNAT are expected to be obtained by late March, 2022.
  • Canasil Resources Inc., provided a review of the results from its 2020-21 drill program on the Candy Vein at its Nora project. 13 drill holes were completed for a total of 3,296m to test the Candy vein over a strike distance of 500m and to a vertical depth of 250m below surface. All the holes encountered the mineralized vein with the highest true width x grade value on hole NRE-21-11 with 5.31 g/t Au and 336 g/t Ag (748 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 11.29m, giving a TW x grade value of 8,445 g/t AgEq x m. The drill results show that the Candy vein hosts consistently high grade gold and silver mineralization over appreciable widths. The Candy vein is known over 3km long but only 500m have been drill tested. Additionally, Canasil reported that systematic grid soil sampling over a 2km east-west and 3km north-south area covering the central zone of the project returned widespread silver, gold, copper, zinc and lead geochemical anomalies. “The gold and silver anomalies are particularly strong over the 3-Km strike extent of the Candy vein structure on the western side of the project area, as well as to the southwest and east of the Candy vein structure. A strong silver and gold anomaly also extends for 1.5 Km southwest from the location of the above high grade drill intercepts on the Candy vein and a breccia target has been identified to the south with potential for hosting bulk tonnage disseminated silver-gold mineralization”.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., provided a 2021 year in review and 2022 outlook on its Ana Maria property in Durango. The accomplished goals on 2021 include the completion of a NI-43-101 compliant technical report on the properties; an Aster satellite imaging survey, an airborne LiDAR and Hyperspectral imaging survey, an Airborne geophysical data survey, the application to expand the land package by 3x, and the completion of the 2021 mapping and sampling program to identify prospective areas and uncover previous historical workings. The company also provided a 2022 outlook that include the completion of the geophysical data interpretation, to define drill targets for the initial drill program, to apply and receive drill permits, to mobilize drilling equipment to execute an initial drill program, and to receive approval from the Mexican authorities on the expanded land application.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., reported consolidated full year 2021 production and financial results from their mining operations in México. The company mined 887,424 tonnes to produce 4.87M Oz Ag, and 42.3K Oz Au at a cash cost of USD $9.31 per Oz Ag, a total production cost of USD $14.70 per Oz Ag, and all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $20.34 per Oz Ag. Endeavor sold 3.86 M Oz Ag and 39.1K Oz Au and reported revenues of USD $165.3M, adjust net earnings of USD $(-8.6M), mine operating earnings of USD $36.4M, EBIDTA of USD $54.9M, and working capital of USD $121.2M.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. The below tables show the figures per separate mine for Q4, and full year 2021.

First Majestic reported consolidated financial results (including Jerritt Canyon mine in USA). It reported revenues of USD $204.9M and USD $584.1M respectively for the periods Q4, and full year 2021; mine operating earnings of USD $40.4M and USD $101.4M respectively; loss earnings of USD $4M and USD $4.9M respectively; operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of USD $71.8M and USD $176.8M respectively; cash and cash equivalents of USD $237.9M in each period; working capital of USD $224.4M in each period; and free cash flow of USD $66.4M and USD ($16.9M) for Q4 and full year 2021 respectively.

  • Gatos Silver Inc., presented Q4 and 2021 year-end production and financial results from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos operation in Chihuahua, and provided a corporate update. On Q4, 2021, the company milled 241,397 tonnes of 331 g/t Ag, 0.3 g/t Au, 2.2% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 90%, 63%, 91% and 73% respectively, to produce 2.3M Oz Ag, 1.3K Oz Au, 10.2M Lb Pb, and 12.9M Lb Zn. Average realized price per Oz Ag, Oz Au, Lb Pb, and Lb Zn were USD $23.08, USD $1,804, USD $1.04, and USD $1.58 respectively. For the full year, Gatos milled 909,886 tonnes of 295 g/t Ag, 0.32 g/t Au, 2.3% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 88%, 63%, 90% and 73% respectively, to produce 7.6M Oz Ag, 5.2K Oz Au, 39.8M Lb Pb, and 49.6M Lb Zn. Average realized price per Oz Ag, Oz Au, Lb Pb, and Lb Zn were USD $24.51, USD $1,804, USD $0.99, and USD $1.36 respectively. The company reported exploration expenses, operating costs and sales  for the period Q4, 2021 of USD $0.3 , USD $3.8M, and USD &72.9M respectively, while for the full year 2021 of USD $1.7, USD $19.3M, and USD $251.2M respectively. Gatos provided its 2022 guidance and expects to produce between 8.5- 9M Oz Ag, 4-4.5K Oz Au, 36-40M Lb Pb, and 49-54M Lb Zn at AISC of USD $16.5-18.5 per payable silver on Co-product basis and USD $13-15 per payable silver on by-product basis.
  • Gold Resource Corporation provided Q4 and year-end 2021 production and financial results from its Don David Gold mine in Oaxaca. On Q4, 2021 the company milled 135,398 tonnes of 1.93 g/t Au, 82 g/t Ag, 0.38% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 4.8% Zn to produce 1.8K Oz Au, 287.8K Oz Ag, 907.2K Lb Cu, 4.6M Lb Pb, and 9.33M Lb Zn at average metal prices realized of USD $1,811 per Oz Au, USD $23.51 per Oz Ag, USD $9,768 per tonne of Cu, usd $2,339 per tonne of Pb, and USD $3,446 per tonne of Zn. On the full year 2021, Gatos milled 501,978 tonnes of 2.01 g/t Au, 80 g/t Ag, 0.39% Cu, 1.9% Pb, and 4.4% Zn to produce 22.6K Oz Au, 1.06M Oz Ag, 3.18M Lb Cu, 13-4M Lb Pb, and 30.3M Lb Zn at average metal prices realized of USD $1,796 per Oz Au, USD $25.06 per Oz Ag, USD $9,553 per tonne of Cu, USD $2,268 per tonne of Pb, and USD $3,091 per tonne of Zn. On Q4, 2021, the company reported sales for USD $38.6M, EBIDTA of USD $10.3M, and operating cost of USD $12.9M, while on the full year 2021 it reported USD $125.2M, USD $33.64M, and USD $34.78M respectively.

ON FINANCING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., sold 9.74M of common shares of Magna Gold at a price of CAD $0.70 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $6.82M.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., closed a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $4.78M and a non-brokered portion of the offering for gross proceeds of approximately $1.47M, for total aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $6.25M. Gross proceeds will be used for exploration activities, working capital and other general corporate purposes (Columba project, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Altaley Mining Corporation announced positive Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) and updated Mineral Resources and Reserves at its Tahuehueto project, Durango. Highlights of the PFS include a throughput of 1,000 tonnes per day; a mine life of 10.9 years; a pre-tax net cash flow of USD $240.9M; a total capital cost of USD $56.9M; an all in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $844 per Oz AuEq; a pre-tax Net Present Value (VNP) of USD $152.8M at 5% discount rate; an EBIDTA of USD $246.1M, and an internal rate of return (IRR) of 45%. The company also updated Mineral Resources and Reserves. It reported Proven+ Probable Reserves of 3.58M tonnes grading 2.55 g/t Au, 50 g/t Ag, 0.26% Cu, 1.1% Pb, and 1.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 87%, 85%, 85%, 85% and 68& respectively to contain 294K Oz Au, 5.7M Oz Ag, 20.55M Lb Cu, 87.36M Lb Pb, and 151.6M Lb Zn. Altaley also reported Measured +Indicated Resources of 6.26M tonnes grading 2.11 g/t Au, 47 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 2% Zn (4.47 g/t AuEq) to contain 415K Oz Au, 9.4M Oz Ag, 36.6M Lb Cu, 123.9M Lb Pb, and 273.3M Lb Zn (900K Oz AuEq); and Indicated Resources of 918K tonnes grading 1.02 g/t Au, 29 g/t Ag, 0.15% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 2% Zn (3.05 g/t AuEq) to contain 30K Oz Au, 840K Oz Ag, 3M Lb Cu, 23.5M Lb Pb, and 39.7M Lb Zn (90K Oz AuEq).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., released results from its ongoing RC drilling program at its Cruz de Plata project (former referred as Peñoles) in Durango. Hole 21-JMRC03 drilled on Jesus Maria Vein system returned 0.37 g/t Au, 177 g/t Ag, 3.2% Pb, and 3.6% Zn (435 g/t AgEq) over 10.7m, including 0.71 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag, 6.8% Pb, 6.6% Zn (798 g/t AgEq) over 11.5m, including 0.45 g/t Au, 258 g/t Ag, 4.7% Pb, and 5% Zn (620 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.27 g/t Au, 370 g/t Ag, 5.6% Pb, and 8% Zn (860 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.55 g/t Au, 122 g/t Ag, 2.6% Pb, and 3% Zn (358 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.51 g/t Au, 281 g/t Ag, 5.9% Pb, and 3.8% Zn (641 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m. Assays are still pending for 11 RC holes out of 15 completed.
  • Magna Gold Corp., released results from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Drill highlights include hole MAR-21-002 with 139 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb and 0.6% Zn over 46.8m, including 801 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 0.8% Zn over 2.85m; hole MAR-21-004 with 113 g/t Ag, 0.03% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 32.55m, including 300 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 6m; hole MAR-21-005 with 133 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb and 0.2% Zn over 39.5m, including 540 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over 1.85m, and 301 g/t Ag, 0.06% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 5.1m; hole MAR-21-016 with 157 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 1.1% Zn over 29.5m, including 0.31 g/t Au, 821 g/t Ag, 2.4% Pb, and 5.6% Zn over 3.9m; hole MAR-21-020 with 156 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 55.95m, including 498 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.6% Zn over 12.8m;and hole MAR-21-022 with 127 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 19.2m, including 0.3 g/t Au, 567 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.4% Zn over 3.55m, and 110 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.6% Zn over 16.55m, including 0.18 g/t Au, 440 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, and 1.8% Zn over 3m. Magna plans to release a maiden resource toward the end of the Q1, 2022. This resource estimate will lead to the completion of the first ever preliminary economic assessment (PEA) shortly thereafter.
  • Prime Mining Corp., reported results from its ongoing drilling program at Guadalupe East on its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Hole 22GE-33 intersected multiple mineralized intervals. This hole intersected 11.60 g/t Au and 219 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 1.20m, then a 3.7m stope, to continue with 3.33 g/t Au and 115 g/t Ag over a TW of 29.29m, including 2.68 g/t Au, and 93 g/t Ag over a TW of 6.10m, and including 6.57 g/t Au and 137 g/t Ag over a TW of 9m, including 30.9 g/t Au and 605 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.20m, and including 3.67 g/t Au and 204 g/t Ag over a TW of 10.40m, including 8.39 g/t Au and 321 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.10m. This hole is located on the west side of the Guadalupe East conceptual open pit. There are currently 15 pending drill holes at Guadalupe East out of a total of 49 completed.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., announced drill results from its 2,400m drilling program conducted in 2021 on the La Potosina area at its Avino project, Durango. Highlights include hole LP-21-06 with 0.09 g/t Au, 270 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 2.5% Zn (463 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.7m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 1,257 g/t Ag, 0.48% Cu, 2.8% Pb, and 4.4% Zn (1,641 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.20m, including 0.08 g/t Au, 510 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 5% Zn (918 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.35m, including 0.07 g/t Au, 406 g/t Ag, 0.44% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 4.2% Zn (717 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.45m; and hole LP-21-007 with 0.4 g/t Au, 617 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (668 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.87m. On 2022, Avino plans include an additional 40 holes with 6,000m of drilling to test the continuity of the vein at elevations above 2,100m while looking for favorable dilation structures in the northwest.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., reported that it will commence to drill test a new large lithocap alteration at its El Cobre project, Veracruz. A mineral mapping study conducted on this area defined a strong alteration signature interpreted to reflect the surface zoning of an underlying porphyry body.
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., released results from its phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone on its San Javier project, Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole SJ21-31 with 0.05% Cu and 1.11 g/t Au over 36m, including 0.03% Cu and 1.71 g/t Au over 15m, and 0.06% Cu and 1.89 g/t Au over 3m, plus 0.54% Cu over 48m, including 1.35% Cu over 6m; and hole SJ21-35 with 0.24% Cu over 6m, plus 0.22% Cu over 12m, plus 0.35% Cu over 15m. Drilling results confirmed and expanded the footprint of the Cerro Verde Zone.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced that it has completed the planning of its phase 2 definition diamond drill program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua as well as a plan to drill test other structures in the property. This second phase will consist of a minimum of 5,000m for definition drilling, and drill test possible structural dilation zones on the Northeast and secondary mineralized structures, identified after performing a property wide mapping & sampling as well as an structural interpretation. “Once the field work and observations have been completed the phase 2 exploration first priority drill targets will be defined in the coming weeks”.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., reported results from seven new drill holes collared on the Copala and Christiano veins within its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Drill highlights include hole CS-21-116 with 97 g/t Ag and 0.55 g/t Au (141 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 2.4m, and 1,559 g/t Ag and 7.29  g/t Au (2,142 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 7.81m, including 2,728 g/t Ag and 13.10 g/t Au (3,775 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.60m, and 1,531 g/t Ag and 6.94 g/t Au (2,086 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 3.14m; hole CS-21-123 with 248 g/t Ag and 2.03 g/t Au (410 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 14.45m, including 1,237 g/t Ag and 10.53 g/t Au (2,078 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.09m, and including 197 g/t Ag and 1.45 g/t Au (312 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.68m; hole CS-21-115 with 1,900 g/t Ag and 11.09 g/t Au (2,787 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.21m; and hole CS-21-112 with 682 g/t Ag and 5.51 g/t Au (1,122 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.73m, including 973 g/t Ag and 7.97 g/t Au (1,610 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.1m. The Copala Vein has now been tested with 17 holes with mineralization open in all directions.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Ranchero Gold Corp., announced the appointments of two new members to its Board of Directors, and the addition of Ken Balleweg to its Technical Advisory team (Santa Daniela project, Sonora).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc reported the return to face-to-face work in the state, and the opening of its outdoor activities, taking into account the hygiene and healthy distance measures promoted by the health authorities, as well as the presentation of the vaccination certificate for access the corresponding facilities. For Fresnillo plc, physical activation represents one of the stronger pillars for the people development.
  • Grupo Mexico, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day, held activities related to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in the communities where it has a presence.
  • Media Luna Mining Company (Torex Gold) ratified for the sixth consecutive year the collaboration agreement with fishing cooperatives in the Balsas River Basin in Guerrero. F is the second most important economic activity in the mining corridor, so the commitment is to help to consolidate economic activities in the communities.

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On the picture above, malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia from an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 32nd week of the year (August 9th to August 15th, 2021), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 2 news published by the media, with eight reporting resources and developments of their properties, seven communicating production and financial results, four informing on exploration results, two announcing financial topics,, one disclosing deal and corporate issues, one commenting on Mexican issues and one discussing social issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, According to World Bank Data, Mexico continued to dominate world silver production last year, despite a 9.5% drop on the previous year.  ON EXPLORATION, In Durango, Canasil released results from the first drill hole of its 2020 follow up drill program collared at its Nora project, and Mithril presented drilling results, extending the El Refugio high-grade “clavo” zone 80m further east. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver announced it has received drilling permits for their El Panuco and San Gil projects. In the State of Mexico, Xali has identified new drill targets at its El Oro-Tlalpujahua mining district.  ON MINING, Gatos Silver reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from its Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. Argonaut announced Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. Endeavour presented Q2, 2021 consolidated financial results from their Mexican operations. GoGold reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua.  Guanajuato Silver announced that it began stockpiling mineralized material from its El Cubo mine in Guanajuato. Pan American reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their La Colorada and Dolores mines in Zacatecas and Chihuahua respectively. Sierra Metals announced Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their Bolivar and Cusi mines in Chihuahua.  ON FINANCING, Magna provided an update to its previously announced non-brokered private placement of CAD $10M convertible debentures (San Francisco mine, Sonora). Southern Silver provided exercise instructions for warrants dated September 11, 2020 (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Barksdale commenced a 5,000m Phase 1 drilling program at its San Javier project in Sonora. Azucar Minerals provided an update for its El Cobre project in Veracruz. Gatos Silver reported drilling results from its definitional drilling at its Cerro Los Gatos, Chihuahua. Gold Resource confirmed the up-dip extension of the Switchback Vein system and has also intersected additional mineralization outside of the current mining area (Don David Gold mine, Oaxaca). Osisko provided an update of the activities carried out in 2021 at its San Antonio project, Sonora.  Pan American reported its estimated mineral reserves and resources as of June 30, 2021 at their La Colorada, Dolores, and La Bolsa deposits in Zacatecas, Chihuahua, and Sonora respectively. SilverCrest provided an update on its Las Chispas mine construction in Sonora.  Southern Silver released assay results from its ongoing drilling program at its Cerro Las Minitas project, Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Excellon provided an update on litigation in respect of the La Antigua mineral concession (Evolution property, Zacatecas). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Alamos Gold has allocated MXP $400M in environmental investment at its la Yaqui Grande mining project in Sonora.  

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • According to World Bank Data, Mexico continued to dominate world silver production last year, despite a 9.5% drop on the previous year. Mexico produced 5,541 tonnes of silver, followed by China with 3,443 tonnes, and by Peru with 2,991 tonnes. Global production of silver totaled 25,516 tonnes last year, a 3.7% decrease compared to 2019, largely due to COVID-19 restrictions which required several major silver producers to temporarily halt production. “Mexico´s Fresnillo plc, the world´s largest silver producing company, said mine extraction of the metal has shown a steady decline since 2015”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Canasil Resources Inc., released results from the first drill hole of its 2020 follow up drill program collared at its Nora project. Highlights of the hole NRC-21-09 drilled on the Candy Vein include 20.59 g/t Au and 1,290 g/t Ag (2,783 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.53m, including 43.7 g/t Au and 1,290 g/t Ag (4,458 g7t AgEq) over a TW of 0.63m; plus 6.44 g/t Au and 884 g/t Ag (1,355 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 3.29m on the Candy hanging wall structure, including 8.45 g/t Au and 1,021 g/t Ag (1,634 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.84m, including 15.6g/t Au and 561 g/t Ag (1,692 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.50m; plus 2.76 g/t Au and 250 g/t Ag (450 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.71m on the Candy foot wall structure, including 6.19 g/t Au and 319 g/t Ag (768 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.90m. The high gold and silver grades and relatively low base metal values suggest the upper levels of the system which is open to depth.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., presented drilling results, extending the El Refugio high-grade “clavo” zone 80m further east. High-grade was intercepted in hole CDH-079 with 7.60 g/t Au and 332 g/t Ag over 12.4m, including 18.1 g/t Au and 810 g/t Ag over 4.19m; and hole CDH-80 with 5.08 g/t Au and 197 g/t Ag over 6.11m, including 9.47 g/t Au and 399 g/t Ag over 2.3m.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., announced it has received drilling permits from SEMARNAT for the execution of 10,000m of drilling at their El Panuco and San Gil projects in Zacatecas. The company also completed environmental studies at San Manuel and El Cristo projects and has submitted drill permit applications to SEMARNAT which expect to be received in approximately four weeks.
  • Xali Gold Corp., has identified in a 3D Leapfrog model, new drill targets at its El Oro-Tlalpujahua mining district in the State of Mexico. These targets are designed to test potential extensions to the mineralized veins where they are intersected by cross-cutting mineralized structures. These structures have been incorporated into the 3D model in order to optimize drill angles and azimuths.

ON MINING

  • Gatos Silver Inc., reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from the Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. The company mined 240,047 tonnes and milled 230,656 tonnes of 322 g/t Ag, 0.35 g/t Au, 2.5% Pb, and 4.4% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 89%, 63%, 90%, and 75% respectively to produce 2.1M Oz Ag, 1.5K Oz Au, 11.2M Lb Pb, and 14.5M Lb Zn. Co-product cash cost and Co-product AISC were $11.5 and $17.65 per Oz AgEq respectively, while by-product cash cost and by-product AISC were $2.87 and $12.63 per Oz AgEq respectively. Gatos Silver reported operating expenses for $5.1M, a net income of $13.5M, and a cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2021 for $29.6M.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc., announced Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. At El Castillo mine in Durango, the company mined 2,496,000 tonnes and processed 2,468,000 tonnes on leach pads with a grade of 0.25 g/t Au to produce 12.7K Oz Au and 17.4K Oz Ag or 12,929 Gold Equivalent Ounces (GEOs) at a cash cost of USD $1,109 per Oz Au sold. At San Agustin mine in Durango, Argonaut mined 2,718,000 tonnes and processed 2,962,000 tonnes on leach pads with a grade of 0.32 g/t Au to produce 18.1K Oz Au and 138.5K Oz Ag or 19,734 GEOs, at a cash cost of USD $801 per Oz Au sold. Consolidated results for El Castillo Complex (El Castillo + San Agustin mines) were 5,214,000 tonnes mined and 5,450,000 tonnes processed with a grade of 0.29 g/t Au to produce 30.8K Oz Au and 155.9K Oz Ag or 31.4K GEOs at a cash cost of USD $924 per Oz Au sold. At La Colorada mine in Sonora, it mined 1,150,000 tonnes and processed 1,247,000 tonnes on leach pads with a grade of 0.76 g/t Au to produce 16.7K Oz Au and 48.1K Oz Ag or 17,288 GEOs, at a cash cost of USD $608 per Oz Au sold. Argonaut also reported the discovery of high-grade gold veins below the El Creston open pit, including 98.9 g/t Au and 30 g/t Ag over 12.2m, and 44.6 g/t Au and 275 g/t Ag over 21.3m.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., presented Q2, 2021 consolidated financial results from their Mexican operations. The company produced 1.07M Oz Ag and 11.1K Oz Au (2MOz AgEq) at cash and AISC of USD $13.03 and USD $25.39 per Oz Ag payable respectively. It reported net revenue of USD $47.7M from the sale of 1.12M Oz Ag and 9.8K Oz Au; cash flow of USD $8.7M before working capital changes; earning of USD $6.7M; adjusted earning of USD $0.8M; cash position of USD $125.2M; and working capital of USD $146.8M. Endeavour also announced the suspension of operations at its El Compas mine in Zacatecas. 
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. The company produced 315.6K Oz Ag, 3,170 Oz Au, and 268.8K Lb Cu (563.4K Oz AgEq) at cash and AISC of USD $13.31 and USD $16.98 per Oz AgEq. GoGold reported revenues for USD $15M on the sale of 563.4K Oz AgEq; free cash of USD $7.5M; cash flow from operations before working capital of USD $6M, and USD $2.7M after working capital; adjusted net income of USD $3.9M; and cash of USD 73.5M. The company plans to use the free cash flow generated from its Parral Tailings project to fund the current exploration program conducted at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., announced that mining, mucking, and stockpiling of mineralized material has begun at its El Cubo mine in Guanajuato in anticipation of the recommencement of operations at the El Cubo mill.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their La Colorada and Dolores mines in Zacatecas and Chihuahua respectively. At La Colorada, Zacatecas, the company produced 1.01M Oz Ag and 700 Oz Au at cash and AISC of USD $4.52 and USD $12.42 per Oz Ag respectively. At Dolores, Chihuahua, Pan American produced 612K Oz Ag and 43.3K Oz Au at cash and AISC of USD $602 and USD $716 per Oz Au respectively.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., announced Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their Bolivar and Cusi mines in Chihuahua. At Bolivar mine, Chihuahua, the company processed 385,331 tonnes of 0.86% Cu, 19 g/t Ag, and 0.21 g/t Au to produce 5.8M Lb Cu, 202K Oz Ag, and 1,627 Oz Au (7.75M Lb CuEq) at cash and AISC of USD $1.17 and USD $3.27 per Lb CuEq respectively. At Cusi mine, Chihuahua, Sierra Metals processed 73,294 tonnes of 139 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au and 0.1% Pb to produce 269K Oz Ag, 142 Oz Au and 129K Lb Pb (283K Oz AgEq) at cash and AISC of USD $21.67 and USD $35.73 per Oz AgEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Magna Gold Corp., provided an update to its previously announced non-brokered private placement of CAD $10M convertible debentures. The principal amount of the debentures is convertible, at the election of Delbrook Capital Advisors Inc., into common shares of the company at a conversion price of CAD $1.25 per common share.  The Company will pay Delbrook a 1.25% arrangement fee on closing of the private placement (San Francisco mine, Sonora).
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp., provided exercise instructions for warrants dated September 11, 2020 in connection with a CAD $10M brokered private placement of subscription receipts and a CAD $4M non-brokered private placement of subscription receipts which both closed on August 14, 2020 (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Barksdale Resources Corp., commenced a 5,000m Phase 1 drilling program at its San Javier project in Sonora. Goals of this Phase 1 drilling program is to test the controls of the Cu mineralization at the Cerro Verde deposit in San Javier project, to step out of from known areas of previously drilled mineralization, and provide metallurgical samples for a column test work. Results from this drilling phase will be used to update a 3D model that will form the base for a new resource estimate.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., provided an update for its El Cobre project in Veracruz. It has drilled a couple of holes: one at El Pedregal target and a second one at the Raya Tembrillo target within the Villa Rica Zone at its El Cobre property. A hole planned for the large area of alteration and mineralization of the Encinal Zone will be deferred until more detailed geologic work and review is complete. Assays of the two holes already drilled will be released when they are received and processed. It is also reviewing past acquired data to plan additional drilling for future programs.
  • Gatos Silver Inc., reported drilling results from its 27,000m definitional drilling at its Cerro Los Gatos, Chihuahua. Highlights include hole GA404 collared at SE Zone of Esther deposit with 211 g/t Ag, 0.28 g/t Au, 5.5% Pb, and 8.3% Zn over 12.5m, and hole GA392 collared at NW Zone of Esther deposit with 27 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, and 4.5% Zn over 30m. “Drilling has identified three separate veins in SE Block #4: an upper vein, a middle vein with more characteristic thickness and grade of the main Cerro Los Gatos system, and a deeper footwall vein which was first identified in this campaign of drilling. The upper vein now has a demonstrated strike length of 400 meters which is open to the southeast and at depth. The middle vein has a demonstrated strike length of 520 meters which remains open to the northwest and at depth. The third vein has a demonstrated strike length of 800 meters and remains open to the southeast and at depth. These drill results extended 800m from the existing resource reserve blocks and remains open to the SE”.
  • Gold Resource Corporation confirmed the up-dip extension of the Switchback Vein system and has also intersected additional mineralization at Sandi Vein system outside of the current mining area with upside potential to develop a new mineralized zone.  Drilling highlight on Switchback Vein include hole # 521013 with 1.51 g/t Au, 95 g/t Ag, 0.21% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 1.8% Zn over 5.37m, including 2.61 g/t Au, 155 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 2.1% Pb, and 3% Zn over 2.9m; hole # 521014 with 0.82 g/t Au, 640 g/t Ag, 0.24% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.8% Zn over 0.78m, hole # 521015 with 0.01 g/t Au,  2,610 g/t Ag, and 0.31% Cu over 1.55m; and hole # 521018 with 4.45 g/t Au, 4,460 g/t Ag, 0.03% Cu, 1% Pb, and 2.4% Zn over 0.36m. Drilling highlights at Sandy Vein system include hole # 521021 with 1.61 g/t Au, 33 g/t Ag, 0.5% Cu, 2.4% Pb, and 2.1% Zn over 8.67m, including 4.88 g/t Au, 75 g/t Ag, 0.93% Cu, 6.4% Pb, and 4% Zn over 2.77m; and hole # 521022 with 2.32 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 1.4% Pb, and 6.8% Zn over 1.18m. “The Sandy 1 vein is open on dip and along strike to the northwest, whilst southeastern potential, including linkage to the Switchback system, is being evaluated”.
  • Osisko Development Corp., provided an update of the activities carried out in 2021 at its San Antonio project, Sonora. The company completed 9,900m of infill drilling of a planned two phase 45,000m drilling campaign. It also continues preparations to commence processing of the large stockpile on site, and announced that the heap leaching permitting is on schedule and anticipates granting of the permit by the end of the year.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., reported its estimated mineral reserves and resources as of June 30, 2021 at their La Colorada, Dolores, and La Bolsa deposits in Zacatecas, Chihuahua, and Sonora respectively. Mineral resources are exclusive of mineral reserves. At La Colorada mine, Zacatecas, the company reported proven reserves of 3.9M tonnes of 350 g/t Ag and 0.25 g/t Au for a total of 43.5M Oz Ag and 30.6K Oz Au contained and probable reserves of 6.2M tonnes of 289 g/t Ag and 0.19 g/t Au for a total of 57.3M Oz Ag and 38.2K Oz Au contained. It also reported measured resources of 1.3M tonnes of 185 g/t Ag and 0.15 g/t Au for a total of 7.6M Oz Ag and 6K Oz Au contained, indicated resources of 1.9M tonnes of 175 g/t Ag and 0.15 g/t Au, for a total of 10.6M Oz Ag and 9K Oz Au contained, and inferred resources of 8.4M tonnes of 190 g/t Ag and 0.15 g/t Au for a total of 51.1M Oz Ag and 40.9K Oz Au. In addition La Colorada Skarn has inferred resources of 100.4M tonnes of 44 g/t Ag to contain a total of 141M Oz Ag. At Dolores mine, Chihuahua, Pan American reported proven reserves of 20.8M tonnes of 22 g/t Ag and 0.74 g/t Au for a total of 14.9M Oz Ag and 495.3K Oz Au contained and probable reserves of 6.2M tonnes of 28 g/t Ag and 0.78 g/t Au for a total of 5.6M Oz Ag and 155.1K Oz Au contained. The company also reported measured resources of 2.82M tonnes of 16 g/t Ag and 0.3 g/t Au for a total of 1.5M Oz Ag and 27.2K Oz Au, indicated resources of 0.82M tonnes of 22 g/t Ag and 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 0.6M Oz Ag and 16.3K Oz Au contained, and 2.7M tonnes of 46 g/t Ag and 1.25 g/t Au for a total of 4M Oz Ag and 108.5K Oz Au contained. At La Bolsa deposit, Sonora, the company reported measured resources of 10.8M tonnes of 10 g/t Ag and 0.7 g/t Au for a total of 3.5M Oz Ag and 242.8K Oz Au contained, indicated resources of 10.6M Oz tonnes of 8 g/t Ag and 0.54 g/t Au for a total of 2.7M Oz Ag and 154.3K Oz Au contained, and inferred resources of 13.7M tonnes of 8 g/t Ag, and 0.51 g/t Au for a total of 3.3M Oz Ag and 224.6K Oz Au contained.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., provided an update on its Las Chispas mine construction in Sonora. The company reported that at the end of HI, 2021 Las Chispas progress was 33% completed; camp facility and earthworks completed; concrete foundation work 74% complete; plant tank, power line, road and bridge commenced; and 4.6Km of underground development completed. SilverCrest reported that as at July 31, 2021, the company remains well funded with cash and cash equivalents of USD $188M and USD $90M available under a USD $120M project financing facility. “Las Chispas could generate after-tax project free cash flow of approximately USD $160M in 2023 and an estimated average of USD $110M per year from 2023 to 2029”.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp., released assay results from its ongoing drilling program at its Cerro Las Minitas project, Durango. Drilling highlights from Mina La Bocona Area include hole 21CLM-164 with 102 g/t Ag, 1.8% Pb, and 1.7% Zn (234 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 16.3m, including 383 g/t Ag, 7.9% Pb, and 10.2% Zn (1,051 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.4m; 21CLM-167 with 263 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, 6% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (513 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.7m, including 543 g/t Ag, 0.4 g/t Au, 12.7% Pb, and 1% Zn (1,011 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.7m; and hole 21CLM-170 with 7 g/t Ag, 0.4% Cu, and 10.6% Zn (443 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.5m, including 14 g/t Ag, 0.4% Cu, and 21% Zn (844 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.7m. The current drill program has now completed 56 core holes totaling 22,360 metres since drilling recommenced in September 2020. Assay results from five drill holes are pending and are anticipated over the coming weeks. “Southern Silver has now tested over 850m of strike length along the east side of the Cerro to depths of up to 500m, primarily in the South Skarn and Mina La Bocona target areas. Three bonanza grade mineralized zones have been identified as well as shallow intercepts of high-grade mineralization to the northwest of the Bocona target, results of which will be incorporated into an upcoming mineral resource update on the project”.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Excellon Resources Inc., provided an update on litigation involving the Company’s subsidiary, San Pedro Resources SA de CV (San Pedro) in respect of the La Antigua mineral concession (Evolution property, Zacatecas). Excellon received an initial electronic notice last July that San Pedro’s appeal to the federal courts of Mexico in respect of the litigation was dismissed, despite the lack of evidence, facts or law to support this outcome. The Company has now received the formal written decision on the appeal which, based on initial legal review, appears to uphold the judgment granting the plaintiff an award of approximately USD $23M and is not subject to further legal appeal in Mexico.  Brendan Cahill, President and CEO of Excellon, stated that “The value ascribed in the judgment is impossible based on evidence, facts or law. Simply put, the maximum value realizable by the plaintiff from the agreement on La Antigua was USD $500K in the best-case scenario, yet the Miguel Auza Mine was shut down in 2008 almost immediately after operations commenced.”

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Alamos Gold Inc., has allocated MXP $400M in environmental investment at its la Yaqui Grande mining project in Sonora. The foregoing consists of environmental remediation works that will be carried out as areas of the mine are vacated, a different model from the traditional work that waits until the end of the useful life of a mine to carry out reclamation and closure activities. In La Yaqui Grande, it is contemplated to have constant reclamation of areas, placing the vegetal roof covering in layers and stages, which implied a special design and engineering to make it possible throughout the seven years of operation. The company will also acquire a treatment plant that will allow the water used in the operation to be recirculated, reducing its consumption. The design of “tepetateras or dumps” is different from the traditional ones and there is already a nursery for the reproduction of native plants of the region, which will supply the demand for the development of this environmental project.

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On the picture above, a volcanic-hosted quartz vein with oxidized pyrite in a low sulphidation epithermal vein system from a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of July, 2021

By Jorge Cirett

During the 29th week of the year (July 19th to July 25th, 2021), at least 19 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, two companies posted exploration advances on their properties, two on quarterly reports and one in reopening plans, two on financing news, five more on project development or resource definition and two posted on deals or corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce added a second rig to Drilling at El Diamante. In Chihuahua, Mammoth Resources informed on drill targeting at Tenoriba.  ON MINING, Fortuna Silver and Excellon Resources released Q2 2021 reports. Americas Gold and Silver updated on the re-opening plan at its Cosalá operations. ON FINANCING, Altaley Mining executed a 12 M loan agreement for the development of Tahuehueto. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexican Gold Mining continues work on Cerro Las Minitas PEA. Sonoro Gold released results from surface rock chip sampling at Cerro Caliche. Southern Silver Exploration reported diamond drill results from Cerro Las Minitas. GoGold Resources released drilling results from Los Ricos North.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver signed an option agreement on the acquisition of the La Tigra project in Nayarit. Vizsla Silver is to exercise the option to acquire 100% of the Panuco-Copala district in Sinaloa.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC informed on the several projects that the companies provide for the education of young people on several areas of Mexico, especially in digital platforms. Conalep and the New Mexico Institute of Mining signed an agreement to enhance the learning of students across the borders.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Mammoth Resources Corp. informed on drill targeting activities at Tenoriba, in Chihuahua. “The Company has extended drill targets an additional 1.7 kilometres (km), for a total of over 4.0 km from its previously announced initial 2.4 km of the 3-dimensional (3D) modelling of its infill, Induced Polarization/Magnetometer (IP/Mag) geophysical survey”. Work in the project by previous operators, Mammoth and Centerra includes over 6,000 soil samples, more than 750 rock chip samples, 151 m of surface channel samples, 26 diamond drill holes, IP and magnetic geophysical surveys, mapping, and spectral identification of alteration minerals.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. is to continue its phase 1 reverse circulation drilling at El Mezquite in Sonora. Seven holes have been already completed, and a second rig has been added to the property to complete the 2,475 m of drilling. “The Phase 1 RC program comprises 20 holes with a combined depth of 2,475 metres (950 metres completed) and will utilize eight drill pad locations focused around a 400m x 600m area with elevated precious metal values to 3.41 g/t Au and 387 g/t Ag”.

ON MINING

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported production results for the second quarter 2021. At its San José mine in Oaxaca, 1.62 M Oz Ag, 10,266 Oz Au were produced from ore averaging 205 gpt Ag, 1.30 gpt Au. Production and cost guidance for 2021 is 5.8-6.5 M Oz Ag, 38-42 K Oz Au at an AISC of US$12.2-14.5 per Oz AgEq.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced Q2 2021 production results from its Platosa mine in Durango. A total of 21.8 K tonnes were mined, and 21.6 K tonnes were milled @ 489 gpt Ag, 5.14% Pb, 6.48% Zn, recovering 87.0% Ag, 78.6% Pb, 79.4% Zn, to produce 296 K Oz Ag, 1.93 M Lb Pb, 2.46 M Lb Zn.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. provided an update on the re-opening plan of its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa. The Company and Government Labour inspectors jointly visited the mine and mill and both appear in good condition. “Mexican government inspectors from the Mexican Ministry of Labour will be in Cosalá this week to review the re‐start plans, which will allow the Company to begin recalling employees immediately following the completion of the inspection assuming compliance with the terms of the July 6, 2021 agreement“. The company expects the mine and the mill to be operating by the end of July, and the operation also has 70 K tonnes of ore stockpiled and ready to process.

ON FINANCING

  • Altaley Mining Corp. executed a US$12 M loan facility agreement with Accendo Banco S.A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, to complete the final part of it’s previously announced US$25 M Accendo syndicate funding plan to complete the construction and ramp-up of its Tahuehueto project in Durango (Campo Morado, Guerrero).
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. announced that its common shares are eligible for electronic clearing and settlement through the Depositary Trust Co. in the United States. “DTC is a subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, a U.S. company that manages the electronic clearing and settlement of publicly traded companies. Securities that are eligible to be electronically cleared and settled through DTC are considered to be “DTC eligible” (Zacatecas Silver, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mexican Gold Mining Corp. announced work continues to produce the PEA on its Las Minas project in Veracruz, within three weeks.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported assay results from surface sampling at its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora. With 1,292 soil and rock samples collected, a 600 m southern extension and a 750 m extension were confirmed on the El Colorado-La Ventana and the Buena Suerte-San Quintin corridors, with 23.7 m @ 1.7 gpt Au (including 5.5 m @ 6.0 gpt Au) in the former and 52.6 m @ 0.2 gpt Au in the latter.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported diamond hole drilling results from its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 1.4 m @ 719 gpt Ag, 14.2% Pb, 16.0% Zn; 0.4 m @ 541 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 8.8% Pb, 4.0% Zn in the South Skarn target, and 0.5 m @ 452 gpt Ag, 0.5 gpt Au, 2.8% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 0.5 m @ 312 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 2.8% Pb, 0.6% Zn in the Huizache chimney in the Mina La Bocona area. “Current modelling has identified three panels of mineralization at the South Skarn target, the largest of which can now be traced laterally for approximately 400 metres and up to 580 metres down-dip”.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released results of eight diamond drill holes from El Orito area in the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 41.2 m @ 10 gpt Ag, 0.01 gpt Au, 0.06% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 2.0% Zn; 33.3 m @ 19 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.08% Cu, 1.1% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 13.0 m @ 30 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, 0.22% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 3.0 m @ 19 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, 0.34% Cu, 1.3% Pb, 1.6% Zn; 18.0 m @ 51 gpt Ag, 0.09 gpt Au, 0.06% Cu, 0.4% Pb (including 1.9 m @ 230 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au, 0.23% Cu, 1.0% Pb; 54.3 m @ 97 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 0.70% Cu, 2.9% Pb, 5.4% Zn; 38.1 m @ 32 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu, 1.9% Pb, 2.7% Zn; 69.1 m @ 26 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au, 0.14% Cu, 1.0% Pb, 1.6% Zn (including 4.0 m @ 149 gpt Ag, 0.25 gpt Au, 0.70% Cu, 3.2% Pb, 6.9% Zn). “The holes that the Company has drilled to date at El Orito have shown mineralization averaging approximately 30m in width for more than 700m in strike length and up to approximately 300m in vertical depth from surface and is open in all directions”.
  • Minera Alamos Inc. informed that its Santana project in Sonora continues to advance as programmed despite the above average rainfall to date in the area. The press release describes all the progress in leach solution systems, overliner placement, crushing and screening, grade procedures and mining.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. Entered into a purchase agreement with an option to joint venture with Industrial Minera México S.A. de C.V. (IMMSA) for the 357 ha. La Tigra project in Nayarit, 150 km north of its flagship’s Tepic project. The agreement involves payment of US$1.5 M over three years, with Sierra Madre obliged to produce a 43-101 technical report before the end of the period. IMMSA holds a 2.5% NSR royalty of which Sierra Madre can acquire 1.5% for US$1.5 M.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. signed a binding agreement with Minera Rio Panuco S.A. de C.V. and executed a binding option exercise notice with Silverstone Resources which together constitute the acceleration and exercise of the option to acquire 100% of the Panuco-Copala district in Sinaloa. Vizsla has to pay $US4.25 M upon signing, issue US$12 M in Vizsla shares before August 10, 2021; and make a cash payment of $US6.1 M before February 2022.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC  informed on the several projects that the companies support provide for the education of young people on several areas of Mexico, especially in digital platforms.
  • Conalep (Colegio Nacional de Estudios Profesionales y Tecnicos) and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology signed an agreement to enhance the learning of Mexican and American students.

On the image below:  Intense quartz veining in a granitic intrusive rock in Sinaloa. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 27th week of the year (July 5th to July 11th, 2021), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four on quarterly production and one about the end of an illegal blockade 17 months long, one posted on financing, five more on project development or resource definition and one posted an update on a law suite. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the illegal blockade on Americas Gold and Silver Cosalá operations in Sinaloa was terminated. Mexico has fallen 13 places on the Fraser’s Index on Mining Attractiveness, affected by perceptions on security and rule of law. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Benjamin Hill Mining released surface assay results high in Cu and Au; Tocvan Ventures released results from RC drilling at Pilar. In Sinaloa, Brigadier Gold released drilling and underground sampling results from Picachos. In Durango, Canasil started drilling at Nora. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver signed surface access agreements to the San Gill zone at its Zacatecas Silver project. In Oaxaca, Madoro Metals updated on exploration at Yautepec. ON MINING, GoGold Resources, Gatos Silver, Endeavour Silver and Torex Gold presented second quarter 2021 production results. Americas Gold and Silver signed an agreement with several ministries to reopen Its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa.  ON FINANCING, Gold79 Mines commenced trading on the OTCQB Venture Market in USA. Minaurum Gold closed a financing round for C$9.2 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Southern Silver released drilling results from Cerro Las Minitas in Durango. GR Silver Mining, reported drill hole results from Plomosas in Sinaloa. Capitan Mining reported RC holes results from Peñoles, Durango. Guanajuato Silver provided drilling results from Pinguico, Guanajuato. Fabled Silver reported underground drilling results from Santa Maria, Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Excellon Resources informed on a legal suite regarding the Miguel Auza mine in Zacatecas. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo PLC, Minera Autlán and Newmont Peñasquito informed on activities supporting sports, the environment and community equipment in different localities.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico has fallen 13 places in the Fraser’s Index of Mining attractiveness from 2008 to 2020. Investment also saw a 42.8% reduction in the same period, including some effect by the pandemic. Security, labor regulations, political instability, lack of mining concessions and a nationalization streak in the current government were cited as deterrents to investment in the country. Those viewpoints are reflected in less investment, less employment and fewer opportunities to find new orebodies, factors that will lead to  reductions in production and taxes to be paid in the coming years.
  • The illegal blockade on Americas Gold and Silver Cosalá operations is off. After 17 months of illegal blockade, the negotiations aided by the federal government can hardly be called a success. Events like this one add to the deterioration on the global perception of Mexico as a good place for mining investment.
  • The AIMMGM (Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgista y Geólogos de México) stated through its president Sergio Almazán, that investment in the Mexican mining sector has been affect by the lack of certitude.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. released assay results from surface sampling at the Caracahui, Caracahui Norte and Sonora Copper areas from its Sonora Gold property in Sonora. Some of the highlighted comprise: 0.1 gpt Au, 12.2% Cu, 80 gpt Ag; 1.7 gpt Au, 10.2% Cu, 15 gpt Ag; 4.4% Cu, 8 gpt Ag; 0.2 gpt Au, 4.3% Cu, 25 gpt Ag; 1.2 gpt Au, 2.4% Cu, 98 gpt Ag; 0.1 gpt Au, 1.9% Cu, 3 gpt Ag; 0.6 gpt Au, 1.5% Cu, 24 gpt Ag; 2.2 gpt Au, 0.9% Cu, 17 gpt Ag; 15.9 gpt Au, 0.4% Cu, 3 gpt Ag; 3.3 gpt Au, 0.1% Cu, 47 gpt Ag; 2.5 gpt Au, 0.1% Cu, 65 gpt Ag; 2.4 gpt Au, 0.5% Cu, 7 gpt Ag; 2.2 gpt Au, 0.9% Cu, 17 gpt Ag; 2.0 gpt Au, 0.3% Cu, 53 gpt Ag. “The recent advancement of exploration on the Sonora Gold concession has identified expansive copper mineralization along broadly continuous structural trends which have not yet been fully explored”.
  • Canasil Resources Inc. announced the start of the 2021 drill program at the Nora project in Durango. The initial focus is to test below, between and on strike extensions from high-grade Au and Ag intercepts from the 2020 program. Highlighted true width intercepts from the previous campaign include 2.40 m @ 4.78 gpt Au, 351 gpt Ag; 1.49 m @ 11.86 gpt Au, 378 gpt Ag and 3.05 m @ 3.71 gpt Au, 489 gpt Ag, with Pb, Zn, Cu credits.
  • Brigadier Gold Ltd. released drilling and underground sampling results from its Picachos project in Sinaloa. Highlighted underground sampling results comprise 0.3 m @ 31.4 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag, 0.2% Cu, 0.5% Pb, 2% Zn; 3.2 m @ 7.43 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.9 m @ 4.64 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 0.5 m @ 38.88 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag, 0.4% Cu, 1.7% Pb, 1.5% Zn; 1.0 m @ 12.79 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.9% Pb, 0.9% Zn. A surface trench returned 8 m @ 2.14 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 6.5 m @ 0.26 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 60.3 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 0.2% Zn (including 4.5 m @ 0.56 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn and 7.5 m @ 0.98 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn); 113 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn (including 1 m @ 6.89 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn; 4 m @ 1.85 gpt Au; 1 m @ 5.51 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn); 123 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn (including 4 m @ 1.08 gpt Au; 4 m @ 1.10 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 1 m @ 3.51 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb).
  • Madoro Metals Corp. provided an update on recent exploration results from its Yautepec project in Oaxaca. A previously unknown 7 km long trend of epithermal alteration was found in the southern part of the project by company geologists. Highlighted results comprise 0.10 m @ 12.35 gpt Au, 1,250 gpt Ag in a quartz vein grab sample within a stockwork complex 400 by 200 m in the Tecolote zone; 0.10 m vein @ 0.54 gpt Au, 0.16% Cu, 1.3% Zn on the Southern Dike zone.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. completed access agreements with landowners at the San Gill breccia zone and San Gill vein system at its Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Environmental reports have been sent to SEMARNAT for the drilling of the Panuco and San Gill systems, and a third one is being prepared for El Cristo zone.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. released results from six reverse circulation drill holes at its Pilar project in Sonora. The phase II program sunk over 3,500 m in 20 holes, highlighted core length intervals comprise 44.22 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag (including 7.63 m @ 1.66 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag); 47.27 m @ 0.75 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag (including 12.20 m @ 1.12 gpt Au and 19.82 m @ 1.06 gpt Au).

ON MINING

  • GoGold Resources Inc. reported production of 315.6 K Oz Ag, 3,170 Oz Au, 120 tonnes Cu during the second quarter of 2021 at its Parral tailings project in Chihuahua.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. signed an agreement with the Mexican Ministries of Economy, Interior and Labour committing to a reopening of its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa, shut by an illegal blockade spanning 17 months. “After the long period of denied access, the agreement contemplates immediate right to possession of the property with a joint inspection coordinated by the Ministry of Labor this Thursday, so that the mine can restart operations in a safe and sustainable manner”.  
  • Gatos Silver Inc. released its production report for the second quarter of 2021, which constitute a record for the company. A total of 240 K tonnes were mined, 230.6 K tonnes were milled at a daily rate of 2,535 tonnes, with an average grade of 322 gpt Ag, 0.35 gpt Au, 2.51% Pb, 4.41% Zn, with recoveries of 89% Ag, 63% Au, 90% Pb, 75% Zn, to produce 2.1 M Oz Ag, 1.5 K Oz Au, 11.2 M lb Pb, 14.5 M Lb Zn in Pb and Zn concentrates.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported production results for the second quarter 2021. During the period 1.07 M Oz Ag, 11,166 Oz Au were produced. The El Cubo mine in Guanajuato was sold to Guanajuato Silver Corp..
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released production results for Q2 2021. At its El Limón-Guajes mine in Guerrero, a total of 118,050 Oz Au was produced, with an average plant throughput of 11,980 tpd, average underground ore mined of 1,420 tpd and an average open pit ore mined of 12,430 tpd.

ON FINANCING

  • Gold 79 Mines Ltd. commenced trading on the OTCQB Venture Market in the United States, operated by the OTC Markets Group Inc., under the stock symbol AUSVF (Taviche , Oaxaca).
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. closed a previously announced bought deal public offering, for gross proceeds of C$9.2 M. Due to the demand, the offering was upsized from the original gross proceeds of C$7 M. The offering included an investment from Crescat Capital (Alamos Silver, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. released drilling results that extend mineralization at the South Skarn and La Bocona areas at its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. True width core intervals comprise 1.8 m @ 161 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 4.9% Pb, 3.0% Zn (including 0.4 m @ 422 gpt Ag, 0.4 gpt Au, 13.2% Pb, 9.1% Zn); 2.6 m @ 159 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 2.4% Pb, 3.5% Zn; 14.0 m @ 162 gpt Ag, 0.2 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 1.1 m @ 227 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 3.7% Pb, 1.9% Zn. As of May 2019, the indicated resources stood at 37.5 M Oz Ag, 40 M Lb Cu, 303 M Lb Pb, 897 M Lb Zn; and inferred resources at 45.7 M Oz Ag, 76 M Lb Cu, 253 M Lb Pb, 796 M Lb Zn.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. reported results from the final drill holes to be incorporated in to the incoming resource estimation on the Plomosas mine area of the Plomosas project in Sinaloa. True width highlighted intervals comprise 29.5 m @ 1.13 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn (including 9.1 m @ 2.12 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn); 6.4 m @ 0.81 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn; 3.6 m @ 163 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au, 6.4% Pb, 3.7% Zn, 0.2% Cu; 6.1 m @ 120 gpt Ag, 0.48 gpt Au, 2.8% Pb, 0.7% Zn, 0.1% Cu; 0.9 m @ 5.24 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 11.8 m @ 328 gpt Ag, 0.19 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 1.2% Zn; 1.0 m @ 680 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Au, 0.6% Pb, 2.4% Zn; 4.9 m @ 143 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 4.3% Zn.
  • Capitan Mining Inc. reported results for four reverse circulation drill holes from the Capitan deposit at its Peñoles project in Durango. Highlighted intervals comprise 56.4 m @ 0.58 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag (including 10.7 m @ 0.99 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag); 38.1 m @ 0.26 gpt Au; 6.1 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag; 187.5 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag (including 29.0 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag); 10.7 m @ 0.25 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag; 41.1 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag. Capitan Mining expects to complete a 6,000 m reverse circulation program during the summer whilst continuing exploration work on additional targets.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided drilling results from El Pinguico, Guanajuato. Highlighted core length results comprise 1.65 m @ 2.45 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag; 7.95 m @ 1.35 gpt Au, 39 gpt Ag (including 0.75 m @ 8.81 gpt Au, 208 gpt Ag); 8.10 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, 93 gpt Ag (including 0.90 m @ 5.96 gpt Au, 476 gpt Ag). GS Silver is planning a 3,800 m 18-hole strong drill program, with the aim of estimating resources.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. announced results from underground drilling at the Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. Results comprise 9.90 m @ 0.08 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag, minor (<0.1%) Pb-Zn-Cu; 1.20 m @ 0.08 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag, minor Pb-Zn-Cu; 18.0 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag, minor Pb-Zn-Cu; 2.40 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 36 gpt Ag, minor Pb-Zn-Cu; 0.80 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 302 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.25% Zn; 6.30 m @ 0.04 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag, minor Pb-Zn-Cu.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Excellon Resources Inc. informed on the legal action regarding the Antigua concession within its Evolution project in Durango. A subsidiary of Excellon, San Pedro Resources SA de CV has been mandated in court to pay US$23 M in damages for not having in operation the Miguel Auza mine. “Excellon understands from an initial electronic notice that San Pedro’s appeal of this decision to the federal courts of Mexico was dismissed on July 1, 2021, despite the decision not being supported by the evidence, facts or law”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo PLC informed on the re-activation of sports programs in Coahuila.
  • Minera Autlán supports an environmental project in Hidalgo.
  • Fresnillo PLC backs the environment in Durango, aiding the El Porvenir sustainable forest.
  • Newmont Peñasquito installed a solar powered pumping system at El Nuevo Vergel, Zacatecas.

On the image below:  Structure in andesitic rocks exposed on a road cut in Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of April, 2021

By Jorge Cirett

During the 13th week of the year (March 29th to April 4th, 2021), at least 38 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, five companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three presented mining related news, six posted on financing or share options (including C$2.2 M, C$2 M, C$10.8 M and C$82.5 M), ten more on project development or resource definition and three posted on corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, listed mining companies in Mexico paid US$1.29 B in taxes during 2020. Americas Silver and the Mexican government are in talks to solve the company’s union issues after the president of Mexico threatened with concession cancellation. Fortuna Silver denied environmental damage by its mining unit in Oaxaca. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Heliostar Metals released drilling results from La Lola. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Silver released drilling results from Panuco; Brigadier Gold continues drilling at Picachos. In Durango, Silver Wolf released grab sample results from its Ana Maria project; Commander Resources reported results from a soil survey at the Pedro project.  ON MINING, McEwen Mining negotiated the end of an illegal blockade at El Gallo in Sinaloa. Prime Mining reported financial results for its Q3, 2021. Mag Silver released financial results for 2020. ON FINANCING, Colibri Resource, Sonoro Gold, Telson Mining and Equinox Gold released news on financing (C$2.2 M, C$2 M; $10.8 M and C$82.5 M respectively. Torex Gold announced the early repayment of $40 M. Reyna Silver is to issue $699.3 K in shares to consultors and advisors. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fortuna Silver released results from step out drilling at its San José mine in Oaxaca. Argonaut Gold released consolidated mineral resources estimates of more than 11.5 M Oz Au, 174.9 M Oz Ag on its properties. SilverCrest Metals updated on construction and exploration activities. Southern Silver reported high-grade drill intercepts at Cerro Las Minitas, Durango. Torex Gold presented a resource estimate of 5 M Oz Au for Los Filos in Guerrero. Ridgestone Mining updated on work at Guadalupe y Calvo (Chihuahua) and Rebeico (Sonora). Minera Alamos selected mining contractor for its Santana project in Sonora. GoGold Resources released results from drilling at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. First Majestic updated mineral resources for its mines and projects, for 340 M Oz Ag, 3.2 M Oz Au. Fabled Silver informed on drilling at Santa Maria, Chihuahua.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, GR Silver Mining completed the acquisition of Marlin Gold Mining and its land holdings in Sinaloa. Silver Bull informed it has won a definitive decision on a lawsuit related to an illegal blockade at its Sierra Mojada project in Coahuila. Argonaut Gold announced the cancellation of the agreement to sell the Ana Paula project in Guerrero. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo PLC informed on cultural activities aimed at helping local communities and improving the environment.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Listed mining companies in Mexico paid US$1.13 B ($1,1293 M in Mexican notation) in taxes on profits, or 9.2% on total earnings, in 2020. This amount is 44.6% higher year on year, influenced by the raise in precious metals. All companies in mining paid US$9.9 B (US$9,888 million in Mexican notation) in 2020 and provided work to 9,600 suppliers.  
  • Americas Gold and Silver director and high-level government executives met to try to find a solution to the union conflict affecting the company at its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa. Last week the president of Mexico threatened with legal action to invalidate the company’s mining concession (there is no legal basis to revoke the concession).
  • Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver) informed there is no environmental damage produced by a spill of tailings during a storm in 2018 at its San José mine in Oaxaca.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. released results from the first two holes ever drilled at the 6,360 hectare La Lola project in Sonora. The company is testing the main La Barra quartz-calcite-fluorite vein, which is up to 40 meters in width and runs for 5 kilometers and shows textures typical of shallow low sulfidation epithermal systems. A massive to crystalline quartz-calcite-fluorite subparallel vein to La Barra vein returned a core length interval of 2.5 m @ 0.01 gpt Au, 92 gpt Ag.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd. released results from surface grab samples from its 2,549 ha Ana Maria project in Durango. Initial work includes ASTER image analysis followed by a drone Lidar and hyperspectral data acquisition and analysis. Results from the 22 grab samples include up to 0.96 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag, 3,770 ppm Cu, 1,440 ppm Pb, 278 ppm Zn, 50% Fe, 4.5% Ba, 2,450 ppm W. CRD mineralization is the target in a sedimentary package affected by an intrusive igneous stock.
  • Commander Resources Ltd. reported results from a soil survey program at its 1,750 ha Pedro project in Durango. The epithermal gold target is 4 km long by 1 km in width, as defined by gold and arsenic in soils, rocks and IP geophysics. “Outcrop exposure comprises prominent hematite-stained silica-rich ridges of angular chalcedony fragments and silicified sedimentary rocks within an angular course breccia. The mineralization extends beneath post-mineral volcanic rocks, colluvium … and alluvium”.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. released results from 16 holes on the Tajitos zone of the Panuco project in Sinaloa. These holes expand the length of Tajitos to over 525 m, while nine other completed holes are awaiting results. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 2.5 m @ 1,586 gpt Ag, 7.72 gpt Au; 4.48 m 351 gpt Ag, 4.52 gpt Au; 7.94 m @ 387 gpt Ag, 2.25 gpt Au (including 1.44 m @ 1,365 gpt Ag, 8.35 gpt Au).
  • Brigadier Gold Ltd. continues drilling at its Picachos property in Sinaloa. To date 4,538 m of the planned 5,000 m on phase-1 diamond drilling program has been completed in 43 holes that mainly targeted the more than 7 km long Colcomeca vein system. “Several stages of mineralization are apparent from inspection of the drill core: (i) pervasive silicification with disseminated sulfide that is oxidized to hematite, (ii) crustiform quartz veining with sulfides, and (iii) cockade breccias in the central part of the structure. These breccias consist of angular rock fragments that are altered to a soft black mica on fragment margins”.

ON MINING

  • McEwen Mining Inc. informed activities at El Gallo project in Sinaloa have been restored after the illegal blockade. A new 10-year agreement was reached providing additional support to the communities and greater long-term certainty for El Gallo operation.
  • Prime Mining Corp. reported its operating and financial results for third quarter of fiscal year 2021, ended on January 2021. In January Prime paid Vista Gold Corp. US$1.1 M in accordance with terms on the Los Reyes project (Sinaloa) agreement; a final payment of $1 M is due in July 2021. Before the end of the quarter 1,053 m of drilling were completed in 5 holes. Two more drill rigs have been mobilized to the project for expansion of known in-pit resources along strike and dip, and infill drill areas to increase measured and indicated resources and target other structures for resource expansion and discovery.
  • Mag Silver Corp. released its audited consolidated financial results for 2020. Processing at the nearby Fresnillo mine plant of mineralized material from development headings began in August, with 71,859 tonnes milled @ 328 gpt Ag, producing 616.3 K Oz Ag, 1,029 Oz Au, 163 tonnes Pb, 224 tonnes Zn, netting $11.46 M as gross profit. Construction of the 4,000 tpd Juanicipio plant continues and the underground development now exceeds 35 km. The plant is now expected to commence commissioning in Q4-2021 and to reach 90-95% capacity in 2022. By the end of the period the company had cash and cash equivalents of $94 M.

ON FINANCING

  • Colibri Resource Corp. is to conduct a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD$2.2 M. (Evelyn, Sonora).
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. will undertake a non-brokered private placement offering to raise up to C$2 M (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Telson Mining Corp. closed the non-brokered private placement announced in February, for aggregate gross proceeds of $10.08 M (Tahuehueto, Durango).
  • Equinox Gold Corp. announced that in response to a request from Solaris Resources Inc. the company has agreed to sell 10 M shares of Solaris for gross proceeds of C$82.5 M (Los Filos, Guerrero).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. announced the early repayment of the $40 M of debt in relation to the 2019 Debt Facility and is now debt free other than approximately $5 M of finance leases. Torex has signed a Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement in connection with a two-year senior secured $150 M revolving debt facility (Limón Guajes, Guerrero).
  • Reyna Silver Corp. will make an application to the TSX Venture Exchange for issuing $699.3 K in common shares as compensation to technical consultors and advisors advancing the portfolio properties of Reyna Silver (Guigui, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Ltd. released results from step-out drilling at the San Jose mine in Oaxaca. The 4,670 m program in 22 holes established continuity of high-grade mineralization in the upper levels of the La Trinidad footwall structures. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 4.1 m @ 699 gpt Ag, 3.57 gpt Au; 5.4 m @ 1,931 gpt Ag, 6.76 gpt Au; 9.5 m @ 306 gpt Ag, 1.38 gpt Au; 3.4 m @ 760 gpt Ag, 3.24 gpt Au; 8.4 m @ 967 gpt Ag, 4.25 gpt Au; 1.4 m @ 809 gpt Ag, 2.78 gpt Au; 14.9 m @ 473 gpt Ag, 1.25 gpt Au. “The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2021 at the San Jose Mine is US$10.9 million, which includes 33,800 meters of diamond drilling and 1,770 meters of underground development for drilling access, platforms, and services”.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. released a new mineral resource estimate to the end of 2020, including figures for its projects in Mexico. The table below includes figures for El Castillo and San Agustin in Durango, La Colorada in Sonora, Ana Paula in Guerrero and San Antonio in Baja California Sur.    
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. released financial results for 2020 and updated on construction and exploration activities. At Las Chispas, in Sonora, 173,000 m of in-fill and expansion drilling and 6.1 km of underground development and in-vein drifting were completed in 2020. At the end of the year SilverCrest entered into a $76.5 M construction contract for a 1,250 tonnes per day process plant at Las Chispas. In February 2021 a feasibility study (FS) was completed, at an estimated cost of $137.7 M; also in February the company completed a bought deal offering for gross proceeds of $138.1 M. The Picacho property, 40 km from Las Chispas, was acquired in mid 2020, and 5,800 m were drilled before the end of the period. For 2021, 356,000 m of drilling are planned, mostly at Las Chispas; currently there are six core rigs at Las Chispas and three at Picacho, with 22,000 m and 10,000 m already drilled during 2021 respectively. At the end of 2020 the company held $135.1 M as cash and cash equivalents.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported high-grade Cu-Au-Ag intercepts at its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. At Mina La Bocona target, highlighted true-width intervals comprise: 6.3 m @ 134 gpt Ag, 0.5 gpt Au, 2.3% Cu (including 1.1 m @ 567 gpt Ag, 2.3 gpt Au, 11.2% Cu in the Bocona Chimney, and 3.8 m @ 217 gpt Ag, 0.3 gpt Au, 3.3% Pb, 0.7% Zn in the Muralla Chimney.
  • Torex gold Resources Inc. reported that in 2020 total reserves for El Limón Guajes complex in Guerrero declined 15% due to depletion. The table below shows total reserves and resources to the end of 2020.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. provided an update on activities at its Rebeico and Guadalupe y Calvo projects. At Guadalupe y Calvo in Chihuahua, Ridgestone is working to review all the historical data in the project, which includes over 78,000 m of drilling since the early 2000’s. “The Company anticipates a phased exploration drill program which will serve to confirm the continuity within the historical resource area, in addition to targeting a significant expansion of known mineralization”. At Rebeico, in Sonora, “The Company is currently recompiling and reinterpreting the results from prior exploration campaigns and anticipates providing an update in the near-term”.
  • Minera Alamos Inc. selected TRIGUSA as mining contractor for its Santa mine in Sonora. “Trigusa’s mining experience includes open pit mining, crushing, tailings dam construction and heap leach pads and ponds at projects in multiple states including Sonora”. The major construction activities related to the gold recovery (carbon) plant are now complete and the initial heap leach pad area has also been completed.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released the results from 7 drill holes from El Orito area at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 25.9 m @ 9 gpt Ag, 0.25%Pb, 0.85% Zn; 20.0 m @ 10 gpt Ag, 0.27% Pb, 1.08% Zn; 28.2 m @ 45 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 0.58% Pb, 1.26% Zn; 11.4 m @ 27 gpt Ag, 0.24% Cu, 2.04% Pb, 5.20% Zn; 48.6 m @ 35 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 1.24% Pb, 2.36% Zn (including 6.4 m @ 139 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.82% Cu, 3.76% Pb, 6.70% Zn); 31.4 m @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 0.13% Cu, 0.89% Pb, 0.86% Zn; 31.4 m @ 35 gpt Ag, 0.20 gpt Au, 0.14% Cu, 0.36% Pb, 0.28% Zn. “The El Orito deposit is unique in the Los Ricos district as it is the deeper part of the system where silver and base metals are present, while the other targets in the system to date have shown only silver and gold”.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. filed updated technical reports for its three operating mines: San Dimas in Sinaloa, Santa Elena in Sonora and La Encantada in Coahuila. Below is a table that also includes the resources for San Martín in Jalisco, La Parrilla in Durango, Del Toro in Zacatecas and La Guitarra in Estado de Mexico.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. informed on the currently ongoing  8,000 m drilling program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. “We are heading into areas never explored before, with new ideas to test our structure-on-structure theory over the Property. Hole SM20-07 intercepted two broad zones of northwest trending, never seen before, semi-massive marcasite, (pyrite) in hornfels, and to the east 225 meters, we tried to cross the major C1 regional north – south fault in the center of the Property.”

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. completed the acquisition of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd., which owns La Trinidad mine in Sinaloa and 12 concessions totaling 107,392 ha adjacent to GR Silver’s existing portfolio of properties. The properties come with a database that includes 700 stream sediment samples, 500 rock samples and over 9,000 soil samples. A total of 40,500 m of diamond, RC and sonic drilling were completed by previous operators. GR Silver will pay CDN$50 K to Mako, and “Oro Gold will grant Mako a 1% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty on the concessions owned by Oro Gold. GR Silver Mining and/or Oro Gold will be granted the right to purchase the NSR at any time upon making a one-time payment of US$2,000,000. Mako shall be responsible for and shall pay all costs related to the Closure Plan Activities at La Trinidad….”.
  • Silver Bull Resources Inc. announced “it has won a definitive and conclusive decision in its favor in a lawsuit filed by a local mining co-operative called Minera Norteños in relation to the Sierra Mojada project” (Coahuila). “Despite the fact that the Company has at all times proceeded in accordance with the law, the Sierra Mojada project remains under an illegal blockade manned by a small group of radical members from within Minera Norteños. We believe their actions do not represent the view of the vast majority of the Minera Norteños members and wider local community, and we are working with authorities to resolve the situation in a safe, fair, and timely manner. We remain committed to good faith dialogue with selected members from Minera Norteños to find a solution….”
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. informed that the previously announced definitive agreement to sell its Ana Paula project in Guerrero expired in March 31, 2021. “The acquiring company did not fulfill its obligations in relation to financing and receipt of certain regulatory and other approvals”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo PLC informed on cultural activities aimed at helping local communities and improving the environment.

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On the image below:  Boiling texture in a quartz vein from a project in Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Miguel A Heredia

During the fourth week of the year (February 22th to February 28th, 2021), at least 39 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 7 news published by the media, with eleven announcing financial rounds, nine reporting  on resources and development of their mine operations, seven disclosing deals and corporate issues, six commenting on Mexican issues, five informing on exploration results, five discussing social issues, and three communicating production and financial results.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mining and Steel companies resumed activities after power outage. Mining is on alert for the possibility that the Mexican Congress approves the initiative of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to modify the Electricity Industry Law and favor Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Los Gatos Silver announced restoration of full grid power at its Cerro Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. According to the Fraser Institute, Chile, Peru, and Mexico have lost global appeal for mining investment. According to Fresnillo plc, half of the electricity used by the La Herradura mine in Sonora comes from clean energy. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has remained firm in his decision not to grant new mining concessions, a measure that has been described as one of the main challenges for the sector.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals and its JV partner Kootenay commenced 2021 exploration program at its Cervantes project, and SilverCrest released drill results from its Picacho project. In Nayarit, Xali delineated new drill targets at its El Dorado project. In Jalisco, GoGold released drill results from 12 holes collared at its Los Ricos North project.  ON MINING, Capstone informed that it is on track for ramp-up to 3,780 tonnes per day at its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas by end of Q1, 2021, and reported Q4 and full-year 2020 production and financial results. Gold Resource reported full year 2020 production and financial results from its Don David mine in Oaxaca. Torex announced Q4, 2020 and full year 2020 production and financial results from its Limon-Los Guajes mine complex in Guerrero.  ON FINANCING, Carlyle granted stock options to directors and consultants (Cecilia project, Sonora). Coeur announced its intention to offer USD $350M of senior notes due 2029 (Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua). Capstone closed a USD $150M silver stream agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas). Discovery Metals announced that an aggregate of 31,140,000 common share purchase warrants were exercised (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Fabled announced an exercise of warrants for gross proceeds of $4,150,000 (Santa Maria property, Chihuahua). Orla completed layback agreement with Fresnillo on its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. Santacruz, through its subsidiary Carrizal Mining, entered into a definitive agreement with Minera Cedros, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles, to acquire the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo. SilverCrest completed its previously announced bought deal offering for gross proceeds of USD $138,069,000 (Las Chispas project, Sonora). Telson executed a LOI with Accendo Banco to provide financing up to USD $25M to complete the construction of its Tahuehueto mine in Durango, and also granted stock options to certain directors, officers, and insiders.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alamos Gold reported minerals reserves and resources for the year-ended 2020 (Mulatos mine, Sonora). Aloro informed that Alamos Gold has initiated its field exploration program on its Los Venados project in Sonora. Chesapeake presented its 2021 work program at its Metates project in Durango. Excellon released results from underground expansion and exploration drilling from its Platosa property in Durango. Fabled released results from the third drill hole collared at its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. GR Silver announced that it is conducting a ground geophysics program at its San Marcial project in Sinaloa, incorporating magnetometry and 3D IP. Orogen provided an update on its Ermitaño property in Sonora. Prime announced that a fifth core drill rig has been added at Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Xtierra released drill results from two holes collared at the Victor Vein at its Bilbao deposit in Zacatecas.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Barksdale announced the appointment of its Corporate Secretary as well as the grant of stock options to directors, employees and consultants. Colibri signed an option agreement with Bimsa to acquire 100% interest in the Diamante gold project in Sonora. Equinox announced that shareholders and optionholders of Premier approved the acquisition (Mercedes mine, Sonora). GR Silver announced the appointment of its VP Corporate Comminications (Plomosas property, Sinaloa). Autlan announced the appointment of its CEO (Molango mine, Hidalgo). US Antimony announced that trading of its common shares at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been halted. VanGold announced the appointment of Ramón Dávila to join to its Advisory Board (Pinguico property, Guanajuato).   ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc through its San Julian mine reinforced sanitary measures with campaign in Guadalupe and Calvo, Chihuahua. Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) and the Universidad de Guerrero signed an environmental monitoring agreement (Limon-Guajes mine complex, Guerrero). Minera Peñasquito (Newmont) donated ventilators to the Medical Specialties Unit (UNEME) in Zacatecas. Mina Santa Elena (First Majestic) donated rapid COVID 19 antigen tests and face masks to municipalities of Baviácora, Aconchi, San Felipe de Jesús, Huépac, Banámichi, and Arizpe in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mining and Steel companies operating in Mexico resumed activities after power outage. The companies normalized their operations after the energy deficit caused by the polar wave in Texas affected their operations. Local operations in the silver, gold, coal and iron mines were suspended or restricted after the US state halting natural gas exports amid a historic winter storm. The interruption of natural gas shipments has generated calls for Mexico to invest in gas storage and diversify its energy matrix.
  • Mining is on alert for the possibility that the Mexican Congress approves the initiative of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to modify the Electricity Industry Law and favor Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). AMLO said that he will seek to get his proposal approved without changing a single comma. The government last week began a campaign to emphasize the alleged damage that the actions of the IP have brought to the company headed by Manuel Bartlett. Mining is one of the industries that will be affected. Simply the companies that invested in self-supply projects managed to lower the cost of the fluid from 12 or 13 cents of a kilowatt (kw) / hour to 6.5 cents. Those that depend on CFE pay between 8 and 9 cents per kw / hour, far from the level of their competitors in Peru or Chile, which are at 6 cents, let alone those in the US at 4 cents and Canada 2 cents.
  • Los Gatos Silver Inc., announced restoration of full grid power at its Cerro Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. Given the expedited restoration of full grid power, the outage has had minimal impact on the Company’s mining and processing activities.
  • According to the Fraser Institute, Chile, Peru, and Mexico have lost global appeal for mining investment. In Mexico, concerns about the policies of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explain the reason for his fall from 4 positions in attractiveness to invest, to place 42. In perception of its policies, it was located in a weak 61st place after descending 10 notches. “The Federal Government is hostile towards the mining industry and is not issuing new permits,” said a company president, echoing concerns the industry has recently expressed.
  • According to Fresnillo plc, half of the electricity used by the La Herradura mine in Sonora comes from clean energy such as wind and solar, with which, through its strategy of sustainability reiterates its commitment to caring for the environment. It has allowed the saving of 4,051 Mhw, which represents an estimated reduction of 2 thousand 358 tons of CO2e. The company reports that for a decade it has invested in the use of renewable energy sources in order to make its processes cleaner and, with it, to be able, in the medium term, to achieve that 75% of its electricity consumption comes from of wind energy.
  • The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), has remained firm in his decision not to grant new mining concessions, a measure that has been described as one of the main challenges for the sector.  AMLO has repeatedly said that his administration will not award new concessions, as his predecessors would have given parts of the country to mining companies too easily. While it may be difficult to obtain new concessions, mining companies can still acquire properties in the secondary market, since there are concession holders who are willing to sell if necessary.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp.,  and its JV partner Kootenay Silver Inc., commenced their 2021 exploration program at its Cervantes project in Sonora. The plan is to conduct a +500 soil samples to cover 518 hectares with 100m by 100m spaced samples aimed at extending previous soils grid and covering the Estrella and California North targets to the western, northern, and eastern limits of the property. Detailed lithologic, alteration, structural mapping and rock chip sampling will proceed along with the soil sampling program.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., released drill results from its Picacho project in Sonora. The best intercepts from initial drilling include hole PI-20-006 with 40.49 g/t Au, and 260 g/t Ag (3,297 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 7.25m; and hole PI-20-001 with 8.5 g/t Au and 51 g/t Ag (689 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 16.4m. To date, 42 drill holes have been collared at the Picachos property, with 21 intercepting an average of 4.1m with grades of 8.14 g/t Au and 50 g/t Ag (660 g/t AgEq).
  • Xali Gold Corp., delineated new drill targets at its El Dorado project in Nayarit, through the development of a new 3D geological model. The 3D model visualized high grade mineralization occurring in multiple parallel veins. Drill permits are in progress and are expected to take 3-4 months to get them approved.  Drilling is planned to test potential lateral extensions to the high grade zone.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released drill results from 12 holes collared at its Los Ricos North project. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole LRGF-20-025 (Salomon area) with 0.26 g/t Au, 95 g/t Ag, (1.53 g/t AuEq or 115 g/t AgEq) over 70.5m, including 0.59 g/t Au and 251 g/t Ag (3.94 g/t AuEq or 295 g/t AgEq) over 20.1m, including 0.99 g/t Au and 404 g/t Ag (6.37 g/t AuEq or 478 g/t AgEq) over 10.1m, hole  LRGF-20-025 (Guitarrillas area) with 0.35 g/t Au and 107 g/t Ag (1.77 g/t AuEq or 133 g/t AgEq) over 18.3m, including 2.17 g/t Au and 566 g/t Ag (9.71 g/t AuEq or 728 g/t AgEq) over 2m; hole LRGF-21-033 (Salomon area) with 0.59 g/t Au and 116 g/t Ag (2.14 g/t AuEq or 160 g/t AgEq) over 33.9m, including 1.25 g/t Au and 433 g/t Ag (7.02 g/t AuEq or 527 g/t AgEq) over 3m; hole LRGF-21-033 (Guitarrillas area) with 1.94 g/t Au and 275 g/t Ag (5.6 g/t AuEq or 420 g/t AgEq) over 5.8m, including 4.14 g/t Au and 544 g/t Ag (11.39 g/t AuEq or 854 g/t AgEq) over 2.1m; and hole LRGF-21-033 (Los Chivos area) with 2 g/t Au and 486 g/t Ag (8.48 g/t AuEq or 636 g/t AgEq) over 8.8m, including 7.36 g/t Au and 1,693 g/t Ag (29.94 g/t AuEq or 2,245 g/t AgEq) over 2.3m.

ON MINING

  • Capstone Mining Corp., informed that it is on track for ramp-up to 3,780 tonnes per day at its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas by end of Q1, 2021.  During the period Q4, 2020, Capstone produced 10.3M Lb Cu at a cash cost of USD $0.63 per Lb Cu produced, and a total of 37.9M Lb in 2020 at a cash cost of USD $0.69 per Lb Cu produced.
  • Gold Resource Corporation reported full year 2020 production and financial results from its Don David mine in Oaxaca.  The company produced 20,473 Oz Au, 1.19M Oz Ag, 3.57M Lb Cu, 17.3M Lb Pb, and 44.12M Lb Zn in 2020, at a cash and AISC of USD $784 and USD $1,365 respectively per Oz AuEq, for a net income of USD $4.4M with revenue of USD $90.7M and mine gross profit of USD $12.5M.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., announced Q4, 2020 and full year 2020 production and financial results from its Limon-Los Guajes mine complex in Guerrero.  Torex produced in Q4, 2020, a total of 130,649 Oz Au at a cash and AISC of USD$579 and USD $886 per Oz Au produced, and sold 133,063 Oz Au for a net income USD $91.9M an adjusted EBITDA of USD $158.5M, cash flow from operations of USD $137.1M, and a free cash flow of USD $70.3M.  For the full year 2020, Torex reported a production of 430,484 Oz Au, at a cash an AISC of USD $672 and USD $924 per OZ Au produced respectively, with a sale of 437,310 Oz Au at a realized Au price of USD $1,771 per Oz, for revenue of USD $789M, a net income of USD $109M, an adjusted EBITDA of USD $431M, and an operating cash flow of USD $342M. Net cash for the year 2020 was USD $161.6M.

ON FINANCING

  • Carlyle Commodities Corp., granted stock options to directors and consultants for the purchase of 2.79M shares. The options are exercisable for a period of 5 years at an exercise price of $0.14 per share (Cecilia project, Sonora).
  • Coeur Mining Inc., announced its intention to offer USD $350M of senior notes due 2029. Net proceeds from the Offering will be used to pay the purchase price and tender premium for up to all USD $230M aggregate principal amount of its 5.875% senior notes due 2024, to pay the redemption price to redeem any of the 2024 notes that are not so tendered in the concurrent tender offer and to pay the fees and expenses in connection with the offering, the concurrent tender offer and any redemption of the 2024 notes. To the extent that the company has excess proceeds from the offering, the company intends to use such excess amounts for general corporate purposes (Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua). 
  • Capstone Mining Corp., closed a USD $150M silver stream agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals.  “All conditions to complete the Stream Agreement have been fulfilled and Capstone has received USD $150M from Wheaton for 50% of the silver productions until 10M Oz Ag have been delivered, thereafter dropping to 33% of silver production, for the life of mine from the Company’s Cozamin Mine in Zacatecas, Mexico. Wheaton will make ongoing payments equal to 10% of the spot silver price at the time of delivery for each ounce delivered to them”. 
  • Discovery Metals Corp., announced that an aggregate of 31,140,000 common share purchase warrants were exercised at a price of CAD $1.0 for gross proceeds of approximately CAD $31M. The company´s current cash balance has increased to approximately CAD $98M (Cordero project, Chihuahua)
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced an exercise of warrants for gross proceeds of $4,150,000. Following the exercise of the warrants, Fabled continues to have a total of 50,500,000 share purchase warrants outstanding that were previously issued under the financing. The Company has 185,251,903 total shares issued and outstanding as at February 19, 2021 (Santa Maria property, Chihuahua).   
  • Orla Mining Ltd., completed layback agreement with Fresnillo on its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. Orla will pay Fresnillo a total cash consideration of USD $62.8M through staged payments. The first payment of USD $25M was due to Fresnillo on closing of the transaction.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., through its subsidiary Carrizal Mining SA de CV,   entered into a definitive agreement with Minera Cedros, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV, to acquire the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo and related assets, for a total consideration of USD $20M plus a VAT of USD $3.2M.  Assets to be acquired include a processing facility with a capacity of 75K dry tonnes per month, and Zn, Pb, Cu circuits; surface and underground infrastructure required for day to date operations; and 34 mining concessions totalling 5,139 hectares. Santacruz also entered into a loan facility with Trafigura México SA de CV in the amount of USD $17.6M from which USD $15M will be advanced to Peñoles on behalf of Carrizal on closing of the acquisition. The remains balance, USD $8.2M, is being financed by Minera Cedros. The USD $2.6M balance of the Trafigura loan represents the refinancing of existing debt owing to Trafigura by Carrizal and an affiliate.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., completed its previously announced bought deal offering for gross proceeds of USD $138,069,000. Gross proceeds will be used to expand the Las Chispas resources and reserves, through further drilling, to optimize the mine and processing plant design, to explore regional targets, and for general working capital purposes.  
  • Telson Mining Corporation executed a LOI with Accendo Banco SA de CV to provide financing up to USD $25M to complete the construction of its Tahuehueto mine in Durango. Telson also granted stock options to certain directors, officers and insiders of up to an aggregate 4.7M shares in the capital stock of the Company.  The options are exercisable on or before February 25, 2026 at a price of $0.30 per share, and the Company has also re-priced 1,873,333 stock options originally granted as to; 1,423,333 exercisable at $0.71 till November 10, 2022, 400,000 exercisable at $0.72 till April 16, 2023 and 50,000 exercisable at $0.71 till April 23, 2023.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Alamos Gold Inc., reported minerals reserves and resources for the year-ended 2020. Proven and probable reserves at Mulatos mine in Sonora are 33,935,000 tons of 1.24 g/t Au for a total of 1.35M Oz Au. Measured + indicated resources are 74,193.000 tonnes of 1.09 g/t Au for a total of 2.6M Oz Au, and Inferred resources are 9,291,000 tonnes of 0.91 g/t Au for a total of 271K Oz Au. Mineral reserves are exclusive of mineral resources.
  • Aloro Mining Corp., informed that Alamos Gold has initiated its field exploration program on its Los Venados project in Sonora. Focus of the program is the south portion of the property, adjacent to the Mulatos open pit.
  • Chesapeake Gold Corp., informed over its 2021 work program at its Metates project in Durango. This program will consists of approximately 2,500m drilling to recover 10 tonnes of PQ size material to conduct on 40 test columns metallurgical testwork focused on a new heap leach option, to determine the impacts of size, regent strengths, and ore types to determine the optimum oxidation and precious metal leaching parameters. In parallel, Chesapeake will update the previous PSF and add a scoping study for the sulphide heap leach to demonstrate the potential upside of this option.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., released results from underground expansion and exploration drilling from its Platosa property in Durango. Significant drill intercepts were encountered at the Rodilla, NE-1S, and Pierna Mantos with diamond drilling from underground in hole EX20UG491 at the Rodilla Area with 1,023 g/t Ag, 9.3% Pb, 4.5% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (1,422 g/t AgEq) over 8.9m, including 3,499 g/t Ag, 29.7% Pb, 10.3% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (4,623 g/t AgEq) over 2.2m; hole EX20UG493 at NE-1S Area with 673 g/t Ag, 6.7% Pb, and 7.1% Zn (1,092 g/t AgEq) over 2.4m;  hole EX20UG506 at 623 Area with 1,258 g/t Ag, 7.5% Pb, 2.4% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (1,258 g/t AgEq) over 1.6m; and hole EX21UG515 at Gap Area with 721 g/t Ag, 4.1% Pb, and 4.5% Zn (984 g/t AgEq) over 4m. Drilling continues to define and discover new mineralization in the gap Area with 300m of potential mineralized strike to be explored.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., released results from the third drill hole collared at its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. This third hole is part of an ongoing 8,000m drill program and intersected 85 g/t Ag and 0.49 g/t Au over 12.5m, including 214 g/t Ag and 1.08 g/t Au over 1.8m. “The 12.50 meter intersection has clearly defined a footwall and hanging wall structure with corresponding elevated silver values up to over 7 ounces of silver and remains open at depth. More importantly, the structure is very conformable and intersected exactly where predicted, which bodes very well for the expansion of Santa Maria and increasing the present NI 43-101 resources on the property with only 3 drill holes drilled to date.”
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., announced that it is conducting a ground geophysics program at its San Marcial project in Sinaloa, incorporating magnetometry and 3D IP. The survey will initially focus on the resource area to characterize the known Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization therein, which hosts the NI 43-101 resource.
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., provided an update on its Ermitaño property in Sonora, currently under control of First Majestic Silver Corp., where Orogen holds a 2% NSR. Last January, First majestic announced a USD $42.1M investment for the development of Ermitaño project to support the construction of an underground mine infrastructure that began last year. First majestic plans to release a PEA by the end of March, and is currently conducting hydrological studies and geotechnical drilling for an upcoming PFS that is expected to be released in H2, 2021.  In addition, the company also plans to extract 30K to 60K tonnes of material for metallurgical testwork.
  • Prime Mining Corp., announced that a fifth core drill rig has been added at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Prime commenced a 15,000m drill program in December 2020 and only ten has been completed to date. The plan is to complete the phase 1 drilling before onset of the rainy season in mid-August, complete a new geological resource model during the rainy season hiatus and then initiate an aggressive Phase 2 drilling program in Q4 2021.
  • Xtierra Inc., released results from two holes collared at the Victor Vein, located adjacent to and west of its Bilbao deposit in Zacatecas. Hole X6B intersected 108 g/t Ag, 0.31% Pb, 0.08% Zn, and 0.03% Cu (120 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.148m, and hole X7B intersected 61 g/t Ag, 5.5% Pb, 4.41% Zn, and 0.08% Cu (336 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 9.37m, including 82 g/t Ag, 6.8% Pb, 6.9% Zn, and 0.29% Cu over a TW of 0.61m, including 63 g/t Ag, 6% Pb, 6.4% Zn, and 0.08% Cu (412 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.36m, including 119 g/t Ag, 13.6% Pb, 11.4% Zn, and 0.01% Cu (795 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.70m, and including 107 g/t Ag, 8.2% Pb, 6.9% Zn, and 0.54% Cu (566 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.50m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced the appointment of its Corporate Secretary as well as the grant of stock options to directors, employees and consultants (San Javier project, Sonora).
  • Colibri Resources Corporation signed an option agreement with Bimsa Minera SA de CV to acquire 100% interest in the Diamante gold project in Sonora.   The Diamante property comprises two 1,057 hectares in two properties that borders El Mezquite project immediately to the west, and about 1.6km northwest of Colibri’s 1,130-ha Jackie project. To earn an initial 50%, Colibri has to pay USD $100K and incur the expense of completing 2,000m of drilling over the course up to two years, and also will be responsible for all exploration cost while preparing for such drilling program. In addition, Colibri will pay ½ of the property tax and security costs during this period.  Upon completion of its 50% earn-in, Colibri will become equal joint venture partners with Bimsa Minera and then Colibri will have an exclusive period of six months to purchase the remaining 50% of the joint venture by paying Bimsa Minera either of: i) USD $2.1M or ii) USD $1.4M and the grant of a 2% net smelter royalty (NSR) on the project.
  • Equinox Gold Corp., announced that shareholders and optionholders of Premier Gold Mines Limited approved the acquisition by Equinox Gold. “On closing of the Transaction, Premier shareholders will receive 0.1967 of an Equinox Gold share for each Premier share held, such that existing Equinox Gold and Premier shareholders will own approximately 84% and 16% of Equinox Gold, respectively, on an issued share basis. The Transaction is expected to close in March subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions”.  By approving the Transaction, Premier securityholders also approved the spin-out to Equinox Gold and Premier shareholders shares of a newly created US-focused gold production and development company to be called i-80 Gold Corp. (Mercedes mine, Sonora).
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., announced the appointment of its VP Corporate Comminications (Plomosas property, Sinaloa).   
  • Compañía Minera Autlan SAB de CV announced the appointment of its CEO (Molango mine, Hidalgo).   
  • US Antimony Corporation announced that trading of its common shares at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been halted since before the opening of trading on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 as a consequence of selling common shares in a manner that violated Sections 301 and 713 of the Company Guide. “The violations relate to two non-underwritten transactions involving the sale of an aggregate of26,290,000 shares of common stock at a discount to the market price at the time of each transaction, with the first transaction, which closed on February 3, 2021, involving the sale of 15,300,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $0.70 per share, and with the second transaction, which closed on February 16, 2021, involving the sale of 10,990,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $1.30 per share”. The Company has been advised by NYSE Regulation that the Company’s common stock will resume trading on the NYSE American following the issuance of this press release and the filing of a Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing the receipt of the Letter, which the Company anticipates will be prior to the open of trading on Friday, February 19, 2021.
  • VanGold Mining Corp., announced the appointment of Ramón Dávila to join to its Advisory Board (Pinguico property, Guanajuato).  

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc reinforced sanitary measures with campaign in Guadalupe and Calvo, Chihuahua.  Personnel from the San Julian mine delivered five thousand washable face masks through a caravan of more than 25 volunteers. The municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo has received different donations of face masks from the mining company that operates San Julian mine, adding more than 30 thousand items delivered. These surgical cloth mouth covers were manufactured by the “Yerbitas” community sewing workshop.
  • Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) and the Universidad de Guerrero signed an environmental monitoring agreement  to encourages the inhabitants of Nuevo Balsas, Atzcala and Mezcala, communities located around the El Caracol dam and the Balsas rivers and San Juan de Cocula, to get involved in the Participatory Environmental Audit. “During the protocol ceremony, it was reported that 42 residents of Nuevo Balsas have participated in the taking of water and sediment samples, another 260 fishermen from the same town, Atzcala and Mezcala were surveyed for the evaluation of the fishing effort”. (Limon-Guajes mine complex. Guerrero).
  • Minera Peñasquito (Newmont) donated ventilators to the Medical Specialties Unit (UNEME) in Zacatecas. This UNEME has been converted into a COVID-19 Hospital for services of health, which receives people affected by SARS -Cov 2 from the State of Zacatecas, who require hospitalization and who are not beneficiaries of other social security systems. With this donation, Newmont reaffirms its commitment to Zacatecas in support of the most vulnerable population in the state and joins the efforts of health authorities in their fight against this pandemic. Newmont has delivered in Zacatecas more than MXP $28M, in hospital supplies and food packages.
  • Mina Santa Elena (First Majestic) donated rapid COVID 19 antigen tests and face masks to municipalities of Baviácora, Aconchi, San Felipe de Jesús, Huépac, Banámichi, and Arizpe in Sonora, with the aim of detecting suspicious cases and mitigating risks of contagion.

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On the picture above, a quartz hydrothermal breccia displaying cockade texture and a quartz vein displaying boiling texture in an intermediate sulphidation epithermal system in a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia., Mexico.

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

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the fourth week of the year (January 25th to January 31st, 2021), at least 43 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 9 news published by the media, with twelve informing on exploration results, ten disclosing deals and corporate issues, nine announcing financial rounds, seven reporting on resources and development of their mine operations, six commenting on Mexican issues, five  communicating production and financial results, and three discussing social issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Odyssey has been notified that the First Memorial filed in September 2020 in its pending North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) case against Mexico has now been published by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Mexico is the mining market with the highest tax burden compared to Canada, Chile, Peru, and the United States.  Fernando Alanís, president of the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) declared that Mexico captured USD $2.5 B of investment in the mining sector in 2020, its lowest level in the last 13 years.  Ministry of Economic Development and Labor of Guerrero State seeks to recover jobs at Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold). The Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) presented its first Sustainability Report 2020. Businessmen from the mining and energy sector joined in the proposal to put a limit on the participation of workers in company profits (PTU) and to link them to productivity. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Carlyle and Riverside announced the start of its first drilling program by early February at its Cecilia project and Aztec Minerals and its JV partner Kootenay announced plans for a two-phase exploration program at its Cervantes project. In Chihuahua, Mammoth commenced its 2021 field exploration program at its Tenoriba project, Consolidated Zinc reported exploration results from Potrero and Don Lucas targets, and Golden Minerals discovered new vein at its Yoquivo project. In Sinaloa, Vizsla released drill results from eighth holes collared at the Papayo prospect at its Panuco project, and Mithril provided an update on the exploration activities performed during the period Q4, 2020 at its Copalquin project.  In Jalisco, GoGold announced a new discovery at El Orito in its Los Ricos North project. In Veracruz, Azucar Minerals provided an update on drilling activities at its El Cobre project.  ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc reported Q4, 2020 production results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Endeavour reported 2021 production and cost guidance for their Mexican operations. Fresnillo plc reported Q4, 2020 from their Mexican operations. Gold Resource announced Q4, and full year 2020 production results from its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca. Mag Silver reported Q4, 2020 production results from its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas.  ON FINANCING, Argonaut announced a $23M bought-deal public offering (El Castillo mine, Durango). VanGold increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement financing to $14.55M (El Pinguico project, Guanajuato).  Americas Gold and Silver closed its previously announced bought deal financing for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $33.9M (Cosala mine, Sinaloa). Gainey announced that it has arranged a non brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $500K (El Colomo, Nayarit). Mithril raised A $5M through a share placement (Copalquin project, Durango).  Elementals Royalties announced that its common shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement (Mercedes mine, Sonora). Gold Resource declared January 2021 monthly dividend (Oaxaca Mining Unit, Oaxaca). Ridgestone closed the remaining tranche of its previously announced non-broken private placement for gross proceeds of $695K (Rebeico project, Sonora). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fabled presented initial diamond drill results from its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Capstone announced an updated technical report for its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas. Comet provided an updated Q4, 2020 activities report (Santa Teresa project, Baja California).  Oroco reported significant 3D IP survey results at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. VanGold commenced a 12-14 drill holes program at its Pinguico project in Guanajuato. Minera Alamos provided a construction update at its Santana project in Sonora.   Great Panther announced an update on exploration strategy and programs for 2021 (Topia mine, Durango).  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Mexican Gold engaged JDS Energy & Mining Inc., for a PEA at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. Canuc doubled its land position at San Javier project in Sonora. Magna Gold appointed its new CFO (San Francisco mine, Sonora). Defiance Silver entered into an option agreement to double its land position at its Tepal project in Michoacan. Vizsla announced strengthening of its senior management team and board (Panuco project, Sinaloa). First Majestic responded to market activity (San Dimas property, Durango). Mexican Gold appointed two new members as technical advisors (Las Minas project, Veracruz). Discovery Metals named to the 2021 OTCQX Best 50 (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Gainey provided an update on its Mexican projects and corporate activities (El Colomo project, Nayarit). Orex announced board changes and a grant of options (Sandra project, Durango). Magna Gold provided a letter to all of its shareholders in which it explained the strategy used to grow the company through strategic acquisitions and targeted exploration to evolve from a junior exploration company to an intermediate gold producer in Mexico (San Francisco mine, Sonora).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc strengthens education in times of pandemic. Peñoles reaffirms its commitment to promoting education through the implementation of academic programs that seek to develop skills and tools so that children and young people in Mexico aspire to a better future. The companies Autlán, Grupo México, Industrias Peñoles, Newmont-Peñasquito, Fresnillo plc and Coeur Mining participate in water management projects that were highlighted by the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) in its 2020 sustainability report.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., has been notified that the First Memorial filed in September 2020 in its pending North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) case against Mexico has now been published by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The $2.3 billion claim against Mexico under NAFTA relates to the unlawful denial of the environmental permit for subsidiary Exploraciones Oceanicas’ (ExO’s) offshore phosphate project.
  • Mexico is the mining market with the highest tax burden compared to Canada, Chile, Peru, and the United States, the main competing countries on the continent in terms of mining, according to the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX). Mining faces heavy tax burden making the sector less competitive. 
  • Fernando Alanís, president of the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) declared that Mexico captured USD $2.5 B of investment in the mining sector in 2020, its lowest level in the last 13 years. Mexico is a mining power globally. In 2019 it ranked among the top 10 positions in the world production of 17 minerals, including first in silver, second in fluorite, third in celestite and wollastonite, sixth in zinc, seventh in salt, eighth copper and ninth in gold, among others. Mining stands out as an activity that generates jobs, investments, foreign exchange, infrastructure, regional value chains, local consumption and contribution to social development. In 2019, the mining-metallurgical Gross Domestic Product (GDP) represented 8.1% of the industrial GDP and 2.3% of the national GDP.
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Labor of Guerrero state seeks to recover jobs at Minera Media Luna. The investment of USD $500M in the mining activity by Torex Gold in the municipality of Cocula, the creation of commercialization spaces through virtual stores on the Mercado Libre platform and the linking of credit institutions with small and Guerrerenses micro companies are some of the strategies that are implemented to recover more than 15 thousand formal jobs that were lost during 2020 in Guerrero.
  • The Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) presented its first Sustainability Report 2020. The publication is divided into three chapters, corresponding to good practices in mining in the social, environmental and economic spheres. Highlighted that the companies affiliated to CAMIMEX represent 90% of the value of the industry, and have a presence in 696 communities, in 24 states of the Mexican Republic. Regarding the regulations to which mining projects are subject to operate, mentioned a total of 1,077 rules, laws, norms, guidelines and agreements, in matters of labor competition, health, environment, fiscal, agrarian, etc. regarding some of the taxes paid by the mining, Fernando Alanís indicated that in 2019 a total of MXP $39,017M was contributed, for concepts such as ISR, surface rights, and new rights, and that the amount rose to MXP $ 131,016M in a period of four years. In 2019, mining companies invested MXP $ 1,056M in social development (in addition to the MXP $3,496M raised that year for the Mining Fund), managing to directly benefit more than one and a half million people.
  • Businessmen from the mining and energy sector joined in the proposal to put a limit on the participation of workers in company profits (PTU) and to link them to productivity. Fernando Alanís Ortega, president of the Mining Chamber of Mexico, highlighted that “continuing to manage PTU as a percentage of profit is essentially to consider it as if it would be an additional tax burden and it reduces our competitiveness. ”He proposed“to find how to relate the PTU to productivity factors”, so that it is the result of the effort and not of metal prices, as is currently the case.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Carlyle Commodities Corp. and Riverside Resources Inc., announced the start of its first drilling program by early February at its Cecilia project. Riverside as operator of the JV has designed six holes to test the un-drilled San Jose structure on the Cerro Magallanes where rock sampling returned up to 48.3 g/t Au over 0.75m. The San Jose target is one of the five major targets identified at the Cerro Magallanes rhyolitic dome.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp., and its JV partner Kootenay Silver Inc, announced plans for a CAD $1.3M, two-phase exploration program at its Cervantes project in Sonora. The JV plans to start a phase 1, CAD $85K program of soil and rock sampling and geological mapping during Q1, 2021 to extend the 100m by 100m geological and geochemical grid to the north, west and east boundaries of the property, and subject to phase 1 results and available funds, initiate a phase 2, CAD $1.05M drill program in Q3, 2021 consisting of 5,000m RC program in 22 holes, to test four main target: California, California North, Jasper, and Purisima East.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., released drill results from eighth holes collared at the Papayo prospect at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. These drill results have expanded the Papayo zone over 120m o the south where it remains open. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole NP-20-50 with 198 g/t Ag, 0.96 g/t Au, 1.4% Pb, and 4.5% Zn (413 g/t AgEq) over 1.91m of true width (TW), including 478 g/t Ag, 2.19 g/t Au, 3.7% Pb, and 11.7% Zn (1,009 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.69m, and hole NP-20-36 with 144 g/t Ag, 1.21 g/t Au, 0.7% Pb, and 2.4% Zn (321 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.46m. 
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., provided an update on the exploration activities performed during the period Q4, 2020 at its Copalquin project in Sinaloa. The company informed that it has completed its maiden drill program of 7,188m of diamond core drilling. Results of the drilling confirmed that El Refugio-El Comets target is part of a large gold-silver epithermal system characterized by extensive surface alteration and rhyolite dome intrusions. The very high grade La Soledad and Leon veins intercepted at the start of the program are also part of this larger epithermal system. Drilling extension at depth and along strike is a key feature of the exploration for 2021.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., commenced its 2021 field exploration program at its Tenoriba project. The company is currently installing the grid for the infill IP/Mag geophysics survey which is expected to begin in early-mid February. This geophysics survey will assist in 3D modeling of surface and subsurface features to generate drill hole locations and design a drill program scheduled to commence towards the end of the current quarter.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd., reported exploration results from the Potrero and Don Lucas targets during Q4, 2020. The company continued the regional mapping and sampling of the mineralized structures identified previously. A total of 67 samples were taken of which 48 samples collected at Potreros- Don Lucas targets returned discouraging results downgrading the prospectivity for economic gold mineralization. Results from 19 samples, including 10 from the Enrique and La Chona areas remain pending and will be released once they are available.
  • Golden Minerals Company, announced results from its recent 3,400m, 15-hole drill campaign and discovered new vein at its Yoquivo project in Chihuahua. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole YQ-20-001 collared at Pertenencia Vein with 2.34 g/t Au and 190 g/t Ag (364 g/t AgEq) over 4.2m, including 5.69 g/t Au and 223 g/t Ag (650 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m; hole YQ-20-002 collared at Pertenencia Vein with 0.45 g/t Au and 150 g/t Ag (184 g/t AgEq) over 1.9m, including 1.14 g/t Au and 423 g/t Ag (509 g/t AgEq) over 0.6m; hole YQ-20-006 collared at Esperanza Vein with 1.77 g/t Au and 49 g/t Ag (190 g/t AgEq) over 3.6m, including 5 g/t Au and 118 g/t Ag (524 g/t AgEq) over 1m; hole YQ-20-010 collared at New Vein with 1.9 g/t Au and 135 g/t Ag (278 g/t AgEq) over 5.4m, including 15.4 g/t Au and 1,150 g/t Ag (2,305 g/t AgEq) over 0.2m; and hole YQ-20-011 collared at New Vein with 1.3 g/t Au and 225 g/t Ag (323 g/t AgEq) over 12.3m, including 4.2 g/t Au and 734 g/t Ag (1,049 g/t AgEq) over 3m. The company plans to follow with a second phase drill program which could start in the next few months.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released results from six initials drill holes and announced a new discovery at El Orito in its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole LRGO-20-002 with 76 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.16% Cu, 3% Pb, and 0.14% Zn (171 g/t AgEq) over 63.4m, including 170 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au, 0.29% Cu, 7.5% Pb, and 0.07% Zn (384 g/t AgEq) over 23m, including 267 g/t Ag, 0.23 g/t Au, 0.22% Cu, 11.5% Pb, and 0.07% Zn (579 g/t AgEq) over 5.3m, including 320 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.15% Cu, 14.4% Pb, and 0.08% Zn (686 g/t AgEq) over 6.7m; and hole LRGO-20-005 with 49 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.45% Cu, 3% Pb, and 4.7% Zn (323 g/t AgEq) over 43m, including 85 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.83% Cu, 4.8% Pb, and 7.6% Zn (538 g/t AgEq) over 14.3m. The known strike length of the El Orito – El Favor structure is now approaching 2,500m and is still open in both directions.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., provided an update on drilling activities at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. The company completed hole EC-20-108 at El Primo target, and announced that the deeper part intersected mostly propylitically altered intrusive rocks. Azucar also has moved the drill to Porvenir area and has completed two holes there and a third one is in progress. The company intends to continue exploration at the Primo, Porvenir, and Villa Rica targets in an effort to further delineate resource potential at the project beyond that contained in the initial Norte Zone resource estimate.

ON MINING

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd., reported Q4, 2020 production and financial results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. The company mined 7,910 tonnes with a further 2,891 tonnes mined and stockpiled underground due to poor haul truck availability for a total of 10801 tonnes grading 14.5% Zn, 8% Pb, and 50 g/t Ag from which, 6,842 tonnes of 14.3% Zn, 8% Pb, and 50 g/t Ag were processed to produce 423 tonnes of Zn concentrate and 45 tonnes of Pb concentrate, at a cash cost of $1.02 per Lb Zn produced and a cash cost of $1.05 per Lb Zn sold.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., reported 2021 production and cost guidance for its three silver-gold mines in Mexico, the Guanacevi mine in Durango, the Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato and the El Compas mine in Zacatecas. The table below shows 2021 production and cost guidance for their Mexican operations:
  • Fresnillo plc reported Q4, 2020 from their Mexican operations. At Fresnillo mine, Zacatecas, the company processed 590,499 tonnes of 190 g/t Ag, 0.71 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 2.2% Zn to produce 3.2M Oz Ag, 9,485 Oz Au, 11.58M Lb Pb, and 19.95M Lb Zn. At Saucito mine, Zacatecas, the company processed 671,429 tonnes of 195 g/t Ag, 1.4 g/t Au, 1.65% Pb, and 2.95% Zn to produce 3.4M Oz Ag, 23.2K Oz Au, 20.6M Lb Pb, and 30.95M Lb Zn. At its Pyrite Plant, Fresnillo processed 47,860 tonnes of 172 g/t Ag and 1.64 g/t Au to produce 194K Oz Ag and 820 Oz Au. At Cienega mine, Durango, Fresnillo processed 334,977 tonnes of 1.36 g/t Au, 139 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 1.1% Zn to produce 13.6K Oz Au, 1.3M Oz Ag, 2.95M Lb Pb, and 4.58M Lb Zn. At San Julian mine (Veins), Chihuahua-Durango border, the company processed 315,863 tonnes of 1.58 g/t Au and 103 g/t Ag to produce 15.1K Oz Au and 965K Oz Ag, while at San Julian mine (Disseminated Ore Body) it processed 572,962 tonnes of 0.09 g/t Au, 172 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 1.3% Zn to produce 925 Oz Au, 2.76M Oz Ag, 4.49M Lb Pb, and 12.95M Lb Zn. At Herradura mine, Sonora, the company processed 6,875,196 of 0.76 g/t Au and 1.5 g/t Ag to produce 134.4K Oz Au and 231K Oz Ag. At Noche Buena mine, Sonora, Fresnillo processed 1,638,305 tonnes of 0.5 g/t Au and 0.84 g/t Ag to produce 17.7K Oz Au and 9K Oz Ag.
  • Gold Resource Corporation, announced Q4, and full year 2020 production results from its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca.  The company produced in Q4, 2020 a total of 6,854 Oz Au and 276.9K Oz Ag for a full year production during 2020 of 20,473 Oz Au and 1.19M Oz Ag. Preliminary annual base metal production included approximately 3.5M Lb Cu, 17M Lb Pb, and 43.4M Lb Zn.
  • Mag Silver Corp., reported Q4, 2020 production results from its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. The company processed 30,397 tonnes to produce 230K Oz Ag and 443 Oz Au.

ON FINANCING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., announced a $23M bought-deal public offering of flow-through common shares (El Castillo mine, Durango).
  • VanGold Mining Corp., increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement financing to $14.55M (El Pinguico project, Guanajuato). 
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation closed its previously announced bought deal financing for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $33.9M. Part of the gross proceeds will be used for care and maintenance at the company´s Cosala operation mine in Sinaloa, as well as for general corporate and administrative expenses, repayment of outstanding debt obligations, and working capital.
  • Gainey Capital Corp., announced that it has arranged a non brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $500K. The company plans to use the gross proceeds for due diligence on potential mineral concessions the company is currently looking, as well as for general working capital (El Colomo, Nayarit). 
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., raised A $5M through a share placement.   Now, the company is fully funded to continue the drilling program of over 10,000m at its Copalquin project in Durango.
  • Elementals Royalties Corp., announced that its common shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement through the Depository Trust Company. Elemental’s common shares will continue to trade under the ticker symbol “ELEMF” on the OTC Markets. (Mercedes mine, Sonora).
  • Gold Resource Corporation declared its monthly dividend of one-third of a cent per common share for January 2021 payable on February 23, 2021 to shareholders (Oaxaca Mining Unit, Oaxaca).
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc., closed the last tranche of its previously announced non-broken private placement for gross proceeds of $695K (Rebeico project, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., presented initial diamond drill results from the ongoing 8,000m drill program to be performed at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. The company has completed four holes for a total of 1,017m. Assays are still pending for holes SM 2020-02 to SM 2020-04 and the fifth holes is in progress.  The first hole (SM 2020-01) returned significant results with 0.18 g/t Au and 44 g/t Ag over 68.6m, including 0.35 g/t Au and 106 g/t Ag over 20m, including 0.27 g/t Au and 146 g/t Ag over 2m, including 1.09 g/t Au and 238 g/t Ag over 1.60m, and including 0.34 g/t Au and 151 g/t Ag over 1.90m.
  • Capstone Mining Corp., announced an updated technical report for its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas, and extends mine life to 2031. Proven + probable mineral reserves increased by 39% to 14.1M tonnes grading 1.77% Cu, 44 g/t Ag, 0.54% Zn, and 0.21% Pb for a total of 551.16M Lb Cu, 20.18M Oz Ag, 169.76M Lb Zn, and 63.9M Lb Pb contained, and measured and indicated mineral resources increased by 10% to 29.7M tonnes of grading 1.52% Cu, 44 g/t Ag, 1.1% Zn, and 0.32% Pb for a total of 994.28M Lb Cu, 41.5M Oz Ag, 720.9M Lb Zn, and 209.4M Lb Pb contained, and inferred resources of 13.87M tonnes grading 0.54% Cu, 39 g/t Ag, 2.23% Zn, and 0.74% Pb for a total of 165.34M Lb Cu, 17.4M Oz Ag, 681.2M Lb Zn, and 227.1M Lb Pb contained. The new reserve mine plan is projected to produce 512M Lb Cu and 16M Oz Ag over the next 10 years.
  • Comet Resources Limited, provided the Q4, 2020 activities report. The company was focused on setting up a field office as well as on the engagement of local geological consultants to move towards its initial drilling program in 2021. Comet completed a field mapping and sampling program in Q4, 2020, to support planning for and locations of initial drilling program. The plan is to get drill permits in Q1, 2021 and begins the initial drilling program by late in Q1, or early Q2, 2021. As announced on October 13, 2020, the JORC inferred mineral resource estimate for the Santa Teresa project was for 369K tonnes of 7.47 g/t Au for a total of 88.6K Oz Au contained.
  • Oroco Resource Corp.,  reported significant 3D IP survey results at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. The survey is now approximately 80% complete, and Oroco has received preliminary inversion data for all stations surveyed to date.  The preliminary inversion model has successfully mapped the resistivity and chargeability characteristics along a swath 2.1km wide by 4.3 km along strike over the South Zone, North Zone and part of the Brasiles Zone.
  • VanGold Mining Corp., commenced a 12-14 drill holes program and will be conducted underground, within old workings at the historic El Pinguico mine in Guanajuato.
  • Minera Alamos Inc., provided a construction update at its Santana project in Sonora as it advances toward the commencement of mining. The company reported that the leach solution ponds are now fully lined and ready for operations, the plant foundations have been completed and all previously fabricated plant structures have been delivered to site in preparation for final installation that is now underway, The majority of the civil works for the heap leach pad area have been completed and the installation of the pad liner has commenced this week, and the crushing system previously acquired for potential future expansions at Santana is in transit from the U.S. to the Company’s staging facilities in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora.
  • Great Panther Mining Limited announced an update on exploration strategy and programs for 2021 (Topia mine, Durango).  At San Ignacio, Guanajuato, Great Panther plans to perform a 5,000m in-fill surface drilling program along the Purisima veins south of the development of the San Pedro ramp, deeper in the Purisima / Purisima alto vein system and continue testing for Au-Ag mineralization along 1.1km of Purisima vein north from the old San Ignacio shaft.  At Guanajuato mine, Guanajuato, the company will continue the geological mapping and sampling in accessible parts of the historical mining areas(now, near to be completed) and will be followed by a 10,000m of underground drilling along the north side of Valenciana, between Valenciana and Cata, and in the Pozos , Promontorio, and Guanajuatito areas. At Topia mine, Durango,  5,000m of surface drilling are planned focused on defining new mineral resources in six areas along the strike and down-dip extents of present mining efforts.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Mexican Gold Mining Cop., engaged JDS Energy & Mining Inc., for a PEA at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. The PEA is expected to be completed in Q2, 2021.
  • Canuc Resources Corporation, doubled its land position at San Javier project in Sonora by signing a purchase agreement for five claims comprising 416.9 hectares. To date, Canuc has accumulated a ground position 833.1 contiguous hectares.
  • Magna Gold Corp., appointed its new CFO (San Francisco mine, Sonora).
  • Defiance Silver Corp., entered into an option agreement to acquire 1,915 hectares surrounding its Tepal project in Michoacan. As a result, Defiance has doubled its land position at the project.  The company has agreed to pay the annual concession fees until a production decision has been made, upon which Defiance will pay the vendor USD $2 M for 100% ownership of the mining concessions.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., announced strengthening of its senior management team and board with the promotions of its Technical Director and VP of Technical Services, and the appointment of its Country Manager (Panuco project, Sinaloa).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., confirmed that it is not aware of any material, undisclosed information related to the Company that would account for the recent increase in the market price and level of trading volume of its ordinary shares (San Dimas property, Durango).
  • Mexican Gold Mining Corp., appointed two new members as technical advisors to assist the company as it moves Las Minas project, Veracruz towards a PEA.
  • Discovery Metals Corp., named to the 2021 OTCQX Best 50, a ranking of top performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.  (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
  • Gainey Capital Corp., provided an update on its Mexican projects and corporate activities. The company took the decision to not continue with the option on the Las Margaritas project in Durango. The El Colomo project, Nayarit will continue to be the flagship project of the company.
  • Orex Minerals Inc., announced the resignation of one member of the board and the appointment of its new Director. Orex also granted 3.55M incentive stock options to directors, officers, and consultants (Sandra project, Durango).
  • Magna Gold Corp., provided a letter to all of its shareholders in which it explained the strategy used to grow the company through strategic acquisitions and targeted exploration to evolve from a junior exploration company to an intermediate gold producer in Mexico. Since the Company’s inception in 2017, it has returned 10x to the Company’s shareholders (San Francisco mine, Sonora).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc strengthens education in times of pandemic. Fresnillo plc has joined efforts in favor of education, training and development for the lives of thousands of young people, to boost their professional, economic and social growth.
  • Peñoles reaffirms its commitment to promoting education through the implementation of academic programs that seek to develop skills and tools so that children and young people in Mexico aspire to a better future. Peñoles has academic initiatives with a focus on reading, science, technology, human development, sports and culture for different educational levels.
  • The companies Autlán, Grupo México, Industrias Peñoles, Newmont-Peñasquito, Fresnillo plc and Coeur Mining participate in water management projects that were highlighted by the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) in its 2020 sustainability report.

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