Panoro Reports Positive Preliminary Economic Assessment for Antilla Copper Project Heap Leach & SX/EW Operation

Panoro Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PML, Lima: PML, Frankfurt: PZM) (“Panoro”, the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received the results of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") of the Company’s 100% owned Antilla project in Peru. The Antilla project is a copper-molybdenum porphyry deposit, located 140 km south west of the city of Cuzco, in the Apurimac region in Southern Peru.

Highlights

  • Pre-tax Estimates:
  • NPV (7.5%) of US$ 519.8 million;
  • IRR of 34.7%; and
  • Payback of 2.6 years.
  • After-tax Estimates:
  • NPV (7.5%) of US$ 305.4 million;
  • IRR of 25.9%; and
  • Payback of 3.0 years.
  • Conventional open pit mine focused on supergene copper sulphides;
  • Heap Leach and Solvent Extraction Electrowinning (SX/EW) process;
  • Design throughput of 20,000 tonnes per day with an operational mine life of 17 years
  • Low waste to mill feed ratio of 1.38:1;
  • Average annual payable copper of 46.3 million pounds, as Cathodes;
  • Average direct cash costs (C1) of US$1.51 per pound of payable copper;
  • Initial Project capital costs of US$ 250.4 million, including contingencies; and
  • Good potential for discovery of additional supergene mineralization adjacent to the current mineral resource area.

Having completed the optimization of the Antilla Project, the Company will be completing a strategic review of the development and financing plans to put the Antilla Project on the road to development.

The PEA was prepared by Moose Mountain Technical Services Ltd. (“MMTS”) in accordance with the definitions in Canadian National Instrument 43-101. The PEA is based on a Mineral Resource estimate completed by Tetra Tech Inc. (“Tetra Tech”) in December 2013, based on 2,919 metres of drilling from legacy campaigns (2003-5), 9,130 metres of drilling by Panoro (2008), and 2,242 metres of drilling during a joint venture agreement with Chancadora Centauro SA (CHC) in 2010. The Mineral Resource estimate includes primary and supergene sulphides, as well as mixed hypogene and supergene copper mineralization.

The PEA is considered preliminary in nature. The mine plan of the PEA includes 113.3 million tonnes of Indicated Mineral Resources and 5.4 million tonnes of Inferred Mineral Resources.   Inferred Mineral Resources are considered too speculative to have the economic considerations applied that would enable classification as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that the conclusions within the PEA will be realized. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Luquman Shaheen, President & CEO of Panoro Minerals states, “The redesign of the Antilla Project has resulted in significantly improved project economics.  The mine plan has focused on the higher grade, near surface secondary sulphides, which are amenable to processing through heap leaching, solvent extraction, and electrowinning (LIX-SX-EW).  As a result, the initial capital costs have been reduced by 59%, the C1 cash costs reduced by 18%, the C2 cash costs by 23% and the sustaining capital required for a tailings facility has been eliminated. The base case, after tax NPV(7.5) has increased 36%, the IRR has increased 11% and the payback period has been reduced by 27%.  Over 95% of the mineralized material contained in the mine plan is classified as Indicated. The improved Antilla Project is now near the lower quartile of new copper projects in terms of both cash costs and capital intensity.  The much reduced $250 million initial capital cost will facilitate a broader range of strategic financing and/or development approaches to advancing the Antilla Project through feasibility studies and into development and operation.  We are very pleased to have achieved the objective of optimizing the Antilla Project and look forward to advancing our strategic plan. We continue focussing on our Flagship Cotabambas Project where our investment programs for 2018 and 2019 are focussing on enhancing the project economics and growth profile through exploration success.”

Economics

The table below summarizes base case economic metrics for the project as well as its sensitivity to the price of copper

Project economics were estimated on the basis of long-term copper price of US$3.05/lb.  The long-term forecasts were derived from prices periodically published by large banking and financial institutions and were applied to years 4 to 17 of the mine life.  Shorter term copper price estimates were used for Years 1 to 3 of the mine life reflecting higher price forecasts in the shorter term.  For the base case, Years 1 to 3 of the mine life used estimated copper prices of $3.20, $3.15 and $3.10, respectively.  Molybdenum is not included in the proposed process recovery and not included in the project economics.

Mineral Resources

The PEA was based on a Mineral Resource model prepared by Tetra Tech, which is documented in a technical report filed on Sedar, dated December 16, 2013.

Mineral Resources were estimated by Qualified Person Paul Daigle, PGeo. (APGO #1592). A block model was generated with grade estimation constrained by modeled mineralization wireframes. Mineralization is mined from an open pit and treated using a conventional hydrometallurgical flow sheet. Copper equivalent (CuEq) cut-offs were used to report the mineral resource. Metal prices: copper – US$3.25/lb and molybdenum – US$9.00/lb and metallurgical recoveries: copper – 90% and molybdenum – 80% were applied in the equivalency calculation.

Mining and Processing

The PEA incorporates an open pit mining operation using conventional truck and shovel methods delivering mineralized material to the heap leach pad.  Mining will be done using contractors. The estimated 17 year life of mine includes 118.7 million tonnes of mineralized leach pad feed plus 163.4 million tonnes of waste rock resulting in an average waste:process feed ratio of 1.38:1. The average life of mine leach pad head grade is 0.43% copper. The leach material placement is planned at an average rate of 20,000 tonnes per day. The waste rock will be placed in a storage area to the west of the pit, in between the pit and the leach pad.

Of the 118.7 million tonnes of leach material mined from the open pit, 117.1 million tonnes is classified as supergene enriched material with the balance of the 1.6 million tonnes being classified as overburden, leach cap or primary sulphides.

The sub-set of the Mineral Resources contained within the ultimate pit and included in the mine plan is 113.3 million tonnes averaging 0.45% Cu classified as Indicated Resources, and 5.4 million tonnes averaging 0.26% Cu classified as Inferred Resources. The reader is cautioned that the Inferred Resources included in the mine plan are considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable categorization as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that Inferred Resources will be upgraded to Reserves. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Haul trucks will deliver the run of mine, mineralized material to a two-stage crushing plant. The product from the primary crusher will feed a secondary crushing station whose product will then be stored in a crushed ore stockpile. The crushed material will be loaded to trucks and delivered to the synthetic lined valley-fill heap leach facility for irrigation with sulfuric acid and ferric solutions. The pregnant leach solution (PLS) will be recovered from the heap leach operation and piped to a conventional solvent extraction and electrowinning (SX-EW) plant to produce grade-A copper cathodes. The copper-stripped solution generated in the SX plant (raffinate) will be conditioned with sulfuric acid and fresh water and then recycled to the heap leaching operation to irrigate more mineralized material.

Preliminary metallurgical characterisation testwork was completed on samples of mineralogical materials from the Antilla project in 2017. An extended testwork program was initiated at Aminpro Laboratories in March 2018 under the direction of Tetra Tech Mining and Minerals. Aminpro Laboratories are fully certified under both ISO 9001 and 1400. The testwork program comprises quantitative mineralogical analysis, sulphuric acid and ferric sulphate bottle roll predictor tests and column leach tests aimed at characterising the copper leaching characteristics of supergene mineralogical materials. Results from the predictor tests indicate secondary copper minerals are available for extraction with close to theoretical copper extractions being achieved. The column tests remain under leach and are estimated to be completed by September 2018. The results from the column leach program will be incorporated in subsequent technical studies. No test work has been conducted on the Cover, Cap and Primary Sulphide domains as these constitute only minor portions of the deposit.

Table 4 summarizes the expected recoveries of the four mineralized domains, with the Cover and Leach Cap performance assumed to follow the main domains based on similar copper mineralogy/speciation.

Capital and Operating Costs

The projected capital and operating costs for Antilla over a 1 ½ year construction period and 17 year operating mine life are summarized in the tables below.

Power will be supplied via a 10 km long power line connected to the existing national grid connecting the Las Bambas mine to the Cotaruse substation in the district of Chalhuanca.  This power line passes by the south part of Antilla property.

Grade-A copper cathodes produced by Antilla Project will be trucked by a contractor from the mine site to the port of Marcona, in Nazca province, along existing road networks.

Opportunities for Project Growth and Enhanced Economics

  • Tetra Tech recommends that further investigation of the Antilla deposit is warranted and necessary. There is potential to add new mineral resources at depth and in the Northeast and Southeast sides of the pit shell. Tetra Tech recommends that additional drilling be carried out to reduce the drill spacing in those zones with copper mineralization, where drill spacing is greater than 100 m.  Additional drilling will determine, with greater confidence, both the continuity and extents of copper mineralization within and outside of the known deposit.
  • Tetra Tech recommends an extension of the current exploration grid to include the West Block, North Block, Middle Block and Chabuca exploration targets.  Tetra Tech recommends continued geochemical sampling and geophysical surveys over these areas located next to the current mineral resources. 
  • Considering the preliminary metallurgical testwork undertaken on the project to date, there is potential to increase recoveries with additional metallurgical testing

Future Work

Further work leading to a Pre-Feasibility or Feasibiilty Study is recommended and will include drilling, mineral resource modeling, metallurgical testwork, engineering, and marketing studies, hydrological and geotechnical analysis, as well as various baseline environmental and archeological studies. In addition, exploration work will be recommended over the other targets in the vicinity of the known deposits.

Environment & Permitting

Existing environmental liabilities associated with the project are restricted to those expected to be associated with an exploration-stage project, and include drill sites and access roads. Additional Environmental Baseline studies should be conducted to collect site data including surface water quality, archeology, aquatic and terrestrial biology, flora, fauna, and additional geochemical characterization of mine waste materials.  This information will inform a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study.

Technical Reporting

The complete technical report documenting the PEA will be filed within 45 days of this news release and will be available on Panoro’s website and on SEDAR. The technical report will be authored by the following Qualified Persons

About Panoro

Panoro Minerals is a uniquely positioned Peru focused copper exploration and development company. The Company is advancing its flagship project, Cotabambas Copper-Gold-Silver Project and its Antilla Copper-Molybdenum Project, both located in the strategically important area of southern Peru. The Company is well financed to expand, enhance and advance its projects in the region where infrastructure such as railway, roads, ports, water supply, power generation and transmission are readily available and expanding quickly.  The region boasts the recent investment of over US$15 billion into the construction or expansion of four large open pit copper mines.

Since 2007, the Company has completed over 80,000 meters of exploration drilling at these two key projects leading to substantial increases in the mineral resource base for each, as summarized in the table below.

Preliminary Economic Assessments (PEA) have been completed for both the Cotabambas and Antilla Projects, the key results are summarized below.

The PEAs are considered preliminary in nature and include Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative to have the economic considerations applied that would enable classification as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that the conclusions within the updated PEA will be realized. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Luis Vela, a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.

CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:   Information and statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and involve risks and uncertainties.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation:

  • risks relating to metal price fluctuations;
  • risks relating to estimates of mineral resources, production, capital and operating costs, decommissioning or reclamation expenses, proving to be inaccurate;
  • the inherent operational risks associated with mining and mineral exploration, development, mine construction and operating activities, many of which are beyond Panoro’s control;
  • risks relating to Panoro’s ability to enforce Panoro’s legal rights under permits or licenses or risk that Panoro’s will become subject to litigation or arbitration that has an adverse outcome;
  • risks relating to Panoro’s projects being in Peru, including political, economic and regulatory instability;
  • risks relating to the uncertainty of applications to obtain, extend or renew licenses and permits;
  • risks relating to potential challenges to Panoro’s right to explore and/or develop its projects;
  • risks relating to mineral resource estimates being based on interpretations and assumptions which may result in less mineral production under actual circumstances;
  • risks relating to Panoro’s operations being subject to environmental and remediation requirements, which may increase the cost of doing business and restrict Panoro’s operations;
  • risks relating to being adversely affected by environmental, safety and regulatory risks, including increased regulatory burdens or delays and changes of law;
  • risks relating to inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance;
  • risks relating to the fact that Panoro’s properties are not yet in commercial production;
  • risks relating to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and tax rates; and
  • risks relating to Panoro’s ability to raise funding to continue its exploration, development and mining activities.

This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect the forward-looking information and statements contained in this news release.  Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in the forward‑looking information.  The forward‑looking information contained in this news release is based on beliefs, expectations and opinions as of the date of this news release.  For the reasons set forth above, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  Panoro does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and statements included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Fission Expands R1515W Zone with Six High-Grade Holes

FISSION URANIUM CORP. ("Fission" or “the Company" – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGEAu20HKc4&t=2s) is pleased to announce assay results from all eight winter program holes drilled on the R1515W zone at its’ PLS property, in Canada’s Athabasca Basin region. These include six holes with high-grade intervals, of particular note is hole PLS18-571 (line 1560W), which returned 94.5m of total composite mineralization including multiple high-grade intervals such as 5.0m @ 7.14% U3O8 in 18.0m @ 2.44% U3O8 and 3.0m @ 5.98% U3O8 in 10.50m @ 1.97% U3O8. Importantly, these holes have better defined and expanded the known mineralized outline over 60m of strike length between lines 1560W to 1500W.

Ross McElroy, President, COO, and Chief Geologist for Fission, commented,

"These final Winter exploration assays from the land-based R1515W zone, 2.3km west of the Triple R deposit’s central R780E zone, are a strong reminder of the zone’s potential for wide, high-grade mineralization at shallow depth. We consider this zone an important target area for further growth.

Assay Highlights Include:
PLS17-571 (line 1560W): key intervals
• 37.5m @ 0.51% U3O8 (135.5m to 173.0m), including:
o 4.0m @ 2.71% U3O8 (147.5m to 151.5m)
• 10.5m @ 1.97% U3O8 (202.5m to 213.0m), including:
o 3.0m @ 5.98% U3O8 (206.5m to 209.5m)
• 18.0m @ 2.44% U3O8 (224.0m to 242.0m), including:
o 5.0m @ 7.14% U3O8 (226.5m to 231.5m)
• 8.5m @ 0.9% U3O8 (245.5m to 254.0m), including:
o 2.5m @ 2.51% U3O8 (251.0m to 253.5m)

PLS17-572 (line 1530W): key intervals
• 9.5m @ 1.97% U3O8 (171.0m to 180.5m), including:
o 3.0m @ 5.64% U3O8 (176.0m to 179.0m)
• 5.0m @ 0.39% U3O8 (230.0m to 235.0m), including:
o 1.5m @ 1.03% U3O8 (230.0m to 231.5m)
• 5.0m @ 4.89% U3O8 (240.0m to 245.0m), including:
o 1.0m @ 16.35% U3O8 (241.0m to 242.0m)

Composited % U3O8 mineralized intervals are summarized in Table 1. Samples from the drill core are split in half sections on site. Where possible, samples are standardized at 0.5m down-hole intervals. One-half of the split sample is sent to SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories (an SCC ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Accredited Facility) in Saskatoon, SK for analysis which includes U3O8 (wt %) and fire assay for gold, while the other half remains on site for reference. All analysis includes a 63 element ICP-OES, uranium by fluorimetry and boron. All depths reported of core interval measurements including sample and interval widths are down-hole and are not always representative of true thickness.  The orientation of the mineralized intervals tend to follow that of lithologic contacts, and generally dip steeply to the south. Within the Triple R deposit, individual zone wireframe models constructed from assay data and used in the resource estimate indicate that all 5 zones have a complex geometry controlled by and parallel to steeply south-dipping lithological boundaries as well as a preferential sub-horizontal orientation. 

PLS Mineralized Trend & Triple R Deposit Summary

Uranium mineralization of the Triple R deposit at PLS occurs within the Patterson Lake Conductive Corridor and has been traced by core drilling over ~3.18km of east-west strike length in five separated mineralized "zones" which collectively make up the Triple R deposit. From west to east, these zones are: R1515W, R840W, R00E, R780E and R1620E. Through successful exploration programs completed to date, Triple R has evolved into a large, near surface, basement hosted, structurally controlled high-grade uranium deposit.  The discovery hole was announced on November 05, 2012 with drill hole PLS12-022, from what is now referred to as the R00E zone. 

The R1515W, R840W and R00E zones make up the western region of the Triple R deposit and are located on land, where overburden thickness is generally between 55m to 100m.  R1515W is the western-most of the zones and is drill defined to ~90m in strike-length, ~68m across strike and ~220m vertical and where mineralization remains open in several directions.  R840W is located ~515m to the east along strike of R1515W and has a drill defined strike length of ~430m.  R00E is located ~485m to the east along strike of R840W and is drill defined to ~115m in strike length.  The R780E zone and R1620E zones make up the eastern region of the Triple R deposit.  Both zones are located beneath Patterson Lake where water depth is generally less than six metres and overburden thickness is generally about 50m.  R780E is located ~225m to the east of R00E and has a drill defined strike length of ~945m.  R1620E is located ~210m along strike to the east of R780E, and is drill defined to ~185m in strike length.

Mineralization along the Patterson Lake Corridor trend remains prospective along strike in both the western and eastern directions. Basement rocks within the mineralized trend are identified primarily as mafic volcanic rocks with varying degrees of alteration.  Mineralization is both located within and associated with mafic volcanic intrusives with varying degrees of silicification, metasomatic mineral assemblages and hydrothermal graphite. The graphitic sequences are associated with the PL-3B basement Electro-Magnetic (EM) conductor.

Patterson Lake South Property

The 31,039 hectare PLS project is 100% owned and operated by Fission Uranium Corp. PLS is accessible by road with primary access from all-weather Highway 955, which runs north to the former Cluff Lake mine and passes through the nearby UEX-Areva Shea Creek discoveries located 50km to the north.

The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed on behalf of the company by Ross McElroy, P.Geol., President and COO for Fission Uranium Corp., a qualified person.

About Fission Uranium Corp.

Fission Uranium Corp. is a Canadian based resource company specializing in the strategic exploration and development of the Patterson Lake South uranium property – host to the class-leading Triple R uranium deposit – and is headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia.  Fission’s common shares are listed on the TSX Exchange under the symbol "FCU" and trade on the OTCQX marketplace in the U.S. under the symbol "FCUUF."

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD                                 Investor Relations

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                                                                           ir@fissionuranium.com

Ross McElroy, President and COO                       www.fissionuranium.com

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Cautionary Statement:

Certain information contained in this press release constitutes “forward-looking information", within the meaning of Canadian legislation. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", “forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur", "be achieved" or “has the potential to”.  Forward looking statements contained in this press release may include statements regarding the future operating or financial performance of Fission and Fission Uranium which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may not prove to be accurate. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations. Among those factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: market conditions and other risk factors listed from time to time in our reports filed with Canadian securities regulators on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and the Company and Fission Uranium disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities legislation.

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Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc Results for the Quarter ended 31 March 2018

Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (“Caledonia” or the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYYGO-DNYsM&list=PLBpDlKjdv3yq3mPe4_-LvOr9_6ij_XRiM&index=6 ) announces its operating and financial results for the first quarter of 2018 (“Q1” or the “Quarter”).

Gold production in the Quarter was 12,924 ounces, marginally higher than the first quarter of 2017 and in-line with expectations.  Adjusted earnings per share of 40.1 cents were 51% higher than the corresponding figure in 2017, largely due to a higher realised gold price, and the increased export credit incentive. Operating cash flows for the Quarter were $7 million and the Company’s balance sheet remains strong with net cash of $13.4 million as at 31 March 2018.

Commenting on the results, Steve Curtis, Caledonia’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“The first quarter of 2018 was one of very strong cash generation at Blanket.  The business generated operating cash flows after tax of $7 million which supported capital investment in the mine of $5.2 million and an increase in our cash balance at the end of the quarter to $13.4 million. As we continue to grow production to our target of 80,000 ounces by 2021, maintain cost control and benefit from economies of scale we look forward to further increasing cash flows and earnings.

“Gold production was marginally higher in the Quarter compared to the first quarter of 2017 and was in-line with our expectations.  We expect that production will deliver the usual increase in the second half of the year as we see the benefit of the increased level of mine development in the first half of the year, which will improve our access to higher grade areas.

“Profits in the Quarter benefitted from an 8% increase in the average realised gold price and a 3% reduction in all-in sustaining costs to $832 per ounce which contributed to a 10% increase in gross profit and a 35% increase in net attributable profit. On mine costs were marginally higher at $687 per ounce due to various operational factors which we expect to be addressed as the Central Shaft project is commissioned in 2020. Profit and cash flow were also boosted by the Government of Zimbabwe increasing the Export Credit Incentive (“ECI”) from 2.5% to 10% of revenue with effect from 1 February 2018.

“Regrettably our safety performance during the quarter was marred by a fatal accident at the mine on the 23 February 2018. My fellow directors and I express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The Company has embarked upon renewed efforts in the business to improve our safety performance.

“The Central Shaft remains a key enabler of long term value of the business and I am pleased to report that the project is progressing on schedule and within budget and importantly, remains fully funded by operating cash flow. For our technical team to deliver production and a transformational project for the business is a significant achievement. Following the decision to extend the shaft sinking project in November of 2017 the shaft has now reached 30 Level (990 metres) and work has commenced on establishing the station on this level.

“The operating environment and the investment climate in Zimbabwe continue to improve with government showing very pleasing levels of support of the mining industry, including the increase in the ECI for gold producers.  The Zimbabwe gold sector offers exciting opportunities but is in need of significant capital investment. In March, the government enacted legislation which completely removed the requirement for gold producers to implement indigenisation which has created the opportunity for Caledonia to potentially increase its stake in the Blanket Mine subject to agreement with our local partners. We have been encouraged by the level of support that the new leadership has shown for the mining sector and the Zimbabwean economy in general and look forward to the opportunities that the improving macroeconomic environment in Zimbabwe is likely to present.

“We maintain our guidance of 55,000 to 59,000 ounces for the full year and earnings guidance of between 165 cents and 190 cents per share.”

Strategy and Outlook

Caledonia remains on track to achieve the production target of 80,000 ounces by 2021 at its Zimbabwean subsidiary, Blanket Mine. The Company’s strategic focus continues to be the implementation of the Investment Plan at Blanket, which was announced in November 2014 and is expected to extend the life of mine by providing access to deeper levels for production and further exploration.  Implementation of the Investment Plan remains on target in terms of timing and cost.  Caledonia’s board and management believe the successful implementation of the Investment Plan is in the best interests of all stakeholders because it is expected to result in increased production, reduced operating costs and greater flexibility to undertake further exploration and development, thereby safeguarding and enhancing Blanket’s long-term future.  Caledonia’s cash position is expected to improve as a result of the implementation of the Investment Plan; Caledonia will continue to assess new opportunities to invest surplus cash.

Dividend Policy

On 4 July 2017, following the consolidation on 26 June 2017 of the Company’s shares, the Company announced an increased quarterly dividend of 6.875 cents per share which was paid on 28 July 2017 and further quarterly dividends of the same amount were paid on 27 October 2017, 26 January 2018 and 27 April 2018. The dividend of 6.875 cents per share effectively maintains the dividend at the previous level of 1.375 cents per share, after adjusting for the effect of the one-for-five share consolidation. The quarterly dividend of 6.875 cents is Caledonia’s current dividend policy which it is envisaged will be maintained.

Following the implementation of indigenisation in September 2012, Caledonia owns 49 per cent of the Blanket Mine in Zimbabwe. Caledonia continues to consolidate Blanket and the operational and the financial information set out below is on a 100 per cent basis unless otherwise indicated.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Information

Information and statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation that involve risks and uncertainties relating, but not limited to Caledonia’s current expectations, intentions, plans, and beliefs.  Forward-looking information can often be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “goal”, “plan”, “target”, “intend”, “estimate”, “could”, “should”, “may” and “will” or the negative of these terms or similar words suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. Examples of forward-looking information in this news release include: production guidance, estimates of future/targeted production rates, and our plans and timing regarding further exploration and drilling and development.  This forward-looking information is based, in part, on assumptions and factors that may change or prove to be incorrect, thus causing actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by forward-looking information.  Such factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: failure to establish estimated resources and reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, success of future exploration and drilling programs, reliability of drilling, sampling and assay data, assumptions regarding the representativeness of mineralization being inaccurate, success of planned metallurgical test-work, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and other factors.

Potential shareholders and prospective investors should be aware that these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources proving to be inaccurate, fluctuations in gold price, risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business; inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards, employee relations; relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations; political risk; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining or maintaining necessary licenses and permits, diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as mining occurs; global financial condition, the actual results of current exploration activities, changes to conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors, risks of increased capital and operating costs, environmental, safety or regulatory risks, expropriation, the Company’s title to properties including ownership thereof, increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel and their costs, risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase and currency fluctuations.  Shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur.  Caledonia undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

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Zinc One Reports Additional High-Grade Drill Results At Mina Grande Sur, Bongará Zinc Mine Project, Peru

Zinc One Resources Inc. (TSX-V: Z; OTC Markets: ZZOF; Frankfurt: RH33 – “Zinc One” or the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D9jgUm6sGA&t=71s ) is pleased to announce additional drill results from the Mina Grande Sur zone at its Bongará Zinc Mine project located in north-central Peru.  To date, 81 drill holes for 1,810.6 metres have been drilled (see map below in Figure 1.), from which assays have been received for 24 holes.  The table below summarizes results from nine holes that are located at the southern end of Mina Grande Sur.  These holes focused on the delineation of mineralization to the south.

Jim Walchuck, President and CEO of Zinc One commented, “While this portion of the Mina Grande Sur drill program was designed to determine the extent of the mineralization, we have been pleasantly surprised to obtain these additional high-grade intersections.  The pit sampling and historic drilling encountered lengthy high-grade zinc intercepts which have been further delineated by the drill program.  The results attest to the robustness of Mina Grande Sur and will contribute to the upcoming resource calculation.”

Mina Grande Sur Drill Results Highlights:

  • Results from 11 holes were reported previously (see news release from March 29, 2018)
  • Significant new intercepts include:
    • MGS18016 – 4.7 metres of 26.1% zinc, from surface
    • MGS18017 – 8.2 metres of 42.7% zinc, from 7.5 metres drill depth
      • True vertical thickness of 5.8 metres from true vertical depth of 5.3 metres
    • MCH18020 – 20.5 metres of 34.3% zinc, from surface
      • True vertical thickness of 14.5 metres
    • Mineralization at Mina Grande Sur includes zinc oxides, carbonates and silicates hosted by soils, highly-weathered carbonates, and fine- to coarse-grained dolomites.

Mina Grande Sur is one of three known zones of high-grade, near-surface zinc-oxide mineralization along a 1.4 kilometre mineralized trend that is being tested by this drill program.  At Bongarita, which lies approximately 1.3 kilometres northwest of Mina Grande Sur, all results from the 36 holes drilled have been reported.  A second drill rig recently completed drilling at Mina Chica, an area where a high-grade zinc deposit was discovered; it lies approximately 1.2 kilometres northwest of Mina Grande Sur.  Results from 30 of 53 holes drilled, for a total of 2,370.9 metres, have been reported to date.

Geology and Discussion of Results

The zinc mineralization at Bongará is hosted by carbonate rocks and is classified as a Mississippi Valley-type deposit.  The mineralization is stratabound and is basically a tabular body with irregular boundaries.  Hydrozincite, smithsonite, hemimorphite, and a zinc-aluminum-iron silicate are the primary zinc minerals that are hosted primarily by soils, heavily-weathered fractured dolomites and dolomite breccias.  Given that the strike and dip of the mineralization is not known, the intercepts do not necessarily represent true thicknesses; moreover, long intercepts, e.g., MGS18-003, most likely drilled subparallel to the dip of the tabular mineralized body.  At Bongarita specifically, mineralization is exclusively hosted by soils. Overall, the mineralization is focused along the axis of a doubly-plunging anticline as well as within the eastern flank of the anticline.

Sampling and Analytical Protocols

Zinc One follows a systematic and rigorous Quality Control/Quality Assurance program overseen by Dr. Bill Williams, COO and Director of Zinc One.

The sample from each core run is placed in a 60-centimetre long, plastic core box that has five columns.   Core recovery, rock quality designation (“RQD”), and geologic features are logged and sample intervals, which are generally <2 metres, are chosen. Each core box is photographed and then sampled with a spatula (soil and heavily-weathered rock) or cut with a core saw, 50% of which is placed in a sample bag and stored on site in a secure location. The Company independently inserts certified control standards, blanks, and duplicates, all of which comprise at least 20% of the sample batch, to monitor sample preparation and analytical quality.  The samples are stored in a secure area until such time they are shipped to ALS laboratory in Lima (ISO 9001 Certified) for preparation and assay. At the laboratory, samples are dried, crushed, pulverized and then a four-acid digestion is applied.  This is followed by the ICP-AES analytical technique for 33 elements, including lead.  The same method is used to assay zinc for values up to 20%.  If zinc exceeds 20%, it is then analyzed using a titration method.  The laboratory also inserts blanks and standards as well as including duplicate analyses.

Qualified Person

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed, verified and approved by Dr. Bill Williams, COO and Director of Zinc One, a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101.

About Zinc One Resources Inc.

Zinc One is focused on the exploration and development of prospective and advanced zinc projects in mining-friendly jurisdictions.  Zinc One’s key assets are the Bongará Zinc Mine Project and the Charlotte Bongará Zinc Project in north-central Peru.  The Bongará Zinc Mine Project was in production from 2007 to 2008, but was closed due to the global financial crisis and concurrent decrease in the zinc price. Past production included >20% zinc grades and recoveries over 90% from surface and near-surface zinc-oxide mineralization. High-grade, zinc-oxide mineralization is known to outcrop between the mined area and the Charlotte Bongará Project, which is nearly six kilometres to the NNW and where past drilling intercepted various near-surface zones with high-grade zinc.  Zinc One is managed by a proven team of geologists and engineers who have previously constructed and operated successful mining operations.

Additional Information

Monica Hamm
VP, Investor Relations
Zinc One Resources Inc.
Phone: (604) 683-0911
Email: mhamm@zincone.com
www.zincone.com 

Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on assumptions as of the date of this news release. These statements reflect management’s current estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations. They are not guarantees of future performance. Zinc One cautions that all forward looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by many material factors, many of which are beyond their respective control. Such factors include, among other things: risks and uncertainties relating to Zinc One’s limited operating history, its proposed exploration and development activities on the Bongará Zinc Oxide Project and the need to comply with environmental and governmental regulations.  Accordingly, actual and future events, conditions and results may differ materially from the estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, Zinc One does not undertake to publicly update or revise forward-looking information.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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TerraX extends Crestaurum zone to 300 meters vertical depth, doubling size of known mineralized structure

TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: TXR; Frankfurt: TX0; OTC Pink: TRXXF – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLSt_VpUzmw&t=4s ) is pleased to announce assay results from the remaining 11 holes drilled at the Yellowknife City Gold project this winter.  Four of these holes (1,170 m) were drilled on the high-grade Crestaurum gold bearing structure to test whether gold mineralization continued to depth.   All four holes hit mineralized structure, with two holes containing visible gold. All holes intersected significant gold with selected intervals of:

  • 84 g/t Au over 2.49 m and 5.38 g/t Au over 0.63 m in hole TCR18-076
  • 08 g/t Au over 2.80m, and 5.57 g/t Au over 2.06 m, in hole TCR18-078
  • 30 g/t Au over 1.24 m, and 4.41 g/t Au over 0.80 m, in hole TCR18-079
  • 86 g/t Au over 0.56 m in hole TCR18-077

The upper portion of the Crestaurum structure has been previously drilled with 187 drill holes over 1.4 kilometers of strike length, from surface down to a depth of approximately 100-150 meters depth, outlining a lode style shear and vein deposit (including 5.00 m @ 62.90 g/t Au, news release October 2, 2013). Although the structure is very continuous the high grade lodes are more discrete and these initial widespread deeper holes were designed to intersect structure to determine whether there was probability of high grade lodes continuing at depth potentially doubling the size of the mineralized zones.  A drill hole location map can be found here and a long section of the Crestaurum main shear are available here.

Joe Campbell, CEO of TerraX, states “This small program of four holes successfully demonstrated that the Crestaurum zone continues at depth on multiple surfaces, potentially doubling the size of the zone. The 300 meter vertical depth tested with these holes is still considered very shallow for Archean lode gold deposits and mineralization remains open for further expansion, both along strike and at depth.” 

TerraX also tested the Sam Otto west zone, another lode style shear and vein deposit near TerraX’s Sam Otto Main zone (1.90 m @ 13 96 g/t Au, news release May 2, 2017). This drilling included 5 holes totaling 2,081 m testing strike and depth potential (down to 250 meters vertical) on this zone. All holes hit gold mineralized structure with best results of 3.00 g/t Au over 2.69 m in hole TSO18-038, 1.06 g/t Au over 4.00 m in hole TSO18-041, and 1.32 g/t Au over 2.70 m in hole TSO18-036. All holes included intersections of 2.0 to 5.6 meters of 0.71 to 0.81 g/t Au. The continuous presence of the gold mineralized structures that now extend over more than a kilometer of strike and 250 meters of depth, with alteration and mineralization styles like the high grade zones from the nearby Con and Giant mines, makes this a good target for continued exploration.

A single hole (TSO18-039, 430 meters) was drilled approximately 500 m south along strike from the Sam Otto Main zone, and 600 meters north of TSO18-037 (1.92 g/t Au over 11.52 meters, news release Mach 9, 2018). This hole confirmed the continuity of the Sam Otto structure between the known extents of the Sam Otto Main and Sam Otto South zones, intersecting a broad zone of deformation and alteration (0.10 g/t Au over 157.75 m) consistent with the Sam Otto style of mineralization, including multiple 2.50 m – 9.10 m wide zones of 0.35 g/t Au – 0.82 g/t Au.

All holes were drilled approximately normal to projected strike and dip of the zones of mineralization and are interpreted to be approximately 80-95% of true thickness 

TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: TXR; Frankfurt: TX0; OTC Pink: TRXXF – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLSt_VpUzmw&t=4s ) is pleased to announce assay results from the remaining 11 holes drilled at the Yellowknife City Gold project this winter.  Four of these holes (1,170 m) were drilled on the high-grade Crestaurum gold bearing structure to test whether gold mineralization continued to depth.   All four holes hit mineralized structure, with two holes containing visible gold. All holes intersected significant gold with selected intervals of:

  • 84 g/t Au over 2.49 m and 5.38 g/t Au over 0.63 m in hole TCR18-076
  • 08 g/t Au over 2.80m, and 5.57 g/t Au over 2.06 m, in hole TCR18-078
  • 30 g/t Au over 1.24 m, and 4.41 g/t Au over 0.80 m, in hole TCR18-079
  • 86 g/t Au over 0.56 m in hole TCR18-077

The upper portion of the Crestaurum structure has been previously drilled with 187 drill holes over 1.4 kilometers of strike length, from surface down to a depth of approximately 100-150 meters depth, outlining a lode style shear and vein deposit (including 5.00 m @ 62.90 g/t Au, news release October 2, 2013). Although the structure is very continuous the high grade lodes are more discrete and these initial widespread deeper holes were designed to intersect structure to determine whether there was probability of high grade lodes continuing at depth potentially doubling the size of the mineralized zones.  A drill hole location map can be found here and a long section of the Crestaurum main shear are available here.

Joe Campbell, CEO of TerraX, states “This small program of four holes successfully demonstrated that the Crestaurum zone continues at depth on multiple surfaces, potentially doubling the size of the zone. The 300 meter vertical depth tested with these holes is still considered very shallow for Archean lode gold deposits and mineralization remains open for further expansion, both along strike and at depth.” 

TerraX also tested the Sam Otto west zone, another lode style shear and vein deposit near TerraX’s Sam Otto Main zone (1.90 m @ 13 96 g/t Au, news release May 2, 2017). This drilling included 5 holes totaling 2,081 m testing strike and depth potential (down to 250 meters vertical) on this zone. All holes hit gold mineralized structure with best results of 3.00 g/t Au over 2.69 m in hole TSO18-038, 1.06 g/t Au over 4.00 m in hole TSO18-041, and 1.32 g/t Au over 2.70 m in hole TSO18-036. All holes included intersections of 2.0 to 5.6 meters of 0.71 to 0.81 g/t Au. The continuous presence of the gold mineralized structures that now extend over more than a kilometer of strike and 250 meters of depth, with alteration and mineralization styles like the high grade zones from the nearby Con and Giant mines, makes this a good target for continued exploration.

A single hole (TSO18-039, 430 meters) was drilled approximately 500 m south along strike from the Sam Otto Main zone, and 600 meters north of TSO18-037 (1.92 g/t Au over 11.52 meters, news release Mach 9, 2018). This hole confirmed the continuity of the Sam Otto structure between the known extents of the Sam Otto Main and Sam Otto South zones, intersecting a broad zone of deformation and alteration (0.10 g/t Au over 157.75 m) consistent with the Sam Otto style of mineralization, including multiple 2.50 m – 9.10 m wide zones of 0.35 g/t Au – 0.82 g/t Au.

All holes were drilled approximately normal to projected strike and dip of the zones of mineralization and are interpreted to be approximately 80-95% of true thickness 

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectation. Important factors – including the availability of funds, the results of financing efforts, the completion of due diligence and the results of exploration activities – that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations are disclosed in the Company’s documents filed from time to time on SEDAR (see www.sedar.com). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise.

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First Cobalt Doubles Length of Kerr Area Target

First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC; ASX: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF) (the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY4qXCoWstE&t=1s) is pleased to announce that results of recent drilling have doubled the strike length of the mineralized zone in the Kerr area to over 200 metres. Further potential for mineralization exists along strike of this newly-identified mineralized zone, located south of Kerr Lake in the Cobalt North area of the Canadian Cobalt Camp. The Kerr area contains several drill targets, with the Kerr #2 target now a priority for follow up.

Highlights

  • New assay results confirm the mineralized zone at the Kerr #2 target has doubled in strike length from the previously reported 100m to over 200m
  • The zone contains a polymetallic network of veins and disseminated mineralization with cobalt, silver, copper, lead and zinc
    • High grade intercepts include 0.56% Co over 1.8m as well as 1.45% Co, 940 g/t Ag and 0.44% Ni over 0.3m within longer intervals of mineralization including 5.0m of 0.10% Co and 4.6m of 0.27% Co
    • A silver intercept of 8.0m of 31 g/t Ag is part of the same vein network, highlighting the potential for undiscovered cobalt-rich areas near the historic mines
  • Mineralized zone remains open along strike and drilling in the area is ongoing

Trent Mell, President & Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“In short order First Cobalt has doubled the strike length of a newly discovered cobalt-rich zone and there is potential to increase this further. This is a testament to the integrated geological model our team has developed and continues to update with new data. The presence of a network of veins and disseminated mineralization across more than 200 metres is encouraging for our strategy of identifying open pit targets in this historic Canadian mining district. Our 2018 drilling program will continue targeting 15 areas containing past-producing mines, but the Kerr area is now a high priority for exploration work.”

Drilling in the Kerr #2 target in Cobalt North has confirmed that a zone of cobalt mineralization recently identified by First Cobalt (see March 26, 2018 press release) extends across more than 200 metres, double the size initially recognized. A network of multiple veins, at various orientations, containing cobalt and several other metals has been intersected along with disseminated mineralization. Further potential for mineralization exists along strike and additional drilling will continue to test the target.

Drill holes are designed using a 3D geological model of the entire Kerr area compiled by First Cobalt and based on digital compilation of historic mine workings, integrated with exploration drilling and surface bedrock geology maps. At the Kerr #2 target, elevated silver was intersected by historic drilling but not developed by underground mining. Four holes were initially planned to test this intersection along the general trend of mineralization in the area. Assay results from two holes, FCC-18-0021 and FCC-18-0023 collared over 160m apart, showed cobalt mineralization also occurs with grades including 10.4m of 0.15% Co and 44 g/t Ag.

Mineralization in these two holes is considered continuous and is now extended by two additional holes, FCC-18-0022 and FCC-18-0032, based on oriented drill core interpretation (Figure 1). 

Two distinct zones of mineralization were intersected in FCC-18-0032 with cobalt-bearing veins occurring along with veins containing copper, zinc and lead. Silver and nickel occur within the cobalt-bearing veins (Table 1). Assays from FCC-18-0032 returned 5.0m of 0.10% Co, including 1.45% Co, 940 g/t Ag and 0.44% Ni over 0.3m. Additional intercepts include 4.6m of 0.27% Co, including 0.56% Co and 11 g/t Ag over 1.8m and 0.21% Co over 0.3m. A separate cobalt-bearing vein was also intersected containing 0.21% Co and 10 g/t Ag over 0.3m that reflects an extension of this network beyond these two zones. Within the network, veins occur in varying directions as measured in oriented core.

Hole FCC-18-0022 was collared in the same location as FCC-18-0021 drilling eastward and intersected an 8.0m zone of fractured rock with thin calcite veins containing elevated silver along with copper, zinc and lead. This silver mineralization is considered part of the same network of veining containing cobalt in the nearby drill holes and demonstrates a similar metal zoning seen throughout the Cobalt Camp.

The northeast trend of the mineralized zone is roughly parallel to the trend mined at both the Kerr Lake and Drummond mines. Similarly, the trend of the contact between the Nipissing Diabase and Archean sedimentary rocks occurs in the same orientation. A regional fold structure is interpreted from compiled map information also trending northeast and is considered the major control of the location of the vein network developed at Kerr Lake. North-south vein orientations similar to those occurring at the historic Hargrave Mine may have developed parallel to the orientation of the sedimentary rocks. Intersections between the regional fold orientation and sedimentary rocks are high priority targets for further exploration drilling.

Coarse cobalt minerals occur within veins with and without calcite. Nickel and silver are also concentrated within the cobalt-bearing veins. Copper, zinc and lead occur as separate minerals and are often in separate veins or disseminated within the host rocks. The host to the mineralization zones are fine grained sedimentary rocks considered to be part of the Archean sequence below the unconformity with the Proterozoic sedimentary rocks. In places the Archean sedimentary rocks contain up to 5% disseminated iron sulphide mineralization that predates the veins.

For a table of drill hole locations and assay results to date, visit https://firstcobalt.com/projects/greater-cobalt-project

Cobalt North

The Kerr Lake area contains several historic mines including Crown Reserve, Kerr Lake, Lawson, Drummond, Conisil and Hargrave, and produced over 50 million ounces silver mainly between 1905 to 1950. Other historic mines owned by First Cobalt in the Cobalt North area include the Silver Banner, Juno, Silverfields, Hamilton, Ophir mines. The Kerr Lake Mine consisted of thirteen separate shafts with underground development over 20km. The deepest shaft was less than 200m.

Cobalt was not previously an exploration focus in this area although some cobalt, nickel and copper were produced as secondary metals at the Kerr Lake and Drummond mines. Cobalt had not been assayed within the mines or in exploration drill holes previously, so the potential for an extensive polymetallic mineralization system remains to be explored. Limited exploration activities in the 1970s and 1980s around Kerr Lake examined copper-zinc-lead mineralization within the Archean rocks.

Silver-bearing veins are concentrated along a northeast-trending corridor beneath Kerr Lake, but north-south trending veins were also mined, specifically at the Drummond and Hargrave mines.

The 2018 Cobalt North drill program consists of 17,000 metres with over 7,000 metres in the Kerr Lake area designed to test trends in mineralization found in historic drilling and major structures interpreted to be associated with mineralization. Disseminated polymetallic cobalt-silver-copper-zinc-lead mineralization has been recognized in samples from underground material in muckpiles from the Drummond mine showing a wide range of styles occur in this area (October 26, 2017 press release).

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

First Cobalt has implemented a quality control program to comply with common industry best practices for sampling and analysis. Samples are collected from drill core from a range of 30 to 100cm length. Half-core samples are submitted for analysis. Standards and blanks are inserted every 20 samples. Duplicates are made from quarter core splits every 20 samples. Geochemical data were received from AGAT Laboratories in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. All results have passed QA/QC protocols. AGAT has used a sodium-peroxide fusion and ICP finish for analyses on all samples. High silver values (>20 g/t) are determined by a separate three-acid digestion and ICP finish.

Qualified and Competent Person Statement

Dr. Frank Santaguida, P.Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release. Dr. Santaguida is also a Competent Person (as defined in the JORC Code, 2012 edition) who is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Geologists of Ontario (being a ‘Recognised Professional Organisation’ for the purposes of the ASX Listing Rules). Dr. Santaguida is employed on a full-time basis as Vice President, Exploration for First Cobalt. He has sufficient experience that is relevant to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the JORC Code.

About First Cobalt

First Cobalt aims to create the largest pure-play cobalt exploration and development company in the world. The Company controls over 10,000 hectares of prospective land covering over 50 historic mines as well as mineral processing facilities in the Cobalt Camp in Ontario, Canada. The First Cobalt Refinery is the only permitted facility in North America capable of producing cobalt battery materials.

First Cobalt seeks to build shareholder value through new discovery, mineral processing and growth opportunities, with a focus on North America. On March 14, 2018, First Cobalt announced a friendly merger with US Cobalt Inc. (TSX-V: USCO, OTCQB: USCFF), which remains subject to regulatory approvals. This transaction will strategically position First Cobalt as a leading non-DRC cobalt company with three significant North American assets: the Canadian Cobalt Camp, with more than 50 past producing mines; the Iron Creek Project in Idaho, which has a historic mineral resource estimate (non-compliant with NI 43-101) of 1.3M tons grading 0.59% cobalt; and the only permitted cobalt refinery in North America capable of producing battery materials.

US Cobalt is scheduled to hold a shareholder vote on May 17, 2018 with the transaction expected to close by the end of May 2018.

On behalf of First Cobalt Corp.

Trent Mell
President & Chief Executive Officer

For more information visit www.firstcobalt.com or contact:
Heather Smiles
Investor Relations
info@firstcobalt.com
+1.416.900.3891

Swiss Resource Capital AG
Jochen Staiger
info@resource-capital.ch
www.resource-capital.ch

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (together, “forwardlooking statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as “plans”, “expects‘, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes” or variations of such words, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance and opportunities to differ materially from those implied by such forward-looking statements. In particular, forward-looking information included in this news release includes, without limitation, the anticipated closing date of the Transaction, the receipt of final court approval and other regulatory approvals. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are set forth in the management discussion and analysis and other disclosures of risk factors for each of First Cobalt and US Cobalt, filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although First Cobalt and US Cobalt believe that the information and assumptions used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed times frames or at all. Except where required by applicable law, First Cobalt and US Cobalt disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Historic Estimates

US Cobalt considers the cobalt and copper tonnage and grade estimates above as historical estimates. The historical estimates do not use categories that conform to current CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves as outlined in National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and have not been redefined to conform to current CIM Definition Standards. They were prepared in the 1980s prior to the adoption and implementation of NI 43-101. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources and US Cobalt is not treating the historical estimates as current mineral resources. More work, including, but not limited to, drilling, will be required to conform the estimates to current CIM Definition Standards. Investors are cautioned that the historical estimates do not mean or imply that economic deposits exist on the Iron Creek property. US Cobalt has not undertaken any independent investigation of the historical estimates nor has it independently analyzed the results of the previous exploration work in order to verify the accuracy of the information. US Cobalt believes that the historical estimates are relevant to continuing exploration on the Iron Creek property.

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GoldMining to Acquire Additional Gold Claims Contiguous with Yellowknife Gold Project

GoldMining Inc. (the "Company" or "GoldMining") (TSX-V: GOLD; OTCQX: GLDLF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") with an arm’s length vendor (the "Vendor") to indirectly acquire the Narrow Lake property ("Narrow Lake" or the "Property").  The Property includes the N1 and N2 claims, which cover a total area of 618 hectares and are contiguous with the southern boundary of the Company’s Nicholas Lake-Ormsby property, one of the four properties that comprise the Yellowknife Gold Project ("YGP").  With this latest acquisition, the YGP will have an expanded total area of 12,120 hectares upon closing.

The YGP has been the subject of substantial drilling, underground development, metallurgical testwork and historic gold production from the high-grade Discovery Mine, which the Company acquired in July 2017.

Agreement

Pursuant to the Agreement, GoldMining will pay $50,000 cash and issue $38,000 in common shares of GoldMining ("GOLD Shares") on closing and an additional $100,000 in cash or GOLD Shares, at the Company’s discretion, on the first anniversary of the closing date, in consideration for the Property.  The number of GOLD Shares issuable shall be based on the volume-weighted average price of GOLD Shares on the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSX-V") for the ten trading days immediately prior to the date of such payment.  GoldMining granted the Vendor a 1% net smelter royalty with respect to the N1 and N2 claims upon commercial production.  The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, receipt of requisite approvals.  The parties currently expect closing to occur by the end of May 2018. 

Narrow Lake

Narrow Lake was part of the Morris Lake Project that was explored by Viking Gold Exploration Inc. from 2009 to 2010.  Exploration programs included geological mapping, rock and lake sediment geochemistry, geophysics (ground magnetic and electromagnetic surveys) and shallow diamond drilling (2,539 metres in 12 holes), which identified several conductors on strike with the Ormsby gold deposit. 

The Property has potential for both, bulk mineable gold mineralization as outlined at the Ormsby deposit, located approximately 300 metres to the northeast, and high-grade gold mineralization, as mined from underground at the Discovery Mine located 3 kilometres to the northeast.  The Ormsby deposit was the focus of extensive exploration by previous operators, including surface and underground drilling (120,760 metres), underground development (1,579 metres), bulk sampling and metallurgical testwork.  The Discovery Mine was in operation from 1949 to 1968 with estimated production of one million ounces of gold.  Reference to historical production at the Discovery Mine is for informational purposes only and is not indicative of the Companyꞌs potential future results at the YGP.  Future exploration programs would be designed to examine the potential for these styles of mineralization on the YGP and at Narrow Lake.

Shares for Debt

The Company has, through a subsidiary, entered into a debt settlement agreement and will issue 34,188 GOLD Shares in satisfaction of $40,000 of debt owed by the subsidiary to an arm’s length creditor, at a deemed price of $1.17 per GOLD Share.  Such GOLD Shares will be subject to a four month and one day hold period from the date of issuance.  The transaction will be completed on or about the date hereof upon receipt of TSX-V approval.

Qualified Person

Paulo Pereira, President of GoldMining Inc. has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.  Mr. Pereira holds a Bachelor degree in Geology from Universidade do Amazonas in Brazil, is a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

About GoldMining Inc.

GoldMining is a public mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of gold assets in the Americas.  Through its disciplined acquisition strategy, GoldMining now controls a diversified portfolio of resource-stage gold and gold-copper projects in Canada, U.S.A., Brazil, Colombia and Peru.  Additionally, GoldMining owns a 75% interest in the Rea Uranium Project, located in the Western Athabasca Basin of Alberta, Canada.

Forward-looking Statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of GoldMining with respect to its business and future events, including expectations and future plans respecting the completion of the acquisition of the Property and its projects.  Forward-looking statements are based on the then-current expectations, beliefs, assumptions, estimates and forecasts about the business and the markets in which GoldMining operates, including that the acquisition of the Property will complete as contemplated and that the conditions under the Agreement will be satisfied.  Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including: that the parties may not satisfy all of the conditions under the Agreement, the inherent risks involved in the exploration and development of mineral properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drill results and other exploration data, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with GoldMiningꞌs expectations, accidents, equipment breakdowns, title and permitting matters, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in operations, fluctuating metal prices, unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, including to fund any exploration programs on its projects, and that GoldMining may not be able to confirm historical exploration results.  These risks, as well as others, including those set forth in GoldMiningꞌs filings with Canadian securities regulators, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information.  There can be no assurance that forward-looking information, or the material factors or assumptions used to develop such forward looking information, will prove to be accurate.  GoldMining does not undertake any obligations to release publicly any revisions for updating any voluntary forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, nor its Regulation Services Providers (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

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Cypress Development Closing In On A World Class Sized Resource For Its Dean/Glory Lithium Project

After completing their drill program, Cypress Development (TSXV: CYP; OTC: CYDVF; FRA: C1Z1) is on track to deliver the maiden resource estimate for the Dean and Glory projects before the end of this month. The latest results, published on April 3, 2018, provided very strong showings for the northern part of the Glory project, likely adding more tonnage than expected here.  Intercepts included an intersection of 97 meters averaging 1,144 ppm Li in the final hole, GCH-6, along with intersections of 122.4 meters averaging 977 ppm Li in DCH-17 and 129.5 meters averaging 767 ppm Li in GCH-5. All three holes show consistency in encountered Li grade with the  previous 20 holes drilled on the Dean and Glory properties.

Below is a map of the drill collar locations for both Dean and Glory:

Mineralization starts almost from surface, as can be seen in this table of latest drill results:

Following this is a table of the highlights on Dean/Glory released at March 13, 2018, indicating great consistency in mineralization and low strip ratio:

These results are again completely in line with the earlier reported assays on Dean and Glory, and therefore increase my confidence in continuity, and therefore the chance on a substantial resource. According to management, all drill holes ended in mineralization, which averages at about 300ppm Li. Here is a table with all drill results of the completed drill program:

 

It will be clear that the Glory results can’t match the Dean results for thickness and/or grade except GCH-5 and GCH-6, but these ones are very close to the Dean property border so that’s probably no coincidence, and therefore Glory likely just represents a nice add-on to Dean.

To see where these results could lead to, I revised my earlier estimates on the two projects. Average grade and size actually slightly increased, but it appeared after talking to management that the specific density/gravity was lower than assumed by me in earlier updates, so the total tonnage comes in slightly lower as well, but still world class.

The Western Flank is estimated at 900 ppm Li average, 5,000m long, 750m wide and 70m thick, resulting in a 262.5M m3 envelope, using a gravity of 1.7t/m3 this time resulting in an envelope of 446.25Mt, containing a hypothetical 2.4Mt LCE.

The Higher Grade Zone is estimated at 1050 ppm Li average, 3,500m long, 1,000m wide and 80m thick, resulting in an envelope of 476Mt, containing a hypothetical 2.5Mt LCE.

For the Glory project I revised my estimate after the latest results, to an average grade of 800ppm Li, 1,000m long, 1,500m wide and 50m thick, resulting in an envelope of 127.5Mt, containing a hypothetical 0.55Mt LCE.

Adding it all up, I would arrive at a newly estimated target of 5.45Mt LCE. As my estimates are premature, my preferred target margins would be about 5-6Mt.

Again, as a reminder, examples of world class sized LCE deposits in each category are brine projects like Cauchari/Olaroz (Orocobre: 6.4Mt LCE, SQM/Lithium Americas 11.7Mt LCE), clay projects like Sonora (Bacanora: 7.2Mt LCE) or hard rock projects like Whabouchi (Nemaska: 4.06 Mt LCE).

It seems like the size of the Dean/Glory resource will be fine. In the mean time, the company is working hard to achieve a commercial extraction/recovery method, and according to management results are very promising. Recovery has been raised from 74% to 80% now, the temperature has been lowered from 80C to 50C and the amount of acid consumption has been brought down from 140-170kg per tonne of material to 100kg/t now, where 140-170kg/t was already considered a commercial figure. The next step will be focusing on the separation of lithium and contaminants, in order to produce a viable concentrate.

Cypress Development is working hard on the maiden resource estimate, scheduled to come out in a few weeks, and very shortly after that it will initiate work on a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA). The treasury currently contains about C$700k, and management estimates it needs about C$100k to complete the resource estimate, and C$250k for the PEA, so there is no need for a financing soon. This PEA is scheduled for completion in August or September of this year, which is earlier than I expected.

Management just did a first road show in the US for a group of retail investors, fund managers, brokers and analysts, and they received very positive feedback which bodes well for future financings. A subject that will undoubtedly help in this regard is the setting up of the OTCQB listing, which will be finished the next few weeks, and the company expects trading in the US to commence  before the end of April 2018.  

The upcoming maiden resource estimate will likely establish a world class sized resource, and will undoubtedly put it firmly on the radar of big players. If met work keeps delivering consistent results and achieves successful separation and commercial recovery on a commercial scale, the sky is the limit for Cypress Development. As I estimated in another update earlier on, a $500M-1B NPV for this resource size and grade isn’t unrealistic IF economic, however the current market cap is just C$13.57M. This could be an interesting summer.

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Disclaimer:

The author is not a registered investment advisor, and has a long position in this stock. Cypress Development is a sponsoring company. All facts are to be checked by the reader. For more information go to www.cypressdevelopmentcorp.com and read the company’s profile and official documents on www.sedar.com, also for important risk disclosures. This article is provided for information purposes only, and is not intended to be investment advice of any kind, and all readers are encouraged to do their own due diligence, and talk to their own licensed investment advisors prior to making any investment decisions.

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Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc: Quarterly Production Update (NYSE AMERICAN: CMCL; AIM: CMCL; TSX: CAL)

Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (“Caledonia” or the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozH0QqvFbJQ&t=2s ) announces quarterly gold production from the Blanket Mine (“Blanket”) in Zimbabwe for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 (“Q1 2018” or the “Quarter”).  All production numbers are expressed on a 100 per cent basis and are based on mine production data and are therefore subject to adjustment following final assay at the refiners.

Approximately 12,924 ounces of gold were produced during the Quarter, in line with production expectations for 2018. Caledonia maintains its 2018 full year production guidance of 55,000 ounces to 59,000 ounces and remains on track with progress towards its long-term target of 80,000 ounces by 2021.

Commenting on the production for Q1 2018, Steve Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Production in the first quarter of 2018 is consistent with the level achieved in the corresponding quarter of 2017 as Blanket remains on track to deliver its full year guidance of 55,000 to 59,000 ounces. Whilst production is in line with expectations our safety performance during the quarter was very disappointing as we announced during the quarter a fatal accident at Blanket. Caledonia remains fully committed to the safety of all our employees and I join with my colleagues and management in reaffirming our commitment to safe gold production.

“The sinking of the central shaft continues to progress according to plan and within budget, with the shaft currently at a depth of 990 metres. We look forward to commencing production from the central shaft in 2020 which is expected to deliver the Company’s growth plan to achieve 80,000 ounces by 2021.”

About Caledonia Mining

Caledonia’s primary asset is a 49% interest in an operating gold mine in Zimbabwe (“Blanket Mine”). Caledonia’s shares are listed on NYSE American (symbol: CMCL) and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: CAL) and depositary interests representing the shares are traded on London’s AIM (symbol: CMCL).

As at December 31, 2017, Caledonia had cash of approximately US$12.8m. Blanket Mine plans to increase production from 56,136 ounces of gold in 2017 to approximately 80,000 ounces by 2021; Blanket Mine’s target production for 2018 is 55,000 to 59,000 ounces. Caledonia expects to publish its results for the quarter to March 31, 2018 on or about May 14, 2018.

Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc
Mark Learmonth Tel: +44 1534 679 802
Maurice Mason  Tel: +44 759 078 1139

WH Ireland
Adrian Hadden/Ed Allsopp
Tel: +44 20 7220 1751

Blytheweigh
Tim Blythe/Camilla Horsfall/Megan Ray Tel: +44 207 138 3204

Swiss Resource Capital AG
Jochen Staiger
www.resource-capital.ch
info@resource-capital.ch

Note: This announcement contains inside information which is disclosed in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Information

Information and statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities legislation that involve risks and uncertainties relating, but not limited to Caledonia’s current expectations, intentions, plans, and beliefs.  Forward-looking information can often be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “goal”, “plan”, “target”, “intend”, “estimate”, “could”, “should”, “may” and “will” or the negative of these terms or similar words suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future events or performance. Examples of forward-looking information in this news release include: production guidance, estimates of future/targeted production rates, and our plans and timing regarding further exploration and drilling and development.  This forward-looking information is based, in part, on assumptions and factors that may change or prove to be incorrect, thus causing actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by forward-looking information.  Such factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to: failure to establish estimated resources and reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, success of future exploration and drilling programs, reliability of drilling, sampling and assay data, assumptions regarding the representativeness of mineralization being inaccurate, success of planned metallurgical test-work, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and other factors.

Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors should be aware that these statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited to: risks relating to estimates of mineral reserves and mineral resources proving to be inaccurate, fluctuations in gold price, risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, risks relating to the credit worthiness or financial condition of suppliers, refiners and other parties with whom the Company does business, inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks and hazards, employee relations, relationships with and claims by local communities and indigenous populations, political risk, availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining or maintaining necessary licenses and permits, diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves as mining occur,; global financial condition, the actual results of current exploration activities, changes to conclusions of economic evaluations, and changes in project parameters to deal with unanticipated economic or other factors, risks of increased capital and operating costs, environmental, safety or regulatory risks, expropriation, the Company’s title to properties including ownership thereof, increased competition in the mining industry for properties, equipment, qualified personnel and their costs, risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase and currency fluctuations.  Security holders, potential security holders and other prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur.  Caledonia undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.

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Aurania Defines Specific Epithermal Target- „Crunchy Hill“ -within the Latorre Area

Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU) (“Aurania” or the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loQK2aflD3Q&t=3s) is pleased to report that the source of the “vuggy silica” blocks – a known indicator of epithermal gold-silver systems –  has been found in the Latorre B area in the Lost Cities – Cutucu Project (the “Project”) in southeastern Ecuador.  The target has been renamed “Crunchy Hill”.  The Company is also pleased to report that further stream sediment sampling has approximately doubled the size of the Latorre A target.

To view the discovery of vuggy silica at Crunchy Hill as recorded on a field camera, click on the link below:

http://www.aurania.com/crunchy-hill-discovery/

CEO and Chairman, Dr. Keith Barron commented, “In our last press release on the Latorre area (see press release dated February 28, 2018), we mentioned that blocks of vuggy silica had been found in the Latorre B target area; we have now found the source of this key marker of epithermal systems.  The target was initially identified by only two stream sediment samples enriched in naturally-occurring arsenic, antimony, mercury, silver, selenium and thallium – which are all pathfinder elements for epithermal gold-silver systems.  Diligent follow-up of this small area of interest has led to the discovery of a 400-metre long ridge of vuggy silica – a sponge-textured rock composed of cavities within a web of residual silica – that is very commonly associated with epithermal systems.  Assays from rock-chip samples from outcrop at Crunchy Hill are pending and soil sampling for geochemical analysis is currently underway from a grid pattern over the ridge.  It is highly probable that Crunchy Hill will be our first drill target in the Lost Cities – Cutucu Project.” 

Crunchy Hill Target

Crunchy Hill, one of five targets within the larger Latorre area, was so-named because of the characteristic sound made underfoot as silica grains grind against each other in the clay-rich soil.  Intense vuggy silica occurs with banded chalcedonic silica veinlets along a northeast-trending ridgeline in a sequence of black shale, limestone and siltstone.  Heavy and porous iron gossan blocks occur with the vuggy silica, indicating that the system originally contained abundant sulphide minerals that have been weathered to iron oxide. 

Rock-chip samples of blocks of vuggy silica, gossan and hematite (iron oxide) breccia in the streams draining Crunchy Hill have returned assays of up to 10 grams per tonne (“g/t”) of silver, along with high levels of pathfinder elements such as naturally-occurring arsenic, antimony, mercury and thallium – volatile elements.  One rock-chip sample that returned 3g/t silver was extremely enriched in thallium (219g/t) and to some extent in mercury (2.2g/t).  The occurrence of silver, along with volatile elements, in rock-chip samples is encouraging for gold mineralization because it tends to precipitate over a wider area (above and adjacent to) the gold-bearing core of these systems. 

A second zone of vuggy silica with superimposed, banded chalcedonic silica, has been found one kilometre west of Crunchy Hill, while manganese oxide, along with adularia casts in banded chalcedonic silica veinlets, have been found in blocks in a stream approximately one kilometre north of Crunchy Hill.  The manganese oxide is suspected to have been weathered from manganese carbonate, rhodochrosite.  Both adularia and rhodochrosite are key indicator minerals at the Fruta del Norte (“FDN”) gold-silver deposit in Ecuador which is currently being developed by Lundin Gold.

Exploration Model at Crunchy Hill

The vuggy silica at Crunchy Hill is typical of high sulphidation epithermal systems such as Alto Chicama (Lagunas Norte Mine) in Peru, while the banded chalcedonic silica veinlets are more typical of intermediate or low sulphidation epithermal systems.  The FDN gold-silver deposit that lies 100 km along trend is a classic example of an intermediate sulphidation epithermal system.  The Company’s current exploration model for the Crunchy Hill target consists of a central high sulphidation epithermal system like Alto Chicama that grades outward into an intermediate sulphidation system similar to that in which the Fruta del Norte deposit occurs.

Soil sampling is currently underway over the Crunchy Hill target and initial results are expected in early May.  It is anticipated that geochemistry from the soil survey will define zones that are enriched in volatile elements and these are likely to represent specific targets for scout drilling.  A man-portable diamond drill rig has been reserved from a contract company for scout drilling in the latter half of the year.

Latorre A Target

Additional stream sediment sampling in the Latorre A target area has detected elevated concentrations of naturally-occurring arsenic and antimony over an area approximately twice the size of the original target area (Fig. 1) reported in the Company’s press release dated February 28, 2018.  The target now covers an area of approximately 6 square kilometres.

The next step in the Latorre A target area is more detailed geological review followed by soil sampling at regular intervals along the crests of ridges – so-called ridge and spur soil sampling.  This cost-effective approach should define specific targets within the large area of anomalous arsenic and antimony.  This more detailed exploration is expected to result in the definition of additional targets for scout drilling.

Technical Information

The technical information contained in this news release has been verified and approved by Jean-Paul Pallier, MSc., Aurania’s VP-Exploration.  Mr. Pallier is a designated EurGeol by the European Federation of Geologists and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators.

About Aurania

Aurania is a junior exploration mining company engaged in the identification, evaluation, acquisition and exploration of mineral property interests, with a focus on precious metals and copper.  Its flagship asset, The Lost Cities – Cutucu Project, is located in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range of southeastern Ecuador.

Information on Aurania and technical reports are available at www.aurania.com and www.sedar.com, as well as on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/auranialtd/, Twitter at  https://twitter.com/auranialtd, and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/aurania-resources-ltd-.

For further information, please contact:

Carolyn Muir

Manager – Corporate & Investor Services

Aurania Resources Ltd.

(416) 367-3200

carolyn.muir@aurania.com

Dr. Richard Spencer

President

Aurania Resources Ltd.

(416) 367-3200

richard.spencer@aurania.com

In Europe:

Swiss Resource Capital AG

Jochen Staiger

info@resource-capital.ch

www.resource-capital.ch

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information that involves substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, most of which are beyond the control of Aurania. Forward-looking statements include estimates and statements that describe Aurania’s future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that Aurania or its management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Forward-looking statements may be identified by such terms as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “estimates”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “will”, or “plan”. Since forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Although these statements are based on information currently available to Aurania, Aurania provides no assurance that actual results will meet management’s expectations. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, Aurania’s company’s objectives, goals or future plans, statements, exploration results, potential mineralization, the corporation’s portfolio, treasury, management team and enhanced capital markets profile, the estimation of mineral resources, exploration and mine development plans, timing of the commencement of operations and estimates of market conditions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, failure to identify mineral resources, failure to convert estimated mineral resources to reserves, the inability to complete a feasibility study which recommends a production decision, the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, regulatory, environmental or other project approvals, political risks, inability to fulfill the duty to accommodate indigenous peoples, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry, and those risks set out in Aurania’s public documents filed on SEDAR. Although Aurania believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Aurania disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

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