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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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

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

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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Osisko Closes Financing on Victoria Gold’s Eagle Gold Project

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (TSX & NYSE:OR) (“Osisko” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiYMIzhstxE&t=26s) is pleased to announce that it has completed the previously announced C$148 million financing transaction (the “Financing”) with Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX-V:VIT) (“Victoria”), pursuant to which Osisko acquired from Victoria a 5% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty (the “Royalty”) for C$98 million (the “Royalty Purchase”) on the Dublin Gulch property (the “Property”) which hosts the Eagle Gold project located in Yukon, Canada, and purchased from Victoria, on a private placement basis, 100 million common shares of Victoria at a price of C$0.50 per common share (the “Private Placement”).

Sean Roosen, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Osisko, commenting on the transaction, “The addition of the Eagle royalty strengthens our Canadian asset base and adds near-term Canadian gold to Osisko’s growth profile from a fully permitted, fully-financed and shovel-ready project located in Yukon, a premier mining jurisdiction. We are very pleased to partner with Victoria to develop Canada’s next premier gold mine, and to generate important benefits for all project stakeholders.”

The Royalty Purchase

As part of the transaction, Osisko has purchased a 5% NSR royalty on all metals and minerals produced from the Property, which includes the Eagle and Olive deposits, until an aggregate of 97,500 ounces of refined gold have been delivered to Osisko, and a 3% NSR royalty thereafter. The purchase price for the royalty is an aggregate of C$98 million, of which a first tranche of C$49 million was advanced as of the date hereof, and the second tranche of C$49 million will be funded pro rata to drawdowns under the subordinated debt component of the Orion debt facilities.

The Private Placement

As part of the Private Placement, Osisko has purchased 100 million common shares of Victoria at a price of C$0.50 per common share.

Immediately prior to the closing of the Private Placement, Osisko had beneficial ownership of, or control and direction over, 20,427,087 common shares of Victoria, representing approximately 4.0% of Victoria’s issued and outstanding common shares. Immediately following the closing of the Private Placement, Osisko owns beneficial ownership of, or control and direction over 120,427,087 common shares, representing approximately 15.7% of Victoria’s issued and outstanding common shares. All securities issued to Osisko under the Private Placement are subject to a four-month hold period from the date hereof, pursuant to applicable securities legislation. Additionally, in connection with the Financing, Osisko has obtained the right to nominate one of the members of Victoria’s board of directors.

Osisko acquired the common shares described in this press release for investment purposes and in accordance with applicable securities laws, Osisko may, from time to time and at any time, acquire additional shares and/or other equity, debt or other securities or instruments (collectively, “Securities”) of Victoria Gold in the open market or otherwise, and reserves the right to dispose of any or all of its Securities in the open market or otherwise at any time and from time to time, and to engage in similar transactions with respect to the Securities, the whole depending on market conditions, the business and prospects of Victoria and other relevant factors.

This news release is issued under the early warning provisions of the Canadian securities legislation. A copy of the early warning report to be filed by Osisko in connection with the Private Placement described above will be available on SEDAR under Victoria’s profile. To obtain a copy of the early warning report, you may also contact Vincent Metcalfe, Vice President, Investor Relations of Osisko at (514) 940-0670. Victoria’s head office is located at 80 Richmond St. West, Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2A4.

In connection with the Financing, Victoria has also entered into, as of the date hereof, definitive and binding agreements with an affiliate of Orion Mine Finance (“Orion”), pursuant to which Orion has agreed to provide debt facilities to Victoria, and has purchased from Victoria, on a private placement basis, 150 million common shares of Victoria at a price of C$0.50 per common share. Victoria has also entered into definitive agreements with Caterpillar Financial Services Limited with respect to a US$50 million equipment financing facility. All of such agreements were entered into with respect to a construction financing package totaling approximately C$505 million in aggregate (including the Financing) that is expected to fully fund the development of the Project through to commercial production.

The Dublin Gulch Property and the Eagle Gold Project

Victoria Gold’s 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property is situated in the central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 kilometres north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 kilometres from the village of Mayo. The Property is accessible by road year-round, and is located within Yukon Energy’s electrical grid.

The Property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometres, and is the site of Victoria’s Eagle Gold Deposit. The Eagle Gold mine is expected to be Yukon’s next operating gold mine and, between the Eagle and Olive deposits, include Proven and Probable Reserves of 2.7 million ounces of gold from 123 million tonnes of ore with a grade of 0.67 grams of gold per tonne, as outlined in a National Instrument 43-101 feasibility study. The NI 43-101 Mineral Resource for the Eagle and Olive deposits has been estimated to host 191 million tonnes averaging 0.65 grams of gold per tonne, containing 4.0 million ounces of gold in the “Measured and Indicated” category, inclusive of Proven and Probable Reserves, and a further 24 million tonnes averaging 0.61 grams of gold per tonne, containing 0.5 million ounces of gold in the “Inferred” category.

About Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd is an intermediate precious metal royalty company focused on the Americas that commenced activities in June 2014. Osisko holds a North American focused portfolio of over 130 royalties, streams and precious metal offtakes. Osisko’s portfolio is anchored by five cornerstone assets, including a 5% net smelter return royalty on the Canadian Malartic mine, which is the largest gold mine in Canada. Osisko also owns a portfolio of publicly held resource companies, including a 15.5% interest in Osisko Mining Inc., a 12.7% interest in Falco Resources Ltd. and a 32.6% interest in Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.

Osisko is a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Québec, with its head office located at 1100 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Suite 300, Montréal, Québec, H3B 2S2.

Forward-Looking Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian Securities Laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, the “forward-looking statements”). All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address future events, developments or performance that Osisko expects to occur including management’s expectations regarding Osisko’s growth, results of operations, estimated future revenues, requirements for additional capital, mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, production estimates, production costs and revenue, future demand for and prices of commodities, business prospects and opportunities are forward-looking statements. In addition, statements (including data in tables) relating to reserves and resources and gold equivalent ounces are forward-looking statements, as they involve implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, and no assurance can be given that the estimates will be realized. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential”, “scheduled” and similar expressions or variations (Including negative variations), or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur including, without limitation, the performance of the assets of Osisko, the realization of the anticipated benefits deriving from its investments and the transaction with Victoria. Although Osisko believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors and are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may accordingly differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, without limitation: fluctuations in the prices of the commodities that drive royalties held by Osisko (gold and silver); fluctuations in the value of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar; regulatory changes in national and local government, including permitting and licensing regimes and taxation policies; regulations and political or economic developments in any of the countries where properties in which Osisko holds a royalty or other interest are located or through which they are held; risks related to the operators of the properties in which Osisko holds a royalty, influence of macroeconomic developments; business opportunities that become available to, or are pursued by Osisko; continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions; litigation; title, permit or license disputes related to interests on any of the properties in which Osisko holds a royalty or other interest; development, permitting, infrastructure, operating or technical difficulties, delays or adverse climatic conditions on any of the properties in which Osisko holds a royalty or other interest; rate and timing of production differences from resource estimates or production forecasts by operators of properties in which Osisko holds a royalty or other interest; risks and hazards associated with the business of exploring, development and mining on any of the properties in which Osisko holds a royalty or other interest, including, but not limited to unusual or unexpected geological and metallurgical conditions, slope failures or cave-ins, flooding and other natural disasters or civil unrest or other uninsured risks. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including, without limitation: the ongoing operation of the properties in which Osisko holds a royalty or other interest by the owners or operators of such properties in a manner consistent with past practice; the accuracy of public statements and disclosures made by the owners or operators of such underlying properties; no material adverse change in the market price of the commodities that underlie the asset portfolio; no adverse development in respect of any significant property in which Osisko holds a royalty, stream or other interest; the accuracy of publicly disclosed expectations for the development of underlying properties that are not yet in production; and the absence of any other factors that could cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.

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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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Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc – Caledonia declares quarterly dividend of 6.875 cents per share (NYSE AMERICAN: CMCL, AIM: CMCL; TSX: CAL)

Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (“Caledonia” or the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aQP-cMNrOI&t=10s) today announces that its board of directors has declared a dividend of six and seven eighths United States cents (US$0.06875) on each of the Company’s common shares.

The relevant dates relating to the dividend are as follows:

  • Ex-dividend date: April 12, 2018
  • Record date: April 13, 2018
  • Dividend cheque mailing date: April 27, 2018

Shareholders and depositary interest holders in Canada and the UK will be paid in Canadian Dollars and Sterling respectively.  The Canadian Dollar and Sterling dividend payments will be calculated using the relevant Bank of Canada exchange rates on the record date. 

Steve Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Caledonia maintains its 6.875 cents per share quarterly dividend following a year of strong cash generation in 2017 during which Blanket Mine was able to support both the significant capital investment in the Central Shaft project and dividend payments to its shareholders.

“The business continues its strategic investment in the Central Shaft project, having announced towards the end of last year a significant further increase in Blanket Mine’s resource base and consequently a planned deepening of the Central Shaft in order to access these resources. The Central Shaft has approximately two years of significant capital investment in 2018 and 2019 remaining after which it is expected to be in production in 2020 when the business is anticipated to see a period of substantially increased free cash flow as capital investment declines.

Caledonia is targeting production of between 55,000 and 59,000 ounces of gold in 2018 as it continues to make progress towards its goal of 80,000 ounces per year by 2021 upon completion of the Central Shaft.”

Caledonia’s Dividend Policy

Caledonia’s strategy to maximise shareholder value includes a quarterly dividend policy which the board of directors adopted in 2014.

It is expected that the current dividend of twenty-seven and a half United States cents per annum, paid in equal quarterly instalments, will be maintained. 

Effect of the re-domicile from Canada to Jersey, Channel Islands

Following the re-domicile of the Company from Canada to Jersey with effect from March 19, 2016, the dividend is no longer subject to Canadian withholding tax and it is no longer eligible for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

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.

For further information please contact:

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                                                 
info@resource-capital.ch
www.resource-capital.ch

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, 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 and delays in the development of projects.

Shareholders, potential shareholders 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 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 and risks relating to the uncertainty of timing of events including targeted production rate increase.  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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First Cobalt Identifies Potential 100 Metre Zone from First Assays in Cobalt North

First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC, ASX: FCC, OTCQB: FTSSF) (the “Company” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY4qXCoWstE&t=3s) is pleased to announce positive assay results from the first drill holes from near the Kerr Mine in the Cobalt North area of the Cobalt Camp in Ontario, Canada. Results from these holes indicate a potential zone of cobalt mineralization that can be tracked across more than 100 metres.

Highlights

  • Two holes, collared over 160m apart, intersected cobalt mineralization considered to be continuous based on oriented core measurements
    • 41m of 0.15% Co and 44 g/t Ag including 0.75% Co and 126 g/t Ag over 0.30m in FCC-18-0023
    • 00m of 0.32% Co and 208 g/t Ag including 3.81% Co and 1,225 g/t Ag over 0.32m in FCC-18-0021
  • Three additional holes have been logged, assays are now pending, and have been interpreted to indicate a possible system that can be tracked across a zone covering more than 100m
  • Significant copper, lead and zinc also intersected indicating a broad mineralized zone more easily targeted for follow-up drilling than individual veins

Trent Mell, President & Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Cobalt North showed significant promise during the 2017 surface sampling and mapping work. These initial results confirm some of the early ideas we have for the structural setting for this area that make it highly prospective. Indications of both disseminated and vein styles of mineralization across a network for more than 100 metres make this an attractive target for a future bulk tonnage operation. With zones of mineralization now identified in Cobalt South and Cobalt North, we are seeing multiple opportunities in the Cobalt Camp for future primary cobalt sources to supply the North American battery market.”

Results have been received from the first two holes in the Kerr Lake area drill program in Cobalt North identifying a new mineralized zone (Figure 1). Cobalt and silver occur as minerals within both quartz and calcite veins, as well as disseminated in the wallrock. Assays from FCC-18-0023 returned 10.41m of 0.15% Co and 44 g/t Ag, including 0.30m of 0.75% Co and 126 g/t Ag, from approximately 50m below surface. Hole FCC-18-0023 was collared over 160m to the southwest of FCC-18-0021 and intersected mineralization of 2.00m of 0.32% Co and 208 g/t Ag, including 3.81% Co and 1,225 g/t Ag over 0.32m.

Mineralization is interpreted as continuous between these two holes based on core orientation measurements. Both holes were drilled using core orientation tools to accurately measure the strike and dip of veins, lithological contacts and other structures. Individual veins at various orientations have been intersected but the general trend of veining is eastward. An additional three holes have been drilled in between and along strike of the major veining trend with assays now pending. Logging of these holes indicates a potential network of mineralization
across more than 100m.

Figure 1. Bedrock geology and location of drilling stations. Silver-cobalt veins are compiled from historic maps and locations should not be considered exact.

In hole FCC-18-0021, anomalous zinc (>0.4%) occurs as a broad zone, from 64.85 to 73.00m, as a halo around the cobalt-silver mineralization. The occurrence of copper, zinc and lead coincident in both holes with cobalt and silver represents multiple stages of fluids carrying metals that have concentrated along a conduit as a broad zone of mineralization. This broad zone is interpreted to have developed along the limb of an antiform, folding both the Huronian sedimentary rocks and the underlying Archean volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The Nipissing Diabase is also folded along this antiform. The contrast in competency between the Diabase and the surrounding rocks may have allowed this broad mineralization zone to develop. The extensive vein network mined at the Lawson, Kerr, Drummond mines and beneath Kerr Lake is interpreted to comprise the other limb of the antiform, making the geologic setting of this entire area prospective for cobalt-silver and copper-zinc-lead mineralization.

 

Drilling lengths are as recorded downhole and do not necessarily represent true widths of mineralization as multiple vein orientations have been intersected.

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

Historic mining was prolific from several underground operations at Drummond, Kerr, Lawson, Hargrave and Conisil. Mining began in 1905 and the most recent mining occurred at Conisil between 1961 to 1965. Over 37 million ounces silver and more than 900,000 pounds cobalt were produced from these mines. Historic mining in the immediate area of drilling focused on north-south trending veins. Modelling by First Cobalt of historic drilling and regional structural interpretations revealed an eastward trending structure parallel to the main trend of folding. Drill holes were then targeted on this interpreted structural zone where host rocks are folded and locally faulted. The lack of underground mining along this eastward trend may reflect the cobalt-rich content of mineralization.

Cobalt North

First Cobalt’s properties in the Cobalt North area include the past-producing Drummond, Kerr, Silver Banner, Juno, Silverfields, Hamilton, Ophir, Lawson and Conisil mines. Cobalt has not previously been an exploration focus in this area although limited exploration activities in the 1970’s and 1980’s around Kerr Lake focused on Cu-Zn-Pb mineralization within the Archean rocks. Cobalt had not been assayed previously, so the potential for an extensive polymetallic mineralization system remains to be explored.

The 2018 Cobalt North drill program consists of 17,000 metres with 3,500 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 SGS Canada in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. No QA/QC issues have been noted. SGS has used a sodium-peroxide fusion and ICP finish for analyses on all samples. Over-range (>1%) Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, and Pb are determined by a separate fusion and ICP finish. High silver values (>1000 g/t) are determined by gravimetric separation and fire assay 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 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, the Company proposed a friendly, all-share acquisition of US Cobalt Inc. for its Iron Creek Project in Idaho, U.S. The transaction remains subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. This transaction is intended to further enhance First Cobalt’s position as a leading pure-play North American cobalt company.

On behalf of First Cobalt Corp.

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Fission Increases Indicated Resource; Doubles Inferred Resource

FISSION URANIUM CORP. ("Fission" or "the Company"http://www.commoditytv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298148 ) is pleased to announce the results of an updated independent resource estimate for the Triple R deposit, which now includes the R1515W, R840W, R00E, R780E and R1620E zones at its 100% owned, award-winning Patterson Lake South (PLS) property in Canada’s Athabasca Basin region. The updated resource represents a 95% increase in pounds U3O8 classified as Inferred and an 8% increase in pounds U3O8 classified as Indicated as compared to the previous Mineral Resource dated July 28, 2015. The increase in resource classified as Indicated is primarily due to infill drilling on the R780E zone, while the increase in resource classified as Inferred is primarily due to the discovery and delineation of the R1620E, R840W, and R1515W zones. This significant increase to the overall resource, has been achieved with prudent spending during the last three years of low uranium prices.

The Triple R deposit is now estimated to contain:
– 87,760,000 pounds U3O8 Indicated Mineral Resource based on 2,186,000 tonnes at an average grade of 1.82% U3O8, including:
o R780E high-grade zone of 48,246,000 pounds U3O8 based on 119,000 tonnes at a grade of 18.39% U3O8
– 52,850,000 pounds U3O8 Inferred Mineral Resource based on 1,331,000 tonnes at an average grade of 1.80% U3O8, including:
o R780E high-grade zone of 14,710,000 pounds U3O8 based on 32,000 tonnes at a grade of 20.85% U3O8

* Mineral Resources are reported within a preliminary open pit design at a cut-off grade of 0.15% U3O8 and 0.3% for resources outside the pit that are potentially mined by underground methods. The R1620E, R840W and R1515W zones are evaluated as underground at this time.

Ongoing ‚Triple R‘ Resource Growth and Exploration in 2018: Fission is already targeting further growth of the R1515W zone in the current winter 2018 program and expects to continue exploration and resource growth in subsequent programs. Additionally, the 2018 winter drill program is focussing on geotechnical data gathering, and infill drilling in the R780E zones as part of the Pre-Feasibility Study "PFS" related work. There will be another update to the resource model after the 2018 drilling program, and that model will be used for the PFS work. Resource updates will be fully documented along with PFS results.

Triple R is the Most Significant Large Near-Surface, High-Grade, Undeveloped Uranium Deposit in Athabasca Region: This resource estimate reaffirms Fission’s Triple R deposit as an elite deposit in a group of high-grade uranium deposits of the Athabasca Basin region.

Increased Size of Gold Resource: Gold mineralization occurs within all of the zones of the Triple R deposit. The current resource estimate shows an increase in both the indicated and inferred category:
– 39,200 ounces Au Indicated Mineral Resource based on 2,186,000 tonnes of mineralization at an average grade of 0.56 g/t Au
– 24,000 ounces Au Inferred Mineral Resource based on 1,331,000 tonnes of mineralization at an average grade of 0.56 g/t Au

* Prior to compositing, gold assays were cut to 10 g/t for all domains, and to 5 g/t outside the resource domain wireframes.

Key Highlights
Value Added in Conjunction with Minimal Expenditures: Fission has successfully added significantly to the overall resource, while at the same time being mindful of shareholder value and uranium sector market conditions, including low uranium prices, by being prudent in spending during the last three years
Deposit contained entirely in Basement Lithology
Continued, Strong Growth Potential: The Patterson Lake Corridor mineralized trend is open along strike and at depth. The current winter 2018 program is, in part, focusing on further growth of the R1515W zone.

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

"Our high-grade, near-surface, basement lithology-hosted deposit, in the world’s premier high-grade uranium district, now has an Indicated Resource estimate of 87,760,000 pounds U3O8, plus 52,850,000 pounds U3O8 in the Inferred category. We are also very pleased with the increased gold mineralization, which has the potential to enhance the economics of the deposit. With the deposit open in multiple directions, there is superb potential for continued growth. This is particularly the case for the R1515W zone, which is a high-priority focus in our current winter exploration program. Overall, this new resource estimate is a strong milestone as we continue towards pre-feasibility."

Resource Estimation Methodology

The updated Mineral Resource estimate, reported herein, was completed by RPA Inc. (RPA) – a recognized independent consulting firm with significant resource estimation experience in high-grade Athabasca uranium deposits. For the updated Mineral Resource estimate, RPA used data collected from multiple diamond drilling campaigns completed during the last five years, including a total of 189,000 metres of drilling in 605 drill holes available as of January 4, 2018, which includes all drilling on the property up to hole PLS17-568. Estimated block model grades are based on chemical assays only. Mineral Resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.15% U3O8 within the pit design used in the 2015 PEA and at a cut-off grade of 0.30% U3O8 outside of the pit design for resources potentially accessed from underground mining methods. Mineral Reserves have not yet have been estimated at the project.

A set of cross-sections and level plans were interpreted to construct three-dimensional wireframe models for the mineralized zones at a minimum grade of 0.05% U3O8.

Wireframes of the High Grade domain were created at a minimum grade of approximately 5% U3O8. The High Grade domain consists of one lens in the R840W Zone and seven lenses within the R780E Main Zone, the largest continuous zone within the Triple R deposit area. Prior to compositing to two metre lengths, high U3O8 assays were cut to 55% in the R780E High Grade domain, 35% in the R840W High Grade domain, 20% in the R840W Low Grade domain, 10% U3O8 in all other domains, and to 7% U3O8 outside the resource domain wireframes, designated as Low Grade Halo. Prior to compositing, Gold assays were cut to 10 g/t for all domains, and to 5 g/t outside the resource domain wireframes.

Block model grades were interpolated by inverse distance cubed (ID3). Density values were estimated from more than 2,000 measurements to be: 2.25 t/m3 for the R00E Zone, 2.32 t/m3 for the Main Zone and other zones in the R780E area, 2.35 t/m3 for the High Grade Zone, and 2.39 t/m3 for the Low Grade Halo. Classification into the Indicated and Inferred categories was guided by the drill hole spacing and the continuity of the mineralized zones.

The updated resource estimate represents an 8% increase in pounds U3O8 classified as Indicated, and a 95% increase in pounds U3O8 classified as Inferred as compared to the previous Mineral Resource dated July 28, 2015. The increase in resource classified as Indicated is primarily due to infill drilling while the increase in resource classified as Inferred is primarily due to the discovery and delineation of zones R1620E, R840W, and R1515W.

Updated maps and files can be found on the Company’s website at https://fissionuranium.com/project/triple-r-deposit/overview/.

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, where mineralization both to the west and east is open. 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, currently under active exploration and development.

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.

The Mineral Resource estimate was prepared by Mr. Mark Mathisen, C.P.G., Principal Geologist at RPA, who read and approved the related disclosure about the Mineral Resources in this press release. Mr. Mathisen is an independent Qualified Person in accordance with the requirements of NI 43-101.

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."

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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Maple Gold updates Douay Resource Estimate containing more ounces

Maple Gold Mines Ltd. (“Maple Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MGM, OTCQB: MGMLF; Frankfurt: M3G – http://www.commodity-tv.net/… ) is pleased to announce an updated Mineral Resource Estimate (the “updated estimate”) for the Company’s Douay Gold Project (“Douay”), as prepared by Micon International Limited (“Micon”). The updated estimate includes additional drilling and assays from work completed during 2017 (see press release January 25, 2018), with updated block model wireframes, modified search ellipses and modified geologic interpretations, all of which targeted a more refined and constrained model.

The updated estimate successfully converts a significant proportion of Inferred Resources to the Indicated Resource category, which were absent from the 2017 Micon estimate. Mineral Resources at Douay are now estimated as 9,383,000 tonnes grading 1.59 g/t Au (0.48 million ounces) in the Indicated category, plus 84,152,000 tonnes grading 1.02 g/t Au (2.76 million ounces) in the Inferred category, using a 0.45 g/t cut-off grade (updated base-case) as highlighted below:
Table 1: Douay Gold Project Pit-Constrained Indicated & Inferred Resource Summary (Base-case)
CUT-OFF GRADE
(G/T AU) CATEGORY TONNES GOLD GRADE
(G/T) CONTAINED GOLD
(OUNCES)
0.45 INDICATED 9,383,000 1.59 479,000
INFERRED 84,152,000 1.02 2,759,000
*See Table 2 for additional cut-off grades & see disclosure notes appended to this press release

At a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off (same as Micon 2017), the updated 2018 estimate shows increased average grade of Inferred Resources (1.09 versus 1.05 g/t Au), increased level of confidence (addition of 467,000 contained ounces in the Indicated category) and increased contained ounces compared to the previous estimate (see Table 2 below). However, using a 0.45 g/t cut-off grade is currently believed to be the most optimal for currently contemplated conceptual pit-scenarios, and therefore has been selected as the base-case for the updated estimate. The Company will continue examining different scenarios as part of the ongoing evaluation process as new data is added and geological and economic models are updated.

Indicated Resources are present in the more closely drilled Douay West Zone (3,693,000 tonnes at 2.47 g/t Au, 294,000 ounces), and there are also four such areas within the Porphyry Zone (5,690,000 tonnes at 1.01 g/t Au, 185,000 ounces). The Indicated and Inferred Resources at various cut-off grades are summarized below in Table 2 below.

Maple Gold’s President & CEO, Matthew Hornor, stated: “We are pleased to enter the winter drilling season with an updated resource base that improves on the previous estimate in multiple ways, including a material increase in the number of contained ounces and upgrading a portion of the previously reported inferred resource to indicated resources of more than 450,000 ounces. We expect additional drill rigs to arrive at site very shortly and look forward to testing further infill, step-out and new discovery targets this winter.”
Table 2: Douay Gold Project Pit-Constrained Indicated & Inferred Resource Summary (Various Cut-Off Grades)
CUT-OFF GRADE
(G/T AU) CATEGORY TONNES GOLD GRADE
(G/T) CONTAINED GOLD
(OUNCES)
0.50* INDICATED 8,615,000 1.69 467,000
INFERRED 74,286,000 1.09 2,610,000
0.45** INDICATED 9,383,000 1.59 479,000
INFERRED 84,152,000 1.02 2,759,000
0.40 INDICATED 10,162,000 1.50 489,000
INFERRED 95,388,000 0.95 2,914,000
0.30 INDICATED 12,046,000 1.32 510,000
INFERRED 124,278,000 0.81 3,235,000
*For Comparison purposes: Micon 2017 estimate was all Inferred Resources of 83,327,000 tonnes grading 1.05 g/t Au for 2,813,000 contained ounces, using a 0.50 g/t cut-off grade. **Base-case. See disclosure notes appended to this press release.

The modelling changes, additional drilling and assay data, and updated interpretations have variably impacted contained ounces at each of the zones at Douay. A number of the zones appear to be merging into a larger unified system and a portion of the Company’s current and future drilling campaigns will continue to test targets that support this thesis. Figure 1 highlights the updated resource areas and conceptual pit shells.

Figure 1: Plan view of Micon 2018 Resource Areas
For comparison purposes, click here to view the conceptual pit-constrained plan view used in the Micon 2017 resource estimate.
Further information about assumptions, parameters, methods and risks in respect of the updated estimate will be available in a NI 43-101 technical report filed by Maple Gold on Sedar within 45 days following the date of this press release.
Notes:

1. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Micon does not believe that mineral resources estimate is materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues.
2. The quantity and grade reported includes both indicated and inferred resources for the Douay West and Porphyry zones and inferred resources for the remaining zones in the deposit. The inferred resources in this estimation are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration data to define these resources as an indicated category and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an Indicated mineral resource category. There are no measured resources currently for the mineral zones comprising the Douay Project.
3. The mineral resource estimate has been prepared without reference to surface rights or the presence of overlying public infrastructure.
4. Figures may not total due to rounding.
5. A gold price of US $1,400 per ounce was used for the purposes of demonstrating economics.
6. The mineralized envelopes were re-modelled in GEMS at 0.3 g/t Au cut-off assuming an anastomosing style of mineralization with some inclusion of lower grade material for modelling purposes.
7. Although the Douay West, Porphyry Zones were able to produce supporting variograms, all zones within the entire deposit were estimated using Inverse Distance Cubed.
8. Search ellipses range from 50 m to 300 m using 3 passes to fill the model. The search ellipses were also optimized to reflect the anastomosing nature and different directions and dips within the mineralized zones.
9. Block size of 10 m x 2 m x 5 m was used.
10. The effective date of the mineral resource estimate is February 9, 2018.

Qualified Persons
The scientific and technical data contained in this press release was reviewed and prepared under the supervision of Fred Speidel, M. Sc., P. Geo., Vice-President Exploration, of Maple Gold Mines. The technical contents of this press release have also been reviewed and approved by Mr. William Lewis, B.Sc., P. Geo., of Micon, who is independent of Maple Gold and who is responsible for the Updated Pit-Constrained Mineral Resource Estimate. Both individuals are Qualified Persons under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Micon International Limited
Micon International Limited (Micon), mineral industry consultants, is an independent firm of senior geological, mining, metallurgical and environmental consultants. The firm operates from integrated offices in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada and Norwich and Cornwall, United Kingdom. The professionals of Micon have extensive experience in the mining industry with both mining companies and leading consultancy firms.

About Maple Gold

Maple Gold is a well-funded gold exploration company focused on advancing a district-scale gold project in one of the world’s premier mining jurisdictions. The Company’s 370 km² Douay Gold Project is located along the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone within the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt in northern Quebec, Canada. The Project has an established gold resource that remains open in multiple directions, with excellent infrastructure and several large scale operating mines within this prolific mining district. Maple Gold has a significant drill campaign under way to expand on the known Resource Areas and test new discovery targets within the Company’s 55 km of strike along the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone. For more information, please visit www.maplegoldmines.com.

ON BEHALF OF MAPLE GOLD MINES LTD.

“Matthew Hornor”

B. Matthew Hornor, President & CEO

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Mr. Joness Lang
VP, Corporate Development
Office: +1 416.306.8124
Email: jlang@maplegoldmines.com

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 PRESS RELEASE.

Forward Looking Statements:
This news release contains “forward-looking information" and “forward-looking statements” (collectively referred to as “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation in Canada. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, uncertainties and management’s best estimate of future events. Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company’s expectations and projections. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the mineral resource estimate, including statements regarding contained ounces, optimal cut-off grade and average gold grade, as well as statements regarding upcoming exploration programs. When used herein, words such as “anticipate”, “will”, “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain estimates, expectations, analysis and opinions that management believed reasonable at the time they were made or in certain cases, on third party expert opinions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, and uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual events, results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, refer to Maple Gold Mines Ltd.’s filings with Canadian securities regulators available on www.sedar.com or the Company’s website at www.maplegoldmines.com. The Company does not intend, and expressly disclaims 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 required by law.

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Goldmining issues letter to shareholders and reports on company plans for 2018

GoldMining Inc. (the "Company" or "GoldMining") (TSX-V: GOLD; OTCQX: GLDLF – https://www.youtube.com/…) today issued a Letter to Shareholders regarding the Company’s plans and outlook for 2018. The full report from the Company’s Chairman, Amir Adnani, follows.

Dear Shareholder,
First, I want to thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts over the last 12-months, which led to a significant expansion of our project portfolio. With three acquisitions of gold and gold-copper resource stage projects in 2017 – the La Mina Gold-Copper Project ("La Mina") in Colombia, the Yellowknife Gold Project ("YGP") in Canada and the Crucero Gold Project ("Crucero") in Peru – it was a very busy and exciting year for our Company.

Since our first acquisition in 2012, our efforts to consolidate assets have now placed us in the top tier of junior mining companies with respect to the amount of global gold resources. GoldMining’s global resources have grown to 9.5 million ounces gold (12.4 million ounces gold equivalent) in the measured and indicated categories and 11.7 million ounces gold (14.2 million ounces gold equivalent) in the inferred category. The table at the end of this letter provides additional details on our resources, including grades, gold-equivalents and tonnages for each of our projects.

With no debt, strong treasury and disciplined cost structure, we are ideally positioned for value realization, with the flexibility to aggressively advance our existing projects with resource expansion and development activities in the event the price of gold makes a clear breakout in 2018.

For now, despite the gold price showing signs of improvement – from US$1,158/ounce at the start of 2017 to over US$1,300 today – we continue to identify and actively assess numerous opportunities for accretive acquisitions.

In 2018, we plan to continue creating value for shareholders and believe we have the means, assets and opportunities to do so.

Building a large and diversified resource base in the Americas Expansion in Colombia

With the acquisition of the La Mina and Titiribi Gold-Copper Project ("Titiribi") in Colombia, we have consolidated a significant land package with gold-copper resources and multiple drill-targets for future exploration. La Mina and Titiribi are only 6 kilometres apart, are situated within the Mid Cauca Belt, one of the most prospective and under-explored gold belts in the world. In addition to the already defined gold and copper resource at La Mina, the project hosts several under-explored porphyry targets that we believe offer excellent opportunities for new discoveries in a region with excellent infrastructure.

Targets such as La Garrucha, that saw some of the longest and highest-grade gold and copper intersections before drilling was suspended in 2013 due to lack of funding by the previous owner, will be evaluated to determine the amount of additional drilling required to complete a maiden resource estimate. Several other geophysical and geochemical anomalies are untested by drilling, but clearly there is good potential to identify additional areas of gold-copper mineralization on the property.
Entry into Canada and Peru

Canadaꞌs Northwest Territories is an exciting and under-explored region of Canada with geopolitical stability. With two acquisitions in this region, we’ve consolidated over 11,000 hectares that comprise the Yellowknife Gold Project ("YGP"). The YGP is an advanced-stage gold project covering over 30 kilometres of the Yellowknife Greenstone Belt, which historically produced more than 15 million ounces of gold from the Con, Giant and Discovery Mines. The Discovery Mine, located on the YGP land package, historically produced over 1 million ounces of gold from high-grade ore from 1950 to 1969. Historic production is not necessarily indicative of potential future results and is referenced for information purposes only.

The YGP has been the focus of extensive historical work including drilling (231,609 metres in 1,061 holes), underground development at two deposits (2,400 metres), bulk sampling, and metallurgical test work. The potential to expand the existing resource base and identify new areas of gold mineralization is considered high by our technical team.

Our focus in 2018 will be to compile and review the existing extensive database to gain a better understanding of the potential of the Yellowknife Greenstone Belt covered by our project. An independent engineering group will be engaged to complete a technical report, including the completion of resource estimates, for several of the deposits that have been identified on the project.

We started 2018 by announcing our latest resource estimate on the Crucero Gold Project ("Crucero") in southeastern Peru, which we acquired in late 2017. Crucero is situated in a favourable mining jurisdiction with a pit-constrained resource and several nearby exploration targets. Our geologists are excited about the potential to expand the existing near surface gold mineralization at the A1 deposit and test several of the nearby targets.

Technical Team to Support Growing Portfolio

GoldMining’s technical team was strengthened with appointments of Dr. Ross Sherlock, Dr. Paul Zweng and Mr. Curtis Clark to its Technical Advisory Board. Collectively, they bring decades of exploration, development, production and financial experience to provide insight and guidance towards GoldMining’s portfolio of resource-stage projects and to help identify new opportunities for potential acquisition.

With an expanding portfolio in new jurisdictions, we will continue to consider additional key personnel to provide necessary in-country expertise to manage the technical, stakeholder, environmental, and permitting programs in order to keep our properties in good standing with local communities and government agencies.

Analyst Coverage
GoldMining is covered by several mining analysts, including Rodman & Renshaw (a unit of H.C. Wainwright & Co.), Roth Capital Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald. It is our intention to attend a number of investor conferences in 2018 and look forward to meeting current shareholders during these opportunities.

Thank you again for your ongoing support. We welcome your additional participation in the Company. Please call us at 1-855-630-1001, or email info@goldmining.com with any comments. Visit www.goldmining.com or follow us on Twitter @GoldMiningInc to learn more about the Company and to register for upcoming news. We look forward to sharing further developments with shareholders through another exciting year in 2018.

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.

Qualified Person
Paulo Pereira, President of GoldMining Inc. has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Pereira holds a Bachelors 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.
For additional information, please contact:
GoldMining Inc.
Amir Adnani, Chairman
Garnet Dawson, CEO
Telephone: (855) 630-1001
Email: info@goldmining.com

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 Company, future work programs and the exploration potential of 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 GoldMining will confirm historical exploration results and historical resource estimates. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including: 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 the Project, and that GoldMining may not be able to confirm historical exploration results for its projects. 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 their 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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