VANCOUVER, BC - Maritime Resources Corp. (MAE-TSX Venture, "Maritime" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has concluded an Option to Purchase Agreement with Inomin Mines Inc. to earn a 100% interest in the King's Point property. The claims cover geological extensions to the Company's Hammerdown Gold deposit that host a number of high grade gold veins and base metal occurrences.
The King's Point property ("King's Point Property") is made up of two separate claim blocks consisting of a total of 129 claim units covering over 3,225 hectares. (see map below)
The northern claim block is located within only 2 km of the Hammerdown Gold Deposit. This property covers known extensions of the gold bearing deformation zone that host the Hammerdown and Orion deposits including several narrow gold vein intercepts within the Golden Anchor prospect. These veins are similar to the Hammerdown veins with historic samples assaying up to 3 gm/t gold and have never been followed up.
Additionally, the zinc-silver rich VMS horizon hosting Maritimes Lochinvar base-precious metal deposit that continues to the northeast over the property boundary onto our new King's Point Property. Assay values in some historic drilling have intersected up to 1 metre widths with grades over 10oz/T silver with 2-3% zinc. Further to the northeast, the King's Point property covers the old Rendell Jackman mine which was mined 1906-1909 and has excellent potential for further copper-gold mineralization.
As well, on the northeast claim block, previous explorers discovered the Beetle Pond Prospect where diamond drilling reported zinc rich semi-massive to massive stringer style mineralization hosted in highly altered felsic volcanics of the Catchers Pond Group. The Catchers Pond Group is host to several "Buchan's Style" VMS exploration targets, as well as, the Lochinvar zinc rich deposit located on Maritime Resources Mining Lease to the west.
The southern claim block is also underlain by the Catchers Pond Group which is host to several Lochinvar style zinc and copper rich (+/-Ag and Au) prospects. Previous limited drilling had encountered numerous intersections of narrow massive sulphides and broad base metal rich, stringer style mineralization in large hydrothermal alteration haloes. These have not been tested in detail.
Doug Fulcher, President and CEO of Maritime commented:
"We are extremely pleased to have acquired this package of claims through our agreement with Inomin Mines Inc. With the known historical mineral occurrences on the King's Point ground it adds to the overall potential of expanding our Hammerdown gold asset beyond the 4000 metre deformation zone that extends to the east onto the Golden Anchor prospect. It will be our intention to continue exploration at the King's Point Property while the development of Hammerdown is underway.
Terms of the Agreement
Under the terms of the agreement Maritime will earn 100% interest in the Inomin property over a 3-year period by spending $600,000 in exploration ($75,000 in year one), make cash payments totaling $300,000 and issue 2.0 million shares of Maritime in accordance with the following schedule:
- Upon signing pay $25,000 and 500,000 shares;
- Year one anniversary -- $50,000 and 500,000 shares and $75,000 work commitment;
- Year two anniversary -- $100,000 and 500,000 shares and $150,000 work commitment;
- Year three anniversary -- $125,000 and 500,000 shares and $375,000 work commitment;
- 1.0 % NSR of which 100% can be purchased for $500,000
- The project also has an underlying NSR of 2.5% of which 1.5% can be purchased for $1,000,000
ABOUT MARITIME RESOURCES CORP:
Maritime Resources holds 100% of the Green Bay Property, located near Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador. The property hosts the past producing Hammerdown gold mine and the Orion gold deposit separated by a 1.5 km distance, as well as the Lochinvar base metals/precious metals deposit. Maritime announced a Prefeasibility Study (March 2nd, 2017) that evaluated the Measured & Indicated NI43-101 mineral resource estimate for the past producing Hammerdown gold deposit. The study was completed by WSP Canada Inc. ("WSP"), an independent third-party engineering firm, with the mandate to evaluate the potential of bringing the past producing gold mine back into commercial production.
Pre - Feasibility highlights
- Project Pre-tax net present value ('NPV8%') of $71.2 million with an IRR of 46.8% per cent.
- Project after-tax net present value ('NPV8%') of $44.2 million with an internal rate of return ('IRR') of 34.8%
- Net pre-tax cash flow of $104 million, undiscounted. Net after-tax cash flow of $69 million, undiscounted.
- Mine life for the current plan at Hammerdown is five years, producing approximately 174,000 ounces at an average of approximately 35,000 ounces per year. Basic assumptions used for the compilation of the PFS:
- Gold Price of US$ 1,250 per ounce
- Exchange Rate of 0.8 US$: 1 CA$ (or 1 US$: 1.25 CA$)
- Project discount rate of 8%
- Mill recovery of 97% based on the historic treatment of the ore at the nearby Nugget Pond Gold Mill from 2000 to 2004.
- Per-tax operating cash cost to produce an ounce of gold is $558 CDN with an all in pre-tax-cost (including capital, sustaining capital and operating cost) of $955 CDN per ounce of gold.
(All currency is expressed in Canadian dollars ($CA) unless otherwise noted.)
The Hammerdown gold deposit was successfully mined by Richmont Mines between 2000 and 2004 while gold prices averaged $325/oz. During its operation, a total of 291,400 tonnes of ore were mined and milled, at an average grade of 15.83 g/t Au, recovering a total of 143,000 ounces of gold at an 8 g/t cut-off. All of the ore was processed at the Nugget Pond mill, now owned and operated by Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited, with an average gold recovery of 97.1%. Mining terminated in 2004 due to low gold prices with extensive gold mineralization remaining, although uneconomic at that time.
The Orion gold deposit consists of two main vein systems, both of which are open along strike, and down plunge to the northeast.
Bernard H. Kahlert, P.Eng. is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
For further information, please call:
Doug Fulcher Telephone: (604) 336-7322
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Certain information included in this press release, including information relating to future financial or operating performance and other statements that express the expectations of management or estimates of future performance constitute "forward-looking statements". Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding copper, gold and silver forecasts, the financial strength of the Company, estimates regarding timing of future development and production and statements concerning possible expansion opportunities for the Company. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief are based on assumptions made in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. Such assumptions include, without limitation, the price of and anticipated costs of recovery of, copper concentrate, gold and silver, the presence of and continuity of such minerals at modeled grades and values, the capacities of various machinery and equipment, the availability of personnel, machinery and equipment at estimated prices, mineral recovery rates, and others. However, forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, but are not limited to, interpretation and implications of drilling and geophysical results; estimates regarding timing of future capital expenditures and costs towards profitable commercial operations. Other factors that could cause actual results, developments or events to differ materially from those anticipated include, among others, increases/decreases in production; volatility in metals prices and demand; currency fluctuations; cash operating margins; cash operating cost per pound sold; costs per ton of ore; variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans; reserves and/or resources; the ability to successfully integrate acquired assets; operational risks inherent in mining or development activities and legislative factors relating to prices, taxes, royalties, land use, title and permits, importing and exporting of minerals and environmental protection. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements and the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as at the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise any such forward-looking statements or any forward-looking statements contained in any other documents whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable security law.