Edmonton, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – November 25, 2021) –( ) (OTC Pink: CCRRF) (the “Company” or “Green River“) is pleased to announce an Initial Phased Exploration Drill Program at its wholly owned Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project in British Columbia, Canada.
Further to the news release of October 28, 2021, the Company is pleased to announce that is has begun drilling short holes using a backpack drill with multiple new targets identified. Core samples have been transported to the Company’s facility in Quesnel to be logged and sent for assay. The talc showing outcrops at several locations on the Company’s claims, making drilling a relatively simple process and allowing for drilling throughout the Winter.
The Company has contracted a drilling company to test a “modified backpack drilling technique”. If successful, this technique could result in drilling up to 20 meters deep. The drilling company has arrived in Quesnel and trail cutting to access the drill targets is currently underway. A larger diamond core drill rig capable of reaching depths exceeding 100 meters has been located and will be used for deeper drilling during this Winter’s drill program. The larger drill is expected to be mobilized within the next two weeks.
The Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project is adjacent to the Company’s Fontaine Gold Project. The two projects border‘s Cariboo Gold Project, which contains 5 million ounces of gold and is expected to go into production late in 2023.
Drilling short holes will determine the grade and quality of the talc exposures, which outcrops at multiple locations in the Project area. The Company will also drill deeper holes to determine the vertical extent of the talc mineralization. Depending on the results of the initial drilling, the Company will undertake additional drilling throughout the Winter to further determine the extent of the talc mineralization.
The area to be targeted with the drilling program is host to talc and nickel mineralization (see the Sovereign nickel showing, Minfile 093A 130). The area covered by these mineral rights was subject to an exploration program targeting the potential for a commercial talc deposit during the 1980’s. The exploration resulted in the preparation of a preliminary talc mining plan in 1986.1
The drilling completed on the talc showing in the 1980’s consisted of relatively shallow holes. The holes resemble what can be achieved by using the modified backpack drilling technique that the Company will employ this Winter. Follow-up drilling with a larger drill rig will be able to explore potential talc mineralization to depths exceeding 100 meters versus the shallow exploration completed in the past.
Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project Highlights:
There are 3 BC MINFILE occurrences as follows:
- 093A 013 – Sovereign Creek – developed prospect containing talc and magnesite, and a co-incident nickel sulfide showing.
- 093A 130 – Sovereign – showings containing talc and nickel sulfides. 093H 061 – R.T. – showing containing nickel, chromium, and cobalt.
Talc is a soft mineral used in a variety of industries. Talc is used in the production of plastics, ceramics, paint, paper, roofing, rubber, and for other industrial uses. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicates that total sales of talc by U.S. Producers in 2020 was about 430,000 tons valued at about US $100 million. The USGS estimates total mine production worldwide in 2020 was 5,800,000 tons with about 220,000 tons produced in Canada. To the best of the Company’s knowledge, there are no talc mines in Western Canada.
In addition to acquiring more knowledge of the talc occurrences on the Property, the Company intends to drill using the larger rig to gain more knowledge of the potential for nickel and cobalt in the same general area as the talc. The Company will be concentrating on known and potential new nickel and cobalt targets with the plan to continue drilling with larger RC/DD rigs in 2022.
The recently completed UAV-MAG survey results over the Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project area indicates the presence of highly magnetic rocks co-incident with the interpreted surface exposure and down-dip projection of a favorable ultramafic rock assemblage. This is similar to the aeromagnetic response in the area of nickel-alloy mineralization found throughout the BC Decar District.
Kyle Townsend, Mine Manager for, says, “I am very excited for the trial run of the modified backpack drilling technique. If successful, this technique will greatly lower our exploration costs while producing valuable results quickly. The first target we chose is twinning drill hole 86-1, drilled by Trifco Minerals in 1986. The existing records indicate favorable conditions for this drilling method. Our intent is to delineate the talc mineralization indicated by Trifco Minerals. This round of drilling is an exciting step towards obtaining the important data we need.”
Perry Little, Green River Gold’s President and CEO stated, “We are very pleased with the progress made within a few short weeks. We are excited to expand our exploration program at the Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project. In addition to finding out more about the potential for a commercial talc deposit, the focus will be on nickel and cobalt. Preliminary metallurgical work completed in 1971 has suggested the presence of nickel sulfide or nickel alloy minerals. One focus in the initial phase of exploration is to prioritize the multiple Nickel/Cobalt targets within the project area for a follow-up RC/DD drill program and to expand the areas of mineralization in 2022.”
Regional Exploration Plan:
Additionally, there will be some upcoming exploration plans for the Fontaine Lode Gold Project, which is contiguous to the Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project and also contiguous to‘s Cariboo Gold Project. Green River is also awaiting assay results from the recent grab sampling program completed at both the Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt/Talc Project and the Kymar Silver Project.
Stephen P. Kocsis is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and he has reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release.
is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused on its wholly owned, high-grade Fontaine Gold Project, Quesnel Nickel/Cobalt Project and Kymar Silver Project which are located in renowned mining districts in British Columbia. The properties straddle an 18km length of the Barkerville and Quesnel Terranes and are contiguous to ‘s mineral claim group containing a proposed mine location at its Cariboo Gold Project.
The Kymar Silver Project is located in southeast BC, approximately 28 kilometers west of the town of Invermere in the Golden Mining Division. The property is made up of two mineral tenures, totaling 1,440 hectares, along the southeast flank of Mount Catherine.
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Candelaria Announces Closing of Final Tranche of Non-Brokered Private Placement
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —( , OTC PINK: CDELF) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that, further to its press release of September 22, 2021, it has closed its second and final tranche of its non-brokered private placement for a gross proceeds of $511,648 through the issuance of 1,136,997 units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price of $0.45 per Unit (the “Final Offering”). Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company and one-half of a common share purchase warrant (the “Warrants”), with each full Warrant entitling the holder thereof to acquire one common share of the Company at a price $0.65 for a period of 36 months following the closing of the Offering.
Gross proceeds raised from the Final Offering will be used for general corporate purposes.
Combining with first tranche, which closed on September 22, 2021, the total proceeds raised was $8,441,770, with a total issuance of 18,759,491 Units.
Armando Alexandri (COO) and Mike Struthers (CEO), subscribed for 622,222 Units ($280,000) and 91,111 Units ($41,000), respectively, under the second and final tranche of the Offering (the “Insider Subscriptions”). The Insider Subscriptions constitute “related party transactions” within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Securityholders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company has relied on the exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in Sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a), respectively, of MI 61-101 in respect of the Insider Subscriptions.
The Final Offering is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and other approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
The original regulatory deadline for closing of the Final Offering was October 7, 2021, in which the Company had obtained regulatory approval to extend it to October 29, 2021.
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Rio2 Arranges Project Financing Of US$125 to US$135 Million to Fully Fund Its Fenix Gold Mine to Production
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —(“Rio2” or “the Company”) ( ; OTCQX: RIOFF; BVL: RIO) is pleased to announce that it has arranged mine construction financing totaling approximately US$125 to US$135 million to finance the construction of a mine (the “Mine”) at its 100%-owned Fenix Gold Project in Chile (the “Mine Financing Package”).
The Mine Financing Package is comprised of the following components:
- Non-binding term sheet with Wheaton Precious Metals International Ltd. (“WPMI” or “Wheaton”) for a US$50 million Gold Purchase Agreement (“Gold Stream”).
- BNP Paribas (“BNP”) appointed as mandated lead arranger for a senior project debt facility of US$50-60 million (“Senior Project Debt Facility”).
- Marketed public offering of common shares of the Company for gross proceeds of approximately C$25 million (approximately US$19.6 million), at a price per share to be determined in the context of the market with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Scotiabank, CIBC Capital Markets and Raymond James (the “Offering”).
- Non-Brokered private placement of common shares of the Company to WPMI or an affiliate for proceeds of US$5 million at a price per share equal to, and concurrent with, the Offering (the “Private Placement”).
Alex Black, President, CEO and a director of, stated, “Securing this Mine Financing Package is a significant milestone event for Rio2 and a testament to our management team and the strong, long-life, project fundamentals offered by the Fenix Gold Project.”
The Mine Financing Package will allow for Rio2 to commence pre-construction activities at the Fenix Gold Project prior to receiving Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) approval and permits for its planned 20,000 tonnes per day, run of mine, dump leach operations. Since the outset, the primary focus of Rio2 has been to accelerate the Fenix Gold Project to production and the Mine Financing Package will allow the Company to maintain its current schedule for first gold production in Q4, 2022.
“We welcome WPMI and BNP as our partners in the construction and development of the Fenix Gold Mine, in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, to the benefit of all stakeholders. The Fenix Gold Project hosts the largest undeveloped gold heap leach project in the Americas with a large measured and indicated gold resource of 5 million ounces with exciting exploration potential, and is open to further mine optimization opportunities,” said Alex Black.
“Wheaton is excited to partner with Rio2 in developing the Fenix Gold Project. The strength of the Fenix Gold Project and its long-term potential has been readily evident during our due diligence,” said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheaton.
WPMI GOLD STREAM
Rio2 has signed a non-binding term sheet to receive total cash consideration of US$50 million pursuant to a Gold Purchase Agreement to be entered into with WPMI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of( ; NYSE: WPM). The proceeds from the Gold Stream will be used to partially finance the Mine construction.
Upon entering into the Gold Stream, WPMI will purchase refined gold equal to 6.0% of the gold production until 90,000 ounces of gold have been delivered and 4.0% of the gold production until 140,000 ounces of gold have been delivered, after which the stream will reduce to 3.5% of the gold production for the life of mine. Under the proposed Gold Stream, WPMI will pay total cash consideration of US$50 million, US$25 million of which is payable upon closing, subject to conditions including the completion of the Offering (as described below), with the remaining US$25 million payable subject to certain conditions, including the receipt of the EIA approval for the Mine. In addition, WPMI will make ongoing payments for gold ounces delivered equal to 18% of the spot gold price until the value of gold delivered less the production payment is equal to the upfront consideration of US$50 million, at which point the production payment will increase to 22% of the spot gold price.
Entering into the Gold Stream remains subject to, among other matters, the final negotiation and completion of definitive documentation, including the Gold Purchase Agreement.
As part of the non-binding term sheet, Wheaton has committed to subscribe for US$5 million of common shares pursuant to a non-brokered private placement subscription agreement at the same price per share as the Offering (as described below).
BNP SENIOR PROJECT DEBT FACILITY
On July 20, 2021, the Company engaged BNP act as the sole and exclusive bookrunner, sole and exclusive lead arranger, and sole and exclusive administrative agent for the Senior Project Debt Facility in the amount of US$50-60 million. Proceeds of the Senior Project Debt Facility will be used to fund the construction and commissioning of the Mine and available by way of cash advances in US dollars, and for potential cost overruns. The Senior Project Debt Facility is expected to have a principal grace period in line with construction and ramp-up period and a tailored amortization profile designed to match projected cash flows from the Mine. The closing of the Senior Project Debt Facility remains subject to a number of customary conditions including the completion of satisfactory due diligence, the receipt of credit approvals and the negotiation of definitive documentation.
“We have completed a comprehensive review of numerous financing options and we are very pleased with the outcome of our process. We have arranged financing with two leading financial partners to fully fund the construction costs at Fenix Gold. The Mine Financing Package is transformational for Rio2 as it will provide the resources to execute on our plans for the development of the Mine,” stated Jose Luis Martinez, Rio2’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.
RIO2 EQUITY OFFERING
The Company has filed a preliminary short form prospectus in connection with a marketed public offering of common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$25 million (approximately US$19.6 million), at a price per Common Share determined in the context of the market (the “Offering Price”). The Offering will be conducted through a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Scotiabank, CIBC Capital Markets and Raymond James (collectively, the “Underwriters”).
The pricing of the Offering will be determined in the context of the market at the time of entering into a definitive underwriting agreement between the Company and the Underwriters. The Company has granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Common Shares issued pursuant to the Offering (the “Over-Allotment Option”) on the same terms exercisable in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, up to 30 days from and including the closing date of the Offering (the “Underwriters’ Option”).
Not less than US$20 million of the net proceeds of the Offering plus the proceeds of the Private Placement (the “Combined Proceeds”) will be used to fund development of the Corporation’s Fenix Gold Project and associated mine and camp infrastructure (which, for greater certainty includes development of related infrastructure by Lince S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporation). The remaining Combined Proceeds is expected to be used for general working capital purposes. Any proceeds from the exercise of the Over-Allotment Option will be added to the Corporation’s working capital.
The Common Shares are being offered (i) to the public in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except for Quebec and (ii) in the United States, only to “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), in a private placement exempt from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act.
The Offering is scheduled to close on or about August 6, 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the securities regulatory authorities and the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”). The completion of the Offering is also subject to the completion of the Private Placement (as described below).
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Common Shares in the United States. The Common Shares have not been and will not be registered under the 1933 Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold directly or indirectly in the United States except in transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act and all applicable state securities laws.
The Company has applied to list the Common Shares on the TSXV. A preliminary short form prospectus containing important information related to the Common Shares has been filed with securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada, except for Quebec. The preliminary short form prospectus is subject to completion. Copies of the preliminary short form prospectus may be obtained from the Underwriters via email at [email protected] or by request to the Company. A copy of the preliminary short form prospectus can also be obtained under the corporate profile of the Company on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
RIO2 PRIVATE PLACEMENT
As contemplated by the non-binding term sheet with WPMI, WPMI or an affiliate would purchase on a non-brokered private placement basis Common Shares from treasury for proceeds of the Canadian dollar equivalent of US$5 million (approximately C$6.4 million) at a price per share equal to the price of the Common Shares issued pursuant to the Offering (the “Private Placement”), provided the gross proceeds of the Offering and Private Placement exceed US$20 million. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the Private Placement to fund development of the Company’s Fenix Gold Project.
The Private Placement is scheduled to close on or about August 6, 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and other approvals including the approval of the TSXV. The completion of the Private Placment is also subject to the concurrent completion of the Offering.
Rio2’s financial advisor is Scotiabank and its legal advisors are McMillan LLP in Canada and Guerrero Olivos in Chile in connection with the Gold Stream and the Senior Project Debt Facility.
The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, approved and verified by Enrique Garay, MSc. P. Geo (AIG Fellow), Senior Vice President Geology of www.sedar.com, who is a QP under NI 43-101. For additional information regarding the Fenix Gold Project, including key parameters, assumptions and risks associated with its development, see the independent technical report entitled “Updated Pre-Feasibility Study for the Fenix Gold Project, Atacama, III Region, Chile” dated October 15, 2019 with an effective date of August 15, 2019, a copy of which document is available under Rio2’s SEDAR profile at
Rio2 is a mining company with a focus on development and mining operations with a team that has proven technical skills as well as a successful capital markets track record. Rio2 is focused on taking its Fenix Gold Project in Chile to production in the shortest possible timeframe based on a staged development strategy. In addition to the Fenix Gold Project in development in Chile,continues to pursue additional strategic acquisitions where it can deploy its operational excellence and responsible mining practices to build a multi-asset, multi-jurisdiction, precious metals company.
This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to Rio2’s planned development of its Fenix Gold Project and other aspects of Rio2’s anticipated future operations and plans. In addition, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, this news release contains forward-looking information pertaining to the following: the Gold Stream, the Senior Project Debt Facility, the Offering, the Private Placement, the timing and completion of each of the foregoing financings, the use of proceeds of each of the foregoing financings, the estimated mineral resources of the Fenix Gold Project, the potential development of a mine at the Fenix Gold Project, the timing of construction at the Fenix Gold Project, the expected timeline for the commencement of gold production from the Fenix Gold Project, the expected rate of production at the Fenix Gold Project and other matters ancillary or incidental to the foregoing.
All statements included herein, other than statements of historical fact, may be forward-looking information and such information involves various risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “project”, “predict”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “should”, “believe”, and similar expressions. The forward-looking information is based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by Rio2’s management which may prove to be incorrect, including but not limited to: expectations concerning prevailing commodity prices, exchange rates, interest rates, applicable royalty rates and tax laws; capital efficiencies; legislative and regulatory environment of Chile; future production rates and estimates of capital and operating costs; estimates of reserves and resources; anticipated timing and results of capital expenditures; the sufficiency of capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; performance; the availability and cost of financing, labor and services; and Rio2’s ability to access capital on satisfactory terms.
Rio2 believes the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. A description of assumptions used to develop such forward-looking information and a description of risk factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking information can be found in Rio2’s disclosure documents on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to the completion of the financings as described herein, and management’s ability to anticipate and manage the factors and risks referred to herein. Forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and such information should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any date subsequent to the date of this news release. Rio2 has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those current expectations or estimates expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. However, there may be other factors that cause results, performance or achievements not to be as expected or estimated and that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from current expectations. Rio2 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 expressly required by applicable securities legislation.
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Ranchero Gold Provides Update on Santa Daniela Drill Program
Current drill program focused on expansion of known gold mineralization at Maíz Azul and initial testing of two highly prospective targets.Diamond core…
- Current drill program focused on expansion of known gold mineralization at Maíz Azul and initial testing of two highly prospective targets.
- Diamond core drilling commenced on October 27, 2021.
- To date 360 meters have been completed in two drill holes.
- A 13 hole, 3000-meter program Phase 1 drill program planned.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ranchero Gold Corp. (formerly,) (TSXV:RNCH) (the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update of its current drill program at its 100%-owned Santa Daniela project located in Sonora, Mexico. The Santa Daniela project consists of a large 22,000-hectare concession that located in the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) gold belt situated in close proximity to a number of currently operating gold mines.
Diamond drilling is underway. The drill rig arrived on site on October 25 and commenced drilling on October 27. To date, 360 meters of diamond core drilling has been completed in two drill holes.
The Sierra Madre Occidental Gold Belt
Over the last 20 years, a significantbelt has emerged in the SMO. While there has historically been small-scale gold production, it is only in the past 15 years that large-scale mining has begun. The region is dominated by ’s Mulatos mining complex and Agnico Eagle’s La India and Pinos Altos mining complexes. These three mines produced approximately 390,000 ounces gold and 2.3 million ounces of silver in 2020. Combined proven and probable gold reserves are 2.5 million ounces. (Source: and Agnico Eagle Websites) The Santa Daniela concessions are directly adjacent to the Mulatos mine complex (Figure 1).
The SMO is a regionally extensive Tertiary volcanic field, comprised of two distinct volcanic sequences, an older andesitic and dacitic series, and a younger, pyroclastic dominated rhyolitic series. The Upper Series overlies the Lower Series with erosional disconformity and comprises a sequence dominated by stratified volcanic ash beds. Most significant metal occurrences, including Ranchero’s prospects in the SMO, are hosted by rocks of the Lower Series.
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The Maíz Azul Prospect
The most advanced project in the Santa Daniela concessions is the Maíz Azul prospect. It lies approximately 3.5 km southeast of’s San Carlos and El Victor deposits – part of the Mulatos gold complex. It is contained within the Lower Series volcanic rocks which also host gold mineralization at Mulatos. Historic drilling encountered gold mineralization in multiple drill holes including 37.0 meters averaging 1.56 g Au/t (DDH MA-18-03).
Field work conducted by Ranchero in 2020 consisted of mapping, geochemical sampling and alteration studies. As a result, Ranchero geologists have identified three primary targets for drill testing known as La Colmena, La Cascada and X-Structure. These targets have been defined by three principal factors: (i) structural trends (veins/veinlets, faults); (ii) geochemical sampling and (iii) alteration mapping. These factors appear to define a classic low-sulfidation, epithermal, precious-metal system.
The primary structural trend is west-northwest and the three targets, parallel to each other, follow this orientation (Figure 2). A secondary northeast trend is also prominent and may have an important control on mineralization.
Geochemical sampling has encountered numerous samples containing gold at surface (particularly the La Colmena and La Cascada targets). Independent samples of outcrop exposures of the La Colmena zone returned values between 0.22 to 6.27 g Au/t.
Alteration mapping (Figure 3) with the aid of spectral analysis shows concentric halos typical of a low-sulphidation gold deposit. This is characterized by an inner core of silica/clay surrounded by a halo of propylitic alteration (chlorite-epidote-calcite). Outlying this alteration are remnants of argillic alteration characterized by the presence of illite/smectite clays and destruction of rock textures.
The current drill program is planned to test the three targets. Thirteen diamond drill holes will be completed as shown in Figure 2. The program is designed first, to confirm and expand upon the historical drilling at La Colmena. The program will also provide an initial test of the La Cascada zone which has the largest surface expression of the three targets. Finally, one drill hole will provide an initial test of the X Structure.
The Maíz Azul prospect covers just a small portion of the Company’s 22,000-hectare concession block. Reconnaissance efforts have yielded additional targets for further field investigations.
Ranchero announces that it has engaged the Independent Trading Group (“ITG”) to provide market-making services. ITG is a member of IIROC, CIPF, the Toronto Stock Exchange and Canadian Securities Exchange, and is based out of Toronto, Ontario.
Ranchero entered a market making services agreement with ITG pursuant to which Ranchero engaged ITG to provide market-making services with the objective of maintaining a reasonable market and improving the liquidity of Ranchero’s common shares. Ranchero retained ITG for an initial term of three months, with automatic renewal of one-month terms thereafter until terminated by either party with 30 days’ notice. In consideration for the services, Ranchero will pay ITG C$10,000 per month, plus applicable taxes, during the term of the agreement. ITG will not receive any securities of Ranchero as compensation.
ITG is an arm’s length party to Ranchero. ITG does not currently have any interest in Ranchero or the securities of Ranchero, but ITG may acquire securities of Ranchero in connection with the market-making services. The funds to be used for the market-making services will be provided by
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ITG in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) and applicable securities laws. The engagement of ITG is subject to the approval of the TSXV.
Scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by William Pincus, CPG, who is a “qualified person” as defined by NI 43-101.
About Ranchero Gold
Ranchero Gold is a gold exploration and development company currently focused on its 100%-owned Santa Daniela project located in Sonora, Mexico. The Santa Daniela project consist of a large land package of 22,000 hectares within Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental – a newly emerging gold-belt. Maíz Azul is the Company’s most advanced prospect. Drilling is currently on-going.
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