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G Mining Ventures Announces 10,000-Meter Exploration and Drilling Program and Provides Overview of Tocantinzinho Deposit

Inaugural 10,000 meter drilling program to commence shortlyLimited drilling to date, with only 82,805 meters (296 drill holes) from 2004-2015Focus on optimizing…

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  • Inaugural 10,000 meter drilling program to commence shortly
  • Limited drilling to date, with only 82,805 meters (296 drill holes) from 2004-2015
  • Focus on optimizing mine plan, de-risking initial years of production, and exploration at depth
  • 1 diamond rig and 1 RC rig to be mobilized on site by mid-November
  • GMIN also provides geological overview of deposit and historical drilling campaigns to date

BROSSARD, Quebec, Nov. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — G Mining Ventures Corp. (TSXV:GMIN) (“GMIN” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce an exploration and drilling program (the “Program”) at its recently acquired Tocantinzinho Gold project located in Para State, Brazil (“Tocantinzinho” or the “Project”). The Program will total 10,000 meters and be focused on (i) de-risking the pre-production period and (ii) testing for extensions to the known mineralization below the pit in the directions that remain open. Additionally, GMIN is pleased to provide a geological overview of the Tocantinzinho deposit and of the historical drilling campaigns completed from 2004 through 2015.

Louis-Pierre Gignac, President & CEO of GMIN, commented: “Tocantinzinho is a homogenous orebody with excellent grade continuity, and we are excited to launch our inaugural drilling program. With an existing gold reserve of 1.8 million ounces, only 82,805 meters in 296 drill holes were completed inside the broader tenement, in various phases between 2004 and 2015. The primary objective of the Program is to optimize mine planning and de-risk mine performance during the initial years of production. With the deposit open at depth and down plunge, the Program will also include exploration diamond drilling focused on mineralization below the pit. The Program is to commence this month and continue into 2022.”

Pre-Production Drilling Campaign
7,000 meters of diamond and reverse circulation drilling will be targeting mineralization planned to be mined during the early years of production. This campaign is intended to significantly de-risk mine performance, particularly in the initial years of production. The objectives are to:

  • Mitigate ore dilution by providing better definition of ore and waste boundaries;
  • Optimize mine scheduling in the first 2 years of operation by populating areas with a lower drilling density near surface (see Figure 1);
  • Increase confidence in the quantity of ore mined and milled during ramp-up from a project financing perspective; and
  • Expand and validate the artisanal tailings by improving the sampling coverage in the area above the pit and near the future infrastructure footprint.

Exploration Drilling Campaign
3,000 meters of diamond drilling will be targeting mineralization at depth down plunge to the northeast and southeast of the currently known mineralization. The campaign is intended to test for extensions to the known mineralization below the pit in the directions that remain open. The deposit is weakly tested at depths beyond 350 meters, as focus by prior operator shifted to permitting after the mineral resource exceeded 2.0 million gold ounces. The deepest drill hole reaches 490 meters from surface, which is only 150 meters below the current pit design (see Figure 2).

GMIN will follow up on drill holes from previous campaigns that remain open, such as TOC 09-121, TOC 09-139 and TOC 09-152 (see Figure 2), which show higher-grade mineralization at the northwestern and southeastern ends of the pit. This first phase of exploration drilling is aiming at better understanding the attitude and spatial continuity of the high-grade interval in TOC 09-139, and potentially demonstrating continuity of gold grades with TOC 09-152. Partially tested mineralized intervals at the southeastern extremity of the pit also provide good exploration opportunities and will be tested in the current program (see Figure 2).

Details of the significant intervals at the base of the pit are presented below.

DDH Hole ID From
(meters)
To
(meters)
Interval
(meters)
Estimated
True Width

(meters)
Gold Grade
(g/t Au)
TOC 09-121 256.7 310.0 53.3 32.0 1.83
Including 257.6 278.7 21.2 12.7 2.78
TOC 09-139 324.6 383.1 58.5 26.3 2.50
Including 339.7 356.4 16.8 7.6 4.78
TOC 09-152 394.4 433.9 39.5 31.6 1.26
Including 413.0 421.0 8.0 6.4 2.65

DDH Hole ID Easting
(meters)
Northing
(meters)
Elevation
(meters)
Azimuth
(degrees)
Dip
(degrees)
Length
(meters)
TOC 09-121 578,537 9,330,529 142 220 (79) 454.2
TOC 09-139 578,317 9,330,814 144 220 (70) 472.4
TOC 09-152 578,143 9,330,497 148 40 (60) 487.7

Note: All holes are DDH. Coordinates are in SAD69/UTM Zone 21S.

Overview and Background of Tocantinzinho Gold Deposit

Mineralization and Deposit Type
Tocantinzinho is a granite-hosted gold deposit, with several features typical of intrusion-related gold systems, such as gold-bearing magmatic-hydrothermal textures and specific alteration assemblages such as phyllic alteration. Its genesis is a source of debate as it also shares some features of Porphyry-style gold deposits. Mineralization is mainly hosted in sub-parallel or anastomosing sheeted veins and veinlets (chlorite-quartz-pyrite) in multiple directions.

The deposit is located within an intrusive suite, bounded and controlled by a major regional northwestern-trending structure. In the center of the deposit lies an andesitic body, mostly barren, and often marks a contact with mineralization. The Fort Knox gold mine, located in Alaska, USA, and currently operated by Kinross Gold Corporation is an example of a deposit classified as an intrusion-related gold deposit and shares some similarities with Tocantinzinho, such as gold-bearing sheeted veins, granite-hosted, Au>Ag and timing of mineralization within the intrusion.

The deposit is sub-vertical, southeast trending with excellent grade continuity and consistency (see Figure 3). Its continuity has been demonstrated by diamond drilling over approximately 900 meters in strike-length, with widths up to 140-200 meters and vertical extents up to 360 meters. While the lateral extents have been tested by diamond drilling (see Figure 2), the main exploration upside is at depth where mineralization remains open (current target of exploration drilling).

Historical Exploration and Drilling (2004-2015)
The exploration work completed to date includes geological mapping, channel and chip sampling, soil and stream sediment geochemical surveys, a detailed topography survey, auger drilling, geophysical investigations, limited reverse circulation drilling, and core drilling. Diamond drill holes are the principal source of geological and grade data for Tocantinzinho deposit. However, the deposit does not have a high level of historical drilling, with only 82,805 meters in 296 drill holes completed inside the broader tenement between 2004 and 2015. The mineral resource estimate is directly supported by only 45,039 meters drilled (55% of total) between 2004 and 2010. A summary of the historical drilling can be found below.

Drilling Objective Time
Period
Meters
Drilled
Drill
Holes
Resource Drilling and Resource Conversion 2004-2010 45,039 155
Exploration Drilling (tenement-wide) 2004-2015 34,492 159
Metallurgical Test work Drilling 2009 1,490 6
Geotechnical Drilling 2010 1,784 6
Total 2004-2015 82,805 296

Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimate(1)
The current mineral resources estimate was generated on September 30, 2018 and is reported at a 0.30 g/t Au cutoff grade. The estimate is supported by 3D geological and mineralization models, and the block size used is 10 m east x 10 m north x 10 m high. Modelling consisted of grade interpolation by ordinary kriging (OK) inside the mineralized shell.

Mineral Resource Category Tonnage
(000 t Ore)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Contained
(000 oz Au)
Measured 17,530 1.51 851
Indicated 31,202 1.26 1,264
Measured and Indicated 48,732 1.35 2,115
Inferred 2,395 0.90 69

The current mineral reserve estimate was generated on March 31, 2019 using a $1,200 per ounce gold price, and is reported at a 0.365 g/t Au cutoff grade. GMIN is in the process of updating the current 2019 feasibility study (Q1-22) and plans to optimize the mineral reserves and mine plan using a $1,400 per ounce gold price that is more in line with the current market.

Mineral Reserve Category Tonnage
(000 t Ore)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Contained
(000 oz Au)
Proven 17,007 1.52 834
Probable 21,898 1.35 949
Proven and Probable 38,905 1.42 1,783

Tapajos Gold Province
Tocantinzinho is located in the large Tapajós Gold Province and is the largest known gold deposit in the region. This region was the site of a major gold rush by artisanal miners from the late 1970s until the late 1990s which, according to the Brazilian Department of Mineral Production, had a total historical production of between 20 and 30 million ounces of gold mainly from alluvial and saprolite sources.

The region is underexplored and hosts many gold deposits, such as Cuiù Cuiù (Cabral Gold Inc.), Palito and São Chico (Serabi Gold plc), and São Jorge (GoldMining Inc.). Deposit types vary from orogenic, disseminated intrusion-related, porphyry-style and epithermal gold, as well as and potentially porphyry Cu-Mo mineralization. Deposit models evolve, leading towards the Tapajós Province being host of a major intrusive system potentially generating various mineralization styles. Drill core observations and grade distributions of the Tocantinzinho deposit also suggest a minor, late orogenic overprinting.

The association of gold with intrusions and higher-grade veining (orogenic gold) are at the heart of the exploration model for future property-wide exploration drilling at Tocantinzinho. The numerous showings and exploration upside in the property could potentially extend the current mine life with shallow, satellite pits.

Timetable and Next Steps
Over the next 12 months, GMIN will be focused on the following activities:

  • Completion of Program (Q4-2021 through Q1-2022);
  • Completion of project optimization studies and detailed engineering (Q4-21 through Q4-22);
  • Completion of an updated 43-101 feasibility study (Q1-22);
  • Commencement of onsite early works activities to support infrastructure and allow for rapid start of construction activities (Q2-22 through Q3-22);
  • Finalization of a comprehensive project finance facility to fund construction (H1-22); and
  • Positive construction decision (H2-22).

Sampling and QAQC Disclosure
From May 2009 to December 2011, the sample preparation procedure at ALS involved weighing and drying the sample before being crushed to 70% passing 2 millimeters. The sample was then riffle split to 1-kilogram and pulverised to 85% passing 75 μm (200-mesh screen). The chemical analysis was performed at ALS Lima, Peru, using 30 g sample for fire assay analysis (ALS Code Au-AA23). Select samples were also assayed for a suite of trace elements using aqua-regia digestion and inductively coupled plasma-emission spectroscopy (ICP-ES, ALS code ME-ICP41). A gravimetric finish was performed on fire assays returning more than 10 g/t gold. Samples with visible gold were submitted to a metallic screen analysis under ALS protocols (ALS Code: SCR21).

From July 2011 to January 2015 assays were performed at ACME Analytical Laboratory in Santiago, Chile. Sample preparation was completed at ACME Analytical Laboratory in Itaituba, Brazil, where they were crushed, split and pulverized until passing a 200 microns mesh. Gold was analyzed by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish (ACME Code G6/FA430). Samples were also assayed for a suite of trace elements using an aqua regia digestion and ICP-ES (ACME Code: D01/AQ300).

The QAQC program implemented by the previous operator involved the regular insertion of blanks, certified standards and field duplicates. Blanks were used at the rate of one blank at each 40 samples, and a standard was inserted every 10 samples. Field duplicates (one quarter of a core) were inserted at each 15th sample or less. Coarse duplicates were submitted to the laboratory after return of the rejects of quartering. Results from QAQC are monitored regularly.

Qualified Person
The technical information presented in this press release has been approved by Christian Beaulieu, P.Geo (OGQ 1072), Senior Geologist of G Mining Services Inc. Christian is a member of the l’Ordre des géologues du Québec, and a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Christian has visited Tocantinzinho and has verified the exploration results reported in this press release.

About G Mining Ventures Corp.
G Mining Ventures Corp. (TSXV:GMIN) is a mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal projects. Its flagship asset, the permitted Tocantinzinho Project, is located in Para State, Brazil. Tocantinzinho is an open-pit gold deposit containing 1.8 million ounces of reserves at 1.4 g/t. The deposit is open at depth, and the underexplored 688km2 land package presents additional exploration potential.

Additional Information
For further information on GMIN, please visit the website at www.gminingventures.com or contact:

Dušan Petković
Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations
647.728.4176
[email protected]

(1) Source: Feasibility study technical report entitled “Technical Report Tocantinzinho Project Brazil” effective date of June 21, 2019, filed on SEDAR by Eldorado Gold Corporation on August 9, 2019.

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.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of certain securities laws and are based on expectations and projections as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, those related to:

  • The Project’s permitting status and mine life;
  • The growth potential from expanded mineral resources and exploration upside;
  • The filing of an updated 43-101 technical report;
  • The eventual positive construction decision for early H2-22;
  • The Program’s expected commencement and duration, as well as the total meters to be drilled;
  • The Program’s objectives and specific targets, and GMIN’s ability to achieve them;
  • The future property-wide exploration drilling at Tocantinzinho;
  • The potential extension of the Project’s mine life, notably with satellite pits; and
  • More generally, the above section entitled “Timetable and Next Steps”.

Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, estimates and projections as of the time of this press release. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Corporation as of the time of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. These estimates and assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Such assumptions include, without limitation, the items listed on the above section entitled “Timetable and Next Steps”.

Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can directly or indirectly affect, and could cause, actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that (i) the Program will de-risk the Project’s pre-production period and will help optimizing mine planning, (ii) the known mineralization will be extended below the current pit design, (iii) the follow-up work on previous drill holes or on partially tested intervals will prove conclusive, (iv) the Project’s mineral reserves will be optimized, (v) the “underexplored” 688 km2 land package will yield additional exploration potential, and (vi) the Corporation will bring the Project into commercial production and will acquire any other significant precious metal asset, as future events could differ materially what is currently anticipated by the Corporation.

By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that estimates, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not be achieved or that assumptions do not reflect future experience. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as several important risk factors and future events could cause the actual outcomes to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates, assumptions and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. All the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and those made in the Corporation’s other filings with the securities regulators of Canada including, but not limited to, the cautionary statements made in the relevant section of the Corporation’s Management Discussion & Analysis. The Corporation cautions that the foregoing list of factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive, and new, unforeseeable risks may arise from time to time. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to explain any material difference between subsequent actual events and such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Figure 1 is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/3d7f090c-d2cf-4afc-9cf2-fc6d142b6264

Figure 2 is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/17f06400-dcf9-4b64-b638-a136e2610968

Figure 3 is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f2a11df1-02c5-4ea8-89d2-f6c19ee79a6e









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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) — Candelaria Mining Corp. (TSX-V: CAND, 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.

The securities offered pursuant to the Offering have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any U.S. state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons absent registration or any applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable U.S. state securities laws. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Mike Struthers
CEO
+1 604 349 5992

For further information, please contact:

Candelaria Mining Corp.
Investor Relations
+1 604 349 5992 | [email protected]

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the terms, the use of proceeds and the timing of closing of the Offering. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates as at the date the statements are made, and are based on a number of assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Company and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward-looking statements include changes in market conditions or metals prices, unanticipated developments on the Company’s properties, and other risks described in the Company’s public disclosure documents available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.

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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 Limited (“Rio2” or “the Company”) (TSXV: RIO; 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 Rio2 Limited, 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 Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (TSX: WPM; 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.

FINANCING PROCESS

“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.

ADVISORS

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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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 Rio2 Limited, 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 www.sedar.com

ABOUT RIO2 LIMITED

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, Rio2 Limited 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.

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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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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF RIO2 LIMITED

Alex Black
President, CEO & Director
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 1 (604) 260-2696

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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, Melior Resources Inc.) (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 significant new gold belt 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 Alamos Gold’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: Alamos Gold 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 Alamos Gold’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.

Corporate Update

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.

Qualified Person

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.

On behalf of the board of directors of the Company:

William Pincus
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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

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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate” “plans”, “estimates” or “intends” or stating that certain actions, events or results “ may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release include, but are not limited to, the final acceptance of the TSXV to the Transaction.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to materially differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks related to regulatory approval, including the approval of the TSXV. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statement will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipate in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For further information, please contact:
William Pincus
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
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