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Further Drill Results Highlight Blue Vein Potential

PERTH, AUSTRALIA / ACCESSWIRE / November 24, 2021 / Tempus Resources Ltd (" Tempus " or the " Company ") (ASX:TMR)(TSXV:TMRR)(OTCQB:TMRFF) is pleased to…

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA / ACCESSWIRE / November 24, 2021 / Tempus Resources Ltd (“ Tempus ” or the “ Company “) (ASX:TMR)(TSXV:TMRR)(OTCQB:TMRFF) is pleased to announce further assay results from drill-holes from its Elizabeth Gold Project in British Columbia, Canada. Drill holes being reported in this release are EZ-21-15, EZ-21-16, EZ-21-17, EZ-21-18, and EZ-21-19. The drill holes targeted the SW Vein at a vertical depth below 200 metres and the Blue Vein (EZ-21-19).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Assays received for the first follow-up drill-hole on the Blue Vein (drill-hole EZ-21-19) in the vicinity of the ‘bonanza’ grade discovery hole (drill-hole EZ-21-12, announced on 21 October) demonstrate high grade mineralisation continues down dip.
  • Multiple high grade intersections were encountered in drill-hole EZ-21-19:
    • 0.50m at 4.52g/t Au from 127.50m;
    • 1.50m at 4.25g/t Au from 129.00m; and
    • 0.90m at 6.14g/t Au from 167.80m
  • Assay results have now been received for three drill holes that intersected the Blue Vein located approximately 150 metres NW of the SW Vein (EZ-21-09, EZ-21-12, EZ-21-19). The results to date show continuity of the Blue Vein over a strike length of at least 380 metres and demonstrates continuity down dip.
  • The results from EZ-21-19 indicate the potential for the Blue Vein to be a source of new Mineral Resources at Elizabeth Gold Project.
  • More broadly, the discovery of the Blue Vein and continued success in demonstrating its mineralised content, highlight the potential for multiple vein sets at the Elizabeth Project. Multiple identified veins are yet to be drilled (No 9 Vein, Main Vein and West Vein) and there’s great potential for additional new vein discoveries.
  • Tempus has suspended drilling at Elizabeth for the season, pending the approval of the Notice of Work amendment for extension of the Lower Portal adit access for underground drilling – A total of 28 drill-holes over approximately 7,740 metres were completed during 2021. Assays are pending for nine drill holes from the 2021 drill program, including four drill holes that intersected the Blue Vein (EZ-21-24, EZ-21-25, EZ-21-26, EZ-21-27), which are expected to be received in tranches over the next 12 weeks

Tempus President and CEO, Jason Bahnsen commented “The assay results for drill hole EZ-21-19 show continued high-grade gold mineralisation down dip of the previously reported ‘bonanza’ grade intersection at the newly discovered Blue Vein. Assays have now been received for three out of the seven drill holes that have intersected the Blue Vein. With the historic resource at Elizabeth largely centred on the SW Vein, the Blue Vein holds significant potential for expanding the current resource base for the project.”

Blue Vein Results

Tempus discovered the new Blue Vein with drill hole EZ-21-12 with an intersection of visible gold in the drill core, as announced on 27 September 2021. The Blue Vein is located approximately 150 metres to the northwest, and parallel, to the SW Vein (See Figure 1). This previously unknown vein has now been intersected by 7 drill-holes (EZ-21-09, EZ-21-12, EZ-21-19, EZ-21-24, EZ-21-25, EZ-21-26, EZ-21-27) demonstrating an initial strike length of 380 metres (see Figure 2), with four of those drill-holes pending assay results.

Drill hole EZ-21-12 (see announcement 26 October 2021) included high-grade gold intersections with assays of including 33.7g/t gold over 1.0 metre from 117.8 metres, 26.4g/t gold over 0.5m from 130.7 metres, and 8.4g/t gold over 0.5m from 163.9 metres. EZ-21-19 was drilled at a steeper angle than EZ-21-12 and demonstrates continuity of the Blue Vein down dip .

Results from EZ-21-24 to EZ-21-27, which specifically target the Blue Vein, were all successful in intersecting the quartz vein and are currently in the lab with assays pending. See Table 1 below for Blue Vein drill results received to date.

Table 1 – Elizabeth Gold Project Blue Vein Drill Intersections

Hole ID

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

True Thickness (m)

Gold Grade (g/t Au)

MET Screen Grade (g/t Au)

EZ-21-09

58.60

59.10

0.50

0.43

0.31

Not Performed

EZ-21-12

117.80

118.80

1.00

0.85

47.6

33.7

and

130.70

131.20

0.50

0.43

26.4

Not Performed

and

163.90

164.40

0.50

0.43

5.50

8.41

EZ-21-19

127.50

128.00

0.50

0.43

4.52

Not Performed

and

129.00

130.50

1.50

1.28

4.25

Not Performed

and

167.80

168.70

0.90

0.76

4.50

6.14

EZ-21-24

pending

EZ-21-25

pending

EZ-21-26

pending

EZ-21-27

pending

*true thickness is estimated using a multiplier of 0.85.

SW Vein Results

Each of drill holes being reported today have successfully intersected the SW Vein and continue to indicate significant mineralisation and anomalous gold values. Mineralised intervals are consistent with mesothermal/orogenic gold veins and contain highly elevated values in arsenic, antimony, silver, and mercury. Drill holes EZ-21-15, EZ-21-16, EZ-21-17, EZ-21-18, and EZ-21-19 targeted the southern portion of the SW Vein at depths below 200m vertical. See Appendix 1 Table 1 for detailed results.

Tempus has now completed exploration drilling at Elizabeth for 2021. A total of 28 drill holes have been completed at Elizabeth for approximately 7,740 metres. Combined with the 11 drill holes completed in 2020, Tempus has now completed 39 drillholes for a total of approximately 9,750 metres at Elizabeth since Tempus began drilling in November 2020. Drill collar information can be seen in Appendix 1, Table 1. There are currently 9 drill holes pending assay results.

The underground development permit for the Elizabeth Lower Portal exploration drift is still pending (see announcement 13 September 2021).

Figure 1 – The Elizabeth Project – Plan map of drilling

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Figure 2 – Elizabeth Project – Long-section of the Blue Vein

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Competent Persons Statement

Information in this report relating to Exploration Results is based on information reviewed by Mr. Kevin Piepgrass, who is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the province of BC (APEGBC), which is a recognised Professional Organisation (RPO), and an employee of Tempus Resources. Mr. Piepgrass has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined by the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves, and as a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI43-101. Mr. Piepgrass consents to the inclusion of the data in the form and context in which it appears.

For further information:

TEMPUS RESOURCES LTD
Melanie Ross – Director/Company Secretary Phone: +61 8 6188 8181

About Tempus Resources Ltd

Tempus Resources Ltd (“Tempus”) is a growth orientated gold exploration company listed on ASX (“TMR”) and TSX.V (“TMRR”) and OTCQB (“TMRFF”) stock exchanges. Tempus is actively exploring projects located in Canada and Ecuador. The flagship project for Tempus is the Elizabeth-Blackdome Project, a high-grade gold past producing project located in Southern British Columbia. Tempus is currently midway through a drill program at Elizabeth-Blackdome that will form the basis of an updated NI43-101/JORC resource estimate. The second key group of projects for Tempus are the Rio Zarza and Valle del Tigre projects located in south east Ecuador. The Rio Zarza project is located adjacent to Lundin Gold‘s Fruta del Norte project. The Valle del Tigre project is currently subject to a sampling program to develop anomalies identified through geophysical work.

Forward-Looking Information and Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company’s beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Tempus’s control. Generally, such forward-looking information or 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 may contain statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “will continue”, “will occur” or “will be achieved”. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein may include, but are not limited to, the ability of Tempus to successfully achieve business objectives, and expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Forward-looking statements and information are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the ability of Tempus to control or predict, that may cause Tempus’ actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied thereby, and and are developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein and the other risks and uncertainties disclosed on Page 27 under the heading “Risk and Uncertainties” in the Company’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 dated November 15, 2021 filed on SEDAR. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although Tempus believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Tempus does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking information and statements attributable to Tempus or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release .

Appendix 1

Table 1:Drill Hole Collar Table

UTM

UTM

Hole ID

Target

Easting (NAD83

Northing (NAD83

Elevation (m)

Length (m)

Azimuth

Dip

Z10)

Z10)

EZ-21-01

SW Vein

531203

5653771

2400

105

121

-52

EZ-21-02

SW Vein

531203

5653771

2400

132

146

-55

EZ-21-03

SW Vein

531203

5653771

2400

111

158

-47

EZ-21-04

SW Vein

531203

5653771

2400

135

168

-58

EZ-21-05

SW Vein

531078

5653776

2400

561

123

-48

EZ-21-06

SW Vein

531078

5653776

2400

255

110

-55

EZ-21-07

SW Vein

531203

5653771

2400

126

115

-75

EZ-21-07b

SW Vein

531203

5653771

2400

186

115

-75

EZ-21-08

SW Vein

531195

5653839

2427

231

115

-68

EZ-21-09

SW Vein

531200

5654020

2330

360

120

-48

EZ-21-10

SW Vein

530953

5653772

2390

354

127

-50

EZ-21-11

SW Vein

530953

5653772

2390

381

136

-50

EZ-21-12

SW Vein

530953

5653772

2390

375

125

-45

EZ-21-13

SW Vein

530919

5653596

2300

261

94

-45

EZ-21-14

SW Vein

530919

5653596

2300

261

108

-55

EZ-21-15

SW Vein

530919

5653596

2300

330

100

-55

EZ-21-16

SW Vein

530919

5653596

2300

330

83

-48.5

EZ-21-17

SW Vein

530919

5653596

2300

414

98

-63

EZ-21-18

SW Vein

530919

5653596

2300

351

128.5

-63

EZ-21-19

SW Vein

530953

5653772

2390

417

129

-58

EZ-21-20

SW Vein

530849

5653432

2260

300

129

-45

EZ-21-21

East Veins

531695

5653463

2120

357

90

-45

EZ-21-22

SW Vein

531195

5653839

2427

188

75

-45

EZ-21-23

SW Vein

531695

5653463

2120

165

91

-45

EZ-21-24

Blue Vein

530953

5653772

2390

219

84

-54

EZ-21-25

Blue Vein

530953

5653772

2390

201

105

-58

EZ-21-26

Blue Vein

530953

5653772

2390

198

95

-45

EZ-21-27

Blue Vein

530953

5653772

2390

195

150

-60

EZ-21-28

No.9 Vein

530953

5653772

2390

321

300

-55

Table 2: Significant Interval Table

Hole ID

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

True Thickness (m)

Gold Grade

MET Screen Grade

Vein

EZ-21-01

94.00

96.60

2.60

2.21

4.60

5.12

SW Vein

and

83.50

84.00

0.50

0.43

20.50

pending

SW Vein

EZ-21-02

102.40

109.00

6.60

5.61

8.40

pending

SW Vein

including

105.40

106.50

1.10

0.93

46.30

pending

SW Vein

EZ-21-03

88.60

95.00

6.40

5.44

7.22

pending

SW Vein

including

89.30

91.90

2.60

2.21

11.80

pending

SW Vein

and

90.00

91.30

1.30

1.11

19.80

pending

SW Vein

and

34.70

35.20

0.50

0.43

3.15

pending

SW Vein

EZ-21-04

122.00

126.00

4.00

3.40

31.20

34.40

SW Vein

including

123.00

124.50

1.50

1.28

52.10

68.30

SW Vein

including

124.00

124.50

0.50

0.43

72.00

87.30

SW Vein

EZ-21-05

134.00

135.00

1.00

0.85

1.38

not performed

7 Vein

217.55

218.25

0.70

0.59

1.74

1.67

SW Vein

and

256.00

256.50

0.50

0.43

1.03

0.89

SW Vein

and

554.85

555.35

0.50

0.43

0.24

not performed

West Vein

EZ-21-06

134.50

136.00

1.50

1.28

1.10

1.71

7 Vein

and

245.00

246.00

1.00

0.85

2.05

2.45

SW Vein

EZ-21-07

Hole lost

EZ-21-07B

40.10

41.10

1.00

0.85

4.88

not performed

7 Vein

and

51.50

52.20

0.70

0.60

9.06

not performed

7 Vein

and

160.00

165.75

5.75

4.89

0.53

0.70

SW Vein

EZ-21-08

196.25

202.40

6.15

5.23

0.65

0.66

SW Vein

and

226.60

227.10

0.50

0.43

1.54

1.85

SW Vein

EZ-21-09

58.60

59.10

0.50

0.43

0.31

not performed

Blue Vein

and

270.90

272.90

2.00

1.70

2.56

not performed

SW Vein

and

355.88

357.00

1.12

0.95

0.85

not performed

SW Vein

EZ-21-10

223.00

223.50

0.50

0.43

4.04

not performed

7 Vein

and

347.70

349.20

1.50

1.28

0.22

0.21

SW Vein

EZ-21-11

326.90

327.40

0.50

0.43

0.55

0.44

SW Vein

Hole ID

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

True Thickness (m)

Gold Grade

MET Screen Grade

Vein

EZ-21-12

117.80

118.80

1.00

0.85

47.6

33.7

Blue Vein

and

130.70

131.20

0.50

0.43

26.4

not performed

Blue Vein

and

163.90

164.40

0.50

0.43

5.50

8.41

Blue Vein

and

344.90

347.00

2.10

1.79

0.78

1.22

SW Vein

EZ-21-13

230.70

232.60

1.90

1.62

0.76

0.71

SW Vein

EZ-21-14

224.00

224.90

0.90

0.77

1.63

1.15

SW Vein

EZ-21-15

318.40

320.80

2.40

2.04

0.31

not performed

SW Vein

including

320.30

320.80

0.50

0.43

1.14

not performed

SW Vein

EZ-21-16

305.00

306.90

1.90

1.61

0.55

not performed

SW Vein

EZ-21-17

171.00

171.50

0.50

0.43

0.14

0.57

Vein

and

204.00

204.60

0.60

0.51

0.53

not performed

vein

and

254.60

256.85

2.25

1.91

1.40

1.58

7 Vein

and

350.13

350.75

0.62

0.53

1.01

not performed

SW Vein

and

379.47

382.00

2.53

2.15

0.63

0.64

SW Vein

EZ-21-18

299.50

299.90

0.40

0.34

1.53

not performed

SW Vein

EZ-21-19

127.50

128.00

0.50

0.43

4.52

not performed

Blue Vein

and

129.00

130.50

1.50

1.28

4.25

not performed

Blue Vein

and

167.80

168.70

0.90

0.76

4.50

6.14

Blue Vein

and

351.80

354.90

3.10

2.63

0.34

not performed

SW Vein

*true thickness is estimated using a multiplier of 0.85.

Appendix 2: The following tables are providedto ensure compliance with the JORC Code (2012) requirements for the reporting of Exploration Results for the Elizabeth – Blackdome Gold Project

Section 1: SamplingTechniques and Data

(Criteria in this sectionapply to all succeeding sections.)

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Sampling techniques

  • Nature and qualityof sampling (eg cut channels, random chips, or specific specialised industry standard measurement tools appropriate to the minerals under investigation, such as down hole gammasondes, or handheld XRF instruments, etc).These examples shouldnot be taken as limiting the broad meaningof sampling.
  • Include reference to measures taken to ensuresample representivity and the appropriate calibration of any measurement tools or systemsused.
  • Aspects of the determination of mineralisation that are Materialto the Public Report. In cases where ‘industry standard’ work has been done this would be relatively simple(eg ‘reverse circulation drilling was used to obtain1 m samples from which 3 kg was pulverised to produce a 30 g charge for fire assay’). In other cases more explanation may be required, such as where there is coarse gold that has inherent sampling problems. Unusual commodities or mineralisation types(eg submarine nodules) may warrant disclosure of detailed

information.

  • HQ (63.5 mm) sized diamondcore using standardequipment.
  • Mineralised and potentially mineralised zones, comprising veins, breccias, and alteration zoneswere sampled.
  • Samples were half core.
  • Typical core samples are 1m in length.
  • Core samples sent to the lab will be crushedand pulverized to 85% passing75 microns. A 50g pulp will be fire assayedfor gold and multi-element ICP.Samples over 10 g/t gold will be reanalysed by fire assay with gravimetric finish

Drilling techniques

  • Drill type (eg core, reverse circulation, open-hole hammer, rotaryair blast, auger,Bangka, sonic, etc) and details(eg core diameter, triple or standardtube, depth of diamond tails, face-sampling bit or other type, whethercore is oriented and if so, by

what method, etc).

  • Diamond Drilling from surface(HQ size)

Drill sample recovery

  • Method of recording and assessing core and chip sample recoveries and results assessed.
  • Measures taken to maximise samplerecovery and ensurerepresentative nature of the samples.
  • Whether a relationship exists between samplerecovery and grade and whethersample bias may

have occurred due to preferential loss/gain of fine/coarse material.

  • Detailed calculation of recovery was recorded, withmost holes achieving over95%
  • No relationship has yet been noted between recovery and grade and no sample bias was noted to have occurred.

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Logging

  • Whether core and chip sampleshave been geologically and geotechnically loggedto a level of detailto support appropriate Mineral Resource estimation, mining studies and metallurgical studies.
  • Whether logging is qualitative or quantitative in nature. Core (or costean, channel, etc) photography.
  • The total length and percentage of the relevantintersections logged.
  • Detailed geological and geotechnical loggingwas completed for each hole.
  • Allcore has been photographed.
  • Complete holes were logged.

Sub- sampling techniques andsample preparation

  • If core, whethercut or sawn and whetherquarter, half or all core taken.
  • If non-core, whetherriffled, tube sampled,rotary split, etc and whethersampled wet or dry.
  • For all sample types, the nature, qualityand appropriateness of the samplepreparation technique.
  • Quality control procedures adopted for all sub- sampling stages to maximise representivity of samples.
  • Measures taken to ensure that the sampling is representative of the in situ material collected, including for instance resultsfor field duplicate/second-half sampling.
  • Whether sample sizes are appropriate to the grainsize of the material being sampled.
  • Half core was sampled, using a core saw.
  • Duplicate samples of new and historical core are Quarter core or half core where not previously sampled
  • Sample sizes are considered appropriate for the grainsize of the material being sampled.
  • It is expectedthat bulk sampling will be utilisedas the projectadvances, to more accurately determine grade.

Quality of assay data and laboratory tests

  • The nature, qualityand appropriateness of the assaying and laboratory procedures used and whetherthe technique is considered partialor total.
  • For geophysical tools,spectrometers, handheld XRF instruments, etc, the parameters used in determining the analysis including instrument make and model, readingtimes, calibrations factorsapplied andtheir derivation, etc.
  • Nature of qualitycontrol procedures adopted(eg standards, blanks,duplicates, external laboratory checks) and whetheracceptable levels of accuracy (ie lack of bias) and precision have been established.
  • Core samples that have been sent to the lab for analysis include control samples(standards, blanks and prep duplicates) inserted at a minimum rate of 1:5 samples.
  • In addition to the minimumrate of inserted control samples, a standard or a blank is inserted following a zoneof mineralization or visible gold
  • Further duplicate sampleswere analysed to assess variability

Verification ofsampling and assaying

  • The verification of significant intersections by either independent or alternative companypersonnel.
  • The use of twinned holes.
  • Documentation of primary data, data entry procedures, data verification, data storage (physical and electronic) protocols.
  • Discuss any adjustment to assay data.
  • Re-assaying of selectedintervals of historiccore have been sent for analysis.

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Location of datapoints

  • Accuracy and qualityof surveys used to locatedrill holes (collarand down-hole surveys), trenches, mine workings and other locations used in MineralResource estimation.
  • Specification of the grid system used.
  • Quality and adequacyof topographic control.
  • All sampling pointswere surveyed using a hand held GPS.
  • UTMgrid NAD83 Zone 10.
  • A more accurate survey pickup will be completed at the end of the program, to ensure data is appropriate for geological modelling and Resource Estimation.
  • Down hole surveys have been completed on all holes.

Data spacing anddistribution

  • Data spacing for reporting of Exploration Results.
  • Whether the data spacing and distribution is sufficient to establish the degree of geological and grade continuity appropriate for the Mineral Resource and Ore Reserveestimation procedure(s) and classifications applied.
  • Whether sample compositing has been applied.
  • Most drilling is targeting verification and extension of known mineralisation.
  • It is expectedthat the data will be utilised in a preparation of a MineralResource statement.
  • Additional drilling is exploration beneathgeochemical anomalies, and would requirefurther delineation drilling to be incorporated in a MineralResource.

Orientation of data in relation to geological structure

  • Whether the orientation of sampling achieves unbiased sampling of possible structures and the extent to which this is known, considering the deposit type.
  • If the relationship between the drilling orientation and the orientation of key mineralised structures is considered to have introduced a sampling bias,this should be assessed and reported if material.
  • In general, the aim was to drill perpendicular to the mineralised structures, to gain an estimate of the true thickness of the mineralised structures.
  • At several locations, a series (fan) of holes was drilled to help confirm the orientation of the mineralised structures and to keep land disturbance to a minimum.

Sample s Security

  • Themeasures taken to ensure samplesecurity.
  • Samples from Elizabeth were delivered to the laboratory by a commercial transport service.

Audits or Reviews

  • The results of any auditsor reviews of sampling techniques and data.
  • An independent geological consultant has recently visited the site as part of preparing an updated NI43-101Technical Report for the Project.

Section 2: Reportingof Exploration Results

(Criteria listed in the preceding section also apply to this section.)

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Mineral tenement and land tenurestatus

  • Type, reference name/number, location and ownership including agreements or material issueswith third partiessuch as joint ventures, partnerships, overriding royalties, nativetitle interests, historical sites, wilderness or national park and environmental settings.
  • The securityof the tenureheld at the time of reporting along with any known impediments to obtaining a licence to operate in the area.
  • The Blackdome-Elizabeth Projectis comprised of 73 contiguous mineral claims underlain by 14 Crown granted mineral claims and two mining leases.
  • The Property is located in the Clintonand Lillooet MiningDivisions approximately 230 km NNE of Vancouver
  • Tempus has exercised the option to acquire the Elizabeth Gold Project and has completed an addendum to the original Elizabeth Option Agreement

(refer to ASX announcement 15 December 2020)

  • A net smelterroyalty of 3% NSR (1% purchasable) appliesto several claimson the Elizabeth Property.
  • No royalties applyto the Blackdome Property or Elizabeth Regional Properties.
  • There are currently no known impediments to developing a project in this area, and all tenure is in good standing.

Exploration done by other parties

  • Acknowledgment and appraisal of exploration by other parties.
  • In the 1940s, placergold was discovered in Fairless Creek west of Blackdome Summit.Prospecting by Lawrence Frenier shortly afterward led to the discovery of gold-bearing quartzveins on the southwest slopeof the mountain that resulted in the stakingof mining claimsin 1947. EmpireValley Gold Mines Ltd and Silver Standard Resources drove two adits and completed basicsurface work during the 1950s.
  • The Blackdome area was not worked again until 1977 when Barrier Reef Resources Ltd. re-staked the area and performed surfacework in additionto underground development. The Blackdome Mining Corp. was formed in 1978 and performed extensive surface and underground work with variousjoint venture partnersthat resulted in a positive feasibility study. A 200 ton/daymill, camp facilities and tailings pond were constructed and mining operations officially commenced in 1986. The mine ceased operations in 1991, havingproduced 225,000 oz of Au and 547,000oz of Ag from 338,000tons of ore (Godardet al., 2010)
  • After a period of inactivity, Claimstaker Resources Ltd. tookover the project, reopening the mine in late 1998.

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Mining operations lasted six months and ended in May of 1999. During this period, 6,547 oz of Au and 17,300 oz of Ag were producedfrom 21,268 tons of ore. Further exploration programs were continued by Claimstaker over the following years and a Japanese joint venture partnerwas brought onboardthat prompted a name changeto J-Pacific Gold Inc. This partnership was terminated by 2010, resulting in another name change to Sona Resources Corp.

  • Gold-bearing quartz veins were discovered near Blue Creek in 1934, and in 1940-1941 the Elizabeth No. 1-4 claims were staked.
  • Bralorne Mines Ltd. optioned the property in 1941 and during the period 1948-1949, explored the presently- named Main and West Veins by about 700 metresof cross-cutting and drifting, as well as about 110 metres of raises.
  • After acquiring the Elizabeth Gold Project in 2002, J- Pacific (now Sona) has conducted a series of exploration programs that included diamonddrilling 66 holes totalling 8962.8 metres (up until 2009) Other exploration work by Sona at the Elizabeth Gold Project has included two soil grid, stream sediment sampling, geological mappingand sampling, underground rehabilitation, structural mapping and airborne photography and topographic base map generation.

Geology

  • Deposit type, geological setting and styleof mineralisation.
  • The Blackdome property is situatedin a region underlain by rocks of Triassic to Tertiary age. Sedimentary and igneous rocks of the Triassic Pavilion Group occurring along the FraserRiver represent the oldest rocks in the region. A large, Triassic age, ultramafic complex(Shulaps Complex) was emplaced along the Yalakomfault; a regional scale structure locatedsome 30 kilometres south of the property. Sediments and volcanics of the Cretaceous Jackass Mountain Groupand Spences Bridge/Kingsvale Formations overlie the Triassic assemblages. Some of these rocks occur severalkilometres south of Blackdome.
  • Overlying the Cretaceous rocks are volcanics and minor sediments of Eocene age.These rocks underlie much of

Blackdome and are correlated with the KamloopsGroup seen in the Ashcroft and Nicola regions.

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Geochemical studies (Vivian, 1988)have shown these rocks to be derivedfrom a “calc-alkaline” magma in a volcanicarc type tectonicsetting. Eocene age granitic intrusions at Poison Mountain some 22 kilometres southwest of Blackdome are host to a gold bearing porphyry copper/molybdenum deposit. It is speculated that this or related intrusions could reflect the source magmas of the volcanic rocks seen at Blackdome. There is some documented evidenceof young graniticrocks several kilometres south of the mine near Lone Cabin Creek.

The youngest rocks present are Oligocene to Miocene basalts of the Chilcotin Group. These are exposed on the uppermost slopes of Blackdome Mountain and Red Mountain to the south.

  • Transecting the property in a NE-SWstrike direction are a seriesof faults that range from vertical to moderately westerly dipping. These faultsare the principal host structures for Au- Ag mineralisation. The faults anastomose, and form sygmoidal loops.
  • The area in which the Elizabeth Gold Project is situated is underlain by Late Paleozoic to Mesozoic rock assemblages that are juxtaposed across a complexsystem of faultsmainly of Cretaceous and Tertiary age. These Paleozoic to Mesozoic-age rocks are intrudedby Cretaceous and Tertiary-age stocksand dykes of mainly felsicto intermediate composition, and are locallyoverlain by Paleogene volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The Elizabeth Gold Project is partly underlain by ultramafic rocksof the Shulaps Ultramafic Complex,which include harzburgite, serpentinite and theiralteration product listwanite.
  • The gold mineralisation found on the Elizabeth Gold Project presentcharacteristics typical of epigenetic mesothermal gold deposits. The auriferous quartz vein mineralisation is analogous to that foundin the Bralorne- Pioneer deposits. Gold mineralisation is hosted by a seriesof northeast trending, steeply northwest dippingveins that crosscut the Blue Creek porphyry intrusion. The Main and West vein systems displaymesothermal textures, including ribboned-laminated veins and comprehensive wall rock breccias. Vein formation and gold mineralisation were associated with extensional-

brittle faulting believed to be contemporaneous with mid- Eocene extensional faulting along the Marshall Creek,Mission Ridge and Quartz Mountain faults.

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Drill hole Information

  • A summary of all information material to the understanding of the exploration results including a tabulation of the following information for all Material drill holes:
    • easting and northing of the drill hole collar
    • elevation or RL (Reduced Level- elevation abovesea level in metres) of the drill hole collar
    • dipand azimuth of the hole
    • down hole lengthand interception depth
    • hole length.
  • If the exclusion of this information is justified on the basisthat the information is not Material and this exclusion does not detractfrom the understanding

of the report, the Competent Person should clearlyexplain why this isthe case.

  • Refer to Appendix 1 for drillhole collar information

Data aggregation methods

  • In reporting Exploration Results, weighting averaging techniques, maximum and/orminimum grade truncations (eg cutting of high grades)and cut-off gradesare usually Material and should be stated.
  • Where aggregate intercepts incorporate short lengthsof high grade results and longer lengthsof low grade results, the procedure used for such aggregation shouldbe stated and some typicalexamples of such aggregations shouldbe shown in detail.
  • The assumptions used for any reporting of metal equivalent values should be clearly stated.
  • Intervals reported usingseveral samples are calculated using a weighted average.
  • Calculated intervals usinga weighted averagedid not use a top cut on high-grade samples.High-grade samples are reported as ‘including’
  • Calculated weighted averageintervals are continuous intervals of a mineralized zone and do not includeunsampled intervals or unmineralized intervals.

Relationship between mineralisation widths andintercept lengths

  • These relationships are particularly important in the reporting of Exploration Results.
  • If the geometry of the mineralisation with respect to the drill hole angle is known,its nature shouldbe reported.
  • If it is not known and only the down hole lengths are reported, thereshould be a clear statement to this effect(eg ‘down hole length, true width not

known’).

  • In general, drilling is designed to intersect the mineralized zone at a normal angle,but this is not always possible.
  • For the reported intervals, true widthsare reported where mineralized core was intactand possible to measure the orientation. Otherwise the true widthis left blank

Diagrams

  • Appropriate maps and sections (with scales) and tabulations of intercepts shouldbe included for any significant discovery being reportedThese should include, but not be limited to a plan view of drill

hole collar locations and appropriate sectional views.

  • Refer to maps within announcement for drill hole locations.

Criteria

JORC Code explanation

Commentary

Balanced

reporting

  • Where comprehensive reporting of all Exploration Results is not practicable, representative reporting of both low and high grades and/or widthsshould be practiced to avoid misleading reporting of Exploration

Results.

  • Where broader low-grade intervals are reportedthe high-grade intercepts are reported as ‘including’ within the reported interval

Other substantive exploration data

  • Other exploration data, if meaningful and material, shouldbe reported including (but not limitedto): geological observations; geophysical survey results;geochemical survey results; bulk samples – size and method of treatment; metallurgical test results; bulk density, groundwater, geotechnical and rock characteristics; potential deleterious or contaminating

substances.

  • Tempus recently completed an airborne magnetic and radiometric survey over the Elizabeth Gold Project (refer to ASX announcement 02 August 2021) by completing 97 lines for a total of 735 line-kilometres. Flight lines are oriented east-west with north-south tie lines and spaced 200 metres across the entire 115km2 Elizabeth property. Line spacing of 100 metres was flown over the Elizabeth Main and Elizabeth East Zones.
  • The airborne magnetic survey data was reviewed and interpreted by Insight Geophysics Inc. using 3D magnetization vector inversion (MVI) modelling.
  • The geophysical surveys identified the Blue Creek Porphyry, which is the known host of the high-grade Elizabeth gold-quartz veins, as a relative magnetic low anomaly within the Shulaps Ultramafic Complex. From this correlation of geology and geophysics it was determined that the Blue Creek Porphyry, originally explored / mapped to approximately 1.1km2 in size, is likely much larger. The airborne magnetic survey and MVI 3D modelling interpret the Blue Creek Porphyry to be at least four-times the size at approximately 4.5km2.
  • This interpretation of the Blue Creek Porphyry is also extensive at depth extending to at least 2km deep

Further work

  • The nature and scale of planned furtherwork (eg testsfor lateral extensions or depth extensions or large- scale step-out drilling).
  • Diagrams clearly highlighting the areas of possible extensions, including the main geological interpretations and future drillingareas, provided this

information is not commercially sensitive.

  • Tempus plans to update historical NI43-101 foreign resource estimates to currentNI43-101 and JORC 2012 standards
  • Tempus is also seeking to expand the scale of the mineralisation at the projectthrough further exploration.

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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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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.

Notes:

To learn more about Rio2 Limited, please visit: www.rio2.com or Rio2’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

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.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8c514bce-53e8-46ea-9ac9-3386582bec34

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.

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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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