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Dolly Varden Silver Corp (2)
Symbol DV
Shares Issued 270,000,000
Close 2023-12-19 C$ 0.80
Market Cap C$ 216,000,000
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Dolly Varden to assume Big Bulk option agreement

2023-12-20 11:13 ET - News Release

Mr. Shawn Khunkhun reports

DOLLY VARDEN SILVER CONSOLIDATES BIG BULK COPPER-GOLD PORPHYRY PROPERTY

Dolly Varden Silver Corp. has entered into an assignment and assumption agreement with Libero Copper & Gold Corp., pursuant to which Dolly Varden has acquired from Libero an option agreement entitling Dolly Varden, subject to certain conditions, to earn a 100-per-cent undivided interest in the southern portion of the Big Bulk project from Libero, thus consolidating the entire copper-gold porphyry system. The Libero property, also known as the Big Bulk property, is composed of seven mineral claims making up 3,025 hectares in the Golden Triangle, British Columbia. Pursuant to the assignment agreement, as consideration, the company has agreed to issue Libero 275,000 common shares of the company.

Agreement highlights:

  • Consolidation of the Big Bulk copper-gold mineralized calc-alkali porphyry system of the Texas Creek plutonic suite.
  • Historic data sets will be incorporated into a complete geologic model.
  • Existing land use agreement and exploration permit in place.

"We have been continuing to seek accretive consolidation opportunities in the area and the amalgamation of the southern portion of the Big Bulk copper gold porphyry with Dolly Varden's portion is our latest step," said Shawn Khunkhun, president and chief executive officer of Dolly Varden. "In the Golden Triangle, porphyry systems can represent metallogenic feeders to high-grade vein systems, such as the KSM deposit that occurs adjacent to the Brucejack mine. Big Bulk may represent a causative mineralized porphyry to the high-grade silver and gold deposits 10 kilometres to the west at the Kitsault Valley trend."

About the Big Bulk porphyry system

Big Bulk is located 20 kilometres north of the town of Kitsault, B.C., and is surrounded by Hecla Mining's Kinskuch project. The Big Bulk porphyry copper-gold system hosts multiple phases of intrusive rocks, hosted in Lower Jurassic-age Hazelton- and Triassic-age Stuhini volcanic and sedimentary rocks analogues. Recent work by the British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) and University of British Columbia (UBC) mineral deposits research unit (MDRU) indicate that Big Bulk is the northernmost porphyry of a string of several porphyry mineralized systems of multiple geologic ages that extend 30 km south to the New Moly LLC's Eocene-age Kitsault molybdenum deposit.

The southern portion of the Big Bulk property was initially explored by Teck and Canadian Empire Minerals from 2001 to 2003. The northern half of the system was drilled by AngloGold in 2009, encountering porphyry-style alteration, with copper and gold mineralization associated with quartz chalcopyrite/pyrite stockwork veins.

A new interpretation of the geology based on recent geologic mapping by the BCGS indicates that the target is a much larger calc-alkaline porphyry system tilted on its side with similarities in age and structural setting to the Kerr-Sulpherets-Mitchell (KSM) deposits. The work by UBC-MDRU (2018) places the Big Bulk intrusive along a regional structural trend that hosts numerous porphyry and epigenetic deposits. Within the Big Bulk porphyry system, higher-grade mineralization occurs in a discreet mineralized phases that had not been targeted by previous operators.

Libero's 2021 drill program at Big Bulk tested the new geological model focusing on a quartz-chalcopyrite-veined hornblende diorite intrusive phase of the Texas Creek plutonic suite that was intersected in multiple holes.

The acquisition

The acquisition is being completed pursuant to the assignment agreement. Dolly Varden has agreed to issue the consideration shares to Libero at a deemed value of 78 cents per consideration share (being the closing price of the common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange on Dec. 15, 2023) for an aggregate consideration of $214,500.

Issuance of the common shares remains subject to TSX-V approval and other customary conditions, and is currently expected to occur on or about Dec. 22, 2023. The company has agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly make all filings and take all necessary actions required to effect the acquisition, including the issuances of the consideration shares. The company intends to file a prospectus supplement to its base shelf prospectus dated April 25, 2023, to qualify the distribution of the consideration shares to Libero.

The option agreement

In connection with the acquisition, Dolly Varden also entered into an amending agreement with LCT Holdings Inc., the owner of the Big Bulk property and optionor under the option agreement. The amended option agreement provides that Dolly Varden may earn a 100-per-cent undivided interest in the Big Bulk property by completing the following payments:

  1. $50,000 in cash on or before Dec. 31, 2023;
  2. $150,000 in cash on or before Dec. 31, 2024;
  3. $250,000 in cash or common shares on or before Dec. 31, 2025;
  4. $500,000 in cash or common shares on or before Dec. 31, 2026;
  5. $500,000 in cash or common shares on or before Dec. 31, 2027.

Any common shares issued by Dolly Varden under the option agreement, as amended, will be issued at a deemed price equal to the 10-day volume-weighted average price of the Dolly Varden common shares on the TSX-V, subject to minimum pricing rules on the TSX-V. The option agreement gives Dolly Varden the option to accelerate the payments described above.

Qualified person

Rob van Egmond, PGeo, vice-president of exploration for Dolly Varden Silver, the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 has reviewed, validated and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release, and supervises the continuing exploration program for Dolly Varden on the Kitsault Valley project and the Big Bulk project.

About Dolly Varden Silver Corp.

Dolly Varden Silver is a mineral exploration company focused on advancing its 100-per-cent-held Kitsault Valley project (which combines the Dolly Varden project and the Homestake Ridge project) located in the Golden Triangle of British Columbia, Canada, 25 kilometres by road to tide water. The 163 square km project hosts the high-grade silver and gold resources of Dolly Varden and Homestake Ridge along with the past-producing Dolly Varden and Torbrit silver mines. It is considered to be prospective for hosting further precious metal deposits, being on the same structural and stratigraphic belts that host numerous other high-grade deposits, such as Eskay Creek and Brucejack. The Kitsault Valley project also contains the Big Bulk property which is prospective for porphyry- and skarn-style copper and gold mineralization, similar to other such deposits in the region (Red Mountain, KSM, Red Chris).

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