Mr. James Anderson reports
VANGOLD INCREASES PLACEMENT TO $16,950,000
Due to increased demand, Vangold Mining Corp. has further expanded the size of its non-brokered private placement financing announced Dec. 23, 2020, and expanded on Jan. 19, 2021, and Jan. 25, 2021. The private placement will now consist of a total of 56.5 million units at a price of 30 cents per unit for gross proceeds of $16.95-million. Each unit will consist of one common share of the company and one-half of a common share purchase warrant; with each warrant entitling the holder to purchase an additional common share of the company at a price of 45 cents within three years of closing, subject to acceleration in certain events. All other terms of the private placement as announced on Dec. 23, 2020, remain the same.
Subject to acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange, the private placement is expected to close immediately prior to or concurrent with the company's acquisition of the El Cubo mine and mill complex. See "El Cubo mine and mill" below. The company may pay finder's fees in cash, shares and/or warrants to certain finders in connection with the sale of units in accordance with the policies of the TSX-V and all securities issued pursuant to the private placement will be subject to a four-month hold period from the date of closing.
Reinstatement of trading
The company has received notice from the TSX-V that the company's shares will be reinstated for trading at the opening of the market on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, following the TSX-V's initial review of the company's acquisition of El Cubo. The acquisition and concurrent part and parcel private placement remain subject to acceptance of the exchange.
El Cubo mine and mill
On Dec. 18, 2020, the company announced it had signed a binding LOI with Endeavour Silver Corp. to acquire El Cubo. The El Cubo plant and tailings facilities are currently on short-term care and maintenance and Vangold intends to restart the mill at approximately 750 tonnes per day using mineralized material from its existing surface and underground stockpiles at El Pinguico as a significant portion of its estimated throughput for the first 36 months of operation.
As reported by Vangold on Feb. 16, 2021 (i), El Cubo and El Pinguico contained the following silver-gold resources, as detailed by Behre Dolbear & Company (USA) Inc., in its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) effective Jan. 31, 2021.
Mineral resource estimate
- Total indicated mineral resources for the combined project are 718,655 tonnes grading 160 grams per tonne silver and 1.90 g/t gold, or 306 g/t silver equivalent (AgEq), which equates to 7.2 million oz AgEq using a conversion ratio of one oz of Au being equivalent to 80 oz of Ag.
- Total inferred mineral resources for the combined project are 1,453,000 tonnes grading 214 g/t Ag and 2.78 g/t Au, or 435 g/t AgEq, which equates to 20.4 million oz AgEq using a conversion ratio of one oz of Au being equivalent to 80 oz of Ag.
Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. There has been insufficient exploration to allow for the classification of the inferred resources at El Cubo as an indicated or measured mineral resource; however, it is reasonably expected that the majority of the inferred mineral resources could be upgraded to indicated or measured mineral resources with continued exploration. There is no guarantee that any part of the above mineral resources will be converted into a mineral reserve in the future.
Because such resources were derived from 19 different veins on the El Cubo property, as well as surface and underground stockpiles at the El Pinguico property, the company believes El Cubo and El Pinguico host excellent exploration possibilities for the future.
Under the Endeavour agreement, Vangold will acquire the El Cubo mine, the El Cubo mill and approximately 7,000 hectares of prospective mining concessions located adjacent to the El Cubo mill and within the greater Guanajuato mine region. The acquisition remains subject to acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Vangold's El Pinguico project
El Pinguico is a high-grade gold and silver deposit that was mined from the early 1890s until 1913. Toward the end of that period it was mined exclusively by The Pinguico Mines Company of New York, whose shares traded on the Boston and New York stock exchanges. The mining was done principally from the El Pinguico and El Carmen veins, which are thought to be splays off the Mother vein, or Veta Madre.
The Veta Madre is associated with a megafault that outcrops for 25 kilometres and is the most important source of precious metal mineralization in the region. Current geologic interpretation, based on regional mapping and projections from the Veta Madre developed at adjacent historic mine operations, suggest that the Veta Madre vein system may cross Vangold's property at depth, underneath the high-grade El Pinguico and El Carmen veins. Very limited drilling has been done on the property and no drilling has yet attempted to encounter the Veta Madre at depth. The intersection of these major vein structures are excellent exploration targets and may result in zones of significant size and grades.
Hernan Dorado Smith, a director of Vangold and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
Vangold hires Mars for investor relations services
The company announces that it has retained the services of Vancouver-based Mars Investor Relations Inc., a full-service investor relations and consulting services company focused on the junior mining sector. Under the terms of the engagement, the company will pay Mars a fee of $12,000 per month for an initial six-month term and has granted Mars stock options to purchase up to an aggregate of 150,000 common shares at a price of 30 cents per share until Feb. 17, 2024. The options shall vest quarterly over a period of 12 months, with 25 per cent vesting each quarter. Mars advises that neither it nor its affiliates currently hold any shares of the company; however Mars may from time to time acquire or dispose of securities of the company through the market, privately or otherwise, as circumstances or market conditions warrant. Mars is at arm's length to Vangold and has no other relationship with the company, except pursuant to this engagement.
About Vangold Mining Corp.
Vangold Mining is an exploration and development company engaged in reactivating high-grade past-producing silver and gold mines near the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. The company's El Pinguico project is a significant past producer of both silver and gold located just seven kilometres south of the city. The company remains focused on the near-term potential for development and monetization of its surface and underground stockpiles of mineralized material at El Pinguico, and in delineating silver and gold resources through underground and surface drilling on projects located in this historic mining camp.
(i) Extracted from Vangold's news release dated Feb. 16, 2021.
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