VANCOUVER, British Columbia – January 25th, 2022 – iMetal Resources, Inc. (TSX.V:IMR)(OTC PINK:ADTFF)(FRANKFURT:A7V2)Â (“iMetal” or the “Company“) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which it has been granted the option to acquire the 665 hectare Kerrs Gold Deposit, 90 kilometres east-northeast of Timmins, Ontario, in the Abitibi Greenstone Gold Belt.
The Kerrs Gold Deposit is comprised of a series of gold-bearing pyritized quartz vein replacement breccias enveloped by quartz fuchsite carbonate vein breccias averaging 10 metres in thickness. The deposit hosts an historical resource estimate of 7,041,460 tonnes grading 1.71 g/t gold yielding 386,467 ounces at a 0.5 g/t gold cut-off. Drilling subsequent to the historic estimate appears to have extended the mineralized zone along strike and down dip.
“The Kerrs Gold Deposit is a significant advanced gold asset located in one of the premier mining camps in Canada,” commented iMetal CEO Saf Dhillon. “The Company leapt at the chance to complement our existing Ontario gold portfolio with the Kerrs Deposit. Once the technical team completes a thorough review of the historical database, iMetal will concentrate on both bringing the historical resource current as well as formulating a development plan to further expanding it.” he continued.
The Kerrs Gold historical resources estimate was disclosed in “NI 43-101 Resource Estimation on the Kerrs Gold Deposit, Matheson, Ontario” prepared for Sheltered Oak Resources Inc. by Garth Kirkham, P. Geo of Kirkham Geosystems Ltd. and dated June 10, 2011. The Company considers the resource estimate relevant as it will drive further exploration by the Company and reliable, as it was completed by a competent Qualified Person to the standards of the day. The resource estimation methods and parameters were as follows:
Forty-one drill holes were utilized to interpolate the KBX Zone.
Composite length of 2 m was chosen and composites were weighted by length.
Sectional interpretations were wire-framed to create 3-D solids of the zones.
Zones were coded to the composites, and the block model, to constrain the modeling process.
Composites for the mineralized zone were used to interpolate into the blocks for each zone.
Ordinary kriging was used as the interpolator.
Relative elevation modeling was used to guide the ellipse orientation that accounts for the variation in dip due to the synclinal structure.
A minimum of two composites were used for each block and a maximum of two composites were used per drill hole; a maximum of 12 composites were used per hole.
A cutting factor was applied for gold with outlier composites limited to 10 g/t Au based on cumulative frequency plots. A zero cut-off grade was used for the manual polygonal method.
Minesightâ„¢ Software was used to perform the block modeling and estimations.
The Kerrs historic estimate is an inferred resource as defined in National Instrument 43-101. The Company is not aware of any more recent resource estimates, though there was further drilling completed after the historic estimate was released. The Company will need to review the historical drilling and analyses and will need to twin a number of the historic holes to bring the historic estimate current. The Company’s Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to classify the historic estimate as a current mineral resource.
iMetal is not treating the historical estimate as a current mineral resource.
The Kerrs Gold Deposit
Figure 1. Kerrs Gold Deposit
The road accessible Kerrs Gold Deposit consists of 36 units totaling approximately 665 hectares and lies 90 kilometres east-northeast of Timmins, Ontario in the Abitibi Greenstone Gold Belt.
The Deposit was discovered by Noranda in the late 1970â€™s early 1980â€™s by following glacial dispersion trains up-ice to the source. Drilling continued into the late 1980â€™s, with further drilling in the early to late-2000â€™s and early 2011â€™s. The drilling database was used to calculate the 2011 historic resource estimate, with further drilling completed subsequent to the release of the estimate. The Kerrs Gold Deposit consists of a series of gold-bearing pyritized quartz vein replacement breccias enveloped by quartz fuchsite carbonate vein breccias averaging approximately 10 metres and alteration envelopes varying up to 40 metres in thickness. Gold is directly related to pyrite content which ranges to 10% and is commonly found as disseminations and crystal aggregates in the sheeted, quartz vein replacement breccias. These breccias, averaging 31% quartz, exhibit reasonable correlation conforming to volcano-stratigraphic contacts as well as moderate to good continuity in grade correlations at the lower and upper boundaries of the vein breccia and alteration envelope assemblages.
The Kerrs Gold Deposit is stratabound, occurring at the contact of a thick, mafic pillow flow sequence overlying an ultramafic, magnetite-rich flow sequence. Quartz feldspar porphyry sills are spatially located above and below the breccia zones. This stratigraphy is synclinally folded with the deposit lying 350 m to 425 m below surface. Drilling has traced the main zone 800 metres and remains open in both directions and at depth.
The Company plans an immediate review of the historical database to define target areas to both significantly expand the historic resource and to test for additional structures. The Company has yet to verify the historical data.
The Kerrs Agreement
iMetal entered into a purchase option agreement (the â€œOption Agreementâ€), dated January 24th, 2022, with Gravel Ridge Resources Ltd. and 1544230 Ontario Inc. (collectively, the â€œVendorsâ€) pursuant to which it will be granted the right to acquire the Kerrs Gold Deposit. Â
To acquire the Deposit, the Company is required to issue 3,500,000 common shares (the â€œConsideration Sharesâ€) and complete a series of four cash payments totaling $210,000 to the Vendors as follows:
A cash payment of $60,000 and the issuance of the Consideration Shares, upon receipt of the approval (the â€œExchange Approvalâ€) of the TSX Venture Exchange (the â€œExchangeâ€).
A further cash payment of $50,000 upon the one-year anniversary of the Exchange Approval.
A further cash payment of $40,000 upon the two-year anniversary of the Exchange Approval.
A final cash payment of $60,000 upon the three-year anniversary of the Exchange Approval.
Following completion of the above cash payments and share issuances, the Company will acquire the Deposit and will grant to the Vendors a three percent royalty (the â€œRoyaltyâ€) on net smelter returns from the Deposit.Â The Company may acquire two percent of the Royalty from the Vendors at any time by completing a one-time cash payment of $2,000,000.
The Company is at arms-length from each of the Vendors.Â No findersâ€™ fees or commissions are payable in connection with the acquisition of the Project.Â Consummation of the Option Agreement, and the issuance of the Consideration Shares, remains subject to receipt of the Exchange Approval.Â Upon issuance, the Consideration Shares will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.
The Company also announces that it will conduct a non-brokered private placement (the â€œPlacementâ€) of up to 18,500,000 units (each, a â€œUnitâ€) at a price of $0.11 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $2,035,000.Â Each â€œUnitâ€ will consist of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant exercisable to acquire an additional common share at a price of $0.20 for a period of twenty-four (24) months (each, a â€œWarrantâ€).Â The Warrants will be subject to accelerated expiry in the event the closing price of the common shares of the Company exceeds $0.35 for ten (10) consecutive trading days.
Proceeds from the Placement will be used for the development of the Companyâ€™s Gowganda West Project, as well as development of the Kerrs Gold Deposit in the event the Option Agreement is consummated and for general working capital purposes.Â Completion of the Placement is not contingent on the Option Agreement being consummated, and the Company will proceed with the Placement even if the Option Agreement is not consummated.
In connection with the Placement, the Company may pay findersâ€™ fees to eligible third-parties who have introduced subscribers to the Company.Â All securities issued in connection with the Placement will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.Â Completion of the Placement remains subject to the approval of the Exchange.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by R. Tim Henneberry, PGeo (British Columbia), a director of iMetal and a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
About iMetal Resources Inc.
A Canadian based junior exploration company focused on the exploration and development of its portfolio of resource properties in Ontario and Quebec. iMetal is focused on advancing its Gowganda West Project that borders the Juby Project, an advanced exploration-stage gold project located within the Shining Tree Camp area in the southern part of the Abitibi Greenstone Gold Belt about 100 km south-southeast of the Timmins Gold Camp.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
President & CEO
iMetal Resources Inc.
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This news release may include forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements within, other than statements of historical fact, are to be considered forward looking. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include results of exploration, variations in results of mineralization, relationships with local communities, market prices, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. There can be no assurances that such statements will prove accurate and, therefore, readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such uncertainties. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required under the applicable laws.