Precipitate Secures Rights to Acquire 100% of Motherlode Gold Project in Newfoundland, Canada and Reports Board Changes
Vancouver, B.C. – August 17, 2021 - Precipitate Gold Corp. (the “Company” or “Precipitate”) (TSXV: PRG, OTCQB: PREIF) is pleased to announce it has secured, by a combination of staking and property option agreements, exclusive rights to acquire a 100% interest in mineral exploration licenses totalling 12,350 hectares making up the Motherlode Gold Project (the “Motherlode Project” or the “Project”) located within the Burin Peninsula of southern Newfoundland, Canada.
Motherlode Project Highlights: *
Select Historical Sampling Results
- High grade gold rock grab samples: 25.0 g/t Au, 15.7 g/t Au, 11.6 g/t Au, 6.3 g/t Au & 4.5 g/t Au
- Trench/Channel Results: 0.5m of 4.5 g/t Au, 1.5m of 10.1 g/t Au, 6.2m of 3.6 g/t Au (incl. 0.9m of 7.7 g/t Au)
- 2007 Diamond Drill Results (8 holes, 902m): 0.7m of 3.2 g/t Au, 10.4m of 0.82 g/t Au, 1.5m of 2.8 g/t Au
Gold Mineralization, Geology, Regional Geochemistry
- 11 historical mineral occurrences, including 8 gold showings;
- District-scale potential within an estimated 16.5-kilometre-long exploration trend hosted in late Proterozoic-age Burin Group volcanic and ultramafic rocks;
- Major northeast trending, sub-vertical dipping shear-fault zones up to 30 metres wide;
- Gold enriched quartz veins and quartz-silica stockworks are strongly associated with ‘high strain’ rocks (i.e. shears, schists, folds) with a generally low pyrite content;
- Project regional government till, lake & stream sample geochemistry anomalies include gold, arsenic, antimony, copper, nickel and zinc.
- 12,350 hectare project on Newfoundland’s south coast.
- Excellent access and logistical infrastructure, with year-round road access, high-power electrical lines running through the project, nearby Atlantic Ocean ports, and an active nearby industrial fluorite mine.
For reference: g/t = grams per tonne, Au = gold, m = metres
Jeffrey Wilson, Company President & CEO stated, "We are excited at the opportunity to diversify the Company’s project portfolio with this new property acquisition in one of Canada’s most active, mining-friendly, and prospective geological jurisdictions. Combining the contiguous properties with our own staked ground represents the consolidation of an underexplored district-scale land package in a favourable geological environment where significant prior sample and drill results yielded impressive gold values but lacked in adequate systematic follow up. The opportunity to apply the Company’s technical expertise with modern exploration techniques provides Precipitate and its shareholders with significant new discovery potential. This, combined with the Project’s superb access and infrastructure mean the Company’s geological crews can promptly activate field work to identify and prioritize targets with a near term view to generating results. The Motherlode Project augments the Company’s existing properties in the Dominican Republic where multiple targets remain drill-ready and awaiting further advancement.”
Figure 1 – Motherlode Project Map with Historic Sampling and Drilling Results
Regional Geology of Burin Peninsula:
The Motherlode Project is located approximately 3.5 hours by road from Gander and St. John’s within the southeastern region of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, which is part of an active gold exploration region that includes other high profile gold exploration projects such as Root & Cellar (Northern Shield Resources), Heritage (Golden Ridge Resources) and Hickey’s Pond (Bonavista Resources).
Project lithologies are part of the major Avalon Tectonostratigraphic Zone, where claims are dominantly underlain by late Proterozoic aged Burin Group submarine oceanic volcanics and associated ultramafics, with interbedded clastic sediments and carbonate rocks. The Burin Group lithologies have a NE-SW trend and sub vertical dip, with a pervasive greenschist facies deformation, ranging from moderate fracture cleavage to a strong and discrete shear fabric (quartz-chlorite-sericite-calcite schists; typically, coplanar to local lithological bedding trends). Historical reports indicate that gold enriched quartz veins and quartz-silica stockworks are strongly associated with ‘high strain’ rocks (i.e. shears, schists, folds) containing a generally low pyrite concentration.
Figure 2 - Burin Peninsula - Major Regional Mineral Showings
Option and Acquisition Terms for Motherlode Project:
The Company entered into two underlying property option agreements granting Precipitate the exclusive right to earn a 100% interest in a combined 6,100 hectares of mineral exploration licences (the “Properties”) by fulfilling certain elective annual cash and share payments over a 4-year option term, as follows:
|Date||Cash||Precipitate Common Shares|
|12 month Anniversary||$52,000||650,000|
|24 month Anniversary||$74,000||990,000|
|36 month Anniversary||$84,000||1,270,000|
|48 month Anniversary||$107,000||1,800,000|
Upon completion of the cash and share payments as set out above, Precipitate will have a 100% interest in the Properties, subject to certain net smelter returns (“NSR”) of 1.5% (Vendor Group 1) and 2.5% (Vendor Group 2) granted to the two vendor groups by Precipitate. Portions of each NSR are purchasable by Precipitate at any time for $500,000 per 0.5% (Vendor Group 1) and $750,000 per 0.5% (Vendor Group 2). In addition, Precipitate retains a right of first refusal to purchase the balance of all NSRs at any time.
Additionally, the Company acquired a 100% interest in an adjoining 6,250 hectares by direct staking and execution of a purchase agreement to acquire a small inlier parcel in exchange for $1,000 and 25,000 common shares of the Company. No NSR is applicable on the staked or purchase agreement claims.
The property option agreements and purchase agreement are subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
In anticipation of closing these agreements promptly, a geological data review and the development of exploration plans are underway. Initiation of a first phase field program will be announced as it commences.
Dr. Quinton Hennigh is retiring as a director of the Company. Dr. Hennigh advised he will be unwinding his directorships with multiple public companies as he transitions into a more formal role with Crescat Capital, a global asset management firm.
"It has been a pleasure to work with the Precipitate team over the past ten years," commented Quinton Hennigh. "This is a very important time for the Company as it expands its exploration horizons to include a highly prospective land position in Newfoundland, the first Canadian project held by Precipitate in several years. I look forward to closely following this story as the Company and its highly experienced exploration team advance this exciting new project."
Jeffrey Wilson, Precipitate's President and CEO stated, "On behalf of the Board of Directors, and all members of the Precipitate team, I’d like to thank Quinton for his invaluable contribution to the Company’s growth and development. Mr. Hennigh has generously served as a member of the Precipitate Board since the Company’s inception in 2012, providing insightful technical guidance and strong capital market alliances. We wish Mr. Hennigh all the best in his new position and all future endeavours.”
* Note: Certain information and data in this news release concerning the Motherlode Project and past work done thereon and results therefrom are historical, being derived from publicly available sources including assessment reports and Newfoundland government technical sources. The reliability of some historical data is unknown but is considered relevant by Company management. The historical data may be non-NI 43-101 compliant and should not be relied upon. It is the Company’s intention to verify the historical data, however confirmation work may produce results that differ substantially from the historic results. High grade rock grab samples are selective by nature and are unlikely to represent average grades on the property.
This news release has been reviewed by Michael Moore, Vice President, Exploration of Precipitate Gold Corporation, the Qualified Person for the technical information in this news release under NI 43-101 standards.
About Precipitate Gold:
Precipitate Gold Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on exploring and advancing its mineral property interests in Newfoundland Canada and the Pueblo Viejo Mining Camp and Tireo Gold Trend of the Dominican Republic. The Company has entered into an Earn-In Agreement with Barrick Gold Corporation, whereby Barrick can earn a 70% interest in the Company’s Pueblo Grande Project by incurring US$10M within six years and producing a qualifying Pre-feasibility Study. Precipitate is also actively evaluating additional high-impact property acquisitions with the potential to expand the Company's portfolio and increase shareholder value, in other favourable jurisdictions.
Additional information can be viewed at the Company’s website www.precipitategold.com.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Precipitate Gold Corp.,
President & CEO
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