VANCOUVER, July 9, 2019 - Banyan Gold Corp. (the "Company" or "Banyan") (TSX-V: BYN) has re-negotiated, subject to TSX Venture Approval, terms of the Aurex Option Agreement (the "Aurex Agreement") which allows the Company to earn up to a 100% interest in the Aurex Property from StrataGold Corporation, a 100% owned subsidiary of Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX-V: VIT), and the McQuesten Option Agreement (the “McQuesten Agreement”) to earn up to a 100% interest in the McQuesten Property from Alexco Resource Corporation (TSX: AXR), originally signed in May 24, 2017 (see news release of May 25th, 2017). The addendum to both agreements allows Banyan the election to extend the timeframe to complete the first earn in (51% total interest) by up to three (3) years. The contiguous Aurex and McQuesten properties are located in the Mayo Mining District, Yukon adjacent to Alexco’s prolific Keno Hill silver district and Victoria Gold’s Eagle heap leach mine which is now built and scheduled to produce gold in September of 2019. Alexco and Victoria Gold are both major shareholders of Banyan at 8.8 and 5.0 percent, respectively.
“The time extension on these parallel option agreements provides Banyan with additional flexibility on timing and location of exploration, which positions Banyan well for the forecasted gold market improvement. Post 2019 exploration programs will be driven by geology and value addition for shareholders, and not by claim boundaries” commented Tara Christie, President and CEO. “The compilation of historic work and ground-based exploration has resulted in the definition of a brand new mineralization model at the McQuesten Zone, and these amendments allow for development of a near surface, bulk tonnage resource, in unison with testing other prospective targets on the properties”.
With the 2019 exploration drilling program underway, Banyan has incurred the required exploration expenditures to fulfill the earn in requirements for 2019 on both properties. The amended agreements require that Banyan spend minimums of $1,665,000 on the Aurex Property and $1,600,000 on the McQuesten to complete the 51% earn-in to the properties.
The amended McQuesten agreement grants Banyan the election to extend the agreement by three (3) years beyond the original option dates, by spending an additional $90,000 in exploration expenditures for each year of extension (potentially adding a maximum of $270,000 in exploration expenditures above the requirements in the original agreement). The agreement also had minor housekeeping amendments to dates to be consistent with the timing and mechanics of the Aurex Agreement. The Aurex Agreement adds an election to extend the date to complete exploration expenditures to 2023, but otherwise remains unchanged.
The remaining share payments required by Banyan under the agreement remain unchanged, as in the table below:
Shares to be Issued Aurex Agreement
Shares to be Issued McQuesten Agreement
By Dec 31, 2019
By Dec 31, 2020
The terms of both agreements beyond the First Option (51%) remain unchanged as in the news release of May 25th, 2017 and give Banyan the election to form Joint Ventures with the Victoria Gold and Alexco at 51% and also allow Banyan the election to earn 100% on both properties.
Banyan Gold will be participating in the following events:
- Yukon Mining Alliance Investment Conference and Property Tours July 14-18, 2019. For more information. https://yukonminingalliance.ca/conferences-tours/
- Precious Metals Summit, Beaver Creek, Colorado, September 10-13, 2019.
The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
About Banyan Gold
Banyan Gold is focused on gold exploration projects that have the geological potential, size of land package and proximity to infrastructure that is advantageous for a mineral project to have potential to become a mine. Our Yukon based projects both fit this model and our objective is to gain shareholder value by advancing projects in our pipeline.
The Hyland Gold Project, located 70km NE of Watson Lake, Yukon, along the southeast end of the Tintina Gold Belt is a sediment hosted, structurally controlled, intrusion related gold deposit, with a large land package (over 125 sq. km), with the resource contained in the Main Zone area (900x600m) daylighting at surface and numerous other known surface gold targets. The Main Zone oxide zone is amenable to heap leach open pit mining, with column leach recoveries of 86%. The project has an existing gravel access road.
The Hyland Main Zone Indicated Gold Resource Estimate, prepared in accordance with NI 43-101, at a 0.3 g/t gold equivalent cutoff, contains 8.6 million tonnes grading 0.85 g/t AuEq for 236,000 AuEq ounces with an Inferred Mineral Resource of 10.8 million tonnes grading 0.83 g/t AuEq for 288,000 AuEq ounces.
In situ Tonnes
(1) Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. All figures are rounded to reflect the relative accuracy of the estimate.
(2) Mineral resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.3 g/t AuEq. AuEq grade is based on $1,350.00/oz Au, $17.00/oz Ag and assumes a 100% recovery. The AuEq calculation does not apply any adjustment factors for difference in metallurgical recoveries of gold and silver. This information can only be derived from definitive metallurgical testing which has yet to be completed.
The 9,230 ha Aurex-McQuesten Property, in close proximity to Victoria Gold's Eagle Project and Alexco Resource's Keno Hill Silver District, is highly prospective for structurally controlled, intrusion related gold-silver mineralization in relation to quartz monzonite dykes of the Tombstone intrusive suite. The property hosts numerous known gold targets and Banyan has developed a mineralization model at the McQuesten Gold target, located adjacent to the main Yukon highway and on the access road to the Victoria Gold heap leach mine.
Banyan trades on the TSX-Venture Exchange under the symbol “BYN”. For more information, please visit the corporate website at www.BanyanGold.com or contact the Company.
ON BEHALF OF BANYAN GOLD CORPORATION
(signed) "Tara Christie"
President & CEO
For more information, please contact:
Tara Christie David Rutt
Tel: (888) 629-0444 Tel: (888) 629-0444
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