Metalla Completes Acquisition of Royalty on Fifteen Mile Stream and Provides Asset Update
All amounts expressed in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted
VANCOUVER, Aug. 16, 2019 - Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd. ("Metalla" or the "Company") (TSXV: MTA) (OTCQB: MTAFF) is pleased to announce that the Company has completed the closing on its previously announced acquisition of a 3.0% NSR royalty on St Barbara Ltd.'s Fifteen Mile Stream project for $2 million from a third party in accordance with a purchase and sale agreement. As consideration for the transaction, Metalla has made an upfront payment of $0.5 million in cash, with an additional payment of up to $1.5 million upon the exercise of the royalty payor's buy-back right to purchase two-thirds of the 3.0% NSR royalty for a period of five years.
Santa Gertrudis (2.0% NSR Royalty)
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. ("Agnico Eagle") reported on July 24, 2019 that they continue to expand mineralization at the Santa Gertrudis project in Mexico. The Trinidad zone has been extended by 800 meters to more than 3 kilometers strike length. Drilling extended the newly discovered Amelia deposit to a 700-meter strike length and a total depth of 450 meters. Notable intercepts by Agnico Eagle include 8.2g/t gold over 7.3m and 8.8g/t gold over 6m.
Moreover, drilling at the Becarros zone has discovered new mineralization known as the Bertha target, located 250m northwest of the Becerros Norte deposit; highlighted by 2.1g/t gold over 9.5m; 150m to the south west and 3g/t over 8m. Half of the 2019 supplementary 11,500m drill program continues at Santa Gertrudis intending to explore new targets and expand the mineral resources. Agnico has stated they continue to believe that the Santa Gertrudis project has the potential to eventually be a similar size operation to the La India Mine.
El Realito (2.0% NSR Royalty)
At El Realito, Agnico Eagle reported exploration drilling continued to extend the mineralization laterally and confirm structures to the east. Agnico Eagle increased the drill program at La India in 2019 by an additional 5,000-meters to further expand mineral resources. Drilling in the main structure has yielded several oxide intercepts including 0.6g/t gold and 4g/t silver over 13.2m and 0.6g/t gold and 4g/t silver over 8.4m which were both within 100m of the surface. Drilling 300 meters east of the main structure, intersected 0.8g/t gold and 110g/t silver over 11.2m and 3.1g/t gold and 27g/t silver over 3.4m which were also within 100m of the surface. The El Realito mineralized system remains open, and Agnico Eagle expects to increase the year-end resource estimate.
COSE & Joaquin (1.5% & 2.0% NSR Royalty)
Pan American Silver Corp. ("Pan American Silver") disclosed in their Q2 results on August 7, 2019 and related conference call that they spent a combined US$7.0 million on the Joaquin and COSE projects during Q2 2019. Underground development and ground support system implementation is continuing to advance as they move closer to production.
Development at COSE has extracted 1,500 tonnes at 2600g/t silver and 33g/t gold which is currently stockpiled on surface. This grade compares favorably with the reserve grade at COSE of 918g/t silver and 17.7g/t gold. At COSE, Pan American Silver expects that production in late 2019 will be limited to development material with stope production in Q1 2020.
Metalla expects the timeline for stope production at Joaquin to begin by the end of 2019 as development will continue after further ground support system implementation in the next few weeks.
The scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been approved by Charles Beaudry, M.Sc., P.Geo. and géo., a qualified person within the meaning of NI 43-101.
Metalla is a precious metals royalty and streaming company. Metalla provides shareholders with leveraged precious metal exposure through a diversified and growing portfolio of royalties and streams. Our strong foundation of current and future cash-generating asset base, combined with an experienced team gives Metalla a path to become one of the leading gold and silver companies for the next commodities cycle.
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ON BEHALF OF Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd.
(signed) "Brett Heath"
President and CEO
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