ATEX Receives Conditional Approval for Valeriano Acquisition
Historical Drill Results Include 1,194 Metres Grading 0.73% Cu eq.
Vancouver, December 3, 2019 - ATEX Resources Inc. (TSXV: ATX) ("ATEX") is pleased to announce that the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") has given conditional approval for ATEX's acquisition of the Valeriano porphyry copper gold project ("Valeriano"). With the conditional TSXV approval, ATEX shares will again commence trading on the TSXV on December 5, 2019.
Valeriano, located in Chile's prolific El Indio Belt, 30 kilometres north of the Veladero mine (Barrick/Shandong) and immediately south and adjacent to the Antofagasta/Barrick El Encierro project, overlies a large copper gold molybdenum-bearing porphyry system which has only been partially tested by three diamond drill holes (see table 1 and figure 1) completed in 2013 by Hochschild Mining plc ("Hochschild"). Two of the drill holes intersected a potassic altered granodiorite porphyry including drill hole VAL13-14 which returned 1,194 metres ("m") grading 0.52% copper ("Cu"), 0.24 grams per tonne gold ("g/t Au") and 36 parts per million ("ppm") molybdenum ("Mo") or 0.73% Cu equivalent ("Cu eq") and included 416 m of granodiorite porphyry which graded 0.67% Cu, 0.32 g/t Au and 31 ppm Mo for 0.94% Cu eq. The drill hole ended in mineralization.
"With the conditional approval of Valeriano copper gold project acquisition in hand, we can start making the necessary preparations to commence exploration activities in the new year," stated Carl Hansen, CEO of ATEX. "The previous Hochschild exploration activities, including geophysics and limited drilling, demonstrated the presence of a large porphyry system at Valeriano. It is our intent to commence a diamond drilling program in early 2020 to establish the potential of copper gold porphyry system."
In order to complete the upcoming exploration program, ATEX intends to commence a financing in the near term. Details on a pending financing will be announced when available. Completion of a financing should provide for final TSXV approval of the Valeriano acquisition.
|Table 1 - Assay results from historical Valeriano porphyry drilling (Hochschild 2012/13)|
|Hole #||from||to||length||Cu||Au||Mo||Cu Eq||Rock type|
|VAL12-09||668||742||74||0.37||0.18||186||0.59||rhyolite & diorite porphyry|
|900||1,748||848||0.47||0.16||89||0.64||breccias & diorite|
|including||614||1,170||556||0.45||0.20||44||0.63||rhyolite & diorite porphyry|
|VAL13-16||270||446||176||0.24||0.28||121||0.52||rhyolite & diorite porphyry|
|476||520||44||0.37||0.19||70||0.55||rhyolite & diorite porphyry|
|1. Intervals are composited at a 0.40 % Cu eq. cut-off. |
2. Cu eq. grades are calculated based upon a Cu price of $2.60 per pound, Au price of $1,450 per ounce and Mo price of $11.00 per pound (all prices in US$). Minor discrepancies may exist due to rounding. Metal recoveries were not considered.
3. Formula for Cu eq.% calculation: Cu eq%=(Cu %/100 * Cu $/tonne)+(Au g/t * Au $/gr.)+(Mo%/100 * Mo $/tonne) / Cu $/tonne
4. Insufficient information is available to estimate the true widths of the drill hole intervals or mineralized zone
ATEX, through its Chilean subsidiary ATEX Valeriano SpA., may earn up to a 100% interest in the Valeriano property by means of an option agreement with Sociedad Contractual Minera Valleno, an arm's length Chilean private company. ATEX's September 23, 2019 press release provides further details on the Valeriano property acquisition agreements and historical exploration activities.
NI 43-101 and Qualified Person Statements
Diamond drill core samples were prepared according to industry best practice under direct supervision of Hochschild and shipped directly to ALS laboratories in Chile for sample preparation and analysis using ICP-MS and fire assay. Internal QA/QC, including use of industry blanks and standards, was conducted by Hochschild. Drill hole and surface assays, geology and drill hole locations are shown as recorded in the Hochschild database as provided to ATEX by the vendors. ATEX has reviewed and validated the integrity of the data but has not independently verified the accuracy of the assay results.
Cu eq. grades were calculated based upon a Cu price of $2.60 per pound, Au price of $1,450 per ounce and Mo price of $11.00 per pound (all prices in US$). Metal recoveries were not used.
The scientific and technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by David R. Hopper, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 Standards for Disclosure for Mineral Projects. As the supervising geologist for the Hochschild exploration campaigns, Mr. Hopper, confirms the veracity of the Hochschild data, based upon his personal knowledge of the work undertaken and procedures used. David Hopper is a Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society of London, Fellow No. 1030584, and has over 25 years of relevant experience in exploration of porphyry-epithermal deposits. He resides in Santiago, Chile and is independent of ATEX within the meaning of NI 43-101.
A National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") compliant technical report on the Valeriano Project, dated November 25, 2019, has been filed on www.sedar.com.
About ATEX Resources Inc.
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Carl Hansen, CEO
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including predictions, projections and forecasts. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the success of exploration activities; mine development prospects; and, potential for future metals production. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "planning", "expects" or "does not expect", "continues", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "potential", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements in this news release including statements regarding the acquisition of the Valeriano property, the receipt of TSXV approvals, and future exploration activities and the result of those exploration activities.
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