TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ - Excellon Resources Inc. (TSX: EXN) (NYSE: EXN) (FRA: E4X2) ("Excellon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce initial drill results from the recently completed 2022 exploration program at its Kilgore Project (or "Kilgore") in Idaho, USA.
The 2022 Kilgore drill program was composed of six oriented diamond drill holes totalling 2,145 metres. The first hole reported an intercept of 0.74 g/t Au over 115.60 meters (EX22KG001), including 1.07 g/t Au over 26.93 metres and 26.5 g/t Au over 0.65 metres. The Kilgore exploration program completed in 2022 also included 3D induced polarization (IP) and magnetotellurics (MT) geophysical survey, and property-wide prospecting.
The infill portion of the 2022 Kilgore drill program, together with detailed sampling, was completed to improve the understanding of the structural controls on the high-grade mineralization encountered at Kilgore.
Initial infill drill results (EX22KG001):
Further assays are pending, and the Company will provide relevant updates as this information becomes available.
A geophysical survey consisting of 75 line-kilometres of 3D IP/MT has been completed, and data inversion and interpretation are pending.
Project-wide systematic prospecting has been completed with 211 rock samples collected, and 166 assays have been received to date.
Jorge Ortega, Vice President Exploration, commented: "We are encouraged by the results we have received to date as they improve our understanding of the deposit and confirm the historical data. The techniques used, including oriented core and detailed sampling, have provided an important insight into the geological controls on high-grade gold mineralization that, along with the pending IP/MT survey data, will continue to define further drill targets and exploration plans in order to realize the full potential for the Kilgore Project."
Kilgore Exploration Results To Date1
The 2022 drill program at Kilgore focused on confirming the historical and reverse circulation intercepts within the Kilgore deposit, and exploring along the trend and at depth while obtaining structural readings from the oriented core throughout the deposit. Diamond drill hole EX22KG001 was a confirmation drillhole within the current mineral resource envelope identified by the previous drilling. A more detailed sampling was conducted, identifying a high level of grade variability, and control of mineralization by narrow jarosite-filled structures and narrow, high-grade vein stockwork.
For further information on the above drill results, please refer to the section entitled "Technical Information and Quality
The following table highlights selected intervals received to date from the first hole of the six holes completed:
(1) From-to intervals are measured from the drill collar. All intervals are reported as core length.
In addition to diamond drilling, the Company completed a 75-line-kilometre IP and MT survey across high-priority targets along the Kilgore deposit. The survey aims to better define structural features associated with, and the extent of, mineralization and to further define drill targets.
Additionally, 71 Spatiotemporal Geochemical Hydrocarbon (SGH), 37 traditional ICP-MS, and 37 Mobile Metal Ion (MMI) samples have been collected over the deposit to map geochemical responses, with all analytical methods returning strong geochemical responses. Analysis of SGH results by Activation Laboratories Ltd. specialists accurately identified the deposit area (including the parts of the deposit located under post-mineralization cover), suggesting that SGH may be a preferred method of soil sampling, considering that a significant portion of the property is under post-mineralization cover.
For more information on Kilgore, including its current mineral resource estimates, refer to the technical report filed by Otis
As part of the property-wide prospecting program at Kilgore, 211 rock samples have been collected, with 45 assay results still pending. The prospecting confirmed that a significant portion of the property is covered with a barren post-mineralization cover. A combination of geophysics, SGH soil and stream sediment sampling will be used for the target generation in areas under cover.
About the Kilgore Project
Kilgore is an advanced exploration-stage low sulfidation epithermal gold deposit located in Clark County, Idaho. Excellon has a 100% undivided interest in Kilgore with claims totalling 6,762 hectares. Kilgore has Indicated and Inferred mineral resource estimates as stated below.
Mineral Resource Estimate – Kilgore Project(1)
(1) For further information on the Kilgore project, including mineral resource estimates for the project, refer to the Kilgore Technical Report
The Company's 2022 infill drilling program targeted higher-grade mineralization and structures at depth, predominantly in the Aspen formation, seeking to define the potential for structure-controlled higher-grade gold mineralization at the deposit.
Excellon's vision is to realize opportunities through the acquisition of advanced development or producing assets with further potential to gain from an experienced operational management team for the benefit of our employees, communities and shareholders. The Company is advancing a precious metals growth pipeline that includes: Kilgore, an advanced gold exploration project in Idaho with strong economics and significant growth and discovery potential; and an option on Silver City, a high-grade epithermal silver district in Saxony, Germany with 750 years of mining history and no modern exploration. The Company also aims to continue capitalizing on current market conditions by evaluating and acquiring undervalued projects in the Americas.
Additional details on Excellon's projects are available at www.excellonresources.com.
Technical Information and Quality Control Notes
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The drill results contained in this news release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("CSA").
Kilgore drill core samples are prepared and assayed by ALS in Twin Falls, Idaho, Reno, Nevada and Vancouver, BC. The lab is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:20015. Assay turnaround times have been impacted recently by a worldwide increase in demand for laboratory services. The Company has a comprehensive quality assurance and quality control ("QAQC") program, supervised by a Qualified Person, as defined by NI 43-101.
The sampling of, and assay data from, the core sampling and reporting are monitored through a QAQC program designed according to best industry practice. Samples from HQ- and BQ-sized drill core are selected by Excellon geologists and cut into halves at the project site. Half of the core is retained at the site for reference purposes. Sample intervals vary from 0.2 to 3.05 metres in length, with samples being selected to honour geological contacts. Samples are labelled and packed into sealed plastic bags which are grouped into larger fibre bags for shipping. A formal chain-of-custody procedure is in place for the security of samples from project to laboratory.
Samples are delivered by Excellon staff to the ALS laboratory in Twin Falls, Idaho. Samples then undergo crushing to 70% passing two millimetres, rotary split of 250 grams, followed by pulverizing to 85% passing 75 microns before a 50-gram sub-sample is selected for analysis. Fire assay with a gravimetric finish overlimit for gold is performed at Reno, Nevada ALS facility, and ICP-MS multi-element analysis for silver, base metals, and multi-element data is performed at Vancouver,BC ALS laboratory.
Mr. Jorge Ortega, P. Geo., Vice President Exploration of the Company and a Qualified Person, as defined in NI 43–101 of the CSA, reviewed, verified and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND OTHER MATTERS
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained or incorporated by reference in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" and "forwardlooking information" (collectively, "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as: "advancing", "aims", "believe", "considering", "continue", "could", "demonstrated", "development", "discovery", "encouraged", "expectation", "exploration", "estimate", "focus", "further", "future", "growth", "improve", "initial", "interpretation", "may", "modeling", "opportunities", "option", "pending", "pipeline", "plans", "potential", "priority", "program", "project", "prospecting", "provide", "risk", "sampling", "seeking", "survey", "targets", "testing", "trend", "vision", "will" and "would", or variations of such words, and similar such words, expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results can, could, may, should, will (or not) be achieved, occur, provide, result or support in the future or which, by their nature, refer to future events. In some cases, forward-looking information may be stated in the present tense, such as in respect of current matters that may be continuing, or that may have a future impact or effect. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding mineralization, mineralized structures, mineral resource envelope and deposit (including potential, grade, further definition, continuation and location); exploration projects, exploration and drill programs and activities (including scale, prospects and prospectivity, successes, targets and current assessments of drilling to date); acquisitions; realization of opportunities (and gains, benefits and other results thereof); discovery and growth potential; economics; and capitalizing on current market conditions. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct, and any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future actions, results or performance. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, estimates, expectations and opinions, which are considered reasonable and represent best judgment based on available facts, as of the date such statements are made. If such assumptions, estimates, expectations and opinions prove to be incorrect, actual and future results may be materially different than expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The assumptions, estimates, expectations and opinions referenced, contained or incorporated by reference in this news release which may prove to be incorrect include those set forth or referenced in this news release, as well as those stated in the 2022 AIF, the Kilgore Technical Report, the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year –ended December 31, 2021 and the quarters already ended in 2022 (together with the accompanying financial statements, collectively, the "FYE2021 and 2022 MD&A") and the Company's other applicable public disclosure, all available on the Company's website at www.excellonresources.com and under its profile at www.sedar.com. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors include, among others, the "Risk Factors" in the 2022 AIF, and the risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors identified in the Kilgore Technical Report and the FYE2021 and 2022 MD&A and the Company's other applicable public disclosure. The foregoing list of risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors is not exhaustive; readers should consult the more complete discussion of the Company's business, financial condition and prospects that is provided in the 2022 AIF and the other aforementioned documents. The forward-looking statements referenced or contained in this news release are expressly qualified by these Cautionary Statements as well as the Cautionary Statements in the 2022 AIF, the Kilgore Technical Report and the FYE2021 and 2022 MD&A and the Company's other applicable public disclosure. Forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this news release (or as otherwise expressly specified) and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.
Until mineral deposits are actually mined and processed, mineral resources must be considered as estimates only. Mineral resource estimates that are not classified as mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimation of mineral resources is inherently uncertain, involves subjective judgement about many relevant factors and may be materially affected by, among other things, environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors described in the foregoing Cautionary Statements. The quantity and grade of reported "inferred" mineral resource estimates are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define "inferred" mineral resource estimates as an "indicated" or "measured" mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading "inferred" mineral resource estimates to an "indicated" or "measured" mineral resource category. The accuracy of any mineral resource estimates is a function of the quantity and quality of available data, and of the assumptions made and judgments used in engineering and geological interpretation, which may prove to be unreliable and depend, to a certain extent, upon the analysis of drilling results and statistical inferences that may ultimately prove to be inaccurate. The quantity and grade of "inferred" mineral resource estimates are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define "inferred" mineral resource estimates as an "indicated" or "measured" mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading "inferred" mineral resource estimates to an "indicated" or "measured" mineral resource category. Mineral resource estimates may have to be re-estimated based on, among other things: (i) fluctuations in mineral prices; (ii) results of drilling and development; (iii) results of geological and structural modeling including stope design; (iv) metallurgical testing and other testing; (v) proposed mining operations including dilution; and (vi) the possible failure to receive and/or maintain required permits, licenses and other approvals. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of a "inferred", "indicated" or "measured" mineral resource estimate will ever be upgraded to a higher category including a mineral reserve.
The mineral resource estimates declared by the Company were estimated, categorized and reported using standards and definitions using Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (the "CIM Standards") in accordance with NI 43-101 of the CSA, which governs the public disclosure of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects.
The terms "mineral resource", "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource" and "inferred mineral resource" as disclosed by the Company are Canadian mining terms defined in the CIM Standards (collectively, the "CIM Definitions") in accordance with NI 43-101. NI 43-101 establishes standards for all public disclosure that a Canadian issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. These Canadian standards differ from the requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") applicable to United States domestic and certain foreign reporting companies under Subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K ("S-K 1300"). Accordingly, information describing mineral resource estimates for the Company's projects, including Kilgore, may not be comparable to similar information publicly reported in accordance with the applicable requirements of the SEC, and so there can be no assurance that any mineral resource estimate for the Company's projects would be the same had the estimates been prepared per the SEC's reporting and disclosure requirements under applicable United States federal securities laws, and the rules and regulations thereunder, including but not limited to S-K 1300. Further, there is no assurance that any mineral resource or mineral reserve estimate that the Company may report under NI 43-101 would be the same had the Company prepared such estimates under S-K 1300.
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