April 29, 2020 – Toronto, Ontario: Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV:RYR) (“Royal Road” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its 100% owned Colombian subsidiary, Exploraciones Northern Colombia SAS (“ENC”), has entered into formalization agreements (the “Formalization Agreements”) and related earn-in option and royalty agreements (collectively, the “Agreements”) with the proprietors of the La Candelaria and San Miguel informal gold mines located in the municipality of Los Andes-Sotomayor, Nariño district, Colombia. The La Candelaria and San Miguel mines are located within concession contract HH2-12001X (“the Concession”), held by AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), pending assignment to ENC pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement dated March 4, 2019 (see press release March 5, 2019).
Currently Royal Road has entered into four mining formalization agreements in Nariño (see also press releases October 2, 2019 and April 22, 2020; Figure 1). The Agreements were negotiated and entered into under the framework of the Colombian government’s National Policy for Mining Formalization wherein specific portions of the area held under concession by ENC will be returned directly to informal miners so that new concession contracts (“Formalized Concessions”) over such returned areas may be granted, enabling legal and responsible mining operations to take place. In exchange, ENC will receive a quarterly royalty equivalent to 3% of the doré extracted from the Formalized Concessions and has been granted the sole and exclusive right to carry out all exploration activities on the Formalized Concessions and the right to acquire 70% of the Formalized Concessions, subject to the completion of certain exploration milestones as summarized below. In-case the Company assists in further optimizing mine operations on Formalized Concessions, ENC may increase the royalty to be received by a further 1%.
The Company is also pleased to announce that it has executed a Heads of Agreement (“HOA”) with Colombian mining company Latminco S.A.S (“LMC”). LMC is a resource company established to develop traditional goldmines using modern mining and treatment technologies with the aim of improving the efficiency of mine operations for the benefit of local miners and surrounding communities. The HOA anticipates that LMC and ENC will collaborate and agree with certain Formalized Concessions to identify opportunities where production may be optimized and processing may be centralized to the benefit of all parties. In such cases, the relative royalty payments due to ENC from the Formalized Concessions shall become payable by LMC and the contractual security held by ENC over the Formalized Concessions shall be transferred for the benefit of LMC.
About the La Candelaria and San Miguel Gold Mines
The La Candelaria and San Miguel gold mines are located in the east of concession contract HH2-12001X (see Figure 1) and unlike the majority of gold deposits in the region are hosted in a silicified and folded sedimentary succession. Gold mineralization is predominantly related to steep to moderately-dipping and northeast trending brittle shear zones and is concentrated in 25 to 30 centimeter wide vein centers, surrounded by vein-stockwork zones of an unknown width. Rock-chip channel and grab sampling completed by AGA at La Candelaria in 2010, returned best results of 2.0 meters at 50.4 and 2.0 meters at 16.1 grams per tonne gold (32 samples, mean 3.0 grams per tonne gold, lowest result below laboratory detection limit). The presence of gold related to vein stockwork mineralization in the sedimentary wall-rocks at La Candelaria and San Miguel, imply the possibility of gold mineralization over wider, more economic widths.
“The Company has now executed four formalization agreements over promising gold operations in Nariño and there will be more to follow.” Said Tim Coughlin, Royal Road’s President and CEO. “The cash we anticipate earning from royalties due as part of this process will of course be significant, but we do not want to lose sight of the fact that we are an exploration company. The agreement we have executed with Latminco can allow us to effectively hand over the mine management component of the formalization process and ensure that our expert teams are focused on the job of finding large, Tier 1 gold and copper deposits, either as a component of the earn-in aspect of these agreements, or elsewhere in our extensive and prospective land package throughout Colombia”.
Highlights of the Formalization Agreements
The following is a brief summary of some of the key aspects of the Agreements:
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The information in this news release was compiled, reviewed and verified by Dr. Tim Coughlin, BSc (Geology), MSc (Exploration and Mining), PhD (Structural Geology), FAusIMM, President and CEO of Royal Road Minerals Ltd and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Royal Road Minerals employees are instructed to follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures intended to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. More information can be found on Royal Road Minerals web site at www.royalroadminerals.com
Quality Assurance and Quality Control:
The following information was made available to the Company by AngloGold Ashanti.
Sample preparation and analyses are conducted according to standard industry procedures. Rock samples are crushed, split and pulverized prior to analysis of Gold by fire assay and Atomic Absorption and multi-elements by ICP-AES and ICP-MS after four acid digestion. Stream sediment samples are sieved to -200 mesh and analyzed for Gold by fire assay and ICP AES and multi-elements by ICP-AES and ICP-MS after aqua regia digestion. Analytical performance is monitored by means of certified reference materials (CRMs), coarse blanks, coarse and pulp duplicate samples. Surface samples have been prepared, for the most part, in ALS Chemex preparation lab in Colombia and analyses have been completed in ALS Chemex Lima.
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