Ely Gold Royalties Inc. (TSX-V: ELY) (OTCQX: ELYGF) (FSE: I4U) has reached binding agreements with twelve separate individuals to purchase private mineral interests on over 8,000 acres of private fee ground in Elko County, Nevada. All of the fee ground and the Mineral Interests are currently leased to Gold Standard Ventures Corp and cover certain portions of GSV’s Railroad-Pinion Project that is currently being developed as a heap-leach mining operation. The Leases provide for a combined 1.15% net smelter returns royalty and annual lease payments of over $150,000. The Mineral Interests and Leases cover large portions of the Dark Star, Pinion and Jasperoid Wash deposits in the South Railroad Complex as well as portions of the POD and Bald Mountain zones in the North Railroad. (see Figure 1). Eleven of the transactions are expected to close on December 1, 2020. One of Transactions is subject to the approval of the Toronto Venture Exchange.
Ely Gold will pay total consideration of US$2,509,543 cash at Closing for the ORTT Transactions. In addition, Ely Gold will pay US$1,300,000 Cash Consideration and issue 300,000 common stock warrants for the OR Transaction. The Ely Warrants have a five-year term and will have an exercise price of CDN$1.15. Securities issued under the Ely Warrants will be subject to a four-month hold period. In connection with its assistance with both transactions, Ely Gold has agreed to pay a cash finder’s fee to R&R Land, Mineral & Oil LLC totaling US$207,273. Closing of both transactions is subject to final due diligence by the Company.
Trey Wasser, President & CEO of Ely Gold commented, “Ely Gold has successfully consolidated another complex transaction resulting in a meaningful royalty position on one of Nevada’s next mine developments. Not only do these Leases cover approximately 35% of the total resources at South Railroad, they also cover most of GSV’s 2020 expansion drilling at Dark Star, Pinion and Jasperoid Wash.”
The Railroad-Pinion Project is an intermediate to advanced stage gold project with a favorable structural, geological and stratigraphic setting situated at the southeast end of the Carlin Trend of north-central Nevada, adjacent to and south of Nevada Gold Mines’ Rain Mining District. The Carlin Trend is a northwest alignment of sedimentary rock-hosted gold deposits with past production exceeding 80,000,000 ounces of gold. Each dome or “window” is cored by igneous intrusions that uplift and expose Paleozoic rocks and certain stratigraphic contacts that are favorable for formation of Carlin-style gold deposits. The Railroad-Pinion Project is centered on the fourth and southernmost dome-shaped window on the Carlin Trend.
On February 18, 2020, Gold Standard announced an updated Pre-Feasibility Study for The South Railroad portion of the Railroad-Pinion project consisting of the Dark Star deposit and the Pinion Deposit. Key Highlights of the Updated Base Case South Railroad PFS include: (all currencies are shown in US dollars):
Details of the Pre-Feasibility study can be found in Form 43-101F1 Technical Report Updated Preliminary Feasibility Study Elko County, Nevada at the following link:
In a press release dated July 16, 2020 GSV announced that they had entered into a binding letter of intent with Orion Mine Finance relating to a series of transactions, totaling approximately US$22.5 million. Orion also agreed to provide GSV with a term sheet to provide up to US$200 million of financing support to GSV, following the satisfaction of mutually agreed milestones, to help finance the construction of the South Railroad Project.
GSV recently announced encouraging drill results from 24 of 75 holes in the 2020 Pinion deposit development program. Oxide results include 42.7m of 0.92 g Au/t, including 7.6m of 2.69 g Au/t in hole PR20-14; 38.1m of 0.97 g Au/t in PR20-15; 64.0m of 0.81 g Au/t, including 22.9m of 1.20 g Au/t in hole PR20-19; and 29.0m of 0.77 g Au/t, including 12.2m of 1.28 g Au/t in PR20-23. Objectives of the 2020 Pinion development program include: 1) decreasing drill spacing on the Pinion Phase 4 ($1400 pit) inferred oxide resource for potential conversion to Measured and Indicated; 2) provide material for metallurgical testing; and 3) tighten the drill spacings near historic Cameco holes SB-136, a RC hole that intersected 102.1m of 1.38 g Au/t, and SB-162-99, a core hole that twinned and verified the SB-136 results with an intercept of 112.0m of 1.24 g Au/t. (see GSV press release dated October 20, 2020)
All 75 of the drill holes in the 2020 Pinion development program are on the Mineral Interests being purchased by Ely Gold. (see Figure 2)
Mineral Interests & Leased Claims
GSV Expansion Drilling
Stephen Kenwood, P. Geo, is director of the Company and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Kenwood has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release.
About Ely Gold Royalties Inc.
Ely Gold Royalties Inc. is a Nevada focused gold royalty company. Its current portfolio includes royalties at Jerritt Canyon, Goldstrike and Marigold, three of Nevada’s largest gold mines, as well as the Fenelon mine in Quebec, operated by Wallbridge Mining. The Company continues to actively seek opportunities to purchase producing or near-term producing royalties. Ely Gold also generates development royalties through property sales on projects that are located at or near producing mines. Management believes that due to the Company’s ability to locate and purchase third-party royalties, its strategy of organically creating royalties and its gold focus, Ely Gold offers shareholders a favourable leverage to gold prices and low-cost access to long-term gold royalties in safe mining jurisdictions.
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