Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd. (TSX-V: MTA) (NYSE American: MTA) announces its operating and financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022. For complete details of the condensed interim consolidated financial statements and accompanying management’s discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, please see the Company’s filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or EDGAR (www.sec.gov). Shareholders are encouraged to visit the Company’s website at www.metallaroyalty.com.
Brett Heath, President, and CEO of Metalla, commented, “In the third quarter of 2022, we received our first royalty payments from Agnico Eagle on our El Realito royalty which is part of the La India mine in Mexico. We also recently added a new royalty on the Lac Pelletier project that is adjacent to our royalty on the Wasamac project, expanding our exposure to further potential production growth. As we move into 2023, we look forward to building our portfolio, increasing near-term growth, and long-term optionality.”
During the nine months ended September 30, 2022, and the subsequent period up to the date of this news release, the Company:
On October 26, 2022, Agnico reported that pre-stripping of the El Realito pit was completed in the third quarter of 2022. Mining activities transitioned from the Main Zone pit to the La India and El Realito pits. Production from the La India complex during the third quarter totalled 16,285 ounces at 0.72 g/t gold. The gold production for the quarter was affected by the lower than forecasted quantity of ore tons placed on the heap leach pad, lower productivity and heavy rains affecting the stacking system. On August 11, 2022, Agnico reported further infill drilling at the La Chipriona project which is currently open along strike with the El Realito royalty boundary. Drilling is ongoing at several other early stage exploration targets including La Rocossa, Los Pinos, Ramona, and Tres de Mayo.
During the third quarter of 2022, the Company received its first payments from Agnico on the El Realito royalty. The payments included ore that was processed from the El Realito pit from January to September of 2022 during the pre-stripping activities. The total amount received was $0.3 million, representing 143 GEOs.
Metalla holds a 2.0% NSR royalty on the El Realito deposit which is subject to a 1.0% buyback right for $4.0 million.
On August 3, 2022, Coeur Mining Inc. reported second quarter production of 20.4 Koz gold at 0.47 g/t, in line with the 70-80 Koz full year guidance for Wharf disclosed by Wharf on February 16, 2022. During the quarter, one reverse circulation drill rig had completed a resource conversion program at the Portland-Ridge-Boston claim group and at the Flossie area.
Metalla holds a 1.0% GVR royalty on the Wharf mine.
New Luika Silver Stream
On October 26, 2022, Shanta Gold Limited reported that it produced 19.5 Koz of gold at its NLGM in Tanzania in the third quarter of 2022, in line with full year production guidance of 68-76 Koz gold. On July 19, 2021, Shanta announced a new mine plan for NLGM, where average annual production is expected to be 73.6 Koz gold with the potential to extend mine life beyond 2026 through conversion of significant known resources and the expanded 2,450 tpd mill throughput. Shanta expects total gold production from NLGM for the five-year plan to total 368 Koz from both open pit and underground mine sources from the mining license.
Metalla holds a 15% interest in Silverback, whose sole business is receipt and distribution of a 100% silver stream on NLGM at an ongoing cost of 10% of the spot silver price.
Joaquin and COSE
On August 10, 2022, Pan American Silver Corporation, reported its estimated mineral Reserves and Resources at Joaquin as at June 30, 2022. The Reserves and Resources at Joaquin were reduced significantly compared to previously reported amounts, the Company considered this reduction a potential indicator of impairment and conducted an impairment analysis to estimate the recoverable amount. As a result of the analysis the Company recorded an impairment charge of $1.6 million on the Joaquin royalty as at September 30, 2022. The Company believes there is significant value that remains at the Joaquin project based on historical NI 43-101 compliant Resources that were excluded from the Pan American mine plan. This has the potential to reverse the impairment in the future subject to metal prices and further exploration success.
On May 11, 2022, Pan American reported in its first quarter results that Pan American expected to complete mining operations at COSE in the second quarter of 2022. At the end of the second quarter of 2022 the Company had net book value of $0.2 million for the COSE royalty, and considered the decision to complete mining operations as an indicator of impairment and conducted an impairment analysis to estimate the recoverable amount. The Company estimated the recoverable amount using a discounted cash flow model and concluded that an impairment was not required. Given the completion of mining activities, the Company has reclassified the COSE royalty from a producing asset to a development asset until further activities resume on COSE.
Metalla holds a 2.0% NSR royalty on Joaquin and holds a 1.5% NSR royalty on COSE.
On November 8, 2022, IAMGOLD Corporation reported that construction had reached 64.2% completion at the Côté Gold Project. It also reported completion in the third quarter of 2022 of approximately 15,000 meters of the 16,000 meter drill program planned in 2022 to further delineate and expand the Gosselin mineral resources and test selected targets along the deposit corridor. Results received thus far had confirmed expected grades within the modelled resource, and in some cases, the extension of the mineralization zone outside the resource boundaries of the mineralization model. Additional technical studies are planned to complete metallurgical test work and mining and infrastructure studies to review alternatives to optimize the inclusion of Gosselin into future Côté life-of-mine plans.
In addition, on August 3, 2022, IAMGOLD completed a project update to the Côté life-of-mine plans where the update proposes an 18-year mine life with initial production expected in early 2024. Average annual production during the first six years is expected to be 495 Koz gold and 365 Koz over the life-of-mine.
Figure 1: Table showing updating Gold Production Profile for the Côté Gold Project. (Source: IAMGOLD Corporation. Announces Results of Côté Gold Project Update, issued August 3, 2022)
Metalla holds a 1.35% NSR royalty that covers less than 10% of the Côté Reserves and Resources estimate and covers all of the Gosselin Resource estimate.
Castle Mountain is slated to become one of Equinox Gold’s largest assets. Metalla’s 5.0% NSR royalty covers the South Domes portion of the deposit which will be part of the Phase 2 expansion slated to begin in 2026.
On November 2, 2022, Equinox reported production in the third quarter of 5,093 ounces of gold and exploration expenditure in the second quarter of $0.1 million at the Castle Mountain property. This was in addition to the exploration announced on May 3, 2022, where drilling in the first quarter included 7,948 meters of RC drilling across the South dump area to assess the continuity and distribution of grade. Equinox also completed 1,448 meters of RC drilling in the area between the JSLA and South Domes pits.
Equinox also announced that in March 2022 it had submitted applications to amend existing permits to accommodate the Phase 2 expansion. The San Bernardino County and the state level, California Department of Conservation, division of Mine Reclamation, have determined the Mine and Reclamation Plan for Phase 2 were complete and there were no further comments. Equinox expects the U.S. Bureau of Land management application reviews to run through to the end of 2022. Both agencies will determine the appropriate level of state and federal environmental review required with the resulting review process anticipated to begin by early 2023.
Metalla holds a 5.0% NSR royalty on the South Domes area of the Castle Mountain mine.
On August 11, 2022, Agnico provided an update on the Santa Gertrudis project near Hermosillo, Mexico where Agnico expects to spend $13.9 million for 43,150 meters of drilling in 2022. Significant shallow oxide infill drilling occurred at the Cristina, Zona Central, Corridor Corral, Escondida and Greta deposits to advance scenarios to initiate mining in the oxide mineralization. Intercepts in the Cristina zone include 1.1 g/t gold over 54.8 meters and 0.8 g/t gold over 34 meters. At another oxide deposit called Santa Teresa, highlights from expansion drilling include 1.4 g/t gold over 9.6 m and 1.2 g/t gold over 9.7 meters. At the high-grade Amelia deposit, exploration on the eastern, western, and deep fringes of the deposit continued with highlight results of 5.3 g/t gold over 6.1 meters and 4.3 g/t gold over 6.8 meters. Elsewhere, exploration continued to investigate for high-grade feeder systems below several shallow deposits including Toro, Centauro and Bertha with a highlight of 10 g/t gold over 6.1 meters at 72 meters depth in the Toro deposit, 4.1 g/t gold over 10.2 meters at Centauro and 6.1 g/t gold over 4.2 meters at Bertha.
Metalla holds a 2% NSR royalty on the Santa Gertrudis project.
On September 7, 2022, Moneta announced positive results for the Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Tower Gold Project envisioning a 19,200 tpd combined open pit and underground mining operation with strong economics. Average annual gold production over the first eleven years is expected to be 368 Koz gold with the majority of the ounces in the first five to six years sourced from the Garrison Open pit.
On May 11, 2022, Moneta released an updated resource estimate for the Tower Gold project, including 4.27 Moz gold in the Indicated category and 7.5 Moz gold in the Inferred category. The Garrison deposit forms part of the Tower project and is comprised of three zones, Garrcon, Jonpol, and 903. At Garrcon, the open pit Indicated Resource is 841 Koz at 1.02 g/t gold with an Inferred Resource of 15Koz at 0.67 g/t gold, the underground portion has an Indicated Resource of 87 Koz at 5.08 g/t gold with an Inferred Resource of 120 Koz at 4.98 g/t gold. The Jonpol zone has an Indicated Resource of 297 Koz at 1.4 g/t gold and an Inferred Resource of 114 Koz at 0.99 g/t gold. The 903 zone has an Indicated Resource of 610 Koz at 1.01 g/t gold and an Inferred Resource of 600 Koz at 0.74 g/t gold. The Garrison starter pit now has an Indicated Resource of 1.75 Moz at 1.07 g/t gold.
Figure 2: Table showing production profile of the Tower Gold Project over the Life of Mine. (Source: Moneta Gold Inc. press release on PEA for Tower Gold, issued September 7, 2022)
Metalla holds a 2.0% NSR royalty on the Garrison project.
On July 7, 2022, Yamana announced the approval of the Wasamac bulk sample program, providing for earlier access to the deposit and to increase the level of confidence in the future mining of the project. Permit approvals are expected in early 2023 with ramp development potentially beginning in Spring 2023. A reassessment of the Wasamac project highlighted an improved gold production profile compared to the feasibility study with new projections of ramp-up to 200 Koz in 2027 and up to 250 Koz in 2028. Ongoing mine design and sequence optimizations could position Wasamac with the option for future incremental expansion of the mill to 9,000 tpd from 7,000 tpd in year 3 of operations which will extend the gold production profile of 250 Koz per year until at least 2030. Yamana also highlighted additional opportunities not included in the strategic plan which include processing flow sheet optimization to increase metallurgical recoveries by approximately 3%, optimized configuration of the tailings filter plant and paste backfill plant. Yamana also announced that bulk sample permits are scheduled for submission in the third quarter of 2022, with the approval expected in early 2023 and ramp development could begin in spring 2023.
On July 27, 2022, Yamana announced positive results from infill drilling at the Wasamac project where grades continue to exceed expectations with significant results include 5.05 g/t gold over 54.06 meters and 5.45 g/t gold over 16.8 meters. Exploration drilling at the Wildcat South target continued to expand on the discovery with a significant intercept of 7.31 g/t gold over 3.37 meters and 1.46 g/t gold over 12.3 meters.
Figure 3: Chart showing projected production profile of the Wasamac project (Source: Yamana Gold Inc. Second Quarter Operating Results, issued July 7, 2022)
Metalla holds a 1.5% NSR royalty on the Wasamac project subject to a buy back of 0.5% for C$7.5 million.
Amalgamated Kirkland Property
On October 26, 2022, Agnico reported that extension of the development ramp from Macassa to the Amalgamated Kirkland deposit is now complete. Two underground drills are operating in the ramp, one focused on infill drilling near the proposed bulk sample. Agnico believes ore could be sourced for the Macassa mill as soon as 2024. Recent results include a highlight intercept of 30.7 g/t gold over 3.6 meters and highlight results from Agnico’s August 11, 2022, press release include 8.1 g/t gold over 13.8 meters and 18.3 g/t gold over 2.4 meters at a deeper portion of the deposit. Further expansion potential of the deposit is now being assessed as the historical boundaries preventing exploration of the deposit to the east have been removed from the merger.
On February 23, 2022, Agnico reported that in 2022 it plans to spend $8.6 million on a 1.3-kilometre exploration ramp from the Macassa near surface zones, designed to carry out infill drilling and a bulk sample of the higher-grade regions of the Amalgamated Kirkland deposit. On April 28, 2022, Agnico reported that the Amalgamated Kirkland deposit hosts an Indicated Resource estimate of 265 Koz gold at 6.51 g/t gold and an Inferred Resource of 406 Koz at 5.32 g/t gold. The deposit remains open at depth and extends laterally.
Metalla holds a 0.45% NSR royalty on the Amalgamated Kirkland property.
Fifteen Mile Stream
On October 18, 2022, St Barbara Limited reported that permitting for the Fifteen Mile Stream was approved under the Federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 (CEAA2012) permitting process. A revised permitting timeline for Fifteen Mile Stream will be provided in the upcoming quarter. On July 27, 2022, St. Barbara Limited reported that the Fifteen Mile Stream project has been extended to include all four identified resource open pits and enable development of the full potential of the project.
Metalla holds a 1.0% NSR royalty on the Fifteen Mile Stream project, and 3.0% NSR royalty on the Plenty and Seloam Brook deposits.
On October 18, 2022, G Mining provided an update on its recently concluded drill program at the TZ project in Pará, Brazil. Infill drilling within the Feasibility Study pit shell returned significant results of 1.48 g/t gold over 193.6 meters and 1.7 g/t gold over 144.7 meters. Drilling outside of the feasibility study pit shell confirmed mineralization with significant intercepts of 1.05 g/t gold over 72.1 meters and 0.98 g/t gold over 10.4 meters. In addition, G Mining identified new targets for Greenfield exploration around the TZ project. The high priority target called Castor is located directly southeast of the TZ deposit. Early exploration on the target has returned significant intercepts of 2.2 g/t gold over 8.4 meters and 1.66 g/t gold over 8 meters. A follow up drill program is planned for Q4 2022 and 2023. On September 12, 2022, G Mining announced a positive construction decision for the TZ project.
On July 18, 2022, G Mining announced a $481 million financing package, which included a gold stream, term-loan, and equity placement from Franco-Nevada Corporation for $353 million, for the development of the TZ Gold Project located in Para State, Brazil, providing for full financing required for the project. In addition, Eldorado Gold and La Mancha participated for $89 million in equity placements. Project financing is now in place for full construction to begin in Q3 2023 and targeting production for the second half of 2024.
Metalla holds a 0.75% GVR royalty on the Tocantinzinho project.
On October 26, 2022, Agnico reported that gold production from Fosterville for the first nine months of 2022 totalled 295 Koz gold. During the quarter, significant progress was made on exploration down plunge of the Lower Phoenix system and the newly discovered Cardinal splay zone with significant highlights of 365.5 g/t gold over 1.1 meters, approximately 100 meters down plunge of the Lower Phoenix Mineral Resource, 226.2 g/t gold over 1.4 meters with visible gold and 168.2 g/t gold over 2.9 meters. In addition, significant intercepts further down plunge the Lower Phoenix Mineral Resources returned 14.6 g/t gold over 10.6 meters and 5.5 g/t gold over 21.9 meters. Further to an exploration update by Agnico on August 11, 2022, expansion drilling in the Lower Phoenix returned significant results of 31.5 g/t gold over 8 meters and 226.2 g/t gold over 1.4 meters.
Management has estimated the Metalla royalty boundary is approximately 650-800 meters down dip from the reported drill intercepts in the Lower Phoenix zone.
Figure 4: Composite longitudinal section of Fosterville mine (Source: Agnico press release dated August 11, 2022)
Metalla holds a 2.5% GVR royalty on the Northern and Southern extensions of the Fosterville mining license and other areas in the land package.
On October 24, 2022, Oz Minerals stated that the relocation plan required for progressing the court injunction removal for CentroGold was still in review with the Federal body of the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA) after receiving state level endorsement during the quarter. In addition, exploration expenses of $1.7 million were spent on the project for the quarter.
Metalla holds a 1.0-2.0% NSR royalty on the CentroGold project.
On October 26, 2022, Agnico announced that work commenced on the approved Akasaba West project in September 2022 with clearing activities ongoing and the removal of overburden and the installation of surface infrastructure to be slated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Metalla holds a 2.0% NSR royalty on the Akasaba West project subject to a 210 Koz gold exemption.
On September 27, 2022, Monarch announced that it had suspended operations at the Beaufor Mine due to financial and operational changes, and that the mine will be placed on care and maintenance for an indetermined period of time. Monarch is planning to start a complete review of identified issues, including stockpile management and its mining methods in finding solutions to resolve the issues. As the project is currently not producing the Company has chosen to classify the Beaufor NSR royalty as development stage until the operations at the mine are restarted.
Metalla holds a 1.0% NSR royalty on the Beaufor mine.
On July 27, 2022, Yamana reported the Canadian Malartic partnership has identified porphyry hosted gold mineralization that could potentially be mined via an open pit at the Camflo property and provide tonnage to the Canadian Malartic operation. Additional studies are underway to fully evaluate the mineralization and additional potential in adjacent rock types. An aggressive drill program is planned in 2023. The Camflo property covers the past producing Camflo mine which had historical production of approximately 1.6 Moz of gold.
Metalla holds a 1.0% NSR royalty on the Camflo mine, located ~1km northeast of the Canadian Malartic operation.
On November 2, 2022, GFG Resources Inc. reported high grade intervals at the Montclerg Gold Project located 48 km east of the Timmins Gold District. Significant intercepts include 4.98 g/t gold over 7.1 meters and 3.4 g/t gold over 15 meters. GFG is planning to complete an additional 4,000 to 6,000 meter drill program for the remainder of 2022.
Metalla holds a 1.0% NSR royalty on the Montclerg property.
On October 26, 2022, Agnico reported the results form step out drilling approximately 2 km west of the Detour West pit where a significant drill hole intercepted 6.1 g/t gold over 12.2 meters. On July 28, 2022, Agnico reported that exploration plans will investigate the Sunday Lake deformation zone along strike to the west and east of the mine. In addition, step out drilling two kilometres west of the current pit out has encountered significant intersections including 32.3 g/t gold over 4.8 meters outlining the potential for an underground operation.
Metalla holds a 2.0% NSR royalty on the Detour DNA property which is ~7km west of the Detour West reserve pit margin.
Through press releases dated September 6, 2022, August 16, 2022, and August 9, 2022, Contact Gold reported the results from its 2022 exploration program. At the Tango Zone, significant intercepts include 0.51 g/t gold over 30.48 meters and 0.7 g/t gold over 16.76 meters near surface. At the X-Ray zone, significant intercepts include 1.66 g/t gold over 28.96 meters and 1.95 g/t gold over 41.15 meters.
Metalla holds a 2.0% NSR royalty on the Green Springs project.
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Charles Beaudry, geologist M.Sc., member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec and a director of Metalla. Mr. Beaudry is a QP as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
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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