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News Article | May 9, 2017
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Silver Wheaton Corp. ("Silver Wheaton" or the "Company") (TSX:SLW) (NYSE: SLW) is pleased to announce its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. All figures are presented in United States dollars unless otherwise noted. In the first quarter of 2017, Silver Wheaton's gold production and sales volumes climbed over 35% relative to the first quarter of 2016, putting the Company on track to meet or exceed full-year gold production guidance. First quarter silver production and silver sales were impacted by strike action at San Dimas. For the third consecutive quarter, revenue was roughly evenly split between silver and gold, aligning well with the proposed name change to Wheaton Precious Metals. "Silver Wheaton had a solid start to 2017 with our gold business once again delivering strong results," said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. "For the third quarter in a row, revenue was roughly balanced between silver and gold, further supporting the proposed name change to Wheaton Precious Metals.  While our name may be changing, our focus remains on being the premier investment option for precious metals." Revenues Revenue was $198 million in the first quarter of 2017, on sales volume of 5.2 million ounces of silver and 88,400 ounces of gold. This represents a 6% increase from the $188 million of revenue generated in the first quarter of 2016 due primarily to (i) a 35% increase in the number of gold ounces sold; (ii) a 19% increase in the average realized silver price ($17.45 in Q1 2017 compared with $14.68 in Q1 2016); (iii) a 3% increase in the average realized gold price ($1,208 in Q1 2017 compared with $1,175 in Q1 2016); partially offset by (iv) a 31% decrease in the number of silver ounces sold. Costs and Expenses Average cash costs² in the first quarter of 2017 were $4.54 per silver ounce sold and $391 per gold ounce sold, as compared with $4.14 per silver ounce and $389 per gold ounce during the comparable period of 2016. This resulted in a cash operating margin² of $12.91 per silver ounce sold and $817 per gold ounce sold, an increase of 22% and 4%, respectively, as compared with Q1 2016. The increase in the cash operating margin was primarily due to a 19% increase in the average realized silver price and a 3% increase in the average realized gold price in Q1 2017 compared with Q1 2016. Earnings and Operating Cash Flows Net earnings and cash flow from operations in the first quarter of 2017 were $61 million ($0.14 per share) and $120 million ($0.27 per share²), compared with $41 million ($0.10 per share) and $114 million ($0.28 per share²) for the same period in 2016, an increase of 49% and 5%, respectively. Balance Sheet At March 31, 2017, the Company had approximately $115 million of cash on hand and $1.1 billion outstanding under the Company's $2 billion revolving term loan (the "Revolving Facility"). On February 27, 2017, the term of the revolving term loan was extended so that it now matures on February 27, 2022. During the first quarter of 2017, attributable production was 6.5 million ounces of silver and 84,900 ounces of gold, respectively, representing a decrease of 14% and an increase of 37%, as compared with the first quarter of 2016. Operational highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, based upon counterparties' reporting, are as follows: Salobo   In the first quarter of 2017, Salobo produced 53,200 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 38% relative to the first quarter of 2016. This growth was primarily due to the acquisition of an additional 25% of attributable gold from the Salobo mine in the third quarter of 2016.  According to Vale S.A.'s first quarter of 2017 production report, production was impacted by conveyor belt and plant repairs in February, as well as by lower grades. Antamina In the first quarter of 2017, Antamina produced 1.5 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 28% relative to the first quarter of 2016. This decrease was primarily the result of lower throughput, grades and recovery. The mine site was reportedly well prepared for the major floods and mudslides that affected Peru during the month of March, with no long-term impacts to production expected in 2017. Antamina is on track to meet the six million ounce silver forecast for full-year 2017. Peñasquito  In the first quarter of 2017, Peñasquito produced 1.3 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 1% relative to the first quarter of 2016. According to Goldcorp Inc.'s ("Goldcorp") first quarter of 2017 MD&A, higher grade ore is expected in the second quarter of 2017 as further mining occurs in Phase 5, after which mill feed is expected to consist of lower grade ore and stockpiled material for the remainder of 2017. Goldcorp further reports that it expects increased productivity throughout 2017 as a result of ongoing initiatives, including improved pit conditions with large and wide cut-backs, a continued focus on balancing truck haulage with available shovels, and an optimization of drill-and-blast activities. Finally, pre-stripping of the Chile Colorado pit has reportedly commenced ahead of schedule with the first two benches being mined. Goldcorp has indicated that mining of ore is expected to start in 2018. According to Goldcorp, the Pyrite Leach Project ("PLP") achieved construction progress of 6% and engineering progress of 81% by the end of the first quarter of 2017, with major procurement activities nearing completion, material and equipment arriving on site and major works contractors having mobilized to site. Goldcorp also reports that earthwork activities are now complete, concrete works are underway, and mechanical works installation will commence in the second quarter of 2017. As part of the PLP, a carbon pre-flotation facility is being constructed which will reportedly allow Peñasquito to process ore which was previously considered uneconomic, including significant amounts already in stockpiles. San Dimas In the first quarter of 2017, San Dimas produced 0.6 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 33% relative to the first quarter of 2016. Operations at San Dimas resumed on April 18, 2017, after Primero resolved the work stoppage of unionized employees that began on February 15, 2017. Primero announced that it has a new CBA with the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic. Primero believes the new CBA allows for a competitive cost structure and improved performance bonus parameters aligned to the future success of San Dimas operations. A phased restart of the San Dimas operation is currently underway, and Primero is guiding for 2017 silver production of between 4.5 to 5.5 million ounces. On March 30, 2017, Silver Wheaton and certain of its subsidiaries provided a guarantee to the lenders under Primero's existing revolving credit facility, which is set to mature on November 23, 2017, capped at a maximum of $81.5 million, plus interest, fees and expenses. Primero will pay Silver Wheaton a fee of 5% per annum in connection with the guarantee. Sudbury In the first quarter of 2017, Vale's Sudbury mines produced 15,100 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 91% relative to the first quarter of 2016. This increase was attributable to higher grades and recovery more than offsetting lower throughput. According to Vale's first quarter of 2017 production report, production in the second quarter of 2017 will be impacted as Vale took furnace #2 offline mid-March for a three-month long rebuild and expansion in its' capacity as this will be the furnace in operation when Sudbury officially transitions to a single furnace in the fourth quarter of 2017. Furthermore, in the second quarter, Sudbury will have its three-week long surface plant wide scheduled maintenance shutdown, which occurs every 18 months. Constancia In the first quarter of 2017, Constancia produced 0.5 million ounces of attributable silver and 2,400 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 6% for silver production and a decrease of approximately 29% for gold production relative to the first quarter of 2016. Lower grades were more than offset for silver and partially offset for gold by increased throughput and recovery. According to Hudbay Minerals Inc.'s ("Hudbay") first quarter of 2017 MD&A, ore mined at Constancia during the first quarter of 2017 increased by 6% compared to the same period in 2016 as the company wanted to increase stockpiles to improve the ability to blend ore at the processing plant. Other Gold  In the first quarter of 2017, total Other Gold attributable production was 14,200 ounces, an increase of approximately 17% relative to the first quarter of 2016. The increase was driven primarily by higher grades at Minto, partially offset by lower attributable production at 777. Other Silver  In the first quarter of 2017, total Other Silver attributable production was 2.5 million ounces, a decrease of approximately 7% relative to the first quarter of 2016. The decrease was driven primarily due to lower grades, throughput, and recovery at Yauliyacu and Zinkgruvan, partially offset by higher throughput and grades at Pierina. In March 2017, the Company amended its silver purchase agreement with Alexco Resource Corp. ("Alexco") to make the production payment a function of the silver head grade and silver spot price in the month in which the silver is produced. In addition, the area of interest was expanded to include properties currently owned by Alexco and properties acquired by Alexco in the future which fall within a one kilometer radius of existing Alexco holdings in the Keno Hill Silver District. As consideration of the amendments, on April 10, 2017 Alexco issued 3 million shares to Silver Wheaton with a fair value of $5 million. Development Update - Rosemont Hudbay has completed an updated feasibility study for its Rosemont project in Arizona, United States. Since their acquisition of Rosemont, Hudbay has completed an extensive work program, including in-fill drilling, detailed metallurgical test work, and a bottom-up approach to cost estimation, along with other feasibility-level work, as detailed in the National Instrument 43-101 technical report ("Rosemont Technical Report") in respect to the Rosemont project dated March 30, 2017. Rosemont will be a traditional open pit, shovel and truck operation with an expected 19-year mine life. Project capital cost for Rosemont is now estimated at approximately $1.9 billion (100% basis) and is expected to be spent over a three-year construction period. Subsequent to the quarter, Hudbay announced in its news release dated May 8, 2017, that the U.S. Forest Service has published a notice to the U.S. Federal Register regarding the Rosemont project. The notice states that, "The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rosemont Copper Project is expected to be signed in early June, 2017 by (the) Coronado National Forest Supervisor." The Final Record of Decision is one of the two key federal permits outstanding, the other being the Section 404 Water Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As per the precious metals streaming agreement, Silver Wheaton (Caymans) Ltd. will provide a payment of a $230 million deposit upon achievement of certain milestones in exchange for an amount equal to 100% of the life of mine silver and gold production from Rosemont[3]. Produced But Not Yet Delivered [4]  As at March 31, 2017, payable ounces attributable to the Company produced but not yet delivered³ amounted to 3.9 million payable silver ounces and 51,500 payable gold ounces, representing an increase of 0.6 million payable silver ounces  and a decrease of 8,100 payable gold ounces during the three month period ended March 31, 2017. Payable silver ounces produced but not yet delivered increased primarily as a result of increases related to the Peñasquito, Antamina, Zinkgruvan, and Yauliyacu silver interests, partially offset by a decrease related to the San Dimas silver interest. Payable gold ounces produced but not yet delivered decreased primarily as a result of decreases related to the Salobo and 777 gold interests, offset partially by an increase related to the Sudbury gold interest. Payable ounces produced but not yet delivered to Silver Wheaton companies are expected to average approximately two months of annualized production but may vary from quarter to quarter due to a number of mining operation factors including mine ramp-up and timing of shipments. Detailed mine-by-mine production and sales figures can be found in the Appendix to this press release and in Silver Wheaton's consolidated MD&A in the 'Results of Operations and Operational Review' section. Silver Wheaton's estimated attributable silver and gold production in 2017 is forecast to be 28 million silver ounces and 340,000 gold ounces. Estimated average annual attributable silver and gold production over the next five years (including 2017) is anticipated to be approximately 29 million silver ounces and 340,000 gold ounces per year. As a reminder, Silver Wheaton does not include any production from Barrick's Pascua-Lama project or Hudbay's Rosemont project in its guidance. From a liquidity perspective, the $115 million of cash and cash equivalents as at March 31, 2017 combined with the liquidity provided by the available credit under the $2 billion Revolving Facility and ongoing operating cash flows positions the Company well to fund all outstanding commitments and known contingencies as well as providing flexibility to acquire additional accretive precious metal stream interests. A conference call and webcast will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, starting at 11:00 am (Eastern Time) to discuss these results. To participate in the live call, please use one of the following methods: Participants should dial in five to ten minutes before the call. The conference call will be recorded and available until May 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. The webcast will be available for one year. You can listen to an archive of the call by one of the following methods: This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Silver Wheaton's MD&A and Financial Statements, which are available on the Company's website at http://www.silverwheaton.com and have been posted on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. Mr. Neil Burns, Vice President, Technical Services for Silver Wheaton, is a "qualified person" as such term is defined under National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical information including information on mineral reserves and mineral resources disclosed in this news release. Silver Wheaton believes that there are no significant differences between its corporate governance practices and those required to be followed by United States domestic issuers under the NYSE listing standards. This confirmation is located on the Silver Wheaton website at http://www.silverwheaton.com/company/corporate-governance/default.aspx. The Company currently has eight reportable operating segments: the silver produced by the San Dimas, Peñasquito and Antamina mines, the gold produced by the Sudbury and Salobo mines, the silver and gold produced by the Constancia mine and the Other mines and corporate operations. On a silver equivalent and gold equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were as follows: On a silver equivalent and gold equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were as follows: Silver Wheaton has included, throughout this document, certain non-IFRS performance measures, including (i) operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted); (ii) average cash costs of silver and gold on a per ounce basis and; (iii) cash operating margin. These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and other companies may calculate these measures differently.  The presentation of these non-IFRS measures is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. For more detailed information, please refer to Silver Wheaton's MD&A available on the Company's website at http://www.silverwheaton.com and posted on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. The information contained herein contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements, which are all statements other than statements of historical fact, include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "projects", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", "potential", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Silver Wheaton to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management currently believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: Although Silver Wheaton has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Silver Wheaton. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary. The forward-looking statements included herein are for the purpose of providing investors with information to assist them in understanding Silver Wheaton's expected financial and operational performance and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Any forward looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Silver Wheaton does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included or incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. For further information on Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources and on Silver Wheaton more generally, readers should refer to Silver Wheaton's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other continuous disclosure documents filed by Silver Wheaton since January 1, 2017, available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com. Silver Wheaton's Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are subject to the qualifications and notes set forth therein. Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Cautionary Note to United States Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources: The information contained herein has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ from the requirements of United States securities laws. The terms "mineral reserve", "proven mineral reserve" and "probable mineral reserve" are Canadian mining terms defined in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") - CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended (the "CIM Standards"). These definitions differ from the definitions in Industry Guide 7 ("SEC Industry Guide 7") under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). Under U.S. standards, mineralization may not be classified as a "reserve" unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. Also, under SEC Industry Guide 7 standards, a "final" or "bankable" feasibility study is required to report reserves, the three-year historical average price is used in any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves and the primary environmental analysis or report must be filed with the appropriate governmental authority. In addition, the terms "mineral resource", "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource" and "inferred mineral resource" are defined in and required to be disclosed by NI 43-101; however, these terms are not defined terms under SEC Industry Guide 7 and are normally not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Disclosure of "contained ounces" in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information contained herein that describes Silver Wheaton's mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to reporting and disclosure requirements under the United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. United States investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Silver Wheaton's Form 40-F, a copy of which may be obtained from Silver Wheaton or from http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. In accordance with the Company's MD&A and financial statements, reference to the Company includes the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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In the first quarter of 2017, Silver Wheaton's gold production and sales volumes climbed over 35% relative to the first quarter of 2016, putting the Company on track to meet or exceed full-year gold production guidance. First quarter silver production and silver sales were impacted by strike action at San Dimas. For the third consecutive quarter, revenue was roughly evenly split between silver and gold, aligning well with the proposed name change to Wheaton Precious Metals. "Silver Wheaton had a solid start to 2017 with our gold business once again delivering strong results," said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. "For the third quarter in a row, revenue was roughly balanced between silver and gold, further supporting the proposed name change to Wheaton Precious Metals.  While our name may be changing, our focus remains on being the premier investment option for precious metals." Revenues Revenue was $198 million in the first quarter of 2017, on sales volume of 5.2 million ounces of silver and 88,400 ounces of gold. This represents a 6% increase from the $188 million of revenue generated in the first quarter of 2016 due primarily to (i) a 35% increase in the number of gold ounces sold; (ii) a 19% increase in the average realized silver price ($17.45 in Q1 2017 compared with $14.68 in Q1 2016); (iii) a 3% increase in the average realized gold price ($1,208 in Q1 2017 compared with $1,175 in Q1 2016); partially offset by (iv) a 31% decrease in the number of silver ounces sold. Costs and Expenses Average cash costs² in the first quarter of 2017 were $4.54 per silver ounce sold and $391 per gold ounce sold, as compared with $4.14 per silver ounce and $389 per gold ounce during the comparable period of 2016. This resulted in a cash operating margin² of $12.91 per silver ounce sold and $817 per gold ounce sold, an increase of 22% and 4%, respectively, as compared with Q1 2016. The increase in the cash operating margin was primarily due to a 19% increase in the average realized silver price and a 3% increase in the average realized gold price in Q1 2017 compared with Q1 2016. Earnings and Operating Cash Flows Net earnings and cash flow from operations in the first quarter of 2017 were $61 million ($0.14 per share) and $120 million ($0.27 per share²), compared with $41 million ($0.10 per share) and $114 million ($0.28 per share²) for the same period in 2016, an increase of 49% and 5%, respectively. Balance Sheet At March 31, 2017, the Company had approximately $115 million of cash on hand and $1.1 billion outstanding under the Company's $2 billion revolving term loan (the "Revolving Facility"). On February 27, 2017, the term of the revolving term loan was extended so that it now matures on February 27, 2022. During the first quarter of 2017, attributable production was 6.5 million ounces of silver and 84,900 ounces of gold, respectively, representing a decrease of 14% and an increase of 37%, as compared with the first quarter of 2016. Operational highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, based upon counterparties' reporting, are as follows: Salobo  In the first quarter of 2017, Salobo produced 53,200 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 38% relative to the first quarter of 2016. This growth was primarily due to the acquisition of an additional 25% of attributable gold from the Salobo mine in the third quarter of 2016.  According to Vale S.A.'s first quarter of 2017 production report, production was impacted by conveyor belt and plant repairs in February, as well as by lower grades. Antamina In the first quarter of 2017, Antamina produced 1.5 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 28% relative to the first quarter of 2016. This decrease was primarily the result of lower throughput, grades and recovery. The mine site was reportedly well prepared for the major floods and mudslides that affected Peru during the month of March, with no long-term impacts to production expected in 2017. Antamina is on track to meet the six million ounce silver forecast for full-year 2017. Peñasquito  In the first quarter of 2017, Peñasquito produced 1.3 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 1% relative to the first quarter of 2016. According to Goldcorp Inc.'s ("Goldcorp") first quarter of 2017 MD&A, higher grade ore is expected in the second quarter of 2017 as further mining occurs in Phase 5, after which mill feed is expected to consist of lower grade ore and stockpiled material for the remainder of 2017. Goldcorp further reports that it expects increased productivity throughout 2017 as a result of ongoing initiatives, including improved pit conditions with large and wide cut-backs, a continued focus on balancing truck haulage with available shovels, and an optimization of drill-and-blast activities. Finally, pre-stripping of the Chile Colorado pit has reportedly commenced ahead of schedule with the first two benches being mined. Goldcorp has indicated that mining of ore is expected to start in 2018. According to Goldcorp, the Pyrite Leach Project ("PLP") achieved construction progress of 6% and engineering progress of 81% by the end of the first quarter of 2017, with major procurement activities nearing completion, material and equipment arriving on site and major works contractors having mobilized to site. Goldcorp also reports that earthwork activities are now complete, concrete works are underway, and mechanical works installation will commence in the second quarter of 2017. As part of the PLP, a carbon pre-flotation facility is being constructed which will reportedly allow Peñasquito to process ore which was previously considered uneconomic, including significant amounts already in stockpiles. San Dimas In the first quarter of 2017, San Dimas produced 0.6 million ounces of attributable silver, a decrease of approximately 33% relative to the first quarter of 2016. Operations at San Dimas resumed on April 18, 2017, after Primero resolved the work stoppage of unionized employees that began on February 15, 2017. Primero announced that it has a new CBA with the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic. Primero believes the new CBA allows for a competitive cost structure and improved performance bonus parameters aligned to the future success of San Dimas operations. A phased restart of the San Dimas operation is currently underway, and Primero is guiding for 2017 silver production of between 4.5 to 5.5 million ounces. On March 30, 2017, Silver Wheaton and certain of its subsidiaries provided a guarantee to the lenders under Primero's existing revolving credit facility, which is set to mature on November 23, 2017, capped at a maximum of $81.5 million, plus interest, fees and expenses. Primero will pay Silver Wheaton a fee of 5% per annum in connection with the guarantee. Sudbury In the first quarter of 2017, Vale's Sudbury mines produced 15,100 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 91% relative to the first quarter of 2016. This increase was attributable to higher grades and recovery more than offsetting lower throughput. According to Vale's first quarter of 2017 production report, production in the second quarter of 2017 will be impacted as Vale took furnace #2 offline mid-March for a three-month long rebuild and expansion in its' capacity as this will be the furnace in operation when Sudbury officially transitions to a single furnace in the fourth quarter of 2017. Furthermore, in the second quarter, Sudbury will have its three-week long surface plant wide scheduled maintenance shutdown, which occurs every 18 months. Constancia In the first quarter of 2017, Constancia produced 0.5 million ounces of attributable silver and 2,400 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 6% for silver production and a decrease of approximately 29% for gold production relative to the first quarter of 2016. Lower grades were more than offset for silver and partially offset for gold by increased throughput and recovery. According to Hudbay Minerals Inc.'s ("Hudbay") first quarter of 2017 MD&A, ore mined at Constancia during the first quarter of 2017 increased by 6% compared to the same period in 2016 as the company wanted to increase stockpiles to improve the ability to blend ore at the processing plant. Other Gold In the first quarter of 2017, total Other Gold attributable production was 14,200 ounces, an increase of approximately 17% relative to the first quarter of 2016. The increase was driven primarily by higher grades at Minto, partially offset by lower attributable production at 777. Other Silver In the first quarter of 2017, total Other Silver attributable production was 2.5 million ounces, a decrease of approximately 7% relative to the first quarter of 2016. The decrease was driven primarily due to lower grades, throughput, and recovery at Yauliyacu and Zinkgruvan, partially offset by higher throughput and grades at Pierina. In March 2017, the Company amended its silver purchase agreement with Alexco Resource Corp. ("Alexco") to make the production payment a function of the silver head grade and silver spot price in the month in which the silver is produced. In addition, the area of interest was expanded to include properties currently owned by Alexco and properties acquired by Alexco in the future which fall within a one kilometer radius of existing Alexco holdings in the Keno Hill Silver District. As consideration of the amendments, on April 10, 2017 Alexco issued 3 million shares to Silver Wheaton with a fair value of $5 million. Development Update – Rosemont Hudbay has completed an updated feasibility study for its Rosemont project in Arizona, United States. Since their acquisition of Rosemont, Hudbay has completed an extensive work program, including in-fill drilling, detailed metallurgical test work, and a bottom-up approach to cost estimation, along with other feasibility-level work, as detailed in the National Instrument 43-101 technical report ("Rosemont Technical Report") in respect to the Rosemont project dated March 30, 2017. Rosemont will be a traditional open pit, shovel and truck operation with an expected 19-year mine life. Project capital cost for Rosemont is now estimated at approximately $1.9 billion (100% basis) and is expected to be spent over a three-year construction period. Subsequent to the quarter, Hudbay announced in its news release dated May 8, 2017, that the U.S. Forest Service has published a notice to the U.S. Federal Register regarding the Rosemont project. The notice states that, "The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Rosemont Copper Project is expected to be signed in early June, 2017 by (the) Coronado National Forest Supervisor." The Final Record of Decision is one of the two key federal permits outstanding, the other being the Section 404 Water Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As per the precious metals streaming agreement, Silver Wheaton (Caymans) Ltd. will provide a payment of a $230 million deposit upon achievement of certain milestones in exchange for an amount equal to 100% of the life of mine silver and gold production from Rosemont3. Produced But Not Yet Delivered 4  As at March 31, 2017, payable ounces attributable to the Company produced but not yet delivered³ amounted to 3.9 million payable silver ounces and 51,500 payable gold ounces, representing an increase of 0.6 million payable silver ounces  and a decrease of 8,100 payable gold ounces during the three month period ended March 31, 2017. Payable silver ounces produced but not yet delivered increased primarily as a result of increases related to the Peñasquito, Antamina, Zinkgruvan, and Yauliyacu silver interests, partially offset by a decrease related to the San Dimas silver interest. Payable gold ounces produced but not yet delivered decreased primarily as a result of decreases related to the Salobo and 777 gold interests, offset partially by an increase related to the Sudbury gold interest. Payable ounces produced but not yet delivered to Silver Wheaton companies are expected to average approximately two months of annualized production but may vary from quarter to quarter due to a number of mining operation factors including mine ramp-up and timing of shipments. Detailed mine-by-mine production and sales figures can be found in the Appendix to this press release and in Silver Wheaton's consolidated MD&A in the 'Results of Operations and Operational Review' section. Silver Wheaton's estimated attributable silver and gold production in 2017 is forecast to be 28 million silver ounces and 340,000 gold ounces. Estimated average annual attributable silver and gold production over the next five years (including 2017) is anticipated to be approximately 29 million silver ounces and 340,000 gold ounces per year. As a reminder, Silver Wheaton does not include any production from Barrick's Pascua-Lama project or Hudbay's Rosemont project in its guidance. From a liquidity perspective, the $115 million of cash and cash equivalents as at March 31, 2017 combined with the liquidity provided by the available credit under the $2 billion Revolving Facility and ongoing operating cash flows positions the Company well to fund all outstanding commitments and known contingencies as well as providing flexibility to acquire additional accretive precious metal stream interests. A conference call and webcast will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, starting at 11:00 am (Eastern Time) to discuss these results. To participate in the live call, please use one of the following methods: Participants should dial in five to ten minutes before the call. The conference call will be recorded and available until May 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. The webcast will be available for one year. You can listen to an archive of the call by one of the following methods: This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Silver Wheaton's MD&A and Financial Statements, which are available on the Company's website at www.silverwheaton.com and have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Mr. Neil Burns, Vice President, Technical Services for Silver Wheaton, is a "qualified person" as such term is defined under National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical information including information on mineral reserves and mineral resources disclosed in this news release. Silver Wheaton believes that there are no significant differences between its corporate governance practices and those required to be followed by United States domestic issuers under the NYSE listing standards. This confirmation is located on the Silver Wheaton website at http://www.silverwheaton.com/company/corporate-governance/default.aspx. The Company currently has eight reportable operating segments: the silver produced by the San Dimas, Peñasquito and Antamina mines, the gold produced by the Sudbury and Salobo mines, the silver and gold produced by the Constancia mine and the Other mines and corporate operations. On a silver equivalent and gold equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were as follows: On a silver equivalent and gold equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2016 were as follows: Silver Wheaton has included, throughout this document, certain non-IFRS performance measures, including (i) operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted); (ii) average cash costs of silver and gold on a per ounce basis and; (iii) cash operating margin. These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and other companies may calculate these measures differently.  The presentation of these non-IFRS measures is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. For more detailed information, please refer to Silver Wheaton's MD&A available on the Company's website at www.silverwheaton.com and posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The information contained herein contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements, which are all statements other than statements of historical fact, include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "projects", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", "potential", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Silver Wheaton to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management currently believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to: Although Silver Wheaton has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Silver Wheaton. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary. The forward-looking statements included herein are for the purpose of providing investors with information to assist them in understanding Silver Wheaton's expected financial and operational performance and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Any forward looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Silver Wheaton does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are included or incorporated by reference herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. For further information on Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources and on Silver Wheaton more generally, readers should refer to Silver Wheaton's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other continuous disclosure documents filed by Silver Wheaton since January 1, 2017, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Silver Wheaton's Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are subject to the qualifications and notes set forth therein. Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Cautionary Note to United States Investors Concerning Estimates of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources: The information contained herein has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ from the requirements of United States securities laws. The terms "mineral reserve", "proven mineral reserve" and "probable mineral reserve" are Canadian mining terms defined in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") – CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended (the "CIM Standards"). These definitions differ from the definitions in Industry Guide 7 ("SEC Industry Guide 7") under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). Under U.S. standards, mineralization may not be classified as a "reserve" unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve determination is made. Also, under SEC Industry Guide 7 standards, a "final" or "bankable" feasibility study is required to report reserves, the three-year historical average price is used in any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves and the primary environmental analysis or report must be filed with the appropriate governmental authority. In addition, the terms "mineral resource", "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource" and "inferred mineral resource" are defined in and required to be disclosed by NI 43-101; however, these terms are not defined terms under SEC Industry Guide 7 and are normally not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of the mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into reserves. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in rare cases. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource exists or is economically or legally mineable. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Disclosure of "contained ounces" in a resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "reserves" by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures. Accordingly, information contained herein that describes Silver Wheaton's mineral deposits may not be comparable to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to reporting and disclosure requirements under the United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. United States investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in Silver Wheaton's Form 40-F, a copy of which may be obtained from Silver Wheaton or from http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml. In accordance with the Company's MD&A and financial statements, reference to the Company includes the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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Legendary billionaire investor Warren Buffett, of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A), who noted that the U.S. is "less well equipped to handle a financial crisis today than we were in 2008." One of the world's biggest legends in mining, Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra, is pouncing on gold voraciously, and where his gold money goes, markets tend to follow. Giustra is putting his money where his mouth is-and so far, he's been spot on. According to Giustra, the worsening political and economic uncertainty on the global stage was going to feed an incredibly bullish gold market--one that could quite possibly surpass the $1900 an ounce mark. So, says Giustra, if you're looking at gold as an investor, you've got to get in now because this window is closing fast. Here are our 5 top picks for gold right now: #1 Goldcorp Inc (NYSE: GG) Goldcorp has seen lowering shares for the past three years, but it's now clearly on the rebound, with stocks climbing and management working hard at increasing shareholder value. The company has committed $1 billion to growth in a partnership with Barrick Gold. It expects to see production growth of 20% to 3 million ounces in the next five years. With this pick, we're looking at some solid exploration catalysts. Most notably, the company saw positive results from drilling at its Cerro Negro project in southern Argentina. This is one of the largest gold mines in the world, with estimated reserves of 5.74 million ounces of gold and nearly 50 million ounces of silver. It's also seen some other positive forward movement, including the launch of drilling at its Coffee Gold project in Yukon, and exploration progress at the Timmins Camp in Ontario. And the partnership with Barrick in Chile will give it a stake in one of the biggest, most underdeveloped gold plays in the world. Goldcorp is one of the top three players in the world for precious metals, and last quarter saw the Canadian giant swing into major profits. #2 Fiore Exploration (F.V; FIORF) This is the junior with the most on the gold scene. Fiore Exploration has been scooping up undervalued, unexplored and underexplored assets in known mining districts with multi-million-ounce deposits. Right now, it has three major projects which surround giant miners and massive producing mines in Chile. But at the end of the day, this company stands out because it is a junior explorer that has managed to do the impossible: secure highly prospective and massive exploration concessions that are almost always reserved by the major miners. Fiore has scooped up almost all the best exploration territory surrounding the world-class El Penon gold mine owned by major player Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY). In fact, Fiore has acquired a massive land package of three separate blocks. In the industry, 'closeology' is one of the deciding factor of success-and Fiore has it in droves. Fiore now surrounds this massive mine on three sides, so they've inherited all the infrastructure, and a massive exploration patch in a known money-maker. Additionally, Fiore now has two other highly prospective projects in Chile: the Cerro Tostado-again, flanking Yamana, Anglo American's El Soldado mine and Austral Gold's El Guanaco mine-and Rio Loa, which it acquired in April sitting on Chile's prolific Maricunga belt. Rio Loa is also right next to Gold Field's 3.3-million-ounce Salares Norte discovery. Fiore (F.V; FIORF) is backed by legendary financer Frank Giustra, so it's had no trouble raising the capital needed to drill, and drilling results will be coming in soon. CEO Tim Warman is a 25-year mining veteran perhaps best known for closing a $1.2-billion deal with Kinross. Warman has a long track record of making multi-million-dollar discoveries and keeping his shareholders very happy, both with Aurelian Resources and Dalradian. In fact, Aurelian sold to Kinross for $1.2 billion, while Dalradian's stock hit a market cap of a couple hundred million dollars. Kudos to this junior for pulling off a major play, and investors will be keen on the 'Giustra Premium'. #3 Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) There's plenty of reason to be bullish on Yamana's long term. This is a leader in the gold segment. Yamana's El Peñón mine is one of the most prolific gold and silver mines in Latin America, whether we're talking about either size or grade. It's massive, and its high-grade. El Peñón has produced over 3 million ounces of world-class gold and more than 90 million ounces of silver since it went into production in 2000. Annually, this mine accounts for 18% of Yamana's gold production, and annually it produces nearly 230,000 ounces of gold for the company. And there's still a lot to come: We're still looking at 2.4 million ounces of gold left in the mine, and another 77 million ounces of silver. One catalyst in particular that we're looking at is the development of the Cerro Moro mine, which is expected to start producing early next year. The forecast is for 80,000 ounces of gold in 2018 and 130,000 ounces in 2019. We don't give it the number one spot on this list, though because of the dilution of shareholder value. The company has not reduced its debt load as much as Barrick or its other peers. Newmont Mining approved three new projects in 1Q17 and upgraded its long-term guidance as a result. The giant has reduced its net debt to $1.7 billion and it's sitting on $2.9 billion in cash, so the year is looking quite good. The only thing holding it back is the fact that Barrick and Goldcorp stole the show up until now, but Newmont is catching up nicely and should not be overlooked. It has definitely been a strong year for Newmont, up over 32% in the past 12 months, though there's still room to improve on this. Share prices are still down from their highs, but climbing-which makes it a good game to get it on. Catalysts include some solid African expansion projects. Barrick is a solid long-term play. It's the largest producer in the world, and it's working hard to cut costs. Shareholders don't mind at all because it even raised dividends last year. Of all the big miners, Barrick has one of the lowest cost structures. And there are plenty of catalysts even beyond broader gold fundamentals. 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News Article | May 9, 2017
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MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 9, 2017) - Management of SIRIOS Resources inc. (TSX VENTURE:SOI) is pleased to announce results of three drill holes completed in the West area located at approximately 750 metres west of the Central area where the majority of drill holes were performed on the Cheechoo Gold Property. Drill hole #95, located in the West area, was assayed in priority and assay results were published previously (see March 6, 2017 press release). The winter drilling campaign on Cheechoo ended mid-April. A total of 5,397 meters was drilled in fourteen drill holes (#94 to #107) and four extensions at depth (#36E, 37E, 58E and 82E). Three drill holes (#82E, #94 and #98) reached depths of 500 to 750 metres in order to test the interpreted tonalite/meta-sediments contact. They did intersect the contact which is mainly made of a sequence of alternating sediments and tonalite. Assay results from drill holes # 36E, 37E, 82E, 94, 98 and 100 to 107 are still pending or being compiled. A table of all assays encompassing described intervals in the table above is available on the Sirios website at the following link: A location map of drill holes as well as their coordinates are available at following links: Sirios's fully owned Cheechoo property is located at Eeyou Istchee James Bay, Quebec, at 800 km north of Montreal, 200 km east of Wemindji and less than 10 km of the Éléonore goldmine of the producer Goldcorp. All NQ drill cores were described by Sirios personnel at the Cheechoo exploration camp. They were then sent to Rouyn-Noranda to be sawed in half, with one half sent to a commercial laboratory for assaying and other half retained as future reference. A strict QA/QC program was followed by integrating blanks and standards to core samples sequence, all of which were prepared by Services Technominex Inc. of Rouyn-Noranda. They were then assayed for gold by fire assay and atomic absorption finish by Actlabs in Ste-Germaine-Boulé, close to Rouyn-Noranda. Samples grading more than 3 g/t were repeated at the lab. Drill core samples with visible gold or from suspected gold zones were assayed by pyro-analysis with metallic sieve from a sample of about 1 kg. Jordi Turcotte, MSc., Geo. and Jacquelin Gauthier, Geo., Qualified Persons pursuant to National Instrument 43-101, have prepared and verified the technical information of this press release, as well as reviewing the final text. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - 9 mai 2017) - Les dirigeants de Ressources SIRIOS inc. (TSX CROISSANCE:SOI) ont le plaisir d'annoncer les résultats de trois sondages effectués dans le secteur Ouest situé à environ 750 mètres à l'ouest du secteur Central où sont situés la majorité des sondages sur la propriété aurifère Cheechoo. Le sondage #95, situé dans le secteur Ouest, avait été analysé en priorité et les résultats d'analyses annoncés antérieurement (voir communiqué du 6 mars 2017). La campagne de forage d'hiver sur Cheechoo s'est terminée à la mi-avril. Un total de 5 397 mètres a été foré dans quatorze sondages (#94 à #107) et quatre extensions en profondeur (#36E, 37E, 58E et 82E). Trois sondages (#82E, #94 et #98) ont atteint des profondeurs de 500 à 750 mètres afin de tester le contact interprété tonalite/méta-sédiments. Ils ont bel et bien recoupé le contact qui est principalement constitué d'une séquence de sédiments et de tonalite en alternance. Les résultats d'analyses des sondages #36E, 37E, 82E, 94, 98 et 100 à 107 sont toujours en attente ou en cours de compilation. Un tableau de toutes les analyses formant les intervalles décrits dans le tableau ci-dessus est disponible sur le site web de Sirios au lien suivant : Une carte localisant les sondages de même que leurs coordonnées sont disponibles aux liens suivants : La propriété Cheechoo, détenue à 100% par Sirios, est située à Eeyou Istchee Baie James au Québec, à 800 km au nord de Montréal, à 200 km à l'est de Wemindji et à moins de 10 km de la mine d'or Éléonore du producteur Goldcorp. Toutes les carottes de forage, de calibre NQ, ont été décrites par le personnel de Sirios au camp d'exploration Cheechoo. Elles ont ensuite été expédiées à Rouyn-Noranda pour y être sciées en deux moitiés, dont une, envoyée à un laboratoire commercial pour fins d'analyse, et l'autre, conservée pour référence future. Suivant un programme strict d'assurance et de contrôle de qualité analytique, des blancs et des standards de référence certifiés ont été intégrés à la séquence d'échantillonnage, le tout ayant été effectués par Services Technominex inc. de Rouyn-Noranda. Ils ont ensuite été analysés pour l'or par pyro-analyse et finition à l'absorption atomique par les laboratoires Actlabs situés à Ste-Germaine-Boulé à proximité de Rouyn-Noranda. Les analyses significatives titrant plus de 3 g/t ont de plus été répétées au laboratoire. Les carottes avec présence d'or visible ou encore provenant de zones aurifères suspectées ont été analysées par pyro-analyse avec tamisage métallique à partir d'un échantillon d'environ 1kg. Jordi Turcotte, Msc., géo. et Jacquelin Gauthier, géo., personnes qualifiées selon la Norme 43-101 ont préparé et vérifié les informations techniques de ce communiqué de presse, et ils ont révisé la version final du texte. La Bourse de croissance TSX et son fournisseur de services de réglementation (tel que défini dans les Règles de la Bourse de croissance TSX-V) ne peuvent être tenus responsables de l'exactitude ou de la véracité du présent communiqué.


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2017) - Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BSR) ("Bluestone" or the "Company") today announced the appointments of Mr. Peter Hemstead, CPA, CMA as Chief Financial Officer and Mr. David Gunning, P. Eng. as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Hemstead is an experienced international mining finance executive with over 20 years of experience and an extensive background in financial management, banking, mining finance and directing mine-site financial operations. Mr. Gunning has over 35 years of experience, specializing in high grade underground gold mining. Mr. Gunning will be responsible for the oversight and management of the Bluestone's activities in Guatemala, including the Cerro Blanco Gold Mine and the Mita Geothermal projects. "On behalf of Bluestone Resources, I am pleased to welcome Mr. Peter Hemstead as Chief Financial Officer and Mr. David Gunning as Vice President of Operations," stated John Robins, Chairman and CEO. "Mr. Hemstead's extensive mining finance experience and Mr. Gunning's extensive operational experience in high grade underground gold mining and exploration will be a great addition to our team as we progress towards the completion of our acquisition and development of the Cerro Blanco and Mita Geothermal projects." Peter Hemstead is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Hemstead has over 20 years of finance experience, with the last 10 years spent in a senior financial executive role at Capstone Mining Corp., leading the finance team through the successful expansion from a development stage mining company to an intermediate producer. He has a proven track record of providing financial leadership and his extensive experience in financial management, corporate finance, project finance, treasury, commercial banking, marketing/sales, financial risk management, insurance and international tax planning. David Gunning is a graduate of Mining Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1983) and a practicing Professional Engineer since 1989. Mr. Gunning has over 35 years of operational experience in underground mining, processing and exploration in Canada, the United States, Mongolia and Mexico. For the last 8 years, Mr. Gunning acted as Chief Operating Officer and Director or Starcore International Mines during which time he was responsible for all aspects of the operation at the 900 tonne per day underground San Martin gold mine located in central Mexico. During his tenure at Starcore the company developed many successful strategies to aid the nearby community while improving the environmental footprint of the operation. He is experienced with all aspects of both underground gold mining and processing. Mr. Gunning is a qualified person according to National Instrument 43-101 and speaks Spanish. Bluestone Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:BSR) announced on January 11, 2017 that it had entered into an agreement with Goldcorp Inc. to acquire 100% of Goldcorp's Cerro Blanco Gold project and Mita Geothermal projects located 160 km southeast of Guatemala City in Guatemala. Cerro Blanco is one of the world's highest grade undeveloped gold projects that is fully permitted for production. The Cerro Blanco project economics as disclosed in the Company's press release dated February 7, 2017 announcing the results of the PEA and updated Mineral Resource Estimate for Cerro Blanco indicate a rapid pay-back, high margin, underground mining project with robust economics in the current gold price environment. At a gold price of US$1,250/oz, the Cerro Blanco base case estimate generates an after-tax net present value at a 5% discount rate of US$317 million and an internal rate of return of 43.9%. The proposed mine is expected to operate over a nine year mine-life with total gold and silver production of approximately 952,000 ounces and 3,141,000 ounces, respectively. Initial capital expenditures to fund construction and commissioning is estimated at US$170.8 million. The all-in sustaining cash costs (as defined per World Gold Council guidelines, less corporate general and administration costs) is estimated to be US$490 per ounce of gold produced. The scientific and technical disclosure in this news release has been reviewed by John Robins, CEO of the Company, who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. On behalf of the Board Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The PEA is preliminary in nature, it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Certain information set forth in this news release contains "forward-looking statements", and "forward-looking information" under applicable securities laws. Except for statements of historical fact, certain information contained herein constitutes forward-looking statements, which include the Company's expectations about the completion of the proposed transaction with Goldcorp Inc. and related financing, future performance based on current results and expected cash costs and are based on the Company's current internal expectations, estimates, projections, assumptions and beliefs, which may prove to be incorrect. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "will", "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "projects", "plans", and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which, may cause the Company's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projects of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: liabilities inherent in mine development and production; geological risks, the financial markets generally, the results of the due diligence investigations to be conducted by the Company, the ability of the Company to complete the financing or obtain requisite TSX Venture Exchange acceptance and shareholder approvals. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipate in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLD) (together with its subsidiaries, “Royal Gold” or the “Company,” “we” or “our”) reports net income attributable to stockholders (“net income”) of $23.7 million, or $0.36 per share, on revenue of $107.0 million in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2017 (“third quarter”). Earnings increased significantly compared to the prior year quarter net loss attributable to stockholders of $67.7 million, or ($1.04) per share, on revenue of $93.5 million. Third Quarter Highlights as Compared to the Prior Year Quarter: “We generated our second straight quarter of record operating cash flow, and paid down $45 million of debt,” commented Tony Jensen, President and CEO. “With no additional funding requirements, cash flow from our diverse stream and royalty portfolio on 38 operating properties will continue to strengthen our balance sheet. At the same time, we look forward to three new or expanding sources of revenue currently in development, including New Gold’s Rainy River mine, Barrick’s Cortez Crossroads mine, and Goldcorp’s Pyrite Leach Project at the Peñasquito mine. We expect these new projects to be commissioned in calendar 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively, providing further growth and revenue diversification.” Third quarter revenue of $107.0 million included stream revenue of $76.6 million and royalty revenue of $30.4 million. Stream segment gold purchases were approximately 50,000 ounces, while sales totaled approximately 58,000 ounces. Stream segment silver purchases were approximately 374,000 ounces and silver sales were approximately 322,000 ounces. The Company had approximately 15,000 gold ounces and 375,000 silver ounces in inventory at March 31, 2017, as previously announced, compared to approximately 24,000 gold ounces and 323,000 silver ounces in inventory at December 31, 2016. Total revenue increased 14% from the prior year quarter. Higher sales from our Mount Milligan and Pueblo Viejo streams relative to the prior year quarter more than offset lower sales from our Andacollo stream, which was due to timing of concentrate shipments. Third quarter cost of sales was $22.4 million, compared to $17.9 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily due to higher gold sales from Mount Milligan and increased gold and silver sales from Pueblo Viejo. Cost of sales is specific to our stream agreements that call for Royal Gold’s purchase of gold and silver for a cash payment per ounce. General and administrative expenses decreased to $5.4 million in the third quarter, compared to $7.7 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was primarily related to lower non-cash stock-based compensation charges. Exploration costs, which are related to our Peak Gold joint venture (“Peak Gold”) in Alaska, totaled $2.6 million in the third quarter, compared to $1.9 million in the prior year quarter. As of March 31, 2017, Royal Gold had earned a 24.9% interest in the joint venture. Peak Gold is currently preparing a resource estimate which is expected to be complete by the end of the June 2017 quarter. Interest and other income decreased during the third quarter to $1.3 million from $3.1 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was primarily due to a realized gain on the sale of marketable securities during the prior year quarter and a decrease in the fair value of certain warrants we own. We recognized a third quarter income tax expense of $6.5 million, compared with an income tax benefit of $8.3 million during the prior year quarter. This resulted in an effective tax rate of 23.2% in the current period. The prior year effective tax rate of 10.6% reflected impairment charges recorded a year ago. At March 31, 2017, we had current assets of $134.2 million compared to current liabilities of $24.8 million, resulting in working capital of $109.4 million. This compares to current assets of $164.8 million and current liabilities of $22.7 million at June 30, 2016, resulting in working capital of $142.1 million. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had $350 million available and $300 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility. In the third quarter, the Company repaid $45.0 million of the outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility. Working capital, combined with the Company’s undrawn revolving credit facility, resulted in approximately $459.4 million of total available liquidity at March 31, 2017. We began receiving gold and copper deliveries reflecting the amended Mount Milligan stream agreement in April 2017. Under the terms of the amendment, our 52.25% gold stream has been amended to a 35.0% gold stream and an 18.75% copper stream. We will continue to pay $435 per ounce of gold delivered and will pay 15.0% of the spot price per metric tonne of copper delivered. Under the terms of both the original and amended agreements, there is a maximum of five months between concentrate shipment and final settlement. Royal Gold expects that, on the basis of its current stream and royalty portfolio, approximately 85% of the next several fiscal years’ revenue will come from precious metals. On January 3, 2017, the Company made the final scheduled payment of $10.0 million under the Wassa and Prestea streaming agreement. The Company has no further upfront payment obligations associated with the Wassa and Prestea gold stream. Commercial production was achieved at Wassa Underground on January 1, 2017. Commercial production at Prestea Underground is currently expected to be achieved in the third calendar quarter of 2017. Upon the earlier of either commercial production from Prestea Underground or January 1, 2018, our streaming interest associated with Golden Star’s Ghanaian assets will increase from 9.25% to 10.5%. Royal Gold announces updated estimates of ore reserves and mineralized material1 attributable to the Company’s stream, royalty and similar interests as of December 31, 2016. These figures are provided by the operators of properties on which the Company holds these interests, or are obtained by Royal Gold through publicly available information. On a gold equivalent basis2, using a silver to gold ratio of approximately 70:1 and a copper to gold ratio of 450:1, metals reserves attributable to Royal Gold were 6.7 million ounces, on a net reserve basis, compared with 6.8 million ounces for the same period ended 2015. The complete Royalty/Metal Stream Portfolio, which includes the ore reserves and mineralized material1 subject to the Company's interests on producing and development properties, can be found on our website. A summary of third quarter and historical production can be found on Tables 1 and 2. Calendar year 2017 production estimates of the operators of certain properties in which we have interests versus actual production at those properties can be found on Table 3. Results of our streaming business for the third quarter, compared to the prior year quarter, can be found on Table 4. Highlights at certain of the Company’s principal producing and development properties during the third quarter, compared to the prior year quarter, are detailed in our Form 10-Q. Royal Gold is a precious metals stream and royalty company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal streams, royalties and similar production based interests. The Company owns interests on 193 properties on six continents, including interests on 38 producing mines and 22 development stage projects. Royal Gold is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “RGLD.” The Company’s website is located at www.royalgold.com. Note: Management’s conference call reviewing the third quarter results will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at noon Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Mountain Time). The call will be webcast and archived on the Company’s website for a limited time. Cautionary “Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projections or estimates contained herein. Such forward-looking statements include statements about cash flow from operating properties strengthening our balance sheet; Rainy River, Cortez Crossroads and the Peñasquito Pyrite Leach Project as new or expanding sources of revenue providing further growth and revenue diversification, and the expected timing of commissioning of these projects; operators’ expectations regarding future production and returns from our stream and royalty properties; timing for receipt of gold and copper deliveries from Mount Milligan under the amended Mount Milligan stream agreement; estimated percentages of future net revenue from precious metals expected from the Company’s stream and royalty portfolio in the aggregate; operators’ production estimates for calendar year 2017; reserves and additional mineralization estimates provided by the operators or obtained by Royal Gold through publicly available information; the sliding-scale features of our royalty structure at certain of our properties; and estimates of commencement of production at projects in development. Net gold and metal reserves attributable to Royal Gold’s stream, royalty and other interests are subject to certain assumptions and, like reserves, do not reflect actual ounces that will be produced. Like any stream, royalty or similar interest on a non-producing or not-yet-in-development project, our interests on development projects are subject to certain risks, such as the ability of the operators to bring the projects into production and operate in accordance with their feasibility studies, and the ability of Royal Gold to make accurate assumptions regarding valuation and timing and amount of payments. In addition, many of our interests are subject to risks associated with conducting business in a foreign country, including application of foreign laws to contract and other disputes, foreign environmental laws and enforcement and uncertain political and economic environments. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections include, among others, precious metals, copper and nickel prices; performance of and production at the Company's stream and royalty properties, including gold and copper production at Mount Milligan and gold and silver production at Pueblo Viejo; the ability of operators of development properties to finance project construction to completion and bring projects into production as expected; operators’ delays in securing or inability to secure necessary governmental permits; decisions and activities of the operators of the Company's stream and royalty properties; unanticipated grade, environmental, geological, seismic, metallurgical, processing, liquidity or other problems the operators of the mining properties may encounter; changes in operators’ project parameters as plans continue to be refined; changes in estimates of reserves and mineralization by the operators of the Company’s stream and royalty properties; contests to the Company’s stream and royalty interests and title and other defects to the Company’s stream and royalty properties; errors or disputes in calculating stream deliveries and royalty payments, or deliveries or payments not made in accordance with stream and royalty agreements; economic and market conditions; risks associated with conducting business in foreign countries; changes in laws governing the Company and its stream and royalty properties or the operators of such properties, and other subsequent events; as well as other factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to predict or control. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement made herein. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Statement Regarding Third Party Information: Certain information provided in this press release, including production estimates for calendar 2017, has been provided to us by the operators of the relevant properties or is publicly available information filed by these operators with applicable securities regulatory bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. Royal Gold has not verified, and is not in a position to verify, and expressly disclaims any responsibility for, the accuracy, completeness or fairness of such third-party information and refers the reader to the public reports filed by the operators for information regarding those properties. Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income as measures of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis; as a measure for planning and forecasting overall expectations and for evaluating actual results against such expectations; in communications with the board of directors, stockholders, analysts and investors concerning our financial performance; as useful comparisons to the performance of our competitors; and as metrics of certain management incentive compensation calculations. We believe that these measures are used by and are useful to investors and other users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance because they provide an additional tool to evaluate our performance without regard to special and non-core items, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets and capital structure. We have provided reconciliations of all non-GAAP measures to their nearest U.S. GAAP measures and have consistently applied the adjustments within our reconciliations in arriving at each non-GAAP measure. We consider these items to be necessary adjustments for purposes of evaluating our ongoing business performance and are often considered non-recurring. Such adjustments are subjective and involve significant management judgment. Adjusted EBITDA is defined by the Company as net income (loss) plus depreciation, depletion and amortization, non-cash charges, income tax expense, interest and other expense, and any impairment of mining assets, less non-controlling interests in operating loss (income) of consolidated subsidiaries, interest and other income, and any royalty portfolio restructuring gains or losses. Other companies may define and calculate this measure differently. Adjusted EBITDA identifies the cash generated in a given period that will be available to fund the Company's future operations, growth opportunities, shareholder dividends and to service the Company's debt obligations. This information differs from measures of performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. See the table below for a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA. Management of the Company uses adjusted net income (loss) to evaluate the Company’s operating performance, and for planning and forecasting future business operations. The Company believes the use of adjusted net income (loss) allows investors and analysts to understand the results relating to receipt of revenue from its royalty interests and purchase and sale of gold from its streaming interests by excluding certain items that have a disproportionate impact on our results for a particular period. The net income (loss) adjustments are presented net of tax generally at the Company’s statutory effective tax rate. Management’s determination of the components of adjusted net income (loss) are evaluated periodically and based, in part, on a review of non-GAAP financial measures used by mining industry analysts. Net income (loss) attributable to Royal Gold stockholders is reconciled to adjusted net income (loss) as follows:


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MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 10, 2017) - Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Mr. Paul Archer as Director of the Company. "It is a privilege to have Mr. Archer join our team, which already boasts considerable expertise. Mr. Archer brings to our board his extensive experience gained while working at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd ("Osisko") and Virginia Mines Inc. ("Virginia"), and his remarkable success in exploration with the discovery of the Eleonore gold deposit. We are thrilled to know that the Company will benefit from his knowledge and skill set in the years to come", commented the President and CEO, Mr. Gino Roger. Midland announces that it has granted incentive stock options to Mr. Archer to acquire 100,000 common shares at $1.04 per share, for a period of 10 years. These incentive stock options have been granted in accordance with Midland's Stock Option Plan. Mr. Paul Archer has a Bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering and a Master's degree in Earth Science. He has more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry, particularly in exploration for gold and base metals in Archean terrains. He developed his expertise working with various companies, including Shell Minerals, Noranda Exploration, Northgate Explorations, Westminer Canada and SOQUEM, where he was Regional Manager for Northern Quebec. On May 1, 1996, Mr. Archer joined Virginia Mines as Vice-President of Exploration and Acquisitions and Director. Mr. Archer was actively involved in the discovery and development of the Eleonore project, from the preliminary field campaign through to the sale of the deposit to Goldcorp. In November 2014, he joined Osisko's management team following the Osisko/Virginia merger. He was elected President of the Quebec Prospectors Association in 1996 and 1997. Over the years, Mr. Archer has received, on behalf of Virginia, several prestigious prizes, including the Bill Dennis Award from the PDAC in 2006 for the discovery of the Eleonore deposit. Mr. Archer is also a member of various professional associations, including the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. After a successful and compelling career, Mr. Archer recently announced he would be retiring from Osisko in early July 2017. Midland targets the excellent mineral potential of Quebec to make the discovery of new world-class deposits of gold, platinum group elements, base metals and rare earth elements. Midland is proud to count on reputable partners such as Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Teck Resources Limited, IAMGOLD Corporation, Osisko Mining Inc., Altius Minerals Corp., SOQUEM INC., Japan Oil and Gas and Metals National Corporation, and Abcourt Mines Inc. Midland prefers to work in partnership and intends to quickly conclude additional agreements in regard to newly acquired properties. Management is currently reviewing other opportunities and projects to build up the Company portfolio and generate shareholder value. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from targeted results. Such risks and uncertainties include those described in Midland's periodic reports including the annual report or in the filings made by Midland from time to time with securities regulatory authorities.


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - Pure Gold Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PGM) ("Pure Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce additional drill results from the Russet South Target on the Company's 100% owned Madsen Gold Project ("Madsen"). The concurrent expansion of mineral zones at Russet South is an important component of Pure Gold's growth strategy which remains focused on resource expansion close to existing mine infrastructure. "The Russet South area is turning into an exceptional satellite prospect and complements our ongoing drilling success at the Austin and McVeigh horizons. The association of very high gold grades along the contacts of folded ultramafic units is directly analogous to the setting of the High Grade Zone at Goldcorp's Red Lake Mine as well as the 8 Zone at Madsen, which occurs 1,600m down dip from Russet South," said Darin Labrenz, President and CEO of Pure Gold2. "To date, the Russet South Target has delivered an exceptional hit ratio, with 37 out of 101 holes drilled to date by Pure Gold showing visible gold and reporting intercepts in excess of 5 g/t gold." Mineralization reported herein is associated with both the footwall and hanging wall contacts of a folded ultramafic unit that forms the center of the Russet South Target. Drill hole PG17-364 intersected gold mineralization on the western, footwall side of the ultramafic returning 27.1 g/t gold over 5.8 metres approximately 50 metres down dip of PG17-341 which returned 21.4 g/t gold over 1.9 metres, and approximately 150 metres along strike to the southwest from a previously reported intercept in PG15-028 of 8.2 g/t gold over 11.0 metres1,3. This zone is open for expansion to the south and down plunge where it has seen limited drill testing. Additionally, drilling has intersected gold mineralization on the eastern, hanging wall contact of the same ultramafic, with hole PG17-391 returning 80.7 g/t gold over 1.0 metre on the south end, and PG17-371 returning 11.3 g/t gold over 1.0 metre approximately 190 metres to the north. The hanging wall contact of this unit has been sparsely tested by Pure Gold and is open for expansion in all directions. Drill hole PG17-352 expands the recently reported discovery zone at Russet South with 17.7 g/t gold over 2.0 metres returned approximately 190 metres north of drill hole PG17-335 which intersected 4.4 g/t gold over 12.0 metres1. This hole expands the new gold zone located on the eastern side of Russet South to a total strike length of 320 metres. Mineralization is associated with deformed blue-grey quartz veins hosted in a 200 metre thick wedge of Basalt located between two distinct Ultramafic units, and remains open in all directions. It is expected that the next phase of drilling at Russet South will continue to test these gold zones beyond the current vertical extents of approximately 200 metres below surface. New assay results from select drill holes are outlined below: For a plan map showing the setting of the Russet South targets, click link below: For a cross section showing the setting of the Russet South targets, click link below: For a complete list of 2017 drill results to date, click link below: While drilling at Russet South has paused for spring break-up, Pure Gold's 2017 exploration program is on-going with four drill rigs currently testing resource growth potential near the mine infrastructure and along the more than five kilometre strike length of the Madsen mineral system. The program is expected to include 70,000 metres of core drilling, and will include underground drilling, expected to commence in Q2 2017. Further results will be released as available. The Madsen Mine operated for over 36 years with historic production of 2.5 million ounces at an average grade of 9.9 g/t gold. The Madsen Gold Project hosts a permitted mill and tailings facility, and access to power, water and labour. The Madsen Gold Project has an Indicated Resource of 928,000 ounces gold at 8.93 g/t gold (in 3.24 million tonnes) and an Inferred Resource of 297,000 ounces gold at 11.74 g/t gold (in 0.79 million tonnes)4. The mineral resource is based on 13,624 drill holes, evenly dispersed throughout the mineral resource. A robust geologic model based on 27 levels of geological mapping and chip sampling provides a solid understanding of the geology and continuity of mineralization. In addition to the mineral resource, the Madsen Gold Project hosts a number of prospective new discoveries including the Fork Zone and Russet South targets, as well as, two significant historic underground mines. Pure Gold believes the opportunity exists to advance these targets through the application of modern exploration science and a new understanding of the district. Drill core samples are bagged and sealed and submitted to SGS in Red Lake, Ontario for sample preparation by crushing to 75% less than 2mm, a riffle split of 1kg, and pulverization of the split to better than 85% passing 75 microns. Gold analysis is completed in the SGS Red Lake lab with a 30g fire assay and AAS finish (code GE-FAA313). Samples returning >5 g/t Au are re-assayed with a gravimetric finish (code GO-FAG303). Mineralized zones with visible gold are also analyzed by a 1kg screen fire assay with screening to 106 microns (code GO-FAS51K). Two 30g fire assays are conducted on the screen undersize and combined with an assay of the entire oversize fraction. Control samples (accredited standards and non-accredited blanks) were inserted on a regular basis. Results are assessed for accuracy, precision and contamination on an ongoing basis. Phil Smerchanski, P. Geo., Vice President, Exploration for the Company, is the designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") and has reviewed and verified that the technical information contained herein is accurate and approves of the written disclosure of same. Our mandate is pure and simple. To dream big. To colour outside the lines. To use smart science and creativity to unlock the next major discovery at the Madsen Gold Project in Red Lake, Ontario. And become Canada's next iconic gold company. Additional information about the Company and its activities may be found on the Company's website at www.puregoldmining.ca and under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com. ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD, All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking information" with respect to Pure Gold within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including, but not limited to statements with respect to those that address potential quantity and/or grade of minerals, potential size and expansion of a mineralized zone, proposed timing of exploration and development plans. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "planned", "expect", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intends", "believe", "potential", and similar expressions, or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "should", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including, among others, assumptions about future prices of gold and other metal prices, currency exchange rates and interest rates, favourable operating conditions, political stability, obtaining governmental approvals and financing on time, obtaining renewals for existing licences and permits and obtaining required licences and permits, labour stability, stability in market conditions, availability of equipment, accuracy of any mineral resources, successful resolution of disputes and anticipated costs and expenditures. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Pure Gold and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Such forward-looking information, involves known and unknown risks, which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, risks related to the interpretation of results at the Madsen Gold Project; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; current economic conditions; future prices of commodities; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; the costs and timing of the development of new deposits; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; the timing and success of exploration activities generally; delays in permitting; possible claims against the Company; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals, financing or in the completion of exploration as well as those factors discussed in the Annual Information Form of the Company dated June 17, 2016 in the section entitled "Risk Factors", under Pure Gold's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Although Pure Gold has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Pure Gold disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by law.

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