Bravada Announces Financing; Resource Update and Exploration Drilling Planned Q2 at Wind Mountain Au-Ag Project, Nevada
March 21, 2022
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Bravada Gold Corporation ("Bravada” or “Company") plans to issue up to 30,000,000 units ("Units") in a non-brokered private placement at a price of $0.05 per Unit for gross proceeds of $1.5M. Each Unit will consist of one common share and one-half share purchase warrant, with each full warrant exercisable to purchase one additional common share for a period of two years at an exercise price of $0.10 per share. The Company will make provision for an over-allotment option (Greenshoe) to allow a purchase of up to 10% additional Units beyond the number of Units in this private placement.
Net proceeds from the private placement will be used to continue exploration drilling at the Wind Mountain property and to incorporate higher-grade gold and silver assay results from 2021 in-fill drilling, as well as results from earlier post-2012 drilling, into an update of the resource calculation and PEA. Net proceeds will also cover property maintenance for the Company’s portfolio of Nevada properties and for working capital.
About the Wind Mountain Au-Ag project
The Wind Mountain gold-silver property was mined by a former owner, operating an open-pit/heap-leach operation that produced 299,259oz gold & 1.8MMoz silver. Bravada subsequently acquired 100% ownership subject to a small royalty, and after a series of exploration and pre-development initiatives, commissioned in 2012 an independent resource estimate and a Preliminary Economic Evaluation* for Wind Mountain, which reported positive economics and a resource of:
• 570,000 ounces of gold and 14.7 million ounces of silver in the Indicated category, and
• 354,000 ounces of gold and 10.1 million ounces of silver in the Inferred category.
See the table* below and news release NR-06-12 (April 11, 2012) for details of the resource.
Bravada in 2021 successfully added higher-grade mineralization by in-filling certain portions of the 2012 study area. In addition, exploration drilling at the feeder target in Q4 2020 discovered the top of a banded vein zone beneath mine waste and other overburden, and in 2021 drilling expanded this zone beneath cover for 330 metres of strike and is open-ended in both directions. The Company recently completed permitting five new drill sites to test deeper portions of the vein system where much higher grades are expected based on analogies with similar vein systems in Nevada and elsewhere.
The proposed exploration program is designed to add tonnage and higher grades to the mineral inventory as the next step towards mining of the resource. The program is permitted, and a drilling rig is scheduled for commencement of a drill program in May 2022.
President Joe Kizis commented, “This is an exciting time for Bravada with this financing focusing on de-risking our flagship Wind Mountain Gold/Silver Property in northwestern Nevada towards renewed production. Recent drilling at Wind Mountain successfully confirmed suspected horizons of higher grade gold and silver mineralization at the shallow Breeze portion of the resource, and exploration drilling has greatly added to our understanding of potentially high-grade “feeder” veins that we have long predicted to exist beneath the known widespread disseminated gold/silver mineralization.
Considering the increase in gold price since our 2012 Wind Mountain PEA, we feel it is appropriate to update the independent Resource and PEA. We have drilled additional mineralization that has not been added to the resource, particularly the higher grades confirmed near the Breeze pit that might be developed as a “starter” pit.
Wind Mountain will not be the only source of news flow. There is strong interest in several of Bravada’s other projects, with various groups evaluating Highland, Baxter, and East Manhattan, which are low-sulfidation systems with drilled gold mineralization and targets delineated for further drilling. Covid issues continue to delay these evaluations, particularly for non-North American parties, but the interest is strong for the opportunity to earn into low-risk exploration opportunities in one of the world’s safest, premier mining jurisdictions.”
Chairman Lawrence Page Q. C., further commented, “The world needs new, large gold and silver discoveries to continue the current pace of production, and Wind Mountain provides the unique opportunity for a potential near-term, “starter pit” that could initiate cash flow while exploration and development continues to evaluate a potentially much higher grade and larger “feeder vein zone” at depth.”
Wind Mountain Resource
*Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred resources are considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be classified as mineral reserves. There is no assurance that any part of the resources will ultimately be converted to mineral reserves.
Mine Development Associates compiled the Technical Report and PEA. Thomas Dyer, P.E. is a Senior Engineer for MDA and is responsible for sections of the Technical Report involving mine designs and the economic evaluation, and Steven Ristorcelli, C.P.G., is a Principal Geologist for MDA and is responsible for the sections involving the Mineral Resource estimate. These are the Qualified Persons of the technical report for the purpose of Canadian NI 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Economic Analyses of Mineral Projects. Details of the PEA produced by Mine Development Associates (MDA) of Reno can be found on SEDAR, as previously reported (see NR-07-12 dated May 1, 2012). Note that although the PEA was encouraging, it is preliminary in nature, it includes Inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have 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.
Bravada is an exploration company with a portfolio of high-quality properties in Nevada, one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world. Bravada has successfully identified and advanced properties with the potential to host high-margin deposits while successfully attracting partners to fund later stages of project development. Bravada’s value is underpinned by a substantial gold and silver resource with a positive PEA at Wind Mountain, and the Company has significant upside potential from possible new discoveries at its exploration properties.
Since 2005, the Company signed 32 earn-in joint-venture agreements for its properties with 19 publicly traded companies, as well as a similar number of property-acquisition agreements with private individuals. Bravada currently has 10 projects in its portfolio, consisting of 810 claims for approximately 6,500 ha in two of Nevada’s most prolific gold trends. Most of the projects host encouraging drill intercepts of gold and already have drill targets developed. Several videos are available on the Company’s website that describe Bravada’s major properties, answering commonly asked investor questions. Simply click on this link https://bravadagold.com/projects/project-videos/ .
Joseph Anthony Kizis, Jr. (AIPG CPG-11513) is the qualified person responsible for reviewing and preparing the technical data presented in this release and has approved its disclosure.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Joseph A. Kizis, Jr., Director, President, Bravada Gold Corporation
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