O3 Mining Intersects 5.1 g/t Au Over 5.1 metres near Marban’s Norlartic Pit

Toronto, March 09, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide new drilling results from the Marban project on its Malartic Property in the Val-d’Or region of Québec, Canada as part of its 250,000 metre drilling program.

Drilling at Marban focuses on expanding mineralization outside of the proposed pit areas outlined in the Preliminary Economic Assessment (“Marban PEA”) released on September 08, 2020. The 2021-2022 drilling program consists of 125,000 metres to test extensions of the deposits and zones outside the PEA pit areas. New drilling results from two drill holes include:

Drilling Highlights:

  • 5.1 g/t Au over 5.1 metres including 13.1 g/t Au Over 0.5 metres and 15.2 g/t Au over 0.7 metres in hole O3MA-21-033-W1 at the North Shear zone
  • 2.7 g/t Au over 10.6 metres including 26.9 g/t Au Over 0.5 metres in hole O3MA-21-033 near surface in new Triple North zone

The discovery of the new Triple North zone outside of the Norlartic pit shell continues to build our confidence in the potential to expand the mineable resources at Marban. With 125,000 metres of drilling planned for the Marban project, our drill program continues to grow, as does the potential for new discovery,” President and CEO José Vizquerra.

The intercepts released today in holes O3MA-21-033, O3MA-21-033-W1 and O3MA-21-039 are part of six drill holes completed earlier this year to test extensions at depth of the North North and North Shear zones, which are both proposed for open pit mining in the 2020 Marban PEA.  Assay results from four other drill holes in this area are pending.

A total of 51 drill holes have been drilled at Marban since the beginning of the campaign in August 2020, focusing on the Kierens, Kierens NW, Gold Hawk, Orion, MK, North Shear, North North, and Marban NE zones. Assay results from 23 drill holes are pending.

Table 1: Drill Hole Intercepts (only intercepts above 5 g/t Au * m are reported, cut-off 0.3 g/t Au above 200 m and 1.0 g\t Au below 200 m)

Drill HoleFrom (m)To (m)Interval (m)Au (g/t)Zone
O3MA-21-03338.949.510.62.7Triple North (new zone)
incl.38.939.40.526.9
incl.43.844.50.78.9
O3MA-21-033-W1580.2585.35.15.1North Shear
incl.581.1581.60.513.1
incl.583.1583.80.715.2
O3MA-21-039286.9288.81.95.3North North

NOTE: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

Table 2: Drill Hole Details 

Drill Hole IDAzimuth (˚)Dip (˚)Length (m)UTM EUTM N
O3MA-21-033206-727012779295337816
O3MA-21-033-W1206-72312779295337816
O3MA-21-039208-736662777565337904

 

Hole O3MA-21-033 intersected a new zone called Triple North, at a vertical depth of approximately  30 metres. The hole intersected stockwork quartz-carbonate veins with disseminated pyrite and visible gold within an albitized and sheared granodiorite. The interval returned 2.7 g/t Au over 10.6metres, including 26.9 g/t Au over 0.5 metres and 8.9 g/t Au over 0.7 metres. The Triple North zone is open laterally and at depth.

The North Shear zone was intersected in hole O3MA-21-033-W1 and confirmed the depth continuity of the mineralized zone. The mineralized interval has been intercepted 200 metres below the last historical intercept of the North Shear zone, and returned 5.1 g/t Au over 5.1 metres, including 13.1 g/t Au over 0.5 metres and 15.2 g/t Au over 0.7 metres, expanding the potential of the zone further at depth. The mineralization is hosted within a quartz-carbonate vein with visible gold and disseminated pyrite at the sheared contact between mafic volcanics and a felsic dyke.

Hole O3MA-21-039 intersected the  North North zone at a vertical depth of approximately 200 metres and cross-cut an albitized granodiorite. Mineralization consists of quartz-carbonate-tourmaline veins with up to 2% disseminated pyrite. The intercept returned 5.3 g/t Au over 1.9 metres. 

Figure 1: Malartic Property Map

 Figure 2: Marban Project Drilling Map

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec, and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”), and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer ready to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success, and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million ounce deposits in Québec.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (137,000 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V: OIII) and OTC Markets (OTCQX: OIIIF). The company is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders. Further information can be found on our website at https://o3mining.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information 

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director
Toll-Free: +1 (833) 979-3516
Telephone: +1 (873) 381-2014

 

 

O3 Mining To Drill 250,000 Metres At Marban and Alpha in 2021-2022

Toronto, March 2, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce its plan to execute a 250,000-metre drilling program during 2021 and 2022 at its Malartic and Alpha properties in Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada as it seeks to convert, expand and discover new gold resources.

O3 Mining drilled 86,000 metres during 2019 and 2020 on its Malartic and Alpha properties to build on its mineral inventory in Québec of 3.9 million ounces of gold (total measured and indicated resource of 2.4 million ounces gold contained within 62.0 Mt @ 1.22 g/t Au and 1.5 million ounces gold contained within 20.2 Mt @ 2.27 g/t Au in the Inferred category).

The exploration success to date, as well as a recently completed CDN $35.0 million bought deal financing which brought its total cash and investments to CDN $145.9 million, gives O3 Mining the confidence to expand the drilling program as it executes its triple exploration strategy to convert, expand and discover resource through the second-largest drilling program in Québec behind its sister company Osisko Mining. The completion of the additional 250,000 metres will bring the total program to approximately 350,000 metres on the properties since it started drilling in September 2019.

The exploration budget for 2021-2022 is CDN $49.3 million with 125,000 metres budgeted for Malartic and 125,000 metres for Alpha. After the winter season ends in April, the Corporation will continue drilling year-round, with six drill rigs.

O3 Mining Strategy

Convert: At the Marban project on the Malartic property, the Corporation is undertaking infill drilling to convert Inferred mineral resources to the Measured and Indicated categories as it moves towards completing a Pre-Feasibility Study, planned for 2022. Marban has a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) announced on September 8, 2020 which outlined open-pit production of 115,000 ounces a year for 15 years.

Expand: O3 Mining will continue with step-out drilling and testing new areas within 5 kilometres of the proposed plant site at Malartic with the aim of identifying new mineral resources that can be brought within the mine plan, a strategy the Corporation successfully executed in 2020 (see Press Releases November 24, 2020 and November 3, 2020). The Marban PEA was based on a measured and indicated resource of 1.9 million ounces gold contained within 54.2 Mt @ 1.10 g/t Au and a total of 0.6 million ounces gold contained within 13.2 Mt @ 1.44 g/t Au in the Inferred category.

O3 Mining also aims to continue to expand the mineral resource footprint in the Orenada-Bulldog and Akasaba sectors at Alpha where it has an option on the nearby Aurbel mill. Alpha hosts 1.2 million ounces of gold (total Measured and Indicated resource of 500,000 ounces gold contained within 7.7 Mt @ 2.00 g/t Au and 700,000 ounces gold contained within 5.9 Mt @ 3.80 g/t Au in the Inferred category).

Discover: O3 Mining aims to continue to discover new mineralized zones at the Simkar and Omega sectors at Alpha and to test targets generated by its exploration team and verified using artificial intelligence (“AI”) by Mira Geoscience Ltd. incorporating drilling and mapping databases, geochemical samples, Induced Polarization (IP), Electromagnetic (EM), magnetic and gravity datasets (see Press Release August 6, 2020).

We see the market looking for large, economic gold deposits in mining-friendly jurisdictions and that is exactly what O3 Mining is in the process of delivering. We have secured the financial resources to increase the planned scope of our 2021 and 2022 exploration programs to convert, expand and discover and keep building ounces around our two potential production sites in Val-d’Or. 2021 will be an exciting year for O3 Mining as this exploration program further advances the production potential of Malartic and Alpha,” President and CEO Jose Vizquerra

 

Highlights

Drilling at the Malartic property will test extensions of the ore deposits included in the September 2020 PEA (See press release September 8, 2020) to grow the mineral resource base, specifically focused on the Norlartic–Kierens, North-North, North Shear, Marban, and the Gold Hawk deposits. Other drilling targets include Orion #8, Golden Bridge, MK, Malartic H, Marban NE, and Camflo deep, including extensions of historical mineralized zones within three kilometres of the PEA pit shells, which offer additional potential to increase resources within the Marban mining project area.

Drilling at Alpha will aim to expand the known deposits at Bulldog, Orenada, Simkar, and Akasaba, and the Corporation will proceed to a resource estimate when it feels there are enough resources to generate an economic production scenario. Drilling will follow-up on significant drill intercepts to prove-up the continuity of grades and widths to turn these into new deposits as well as make new discoveries within the Bulldog-Orenada, Akasaba, Simkar, and Omega sectors.

BMO 30th Global Metals & Mining Conference

Jose Vizquerra, President and CEO, will present at the BMO Global Metals & Mining Conference on Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:00 p.m. (EST) as part of the Osisko Group Panel alongside Osisko Development, Osisko Mining, and Osisko Metals, and will be available for one-on-one meetings throughout the conference. Meeting requests can be made through the conference website.

BMO Global Metals & Mining Conference is one of the sector’s premier events. This five-day invitation-only conference brings together mining industry leaders and institutional investors from around the globe. The event is considered a barometer of industry sentiment for the year to come.

Figure 1: Alpha Property Map

Figure 2: Malartic Property Map

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer ready to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success, and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million ounce deposits in Québec.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (137,000 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V: OIII) and OTC Markets (OTCQX: OIIIF). The company is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders. Further information can be found on our website at https://o3mining.com/

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director
Toll-Free: +1 (833) 979-3516
Telephone: +1 (873) 381-2014

O3 Mining Closes C$35 Million Bought Deal Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares

 This News Release is not for distribution To U.S. Newswire Services or for dissemination In the United States

Toronto, February 25, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce the completion of its previously-announced “bought deal” brokered private placement of an aggregate of 7,709,300 “flow-through shares” of the Corporation (“FT Shares”), at an issue price of C$4.54 per FT Share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$35 million, including the exercise in full of the underwriters’ option (the “Offering”).

The Offering was led by Sprott Capital Partners LP, on behalf of itself and a syndicate of underwriters that included Canaccord Genuity Corp., Eight Capital, CIBC World Markets Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Red Cloud Securities Inc., Cormark Securities Inc. and Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.

The gross proceeds from the sale of the FT Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” as both terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Qualifying Expenditures”) related to the Corporation’s projects in Québec. The Qualifying Expenditures will be renounced in favour of the subscribers of the FT Shares with an effective date no later than December 31, 2021 and in the aggregate amount not less than the total amount of the gross proceeds raised from the issuance of the FT Shares.

All securities issued under the Offering will be subject to a hold period expiring four months and one day from the date of issuance. The Offering is subject to final acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer ready to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success, and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million ounce deposits in Québec.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (137,000 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V: OIII) and OTC Markets (OTCQX: OIIIF). The company is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders. Further information can be found on our website at https://o3mining.com/

 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the Offering; the use of the proceeds from the Offering; the jurisdictions in which the FT Shares will be offered or sold; the number of FT Shares offered or sold; the size of the Offering; the timing and ability of the Corporation to close the Offering, if at all; the timing and ability of the Corporation to satisfy the customary listing conditions of the TSX Venture Exchange, if at all; the timing and ability of the Corporation to obtain all necessary approvals; the tax treatment of the securities issued under the Offering under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and Taxation Act (Québec); the timing to renounce all Qualifying Expenditures in favour of the subscribers, if at all; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the Offering; volatility in the trading price of common shares of the Corporation; risks relating to the ability of the Corporation to obtain required approvals, complete definitive documentation and complete the Offering; the ability of the Corporation to complete further exploration activities, including drilling; property interests; the results of exploration activities; risks relating to mining activities; the global economic climate; metal prices; dilution; environmental risks; changes in the tax and regulatory regime; and community and non-governmental actions. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the corporation cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director
Toll-Free: +1 (833) 979-3516
Telephone: +1 (873) 381-2014

 

O3 Mining Intersects 1.2 g/t Au Over 28.2 Metres and 2.2 g/t Au Over 5.1 Metres Near Surface From Simkar Sector At Alpha Property

Toronto, February 25, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide drilling results from the Simkar sector on its Alpha property in Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada as part of a well-funded 150,000 metre drilling program.

New drilling results from six holes drilled in the Simkar sector in late 2020 include:

Drilling Highlights from hole O3AL-20-326

  • 1.2 g/t Au over 28.2 metres
    • 2.0 g/t Au over 5.1 metres
    • 8.0 g/t Au over 0.5 metres
    • 4.4 g/t Au over 2.7 metres
  • 2.2 g/t Au over 5.1 metres
    • 17.8 g/t Au over 0.5 metres

A 3D-model of the Alpha property is available on the Company’s website at https://o3mining.com/presentations/drill-results.

The Simkar sector comprises several East-West trending iron-rich gabbros and basalts covering an area of 5 kilometres by 2 kilometres. The main dyke hosts the former Simkar mine. The drill holes reported today aimed to test the extensions of multiple zones known from historical surface exploration work and shallow drill holes extending over an area of roughly 1.2 square kilometres,  located approximately 700 metres south of the historical Simkar mine. O3 Mining’s 2020 trenching program helped improve the geological understanding of the controls of these zones in preparation for drilling this winter. The encouraging results received from this initial drilling program support a decision to continue drilling to further explore for mineralized extensions of the VD-L17 zone, which remains partially open laterally and fully open at depth.

Drilling at Simkar is successfully intercepting gold mineralization at relatively shallow depths and advancing the possibility of developing another potential ore body with good grade and width. The success of these holes further validates the multi-exploration technique approach we are taking to developing drill targets, which bodes well for future success of finding extensions to these zones as our drilling program continues,”President and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

 

O3 Mining’s 2020-2021 drilling program includes 100,000 metres for the Alpha property, which hosts multiple mineralized systems over an approximate 20 kilometres strike length. The program is focused on expanding known deposits at depth at the Bulldog-Orenada, Simkar, and Akasaba sectors, as well as follow-up on the significant previous drill, intercepts to prove the continuity of grades and widths to define new deposits and to make new discoveries in the vicinity of those deposits or in the Omega sector. These targets were generated in 2020 from a combination of in-house geological compilation data, a summer trenching program, and the use of Artificial intelligence (“AI”) targeting study by Mira Geoscience (See Press Release December 02nd, 2020).

 

Table 1 includes additional intercepts of interest from the VD zones. A further interpretation is required to understand their significance and decide on potential follow-up drilling. A total of seven drill holes totalling 3,282 metres have been drilled in 2020 in this part of the Simkar sector. Assay results from three drill holes are pending. Now that winter conditions allow access to wetlands the drilling focus has shifted to other areas of the Alpha property. Follow-up drilling on the intercepts reported here will occur during the summer months.

 

Table 1: Drill Hole Intercepts from Simkar sector(only intercepts above 5 g/t Au * m are reported)

Drill HoleFrom (m)To (m)Interval (m)Au uncut (g/t)Ag (g/t)Zone
O3AL-20-32475.083.38.30.7VD-L10
O3AL-20-324239.0240.01.07.2VD-L17
O3AL-20-32518.028.510.50.8VD-L17
O3AL-20-326174.8203.028.21.2VD-L17
including175.4180.55.12.04.2
183.0183.50.58.04.8
193.6199.22.74.4
O3AL-20-326218.6223.75.12.2
including218.6219.10.517.81.0
O3AL-20-32739.047.48.40.9VD-L17
O3AL-20-327212.0215.03.06.0
O3AL-20-327332.0333.01.05.2
O3AL-20-331185.6193.78.10.7VD-PN
O3AL-20-333153.0153.60.617.0 2.6

 NOTE: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

 

Table 2: Drill Hole Details

Drill Hole IDAzimuth (˚)Dip (˚)Length (m)UTM EUTM N
O3AL-20-324358-604683083005325675
O3AL-20-325358-554313084005325800
O3AL-20-326358-503953086505325750
O3AL-20-327358-603723085505325825
O3AL-20-331358-604143083895325486
O3AL-20-333358-556663083955325216

 

Hole O3AL-20-326 intersected VD-L17 at approximately 150 metres below channels O3AL-D20-01-015 that returned 9.0 g/t Au over 1.3 metres and O3AL-D20-01-008 cut 7.8 g/t Au over 0.7 metres  (See Press Release August 27th, 2020). Historical shallow drill holes 50 metres underneath the trench returned 1.5 g/t Au over 13.7 metres and 3.4 g/t Au over 4.6 metres. The intercept in hole O3AL-20-326 expanded the VD-L17 zone a further 100 metres vertically. The zone corresponds to a shear zone affecting an iron-rich gabbroic dyke and the surrounding mafic volcanic rocks. The first interval extends from the upper contact to the middle of the dyke and yielded 1.2 g/t Au over 28.2 metres, including three higher-grade intervals. The upper-contact returned 2.0 g/t Au and 4.2 g/t Ag over 5.1 metres where the mafic brecciated volcanic rocks are strongly sheared. Mineralization consists of up to 2% sphalerite stringers, contrary to the gabbro where mineralization consists of the percolation of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite. The gabbro is further cross-cut by a tourmaline-rich fault-fill vein yielding 8.0 g/t Au and 4.8 g/t Ag over 0.5 metres. Mineralization near the middle of the gabbro consists of fracture filling pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, and calcite,  yielding 4.4 g/t Au over 2.7 metres. The lower contact with the mafic volcanic rocks returned an interval of 2.2 g/t Au over 5.1 metres. This contact is also strongly sheared and contains up to 5% quartz veinlets locally containing visible gold and returning 17.8 g/t Au over 0.5 m.

Hole O3AL-20-324 returned 7.2 g/t Au over 1.0 metres located 300 metres west of O3AL-20-326 at 200 metres vertical depth. Even though low grade, this intercept confirms the continuity of the VD-L17 zone.

Figure 1: Alpha Property Map

Figure 2: Simkar Sector Drilling Map

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer ready to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success, and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million ounce deposits in Québec.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (137,000 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V: OIII) and OTC Markets (OTCQX: OIIIF). The company is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders. Further information can be found on our website at https://o3mining.com/

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information 

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director
Toll-Free: +1 (833) 979-3516
Telephone: +1 (873) 381-2014

 

O3 Mining Completes Previously-Announced Transaction with Moneta Porcupine

Toronto, February 24, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced transaction (the “Transaction“) involving Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc. (“Moneta“) on January 14, 2021 (see press release January 14, 2021), whereby the Corporation has sold its wholly-owned subsidiary, Northern Gold Mining Inc. (“Northern Gold“), to Moneta in exchange for 149,507,273 common shares of Moneta (“Moneta Shares“), representing approximately 27.0% of the outstanding Moneta Shares.

In connection with the Transaction, O3 Mining entered into an investor rights agreement (the “Investor Rights Agreement“) with Moneta, pursuant to which the board of directors of Moneta will be reconstituted to consist of eight individuals, with O3 Mining entitled to nominate two directors and one newly appointed independent director to be agreed upon by the parties. Additionally, for a period of two years, O3 Mining shall have the right to nominate two nominees for election as directors of Moneta and, thereafter, for so long as O3 Mining holds greater than (x) 25% of the issued and outstanding Moneta Shares, O3 Mining shall have the right to nominate two nominees for election as directors of Moneta, and (y) 10% of the issued and outstanding Moneta Shares, O3 Mining shall have the right to nominate one nominee for election as a director of Moneta. The Investor Rights Agreement includes, among other things, pre-emptive and top-up rights in favour of O3 Mining, a 24-month standstill provision in favour of Moneta, and certain other restrictions in respect of O3 Mining’s dealings in Moneta Shares (including a prohibition from selling the Moneta Shares held by O3 Mining until December 31, 2022).

The Moneta Shares have been acquired by O3 Mining for investment purposes. O3 Mining has no current intention of increasing its ownership of, or control or direction over, additional securities of Moneta. O3 Mining may, from time to time, increase or decrease its ownership of Moneta Shares or other securities of Moneta depending on market and other conditions.

This news release is being issued in accordance with National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues in connection with the filing of an early warning report dated February 24, 2021. The early warning report respecting the Transaction has been filed on System for Electronic Document Analysis and Review (“SEDAR“) at www.sedar.com under Moneta’s issuer profile. To obtain a copy of the early warning report filed by O3 Mining, please contact José Vizquerra Benavides at (416) 363-8653 or refer to SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Moneta’s issuer profile.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer ready to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success, and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million ounce deposits in Québec.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (137,061 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V: OIII) and OTC Markets (OTCQX: OIIIF). The company is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders. Further information can be found on our website at https://o3mining.com/

O3 Mining’s head office is located at 155 University Avenue, Suite 1440, Toronto, Ontarion, Canada, M5H 3B7.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director
Toll-Free: +1 (833) 979-3516
Telephone: +1 (873) 381-2014

 

O3 Mining Discovers New Zone At Marban Project and Expands Mineralization Outside of Pit Shell

Toronto, February 4, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide new drilling results from the Marban project on its Malartic Property in Val-d’Or, Québec, as part of its well-funded 150,000 metre drilling program.

Current drilling on the Marban project focuses on expanding mineralization outside of the proposed pit areas outlined in the Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) released on September 08, 2020. The 2020-2021 drilling program consists of 50,000 metres to test extensions of the deposits and zones outside of the PEA pit areas. New drilling results from seven drill holes include:

Drilling Highlights:

  • 1.2 g/t Au over 9.7 metres in hole O3MA-20-012 and 2.0 g/t Au over 5.4 metres in hole O3MA-20-015 in a new zone named Golden Bridge Zone
  • 1.5 g/t Au over 6.3 metres in hole O3MA-20-028 near-surface outside of Kierens PEA pit shell
  • 34.8 g/t Au over 1.2 metres in hole O3MA-20-013 near-surface inside the Kierens PEA pit shell
  • 13.5 g/t Au over 1.3 metres and 2.8 g/t Au over 4.3 metres in hole O3MA-20-013 associated with albitized dykes
  • 4.6 g/t Au over 1.2 metres in hole O3MA-20-012, including 9.6 g/t Au over 0.5 metre at Gold Hawk

A 3D-model of the Malartic property and the Marban project is available on the Company’s website at https://o3mining.com/presentations/drill-results.

Late last year, we published a positive PEA on Marban and committed to making it even better through continued exploration. By investing the time and money into our drill program we continue to grow the various Marban deposits and the results will be included with the next resource update, which will underline how the development of Marban is becoming an even more attractive possibility. Drilling has successfully intercepted mineralization in new areas including what we think is a new parallel structure to Marban called Golden Bridge, which after more work, could be brought into the project economics and further add to the benefits of a future production scenario,” President and CEO José Vizquerra.

 

The new Golden Bridge zone discovery is defined by three drill holes covering an area of 175 metres by 100 metres at 175 metres vertical depth and remains open to the west, at depth, and up to the surface. O3 Mining believes that the near surface Golden Bridge zone offers the potential to generate a new open pit resource, just 200 metres from the PEA Norlartic pit. Initial interpretation suggests that the Golden Bridge zones are associated with an east-west trending splay of the Marbenite and Norbenite shears. If proven, this would offer a lateral exploration potential of an additional 650 metres along the Golden Bridge structure. The two intercepts associated with albitized dykes in O3MA-20-013 are 65 meters apart in the hole and are located at a vertical depth of 450 metres on average. The zones remain open laterally and at depth.

The intercept in hole O3MA-20-028 expands the near-surface mineralization 30 metres east of previously reported intercepts in holes O3MA-20-005 and O3MA-20-006 (see press release November 03, 2020).The intercept in hole O3MA-20-013 within the Kierens PEA pit shell shows the high-grade nature of mineralization, which will be beneficial to the project economics. The intercept at Gold Hawk supports the continuity of the zone over 75 metres down dip from the previously reported high-grade intercept in hole O3MA-20-008 (see press release November 24, 2020).

The primary objective of these holes was to cross the Kierens-Norlatic corridor at shallow depth while drilling extensions at depth of the Gold Hawk zone. These new results suggest that the Kierens and Norlartic ore bodies come closer to the surface than previously interpreted and, could potentially connect when properly delineated. Additionally, the discovery of the Golden Bridge zone shows the potential to expand resources associated with splay structures connecting the Norbenite and Marbenite shears. A total of 38 drill holes totalling 20,591 meters have been drilled since the beginning of the campaign in August 2020 at the Marban Project, focusing on the Kierens, Kierens NW, Gold Hawk, Orion, MK, North Shear, North North, and Marban NE zones. Assay results from 27 drill holes are pending.  Now that the winter conditions allow accessing humid lands, the focus will shift over to the Marbenite Deep, Marban East Deep (both adjacent to Marban pit) as well as at North North and North Shear. Follow-up drilling on the intercepts released today will occur during the summer months as the Company prioritizes areas only accessible during winter.

 Table 1: Drill Hole Intercepts (only intercepts above 5 g/t Au * m are reported, cut-off 0.3 g/t Au above 200 m and 1.0 g\t Au below 200 m)

Drill HoleFromToIntervalAu (g/t)Zone
O3MA-20-01142.055.513.51.4Kierens
O3MA-20-01163.064.51.55.9Kierens
O3MA-20-01336.237.41.234.8Kierens
O3MA-20-01343.646.63.02.3Kierens
O3MA-20-01819.020.01.09.4Kierens
O3MA-20-02849.856.16.31.5Kierens (outside of pits)
O3MA-20-012589.8591.01.24.6Gold Hawk
Incl.589.8590.30.59.6Gold Hawk
O3MA-20-012185.8195.59.71.2Golden Bridge
O3MA-20-015205.8211.25.42.0Golden Bridge
O3MA-20-013460.0461.31.313.5Albitized dyke
O3MA-20-013524.4528.74.32.8Albitized dyke

NOTE: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

Table 2: Drill Hole Details

Drill Hole IDAzimuth (˚)Dip (˚)Length (m)UTM EUTM N
O3MA-20-007211-717442765235337866
O3MA-20-011209-72662765445337900
O3MA-20-012211-717442765235337866
O3MA-20-013206-739122764805337934
O3MA-20-015187-686582763375337961
O3MA-20-018210-677292763725337985
O3MA-20-028210-431622769155337649

The Kierens zone has been intersected at shallow depth in four drill holes. Holes O3MA-20-011 and O3MA-20-013 hit the Kierens zone in the middle of the proposed Kierens pit and confirmed the continuity of the mineralization. Hole O3MA-20-028 is located 175 m SE of the Kierens proposed pit limit and returned 1.5 g/t Au over 6.5 m expanding the open-pit potential further east. The three holes intersected quartz-calcite stockwork associated with up to 5% disseminated pyrite in a basaltic unit crosscut by gabbroic dykes. The Kierens zone is within the hanging wall of the Norbenite shear located at the contact with the ultramafic rocks. Hole O3MA-20-018 intersected the Kierens zone at the western extremity of the proposed pit. It intersected a stockwork of quartz-calcite veins related to gabbroic dykes hosted in sheared komatiite that returned 9.4 g/t Au over 1.0 m.

The Marbenite shear is separated from the Norbenite shear by a 150 m thick tabular granodiorite intrusion. During the fall, O3MA-20-001 intersected stockwork quartz calcite veins in a weakly sericitized and pyritized portion of the granodiorite that yielded 4.4 g/t Au over 1.5 m (see press release November 24, 2020). Holes O3MA-20-012 and O3MA-20-015 show that the previously observed stockwork forms a continuous structure within the granodiorite now recognized as the Golden Bridge zone. Both holes intersected a stockwork consisting of 15% quartz-calcite veins associated with disseminated pyrite as well as molybdenite stringers. Hole O3MA-20-012 intersected 1.2 g/t Au over 9.7 m and hole O3MA-20-015 returned values of 2.0 g/t Au and 2.0 g/t Ag over 5.4 m. The new mineralized zone remains open at depth, up-dip, and 650 m to the west. Follow-up holes will be drilled next summer on the up-dip and westward extensions.

Hole O3MA-20-013 crosscut a series of albitized dykes that resulted in strong biotization of the surrounding ultramafic rocks. Gold is found associated with the biotized ultramafic rocks with few quartz-calcite veinlets as well as within the dykes. The first intercept returned 13.5 g/t Au over 1.3 m where mineralization is restricted to the biotite zone, while the second intercept of 2.8 g/t Au over 4.3 m is related to the dyke and its altered walls.

Hole O3MA-20-012 intersected the Gold Hawk zone 75 m below the high-grade intercept of hole O3MA-20-008 that returned a spectacular grade of 383 g/t over 2.0 m (see press release November 24, 2020). The mineralization in hole O3MA-20-012 related to the Gold Hawk zone yielded an intercept of 4.6 g/t Au over 1.2 m consisting of a 15 cm quartz-calcite-chlorite vein within an iron-rich basalt in contact with a mafic dyke in the hanging wall of the Marbenite shear. The vein is related to a high-grade interval of 9.6 g/t Au over 0.5 m. The geological context is the same as in hole O3MA-20-008 and shows the Gold Hawk zone’s depth potential depth potential of the Gold Hawk zone. 

Figure 1: Malartic Property Drilling Map

Figure 2: Marban Project Drilling Map

Figure 3: Longitudinal Section – NE

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). 

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec, and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”), and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer ready to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success, and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million ounce deposits in Québec.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (133,557 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V: OIII) and OTC Markets (OTCQX: OIIIF). The company is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders. Further information can be found on our website at https://o3mining.com/

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information 

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law. 

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director
Toll-Free: +1 (833) 979-3516
Telephone: +1 (873) 381-2014

 

O3 Mining Files PEA Technical Report For Garrison Project

Toronto, January 27, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce the filing of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the Garrison project.

The report was prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The technical report, entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Garrison Project” and dated January 27, 2021 (effective date of November 25, 2020), has been prepared for O3 Mining by Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. with the assistance of Moose Mountain Technical Services (the “Garrison PEA”). The Garrison PEA is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under O3 Mining’s issuer profile.

O3 Mining’s news release dated December 14, 2020 (entitled “O3 Mining Delivers Positive PEA for Garrison Project“) summarizes key results, assumptions and estimates contained in the Garrison PEA. The Corporation is please to report there are no material differences between the key results, assumptions and estimates contained in the Garrison PEA and O3 Mining’s news release dated December 14, 2020.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares). The Corporation controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Readers are cautioned that the Garrison PEA is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorize as mineral reserves. The mineral resource estimate disclosed in the Garrison PEA may be materially affected by geology, environmental, permitting, legal, title, socio-political, marketing or other relevant issues. Under NI 43-101, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies or economic studies except for preliminary economic assessments. Readers are cautioned not to assume that further work on the stated resources will lead to mineral reserves that can be mined economically. There is no certainty that the results, assumptions or estimates in the Garrison will be realized. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Grants Stock Options and Restricted Securities

Toronto, January 25, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) Toronto, January 25, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) announces that it has granted to certain officers, directors, employees and/or consultants of the Corporation (i) an aggregate of 890,000 options to acquire common shares of the Corporation (“Options”), and (ii) an aggregate of 90,000 restricted share units of the Corporation (“RSUs”). The Options have an exercise price of $3.26 per share, have a five-year term from the date of grant, and vest annually in equal thirds beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant. The RSUs are subject to a three-year cliff vesting period from  the date of grant.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares). The Corporation controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec. 

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

O3 Mining Upsizes Previously-Announced Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares to C$30.4 Million

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Toronto, January 21, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce, further to our news release of earlier this morning, that the private placement of flow-through common shares of the Corporation (“FT Shares”) has been upsized by an additional C$10.4 million, for a total offering of approximately C$30.4 million (exclusive of the Underwriters’ Option (as defined below)) (the “Offering”). In furtherance of the foregoing, O3 Mining has entered into an amendment to the engagement letter pursuant to which Sprott Capital Partners LP and Canaccord Genuity Corp., as co-lead underwriters, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the “Underwriters”), have agreed to purchase, on a “bought deal” private placement basis, 6,703,739 FT Shares at a price of C$4.54 per FT Share for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $30.4 million.

The Corporation has also granted the Underwriters an option to sell up to an additional 1,005,561 FT Shares at a price of C$4.54 per FT Share, which option may be exercised up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the Offering (the “Underwriters’ Option”)  If the Underwriters’ Option is exercised in full, the gross proceeds from the Offering would be approximately  C$35 million.

Each FT Share issued under the Offering will qualify as a “flow-through share” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and, in respect of eligible Québec resident subscribers, section 359.1 of the Taxation Act (Québec). The gross proceeds from the sale of the FT Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” as both terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Qualifying Expenditures”) related to the Corporation’s projects in Québec. The Qualifying Expenditures will be renounced in favour of the subscribers of the FT Shares with an effective date no later than December 31, 2021 and in the aggregate amount not less than the total amount of the gross proceeds raised from the issuance of the FT Shares.

The Offering is scheduled to close on or about February 25, 2021 (as opposed to February 17, 2021, as previously announced) and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and other approvals including the conditional approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. Other than as described in this news release, the other terms of the Offering as described in the news release of O3 Mining of earlier this morning remain unchanged.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares). The Corporation controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the Offering; the use of the proceeds from the Offering; the jurisdictions in which the FT Shares will be offered or sold; the number of FT Shares offered or sold; the size of the Offering; the timing and ability of the Corporation to close the Offering, if at all; the timing and ability of the Corporation to satisfy the customary listing conditions of the TSX Venture Exchange, if at all; the timing and ability of the Corporation to obtain all necessary approvals; the tax treatment of the securities issued under the Offering under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and Taxation Act (Québec); the timing to renounce all Qualifying Expenditures in favour of the subscribers, if at all; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of Osisko, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Osisko to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the Offering; volatility in the trading price of common shares of the Corporation; risks relating to the ability of the Corporation to obtain required approvals, complete definitive documentation and complete the Offering; the ability of Osisko to complete further exploration activities, including drilling; property interests; the results of exploration activities; risks relating to mining activities; the global economic climate; metal prices; dilution; environmental risks; changes in the tax and regulatory regime; and community and non-governmental actions. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, Osisko cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither Osisko nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. Osisko does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Announces C$20 Million Bought Deal Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares

This News Release is not for distribution to U.S. Newswire Services or for dissemination in the United States

Toronto, January 21, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Sprott Capital Partners LP and Canaccord Genuity Corp., as co-lead underwriters, on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the “Underwriters“), have agreed to purchase, on a “bought deal” private placement basis, 4,405,287 flow-through common shares of the Corporation (“FT Shares“) at a price of C$4.54 per FT Share for gross proceeds of C$20 million (the “Offering“). Each FT Share will qualify as a “flow-through share” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and, in respect of eligible Québec resident subscribers, section 359.1 of the Taxation Act (Québec).

The Corporation has also granted the Underwriters an option to sell up to an additional 660,793 FT Shares, which option may be exercised up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the Offering.

The gross proceeds from the sale of the FT Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” as both terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Qualifying Expenditures“) related to the Corporation’s projects in Québec. The Qualifying Expenditures will be renounced in favour of the subscribers of the FT Shares with an effective date no later than December 31, 2021 and in the aggregate amount not less than the total amount of the gross proceeds raised from the issuance of the FT Shares.

The Offering is scheduled to close on or about February 17, 2021 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and other approvals including the conditional approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act“), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares). The Corporation controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the Offering; the use of the proceeds from the Offering; the jurisdictions in which the FT Shares will be offered or sold; the number of FT Shares offered or sold; the size of the Offering; the timing and ability of the Corporation to close the Offering, if at all; the timing and ability of the Corporation to satisfy the customary listing conditions of the TSX Venture Exchange, if at all; the timing and ability of the Corporation to obtain all necessary approvals; the tax treatment of the securities issued under the Offering under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and Taxation Act (Québec); the timing to renounce all Qualifying Expenditures in favour of the subscribers, if at all; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of Osisko, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Osisko to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the Offering; volatility in the trading price of common shares of the Corporation; risks relating to the ability of the Corporation to obtain required approvals, complete definitive documentation and complete the Offering; the ability of Osisko to complete further exploration activities, including drilling; property interests; the results of exploration activities; risks relating to mining activities; the global economic climate; metal prices; dilution; environmental risks; changes in the tax and regulatory regime; and community and non-governmental actions. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, Osisko cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither Osisko nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. Osisko does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Outlines 2021 Objectives

Toronto, January 21, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce its 2021 exploration and development plans focused on unlocking value in the historic Val-d’Or gold region of Québec. It includes a 150,000 metre drilling campaign using up to 12 rigs on the Marban project and Alpha property, and to initiate a Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) on Marban.

2020 was a landmark year for O3 Mining and 2021 is on track to surpass its success, with important catalysts on the horizon,” 

“Having successfully negotiated the partnership of our Garrison project in the Timmins district of Ontario (See press release January 14, 2021), the company has strategically prioritized its attention on its properties in the Abitibi District of Quebec as we continue the largest drill program in company history. Our strategy is two-fold, we aim to build on the momentum of the Marban PEA by defining more resources as we move the project towards a PFS, while on Alpha, continue with the bulk of the drilling as we target resource definition drilling across our land package. Stay tuned for the regular release of drilling results in what promises to be a very busy year for the company.” commented José Vizquerra, President and CEO of O3 Mining.

2021 Outlook

In June 2020, O3 Mining initiated a well-funded 150,000 metre drilling campaign on its projects in Val-d’Or Québec, which will continue through 2021.

MARBAN PROJECTS

Marban is our flagship project and we aim to build on last year’s PEA by initiating the PFS in 2021. We believe there is a lot more gold that we can bring into the existing resources by expanding the existing deposits and drilling other nearby prospective areas with the potential to grow the mining operation we are planning. We are dedicated to advancing Marban as fast as we are able and realizing our vision of becoming a gold producer,” said Mr. Vizquerra.

Figure 1: Malartic property

  • 50,000 metres of drilling.
  • Test extensions of the ore deposits included in the September 2020 PEA (See press release September 8, 2020) to grow the mineral resource base specifically focused on the Norlartic–Kierens, North-North, North Shear, Marban, and the Gold Hawk deposits.
  • Other drilling targets, Orion #8, MK, Malartic H, Marban NE, and Camflo deep, include extensions of historical mineralized zones within 3 kilometres of the PEA pit shells, which offer additional potential to increase resources within the Marban mining project area.
  • Initiate Marban PFS in 2021, with a focus on fieldwork, metallurgical test work, and economic trade-off studies, in addition to advancing environmental impact studies. The company will also continue to explore the geological potential of the Marban project.

 

ALPHA PROPERTY

At Alpha, we have a three-pronged strategy on a pipeline of targets from grassroots to deposit delineation and expansion, which we are drilling simultaneously. Alpha is often overshadowed by Marban but it is just as exciting due to the significant land position we have in the heart of the Abitibi district. With a purchase option agreed on the Aurbel mill last year, O3 Mining has the opportunity for a relatively low-cost mining operation, once we have defined and delineated sufficient resources and completed economic studies. For this reason, the bulk of the drilling this year is focused on Alpha to rapidly provide up resources so that we can begin to conceptualise possible mining scenarios. As the recent partnership of our Garrison project shows, the appetite for gold deposits in the principle gold-producing regions is growing, which bodes well for the future advancement of Alpha and is why we are also pursuing discoveries,” said Jose Vizquerra.

 Figure 2: Alpha property

  • 100,000 meters of drilling.
  • Expand known deposits to depth at Orenada, Simkar, Akasaba, and Bulldog and proceed to a resource estimate when we feel there is enough resource to generate an economic scenario.
  • Follow-up on significant drill intercepts to prove up the continuity of grades and widths with the aim of turning into new deposits at Epsilon, Pontiac East, Omega, Valdora, and El Sol.
  • Test targets across the property to make new discoveries on the four mineralization types: Cadillac Fault, Skarn/porphyry, Anamaque Sill, and Sigma–Lamaque corridor. These targets were generated last year from a combination of in-house compilation, summer trenching program, and use of Artificial intelligence (“AI”) targeting study by Mira Geoscience.

 

DRILLING SUMMARY 2021

Q1Q2Q3-Q4
Drilling12 Drill Rigs

(50,000 metres)

6 Drill Rigs

(20,000 metres)

4 Drill Rigs

(30,000 metres)

DetailsDelineation drilling at Bulldog, resource expansion on most promising deposits, and regional target testing with a focus on frozen humid areasDelineation drilling, resource expansion on most promising deposits, and regional target testingInitiate PFS at Marban

Resource expansion on most promising deposits, and regional target testing

 

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

O3 Mining is dedicated to becoming a premier gold exploration and mine development company by delivering superior return to our shareholders and long-term benefits to our stakeholders. We as an organization believe our core values, Safety, Integrity, Work Ethic, Respect, Unity and Accountability, are a guiding force for us and we are committed to following them with diligence.

  • Health & Safety – Safety being at the core of our values, we continue to reinforce the sanitary measures to preserve the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and our communities, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Our health and safety management program will continue to be refined and enhanced to protect and promote a health and safety culture in all our activities.
  • Environment – We ensure environmental stewardship by integrating environmental responsibility in our operations. We will continue to implement our environmental procedures and protocols, in addition to our training program on best environmental practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws, permits, and regulations and minimize our impacts. We will continue the environmental baseline studies of our core projects.
  • Community relations – With the aim to partner with and positively contribute to the socio-economic advancement of the communities in which we operate, we will continue to build valuable and trusting relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders in our local communities
  • Corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) – We are implementing our CSR procedures in compliance with CSR certifications such as ECOLOGO for Responsible Development of Mineral Exploration

 

2020 Milestones

2020 was a year of achievement at O3 Mining as we achieved many significant milestones. These include the delivery of a PEA on Marban with an after-tax net present value (PNV) of C$423M and a 25.2% internal rate of return (IRR) at a US$1,450/oz gold reference price, the delivery of a PEA on Garrison with an after-tax NPV of C$321M and 33% IRR, the purchase option on the Aurbel mill for Alpha, and the completion of 68,263 meters drilled, surpassing the 50,000 meters we originally planned for the year (See press release January 20, 2020). In addition, O3 Mining raised C$40.2 million via a bought deal (See press release June 19, 2020) and is now listed on the OTCQX Market to help strengthen our US shareholder base.

 

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares). The Corporation controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Announces Sale Of Garrison Project and Partnership with Moneta Porcupine to Develop Timmins Gold Camp

Toronto, January 14, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement with Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc. (TSX: ME; OTC: MPUCF) (“Moneta“), pursuant to which it has agreed to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary, Northern Gold Mining Inc. (“Northern Gold“), in exchange for 149,507,273 common shares of Moneta (“Moneta Shares“), representing 30.1% of the outstanding Moneta Shares (the “Transaction“). Northern Gold owns 100% of the Golden Bear assets, including the Garrison gold project (“Garrison Project“), in the Kirkland Lake district of the Timmins gold mining camp in Ontario, Canada. Garrison is located adjacent to the Golden Highway Project where Moneta recently declared a mineral resource estimate of 2,144,200 ounces (oz) of indicated mineral resources and 3,335,300 oz of inferred mineral resources.

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The strategic consolidation of the Garrison and Golden Highway Projects under Moneta will create a leading gold development company in the prolific Timmins gold mining camp, allowing for their more systematic exploration and combined development in partnership with O3 Mining. This divestiture is part of O3 Mining’s broader corporate strategy to unlock value for its shareholders and maintain exposure to the development potential of the Garrison Project while allowing the Corporation to focus its resources on advancing its core assets. Its core assets are the Marban and Alpha gold properties situated in Québec, Canada, where it is currently working to expand its gold mineralization through an extensive 150,000-metre drilling campaign with 12 drilling rigs. 

 

O3 Mining is pleased to unlock value for our shareholders through our investment in, and ongoing support of, our new partner, Moneta. This transaction will allow O3 Mining to partner in the future development of a large and long-life gold project situated in one of the world’s most famous gold producing districts through the consolidation of these two projects and their respective land positions. We look forward to partnering with Moneta’s management team, through our board representation and in our role as Moneta’s largest shareholder, and being part of its growth story. O3 Mining aims to be a supportive partner to Moneta as it advances the Garrison and Golden Highway Projects through the formation of a joint technical committee, board representation, and its ability to participate in future financings to maintain its pro-rata ownership position.”

José Vizquerra, President and CEO of O3 Mining

The partnership with O3 Mining through the acquisition of the Golden Bear assets will transform Moneta into one of the largest gold development companies in North America with a significant resource and landholding in Canada’s most prolific gold mining camp. The Golden Bear assets, including the Garrison Gold deposits, are adjacent to our flagship Golden Highway project and provide significant synergies and multiple options for the development of our gold deposits. Moneta will hold approximately 4.0 million ounces of indicated gold resources and 4.4 million ounces of inferred gold resources including both high-grade bulk tonnage underground deposits and near-surface open pit resources, and access to the technical capabilities of O3 Mining team. With the completion of a proposed concurrent equity financing, Moneta will be well funded to test the expansion potential of the integrated project. We are excited about this transaction; it provides excellent value for the shareholders of both companies.”

Gary O’Connor, CEO of Moneta

Transaction Highlights

  • Creation of a leading gold development company with 4.0 million ounces of gold (Au) in the indicated mineral resource category and 4.4 million ounces of Au in the inferred mineral resource category and mineral inventory expansion opportunities on the combined landholdings of over 20,000 hectares in the prolific Timmins gold mining camp in Ontario, Canada
  • Partnership between O3 Mining and Moneta under an investor rights agreement and including the formation of a joint technical committee, the right of O3 to nominate two directors for election to the board of directors of Moneta, and the right to participate in future financings to maintain its pro-rata ownership position
  • Unlocking substantial developmental and operating synergies by consolidating the Garrison and Golden Highway projects
    • Potential starter pit at Garrison with outcropping gold resources at higher grades and a lower strip ratio
    • The overall footprint of the facilities can be reduced as common buildings, process plant area, and tailings storage areas are combined
  • Enhanced capital markets profile and value proposition platform for further district consolidation opportunities
  • Creation of a district-scale mining company under Moneta with enhanced critical mass which can command greater financial support from institutions to facilitate the execution of its business plan.

Transaction Terms

The Transaction is subject to the approval of Moneta’s shareholders at a special meeting expected to be held in April 2021. In addition, the Transaction is subject to the receipt of certain regulatory and stock exchange approvals and other customary closing conditions for a transaction of this nature. The Agreement includes, among other things, customary mutual non-solicitation provisions, a “fiduciary out” provision of Moneta, a right to match superior proposals by O3 Mining and a C$1.42 million termination fee payable by Moneta to O3 Mining under certain circumstances.

Concurrent with closing of the Transaction, O3 Mining and Moneta will enter into an investor rights agreement (the “Investor Rights Agreement“) pursuant to which the board of directors of Moneta will be reconstituted to consist of eight individuals, with O3 Mining entitled to nominate two directors and one newly appointed independent director to be agreed upon by the parties. Additionally, for a period of two years, O3 Mining shall have the right to nominate two nominees for election as directors of Moneta and, thereafter, for so long as O3 Mining holds greater than (x) 25% of the issued and outstanding Moneta Shares, O3 Mining shall have the right to nominate two nominees for election as directors of Moneta, and (y) 10% of the issued and outstanding Moneta Shares, O3 Mining shall have the right to nominate one nominee for election as a director of Moneta. The Investor Rights Agreement includes, among other things, pre-emptive and top-up rights in favour of O3 Mining, a 24-month standstill provision in favour of Moneta, and certain other restrictions in respect of O3 Mining’s dealings in Moneta Shares (including a prohibition from selling the Moneta Shares held by O3 Mining until December 31, 2022).

The directors of Moneta, collectively holding approximately 16.5% of the outstanding Moneta Shares, have entered into voting support agreements and have agreed to vote in favour of the Transaction, subject to certain exceptions. Moneta also intends to consolidate its share capital on a 6:1 basis, subject to the receipt of all necessary approvals, on closing of the Transaction.

Moneta Financing

In connection with the Transaction, Moneta will raise approxiamately C$20 million in equity, including the C$17 million Bought Deal Offering, as further described below.

Moneta entered into an agreement with Paradigm Capital Inc. (“Paradigm“) and Dundee Goodman Merchant Partners (“Dundee“), on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, with Paradigm and Dundee, the “Underwriters“), in connection with a “bought deal” private placement offering (the

Bought Deal Offering“) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$17 million. The Bought Deal Offering will consist of 30,435,000 common shares of Moneta that will qualify as “flow-through shares”

(within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada)) (the “Flow-Through Shares“) at a price of C$0.46 per Flow-Through Share and 9,375,000 common shares of Moneta (“Hard Dollar Shares“) at a price of C$0.32 per Hard Dollar Share.

In addition, Moneta has granted the Underwriters an option, exercisable in whole or in part up to 48 hours prior to the closing of the Bought Deal Offering, to purchase that number of additional Flow-Through Shares and/or Hard Dollar Shares on the same terms described above for additional aggregate gross proceeds of up to approximately C$2.55 million.

Concurrent with the Bought Deal Offering, Moneta will also undertake a non-brokered private placement (together with the Bought Deal Offering, the “Offerings“) of subscription receipts of Moneta (the “Subscription Receipts“), at a price of C$0.32 per Subscription Receipt, for gross proceeds of up to C$3 million. In conjunction with the closing of the Transaction, each Subscription Receipt will be exchanged for one Moneta Share.

Moneta will use an amount equal to the gross proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Shares, pursuant to the provisions in the Income Tax Act (Canada), to incur or be deemed to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” as both terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Qualifying Expenditures“) on future and current properties of Moneta or a subsidiary thereof on or before December 31, 2022, and to renounce all the Qualifying Expenditures in favour of the subscribers of the Flow-Through Shares effective on or before December 31, 2021.  The proceeds from the sale of the Hard Dollar Shares and Subscription Receipts will be used for exploration and development activities on future and current properties of Moneta or a subsidiary thereof and for general corporate purposes.

Completion of the Transaction is not contingent on completion of the Offerings and completion of the Bought Deal Offering is not contingent on completion of the Transaction.

The Offerings are subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including receipt of all applicable regulatory approvals including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The securities to be issued under the Offerings will have a hold period of four months and one day from the applicable closing date in accordance with applicable securities laws.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of any of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, including any of the securities in the United States of America. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for account or benefit of, U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) unless registered under the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration requirements is available.

Advisors

O3 Mining has engaged Sprott Capital Partners LP as its financial advisor and Bennett Jones LLP as its legal counsel. Moneta has engaged Maxit Capital LP as its financial advisor and Stikeman Elliott LLP as its legal counsel.

Conference call

Moneta’s management will host a conference call to discuss the Garrison transaction on Thursday January 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern time). O3 Mining’s President and CEO, José Vizquerra, and Moneta’s CEO, Gary O’Connor, will participate in this conference call.

Conference call number

Toll Free Dial-In Number: (833) 772-0367
International Dial-In Number: (343) 761-2596

Webcast Link

https://onlinexperiences.com/Launch/QReg/ShowUUID=9233F573-2D68-4C1A-9191-A13B5FABEFEF

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

About Moneta

Moneta’s land package in the Timmins Gold Camp covers 12,742 hectares (ha) including six gold projects plus a joint venture with Kirkland Lake Gold Corporation (TSX: KL) covering 4,334 ha. Moneta’s flagship project, Golden Highway Gold Project is located 100 km east of Timmins and hosts a total indicated resource of 2,145,000 ounces gold contained within 55.3 Mt @ 1.21 g/t Au and a total of 3,337,000 ounces gold contained within 49.7 Mt @ 2.09 g/t Au in the inferred category at a 2.60 g/t Au at South West, 3.00 g/t Au cut-off for the other underground deposits and 0.30 g/t Au for the open pit deposits. The project includes a total of 1,512,000 ounces of open pit indicated resources contained within 50.5 Mt @ 0.93 g/t Au and 1,207,000 ounces of open pit inferred resources contained within 34.0 Mt @ 1.10 g/t Au. The project also includes 632,000 ounces of indicated underground resources contained within 4.9 Mt @ 4.05 g/t Au and 2,128,000 ounces of inferred underground resources within 15.7 Mt @ 4.21 g/t Au. The open-pit resources and new underground discoveries have not yet been subjected to a preliminary economic assessment study at Golden Highway. The Garrison Project hosts a total indicated resource of 1,822,000  ounces gold contained within 66.3 Mt @ 0.86 g/t Au and a total of 1,062,000 ounces gold contained within 45.3 Mt @ 0.73 g/t Au in the inferred category.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

 

 

 

 

 

O3 Mining Announces Ticker Change to “OIIIF” on the OTC Markets

Toronto, January 12, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OIIIF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has changed its ticker from OQMGF to OIIIF effective January 13, 2021.

No action is required by current shareholders relative to the ticker symbol change.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

 

O3 Mining Announces Sale Of Blondeau Guillet Property

Toronto, January 08, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V:OIII) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation“) announces that it has entered into a definitive property transfer agreement dated December 15, 2020 with Osisko Mining Inc. (“Osisko Mining“) pursuant to which the O3 Mining, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, NioGold Mining Corporation, will transfer all of its rights, titles and interests in its Blondeau Guillet Property located in Belleterre, Québec to Osisko Mining (the “Transaction“).

The Transaction is considered to be a “related party transaction” of the Corporation for purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101“) since Osisko Mining holds 10% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Corporation. The Corporation is relying on exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements available under MI 61-101. The Corporation is exempt from the formal valuation requirement in Section 5.4 of MI 61-101 in reliance on Section 5.5(a) of MI 61-101 as the fair market value of the transaction, is not more than the 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization, as well as the securities of the Corporation not trading on any “specified markets” set forth in MI 61-101. Additionally, the Corporation is exempt from minority shareholder approval requirement in Section 5.6 of MI 61-101 in reliance on section 5.7(b) of MI 61-101 as the fair market value of the transaction is not more than the 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Mobilizes 12 Drill Rigs in Val-d’Or, Québec

Toronto, January 06, 2021 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OQMGF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce it is resuming drilling with 12 drill rigs to continue executing the well-funded 150,000 metre drilling program on its properties in Val-d’Or Québec, Canada. As planned, the increase to 12 rigs will allow the company to take advantage of the freezing winter conditions to test targets located in humid areas. Four rigs are operating on the Malartic property where a total of 45,000 metres of drilling is planned, and eight will focus on the Alpha property for a total of 100,000 metres of planned drilling.

At Malartic, where the Marban gold project is located, the drilling is testing the extensions of the ore deposits included in the PEA (See press release September 8, 2020) to grow the mineral resource base. Drilling will specifically target the Norlartic–Kierens, North-North, Marban, and Gold Hawk deposits. Other targets include extensions of historically mineralized zones located within three kilometres of the PEA pit shells, offering additional potential to increase the resources within the Marban project area. These targets include Gold Hawk, Orion #8, MK, and Marban NE.

The eight drill rigs at Alpha will continue to expand the Bulldog deposit at depth and laterally, explore depth extensions of Orenada #2, Orenada #4 down to 800 metres vertically. Additionally, it will follow-up on the promising intercepts at Simkar (See press release December 17, 2020), explore extensions of the Epsilon zone (Golden Valley option) and the Akasaba deposit, and finally, it will test several targets generated from a combination of in-house data compilation and Artificial intelligence (“AI”) targeting study by Mira (See press release August 6, 2020).

2020 was an incredibly busy and successful year for O3 Mining and 2021 promises to be even more so with extensive drilling programs at both Malartic and Alpha properties,”

“We are aiming to rapidly add to our resource base and extend the mineralized footprint of both properties into new areas to make these projects some of the most attractive, and likely to be developed and exploited in the province.”

said President and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

 

Figure 1: Alpha and Malartic properties location

Figure 2: Alpha property

Figure 3: Malartic property

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val D’Or, Quebec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying.

The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

 About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

 

2020 – A Year in Review

To our O3 Mining investors,

What a year it has been! I want to personally thank you for supporting O3 Mining throughout this unprecedented time. At O3 Mining we experienced a year of tremendous growth as our exploration campaigns surpassed all expectations and we invested significant capital into our projects, including bringing new technologies such as artificial intelligence to our project sites, and expanded our team as we moved into a new office in Val-d’Or, Quebec. We ended 2020 with incredible momentum including PEAs on two projects with an aggregate NPV of C$744M and a 150,000 metre drilling campaign underway which will propel O3 Mining to new heights in 2021.

At the beginning of this year,

I wrote to you that our goal in 2020 was to confirm the potential within the Cadillac-Larder Lake corridor and unlock ounces in under-explored areas of the Val-d’Or camp. Today, I’m proud to communicate that we have not only executed on these aims but have taken the additional steps to transition into a mine developer in the respective gold camps in Quebec and Ontario, and thus follow the tradition of the Osisko Group Companies of which O3 Mining is a part.

We are clearly unlocking new value across our properties and we will end the year with over $60 million in cash and equivalents. We aim to continue this momentum into 2021 and continue delivering from the drill bit as we undertake a very intense drilling campaign during the winter season in Quebec with 12 rigs in operation with a focus on Marban and Alpha. At Marban, we aim to expand mineralization at Nolartic and Kiren’s pit and expand down plunge at different targets along the Marbenite shear zone. At Alpha, we will be drilling the four different sectors (Bulldog-Orenada, Akasaba, Simkar and Omega). Needless, to say, we expect to have very frequent news flow in the new year.

We aim to continue this momentum into 2021 and continue delivering from the drill bit as we undertake a very intense drilling campaign during the winter season in Quebec with 12 rigs in operation with a focus on Marban and Alpha. José Vizquerra, President & CEO

Highlights of 2020 include:

Unlock potential

We know our properties have the potential to become profitable producing mines and we confirmed this potential with excellent results from our Preliminary Economic Assessments at Marban and Garrison.

  • Marban PEA: O3 Mining delivers positive PEA for Marban Project after-tax NPV of C$423M, 25.2% IRR at US$1,450/oz Gold
  • Garrison PEA: O3 Mining Delivers Positive PEA for Garrison Project with an After-Tax NPV of C$321M and 33% IRR at US$1,450 oz/Gold

Strategic portfolio management

We undertook several strategic transactions to adjust our asset portfolio, adding where we saw opportunity and divesting to realize cash.

  • Aurbel Mill acquisition: O3 Mining signed an option agreement for C$250,000 which grants us the right to acquire the Aurbel mill near our Alpha concessions for C$5.0M within the next six years
  • Malartic (Northern Star Claims): Purchased the remaining 50% of Northern Star claims for $150,000 allowing us to drill the Northwest extension of Kierens
  • Divestments: We brought in C$5.3M by divesting the non-core Tortigny, Hemlo, Fancamp and Embry properties, and retained royalties to gain exposure to future upside

Aggressive exploration

This year we set our sights on aggressively exploring to rapidly advance our projects, particularly those in the historic Val-d’Or gold region. Being in a prime gold address we heavily invested in drilling using new technology like artificial intelligence to help with targeting, and the results have not disappointed.

  • 68,000 Metres Drilled in 2020: O3 Mining has an aggresive 150,000 metre drill program to be completed in 2021 on its Val-d’Or properties
  • High-grade gold at Gold Hawk: O3 Mining intersected 383.4 g/t Au Over 2.0 Metres including 1,510 g/t Au over 0.5 metres at Marban Project
  • High-grade Gold at Simkar: O3 Mining Continues To Expand Simkar As It Intersects 413.0 g/t Au Over 1.2 Metres

Financing

Our company continues to be fully financed with over $60 million in cash and equivalents enabling us to rapidly advance our projects. 2020 included significant milestones as the company continued to grow and welcome new investors and partnerships.

  • C$40.2 million bought deal: O3 Mining closes C$40.2 million bought deal private placement of flow-through and hard units
  • CEO Jose Vizquerra invests in O3 Mining: Company leader invests a quarter million in stocks
  • Trading on the OTCQX Market in United States: O3 Mining has qualified to trade under the ticker symbol “OIIIF“. We look forward to strengthening our U.S. and global shareholder base with this exciting milestone

 

Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey and one which is only just beginning! 2021 promises to be another year of achievement and I look forward to sharing more news with you as we advance our programs.

I’m heartened by the news of a COVID-19 vaccine, and hope 2021 will bring new opportunities to connect offline, perhaps even at our new office in Val-d’Or as travel gradually returns to normal. Until then, while I’m eager to accomplish even more in the New Year, I’m looking forward to spending time with my family this holiday season as I hope you are too. On behalf of my family and the team at O3 Mining, we wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season and a happy New Year.

 

Faithfully,

José Vizquerra
O3 Mining
President and CEO

 

 

O3 Mining Begins Trading on the OTCQX Market in United States

Toronto, December 29, 2020 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V: OIII; OTCQX: OQMGF) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market, a top-tier public market in the United States, and its common shares are now trading on the OTCQX under the ticker symbol “OQMGF“. The Corporation will continue to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture (“TSX.V”) in Canada, as its primary listing under the symbol “OIII”.

We are extremely pleased to begin trading on the OTCQX as part of our strategy to make O3 Mining shares more accessible to an even broader range of investors in the US market. This important milestone will enable us to strengthen our U.S. and global shareholder base and increase the liquidity of our common shares to the benefit of all investors,” President and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

The OTCQX® Best Market is for established, investor-focused U.S. and international companies. To qualify for the OTCQX market, companies must meet high financial standards, follow best practice corporate governance, demonstrate compliance with U.S. securities laws, be current in their disclosure, and have a professional third-party sponsor introduction. The companies found on OTCQX are distinguished by the integrity of their operations and diligence with which they convey their qualifications. Investors can find Real-Time Level 2 quotes for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

About OTC Markets Group Inc.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

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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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:
José Vizquerra Benavides
President, CEO and Director
Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Continues To Expand Simkar As It Intersects 413.0 g/t Au Over 1.2 Metres

Toronto, December 17, 2020 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V:OIII) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide additional encouraging drilling results from the Simkar zone within the Sector 3 of its Alpha property in Val-d’Or, Québec, as part of a fully-funded 150,000 metre drilling program. Currently, the Corporation has seven drill rigs operating, four at Alpha and three at its Malartic properties.

New assay result from one hole drilled in the western extension of the Simkar zone includes:

Drilling Highlights:

  • 413.0 g/t Au over 1.2 metres in hole O3AL-20-321

A 3D-model of the Alpha property and the Simkar zone is available on the Company’s website at https://o3mining.com/presentations/drill-results

This is a spectacular intercept and one which is associated with a well-developed structure and is flanked by two significant previous drill intercepts 200 metres away on each side. With all of these holes about 600 metres from the historical mine, it strongly suggests the presence of an important ore shoot in the down-plunge extension of the Simkar. Our winter drilling program will continue targeting this area and so we look forward to receiving more results early in the new year,” said President and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

This drill intercept reported today is located in the down rake extension of the Simkar deposit 600 metres west of the historical mining stopes, at a vertical depth of 600 metres (figures 2 and 3). Drilling in the same zone previously returned 8.4 g/t Au over 1.0 metre in hole O3AL-20-311 some 200 metres to the east and at the same elevation (See Press Release December 09th, 2020). Historical drill hole T-86-01, located 200 metres to the west, returned 12.7 g/t Au over 13.2 metres. This was drilled vertically to test the shallow dipping extension veins associated with the steeply dipping Simkar shear. All together these three holes cover a lateral extension of 400 metres.

The drilling program at Simkar is targeting down-plunge extensions of the Simkar A-B-C zones (raking at 30 degrees to the west) as well as potential new ore shoots and stacked zones within the prospective Anamaque sill where gold mineralization is associated with quartz-tourmaline-pyrite vein systems typical of the Val-d’Or district. These new results show that the gold-bearing veins expand well beyond the historical Simkar resource, including potential continuity up to the El Sol and Paramaque zones, which if proven, would represent a 2,000 x 500 metre vein field. Immediate follow-up drilling of the intercept in hole O3AL-20-321 is underway and consists of cutting the structure above and below it at 50 metres spacing to define the width of the ore shoot and continuity of gold mineralization within it. Subsequently, systematic drill fences will be completed to the west and east on a 100-metre spacing along with the projected rake of the zone.

2020 Review and 2021 Outlook

Our goal for 2020 was to confirm the potential within the Cadillac-Larder Lake corridor and unlock ounces in under-explored areas of the Val-d’Or camp. We have successfully advanced on this and with PEAs completed on our Marban and Garrison properties, we are now poised to continue the Osisko tradition and transition into a mine developer. Aggressive exploration has been a key part of our strategy and we are currently progressing through a 150,000 metre drilling program with twelve drill rigs across our properties by January 2021, and successfully using artificial intelligence to identify new targets. With over $60 million in our treasury, we will be able to continue this approach in 2021 and take meaningful steps to rapidly advance our projects. 2021 promises to be another year of achievement and I look forward to sharing more news with you as we advance our work programs,” said Mr. Vizquerra.

Table 1: Drill Hole Intercept (only intercepts above 5 g/t Au * m are reported)

Drill HoleFrom (m)To (m)Interval (m)Au uncut (g/t)Mineralized Zone
O3AL-20-321707.1708.31.2413Simkar A

NOTE: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

 Table 2: Drill Hole Details

Dril HoleAzimuth (˚)Dip (˚)Length (m)UTM EUTM N
O3AL-20-321357-75779.63082005326274

Hole O3AL-20-321 intersected the down-rake extension of the Zone A of the Simkar deposit, 600 m west and deeper of the historical mining operation. The mineralization consists of a quartz-carbonate-tourmaline stockwork located at the sheared contact between two gabbroic units. The stockwork includes 2% of disseminated pyrite, veinlets of native tellurium, and a myriad of visible gold points. The intervals yielded an intercept of 413 g/t Au over 1.2 m, flanked by a 2.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m. The mineralised zone is located within a 12 m-thick sheared structure related to Zone A and the pierce point is slightly deeper than the rake given by the historical openings.

Figure 1: Alpha Property Map

Figure 2: Simkar Zone Drilling Map

Figure 3: Simkar zone A longitudinal section

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). 

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

 About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

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This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

 

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director

Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Delivers Positive PEA for Garrison Project

After-Tax NPV of C$321M, 33.0% IRR at US$1,450/oz Gold

Toronto, December 14, 2020 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V:OIII) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce positive results from the independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) on its 100 percent owned Garrison project in the Kirkland Lake region in Ontario, Canada. The PEA has been prepared by Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. (“Ausenco”) in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Highlights of the PEA*

(All figures are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated)

  • Long-term gold price: US$1,450/oz
  • Exchange rate: C$1.00 = US$0.75
  • After-tax net present value (“NPV”) at 5% discount rate: $321 million
  • After-tax internal rate of return (“IRR”): 33.0%
  • After-tax payback period: 2.3 years
  • Initial capital (“CAPEX”): $267 million for a 4.0 million tonne per year processing plant including mine preproduction, infrastructure (roads, power line relocation, tailings facility, ancillary buildings, and water management)
  • Life of mine (“LOM”): 12 years
  • Average LOM strip ratio (waste: mined resource): 2.7
  • Total mill feed of 47.3 million tonnes resulting in LOM gold production of 1.1 Million oz
  • LOM Plan: 82% of total mill feed was sourced from mineral resources classified in the Measured and Indicated category
  • Average annual gold production of 121,000 oz in years 1 to 8 (94,000 oz for LOM)
  • Average mill head grade of 1.04 g/t gold in years 1 to 8 (0.82 g/t for LOM)
  • Average mill recovery: 89.8%
  • Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource of 66.3 Mt at 0.86 g/t Au grade
  • Cash Cost: US$721/oz
  • All-in Sustaining Cost (“AISC”): US$818/oz 

* Cautionary Statement: The reader is advised that the PEA summarized in this news release is intended to provide only an initial, high-level review of the project potential and design options. The PEA mine plan and economic model include numerous assumptions and the use of inferred mineral resources. Inferred mineral resources are considered to be too speculative to be used in an economic analysis except as allowed for by NI 43-101 for PEA studies. There is no guarantee that inferred mineral resources can be converted to indicated or measured mineral resources, and as such, there is no guarantee the project economics described herein will be achieved.

 

O3 Mining is pleased to present the results of a PEA on its Garrison Project for an 11,000 tonnes per day open pit mining and Carbon in Leach processing operation with production spanning 12 years clearly demonstrating the potential for the company to become a major North American gold producer. The PEA delivers robust economics with an after-tax IRR of 33.0% and after-tax NPV of $321M at a US$1,450/oz gold price, with very attractive cash costs and AISC, low CAPEX and low capital intensity. The project will target production in excess of 121,000 ounces gold per year during years 1 to 8, while peaking at more than 155,000 ounces in Year 2.

Garrison has been in the shadow of our Marban and Alpha properties in Québec but as this PEA shows, it is an integral part of the value proposition of O3 Mining. Garrison came from Osisko Mining Inc., which completed first-class exploration work that defined the initial resource. We have worked with Ausenco to produce a high-quality PEA that focuses on capital efficiency and demonstrates the value of Garrison to O3 Mining. Today, Garrison is a 2.9-million-ounce deposit in the heart of one of the most recognised mining districts in Canada. We are thrilled that the PEA has shown a production profile of 121,000 ounces per year during the first eight years at very attractive economics. The Corporation is ready to maximize Garrison’s value by advancing the studies to further de-risk the project,” Jose Vizquerra, President, CEO and Director of O3 Mining.

The Garrison PEA demonstrates an NPV of $321 million which follows hot on the heels of our Marban PEA (See Press Release September 8, 2020) in Québec which also demonstrated compelling project economics with an after-tax NPV of $423 million, an IRR of 25.2% with a 15 year mine life and an average annual gold production of 115,000 oz. Together these PEAs mark the transition of O3 Mining from an explorer to an up-and-coming gold developer with a total NPV of $744 million of fundamental value,” added Mr. Vizquerra.

The Corporation looks forward to working with its partners in the Timmins-Kirkland Lake area including the Matheson municipalities and the Wahgoshig First Nation community (Wahgoshig) as well with the support of the Ontario and federal governments, to advance the Garrison Project.

Overview

Ausenco was appointed as lead consultant on September 16, 2020 to prepare the PEA in accordance with NI 43-101, and was assisted by Moose Mountain Technical Services.

The Garrison Project is located in Timmins-Kirkland Lake area of northeastern Ontario along the Highway 101 corridor, approximately 40 km east of Matheson, 40 km north of town of Kirkland Lake, and 100 km east of the city of Timmins). Geologically, the project is situated along the Porcupine-Destor break in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt (AGB) and contains the Garrcon, JonPol, and 903 Deposits.

Financial Analysis

The economic analysis was performed assuming a 5% discount rate. On a pre-tax basis, the NPV5% is $470 million, the IRR is 41.1% and the payback period is 2.0 years. On an after-tax basis, the NPV5% is $321 million, the IRR is 33.0% and the payback period is 2.3 years. A summary of project economics is listed in (Table 1) and shown graphically in the figures below.

Table 1: Summary of project economics

GENERALLOM TOTAL / AVG.
Gold Price (US$/oz)$1,450
Exchange Rate ($US:$CAD)0.75
Mine Life (years)12.0
Total Waste Tonnes Mined (kt)128,260
Total Mill Feed Tonnes (kt)47,343
Strip Ratio2.7
PRODUCTIONLOM TOTAL / AVG.
Mill Head Grade (g/t) (Average gold mill head grade of 1.04 g/t in years 1 to 8)0.82
Mill Recovery Rate (%)89.8%
Total Mill Ounces Recovered (koz)1,126
Total Average Annual Production (koz)94
OPERATING COSTSLOM TOTAL / AVG.
Mining Cost ($/t Mined)$2.7
Mining Cost ($/t Milled)$9.9
Processing Cost ($/t Milled)$11.2
G&A ($/t Milled)$1.0
Total Operating Costs ($/t Milled)$22.1
Refining & Transport Cost ($/oz)$2.5
Royalty NSR1.5%
Cash Costs (US$/oz Au)$721
AISC (US$/oz Au)$818
CAPITAL COSTSLOM TOTAL / AVG.
Initial Capital ($M)$267
Sustaining Capital ($M)$126
Closure Costs ($M)$30
Salvage Costs ($M)$11
FINANCIALS – PRE TAXLOM TOTAL / AVG.
NPV (5%) ($M)$470
IRR(%)41.1%
Payback(years)2.0
FINANCIALS – POST TAXLOM TOTAL / AVG.
NPV (5%) ($M)$321
IRR (%)33.0%
Payback (years)2.3
NPV/ Initial CAPEX1.2

Notes

* Cash costs consist of mining costs, processing costs, mine-level general & administrative expenses and refining charges and royalties.

** AISC includes cash costs plus sustaining capital, closure cost and salvage value.

Figure 1: Projected Annual and Cumulative LOM Post-Tax Unlevered Free Cash Flow

Sensitivity

A sensitivity analysis was conducted on the base case pre-tax and after-tax NPV and IRR of the project, using the following variables: metal price, total CAPEX (initial + sustaining), total operating cost and exchange rate. The tables below provide a summary of the sensitivity analysis.

Table 2a: Post-Tax NPV(5%) Sensitivity

GOLD PRICE
US$/Oz
BASE CASEINITIAL CAPEX(-25%)INITIAL CAPEX (+25%)OPEX
(-25%)
OPEX (+25%)FX
(-25%)
FX (+25%)
$1,100$47$111($16)$186($112)$333($162)
$1,250$167$230$103$301$25$484($38)
$1,450$321$384$257$452$185$686$96
$1,750$547$611$484$679$415$989$283
$2,000$737$801$673$868$605$1,242$434

Table 2b: Post-Tax IRR Sensitivity

GOLD PRICE
US$/Oz
BASE CASEINITIAL CAPEX(-25%)INITIAL CAPEX (+25%)OPEX
(-25%)
OPEX (+25%)FX
(-25%)
FX (+25%)
$1,10010.2%20.4%3.5%22.0%0.0%34.0%0.0%
$1,25021.2%33.5%13.3%30.8%8.2%44.6%0.1%
$1,45033.0%48.3%23.6%41.5%23.5%58.2%15.0%
$1,75049.0%68.7%36.9%56.7%40.8%77.2%30.2%
$2,00061.5%84.8%47.3%68.7%53.9%92.5%41.1%

Mineral Resource

The Mineral Resource is estimated from a drill hole database containing 1,378 drill holes within the model boundaries, including 257,889 assay intervals for a total assayed length of 258,223 metres.  Interpolations are done using multiple indicator kriging (MIK) within four domains defined by lithology and faulting.  Classification to Indicated is based on the average distance to two drill holes of less than 25-50 metre spacing depending on the domain.

Classification is then adjusted to ensure continuity of blocks with Inferred adjusted to minimize extrapolation of grades. The base case cut-off grade is 0.30 g/t Au based on metallurgical recoveries, Processing + G&A costs of $14.50/tonnes and a US$1,400/oz Au price, with smelter terms as detailed in the notes below. The Measured and Indicated mineral resource is estimated at 66.3 Mt at 0.86 g/t Au for a total of 1.8Moz, and the Inferred Mineral resource is 45.3Mt at 0.73 g/t Au for a total of 1.1Moz. Table 3 summarizes the Resource Estimate at a 0.3g/t cut-off.

Table 3: Mineral Resource Estimate (effective date November 25, 2020)

  CLASSSOURCETONNAGE (Kt)AU (G/T)AU METAL (kOz)
   Indicated903

Jonpol

Garrcon

27,558

17,786

20,923

0.843

0.914

0.821

747

523

552

All Indicated 66,2680.8551,822
  Inferred903

Jonpol

Garrcon

30,760

7,521

7,056

0.690

0.756

0.866

682

183

197

All Inferred45,3370.7291,062

Notes: 

  1. The Mineral Resource estimate has been prepared by Sue Bird, P.Eng., an independent Qualified Person, from Moose Mountain Technical Services.
  2. Resources are reported using the 2014 CIM Definition Standards and were estimated in accordance with the CIM 2019 Best Practices Guidelines.  
  3. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  4. The open-pit Mineral Resource has been confined by a “reasonable prospects of eventual economic extraction” pit shell generated using the following assumptions: US$1,800/oz. Au at a currency exchange rate of 0.75 US$ per C$; 99.95% payable Au; $4.30/oz Au offsite costs (refining, transport and insurance); a 2% NSR royalty; $14.50/t process and G&A costs; $2.40/t mining costs and pit slopes of 25 degrees in the overburden and 40 degrees below the overburden. Metallurgical recovery is 90.5% at 903, 95.5% at Garrcon, 92.45% at JonPol-non-refractory and 56.2% in JonPol-refractory.
  5. The specific gravity of the deposit has been determined by lithology as being between 2.74 and 3.32.
  6. Numbers may not add due to rounding. 

There are no other known factors or issues that materially affect the Mineral Resource estimate other than normal risks faced by mining projects in the province in terms of environmental, permitting, taxation, socio-economic, marketing, and political factors and additional risk factors as listed in the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information” section below.

Mining

The mine plan includes 47 Mt of mill feed and 128 Mt of waste over the 12-year mine life coming from three deposits: 903, Jonpol, and Garrcon. Mine planning is based on conventional open-pit methods suited for the project location and local site requirements. Owner-operated and managed open pit operations are anticipated to begin one year prior to mill start-up, run for nine years to pit exhaustion, followed by three years of low-grade stockpile reclamation to the mill. The subset of Mineral Resources contained within the targeted open pit shells, summarized in Table 4 with a 0.30 g/t Au cut-off grade, forms the basis of the PEA mine plan and production schedule.

 

Table 4: PEA Mine Plan Production Summary

CATEGORYVALUE
PEA Mill Feed47,343 kt
Average Mill Feed Gold Head Grade0.82 g/t Au
Waste Overburden and Rock128,260 kt
Strip Ratio2.7
Mill Feed Gold Grade (Years 1-5)1.11 g/t Au
PEA Mill Feed47,343 kt

 Notes:

  1. The PEA Mine Plan and Mill Feed estimates are a subset of the December 10, 2020 Mineral Resource estimate and are based on open-pit mine engineering and technical information developed at a Scoping level for the 903, JonPol, and Garrcon deposits.
  2. PEA Mine Plan and Mill Feed estimates are mined tonnes and grade, the reference point is the primary crusher.
  3. Cut-off grade 0.30 g/t Au assumes US$1,400/oz. Au at a currency exchange rate of 0.75 US$ per C$; 99.95% payable gold; $4.30/oz offsite costs (refining, transport, and insurance); a 2.0% NSR royalty; and a 90% metallurgical recovery.
  4. The cut-off grade covers processing costs of $12.00/t, administrative (G&A) costs of $1.00/t, and low-grade stockpile Rehandle costs of $1.50/t.
  5. Mining dilution of 20% at 0.10 g/t is applied to the in-situ Mineral Resources. Mining Recovery of 96% of diluted tonnages is assumed.
  6. Estimates have been rounded and may result in summation differences.

The economic pit limits are determined using the Pseudoflow algorithm. The 903 deposit is planned as one pit split into three phases or pushbacks. The Jonpol deposit is planned as one pit split into two phases.  The Garrcon deposit is planned as five pits with the largest (western) pit split into 2 phases.  Pit shells are generated with 40-degree overall slope angles in bedrock and 25-degree slope angles in the overburden.

Detailed pit configurations with benching and ramps have not been carried out. Chosen phase shell targets have room for these details to be added in future planning and modifications to pit contents are not expected to be materially altered. General pit sequencing is shown in Table 5 below.

 

Table 5: PEA Mine Plan Pit Sequencing

The mill will be fed with material from the pit at an average rate of 4.0 Mtpa (11ktpd). Cut-off grade optimization is employed, which feeds a low-grade stockpile north of the primary crusher, which is planned for reclamation to the mill in the later years of the mine life. Overburden will be placed in various stockpiles throughout the project. Waste rock will be placed in two main stockpiles adjacent to all pits. The mine plan includes backfill of waste rock into the smaller mined out Garrcon pits.

Mining operations will be based on 365 operating days per year with two 12-hour shifts per day.  An allowance of 10 days of no mine production has been built into the mine schedule to allow for adverse weather conditions. The mining fleet will include diesel-powered down the hole (DTH) drills with 165mm bit size for production drilling, diesel-powered RC (reverse circulation) drills for bench-scale grade control drilling, 12 m3 bucket size diesel hydraulic excavators, and 13 m3 bucket-sized wheel loaders for production loading, and 91 t payload rigid-frame haul trucks and 36 t articulated trucks for production hauling, plus ancillary and service equipment to support the mining operations. In-pit dewatering systems will be established for each pit. All surface water and precipitation in the pits will be handled by submersible pumps.

The mine equipment fleet is planned to be purchased via a lease financing arrangement. Owner-managed maintenance on mine equipment will be performed in the field with major repairs in the shops located near the primary crusher.

Milling

The Garrison Process Plant employs standard Carbon-In-Leach (CIL) technology along with gravity concentration for gold recovery. The plant includes crushing, grinding, gravity concentration, classification, leach and CIL, and detoxification before deposition into a Tailings Storage Facility. The plant will treat 4.0 Mt of ore per year at an average throughput of 11,000 tonnes per day.

The mill design availability is 8,059 hours per year or 92%. The plant has been designed to realize an average recovery of 89.8% (92.3% Au during initial high-grade production) of the gold over the life of the project based on metallurgical test work completed at various laboratories in Canada and the USA between 2011 and 2018. Of this, 24.5% of the gold will be extracted by the gravity circuit and a further 65.3% by the leach/CIL process.

 

Figure 2: Site Plan

Tailings storage capacity has been identified to safely accommodate the life of mine production as described in this PEA. Tailings produced over the first eight years of mine operation will be accommodated in a new tailings storage facility to be constructed south of the open pits The tailings storage facility perimeter containment dams will be constructed with waste rock and overburden from open pit mine development and will utilize the downstream construction method to ensure safe tailings storage over the long-term.

Runoff from the tailings storage facility will be collected in an adjacent water management pond. In order to allow mining of the Garrcon Pit – Phase #3 in Year 4, the adjacent highway will be diverted to the North.

Capital and Operating Costs

The total pre-production capital cost for the Garrison Project is estimated to be $267M including allowances for indirect costs and contingency of $29M and $38M respectively. Sustaining capital costs are estimated at $126M, including closure costs (Table 6). Operating costs are estimated at $22.1 per tonne milled (Table 7).

 

 Table 6: Total Capital and Operating Costs

    COST AREA DESCRIPTIONINITIAL CAPITAL COST ($M)SUSTAINING CAPITAL COST ($M)TOTAL CAPITAL COST ($M)
    Mining$40$113$153
    Processing$115$115
    Infrastructure (and       Tailings)$35$13$48
    Indirect Costs$29$29
    Owner’s Project Costs$9$9
    Contingency$38$38
    Total$267$126$393

 

Table 7: Total Life of Mine Operating Costs

COST AREALOM ($M)ANNUAL AVG. COST ($M)AVG. LOM ($/T MINED)AVG.LOM ($/T MILLED)AVG. LOM (US$/OZ)OPEX (%)
Total Mine Operating Costs Including Reclaiming Costs$469$39$2.7$9.9$31345%
Total Mill Processing Including Water Treatment Costs$532$44$3.0$11.2$35551%
Total G&A Costs$45$4$0.3$1.0$304%
Total$1,047$87$6.0$22.1$698100%

Gold Production

Projected gold production averages 121,000 ounces per year over years 1 to 8, peaking at 155,000 ounces in year two. The LOM production averages 94,000 ounces per year.

 

Figure 3: Projected LOM Production (koz)

Opportunities to further increase NPV

Database refinement and additional QAQC work along with infill drilling could upgrade the classification from Inferred to Indicated or Measured.  Additional structural and geologic studies as well as step-out drilling along strike of the mineralization could extend the resource both laterally and at depth.

The PEA mine plan does not exploit the entire Mineral Resource. There is project expansion opportunity to be further investigated during the next study phase, which could include more, or all, of the additional Mineral Resource.

Additional metallurgical test work will be targeted at increasing the leach feed grind size, and assessing a wider variability of resource hardness, to in turn reduce mill equipment sizing. Additional testing of JonPol samples to improve recoveries should also be completed.

Next Steps

The results of the PEA indicate that the proposed Project has technical and financial merit using the base case assumptions. It has also identified additional field work, metallurgical test work, trade-off studies and analysis required to support more advanced mining studies.

The Qualified Persons (“QP”) consider the PEA results sufficiently reliable and recommend that the Garrison Project be advanced to the next stage of development through the initiation of a pre-feasibility study and working towards completion of an Environmental Impact Study for the Project while exploring the geological potential of the Garrison project.

PEA Details

The independent PEA was prepared through the collaboration of the following firms: Ausenco, and Moose Mountain Technical Services. These firms provided mineral resource estimates, design parameter and cost estimates for mine operations, process facilities, major equipment selection, waste and tailings storage, reclamation, permitting, and operating and capital expenditures. Table 8 summarizes the contributors and their area of responsibility.

 

Table 8: Consulting Firm and Area of Responsibility

CONSULTING FIRM     AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
Ausenco Engineering Canada
  • Metallurgical test work development and analysis;
  • Mass balance;
  • Process plant design;
  • Process plant capital costs and operating costs;
  • Electrical and IT infrastructure design and costs;
  • Design and costs of utilities and infrastructure including on-site roads;
  • Material transport and General and administration operating costs;
  • Financial Analysis and overall NI 43-101 integration;
  • Water treatment plant design, capital and operating costs;
  • Tailings, ore and waste rock management facility designs and costs;
  • Surface water management infrastructure design and costs;
  • Site wide water balance;
  • Rock mass characterization and rock mechanics input to pit design;
  • Hydrogeology;
  • Geotechnical input for surface infrastructure design;
  • Waste rock, tailings, and ore geochemical characterization;
  • Groundwater quality input to environmental studies;
  • Environmental studies, permitting and closure costs;
  • Regulatory context, social considerations, and anticipated environmental issues.
Moose Mountain Technical Services
  • Historical data review;
  • Current and historical geology, exploration, drilling;
  • Sample preparation and QAQC, and data verification;
  • Mineral resource estimate (O3 completed geological modelling of ore bodies);
  • Geotechnical input for pit design;
  • Mine and mine infrastructure design;
  • Mine production scheduling; and
  • Mine capital costs and operating costs.

 

Qualified Person

All technical information, not pertaining to the PEA, in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy, Eng. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by NI 43-101).

The PEA has been prepared by Ausenco. The contributors to the report are QPs under NI 43-101 and are independent of O3 Mining for the purposes of the NI 43-101. The technical content of the PEA and this press release has been reviewed and approved by:

Tommaso Roberto Raponi, P.Eng, Process and Infrastructure

Scott Elfen, P.E., Tailings and Water Management

Mike Petrina, P.Eng, Mining

Sue Bird, P.Eng, Resource Estimate

Scott Weston, P.Eng, Environment

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

The primary lab for O3 Mining is SGS in Cochrane, Ontario is an independent accredited laboratory.  The core samples shipped to SGS are crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 30 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) finish. For samples with visible gold or metallic minerals, or initial fire assay values greater than 3g/t, the metallic screen lead fire assay is used. A sample of certified standard material, a duplicate and a blank are inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into each set of 20 submitted samples as part of the Quality Assurance, Quality Control (“QAQC”) program. Duplicate pulps are submitted to the secondary laboratory, Bureau Veritas, as part of the check assay program.

For drilling in the 2000s, prior to ownership by O3 Mining, the assaying and QAQC program was similar to that employed by the Corporation and has been reviewed. Some samples of historic core have been re-assayed during the modern era assay program. To the extent historic core logs exist for the historic drilling, they have been reviewed. The drill program design, QAQC and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QAQC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Corporation has included certain non-IFRS financial measures in this news release, such as Initial Capital Cost, Cash Operating Costs, Total Cash Cost, All-In Sustaining Cost, Expansion Capital and Capital Intensity, which are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. As a result, these measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other corporations. Each of these measures used are intended to provide additional information to the user and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Non-IFRS financial measures used in this news release and common to the gold mining industry are defined below.

Total Cash Costs and Total Cash Costs per Ounce

Total Cash Costs are reflective of the cost of production. Total Cash Costs reported in the PEA include mining costs, processing & water treatment costs, general and administrative costs of the mine, off-site costs, refining costs, transportation costs and royalties. Total Cash Costs per Ounce is calculated as Total Cash Costs divided by payable gold ounces.

All-in Sustaining Costs (“AISC”) and AISC per Ounce

AISC is reflective of all of the expenditures that are required to produce an ounce of gold from operations. AISC reported in the PEAS includes total cash costs, sustaining capital, closure costs and salvage, but excludes corporate general and administrative costs. AISC per Ounce is calculated as AISC divided by payable gold ounces.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Fault. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

About Ausenco

Ausenco is a global company redefining what’s possible. Our team is based across 26 offices in 14 countries, with projects in over 80 locations worldwide. Combining our deep technical expertise with a 30-year track record, we deliver innovative, value-add consulting studies, project delivery, asset operations and maintenance solutions to the mining & metals, oil & gas and industrial sectors. We find a better way.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

 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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

 

José Vizquerra

President, CEO and Director

Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

O3 Mining Intersects 10.4 g/t Au Over 3.0 Metres, 400 Metres West Of Simkar Deposit At Alpha

Toronto, December 9, 2020 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V:OIII) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide initial drilling results from the Simkar zone, located 400 metres west of the historic deposit, within the Sector 3 of its Alpha property in Val-d’Or, Québec, as part of a fully-funded 150,000 metre drilling program. The Simkar deposit hosts 43,000 oz Au at 5.52 g/t in Measured and Indicated resources and 20,000 oz Au at 6.36 g/t in Inferred category.

The press release is available on the Corporation’s website at https://o3mining.com/news/

O3 Mining’s 2020-2021 drilling program includes 100,000 metres for the Alpha property, which hosts multiple mineralized systems over an approximate 20 kilometres strike length. Current drilling is focused on exploring extensions of the Simkar (historic production of 54,500 oz Au at 5.99 g/t) and El Sol zones in Sector 3 and the Valdora, Sabourin and Jolin zones in Sector 2 as well as testing the extensions at depth of the Orenada mineralized system in Sector 1 (see Figure 1). These are exploration targets generated by our exploration team, tested by a channel sampling program and verified using artificial intelligence (“AI”) (See Press Release December 02nd, 2020).

“At Simkar, we are successfully executing our systematic approach to exploration based on geological analysis and AI, channel sampling and field work, and drilling. It is always exciting when the third step, drilling, achieves what it sets out to do. Today’s results show we are successfully extending the mineralized zones at Simkar and other areas in Sector 3 of Alpha beyond the known resources. We are also identifying new areas with the potential of increasing the mineral resources in this Sector. With a lot more drilling to come at Alpha initial results leave us confident of significantly growing the resources of the project,” President and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

 

New assay results from five holes drilled in the western extensions at the Simkar zone include:

Drilling Highlights:          

  • 10.4 g/t Au over 3.0 metres in hole O3AL-20-310
  • 14.0 g/t Au over 0.8 metres in hole O3AL-20-311
  • 32.4 g/t Au over 0.5 metres in hole O3AL-20-312

Hole O3AL-20-310 cut mineralization at the bedrock interface, 400 meters west of the historical Simkar Zone A (see Figure 2). This discovery is in an area with no historical drilling which opens the potential for the definition of a new ore shoot along the historical Simkar Zone A structure. Hole O3AL-20-311 intersected the extension of the Simkar Zone C, 350 metres to the west, and hole O3AL-20-312 intersected a new zone between zones A and C, some 350 meters to the west.

The drilling program at Simkar is targeting down-plunge extensions of the Simkar A-B-C zones (raking at 30 degrees to the west) as well as potential new ore shoots and stacked zones within the prospective Anamaque sill where gold mineralization is associated with quartz-tourmaline-pyrite vein systems typical of the Val d’Or district. Initial results show that the gold-bearing veins expand well beyond the historical Simkar resource, including potential continuity up to the El Sol and Paramaque zones, which if proven, would represent a 2,000 x 500 metre veins field.

The encouraging results received so far support a decision to continue the exploration program at Simkar to further explore for mineralized extensions of these intercepts, which remain fully open to the west and at depth. Assays are pending for two drill holes drilled 100 m further west to follow up on the high-grade intercepts reported here. More holes are planned to expand the mineralized zone to the west into El Sol and Paramaque areas. NOTE: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

 

Table 1: Drill Hole Intercepts (only intercepts above 5 g/t Au * m are reported)

Drill HoleFrom
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
Au uncut (g/t)Ag (g/t)Cu
(%)
Mineralized Zone
O3AL-20-31018.021.03.010.4Simkar A
O3AL-20-31028.531.53.02.3Simkar A
O3AL-20-31139.240.00.814.05.60.3Simkar C
O3AL-20-311671.0672.01.08.40.8Simkar A
O3AL-20-312169.9170.40.532.43.20.4Between Simkar A and C
O3AL-20-31535.038.53.51.50.9Between Simkar A and B

NOTE: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

 

Table 2: Drill Hole Details

   Drill HoleAzimuth (˚)Dip (˚)Length (m)UTM EUTM N
O3AL-20-310357-505013083005326500
O3AL-20-311357-756723084005326340
O3AL-20-312357-505213084005326340
O3AL-20-313357-505373084005326655
O3AL-20-315359-722063088505326631

 

Hole O3AL-20-310 intersected a few quartz veinlets, one of them with visible gold, within a monzonite intrusion in the first samples of the hole, at the bedrock interface. It returned 10.4 g/t Au over 3.0 m. Ten metres deeper in the same monzonite, a fractured zone yielded 2.3 g/t Au over 3.0 m. Hole O3-AL-20-310 is located 400 meters west of and on strike with the historical Simkar Zone A. The monzonite is in contact with the iron-rich gabbro of the Anamaque sill which is the main host of the Simkar zones.

Hole O3AL-20-311 intersected a 12 cm quartz vein with 10% pyrite in a brecciated basalt, 350 m west of the Zone C. The quartz vein yielded 14.0 g/t Au, 5.6 g/t Ag and 0.3 % Cu over 0.8 m. The hole was stopped in the iron-rich gabbro of the Anamaque sill. The last sample of the hole shows a weak alteration and yielded 8.4 g/t Au over 1.0 m which corresponds to the beginning of the Zone A. The hole will be deepened in December.

On the same section, hole O3AL-20-312 intersected a small quartz veinlet with visible gold within     a gabbro, 85 m south of the Zone A. The veinlet yielded an intercept of 32.4 g/t Au, 3.2 g/t Ag and 0.4 % Cu over 0.5 m.

In the area of the historical mine, the hole O3AL-20-315 intersected few centimetric quartz tourmaline veins within the iron-rich gabbro, between Zone A and B. It yielded 1.5 g/t Au over 3.5 m.

 

Figure 1: Alpha Property Map

 

Figure 2: Simkar zone Drilling Map

 

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Faut. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director

Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

 

 

 

O3 Mining Identifies New Targets Confirming Validity of Artificial Intelligence Targeting

Toronto, December 02, 2020 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V:OIII) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide results from its completed summer channel sampling program at its Alpha property, located 15 kilometres southeast of Val-d’Or, Québec. The targets were generated by our exploration team and verified using artificial intelligence (“AI”). The collaborative AI work with Mira Geoscience Ltd. (“Mira”), has allowed O3 Mining’s exploration team to leverage many years of multidisciplinary exploration data, including a compilation of historical work, field observations as well as mineral prospectivity indices (MPI) produced by Mira (See Press Release August 6th, 2020), and is playing a significant role in the current exploration targeting process at Alpha.

Highlights

  • El Sol: 128 g/t Au over 0.7 metres

  • Valdora: 70.9 g/t Au over 1.5 metres

  • Paramaque : 16.3 g/t Au over 0.7 metres

  • Simkar: 7.8 g/t Au over 1.2 metres

The East Alpha area, sectors 2 and 3 (see Figure 1), was first selected with the goal of better understanding the structural context and mineralization controls while taking advantage of the sub-cropping nature of that area. The summer work program comprised 31 outcrops and 4,650 channel samples within this sub-outcropping area. The zones tested include Simkar, El Sol, and Goldora zones (Sector 3) along the Anamaque corridor and the Valdora, Sabourin, and Jolin zones (Sector 2) along the Skarn corridor. Significant assay results are presented below and include 23 channel sample intercepts (see Table 1). Among those, El Sol and Simkar zones were part of the main priority targets recommended by Mira, and both zones delivered the best results of the campaign. Moreover, at least 20 untested AI targets distributed in covered areas have been identified across the entire property. Now that the AI methodology has been verified, the Company is eager to drill test those greenfield targets as we believe they offer significant potential for discovery.

We are really excited to be able to identify four strong targets in sectors 2 and 3 at East Alpha with our summer fieldwork. The geological knowledge-based targets were confirmed by the artificial intelligence methodology carried out before. The channel sampling program allowed key geological observations to be made which significantly improved our understanding of the gold mineralization controls in the eastern part of Alpha. The updated geological model is now more accurate and as a result, we have growing confidence in the robustness of the drilling targets it is helping us define,President and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

 

O3 Mining’s in-depth knowledge of the property geology combined with the Mira modelling and the results of this summer channel sampling campaign confirm the Corporation has a strong targeting base for the current 100,000 metre drilling campaign which began in September 2020 and is expected to be completed by April 2021. Over the winter, the company plans to drill at Omega (Sector 4) near the Triangle deposit on targets supported by AI and will continue to drill at Pontiac West, Pontiac East, Bulldog, Orenada 4, and Orenada 2 (Sector 1).

 

Figure 1: Alpha Property Map – Highlights Channel Sampling Program

 

Table 1: Channel sampling results

Channel

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)

Au (g/t)

Zone

O3AL-D20-19-001

4.2

6.1

1.9

5.6

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-001

21.2

22.5

1.3

4.4

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-003

4.4

5.2

0.8

7.4

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-005

0.0

0.8

0.8

2.7

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-009

4.5

5.5

1.0

3.8

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-017

0.0

1.2

1.2

2.8

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-020

0.0

1.0

1.0

3.6

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-022

0.9

1.9

1.0

5.3

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-025

0.0

1.5

1.5

6.0

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-027

0.0

0.7

0.7

128

El Sol

O3AL-D20-19-028

0.0

0.6

0.6

4.7

El Sol

O3AL-D20-17-014

0.0

0.8

0.8

3.9

Simkar

O3AL-D20-17-030

0.0

1.2

1.2

7.8

Simkar

O3AL-D20-17-041

8.2

9.0

0.8

3.6

Simkar

O3AL-D20-17-052

0.0

0.8

0.8

4.5

Simkar

O3AL-D20-18-003

9.9

10.7

0.8

5.2

Simkar

O3AL-D20-31-003

0.0

0.7

0.7

16.3

Paramaque

O3AL-D20-22-001

23.8

25.2

1.5

70.9

Valdora 1A

O3AL-D20-22-002

51.9

52.7

0.7

3.7

Valdora 1A

O3AL-D20-22-014

16.4

16.9

0.5

5.0

Valdora 1A

O3AL-D20-22-027

1.1

1.8

0.7

9.0

Valdora 1A

O3AL-D20-22-038

1.6

2.6

1.0

2.7

Valdora 1A

O3AL-D20-20-042

0.0

0.7

0.7

2.8

Valdora 1G

 

The El Sol zone is located 700 metres west of the Simkar deposit along the same strike. Gold mineralization at Simkar is mainly hosted in an iron-rich gabbro associated with the Anamaque sill. The best channel sample results of the summer campaign come from the El Sol zone. Channel O3AL-D20-19-027 yielded 128 g/t Au over 0.7 metres at the intersection between an east-west trending shear zone and a north-south shallow dipping quartz-tourmaline-pyrite vein with free gold. The same quartz-tourmaline vein returned interesting results over the entire length of the outcrop, such as channel O3AL-D20-19-001 that yielded 5.6 g/t Au over 1.9 metres. At Simkar, eight (8) drill holes have been completed as part of the current drilling program; assay results are pending.

The Valdora Zone 1 returned high-grade results including 70.9 g/t Au over 1.5 metres in channel O3AL-D20-22-001. This sample is located at the junction of north-east trending and east-west trending shear zones at the contact of an iron-rich gabbro. The same outcrop delivered other significant results including 9.0 g/t Au over 0.7 metres in channel O3AL-D20-22-027, which is associated with an east-west trending shear zone within the gabbroic intrusion.

The channel at Simkar was undertaken at the south-western end of the zone. Channel O3AL-D20-17-030 intersected 7.8 g/t Au over 1.2 metres and is related to an east-north-east shear zone with quartz-calcite veinlets crosscutting an iron-rich gabbro of the Anamaque sill.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Faut. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information.

This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director

Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

 

 

 

O3 Mining Intersects 383.4 g/t Au Over 2.0 Metres Including 1,510 g/t Au over 0.5 Metres at Marban Project

Toronto, November 24, 2020 – O3 Mining Inc. (TSX.V:OIII) (“O3 Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide new drilling results from the Marban Project in Val-d’Or, Québec, as part of its well-funded 150,000 metre drilling program.

Current drilling on the Malartic property is focused on expanding mineralization outside of the proposed pit areas (outlined in the Marban Preliminary Economic Assessment “PEA” released September 8th, 2020) and identifying high-grade oreshoots. The 2020-2021 drilling program includes 45,000 metres for the Malartic property to test extensions along strike and down plunge of the deposits and zones outside of these areas.

Gold Hawk is shaping up to be a very promising potential high-grade satellite deposit for the Marban mine development project, just 2 kilometres away. The high-grade intercepts confirm the exceptional high-grade characteristic of the gold deposits along the prolific Marbenite shear corridor giving us the confidence to continue the drill program to more quickly unlock its potential and build resources there,” president and CEO Jose Vizquerra.

New assay results from seven drill holes drilled down plunge at the Gold Hawk zone include:

Drilling Highlights:

  • 383.4 g/t Au over 2.0 metres in hole O3MA-20-008, including 1,510 g/t Au over 0.5 metres

  • 1.8 g/t Au over 5.0 metres in hole O3MA-20-002

  • 16.8 g/t Au over 0.5 metres in hole O3MA-20-003

A 3D-model of the Marban deposit and the Gold Hawk zone is available on the Company’s website at https://o3mining.com/presentations/drill-results

These drill holes targeted extensions down plunge of the Gold Hawk zone. The zone is emplaced along the Marbenite shear, one of the main structures in the district which hosts the Marban and Orion #8 deposits as well as Wesdome’s Kiena deposit. The drill holes hit the Gold Hawk zone between 390 metres and 570 metres below surface at a 50 to 100 metre spacing. There are pending results from three follow-up drill holes around O3MA-20-008. The encouraging results received so far from Gold Hawk support a decision to continue the exploration program to further explore the mineralization extensions of hole O3MA-20-008, which remain open to the west and at depth.

 

Table 1: Drill Hole Intercepts (only intercepts above 5 g/t Au * m are reported)

Drill Hole ID

From

(m)

To

(m)

Interval

(m)

Au uncut (g/t)

Mineralized Zone

O3MA-20-001

143.5

145.0

1.5

4.4

O3MA-20-002

489.8

494.8

5.0

1.8

Gold Hawk

O3MA-20-003

588.0

588.5

0.5

16.8

Gold Hawk

O3MA-20-008

552.8

554.8

2.0

383.4

Gold Hawk

Including

553.8

554.3

0.5

1,510.0

O3MA-20-008

558.4

559.5

1.1

5.3

Gold Hawk

Note: True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones.

 

Table 2: Drill Hole Details

Drill Hole ID

Azimuth (˚)

Dip (˚)

Length (m)

UTM E

UTM N

O3MA-20-001

211

-60

657

276422

5337890

O3MA-20-002

210

-49

558

276551

5337820

O3MA-20-003

204

-61

714

276874

5337639

O3MA-20-004

201

-69

780

276874

5337639

O3MA-20-005

186

-65

789

276874

5337639

O3MA-20-006

186

-58

771

276874

5337639

O3MA-20-008

209

-66

659

276522

5337866

Drill hole O3MA-20-008 intersected two mineralized intervals within the Gold Hawk zone. The first interval returned 383.4 g/t Au over 2.0 metres including 1,510 g/t Au over 0.5 metres. Mineralization is associated with visible gold and traces of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite within quartz veinlets in basalt at the contact with a komatiite. The second interval, four metres deeper, returned 5.3 g/t Au over 1.1 metres. Mineralization is associated with quartz-carbonate veinlets within a komatiite. Drill hole O3MA-20-002 intersected 1.8 g/t Au over 5.0 metres along the same basalt-komatiite contact as O3MA-20-008. Mineralization is associated with visible gold within quartz-carbonate veinlets in a komatiite.

Drill hole O3MA-20-003 intersected 16.8 g/t Au over 0.5 metres. Mineralization is associated with talc-calcite veinlets cross-cutting komatiite. Drill hole O3MA-20-001 intersected 4.4 g/t Au over 1.5 metres. Mineralization consists of up to 1% disseminated pyrite and dismembered quartz-carbonate veinlets within a granodiorite.

Figure 1: Malartic Property Map

Figure 2: Malartic Property Drilling Map

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared, and approved by Mr. Louis Gariepy. (OIQ #107538), VP Exploration, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control and Reporting Protocols

True width determination is currently unknown but is estimated at 65-80% of the reported core length interval for the zones. Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’’Or, Québec and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge. Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the QA/QC program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of all samples. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.

About O3 Mining Inc.

O3 Mining, which forms part of the Osisko Group of companies, is a mine development and emerging consolidator of exploration properties in prospective gold camps in Canada – focused on projects in Québec and Ontario – with a goal of becoming a multi-million ounce, high-growth company.

O3 Mining is well-capitalized and holds a 100% interest in properties in Québec (133,557 hectares) and Ontario (25,000 hectares). O3 Mining controls 66,064 hectares in Val-d’Or and over 50 kilometres of strike length of the Cadillac-Larder Lake Faut. O3 Mining also has a portfolio of assets in the Chibougamau region of Québec.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation that is based on expectations, estimates, projections, and interpretations as at the date of this news release. The information in this news release about the transaction; and any other information herein that is not a historical fact may be “forward-looking information”. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, interpretations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “interpreted”, “management’s view”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information and are intended to identify forward-looking information. This forward-looking information is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Corporation, at the time it was made, involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the companies to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, risks relating to the restart of operations; further steps that might be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Corporation’s business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders; uncertainties and risk that have arisen and may arise in relation to travel, and other financial market and social impacts from COVID-19 and responses to COVID 19. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the parties cannot assure shareholders and prospective purchasers of securities that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and neither the Corporation nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any such forward-looking information. The Corporation does not undertake, and assumes no obligation, to update or revise any such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information contained herein to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required by law.

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 news release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

For further information on O3 Mining, please contact:

José Vizquerra Benavides

President, CEO and Director

Telephone: (416) 363-8653

 

 

 

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What a year it has been! I want to personally thank you for supporting O3 Mining throughout this unprecedented time. At O3 Mining we experienced a year of tremendous growth as our exploration campaigns surpassed all expectations and we invested significant capital into our projects.

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