Vancouver, British Columbia (September 26th, 2016) – Auryn Resources Inc. (TSXV:AUG, OTCQX:GGTCF) (“Auryn”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the option to earn a 100% interest in the Ba̱os del Indio gold project located 10 km to the north of Auryn’s Huilacollo project with known gold mineralization (see figure 1 and figure 2). The project is located in the Tacna province of Southern Peru. The Banos Del Indio gold project hosts one of the largest untested alteration systems in the Andes and is located within a prominent epithermal belt.
Shawn Wallace, President and CEO commented, “Our pursuit of acquisitions in Peru has been largely predicated on our technical teams vast knowledge and experience in the country. Banos Del Indio represents an exceptional exploration opportunity that our technical team has been aware of and desired for several years.”
Mr. Wallace further stated, “With these acquisitions in Peru and the others that we have recently completed, our goal of building a diverse portfolio with high grade exploration targets in Canada and some of the largest scalable oxide exploration targets is being achieved. We look forward to aggressively executing capital efficient exploration programs including substantive drill programs over the next few years.”
Ba̱os Del Indio Property
The Ba̱os del Indio epithermal property is comprised of 7,534 hectares of well-developed high-level steam heated epithermal style alteration and is considered by Auryn to be one of the largest untested epithermal alteration centers in Peru (see Figure 3). Ba̱os del Indio shares many similarities with the La Coipa mine complex in northern Chile where economic mineralization is principally located beneath similar high-level steam heated epithermal alteration. Initial exploration to define drill targets will focus on structural mapping, multi-spectral analysis to identify high temperature clays, volumetric sampling and induced polarization geophysical surveys.
Antonio Arribas, Director of Auryn, stated “Banos del Indio is one of the largest and least explored alteration anomalies that I am familiar with in the region which I have been aware of for several years. The property is situated in the perfect location for significant epithermal discoveries in Southern Peru.”
The Company acquired the rights to the Ba̱os del Indio property through an option agreement with a local Peruvian company, Exploandes S.A.C (the “Banos Option”). Under the Ba̱os Option, the Company may acquire a 100% interest, subject to a net smelter return royalty (NSR), through a combination of work expenditures and cash payments (all dollar amounts are in USD) as detailed in the table below:
Within 12 months of the commence of work (additional)
Within 24 months of the commence of work (additional)
Within 36 months of the commence of work (additional)
Within 48 months of the commence of work (additional)
Within 60 months of the commence of work (additional)
The Banos del Indio NSR is 3.0% with 50% (being 1.5%) buyable for $6,000,000. In the event the Company does not complete a feasibility study within 3 years of exercising the option, an escalating advanced royalty starting at $200,000 per annum shall become payable. The total amount of the advanced royalty is capped at $1.5 million.
The Company is also obligated to pay a production bonus of $2,500,000 upon initial commercial production.
Figure 1: Location of Curibaya, Huilacollo and Banos del Indio licenses within the southern Peru epithermal and porphyry belts.
Figure 2: Structural setting of the Curibaya, Huilacollo and Banos del Indio licenses with highlighted projects in the vicinity.
Figure 3: Illustrates the nature of the extensive steam heated, argillic and silica alteration found across the Ba̱os del Indio licenses
The Ba̱os del Indio licenses are located within a special economic zone situated within 50km of the Peruvian boarder. As a non-resident company, Auryn’s right to ultimately exploit these licenses or register its interests require approval from the Peruvian government in the form of a Supreme Decree. Auryn is in the process of submitting its applications with respect the approval and anticipates receiving the approval prior to exercising its option.
About Auryn Resources
Auryn Resources is a junior mining exploration company focused on delivering shareholder value through project acquisition and development. The Company’s management team is highly experienced with an impressive track record of success in the discovery, development, financing and monetizing of mining assets for shareholders.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AURYN RESOURCES INC.
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