Precious Metals

Drill Tracker Weekly: Infill Drilling at Pretium's Valley of the Kings Tightens Up Resource

Precious Metals

Pretium Resources released additional infill drill results from 2015 underground infill drilling at its Valley of the Kings project in British Columbia.

Drill Tracker Weekly is not exclusive to Resource Investing News and is published with permission from Mackie Research Capital Corporation. It highlights drilling results in context with our database of over 10,000 drilling and trenching results. The purpose of this report is to highlight drilling and trenching results that stand out from the pack and compare them to their peer group. This report does not constitute initiation of coverage or a recommendation.

Pretium Resources (TSX:PVG,NYSE:PVG)

Price: $6.95

Market cap: $915 million

Working capital: $100 million

Project: Valley of the Kings

Country: Canada

Ownership: 100 percent

Resources: 13.6 Mt @ 15.7 g/t Au, 11 g/t Ag proven and probable

Project status: Infill drilling

  • Pretium Resources released additional infill drilling results from the 2015 40,000 metre underground infill drilling program on its 100% owned Valley of the Kings (“VOK”) project at Brucejack Lake, located in northwestern British Columbia. On March 26, 2015, the Company received the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Certificate and expects a Federal Environmental Decision Statement in Q3/2015. In April 2015, the Company signed a Cooperation and Benefit Agreement with the Nisga’a Nation.
  • Highlights from the current underground infill drilling in the VOK returned 13.75 metres grading 164 g/t Au and 69g/t Ag. Using an unusually high top-cut of 540 g/t Au results in a cut grade of 53.28 g/t Au. The high top-cut is determined by evaluating the consistency of the ultra-high-grade mineralization in the VOK (several intervals over 2,500 g/t Au with highs up to 41,000 g/t Au). The current drilling will increase the drill density to 10 metres in both vertical and horizontal dimensions in anticipation of outlining higher confidence resources for the first few years of mining.
  • On June 19, 2014 the Company announced the results of an updated feasibility study. The study envisions an 18 year mine life, producing 504,000 ounces gold per annum over the initial five years, at a production rate of 2,700 tonnes per day. Using a $1,100 Au price and a $746 million capex, the project is projected to have a post-tax NPV (5% Discount) of $1.45 billion and an IRR of 28.5%. The all in sustaining cash cost is expected to be $448 per ounce Au.
  • On January 2015, the Company closed a financing with Chinese based Zijin Mining Group for C$80.87 million giving Zijin a 9.6% equity position in the Company. The initial property vendor, Silver Standard (TSX:SSO), owns an additional 13.07%

Discovery history (1960s to 2009): Several companies and joint ventures trenched and drilled the Brucejack/Sulphurets project.

High-grade “discovery hole” — Silver Standard: 1.5 metres @ 16,948 g/t Au (2009)

Current holes: 13.75 metres @ 164.54 g/t Au (uncut) — or 13.75 metres @ 53.28 g/t Au (cut to 540 g/t Au) including: 0.5 metres @ 3,423 g/t Au and 0.5 metres @ 716 g/t Au

Risk Analysis
Data contained in DRILL TRACKER WEEKLY is based on early stage exploration activity. The results are obtained at the very early stages of exploration and therefore, individual results may not be reproducible with additional trenching or drilling, nor may the results ultimately lead to the discovery of an economic deposit. Delineation of a resource body requires an extensive data gathering exercise according to guidelines set out in National Instrument 43-101 before investors can be reliably assured of a competent body of mineralization that may be of economic interest. DRILL TRACKER WEEKLY is designed to highlight individual trench or drill results, which stand out as being materially anomalous and are particularly worth of note – a type of early warning flag for a particular property that warrants further attention. Hence, DRILL TRACKER WEEKLY does not provide a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a specific equity – it is an information reference source to help quantify the meaning and relevance of early stage exploration results.
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  1. The research analyst or a member of the research analyst’s household owns and/or has options to acquire shares of the subject issuer. At the date of this release the author, Wayne Hewgill, owns no shares in the companies in this report:
  2. Integra Gold Corp. (ICG) is currently under coverage at Mackie Research Capital by analyst Peter Campbell.
  3. In March 2014, Peter Campbell visited the Lamaque Gold Project in Val-d’Or, Québec. Travel to and from the site in Val d’Or were paid by Integra Gold Corp.

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