Vancouver, British Columbia, January 28, 2019 (TSX Venture: EMX; NYSE American: EMX) – EMX Royalty Corporation (the “Company” or “EMX”) is pleased to announce Boreal Metals Corp.’s (“Boreal”) (TSX Venture: BMX) recent diamond drill results and the discovery of a high grade zone of zinc-silver-lead-gold mineralization at EMX’s Gumsberg royalty property. EMX is a royalty holder on the Gumsberg project, and currently owns a 9.4% equity interest in Boreal. Gumsberg is located in the Bergslagen mining district of southern Sweden. The drill results include 11.00 meters averaging 5.90% zinc, 239.0 g/t silver, 2.51% lead, and 0.96 g/t gold in hole GUM-18-003, and 11.01 meters averaging 7.45% zinc, 275.1 g/t silver, 2.65% lead, and 0.77 g/t gold in hole GUM-18-004 (true widths estimated at 50% of reported interval lengths). EMX congratulates Boreal on its new high grade discovery, termed the South Zone, and looks forward to further advancement of the Company’s Gumsberg royalty interests.
Boreal reported results from the first four holes of its recently completed nine hole, 1,620.8 meter winter drill program, including GUM-18-003 and GUM-18-004, which intersected South Zone massive sulfide mineralization east and west of previously reported hole BM-17-005 (10.94 meters averaging 16.97% zinc, 656.7 g/t silver, 8.52% lead, and 0.76 g/t gold; true width estimated at 20-50% of reported interval length). The South Zone occurs near the historic Östra Silvberg mine, and is currently delineated as 130 meters of eastward plunging mineralization that remains open for expansion to the east and at depth. Holes GUM-18-001 and GUM-18-002, drilled west of the South Zone, did not return significant intercepts. GUM-18-001 terminated when it drilled into an unmapped mine working, and GUM-18-002 deviated from plan and failed to intersect the target horizon.
Boreal reported that additional assays pending from the remaining holes of the winter campaign are expected in the coming weeks. Please see Boreal’s news release dated January 28, 2019 for further details, and Appendix 1 of this news release for a table of drill results reported by Boreal.
EMX has a significant equity interest in Boreal, as well as its subsidiary company Boreal Energy Metals Corp. (“BEMC”), that resulted from the sale of Gumsberg and other royalty generation properties in Sweden and Norway1. EMX retains uncapped 3% net smelter return (NSR) royalty interests on each of the properties sold to Boreal and BEMC2, including the Gumsberg project, and will receive annual advance royalty (AAR) payments and other considerations from the sale of the projects.
The Boreal agreements are an excellent example of EMX’s execution of the royalty generation aspect of the Company’s business model. EMX leveraged in-country geologic and business development expertise to acquire prospective properties on open ground, built value through low cost work programs and targeting, and partnered the projects for retained royalty interests, equity interests, and AAR payments. This business strategy has provided EMX with substantial share equity in Boreal and BEMC, exposure to exploration and discovery upside at no additional cost, and the potential for future royalty payments upon the commencement of production.
EMX continues to build its portfolio of precious metal, base metal, and cobalt properties in Scandinavia. Many new properties are available for partnership. Please see www.EMXroyalty.com for more information.
Dr. Eric P. Jensen, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
About EMX. EMX leverages asset ownership and exploration insight into partnerships that advance our mineral properties, with EMX receiving pre-production payments and retaining royalty interests. EMX complements its royalty generation initiatives with royalty acquisitions and strategic investments.
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David M. Cole
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (303) 979-6666
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Drill results reported in Boreal’s January 28, 2019 news release.
|GUM-18-001||No significant intercepts; intersected previously unidentified mine stope.|
|GUM-18-002||No significant intercepts; geological interpretations suggest hole failed to reach the targeted horizon.|
True widths are estimated to be 50% of reported interval lengths.
Statement of Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Core Handling Protocols reported in Boreal’s January 28, 2019 news release.
Drill core is logged and prepped for sampling before submittal to ALS in Malå, Sweden where it is cut, bagged and prepped for analysis. Accredited control samples (blanks and accredited standards) are inserted into the sample intervals regularly. Samples are dried (if necessary), weighed, crushed (70% < 2mm), and riffle split into two fractions. One is retained (coarse reject) and the other is pulverized to 85% < 75µm. Pulps are analyzed by ultra-trace ICP-MS (ME-MS41) and ICP-AES Au-Pt-Pd (PGM-ICP23). Over detection limit samples are reanalyzed using ore grade ICP-AES by aqua regia (ME-OG46) or by AAS in the case of high grade zinc (Zn-AAORE).
1See EMX news releases dated November 22, 2016, January 16, 2018, February 9, 2018 and April 11, 2018.
2Boreal and BEMC retain a right to purchase 1% of the NSR royalty on individual projects by paying EMX CDN $2,500,000 in cash and shares within five years of the closing date.