Option package includes 28 exploration tenements located in the prolific Iron Quadrangle, Brazil
All amounts are in US dollars unless stated otherwise
Toronto, August 26, 2020 – Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (TSX: JAG) is pleased to announce that it has signed an option agreement (the “Iron QuadrangleAgreement”) with IAMGOLD Corporation (“IAMGOLD”) on a package of 28 exploration tenements (the “Package”) covering an area of some 27,141.75 Ha in the prolific Iron Quadrangle, located in Minas Gerais, Brazil (see figure 1). The Iron Quadrangle Agreement stipulates that Jaguar has the option to earn an initial 60% interest in the Package by spending $6.0 million in exploration expenditures over four years commencing in the third quarter of 2020. Jaguar will be the project operator and will be subject to oversight by a technical committee with representatives from both companies.
Under the terms of the Agreement, the following will apply:
- The Earn-in period will include a minimum expenditure of $500,000 per annum, and the exploration program must include the completion of a minimum of 5,000 meters of diamond drilling over the option agreement time frame.
- Upon Jaguar vesting an initial 60% interest, IMG may elect to participate and fund its pro-rata share of ongoing expenditures under a conventional 60:40 JV that will be formed for this purpose and will be agreed-upon by both companies.
- Once the 60:40 JV is in place, both parties will be required to fund their pro-rata share for ongoing expenditures or be subject to dilution. Should either party dilute to <10% interest, their interest will revert to a 1.5% NSR.
Vern Baker, CEO of Jaguar Mining stated, “The Iron Quadrangle Agreement with IAMGOLD will serve to enhance and expand Jaguar’s strategic focus, where we already have an impressive footprint with the Turmalina and Pilar operating gold mines and the Paciência mill which has been in care and maintenance since 2012 . Over the past two years, our exploration team has diligently assembled a portfolio of quality targets in one of the most prolific greenstone geological regions in the world. The opportunity to increase exploration targets with the Iron Quadrangle agreement, our sustainable production and excess plant capacity, underpinned by an expanding mineral resource and mineral reserve inventory can easily support growth exploration initiatives.
Jon Hill, VP Geology and Exploration of Jaguar Mining stated, “At Jaguar, we are very pleased with the opportunity to work with our longtime neighbors, IAMGOLD. The Iron Quadrangle Agreement, which doubles Jaguar’s current tenement footprint, will allow the geological team to systematically explore, define and drill-test this highly prospective Iron Quadrangle land package. A multitude of historical mines and mineralized occurrences along the prolific Sao Vincente, Paciência and Congonhas crustal scale shear zones, along with existing data from ongoing generative work, indicates Tier 1 discovery potential targets. A discovery, regardless of size, may potentially be processed at Jaguar’s underutilized and permitted Paciência mill.”
Figure 1. Location Map showing the location of both Jaguar´s Tenements (Orange) and Iamgold´s Tenements (Red) within the Iron Quadrilateral, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Iamgold holds 28 Tenements over an area of 27141.75 Ha which are subject to the new agreement with Jaguar. Jaguars Tenements cover an area of approximately 35000 Ha.
Scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Jonathan Victor Hill, BSc (Hons) (Economic Geology - UCT), FAUSIMM, Senior Expert Advisor Geology and Exploration to the Jaguar Mining Management Committee, who is also an employee of Jaguar Mining Inc., and is a "qualified person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").
The Iron Quadrangle
The Iron Quadrangle has been an area of mineral exploration dating back to the 17th century. The discovery in 1699–1701 of gold contaminated with iron and platinum-group metals in the southeastern corner of the Iron Quadrangle gave rise to the name of the town Ouro Preto (Black Gold). The Iron Quadrangle contains world-class multi-million-ounce gold deposits such as Morro Velho, Cuiabá, and São Bento. Jaguar holds the second largest gold land position of the producers in the Iron Quadrangle with just over 35,000 hectares.
About Jaguar Mining Inc.
Jaguar Mining Inc. is a Canadian-listed junior gold mining, development, and exploration company operating in Brazil with two gold mining complexes and a large land package with significant upside exploration potential from mineral claims covering an area of approximately 64,000 hectares. The Company's principal operating assets are located in the Iron Quadrangle, a prolific greenstone belt in the state of Minas Gerais and include the Turmalina Gold Mine Complex and Caeté Mining Complex (Pilar Mine and Caeté Plant). The Company also owns the Paciência Gold Mine Complex, which has been on care and maintenance since 2012. The Roça Grande Mine has been on care and maintenance since April 2018. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.jaguarmining.com.
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