Ascendant Resources Discovers Native Copper Amid On-Going Drilling Campaign at Lagoa Salgada
Exciting geological phenomena contributes to thesis of significant copper potential beyond existing 2.5MT M&I and 6MT Inferred copper resources in the South Zone
TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ascendant Resources Inc. (TSX: ASND) (“Ascendant” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its on-going drill program on the South Zone at its Lagoa Salgada Project on the Iberian Pyrite belt in Portugal. The Company remains focused on expanding the known mineralization of the copper-rich South Zone. The Company has already published a robust PEA based upon an existing 10MT M&I resource in the North Zone (See PR January 14, 2020).
The discovery of native copper in the drill core of hole LS_ST_23 in addition to the expected massive sulfide and copper stockwork mineralization has been highly encouraging. Native copper findings are extremely rare and are also a good indicator of the potential for copper mineralization. This positive indication also comes on the heels of other supportive developments from hole LS_ST_21 where the drilling encountered mineralization earlier than planned and intersected a gossan intersection indicative of nearby massive sulphide mineralization.Chris Buncic, President & CEO of Ascendant stated, “We are excited to continue our exploration activities in the South Zone where the occurrence of native copper in the drill core is highly prospective. Native copper is not a common occurrence, largely isolated to the copper belts in Chile, Namibia, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, and Pinto Valley in Arizona. The fact that we have found this unusual occurrence at Lagoa Salgada is certainly consistent with our expectations of finding more copper-rich stockwork mineralization in the South Zone.”The exploration program in the South Zone is intended to expand and upgrade the copper-rich resources in the Central and South Zones. This program builds upon the highly economic Preliminary Economic Assessment released on January 14, 2020 for the North Zone, in which the Company demonstrated the potential for a stand-alone high-grade polymetallic mining operation with an NPV8 of US$106 million and an after-tax IRR of 31%. Commodity prices have improved considerably since this analysis was performed. An expansion of the South Resource should be accretive to the overall size of the Lagoa Salgada resource estimate, warranting further analysis of the scale and scope of potential future mining operations.Drilling is set to continue through November and December with drill core assay results expected early in 2021. Please see the company website’s gallery for additional photos from this drill program, including core images, found at https://www.ascendantresources.com/English/Operations/Photo-Gallery/default.aspx.Technical Disclosure/Qualified PersonAll technical information contained herein has been reviewed and approved by Robert A. Campbell, M.Sc, P.Geo, an officer and director of the Company. Mr. Campbell is a “qualified person” within the meaning of NI 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).About Ascendant Resources Inc.Ascendant Resources Inc. is a Toronto-based mining company focused on the exploration and development of the highly prospective Lagoa Salgada VMS project located on the prolific Iberian Pyrite Belt in Portugal. Through focused exploration and aggressive development plans, the Company aims to unlock the inherent potential of the project, maximizing value creation for shareholders.Lagoa Salgada contains over 12.8 million tonnes of M&I Resources and over 10.3 million tonnes in Inferred Resources and demonstrates typical mineralization characteristics of Iberian Pyrite Belt VMS deposits containing zinc, copper, lead, tin, silver and gold. Extensive exploration upside potential lies both near deposit and at prospective step-out targets across the large 10,700ha property concession. The project also demonstrates compelling economics with scalability for future resource growth in the results of the Preliminary Economic Assessment completed in 2020. Located just 80km from Lisbon, Lagoa Salgada is easily accessible by road and surrounded by exceptional Infrastructure. Ascendant holds a 21.25% interest in the Lagoa Salgada project through its 25% position in Redcorp – Empreendimentos Mineiros, Lda, (“Redcorp”) and has an earn-in opportunity to increase its interest in the project to 80%. Mineral & Financial Investments Limited owns the additional 75% of Redcorp. The remaining 15% of the project is held by Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiro, S.A. (EDM), a Portuguese Government owned company supporting the strategic development of the country’s mining sector. The Company’s interest in the Lagoa Salgada project offers a low-cost entry to a potentially significant exploration and development opportunity, already demonstrating its mineable scale.Ascendant Resources is also engaged in the ongoing evaluation of producing and development stage mineral resource opportunities. The Corporation’s common shares are principally listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ASND”. For more information on Ascendant Resources, please visit our website at www.ascendantresources.com.Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.Katherine Pryde
Communications & Investor Relations
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Forward-looking information is based on, among other things, opinions, assumptions, estimates and analyses that, while considered reasonable by Ascendant at the date the forward-looking information is provided, inherently are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results and events to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. The material factors or assumptions that Ascendant identified and were applied by Ascendant in drawing conclusions or making forecasts or projections set out in the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, the success of the exploration activities at Lagoa Salgada Project, the Company advancing the project to a Preliminary Economic Assessment, the ability of the Company to fund the exploration program at Lagoa Salgada, and other events that may affect Ascendant’s ability to develop its project; and no significant and continuing adverse changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets.The risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to, risks generally associated with the mining industry, such as economic factors (including future commodity prices, currency fluctuations, energy prices and general cost escalation), uncertainties related to the development and operation of Ascendant’s projects, dependence on key personnel and employee and union relations, risks related to political or social unrest or change, rights and title claims, operational risks and hazards, including unanticipated environmental, industrial and geological events and developments and the inability to insure against all risks, failure of plant, equipment, processes, transportation and other infrastructure to operate as anticipated, compliance with government and environmental regulations, including permitting requirements and anti-bribery legislation, volatile financial markets that may affect Ascendant’s ability to obtain additional financing on acceptable terms, the failure to obtain required approvals or clearances from government authorities on a timely basis, uncertainties related to the geology, continuity, grade and estimates of mineral reserves and resources, and the potential for variations in grade and recovery rates, uncertain costs of reclamation activities, tax refunds, hedging transactions, as well as the risks discussed in Ascendant’s most recent Annual Information Form on file with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities and available on SEDAR.Should one or more risk, uncertainty, contingency, or other factor materialize, or should any factor or assumption prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. 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