Kirkland Lake Gold Reports New High-Grade Intersections at Macassa Mine, Extends Mineralization Along Strike and Up and Down Dip of South Mine Complex

Kirkland Lake Gold Reports New High-Grade Intersections at Macassa Mine, Extends Mineralization Along Strike and Up and Down Dip of South Mine Complex
  • Drilling intersects high-grade mineralization up to 180 metres (“m”) east of current Mineral Reserves at South Mine Complex (“SMC”)
    o Key intercepts: 589.5 grams per tonne (“gpt”) over 2.0 m core length
  25.1 gpt gpt over 2.0 m core length
  16.4 gpt over 2.0 m core length
  14.8 gpt over 2.0 m core length
   
  • Drilling to test north of current Mineral Resource intersects high-grade mineralization up to 100 m up dip and in footwall to current Mineral Resource at SMC
   o Key intercepts: 258.1 gpt over 2.0 m core length (Up Dip)
  130.9 gpt over 2.0 m core length (Up Dip)
  28.3 gpt over 2.0 m core length (Footwall lens)
  22.6 gpt over 2.0 m core length (Up Dip)
   
  • Drilling along south margin of current SMC Mineral Reserves intersects high grades, extends mineralization down dip of Mineral Resources and identifies new mineralized lenses to the southeast of SMC
   o Key intercepts: 101.7 gpt over 2.0 m core length (SE Zones)
  69.3 gpt over 2.0 m core length (SE Zones)
  9.3 gpt over 2.0 m core length (SE Zones)
  38.9 gpt over 2.0 m core length (Down Dip)
 
1. True widths of drill results being reported are not known at this time.
 

TORONTO, July 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (“Kirkland Lake Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX:KL) (NYSE:KL) (ASX:KLA) today reported new drill results from 54 holes (20,773 m) of underground exploration drilling from the Macassa Mine in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Holes in the program were completed from new drill platforms located on the east side of the 5300 and 5800 levels and designed to confirm and expand Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources in the SMC zone to the east as well as up and down dip.

Tony Makuch, President and CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold, commented: “Today’s drilling results at Macassa highlight the extensive potential that exists to add new Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources in the SMC, with high-grade intersections being reported outside of the existing deposit, to the east, south and north, as well as up and down dip. In addition, the new results also include high-grade intersections in the area where the SMC merges with the Amalgamated Break, as well as the identification of potential new high-grade lenses to the southeast and in the footwall of the main SMC structure. Of particular interest is the fact that, based on interpretations of the latest drilling, the SMC East mineralized structure appears to be swinging to the northeast in the direction of the large corridor of high-grade mineralization that we identified along the Main Break and announced last year. The convergence of these two structures would represent an extremely attractive exploration target and evaluating the projected area of convergence will be an important priority of ours in the future. We continue to target approximately 250,000 m of total drilling at Macassa in 2021, with eight underground drills and one surface drill currently in operation.”

A total of 16 of the new holes (5,597 m) of drilling from the new program were drilled to test the potential eastward extension of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves in the SMC (Figure 1). Key intercepts from the drilling include: 589.5 gpt over 2.0 m, including 1,296.5 gpt over 0.9 m, from 53-4443, 25.1 gpt over 2.0 m, including 99.7 gpt over 0.5 m, from 53-4432, 16.4 gpt over 2.0 m, including 62.8 gpt over 0.5m, from 53-4431, 14.8 gpt over 2.0 m, including 64.2 gpt over 0.4 m, from 53-4444 and 13.0 gpt over 2.7 m, including 48.2 gpt over 0.3 m and 5.4 gpt over 2.0 m, from 53-4267. These intercepts are from holes drilled from the two furthest east drill platforms on the 5300 Level exploration drive. The holes intersected the SMC East trend between 80 and 180 m east of current Mineral Resources and in the general vicinity of a previously released intercept from hole AB-16-02, which intersected a value of 33.3 gpt over 2.0 m (see press release dated April 22, 2020).

These intercepts are believed to be related to new high-grade lenses occurring along the east extension of the SMC East Trend, with the overall trend appearing to be swinging slightly to the northeast towards the east portion of the previously announced corridor of high-grade mineralization identified along the Main Break (see press release dated April 22, 2020). The convergence of these two structures represents a high-potential target area for future drilling as drifting on the 5300 level continues to advance eastwards.

An additional 15 holes (5,987 m) of drilling from the new program were drilled to test the potential extension of mineralization up dip and into the footwall of the of current Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources in the SMC.

The majority of this drilling was completed from the 5300 Level and focused on a 150 m strike length in the central portion of the SMC East structure. Significant results from the drilling include: 258.1 gpt over 2.0 m, including 1688.2 gpt over 0.3 m, from 53-4140; 130.9 gpt over 2.0 m, including 858.8 gpt over 0.3 m, from 53-4330, 28.3 gpt over 2.0 m, including 39.7 gpt over 1.4 m, from 53-4287, 22.6 gpt over 2.0 m, including 49.7 gpt over 0.9 m, from 53-4211, 14.6 gpt over 2.0 m, including 95.4 gpt over 0.3 m, from 53-4388 and 10.1 gpt over 2.0 m from 53-3929. These holes extend the main target horizon up to approximately 100 m up dip and indicate the potential for new lenses of mineralization in the footwall of the main structure and continue to remain open for future expansion in both areas.

Additional drilling for this target was completed from a new drill platform on the 5800 Level located approximately 350 m to the west of the holes on the 5300 Level. Significant results include: 15.7 gpt over 2.0 m, from 58-552 and 21.5 gpt over 2.0 m, from 58-585, which tested the structure in this area up to 100 m up dip. Testing within the 350 m gap between these two new holes and others drilled on 5300 level is limited and considered to have significant potential for additional mineralization.

Another 23 holes (9,189 m) of drilling from the new program were drilled to test the exploration potential along the south margin and down-dip extension of mineralization from current Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources in the SMC.

The majority of these holes (15 holes for 5,871 m) were from platforms in the west and central portions of the target area where the SMC East structure appears to be merging with the Amalgamated Break. Significant intercepts from this drilling include: 38.9 gpt over 2.0 m, including 153.6 gpt over 0.3 m, from 53-4396, 31.7 gpt over 2.1 m, including 110.2 gpt over 0.4 m, from 53-4398, 21.4 gpt over 2.1 m, including 70.5 gpt over 0.6 m, and 8.8 gpt over 2.4 m from 53-4281, 19.8 gpt over 2.1 m, including 104.5 gpt over 0.3 m, and 8.7 gpt over 2.3 m from 53-4380 and 16.7 gpt over 2.0 m, including 69.0 gpt over 0.5 m, 10.3 gpt over 3.2 m, including 59.4 gpt over 0.3 m, and 7.4 gpt over 3.8 m, including 38.8 gpt over 0.5 m, from 53-4282. These holes tested the structure up to 75 m down dip from current Mineral Resources in the SMC, with the structure remaining open for further expansion.

The remaining eight holes (3,318 m) designed to test the south margin and down-dip extension of mineralization were drilled from a platform near the east limit of the 5300 Level where the SMC East Trend appears to swing to the northeast and be intersected by a northeast trending diabase dike. Significant results include: 101.7 gpt over 2.0 m, including 220.8 gpt over 0.9 m, from 53-4366, 69.3 gpt over 2.0 m, including 299.9 gpt over 0.5 m, and 11.3 gpt over 2.0 m from 53-4417, 49.3 gpt over 2.0 m, including 152.0 gpt over 0.6 m, from 53-4418 and 23.8 gpt over 2.0 m, including 77.5 gpt over 0.6 m, from 53-4056. The mineralization within these holes appears to be located in a new lens of mineralization located to the south of the main SMC East Trend where there appears to have been limited past testing.     

Exploration drilling at Macassa is currently continuing with eight drills underground and one drill on surface.

Qualified Person

The Company’s exploration programs at Macassa are conducted under the supervision of Eric Kallio, P.Geo., Senior Vice President, Exploration and Chris Evans, P.Geo, Chief Exploration Geologist at Macassa Mine. Eric Kallio and Chris Evans are the ‘qualified persons’ for the purpose of National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, of the Canadian Securities Administrators, and have reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.

QA/QC Controls

The Company has implemented a quality assurance and control (“QA/QC”) program to ensure sampling and analysis of all exploration work is conducted in accordance with best practices. The drill core is sawn in half with one half of the core samples shipped to Swastika Laboratories in Swastika, Ontario. The other half of the core is retained for future assay verification. Other QA/QC includes the insertion of certified reference standards, blanks and the regular re-assaying of pulps and rejects at alternate certified labs. Gold analysis is conducted by fire assay using atomic absorption or gravimetric finish. The laboratory re-assays at least 10% of all samples and additional checks may be run on anomalous values.

About Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd.

Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. is a senior gold producer operating in Canada and Australia that is targeting 1,300,000 – 1,400,000 ounces of production in 2021. The production profile of the Company is anchored by three high-quality operations, including the Macassa Mine and Detour Lake Mine, both located in Northern Ontario, and the Fosterville Mine located in the state of Victoria, Australia. Kirkland Lake Gold’s solid base of quality assets is complemented by district scale exploration potential, supported by a strong financial position with extensive management expertise.

For further information on Kirkland Lake Gold and to receive news releases by email, visit the website at www.kl.gold.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This Press Release contains statements which constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of the Company with respect to the future business activities and operating performance of the Company. The words “may”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made such as, without limitation, opinion, assumptions and estimates of management regarding the Company’s business, including but not limited to; the continued exploration programs on the SMC and Amalgamated Break mineralization, the timing and results thereof; the ability to continue to expand the SMC and Amalgamated Break and to increase levels of resources and reserves as a result of such exploration programs and the anticipated timing thereof; the potential to increase the level of resources and reserves and potential conversion of mineral resources; the anticipated completion date of the #4 shaft and potential impact and benefits thereof; the amount of future production over any period; the anticipated overall impact of the Company’s COVID 19 response plans including measures taken by the Company to reduce the spread of COVID 19; and assumptions made relating to operating cash costs based on forecasts and projections. Such opinions, assumptions and estimates, are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other known and unknown factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These factors include the Company’s expectations in connection with the projects and exploration programs being met, the impact of general business and economic conditions, global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future conditions, the impact of COVID-19, fluctuating gold prices, currency exchange rates (such as the Canadian dollar versus the United States Dollar), possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, changes in accounting policies, changes in the Company’s corporate mineral reserves and resources, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, changes in project development, construction, production and commissioning time frames, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, higher prices for fuel, power, labour and other consumables contributing to higher costs and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life, seasonality and unanticipated weather changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, and limitations on insurance, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company’s annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2020 and its filings for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021, filed with the securities regulatory authorities in certain provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements except as otherwise required by applicable law.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors – Mineral Reserve and Resource Estimates

This press release has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the securities laws in effect in Canada, which differ in certain material respects from the disclosure requirements of United States securities laws. The terms “mineral reserve”, “proven mineral reserve” and “probable mineral reserve” are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the “CIM”) – CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended (the “CIM Standards”). These definitions differ significantly from the definitions in the disclosure requirements promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) applicable to domestic reporting companies. Investors are cautioned that information contained in this Annual Information Form may not be comparable to similar information made public by United States companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements under the United States federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC thereunder.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

Anthony Makuch, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
Phone: +1 416-840-7884
E-mail: tmakuch@kl.gold

Mark Utting, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
Phone: +1 416-840-7884
E-mail: mutting@kl.gold


Macassa Exploration – SMC EAST
 
Drill Hole Zone COLLARS – UTM NAD 83 Direction End Depth (m) Core Interval Results  
Easting Northing Azimuth (°) Dip From (m) To (m) Length (m) Au (gpt)  
AB-16-02** EAST EXTENSION 570344 5331755 358 -74 2628 1727.1 1729.1 2.0 33.3  
Including             1727.3 1727.6 0.3 203.7  
AB-16-02** MAIN BREAK           2045.7 2047.7 2.0 17.4  
Including             2046.9 2047.2 0.3 86.5  
53-3887 SMC FOOTWALL 567358 5332445 6 -41 732 583.8 585.8 2.0 6.8  
Including             584.1 584.5 0.3 33.0  
53-3929* UP-DIP EXTENSION 567358 5332446 351 -33 747 325.6 327.7 2.0 10.1  
53-3929* SMC FOOTWALL           418.5 420.5 2.0 18.5  
53-4056 DOWN-DIP EAST 567355 5332445 34 -54 610 373.1 375.1 2.0 23.8  
Including             373.1 373.7 0.6 77.5  
53-4089 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 567357 5332447 27 -51 396 NSV  
53-4091 DOWN-DIP EAST 567357 5332447 36 -45 472 354.2 356.3 2.0 9.1  
Including             354.2 354.5 0.3 28.3  
53-4091             378.0 381.1 3.1 7.3  
53-4140 UP-DIP EXTENSION 567358 5332445 347 -52 398 278.6 281.3 2.7 76.1  
Including             278.6 279.2 0.6 293.4  
53-4140             285.6 287.6 2.0 9.8  
53-4140             290.5 292.5 2.0 7.5  
Including             291.7 292.2 0.4 25.9  
53-4140             306.8 308.8 2.0 258.1  
Including             307.1 307.4 0.3 1688.2  
53-4145 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 567358 5332445 4 -59 427 297.8 299.9 2.1 15.2  
Including             299.3 299.9 0.6 48.0  
53-4148 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 567358 5332445 7 -57 457 NSV  
53-4158 EAST EXTENSION 570297 5332023 5 -62 411 NSV  
53-4159 EAST EXTENSION 570297 5332023 350 -51 396 NSV  
53-4188 DOWN-DIP EAST 570297 5332023 57 -86 381 256.6 258.8 2.1 9.0  
53-4207 EAST EXTENSION 567352 5332629 2 -43 326 NSV  
53-4208 DOWN-DIP EAST 567337 5332698 331 -80 366 254.2 256.2 2.0 11.2  
Including             255.0 255.3 0.3 72.0  
53-4209 EAST EXTENSION 570297 5332022 343 -70 335 NSV  
53-4210 EAST EXTENSION 570296 5332023 349 -36 320 NSV  
53-4211 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570168 5331804 356 -29 390 297.2 299.3 2.0 22.6  
Including             298.2 299.1 0.9 49.7  
53-4211             338.1 340.1 2.0 6.3  
Including             338.7 339.0 0.3 40.9  
53-4211             346.5 348.6 2.1 6.2  
Including             346.5 347.0 0.5 20.3  
53-4239 EAST EXTENSION 570297 5332023 350 -16 343 NSV  
53-4240 EAST EXTENSION 567338 5332698 335 -31 329 NSV  
53-4241 EAST EXTENSION 567338 5332698 335 -22 338 281.5 284.6 3.1 5.0  
Including             282.5 282.9 0.3 25.6  
53-4248 UP-DIP EXTENSION 567357 5332444 335 -36 420 NSV  
53-4267 EAST EXTENSION 570296 5332024 359 -20 335 239.3 242.0 2.7 13.0  
Including             240.2 240.5 0.3 45.0  
Including             241.7 242.0 0.3 48.2  
53-4267             277.8 279.8 2.0 5.4  
Including             278.8 279.2 0.4 24.5  
53-4279 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570167 5331805 332 -32 411 NSV  
53-4281 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570169 5331802 337 -61 457 275.1 277.1 2.1 21.4  
Including             276.1 276.6 0.6 70.5  
53-4281             389.4 391.8 2.4 8.8  
53-4282 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570168 5331803 345 -71 411 324.0 326.0 2.0 5.1  
Including             324.8 325.2 0.5 19.9  
53-4282             332.2 334.2 2.0 16.7  
Including             333.3 333.8 0.5 69.0  
53-4282             350.7 353.9 3.2 10.3  
Including             350.7 351.0 0.3 59.4  
53-4282             359.7 363.5 3.8 7.4  
Including             361.8 362.3 0.5 38.8  
53-4282             367.9 369.9 2.0 7.2  
53-4286 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570295 5332022 316 -36 366 286.3 288.3 2.0 9.0  
Including             287.1 287.7 0.6 22.7  
53-4287 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570297 5332022 326 -35 396 266.2 268.2 2.0 28.3  
Including             266.4 267.9 1.4 39.7  
53-4309 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570169 5331802 342 -67 404 299.0 301.0 2.0 8.6  
Including             299.5 300.1 0.6 28.3  
53-4330 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570296 5332022 324 -27 421 367.0 369.0 2.0 130.9  
Including             367.9 368.2 0.3 858.8  
53-4331 EAST EXTENSION 570296 5332023 343 -23 351 NSV  
53-4333 EAST EXTENSION 570253 5331968 356 -41 366 245.5 247.8 2.3 11.6  
Including             246.9 247.5 0.6 37.1  
53-4333             253.9 256.0 2.1 14.6  
Including             253.9 254.2 0.3 28.8  
Including             255.7 256.0 0.3 72.9  
53-4366 DOWN-DIP EAST 570254 5331967 351 -78 381 313.3 315.3 2.0 101.7  
Including             313.9 314.9 0.9 220.8  
53-4371 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570169 5331802 345 -69 408 313.0 315.2 2.1 13.3  
Including             313.9 314.9 0.9 23.5  
53-4380 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570026 5331722 347 -75 366 259.0 261.1 2.1 19.8  
Including             260.1 260.5 0.3 104.5  
53-4380             281.9 284.2 2.3 8.7  
Including             281.9 283.0 1.1 15.2  
53-4380             284.2 286.2 2.0 6.2  
53-4381 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570027 5331722 7 -62 366 269.8 272.0 2.2 8.4  
Including             270.8 271.4 0.5 23.2  
53-4382 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570027 5331722 19 -75 351 215.2 217.7 2.6 14.6  
Including             215.2 216.4 1.2 20.7  
53-4382             226.2 228.2 2.0 5.0  
Including             227.2 227.6 0.3 23.8  
53-4388 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570169 5331804 1 -25 411 400.5 402.5 2.0 14.6  
Including             401.1 401.4 0.3 95.4  
53-4389 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570169 5331804 8 -26 427 339.5 341.8 2.2 5.0  
53-4389             405.9 407.9 2.0 8.8  
Including             407.0 407.3 0.3 56.8  
53-4396 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570027 5331721 303 -62 366 267.3 269.3 2.0 38.9  
Including             268.2 268.5 0.3 153.6  
53-4397 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570027 5331721 312 -69 351 271.4 273.9 2.5 14.7  
Including             272.9 273.3 0.4 78.3  
53-4398 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570026 5331721 325 -69 351 254.3 256.4 2.1 31.7  
Including             254.3 254.7 0.4 110.2  
53-4399 UP-DIP EXTENSION 570169 5331804 352 -29 411 341.4 343.4 2.0 5.2  
Including             342.8 343.1 0.3 30.1  
53-4407 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570025 5331720 296 -60 396 268.4 270.4 2.0 9.8  
Including             268.4 268.9 0.5 33.6  
53-4413 EAST EXTENSION 570351 5332070 347 -10 366 268.2 270.4 2.1 8.5  
Including             269.2 269.7 0.5 21.5  
53-4413             270.4 272.5 2.1 7.2  
Including             271.1 271.9 0.8 15.9  
53-4416 DOWN-DIP EAST 570352 5332069 347 -67 346 216.4 218.4 2.0 6.1  
Including             217.0 217.3 0.3 29.5  
53-4417 DOWN-DIP EAST 570352 5332069 347 -75 366 222.5 224.5 2.0 11.3  
Including             222.7 223.9 1.2 17.8  
53-4417             242.4 244.4 2.0 69.3  
Including             242.6 243.1 0.5 299.9  
53-4418 DOWN-DIP EAST 570352 5332069 347 -83 396 189.7 191.7 2.0 49.3  
Including             191.1 191.7 0.6 152.0  
53-4431 EAST EXTENSION 570351 5332070 343 -17 366 239.9 241.9 2.0 16.4  
Including             241.2 241.7 0.5 62.8  
53-4432 EAST EXTENSION 570351 5332070 343 -25 327 223.4 225.4 2.0 25.1  
Including             224.0 224.5 0.5 99.7  
53-4439 DOWN-DIP CENTRAL 570027 5331721 304 -67 366 308.8 318.5 9.8 9.9  
Including             313.0 313.6 0.6 16.1  
53-4439             334.1 336.5 2.4 5.7  
53-4443 EAST EXTENSION 570352 5332070 2 -16 352 235.2 237.2 2.0 589.5  
Including             235.7 236.6 0.9 1296.5  
53-4444 EAST EXTENSION 570352 5332068 2 -26 335 208.1 210.2 2.0 14.8  
Including             209.8 210.2 0.4 64.2  
58-552 UP-DIP EXTENSION 569563 5332002 168 32 305 200.7 202.7 2.0 15.7  
Including             201.7 202.1 0.4 85.0  
58-554 UP-DIP EXTENSION 569565 5331999 176 39 305 NSV  
58-583 UP-DIP EXTENSION 569564 5332000 171 50 274 NSV  
58-585 UP-DIP EXTENSION 569564 5332000 171 19 320 267.6 269.6 2.0 21.5  
Including             269.0 269.3 0.3 139.1  

Notes:

1. True widths are not known at this time.

* Previously reported Intercept        
**Previously unreported Intercept

Figure 1. Plan View – Macassa Mine is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a1ad646d-389a-4035-8f9b-5708fc9386a5

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