Q3 2020 HIGHLIGHTS AND OUTLOOK
Filo Mining Launches Campaign to Further Expand and Define the Substantial Exploration Target Following Completion of $41.7 Million Financing and Approval of COVID-19 Operating Protocol
The Company is currently mobilizing personnel and equipment to the Filo del Sol Project, with the goal of further drill testing the sulphide mineralization underlying and to the north of the current Mineral Resource. The potential size of the associated exploration target has been estimated to be between 1.2 to 1.6 billion tonnes with estimated grades ranging between 0.7% to 1.0% copper equivalent (CuEq). It should be noted that this exploration target is conceptual in nature, and there has not yet been sufficient exploration for it to constitute a Mineral Resource. In addition, it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a Mineral Resource.
The 2020/2021 field campaign includes a plan for 8,000 metres of diamond drilling, with targeting to be guided by the results of last season’s 3D geophysical surveys. If successful, the 2020/2021 drill campaign will:
- Confirm that the mineralized system extends almost 2 kilometres north from hole FSDH032, via step out drilling towards hole VRC093;
- Identify the geological controls of significant zones of high-grade copper, gold and silver mineralization present within the overall mineralized envelope; and
- Allow for a portion of the sulphide mineralization to be added to Filo del Sol’s Mineral Resource estimate by tightening the drill spacing within this deeper mineralization, where appropriate.
Drilling is slated to commence in the early November, initially starting off with two diamond rigs, and scaling up to four rigs towards the end of 2020. The 2020/2021 program is anticipated to run from November 2020 into April 2021, with initial assay results from the drill campaign expected to be available in early 2021.
Jamie Beck, Filo Mining’s President and CEO, commented, “We are very encouraged by the results from last season, which confirmed that the size of the mineralized system far exceeds what has been defined to date and, with our treasury recently replenished, we are excited to resume drilling at Filo del Sol this upcoming season. Success this season would dramatically increase the potential size of our 1.2 to 1.6 billion tonne exploration target, in addition to testing some prospective high-grade zones defined by last season’s geophysics program.
As always, the health and safety of our employees, contractors, community partners, and other stakeholders continue to be front of mind, and so in light of the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, our planning for the 2020/2021 drill program focused on ensuring we could operate safely and effectively. Thanks to the hard work and diligence of our South American team, in collaboration with the local provincial health authorities in Argentina, we believe that our COVID-19 operating protocol provides for a robust roadmap for achieving this.”
Preparations for the 2020/2021 field campaign included the completion of a tandem equity financing, consisting of a prospectus offering and a concurrent private placement, which secured the funds required to support the field campaign at Filo del Sol. The financings, which closed on July 30, 2020, resulted in the sale of an aggregate of 22,538,235 common shares for gross proceeds of $41.7 million, or net proceeds of $40.5 million.
In addition, during the third quarter, the Company developed a comprehensive COVID-19 operating protocol, in consultation with local governments, health officials and health experts, which provides the Company with a roadmap for the execution of a safe exploration program at Filo del Sol while the novel coronavirus continues to be a prevalent global health and safety risk. This protocol includes detailed testing and quarantine plans which will be applicable to all personnel travelling to the project site, as well as response measures for actual or suspected COVID-19 cases at site. This protocol, which meets or exceeds all current applicable government requirements, was presented to the San Juan provincial health authority and approved in October 2020. Accordingly, the protocol has now been implemented by the Company.
The Company incurred a net loss of $2.5 million during the three months ended September 30, 2020, comprised primarily of $1.0 million in exploration and project investigation costs and $1.7 million in G&A costs, which were partially offset by a gain of approximately $0.2 million resulting from the use of marketable securities for the purposes of facilitating intragroup funding transfers (the “Funding Gains”). For the comparative three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported a net loss of $3.1 million, consisting mainly of $1.9 million in exploration and project investigation costs and $0.7 million in G&A costs. The higher net loss for the period was the result of increased compensation and share-based compensation costs and the partial offset provided by reduced exploration costs and the Funding Gains.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
As at September 30, 2020, the Company had cash of $38.6 million and net working capital of $38.1 million, compared to cash of $13.8 million and net working capital of $12.7 million as at December 31, 2019. The increase in the Company’s cash and net working capital is due primarily to aggregate net proceeds totaling $40.5 million received from the financings, which closed on July 30, 2020. This significant cash inflow for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 has been partially offset by funds directed towards advancing the Filo del Sol Project, and to a lesser extent, $0.2 million in relation to the annual option payment made for the Tamberias property in June 2020, and funds spent for general corporate purposes.
Moving forward, the Company expects that the majority of its treasury will be used to fund ongoing work programs to advance the Filo del Sol Project.
In June 2020, the Company entered into an agreement with Zebra Holdings and Investments S.a.r.l. (“Zebra”), to obtain an unsecured US$5.0 million credit facility, which became effective on July 12, 2020 (the “July 2020 Facility”) and replaced an existing US$5.0 million credit facility also extended by Zebra and maturing on the same date. The outstanding balance owed under the existing facility was transferred into the July 2020 Facility. As consideration for the July 2020 Facility, Zebra will receive 480 common shares each month, for every US$50,000 in principal outstanding, prorated accordingly for the number of days outstanding. The July 2020 Facility matures on July 12, 2021, and no interest is payable in cash during its term. As at September 30, 2020, no amounts have been drawn and remained outstanding by the Company.
About Filo Mining
Filo Mining is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on advancing its 100% owned Filo del Sol copper-gold-silver deposit located in Chile’s Region III and adjacent San Juan Province, Argentina. Filo Mining is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies. Filo Mining is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) and Nasdaq First North Growth Market under the trading symbol "FIL".
The scientific and technical disclosure for the Filo del Sol Project included in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Bob Carmichael, P.Eng. and Jamie Beck, B.A.Sc., P. Eng. Mr. Carmichael is Filo Mining’s Vice President of Exploration and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Mr. Beck is Filo Mining’s President and CEO and is also a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.
The technical information relating to the pre-feasibility study is based on a technical report titled “NI 43-101 Technical Report, Pre-feasibility Study for the Filo del Sol Project” dated February 22, 2019, with an effective date of January 13, 2019 (the “Technical Report”). The Technical Report was prepared for Filo Mining by Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. (“Ausenco”). The Qualified Persons, as defined under NI 43-101, responsible for the Technical Report are Scott Elfen, P.E., Ausenco; Robin Kalanchey, P.Eng., Ausenco; Bruno Borntraeger, P.Eng., Knight Piesold Ltd.; Fionnuala Devine, P.Geo., Merlin Geosciences Inc.; Ian Stillwell, BGC Engineering Inc.; Neil Winkelmann, FAusIMM, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.; James N. Gray, P.Geo., Advantage Geoservices Limited; and Jay Melnyk, P.Eng., AGP Mining Consultants, all of whom are independent of Filo Mining. The Technical Report is available for review under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.filo-mining.com.
The Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 and related management’s discussion and analysis are available on the Company’s website at www.filo-mining.com or under its profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The Company’s certified advisor on Nasdaq First North Growth Market is Pareto Securities AB, +46 8 402 50 00, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information contained in this news release was accurate at the time of dissemination, but may be superseded by subsequent news release(s). The Company is under no obligation nor does it intend to update or revise the forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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