Panoro Minerals Ltd. delineates Skarn Cu, Ag, Au mineralization at the Guaclle Target, Cotabambas Project, Peru.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Panoro Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PML, Lima: PML, Frankfurt: PZM) (“Panoro”, the “Company”) is pleased to announce results of the exploration work at the Guaclle target.  The Guaclle target is composed of Skarn type mineralization located in Cluster 1 at the 100% owned Cotabambas Project.  The Guaclle target is located 800 m to the west and 200 m lower in elevation than the Ccalla Deposit.  The Guaclle target, together with the Petra-David and Ccalla East targets and Ccalla Deposit to the east, and the Tamburo and Chaupec targets to the west, form a 7 km corridor of mineralization (see linked Map 1). The Guaclle target is divided into the Guaclle South and Guaclle North targets separated by the Ccalla fault that controls the copper mineralization in Ccalla deposit (see linked Map 2).

“Our grass roots exploration work at the Cotabambas Project continues to identify important new areas of mineralization clustered around the Ccalla and Azulccaca Deposits. The 2017 and 2018 drilling at the Maria Jose and Petra-David targets identified mineralization to the north and north-west of the Ccalla Deposit within Cluster 1.  Moreover, the 2019 drilling at the Chaupec intercepted high grades of oxide and sulphide mineralization to the west of the Ccalla Deposit in Cluster 2.  Mapping and sampling in the region between the Ccalla Deposit and the Chaupec target has identified mineralized areas at the previously announced Tamburo target and now also at the Guaclle target.  The area of identified mineralization at the Cotabambas Project now extends over an area of 7 km in the northwest-southeast direction by 5 km in the northeast-southwest direction where the mineralization is clustered around the structural controls in the area”, stated Luquman Shaheen, President & CEO.

Panoro Minerals is planning an exploration program to test the continuity of the mineralized bodies identified at the Guaclle target and will also include additional drilling at the Chaupec target.   The drilling at the Chaupec target is designed to test the continuity of mineralized zones located to the south of the 1.2 km zone of mineralization identified in the recently completed exploration drilling at the Chaupec target.

Guaclle South Target

The Guaclle South target is characterized by an igneous environment where stocks of mineralized quartzmonzonite porphyries (QMP1) intrude older altered units of the same composition (QMP2). The area was previously explored with 1,804m of drilling distributed in 6 drillholes with the drillhole CB-31 showing the most significant intersections. See the plan linked.

Drillhole From (m) To (m) Metres (m) Cu % Au g/t Ag g/t Mo % Zone
CB-31 8 32 24 0.23 0.02 1.78 0.003 Oxides
Including 18 28 10 0.30 0.03 2.04 0.003 Oxides
  70 146 76 0.23 0.01 0.66 0.002 Primary
Including 102 118 16 0.51 0.02 0.79 0.002 Primary
  230 274 44 0.35 0.05 2.00 0.005 Primary
Including 230 242 12 0.77 0.02 2.17 0.009 Skarn
Including 264 272 8 0.44 0.23 4.20 0.002 Skarn

CB-31 intersected a QMP1 hosting 10 m of copper oxides mineralization averaging 0.30% Cu and underlain by 16 m of hypogene copper mineralization grading 0.51% Cu. At depth a third interval of QMP1 was intercepted hosting 44 m averaging 0.35% Cu and 2 g/t Ag, including roof pendals and packages of limestones generating skarn mineralization of 12 m and 8 m width grading 0.77% Cu, 2.17 g/t Ag and 0.44% Cu, 4.2 g/t Ag, respectively. CB-24, intersected three packages of Cu oxides mineralization of 12 m, 8 m and 8 m width, averaging 0.17% Cu, 0.24% Cu and 1.05% Cu, respectively.

The QMP1 outcroppings in surface strike in North-East direction, separated 400 m from the Guaclle North target.  The area between the Guaclle South and Guaclle North targets is covered by overburden where 211 soils samples were taken in a regular grid. High anomalies in soils vary from 0.10 to 0.42 ppm Au, 1.0 to 4.5 ppm Ag, and 0.1 to 0.6%Cu.

Guaclle North Target

Panoro has expanded the mapping in Guaclle, identifying outcroppings of five skarn bodies with copper oxides and sulphides mineralization over an area of 1.2 km by 0.8 km striking in Northeast direction.

The following table shows approximate dimensions, number of rock samples, average width and grades supporting the continuity of each skarn body at surface.

Body Length (m) Width
# Samples Cu
1 630 60 47 0.95 0.06 6.7 0.038 0.221
2 600 70 34 0.69 0.02 3.0 0.013 0.035
3 400 50 18 1.01 0.04 10.8 0.103 0.144
4 470 110 51 0.98 0.45 11.3 0.015 0.067
5 270 30 8 0.19 0.02 1.7 0.050 0.117

The mineralization follows the stratification of a big blocks of limestone, over thrusted by the diorite from east to west that host the 750 m corridor of copper oxides in the Petra-David target as shown in the linked Map 1  Petra-David is located 300 m to the east of the skarn in Guaclle North.

The skarn is composed of andradite garnets, massive magnetite, epidote, pyroxenes, intruded by small windows of QMP1 and QMP2. The copper oxide mineralization is composed by malachite, brochantite, minor tenorite, and the hypogene copper mineralization by chalcopyrite, chalcocite and minor bornite. Detailed mapping was completed over 90 hectares at 1:1,000 scale and 348 rock samples were collected.

About Panoro

Panoro Minerals is a uniquely positioned Peru focused copper exploration and development company. The company is advancing its flagship project, Cotabambas Copper-Gold-Silver Project and its Antilla Copper-Molybdenum Projects located in the strategically important area of southern Peru. The Company also has a Joint Venture agreement with the Japanese Oil, Gas and Mineral Exploration Company (JOGMEC) to advance its early stage Humamantata Copper Project and a partnership with Hudbay Minerals Inc. at its Kusiorcco Copper Project where Panoro is to receive cash payments and a 2% NSR royalty.

At the Cotabambas Project, the Company is focused on delineating the growth potential while optimizing the project economics.  Exploration and step-out drilling from 2017, 2018 and 2019 has identified the potential for both oxide and sulphide resource growth.

Summary of Cotabambas and Antilla Project Resources

Project Resource
Cu (%) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Mo (%) CuEq
Cotabambas Cu/Au/Ag Indicated 117.1 0.42 0.23 2.74 0.001 0.59
Inferred 605.3 0.31 0.17 2.33 0.002 0.44
@ 0.20% CuEq cutoff, effective October 2013, Tetratech  
Antilla Cu/Mo Indicated 291.8 0.34 0.01 0.38
Inferred 90.5 0.26 0.007 0.29
@ 0.175% CuEq cutoff, effective May 2016, Tetratech  

Preliminary Economic Assessments (PEA) have been completed for both the Cotabambas and Antilla Projects, the key results are summarized below.

Summary of Cotabambas and Antilla Project PEA Results

Key Project Parameters   Cotabambas Cu/Au/Ag Project1 Antilla Cu
Process Feed, life of mine million tonnes 483.1 118.7
Process Feed, daily Tonnes 80,000 20,000
Strip Ratio, life of mine   1.25 : 1 1.38: 1
NPV7.5% million USD 1,053 520
IRR % 20.4 34.7
Payback years 3.2 2.6
NPV7.5% million USD 684 305
IRR % 16.7 25.9
Payback years 3.6 3.0
Annual Average Payable
Cu thousand tonnes 70.5 21.0
Au thousand ounces 95.1
Ag thousand ounces 1,018.4
Mo thousand tonnes
Initial Capital Cost million USD 1,530 250
  1. Project economics estimated at commodity prices of; Cu = US$3.00/lb, Au = US$1,250/oz, Ag = US$18.50/oz, Mo = US$12/lb
  2. Project economics estimated at long term commodity price of Cu = US$3.05/lb and Short term commodity price of Cu = US$3.20, US$3.15 and US$3.10 for Years 1,2 and 3 of operations, respectively.

The PEAs are considered preliminary in nature and include Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative to have the economic considerations applied that would enable classification as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that the conclusions within the updated PEA will be realized. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Luis Vela, a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.

On behalf of the Board of Panoro Minerals Ltd.

Luquman Shaheen. M.B.A., P.Eng, P.E.
President & CEO


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Luquman Shaheen, President & CEO
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  • acceleration of payments by Wheaton Metals to match third party financing by Panoro targeted for exploration at the Cotabambas Project;
  • payment by Wheaton Metals of US$140 million in installments;
  • Panoro weathering the current depressed equity and commodity markets, minimizing dilution to existing shareholders and making targeted investments into exploration at the Cotabambas Project;
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