First Mining's Partner, Auteco Minerals, Increases Land Package at the Pickle Crow Gold Project
February 18, 2020 – Vancouver, BC – First Mining Gold Corp. (“First Mining” or the “Company”) (TSX: FF) (OTCQX: FFMGF) (FRANKFURT: FMG) is pleased to announce that its partner, Auteco Minerals Ltd (“Auteco”) (ASX: AUT), has increased its landholding near the Pickle Crow Gold Project (“Pickle Crow” or the “Project”). Auteco staked an additional 130 km2 of land contiguous to Pickle Crow, increasing the combined property’s land package to over 320 km2.
Dan Wilton, CEO of First Mining, stated “We are pleased to see such quick progress being made by the Auteco team to advance the regional potential of Pickle Crow. The team has added vacant, underexplored and prospective greenstone belt to the property, securing more than 30 km of strike length in a past-producing, high-grade gold district. We are excited about our partnership with Auteco, an accomplished group with a strong technical team and track record of generating value through exploration success.”
Ray Shorrocks, Auteco’s Executive Chairman, stated “The exploration team at Auteco is looking forward to getting started on the Pickle Crow asset and the Auteco management team is currently in Ontario establishing relationships with the key stakeholders and readying for the commencement of exploration at the property. We look forward to keeping the market updated as work progresses.”
First Mining entered into a binding term sheet with Auteco on January 27, 2020 whereby Auteco may earn up to an 80% interest in Pickle Crow. Auteco can earn a full 80% interest in the Project by incurring a total of $10 million in exploration expenditures over five years, making cash payments to First Mining totaling $4.1 million, and issuing 125 million shares of Auteco to First Mining. Upon completion of the second stage of the earn-in (at which time Auteco would have a 70% interest in the Project), First Mining will be granted a 2% Net Smelter Returns (“NSR”) Royalty, 1% of which can be bought back for US$2.5 million. Further details are set out in the announcement news release available here.
First Mining has a right of first refusal over the increased landholding that has been staked by Auteco, with the option to allow some or all of the increased landholding to form part of the joint venture on Pickle Crow once formed.
The Pickle Crow Gold Project is located in northwestern Ontario and is one of Canada’s highest-grade historical gold mines. The mine operated from 1935 until 1966, during which time it reportedly produced almost 1.5 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 16.14 g/t. The property consists of ~190 km2 (19,000 hectares) of tenure covering a major gold province. First Mining acquired the Project in November 2015 through its acquisition of PC Gold Inc.
A map showing the Project boundary and the additional ground staked by Auteco can be viewed at:
Auteco Minerals Limited (ASX: AUT) is an emerging mineral exploration company currently focused on advancing high-grade gold resources at the Pickle Crow Gold Project in the world class Uchi sub-province of Ontario, Canada. The Auteco Board of Directors and Technical Management team has a proven track record of discovering gold and creating wealth for shareholders and all stakeholders in recent years.
Hazel Mullin, P.Geo., Director, Data Management and Technical Services of First Mining, is a “Qualified Person” for the purposes of NI 43-101, and she has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this news release.
About First Mining Gold Corp.
First Mining Gold Corp. is an emerging development company with a diversified portfolio of gold projects in North America. Having assembled a large resource base of 7.4 million ounces of gold in the Measured and Indicated categories and 3.8 million ounces of gold in the Inferred category in mining friendly jurisdictions of eastern Canada, First Mining is now focused on advancing its material assets towards a construction decision and, ultimately, to production. The Company currently holds a portfolio of 24 mineral assets in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
ON BEHALF OF FIRST MINING GOLD CORP.
Daniel W. Wilton
Chief Executive Officer and Director
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