Asante Gold Announces Additional Significant Gold Intercepts From The South Russel Prospect – Bibiani Gold Mine, Ghana

ASANTE GOLD ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Vancouver, British Columbia, August 17, 2022 – Asante Gold Corporation (CSE:ASE |  GSE:ASG | FRANKFURT:1A9 | U.S.OTC:ASGOF) (“Asante” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce drill results from its ongoing drilling program at the South Russel prospect located on the Bibiani Gold Mining Lease, 3.8 km southwest from the Bibiani Process Plant.

The discovery hole, MGRCD21-047, was announced March 29, 2022 with follow up drilling demonstrating potential for possible development of a satellite pit.  To date, Asante has confirmed over 200m strike length of mineralization. The gold mineralized system remains open along strike and at depth.

Highlights

  • Additional drill intercepts up to 17.2m down hole grading at 4.47g/t Au.
  • Significant gold mineralization has been intersected at shallower depths and from surface.
  • Footprint of mineralization tested and confirmed over 200m strike length and remains open along strike and depth.
  • Assay results provide strong indication of potential for gold endowment at the southern portion of the Bibiani Mining Lease.
  • Follow-up drill holes are planned to the south and north along strike of the recent intercepts.
  • Selected intercepts include:
  • MGDD22-101 – 17.2m @ 4.47g/t Au from 78.8m to 96m

            Including 5m @ 8.02 g/t Au from 80m to 85m

  • MGRCD22-067 – 19m @ 3.18 g/t Au from 72m to 91m

            Including 4m @ 7.02 g/t Au from 73m to 77m

  • MGRCD22-058 – 10m @ 3.51 g/t Au from 123m to 133m
  • MGDD22-091 – 8m @ 3.21 g/t Au from 207m to 215m
  • MGDD22-060 – 5m @ 5.46 g/t Au from 279m to 284m
  • MGRCD22-065 – 17m @ 0.74 g/t Au from 24m to 41m
  • MGRCD22-070 – 7m @ 1.47 g/t Au from 55m to 62m
  • MGDD22-073- 7.5m @ 0.56 g/t Au from 1.2m to 8.7m
  • MGDD22-073- 3m @ 1.23g/t Au from 16.2m to 19.2m

Dave Anthony, President, and CEO stated, “These additional assay results from the initial drilling program at South Russel are exciting and confirm the significant exploration potential of the Bibiani gold corridor. The assay results received so far lends itself to possible satellite pit development at South Russel. We are pleased with the results of our exploration program and we look forward to continued success.”

 

Details of Drill Results

The latest drill results are summarized in the table below:

Table 1: Summary drill results from South Russel Prospect

Hole ID

From

To

Length

Au

Elevation

(m)

(m)

(m)

(g/t)

(mRL)

MGRCD22-057

238

242

4

0.68

82.1

MGRCD22-058

123

133

10

3.51

156.8

MGDD22-060

279

284

5

5.46

16.7

MGRC22-061

No significant intercept

MGRC22-062

13

14

1

1.73

290.6

MGRCD22-063

129

130

1

0.66

163.5

MGRC22-064

75

78

3

2.27

285.3

MGRC22-065

24

41

17

0.74

309

MGRC22-065

Including 24

31

7

0.63

318.4

MGRC22-065

Including 33

41

8

0.95

309.9

MGRC22-065

67

70

3

0.74

282.1

MGRCD22-067

65

67

2

1.8

221.3

MGRCD22-067

72

91

19

3.18

207.6

MGRCD22-067

109

111

2

1.02

182.5

MGRC22-068

33

34

1

0.69

255.5

MGDD22-069

No significant intercept

MGDD22-073

1.2

8.7

7.5

0.56

290.1

MGDD22-073

16.2

19.2

3

1.22

279.1

MGDD22-073

118

125

7

0.76

189.2

MGRCD22-070

55

62

7

1.47

286.3

MGRCD22-070

89

94

5

0.96

257.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGDD22-101

78.8

96

17.2

4.47

197.4

MGDD22-102

Including  80

85

5

8.02

201

MGRCD22-091

207

215

8

3.21

80.9

*MGRCD21-047

194

210

16

5.75

135

*MGRCD21-047

Including 197

204

7

9.18

137

*MGRCD22-048

101

103

2

2.53

235

*MGRCD22-048

111

115

4

4

230

*MGRCD22-048

121

129

8

1.8

219

*MGRCD22-048

140

142

2

1.39

205

True widths are estimated at 80% of intercept lengths and are based on oriented core measurements where available.

* Previously released drill intercepts.

 

Figure 1: Plan view of the Bibiani Gold Mine lease showing the location of South Russel, previous mined pits, and the latest assay results.

 

 

Figure 2: Plan view map of South Russel showing collar locations of drill holes.

 

 

Figure 3: Cross-section 1 – looking north-east, showing drill traces and recent intercepts.

 

QA/QC

Asante employs a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices. Surface drilling was conducted by Toomahit Drill Limited and was supervised by the Asante / Mensin Gold Bibiani exploration team.  Sampled drill core intervals were sawn in half with a diamond blade saw. Half of the sampled core was left in the core box and the remaining half was bagged and sealed. Asante utilizes accredited laboratories, and the samples were transported to the Intertek laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana. Gold was analyzed by 50-gram fire assay with AA-finish. Certified reference material (CRM) standards and coarse blank material are inserted every 20 samples. Drill intercepts cited do not necessarily represent true widths, unless otherwise noted. 

 

Qualified Person Statement

Scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Kwamina Ackun-Wood, a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Exploration Manager for Mensin Gold Bibiani Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Asante, and who is a “qualified person” under NI 43-101.

 

About Asante Gold Corporation

Asante is a gold exploration, development and operating company with a high-quality portfolio of projects in Ghana. Asante is currently operating the Bibiani Gold Mine with forecast production of 175,000 oz of gold over the next 12 months, has completed the acquisition of the Chirano Gold Mine, an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located immediately south of the Bibiani Gold Mine, and is developing to production its Kubi Gold Mine, all located on the prolific Bibiani and Ashanti Gold Belts. Asante has an experienced and skilled team of mine finders, builders and operators, with extensive experience in Ghana.  Asante is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Ghana Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Asante is also exploring its Keyhole, Fahiakoba and Betenase projects for new discoveries, all adjoining or along strike of major gold mines near the centre of Ghana’s Golden Triangle. Additional information is available on our web site at www.asantegold.com.

 

About the Bibiani Gold Mine

Bibiani is a historically significant gold mine situated in the Western Region of Ghana, with previous gold production of more than 4Moz. It is fully permitted with available mining and processing infrastructure on-site consisting of a 3 million tonne per annum process plant, and existing mining infrastructure. Mining commenced in late February with the first gold pour announced on July 7, 2022. The Company is forecasting 175,000 oz of gold production over the next 12 months.

For additional information relating to the mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates for the Bibiani Gold Mine, please refer to Asante’s press release dated July 18, 2022. Asante will file a technical report on its SEDAR profile (www.sedar.com) within 45 days of July 18, 2022.

 

About the Chirano Gold Mine

Chirano is an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located in southwestern Ghana, immediately south of the Company’s Bibiani Gold Mine. Chirano was first explored and developed in 1996 and began production in October 2005. The mine comprises the Akwaaba, Suraw, Akoti South, Akoti North, Akoti Extended, Paboase, Tano, Obra South, Obra, Sariehu and Mamnao open pits and the Akwaaba and Paboase underground mines. Gold Equivalent Production in 2021 was 154,668 oz on a 100% basis (source Kinross Gold Corporation).

 

For further information please contact:

Dave Anthony, President & CEO: +1 647 382 4215 (Canada) or +233 55 879 3309 (Ghana), dave@asantegold.com

Frederick Attakumah, Executive Vice President, frederick@asantegold.com

Valentina Gvozdeva, Manager Investor Relations, valentina@asantegold.com

Kirsti Mattson, Media Relations, kirsti.mattson@gmail.com

 

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the resources, reserves, exploration results, the development program and production forecast at Bibiani. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its planned activities, the Company’s inability to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and the price of gold. The reader is referred to the Company’s public disclosure record which is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except as required by securities laws and the policies of the securities exchanges on which the Company is listed, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LEI Number: 529900F9PV1G9S5YD446. Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

Asante Gold Announces New Executive Appointments

ASANTE GOLD ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Vancouver, British Columbia, August 15, 2022 – Asante Gold Corporation (CSE: ASE | GSE: ASG | FRANKFURT: 1A9 | U.S.OTC: ASGOF) (“Asante” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adriano Sobreira as Vice President, Operations.  Asante has also appointed Juliet Manteaw-Kutin as General Counsel to lead the Company’s legal, compliance, ethics and governance functions.

Mr. Sobreira has 40 years’ international experience in the mining industry with extensive expertise delivering safety, cost and productivity initiatives. Prior to joining Asante, Adriano was Vice President and General Manager of Kinross’ Bald Mountain Mine in the USA and also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Chirano Gold Mine, which Asante recently acquired.

Mrs. Manteaw-Kutin brings over 17 years of legal experience in the mining and telecom industries to Asante. Prior to this appointment, Juliet was the Head of Legal, Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited where she demonstrated leadership to ensure a high standard of legal practices and governance by AngloGold Ashanti and its subsidiaries in Ghana. Juliet has served as Chairperson of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Ghana Chamber of Mines. She is respected by her peers and is a sought-after conference speaker regarding mining and corporate governance.

Dave Anthony, President and CEO of Asante, stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Juliet and Adriano to the Asante team. The demonstrated strengths they bring to Asante support our initiatives to become a Tier-1 mining company in West Africa, with best in class corporate governance and operational excellence. Coming right on the heels of our acquisition of the Chirano Gold Mine, these new appointments position Asante to unlock value through synergies from Bibiani and Chirano mines.”

About Asante Gold Corporation

 Asante is a gold exploration, development and operating company with a high-quality portfolio of projects in Ghana. Asante is currently operating the Bibiani Gold Mine with forecast production of 175,000 oz of gold over the next 12 months, has completed the acquisition of the Chirano Gold Mine, an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located immediately south of the Bibiani Gold Mine, and is developing to production its Kubi Gold Mine, all located on the prolific Bibiani and Ashanti Gold Belts. Asante has an experienced and skilled team of mine finders, builders and operators, with extensive experience in Ghana.  Asante is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Ghana Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Asante is also exploring its Keyhole, Fahiakoba and Betenase projects for new discoveries, all adjoining or along strike of major gold mines near the centre of Ghana’s Golden Triangle. Additional information is available on our web site at www.asantegold.com.

About the Bibiani Gold Mine

Bibiani is a historically significant gold mine situated in the Western Region of Ghana, with previous gold production of more than 4Moz. It is fully permitted with available mining and processing infrastructure on-site consisting of a 3 million tonne per annum process plant, and existing mining infrastructure. Mining commenced in late February with the first gold pour announced on July 7, 2022. The Company is forecasting 175,000 oz of gold production over the next 12 months.

For additional information relating to the mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates for the Bibiani Gold Mine, please refer to Asante’s press release dated July 18, 2022. Asante will file a technical report on its SEDAR profile (www.sedar.com) within 45 days of July 18, 2022.

About the Chirano Gold Mine

Chirano is an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located in southwestern Ghana, immediately south of the Company’s Bibiani Gold Mine. Chirano was first explored and developed in 1996 and began production in October 2005. The mine comprises the Akwaaba, Suraw, Akoti South, Akoti North, Akoti Extended, Paboase, Tano, Obra South, Obra, Sariehu and Mamnao open pits and the Akwaaba and Paboase underground mines. Gold Equivalent Production in 2021 was 154,668 oz on a 100% basis (source Kinross Gold Corporation).

For further information please contact:

Dave Anthony, President & CEO: +1 647 382 4215 (Canada) or +233 55 879 3309 (Ghana), dave@asantegold.com

Frederick Attakumah, Executive Vice President, frederick@asantegold.com

Valentina Gvozdeva, Manager Investor Relations, valentina@asantegold.com

Kirsti Mattson, Media Relations, kirsti.mattson@gmail.com

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the resources, reserves, exploration results, the development program and production forecast at Bibiani. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its planned activities, the Company’s inability to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and the price of gold. The reader is referred to the Company’s public disclosure record which is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except as required by securities laws and the policies of the securities exchanges on which the Company is listed, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LEI Number: 529900F9PV1G9S5YD446. Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Asante Announces Closing Of Acquisition Of The Chirano Gold Mine In Ghana

ASANTE ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF ACQUISITION OF THE CHIRANO GOLD MINE IN GHANA

Vancouver, British Columbia, August 10, 2022 – Asante Gold Corporation (CSE:ASE | GSE: ASG | FRANKFURT:1A9 | U.S.OTC:ASGOF) (“Asante” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that, further to its news release dated April 25, 2022, it has closed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Red Back Mining Pty Ltd, which indirectly holds a 90% interest in the Chirano Gold Mine (“Chirano”) pursuant to a share purchase and sale agreement dated April 24, 2022, as amended, (the “Purchase Agreement”) among the Company, KG Africa B.V. (the “Vendor”), an indirect subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation (“Kinross”), and Kinross (the “Chirano Acquisition”). The Ghanaian government will continue to retain a 10% carried interest in Chirano.

The aggregate consideration for the Chirano Acquisition is approximately US$225 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. In connection with the closing of the Chirano Acquisition (“Closing”), the Purchase Agreement was amended to, among other things, reduce the cash consideration payable by Asante on Closing. As a result of such amendment, the Company paid the Vendor US$60 million in cash and issued 34,962,584 common shares in the capital of the Company (“Common Shares”) to Kinross having a total value of approximately US$36.2 million based on a price of CAD$1.335 per Common Share, which is the volume-weighted average trading price of the Common Shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange for the 30 trading days ending August 9, 2022. The Vendor will also receive approximately US$128.8 million in cash in deferred consideration, of which (i) US$55 million will be payable within six months following the Closing, (ii) approximately US$36.9 million will be payable on or before the first anniversary of the Closing, and (iii) approximately US$36.9 million will be payable on or before the second anniversary of the Closing. Kinross has agreed that it will hold its Common Shares, which represent a 9.9% ownership interest in Asante on a non-diluted basis, for at least 12 months following the Closing.

The payment of the deferred consideration noted above will be guaranteed on a limited recourse basis by certain of the companies acquired by Asante from the Vendor and secured by pledges of equity interests in certain of these companies, including Chirano Gold Mines Limited.

The securities issued in connection with the Chirano Acquisition are subject to a hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws which will expire on December 11, 2022.

Dave Anthony, President & CEO, stated that, “The Closing of the Chirano Acquisition marks achievement of a significant milestone for Asante’s growth strategy as we work to achieve mid-tier status in the near term. With this acquisition, we have transitioned into a multi-asset company and we are well positioned to leverage these assets to achieve long term benefits for our stakeholders.

The Bibiani and Chirano assets are now combined under one ownership, to cover a district scale gold field exceeding 53 km in length with past gold production of more than 8 million ounces. Asante welcomes the opportunity to work with our new employees and contractors at Chirano. With the continued commitment of our management, staff and stakeholders, we look forward to growing this asset to be a significant gold production district.”

Canaccord Genuity Corp. and Durose Asset Management Inc. acted as financial advisors to Asante, and Bennett Jones LLP acted as legal advisor to Asante, in connection with the Chirano Acquisition.

In other news, the Company reports that pursuant to an agreement entered into on April 13, 2017, the Company has issued 250,000 Common Shares in connection with the purchase of the Keyhole property, located in Ghana. The Common Shares issued are subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian securities laws which will expire on November 20, 2022.

 

About the Chirano Gold Mine

Chirano is an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located in southwestern Ghana, immediately south of the Company’s Bibiani Gold Mine.  Chirano was first explored and developed in 1996 and began production in October 2005. The mine comprises the Akwaaba, Suraw, Akoti South, Akoti North, Akoti Extended, Paboase, Tano, Obra South, Obra, Sariehu and Mamnao open pits and the Akwaaba and Paboase underground mines. Gold Equivalent Production in 2021 was 154,668 oz on a 100% basis (source Kinross Gold Corporation).

 

About Asante Gold Corporation

Asante is a gold exploration, development and operating company with a high-quality portfolio of projects in Ghana. Asante is currently operating the Bibiani Gold Mine with forecast production of 175,000 oz of gold over the next 12 months, has completed the acquisition of the Chirano Gold Mine, an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located immediately south of the Bibiani Gold Mine, and is developing to production its Kubi Gold Mine, all located on the prolific Bibiani and Ashanti Gold Belts. Asante has an experienced and skilled team of mine finders, builders and operators, with extensive experience in Ghana.  Asante is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Ghana Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Asante is also exploring its Keyhole, Fahiakoba and Betenase projects for new discoveries, all adjoining or along strike of major gold mines near the centre of Ghana’s Golden Triangle. Additional information is available on our web site at www.asantegold.com.

 

For further information please contact:

Dave Anthony, President & CEO: +233 55 879 3309 (Ghana) or +1 647 382 4215 (Canada), dave@asantegold.com

Frederick Attakumah, Executive Vice President, frederick@asantegold.com

Valentina Gvozdeva, Manager IR, valentina@asantegold.com

Kirsti Mattson, Media Relations, kirsti.mattson@gmail.com

 

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the structure and terms of the Chirano Acquisition, anticipated synergies, the resources, reserves, exploration results, and development program at Chirano, Bibiani and Kubi, including timing of future mine development and the start of production. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its planned activities, and the Company’s inability to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies. The reader is referred to the Company’s public disclosure record which is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except as required by securities laws and the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

LEI Number: 529900F9PV1G9S5YD446.  Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Asante Announces Updated Ni-43-101 Technical Report For The Bibiani Gold Mine

ASANTE ANNOUNCES UPDATED NI-43-101 TECHNICAL REPORT FOR THE BIBIANI GOLD MINE

Vancouver, British Columbia – July 18, 2022 – Asante Gold Corporation (CSE: ASE | GSE: ASG | FRANKFURT: 1A9 | U.S.OTC: ASGOF) (“Asante” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce preparation of an updated NI 43-101 Technical Report for the Bibiani Gold Mine (“Bibiani” or the “Project”), operated by Mensin Gold Bibiani Limited (“Mensin Gold Bibiani”), a 90% owned Ghana subsidiary of Asante (the “2022 Technical Report”).  The 2022 Technical Report has been prepared to the level of confidence of a Pre-Feasibility Study and will be filed on the Company’s SEDAR profile (www.sedar.com) within 45 days.

The 2022 Technical Report when filed will supersede the previous Bibiani JORC/NI 43-101 submissions by Resolute Mining Limited (“Resolute”) in 2018 (the “Resolute 2018 Technical Report”) and by Asante in November 2021, which were based on geological modelling for development of an underground mine (the “2021 Technical Report”). By re-configuring to open pit mining, Asante increased the 2021 Project Measured + Indicated Mineral Resources by 26.4% to 2.29 Moz. The Mineral Resource estimate included in the 2021 Technical Report does not include significant gold mineralization outlined beneath the current pit shells (see Figures 1 to 4 below).

In July 2018, Resolute, released an updated feasibility study for Bibiani (see Resolute’s ASX Announcement dated July 13, 2018) reporting JORC compliant Mineral Resources of 21.7 Mt at 3.6 g/t Au for 2.5Moz of gold, to be mined using underground methods to a depth of 475m. In November 2021, Asante released the 2021 Technical Report that was based on Resolute’s underground modelling and interpretations that considered open pit mining. It defined a 1.8M oz resource to be mined using open pit mining practices to a depth of 350m. The mineralized material from the Resolute 2018 Technical Report located below the pit bottom was not included in Asante’s 2021 Technical Report.

The 2022 Technical Report is based on updated geological data and resource modelling. It specifically reflects development of open pit mining plans, plus start of mining operation and processing facilities. The Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources have been increased to 2.29 Moz and are further classified as 1.95 Moz of Mineral Reserves. The open pit mine life has been increased from 6 years to 8.3 years, with more than 1.9 Moz of gold expected to be produced. The Bibiani Mine orebody remains open at depth and along strike. The Company continues with exploration at surface and will start an underground mine design project during Q4 2022, with a view toward commencing underground operations in 2024.

The 2022 Technical Report will include re-modelled and updated Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimates along with a detailed mining schedule and economic analysis relevant for an open pit mining operation. Asante plans to mine using staged cut-backs of the Bibiani Main Pit and two satellite pits, Walsh and Strauss.

Key highlights of the 2022 Technical Report, on a 100% owned basis, include:

  • Measured + Indicated Mineral Resources of 31.57MT at 2.25g/t Au (2.29 Moz) and Inferred Mineral Resources of 4.02Mt at 2.75 g/t Au (0.355 Moz)
  • Proved and Probable Mineral Reserves of 28.41Mt at 2.14 g/t Au (1.95 Moz)
  • Project Life of Mine (“LoM”) of 8.3 years (Open Pit)
  • Post-Tax IRR 43% and NPV (5%) of US$392 million at US$1,703/oz gold
  • Cash costs US$823/oz
  • AISC US$1,222/oz
  • Total gold recovered 1.9 Moz
  • Payback Period of 2.0 years
  • Measured + Indicated Mineral Resources Bibiani Main Pit, include a 54% increase in tonnes and a 25% increase in ounces (Indicated portion)
  • Measured + Indicated Mineral Resources Walsh Pit, include a 16% increase in tonnes, a 45% increase in grade, and a 68% increase in ounces

The mine design and schedule results in a mining inventory of 28.41Mt at 2.14g/t Au. The LoM is 8.3 years at a steady state of 4.0Mtpa from 2025. The total material mined reaches a maximum of approximately 8Mtpm with an average LoM strip ratio of 17.

The 3Mtpa Bibiani mine process plant has been refurbished and updated to 2022 standards, and 24 hour per day operation has started. Current plans are to treat approximately 3Mtpa of ore from 2022 – 2023, comprised of both fresh and oxide ore from the Bibiani Main and satellite pits. Asante plans to expand the processing capabilities to 4.0Mtpa throughput by 2025 to meet the requirements of the LoM Plan.

“We purchased the Bibiani Gold Mine in August 2021 and have recently announced the start of operations. We are pleased to report that our initiatives to conduct extensive near mine exploration, resume open pit operations and refurbish the Process Plant, have resulted in a significant increase to mine life and expected gold production at Bibiani. We continue our work to define and capture opportunity for significant upside at Bibiani. The Company continues with surface exploration activity and anticipates extending open pit mine life. An underground mine design program will start in Q4 2022, with a goal to start underground mining in 2024. These exploration, design and production initiatives are not considered in the 2022 Technical Report. Recently, we announced a forward gold financing agreement that will account for less than 30% of the next 12 months expected gold production at Bibiani. This agreement puts the Company on solid financial footing as we move forward,” stated Dave Anthony, President and CEO, who added, “Asante thanks the technical team of Mensin Gold Bibiani and principal consultants dMb Management Services Pty Ltd, BARA Consulting Pty Ltd and SNOWDEN Optiro for delivering the 2022 Technical Report ahead of schedule.”

 

MINERAL RESOURCES AND MINERAL RESERVES

Snowden Optiro have re-modelled the Mineral Resources to be applicable and pertinent to Mensin Gold Bibiani’s open pit operational plan. This Mineral Resource Estimate and associated Mineral Reserve Estimate supersedes all previous submissions (the Resolute 2018 Technical Report; 2021 Technical Report).

The effective date of the Mineral Resource estimate is February 28, 2022 and comprises the Bibiani Main Pit and Satellite Pits (Walsh and Strauss), which have been combined into a global Mineral Resource estimate as presented below.

Summary of Mineral Resource at a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off as at February 28, 2022

 

Measured and Indicated

Inferred

 

Tonnes

Au Grade

Au Content

Tonnes

Au Grade

Au Content

Deposit

(Mt)

(g/t)

(Moz)

(Mt)

(g/t)

(Moz)

Bibiani Main Pit

30.20

2.23

2.170

3.90

2.69

0.338

Satellite Pits

1.37

2.62

0.116

0.12

4.57

0.020

TOTAL

31.57

2.24

2.286

4.02

2.74

0.358

Notes:

  1. Tonnes and ounces have been rounded and this may have resulted in minor discrepancies.
  2. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves.
  3. Mineral Resources are reported inclusive of any Mineral Reserves that may be derived from them.
  4. 1 troy ounce = 31.1034768g.
  5. A 0.5g/t gold cut-off has been applied and constrained by a RPEEE US$1,950 (metal price) Resource pit shell.
  6. A density of 2.75t/m³, 2.50t/m³ and 2.0 t/m³ on fresh, transition and oxidized sediments have been applied respectively.
  7. Geological losses and depletions have been applied.
  8. Inferred Mineral Resources have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and as to whether they can be mined economically. It cannot be assumed that all or part of the Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category.

The Mineral Resource Model is supported by an updated lithological model, analytical data, recent infill and exploration diamond drilling and geophysical logging and survey results. The data used as inputs to the model have been collected and compiled at a high standard supporting the conclusion that the Project is a high-quality mineral asset.

The Mineral Reserve Estimate has been prepared by BARA Consulting using CIM, 2014 and procedures for classifying the reported Mineral Reserves were undertaken within the context of NI 43-101.

The Mineral Reserves were derived from the Mineral Resource block models and estimates. The Mineral Reserves are based on the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources that have been identified as being economically extractable and which incorporate mining losses and the addition of waste dilution.

The mine design supporting the Mineral Reserve is based on an optimum pit shell using an US$1,850/oz Au price. The Mineral Reserve Estimate as at February 28, 2022 is presented in the following table.

Summary of Mineral Reserve as at February 28, 2022

 

Tonnes

Grade

Contained Gold

 

(Mt)

(g/t)

(Moz)

Proven Mineral Reserves

0.258

2.16

0.018

Probable Mineral Reserves

28.151

2.14

1.932

TOTAL Mineral Reserves

28.409

2.14

1.950

Notes:

  1. The Mineral Reserve is reported in accordance with the requirements and guidelines of NI 43-101 and are 90% attributable to Asante and 10% to Ghana Government.
  2. Apparent computational errors due to rounding are not considered significant.
  3. The Mineral Reserves are reported with appropriate modifying factors of dilution and recovery.
  4. The Mineral Reserves are reported at the head grade and at delivery to plant.
  5. The Mineral Reserves are stated at a price of US$1850/oz as at February 28, 2022.
  6. Although stated separately, the Mineral Resources are inclusive of the Mineral Reserves.
  7. The mine plan underpinning the Mineral Reserves has been prepared by Mensin Gold Bibiani and reviewed by BARA Consulting.
  8. No Inferred Mineral Resources have been included in the Mineral Reserve estimate.
  9. Quantities are reported in metric tonnes.
  10. The input studies are to the prescribed level of accuracy.
  11. The Mineral Reserve estimates contained herein may be subject to legal, political, environmental or other risks that could materially affect the potential exploitation of such Mineral Reserve.

For readers to fully understand the information in this news release they should read the 2022 Technical Report in its entirety once available, including all qualifications, assumptions, exclusions, and risks. The 2022 Technical Report is intended to be read as a whole and sections should not be read or relied upon out of context.

 

Reasonable Prospects for Eventual Economic Extraction

Mensin Gold Bibiani holds the relevant mining lease, surface rights, major approvals and permits required for the planned and ongoing mining operations.

The Bibiani mineralization is part of a regional structure and is not the only deposit of its type in the region. The nature of the mineralisation style and setting are well understood and can support a declared Mineral Resource and further exploration potential.

Sampling methods, preparation, analyses, and security are performed to Industry Standards and subsequent data is fit for use in Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimation. Appropriate QA/QC programs, to address precision and accuracy of information, are adhered to by the Company geologists and exploration teams.

The 2022 Technical Report provides an update of the previous Mineral Resource Estimate that was compiled from a geological model relevant to an underground operating strategy by previous owners. The Company has prepared a new geological model and updated Resource Estimate to satisfy the open pit operations. Snowden Optiro have remodelled the geological information to produce a revised and updated Resource Model and Resource Estimation for the Bibiani Main Pit and Satellites Pits (Walsh and Strauss).

The Bibiani Main Pit and Satellite Pits relevant to the 2022 Technical Report have been historically mined by both open pit and underground operations by several previous owners.  Mineral Reserves are supported by a positive economic assessment assuming a US$1,850/oz Au price. The cut-off grade selected is appropriate for the Company objectives.

Recovery methods in the refurbished and upgraded process plant facility and gold recovery assumptions (92%) are supported by historical production and test work.

Mensin Gold Bibiani has received all necessary legal requirements and complies with environmental and social requirements. The Tailings Storage Facility was historically designed, recently refurbished, and continues to be managed under a current contract by Knight Piesold Ghana Limited.

Mensin Gold Bibiani has implemented a Resettlement Action Plan in alignment with the LoM Plan that will require a phased engineering and construction program to relocate the impacted community.

The discounted cash flow model for the proposed operation demonstrates that the Project is robust under the current techno-economic assumptions described in the 2022 Technical Report. The analysis supports the declared Mineral Reserve and supports the Company’s decision to progress the Project to full production.

 

About Asante Gold Corporation

Asante is a gold exploration, development and operating company with a high-quality portfolio of projects in Ghana. Asante is currently operating the Bibiani Gold Mine with forecast production of 175,000 oz of gold over the next 12 months, is completing the acquisition of the Chirano Gold Mine from Kinross Gold Corporation (the Chirano Acquisition), and is developing to production its Kubi Gold mine, all located on the prolific Bibiani and Ashanti Gold Belts. Asante has an experienced and skilled team of mine finders, builders and operators, with extensive experience in Ghana.  Asante is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Ghana Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Asante is also exploring its Keyhole, Fahiakoba and Betenase projects for new discoveries, all adjoining or along strike of major gold mines near the centre of Ghana’s Golden Triangle. Additional information is available on our web site at www.asantegold.com.

 

About the Bibiani Gold Mine

Bibiani is a historically significant gold mine situated in the Western Region of Ghana, with previous gold production of more than 4Moz. It is fully permitted with available mining and processing infrastructure on-site consisting of a 3 million tonne per annum process plant, and existing mining infrastructure. Mining commenced in late February with the first gold pour announced on July 7, 2022. The Company is forecasting 175,000 oz of gold production over the next 12 months.

 

About the Chirano Gold Mine

Chirano is an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located in southwestern Ghana, immediately south of the Company’s Bibiani Gold Mine. Chirano was first explored and developed in 1996 and began production in October 2005. The mine comprises the Akwaaba, Suraw, Akoti South, Akoti North, Akoti Extended, Paboase, Tano, Obra South, Obra, Sariehu and Mamnao open pits and the Akwaaba and Paboase underground mines. Gold Equivalent Production in 2021 was 154,668 oz on a 100% basis (source Kinross Gold Corporation).

 

Qualified Person Statement

The technical content of this news release with respect to the 2022 Technical Report has been reviewed and approved by the Qualified Persons (as defined under NI 43-101) and authors of the PFS: David Michael Begg of dMb Management Services Pty Ltd (South Africa), Clive Brown of BARA Consulting (South Africa), Ian Jackson of BARA Consulting (UK) and Senzeni Mandava of Snowden Optiro (South Africa). None of the Qualified Persons hold any interest in Asante, its associated parties, or in any of the mineral properties which are the subject of this news release. Other scientific and technical information has been reviewed and approved by Douglas R. MacQuarrie, P.Geo. (B.C.) Geology & Geophysics, Non-Executive Chairman and a director of Asante, who is a “qualified person” under NI 43-101.

Figure 1  – Bibiani Main Pit – Long Section looking West, showing New Pit on November 2021 underground resource model.


Figure 2 – Bibiani Main Pit Cross Section 5150N looking north, on November 2021 underground resource model.


Figure 3 – Bibiani Main Pit Cross Section 5300N looking N, on November 2021 underground resource model.


Figure 4 – Bibiani Main Pit Cross Section 5450N looking N, on November 2021 underground resource model.

 

For further information please contact:

Dave Anthony, President & CEO: GH+233 55 879 3309 or CAN+1 647 382 4215 or dave@asantegold.com

Frederick Attakumah, Executive Vice President, frederick@asantegold.com

Alec Rowlands, Capital Markets Consultant, alec@asantegold.com

Valentina Gvozdeva, Manager IR, valentina@asantegold.com

Kirsti Mattson, Media Relations, kirsti.mattson@gmail.com

 

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including timing for the completion of the Chirano Acquisition, the ability of the Company to complete the Chirano Acquisition, anticipated synergies, the resources, reserves, exploration results, and development program at Chirano, Bibiani and Kubi, including in respect of Bibiani resources, reserves, economic analysis, the timing of future mine development and the start of commercial production. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the inability to satisfy any condition required to completed the Chirano Acquisition, termination of the share purchase agreement, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its planned activities, the Company’s inability to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and the price of gold. The reader is referred to the Company’s public disclosure record which is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except as required by securities laws and the policies of the securities exchanges on which the Company is listed, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LEI Number: 529900F9PV1G9S5YD446. Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Asante Announces US$140m Forward Gold Purchase Agreement

ASANTE ANNOUNCES US$140M FORWARD GOLD PURCHASE AGREEMENT

Vancouver, British Columbia, July15, 2022 – Asante Gold Corporation (CSE:ASE |  GSE:ASG | FRANKFURT:1A9 | U.S.OTC:ASGOF) (“Asante” or the “Company”) announces that effective July 15, 2022 the Company has completed the first US$100 million tranche of a US$140 million financing package from strategic financial institutions in Ghana (the “Financing Institutions”).

The initial drawdown of US$100 million will be used to cover local operating costs and the Company’s near-term broader funding and strategic objectives.

Repayment terms are to be 25% of the principal and interest in four equal installments of US$26.88 million, with the final payment due July 12, 2023. Settlement will be in US funds by delivery of gold at the financial institutions’ designated gold refinery in Switzerland and sold at the then Bloomberg BGN XAUUSD spot market price less 7%. The annual interest rate of this gold forward facility is 7.53%.

The Company assumes no derivative risks from the transaction as the loan principal is   denominated in US funds and repayments from gold deliveries will be made in US funds, thereby providing a natural currency hedge.

Through this facility Asante obtains an immediate and non-dilutive financing, repayable from gold production. The Bibiani Mine has completed its commissioning, with the first gold pour announced on July 7, 2022.

The Company thanks the Financing Institutions for their confidence and financial support as Asante continues to develop its production profile in Ghana.

The Company is also in advanced discussions on additional senior secured debt facilities to provide for ongoing sustaining capital.

About Asante Gold Corporation

Asante is a gold exploration, development and operating company with a high-quality portfolio of projects in Ghana. Asante is currently operating the Bibiani Gold Mine with forecast production of 175,000 oz of gold over the next 12 months, is completing the acquisition of the Chirano Gold Mine from Kinross Gold Corporation (the Chirano Acquisition), and is developing to production its Kubi Gold mine, all located on the prolific Bibiani and Ashanti Gold Belts. Asante has an experienced and skilled team of mine finders, builders and operators, with extensive experience in Ghana.

Asante is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Ghana Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Asante is also exploring its Keyhole, Fahiakoba and Betenase projects for new discoveries, all adjoining or along strike of major gold mines near the centre of Ghana’s Golden Triangle. Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.asantegold.com.

About the Bibiani Gold Mine

Bibiani is a historically significant gold mine situated in the western region of Ghana, with previous gold production close to 5 Moz. It is fully permitted with available mining and processing infrastructure on-site consisting of a 3 million tonne per annum mill and processing plant, and existing mining infrastructure. Mining commenced in late February with the first gold pour announced on July 7, 2022. The Company is targeting 175,000 oz of gold production over the next 12 months.

The Current Mineral Resource Estimate for Bibiani, as reported in the Technical Report on the Bibiani Gold Mine, Ghana, by Principal Author Ian M Glacken FAusIMM (CP), FAIG, CEng and Qualified Person Dan Bansah MSc, MAusIMM (CP), FWAIMM, MGIG, dated November 7, 2021, and filed on SEDAR, is Measured and Indicated 20.1 million tonnes at 2.71 grams of gold per tonne for 1.81 Moz of gold, plus Inferred 8.41 million tonnes at 2.78 grams of gold per tonne for 0.75 Moz of gold from an open pit mine.  The Mineral Resource has been reported above a 0.65 g/t gold cut-off and has been depleted for both historical open pit and underground development as of August 31, 2017. The Bibiani Main Pit mineral resource has been prepared by Competent Persons (Optiro, 2017) using accepted industry practices and have been classified and reported in accordance with the JORC Code (JORC, 2012). There are no material differences between the definitions of Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources under the CIM Definition Standards and the equivalent definitions in the JORC Code. The Satellite pit resource is an update completed in 2018 by Resolute Mining Limited. The Satellite pit resource is also reported above a cut-off grade of 0.65 g/t gold inside a pit shell defined at a gold price of US$1,950. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

About the Chirano Gold Mine

The Chirano Gold Mine is an operating open-pit and underground mining operation located in southwestern Ghana, immediately south of the Company’s Bibiani Gold Mine. The Chirano Gold Mine was first explored and developed in 1996 and began production in October 2005. The Chirano Gold Mine comprises the Akwaaba, Suraw, Akoti South, Akoti North, Akoti Extended, Paboase, Tano, Obra South, Obra, Sariehu and Mamnao open pits and the Akwaaba and Paboase underground mines.

For further information please contact:

Dave Anthony, President & CEO: CAN+1 647 382 4215 or GH+233 55 879 3309, dave@asantegold.com          
Malik Easah, Executive Director, malik@asantegold.com
Frederick Attakumah, Executive Vice President, frederick@asantegold.com
Alec Rowlands, Capital Markets Consultant, alec@asantegold.com
Valentina Gvozdeva, Manager IR, valentina@asantegold.com
Kirsti Mattson, Media Relations, kirsti.mattson@gmail.com

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects, and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the timing of the completion of the balance of the US$140 million financing package, additional potential financing, the structure and terms of the Chirano Acquisition, timing for completion of the Chirano Acquisition, the ability of the Company to complete the Chirano Acquisition on the terms announced, anticipated synergies, the resources, reserves, exploration results, and development program at Chirano, Bibiani and Kubi, including timing of future mine development and the start of production. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the inability to satisfy any condition required to complete the balance of the US$140 million financing package, the inability to satisfy any condition required to complete the Chirano Acquisition, termination of the share purchase agreement, variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s inability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its planned activities, and the Company’s inability to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies. The reader is referred to the Company’s public disclosure record which is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Except as required by securities laws and the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

LEI Number: 529900F9PV1G9S5YD446.

Neither IIROC nor any stock exchange or other securities regulatory authority accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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