February 16, 2022

Orogen receives first royalty payment from the Ermitaño deposit

Vancouver, B.C. February 16 2022 (TSX.V:OGN) (OTCQX:OGNRF)  Orogen Royalties Inc. (“Orogen” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has received its first quarterly royalty payment of approximately US$480,000 from initial production at the Ermitaño deposit in Sonora, Mexico.  Orogen organically generated a 2% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty on the sale of the Ermitaño project to First Majestic Silver Corp. (“First Majestic”). 

Ongoing exploration by First Majestic east of Ermitaño has revealed a new discovery called Ermitaño-Luna that is subject to Orogen’s royalty.


  • Royalty revenue of $480,000 from the sale of 13,479 ounces of gold and 66,338 ounces silver for the period ending December 31, 2021, representing at least a 60% increase over First Majestic’s November 2021 43-101 Prefeasibility Study (“PFS”)[1] estimate
  • A total of 103,742 metric tonnes produced with average head grades of 5.28 grams per tonne (”g/t”) gold and 49 g/t silver which are 52.1% and 22.5% higher than expected in First Majestic’s PFS, respectively
  • Royalty revenue excludes the remaining 5% of gold doré produced and in-process inventory which are expected in be settled in Q1-2022 
  • Expected royalty revenue for fiscal 2022 at Ermitaño based on First Majestic’s PFS is US$1.85 million
  • Drilling at Luna indicates potential for a second Ermitaño-type deposit from drilling reported by First Majestic: EW-21-237 grading 10.1 g/t gold and 108 g/t silver over 2.0 metres, EW-21-193 grading 8.3 g/t gold and 63 g/t silver over 1.8 metres, and EW-21-192 grading 0.3 g/t gold and 2,455 g/t silver over 3.0 metres (all holes are true width)[2]   

“Initial production of Ermitaño has gone exceptionally well and we look forward to the ramp-up of full-scale production in 2022,” commented Orogen CEO Paddy Nicol. “We are also very encouraged with the discovery of Luna, which lies approximately 200 metres east of the Central Ermitaño vein area.  It provides significant upside to increase the size of existing resources at Ermitaño and value to Orogen’s royalty.”

About the Ermitaño Project and Luna Area

The 120 square kilometre Ermitaño project in Sonora, Mexico contains the Ermitaño deposit and Luna area, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold-silver system. It is located in the Rio Sonora Valley, an area known to host epithermal gold-silver deposits and active mines including the Santa Elena Mine (First Majestic), Mercedes Mine (Bear Creek Mining Corporation) and Las Chispas deposit (SilverCrest Metals Inc.). The Ermitaño deposit and Luna are situated four kilometres east of the Santa Elena mine and processing plant.

First Majestic has 30,000 metres of drilling planned in 2022 for resource expansion at Ermitaño with the system open at depth and to the east.

Total resources at Ermitaño as per First Majestic’s PFS (November 2021) (excluding Ermitaño Luna area):

Note: Measured and Indicated Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reserves
Figure 1 - Ermitaño long section with Luna area on the right. Source: First Majestic Corporate Presentation dated January 25, 2022, page 26.[2] - Note:  Silver equivalent grades calculated by First Majestic consider US$1750/oz gold and US$22.50/oz silver.

Qualified Person Statement

Certain technical disclosure in this release is a summary of previously released third-party information and the Company is relying on the interpretation provided.  Additional information can be found on the links in the footnotes or on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). 

All technical data, as disclosed in this press release, has been verified by Laurence Pryer, Ph.D., P.Geo., Exploration Manager for Orogen. Dr. Pryer is a qualified person as defined under the terms of National Instrument 43-101.

On Behalf of the Board


Paddy Nicol             

President & CEO              


To find out more about Orogen, please contact Paddy Nicol, President & CEO at 604-248-8648, or Marco LoCascio, Vice President of Corporate Development at 604-248-8648.  Visit our website at www.orogenroyalties.com. 

Orogen Royalties Inc.

1201 – 510 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Canada V6B 1L8

  1. https://www.firstmajestic.com/_resources/reports/Santa-Elena-Technical-Report-Final-2021-11-23.pdf
  2. https://www.firstmajestic.com/investors/presentation/

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