May 5, 2022
Orogen Royalties Options Llano De Nogal to Riverside Resources
Llano de Nogal option to fall under the Riverside/BHP Exploration 2022 funding arrangement
Vancouver, B.C. May 05, 2022 (TSX.V:OGN) (OTCQX:OGNRF) Orogen Royalties Inc. (“Orogen” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has signed an option agreement (the “Agreement”) with Riverside Resources Inc. (TSX.V:RRI) (“Riverside”) for the Llano de Nogal copper-gold porphyry project in Sonora, Mexico.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Riverside can earn a 100% interest in Llano de Nogal by making cash payments totaling US$2.48 million and exploration expenditures of US$5 million over a six-year period. Orogen will retain a 1% production royalty on Llano del Nogal. Riverside will retain a ten-year buy-down right whereby 0.5% can be purchased for US$10 million.
“Orogen assembled the Llano de Nogal land package through staking and third-party acquisitions,” commented Orogen CEO Paddy Nicol. “Llano del Nogal contains several copper-gold porphyry and polymetallic vein targets and is one of the few undrilled projects in the Cananea-La Caridad porphyry copper trend. Llano de Nogal represents an excellent opportunity for an economic discovery, and we welcome Riverside/BHP’s exploration expertise and financial backing on the project. Initial exploration plans at Llano de Nogal include geology, geophysics and geochemistry with a budget of US$1.0 million.”
About the Llano Del Nogal property
The Llano del Nogal project is a 98-square-kilometre land package in the prolific Cananea-La Caridad porphyry copper trend (Figure 1). The property is located 35 kilometres northwest of the La Caridad mine that, after 35 years of historic mining, has a measured and indicated mineral resource of over 6.4 Bt grading 0.17% copper(1). The project is also 60 kilometres southeast of the Cananea (Buenavista Mine), one of the world’s largest porphyry copper deposits with a total global resource of over 15Bt at 0.22% copper(1) remaining after over 120 years of continuous mining.
Llano del Nogal displays evidence of an extensive strong alteration system developed within a window of Cretaceous age altered volcanics cut by Laramide intrusions and breccias (Figure 2). Three principal target zones exist on the property (Figure 3): a northern magnetic high concealed by post mineral cover and rimmed by copper anomalous skarns and veins, a central magnetic high at Suanse associated with an extensive eroded lithocap and quartz-chalcopyrite veins exposed in drainages, and a southern magnetic low bounded by northeast trending structurally controlled polymetallic veins and extensive quartz-sericite pyrite alteration.
Llano de Nogal Option Agreement Terms
Riverside can earn a 100% in the Llano de Nogal project by making cash payments of US$2.48 million and US$5.0 million in exploration expenditures subject to the following schedule:
During the option period, Orogen and Riverside will jointly retain the right to exercise and retain any Net Smelter Return (“NSR”) royalty buydown rights with respect to the Suanse claims (0.5% NSR royalty for C$1 million) and the Coyotes claims (1.5% NSR royalty for US$1.5 million).
Once Riverside has exercised its option on Llano de Nogal, Riverside will grant to Orogen a 1% Production Royalty, of which 0.5% can be purchased for US$10 million within 10 years of the exercise date.
At any time, Riverside may transfer all its rights and obligations under the Agreement to BHP Exploration Chile SpA (“BHP”) or its affiliates pursuant to the Exploration and Financing Agreement between BHP and Riverside dated May 15, 2019. (2,3)
Qualified Person Statement
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.
About Orogen Royalties Inc.
Orogen Royalties Inc. is focused on organic royalty creation and royalty acquisitions on precious and base metal discoveries in western North America. The Company’s royalty portfolio includes the producing Ermitaño gold-silver deposit in Sonora, Mexico (2% NSR royalty) being developed by First Majestic Silver Corp. and the Silicon gold project (inferred gold resources of 3.37 million ounces) (1% NSR royalty) in Nevada, USA, being advanced by AngloGold Ashanti N.A. The Company is well financed with several projects actively being developed by joint venture partners.
On Behalf of the Board
OROGEN ROYALTIES INC.
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.
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