Austral Gold Announces Maiden Reserve Estimate for Amancaya Project and Updated Reserve and Resource Estimate at Guanaco Mine, Chile

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – June 8, 2017) – Austral Gold Limited (ASX: AGD) (TSXV: AGLD) (“Austral” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. (“RPA”) has completed a new independent resource and reserve estimate in accordance with CIM Definition Standards, 2014 as incorporated in National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 and Joint Ore Reserves Committee Code, 2012 (JORC12) for the Company’s 100% owned Amancaya project and Guanaco Mine, Chile. The Amancaya reserve estimate is the first in that project’s existence.

Highlights:

Amancaya*:

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Total Indicated resource at Amancaya of 804,690 tonnes at 9.64 g/t gold and 80.7 g/t silver for 277,352 Gold Equivalent (“AuEq”) ounces, including;

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A maiden probable reserve of 948,053 tonnes grading 6.77 g/t gold and 63.2 g/t silver for 232,074 AuEq ounces, including;

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A maiden open pit probable reserves of 254,596 tonnes grading 7.56 g/t gold and 119.5 g/t silver for 74,993 AuEq ounces

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Total inferred resource at Amancaya of 959,554 tonnes at 6.79 g/t gold and 36.1 g/t Ag for 220,000 AuEq ounces.

Guanaco*:

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Measured and Indicated resource of 2,193,000 tonnes grading 2.9 g/t gold and 13.0 g/t silver for 217,000 AuEq ounces, including;

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Total reserves of 489,635 tonnes grading 2.99 g/t gold and 3.6 g/t silver for 47,907 AuEq ounces, including;

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Proven reserve of 189,613 tonnes grading 3.41 g/t gold and 4.1 g/t silver for 21,106 AuEq ounces, and,

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Probable reserve of 300,022 tonnes grading 2.73 g/t gold and 3.4 g/t silver for 26,801 AuEq ounces.

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Inferred resource: 1,200,000 tonnes grading 2.6 g/t gold and 12.9 g/t silver for 110,000 AuEq ounces.

*See tables below for assumptions used in the estimates.

“We are very pleased with this maiden reserve and resource estimate at Amancaya. It confirms the high grade nature of the Amancaya project and our expectation that Amancaya will play a significant part in our growth plans,” stated Stabro Kasaneva, CEO of Austral Gold. “The Amancaya project is a unique asset; high grade gold and silver vein outcropping at surface that is fully permitted, pre-stripping has commenced and ore is being stock piled, pending the imminent commissioning of the new processing plant. The pre-feasibility study that evaluates the combined production from the Amancaya project with the operating Guanaco mine, including its new processing plant, is expected shortly. We are expecting that this study will reveal a financially robust combined operation located in a very attractive jurisdiction.”

Amancaya Reserve and Resource Estimate

RPA undertook the study based on company infill drilling and exploration activities completed in 2016 and previous work done on the project by other companies. Full details and assumptions used will be available when the Technical Report summarizing the Pre-Feasibility study is filed on SEDAR and ASX within 45 days.

Table 15 Amancaya Mineral Reserves — as at December 31, 2016
Austral Gold Ltd. — Guanaco and Amancaya Gold Project

Category

Grades Contained Metal Ounces
Area

Tonnage
(t)
Au Ag AuEq Au Ag AuEq
Underground:
Probable
(g/t) (g/t) (g/t) (oz) (oz) (oz)
Veta Central Norte 418,205 6.96 47.9 7.61 93,642 644,422 102,277
Probable Veta Central Sur 275,253 5.74 34.2 6.19 50,754 302,259 54,804
Total Underground 693,457 6.48 42.5 7.05 144,396 946,681 157,081
Open Pit:
Probable
Open Pit 254,596 7.56 119.5 9.16 61,887 978,062 74,993
Total All 948,053 6.77 63.2 7.61 206,283 1,924,742 232,074


Notes:

1. Mineral Reserves followed CIM Definitions, 2014 and are compliant with the JORC Code, 2012.
2. Underground Mineral Reserves are estimated at a break-even cut-off grade of 2.5 g/t AuEq for stopes and an incremental cut-off grade of 1.5 g/t AuEq for drifts. Open Pit Mineral Reserves are estimated at a cut-off grade of 1.53 g/t AuEq.
3. Mineral Reserves are estimated using an average long-term gold price of US$1,300 per ounce and silver price of US$20 per ounce.
4. Gold Equivalents (AuEq) were calculated as AuEq = Au + 0.0134 x Ag, based on a Au and Ag price of $1,300/oz and $20/oz and recoveries of Au and Ag of 92% and 80%, respectively.
5. A minimum mining width of 1.5 m was used for stopes and 3.5 m for drifts.
6. Stope dilution: 0.5 m in the hanging wall and 0.5 m in the footwall (1.0 m total).
7. Drift dilution: 0.25 m in each of the side walls (0.5 m total).
8. Bulk density is 2.5 t/m3.
9. Numbers may not add due to rounding.

Table 14-1 Amancaya Mineral Resources —as at December 31, 2016
Austral Gold Ltd. — Guanaco and Amancaya Gold Project

Category Tonnes Grades Ounces
(kt) Au
(g/t)
Ag
(g/t)
AuEq
(g/t)
Au
(koz)
Ag
(koz)
AuEq
(koz)
Open Pit Measured
Indicated 171.5 11.24 177.5 13.61 62.0 978.9 75.1
Total M + I 171.5 11.24 177.5 13.61 62.0 978.9 75.1
Inferred 60 7.6 110.0 9.0 15 210 20
Underground Measured
Indicated 633.2 9.21 54.5 9.94 187.4 1,109.5 202.3
Total M + I 633.2 9.21 54.5 9.94 187.4 1,109.5 202.3
Inferred 900 6.7 31.0 7.2 195 910 210
Total Measured
Indicated 804.7 9.64 80.7 10.72 249.4 2,088.4 277.4
Total M + I 804.7 9.64 80.7 10.72 249.4 2,088.4 277.4
Inferred 960 6.8 36.0 7.3 210 1,110 220

Notes:

1. Mineral Resources followed CIM definitions, 2014 and are compliant with the JORC Code.
2. Mineral Resources are reported inclusive of Mineral Reserves.
3. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
4. Open pit Mineral Resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 1.5 g/t AuEq. Pit optimization shells were used to constrain the resources. Underground Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 2.5 g/t AuEq beneath the open pit shells.
5. Mineral Resources are estimated using a long-term gold price of US$1,300 per ounce, and a silver price of US$20 per ounce.
6. Gold Equivalents (AuEq) were calculated as AuEq = Au + 0.0134 x Ag, based on a gold and silver price of $1,300/oz and $20/oz and recoveries of gold and silver of 92% and 80%, respectively.
7. Minimum width for the open pit resource is 1.0 m and 1.5 m for the underground resource.
8. Bulk density is 2.50 t/m3.
9. Numbers may not add due to rounding.

The very high conversion rate (approximately 87%) of the Indicated resource into reserves in the Amancaya maiden reserve estimate is a result of the consistent form and grade of the deposit.

Guanaco Reserve and Resource Estimate

Reserves:

Table 15-a Guanaco Mineral Reserves — as at December 31, 2016
Austral Gold Ltd. — Guanaco and Amancaya Gold Project

Grades Contained Metal Ounces
Category Area Tonnage Au Ag AuEq Au Ag AuEq
(t) (g/t) (g/t) (g/t) (oz) (oz) (oz)
Underground
Proven Cachinalito West 172,468 3.47 2.9 3.51 19,238 15,876 19,451
Probable Cachinalito West 281,971 2.77 3.0 2.81 25,141 27,302 25,507
Total Cachinalito West 454,439 3.04 3.0 3.08 44,379 43,178 44,958
Proven Dumbo West 11,178 3.38 4.7 3.44 1,215 1,695 1,238
Probable Dumbo West 14,256 2.29 7.5 2.39 1,049 3,446 1,095
Total Dumbo West 25,434 2.77 6.3 2.85 2,264 5,141 2,333
Proven Perseverencia 5,967 1.67 37.8 2.18 321 7,242 418
Probable Perseverencia 3,795 1.43 14.4 1.63 175 1,755 198
Total Perseverencia 9,762 1.58 28.7 1.96 496 8,998 616
Total Proven All 189,613 3.41 4.1 3.46 20,774 24,813 21,106
Total Probable All 300,022 2.73 3.4 2.78 26,365 32,503 26,801
Total Reserves All 489,635 2.99 3.6 3.04 47,139 57,316 47,907

Notes:

1. Mineral Reserves followed CIM definitions, 2014 and are compliant with the JORC Code.
2. Mineral Reserves are estimated at a break-even cut-off grade of 2.0 g/t AuEq for stopes and an incremental cut-off grade of 1.0 g/t AuEq for drifts.
3. Mineral Reserves are estimated using an average long-term gold price of US$1,300 per ounce and silver price of US$20 per ounce.
4. Gold Equivalents (AuEq) were calculated as AuEq = Au + 0.0134 x Ag, based on a Au and Ag price of $1,300/oz and $20/oz and recoveries of Au and Ag of 92% and 80%, respectively.
5. A minimum mining width of 1.5 m was used for stopes and 3.5 m for drifts.
6. Stope dilution: 0.5 m in the hanging wall and 0.5 m in the footwall (1.0 m total).
7. Drift dilution: 0.25 m in each of the side walls (0.5 m total).
8. Bulk density is 2.5 t/m3.
9. Numbers may not add due to rounding.

Resources

Table 14-2 Guanaco Mineral Resources — as at December 31, 2016
Austral Gold Ltd. — Guanaco & Amancaya Gold Project

Tonnes Grades Ounces
Deposit (kt) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) AuEq (g/t) Au (koz) Ag (koz) AuEq
(koz)
Measured
Cachinalito Central 111.4 4.37 3.7 4.42 15.6 12.4 15.8
Cachinalito West 164.0 3.03 3.5 3.08 16.0 18.3 16.2
Defensa 81.9 2.52 25.7 2.86 6.63 67.5 7.54
Dumbo West 102.9 3.43 9.7 3.56 11.3 31.9 11.8
Perseverancia 180.8 2.17 23.4 2.48 12.6 136 14.5
Natalia
Total Measured 641 3.02 12.9 3.19 62.2 266 65.8
Indicated
Cachinalito Central 235.3 3.98 3.9 4.03 30.1 29.4 30.5
Cachinalito West 350.0 2.91 3.6 2.95 32.7 41.0 33.2
Defensa 303.0 2.56 22.3 2.86 25.0 217 27.9
Dumbo West 320.8 3.13 10.6 3.28 32.3 110 33.8
Perseverancia
Natalia 342.5 2.03 23.0 2.34 22.4 253 25.8
Total Indicated 1,552 2.86 13.0 3.03 143 650 151
Inferred
Cachinalito Central 197 3.9 4.7 3.9 24 29 25
Cachinalito West 94 2.7 4.0 2.7 8 12 8
Defensa 31 2.4 22.0 2.7 2 21 3
Dumbo West 693 2.4 17.0 2.7 54 369 59
Perseverancia 134 2.1 10.0 2.2 9 45 10
Natalia 45 2.2 12.0 2.4 3 17 3
Total Inferred 1,200 2.6 12.9 2.8 100 500 110
Underground
Measured 641 3.02 12.9 3.19 62 266 65.8
Indicated 1,552 2.86 13.0 3.03 143 650 151
Total M + I 2,193 2.90 13.0 3.08 205 916 217
Inferred 1,200 2.6 12.9 2.8 100 500 110

Notes:

1. Mineral Resources followed CIM definitions, 2014 and are compliant with the JORC Code.
2. Mineral Resources are reported exclusive of Mineral Reserves and do not include dilution.
3. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
4. Mineral Resources are reported at a 1.5 g/t AuEq cut-off grade where AuEq = Au + (0.0134 * Ag).
5. Mineral Resources are estimated using a long-term gold price of US$1,300 per ounce, and a silver price of US$20 per ounce.
6. Gold Equivalents (AuEq) were calculated as AuEq = Au + 0.0134 x Ag, based on a Au and Ag price of $1,300/oz and $20/oz and recoveries of Au and Ag of 92% and 80%, respectively.
7. A minimum mining width of 1.5 m was not used for the estimation of the Mineral Resource.
8. Bulk density is 2.50 t/m3.
9. Numbers may not add due to rounding.

There are no known legal, political, environmental, or other risks that could materially affect the potential development of the Guanaco and Amancaya mineral resources or mineral reserves.

QUALIFIED PERSONS

The Amancaya and Guanaco Reserve and Resource Estimate was prepared in accordance with CIM Definitions 2014 in NI 43-101 and a Technical Report will be filed under the Company’s profile on SEDAR and ASX within 45 days of this press release. The RPA Qualified Persons (QPs) for the Amancaya and Guanaco Reserve and Resource Estimate include:

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Jason J. Cox, P.Eng. (Mineral Reserves)

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Ian Weir, P.Eng. (Mineral Reserves)

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Chester M. Moore, P.Eng., (Mineral Resources)

This press release has been reviewed and approved by the RPA Qualified Persons.

About Austral Gold

Austral Gold Limited is a growing precious metals mining, development and exploration company building a portfolio of quality assets in Chile and Argentina. The Company’s flagship Guanaco project in Chile is a low-cost gold and silver producing mine with further exploration upside. The Company is also operator of the underground silver-gold Casposo mine in San Juan, Argentina, where it has 70% ownership. With an experienced local technical team and highly regarded major shareholder, Austral’s goal is to continue to strengthen its asset base through acquisition and discovery. Austral Gold Limited is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V:AGLD), and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: AGD). For more information, please consult the company’s website http://www.australgold.com

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

On behalf of Austral Gold Limited:

“Stabro Kasaneva”

CEO

For Further Information Please Contact:

Alison Crealy
info@australgold.com.au
+61 (2) 9380 7233
              

Mike Brown
mike.brown@australgold.com
+1 604 568 2496

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical, and consist primarily of projections – statements regarding future plans, expectations and developments. Words such as “expects”, “intends”, “plans”, “may”, “could”, “potential”, “should”, “anticipates”, “likely”, “believes” and words of similar import tend to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include the Company’s expectation that the project will play a significant part in its growth plans, its expectation the commissioning of its new processing is imminent, its expectation that the complete pre-feasibility study the combined production at Amancaya and Guanaco is expected shortly, as well as its expectation of what that study will reveal. All of these forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied, including, without limitation, business integration risks; uncertainty of production, development plans and cost estimates, commodity price fluctuations; political or economic instability and regulatory changes; currency fluctuations, the state of the capital markets, uncertainty in the measurement of mineral reserves and resource estimates, Austral’s ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and management, potential labour unrest, reclamation and closure requirements for mineral properties; unpredictable risks and hazards related to the development and operation of a mine or mineral property that are beyond the Company’s control, the availability of capital to fund all of the Company’s projects and other risks and uncertainties identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s continuous disclosure documents filed on SEDAR. You are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which may have been used. Austral cannot assure you that actual events, performance or results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements, and management’s assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Austral’s forward-looking statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof and Austral does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management’s beliefs, expectations or opinions should change other than as required by applicable law. For the reasons set forth above, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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