Vancouver, British Columbia - May 2, 2018 (Newsfile Corp.) (Investorideas.com Newswire) EMX Royalty Corporation (TSXV: EMX) (NYSE American: EMX) (the "Company" or "EMX") is pleased to announce additional high grade zinc-lead-silver diamond drill results from Boreal Metals Corp.'s (TSX Venture: BMX) ("Boreal") 2017-2018 winter drill campaign at EMX's Gumsberg royalty property. Gumsberg is located in the Bergslagen mining region of southern Sweden. The new drill intercepts reported by Boreal were from holes BM-17-006 through BM-17-012, which tested massive sulfide horizons at the Vallberget and Östersilvberg prospects. The intercepts include 3.7 meters averaging 19.27% zinc, with 17.66 g/t silver and 0.25% lead in drill hole BM-17-006, and 6.7 meters averaging 7.01% zinc, with 11.14 g/t silver and 0.44% lead in BM-17-011 (true widths estimated at 80-100% of reported interval lengths)1. EMX congratulates Boreal on their exploration successes and advancement of the Company's Gumsberg royalty property. Please see Appendix 1 of this news release for a table of Boreal's select intercepts from the new drilling.
Boreal's recently completed 2,545 meter drill program was designed to test for extensions of volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) style base metal mineralization along trend and down dip of historic mine workings. Including the first five holes previously reported2, the program succeeded in intersecting significant zinc-lead-silver mineralization in nine of twelve holes, clearly demonstrating that mineralization persists outside of the areas that were mined historically. These results represent novel discoveries of mineralization in the district. All of the geologic targets drilled remain open along strike and at depth. Boreal is planning follow-up programs on the basis of these encouraging results.
EMX has a 19.9% equity interest in Boreal that resulted from the sale of Gumsberg, as well as four other royalty generation properties in Sweden and Norway3. These other properties include two polymetallic VMS projects (Tynset, Norway and Adak, Sweden), one iron-oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) type project (Burfjord, Norway), and one cobalt project (Modum, Norway). Subsequently, in early 2018, EMX sold one cobalt (Guldgruvan, Sweden) and two nickel-copper-cobalt (Njuggträskliden and Mjövattnet, Sweden) assets to Boreal Energy Metals Corp. ("BEMC")4, a subsidiary of Boreal, for which EMX received in aggregate a 9.9% equity stake in BEMC. In addition to the equity interests in Boreal and BEMC, EMX retains uncapped 3% net smelter return (NSR) royalty interests on each of the properties sold to Boreal and BEMC5, and will receive annual advance royalty (AAR) payments, and other consideration from the sale of the projects.
The Boreal agreements are an excellent example of EMX's execution of the royalty generation aspect of the Company's business model. EMX leveraged in-country geologic and business development expertise to acquire prospective properties on open ground, build value through low cost work programs and targeting, and partner the projects for retained royalty interests, equity interests, and AAR payments. This business strategy has provided EMX with substantial share equity in Boreal and BEMC, exposure to exploration upside at no additional cost, and the potential for future royalty payments upon the commencement of production.
EMX continues to build its portfolio of precious metal, base metal, and cobalt properties in Scandinavia. Many new properties are available for partnership. Please see www.EMXRoyalty.com for more information.
Dr. Eric P. Jensen, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved the disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release.
EMX leverages asset ownership and exploration insight into partnerships that advance our mineral properties, with EMX receiving pre-production payments and retaining royalty interests. EMX complements its royalty generation initiatives with royalty acquisitions and strategic investments.
For further information contact:
David M. Cole
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (303) 979-6666
Director of Investor Relations
Phone: (303) 973-8585
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Selected drill intercepts reported in Boreal's May 2, 2018 news release.
Statement of Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Core Handling Protocols reported in Boreal's May 2, 2018 news release.
Drill core is logged and prepped for sampling before submittal to ALS in Malå, Sweden where it is cut, bagged and prepped for analysis. Accredited control samples (blanks and accredited standards) are inserted into the sample intervals regularly. Samples are dried (if necessary), weighed, crushed (70% < 2mm), and riffle split into two fractions. One is retained (coarse reject) and the other is pulverized to 85% < 75µm. Pulps are analyzed by ultra-trace ICP-MS (ME-MS41) and ICP-AES Au-Pt-Pd (PGM-ICP23). Over detection limit samples are reanalyzed using ore grade ICP-AES by aqua regia (ME-OG46) or by AAS in the case of high grade zinc (Zn-AAORE).
1 See Boreal news release dated May 2, 2018 for a complete table of drill results.
2 See EMX news release dated March 1, 2018.
3 See EMX news releases dated November 22, 2016 and January 16, 2018.
4 See EMX news releases dated February 9, 2018 and April 11, 2018.
5 Boreal retains a right to purchase 1% of the NSR royalty on individual projects by paying EMX CDN $2,500,000 in cash and shares within five years of the closing date.
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