Premier Continues Exploration Success At Hasaga Red Lake

January 26th, 2016
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Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is pleased to provide its latest update from surface drilling, including final results from the 2015 program, on the Company’s 100%-owned Hasaga Project in the Red Lake gold mining district of Northwestern Ontario. Drilling continues to extend near surface mineralization in the Hasaga Porphyry and Central Zone areas and is encountering encouraging initial results at the North Gate exploration target area.

  • HMP081 contains 1.74 g/t Au across 18.0 metres in the new Footwall Zone at the Hasaga Porphyry target area beginning at 48.0m downhole
  • HLD014 contains 0.97 g/t Au across 63.3 metres at the Central Zone target area beginning at 7.5m downhole and HLD030 contains 0.84 g/t Au across 101.0 metres beginning at 253.0m downhole
  • HNG010 contains 57.65 g/t Au across 2.0 metres at 484.0m downhole and HLD020 contains 18.24 g/t Au across 2.0 metres beginning at 326.0m in new high-grade target areas

The Hasaga Property is host to the past-producing Hasaga and Gold Shore Mines and is strategically-located proximal to the Balmer-Confederation regional unconformity, recognized as an important geologic feature at the multi-million ounce past and currently producing Red Lake area mines (See Figure 1).

Tables 1, 2 and 3 provide a more comprehensive summary of highlight results from additional holes drilled at Hasaga. Recent highlights include the identification of a new near-surface mineralized zone in the footwall of the Hasaga Porphyry (noted as F1 in Table 1), expansion and infill-success in the Central Zone (provided in Table 2), and intersecting high-grade mineralization in exploration drilling (Table 3). Additional images profiling these results can be viewed utilizing the following link (click here).

Premier completed more than 60,000 metres of diamond drilling on the property during the 2015 exploration program, giving management sufficient confidence to approve a 2016 program expected to include an additional 50,000 metres of drilling. Premier also purchased adjacent lands that expanded the size of the property to some 1200 hectares.

“We have high expectations for our follow-up program at Hasaga this year,” commented Stephen McGibbon, Executive Vice-President, Corporate and Project Development on the Company’s C-Suite Blog http://www.premiergoldmines.com/news/c-suite-blog). “Our team will commence drilling on January 28th, following a planning workshop in Thunder Bay.”

Figure 1: Plan view of primary drill target areas at Hasaga


An upgraded litho-structural model is being completed at the Hasaga Porphyry and Central Zone target areas that will be used to support the drilling plan for the coming year.The 2016 exploration program will include infill and step-out drilling, bulldozer stripping, mapping and channel sampling on relevant outcrop exposures, wedge drilling to test the continuity of recently identified high-grade gold mineralization, and additional step-out drilling along strike on the new property area.Initial metallurgical testing is also expected to be undertaken in 2016.

Hasaga Porphyry Target

The Hasaga Property is located along a “regional trend” that was host to multiple historic mines including the Hasaga, Howey and Madsen mines. The Phase 1 drill program included some 25,000 metres of drilling to test the Hasaga Porphyry target for widespread mineralization within the porphyry rock unit that was host to the Hasaga and Howey gold mines. Drilling has confirmed this target with multiple intercepts of mineralization as highlighted in Table 1 that are surrounded by broad haloes of lower grade mineralization (typically less than 0.60 g/t Au) which would result in some intercepts exceeding 100 metres in core length. Apparent gaps in the numerical “HOLE_ ID” sequence listed in Table 1 reflect those holes which don’t contain higher grade composite intervals, but often do contain the lower grade haloes over variable widths.

Table 1:Highlight Results From final drilling in the Hasaga Porphyry target

HOLE_ID COORDINATES
(m)
DIP/AZIMUTH SECTION INTERCEPT FROM
(m)
TO
(m)
LENGTH
(m)
GRADE
(g/t Au)
HMP078 441242 E / 5651096 N -50 / 332 E1000 114.0 120.0 6.0 0.99
H2 313.5 327.0 13.5 0.69
H3 435.0 442.0 7.0 0.78
489.0 494.0 5.0 0.93
512.0 520.0 8.0 1.12
H4 541.0 561.0 20.0 1.46
HMP079 441242 E / 5651096 N -30 / 320 E950 F1 32.0 45.0 13.0 1.10
220.0 225.0 5.0 1.23
H1 255.0 276.0 21.0 0.65
HMP080 441242 E / 5651096 N -40 / 320 E950 F1 32.0 49.0 17.0 1.28
(hole lost short of H1 target)
HMP081 441242 E / 5651096 N -50 / 320 E950 F1 48.0 66.0 18.0 1.74
H1 254.0 296.0 42.0 0.91
H2 307.0 320.0 13.0 1.00
381.0 401.0 20.0 0.66
HMP082 441242 E / 5651096 N -30 / 344 E1050 F1 32.0 50.0 18.0 1.35
H1 218.0 296.0 78.0 0.79
Including 224.0 249.0 25.0 1.10
H2 309.0 315.0 6.0 1.54
HMP083 441242 E / 5651096.8 -40 / 344 E1050 F1 36.0 45.0 9.0 0.81
H1 238.5 257.0 18.5 0.94
HMP084 441242 E / 5651096 N -50 / 344 E1050 H1 308.0 326.0 18.0 1.17
H2 378.0 411.0 33.0 0.98
Including 398.0 405.0 7.0 2.47
424.0 436.0 12.0 1.53

* - True widths range between 65% and 90% of reported results

Central Zone Target

The Central Zone Target is located where a series of conjugate structures occur within the Dome Stock, a large granodiorite rock unit in the heart of the Red Lake camp. A single hole drilled in this area in the 1980’s by Lac Minerals reported wide spread mineralization that was not followed up. Premier drilling in 2015 confirms this open pit target (see Table 2 below) with multiple intercepts of wide-spread gold mineralization up to more than 100 metres in length.

Table 2:Highlight Results From final drilling in the Central Zone target

HOLE_ID COORDINATES
(m)
DIP/AZIMUTH SECTION INTERCEPT FROM
(m)
TO
(m)
LENGTH
(m)
GRADE
(g/t Au)
HLD014 440931 E / 5651943 N -45 / 151 7.5 70.8 63.3 0.97
189.0 210.0 21.0 0.78
533.0 544.0 11.0 0.76
714.0 733.0 19.0 2.65
HLD015 441036 E / 5651932 N -45 / 347 39.0 49.0 10.0 1.34
57.0 61.0 4.0 1.03
73.0 118.0 45.0 0.74
173.0 179.0 6.0 0.70
226.0 236.0 10.0 1.04
324.0 355.0 31.0 0.91
442.0 452.0 10.0 0.87
HLD016 441036 E / 5651927 N -45 / 036 23.0 38.0 15.0 0.69
79.0 86.0 7.0 1.03
137.0 159.0 22.0 1.43
164.0 168.0 4.0 1.60
179.0 181.0 2.0 3.24
199.0 212.0 13.0 0.70
421.0 428.0 7.0 0.85
HLD017 441036 E / 5651927 N -45 / 215 112.0 124.0 12.0 0.82
201.0 230.0 29.0 0.64
HLD018 441142E / 5651850N -45 / 035 74.0 82.0 8.0 1.08
535.0 542.0 7.0 0.72
HLD019 441142 E / 5651850 N -54 / 035 267.0 275.0 8.0 1.10
HLD020 441142E / 5651850N -45 / 070 70.0 78.0 8.0 0.83
326.0 328.0 2.0 18.24
560.0 572.0 12.0 1.26
635.0 646.0 11.0 1.20
HLD021 441142 E / 5651852 N -45 / 152 509.0 516.0 7.0 1.19
HLD022 441142 E / 5651852 N -45 / 107 290.0 295.0 5.0 0.97
HLD023 441142 E / 5651852 N -60 / 107 368.0 375.0 7.0 0.97
381.0 386.0 5.0 0.91
549.0 553.0 4.0 3.69
HLD024 441141 E / 5651850 N -55 / 156 223.0 227.0 4.0 3.83
HLD025 440848 E / 5652014 N -45 / 035 3 18.0 48.0 30.0 0.76
122.0 140.0 18.0 1.13
234.0 246.0 12.0 0.73
263.0 273.0 10.0 0.98
HLD026 440848 E / 5652014 N -45 / 215 3 73.0 174.0 101.0 0.83
223.0 235.0 12.0 2.69
368.0 386.0 18.0 0.90

* - True widths range between 65% and 90% of reported results

Table 2 Continued

HOLE_ID COORDINATES
(m)
DIP/AZIMUTH SECTION INTERCEPT FROM
(m)
TO
(m)
LENGTH
(m)
GRADE
(g/t Au)
HLD027 440848 E / 5652014 N -55 / 215 3 158.0 165.0 7.0 0.93
169.0 197.0 28.0 0.67
266.0 284.0 18.0 2.54
386.0 401.0 15.0 1.74
HLD028 440848 E / 5652014 N -65 / 215 3 6.0 14.0 8.0 1.50
23.0 44.0 21.0 1.04
160.0 173.0 13.0 1.11
345.0 354.0 9.0 1.25
HLD029 440918 E / 5652144 N -45 / 215 3 21.0 43.0 22.0 1.05
66.0 90.0 24.0 0.72
266.0 286.0 20.0 1.46
301.0 346.0 45.0 1.10
407.0 416.0 9.0 1.25
HLD030 440918 E / 5652144 N -62 / 215 3 11.0 51.0 40.0 0.66
220.0 228.0 8.0 1.61
253.0 354.0 101.0 0.84
304.0 321.0 17.0 1.71
500.0 513.0 13.0 1.12
HLD031 440920 E / 5652144 N -45 / 35 3 73.0 95.0 22.0 0.81
110.0 191.0 81.0 0.66
incl 176.0 191.0 15.0 2.02
264.0 288.0 24.0 0.64
315.0 341.0 26.0 0.63
438.0 482.0 44.0 0.86
incl 473.0 479.0 6.0 3.97
HLD032 440882 E / 5652100 N -45 / 215 3 74.0 85.0 11.0 0.61
98.0 105.0 7.0 0.69
305.0 307.0 2.0 10.07
HLD033 440882 E / 5652100 N -62 / 215 3 105.0 123.0 18.0 0.93
149.0 163.0 14.0 0.68
192.0 283.0 91.0 1.00
incl 244.0 271.0 27.0 1.46
HLD034 440882 E / 5652100 N -45 / 215 3 91.0 342.0 251.0 0.64
incl 303.0 336.0 33.0 0.92
394.0 410.0 16.0 0.70
HLD035 440883 E / 5652097 N -60 / 35 3 36.0 57.0 21.0 0.63
135.0 167.0 32.0 0.93
incl 155.0 164.0 9.0 2.12
206.0 221.0 15.0 0.69
256.0 274.0 18.0 0.72
385.0 393.0 8.0 1.20

* - True widths range between 65% and 90% of reported results

Table 2 Continued

HOLE_ID COORDINATES
(m)
DIP/AZIMUTH SECTION INTERCEPT FROM
(m)
TO
(m)
LENGTH
(m)
GRADE
(g/t Au)
HLD036 440883 E / 5652097 N -45 / 35 3 96.0 108.0 12.0 1.10
159.0 174.0 15.0 0.69
188.0 198.0 10.0 0.72
308.0 344.0 36.0 0.68
308.0 326.0 18.0 0.98
374.0 405.0 31.0 0.94
383.0 395.0 12.0 1.66

* - True widths range between 65% and 90% of reported results

Exploration Drilling

Upon acquiring the Hasaga Property from Goldcorp in early 2015, Premier believed that Hasaga and Gold Shore underground mines (that ceased production in the early 1950’s) had the potential to host gold mineralization that could be amenable to open pit mining methods in addition to higher grade underground mineable potential.

The Red Lake Gold Shore mine, which saw limited historic production (grading 8.37 g /t Au), is situated within a structural corridor that has seen little exploration. Table 3 provides highlight results from recent drilling within the Gold Shore corridor including high grade mineralization (with visible gold) within a zone hosting multiple quartz veins that will be followed-up in the 2016 drill program.

Table 3:Highlight results from exploration drilling

HOLE_ID COORDINATES
(m)
DIP/AZIMUTH SECTION INTERCEPT FROM
(m)
TO
(m)
LENGTH
(m)
GRADE
(g/t Au)
HNG002 440230 E / 5653092 N -45 / 215 - 231.0 250.5 19.5 0.71
241.5 250.5 9.0 1.08
HNG003 440370 E / 5652984 N -45 / 215 - NSV
HNG004 440449 E / 5652703 N -45 / 215 - 201.0 213.0 12.0 0.79
HNG005 440448 E / 5652703 N -45 / 215 - 430.5 435.0 4.5 1.06
447.0 486.0 39.0 0.82
HNG006 440496 E / 5653116 N -45 / 035 - NSV
HNG007 440627 E / 5653053 N -45 / 035 - NSV
HNG008 440785 E / 5652868 N -45 / 035 - NSV
HNG009 440884 E / 5652769 N -45 / 035 - 355.5 363.0 7.5 0.72
HNG010 441016 E / 5652555 N -45 / 035 - 462.0 471.0 9.0 1.16
484.0 486.0 2.0 57.65

* - True widths range between 65% and 90% of reported results

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person, has approved the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.Assay results are from core samples sent to either Accurassay Laboratories or Activation Labs, both accredited mineral analysis laboratories in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and screen metallic methods.A quality assurance and quality control program (QA/QC) was implemented by Premier Gold Mines and the laboratory to insure the precision and reproducibility of the analytical method and results. The QA/QC program includes the insertion of standards, blanks and field duplicates in the sample batches sent to the laboratory and a systematic re-assaying of samples returning values above 5 g/t Au by fire-assay using a gravimetric finish.

Premier Gold Mines Limited is one of North America’s leading exploration and development companies with a high-quality pipeline of gold projects focused in proven, safe and accessible mining jurisdictions in Canada and the United States.The Company is well financed with approximately $75 million in cash and investments and a portfolio of advanced-stage assets in world class gold mining districts such as Red Lake and Geraldton in Ontario and the most prolific gold trends in Nevada.

For further information, please contact:

Ewan Downie, President & CEO
Phone: 807-346-1390
Fax: 807-346-1381
e-mail: Info@premiergoldmines.com
Web Site: www.premiergoldmines.com

The statements made in this Press Release may contain forward-looking statements that may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company’s expectations and projections.