INV Metals Provides Loma Larga Update
TORONTO, ON – JUNE 11, 2013 – INV Metals Inc. (“INV Metals” or the “Company”) (TSX:INV) announced today that, in light of the announcement on June 10, 2013 by Kinross Gold Corporation that, as a result of being unable to reach agreement with the Ecuadorian government on key economic and legal terms, it will not proceed with further development of the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador, the Company is conducting a complete re-evaluation of its 100% owned Loma Larga gold project located in Ecuador and will be considering all options.
The Company will meet with senior Ecuadorian government officials in Quito, Ecuador next week to discuss the Loma Larga project, where there currently is an ongoing drill program being conducted with one drill rig.
The Company’s unaudited cash balance as of June 11th is approximately $22.6 million.
The Loma Larga deposit is a high sulphidation epithermal gold-copper-silver deposit with a high grade core of 2.1 million ounces grading 6.3 g/t gold, surrounded by a lower grade shell hosted by volcanic flows and volcaniclastics for a total Indicated Mineral Resource estimated at 3.3 million ounces gold within 32.6 million tonnes grading 3.2 g/t gold, 22 g/t silver and 0.20% copper, with an Inferred Mineral Resource estimated at 0.2 million ounces gold within 2.3 million tonnes grading 2.2 g/t gold, 27 g/t silver and 0.22% copper, both at an NSR cut-off value of US$22/tonne, equivalent to approximately a 0.4 g/t gold cut-off. The deposit is a flat lying, north-south striking, cigar shaped body which is considered to be amenable to both open pit and underground mining scenarios. The mineralized zone hosting the resource has a strike length of approximately 1,600 m north-south by 120 m to 400 m east-west and up to 60 m thick beginning approximately 120 m below surface. (See the Company’s National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report titled “Technical Report on the Quimsacocha Project, Azuay Province, Ecuador”, dated July 18, 2012, by Wayne W. Valiant, Katharine M. Masun, and John T. Postle, all Qualified Persons as defined under National Instrument 43-101, which is available on the Company’s website at www.invmetals.com and the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com.)
Mr. Robert Bell, P. Geo, of INV Metals is a “qualified person” as such term is defined in NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information and data related to the Project included above.
About INVTM Metals
INVTM Metals is an international mineral resource company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of base and precious metal projects in Ecuador, Brazil, and Namibia. Currently, INVTM Metals’ primary assets are: (1) its 100% interest in the Loma Larga (formerly Quimsacocha) gold property in Ecuador, (2) its 35% interest in the Kaoko property, located in Namibia and (3) its 50% interest in the Rio Novo southern claims, located in Brazil.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievement of INV Metals to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, risks related to the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations, risks associated with mining and mineral exploration activities, uncertainty in the estimation of mineral resources, including, without limitation, the assumptions on which such estimates are based, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, future prices of metals, economic and political stability in Ecuador, Canada, Namibia and Brazil, environmental risks and hazards, increased infrastructure and/or operating costs, availability of future financing, labour and employment matters, and government regulation. There is no guarantee that any drill targets or economic mineral deposits will be found on INV Metals’ properties. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, refer to INV Metals’ annual information form filed with Canadian securities regulators available on www.sedar.com.