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Capstone Intercepts 20m of 2.2% Cu Including 5m of 5.3% Cu Exploration Program Pointing to Higher Grades and Wider Intercepts than in Current Reserve

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03.12.2019, 00:14  |  50   |   |   

VANCOUVER, Dec. 2, 2019 /CNW/ - Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone" or the "Company") (TSX:CS) announces additional high grade copper and silver results from 20 infill drill holes at its Cozamin Mine, further to the update of November 5, 2019. These, plus an additional 15 holes pending assays, bring the total drilled to date to 138 holes of a 200 hole program, aiming to more than double the current reserve base. Drill results to date continue to demonstrate greater widths and grades than current Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves estimates will be updated in late 2020.

"These recent drill results continue a theme we saw in the last results, released in early November, of better grade times thickness on average than the current reserve," said Brad Mercer, Capstone's Senior Vice President of Operations and Exploration. "With each additional hole we are more confident that Cozamin will be an even greater mine for the next decade, with 50% higher copper and silver production compared to today. The Mala Noche Footwall Zone ("MNFWZ") is still open in two directions and we continue to keep six drills running to expand the resource and eventually the mineral reserves with a new technical report next year."

Darren Pylot, Capstone's President and CEO said, "Our exploration team has done a fantastic job in surfacing huge NAV for shareholders. Not long ago we were facing a sunset operation and with exploration excellence we are now looking forward to higher production and higher margins than what we have ever realized at this mine. Cozamin is the type of operation all mining companies want to have but are extremely rare to find."   

Cozamin is expected to produce 50 to 55 million pounds of copper and 1.4 to 1.5 million ounces of silver starting in early 2021, upon completion of the underground debottlenecking development project which is on schedule.

Figure 1 – Select High Grade Infill Holes at Cozamin Mine

Figure 1 – Select High Grade Infill Holes at Cozamin Mine. Select high grade infill holes at Capstone's Cozamin Mine as reported in the December 2, 2019 news release: Capstone Intercepts 20m of 2.2% Cu Including 5m of 5.3% Cu: Exploration Program Pointing to Higher Grades and Wider Intercepts than in Current Reserve. (CNW Group/Capstone Mining Corp.)

Figure 2 – Long-section of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone Showing Copper % * Estimated True Width (m)
The best grade*thickness intercepts lie outside of the current Mineral Reserve.

Figure 2 – Long-section of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone Showing Copper % * Estimated True Width (m). The best grade*thickness intercepts lie outside of the current Mineral Reserve. Long-section of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone showing Copper %*Estimated True Width (m) at Capstone's Cozamin Mine. For full details refer to the December 2, 2019 news release: Capstone Intercepts 20m of 2.2% Cu Including 5m of 5.3% Cu: Exploration Program Pointing to Higher Grades and Wider Intercepts than in Current Reserve. (CNW Group/Capstone Mining Corp.)

Figure 3 – Long-section of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone Showing Silver g/t * Estimated True Width (m)
Comparing Figure 2 to Figure 1, the strong positive correlation between copper and silver grades is clearly demonstrated.

Figure 3 – Long-section of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone Showing Silver g/t * Estimated True Width (m). Comparing Figure 2 to Figure 1, the strong positive correlation between copper and silver grades is clearly demonstrated. Long-section of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone showing Silver g/t*Estimated True Width (m) at Capstone's Cozamin Mine. For full details refer to the December 2, 2019 news release: Capstone Intercepts 20m of 2.2% Cu Including 5m of 5.3% Cu: Exploration Program Pointing to Higher Grades and Wider Intercepts than in Current Reserve. (CNW Group/Capstone Mining Corp.)

Figure 4 – Image of Drill Core from Hole CG-19-S434
Coarse grained, high grade chalcopyrite mineralization along with a positive copper-silver correlation underpins high copper and silver recoveries.

Figure 4 – Image of Drill Core from Hole CG-19-S434. Coarse grained, high grade chalcopyrite mineralization along with a positive copper-silver correlation underpins high copper and silver recoveries. Image of drill core from hole CG-19-S434 from Capstone’s Cozamin Mine. Coarse grained, high grade chalcopyrite mineralization along with a positive copper-silver correlation underpins high copper and silver recoveries. For full details refer to the December 2, 2019 news release: Capstone Intercepts 20m of 2.2% Cu Including 5m of 5.3% Cu: Exploration Program Pointing to Higher Grades and Wider Intercepts than in Current Reserve. (CNW Group/Capstone Mining Corp.)

Select intervals are summarized in Table 1 and full results for all previously unreleased holes since the November 5, 2019 exploration update are in Table 2.

Table 1 – Selected MNFWZ Drilling Completed Since the November 5, 2019 News Release  













Section
ID #

Drill hole ID

Type

In
Resource

From
(m)

 To
(m)

Width
(m)

True
Width*
(m)

Cu
(%)

Zn
(%)

Pb
(%)

Ag
(g/t)

2

CG-19-S434

infill

no

527.5

550.9

23.4

20.3

2.20

0.08

0.04

43.6


including



536.5

542.3

5.8

5.0

5.28

0.14

0.01

96.8

3

CG-19-S427

infill

no

626.9

633.1

6.2

6.1

4.01

0.10

0.01

67.3

9

CG-19-S429

infill

no

569.3

588.1

18.8

18.5

1.49

0.05

0.01

50.7


including



582.5

588.1

5.6

5.5

1.92

0.06

0.01

69.5

10

CG-19-S433

infill

no

550.5

577.6

27.1

24.6

1.27

0.05

0.01

31.1


Including



550.5

558.3

7.8

7.1

2.99

0.09

0.01

62.4

18

CG-19-S426

infill

no

584.0

598.2

14.2

12.2

3.15

0.10

0.01

58.2


including



592.0

596.8

4.8

4.1

6.97

0.20

0.01

121.0

24

CG-19-S418

infill

no

557.4

566.5

9.1

8.4

3.98

0.83

0.02

84.2

*estimated true width of vein intercept for inclined drill holes

 

For drill hole location and context please view the long-section of the MNFWZ at https://capstonemining.com/files/images/maps/Cozamin-Hole-ID-Long-Section-NR-02Dec2019.pdf.

Table 2 – All MNFWZ Drilling Completed Since the November 5, 2019 News Release













Section
ID #

Drill hole ID

Type

In
Resource

From
(m)

 To
(m)

Width
(m)

True
Width*
(m)

Cu
(%)

Zn
(%)

Pb
(%)

Ag
(g/t)

1

CG-19-S439

infill

no

assays pending

2

CG-19-S434

infill

no

527.5

550.9

23.4

20.3

2.20

0.08

0.04

43.6


including



536.5

542.3

5.8

5.0

5.28

0.14

0.01

96.8

3

CG-19-S427

infill

no

626.9

633.1

6.2

6.1

4.01

0.10

0.01

67.3

4

CG-19-S444

infill

no

assays pending

5

CG-19-S447

infill

no

in progress

6

CG-19-S438

infill

no

assays pending

7

CG-19-S421

infill

no

647.0

648.0

1.0

0.9

5.91

1.14

0.08

111.0

8

CG-19-S430

infill

no

633.7

639.1

5.4

5.3

3.25

0.09

0.01

53.5


including



636.7

639.1

2.4

2.3

6.31

0.16

0.01

101.8

9

CG-19-S429

infill

no

569.3

588.1

18.8

18.5

1.49

0.05

0.01

50.7


including



582.5

588.1

5.6

5.5

1.92

0.06

0.01

69.5

10

CG-19-S433

infill

no

550.5

577.6

27.1

24.6

1.27

0.05

0.01

31.1


including



550.5

558.3

7.8

7.1

2.99

0.09

0.01

62.4

11

CG-19-S442

infill

no

assays pending

12

CG-19-S446

infill

no

in progress

13

CG-19-S425

infill

no

no significant intercepts

14

CG-19-S431

infill

no

652.1

654.8

2.7

2.0

7.86

0.28

0.02

132.0

15

CG-19-S420

infill

no

no significant intercepts

16

CG-19-S435

infill

no

assays pending

17

CG-19-S419

infill

no

636.0

639.7

3.7

2.7

3.26

1.23

0.17

80.1

18

CG-19-S426

infill

no

584.0

598.2

14.2

12.2

3.15

0.10

0.01

58.2


including



592.0

596.8

4.8

4.1

6.97

0.20

0.01

121.0

19

CG-19-S440

infill

no

assays pending

20

CG-19-S428

infill

no

582.5

586.4

3.9

2.7

4.55

0.17

0.01

107.4

21

CG-19-S423

infill

no

623.5

628.4

4.9

4.2

1.37

0.64

0.04

42.9

22

CG-19-S424

infill

no

603.4

606.0

2.6

2.1

3.07

0.75

0.06

96.5

23

CG-19-S422

infill

no

558.7

568.8

10.1

9.2

2.29

0.51

0.01

55.6

24

CG-19-S418

infill

no

557.4

566.5

9.1

8.4

3.98

0.83

0.02

84.2

25

CG-19-S437

infill

no

assays pending

26

CG-19-S432

infill

no

510.1

515.0

4.9

3.9

1.26

0.06

0.01

27.2

27

CG-19-S441

infill

no

assays pending

28

CG-19-S445

infill

no

in progress

29

CG-19-U504

infill

no

in progress

30

CG-19-U503

infill

no

assays pending

31

CG-19-U502

infill

no

no significant intercepts

32

CG-19-U501

infill

no

no significant intercepts

33

CG-19-U500

infill

no

no significant intercepts

34

CG-19-S436

infill

no

assays pending

35

CG-19-S443

infill

no

in progress

*estimated true width of vein intercept for inclined drill holes

 

Methodology

All samples were submitted for preparation by ALS at its facilities in Zacatecas, Mexico, followed by analysis at the ALS Laboratory in North Vancouver, Canada. The entire sample is crushed to a minimum of 70% passing 2 millimetres. A 250g subsample of the crushed material is then pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. Copper, zinc, lead and silver are determined by ICP analysis after 4 acid digestion of a 0.4g subsample of pulverized material. QAQC samples in each batch of 20 samples include a blank, a certified reference material and a duplicate (one of a field, coarse reject or pulp reject).

Scotiabank Conference, December 4, 2019, Toronto, ON

Capstone management will be attending the Scotiabank Mining Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Darren Pylot, President and CEO will be presenting on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and drill core from Cozamin will be featured at the Core Shack. Capstone's most recent corporate presentation is available at: http://capstonemining.com/investors/events-and-presentations/default.aspx.

About Capstone Mining Corp.

Capstone Mining Corp. is a Canadian base metals mining company, focused on copper. Our two producing mines are the Pinto Valley copper mine located in Arizona, US and the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas State, Mexico. In addition, Capstone has the large scale 70% owned copper-iron Santo Domingo development project in Region III, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation, as well as a portfolio of exploration properties. Capstone's strategy is to focus on the optimization of operations and assets in politically stable, mining-friendly regions, centred in the Americas. We are committed to the responsible development of our assets and the environments in which we operate. Our headquarters are in Vancouver, Canada and we are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Further information is available at www.capstonemining.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This news release, and the documents incorporated by reference herein, may contain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document and Capstone Mining Corp. ("Capstone" or the "Company") does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required under applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or future performance and reflect our expectations or beliefs regarding future events. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the continuing success of mineral exploration, Capstone's ability to fund future exploration activities, the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves, the realization of mineral reserve estimates, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production and capital expenditures, the success of our mining operations, the estimations for potential quantities and grade of inferred resources and exploration targets, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses and title disputes. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "aiming", "approximately", "guidance", "scheduled", "target", "estimates", "forecasts", "extends", "convert", "potential", "intends", "anticipates", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "should", "would", "will", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved" or the negative of these terms or comparable terminology. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, amongst others, risks related to inherent hazards associated with mining operations and closure of mining projects, the inherent uncertainty of mineral exploration and estimations of exploration targets, future prices of copper and other metals, compliance with financial covenants, surety bonding, our ability to raise capital, Capstone's ability to acquire properties for growth, counterparty risks associated with sales of our metals, foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions, accuracy of mineral resource and mineral reserve estimates, operating in foreign jurisdictions with risk of changes to governmental regulation, compliance with governmental regulations, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, reliance on approvals, licences and permits from governmental authorities, impact of climatic conditions on our operations, aboriginal title claims and rights to consultation and accommodation, land reclamation and mine closure obligations, uncertainties and risks related to the potential development of the Cozamin project, increased operating and capital costs, challenges to title to our mineral properties, maintaining ongoing social license to operate, dependence on key management personnel, potential conflicts of interest involving our directors and officers, corruption and bribery, limitations inherent in our insurance coverage, labour relations, increasing energy prices, competition in the mining industry, risks associated with joint venture partners, our ability to integrate new acquisitions into our operations, cybersecurity threats, legal proceedings, and other risks of the mining industry as well as those factors detailed from time to time in the Company's interim and annual financial statements and MD&A of those statements, all of which are filed and available for review under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause our results, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that our forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.

National Instrument 43-101 Compliance

Unless otherwise indicated, Capstone has prepared the technical information in this news release ("Technical Information") based on information contained in the technical reports, news releases and MD&A's (collectively the "Disclosure Documents") available under Capstone Mining Corp.'s company profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Each Disclosure Document was prepared by, or under the supervision of, a qualified person (a "Qualified Person") as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators ("NI 43-101"). Readers are encouraged to review the full text of the Disclosure Documents which qualifies the Technical Information. Readers are advised that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The Disclosure Documents are each intended to be read as a whole, and sections should not be read or relied upon out of context. The Technical Information is subject to the assumptions and qualifications contained in the Disclosure Documents.

The Technical Information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 and reviewed and approved by Brad Mercer, P. Geol., Capstone's Senior Vice President, Operations and Exploration, a Qualified Person and the person who oversees exploration activities on the Cozamin Mine property.

Jerrold Annett, VP, Strategy and Capital Markets, 416-572-2272, jannett@capstonemining.com; Virginia Morgan, Manager, IR and Communications, 604-674-2268, vmorgan@capstonemining.com

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