TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Labrador Uranium Inc. (“ LUR ”, “ Labrador Uranium ”, or “ the Company ”) (CSE: LUR, OTCQB: LURAF, FRA: EI1) is pleased to announce that it has closed the previously announced acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of the Anna Lake project (License No. 34834M) and the Moran Lake B-Zone prospect (License No. 027543M), (together, the “Projects”), pursuant to the purchase agreement dated October 13, 2022 between LUR and Beaconsfield Ventures Ltd. (“Beaconsfield”).
Pursuant to the Acquisition, LUR acquired the Projects in exchange for the issuance of 5,000,000 common shares of LUR (the “Common Shares”) at a deemed price of $0.32 per Common Share. As part of the Acquisition, LUR has also assumed an existing 2% net smelter royalty with respect to the Projects payable to a third party. The Common Shares issued in connection with the Acquisition are subject to approval of the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) and a statutory hold period under Canadian securities legislation ending on March 25, 2023.
Stephen Keith, CEO commented, “We are excited to complete the acquisition of the Anna Lake and Moran B Projects, adding both strong exploration targets and historical mineral resource estimates to our significant land position in Labrador, Newfoundland. The focus of our exploration work in 2023 will consist of drill testing possible extensions to known mineralization, upgrading existing targets away from current mineralization through on the ground field work as well as prioritizing regional scale targets through undertaking of an extensive geophysical program. Following closing of today’s financing, we are well funded with approximately $11.5 million in cash on hand, including $8 million in flow through funds to complete next year’s extensive work program.”
Anna Lake Project (Figure 1)
- Located approximately 35 km southwest of the coastal community of Postville, Labrador, and 15 km northwest of the Michelin deposit held by Paladin Energy.
- Contains historical Inferred Mineral Resources estimate of 5.1 million tonnes at an average grade of 0.044% U 3 O 8 containing 4.91 million lbs of U 3 O 8 . This estimate is considered to be a “historical estimate” under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and is not considered by LUR to be current. (See Table 1 below)
- Covers a strike length of 750 meters and extends down-dip in the plane of mineralization to 663 meters within a broadly undulating sheetlike body and is open in all directions.
- Located 9 km to the west along strike from the Melody Hill prospect where significant high grade uranium values of up to 28.2% occur in granite boulders (now owned by Paladin Energy) and Melody Hill North prospect (owned by LUR).
Reconnaissance fieldwork conducted by LUR to the northeast of the Anna Lake Property during the 2022 field season revealed potential for a similar boulder train to that described by Bayswater at the Anna Lake Deposit. LUR hopes to confirm this with future planned exploration work.
Table 1: Anna Lake Historical Mineral Resource Estimate (North and South) 1,2,3
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U 3 O 8
- The mineral resource estimate contained in this table is considered to be a “historical estimate” as defined under NI 43-101, and is not considered by LUR to be current and is not being treated as such. A Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources. LUR would need to review and verify the scientific information and conduct an analysis and reconciliation of historical drill and geological data in order to verify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource.
- Reported by Bayswater Uranium Corporation in a Technical Report entitled “Form 43-101 Technical Report on the Anna Lake Uranium Project, Central Mineral Belt, Labrador, Canada”, prepared by R. Dean Fraser, P.Geo. and Gary H. Giroux, P.Eng., dated August September 30, 2009.
A 3-dimensional geologic model of the deposit was created for the purpose of the resource estimate using the Gemcom/Surpac modeling software. A solid model was created using a minimum grade x thickness cutoff of 3 meters grading 0.03% U
. Intersections not meeting this cutoff were generally not incorporated into the model. The shell of this modeled zone was then used to constrain the mineralization for the purpose of the block model. Assay composites 2.5 meters in length that honoured the mineralized domains were used to interpolate grades into blocks using ordinary kriging. An average specific gravity of 2.93 was used to convert volumes to tonnes. The specific gravity data was acquired in-house and consisted of an average of seventeen samples collected from the mineralised section of the core. The resource was classified into Measured, Indicated or Inferred using semi-variogram ranges applied to search ellipses. All resources estimated at Anna Lake fall under the “Inferred” category due to the wide spaced drill density.
LUR would need to conduct an exploration program, including twinning of historical drill holes to verify the Anna Lake Project estimate as a current mineral resource.
Moran B Prospect (Figure 1)
- Addition of the Moran Lake B Zone strategically adds to the Moran Lake Trend, 3 km to the northeast of the Moran Lake Deposit.
- Occurs near the edge of a large gabbroic intrusion associated with a pronounced aeromagnetic anomaly that is much more widespread than the intrusions mapped surface expression, suggesting it could be more extensive at depth.
- Previous results from chip sampling of surface mineralization indicate polymetallic mineralization grading 0.087% U3O8, 0.28% Cu, 13.23 g/t Ag over 11.8 meters (Crosshair Assessment report, Froude, T., 2005).Grab sampling reporting from a 2003 property visit to an original Shell surface trench returned 0.46% Cu, 31.7 g/t Ag and 1.03 g/t Au (Crosshair Assessment report, Froude, T., 2005).
- Grab sampling reporting from a 2003 property visit to an original Shell surface trench returned 0.46% Cu, 31.7 g/t Ag and 1.03 g/t Au (Crosshair Assessment report, Froude, T., 2005).
Drill campaigns in 2006 and 2008 intersected significant uranium mineralization in several holes.
Figure 1: Labrador Uranium Projects and Claims on the Central Mineral Belt in Labrador.
Geophysical Survey (Figure 2)
With the proceeds from the current capital raise, the Company is planning to complete a belt-wide airborne gravity survey over a significant percentage of the Central Mineral Belt (“CMB”), essentially covering all current Company tenured areas and beyond.
Significant Iron Oxide Copper-Gold-Uranium (“IOCGU”) deposits, analogous to those we believe are potentially present in the CMB, are invariably marked by oval-shaped, kilometer-scale gravity anomalies, reflecting enormous accumulations of iron-rich hydrothermal alteration. The Company is encouraged by the fact that an earlier, but smaller, airborne gravity survey completed by Monster Copper in 2003 in the western part of the CMB, successfully defined large masses of hematite-altered, mafic volcanic rocks closely associated with important uranium and copper occurrences around Moran Lake.
The types of large and productive mineral systems for which the Company is exploring in the CMB would be detected by the initially wide-spaced (400 meters) airborne survey, with closer spaced (200 and 100 meters) infill surveying planned to focus on significant density anomalies. Machine Learning targeting technology, currently being developed by the Company, is being incorporated into the planning process, assisting in defining the limits and focus of the airborne gravity survey.
The planned airborne gravity survey will give the Company a corporate advantage in the exploration of the CMB, helping to focus the Company´s future exploration for large Copper-Gold-Uranium deposits.
Figure 2: Outline of planned airborne geophysical survey for the CMB, Labrador with clipped regional residual magnetics underlay.
Private Placement of Flow-Through Units
LUR is also pleased to announce that it has completed a non-brokered private placement offering of up to 6,111,111 flow-through units in the capital of LUR (the “Units”) at a price of $0.45 per Unit for gross proceeds of $2,998,800 (the “Flow-Through Offering”). Each Unit consists of one “flow-through” Common Share (each, an “FT Share”) in the capital of the LUR within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Canada Income Tax Act (“ITA”) and one-half of one “non-flow-through” common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one non-flow-through Common Share (each, a “Warrant Share”) at an exercise price of $0.60 per Warrant Share for a period of 24 months.
The proceeds of the Flow-Through Offering are expected to be used to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” (within the meaning of the ITA) related to the Company’s CMB property for renunciation to the subscribers under the Flow-Through Offering.
In addition, an aggregate of 333,200 common shares of LUR were issued as finder’s fees to arm’s length parties that introduced the Company to certain subscribers participating in the Flow-Through Offering. All securities issued in connection with the Flow-Through Offering are subject to approval of the CSE and a statutory hold period under Canadian securities legislation ending four months and one day following the date of issuance.
Voluntary Filing of Technical Report
Labrador Uranium is also pleased to announce that it has filed an updated NI 43-101 technical Report for the CMB Project area on a voluntary basis in order to reflect the increased land package of the CMB Project area. The technical report entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report, Central Mineral Belt Property, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada” with an effective Date of May 7, 2022 and signing date of November 7, 2022 is now available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .
Technical Disclosure and Qualified Person
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Matthew Melnyk, M.Sc., CPG, an advisor to LUR, who is a “Qualified Person” (as defined in NI 43-101).
About Labrador Uranium Inc.
Labrador Uranium is engaged in the exploration and development of uranium projects in Labrador, Canada and holds a dominant land position with 52 Mineral Licences covering 152,825 ha in the prolific Central Mineral Belt (“CMB”) in central Labrador and the Notakwanon Project in northern Labrador. Currently, the Company is advancing the district scale CMB Project which includes the Moran Lake Deposit and Mustang Lake Project. The CMB Project area surrounds several known uranium prospects, including Paladin Energy’s Michelin deposit, with substantial past exploration work completed, and numerous occurrences of uranium, copper and IOCG style mineralization.
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Forward-looking information and statements also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, performances and achievements of Labrador Uranium to differ materially from any projections of results, performances and achievements of Labrador Uranium expressed or implied by such forward-looking information or statements, including, among others: limited operating history, negative operating cash flow and dependence on third party financing, uncertainty of additional financing, delays or failure to obtain required permits and regulatory approvals, no known mineral resources/reserves, aboriginal title and consultation issues, reliance on key management and other personnel; potential downturns in economic conditions; availability of third party contractors; availability of equipment and supplies; failure of equipment to operate as anticipated; accidents, effects of weather and other natural phenomena and other risks associated with the mineral exploration industry; changes in laws and regulation, competition, and uninsurable risks, community relations, delays in obtaining governmental or other approvals and the risk factors with respect to Labrador Uranium set out in LUR’s listing statement dated March 2, 2022 filed with the Canadian securities regulators and available under LUR’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .
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