Vancouver, British Columbia – October 6, 2022 – Batero Gold Corp. (“Batero,” “The Company”) (TSX- V: BAT) (Frankfurt:68B) (Pinksheets: BELDF) today announced the results of Mineral Resource update and the preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”) of its 100% owned by the Company on La Cumbre project located in in the department of Risaralda, Colombia.

 

Highlights include:

  • The present Mineral Resource update now include the Primary zone, which increase the resources in 113 Mt with 0.462 Au g/t and 1.7 Moz Au.
  • The project has two phases with different capital investments in order to reach the infrastructure requirements of each phase. The first phase corresponds to the mining of the ore contained in the oxide and transition zones, which will be agglomerated and processed in leach pads at a throughput of 15 ktpd. The second phase involves the mining of the primary sulfide zone that will be processed in a flotation and gravimetry plant at a throughput of 30 ktpd.
  • Stage I will have an average annual production of approximately 75.4 koz Au and 96.4 koz Ag. The second stage expands mining activities into the sulphide zone and extends the mine life to 14 years with average annual production of approximately 131.7 koz Au and 230.1 koz Ag.
  • In the first stage, 452 koz Au and 578 koz Ag will be produced. In the second stage, 1.18 Moz Au and 2.15 Moz Ag will be produced.
  • The estimate capital expenditure for phase one totals US$169.5 million of initial capital while phase two totals US$248.3 million for the expansion.
  • The total operating cost including mining, processing, site G&A, treatment and refining adds to a total of US$1,113 million. The C1 cash cost on a by-product basis over the life-of-mine totals US$684/oz of gold or US$12.90/t milled.
  • The economic analysis was performed assuming a 5% discount rate. The pre-tax NPV discounted at 5% is US$730 million; the IRR is 47.5%, and payback period is 1.9 years. On a post-tax basis, the NPV discounted at 5% is $481 million, the IRR is 32.1%, and the payback period is 2.5 years.

All dollar amounts are in US dollars, unless otherwise noted.

The valuation metrics presented in this news release are based on a preliminary economic assessment that includes an economic analysis of the potential viability of the mineral resources. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability; however, given the advanced engineering detail of the components, this could be considered as an advance estimate of potential Mineral Reserves. This preliminary economic assessment is preliminary in nature, including resources inferred in the Mineral Resources Statement that are considered too geologically speculative to apply the economic considerations that would allow them to be classified as mineral reserves. However, for the estimation of the mine life and consequent economic evaluation, all material considered as an inferred resource was considered as waste. See "Qualified Person and NI 43-101" below.

Successfully Executing an Alternative Strategy

Batero is carrying out all the processes related to activating the “proportionality test” with the Emberá Karambá indigenous community with the objective that, together with the protocolization stage carried out with the Emberá Chami group, the prior consultation process can be fulfilled with both indigenous biases, in order to file the environmental impact study (EIS).

Discovering New Mineralization on Patented Mining Claims

Three intrusive centers have been identified within the mining property: Dos Quebradas, Mandeval-Centro and La Cumbre. They are copper-poor gold porphyry-type systems in which the intermediate argillic conclusion locally overprints an early potassic assemblage and stockwork of quartz veins, where gold is found in altered dioritic intrusions and contact zones. The Dos Quebradas and Centro-Mandeval intrusives were verified with some drilling, pending their characterization and development of the filling program to determine their mining potential. Additionally, to the south of the property, epithermal-type mineralized structures and the presence of mineralized breccias have been found.

Expanding Private Land Package

Batero has been acquiring surface property that is within the area of influence of the pit and mining infrastructure. To date, it has 67 properties corresponding to 250.51 Ha, which fully cover the area of influence of the pit and the area of influence of the deposit of organic and waste material located north of the pit and, partially, the areas corresponding to the stockpile and plant.

The pending properties are under evaluation of the state of titles and commercial appraisals.

Unlocking District Potential

Following the success of exploration in the mining concessions, Batero began evaluating alternative design options to generate value within this potential district. This included the reevaluation of the 2018 Mineral Resources, the incorporation of new Mineral Resources from successful exploration results and the completion of metallurgical testing, leading to a comprehensive review of the mine plan, the design of the process, mining infrastructure siting strategies, and permitting requirements for the new project.

2022 PEA Summary

The La Cumbre Project contemplates a two-phases mine plan, the first phase reflects a 6-year mine life. Phase II extends the mine life to 14 years through an expansion to the sulphide zone by gravimetry and flotation.

Phase I contemplates average annual production of up to 75.4 koz Au and 96.4 koz Ag over a 6-year mine life. Phase II contemplates an expansion of the processing facilities which would increase average annual production up to 131.7 koz Au and 230.1 koz Ag. over the remaining life of mine. The total operating cost including mining, processing, site G&A, treatment and refining adds to a total of US$1,113 million. The C1 cash cost on a by-product basis over the life-of-mine totals US$684/ oz of gold or US$12.90/t milled. 21. The estimate for phase one capital expenditure includes a contingency of 12.8% and totals US$169.5 million of initial capital while phase two includes a contingency of 25% and totals US$248.3 million for the expansion.

The first stage, designed to treat the ore from the oxide and transition zones at a rate of 15,000 tons per day, has as its principal process the extraction of gold by leaching with cyanide solution in dynamic pads with estimated recovery of 85.5% in 18 days of spraying. The second stage, designed to treat 30,000 tons per day of ore from the primary zone, aims to concentrate the gold-bearing ore by gravimetric and flotation processes, with laboratory tests estimating a recovery of 84.9% between the two concentrates. Subsequently, the concentrates are leached by the CIL process, where a recovery of 95% is estimated, giving an overall recovery of 80.6% gold.

With the inclusion of phase II and assuming a gold price of $1,750 per ounce, the pre-tax net present value of the total project using a 5% discount rate is US$730 million; the IRR is 47.5%, and payback period is 1.9 years. On a post-tax basis, the NPV discounted at 5% is $481 million, the IRR is 32.1%, and the payback period is 2.5 years.

According to the tables 1 and 2 the valuation metrics are highly sensitive to the gold price and at a price of $1,925 per ounce, the post-tax net present value of LOM, using a 5% discount rate, increases to $609 million and the internal rate of return in LOM increases to 38.4%.

Table 1

1NPV 5% at Various Scenarios

Variation

Gold prices (US$m)

Silver prices (US$m)

Opex (US$m)

Initial capex (US$m)

Sustaining capex (US$m)

(20%)

223

476

586

535

486

(10%)

352

478

533

508

483

Base Case

481

481

481

481

481

10%

609

483

428

453

478

20%

737

486

375

426

475

1.Net present value and internal rate of return are shown on a post-tax basis.

Table 2

IRR at Various Scenarios

Variation

Gold prices (%)

Silver prices (%)

Opex (%)

Initial capex (%)

Sustaining capex (%)

(20%)

18.7%

31.9%

37.0%

41.8%

32.4%

(10%)

25.6%

32.0%

34.6%

36.5%

32.3%

Base Case

32.1%

32.1%

32.1%

32.1%

32.1%

10%

38.4%

32.3%

29.7%

28.5%

32.0%

20%

44.5%

32.4%

27.1%

25.5%

31.9%

A summary of key valuation, production and cost details from the PEA can be found below in Table 3. For further details, including operating and cash flow metrics provided on an annual basis, please refer to Exhibit 1 and 2 at the end of this news release. For further details regarding the nature of the PEA and its limitations, please refer to “Qualified Person and NI 43-101” below.

Table 3

LoM Financial Valuation and Parameters

Item

Unit

Open pit

Commodity Prices (Long term)

Gold Price

US$/oz

$1,750

Silver Price

US$/oz

$22.00

LoM Mine Plan Summary

Mine Life

Years

14.0

Minable resource1

kt

106,594

Gold grade

g/t

0.56

Silver grade

g/t

1.57

Processing Rate

tpd

15,000-30,000

LoM Processing Recovery (Oxide and Transitional Materials)

Gold Recovery

%

85.5%

Silver Recovery

%

46.9%

LoM Revenue

Net Revenue

US$M

$2,905.4

LoM Operating Cost

Mining

$/t processed

3.66

Processing

$/t processed

6.98

Site G&A

$/t processed

0.22

Treatment, Refining, Freight

$/t processed

0.13

By-product credits

$/t processed

(0.55)

C1 Cash Operating Cost

US$/oz

684.22

AISC Cost

US$/oz

770.89

Operating Costs

US$M

$1,171.5

Royalties

US$M

$92.5

LoM Cash Flow

EBITDA

US$M

$1,641.4

Net Cash Flow

Less: Cash taxes

US$M

($352.4)

Less: Change in working capital

US$M

$0.0

Less: Capital expenditures

US$M

($466.3)

Net Cash Flow

US$M

$822.7

Post-Tax NPV 5%

US$M

$480.6

Post-Tax IRR

US$M

32.1%

Payback (1st phase)

Years

2.5

  1. Gold spot price 1575 US$/oz and silver spot price 20 US$/oz. Cut-off for leachable materials is 0.243 Au g/t and for mill process is 0.20 Au g/t

Overview of Proposed Operation

Batero Gold's La Cumbre project is planned to be a traditional open pit truck and excavator operation with a flotation sulphide gold processing plant and an oxide leach processing facility producing gold and silver doré bars.

The proposed ore haulage at the La Cumbre project is based on a conveyor belt system in addition to 35-tonne capacity trucks. Minera Quinchia considers that possibility of using only trucks as transportation method would increase social risks due to increased road traffic. Consequently, the ore will be transported by trucks to a temporary zone within the project area, and from there, it is being planned to use conveyor belts to transport it to the interim stockpiles in the La Perla or Matecaña sector. This re-handling is planned to be supported by load haul dump (LHD) equipment to the area assigned for final heap leaching.

An additional benefit of using a belt conveyor system is the potential generation of electrical energy from the operations in the favorable -549 m vertical distance over 2250 m in length. The overland belts have a descending path that allows conceptualizing their regenerative nature, resulting in a possible economic advantage estimated at -0.09 $/ton compared to truck system transport. These possibilities are still under study and have not been defined in this PEA.

The overall mining operation is expected to be a 2-phase open pit. Phase I will operate on land 100% owned by Batero Gold and will last 6 years. This phase is focused on extracting ore from the oxide and transition zones and their recovery through the leaching process. All waste and tailings will be disposed in dumps and pads located on private land owned by Batero Gold. Phase II of the Project has exploration completed and will extend the life of the mine up to 14 years, all permitting is supposed to be completed and the remaining land acquisition will be completed.

During phase I, 23% of commercial ounces will be obtained with the operation at a mining rate of 15,000 tons per day, both the ore and the waste will be transported through the overland conveyor, which has an approximate capacity of 30,000 tons per day. Phase II will operate at a rate of 30,000 tons per day, waste dumps will be located north of the pit and will be transported by mining trucks, during this phase the remaining 73% of planned ounces will be obtained.

The waste storage facilities (WSF) and tailings storage facility (TSF) for Batero are under conceptual design, in contrast to the heap leaching area which is at an advanced stage of design (can be considered as PFS).

Mineral Resource Estimate

The mineral resource estimate has an effective date of December 31, 2021, that is the cut-off date for information used in the estimate. Mineral resources that are not reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Table 4 summarizes the mineral resource estimate for the La Cumbre deposit.

Table 4
Total Mineral Resource Statement for All Mineral Zones - December 31, 2021:

Resource

Volume

Density

Tonnage

Au g/t

Au oz

Ag g/t

Ag oz

Measured

49,317,902

2.624

129,421,866

0.509

2,117,649

1.52

6,336,330

Indicated

2,411,421

2.606

6,283,667

0.383

77,476

0.45

91,432

Meas. + Ind.

51,729,322

2.623

135,705,533

0.503

2,195,124

1.47

6,427,763

Inferred

356,987

2.533

904,088

0.413

12,005

1.32

38,472

Notes to accompany La Cumbre Mineral Resource tables:

  1. Mineral Resources have an effective date of December 31, 2021. The Qualified Person for the estimate is Mr. Walter La Torre, CP and MAusIMM.
  2. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability
  3. Mineral Resources are reported within a conceptual optimized pit that uses the following input parameters: Au price: US$1,750/troy oz and US$22.0/troy oz Ag, mining cost: US$1.95/t, process cost (including G&A): US$9.08/t processed, gold selling cost: US$47.00/troy oz and overall slope angle of 38°.
  4. Gold recovery in the oxide and transitional zones was fixed at 85.5%. Gold recovery in the primary zone was fixed at 84.1%.
  5. Mineral Resources (Oxide) are reported using a 0.218 Au g/t cut off grade.
  6. Mineral Resources (Transitional) are reported using a 0.218 Au g/t cut off grade.
  7. Mineral Resources (Primary) are reported using a 0.179 Au g/t cut off grade.
  8. Totals may not sum due to rounding as required by reporting guidelines.

Qualified Persons

Mr. Walter La Torre, MAusIMM (CP), is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43 101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators. Mr. La Torrre reviewed and approved the scientific or technical disclosure in this release and has verified the data disclosed.

About Batero Gold

Batero Gold Corp. is a precious and base metals advanced exploration company. The company's objective is to develop the La Cumbre deposit. La Cumbre is located within the Company’s 100% owned Batero-Quinchia Gold Project, which sits within Colombia’s emerging and prolific Mid Cauca gold and copper belt, which has measured and indicated resources of about 2.2 million ounces of gold and 6.4 million ounces of silver. In pursuing these objectives, Batero plans to leverage its secure treasury position, strong regional relationships, experienced management team, and long- term financial partners. Shares of the Vancouver-based company trade on the TSX-Venture Exchange under the symbol “BAT”.

For further information please visit the Batero Gold Resource website at http://www.baterogold.com or contact:

Gonzalo de Losada President and CEO Batero Gold Corporation

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.baterogold.com

Tel: + 57 6046041948

 

 

Exhibit 1: Mine Plan and processing schedule

Table 5
Life of Mine Plan

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Year 14

LoM

Ore Leach kt

3,844

5,400

5,400

5,400

1,293

571

193

232

492

834

550

0

0

0

24,209

Ore Mill kt

65

94

223

34

3,563

6,800

7,534

8,883

10,800

10,800

10,800

10,800

10,800

1,187

82,384

Waste kt

1,605

1,281

1,190

770

2,392

1,948

3,007

6,482

11,952

7,777

7,129

4,163

2,485

9

52,191

Leach Au g/t

0.61

0.81

0.77

0.70

0.52

0.60

0.50

0.42

0.39

0.33

0.30

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.68

Leach Ag g/t

1.46

1.55

1.73

1.72

1.45

1.45

1.94

1.34

1.56

1.23

0.92

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.58

Mill Au g/t

0.52

0.66

0.69

0.74

0.78

0.84

0.65

0.63

0.48

0.44

0.45

0.42

0.42

0.42

0.53

Mill Ag g/t

1.42

1.44

1.49

1.70

1.67

1.73

1.82

1.54

1.45

1.73

1.52

1.37

1.51

1.42

1.57

Note: Leach include oxide and transitional ore. Mill is referred as Flotation-Gravimetry plant and include only primary sulfide ore.

Table 6
Processing Schedule

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Year 14

Heap Leaching

Processing ore Mt

3.80

5.40

5.40

5.40

1.30

         

2.90

     

Au g/t

0.61

0.81

0.77

0.70

0.52

         

0.40

     

Ag g/t

1.46

1.55

1.73

1.72

1.45

         

1.33

     

Flotation

Processing ore kt

       

4.00

6.80

7.50

8.90

10.8

10.80

10.80

10.80

10.80

1.20

Au g/t

       

0.78

0.84

0.65

0.63

0.48

0.44

0.45

0.42

0.42

0.42

Ag g/t

       

1.67

1.73

1.82

1.54

1.45

1.73

1.52

1.37

1.51

1.42

Note: Processing ore include leach and sulfide ore. Leach include oxide and transitional ore. Mill is referred as Flotation-Gravimetry plant and include only primary sulfide ore. Treatment plan is a conceptual plan from the strategic mine plan at PEA level prepared by Batero’s staff.

Exhibit 2: Detailed Cash Flow Model and Key Assumptions

A detailed cash flow model containing annual production and cost information is shown below. Overall assumptions for commodity prices, marketing parameters, operating costs and capital costs are also provided.

Table 7
Financial Model Summary

Item

Units

Year -1

Year 0

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year

8

Year

9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year

13

Year 14

Total LoM

Gold price

US$/oz

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

1750

Silver price

US$/oz

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

22

Mining t ore

kt

-

3,909

5,494

5,623

5,434

4,856

7,371

7,727

9,115

11,292

11,634

11,350

10,800

10,800

1,187

-

106,594

Mining t waste rock

kt

-

1,605

1,281

1,190

770

2,392

1,948

3,007

6,482

11,952

7,777

7,129

4,163

2,485

9

-

52,191

Strip Ratio

W:O

-

0.41x

0.23x

0.21x

0.14x

0.49x

0.26x

0.39x

0.71x

1.06x

0.67x

0.63x

0.39x

0.23x

0.01x

-

0.49x

Processing t ore

kt

-

3,844

5,400

5,400

5,400

5,273

6,800

7,534

8,883

10,800

10,800

13,672

10,800

10,800

1,187

-

106,594

Gold Grade

%

-

0.61

0.81

0.77

0.7

0.72

0.84

0.65

0.63

0.48

0.44

0.44

0.42

0.42

0.42

-

0.56

Silver Grade

%

-

1.46

1.55

1.73

1.72

1.62

1.73

1.82

1.54

1.45

1.73

1.48

1.37

1.51

1.42

-

1.57

Payable Gold

koz

-

64

120

114

104

102

153

131

151

140

129

161

121

122

14

-

1,627

Payable Silver

koz

-

82

123

137

136

135

190

222

222

253

302

321

239

264

27

-

2,651

Gold revenues

US$m

-

113

211

200

182

179

268

230

264

245

226

282

212

214

24

-

2,847

Silver revenues

US$m

-

2

3

3

3

3

4

5

5

6

7

7

5

6

1

-

58

Total Revenue

US$m

-

114.3

213.4

202.7

184.8

182

271.7

234.6

269.1

250.1

232.4

289.5

217

219.4

24.2

-

2,905.40

(-) Downstream costs

US$m

-

-0.5

-0.9

-0.9

-0.8

-0.8

-1.2

-1.1

-1.2

-1.2

-1.1

-1.4

-1

-1.1

-0.1

-

-13.4

Net Revenue

US$m

-

113.8

212.4

201.8

184

181.2

270.5

233.5

267.9

249

231.3

288.1

216

218.3

24.1

-

2,892.00

(-) Mining costs

US$m

-

-13.6

-16.7

-16.8

-15.7

-18.8

-23.5

-26.8

-38

-55.6

-46.7

-44.6

-36.4

-32.5

-4.9

-

-390.6

(-) Processing costs

US$m

-

-31.7

-43.9

-43.9

-43.9

-37.5

-45.5

-50.2

-58.9

-71.3

-71.3

-93.8

-71.3

-71.3

-9.4

-

-743.9

(-) G&A

US$m

-

-1.5

-1.5

-1.5

-1.5

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-1.7

-

-23.6

(-) Royalties

US$m

-

-3.6

-6.8

-6.5

-5.9

-5.8

-8.7

-7.5

-8.6

-8

-7.4

-9.2

-6.9

-7

-0.8

-

-92.5

EBITDA

US$m

-

63

144

133

117

117

191

147

161

112

104

139

100

106

7

-

1,641

EBITDA Margin

%

-

55%

67%

66%

63%

64%

70%

63%

60%

45%

45%

48%

46%

48%

30%

-

56%

C1 cash cost

US$m

-

45.5

60.3

60.1

59

55.9

67.8

75

95

124.2

114.2

134.5

105.2

100.8

15.6

-

1,113.20

AISC

US$m

-

49.2

67.1

76.1

64.8

61.7

88.3

82.4

103.6

143.5

121.6

143.7

112.1

107.8

16.3

15.8

1,254.20

C1 cash cost

US$/oz

-

707.7

501.3

527.1

567.3

546.7

443.5

571.1

629

888.8

885.2

833.1

869.6

826.2

1,152.3

-

684.2

AISC

US$/oz

-

764.3

557.8

667.3

624

603.4

577.9

628

685.8

1,026.4

942.6

890.3

926.7

883.5

1,209.4

-

770.9

(-) Cash taxes

US$m

-

-13.6

-40.2

-36.9

-29.5

-27.9

-47.9

-33.8

-35.9

-18.1

-15.7

-21.9

-14.3

-16.1

-0.5

-

-352.4

(-) Change in working capital

US$m

-

-16.1

-12.9

1.3

2.3

0.5

-11.7

4.3

-5.1

1.1

2.6

-7.9

10.2

-0.1

27.9

3.7

-

(-) Capital expenditures

US$m

-169.5

-

-

-9.5

-149

-99.3

-11.9

-

-

-11.3

-

-

-

-

-

-15.8

-466.3

Unlevered Free Cash Flow

US$m

-169.5

33.7

90.4

87.9

-59.2

-9.5

119.6

117.8

119.7

84.1

91.1

108.9

95.6

89.5

34.7

-12.1

822.7

Cumulative Cash Flow

US$m

-169.5

-135.8

-45.4

42.5

-16.7

-26.1

93.5

211.3

331

415.1

506.2

615.1

710.7

800.1

834.8

822.7

 

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CONSENT OF QUALIFIED PERSON, Mr. FERNANDO LINARES QUIROA.

CONSENT OF QUALIFIED PERSON, Mr. WALTER LA TORRE CHAMBI.