|November 21, 2016 — Amarc Resources Ltd. (“Amarc” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: AHR; OTCBB: AXREF) is pleased to announce it plans to acquire a 100% interest in two important-scale porphyry copper deposit targets located in north-central and central British Columbia (“BC”) respectively, known as JOY and DUKE. Both properties represent significant potential for the discovery of porphyry copper-gold and copper-molybdenum deposits. Along with Amarc’s IKE porphyry copper-molybdenum deposit and the promising porphyry copper (± gold ± molybdenum ± silver) deposit targets proximal to the IKE discovery, JOY and DUKE will serve to diversify and strengthen the Company’s portfolio of quality porphyry projects.
The JOY porphyry copper-gold deposit target lies some 15 km north of the productive Kemess porphyry gold-copper district, where Northgate Minerals produced 3 million ounces of gold and 784 million pounds of copper over a 12-year period to 20101 (Kemess South), and AuRico Metals recently announced a 628 m intercept grading 0.53 g/t Au and 0.41% Cu2 (Kemess East). The Kemess District is well-known to Amarc’s technical team as Hunter Dickinson Inc. (“HDI”), with whom Amarc is associated, is credited as the first company to recognize its true porphyry potential — acquiring both the early-stage Kemess South and Kemess North prospects and advancing them into significant porphyry copper-gold deposits. Additionally, three past-producing silver-gold mines occur just 10 to 20 km west of JOY. The Lawyers, Baker and Shasta precious metal mines produced a total of 5.5 million ounces of silver and 234,000 ounces of gold from epithermal veins, stockworks and breccias between 1989 and 20003 .
The DUKE deposit target is located within the well-known Babine porphyry-copper district, just 30 km north of former mines (Bell and Granisle) operated by Noranda Minerals Inc. between 1966 and 1992, producing a total of 1.1 billion pounds of copper, 634,000 ounces of gold and 3.5 million ounces of silver4 . DUKE is also just 10 km northeast of the Morrison Deposit, a 225 million tonne copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry deposit with a completed Feasibility Study5 .
Amarc has entered into two separate transactions — one with a company owned by director Robert A. Dickinson, and the other directly with Robert A. Dickinson. The first is for the purchase of a 100% working interest in the JOY and DUKE porphyry copper deposit targets. The two projects are being acquired at the vendor’s direct costs of $492,639. In order to fund these acquisitions, Amarc has signed a Loan Consolidation Agreement with Mr. Dickinson, pursuant to which a previous two-year loan of $1 million coming due November 26, 2016 has been extended for three years on customary conditions, and increased to $1.5 million. The Loan remains unsecured and will bear interest at a rate of 9% per annum. Amarc will issue a Loan bonus of 10,000,000 three-year term common share purchase warrants with an exercise price of $0.08 per share. Both of the transactions are subject to regulatory approval.
The JOY property is located 310 km north-northwest of Mackenzie in an area of moderate topography in the prolific Kemess porphyry belt of the Toodoggone Region of north-central B.C. The 7,200-hectare property is accessed by seasonal roads or helicopter from the Kemess Mine Site, located approximately 25 km due south. Seasonal roads to the nearby Pine and Brenda porphyry copper deposits come within 2.0 km and 0.5 km, respectively, of the JOY property boundary.
Recorded work by various past operators on the JOY claims began in 1968 and continued intermittently through to 2004. Over 2,000 soil samples, 840 rock samples and 30 silt samples were collected, but no ground geophysical surveys or drilling have been done, and there has been little geological mapping.
Compilation of all historical sampling along with a recently completed confirmation soil survey, has revealed the presence of several extensive areas of coincident and overlapping soil and rock anomalies, the most significant of which is Deposit Target 1 (DT-1) with a core area of 4.5 km2 within a larger cluster extending over approximately 9 km2 . The extensive coincident copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, lead and zinc soil anomalies at JOY are interpreted to potentially represent a shallowly buried copper-gold porphyry deposit.
Amarc has acquired 100% of the JOY mineral claims subject only to an underlying 3% NSR royalty from production, which has now been capped at $3.5 million.
The DUKE property is located 80 km northeast of Smithers BC, in subdued topography 25 km east of Babine Lake on the Nechako Plateau. The 6,600-hectare property is accessible from Smithers by road and a barge crossing of Babine Lake from Granisle. A longer, all road-based commute is available from Fort St. James, 150 km to the southeast.
DUKE was intermittently explored between 1965 and 2010 with geochemical, induced polarization (“IP”) and magnetometer surveys and also 30 shallow diamond drill holes. Extensive glacial cover precludes geological surveys and hinders geochemical survey interpretation, but many of the holes drilled intersected significant lengths of copper-molybdenum-silver-gold porphyry mineralization that remains open both laterally and to depth. One example, DDH-14, intersected 87 m of 0.40% Cu, 0.021% Mo, 2.2 g/t Ag and 0.05 g/t Au from 29 m to the end of the hole. In addition, IP survey results suggest the mineralized sulphide system may be offset by faulting, leaving a significant area of prospective ground yet to be drilled.
Amarc has secured a 100% interest in the DUKE property as well as extensive adjacent mineral claims over nearby second-order exploration targets.
About Amarc Resources Ltd.
Amarc is a BC-based mineral exploration and development company with an experienced and successful management team that is focused on advancing the IKE Project, a major new porphyry copper-molybdenum discovery combined with at least four nearby, important-scale and drill-ready porphyry copper deposit targets. With the IKE Project underway and Centerra Resources on board as a funding partner, Amarc has also acquired the JOY and DUKE porphyry copper projects in BC. The Company is now assessing plans for how best to advance these exciting new acquisitions.
Amarc is associated with HDI, a diversified, global mining company with a 25 year history of porphyry discovery and development success. Previous and current HDI porphyry projects include some of BC’s and the world’s most important mineral resources, such as Pebble, Mount Milligan, Kemess South, Kemess North, Gibraltar, Prosperity, Xietongmen, Newtongmen, Florence, Sisson and Maggie. From its head office in Vancouver, Canada, HDI applies its unique strengths and capabilities to acquire, develop, operate and monetize mineral projects to provide superior returns to shareholders.
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