Marathon Completes Financing with Rambler and Announces Exploration Plans at Valentine Lake

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Marathon Gold Corporation ("Marathon" or the "Company") (TSX: MOZ) announced the closing of its subscription agreement (the "Subscription Agreement"), previously announced on December 4, 2013, with Rambler  Metals  and  Mining  Canada  Limited ("Rambler"), a wholly-owned  subsidiary of Rambler Metals and Mining plc (TSXV: RAB, AIM: RMM) pursuant to which Rambler will subscribe for common shares of Marathon by way of a non-brokered private placement for guaranteed subscription proceeds of $500,000, with an option to invest an additional $1.5 million.

The terms of the Subscription Agreement are set out below:

  • Rambler has purchased 1,176,470 common shares at a price of $0.2125 per share, for total proceeds of $250,000.  The share price for this subscription was based on a 10% premium to the 60-day volume-weighted average price ("VWAP") of Marathon's shares prior to the signing of the Subscription Agreement.
  • Rambler will subsequently subscribe for additional common shares with a value of $250,000.  The share price for this subscription, which will close no later than April 30, 2014, will be the greater of a 10% premium to the 60-day VWAP or a 10% premium to the 5-day VWAP on the day prior to Rambler giving notice of its intention to subscribe these shares.
  • Marathon has granted Rambler rights to purchase additional shares in four quarterly tranches of up to $375,000 per tranche commencing May 1, 2014 (the "Rights").  The pricing applicable to all investments pursuant to the Rights will be the greater of a 10% discount to the 60-day VWAP or a 10% discount to the 5-day VWAP on the day prior to Rambler giving notice of its intention to subscribe these shares.  If Rambler does not exercise its purchase rights in any quarter, they may elect to carry such rights forward for an additional three months subject to Marathon's consent under the same pricing conditions as the quarterly terms.
  • Marathon has granted Rambler the right to participate in future financings to maintain its proportionate interest in Marathon's shares, and Marathon and Rambler have agreed that any investments both pursuant to the Rights and subsequently to March 31, 2016 will be capped such that Rambler's interest remains below 20%, except by mutual agreement.

The proceeds of this and subsequent investments by Rambler will be focused on advancing Marathon's Valentine Lake Project. This initial investment will be used to drill test the trenching results from Marathon's third quarter exploration program at the Sprite and Victory Zones. The Victory trenches are approximately 400 meters along strike from the resource boundary of the Victory Gold Deposit, and the area between the trenches and the resource boundary will be test drilled as well.

About Marathon Gold Corporation

Marathon is a Toronto based gold resource development company focused on the Valentine Lake property in central Newfoundland. Marathon's mission is to rapidly advance the Valentine Lake Project. For more information visit: www.marathon-gold.com.

About the Valentine Lake Project

The Valentine Lake property, owned 100% by Marathon Gold Corporation, hosts two well defined gold deposits with NI 43-101 compliant resources: the Leprechaun Gold Deposit and the Victory Gold Deposit. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is located near the south-western end of the Valentine Lake property, and the Victory Gold Deposit is located 13 kilometers along strike to the north-east.  These gold deposits form part of a 23 km long, highly prospective gold-bearing mineralized corridor focused along the Valentine Lake Thrust Fault.

The Leprechaun Gold Deposit has a NI 43-101 compliant Open Pit and Underground Resource (refer to August 1, 2013 news release). The Open Pit Resource is Measured 3.5 million tonnes containing 247,000 oz Au, and Indicated 6.2 million tonnes containing 412,000 oz Au, and Inferred 1.2 million tonnes at 1.82 g/t Au containing 71,000 oz Au. The Underground Resource is Measured 108,000 tonnes containing 17,000 oz Au, and Indicated 764,000 tonnes containing 100,000 oz Au, and Inferred 349,000 tonnes containing 69,000 oz Au.

The Victory Gold Deposit (formerly Valentine East Hill) has an Open Pit Resource (refer to August 1, 2013 news release). The Open Pit Resource is Indicated 761,000 tonnes containing 41,000 oz Au, and Inferred 199,000 tonnes containing 9,000 oz Au. Both deposits are open to expansion.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Except for statements of historical fact relating to Marathon Gold Corporation, certain information contained herein constitutes "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "believes", "considers", "intends", "targets", or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could". We provide forward-looking statements for the purpose of conveying information about our current expectations and plans relating to the future and readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes.  By its nature, this information is subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those identified and reported in Marathon Gold Corporation's public filings, which may be accessed at www.sedar.com.  Other than as specifically required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events, results or otherwise.

SOURCE: Marathon Gold Corporation

For further information:

Phillip Walford
President and CEO
Tel: 1-416-987-0711
E-mail: pwalford@marathon-gold.com

Christopher Haldane
Investor Relations Manager
Tel: 1-416-987-0714
Email: chaldane@marathon-gold.com

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