Mandalay Resources provides half-year exploration updates for its Costerfield, Björkdal and Cerro Bayo mines and its Challacollo feasibility project

 

TORONTO, July 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Mandalay Resources Corporation ("Mandalay" or the "Company") (TSX: MND) is pleased to provide half-year exploration updates for all its sites.

Brad Mills, CEO of Mandalay, commented, "Our exploration programs across the Company continued on track to replace reserves and identify new potential areas for future growth.  At Costerfield, infill and extensional drilling of the Cuffley lode above the King Cobra fault has delivered mineralized intercepts that are expected to support additional reserves at the end-of-year estimation.  More exciting, we are confirming the extension of the Cuffley lode below the King Cobra fault in new intercepts and believe the shoot continues strongly at depth."

Mr. Mills continued, "At Cerro Bayo, drilling under Laguna Verde is revealing the southeast and depth limits of the Coyita vein, with a large gap between the northwest and southeastern zones (already estimated as Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves) still to be filled in during the second half of the year.  The newly discovered Camila vein to the northeast of Coyita is also emerging as a target for infill drilling.  Drilling to further define the Yasna vein under the lake will continue in the second half, as will widely spaced holes to develop an initial understanding of additional vein potential under the rest of Laguna Verde." 

"At Björkdal, we are focused on rebuilding the fundamental geological understanding of the mineralizing system, which increasingly appears to be contact metasomatic in origin, with multiple newly-recognized vein orientations. Abundant gold-bearing intercepts in open pit and underground extensional drilling as well as in initial drilling at the Rönnberget target (some 5 km to the east of the mine) demonstrates not only that the known mineralized zones are open to extension but that that gold is widely distributed in the district. Drilling for the rest of the year aims to grow the resource base available to open pit mining in the shortest term, to expand the limits of the underground resource to support application for expanding the mining concession and to test regional targets."

"Finally, at Challacollo, our feasibility study is nearly complete, with identification of a suitable water source for the proposed operation being the significant remaining factor.  We have decided to postpone submitting our EIS application until the water source can be specified, giving us a period of time to optimize the project with further exploration, as well as plant, capital cost and operating cost refinements."

Costerfield

Drilling, Sampling, and Assaying

During the first half of 2015, Mandalay drilled 4,515 m of diamond core in 19 holes. In addition, the Company completed 1,721 m of on-vein operating development and associated sampling of the N- and Cuffley lodes. Drill core was logged and sampled by Costerfield geologists, who also mapped and sampled the development advances. All samples were sent to Onsite Laboratory in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, for sample preparation and assay. Site geological and metallurgical personnel have implemented a QA/QC process that includes the regular submission of standard reference materials and blanks with drill and face samples submitted for assay. Standard reference materials have been certified by Geostats Pty Ltd. Please see the Company's previously filed technical report, "Costerfield Operation, Victoria, Australia, NI 43-101" dated March 31, 2015 and available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), for a full description of the drilling, logging, assaying and estimation processes, including data verification procedures.

Drill Results

Assay results are summarized in Tables 1, 2 and 3 below; they are displayed in geologic context in Figures 1, 2, and 3

Cuffley Main (Table 1; Figures 1, 2 and 3)

  • Four new intercepts were generated, one high-grade (AD119), one medium-grade (AD127), and two low-grade (AD118, AD126).
  • These intercepts were generated incidental to reaching the primary target in the Cuffley Deeps zone below the Tiger Fault and are not expected to significantly change the estimated resources in the Cuffley Main Zone as they penetrated the Main Zone within the boundaries of already-Indicated Resource.
  • However, they do increase the level of confidence for mine planning in the area.

Table 1: Significant new drill intercepts on Cuffley Main

Hole ID

Hole completion Date

Intercept Easting
(Mine Grid, m)

Intercept Northing
(Mine Grid, m)

Elevation
(m)

True Width* (m)

Gold Grade (g/t)

Antimony Grade
(%)

AuEq (g/t) over 1.8m **

Total Hole Depth (m)

AD118

13/01/2015

15178

4922

823

0.36

0.4

0.0

0.1

240.3

AD119

23/01/2015

15189

4874

825

1.09

37.0

8.30

32.5

330.3

AD126

5/05/2015

15187

4764

828

0.71

1.4

0.1

0.6

250.3

AD127

25/05/2015

15201

5014

844

0.35

44.5

12.5

13.7

198.7

* True width is preliminary estimate only and may not reflect final true width used in resource estimate



** AuEq(g/t) = Au(g) + Sb(%) x

Price per 10 Sb(kg) x Sb Recovery (%)

Price per 1 Au(g) x Au recovery (%)

Cuffley Deeps (Table 2; Figures 1 and 3)

  • High- and medium-grade mineralization is proved to continue downward into the currently Inferred Resource in Cuffley Deeps in AD114, AD116, AD118, AD121W1, AD123, and AD124W1.
  • These intercepts suggest a zone of high-grade mineralization just below the Tiger fault at the top and just above the King Cobra fault at the bottom of the fault block, with the intervening material inadequately drilled.
  • Mandalay believes the upper high-grade zone below the Tiger fault will support mining development and convert to reserves at year-end. The lower zone just above the King Cobra may not, but it could significantly enhance the viability of potential deeper development to reach emerging mineralization under the King Cobra fault (see below).
  • There is a significantly mineralized splay emerging in the Deeps block, intercepted in AD118, AD121W1 and AD129W1.

Cuffley below the King Cobra fault (Table 3, Figure 3)

  • Hole CSK001 intercepted a 28 m wide zone of quartz-stibnite-gold veins and veinlets, with the best (559 m elevation) containing 39.7 g/t Au and 1.4% Sb over 0.13 m.
  • This intercept is believed to be correlative with AD107, drilled and announced in 2014, which contained similarly high gold/low antimony values.
  • If this is true, then the two intercepts represent a zone with a strike length of at least 200 m and a depth extent of at least 100 m. CSK001 is the first of 8 holes planned to test below the King Cobra fault during the balance of 2015.

Table 2: Significant new drill intercepts on Cuffley Deeps

Hole ID

Hole completion Date

Intercept Easting
(Mine Grid, m)

Intercept Northing
(Mine Grid, m)

Elevation
(m)

True Width* (m)

Gold Grade (g/t)

Antimony Grade
(%)

AuEq (g/t) over 1.8m **

Total Hole Depth (m)

AD113

1/12/2014

15195

5041

851

0.16

11.6

8.8

2.6

180.3

AD114

25/11/2014

15177

5128

846

2.03

11.2

11.9

35.2

234.2

AD115

12/12/2014

15166

5204

843

0.71

0.8

0.3

0.6

247.9

AD116

4/12/2014

15170

5164

846

1.97

5.4

3.1

11.7

218.9

AD117

9/12/2014

15179

5084

798

0.10

27.0

8.0

2.4

209.5

AD118

13/01/2015

15177

4923

825

0.52

39.7

26.9

27.2

240.3

AD118***

13/01/2015

15172

4915

819

0.17

116.5

8.8

12.9

240.3

AD119

23/01/2015

15154

4830

798

0.14

2.6

0.6

0.3

330.3

AD120

2/02/2015

15171

4964

813

0.33

1.1

0.1

0.3

207.7

AD121W1***

13/02/2015

15177

4981

697

1.41

2.8

1.2

4.1

270.2

AD121W1

13/02/2015

15172

4979

688

1.28

4.5

4.5

9.7

270.2

AD122

23/02/2015

15173

4991

740

1.83

1.5

0.2

1.9

240.5

AD123***

1/04/2015

15158

4883

784

0.05

133.4

6.1

3.8

297.4

AD123

1/04/2015

15136

4858

763

0.21

34.3

20.8

8.7

297.4

AD124W1

18/03/2015

15162

5112

677

0.10

367.3

3.0

21.4

308.0

AD125W1

17/04/2015

15172

4960

725

0.07

19.5

5.8

1.2

245.3

AD126

5/05/2015

15111

4748

788

1.41

1.8

0.2

1.8

250.3

AD127

25/05/2015

15177

5009

827

0.18

1.1

0.2

0.1

198.7

AD128

19/05/2015

15129

4815

687

0.05

14.9

3.8

0.6

317.8

AD129W1

5/03/2015

15168

4933

689

1.30

2.9

0.9

3.4

320.4

AD129W1***

5/03/2015

15157

4925

674

0.05

17.7

11.6

1.2

320.4

* True width is preliminary estimate only and may not reflect final true width used in resource estimate



**  AuEq(g/t) = Au(g) + Sb(%) x

Price per 10 Sb(kg) x Sb Recovery (%)

Price per 1 Au(g) x Au recovery (%)


*** Intercept on a splay vein proximal to the continuous lode structure.

Table 3: Significant new drill intercepts on Cuffley lode from below the King Cobra fault

Hole ID

Hole completion Date

Intercept Easting
(Mine Grid, m)

Intercept Northing
(Mine Grid, m)

Elevation
(m)

True Width* (m)

Gold Grade (g/t)

Antimony Grade
(%)

AuEq (g/t) over 1.8m **

Total Hole Depth (m)

AD107

23/10/2014

15154

5226

675

0.09

173.0

0.0

9.1

413.5

CSK001

22/06/2015

15158

5025

585

1.45

0.2

1.4

2.4

449.4

CSK001

22/06/2015

15151

5024

579

0.09

0.4

3.0

0.3

449.4

CSK001

22/06/2015

15147

5024

576

0.08

0.1

4.4

0.4

449.4

CSK001

22/06/2015

15143

5023

573

1.15

0.6

1.0

1.7

449.4

CSK001

22/06/2015

15141

5023

571

0.93

1.8

1.4

2.6

449.4

CSK001

22/06/2015

15122

5021

559

0.13

39.7

1.4

3.1

449.4

* True width is preliminary estimate only and may not reflect final true width used in resource



** AuEq(g/t) = Au(g) + Sb(%) x

Price per 10 Sb(kg) x Sb Recovery (%)

Price per 1 Au(g) x Au recovery (%)

Cerro Bayo

Drilling, Sampling and Assaying

A total of 11,076 m of NX and BX diamond core were drilled in 27 holes at Cerro Bayo during the first six months of 2015, including three holes still in progress on June 30. All of these holes were drilled from surface platforms on the margins of Laguna Verde, except for DLV15-022, collared in an underground station on the Dagny vein 70 m level.  All drill holes were directionally surveyed except for DLV15-002, in which a twisted-off drill pipe precluded measurements by the downhole instrument.  In addition, a total of 3,191 m of on-vein development drifts were completed during the period.

Drill core was logged and sampled by staff geologists, who also performed mine mapping and sampling.  All core and face samples (including blanks, standards and duplicates) were submitted to the on-site assay laboratory of Compañia Minera Cerro Bayo.  The Cerro Bayo assay laboratory was audited in 2011 by SGS Lakefield Research Ltd. And routinely sends check samples to the ALS laboratory (ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 176025:2005 certified) in La Serena, Chile, following QA/QC practices established by the parent Company Mandalay Resources. Please see the Company's previously filed technical report, "Technical report on the Cerro Bayo project, Region XI (Aysèn) Chile", dated March 31, 2015 and available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), for a full description of the drilling, logging, assaying and estimation processes, including data verification procedures.

Drill Results

Coyita vein

Eighteen new drill holes completed during the first six months of 2015 infilled and modestly extended the Coyita SE segment under Laguna Verde and the peninsula (Table 4, Figures 4, 5a and 5b).  The Coyita SE segment largely has been closed off at depth north of the Falla Peninsula, but still remains open at depth to the south.  Complex fault relations and postmineral dikes south of the Falla Peninsular create some uncertainty in correlations of the Coyita vein in this block that will be resolved with additional drilling.  More step-out drilling also is planned for the Coyita NW segment, to test for the extension of the vein beneath a postmineral andesite sill that currently bounds an ore block.  Drilling from the end of the peninsula indicates that mineralized, subordinate splays or branches of the Coyita system extend into altered rocks on the hanging wall of the main vein to the northeast, with the most prominent of these being the Camila vein (Table 5, Figure 6).  This sector will be tested in future exploration efforts.

Table 4: Significant new drill intercepts tentatively correlated with the Coyita vein

Hole_ID

Hole Compl. Date

Total Hole Depth (m)

Intercept UTM_E

Intercept UTM_N

Intercept Elevation (m)

From (m)

To (m)

Intercept Length (m)

Intercept True Width   (m)

Gold Grade (g/t)

Silver Grade (g/t)

DLV15-001

1/14/15

318.2

272297.29

4840678.98

10.09

288.15

289.95

1.8

1.18

5.07

270

DLV15-002

3/02/15

345.7

272287.05

4840664.6

53.06

260.46

260.78

0.32

0.23

0.33

72

DLV15-003

3/16/2015

442.95

272157.98

4840944.63

-18.51

401.43

403.73

2.3

1.49

0.05

2

DLV15-004

2/13/2015

377.15

272120.63

4840918.4

120.83

324.8

327.94

3.14

1.88

1.8

151

DLV15-005

3/13/2015

298

272197.55

4840786.34

94.9

233.85

235.2

1.35

1.13

9.46

1014

DLV15-007

3/24/2015

293.6

272193.04

4840834.039

49.3

267.05

268.67

1.62

1.12

5.81

2279

DLV15-008

3/23/2015

418.35

272199.12

4840884.35

-61.25

398.65

400.3

1.65

1.09

2.57

13

DLV15-010

10/09/15

326.65

272223.05

4840809.1

-7.06

297.25

304.86

7.61

4.78

0.65

30

DLV15-011

4/15/2015

507.9

272137.26

4840998.69

-72.66

467.05

468.5

1.45

0.79

1.24

57

DLV15-014

4/21/2015

412.25

272297.79

4840621.2

-2.75

311.43

311.89

0.46

0.32

1.33

150

DLV15-015

4/28/2015

433.95

272373.65

4840532.66

-74.88

418.86

420.86

2.28

1.21

2.58

60

DLV15-016

5/02/15

287.55

272259

4840653.97

81.65

222.29

224.04

1.75

1.31

0.44

91

DLV15-019

5/04/15

422.6

272318.9

4840665.76

-28.73

314.45

316.7

2.25

1.28

9.36

229

DLV15-019-C1

5/11/15

329.3

272318.6

4840665.96

-29.57

315.38

317.41

2.03

1.16

11.88

303

DLV15-021

5/15/2015

362.9

272244.21

4840825

-37.35

331.7

332.95

1.25

0.71

1.38

44

DLV15-023

5/28/2015

512.2

272287

4840757

-137.13

414.45

418.68

4.23

2.13

1.14

17

DLV15-024

6/06/15

388.5

272185.33

4840880.1

2.76

314.82

316.77

1.95

1.15

2.2

117

DLV15-025

6/06/15

427.1

NO  VEIN INTERCEPTED (diked out)

Camila vein

Table 5: Significant new drill intercepts tentatively correlated with the Camila vein

Hole_ID

Hole Compl. Date

Hole
Total
Depth(m)

Intercept
UTM_E

Intercept
UTM_N

Intercept
Elevation
(m)

From
(m)

To
(m)

Intercept Length
(m)

Intercept
True
Width
(m)

Gold
Grade
(g/t)

Silver
Grade
(g/t)

DLV14-058

27/11/14

400.95

272297.48

4840892.26

127.55

193.6

195.1

1.46

0.34

0.30

274

DLV14-063

7/01/14

250.85

272230.57

4840944.03

67.80

291.5

294.8

3.32

0.54

2.80

857

DLV15-003

16/03/15

442.95

272297.18

4840900.8

119.1

201.25

202.65

1.40

0.28

0.05

9

DLV15-008

27/03/15

418.35

272256.32

4840876.6

19.02

299.8

301.4

1.6

0.33

3.05

1078

 

Yasna vein

Eight new step-out or infill drill holes on the Yasna vein have only modestly extended the previously defined mineralized zone (Table 6; Figure 7).  The mineralized zone currently stands at about 200 m long by 70 m high, down-dip. The latest structural data indicate that the Yasna vein turns and merges with the Kasia vein along strike and probably does not extend all the way south to the Falla Peninsula as an independent fissure. 

Table 6: Significant new drill Intercepts tentatively correlated with the Yasna vein

Hole_ID

Hole Compl. Date

Hole
Total
Depth(m)

Intercept
UTM_E

Intercept
UTM_N

Intercept
Elevation
(m)

From
(m)

To
(m)

Intercept Length
(m)

Intercept
True
Width
(m)

Gold
Grade
(g/t)

Silver
Grade
(g/t)

DLV15-006

30/03/15

431.60

271751

4840964.9

108.33

421.7

424.92

3.22

2.82

1.61

434

DLV15-009

2/04/15

428.95

272028

4840641

27.47

369.7

370.07

0.37

0.17

1.42

144

DLV15-012

22/04/15

488.60

271778

4840921.3

104.58

443.5

443.75

0.3

0.23

0.3

38

DLV15-013

11/04/15

389.75

272025

4840624.3

36.66

369

369.33

0.3

0.14

3.16

1134

DLV15-018

14/05/15

446.45

271772

4840966.8

150.44

431.8

432.49

0.67

0.54

0.22

81

DLV15-018-C1

21/05/15

51.15

271774

4840968.7

146.41

433.9

434.86

0.92

0.75

0.56

161

DLV15-006-C1

29/05/15

251.00

271752

4840948.3

115.17

418.4

420.32

1.93

1.5

0.81

262

 

Irene vein and other

One new intercept was obtained on the Irene vein and one on a nearby subordinate fissure, confirming that some Ag-Au mineralization persists into the hanging wall of the Falla Laguna Verde between the Delia and the Yasna vein systems (Table 7, Figure 8). 

Table 7: Significant new drill intercepts tentatively correlated with the Irene vein.

Hole_ID

Hole Compl. Date

Hole
Total
Depth(m)

Intercept
UTM_E

Intercept
UTM_N

Intercept
Elevation
(m)

From
(m)

To
(m)

Intercept Length
(m)

Intercept
True
Width
(m)

Gold
Grade
(g/t)

Silver
Grade
(g/t)

DLV15-022

-

501.00

271770.7

4840684.1

37.7

279.93

280.65

0.72

0.608

1.72

178.5

OTHERS INTERCEPTS


DLV15-022

-

501.00

271793.7

4840679.6

44.561

298.5

300.2

1.7

1.43

2.19

184

Björkdal 

Drilling, Sampling and Assaying

All the surface, and the majority of the underground diamond drilling has been conducted by third party contractors, producing WL66-sized core (50.5 mm diameter core). During the period from July 31, 2014, to June 30, 2015, 8 diamond core drill holes totaling 935 m were drilled to infill and extend open pit resources; 18 core holes for 4,636 m were drilled to infill and extend underground resources; and 6 core holes totaling 757 m were drilled to test the Rönnberget target. All all diamond drill hole collars are surveyed. Downhole surveys are also carried out to record hole azimuth and dip. Starting in 2013, infill underground diamond drilling programs using WL46-size drill strings (28.8 mm diameter core) were implemented utilizing an in-house drill rig. Due to the nature of the deposit, the core recovery is generally excellent, averaging greater than 90%.

Reverse circulation ("RC") drilling is conducted for infill drilling of open pit resources and is performed as much as possible in the summer months in order to reduce any possible build-up or contamination in the cyclone due to frigid winter conditions. Drilling is performed by contractors utilizing five inch (12.7 cm) diameter drill bits. During the period from July 31, 2014, to June 30, 2015, 30 RC drill holes totaling 886 m were completed. Drill cuttings are sampled every one metre via a cyclone. All RC drill hole collars are surveyed. No downhole surveys are taken because they are not necessary due to the shallow depth of the holes (mostly 32 m).

Diamond core and RC chips are logged by Mandalay personnel on-site.  Assaying of Björkdal's samples was completed at ALS Minerals, an independent, ISO accredited laboratory in Piteå, Sweden, CRS Minlab Oy (CRS) in Kempele, Finland, and at the Svartliden gold mine in Sweden. Whole core samples were sent directly to the independent laboratories for sample preparation and assaying. Reverse circulation samples were prepared at the on-site sample preparation facility and then shipped for assaying. Assaying was conducted utilizing the LeachWELL process. QA/QC included the use of standard reference samples, blanks, duplicates, repeats, and internal laboratory quality assurance procedures.  More details on the drilling, logging, sampling, and assaying procedures are contained in the Technical Report "Mandalay Resources Corporation Technical Report on the Björkdal Gold Mine, Sweden" filed March 31, 2015.

Drill Results

Open Pit
New gold-bearing intercepts (both RC and diamond drilling) have demonstrated that high-grade open-pit mineralized extensions are present to all currently mined areas of the pit (Pits 1, 2 and 3; Tables 8, 9; Figure 9). In particular, closely-spaced RC drilling in Pit 2 indicates that significant mineralization exists below the base of the current pit floor and to the far western limits of the pit, suggesting potential for more exploration. 

Table 8: Significant new open pit core drill results

Hole ID

Hole Compl. Date

Total Hole Length (m)

Intercept Easting (Mine Grid)

Intercept Northing (Mine Grid)

Intercept  RL (Mine Grid)

Drilled Width (m)

Intercept Angle

True Width (m)

Grade (g/t)

DDP2014-001

9/08/14

250.3

754.016

1012.889

-103.819

1.0



3.37




752.499

981.656

-131.856

1.0



1.58

DDP2014-003

1/09/14

63

1561.114

657.404

-94.806

1.0

45

0.66

1.08




1551.329

631.645

-118.59

1.0



0.91

DDP2014-006

15/09/14

79.2

1572.598

652.494

-115.001

1.0



0.87

DDP2014-007

17/09/14

60.9

1717.779

585.065

-134.82

1.0



5.50

DDP2014-008

19/09/14

80

1709.643

582.22

-126.53

2.0

42

1.29

2.35




1708.85

585.39

-132.034

3.0

45

2.08

44.95

DDP2014-010

21/09/14

50.1

1686.947

584.393

-125.799

2.0



0.40




1686.48

586.31

-130.933

7.0



54.97

DDP2015-001

5/05/15

190.8

2201.393

316.365

-93.952

0.9

14

0.16

45.80




2198.585

344.538

-116.09

1.02

45

0.68

1.78




2192.429

416.477

-173.36

3.1

51

2.37

0.74




2190.998

438.572

-191.105

0.35

52

0.24

3.35

DDP2015-006

21/05/15

160.39

2049.618

240.83

-116.218

0.3

43

0.16

2.96

Note:

True width is only stated where the orientation of the veins intercepted is clear (refer text for information on intersecting vein sets)

Table 9: Significant new open pit RC drill results

Hole ID

Hole Compl. Date

Total Hole Length (m)

Hole Dip 

Hole Azimuth 

Intercept Easting (Mine Grid)

Intercept Northing (Mine Grid)

Intercept  RL 
(Mine Grid)

Drilled Width (m)

Au Grade (g/t)

RC2014-242

13/11/14

32

-40

359.483

936.313

656.162

-52.977

5.0

0.694






936.265

661.524

-57.476

1.0

1.000






936.206

668.035

-62.94

12.0

0.758






936.133

676.078

-69.689

3.0

1.000

RC2014-243

17/11/14

32

-40

359.858

921.634

655.313

-52.639

6.0

0.838






921.611

664.889

-60.674

1.0

1.000

RC2014-244

17/11/14

32

-40

0.72

907.057

658.054

-54.761

9.0

0.801






907.226

671.459

-66.01

12.0

0.918

RC2014-245

17/11/14

24

-40

182.344

906.624

643.01

-56.634

11.0

0.747

RC2014-246


30

-40

0.431

892.521

659.256

-55.461

4.0

0.755






892.564

665.001

-60.282

3.0

0.670






892.596

669.214

-63.818

2.0

1.000

RC2014-248

17/11/14

24

-40

179.119

876.314

650.58

-51.26

2.0

6.225

RC2014-250

19/11/14

24

-40

178.268

861.86

648.948

-53.308

3.0

8.780

RC2014-251

19/11/14

32

-40

0.343

847.07

659.739

-54.958

1.0

0.420

RC2014-252

19/11/14

24

-40

182.572

846.831

648.611

-54.342

3.0

63.153

RC2014-254

20/11/14

24

-40

182.078

830.605

650.494

-52.837

1.0

0.570

RC2014-255

21/11/14

32

-40

0.893

821.12

675.748

-68.421

1.0

2.630

RC2014-257

21/11/14

32

-40

359.48

838.805

703.985

-59.753

1.0

6.480

RC2014-258

21/11/14

32

-40

0.128

853.427

705.531

-58.564

1.0

1.300

RC2014-259

22/11/14

24

-40

179.565

853.447

688.144

-55.284

1.0

0.530

RC2014-261

22/11/14

32

-40

1.032

830.893

701.561

-55.505

1.0

0.650






830.935

703.859

-57.433

1.0

0.660

RC2014-262

1/10/14

32

-40

359.4

809.455

701.779

-61.869

1.0

0.450

RC2014-263

1/12/14

32

-40

358.768

794.868

698.865

-52.369

1.0

1.070

RC2014-265

2/12/14

32

-40

0.789

809.887

674.05

-64.518

1.0

0.800

RC2014-267

2/12/14

32

-40

359.204

794.974

662.485

-50.838

1.0

0.490






794.953

664.017

-52.124

1.0

3.100






794.846

671.677

-58.552

3.0

6.083

RC2014-268

2/12/14

24

-40

180.624

794.987

659.771

-51.243

1.0

1.580

RC2014-270

3/12/14

32

-40

1.351

763.043

693.579

-59.986

1.0

1.440

RC2014-272

4/12/14

24

-40

181.719

747.751

690.472

-53.382

2.0

1.015

RC2014-273

4/12/14

32

-40

359.727

795.043

741.005

-57.483

5.0

7.164






795.021

745.602

-61.34

1.0

0.740






795.01

747.9

-63.268

1.0

0.470






794.975

755.177

-69.375

2.0

54.450

RC2014-274

4/12/14

32

-40

1.635

795.334

723.93

-57.659

1.0

1.620

RC2014-275

5/12/14

32

-40

359.592

778.842

727.909

-59.569

1.0

0.820






778.79

735.187

-65.676

2.0

0.555

RC2014-276

5/12/14

32

-40

358.832

778.544

749.484

-60.617

1.0

0.760

RC2014-278

5/12/14

32

-40

359.538

748.117

725.294

-57.614

4.0

1.855






748.068

731.422

-62.756

6.0

6.393

RC2014-280

6/12/14

24

-40

179.752

741.124

690.547

-62.817

1.0

0.490

RC2014-281

6/12/14

32

-40

0.741

733.455

723.936

-59.446

2.0

1.530






733.499

727.383

-62.339

1.0

0.430

RC2014-282

8/12/14

32

-40

1.869

742.146

756.647

-68.03

8.0

3.219

 

Underground

Table 10:  Significant new underground core drill intercepts

Hole ID

Hole Compl. Date

Total Hole Length (m)

Intercept Easting
(Mine Grid)

Intercept Northing   (Mine Grid)

Intercept RL (Mine Grid)

Drilled Width (m)

Intercept Angle

True width (m)

Gold Grade (g/t)

DDU2014-018

9/10/14

329.1

1060.02

1269.536

-265.601

1.00



3.51




1077.493

1238.825

-256.45

2.00



19.96

DDU2014-019

20/10/14

332.3

1065.278

1259.168

-267.623

2.00



3.24

DDU2014-020

2/11/14

299.5

1647.686

1522.67

-430.075

1.00



5.24




1579.789

1627.303

-498.979

1.00



138.50

DDU2014-021

11/11/14

300.7

1782.144

1286.338

-349.878

13.50



5.28




1805.113

1238.775

-346.15

4.60



20.44




1816.055

1215.496

-344.151

1.00



4.54

DDU2014-024

6/12/14

301.2

1219.185

1088.864

-213.702

3.00



1.48




1215.018

1078.388

-210.22

3.00



2.24




1208.491

1062.22

-204.914

2.05



3.24

DDU2014-025

12/12/14

203.2

1268.147

1107.576

-216.372

3.20



1.24




1308.984

1035.162

-186.923

6.00



8.39




1317.188

1021.782

-181.516

2.40



2.45




1322.741

1012.626

-177.829

6.25



1.76




1326.772

1005.814

-175.094

3.00



1.92

DDU2015-002

20/01/15

302.5

1088.649

1095.74

-231.54

0.20

40

0.08

24.30

DDU2015-004

12/02/15

299.8

1082.563

1510.302

-358.003

0.25

75

0.22

300.00




1077.028

1519.813

-361.827

2.05

60

1.74

1.74




1054.981

1557.212

-376.803

0.70

50

0.49

10.55




1044.014

1575.673

-384.166

0.90

30

0.39

7.59




1023.623

1609.752

-397.756

1.55

50

1.15

13.67

DDU2015-005

22/02/15

299.8

1072.512

1610.767

-399.197

4.80



1.22




1066.427

1621.835

-403.519

2.50

59

2.11

3.45




1041.585

1667.042

-420.798

0.40



13.05




1027.244

1693.315

-430.531

3.25



73.37

DDU2015-006

6/03/15

296.55

1274.891

1577.131

-400.275

0.80

52

0.59

5.01




1260.021

1602.518

-409.634

2.05



19.16




1200.648

1703.247

-445.146

0.95

10

0.17

4.59

DDU2015-007

11/03/15

302.7

1421.849

1556.087

-389.979

3.40



6.70




1403.268

1589.976

-403.129

0.55

50

0.38

7.62




1387.382

1619.84

-414.382

1.45



56.97




1355.12

1683.154

-437.169

1.60

24

0.59

6.59




1352.197

1689.011

-439.186

1.50

47

1.05

2.79

DDU2015-008

19/03/15

254

1742.286

1327.466

-354.943

1.55

69

1.42

5.72




1769.492

1277.924

-355.416

3.00



5.19




1797.189

1226.397

-355.027

3.80

70

3.55

3.12

DDU2015-009

25/03/15

224.7

1760.353

1319.92

-356.626

4.40

72

4.16

1.48




1777.083

1306.21

-358.009

12.75



1.46




1787.185

1297.798

-358.883

3.20

32

1.64

3.93

DDU2015-010

29/03/15

180

1237.512

1125.146

-226.163

0.55

22

0.38

10.94




1261.426

1085.832

-211.735

0.60

52

0.43

9.99




1276.373

1060.702

-202.217

7.90

79

0.76

1.30

DDU2015-011

2/04/15

186.6

1326.844

1139.585

-223.528

16.00



8.83




1335.779

1122.423

-219.694

0.45

48

0.29

11.96




1369.264

1054.401

-205.857

0.30

61

0.23

14.86

DDU2015-012

6/04/15

182.8

1323.938

1120.075

-218.766

2.45

62

2.13

4.12




1324.536

1101.289

-214.384

0.35



396.81

DDU2015-013

9/04/15

175.8

1331.163

1119.899

-218.944

0.60



7.24




1335.689

1104.043

-215.357

0.25

82

0.24

130.78




1347.118

1062.138

-205.8

1.10

68

1.00

33.49

DDU2015-014

12/04/15

164.8

1343.926

1109.338

-218.246

0.25

80

0.23

21.73

 

Several new underground intercepts have demonstrated that economic mineralization occurs along strike from the existing Main, Central and Lake zones, while new across-strike vein systems containing high-grade gold intercepts have been discovered immediately north of the currently defined Lake Zone area. As such, the current extent of mineralization in the underground environment remains open to the north, east and west. Drilling in these areas will be infilled to build the underground Indicated and Inferred resource inventories.

Table 11: Significant new results from the detailed underground test drilling program

Hole ID

Hole Compl. Date

Total Hole Length (m)

Hole Dip (Mine Grid)

Hole Azimuth (Mine Grid)

Intercept Easting (Mine Grid)

Intercept Northing (Mine Grid)

Intercept RL (Mine Grid)

Drilled Width (m)

Intercept Angle

Intercept True width (m)

Gold Grade  (g/t)

DDT2015-001

20/01/15

104.9

-5.5

149.7

1981.101

923.449

-335.912

1.00

40

0.59

4.39

DDT2015-002

22/01/15

110.6

-17.5

149.7

1980.167

927.032

-349.02

2.53

64

2.25

3.04






1986.16

916.834

-352.673

1.77

62

1.53

5.04

DDT2015-003

24/01/15

90.1

-30.9

150.1

1947.262

982.96

-331.137

2.56

40

0.6

1.35






1964.933

952.656

-352.339

1.42

15

0.31

12.56

DDT2015-004

30/01/15

107.7

-7.3

149.9

1968.648

906.077

-336.74

8.28

45

5.81

4.96

DDT2015-005

2/02/15

109.3

-17.6

149.6

1927.798

976.701

-326.742

0.56

20

0.13

17.54

DDT2015-006

4/02/15

92.4

-29.6

149.6

1927.533

977.142

-326.151

0.52

37

0.26

173.50






1946.207

945.216

-348.24

16.66



1.58

DDT2015-007

6/02/15

104

-6.7

150.5

1983.961

958.527

-332.689

2.47

80

2.42

1.91






1992.099

944.414

-334.741

3.75

55

3.03

1.82

DDT2015-008

10/02/15

109.8

-17.6

150.5

1969.723

983.504

-332.19

1.00

35

0.52

4.45






1993.168

942.521

-347.333

4.31

73

4.1

1.65






1999.896

930.865

-351.671

0.23



23.16

DDT2015-009

13/02/15

95.4

-30.4

150.7

1983.05

959.52

-353.237

1.34

50

0.98

14.43






1992.224

943.055

-364.457

0.77



4.83

DDT2015-010

16/02/15

107.7

-7.8

150.8

2005.681

961.945

-334.096

0.20

37

0.07

31.14

DDT2015-011

17/02/15

110.5

-16.9

150.8

1996.262

978.875

-336.532

0.55

65

0.47

18.52






2020.645

934.266

-352.546

0.21

78

0.19

22.98

DDT2015-012

19/02/15

91

-31.2

151.0

2001.991

968.146

-352.816

10.83



3.98






2004.1

964.27

-355.52

0.48

46

0.35

38.7

The Test Drilling Program (DDT diamond drilling program) has used oriented drill core to successfully identify mineralized veins of several different orientations within the Main Zone of the mine. These veins strike at an oblique angle to the dominant vein direction and commonly contain higher than average gold grades.  The use of oriented, closely-spaced drilling has allowed for a detailed understanding of a geologically complex area within the mine.

District Targets— Rönnberget

The Rönnberget prospect lies some 5 km due-east from the current open-pit operations. Drilling intercepts from 2014, previously unreleased, indicate that high grades exist in albite-altered rock units (with associated veinlets) over a strike length of at least 100 m (Table 12; Figure 11). While the geological setting of the area remains ambiguous, these drilling results indicate that there is substantial scope for future exploration at Rönnberget.

Table 12:  Significant intercepts from Rönnberget core drilling

Hole ID

Hole Compl.

Date

Total Hole

Length (m)

Intercept Easting

(Mine Grid)

Intercept Northing

(Mine Grid)

Intercept RL

(Mine Grid)

Drilled Width

(m)

Intercept

Angle

True Width

(m)

Grade (g/t)

Au

DDP2014-001

9/08/14

250.3

754.016

1012.889

-103.819

1.0



3.37




752.499

981.656

-131.856

1.0



1.58

DDP2014-003

1/09/14

63

1561.114

657.404

-94.806

1.0

45

0.66

1.08




1551.329

631.645

-118.59

1.0



0.91

DDP2014-006

15/09/14

79.2

1572.598

652.494

-115.001

1.0



0.87

DDP2014-007

17/09/14

60.9

1717.779

585.065

-134.82

1.0



5.50

DDP2014-008

19/09/14

80

1709.643

582.22

-126.53

2.0

42

1.29

2.35




1708.85

585.39

-132.034

3.0

45

2.08

44.95

DDP2014-010

21/09/14

50.1

1686.947

584.393

-125.799

2.0



0.40




1686.48

586.31

-130.933

7.0



54.97

DDP2015-001

5/05/15

190.8

2201.393

316.365

-93.952

0.9

14

0.16

45.80

Challacollo

  • At the Challacollo Ag-Au project in northern Chile:
    • The Mineral Resource is unchanged since publication in March, 2015.
    • Mine design, metallurgy, plant design, infrastructure design is complete.
    • Identification of suitable water supply remains pending.
    • EIS application is awaiting resolution of the water supply.

The feasibility study for Challacollo development is nearly complete.

  • In Q1, 2015 Mandalay published an updated 43-101 Technical Report for Challacollo, including a new resource estimate incorporating results of the 2014 diamond-drilling program.

Table – 13 The estimated mineral resource for the Challacollo deposit

Classification

M Tonnes

Ag g/t

Au g/t

Contained Ag (Moz)

Contained Au (koz)

Indicated

4.7

200

0.32

30.2

48.4

Inferred

1.6

134

0.31

6.9

15.9

Notes:

1.

Mineral Resources estimated as of 31 December, 2014

2.

Mineral Resources stated according to CIM guidelines

3.

Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 60 g/t Ag as interpreted and modelled using Geovia Surpac software

4.

A density 2.45 g/cm³ is used as a base density with adjustments according to the variation of the estimated barium, lead and zinc grades

5.

No capping of Ag grades has been applied due to low-grade variability. Au grades have been capped at 3 g/t for two sample composites 4.57 g/t Au and 4.11 g/t Au respectively.

Work completed to date by consultants on design of the underground mine, processing plant, tailing storage and project infrastructure has been advanced sufficiently for preparation of the Environmental Impact Study application (EIS).  The development option being evaluated for Challacollo consists of the following components:

  • Underground mine with ramp access for longhole open stoping to produce 1,800 tpd mill feed;
  • Processing plant with 3-stage crushing, single-stage milling, agitated cyanide leach circuit, Merrill Crowe plant to produce a silver-gold doré and tailing filtration to recover water and cyanide;
  • The extensive metallurgical testing program confirmed cyanidation as the most appropriate method and silver recovery to doré of 93%;
  • Dry stack tailing storage facility;
  • On-site infrastructure support facilities, to include camp accommodation for up to 250 people during the operating phase;
  • Electrical power supply via connection to the SING grid;
  • New site access road (15 km)

However, while the study has confirmed that water supply of 12 litres/second is required for the operation, as of June 30, 2015, a suitable source of water has yet to be developed.  Alternatives being evaluated include a well field on the property and off-site water sources.

Data collection and the compilation of results of surveys required to develop the environmental baseline continues and estimating of project impacts for the EIA has commenced. Baseline parameters under investigation include; flora, fauna, ground and surface water quality, air quality, meteorology, archaeology and social / community.

Stakeholder identification for Challacollo is complete. The active community engagement phase, designed to communicate the Company´s plans and elicit community feedback, is underway. Company and project presentations have been made to seven stakeholder groups and guided site visits by interested parties are being conducted.

Mandalay has decided to postpone submitting its EIS permit application until a suitable water source has been identified.  This will avoid having to permit the water source itself in a second application.

While it develops the alternatives for sourcing water, Mandalay has options to conduct another round of exploration drilling to increase Mineral Resources and to optimize plant design, capital cost, and operating cost estimates to improve planned financial outcomes.

Qualified Persons:

Costerfield: Chris Gregory, Vice President of Operational Geology and Chief Shield Geologist, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific information about Costerfield contained in this release.

Cerro Bayo:  Scott Manske, Chief Cordilleran Geologist of Mandalay Resources, is an Oregon registered Professional Geologist. A "Qualified Person" as defined by NI 43-101, he has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific information on Challacollo contained in this release.

Björkdal : Chris Gregory, Vice President of Operational Geology and Chief Shield Geologist, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific information about Björkdal contained in this release.

Challacollo: Scott Manske, Chief Cordilleran Geologist of Mandalay Resources, is an Oregon registered Professional Geologist. A "Qualified Person" as defined by NI 43-101, he has reviewed and approved the technical and scientific information on Challacollo contained in this release.

About Mandalay Resources Corporation:
Mandalay is a Canadian-based natural resource company with producing assets in Australia, Chile and Sweden and a development project in Chile. The Company is focused on executing a roll-up strategy, creating critical mass by aggregating advanced or in-production gold, copper, silver and antimony projects in Australia, the Americas, and Europe to generate near-term cash flow and shareholder value.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the Company's Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves (including anticipated increases of each), ongoing exploration plans and goals. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements depending on, among other things, changes in commodity prices and general market and economic conditions. The factors identified above are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect Mandalay. A description of additional risks that could result in actual results and developments differing from those contemplated by forward-looking statements in this news release can be found under the heading "Risk Factors" in Mandalay's annual information form dated March 31, 2015, a copy of which is available under Mandalay's profile at www.sedar.com. In addition, there can be no assurance that any current or future Inferred Resources that are discovered as a result of additional drilling will ever be upgraded to Proven or Probable Reserves. Although Mandalay has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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For further information: Bradford Mills, Chief Executive Officer; Greg DiTomaso, Investor Relations, Contact: 647.260.1566

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