Transition Continues to Intersect Significant Platinum-rich PGM Mineralization at Sunday Lake

SUDBURY, ON, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Transition Metals Corp. (XTM – TSX.V) ("Transition", "the Company") and Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) are pleased to report initial assay results from their fall diamond drilling program at Sunday Lake, located 25 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. This fall, approximately 4,300 metres of drilling in 5 holes have been completed thus far, with assay results now available for the first three holes. Assays from holes SL-15-009 and SL-15-010 confirm that both holes intersected the mineralized horizon, with SL-15-010 intersecting 15 metres of 2.08 g/t PGM (Pt+Pd+Au) including a high grade zone of 5 metres of 4.41 g/t PGM. The program, funded by Implats is a Joint Venture owned 75% by Implats and 25% by Transition Metals. Drilling at Sunday Lake continues with additional assay results pending.

Highlight assay results include:

Drill

Hole

From

(m)

To

(m)

Length

(m)

Pt

(g/t)

Pd

(g/t)

Au

(g/t)

PGMs (g/t)

Cu

(%)

Ni

(%)

SL-15-009

682.0

685.0

3.0

1.08

0.62

0.03

1.73

0.02

0.09

SL-15-010

723.0

738.0

15.0

1.25

0.75

0.08

2.08

0.2

0.08

including

730.6

737.0

6.4

2.28

1.33

0.15

3.77

0.36

0.11

including

732.0

737.0

5.0

2.68

1.55

0.18

4.41

0.42

0.12

including

732.0

733.0

1.0

5.75

3.42

0.31

9.48

0.84

0.19

SL-15-011

No Significant Values

Intersections interpreted to be close to true thickness. Please refer to Figures 1 to 3 which present a plan map of drilling and interpreted geological cross sections showing the location of drill holes and assay results relative to previous drilling.

Commenting on program results to date, CEO Scott McLean stated: "Drilling at Sunday Lake continues to return high tenor platinum rich PGM mineralization over significant widths. Hole SL-15-010 is a significant step-out 250 metres to the east of known mineralization and highlights the opportunity to further expand the discovery zone."

Discussion of Initial Fall Drilling Results

Results from the first three holes continue to support the intrusion's exploration potential to host an economic PGM-Ni-Cu deposit. Thick intersections of gabbroic breccias, ultramafic lithologies and hydrothermally altered country rocks suggest the Sunday Lake Intrusion (SLI) is a relatively large, primitive and contaminated intrusion that has been dynamically emplaced. Platinum group element mineralization continues to be platinum rich and of exceptional tenor.   Figures 2 and 3 present cross sectional interpretations of the geology and mineralization along section lines A-A' and B-B' shown in Figure 1 and include assay results from drilling completed to date.

SL-15-009 (733.6m: 90°/-85°): Intersected 297.8 metres of the SLI from 392.8 to 695.0 metres.  From 682 to 685 metres a sheared peridotite returned 3.0 metres of 1.73 g/t PGM.   

SL-15-010 (779m: 60°/-75°): Intersected 330.4 metres of the SLI from 406.2 to 736.6 metres. A 15 metre wide zone of blebby to disseminated chalcopyrite+pyrhotite+pyrite mineralization from 723.0 to 738.0 metres returned assay values of 2.04 g/t PGMs, including 5.0 metres of 4.41 g/t PGMs from 732 to 737 metres and 1 metre of 9.48 g/t PGMs from 732 to 733 metres.

SL-15-011 (900m: 70°/-70°): Intersected 405.4 metres of the SLI from 452.5-857.9 metres.  No significant assays reported.

About the Sunday Lake Project

The Sunday Lake PGM-Cu-Ni discovery is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Thunder Bay and 25 kilometres west of Panoramic's Thunder Bay North Ni-Cu-PGM deposit (Indicated Resource of 9.83 Mt @ 2.87 g/t Pt-Eq and Inferred Resource of 0.53 Mt @ 2.87 g/t Pt-Eq) ¹ which is jointly owned by Rio Tinto Exploration Canada and Panoramic Resources,and approximately 100 kilometres south by road from producing PGM mine and mill operations at Lac des Iles. The Lac des Iles mine is owned and operated by North American Palladium Ltd. and produced 174,194 Oz of palladium (Pd) by mining 2,637,023 tonnes grading 2.6 g/t Pd in 2014 ². The Sunday Lake project covers a 3.5 kilometre diameter circular reversely-polarized magnetic anomaly associated with a large buried mafic-ultramafic intrusion interpreted to be Proterozoic in age and related to the Midcontinental Rift (MCR).

In January of 2014 the company announced a discovery hole intersecting 20.2 metres grading 3.22 g/t combined PGMs. In April of 2014, Transition and Implats were awarded the Bernie Schneider's Discovery of the Year Award in recognition for this discovery. PGM mineralization at Sunday Lake is exceptionally platinum rich with tenors exceeding 2:1 platinum to palladium.

The Sunday Lake Project is a Joint Venture between Implats and Transition Metals owned 75% by Implats and 25% by Transition Metals. Under the terms of the Joint Venture, Implats is to provide all funding until the completion of a bankable feasibility study.

¹ Resource reported by Panoramic Resources, Thunder Bay North deposit: 2011 JORC compliant mineral resources estimate prepared by AMEC Americas Ltd.

² Operational Highlights from North American Palladium Ltd.'s 2014 Annual Report filed at Sedar.com

Qualified Person

The technical elements of this news release have been reviewed and approved by Mr. Grant Mourre, P.Geo (APGO), a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. All samples were analyzed in Vancouver by ALS Chemex. Platinum, palladium and gold values were determined together using standard lead oxide collection fire assay and ICP-AES finish. Base metal values were determined using a four acid digest and ICP-AES finish. A Certified Reference Material (CRM) standard, blank or duplicate is inserted on every 10th sample in the following order: CRM, blank, CRM, duplicate. The cycle repeats every 40 samples, thus ensuring that 10% of samples submitted are control samples. Laboratory checks are also done with one sample in every batch (max 40 samples) being submitted to an external lab for comparison.

About Transition Metals Corp

Transition Metals Corp (XTM -TSX.V) is a Canadian-based, multi-commodity project generator that specializes in converting new exploration ideas into Canadian discoveries. The award-winning team of geoscientists has extensive exploration experience in established, emerging and historic mining camps and actively develops and tests new ideas for discovering mineralization in places that others have not looked, which often allows the company to acquire properties inexpensively. The team is rigorous in its fieldwork and combines traditional techniques with newer ones to help unearth compelling prospects and drill targets. Transition uses the project generator business model to acquire and advance multiple exploration projects simultaneously, thereby maximizing shareholder exposure to discovery and capital gain. Joint venture partners earn an interest in the projects by funding a portion of higher-risk drilling and exploration, allowing Transition to conserve capital and minimize shareholder's equity dilution. The company, which went public in 2011, has an expanding portfolio that currently includes more than 25 gold, copper, nickel and platinum projects primarily in Ontario, Nunavut and Saskatchewan.

About Impala Platinum Limited

Implats is in the business of mining, refining and marketing of platinum group metals (PGMs), as well as nickel, copper and cobalt. The group produces approximately 22% of the world's supply of primary platinum and in FY2014 produced 2.370 million ounces of PGMs, including 1.178 million ounces of platinum.  Implats' mining interests are found on the two most significant known platinum group mineral-bearing orebodies in the world: The Bushveld Complex in South Africa and The Great Dyke in Zimbabwe.  Impala Refining Services (IRS) takes advantage of Impala's excess smelting and refining capacity to process the concentrate and matte produced by the various mine-to-market group operations as well as material purchased from third party companies. Toll-refining is also undertaken on behalf of other companies.  Implats has a primary listing on the JSE (IMP). The share may also be traded via a sponsored level 1 ADR programme (IMPUY).

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Except for statements of historical fact contained herein, the information in this news release constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities law. Such forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "plans", "proposes", "estimates", "intends", "expects", "believes", "may", "will" and include without limitation, statements regarding estimated capital and operating costs, expected production timeline, benefits of updated development plans, foreign exchange assumptions and regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate; actual results and future events could differ materially from such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others, metal prices, competition, risks inherent in the mining industry, and regulatory risks. Most of these factors are outside the control of the Company. Investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking information. Except as otherwise required by applicable securities statutes or regulation, the Company expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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SOURCE Transition Metals Corp.

Image with caption: "Figure 1: Plan Map of the Sunday Lake Property and Drill Hole Collar Locations (CNW Group/Transition Metals Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151019_C7864_PHOTO_EN_523972.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 2: Vertical Cross Section A-A' (CNW Group/Transition Metals Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151019_C7864_PHOTO_EN_523974.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 3: Vertical Cross Section B-B (CNW Group/Transition Metals Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151019_C7864_PHOTO_EN_523976.jpg

For further information: Further information is available at www.transitionmetalscorp.com or by contacting: Scott McLean, President and CEO, Transition Metals Corp., Tel: (705) 669-0590


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