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TORONTO, April 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Stonegate Agricom Ltd. ("Company") (TSX: ST) today announced assay results for 15 drill hole intercepts of the Upper Phosphate Zone (UPZ) at the Paris Hills Phosphate Project in Idaho.
The UPZ assay results, reported in the table below, show grades ranging from 20.37% to 29.35% P2O5 and phosphate bed thicknesses of 2.5 to 5.0 metres, which are within ranges previously published for the UPZ.
"These assay results, which had been delayed in order to give priority at the laboratories to the assaying of the Lower Phosphate Zone core samples, include core samples from areas of the property not previously drilled by the Company and thus build on our knowledge of the Upper Phosphate Zone at Paris Hills," said Mark Ashcroft, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Drilling will continue into the summer months in northern areas of the property and the Company expects to release a NI 43-101 compliant estimate of UPZ Mineral Resources in the second half of 2012.
"Stonegate also plans to update Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve estimates and complete a bankable Feasibility Study for the Lower Phosphate Zone by the end of 2012."
A map of the drill hole sites for the reported and planned UPZ assay results is available at: http://files.newswire.ca/923/StonegateMapApril25.pdf
Paris Hills Phosphate Project Assay Results for the UPZ as of April 25, 2012
| True Bed
|UPZ||PA005C||108.6 m (356.3 ft)||112.5 m (369.0 ft)||3.9 m (12.7 ft)||3.5 m (11.6 ft)||26.97|
|PA019A||70.1 m (230.0 ft)||74.2 m (243.6 ft)||4.1 m (13.6 ft)||4.0 m (13.2 ft)||29.35|
|PA020||221.2 m (725.6 ft)||223.9 m (734.5 ft)||2.7 m (8.9 ft)||2.5 m (8.2 ft)||24.29|
|PA021B||246.2 m (807.7 ft)||249.0 m (817.0 ft)||2.8 m (9.3 ft)||2.8 m (9.1 ft)||23.66|
|PA024||207.4 m (680.3 ft)||212.6 m (697.5 ft)||5.2 m (17.2 ft)||5.0 m (16.3 ft)||21.11|
|PA041||226.1 m (741.7 ft)||229.9 m (754.2 ft)||3.8 m (12.5 ft)||3.6 m (11.8 ft)||21.50|
|PA065||382.2 m (1254.0 ft)||387.4 m (1271.0 ft)||5.2 m (17.0 ft)||4.9 m (16.1 ft)||20.37|
|PA070||355.4 m (1166.2 ft)||360.5 m (1182.6 ft)||5.1 m (16.4 ft)||4.7 m (15.3 ft)||21.05|
|PA095||179.9 m (590.3 ft)||182.9 m (600.0 ft)||3.0 m (9.7 ft)||2.9 m (9.6 ft)||21.46|
|PA103||480.1 m (1575.1 ft)||484.2 m (1588.5 ft)||4.1 m (13.4 ft)||4.0 m (13.3 ft)||22.85|
|PA105A||350.6 m (1150.4 ft)||353.9 m (1161.0 ft)||3.3 m (10.6 ft)||3.0 m (9.7 ft)||22.13|
|PA154||658.0 m (2158.8 ft)||661.4 m (2170.1 ft)||3.4 m (11.3 ft)||3.1 m (10.1 ft)||22.62|
|PA162||864.7 m (2836.9 ft)||867.7 m (2846.9 ft)||3.0 m (10.0 ft)||2.9 m (9.6 ft)||22.11|
|PA163||726.4 m (2383.3 ft)||729.3 m (2392.6 ft)||2.9 m (9.3 ft)||2.6 m (8.6 ft)||24.19|
|PA183||747.1 m (2451.1 ft)||750.9 m (2463.7 ft)||3.8 m (12.6 ft)||3.7 m (12.0 ft)||22.56|
The holes reported in the table above were drilled throughout the property concurrent with drilling of the Lower Phosphate Zone. Additional holes will be reported for the UPZ in batches as assay results become available. True bed thicknesses have been calculated based on down hole drilling deviations and stratigraphy orientation.
Drill core samples are submitted to IAS EnviroChem of Pocatello, Idaho for preparation and analysis. Internal standards and blanks were submitted with the samples as part of Stonegate's quality control program.
Additional technical information on the Paris Hills Phosphate Project, including the results of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the Lower Phosphate Zone, is contained in the NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Paris Hills Phosphate Project dated March 26, 2012 and in the Company's annual information form dated March 29, 2012.
This news release has been reviewed and approved by Daniel Thompson, P.E., Manager, Technical Services of the Company, who is a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
About Stonegate Agricom
Stonegate Agricom, which is actively engaged in acquiring and developing agricultural nutrient projects, is currently focused on the development of two potentially world-class, long-life phosphate deposits, the Paris Hills Phosphate Project located in Idaho and the Mantaro Phosphate Project located in Peru. Stonegate is confident that the two deposits have sufficient size and grade to become strategic, cost-effective sources of phosphate supply for major fertilizer producers. The Company intends to continue definition and exploration drilling to confirm and expand estimates of NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources in the deposits and then complete feasibility studies leading to a decision to proceed with extracting and processing the phosphate. More information is available at www.stonegateagricom.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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PDF with caption: "Paris Hills Upper Phosphate Zone Assays Map April 25, 2012". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/04/25/20120425_C8673_DOC_EN_12669.pdf
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