Fabled Silver Gold Corp. has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire the Mecatona Property in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Fabled Silver Gold Corp. (FCO:TSX.V; FBSGF:OTCQB; 7NQ:FSE) is preparing a National Instrument 43-101 technical report on the Mecatona Property in Chihuahua, Mexico, it has agreed to acquire from Kootenay Silver Inc.
The move to enter into a binding letter of intent with Kootenay came after Fabled Silver terminated its option agreement earlier this year for the Santa Maria project just 7 kilometers to the southeast.
"In early 2022, the company's Mexico team began a regional review and exploration program applying what was learned on the Santa Maria project in respect to structures, breccias, and hydrothermal and epithermal mineralization," Fabled Silver President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Hawley said. "This led the company to the Mecatona property."Mecatona project. Source: Fabled Silver Gold Corp.
The company decided to make the pivot after a review process found it couldn't make the required payments under the Santa Maria option agreement.
Under the agreement with Kootenay, Fabled Silver will issue the vendor 2 million common shares on closing of the proposed transaction to acquire 100% of the property. It will also pay Kootenay US$10,000 twice a year. When commercial production starts, Fabled Silver will pay the greater of US$15,000 or a 2% net smelter royalty (NSR), each to be paid on a quarterly basis.
The 43-101 report will be based on previous exploration campaigns made by Kootenay and more than 400 samples Fabled Silver has taken on the property, which Fabled Silver believes has the potential to host high-grade vein-type silver deposits, Hawley said.
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The Mecatona project comprises 2,857 hectares in the Parral silver mining district south of the city of Parral in Chihuahua state. It has never been drilled.
It covers a silver-dominant epithermal mineral system in veins and breccias. Kootenay traced one mineralized structure for 1.7 kilometers, which remains open along strike. Another anomalous area outline featured a northeast-trending zone outlined by stockworks and quartz veinlets within an 80-meter-wide argillic alteration zone.
In 2018, Kootenay took 78 channel and grab samples on the property and reported silver values ranging from trace to 735 grams per tonne (g/t) and gold values ranging from trace to 6.94 g/t. The company also sampled up to 3.5% lead and 8% zinc, Fabled Silver said.
In 2019, the company discovered a previously unknown silver, copper, and gold zone hosted in pervasive skarn-altered lower Cretaceous turbidites of the Mezcalera group, Fabled Silver said.
In one 200-by-400-meter zone, silver, copper, gold, and anomalous cobalt mineralization is distributed uniformly. Fifty-one samples taken in that zone returned silver values averaging 110 g/t silver (Ag) to 486 g/t Ag.
Additionally, 12 of 51 samples graded more than 100 g/t Ag with 86% returning more than 20 g/t Ag. The average copper result was 1.7%, with 30 samples returning more than 1%, the company said.
Fabled Silver last week announced a non-brokered private placement of up to CA$500,000 at CA$0.05 per unit to help the company pay for a Phase 1 exploration program at Mecatona and capital expenses.
Each Unit will consist of one common share in the capital of the company and one common share purchase warrant of the company. Each warrant shall be exercisable to acquire one common share at a price of CA$0.10 per share for a period of 24 months from the closing date of the offering.
Closing of the placement is expected to be concurrent with, and conditional upon, the closing of the Mecatona transaction, Fabled Silver said.
Hawley said the company had received permission from local landholders to work on the property.
"Phase 1 exploration will be airborne drone magnetics and select IP geophysics over high-priority areas in addition to detailed sampling and mapping, especially structural mapping," Hawley said. "Once this is completed, we will select our drill targets and apply for permits to drill."
Hawley said the company plans to start drilling by the end of the summer.
"What happens below surface can only enhance the property-wide potential," Hawley said.
Trading for Fabled Silver has been halted until the completion of the proposed transaction, the company said. It last traded at CA$0.07 on Feb. 21, the day the agreement was announced.
About 5% of the company is owned by management and insiders, including Director David Smalley with 2.63%, Hawley with 2.6%, and Director Luc Pelchat with 0.14%, according to Reuters.
The rest, about 95%, is retail, the company said.
Fabled Silver's market cap is about CA$3 million with about 43 million shares outstanding, about 41 million free-floating. It trades in a 52-week range of CA$0.475 and CA$0.07.
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