The operational highlights of the year period include:
- Becoming the 100% owner of the Valentine Lake gold project, following the acquisition in July 2012 of the net assets of Mountain Lake Resources Inc.
- Completion of an updated mineral resource estimate at the Leprechaun Gold Deposit within the Valentine Lake property incorporating the results of 19,800 meters of drilling during the 2012 drilling program, the first resource for the project to estimate pit-constrained and underground mineral resources. The updated measured and indicated resource (in pit and underground) amounted to 682,000 ounces of gold at a grade of 2.22 g/t, with an additional inferred resource of 145,000 ounces of gold at a grade of 2.30 g/t.
- Completion of an updated open-pit and underground mineral resource estimate for Golden Chest, incorporating the results of 7,900 meters of drilling completed in 2012. The updated measured and indicated resource (in pit and underground) amounted to 242,600 ounces of gold at a grade of 1.65 g/t, with an additional inferred resource of 183,500 ounces of gold at a grade of 1.84 g/t.
At December 31, 2012, Marathon held $5.2 million in cash and working capital.
Marathon’s attributable measured and indicated gold resource amounts to 803,300 ounces at a grade of 2.11 g/t with an additional inferred attributable resource of 236,750 ounces at a grade of 2.09 g/t. This is a significant increase over 2011.
Marathon’s results of operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 are summarized below.
|Three months ended|
|General and administrative expenses||462,468||634,442||1,812,862||1,898,261|
|Unrealized loss on investments||288,607||(11,757)||392,516||189,474|
|Foreign exchange loss||884||2,450||1,785||4,381|
|Loss before taxes||765,168||786,318||2,595,598||2,444,239|
|Loss for the period||619,718||786,318||1,261,523||2,444,239|
This press release should be read in conjunction with Marathon’s consolidated financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 and the related Management’s Discussion and Analysis, both of which are available on www.sedar.com.
About the Valentine Lake Project
Marathon Gold Corporation is the 100% owner of the Valentine Lake Project. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is situated at the south-western end of the Valentine Lake Project, and the Valentine East Gold Zone is located 18 kilometers along strike running in a north-easterly direction. The J. Frank Zone, which currently extends over an area in excess of 850 meters in length and 250 meters in width, is located up to 0.5 kilometers southwest along strike from the current Resource boundary of the Leprechaun Gold Deposit. These gold occurrences form part of a 23 kilometer long, highly prospective gold-bearing mineralized corridor focused along the Valentine Lake thrust fault.
About the Leprechaun Gold Deposit
The Leprechaun Gold Deposit has a combined NI 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated Resource of 9,537,000 tonnes grading 2.22 g/t Au, for a total estimated 682,000 ounces of Au. The Inferred Resource is 1,959,000 tonnes grading 2.30 g/t Au, for an estimated 145,000 ounces of Au. This Resource was estimated using a 0.5 g/t Au minimum cut-off for open pit resources and 1.5 g/t Au for underground resources. The Leprechaun Gold Deposit is open at depth and along strike.
About Marathon Gold Corporation
Marathon Gold Corporation is a North American gold resource development company, with projects located in the mining friendly province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the prolific Coeur d’Alene Mining District of Idaho and the historic gold rich Greenhorn District of Oregon, USA. Marathon has a project pipeline consisting of early stage exploration to advanced resource development projects. Marathon is continually evaluating new gold resource development projects of merit that are located within the Americas. Marathon’s focused and low-cost approach to exploration and resource development has an established record of delivering rapid growth. For more information visit: www.marathon-gold.com.
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Marathon Gold Corporation
Chief Financial Officer