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Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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So far in 2017, we have released two mineral resource estimates detailing multi-million ounce opportunities that will continue to be the focus of our exploration teams. In addition, we announced going ahead with a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) at McCoy-Cove and have an exciting high grade drill result we are following-up at Hasaga in Red Lake. We haven’t talked a lot about our two producing assets, our 100%-owned Mercedes Mine in Sonora, Mexico and our 40%-owned South Arturo Mine near Carlin, Nevada. Both sites have been working diligently to follow-up on strong Q4 2016 production results. Their dedication to safe, high-margin production is serving our shareholders well. We are extremely pleased with the continued strong performance at both sites during the quarter, especially at Mercedes where we have recognized a seamless transition from the previous operators. Numerous initiatives at Mercedes have resulted in increased throughput, particularly beginning late in the quarter and production from South Arturo continues to surpass expectations. One such initiative is t… Read More...

Thoughts from Chad Peters...


by Chad Peters

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Today’s release highlights a busy first quarter for the exploration team at McCoy-Cove. Drilling continues to improve our understanding of the McCoy-Cove deposit and demonstrates the potential to expand the resource in the vicinity of the main resource areas and in the other new target horizons on the property. Our work at McCoy-Cove has resulted in the delineation of a new high-grade deposit in Nevada.

Our exploration team is very excited about the recent resource update but we aren’t sitting back and letting the engineers take over just yet. We believe significant exploration potential remains across the property and by using the updated geologic model as a guide we have identified multiple targets both on trend and proximal to the known resource, which are currently being tested. The Windy Point target, located 0.75km northwest of the Helen zone, has our team especially excited as the target horizon is projected along the same anticline trend as the Cove area deposits. Historic drilling in the area is highlighted by narrow intercepts of up to 9.0 g/t Au within a … Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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We have always viewed our McCoy-Cove asset as a cornerstone property within our exploration portfolio. Today’s press release profiling our updated mineral resource estimate at McCoy-Cove is validating our confidence that this property still has tremendous potential for future production. Indeed, our patience has been rewarded.

With this updated resource, McCoy-Cove now ranks amongst the most significant exploration successes in recent memory in Nevada. Inferred resources have increased nearly 400% since our last update in 2013, including an increase in grade of some 25%. This is the result of excellent work by our on-site and technical team and confirms the potential of this emerging high-grade development opportunity. Exploration targets at both Windy Point and the Deep IP geophysical anomaly (between the Cove and McCoy pits) remain to be adequately tested.

We have committed to completing our first pump test that will be used to validate our hydrology model during the third quarter as well as completing a PEA during the latter half of 2017. These are all pieces… Read More...

Thoughts from Stephen McGibbon...


by Stephen McGibbon

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Today Premier released initial assay results for hole HMP-151, which was planned to test intriguing historic drill results from the 1980’s and 1990’s that suggest that higher grade mineralization may exist across appreciable widths at depth along the Hasaga Zone trend. This initial drill result validates historic drilling on the property. Historic data made available to Premier at the time the property was acquired in 2015 suggested that the C-Zone target was not fully evaluated in the past.

Geologically, the fifty-four metre drill intercept is characterized by persistent silicification and the presence of fine visible gold in many of the fifty-four one-metre samples collected. In fact, there are some eighteen samples whose grade was in excess of 5.00 g/t Au gold. We will generate a lot of attention at Hasaga in 2017 should subsequent holes expand and add continuity to this discovery.

For those of you who will be at PDAC this year, please take the opportunity to come and view a portion of the core and to speak with our Hasaga team. Jim Rogers, our Project Ma… Read More...

Thoughts from Stephen McGibbon...


by Stephen McGibbon

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Hasaga Property

Today we report our maiden mineral resource estimate at Hasaga. Based on the drill results we have been releasing for the last eighteen months, I think most will view the update as being consistent with expectations. Our focus on resource delineation at Hasaga has resulted in a discovery cost of less than $17.00 per indicated resource ounce. This metric includes the purchase of the Buffalo portion of the property made in 2015.Based on exploration only, that discovery cost is about $12.00 per indicated resource ounce. Remember there are still some 630,000 ounces of inferred that could be converted in the future as well as the potential for further discovery.Tremendous strides have been made in understanding and modelling the geologic framework that is built around this estimate. This is the result of excellent work by our on-site team and an important first step toward assessing the future mining potential at Hasaga.

As required by NI 43-101, the Technical Report on the Hasaga estimate will be made available on SEDAR no later tha… Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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Happy New Year all!

Even though 2017 is still in its infancy, it feels like it has been with us a while. We have really been focussed on our plan for this year since late in Q3 last year. Today’s exploration update helps us close the door on what was a very exciting 2016, but hold on to your hats because we are only getting started!

Premier Gold has a long-standing commitment to exploration, a commitment that has resulted in several significant discoveries. This commitment will continue during 2017 where we expect our largest annual exploration budget in company history with no less than US$18.5 million being spent on programs expected to have a direct, near-term impact on future production and on our peer-best development pipeline.

Two items worth emphasizing from today’s release is the scope of the campaign we will undertake at McCoy-Cove and the potential for additional exploration success at our two operating assets, Mercedes and South Arturo. At McCoy Cove, we believe the CSD Gap discovery made earlier in 2016 represents a significant, but un… Read More...

Thoughts from Stephen McGibbon...


by Stephen McGibbon

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The drills have stopped turning in anticipation of a short break during the holiday season. As a result, we are in a position to provide our final update of the year which summarizes not only our most recent diamond drilling results, but also initial results of our metallurgical characterization. These final drill results are the culmination of an aggressive two year exploration campaign at Hasaga and the maiden mineral resource estimate is expected to reflect some of that value addition. The resource estimate will integrate all drilling, mapping and channel sampling data that has been collected and used to support a comprehensive litho-structural model. The model is rock solid.

We are particularly satisfied that we have been able to move the Hasaga Property forward at a fast pace since we secured it from Goldcorp. Having acquired the majority of the Hasaga land package through an exchange of some non-core assets, the drilling has been able to demonstrate a significant increase in value from organic growth in our portfolio. Over the two-year period that exploration has … Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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We’re extremely happy, and proud, to release the Feasibility Study for the Hardrock Project just south of Geraldton.We collared the first drill hole that led to a significant discovery beginning in early 2009 and nearly 8 years later we have a Feasibility Study in hand. It was four years ago this month that the Premier management team sat down with our Senior Technical advisor and conceived the concept that the Hardrock Project would be best served as an open pit mining opportunity for mineralization within 500 metres of surface rather than an underground mineable opportunity only.

The feasibility study reports on a project with strong economics over a 14-year mine life. However, we believe it is critical that investors understand the difference between the stated Feasibility Study results and how those results are reflected within Premier Over the course of the last decade, Premier has accumulated significant tax loss pools as a result of our ongoing exploration programs.For Premier shareholders and potential investors, this is a meaningful difference. When recalculate… Read More...

Thoughts from Chad Peters...


by Chad Peters

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Today we released another batch of exciting assays highlighting Q3 drill results in the CSD Gap area! The 2016 exploration program continues to exceed expectations with PG16-16 “closing the gap” with the Helen Zone to the northwest. We currently have four rigs mobilized at McCoy-Cove with the remainder of 2016 focusing on select Helen and CSD Gap infill and expansion drilling to support the upcoming Q1 2017 resource estimate.

Our team believes the Helen & CSD Gap deposit area is a very exciting project with significant exploration and underground production potential. As a result we have initiated the preliminary engineering, geochemical and dewatering studies to meet the anticipated permitting needs as development activities ramp up in 2017. It’s been a very exciting year at McCoy-Cove and we anticipate that momentum to continue into the New Year!

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Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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Today we have announced agreements with both Goldcorp Inc. and Kinross Gold Corporation that add two new exploration projects to the Premier portfolio. These prospective high grade opportunities will further bolster Premier’s pipeline of exciting projects and both agreements adhere to our strategy of gaining access to projects with the potential of high-margin production and minimal upfront risk and costs.

The Goldbanks Property represents an opportunity for Premier to earn a 50% interest in a project that has many similarities to both the Sleeper Mine and the Midas Mine in Northern Nevada. We regard Goldbanks as potentially hosting a significant low sulphidation epithermal gold deposit and are working very hard to make the next big discovery. All of the ingredients are in place and we are very excited to have been Kinross’s partner of choice to advance the project to the next level.

At Alto Cristina, drilling will be underway before the end of the month. Like many properties held within the portfolio of senior gold producers, Goldcorp has seen very good … Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie


by Ewan Downie

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Announcing our Third Quarter production results is a milestone event for Premier being the first gold production in Company history. Initial production from South Arturo exceeded guidance by more than 50% and we are on target for company-wide guidance, including production from the Mercedes Mine, of more than 100,000 ounces of gold for 2016.

We are extremely pleased with the performance achieved to date by Barrick, the operator of our joint venture at South Arturo. As I have said many times in the past, Barrick’s ability to deliver this project on schedule and under budget confirms their world-class miner status. Premier is benefiting from Barrick’s companywide cost savings program coupled with the skill-set of their Goldstrike team to materially reduce costs.

South Arturo is one of the highest grade open pit operations brought into production in 2016 and based on the strong initial performance achieved, we remain on track to meet or exceed our production guidance for the year. Assuming this rate of production and current gold price levels, we expect to hav… Read More...

Thoughts from Stephen McGibbon...


by Stephen McGibbon

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Today we have released a series of recent drilling results focussed on the Buffalo Mine target area located at the southwest corner of our Hasaga property. The initial results at Buffalo have given us confidence to extent the drilling program. A limited number of well-placed holes will help validate the historic drilling results and further assess exploration potential at this target area. It’s our view that the work completed at the Buffalo target by Wilanour Resources in the early 1980’s was incomplete and needed to be updated and expanded given the current gold price resurgence in Canada since 2015.

Our exploration program has benefitted from weather conditions that have been ideal for the work we had planned this summer. This work has included a significant amount of outcrop stripping, mapping and channel sampling. To date, some 45,000 metres of diamond drilling has been completed at Hasaga, testing our three primary target areas (Central Zone, Hasaga Porphyry and Buffalo) as well as closer-spaced drilling to better understand potential continuity of higher grad… Read More...

Thoughts from Chad Peters...


by Chad Peters

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We are roughly half-way through our 2016 drilling program and the results continue to impress! The CSD Gap is characterized by high grade intercepts with exceptional continuity as we infill the Gap horizon towards the Helen Zone to the northwest. Our team is hopeful this run of solid results will continue. In an effort to improve our chances, Premier geologists are stacking the deck a little bit in our favour by utilizing oriented core tooling for both of our drill rigs. The orientation tool is a two-piece unit which includes a receiver threaded onto the drill’s existing core tube, which is then paired with a digital controller operated by the drill crew at surface. The result is a highly accurate method of recording the true orientation of the core sample while it’s being drilled. This allows our geologists to document the exact strike and dip of any structure, bedding plane or linear feature noted during the logging process. As a result, our ability to interpret structural variations in the geologic model has increased dramatically as well as improved targeting efforts acro… Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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Milestones are very important to me as they serve as an opportunity to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. Almost ten years to the day, Premier’s shares were listed for trading on the TSX Exchange. It is with great pride that we have celebrated this landmark event with the Company’s first ever gold pour. The past ten years have seen Premier navigate through a myriad of market conditions that have been both a catalyst for growth and a minefield of risk. We have seen many peer companies fall victim to bad timing, aggressive planning and inadequate technical evaluation. The marketplace has been unforgiving. Our guiding light has always been our focus on PROVEN MANAGEMENT, WORLD-CLASS DISTRICTS, SAFE JURISDICTIONS and SENSIBLE PARTNERSHIPS. They have served us well.

Looking to the future, Premier has a vision to transform from explorer to mid-tier producer operating in world-class mining jurisdictions. We are well on our way to achieving that goal. South Arturo, the recently announced acquisition of the Mercedes Mine, and advancing our best-in-class project p… Read More...

Thoughts from Charlie Ronkos...


by Charlie Ronkos

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Having spent many years working with Premier as a joint venture partner, I’ve always enjoyed watching this management team creatively navigate and grow their business in seemingly any market environment. It is uncommon for a junior exploration company to find and grow one economic deposit and rarely do they make the transition into a producing entity. The team here as done both. It will be an exciting opportunity to work with a new growth oriented company with a high quality exploration pipeline like Premier.

I am eager to contribute the knowledge and experience I have gained in my career to help Premier continue this growth trajectory as it transforms into a producer. In particular, my previous experience in project development in Mexico and South America will aid in the smooth transition of the Mercedes Mine and help grow our presence in the area. I look forward to the closing of this deal and focusing on finding the future ounces of the project.



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Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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South Arturo is the first producing asset in Premier’s portfolio. It is gratifying to think how Premier has evolved since its inception as single asset exploration company with a joint venture in Red Lake, to having a pipeline of projects in various stages of exploration and development and now production. This growth is a testament to this Company’s management and employees’ dedication and hard work to execute a simple strategy and vision.

During the due diligence of South Arturo in the winter of 2015, we were impressed by the professionalism of the team at the Goldstrike operation and felt that this project would be a technically de-risked opportunity for Premier to transition into a gold producer. Fast forwarding to today, we are extremely pleased with Barrick’s ability to deliver this project on schedule and budget. Their performance to-date confirms their world-class miner status.

This initial phase of mining is expected to contribute 155,000 ounces of gold to Premier’s account over the later portion of 2016 and 2017. The management team is headi… Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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Today Premier has announced the acquisition of the Mercedes Mine, in the State of Sonora, Mexico, from Yamana Gold. The acquisition of the Mercedes Mine is a compelling and transformative transaction. Our corporate development team has been conducting due diligence on a number of opportunities over the last 18 months. We have been very disciplined in our approach and review of each opportunity.

We regard the acquisition of Mercedes, our first 100%-owned operating mine, as an important bridge between current gold production at South Arturo in Nevada and potential future production from our Hardrock asset in Northern Ontario. It establishes Premier as a diversified gold producer with an attractive production growth profile and significant exploration prospects within world-class and mine-friendly jurisdictions. It is an appropriate and exciting “next step” in our transformation.

We are attracted not only by the exploration potential that exists on the property that exceeds 60,000 hectares in size and by the impressive transformation the operation has undergon… Read More...

Thoughts from Chad Peters...


by Chad Peters

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Core Photo of PG16-06

This morning we released some pretty exciting drill intercepts from the ongoing drill program targeting the CSD Gap horizon between the Helen and historic CSD underground deposits. The impressive thickness and high-grade results demonstrated by initial infill drilling of the CSD Gap horizon highlight the potential to significantly add to the resources at McCoy-Cove. As a result we recently added a second core rig to expedite the CSD Gap program. It’s an exciting time at McCoy-Cove and we hope today’s results are just an indication of what’s to come over the summer season.

When I first began working at McCoy-Cove it was a big change from our Canadian projects such as Hardrock, where it was hard to miss the visible gold in core. Carlin-type deposits are a little more subtle and characterized by pervasive decalcification/decarbonatization of carbonate host rocks, resulting in the textures seen in the core photo of PG16-06 (http://www.premiergoldmines.com/our-pro… Read More...

Thoughts from Stephen McGibbon...


by Stephen McGibbon

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Our update on the Helen – CSD drill program released some pretty exciting drill intercepts today. The continued success from drilling in our current program demonstrates the potential to delineate significant high grade gold and silver mineralization at McCoy-Cove. We hope it is just an indication of what is to come over the summer season.Sometimes, however, the most exciting part of an exploration program is what goes on behind the scenes and McCoy-Cove is no exception.

When we purchased the McCoy portion of the property from Newmont Mining a few years ago, a considerable portion of the property dataset existed in paper form only. Our team (click here) has been working steadily on a detailed compilation to ensure the entire dataset is being migrated over to a digital mirror of the paper copy; we are about one month away from that job being complete and are already using the updated dataset to aid in 3D modeling and targeting activities.Management continues to view the McCoy-Cove Property as a cornerstone asset within the Company’s portfolio and is aggressively pursui… Read More...

Thoughts from Ewan Downie...


by Ewan Downie

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Sensible partnerships; they have been important to us. Today’s press release announcing Premier’s recently confirmed Senior Technical Advisors, Charlie Ronkos and Peter Mah, is really just an extension of that thinking.Together, Charlie and Peter have very complementary skill sets and Premier is fortunate that they have chosen to direct those skills in support of Premier’s vision for growth. We have had the pleasure of working with Peter and Charlie in previous roles and we look forward to their valuable contributions as we continue to grow Premier through successful exploration and acquisitions and working alongside our valued project partners.

Peter has extensive experience in Northwestern Ontario at Goldcorp’s Red Lake operations (previously the Campbell and Red Lake Mines) as well as at Musselwhite. He developed the successful application of underhand cut and fill mining in Red Lake and was Mine General Manager at the Victor diamond mine as well. He has a great story about a soft ice cream machine called “Nameplate” that played a role in Victor reaching i… Read More...