Abitibi Royalties Malartic CHL Exploration Update

VAL-D'OR, QUÉBEC -- Oct. 22, 2014 - Abitibi Royalties Inc. (TSX VENTURE:RZZ) ("Abitibi Royalties" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Canadian Malartic Corporation (partnership between Agnico Eagle and Yamana Gold) has provided the Company with new drill assays from the Malartic CHL property. The Malartic CHL property, where Abitibi Royalties currently has a 30% free carried interest to commercial production, is situated beside Canadian Malartic, presently the largest producing gold mine in Canada. The following information is an interpretation of the data provided by the Canadian Malartic Corporation. All weighted averages included in this news release have been calculated by Abitibi Royalties.

"The latest drill results from Odyssey North are inline with our expectations and help confirm Osisko Mining's previously disclosed interpretation that the zone above hole ODY11-2404 (2.85 gpt Au over 110.5 metres - April 23, 2014) is approximately 40 metres wide, with a average grade between 2.0-2.5 gpt gold. We are now waiting for additional drill assays that tested below ODY11-2404 that were designed to expand the zone. In addition, drilling encountered numerous high-grade intercepts adjacent to Odyssey North that appear similar to Agnico Eagle's Lapa mine that is located approximately 25 km to the west. These high-grade results could potentially represent a new and separate discovery on the Malartic CHL property. I believe we are just beginning to understand the properties exploration potential and that these results are even more important when one considers the Malartic CHL property adjoins the largest gold mine in Canada," stated Ian Ball, President.

NEW ODYSSEY NORTH DRILLING - 2.39 GPT AU OVER 42.5 METRES

Assays for 3 core holes targeting the Odyssey North Zone have been received. The holes intersected the zone above hole ODY11-2404 (2.85 gpt Au over 110.5 metres - April 23, 2014), which is the same as the historic holes completed by Lac Minerals (1.83 gpt Au over 51.8 metres and 2.12 gpt over 70.1 metres - 1988-1990). The new holes help confirm the grades and widths previously outlined by Osisko Mining for this portion of the zone (average true thickness of 40 metres at an average grade between 2.0-2.5 gpt gold), highlighting the potential for an underground bulk tonnage deposit. Assays are pending for the holes that tested below hole ODY11-2404. Results for the Odyssey North holes are in Table 1:

Table 1.

Odyssey North Zone Drill Results - Malartic CHL Property
Drill Hole ID Zone From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Gold Grade
(gpt)
ODY14-2480 North 977.0 997.5 20.5 1.36
And North 1111.0 1124.5 13.5 4.63
ODY14-2481 TBD 387.0 404.5 16.0 1.74
ODY14-2482 North 1135.5 1169.3 33.8 2.29
Including North 1163.4 1169.3 5.9 6.96
ODY14-2483 North 1170.0 1212.5 42.5 2.39
* No upper cut was applied due to no assays being reported above 15 gpt gold.

The deepest drill hole and most significant result to date on the Odyssey discovery is ODY11-2404 (released on April 23, 2014, which yielded 2.85 gpt Au over 110 metres). Drilling has been completed below this intersection and the samples have been sent for assay. Assays remain pending from 5 additional drill holes sent to the lab that targeted the Odyssey North Zone.

Data from the recent and historic holes indicate that the Odyssey North Zone is generally a tabular body dipping 70 degrees south with a true average width of 5 to 70-metres.

MORE HIGH-GRADE DISCOVERED ADJACENT TO ODYSSEY

On April 22, 2014 Abitibi Royalties announced that in addition to hole ODY11-2404 intersecting the Odyssey North Zone, it returned a high-grade intersection grading 105.5 gpt gold over 1.0 metre. The data recently received shows that other high-grade intercepts also existed in this hole as highlighted in Table 3. Further drilling adjacent to the Odyssey Zone continues to discover additional high-grade gold mineralization. Although more drilling will be required to determine the full extent of this mineralization and its continuity, it demonstrates additional exploration upside at the project.

Table 2.

High-Grade Drill Results Adjacent to Odyssey - Malartic CHL Property
Drill Hole ID From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Gold Grade
(gpt)
ODY11-2404 1096.5 1098.0 1.5 5.73
And 1347.0 1348.5 1.5 10.60
ODY11-2481 219.6 223.2 3.6 12.80
Including 219.6 220.7 1.1 21.2
ODY14-2482 825.8 827.5 1.7 5.76
And 865.3 866.5 1.2 13.20
And 892.0 893.5 1.5 7.74
And 1192.8 1195.0 2.3 6.46
ODY14-2484 1318.2 1319.7 1.5 4.54
ODY14-2486* 953.5 955.0 1.5 9.75
* Assays from this hole targeting the Odyssey North Zone are pending.

 

QA/QC REPORTING

Historical assays reported for the Odyssey North Zone are believed to be reliable but no details of analytical nor quality assurance/quality control procedures (QA/QC) are available. All core assays reported above were obtained by standard 50-gram fire assaying-AA finish or gravimetric finish on split NQ core from ALS Minerals laboratories in Val d'Or, Que., an ISO/IEC guideline 17025-accredited facility.

QUALIFIED PERSON

Glenn Mullan, Chairman and CEO, is the Qualified Person (as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) who has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein, which was generated from data provided by Canadian Malartic Corporation.

Table 3.

Drill Hole Information - Malartic CHL Property
Drill Hole ID Zone Easting
(UTM)
Northing
(UTM)
Azimuth
(Degrees)
Dip
(Degrees)
ODY14-2480 North 718070.4 5333963.5 16 -63
ODY14-2481 TBD 718070.4 5333963.5 176 -66
ODY14-2482 North 718069.97 5333963.99 360 -64
ODY14-2483 North 717976.39 5333933.49 10 -65
ODY14-2484 TBD 717982.75 5333893.37 18 -71
ODY14-2486 North 717700.32 5333852.25 13 -58

 

About Abitibi Royalties Inc.

Abitibi Royalties currently holds a 30% free-carried interest on the Malartic CHL Property near Val-d'Or, Québec, located beside the Canadian Malartic mine. In addition, the Company holds a 2% NSR on portions of the Gouldie and Charlie zones at the Canadian Malartic mine and 100% title to the Luc Bourdon and Bourdon West Prospects in the McFauld's Lake ("Ring of Fire") area, Ontario.

Golden Valley Mines and Rob McEwen hold approximately 58.8% and 9.3% interest in Abitibi Royalties, respectively.

Forward Looking Statements:

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Abitibi Royalties Inc.
Glenn J. Mullan
Chairman
819-824-2808, x 204
glenn.mullan@goldenvalleymines.com

Abitibi Royalties Inc.
Ian J. Ball
President
416-346-4680
ian.ball@abitibiroyalties.com