Adjusted EBITDA2 Totaled NIS 197
Net Debt2 Remained Below NIS 1
Billion with Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio of 1.3
Partner’s CEO, Isaac Benbenisti, Noted: “Partner’s Fiber Optics
Infrastructure Already Reaches More Than 400 Thousand Households in More
Than Half of Israel’s Cities across the Country, and Partner TV
Continues to Be the Fastest Growing Television Service in Israel with
over 152 Thousand Subscribers.”
First quarter 2019 highlights (compared with first quarter 2018)
Total Revenues: NIS 794 million (US$ 219 million), a
decrease of 4%
Service Revenues: NIS 624 million (US$ 172 million),
Equipment Revenues: NIS 170 million (US$ 47 million), a
decrease of 15%
Total Operating Expenses (OPEX)2:
NIS 472 million (US$ 130 million), a decrease of 5%
Adjusted EBITDA: NIS 197 million (US$ 54 million), an
increase of 11%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin2: 25%
of total revenues compared with 21%
Profit for the Period: NIS 2 million (US$ 1 million) a
decrease of 78%
Net Debt: NIS 977 million (US$ 269 million), an increase of
NIS 58 million
Adjusted Free Cash Flow (before interest)2:
negative NIS 11 million (US$ -3 million), a decrease of NIS 32
- Cellular ARPU: NIS 56 (US$ 15), a decrease of 3%
Cellular Subscriber Base: approximately 2.62 million at
quarter-end, a decrease of 1%
TV Subscriber Base: approximately 141 thousand subscribers
at quarter-end, an increase of 76 thousand subscribers
ROSH HA’AYIN, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Partner
Communications Company Ltd. (“Partner” or the “Company”)
(NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR), a leading Israeli communications provider,
announced today its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Commenting on the results for the first quarter of 2019, Mr. Isaac
Benbenisti, CEO of Partner noted:
“In a saturated communications market, Partner succeeded in
starting the year 2019 with positive momentum. Partner’s fiber optics
infrastructure already reaches more than 400 thousand households in more
than half of Israel’s cities across the country, and Partner TV
continues to be the fastest growing television service in Israel with
over 152 thousand subscribers.
In the cellular segment, we continued to maintain a low rate of churn by
focusing on existing customers. This strategy is also reflected in the
moderate decrease in ARPU we recorded compared to the previous quarter
and the corresponding quarter in 2018.
In recent months, we have focused on the strategy of providing value to
Partner’s customers in all areas of the Group’s business: cellular,
internet, television and the business division. This strategy is
expected to bring results both on the revenue side and in increasing
customer loyalty with respect to all lines of products and services.
As part of this strategy, we are establishing a dedicated customer
service division that will handle all of our private customers’ needs,
across cellular and fixed line segments. We believe that this will
further strengthen Partner’s industry-leading level of service, and
differentiate us from all other players in the communications market.
Alongside continued growth in television and accelerated deployment of
the fiber optics infrastructure, we succeeded in maintaining a net debt
level of under NIS 1 billion. Partner’s financial strength offers us
considerable flexibility for making strategic investments and for
expanding activity in new and existing business areas.”
Mr. Tamir Amar, Partner’s Chief Financial Officer, commented on the
“Partner closed another quarter characterized by significant competition
in its operating segments, achieving relative stability in service
revenues compared to the previous quarter, while continuing to grow its
fixed line segment activity, both in the number of subscribers and in
revenues. In the cellular segment, where competition continues to be
high, we continued to maintain a relatively low churn rate, which was
unchanged compared to the previous quarter and declined compared to the
corresponding quarter last year, and relatively low ARPU erosion by,
among other things, strategically focusing on customers that offer value
for the Company.
At the beginning of January 2019, an amendment to the network sharing
agreement between the Company and HOT Mobile was signed, as a result of
which, from the beginning of this year, the accounting treatment for the
jointly owned partnership with HOT mobile, PHI, is as a joint operation
instead of through the equity method. Therefore, the Company’s relative
share (50%) in PHI’s assets and liabilities was added to the Company’s
balance sheet. The change did not materially affect the Company’s
statement of income.
Starting with the first quarter of 2019, the Company adopted the new
accounting standard IFRS 16 – Leases, as required under IFRS. IFRS 16
requires the recognition of lease liability for lease payments and a
right-of-use asset, with respect to contracts that were previously
accounted for as operating leases. In the first quarter of 2019, the
impact of adopting IFRS 16 was an increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the
quarter by NIS 39 million.
We concluded the quarter with Adjusted Free Cash Flow (before interest
payments) of negative NIS 11 million. Cash flows from operating
activities totaled NIS 213 million. Lease payments, presented in cash
flows from financing activities, totaled NIS 39 million. CAPEX payments
totaled NIS 185 million, reflecting the Company’s strategy to continue
its leadership in telecommunications technologies with continued
significant investment in the Company’s fiber optics infrastructure.
This investment is only made possible by Partner’s strong balance sheet.
In addition, in recent months we have continued our preparations for our
future debt recycling with the private placement of untradeable option
warrants exercisable for the Company’s Series G debentures, thereby
arranging a significant portion of the Company’s expected funding
requirements for the years through 2021.”
Q1 2019 compared to Q4 2018
The decrease resulted from decreases in cellular service revenues as
a result of seasonality and price erosion, partially offset by an
increase in fixed-line segment service revenues
|Equipment Revenues||189||170||The decrease mainly reflected a lower volume of equipment sales|
|Gross profit from equipment sales||42||39|
Excluding the impact of IFRS 16, OPEX would have totaled NIS 511
Excluding the impact of IFRS 16, Adjusted EBITDA would have
|Profit for the Period||19||2||
The decrease in profit was mainly a result of the decrease in
Adjusted EBITDA excluding the impact of IFRS 16 (this also reflects
the fact that the increase in depreciation expenses and in finance
costs, net, due to IFRS 16 was of similar magnitude to the increase
in Adjusted EBITDA due to IFRS 16)
|Capital Expenditures (additions)||177||157|
|Adjusted free cash flow (before interest payments)||
Adjusted free cash flow increased mainly as a result of the increase
in operating assets and liabilities partially offset by the decrease
in Adjusted EBITDA (excluding the impact of IFRS 16)
|Cellular Post-Paid Subscribers (end of period, thousands)||2,361||2,340||Decrease of 21 thousand subscribers|
Cellular Pre-Paid Subscribers (end of period, thousands)
Decrease of 5 thousand subscribers
|Monthly Average Revenue per Cellular User (ARPU) (NIS)||57||56|
|Quarterly Cellular Churn Rate (%)||8.5%||8.5%|
Key Financial Results Q1 2019
compared to Q1 2018
|NIS MILLION (except EPS)||Q1’18||Q1’19||% Change|
|Cost of revenues||688||677||-2%|
|Profit for the period||9||2||-78%|
|Earnings per share (basic, NIS)||0.05||0.01|
|Adjusted free cash flow (before interest)||21||(11)|
Key Operating Indicators
|Adjusted EBITDA (NIS million)||177||197||+11%|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin (as a % of total revenues)||21%||25%||+4|
|Cellular Subscribers (end of period, thousands)||2,649||2,620||-29|
|Quarterly Cellular Churn Rate (%)||8.9%||8.5%||-0.4|
|Monthly Average Revenue per Cellular User (ARPU) (NIS)||58||56||-2|
Partner Consolidated Results
|Cellular Segment||Fixed-Line Segment||Elimination||Consolidated|
|NIS Million||Q1’18||Q1’19||Change %||Q1’18||Q1’19||Change %||Q1’18||Q1’19||Q1’18||Q1’19||Change %|
In Q1 2019, total revenues were NIS 794 million (US$ 219
million), a decrease of 4% from NIS 826 million in Q1 2018.
Service revenues in Q1 2019 totaled NIS 624 million (US$ 172
million), a decrease of NIS 1 million from NIS 625 million in Q1 2018.
Service revenues for the cellular segment in Q1 2019 totaled NIS
441 million (US$ 121 million), a decrease of 5% from NIS 466 million in
Q1 2018. The decrease was mainly the result of the continued price
erosion of cellular services (both Post-Paid and Pre-Paid) due to the
continued competitive market conditions.
Service revenues for the fixed-line segment in Q1 2019 totaled
NIS 224 million (US$ 62 million), an increase of 11% from NIS 202
million in Q1 2018. The increase reflected revenues from TV services and
internet services, which were partially offset principally by the
decline in revenues from international calling services.
Equipment revenues in Q1 2019 totaled NIS 170 million (US$ 47
million), a decrease of 15% from NIS 201 million in Q1 2018, mainly
reflecting a lower volume of equipment sales and a change in product mix.
Gross profit from equipment sales in Q1 2019 was NIS 39
million (US$ 11 million), compared with NIS 43 million in Q1 2018, a
decrease of 9%, mainly reflecting the decline in sales volumes,
partially offset by higher profit margins from sales due to a change in
the product mix.
Total operating expenses (‘OPEX’) totaled NIS 472 million (US$
130 million) in Q1 2019, a decrease of 5% or NIS 26 million from Q1
2018. The decrease mainly reflected the effect of the implementation of
IFRS 16 which totaled NIS 39 million, a decrease in credit losses, and a
decrease in costs related to international calls. These decreases were
partially offset by an increase in expenses relating to the growth in TV
and internet services. Including depreciation and amortization expenses
and other expenses (mainly amortization of employee share based
compensation), OPEX in Q1 2019 increased by 3% compared with Q1 2018.
Operating profit for Q1 2019 was NIS 9 million (US$ 2 million), a
decrease of 72% compared with operating profit of NIS 32 million in Q1
2018. Excluding the adoption of IFRS 16, operating profit in Q1 2019
would have been NIS 4 million. See Adjusted EBITDA analysis for each
Adjusted EBITDA in Q1 2019 totaled NIS 197 million (US$ 54
million), an increase of 11% from NIS 177 million in Q1 2018. The impact
of the adoption of IFRS 16 on Adjusted EBITDA in Q1 2019 was an increase
of NIS 39 million and, therefore, excluding the impact of IFRS 16,
Adjusted EBITDA would have been NIS 158 million. As a percentage of
total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA in Q1 2019 was 25% compared with 21% in
Adjusted EBITDA for the cellular segment was NIS 150 million (US$
41 million) in Q1 2019, an increase of 12% from NIS 134 million in Q1
2018, mainly reflecting the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 which
increased cellular segment Adjusted EBITDA by NIS 34 million, and a
decrease in cellular operating expenses (OPEX), which were partially
offset by decreases in service revenues and in gross profit from
cellular equipment sales. As a percentage of total cellular segment
revenues, Adjusted EBITDA for the cellular segment in Q1 2019 was 26%
compared with 21% in Q1 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fixed-line segment was NIS 47 million
(US$ 13 million) in Q1 2019, an increase of 9% from NIS 43 million in Q1
2018, reflecting the increases in fixed-line service revenues and in
gross profit from equipment sales, partially offset by the increase in
OPEX. The impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 in Q1 2019 on the Adjusted
EBITDA for the fixed-line segment was an increase of NIS 5 million. As a
percentage of total fixed-line segment revenues, Adjusted EBITDA for the
fixed-line segment in Q1 2019 was 19%, unchanged from Q1 2018.
Finance costs, net in Q1 2019 were NIS 14 million (US$ 4
million), a decrease of 22% compared with NIS 18 million in Q1 2018. The
decrease largely reflected the early loan repayment fee recorded in Q1
2018, partially offset by the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 in Q1
2019, which resulted in an increase of NIS 5 million in finance costs.
Income tax expenses for Q1 2019 were an income of NIS 7 million
(US$ 2 million), compared with expenses of NIS 5 million in Q1 2018,
largely reflecting the loss before tax of NIS 5 million in Q1 2019
compared with profit before tax of NIS 14 million in Q1 2018.
Profit in Q1 2019 was NIS 2 million (US$ 1 million), compared
with a profit of NIS 9 million in Q1 2018, a decrease of 78%. The
impact of the adoption of IFRS 16 in Q1 2019 on profit was an immaterial
decrease of NIS 1 million.
Based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding during Q1
2019, basic earnings per share or ADS, was NIS 0.01 (US$ 0.003),
compared with basic earnings per share of NIS 0.05 in Q1 2018.
Cellular Segment Operational Review
At the end of Q1 2019, the Company’s cellular subscriber base
(including mobile data, 012 Mobile subscribers and M2M subscriptions)
was approximately 2.62 million, including approximately 2.34 million
Post-Paid subscribers or 89% of the base, and approximately 280 thousand
Pre-Paid subscribers, or 11% of the subscriber base.
During the first quarter of 2019, the cellular subscriber base decreased
by approximately 26 thousand. The Pre-Paid subscriber base decreased by
approximately 5 thousand, and the Post-Paid subscriber base decreased by
approximately 21 thousand.
The quarterly churn rate for cellular subscribers in Q1 2019 was
8.5%, compared with 8.9% in Q1 2018.
Total cellular market share (based on the number of subscribers)
at the end of Q1 2019 was estimated to be approximately 25%, unchanged
from Q1 2018.
The monthly Average Revenue per User (“ARPU”) for cellular
subscribers in Q1 2019 was NIS 56 (US$ 15), a decrease of 3% from NIS 58
in Q1 2018. The decrease mainly reflected the continued price erosion in
key cellular services due to the competition in the cellular market.
Funding and Investing Review
In Q1 2019, Adjusted Free Cash Flow (including lease payments) totaled
negative NIS 11 million (US$ -3 million), a decrease in Adjusted Free
Cash Flow of NIS 32 from positive NIS 21 million in Q1 2018.
Cash generated from operating activities increased by 36% from
NIS 157 million in Q1 2018 to NIS 213 million (US$ 59 million) in Q1
2019, mainly as a result of the adoption in Q1 2019 of IFRS 16, under
which lease payments are recorded in cash flows from financing
activities instead of in cash flows from operating activities, as well
as the impact of the change in the accounting treatment of PHI,
following the change in PHI’s governance (see below), where payments to
PHI for Right of Use of PHI’s assets which previously were recorded as
cash flows from operating activities under “Increase in deferred
expenses – right of use” are, as from Q1 2019, recorded as cash flows
from investing activities under “Acquisition of property and equipment”
and “Acquisition of intangible and other assets”.
Lease payments, recorded in cash flows from financing activities
under IFRS 16, totaled NIS 39 million in Q1 2019.
Cash capital expenditures (‘CAPEX payments’), as represented by
cash flows used for the acquisition of property and equipment and
intangible assets, were NIS 185 million (US$ 51 million) in Q1 2019, an
increase of 34% from NIS 138 million in Q1 2018, mainly reflecting the
impact of the change in the accounting treatment of PHI, as described
above, as well as increased investments in the fiber optics
The level of Net Debt at the end of Q1 2019 amounted to NIS 977
million (US$ 269 million), compared with NIS 919 million at the end of
Q1 2018, an increase of NIS 58 million.
Change in PHI’s governance from the beginning
At the beginning of January 2019, an amendment to the network sharing
agreement between the Company and HOT Mobile was signed, as a result of
which, control over the partnership, PHI, is now borne 50-50 by the
Company and HOT Mobile, and each nominates an equal number of directors
(three directors). Since, thereafter, decisions about the Relevant
Activities of PHI require the unanimous consent of both the Company and
HOT Mobile, PHI is considered a joint arrangement controlled by the
Company and HOT Mobile (joint operation). Therefore, from the beginning
of this year, PHI is accounted for as a joint operation by the Company,
and the Company recognizes its share (50%) in the assets, liabilities,
and expenses of PHI, instead of using the equity method for its PHI
This change was mainly reflected in the Company’s statement of financial
position at the beginning of 2019, with increases in non-current
right-of-use in leased assets of NIS 355 million, in current maturities
of lease liabilities of NIS 65 million, and in non-current lease
liabilities of NIS 290 million, and a recognition of property and
equipment and intangible assets of NIS 142 million, instead of deferred
expenses – right of use in PHI’s assets. The change was also reflected
in cash flows, where payments to PHI for Right of Use of PHI’s assets
which previously were recorded as cash flows from operating activities
under “Increase in deferred expenses – right of use” are now recorded as
cash flows from investing activities under “Acquisition of property and
equipment” and “Acquisition of intangible and other assets”. The change
did not materially affect the Company’s statement of income.
For additional details and implications, see note 9 to our consolidated
financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 and Item 5A.1d
in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December
31, 2018, filed with the SEC on March 27, 2019.
The new leases standard, IFRS 16, came into effect on January 1, 2019.
The standard primarily affects the accounting for the Group’s operating
leases. The Company applied the simplified transition approach and did
not restate comparative amounts. As at January 1, 2019, the Company
recognized in the statement of financial position (including Partner’s
share in PHI’s lease contracts) a Lease – right of use asset of NIS 656
million and a lease liability of NIS 683 million (current and
non-current). The accumulated retained earnings decreased by NIS 21
million and the deferred income tax asset has changed in an immaterial
In the first quarter of 2019, the impact of adopting IFRS 16 on the
consolidated statement of income amounted to a decrease of NIS 39
million in operating expenses (OPEX), an increase of NIS 35 million in
depreciation and amortization expenses and an increase of NIS 5 million
in finance costs, net, which resulted in an immaterial increase in
operating profit and an immaterial decrease in profit for the quarter.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased by NIS 39 million, with
Adjusted EBITDA for the cellular segment increasing by NIS 34 million
and Adjusted EBITDA for the fixed-line segment increasing by NIS 5
Lease payments made in the first quarter of 2019 in an amount of NIS 39
million were recorded in the statement of cash flows under the cash
flows from financing activities instead of under cash flows from
Conference Call Details
Partner will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10.00AM
Eastern Time / 5.00PM Israel Time.
To join the call, please dial the following numbers (at least 10 minutes
before the scheduled time):
North America toll-free: +1.866.860.9642
A live webcast of the call will also be available on Partner’s Investors
Relations website at: www.partner.co.il/en/Investors-Relations/lobby/
If you are unavailable to join live, the replay of the call will be
available from May 30, 2019 until June 14, 2019, at the following
North America toll-free: +1.888.254.7270
In addition, the archived webcast of the call will be available on
Partner’s Investor Relations website at the above address for
approximately three months.
press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of
Section 27A of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of
the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor
provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Words such as “estimate”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend”,
“seek”, “will”, “plan”, “could”, “may”, “project”, “goal”, “target” and
similar expressions often identify forward-looking statements but are
not the only way we identify these statements. Specific statements have
been made regarding the expected benefits of the Company’s strategy to
provide value to its customers in all areas of its business; the
expectation to increase the Company’s differentiation and competitive
advantage by establishing a private customer service division; the
Company’s strategy to continue its leadership in telecommunication
technologies with continued significant investments in the Company’s
fiber optics infrastructure; and the Company’s preparations regarding
its future debt recycling in anticipation of the Company’s expected
funding requirements for the years through 2021. In addition, all
statements other than statements of historical fact included in this
press release regarding our future performance are forward-looking
statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our
current knowledge and our present beliefs and expectations regarding
possible future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to
risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, whether quality offers,
attractive service bundles or low prices offered by the Company’s
competitors might prevent the Company from attracting and retaining
customers; whether market conditions will support the Company’s goal to
create differentiation and a competitive advantage by establishing a
private customer service division; whether the Company’s financial
resources and technological capabilities in fiber optics will enable it
to continue to lead in telecommunication technology, and whether such
leadership might be challenged by capabilities developed by competitors
or by changes occurring in the regulatory environment; and whether
unanticipated demands on the Company’s financial resources might cause
the preparations for future debt recycling to fall short of the
Chief Financial Officer
Brigadier Options Gold-Silver Picachos Property, Including Past Producing San Agustin High Grade Gold Mine, Sinaloa Mexico
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 7, 2020) – Brigadier Gold Limited (TSXV: BRG) (the “Company” or “Brigadier“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding letter of intent (“LOI”) for an option to acquire a 100% interest in the 3,954 hectare Picachos Gold-Silver Property (“Picachos”), centered over the historic “Viva Zapata” National Mineral Reserve, Sinaloa, Mexico.
- Located in the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO) Baluarte watershed, between the Panuco Project of Vizsla Resources and the Plomosas Project of GR Silver Mining.
- San Agustin Mine underground channel sampling by prior operator returned average grade of 81.22 grams per ton (g/t) gold (Au) and 73.36 g/t silver (Ag) across 1.2 metres (Thunderbird Projects news release dated 18 June 1997). Values of 185 g/t Au were cut across the bottom of a production shaft (sample HBM-73175). The San Agustin vein has never been tested with diamond drilling.
- More than 160 known historic underground mines, workings and prospects at Picachos are on gold-rich veins.
- Recently identified, large copper porphyry prospect in northern area of Picachos.
- Drill / exploration permits in place as well as recently renewed surface access agreement with local community.
Ranjeet Sundher, CEO, remarks “Picachos marks an important acquisition for Brigadier, positioning the Company in a prolific gold and silver region of Mexico. Picachos is road accessible and demonstrates exceptional potential for advancement. Over 160 underexplored historic mines and workings throughout Picachos provide excellent potential for discovery of new gold-silver mineralized zones. Picachos benefits from a comprehensive historical exploration data library, allowing for the immediate commencement of exploration and an inaugural drill program. We’re looking forward to getting boots on the ground and drills turning.”
Picachos, held by Minera Camargo S.A. de C.V. (Minera Camargo), is comprised of four mining concessions covering an area of 3,954 hectares and is situated in the municipality of El Rosario, in the southeastern region of Sinaloa state, Mexico. Prior to 2002, the mineral tenure was fractured by several small concessions. Minera Camargo acquired a contiguous land package between 2003 and 2012. Geographically, the Picachos overlaps part of the western foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO). Access to Picachos from Mazatlan is by state highway and paved road to the town of Cacalotan, and then by dirt road into the Property. Total driving distance is approximately 111 road kilometres (km) over a period of four hours. Mine workings are accessed by approximately 20 km of roads internal to the Property.
Picachos overlaps (i) two regional-scale precious metal rich vein systems and (ii) a large porphyry copper prospect. Historic metal production is from the veins. The largest vein system trends northeasterly for seven kilometers along a major fault zone, and host the past-producing San Agustin underground mine. It appears to be cross-cut and disrupted by several northwesterly trending veins including El Placer. The El Placer vein system has been mapped over a 4 km long strike length. The portion that belongs to Minera Camargo is about 1.5 km long in the southeastern part of Picachos.
Regional geochemical work by the SGM at the turn of the millennium highlighted the historic Viva Zapata Mineral Reserve as one of the largest contiguous, and highest amplitude anomalies for gold, silver and base metals in southern Sinaloa and northern Nayarit.
Specifically, all seventeen drainage basins that underlie Picachos contain anomalous copper values of 49 to 299 ppm, nine basins contain anomalous gold values of 0.1 to 2.6 ppm, 3 basins contain anomalous molybdenum values of 3.2 to 13.9 ppm, fifteen basins contain anomalous lead values ranging from 53 to 639 ppm lead and eight basins contain anomalous zinc values that range between 233 and 1716 ppm. Nine of the seventeen basins contain detectable silver ranging from 1 to 1.9 ppm.
Map showing the location of the Picachos Property, San Agustin Gold Mine, La Cocolmeca and El Placer regional gold-bearing regional structures and the sericitic alteration boundary. Stream basins sampled by the Servicio Geologico Mexicano are coloured according to gold concentration.
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The historic San Agustin gold mine contains approximately 670 m of historic underground development.
In the mid-1990’s, previous owner Minas de Picacho S.A. de C.V. built 225 m of cross-cuts large enough for rubber-tired diesel equipment and started mining and milling ore from the San Agustin Gold Mine. Their underground sampling implied an average grade of 81.2 g/t Au and 73 g/t Ag across 1.2 m (Thunderbird Projects News Release dated 18 June 1997). The historic assays cannot be verified as those sample locations are now mined out.
In June of 2014, Vane Minerals test mined three rounds from the south face. The average assay values of muck piles from each of these three rounds were 15.8 g/t Au and 63 g/t Ag across a mined width of 2.5 m.
The San Agustin Gold Mine exploits a gold-rich shear zone hosted in basaltic andesite that may be as old as Jurassic. Mineralization consists of sulfide in a quartz-calcite gangue. It is heavily oxidized even as deep as 100 m below surface. The shear zone trends northeasterly and dips steeply northwesterly. On surface, quartz veining occurs in a foliated zone that is poorly exposed over a 400 m strike length. Extraction adits intercept the vein at 695 m elevation, 670 m elevation and 646 m elevation. Within the lowermost adit, some slots are mined as deep as 45 meters (601 m elevation).
No diamond drilling has ever been done on the San Agustin Vein.
Geology and Mineralization
Picachos is underlain by Jurassic to Oligocene volcanic and sedimentary strata that are intruded by Early Cretaceous gabbro, Late Cretaceous quartz monzonite, a Paleocene granodiorite/granite intrusive complex and Oligocene rhyolitic domes. Porphyry-style stockwork mineralization is related the Paleocene intrusive complex. Chalcopyrite and molybdenite occur in quartz veinlets with biotitic selvedges and muscovitic vein envelopes. Sericitic alteration typical of the upper parts of porphyry systems has been identified by surface sampling over an area approximately 6 km in diameter as shown on the map. Gold mainly occurs with base metals in veins that outcrops at higher elevations both southeast and northeast of the porphyry system. The veins in the Colcomeca structure locally show evidence of ductile shear, and might best be classified as orogenic. Northwesterly trending veins such as El Placer contain stilpnomelane (iron-rich biotite) in vein selvedges that must have crystallized at temperatures well-above epithermal ranges.
To acquire a 100% interest in 4 contiguous mineral claims comprising the Picachos Property, Brigadier will provide staged consideration to Minera Camargo over a 5-year period consisting of cash payments totalling US$275,000; share issuances totaling 4,000,000 common shares of Brigadier; and cumulative exploration expenditures of US$3,850,000. Brigadier will also make payments to Minera Camargo for Picachos development milestones as to: i) 1,000,000 common shares of Brigadier upon delineating a mineral resource estimate containing a minimum of 350,000 ounces of gold in the inferred category (based on the then current CIM definitions); ii) US$725,000 and 1,000,000 common shares of Brigadier upon completion of a feasibility study recommending the construction of a mine on the Property; and iii) US$2,000,000 upon commencement of commercial production. Brigadier may, at its option, issue common shares in lieu of one half of the cash payments to be made pursuant to each of ii) and iii). A 2% NSR will be retained by Minera Camargo.
Minera Camargo is at arm’s length to Brigadier.
The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions precedent, including: completion of confirmatory due diligence by Brigadier, receipt of all applicable regulatory, shareholder and third-party approvals, including approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”)
Subject to approval of the Exchange, a finder’s fee will be paid in connection with the transaction.
The Company has not undertaken any independent investigation of the historical information contained in this press release nor has it independently analyzed the results of the previous exploration work in order to verify the accuracy of the information. The Company believes that the historical results and other information contained in this press release are relevant to continuing exploration on the Property.
Technical information in this New Release has been reviewed by Michelle Robinson, MASc., P.Eng., a Qualified Person as defined by NI-43-101.
Sample HBM-73175 was collected from a homogenous pile of mine muck taken from the bottom of JJV Slot in the San Agustin mine at the 601 m elevation by a geologist working for Hudbay Minerals in 2013. The geologist sent this sample with his other samples to Acme’s preparation laboratory in Guadalajara, Jalisco. There, the samples were crushed and split. A one kg split of each sample was pulverized to -200 mesh (R200-1000) with an extra wash with glass between each sample (code XWSH). The prepared pulps were sent to the North Vancouver lab for analysis using ICP-MS methods (code 1DX), whole-rock analyses (code 4A-4B) and fire assay methods using a gravimetric finish (code Group 6Gr). It is the QP’s opinion that the result of HBM-73175 is reliable.
Regional geochemical samples were collected from sediments deposited in active stream channels by personnel working for the Servicio Geologico Mexicano (SGM) using a plastic scoop then sieving the sediment to -80 mesh into a numbered sample envelope. Sample locations were recorded with a hand-held GPS. The samples were sent to Government laboratories in either Chihuahua or Oaxaca where a 1-gram portion of the pulp was dissolved in aqua regia and analyzed for 32 elements using ICP methods. Gold was analyzed using fire-assay methods with an AA finish. Detection limits (DL) for gold are 1 ppb. Silver DL is 0.8 ppm, molybdenum DL is 0.9 ppm, lead, zinc, and copper DL is 2 ppm. It is the author’s opinion that the analytical data of the SGM is of good quality, but that gold concentrations can be under-estimated due to sampling surficial stream sediments with a plastic scoop when more representative results can be better obtained by digging into natural sediment traps using heavy tools. Further, use of the -80-mesh fraction might result in a larger nugget effect than using a finer fraction (say -200 mesh).
Samples by Vane Minerals in 2014 were taken for determining if the grade of muckpiles was adequate for milling. They collected about 2 kilograms of sample from several handfuls of muck from different areas of each pile. Their samples were assayed at their fire-assay laboratory in Acaponeta. It is the QP’s opinion that these assays are reliable.
About Brigadier Gold
Brigadier Gold Limited was formed to leverage what we believe will be the next major bull market in the natural resource sector, particularly precious metals. Our mandate is to acquire undervalued and overlooked projects with demonstrable potential for advancement.
Led by a management team with decades of experience in mineral exploration and capital markets development, we are focused on advanced exploration opportunities in politically stable jurisdictions.
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Nextleaf Solutions Provides Commercial Update
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 6, 2020) – Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. (CSE: OILS) (OTCQB: OILFF) (“Nextleaf“, “OILS“, or the “Company“), Canada’s most innovative cannabis extractor, is pleased to provide the following commercial update:
Bulk THC Distillate Supply Deal
Nextleaf Labs Ltd. (“Nextleaf Labs“), a Health Canada licensed standard processor of which the acquisition by OILS is pending, has entered into a bulk supply agreement with a B.C.-based multi-licensed cannabis producer focused on the distribution of adult-use cannabis products through provincial markets. Pursuant to the agreement, Nextleaf Labs has agreed to supply 50 kilograms of THC distillate to the purchaser.
“We are very pleased to be working with a team with tremendous depth of experience distributing cannabis products through provincial adult-use channels,” said Charles Ackerman, CFO. “As we continue to grow our revenue, we believe our lean overhead structure and purposeful business model, which hasn’t deviated since our Company’s founding, will allow OILS to achieve and maintain profitability in the near team, and as our industry continues to commoditize. We believe our investment in innovation will help us to ensure the long-term sustainability of our business and provide a robust platform to scale globally from our base in Canada,” continued Ackerman.
This agreement represents an important milestone for the Company, allowing OILS to continue the commercialization of its intellectual property (“IP“) portfolio through the production of cannabis oils and concentrates by Nextleaf Labs. OILS owns a portfolio of over 35 issued patents and 65 pending patents for the extraction, distillation, and formulation of cannabinoids.
Concurrent with commercialization of the Company’s IP through distilled cannabis oil production, Nextleaf has made several key hires in operations and quality assurance roles to support increased growth and fundamentals. The Company has been able to recruit highly-trained staff with existing cannabis production and manufacturing experience.
“The recent downsizing by a number of Canada’s largest cannabis producers has allowed OILS to add some very experienced operators to our team, who I expect will play a major role in our growth as a company over the next few years,” said Paul Pedersen, CEO of Nextleaf Solutions. “With an the abundant supply of dried cannabis biomass, Nextleaf Labs is developing a competitive advantage by utilizing more efficient proprietary technology to transform otherwise unsellable biomass into high-purity THC and CBD oils at a lower cost per milligram compared to processors running less efficient off-the-shelf extraction technology,” continued Pedersen.
The Company is focused on reaching full utilization of over half a tonne of biomass processing per day at its Metro Vancouver cannabis oil refinery in 2020. Nextleaf Labs is processing biomass under the Cannabis Extraction Agreement announced on April 2, 2020 with a 10-acre greenhouse cannabis grower. Nextleaf Labs expects to continue scaling its operations through toll processing and the supply of bulk cannabis concentrates. The industry has seen increased demand for economical extraction and distillation due to the legalization of cannabis 2.0 derivative products, and an over supply of dried cannabis biomass that has a shorter shelf life compared to cannabis oils.
Employee Equity Participation Plan
The Company announced today that it has issued shares under its Employee Equity Participation Plan (the “Plan“) implemented on April 1st in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to align the efforts and compensation of non-executive employees with the Company’s long-term business strategy.
The Plan is fully voluntary and permits non-executive employees to receive common shares in the capital of the Company in lieu of a portion of an employee’s cash compensation. The Plan allows the Company to reduce the cash component of employee compensation and further align incentives across the team.
Under the Plan for the month of June, Nextleaf has issued an aggregate of 68,126 common shares at a price of $0.285 per share.
OILS is Canada’s most innovative cannabis extractor, developing technology for extracting and distilling THC and CBD oils. Nextleaf’s industrial-scale extraction plant in Metro Vancouver has a design capacity to process 600 kg per day of dried cannabis biomass into distilled oils. The Company owns a portfolio of over 35 issued patents and 65 pending patents for the extraction and distillation of cannabinoids. Nextleaf Solutions commercializes its patent portfolio through IP licensing, and the wholesale of THC and CBD oils through Nextleaf Labs, a Health Canada licensed standard processor.
Nextleaf Solutions trades as OILS on the Canadian Securities Exchange, OILFF on the OTCQB Market in the United States, and L0MA on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
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604-283-2301 (ext. 219)
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
Paul Pedersen, CEO
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company’s ability to capitalize on its IP portfolio, expectations regarding lower costs resulting from utilization of the Company’s technology, changes in the global market for cannabinoid-based products, the potential for shareholder value creation through the formalization and protection of IP, the Company’s future profitability and expected revenue growth, the long-term sustainability of the Company’s business model, the ability to scale the Company’s business globally, the Company’s strategy, plans, objectives, goals and targets, and any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believe”, “expect”, “aim”, “intend”, “plan”, “continue”, “will”, “may”, “would”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “predict”, “project”, “seek”, “should” or similar expressions or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to the risk factors discussed in the Company’s MD&A for the most recent fiscal period. Management provides forward-looking statements because it believes they provide useful information to investors when considering their investment objectives and cautions investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law. The CSE has not reviewed, approved or disapproved the contents of this press release.
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Sun Kissed Industries Inc.’s Numuni Subsidiary Launches Full BETA Sales Affiliate Program with a Highly Accomplished List of Initial Sales Affiliates
New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – July 6, 2020) – Sun Kissed Industries Inc. (OTC Pink: SKDI) (“Sun Kissed”, “SKDI”), an emerging leader in the development and sale of CBD consumables, digital content management, and online ad monetization technology,”), is pleased to provide a key and very exciting update for its current and prospective investors, as the Company moves forward with the full BETA launch of the Numuni Sales Affiliate Program.
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Numuni Inc. (“Numuni”), a monetization platform developed for digital media publishers, software providers, and online games, has already acquired nearly 100 affiliates and just began BETA testing their sales program on July 1st, 2020.
Numuni will develop all sales training materials and additional technical features based on the feedback of their newly acquired BETA Sales Affiliates and plans to finish the development of its pre-existing software infrastructure during this time. BETA Sales Affiliates will have the ability to earn a 5% lifetime commission of the earnings generated by any website publishers they refer to Numuni. This will provide Numuni with significant traction and revenue-generating capabilities immediately upon the full pending public launch of its robust platform.
Robert Reynolds, the founder and CEO of Numuni stated, “We are extremely thrilled to collaborate with our highly influential and experienced BETA Affiliates in building the foundation of our sales acquisition strategy over the next 45-60 days. Their feedback will be 1 of the initial key essential steps in helping us hit the ground running when our software is fully launched to market.”
By utilizing the same sales acquisition model in his prior endeavor, CPAlead, Robert was able to acquire over +150,000 website publishers, making CPAlead the 40th fastest-growing private company in the USA.
Similarly, Numuni will now be extremely favorably positioned to rapidly scale up its sales operations, by using their affiliate marketing team, and without relying on the high overhead cost of expensive marketing campaigns.
“The digital content monetization market is ripe for disruption again, even more so this time around. And our truly groundbreaking sector disruptive technology is going to be an extreme game-changer,” Mr. Reynolds sums up in concise terms.
Digital publishers are increasingly considering truly effective alternative monetization methods due to the decline of traditional ad revenues and rising public opposition against users’ private data being sold. Numuni plans to capitalize on this growing market trend, having already received pre-commitments from multiple Top-50 trafficked websites, and will utilize its robust and groundbreaking Sales Affiliate Program to rapidly acquire many more worthy & relevant high trafficked websites over the balance of this year and beyond.
About Sun Kissed Industries, Inc.:
Sun Kissed Industries Inc. (OTC Pink: SKDI) is an emerging leader in the development and sale of CBD consumables, digital content management, and online ad monetization technology. The Company is pursuing meaningful acquisitions as part of an aggressive M&A strategy designed to position Sun Kissed as a dominant player in well-defined, high-growth markets within rapidly expanding sectors.
About Numuni, Inc.:
Numuni is a technology platform that aims to disrupt the digital marketplace for paid content by making use of the vast amount of unused computing resources that personal computer desktops have. Numuni is positioned to truly transform the user experience of consuming digital content, increasing the content provider’s earnings as they deliver that experience, as well as leverage the GPU computing power as a commodity to increase efficiency and cost savings.
Hakuna is an award-winning CBD-products company, currently nominated for “Best Hemp-Derived CBD Product” by the California Cannabis Awards after winning the DOPE Magazine Best New Product award for Southern California in the non-cannabis/non-tech category in 2017. Hakuna was also recently awarded “Runner Up” at the Los Angeles Coffee & Donut Festival People’s Choice Coffee Awards for 2019. Hakuna generates significant revenues with a substantial distribution footprint, including over 110 established retail distribution partners across over 20 states in the domestic US market.
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