Nighthawk Gold (TSX: NHK) has entered into a binding option agreement with a subsidiary of natural gas and oil-focused Pine Cliff Energy (TSX: PNE) to acquire a 100% interest in the 31-sq.-km Kim & Cass property, adjacent to its existing Indin Lake gold property in the Northwest Territories.
The added grounds like 15 km southwest of Nighthawk’s Colomac deposit and, according to president and CEO Keyvan Salehi, “represent quality targets that fit our immediate strategy of looking for near-surface, higher-grade opportunities proximal to Colomac.”
Kim & Cass is adjacent to the Albatross claim block that features the 4-km Albatross trend, where surface samples returned up to 20.6 grams gold per tonne.
These new grounds include a historic resource of 2.9 million tonnes grading 2.66 grams gold per tonne, with over 32,000 metres of historic drilling completed within 75 metres of surface. Drilling completed by Nighthawk in 2014 on this property extended the Cass corridor by 700 metres; historical drilling traced mineralization over 360 metres of strike.
Notable intercepts from the 2014 program included 51 metres of 2.25 grams gold per tonne from 121 metres; 26 metres of 2.86 grams gold per tonne starting at 143 metres; and 36.2 metres of 2.89 grams gold per tonne from 112.8 metres.
To acquire this property, Nighthawk has agreed to pay a total of $1.1 million and grant the vendor a 2.5% repurchaseable net smelter return (NSR) royalty. The payments, in cash or shares, are divided into three tranches with the last due on or before Feb. 17, 2023. The first, $400,000 share payment has been met.
Nighthawk expects to release details on work planned for Kim & Cass with its 2021 exploration program announcement.
“The Kim & Cass property, which remains open at depth and along strike, will enhance the potential for adding higher grade near-surface ounces proximal to Colomac,” Pierre Vaillancourt of Haywood Securities, wrote in a research note to clients.
The mining analyst expects Nighthawk will have to raise money for exploration drilling. “With cash reserves of approximately $8 million, and the potential cost of the drill program that we estimate in the range of $20M-$25M, we believe the company will need to raise equity within the next two months in order to begin drilling by early April.”