20 Jul

Dunnedin Raises $5.1 Million

July 20, 2017 – Vancouver, BC, Canada. – Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (the “Company“) (TSX-V: DVI) today announced that it has completed an over-subscribed non-brokered private placement of flow-through (each, a “FT Unit“) and non-flow through (each, a “NFT Unit“) units for gross proceeds of $4,546,250.  In connection with closing of the placement, the Company issued 1,325,000 FT Units at a price of $0.32, and 16,489,000 NFT Units at a price of $0.25.

The Company has also received gross proceeds of $597,000 from receipt of 3,980,000 warrants originating from a private placement closed on August 29, 2016, bringing total gross proceeds of the current private placement and warrant funds receipt to $5,143,250.

Significant participants in the private placement include Evanachan Ltd., a company wholly-owned by Rob McEwen, and Northfield Capital Corporation (TSX-V: NFD.A), a company controlled by Robert Cudney.

Each FT Unit consists of one common share and one-half-of-one share purchase warrant entitling the holder to acquire an additional common share at a price of $0.40 for a period of twenty-four months.  Each NFT Unit consists of one common share and one-half-of-one share purchase warrant entitling the holder to acquire an additional common share at a price of $0.35 for a period of twenty-four months.  The share purchase warrants issued as part of the FT Units and the NFT Units are subject to accelerated expiry in the event the closing price of the common shares of the Company on the TSX Venture Exchange is $0.55 or greater for twenty consecutive trading days.

“Dunnedin is well-positioned to proceed with both diamond and gold exploration at the Kahuna project,” said Chris Taylor, CEO of Dunnedin. “Our next steps include implementation of our planned spin-out through a plan of arrangement of the gold rights to the Kahuna project.  This includes finalizing the ratio of gold-focused spinout company shares to be received by shareholders on the date of record of July 17, 2017, determination of the relative market value of the diamond and gold assets of the Company as of the record date, and proceeding with a shareholder vote to approve the plan of arrangement.  This is of course against the backdrop of an active summer exploration program that has been ongoing since June and is expected to yield results over the near-term.”

In connection with closing of the placement the Company paid finders’ fees of $285,890.50 and issued 1,118,180 share purchase warrants (each, a “Broker Warrant“) to eligible parties who introduced subscribers to the placement.  Each Broker Warrant is exercisable to acquire a common share of the Company at a price of $0.25 for a period of twenty-four months, subject to accelerated expiry on the same terms as the warrants comprising the FT Units and the NFT Units.  All securities issued in connection with the private placement are subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period.  All participants in the private placement are shareholders of record on July 17, 2017 to also receive gold-focused spinout company shares.

Chris Taylor said, “I would like to thank the team at Pollitt & Co Inc. for their assistance with the successful conclusion of this over-subscribed placement, and for representing Dunnedin with the highest professional standards.”

 

The Company intends to use the proceeds of the private placement to advance its ongoing exploration program on the Kahuna project and for general working capital purposes including completion of its previously announced spinout of rights associated with gold mineralization on that project.  It is anticipated that a significant portion of the proceeds of the placement will be used to advance gold exploration work on the project.

 

For further information please contact Knox Henderson, Investor Relations, at 604-551-2360.

 

About Dunnedin Ventures

Dunnedin’s primary asset is the Kahuna project, where it has an option to earn a 100 percent interest.  Kahuna is an advanced stage high grade diamond project located near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.  Dunnedin is now recovering diamonds and indicator minerals from a series of kimberlite and till samples collected from two seasons of field work.  An Inferred Resource released by Dunnedin showed over 4 million carats of macrodiamonds (+0.85 mm) at a grade of 1.01 carats per tonne had been defined along the partial strike length of the Kahuna and Notch kimberlite dikes through shallow drilling, and remains open to extension.  The largest diamond recovered was a 5.43 carat stone from the Kahuna dike which was a piece of a larger diamond that had been broken during the sample preparation process and was reconstructed as having an original size of 13.42 carats.  Recent results include a 0.82 tonne sample of the PST kimberlite dike which returned 96 macrodiamonds totalling 5.34 carats (+0.85 mm) and a 2.36 tonne sample of the Notch kimberlite which returned 89 macrodiamonds totalling 2.38 carats (+0.85 mm).

 

The Kahuna project is located adjacent to the development-stage Meliadine gold project of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. and has generated gold results in tills, bedrock and drill core across a wide area.  Gold is associated with several metasediment belts that cross the project.  The adjacent Meliadine project is also hosted by metasediments and has approximately 14.5 million tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves grading 7.32 g/t gold, containing 3.4 million ounces of gold as of December 31, 2015.   There is an additional Indicated Resource of 20.7 million tonnes grading 4.95 g/t gold containing 3.3 million ounces of gold, and an additional Inferred Resource of 14.7 million tonnes grading 7.51 g/t gold containing 3.5 million ounces of gold (source: www.agnicoeagle.com).

 

Bob Singh, P. Geo., exploration manager, is the qualified person responsible for the technical content of this news release.

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors

 

Dunnedin Ventures Inc.

 

Chris Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

 

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

Statements included in this announcement, including statements concerning our plans, intentions and expectations, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, “forward-looking statements”.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects” and similar expressions. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements, including without limitation those relating to the Company’s future operations and business prospects, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

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05 Jun

New Kimberlite Pipe Targets with Diamond Potential Identified at Kahuna

June 5, 2017 – Vancouver, BC, Canada. – Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (the “Company” or “Dunnedin”) (TSX-V: DVI) today reported the identification of new kimberlite pipe targets with down-ice till chemistry matching known diamond-bearing kimberlite dikes at the Kahuna project.  These are priority drill targets for 2017 that the Company believes have strong diamond potential.

Figure 1: Kimberlite pipe targets with diamond indicator minerals (“DIMs”) in down-ice tills. Individual targets shown in insets.  Magnetic total field geophysics shown.  Results are from 208 of 1,111 samples received to date.

 

The Company processed kimberlite from the highly diamondiferous Kahuna, PST and Notch kimberlite dikes and also from the KEM dike, a barren body, to compare the indicator mineral signatures of diamondiferous versus barren kimberlites.  All three of the Kahuna, PST and Notch had certain indicator mineral chemistries in common that were absent in the barren body.  These diamond-associated mineral chemistries have now been recovered from till samples down-ice from new kimberlite pipe targets in several areas.

“The Kahuna project covers one of the largest, mostly under tested kimberlite pipe fields in Canada,” said Chris Taylor, CEO of Dunnedin. “While we remain positive on the potential of our diamond-bearing kimberlite dikes such as Kahuna, Notch and PST, the opportunity to additionally benefit our shareholders through a new discovery drives us to also test the pipes.  With these new results in hand, we aim to make 2017 a year of discovery, diamond valuation and resource growth.”

Summary of Results

  • Results received for 208 of 1,111 (19%) till samples collected in summer 2016, with results from the remaining 903 samples expected to be received through June.
  • To-date, up to seven potentially diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe targets have been identified with associated DIM dispersions in down-ice tills. Targets will be ranked for follow up exploration and drilling once all results are received.  The total number of targets, and their relative strengths based on DIM content, will be provided at that time.
  • Field crews will be mobilized during June to begin field investigations of these and other targets across the Kahuna project, with drilling expected to being this summer.
  • The Kahuna project is notable for yielding DIM chemistry associated with large diamonds recovered at producing diamond mines, including Ekati, which has been validated by recovery of large diamonds (up to 13.42 carats) at Kahuna.
  • Certain chemistries of the DIMs clinopyroxene, chromite, garnet and picroilmenite are observed consistently within the diamond-bearing kimberlite dikes, and are also found down-ice from the newly identified targets.
  • The geophysical signature of historically drilled kimberlite pipes generally consists of negative in-phase electromagnetic responses and variously high and low magnetic responses that are distinctive from background geology. The newly identified kimberlite pipe targets are consistent with these signatures, but require drilling to verify.

 

Mr. R. Bob Singh, P.Geo, Exploration Manager, is the qualified person responsible for the technical content of this news release.

For further information please contact Mr. Knox Henderson, Investor Relations, at 604-551-2360.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

 

Dunnedin Ventures Inc.

 

Chris Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

 

About Till Sampling for Diamond Exploration

Glacial till sampling is used extensively in the Canadian Arctic as a primary exploration tool leading to most major diamond discoveries, the most famous example of which is Ekati, which was discovered by Dunnedin’s advisor Dr. Charles Fipke.

Heavy mineral recovery from tills retrieves kimberlite indicator minerals (‘KIMs’) that were eroded from kimberlites by glaciers and deposited “down-ice”. This creates a train of positive till samples that can be tracked back to their original source

Some KIMs have chemical signatures that indicate source within the diamond stability field in the lower continental crust.  These are referred to as Diamond Indicator Minerals, or DIMs.  Certain DIM chemistries are known to be characteristic of the occurrence of larger diamonds, based on data sets collected from producing diamond mines.  The Kahuna project’s diamond-bearing kimberlites contain these DIMs, and have also yielded large diamonds.

Dunnedin’s till sampling program utilizes the same sampling and mineral ranking techniques as applied at Ekati, which can predict the potential of kimberlites to host diamonds with a high degree of confidence. The ranking employs proprietary mineral chemistry filters developed at CF Mineral Research Ltd. (“CFM”) of Kelowna, British Columbia, under the direction of Dr. Fipke.

 

About the Kahuna Project

Kahuna is an advanced stage high grade diamond project located near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.  Dunnedin is now recovering diamonds and indicator minerals from a series of kimberlite and till samples collected in from two seasons of field work.  An Inferred Resource released by Dunnedin showed over 4 million carats of macrodiamonds (+0.85 mm) at a grade of 1.01 carats per tonne had been defined along the partial strike length of the Kahuna and Notch kimberlite dikes through shallow drilling.  The largest diamond recovered was a 5.43 carat stone from the Kahuna dike which was a piece of a larger diamond that had been broken during the sample preparation process and was reconstructed as having an original size of 13.42 carats.  Recent results include a 0.82 tonne sample of the PST kimberlite dike which returned 96 macrodiamonds totalling 5.34 carats (+0.85 mm) and a 2.36 tonne sample of the Notch kimberlite which returned 89 macrodiamonds totalling 2.38 carats (+0.85 mm).

The Kahuna project is located adjacent to the development-stage Meliadine gold project of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. Meliadine has approximately 14.5 million tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves grading 7.32 g/t gold, containing 3.4 million ounces of gold as of December 31, 2015.   There is an additional Indicated Resource of 20.7 million tonnes grading 4.95 g/t gold containing 3.3 million ounces of gold, and an additional Inferred Resource of 14.7 million tonnes grading 7.51 g/t gold containing 3.5 million ounces of gold (source: www.agnicoeagle.com).

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Statements included in this announcement, including statements concerning our plans, intentions and expectations, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, “forward-looking statements”.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects” and similar expressions. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements, including without limitation those relating to the Company’s future operations and business prospects, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

 

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25 Jul

New Targets Identified At Kahuna

       New Targets Identified At Kahuna

 

July 25, 2016 – Vancouver, BC, Canada. – Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (the “Company” or “Dunnedin”) (TSX-V: DVI) is pleased to report the identification of new diamond-bearing kimberlite targets through till sampling at the Kahuna project. Till sampling results include identification of potential for:

  • Extensions to known diamond-bearing kimberlite dikes
  • New diamond-bearing kimberlite dike targets
  • New diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe targets
  • Diamond-bearing kimberlite sources in areas that historically produced nil results

 

Dunnedin’s CEO Chris Taylor said, “Using methods pioneered by our advisor Dr. Chuck Fipke and previously applied at Ekati, we have identified a number of new areas that are sourcing high quality diamond indicator minerals.  With the success of the 2015 test program, Dunnedin plans to expand its sampling over larger areas of the property to build, for the first time, an accurate picture of how many potential diamondiferous kimberlite sources are in fact present at Kahuna.”

 

2015 Till Sampling Program

In collaboration with its technical advisor Dr. Charles Fipke and director Mr. Chad Ulansky, the Company completed a glacial till orientation test sampling program in summer 2015, comprising 118 samples. Glacial till sampling recovers kimberlite indicator minerals (‘KIMs’) that were eroded from kimberlites by glaciers and deposited “down-ice”. This creates a train of positive till samples that can be tracked back to their original source.  It is used extensively in the Canadian Arctic as a primary exploration tool leading to most major diamond discoveries, one of the most famous examples of which is Ekati.

Dunnedin’s test program utilized the same sampling and mineral ranking techniques as applied at Ekati, which can predict the potential of kimberlites to host diamonds with a high degree of confidence. The ranking employs proprietary mineral chemistry filters developed at CF Mineral Research Ltd. (“CFM”) under the direction of Dr. Fipke.  Information on the sampling and ranking protocols are provided on Dunnedin’s web site at www.dunnedinventures.com.

2015 Till Results

Historically, eighteen kimberlite pipes were drill-confirmed at the Kahuna project, along with a large number of kimberlite dikes.  During 2015, Dunnedin ranked historical KIM data through the CFM filters, identifying 29 new target areas, of which ten were tested with new sampling.  All returned KIMs in tills down-ice from the targets, supporting the presence of kimberlite, while eight of the ten target areas contain Diamond Indicator Minerals (‘DIMs’).  DIMs have specific chemistry that is observed in mineral inclusions inside of diamonds, and their presence in tills is strongly diagnostic of the diamond-bearing potential of the source kimberlite and is therefore prioritized by the CFM filters.

Results of Dunnedin’s 2015 program include:

  • High DIM counts were confirmed in tills immediately down-ice from all tested diamond-bearing dikes including Kahuna, Notch and PST, confirming that diamond-bearing kimberlites are readily detectable using Dunnedin’s till sampling protocols.

 

  • Potential diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes were identified in three new locations where DIMs in tills are directly down-ice from geophysical targets defined by circular coincident magnetic responses and resistivity lows. This geophysical signature is consistent with pipes that were historically drilled elsewhere on the property; however the new targets are apparent DIMs sources while the historically drilled pipes were not.  Dunnedin will analyze all historical data to determine the actual number of potential pipes, and which of these should also be tested down-ice for DIMs.

 

  • Identification of apparent strike-length extensions to drilled diamond-bearing dikes, including Kahuna, Notch, PST and 07KD-24. Notably, 07KD-24 historically yielded an unprecedented 305 diamonds including seven commercial-sized diamonds (+0.85mm) from a drill core sample of 2.2 kilograms.  Very high DIM counts are present over 600 m of strike perpendicular to ice transport direction in the vicinity of 07KD-24, suggesting significant possible strike extent for this kimberlite.

 

  • Many areas of the project have yielded significant DIM counts where historic till sampling produced nil results. These positive results are believed to be due to the more effective sampling protocols introduced to Dunnedin by Dr. Fipke.

 

  • All 118 of the Company’s till samples contained KIMs, with 78 containing diamond indicator minerals. Dunnedin’s initial assessment based on geophysics, satellite imagery and past drilling that a dense kimberlite-intruded structural network is present on the project with over 180 kilometers of aggregate strike is also supported by the widespread KIM and DIM results (see Dunnedin news release of June 29, 2015).

 

A property-scale map of target areas and DIM counts is presented below, along with a summary table of results.  Maps of each new target area will be posted to the Company’s web site along with detailed DIM results.

Given the success of the pilot-scale till sampling program, the Company’s advisor Dr. Fipke has suggested a property-scale program should now be undertaken in order to identify all potential diamond sources.  The broader till sampling program is slated to begin in August 2016 and will progress in stages contingent upon results.

Mr. R. Bob Singh, P.Geo, Exploration Manager for Dunnedin, is the qualified person responsible for the technical content of this news release.

 

Figure 1: Map of new DIM sources showing DIM counts for each target.

table 1 target description

Table 1: New target descriptions as shown on Figure 1.


Target
Target Type DIM Results
B7 Pipe;

Interpreted pipe cluster

10 Samples collected, 4 samples returned DIMs
B1 Pipe and Dike;

Interpreted string of several pipes, 2 of which are drill confirmed, plus dikes

8 Samples collected, all 8 returned DIMs defining two distinct pipe targets  (B1 and B1a).  Several dikes are also interpreted to cross the area.  DIMs could be sourced by either or both target types
A1 Dike;

Up-ice from PST

One sample collected and returned DIMs defining a new dike target
B8 Pipe;

Known pipe cluster,

6 of which are drill confirmed

4 samples were collected, all returning DIMs down-ice from an untested pipe-type target; historic drilling tested pipes within the down-ice dispersion train from this source
B6 Pipe;

Interpreted pipe no drilling in area

4 samples collected, 3 returned DIMs

 

About the Kahuna Project

Kahuna is an advanced stage diamond project located near Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.  An Inferred Resource released by Dunnedin showed over 4 million carats of macrodiamonds (+0.85 mm) at a grade of 1.01 carats per tonne had been defined along the partial strike length of the Kahuna and Notch kimberlite dikes through shallow drilling.  The largest diamond recovered was a 5.43 carat stone from the Kahuna dike that had been broken during sample processing and was reconstructed as having an original size of 13.42 carats.  Recent results include a 0.82 tonne sample of the PST kimberlite dike which returned 96 macrodiamonds totalling 5.34 carats (+0.85 mm) and a 1.02 tonne sample of the Notch kimberlite that returned 36 commercial-sized diamonds (+0.85 mm) totalling 0.66 carats (+0.85 mm).

While the till sampling and KIM chemical filters applied by Dr. Fipke have historically been very successful at discovering and ranking diamondiferous kimberlites, and have also successfully identified the known diamond-bearing kimberlites at Kahuna, assessing the commercial diamond potential of any new discovery also requires drill delineation, bulk sampling and diamond valuation.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Chris Taylor

Dunnedin Ventures, CEO

 

For further information please contact Mr. Chris Taylor, M.Sc., P.Geo, CEO at 604 681 0084.

 

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Statements included in this announcement, including statements concerning our plans, intentions and expectations, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, “forward-looking statements”.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects” and similar expressions. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements, including without limitation those relating to the Company’s future operations and business prospects, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

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