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Bearing Resources Ltd. ("Bearing", or the "Company") (TSX-V: BRZ) is pleased to announce that the Company has executed a letter of intent ("LOI") with Patriot Minefinders Ltd ("Patriot") (OTCBB:PROF) whereby Patriot may earn up to a 75% interest in the 13,400 hectare Kilometer 66 ("Km 66", also known as Mapimi) silver-gold-lead-zinc property located in Durango, Mexico.
Under the terms of the Letter of Intent the companies will complete a Definitive Agreement that will include the following business terms. Patriot will be granted the right to earn a 75% interest in the property by assuming the remaining obligations of the underlying option agreement, which are to be paid to Bearing in advance of the underlying option agreement:
-US$150,000 on signing the Definitive Agreement
-US$150,000 on the first anniversary
-US$400,000 on the second anniversary
-US$500,000 on the third anniversary
-US$7,875,000 on the fourth anniversary
Patriot may also exercise Bearing's rights under the original agreement to purchase the property outright on the first anniversary for US$5,575,000 or after the second anniversary for US$5,875,000, or after the third anniversary for US$6,875,000. Patriot may also exercise Bearing's rights to purchase up to 1% of the underlying Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR") for US$650,000 per half percent and will hold a first right of refusal to purchase the remaining 2% NSR.
In addition, Patriot must undertake work expenditures totaling US$2,000,000 before April 23, 2015 of which US$200,000 must be completed before April 23, 2013 (firm commitment), maintain the property in good standing, complete a bankable feasibility study by the eighth anniversary and pay to Bearing on signing of the Definitive Agreement 1,200,000 shares of Patriot. Should Patriot complete all its work commitments and payment obligations but fail to prepare a bankable feasibility study by the eighth anniversary it shall be deemed to have earned a 65% interest.
Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including the negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement and regulatory approvals..
Robert Cameron, President and CEO commented, "The Company welcomes Patriot as a partner on our silver-gold-lead-zinc Km 66 project. This arrangement allows for the continued advancement of the project while freeing up resources to concurrently move forward on our HP Breccia target located on the adjacent wholly owned Pedro property. The Company believes that the silver-gold-lead-zinc mineralization identified to date on the Km 66 property may well be indicative of a larger system under shallow cover while the newly discovered Victorinos and HP breccia targets illustrate the excellent exploration potential in the region."
Km 66 Property
The Km 66 property, is located 100 kilometres from the Penoles smelter at Torreon, and is bisected by a paved highway and power lines. Km 66 covers a five kilometre-long trend of mineralization that includes the La Gloria and Las Palmitas breccia-hosted epithermal silver-gold-lead-zinc deposits. Great Panther Silver Ltd. ("Great Panther") (who previously held an option to acquire Km 66) filed a technical report containing a mineral resource estimate compliant with NI 43-101 for the La Gloria and Las Palmitas deposits titled "Technical Report on the Mapimi Project, Mexico" dated May 8, 2008 and prepared by Wardrop Engineering ("Wardrop") of Vancouver, B.C. (the "Technical Report") (a copy of the Technical Report can be found at www.sedar.com under the profile of Great Panther). The Technical Report calculated a total of 22,297,800 silver equivalent ounces (6,585,900 tonnes grading 28 g/t silver, 0.09 g/t gold, 0.41% lead, 1.14% zinc) in the indicated category and a further 6,305,000 silver equivalent ounces (2,027,900 million tonnes grading 34 g/t silver, 0.13 g/t gold, 0.54% lead, 0.81% zinc) in the inferred category using a cut-off grade of 50 g/t silver equivalent. Metal prices and recoveries used Wardrop were US $9.55 per ounce and 76 per cent, respectively, for silver, US $530 per ounce and 70 per cent for gold, US $0.63 per pound and 80 per cent for lead, and US$1 per pound and 80 per cent for zinc.
Bearing and Patriot cautions the reader that the resource prepared by Wardrop for Great Panther is considered a "historical estimate" under NI 43-101 and a qualified person from the Companies has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource. In order to verify the historical estimate additional work may be required. This may include, but may not be limited to, re-evaluation and confirmation of previous drilling and assay results; validation of QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) procedures and recalculation of the resource model using current metal price and recovery assumptions. Bearing and Patriot are not treating the historical estimate as a current mineral resource.
In addition to the La Gloria and Las Palmitas resource areas, drilling by Great Panther identified quartz-molybdenite veins in the Bull's-Eye zone (186.22 metres grading 440ppm molybdenum) and carbonate replacement deposits in the North Zone (2.14 metres grading 2.98% zinc and 0.41% lead). The Bull's-Eye zone is defined by a 2,000-by-800-metre induced polarization anomaly with a magnetic high near its centre. This is interpreted to represent a buried intrusive body, however no intrusive rocks have been observed in the drilling. At the North Zone, mineralization is dominated by zinc with lesser amounts of lead, copper, gold and silver, and occurs in altered rhyolite sills, skarn altered limestone/marble, and in carbonate veinlets within the limestone/marble.
Recent work by Bearing has outlined a new target at Victorinos, some 5 Km east of la Gloria where soil sampling and prospecting has defined a 500m by 600m gold-silver-lead-zinc soil anomaly hosted by rhyolite. The target is a volcanic-hosted bulk-tonnage silver base metal deposit and rock sampling has indicated silver in sheeted and disseminated zones in altered rhyolite and local high grade silver base metal veins.
Robert Cameron P.Geo., President and CEO of Bearing, is a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101, and has read and takes responsibility for this news release.
About Bearing Resources
Bearing is a Canadian based precious and base metal exploration company with projects located in British Columbia, the Yukon and Mexico. Bearing is exploring at the ~40,000 hectares Mapimi gold-silver project located in the Altiplano Region of eastern Durango, Mexico. The Company's Mount Polley and October Dome copper-gold projects are located in British Columbia near Imperial Metals Corporation's ("Imperial") Mt. Polley copper-gold mine and includes a production royalty on the Boundary property, with Imperial. In the Yukon, the company has three projects optioned out including the Flume Project where Ryan Gold Corp. has been granted a right to earn up to 75% interest.
BEARING RESOURCES LTD.
Robert Cameron, President & CEO
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