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New Gold Provides Results from Underground Exploration Drilling Program at New Afton

February 12, 2020 GMT
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New Gold Provides Results from Underground Exploration Drilling Program at New Afton
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New Gold Provides Results from Underground Exploration Drilling Program at New Afton

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 12, 2020--

New Gold Inc. (“New Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX and NYSE American: NGD) announces drill results for the New Afton Mine from an underground exploration program completed during the year 2019, which identifies gold and copper mineralization within the newly defined East Extension zone located directly beneath the Sub-level cave (SLC) and to the east of the planned C-zone block cave (Figure 1). Results to date confirm the East Extension as a 300 x 40 metres in plan and 700 metres down dip target area (Figure 2). The zone has been subdivided based upon different styles of alteration and mineralization in two distinct zones defined as Upper and Lower East Extension, which appears to represent the down-plunge extension of the Afton Pit, East Cave and SLC zone. Upper East Extension encompasses the higher 250 metres of the area with the Lower East Extension representing the down plunge continuity of it. Both zones are open to the east.

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Figure 1: Mine footprint targets location (Photo: Business Wire)

From June 2019, the company completed 13 holes totaling 7,160 metres in the East Extension zone. A follow up drilling program has been designed for 2020 to define the extension of the mineralization in this area and to delineate a Mineral Resource that may be incorporated into the Company’s 2020 year end Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource update. A summary of the result highlights for the East Extension are reported in the following table.

Table 1: East Extension Drill Highlights

Drill Hole

From

(metres)

To

(metres)

Interval

(metres)

Estimated True Width (metres)

Gold

(g/t)

Copper

(%)

EA19-251

220

328

108

25.6

1.82

2.43

Includes

226

256

30

7.1

4.78

4.02

EA19-252

160

302

142

37.5

0.41

0.78

includes

186

220

34

9.0

0.38

1.29

 

292

300

8

2.1

1.10

1.67

EA19-253

148

242

94

34.0

0.91

1.04

includes

148

212

64

23.1

1.25

1.43

EA19-257

190

212

22

9.8

0.72

1.72

EA19-262

156

188

32

18.2

0.76

1.11

includes

174

184

10

5.7

2.03

2.41

EA19-263

292

366

74

38.7

1.68

2.24

Includes

296

314

18

9.4

2.02

3.35

Includes

330

348

18

9.4

3.25

3.29

EA19-265

258

358

100

41.4

1.28

2.37

Includes

268

286

18

7.5

5.08

4.92

Includes

318

344

26

10.8

0.53

3.32

The full drill hole results and additional information are also enclosed in this news release.

About New Gold Inc.
New Gold is a Canadian-focused intermediate gold mining company with a portfolio of two core producing assets in Canada, the Rainy River and New Afton Mines as well as the 100% owned Blackwater development project. The Company also operates the Cerro San Pedro Mine in Mexico (in reclamation). New Gold’s vision is to build a leading diversified intermediate gold company based in Canada that is committed to environment and social responsibility. For further information on the Company, visit www.newgold.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information contained in this news release, including any information relating to New Gold’s future financial or operating performance are “forward looking”. All statements in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, which address events, results, outcomes or developments that New Gold expects to occur are “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “targeted”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “potential”, “believes” or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “might” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved” or the negative connotation of such terms. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, among others, statements with respect to: future drilling programs and Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource determinations for year-end 2020.

All forward-looking statements in this news release are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made and are subject to important risk factors and uncertainties, many of which are beyond New Gold’s ability to control or predict. Certain material assumptions regarding such forward-looking statements are discussed in this news release, New Gold’s latest annual management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”), Annual Information Form and Technical Reports filed at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. In addition to, and subject to, such assumptions discussed in more detail elsewhere, the forward-looking statements in this news release are also subject to the following assumptions: (1) there being no significant disruptions affecting New Gold’s operations; (2) political and legal developments in jurisdictions where New Gold operates, or may in the future operate, being consistent with New Gold’s current expectations; (3) the accuracy of New Gold’s current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; (4) the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and U.S. dollar, and to a lesser extent, the Mexican Peso, being approximately consistent with current levels; (5) prices for diesel, natural gas, fuel oil, electricity and other key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (6) equipment, labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with New Gold’s current expectations; (7) arrangements with First Nations and other Aboriginal groups in respect of the Rainy River, New Afton and Blackwater being consistent with New Gold’s current expectations; (8) all required permits, licenses and authorizations being obtained from the relevant governments and other relevant stakeholders within the expected timelines and the absence of material negative comments during the applicable regulatory processes; and (9) metals and other commodity prices and exchange rates being consistent with those estimated for the purposes of 2019 guidance.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions that are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation: significant capital requirements and the availability and management of capital resources; additional funding requirements; price volatility in the spot and forward markets for metals and other commodities; fluctuations in the international currency markets and in the rates of exchange of the currencies of Canada, the United States and, to a lesser extent, Mexico; discrepancies between actual and estimated production, between actual and estimated mineral reserves and mineral resources and between actual and estimated metallurgical recoveries; risks related to early production at the Rainy River Mine, including failure of equipment, machinery, the process circuit or other processes to perform as designed or intended; fluctuation in treatment and refining charges; changes in national and local government legislation in Canada, the United States and, to a lesser extent, Mexico or any other country in which New Gold currently or may in the future carry on business; taxation; controls, regulations and political or economic developments in the countries in which New Gold does or may carry on business; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of obtaining and maintaining the validity and enforceability of the necessary licenses and permits and complying with the permitting requirements of each jurisdiction in which New Gold operates, the lack of certainty with respect to foreign legal systems, which may not be immune from the influence of political pressure, corruption or other factors that are inconsistent with the rule of law; the uncertainties inherent to current and future legal challenges New Gold is or may become a party to; diminishing quantities or grades of mineral reserves and mineral resources; competition; loss of key employees; rising costs of labour, supplies, fuel and equipment; actual results of current exploration or reclamation activities; uncertainties inherent to mining economic studies; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; accidents; labour disputes; defective title to mineral claims or property or contests over claims to mineral properties; unexpected delays and costs inherent to consulting and accommodating rights of Indigenous groups; risks, uncertainties and unanticipated delays associated with obtaining and maintaining necessary licenses, permits and authorizations and complying with permitting requirements. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental events and hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion losses and risks associated with a mine with relatively limited history of commercial production, such as Rainy River, (and the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover these risks) as well as “Risk Factors” included in New Gold’s Annual Information Form, MD&A and other disclosure documents filed on and available at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results and future events could materially differ from those anticipated in such statements. All of the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements. New Gold expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Technical Information
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Michele Della Libera, Director Exploration of New Gold. Mr. Della Libera is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) and Practising Member of the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and a “Qualified Person” as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Della Libera has verified the data disclosed in this news release, including the exploration, analytical and testing data underlying the information. His verification included a review of the applicable assay databases and reviews of the assay certificates. No limitations were imposed on Mr. Della Libera’s verification process.

New Gold maintains a Quality Assurance / Quality Control (“QA/QC”) program at its New Afton mine operation using industry best practices and is consistent with the QA/QC protocols in use at all of the company’s exploration and development projects. Key elements of New Gold’s QA/QC program include chain of custody of samples, regular insertion of certified reference standards and blanks, and duplicate check assays. Drill core is sampled at regular 2 metres intervals, halved and shipped in sealed bags to Actlabs Laboratories in Kamloops, British Columbia. Additional information regarding the company’s quality assurance processes is set out in the March 25, 2015 New Afton NI 43-101 Technical Report available at www.sedar.com.

For additional technical information on New Gold’s material properties, including a detailed breakdown of Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources by category, as well as key assumptions, parameters and risks, refer to New Gold’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Readers Concerning Estimates of Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources
Information concerning the properties and operations of New Gold has been prepared in accordance with Canadian standards under applicable Canadian securities laws and may not be comparable to similar information for United States companies. The terms “Mineral Resource”, “Measured Mineral Resource”, “Indicated Mineral Resource” and “Inferred Mineral Resource” used in this news release are Canadian mining terms as defined in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (“CIM”) Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves adopted by CIM Council on May 10, 2014 and incorporated by reference in National Instrument 43-101. While the terms “Mineral Resource”, “Measured Mineral Resource”, “Indicated Mineral Resource” and “Inferred Mineral Resource” are recognized and required by Canadian securities regulations, they are not defined terms under standards of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. As such, certain information contained in this news release concerning descriptions of mineralization and mineral resources under Canadian standards is not comparable to similar information made public by United States companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

An “Inferred Mineral Resource” has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and as to its economic and legal feasibility. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an “Inferred Mineral Resource” will ever be upgraded to a higher confidence category. Readers are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of an “Inferred Mineral Resource” exists or is economically or legally mineable.

Under United States standards, mineralization may not be classified as a “Reserve” unless the determination has been made that the mineralization could be economically and legally produced or extracted at the time the reserve estimation is made. Readers are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of the measured or indicated mineral resources will ever be converted into mineral reserves. In addition, the definitions of “Proven Mineral Reserves” and “Probable Mineral Reserves” under CIM standards differ in certain respects from the standards of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Complete Drill Assay Summary

Drill Hole

From

(metres)

To

(metres)

Interval

(metres)

Estimated True Width (metres)

Gold

(g/t)

Copper

(%)

EA19-251

2

220

218

NA

0.02

0.05

East Ext

220

328

108

25.6

1.82

2.43

includes

226

256

30

7.1

4.78

4.02

 

328

394

66

NA

0.04

0.03

 

394

468

74

NA

0.12

0.12

 

468

532

64

NA

0.04

0.04

 

532

540

8

NA

0.53

0.26

 

540

610

70

NA

0.02

0.01

 

610

638

28

NA

0.34

0.26

 

638

718.41

80.41

NA

0.03

0.02

EA19-252

0.16

160

159.84

NA

0.01

0.03

East Ext

160

302

142

37.5

0.41

0.78

includes

186

220

34

9.0

0.38

1.29

includes

292

300

8

2.1

1.10

1.67

 

302

712

410

NA

0.04

0.03

 

712

726

14

3.7

0.98

0.59

 

726

765.65

39.65

NA

0.05

0.03

EA19-253

0.13

148

147.87

NA

0.01

0.02

East Ext

148

242

94

34.0

0.91

1.04

includes

148

212

64

23.1

1.25

1.43

 

242

266

24

NA

0.11

0.26

 

266

370

104

NA

0.04

0.07

 

370

382

12

NA

0.29

0.32

 

382

484

102

NA

0.12

0.05

 

484

487.07

3.07

NA

0.69

0.09

EA19-255

2.44

484

481.56

NA

0.01

0.01

East Ext

484

544

60

NA

0.09

0.09

 

544

596

52

NA

0.21

0.26

 

596

668

72

NA

0.08

0.03

 

668

684

16

3.5

0.51

0.34

 

684

702

18

NA

0.00

0.01

 

702

742

40

8.8

0.43

0.42

 

742

786

44

NA

0.02

0.04

 

786

830

44

9.7

0.67

0.54

 

830

864

34

NA

0.01

0.02

 

864

874

10

2.2

0.77

0.85

 

874

877.21

3.21

NA

0.02

0.03

EA19-257

0.75

190

189.25

NA

0.01

0.02

East Ext

190

212

22

9.8

0.72

1.72

 

212

398.37

186.37

NA

0.01

0.03

EA19-258

0.28

280

279.72

NA

0.01

0.01

East Ext

280

300

20

NA

0.13

0.33

 

300

401.42

101.42

NA

0.02

0.97

EA19-259

0.47

178

177.53

NA

0.01

0.01

East Ext

178

264

86

NA

0.03

0.11

 

264

413.61

149.61

NA

0.01

0.03

EA19-260

2

390

388

NA

0.02

0.03

East Ext

390

398

8

NA

0.20

0.30

 

398

563.27

165.27

NA

0.03

0.01

EA19-261

0.94

428

427.06

NA

0.01

0.01

East Ext

428

438

10

NA

0.32

0.32

 

438

524

86

NA

0.05

0.05

 

524

548

24

9.2

0.41

0.39

 

548

588

40

NA

0.04

0.04

 

588

594

6

NA

0.55

0.30

 

594

658

64

NA

0.09

0.07

 

658

672

14

5.3

0.47

0.41

 

672

684.58

12.58

NA

0.00

0.00

EA19-262

1

156

155

NA

0.00

0.01

East Ext

156

188

32

18.2

0.76

1.11

includes

174

184

10

5.7

2.03

2.41

 

188

273.71

85.71

NA

0.01

0.02

EA19-263

0.9

292

291.1

NA

0.00

0.01

East Ext

292

366

74

38.7

1.68

2.24

includes

296

314

18

9.4

2.02

3.35

includes

330

348

18

9.4

3.25

3.29

 

366

450

84

NA

0.07

0.06

 

450

462

12

6.3

0.56

0.61

 

462

506.1

44.1

NA

0.07

0.05

EA19-264

0.8

148

147.2

NA

0.00

0.01

East Ext

148

222

74

36.8

0.38

0.64

includes

164

190

26

12.9

0.89

1.21

 

222

240

18

NA

0.03

0.08

 

240

254

14

NA

0.18

0.39

 

254

416.97

162.97

NA

0.01

0.02

EA19-265

0.27

258

257.73

NA

0.00

0.01

East Ext

258

358

100

41.4

1.28

2.37

includes

268

286

18

7.5

5.08

4.92

includes

318

344

26

10.8

0.53

3.32

 

358

448

90

NA

0.02

0.02

 

448

468

20

NA

0.27

0.15

 

468

516

48

NA

0.08

0.06

 

516

550

34

14.1

0.45

0.34

 

550

654.71

104.71

NA

0.03

0.02

Drill Holes Collar Coordinates

Drill Hole ID

UTM_ North (m)

UTM_East (m)

Elevation (masl)

Total Depth (m)

Azimuth (degrees)

Inclination

(degrees)

EA19-251

5614793

675416

-8

718

174.46

-76.30

EA19-252

5614794

675416

-7

766

158.73

-74.72

EA19-253

5614795

675416

-8

487

115.50

-68.86

EA19-255

5614892

675403

15

877

197.86

-77.35

EA19-257

5614893

675405

15

398

143.54

-63.49

EA19-258

5614893

675405

15

401

111.62

-60.41

EA19-259

5614894

675405

15

414

143.50

-49.16

EA19-260

5614893

675404

15

563

177.10

-72.36

EA19-261

5614892

675403

15

685

211.08

-67.58

EA19-262

5614893

675404

15

274

174.56

-55.27

EA19-263

5614892

675403

15

506

211.95

-58.49

EA19-264

5614893

675405

14

417

162.47

-60.23

EA19-265

5614892

675403

16

655

196.28

-65.58

Figure 1: Mine footprint targets location

Figure 2: East Extension targets location within the New Afton deposit footprint

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CONTACT: Anne Day

Vice President, Investor Relations

Direct: +1 (416) 324-6003

Email:anne.day@newgold.com

KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MINING/MINERALS NATURAL RESOURCES

SOURCE: New Gold Inc.

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