Vancouver, BC - Granite Creek Copper Ltd. (TSXV: GCX | US OTC: GCXXF) (“Granite Creek” or the “Company”) and Copper North Mining Corp. (TSXV: COL) (“Copper North”) are pleased to announce that, further to their news release dated August 31, 2020, Granite Creek has completed its acquisition of Copper North. The transaction combines Copper North’s PEA-stage Carmacks Copper-Gold Project with Granite Creek’s Stu Copper-Gold Project, creating a significant new copper-focused exploration and development company with an existing NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate and exceptional expansion potential.
Highlights of the Transaction
• Consolidation of the second largest land position with a total of 176 sq km (17,580 hectares) in the Yukon’s productive and highly prospective Minto Copper Belt;
• Combination of the PEA-stage Carmacks Project with 23.76 million tonnes (oxide and sulfide combined) grading 0.85% Cu, 0.31 g/t Au, 3.14 g/t Ag, containing (446 Mlbs Cu, 237,000 ozs Au and 2.4M ozs Ag) with the blue sky potential of the adjacent Stu Project with multiple kilometer-scale targets including 3,800 meters of historic drilling with several high grade intercepts of over 1% Cu;
• Ability to quickly expand existing resources on the combined land package, including mineralized zones that potentially overlap claim boundaries between the projects; and
• Synergies in the consolidated management and technical teams, strengthened by resources made available through the Metallic Group.
Figure 1: Combined Project Area
Tim Johnson, Granite Creek CEO stated: “Granite Creek management strongly believes that the value of the combined project is significantly greater than the sum of the parts, especially in terms of the potential for expansion of existing high-grade copper-gold resources in this productive yet underexplored district. At Carmacks many zones remain open along trend and at depth especially in the sulfide domain and the work done at Carmacks North has laid the groundwork for resource development. This is a major milestone for the Company, and we look forward to unlocking the potential of the southern half of the high-grade Minto Copper Belt.”
Details of the Transaction
The transaction was completed by way of a plan of arrangement. Under the arrangement, Granite Creek acquired all of the outstanding common shares of Copper North (the “Copper North Shares”) it did not already own for total consideration of 24,893,984 common shares of Granite Creek. Granite Creek now has 96,536,819 common shares issued, 44,578,555 warrants and 9,143,000 options for 150,258,374 on a fully diluted basis.
John Cumming and Loy Chunpongtong have been appointed as directors of Granite Creek and Dwayne McInnis and Robert Macdonald P.Geo. have joined Granite Creek’s Advisory Board.
Carmacks and Carmacks North Project Details
Recognizing the district scale of the newly consolidated project, Granite Creek has renamed the Stu Project as Carmacks North and will reference the projects as one in all future communication.
The Company is actively developing plans to rapidly grow resources through drilling on high priority targets at Carmacks North as well as advancing the underlying sulfide potential at Carmacks. The Company expects to be able to add to the 43-101 resources through exploration of multiple targets it has developed from the substantial project database.
As a result of completion of the arrangement set forth above, Granite Creek acquired ownership and control of 100% of the outstanding Copper North Shares. In connection therewith, Granite Creek will file an early warning report pursuant to National Instrument 62-103 – The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues containing additional information respecting the foregoing matters. A copy of such report may be obtained from Copper North’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com or by contacting Granite Creek at the contact particulars set forth herein. Granite Creek owned 26,146,233 Copper North Shares prior to completion of the transaction, representing approximately 30% of the outstanding Copper North Shares. It is expected that the Copper North Shares will be de-listed from the TSX Venture Exchange and that Copper North will make an application to cease to be a reporting issuer in the applicable jurisdictions.
About Granite Creek
Granite Creek is a Canadian exploration company focused on the 100%-owned Carmacks and Carmacks North project located in the Yukon’s Minto Copper Belt. This 176-square-kilometer property is on trend with Pembridge Resources’ high-grade Minto Copper-Gold Mine to the north and has excellent access to infrastructure with the paved Yukon Highway 2 within 60 km, along with grid power within 12 km. More information about Granite Creek and the Carmacks Project can be viewed on Granite Creek’s website at www.gcxcopper.com.
About the Minto Copper Belt
The Minto Copper Belt is a 180-kilometer-long by 60-kilometer-wide belt of intrusion-related, high-grade Cu-Au-Ag deposits within the Dawson Range in the central Yukon Territory of Canada. The District is host to Pembridge’s operating Minto Mine and Granite Creek’s Carmacks and Carmacks North Project. At Carmacks copper mineralization is contained in foliated to gneissic material, generally similar to the Minto mine.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Granite Creek Copper Ltd.
Timothy Johnson, President & CEO
Telephone: 1 (604) 235-1982
Toll Free: 1 (888) 361-3494
 For further information on the Carmacks project, please see the independent technical report dated November 26, 2016 and prepared for Copper North Mining Corp., and for further information on the Stu Project, please see the independent technical report dated November 15, 2018 and prepared for Granite Creek Copper Ltd., both of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Quality Control and Quality Assurance
Ms. Debbie James, P.Geo., a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.
This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to the acquisition of Copper North, including statements regarding the expectations of the Carmacks project. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words ‘believes,’ ‘intends’, ‘plans,’ ‘anticipates,’ ‘expects,’ ‘estimates’ or similar expressions) and refer to management’s expectations or plans and should be considered to be forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The results or events predicted in these forward-looking statements may differ materially from actual results or events. As a result, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect including, but not limited to, that Granite Creek will be able to successfully realize cost and exploration and development synergies and continue the development of the combined Carmacks North (formerly Stu) and Carmacks projects. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, Copper North and Granite Creek expressly disclaim any intention and assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise required by applicable securities legislation. Additionally, Copper North and Granite Creek undertake no obligation to comment on expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect of the proposed Arrangement.
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