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B2Gold Announces Positive Year-End Exploration Drill Results for the Fekola Property and Anaconda Area in Mali

VANCOUVER, Dec. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO, NYSE AMERICAN: BTG, NSX: B2G) ("B2Gold" or the "Company") announces positive year-end exploration drill results for the Fekola property and Anaconda area.

Highlights

  • Positive infill drilling of the Fekola Inferred Mineral Resource
  • Fekola remains open to the north with new good-grade drill results
  • Anaconda area exploration results:
  • Initial positive drilling results from the Cardinal and FMZ zones indicate potential for additional gold deposits near the Fekola open-pit mine


Recent Exploration

As part of B2Gold's continuing exploration of the Fekola and Anaconda regional projects in 2019, the Company completed approximately 114,000 metres of combined reverse circulation, diamond, aircore and auger drilling. Drilling has resulted in the discovery of significant new bedrock-hosted mineralization in the Mamba structure at Anaconda. At Fekola, the infill drilling results have continued to support the conversion of Inferred Mineral Resources to Indicated Mineral Resources within the resource pit boundary and drilling north of the resource pit continues to extend good-grade mineralization, remaining open to the north.

Fekola Resource Infill Drill Program and North Extension Drilling

By November 2019, B2Gold completed more than 25,000 metres of drilling in the area, with the majority of the area having been sufficiently drilled to upgrade the 1.37 million ounces of Inferred Mineral Resource to Indicated Mineral Resource status (see news release dated October 25, 2018). An updated resource model is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

As reported in September 2019, excellent infill drill results were obtained from the deepest portions of the 2018 $1,400/ounce resource pit shell. Drill holes FKD_409 (4.03 grams per tonne ("g/t") gold over 30.50 metres from 437.5 metres), FKD_413 (10.44 g/t gold over 19.8 metres from 495.2 metres) and FKD_415 (3.3 g/t gold over 38.2 metres from 467.5 metres) provide added confirmation that significant intervals of high-grade gold mineralization occur beyond the limits of the 2019 preliminary economic assessment pit shell (see news release dated May 13, 2019). More recently, FKD_432 (1.50 g/t gold over 23.20 metres from 525.80 metres, including 2.44 g/t gold over 11.50 metres from 525.80 metres) shows that mineralization related to the Fekola shear zone extends beyond the limits of the current pit shells to the north. The Company plans on extensively testing the potential for additional mineral resources at Fekola as part of the proposed 2020 drill program.

Recent highlights from the Fekola North Extension drilling include:

Target

Hole ID

From

To

Metres

Au_g/t

Domain

Fekola North

FKD_432

525.80

549.00

23.20

1.50

Sulphide

Fekola North

Incl

528.40

539.90

11.50

2.44

Sulphide

Fekola North

FKD_443

411.25

431.85

20.60

1.39

Sulphide

Fekola North

Incl

411.25

429.00

17.75

1.50

Sulphide

Fekola North

FKD_445

328.00

360.00

32.00

1.72

Sulphide

Fekola North

Incl

334.00

360.00

26.00

1.94

Sulphide

Composites are reported above a 0.6 g/t gold cutoff. 

Included high-grade intervals are reported above a 1.0 g/t gold cutoff.

 

Fig. 1 – Fekola schematic long section:

Fig. 1 – Fekola schematic long section: (CNW Group/B2Gold Corp.)

To view an enhanced version of Fig. 1 – Fekola schematic long section, please visit: https://media.zenfs.com/en/prnewswire.com/610f987b5224ac4de37b28b837b151b3?p=original

Anaconda Area Exploration

In addition to the Fekola drill program, in 2019, B2Gold completed over 45,000 metres of combined aircore, diamond and reverse circulation drilling in the Anaconda region where the Company previously announced an initial Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 767,000 ounces of gold at 1.1 g/t in near-surface mineralization over 4.5 kilometres and up to 500 metres wide. 

In 2019, drilling focused on increasing the known saprolite resources at the Adder and Mamba zones and further testing the underlying sulphide mineralization in the Mamba zone. At Adder, drilling has extended the strike extent of mineralization up to 1 kilometre north of the known resource area. At Mamba, recent drilling has extended the high-grade mineralized saprolite zone by approximately 600 metres, resulting in more than 1 kilometre of known strike length, and has led to the discovery of a continuous bedrock sulphide zone down plunge of the Mamba zone's saprolite mineralization. Good grade and width combinations, including intersections in MSD_177 (2.64 g/t gold over 35.60 metres, including 4.71 g/t gold over 11.00 metres from 267.00 metres) and MSD_179 (4.94 g/t gold over 31.20 metres, including 10.02 g/t gold over 13.80 metres from 133.80 metres), provide early indications that the Mamba zone discovery has the potential to become a significant new gold deposit for B2Gold near the Fekola Mine. This Fekola-style, south-plunging body of sulphide mineralization remains open down plunge and will be the subject of extensive drilling in 2020.

Recent highlights from the Anaconda area exploration include:

Target

Hole ID

From

To

Metres

Au_g/t

Domain

Adder

BNR_026

0.00

37.00

37.00

1.34

Saprolite

Adder

BNR_035

47.00

63.00

16.00

1.38

Saprolite

Adder

BNR_036

71.00

91.00

20.00

2.99

Saprolite

Adder

BNR_037

112.00

127.00

15.00

1.73

Saprolite

Adder

BNR_033

4.00

19.00

15.00

1.21

Saprolite

Adder

BNR_061

17.00

67.00

50.00

1.09

Saprolite

Mamba

BND_003

127.60

146.70

19.10

3.16

Sulphide

Mamba

Incl

127.60

141.90

14.30

3.70

Sulphide

Mamba

BND_003

151.90

169.00

17.10

1.56

Saprolite

Mamba

MSD_175

124.30

134.00

9.70

4.23

Sulphide

Mamba

Incl

125.50

134.00

8.50

4.70

Sulphide

Mamba

MSD_177

267.00

302.60

35.60

2.64

Sulphide

Mamba

Incl

267.00

278.00

11.00

4.71

Sulphide

Mamba

MSD_178

180.50

194.20

13.70

2.09

Sulphide

Mamba

MSD_178

251.60

286.50

34.90

1.03

Sulphide

Mamba

Incl

259.60

280.00

20.40

1.10

Sulphide

Mamba

MSD_179

123.20

154.40

31.20

4.94

Sulphide

Mamba

Incl

133.80

147.60

13.80

10.02

Sulphide

Sulphide composites are reported above a 0.6 g/t gold cutoff.

Saprolite composites are reported above a 0.2 g/t gold cutoff.

Included high-grade intervals are reported above a 1.0 g/t gold cutoff.

 

Fig. 2 – Anaconda regional plan map:

Fig. 2 – Anaconda regional plan map: (CNW Group/B2Gold Corp.)

To view an enhanced version of Fig. 2 – Anaconda regional plan map, please visit: https://media.zenfs.com/en/prnewswire.com/0f45bf12cf3e965480da9c40ab2bfc81?p=original  

 

Fig. 3 – Mamba schematic long section:

Fig. 3 – Mamba schematic long section: (CNW Group/B2Gold Corp.)

To view an enhanced version of Fig. 3 – Mamba schematic long section, please visit: https://media.zenfs.com/en/prnewswire.com/136b42b30b1c1d3c131ca24fae0bde2f?p=original

Fekola Regional Exploration

Near Fekola, over 7,500 metres of initial drilling was completed on the Cardinal and FMZ structures which have demonstrated the potential to host near-surface mineralization within 3 kilometres of the Fekola mill.  Additional drilling is required and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Recent highlights from the Cardinal and FMZ exploration programs include:

Target

Hole ID

From

To

Metres

Au_g/t

Domain

Cardinal

FER_067

87.00

111.00

24.00

1.80

Sulphide

Cardinal

Incl

104.00

110.00

6.00

5.46

Sulphide

Cardinal

FER_068

66.00

72.00

6.00

3.52

Sulphide

Cardinal

FER_069

20.00

40.00

20.00

3.46

Saprolite

Cardinal

FER_070

57.00

73.00

16.00

1.58

Sulphide

Cardinal

FER_073

57.00

64.00

7.00

3.34

Sulphide

Cardinal

Incl

58.00

64.00

6.00

3.75

Sulphide

Cardinal

FER_077

80.00

118.00

38.00

1.15

Sulphide

Cardinal

Incl

94.00

106.00

12.00

1.80

Sulphide

Cardinal

FER_080

57.00

64.00

7.00

14.54

Sulphide

Cardinal

FER_085

19.00

30.00

11.00

2.35

Sulphide

Cardinal

FKD_427

233.00

251.00

18.00

2.12

Sulphide

Cardinal

Incl

233.00

248.40

15.40

2.41

Sulphide

Cardinal

FKD_438

74.75

81.00

6.25

7.08

Sulphide

Cardinal

FKD_440

182.40

191.57

9.17

2.69

Sulphide

Cardinal

Incl

186.56

191.57

5.01

4.63

Sulphide

Cardinal

FKD_448

129.80

138.40

8.60

2.53

Sulphide

FMZ

FER_093

107.00

119.00

12.00

2.73

Sulphide

Composites are reported above a 0.6 g/t gold cutoff.

Included high-grade intervals are reported above a 1.0 g/t gold cutoff.

 

Ongoing Exploration

Drilling on the Fekola and Anaconda regional projects will continue in 2020 with a proposed exploration budget in West Mali of approximately $18 million.

About B2Gold Corp.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, B2Gold is the world's new senior gold producer. Founded in 2007, today, B2Gold has three operating gold mines and numerous exploration and development projects in various countries including, Mali, the Philippines, Namibia and Colombia. In 2020, B2Gold forecasts consolidated gold production of between 1,005,000 and 1,050,000 ounces.

QA/QC on Sample Collection and Assaying

The primary laboratories for Fekola are SGS Laboratories in Bamako, Mali and Bureau Veritas Laboratories in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Periodically, exploration samples will be analyzed at the Fekola mine lab. At each lab, samples are prepared and analyzed using 50 g fire assay with atomic absorption finish and/or gravimetric finish. Umpire assays are used to monitor lab performance monthly.

Quality assurance and quality control ("QA/QC") procedures include the systematic insertion of blanks, standards and duplicates into the core, reverse circulation and aircore drilling sample strings. The results of the control samples are evaluated on a regular basis with batches re-analyzed and/or resubmitted as needed. All results stated in this news release have passed B2Gold's QA/QC protocols.

Qualified Persons

Tom Garagan, Senior Vice President of Exploration at B2Gold, a qualified person under NI 43-101, has approved the exploration information contained in this news release.

B2Gold Investor Day 2019: Webcast Details

B2Gold will be hosting an Investor Day in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 1:00 pm PST/4:00 pm EST.

The event will feature presentations from B2Gold executives and senior managers from around the world and will be followed by Q&A sessions.

The Investor Day will be available to view via live video webcast which you may access by clicking here: https://www.b2gold.com/investor-day-2019/. A playback version of the webcast will be available for one year after the event.

On Behalf of B2GOLD CORP.

"Clive T. Johnson"                                                    
President and Chief Executive Officer                       

For more information on B2Gold, please visit the Company website at www.b2gold.com or contact:

Ian MacLean                                                                

Katie Bromley

Vice President, Investor Relations                                

Manager, Investor Relations & PublicRelations

+1 604-681-8371                                                         

+1 604-681-8371                                                                                  

imaclean@b2gold.com    

kbromley@b2gold.com 

 

The Toronto Stock Exchange and the NYSE American LLC neither approve nor disapprove the information contained in this news release

This news release includes certain "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" (collectively "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation, including projections, estimates and other statements regarding future financial and operational performance, events, production, costs, including projected cash operating costs and all-in sustaining costs, capital expenditures, budgets and growth, production estimates and guidance, including the Company's projected gold production of between 1,005,000 and 1,050,000 ounces in 2020, and statements regarding anticipated exploration, development, construction, production, permitting and other activities and achievements of the Company, including but not limited to: mineralization in the upper portion of the Fekola North Extension zone being one continuous mineralized zone and the potential to increase the extent of Fekola mineralization; the potential to extend good-grade mineralization much further north from the Fekola resource pit boundary; results indicating the deeper portion of the Fekola Northern Extension zone extending closer to surface and indicating continuity with mineralization from the deeper drilling results from the upper portion of the Fekola North Extension; the potential for additional large Fekola style deposits; the potential for highly prospective structures beneath the Anaconda and Mamba zones; the conversion of inferred mineral resources to indicated mineral resources; the projections included in existing technical reports, economic assessments and feasibility studies; the results of anticipated or potential new technical reports and studies, including the potential findings and conclusions thereof. Estimates of mineral resources and reserves are also forward-looking statements because they constitute projections regarding the amount of minerals that may be encountered in the future and/or the anticipated economics of production, should a production decision be made. All statements in this news release that address events or developments that we expect to occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, although not always, identified by words such as "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "project", "target", "potential", "schedule", "forecast", "budget", "estimate", "intend" or "believe" and similar expressions or their negative connotations, or that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could", "should" or "might" occur. All such forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond B2Gold's control, including risks and assumptions associated with the volatility of metal prices and our common shares; risks and dangers inherent in exploration, development and mining activities; uncertainty of reserve and resource estimates; risk of not achieving production, cost or other estimates; risk that actual production, development plans and costs differ materially from the estimates in our feasibility studies; risks related to hedging activities and ore purchase commitments; the ability to obtain and maintain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for mining activities; risks related to environmental regulations or hazards and compliance with complex regulations associated with mining activities; the ability to replace mineral reserves and identify acquisition opportunities; unknown liabilities of companies acquired by B2Gold; ability to successfully integrate new acquisitions; fluctuations in exchange rates; availability of financing; risks relating to financing and debt; risks related to operations in foreign and developing countries and compliance with foreign laws; risks related to remote operations and the availability of adequate infrastructure, fluctuations in price and availability of energy and other inputs necessary for mining operations; shortages or cost increases in necessary equipment, supplies and labour; regulatory, political and country risks; risks related to reliance upon contractors, third parties and joint venture partners; challenges to title or surface rights; dependence on key personnel and ability to attract and retain skilled personnel; the risk of an uninsurable or uninsured loss; adverse climate and weather conditions; litigation risk; competition with other mining companies; changes in tax laws; community support for our operations including risks related to strikes and the halting of such operations from time to time; risks related to failures of information systems or information security threats;  ability to maintain adequate internal control over financial reporting as required by law; risks relating to compliance with anti-corruption laws; as well as other factors identified and as described in more detail under the heading "Risk Factors" in B2Gold's most recent Annual Information Form and B2Gold's other filings with Canadian securities regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which may be viewed at www.sedar.com and www.sec.gov, respectively (the "Websites"). The list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect the Company's forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do, what benefits or liabilities B2Gold will derive therefrom. The Company's forward-looking statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof and the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's beliefs, expectations or opinions should change other than as required by applicable law. The Company's forward-looking statements are based on the applicable assumptions and factors management considers reasonable as of the date hereof, based on the information available to management at such time. These assumptions and factors include, but are not limited to, assumptions and factors related to the Company's ability to carry on current and future operations, including development and exploration activities; the timing, extent, duration and economic viability of such operations, including any mineral resources or reserves identified thereby; the accuracy and reliability of estimates, projections, forecasts, studies and assessments; the Company's ability to meet or achieve estimates, projections and forecasts; the availability and cost of inputs; the price and market for outputs, including gold; the timely receipt of necessary approvals or permits; the ability to meet current and future obligations; the ability to obtain timely financing on reasonable terms when required; the current and future social, economic and political conditions and other assumptions and factors generally associated with the mining industry. For the reasons set forth above, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements.

Cautionary Note to United States Investors

The Company has prepared its public disclosures in accordance with Canadian securities laws, which differ in certain respects from U.S. securities laws. In particular, this news release may refer to "mineral resources", "measured mineral resources", "indicated mineral resources" or "inferred mineral resources". While these categories of mineralization are recognized and required by Canadian securities laws, they are not recognized by the SEC and are not normally permitted to be disclosed in SEC filings by U.S. companies. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part of a "mineral resource", "measured mineral resource", "indicated mineral resource" or "inferred mineral resource" will ever be converted into a "reserve." In addition, "reserves" reported by the Company under Canadian standards may not qualify as reserves under SEC standards. Under SEC standards, mineralization may not be classified as a "reserve" unless the mineralization can be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time the "reserve" determination is made. Accordingly, information contained or referenced in this news release containing descriptions of the Company's mineral deposits may not be compatible to similar information made public by U.S. companies subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of U.S. federal securities laws, rules and regulations. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Historical results or feasibility models presented herein are not guarantees or expectations of future performance.

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