Vancouver, British Columbia – (April 27, 2020) – New Pacific Metals Corp. (TSX-V: NUAG) (OTCQX: NUPMF) (“New Pacific” or the “Company”) announces that Dr. Rui Feng, New Pacific’s founder and Chief Executive Officer (”CEO”), has stepped down as CEO. Dr. Mark Cruise, New Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer (“COO”), is appointed CEO, effective immediately.
Dr. Feng will remain as a director of the Company and will continue to be involved with the direction, strategy and governance of New Pacific.
“After incubating New Pacific from a grassroots exploration company to a successful explorer and developer following the discovery of the Silver Sand Deposit in Bolivia, it is a time for transition,” said Dr. Feng. “As part of the Company’s succession planning, Dr. Cruise joined the Company six months ago as COO. Over this time, he has shown great capacity in leadership and extensive expertise in advancing projects. Under his leadership, I am confident that the Company will make more discoveries and be successful in advancing the Silver Sand Project from current state to development and in enhancing shareholder value as the Company quickly evolves into its next level of growth.”
Since the acquisition of Silver Sand in July 2017, New Pacific has drilled over 90,000 metres in one of the largest greenfield exploration campaigns in Latin America during the period. This culminated in the inaugural Silver Sand Mineral Resource estimate on April 14, 2020 which defined the following silver resources (the Company’s first independent National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) Mineral Resource estimate was prepared by AMC Mining Consultants (Canada) Ltd. (“AMC”); please see April 14, 2020 news release for further details):
· Measured & Indicated tonnage of 35.4 Mt @ 137 g/t Ag for 155.9 Moz contained Ag.
· Inferred tonnage of 9.8 Mt @ 112 g/t Ag for 35.6 Moz contained Ag.
The Silver Sand Deposit remains open for expansion.
The rapid development of the project in less than three years has led to strong returns for shareholders and established New Pacific as a premier silver development company.
Jack Austin, Chairman, commented, “On behalf of the Board, I want to recognize the immense contribution Rui has made to New Pacific by identifying and acquiring the Silver Sand Project, providing his visionary leadership and exploration expertise that led to this world-class discovery and, ultimately, the achievement of an inaugural resource, showcasing a new globally significant silver deposit. The Board is fortunate to have Rui remain as a Director, and looks forward to Mark steering the Company along the path of success that Rui has set. Mark’s track record of leadership and successfully developing discoveries into mines in Latin America will serve the Company well as he takes the reins.”
Dr. Cruise stated, “I am honoured to assume the role of CEO and the opportunity to lead New Pacific as we cement our position as the next major silver developer. The Company’s priority is to advance and de-risk our flagship Silver Sand Deposit to production in addition to building upon and leveraging our exploration expertise to continue to unlock value for our stakeholders in this emerging silver district and throughout the region.”
About New Pacific
New Pacific is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on the Silver Sand Deposit in Potosí Department, Bolivia, which hosts a Measured & Indicated Mineral Resource of 35.39 Mt @ 137 g/t Ag for 155.86 Moz, plus 9.84 Mt @ 112 g/t Ag for 35.55 Moz in the Inferred category.
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New Pacific Metals Corp.
Phone: (604) 633-1368
Fax: (604) 669-9387
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Cautionary Statements Regarding Estimates of Mineral Resources
This news release uses the terms measured, indicated and inferred resources as a relative measure of the level of confidence in the resource estimate. Readers are cautioned that mineral resources are not economic mineral reserves and that the economic viability of resources that are not mineral reserves has not been demonstrated. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by geology, environmental, permitting, legal, title, socio-political, marketing or other relevant issues. The mineral resource estimate is classified in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s “CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves” incorporated by reference into NI 43-101. Under Canadian rules, estimates of inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies or economic studies except for Preliminary Assessment as defined under NI 43-101. Readers are cautioned not to assume that further work on the stated resources will lead to mineral reserves that can be mined economically.
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