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Merrex Gold Diakha 2016 Drill Program Update

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Merrex Gold Diakha 2016 Drill Program Update


Merrex Gold Diakha 2016 Drill Program Update

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (July 27, 2016) - Greg Isenor, President and CEO of Merrex Gold Inc., ("Merrex" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: MXI) announces:

2016 Drill Program Update

The 2016 drill program had three objectives.

The first objective was to further evaluate the geological model and controls on gold mineralization within the current Diakha resource area using core ("DD") drilling. The DD component of the 2016 program was specifically targeting domain areas with high-grade (>6 g/t Au) intersections near the bottom of the resource pit shell to deepen and extend high-grade gold zones within and around the Diakha resource.

With two drill rigs operating, the Merrex-IAMGOLD joint venture completed 19 DD holes (SRD16-172 to SRD16-190) totaling 6,414 metres within the resource zone in the southern portion of the 1.4 km long Diakha mineralized area. One hole, SRD16-173, was abandoned at 16 metres. Drilling has been suspended due to the seasonal rains.

DD assays are pending and will be released when available.

The second objective of the 2016 drill program was a 'first pass' reconnaissance reverse circulation ("RC") campaign to test the northern strike extension of the Diakha deposit area. This component of the program has been completed, and July 6, 2016 the Company reported on 41 RC drill holes totaling 6,623 metres that returned significant gold mineralization in 34 of the 41 holes and extended the mineralized strike length of the Diakha deposit area by approximately 600m from 800 metres to approximately 1.4 km.

The initial RC drill results in the northern extension area are comparable to the initial RC drill results from the 2014 'first pass' drill program in the southern Diakha deposit area. In both cases over 80% of the RC holes drilled returned significant gold mineralization. (see also historical news release July 2, 2014)

The third component of the 2016 drilling program was Air Core drilling to test termite mound geochemical anomaly targets outside of the Diakha deposit area and to the north east of Diakha. Air Core results are pending.

About Merrex's Siribaya Gold Project

The Siribaya Gold Project is a 50/50 joint Merrex-IAMGOLD advanced-stage gold exploration project in West Mali which consists of 11 contiguous exploration permits which cover a total area of 876.5 square kilometres and is located in the Kédougou-Kéniéba inlier of the West African Craton region of western Mali along the borders with Senegal and Guinea.

The Diakha, Siribaya 1B, and Taya Ko deposits are hosted within highly prospective, Birimian-aged metasedimentary, volcanic and intrusive rocks proximal to the Senegal-Mali Shear Zone. At Diakha, gold mineralization occurs within an albitized sandstone similar to IAMGOLD's Boto gold deposit located

approximately 10 kilometres to the north along strike. Zone 1B and Taya Ko occur within the north- northeast trending Siribaya structural trend, which extends over 10 kilometres along strike, and gold mineralization occurs within breccia-hosted stockworks or fault related silicified zones.

During 2014 and 2015 exploration was focussed primarily on the Diakha deposit area which is located along the Fekola-Boto trend in the western-most portion of land package approximately 10 kilometres south along strike of IAMGOLD's Boto gold deposit (scoping and pre-feasibility studies in progress) and approximately 20 kilometres south along strike from B2Gold's Fekola deposit (mine construction commenced).

The 2015 drilling program enabled geological 3D-modeling and completion of an initial NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate. The initial resource (table below) was released February 9, 2016.




Tonnage (000s)

Gold Grade (g/t Au)

Contained Ounces (Au) (000s)


Zone 1B




Total Indicated





Zone 1B





Taya Ko









Total Inferred





  1. CIM definitions were followed for classification of Mineral Resources.

  2. Cut-off grades range from 0.45 to 0.60 g/t Au and vary by weathering material type.

  3. Mineral Resources are estimated using a gold price of US$1,500 per ounce.

  4. Bulk density varies from 1.55 g/cm3 to 2.63 g/cm3 based on deposit and weathering code.

  5. The resources are constrained by a Whittle optimized pit shell.

  6. Numbers may not add due to rounding.

  7. Assays are capped prior to compositing. Capping levels reduced the resource estimate gold grade of Diakha by approximately 12%, and of Zone 1B and Taya Ko by approximately 4%.

*The resource estimate was prepared by RPA Inc. and is as at December 31, 2015. Readers are referred to Merrex news release of February 9, 2016 and the complete NI43-101 Technical Report filed on SEDAR January 25, 2016.

The 2016 drill program called for approximately 17,500 metres includes 7000m of core drilling, 6500m of RC drilling, 3000m of Air Core drilling and 1000m of Auger drilling. The 2016 drilling program has focused on deeper DD core drilling to test high-grade domains (>6 g/t Au) near the bottom of the optimized pit shell of the Diakha resource area and a combination of DD and RC drilling to extend the Diakha mineralized zone within the interpreted northern extension of the Diakha deposit along the 800 metre strike length of newly permitted area. (See also news release May 4, 2016.)

Qualified Person

Greg Isenor, P.Geo., President of Merrex Gold and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the contents of this release.

The mineral resource estimate referred to above, including verification of the data disclosed, is at December 31, 2015, was prepared by RPA Inc. and reported in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (NI43-101) requirements and CIM Estimation Best Practice Guidelines. The supporting NI 43-101 Technical Report is available on SEDAR at and on the Company's website at

Merrex is primarily a West African focused gold exploration company with experienced management, a solid exploration team, a prominent gold-producer as a JV partner and an expanding gold resource.

For further details about the Company's exploration activities visit Merrex's website at To be added to Merrex's email contact list please email your request to [email protected].

On Behalf of the Board

Gregory Isenor

Gregory Isenor, P.Geo. President & CEO


Suite 802, 1550 Bedford Highway, Bedford, NS B4A 1E6

Tel.: (902) 832-5555 Fax: (902) 832-2223

Forward Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements regarding expected, estimated or planned gold and niobium production, cash costs, margin expansion, capital expenditures and exploration expenditures and statements regarding the estimation of mineral resources, exploration results, potential mineralization, potential mineral resources and mineral reserves) are forward-looking statements. Forward- looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words "may", "will", "should", "continue", "expect", "anticipate", "outlook", "guidance", "estimate", "believe", "intend", "plan" or "project" or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict, that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, without limitation: changes in the global prices for gold, niobium, copper, silver or certain other commodities (such as diesel, aluminum and electricity); changes in U.S. dollar and other currency exchange rates, interest rates or gold lease rates; risks arising from holding derivative instruments; the level of liquidity and capital resources; access to capital markets, financing and interest rates; mining tax regimes; ability to successfully integrate acquired assets; legislative, political or economic developments in the jurisdictions in which the Company carries on business; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities; laws and regulations governing the protection of the environment; employee relations; availability and increasing costs associated with mining inputs and labour; the speculative nature of exploration and development; contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties; and the risks involved in the exploration, development and mining business. Risks and unknowns inherent in all projects include the inaccuracy of estimated reserves and resources, metallurgical recoveries, capital and operating costs of such projects, and the future prices for the relevant minerals. Development projects have no operating history upon which to base estimates of future cash flows. The capital expenditures and time required to develop new mines or other projects are considerable, and changes in costs or construction schedules can affect project economics. Actual costs and economic returns may differ materially from estimates and the Company could fail to obtain the governmental approvals necessary for the operation of a project; in either case, the project may not proceed, either on its original timing or at all.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


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Merrex Gold is a gold exploration company based in Canada.

Merrex Gold holds various exploration projects in Mali.

Its main exploration properties are RED LAKE PROPERTIES and JUBILEE in Canada and SIRIBAYA and KAKADIAN in Mali.

Merrex Gold is listed in Canada. Its market capitalisation is CA$ 44.8 millions as of today (US$ 33.3 millions, € 31.4 millions).

Its stock quote reached its highest recent level on December 29, 2006 at CA$ 1.30, and its lowest recent point on December 13, 2013 at CA$ 0.02.

Merrex Gold has 199 230 000 shares outstanding.

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