CEO RAMBLINGS - NOVEMBER 23, 2018
Atacama Gold Claims Position
A Valuation Analysis
November 1, 2018
Atacama owns the mining claims for Atacama 1, 2 and 3.
The claims are within four miles of the new Kirkland Lake Gold, Inc. (KLG) shaft.
KLG has committed several hundred million dollars to further recover gold in the region.
Atacama has acquired new historical information regarding the potential gold concentrations for Atacama 1.
Atacama has 1000 feet of core samples that have not been assayed. With visible gold noted at or near the surface near the core samples drill site, it clearly is in the best interests of Atacama and its shareholders to selectively assay the stored core samples.
This document is prepared to inform shareholders and other interested parties about the possible valuation of the Atacama in-the-ground gold assets.
Atacama Resources obtained the mining claims to parcels Atacama 1, Atacama 2 and Atacama 3 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 2015. The following discussion presents a comprehensive overview of the Atacama position in Kirkland Lake.
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Atacama 1 holds a long history in the Gold Bearing area of Kirkland Lake Ontario. Todora Syndicate Diamond Drilled 7 holes on the property. High Gold, Copper and nickel showed in the drill holes. Selected International Mines of London England leased 5 claims to Cheltonia-Swastika Mines Ltd. and sunk shaft 105 feet deep and 60 feet of lateral work on the 100-foot level. In Totora-Kirkland Prospecting Syndicate acquired the property and staked 9 unpatented mines and 2 patented mines. The property covers the strike of an apparent fault zone for over 3960 feet. This zone appears to be a subsidiary fault to the Larder Lake “break” and is a favorable structure for the formation of Gold and Copper deposits.
In addition, more recent exploration at Atacama 1, and a more concentrated review of the results spread over fifty years indicate clearly that additional exploration, geophysical analysis, drilling and assays is warranted at the property. For example:
Samples for copper were taken from trenches of 13.39%,6.12%,6.62% and 5.32%.
In 1971 Noranda Exploration Co. Ltd. had 4 samples assayed. Atacama will request the assay results from the Ontario Mining Cimmission.
In 1978 the properties were acquired by prospector Arnold Allsopp.
Three trenches were mechanically dug 300 feet apart and are located approximately 1000 feet west of the Cheltonia shaft. Each trench extends
northwards from the controlled base line.
Rick Yost Drilling carried out a drilling/core Program on the property.
Two holes were completed to a depth of five hundred feet each and one thousand feet of drill cores are in storage awaiting assays. Visual gold (you can see it with the naked eye) exists in the cores
While the drilling was undertaken an excavator was used to Power Strip (trench) over burden to expose the rock surface. Here again, at the surface rock exposure, visual gold is evident.
While gold was found at the surface and throughout the rather shallow drill holes, the provincial geologist and Kirkland Lake Gold both have indicated and proven that gold values increase the deeper the deposit. This is good news for Atacama. Plan to assay the core samples at over 500 feet.
Arnold says that values of 1/4 ounces/ ton exist at or near the surface. This value is EXTREMELY high.
Atacama Resources International Inc. acquired the properties and has since diamond drilled two core locations. There was enough indication to warrant major work on the property as expressed by the geologist in the Atacama 1,2 and 3 property report, which is available on request.
The Atacama (former Allsopp-Huston) Property consists of 3 claim groups comprising 12 leased (Atacama 1) and 4 unpatented (13 units) contiguous claims (Atacama 2) straddling the central portion of the Eby/Otto Township boundary, and 2 unpatented claims (17 units) in north central Otto Township (Atacama 3)
Proximity to new KLG shaft
The northern boundary of the Atacama holdings is almost exactly four miles from the the new KLG (Kirkland Lake Gold, Inc.) shaft being drilled at a cost exceeding $100 million. The new shaft, which rises over 200 feet above the ground will ultimately be over two miles deep is being constructed at a cost that will exceed $100 million dollars because the expected gold value to be recovered over a period of several years will provide an enormous return on the company’s investment.
KLG Expected Return on investment on the new shaft
The Kirkland Lake area is one of Canada’s most prolific gold mining areas, accounting for about 25 million ounces of bullion produced from seven mines along the “mile of gold” with an additional 11 million ounces produced by Kerr Addison Mine on the Larder Lake- Cadillac Break to the east. When all the past producing mines of the area are considered, the aggregate production totals 37.63 million ounces of gold. The analysis of the total gold expected to be recovered from the new shaft is staggering. At the current price of gold (about $1300 per troy ounce), the current gold quantity of gold recovered on a quarterly basis from the original shaft (about 62,000 troy ounces) and the expected 45 year productive life of the new shaft, the total value of the gold extracted from the new shaft approaches $14 billion dollars. Even after the costs of mining and refining the ore containing the gold concentrations, the net revenue enjoyed by KLG will approach $200 million dollars per year in today’s dollars.
In effect, KLG targets the ‘proven reserves’ at $14 billion dollars
Why this matters to Atacama Resources
The land mass of Atacama 1, 2, and 3 is approximately 40% of the size of the KLG holdings surrounding the new KLG shaft. With the ACRL holdings four miles from the new KLG shaft, the gold concentrations of the ACRL holdings should be approximately the same of the KLG holdings. Limited assays over the last 75 years indicate significant gold concentrations that are consistent with KLG estimates. It is impossible to forecast ‘proven reserves’ for Atacama 1. 2 and 3 because there are insufficient assay points and a lack of geophysical analysis. Additional diamond drilling must take place at optimum locations based on state-of-the-art geophysical studies and appropriate assays of selected core samples.
What does Atacama have to do to capitalize on Atacama 1,2 and 3
Atacama has to go through the geophysical analysis, diamond drilling and assay of core samples process for the Atacama gold mining claims in Kirkland Lake. The budget for the confirmation of the proven reserves is approximately $5 million dollars.
Investment required and investor return
The investment required to fully confirm the Atacama 1, 2 and 3 proven reserves has been fully budgeted on a project management basis and equals $5 million dollars. Required costs are substantiated for audit and review. Our investment initiative must focus on a $5 million capital raise over the next year with a first tranche of at least $1 million dollars immediately. The upside for the confirmation of gold ‘proven reserves’ for the Atacama 1, 2 and 3 holdings is almost too large to be believable. An analysis of the ACRL position, similar to the KLG analysis for its new shaft, would yield a proven reserve in the $5 billion dollar range. With a proven reserve pegged at a more realistic $1 billion dollars, the contribution to the market value of the company would be approximately $1 dollar per share. Starting with an assumption that the ACRL common shares could end up valued up to $1.00 per share because of the proven reserve confirmation, the investor upside is as follows. The investment offered with this capital raise is to sell the B shares at the equivalent of one cent per common share with a six-month hold. The investor, under even a worst-case scenario, should see a significant return in his ACRL investment.