Torr Metals Inc. (TSX.V: TMET)

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  • Torr in March 2024 announced soil sample assay results from its maiden field program at the Kolos Project, showing five kilometer-scale mineralized zones each boasting soil sample copper concentrations surpassing 200 ppm up to 1175 ppm, including up to 725 ppb gold; a property-wide ZTEM geophysical survey, utilized by industry for porphyry exploration, and 47 rock grab sample assays remain pending.
  • In January 2024, the company announced multiple new gold anomalies with assays yielding up to 1.32 grams per ton located in areas of the Filion Gold Project that have never been drill tested.
  • In November 2023, Torr completed the Kolos Project’s first extensive surface geochemical and geophysical surveys covering areas known for historical copper and gold occurrences.
  • The company in September 2023 announced its acquisition of the Kolos Copper-Gold Project located in south-central British Columbia.

Torr Metals Inc. (TSX.V: TMET) operates as a mineral exploration company focusing on the identification, acquisition, and advancement of mineral properties. With full 100% ownership of over 1,000 square kilometers of gold and copper projects strategically positioned in premier low-cost mining jurisdictions, Torr is poised for substantial returns across various promising regions.

The company’s extensive portfolio encompasses multiple district-scale projects, including the Filion Gold Project in northern Ontario, the Kolos Copper-Gold Project in south-central British Columbia, and the Latham Copper-Gold Project in northern British Columbia. These projects are all located in prolific mining regions with paved highway access, robust support infrastructure, and favorable geological conditions offering significant potential for new discoveries.

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Torr Metals is ideally situated to leverage its expertise and resources for continued exploration and growth.

Projects

Kolos Copper-Gold Project

Situated within British Columbia’s prime copper-producing belt, the 140-square-kilometer Kolos Copper-Gold Project exhibits Nicola Belt geology similar to notable porphyry mines, including Copper Mountain and Highland Valley, respectively situated 106 kilometers to the south and 30 kilometers to the northwest.

With field operations based in the nearby city of Merritt and year-round access provided via Highway 5, the Kolos Project showcases substantial discovery upside potential with five defined large-scale copper-gold-molybdenum anomalies untested by drilling.

Torr Metals’ primary focus lies in unlocking the potential for major new discoveries at the Kolos Copper-Gold Project, with recent surface geochemical results marking a significant milestone positioning the company as a new key player in the region.

Filion Gold Project

The 261-square-kilometer Filion Project is situated within a largely unexplored greenstone belt where gold was initially discovered in the 1930s. With a comparable geological setting to regional orogenic gold deposits and multiple newly identified and undrilled gold trends in surficial geochemistry, the Filion Project holds significant district-scale exploration promise.

The Filion Project benefits from unparalleled infrastructure access, with direct drive-on access from the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as a regional railway and power grid four kilometers to the south. Additionally, the nearby town of Kapuskasing, with a population of 8,300, provides essential support services.

This strategic positioning ensures the Filion Project’s viability for cost-effective, year-round operations in an area poised for untapped discovery potential.

Latham Copper-Gold Project

Situated in British Columbia’s renowned Golden Triangle, the Latham Project spans a vast 689-square-kilometer district, offering immense potential for multiple major discoveries. Accessible year-round via Highway 37, just 20 kilometers south of the town of Dease Lake, the site is strategically located amidst established mining infrastructure, including the active Red Chris mine to the southeast and upcoming major porphyry projects at Schaft Creek and Galore Creek along-trend to the southwest.

Highlighted by the Gnat Pass copper-gold porphyry deposit dating back to the 1960s, the Latham Project presents a compelling opportunity for significant expansion and potential discovery. A non-compliant indicated resource at the Gnat Pass deposit includes 33 million tonnes at 0.39% copper, open beyond 200 meters vertical depth, alongside six drill-ready kilometer-scale copper-gold exploration targets.

Moreover, the Latham Project’s appeal corresponds to the region being an attractive destination for major asset acquisitions and takeovers. Recent transactions within a 40-kilometer radius include Newmont’s 2021 acquisition of the Saddle North copper-gold porphyry deposit for $311 million and Newcrest’s investment in the Red Chris copper-gold porphyry deposit in 2019 for $804 million, underscoring industry acknowledgment of the region’s potential.

Market Opportunity

The World Gold Council, the industry association for the world’s gold producers, estimated in 2023 that the physical financial gold market, which is made up of bars, coins, gold ETFs and central bank reserves, is worth nearly $5 trillion.

The council reports that gold mine production adds approximately 3,500 tons of the precious metal to the world’s supply annually, equivalent to about 2% growth. This historical scarcity and relatively slow production of new supply, as compared to other commodities, is a primary reason gold has retained its value for millennia, according to the council.

Likewise, a report from Acumen Research and Consulting, a global provider of market intelligence and consulting services, valued the global copper market at $304.1 billion in 2022 and forecast that it will reach a market size of $496.8 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 5.1% over the forecast period.

The report identifies a growing demand for copper in the electronics industry, as well as an expanding copper supply due to increasing production from existing mines and the rising number of mine development projects in developing nations, as driving factors in the rising value of the copper market.

Management Team

Malcolm Dorsey, P.Geo., is President, CEO and Director of Torr Metals. He brings over a decade of expertise as a seasoned exploration geologist and project developer, having been pivotal in driving the success of numerous diverse projects across North, Central, and South America. His comprehensive background spans early-stage exploration through to resource development and project acquisitions. His academic credentials include an M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Calgary, where his research characterized the district-scale structural influences affecting copper and gold mineralizing events in western British Columbia. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Geologist for Benchmark Metals, where his contributions were instrumental in advancing the company’s gold equivalent resource from approximately 80,000 ounces to a maiden resource estimate of 2.92 million ounces.

John Williamson, P. Geol., is Chairman and Director of Torr Metals. He is a mining executive and investor with more than 30 years of experience as a founder, promoter and leader in the formation, financing and operation of private and public companies with exploration and mining interests worldwide. On more than one occasion his team’s efforts have been recognized for excellence by being named to the TSX Venture 50. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology and is a registered Professional Geologist (P.Geol.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGA) and the Geological Association of Canada.

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