Balmoral Confirms High-Grade Ni-Cu-PGE Mineralization Over 45.28 Metres on New Horizon; Grasset Property, Detour Trend, Quebec

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – May 20, 2014) –

  • Intersects 45.28 metres grading 1.79% Nickel, 0.19% Copper, 0.42 g/t Platinum and 1.04 g/t Palladium
  • Includes 17.60 metres grading 2.45% Ni, 0.31% Cu, 0.62 g/t Pt and 1.57 g/t Pd

Balmoral Resources Ltd. (“Balmoral” or the “Company”) (TSX: BAR)(OTCQX: BALMF) today confirmed the discovery of high-grade nickel-copper-PGE mineralization associated with the previously highlighted (see NR14-09, April 30, 2014) net textured sulphide zone in hole GR-14-25.The net textured zone, one of four mineralized intervals in the hole, returned a near surface intercept of 1.79% nickel, 0.19% copper, 0.42 g/t platinum and 1.04 g/t palladium over 45.28 metres. This high-grade interval is capped by, and includes, 1.11 metres of massive to semi-massive sulphide which returned 10.60% Ni, 0.45% Cu, 2.04 g/t Pt and 5.23 g/t Pd, confirming the potential for very high grade nickel and PGE values within the system (see table below).

Hole GR-14-25 is the first hole on the property to intersect Horizon 3 of the Grasset Ultramafic Complex (see Figure 1 and Figure 2). This newly discovered, sulphide rich horizon is open in all directions and sits approximately 100 metres southwest of, and stratigraphically above, two other vertically oriented Ni-Cu-PGE mineralized horizons within the southern-most portion of this sparsely tested, up to 16 kilometre long, ultramafic sill complex.

Hole North West Dip From To Inter-
Ni Cu Pt Pd Hori-
Number (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) g/t g/t
GR-14-22 0+90 S 2+60 E -57 141.23 173.97 32.74 0.47 0.05 0.11 0.26 2
including 166.66 173.03 6.37 0.91 0.12 0.24 0.6
188.72 204.50 15.78 0.38 0.02 Pending 1b
219.00 235.41 16.41 0.44 0.05 Pending 1a
GR-14-23 0+90 S 2+60 E -64 170.53 182.44 11.91 0.49 0.05 0.11 0.25 2
including 179.04 181.55 2.51 1.05 0.13 0.25 0.63
291.23 303.09 11.86 0.30 0.03 0.05 0.11 1
GR-14-24 1+30 S 7+20 E -57 168.20 185.51 17.31 0.32 0.04 0.05 0.11 2
including 184.88 185.51 0.63 1.22 0.22 0.27 0.55
222.06 222.47 0.41 0.08 1.31 0.13 0.18 vein
230.66 246.95 16.29 0.34 0.04 0.08 0.16 1
GR-14-25 1+30 S 5+20 E -61 79.62 156.91 77.29 1.17 0.12 0.25 0.62 3
including “net textured” interval 95.67 140.95 45.28 1.79 0.19 0.42 1.04
which includes 97.91 130.00 32.09 2.17 0.23 0.53 1.31
which includes 97.91 99.02 1.11 10.60 0.45 2.04 5.23 3
which includes 98.40 99.02 0.62 14.35 0.51 2.32 6.70
and 110.55 128.15 17.60 2.45 0.31 0.62 1.57
322.49 336.97 14.48 0.27 0.03 0.04 0.09 2
343.51 346.45 2.94 0.57 0.03 0.06 0.16 2
372.00 403.81 31.81 0.55 0.05 Pending 1b
including 380.71 398.11 17.40 0.68 0.06 Pending
439.79 470.19 30.40 0.38 0.03 0.05 0.11 1a
* All intercepts reported are down hole lengths, not true thicknesses. Insufficient drilling has been completed to date to define the orientation of the mineralized zone in space

The 45.28 metre net-textured interval in GR-14-25 exhibits excellent internal continuity and uniformly exhibits strong nickel and PGE grades (SeeFigure 3). Today’s results also confirm the presence of nickel-copper-PGE mineralization for over 840 metres laterally, and 300 metres vertically, along Horizon 1; and for over 540 metres laterally and 240 metres vertically along Horizon 2. The first test of Horizon 3 was hole GR-14-25 which intersected the high-grade mineralized zone at less than 100 metres vertical depth. All three mineralized horizons remain open in all directions, save Horizon 1 which appears to be terminated by the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone to the south. Massive nickel-copper-PGE bearing sulphides have been intersected along both Horizon 1 and Horizon 3 in the limited (10 holes) drilling completed to date.

The host Grasset Ultramafic Complex is interpreted to stretch for 16 kilometres across Balmoral’s wholly owned Grasset and Fenelon Properties. It has seen only limited drilling, focused primarily in an area 8.3 kilometres northwest of the current discovery. Similar nickel-copper-PGE sulphide mineralization is known to occur in this area, suggesting significant potential for additional discoveries along the length of the Complex.

Recently received thin section analyses (see www.balmoralresources.com) indicate the presence of abundant pyrrhotite and pentlandite, with lesser chalcopyrite, magnetite (after chromite), pyrite and millerite (the latter a nickel sulphide with strong nickel tenure) within the high-grade, net textured zone. Pentlandite, which appears to host the bulk of the nickel mineralization, occurs as isolated mineral grains which the Company believes to be favourable from a metallurgical viewpoint.

The Company anticipates that drilling and geophysical work on the Grasset Property will resume, ground conditions permitting, in mid-June, followed shortly thereafter by the resumption of drilling on Balmoral’s Martiniere high-grade gold property 40 kilometres to the west.

“The broad, high-grade nature of the Grasset Ni-Cu-PGE discovery provides Balmoral with a second exciting, near-term growth opportunity in Quebec” said Darin Wagner, President and CEO of Balmoral Resources. “With recent price increases demonstrating the sensitivity of the nickel market to political uncertainties in major producing regions, the lack of new nickel discoveries globally over the past several years, the strength of the grades, wide nature of the intercepts, significant PGE content and apparent scale of the mineralized system, the Grasset discovery would appear to position the Company to attract significant interest from investors in both the precious and base metal sectors.”

QP and Quality Control

Mr. Darin Wagner (P.Geo.), President and CEO of the Company, is the non-independent qualified person who has approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Wagner has supervised the work programs on the Grasset Property, visited the property on multiple occasions, has examined the drill core from the holes summarized in this release, reviewed the results with senior on-site geological staff and reviewed the available analytical and quality control results.

Balmoral employs a quality control program for all of its drill programs, to ensure best practice in the sampling and analysis of drill core. This includes the insertion of blind blanks, duplicates and certified standards into the sample stream. NQ-sized drill core is saw cut with half of the drill core sampled at intervals based on geological criteria including lithology, visual mineralization and alteration. The remaining half of the core is stored on-site at the Company’s Fenelon field camp in Central Quebec. Drill core samples are transported in sealed bags to ALS Minerals Val d’Or, Quebec analytical facilities. Base metal analysis were initially obtained via ICP-AES with both Aqua Regia and 4 Acid digestion employed. The two digestion methods show good correlation. Nickel values in excess of 10,000 ppm are reanalyzed using a sodium peroxide fusion followed by ICP-AES finish. PGE values were obtained via industry standard fire assay with ICP-AES finish using 30 g aliquots. Following receipt of assays, visual analysis of mineralized intercepts is conducted and additional analysis may be requested. ALS Minerals is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

About Balmoral Resources Ltd. – www.balmoralresources.com

Balmoral is a Canadian-based discovery company focused on high-grade gold and nickel discoveries on its wholly owned, 700 square kilometre Detour Trend Project in Quebec, Canada. With a philosophy of creating value through the drill bit and a focus on proven productive precious/base metal belts, Balmoral is following an established formula with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through discovery and definition of high-grade, Canadian gold and base metal assets.

On behalf of the board of directors of
Darin Wagner
President and CEO