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Northern Superior and 1348515 B.C. Ltd. close $3M spinout of Ontario Assets

Sep 6, 2023

1348515 B.C. Ltd. and Northern Superior Resources Inc. are pleased to announce that BCCo has closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement financing through the issuance of an aggregate of 5,882,356 subscription receipts of BCCo at a price of $0.51 per Subscription Receipt for gross proceeds of $3,000,001.56. On closing of the Proposed Transaction (a defined below), Northern Superior will own 35,686,686 shares of BCCo with a deemed value of approximately $18.2 million.

The Subscription Receipts issued pursuant to the Offering will automatically convert, without payment of any additional consideration or further action on the part of the holder thereof, and subject to adjustment in certain events, into one common share in the capital of BCCo (each, a "Common Share"), upon the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions precedent, as further set forth in the Subscription Receipt Agreement (as defined herein) and summarized in the Parties' joint comprehensive news release of July 10, 2023 (the "Comprehensive News Release"). The Subscription Receipts were created and issued pursuant to, and are governed by, the terms and conditions of a subscription receipt agreement dated September 5, 2023 (the "Subscription Receipt Agreement") between BCCo, Northern Superior and Endeavor Trust Corporation, in its capacity as subscription receipt agent and escrow agent.

The Offering was undertaken in connection with the Parties' previously announced spinout transaction (the "Proposed Transaction") whereby BCCo will acquire all of Northern Superior's exploration properties located in the Province of Ontario, being the Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ning project, the October Gold property, as well as certain other exploration properties, as further detailed in the Comprehensive News Release. The Parties entered into a binding letter agreement dated July 10, 2023 (the "Letter Agreement") setting forth, among other things, the proposed terms and conditions of the Proposed Transaction. The Offering satisfies the financing condition under the Letter Agreement which provides that BCCo shall complete a non-brokered private placement of Subscription Receipts for minimum gross proceeds of $3,000,000. The Parties may close additional tranches of the Offering on one or more closing dates. 

The net proceeds derived from the Offering will be used by BCCo to fund the Proposed Transaction as well as for working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes. The securities issued in connection with the Offering are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day from the date of issuance. BCCo paid certain eligible persons (each, a "Finder") a cash finder's fee equal to 6% of the gross proceeds raised by each Finder, payable upon closing of the Proposed Transaction. 

The securities distributed pursuant to the Offering have not and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 or any U.S. state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States unless the securities have been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and any applicable state securities laws, or in compliance with the requirements of an exemption therefrom. 

Further details regarding the Proposed Transaction can be found in the Comprehensive News Release, and will be provided in subsequent news releases of BCCo and Northern Superior. The completion of the Proposed Transaction is subject to a number of conditions precedent, including but not limited to, receipt of all necessary corporate, stock exchange and other approvals. There can be no assurance that the Proposed Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all. Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the disclosure document to be prepared by BCCo in connection with the Proposed Transaction, any information released or received with respect to the Proposed Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon.

All information contained in this news release with respect to Northern Superior and BCCo (but excluding the terms of the Proposed Transaction) was supplied by the Parties respectively, for inclusion herein, without independent review by the other Party, and each Party and its directors and officers have relied on the other Party for any information concerning the other Party.

The Assets

Ti-pa-haa-kaa-ning (the TPK Project) 

The TPK Project, a gold-silver-copper mineral exploration property, is located in northwestern Ontario and comprised of 2,431 post-conversion cell claims covering an area of 47,796 hectares within a highly favourable geological setting. The project hosts two large independent mineralized systems and is situated in Nibinamik First Nation and Neskantaga First Nation traditional territories. 

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Big Dam and New Growth Areas

The first gold-bearing area is contained within the Big Dam and New Growth areas of the property and is a laterally extensive mineralized shear system stretching 35 km across the southern portion of the property. One of North America's largest gold grain-in-till dispersal aprons extends from this area. 

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Exploration Highlights in Big Dam Area 

  • Discovery and definition of the gold grain-in-till dispersal apron: defined as 6 km wide by 11.5 km long, with gold grain-in-till anomalies up to 1,263 grains per 10 kilogram till sample (see Northern Superior Resources press release dated May 15, 2019). 
  • Discovery of several gold-bearing boulder dispersal trains returning gold assay values of up to 94.21 g/t Au
  • Discovery of significant gold-bearing mineralization:
    • Drill hole TPK-10-004 returned 25.9 g/t Au over 13.5 m, including 46.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m, 139.4 g/t Au over 1.7 m, 749.0 g/t Au over 0.3 m and 127.0 g/t Au over 0.7 m (see Northern Superior Resources press release dated February 27, 2018);
    • Drill hole TPK-11-013 returned 4.74 g/t Au over 6.8 m, including 15.52 g/t Au over 1.50 m and 33.90g/t Au over 0.50m (see Northern Superior press release dated April 13, 2011); and
    • Drill hole TPK-13-030 intersected 59.60 g/t Au, 92.30 g/t Ag and 3.19% Cu over 0.50 m.
  • Discovery of eight gold-bearing shear and alteration zones, hosting up to 20 metres wide intervals of anomalous gold values within envelopes of alteration and/or shearing within the Freure Lake Batholith (see Northern Superior Resources press release dated May 15, 2019). 

Annex Area

The second gold-bearing system is contained within the Annex area of the property. This system is defined by a gold grain-in-till dispersal corridor. 

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Exploration Highlights in Annex Area 

  • Mineralized boulders returned assay values of up to 727 g/t gold, 111 g/t silver, 4.1% copper (see Northern Superior Resources press release dated June 25, 2012). 
  • Drill hole NG-12-003C returned grades of up to 4.62 g/t gold over 5.5 m, including 20.8 g/t Au over 1.0 m (see Northern Superior Resources press releases dated June 25 and 26, 2012).
  • Drill hole NG-12-005C intersected 13.40 g/t Au over 1.90 m (see Northern Superior Resources press releases dated June 25 and June 26, 2012). 

Out of the 2,431 post-conversion cell claims, five claims in the Big Dam area are subject to a 1.5% Net Smelter Royalty ("NSR"), payable to Vale Inco, to a maximum of $2.5M. A further 13 claims are subject to a 1.5% NSR on diamonds only, payable to Vale Inco, to a maximum of $2.5M. Lastly, certain claims in the Big Dam area are subject to a 2% NSR payable to Lake Shore Gold (now Pan American Silver Corp.) on all minerals produced from TPK, with Northern Superior having the right of first refusal to purchase back one quarter of the NSR (0.5%) for $1,000,000.

October Gold Project

The October Gold Project is a district scale property consisting of 1,281 claims covering an area of 265 km2 located in northeastern Ontario, 105 km southwest of Timmins and within the Swayze Greenstone Belt. The property is accessible via an all-season highway and network of forestry roads. This property is situated approximately 35 km northwest of IAMGOLD Corporation's Côté Lake project and approximately 50 km southeast of Newmont Corporation's Borden Lake mine. The project was acquired by Northern Superior in 2022, as part of the acquisition of Genesis Metals Corp.

The October Gold Project is in the traditional territory of the Flying Post and the Chapleau Cree First Nations. The October Gold property is thought to occur on a western extension of the Cadillac-Larder Lake break, straddling an approximate 15 km portion of the Ridout Deformation zone. Aside from a favorable structural association for gold mineralization, a proximity to an operating gold mine, and a second mine in development, evidence for economic gold potential associated with the property includes widespread anomalous gold values from surface sampling (up to 11.5 g/t, obtained by Northern Superior), previous diamond drilling, and two strong gold soil gas hydrocarbon anomalies (1.5 km x 3.0 km and 2.0 km by 2.0 km).

In October 2021, a multifaceted exploration program was undertaken to define drill targets including: i) initial geological mapping, ii) prospecting, iii) rock sampling and channel sampling program, iv) property wide LiDAR survey, v) surficial (Quaternary) geological mapping, vi) orientation biogeochemical and geochemical survey, and vii) a detailed property wide helicopter magnetic survey. 

From August to October 2022, reconnaissance geological mapping and prospecting were carried out by Northern Superior. Anomalous gold values up to 0.65 g/t were found in three new areas and the historic Woman River Showing was located and sampled, yielding assays up to 11.5 g/t Au. Also, grab samples from the southwestern part of the property assayed up to 0.55 g/t Au, 1,650 ppm Cu and 4,100 ppm Zn, in separate samples. These results suggest the property is prospective for both gold and base metal deposits. Consequently, ground magnetometer surveys were completed in two areas: the South Benton grid for 176.45 line km and the Mallard West grid, for 132.55 line km. In addition, 4 diamond drill holes were drilled, for a total of 853 metres to better understand the geology around the Ridout Deformation Zone. Although intervals of sericite and silica alteration and pyrite mineralization were encountered, no significant gold assays were returned.

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About Northern Superior Resources Inc.

Northern Superior is a gold exploration company focused on the Chibougamau Camp in Québec. The Company has consolidated the largest land package in the region, with total land holdings currently exceeding 62,000 hectares. The main properties include Philibert, Lac Surprise, Chevrier and Croteau Est. Northern Superior also owns significant exploration assets in Northern Ontario highlighted by the district scale TPK Project.

The Philibert Project is located 9 km from IAMGOLD Corporation's Nelligan Gold project which was awarded the "Discovery of the Year" by the Québec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ) in 2019. Philibert host a new maiden 43-101 inferred resource of 1,708,800 ounces Au and an indicated resource of 278,900 ounces of Au1]. Northern Superior holds a majority stake of 75% in the Philibert Project, with the remaining 25% owned by SOQUEM, and retains an option to acquire the full 100% ownership of the project. Chevrier hosts an inferred mineral resource of 652,000 ounces Au (underground and open pit) and an indicated mineral resource of 260,000 ounces Au.2 Croteau hosts an inferred mineral resource of 640,000 ounces Au.3 Lac Surprise hosts the Falcon Zone Discovery, interpreted to be the western strike extension of IAMGOLD Corporation's Nelligan Deposit. 

Northern Superior is a reporting issuer in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec, and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SUP, and the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol NSUPF. For further information, please refer to the Company's website at www.nsuperior.com or on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

About 1348515 B.C. Ltd.

1348515 B.C. Ltd. is a reporting issuer in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta with no current activities or operations. 1348515 B.C. Ltd. is engaged in identifying and evaluating suitable assets or businesses to acquire or merge with, with a view to maximizing value for shareholders.

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