Keats Step-Out Returns 61.8 g/t Au over 13.7m, Extends High-Grade Zone to 285m Down-Plunge

March 16, 2021

Vancouver, BC, March 16, 2021: New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NFG, OTC: NFGFF) is pleased to announce assay results from three holes drilled at Keats Zone (“Keats”). These holes were drilled as part of the Company’s ongoing 200,000m diamond drill program at its 100%-owned Queensway Project (“Queensway”), located on the Trans-Canada Highway 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland. Highlights

  • Highlights of these results include:
*Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are estimated to be 70% to 80% of reported intervals. Intervals are calculated at a 1 g/t Au cut-off grade; grades have not been capped in the averaging.
  • The interval of 61.8 g/t Au over 13.7m in NFGC-21-118 is a 21m down-plunge step-out to the south from the previously furthest south intercept of 29.1 g/t Au over 11.4m in hole NFGC-21-104 (see NFG press release March 1, 2021) and is the deepest intercept drilled to date at Keats. 
  • Drill hole NFGC-21-118 is still being drilled and is targeted to intersect the Appleton Fault Zone. The hole is currently at a depth of 581m. Assay results from the balance of this hole will be reported when received.
  • The interval of 24.5g/t Au over 3.85m in drill hole NFGC-21-90 is a 15m step-out to the north from the previously furthest north high-grade intercept. This interval is at approximately 25m vertical depth extending the high grade near surface mineralization in this area.
  • The intercept of 22.7g/t Au over 7.9m in NFGC-21-79 further confirms the continuity of the high-grade envelope within the Keats-Baseline fault.
  • The Keats high-grade zone has now been drill defined over 285m in the down-plunge direction. The zone remains open and step-out drilling is continuing to the south, vertically above and below this zone, and to the north.

Craig Roberts, P.Eng. CEO of New Found, stated: “Drilling at Keats continues to expand the impressive zone of high-grade gold mineralization. The interval of 61.8g/t Au over 13.7m is the furthest south and deepest drill intercept to date and indicates the continuation of a very strong gold mineralizing system capable of producing broad intervals of high-grade gold in this direction. Our excitement continues to grow with this success at Keats, further bolstered by our high-grade discovery at Lotto 2km to the north, and by other recent high-grade drill intercepts along the Appleton Fault Zone. We have recently managed to significantly shorten our turn around time on assays and this in combination with the ramp up to eight drills will significantly accelerate our volume of assay results and news flow. We look forward to reporting further results from Keats, Lotto, and our testing of +12 additional high-grade targets along +20km of the Appleton and JBP Fault Zones.”

Highlights – Previously Released Keats Main Zone Drill Intervals

Figure 1. Keats Main Zone Long Section
Figure 2. Keats Plan View
Figure 3. Visible gold mineralization in quartz associated with boulangerite and chalcopyrite in hole NFGC-21-118 at 212.5m depth

Drillhole Details

Table 2: Summary of results reported in this news release

Table 3: Location details of drill holes reported on in this news release

*Drill hole ongoing 

Sampling, Sub-sampling and Laboratory

True widths of the intercepts reported in this press release have yet to be determined but are estimated to be 70% to 80% of reported core lengths. Assays are uncut, and calculated intervals are reported over a minimum length of 2 meters using a lower cutoff of 1.0 g/t Au. All HQ split core assays reported were obtained by either complete sample metallic screen/fire assay or standard 30-gram fire-assaying with ICP finish at ALS Minerals in Vancouver, British Columbia or by entire sample screened metallic screen fire assay at Eastern Analytical in Springdale, Newfoundland. The complete sample metallic screen assay method is selected by the geologist when samples contain coarse gold or any samples displaying gold initial fire assay values greater than 1.0 g/t Au. Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with National Instrument 43-101 and industry best practices. Standards and blanks are included with every 20 samples for Quality Assurance/Quality Control purposes by the Company as well as the lab. Approximately 5% of sample pulps are sent to secondary laboratories for check assays.

Qualified Person

The technical content disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P. Geo., Chief Operating Officer and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr Matheson consents to the publication of this news release dated March 16, 2021 by New Found Gold. Mr Matheson certifies that this news release fairly and accurately represents the information for which he is responsible.

About New Found Gold Corp.

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland, and just 18 km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. With working capital of approximately C$69M the Company is well financed to continue its current 200,000-m drill program, with a planned increase from the current six drill rigs to eight drill rigs in Q1, 2021. New Found has a proven capital markets and mining team with major shareholders including Palisades Goldcorp (33%), Eric Sprott (18%), Novo Resources (11%), Rob McEwen (7%), other institutional ownership (8%), and management, directors, and insiders (4%).

Please see the Company’s website at www.newfoundgold.ca and the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Acknowledgements

New Found acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact

To contact the Company, please visit the Company’s website, www.newfoundgold.ca and make your request through our investor inquiry form. Our management has a pledge to be in touch with any investor inquiries within 24 hours.

New Found Gold Corp.
Per: “Craig Roberts”
Craig Roberts, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer
Email: croberts@newfoundgold.ca
Phone: (604) 562 9664

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Forward-Looking Statement Cautions

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, relating to further the exploration and drilling on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “aims,” “potential,” “goal,” “objective,” “prospective,” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will,” “would,” “may,” “can,” “could” or “should” occur, or are those statements, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company’s management on the date the statements are made, and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Except to the extent required by applicable securities laws and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include risks associated possible accidents and other risks associated with mineral exploration operations, the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors, the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company’s exploration plans, the risk that the Company will not be able to raise sufficient funds to carry out its business plans, and the risk of political uncertainties and regulatory or legal changes that might interfere with the Company’s business and prospects. The reader is urged to refer to the Company’s reports, publicly available through the Canadian Securities Administrators’ System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects.