New Found Intercepts More High-Grade Gold at Keats; Extends Zone 200m Vertically Towards Surface

September 15, 2021

Vancouver, BC, Sept 15, 2021: New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NFG, OTC: NFGFF) is pleased to announce recently received assay results from twenty-nine holes drilled at the Keats Zone (“Keats”), located along the Appleton Fault Zone. These holes were completed 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

• Highlight intervals are summarized below. Additional results are provided in Table 2.

  • The interval of 104.59 g/t Au over 2.20m in NFGC-21-310 is the furthest south drill interval reported to date along the south-westerly plunging core dilatational zone extending drill definition of this zone (see Figures 1 and 2).
  • Recent intercept highlights of 31.80 g/t Au over 4.85m in NFGC-21-170 and 36.52 g/t Au over 3.00m in NFGC-21-184 up dip of the core dilatational zone within the Keats fault demonstrate strong vertical continuity of the Keats Main Zone to surface.
  • The Keats high-grade zone vertical profile now exceeds 200m up dip of the core dilatational zone and is open to surface and along strike to the northeast and southwest.
  • Drill hole NFGC-21-257 intersected a new zone of high-grade gold mineralization in the hanging wall of the Keats fault near surface; the interval graded 9.18g/t Au over 2.70m.
  • Future exploration at Keats will continue to expand the Keats Main zone along strike and down plunge but also focus on targeting specific zones in both the hanging wall and foot wall of the Keats fault.

Denis Laviolette, President of New Found, stated: “The high-grade zones along the Appleton Fault continue to see significant expansion. Today’s announcement demonstrates further continuity of high-grade gold mineralization at Keats including between the core dilatational zone and surface; a vertical distance of 200m. Last week we announced that we doubled the drilled depth of the high-grade Lotto vein system with strong vertical continuity, and we are now seeing similar vertical continuity at Keats above the plunging dilation zone. We are pleased to see high-grade zones that start at surface and extend for these distances along strike and to depth, remaining open in all directions for further expansion. The addition of a new hanging wall zone at Keats near surface adds to the growing list of discoveries made this past year along the Appleton Fault. These discoveries continue to support our belief in the high potential for additional discoveries along approximately 7.8km of strike on the Appleton Fault, within a prospective corridor of approximately 500m on each side of the Appleton Fault.”

Figure 1. Keats Plan View
Figure 2. Keats Long Section
Figure 3. 3D Keats Composite Cross-Section (A to A’ looking north, 150m clipping)

Drill-hole Details

Photos of Drill Core

Queensway 200,000m Drill Program Update

Approximately 44 percent of the 200,000 meters have been drilled to date with approximately 20,000 meters of core pending assay results. Nine core rigs are currently operating, with a tenth scheduled to start in Q3 2021.

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 85% to 95% of reported core lengths. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional variability in true width. Assays are uncut, and calculated intervals are reported over a minimum length of 2 meters using a lower cut-off 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 Sept 15, 2021, by New Found. 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. The Companyiscurrentlyundertakinga200,000mdrillprogramatQueensway. NinerigsarecurrentlyinoperationatQueensway with the drill count planned to increase to ten rigs in Q3 2021. With a current working capital balance of approximately $111 million, New Found is well funded for this program.

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 exploration and drilling on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland, interpretation of results of the drilling program and funding of the drilling program. 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 with 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 Annual Information Form and Management’s discussion and Analysis, 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.