In an April 4 research note, Canaccord Genuity analyst Eric Zaunscherb reported that Marathon Gold Corp. (MOZ:TSX; MGDPF:OTC.MKTS) released the stepout drill results from the Marathon gold deposit and Sprite zone bog area, which "provide further evidence of a large-scale gold system and the possibility of expanding the resource."
The findings also reveal "encouraging high grades" and confirm the presence of gold mineralization along the approximately 3.5 kilometer strike between the Marathon deposit and Sprite zone in the Valentine Lake gold camp.
Specifically, hole MA-18-285 encountered 14.68 grams per ton gold over 8 meters at depth, indicating continuity of previous high-grade mineralization. Hole VL-18-661, in "the gap between Marathon and Sprite," hit 4.11 grams per ton gold over 7 meters closer to surface. "These results from the swampy area, where minimal historic drilling has occurred, compare favorably to previous drill results," Zaunscherb explained.
Overall, the additional high-grade results at depth in the Marathon deposit "continue to support the possibility of an underground scenario," he added.
Marathon finished its winter drill program, but assays are outstanding for six Marathon infill holes and seven bog/gap holes.
Zaunscherb highlighted that Marathon Gold continues to trade at a discount relative to peers on a normalized, or 5%, price:net asset value basis, which is "unwarranted in our view due to the low sovereign risk of Newfoundland and the potential scale and resource growth of this project." Additionally, Marathon is an attractive takeout target, he said.
Canaccord Genuity has a Speculative Buy rating and a CA$1.60 per share price target on Marathon Gold, whose stock is trading now at around CA$0.96 per share.
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