AMARILLO REPORTS 2017 FOURTH QUARTER AND ANNUAL RESULTS AND PROVIDES CORPORATE UPDATE

Toronto, Ontario – April 30, 2018 – Amarillo Gold Corporation (“Amarillo” or the “Company”) (TSX.V:AGC) today announces its financial results for the fourth quarter (“Q4”) and year ended December 31, 2017. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) for the year ended December 31, 2017, available on the Company’s website at www.amarillogold.com and under the Company’s name on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All monetary amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Mike Mutchler, CEO remarked; “2017 was a year of reorganization for Amarillo.  The changes at the management and board levels have better positioned the Company to execute on the Mara Rosa project development.  2018 will see an update to the Mara Rosa Pre-Feasibility Study to incorporate the findings from a Whittle Consulting Optimization Study, and a 10K meter exploration drilling program to expand the Mara Rosa Ore Reserve prior to launching a Feasibility Study in early 2019.  This year will also see expanded exploration activities at the prospective Campos Verde and Amaralina properties near Mara Rosa, and at the Matilde, Butia, Caneleira and Zeca Souza exploration properties at the Lavras do Sul Project.  With the completion of our recent financing, we are well positioned to execute on all of these activities.  I would like to thank our shareholders, dedicated employees and local communities and government in Brazil for their continuing support, as we look forward to a very exciting year for the Company.”

2017 HIGHLIGHTS AND SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

  • Completed a corporate management reorganization
  • Completed an Updated Pre-Feasibility Study at Mara Rosa, Brazil¹
    • Post-tax net present value using 5% discount rate of US$178M @ $1,200 per ounce gold
    • Post-tax internal rate of return (IRR) of 35.2%
    • Post-tax project payback of 2.2 years;
    • Average Life of Mine production 112,000 ounces per year over 8 years.

¹ NI 43-101 report entitled “2017 Updated Pre-Feasibility Study Posse Mine Project – Mara Rosa GO” prepared by SRK Consulting dated April 2017. The qualified persons of the report are Gregory Keith Whitehouse and Rubens Jose de Mendonca. Both individuals are independent of the Company.

  • Engaged Whittle Consulting for an Optimization Study on the Mara Rosa Gold Project.
  • Extended the maturity date of its gold-linked credit facility from July 31, 2019 to June 30, 2022.
  • Closed a private placement for $5.2M.
  • Initiated a drilling program for Mara Rosa with the intent to extend the mine life to over 10 years.

The Company underwent board and management changes during the year and subsequent to the year end. The Board was enhanced through the addition of Rowland Uloth as the Executive Chairman, and Stephen Stow and Colin Sutherland as Independent Directors. Mike Mutchler joined the Company in January 2018 as President & CEO and Hemdat Sawh joined as CFO in November 2017. This team has the necessary background and experience to execute the development of the Mara Rosa Project and realize the potential of Lavras do Sul with increased exploration in 2018 and beyond.

In January 2018 the Company initiated a Whittle Consulting Optimization Study. We expect to incorporate the study findings into a Pre-Feasibility Study update early in Q3 2018.

On April 12, 2018 the Company closed a non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) through the issuance of 18,427,780 units (“Units”) at a subscription price of $0.28 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of $5,159,778. Each Unit is comprised of one common share (each, a “Common Share”) and one-half of one Common Share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”). Each whole Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $0.38 for a period of 24 months following the date of issue, subject to customary adjustment provisions. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Private Placement for advancing the Company’s mineral exploration and development projects, and for general corporate purposes.

The Company plans additional exploration drilling at Mara Rosa starting in May 2018 followed by an updated mineral resource which will be produced prior to launching a Feasibility Study (“FS”) in early 2019.  Following the FS and Basic Engineering (“BE”) in early 2019, Amarillo will make an application for the Installation Permit – (LI or Licença de Instalação) and expects to begin construction of the Mara Rosa Gold Mine in 2020.

At Lavras do Sul, additional exploration work consisting of soil sampling, trench sampling and airborne magnetic surveying will be conducted on properties adjacent to the Butia project in an effort to explore for an extension of the Butia deposit.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

Operating Expenses – Three and Twelve Months 2017 and 2016

 

Three Months ended December 31

 

Year ended

December 31

 

2017

2016

 

2017

2016

Consulting fees

440,733

459,269

 

893,376

645,419

General and administrative

75,429

57,030

 

334,796

237,667

Stock-based compensation

239,510

-

 

990,573

641,241

Professional fees

77,033

30,091

 

267,560

170,105

Other expenses

64,558

163,262

 

216,390

303,338

Subtotal before other items

897,263

709,652

 

2,702,695

1,998,490

Accretion on gold loans

325,987

375,945

 

1,288,023

1,119,546

Subtotal of expenses before Fx and FV changes

1,223,250

1,085,597

 

3,990,718

3,118,036

Foreign exchange loss/(gain)

(844,878)

(164,626)

 

(811,538)

(131,374)

Loss/(gain) on FV of derivatives

107,431

(1,276,657)

 

1,110,085

557,586

Loss/(income) before taxes

485,803

(355,686)

 

4,289,265

3,544,248

Deferred tax

486,165

233,330

 

486,165

233,330

Net loss/(income)

971,968

(122,356)

 

4,775,430

3,777,578

Loss per share

(0.01)

0.00

 

(0.06)

(0.05)

Total assets

34,186,492

34,246,927

 

34,186,492

34,246,927

Total non-current liabilities

11,050,397

8,798,174

 

11,050,397

8,798,174

 

The Company’s loss is mostly attributable to the items related to the gold-linked loan consisting of accretion, mark to market adjustments for gold price increase and foreign exchange gains due to strengthening of the Canadian dollar to the US dollar from the previous reporting periods. In February 2018, the Company announced that it had amended and extended the maturity date of its existing gold-linked credit facility (the “Facility”) from July 31, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

The technical content of this release has been reviewed and approved by Frank Baker, Project Manager of the Company and a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

ABOUT AMARILLO

Amarillo is developing a highly economic, open pit gold resource at its Mara Rosa Project in the mining friendly jurisdiction of Goias State in Brazil. An Updated Pre-Feasibility Study (NI 43-101 technical report) for the Mara Rosa Project was filed on SEDAR on May 4, 2017. In addition, Amarillo has an advanced exploration project with excellent grades at Lavras do Sul, also in Brazil. A Mineral Resource Estimate Study (NI 43-101 technical report) for Lavras do Sul was filed on SEDAR on October 4, 2010. Both projects have excellent nearby infrastructure. The Mara Rosa Project was awarded the main permit (LP) that gives social and environment permission to mine. This has allowed Amarillo to move forward and work on the installation permit (LI) for the Mara Rosa Project.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Mutchler
President & CEO
416-294-0736
mike.mutchler@amarillogold.com

or

Karen Mate
External Communications
416-230-6454
karen.mate@amarillogold.com

32 Richmond St. East
Suite 201 Toronto, ON
Canada, M5C 1P1
Website: www.amarillogold.com

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS:

This news release contains Forward Looking Statements regarding the Company’s current expectations regarding future events, including with respect to the Company’s business, operations and condition, management’s objectives, strategies, beliefs and intentions. Various factors may prevent or delay our plans, including but not limited to, the trading price of the Common Shares, certain lenders not advancing funds as required, contractor availability and performance, weather, access, mineral prices, and success and failure of the exploration and development carried out at various stages of the program. Permission from the Government and community is also required to proceed with future mining production. Readers should review the Company’s ongoing quarterly and annual filings, as well as any other additional documentation comprising the Company’s public disclosure record, for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements. Readers should also review the risk factors applicable to junior mining exploration companies generally to better understand the variety of risks that can affect the Company. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any Forward Looking Statements whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise, except as me be required by law.