IAMGOLD Reports New Discovery with High Grade Drill Intersections from Its 2019 Drilling Program on the Karita Project in Guinea

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 2, 2019) - IAMGOLD Corporation (TSX: IMG) ("IAMGOLD" or the "Company") today announced assay results from its 2019 drilling program on its wholly owned Karita project in North-Eastern Guinea. The project is strategically located along the prolific Senegal - Mali Shear Zone in West Africa, between the Company's Boto Gold Project in Senegal to the north, and its Diakha-Siribaya project in Mali to the south. The Company is reporting assay results from 16 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes totaling 1,839 metres completed as part of its 2019 exploration program.

The assay results reported herein are provided in Table1 below and include the following highlights (a drill hole plan map and drill section is attached to this release):

2019 RC Drill results:

  • Drill hole KRC19-001: 13.0 metres grading 2.80 g/t Au
                            and 16.0 metres grading 2.41 g/t Au
                            includes 3.0 metres grading 9.84 g/t Au

  • Drill hole KRC19-006: 29.0 metres grading 2.96 g/t Au
                            includes 10.0 metres grading 3.52 g/t Au

  • Drill hole KRC19-009: 16.0 metres grading 3.17 g/t Au
                            includes 8.0 metres grading 5.61 g/t Au
                            and 32.0 metres grading 1.83 g/t Au

  • Drill hole KRC19-010: 22.0 metres grading 2.27 g/t Au
                            includes 5.0 metres grading 5.54 g/t Au

  • Drill hole KRC19-011: 21.0 metres grading 9.01 g/t Au
                            Includes 7.0 metres grading 25.67 g/t Au
                            and 7.0 metres grading 2.90 g/t Au

Craig MacDougall, Senior Vice President, Exploration for IAMGOLD, stated, "we are very pleased to announce these drilling results which confirms a new grassroots exploration discovery along this portion of the Senegal - Mali Shear Zone. As with our previous discoveries at the Boto Gold Project, located 8 kilometres to the north, and at the Diakha-Siribaya Project, located 3 kilometres to the south, we have intersected multiple, wide zones of mineralization within altered metasedimentary units. With now our third grassroots discovery we continue to highlight the outstanding exploration potential along this portion of the shear zone. Once again, I want to recognize the efforts of our exploration team in West Africa and congratulate them on their newest discovery."

About the Karita Project

The Karita project is wholly owned by IAMGOLD and is held under an exploration permit that covers approximately 99.85 square kilometres, located in the Birimian aged Kédougou-Kéniéba inlier of the West African Craton region along the borders with Senegal and Mali.

In 2017, the Company completed a reconnaissance geology and termite mound geochemical sampling program over the Karita permit to evaluate the interpreted extension of the Boto-Diakha mineralized trend in Guinea. The area is thought to cover an extension of the regionally important and prolific Senegal - Mali shear zone along trend between IAMGOLD's Boto Gold Project in Senegal to the north, and its Diakha-Siribaya Project in Mali to the south. The sampling program identified an extensive gold geochemical anomaly delineated over a nearly two kilometer strike length, and similar to that observed to be associated with the deposits occurring at both Boto and Diakha.

The 2019 drilling program was designed to evaluate the geochemical anomaly for the presence of mineralization and involved the completion of wide spaced lines of RC drilling over a 1.6 kilometre strike length of the anomaly. The program has confirmed the presence of multiple zones of wide intervals of mineralization hosted within an albite + hematite + carbonate altered sandstone metasedimentary unit. The style of the mineralization and associated alteration appears similar to IAMGOLD's other deposits in the region.

Next Steps

The results of this drilling program will be compiled and integrated with data from our adjacent Boto and Diakha-Siribaya projects to help guide future drilling programs with an objective to define the extents of the mineralization and evaluate the resource potential of this new discovery. The program will include twinning RC holes with diamond holes to confirm the widths and orientation of mineralized intervals and help establish the structural and geological characteristics of the mineralizing system.

Technical Information and Quality Control Notes

The drilling results contained in this news release have been prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101").

The "Qualified Person" responsible for the supervision of the preparation, verification, and review of the technical information in this news release is Konan Barthelemy Kramo, P. Geo, Project Manager, Mali Exploration. Mr. Kramo is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

The information in this news release was reviewed and approved by Craig MacDougall, P.Geo., Senior Vice President, Exploration for IAMGOLD. Mr. MacDougall is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

The sampling of, and assay data from, RC chips are monitored through the implementation of a quality assurance - quality control (QA-QC) program designed to follow industry best practice and include the insertion of certified reference standards. Rock chips from the Reverse Circulation drilling are collected at the rig site, at one meter intervals, under the direct supervision of IAMGOLD geologists and field technicians. Samples are riffle split to obtain two 3 kg samples. One sample is retained for reference purposes and the other sample is sent for assay.

The assay samples were prepared at Bureau Veritas in Bamako, Mali and assayed at Bureau Veritas Analytical Laboratory in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, using a standard fire assay with a 50-gram charge and an Atomic Absorption finish (FA450). Samples which returned values greater than 10 g/t Au are being re-assayed using a gravimetric finish.

Forward Looking Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements regarding expected, estimated or planned gold production, cash costs, margin expansion, capital expenditures and exploration expenditures and statements regarding the estimation of mineral resources, exploration results, potential mineralization, potential mineral resources and mineral reserves) are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words "will", "should", "continue", "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "believe", "intend", "to earn", "to have', "plan" or "project" or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict, that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, without limitation, failure to meet expected, estimated or planned gold production, cash costs, margin expansion, capital expenditures and exploration expenditures and failure to establish estimated mineral resources, the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, changes in world gold markets and other risks disclosed in IAMGOLD's most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

About IAMGOLD

IAMGOLD (www.iamgold.com) is a mid-tier mining company with four operating gold mines on three continents. A solid base of strategic assets in North and South America and West Africa is complemented by development and exploration projects and continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities. IAMGOLD is in a strong financial position with extensive management and operational expertise.

For further information please contact:

Indi Gopinathan, Investor Relations Lead, IAMGOLD Corporation
Tel: (416) 360-4743 Mobile: (416) 388-6883

Martin Dumont, Senior Analyst Investor Relations, IAMGOLD Corporation
Tel: (416) 933-5783 Mobile: (647) 967-9942

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Table 1: Karita Prospect - 2019 RC Drilling Assay Results (16 RC totaling 1,839 metres)

Hole no UTM NAD83 Zone17 AZ Dip EOH From To Core
Length (1)
Au (2)

Easting Northing Elevation (°) (°) (m) (m) (m) (m) (g/t)
KRC19-001 240627 1371301 141 90 -55 120 37 50 13 2.80
including (3)





40 44 4 4.96







66 72 6 2.46







81 97 16 2.41
including (3)





91 94 3 9.84







103 108 5 1.65
KRC19-002 240723 1371301 142 90 -55 120 24 27 3 0.47







37 45 8 0.68







67 72 5 1.36
KRC19-003 240805 1371299 145 90 -55 120 81 82 1 1.11
KRC19-004 240916 1371501 149 90 -55 75 45 48 3 1.95
KRC19-005 240818 1371498 148 90 -55 120 No significant value
KRC19-006 240716 1371496 154 90 -55 120 9 38 29 2.96
including (3)





12 22 10 3.52
KRC19-007 240617 1371498 153 90 -55 120 102 111 9 1.19
including (3)





105 108 3 2.08
KRC19-008 240899 1372200 179 90 -55 120 No significant value
KRC19-009 240800 1372199 184 90 -55 120 40 56 16 3.17
including (3)





42 50 8 5.61







76 108 32 1.83







111 118 7 0.92
KRC19-010 240700 1372198 173 90 -55 120 20 42 22 2.27
including (3)





27 32 5 5.54







47 51 4 4.78







65 71 6 1.96
KRC19-011 240597 1372205 190 90 -55 84 53 74 21 9.01
including (3)





55 62 7 25.67







77 84 7 2.90
including (3)





78 80 2 5.47
KRC19-012 240603 1372899 191 90 -55 120 No significant value
KRC19-013 240698 1372902 166 90 -55 120 No significant value
KRC19-014 240799 1372899 165 90 -55 120 42 52 10 2.75
including (3)





45 49 4 5.89







59 64 5 2.26







107 111 4 10.30
KRC19-015 240902 1372900 188 90 -55 120 32 37 5 1.30







46 51 5 0.70







74 79 5 1.72
KRC19-016 240946 1372496 184 90 -55 120 No significant value

 

1. The true widths of intersections are unknown at this time, but are interpreted to approximate the reported downhole lengths.
2. Drillhole intercepts are calculated using a minimum downhole length of two (2) meters, a cut-off grade of 0.5 g/t gold, and may include up to two (2) metres of internal dilution.
3. Assay intervals are reported uncapped, with higher grade subintervals reported if present.

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Figure 1: Regional map - Karita location

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Figure 2: Karita drill hole plan map and highlighted 2019 assay results.

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