Benton Executes Option Agreement with Maxtech Ventures on Panama Gold Project, Red Lake Mining District

Thunder Bay, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - October 24, 2019) - Benton Resources Inc. (TSXV: BEX) ('Benton' or 'the Company') is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding option agreement (the "Option Agreement") with Maxtech Ventures Inc. ("MVT") pursuant to which MVT will have the option to earn up to a 100% interest in Benton's 100%-owned Panama gold project (the "Project") in the Red Lake Mining district, Ontario (see PR dated September 10, 2019). Under the terms of the Option Agreement, subject to regulatory approval, Maxtech will be required to complete the following:

  • Issue 2,000,000 Maxtech common shares to Benton on signing at an underlying price of $0.05 per share;
  • Pay Benton $100,000 in cash or share equivalent on the first anniversary, based upon a 10-day VWAP at the time of the share issuance and complete $200,000 in exploration expenditures on the Project;
  • Pay Benton $100,000 in cash or share equivalent on the second anniversary, based upon a 10-day VWAP at the time of the share issuance and complete $250,000 in exploration expenditures on the Project at which point a 50% ownership interest will vest to MVT;
  • Pay Benton $100,000 in cash or share equivalent on the third anniversary, based upon a 10-day VWAP at the time of the share issuance and complete $250,000 in exploration expenditures on the Project at which point a 70% ownership interest will vest to MVT; and
  • Pay Benton $300,000 in cash or share equivalent on the fourth anniversary, based upon a 10-day VWAP at the time of the share issuance and complete $300,000 in exploration expenditures on the Project at which point a 100% ownership interest will vest to MVT

The Option Agreement contains a 2 km area of influence clause that covers the Project's claim boundary. Benton will retain a 2% NSR on the Project with MVT having the option to buy back 1% for $1 million. In addition, MVT will issue to Benton an additional 1 million MVT common shares upon completion of its initial NI 43-101 compliant resource calculation as defined in the Option Agreement. Should Maxtech earn a 50% interest but elect to earn no additional interest, a 50% MVT 50% Benton joint venture would then be formed. Alternatively, should Maxtech earn a 70% interest in the Project but not elect to earn any further interest, a 70% MVT and 30% Benton joint venture would then be formed according to the terms of the Option Agreement.

Stephen Stares, President and CEO, stated: "We are excited to partner with Maxtech to advance this excellent project in the well-established and productive Red Lake gold camp. The project is well-situated along trend from Great Bear Resources' discovery 50km to the west and has similar magnetic, structural and geological features associated with known gold mineralization."

About the Panama Gold Project

Benton acquired the project 100% via claim staking and has completed various phases of exploration including a recently completed drill program (see results below) and high-detail airborne mag survey which has identified several high-priority targets for immediate follow-up. These targets include a distinct fold approximately 250m along strike from the Panama Zone which has not been previously identified (see map below). Benton has also discovered, through a review of old assessment files, an occurrence containing visible gold in the northeast part of the project which requires follow up. In addition, the Panama project is host to some of the highest unsourced gold grains (107 grains) in glacial till discovered by the Geological Survey of Canada, 1999 (Open File 3038).

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Highlights from Benton's Phase I Drill are as follows (see NR dated March 27, 2019):

HoleFrom (m)To (m)Interval (m)Gold (g/t)Composite
PL-19-0179.687.27.61.581.58 g/t over 7.6 m
incl79.684.34.72.342.34 g/t Au over 4.7 m
PL-19-02148.51556.51.231.23 g/t Au over 6.5 m
PL-19-0379.685. g/t Au over 5.8 m
incl82.484.422.552.55 g/t Au over 2 m
PL-19-0472.878. g/t Au over 5.8 m
incl75.878.62.81.671.67 g/t Au over 2.8 m
PL-19-05B77.593.616.10.570.57 g/t Au over 16.1 m
incl899122.072.07 g/t Au over 2 m
PL-19-06828310.4270.427 g/t Au over 1 m
PL-19-0735.436.410.5630.563 g/t Au over 1 m
PL-19-08270.52798.40.180.18 g/t Au over 8.4 m
PL-19-0910010220.4250.425 g/t Au over 2 m


Note: Reported intercepts are core lengths, not true widths.


Nathan Sims (P.Geo.), Senior Exploration Manager for Benton Resources Inc., the 'Qualified Person' under National Instrument 43-101, has approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this news release and prepared or supervised its preparation.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Benton Resources Inc.,

"Stephen Stares"
Stephen Stares, President

About Benton Resources Inc.

Benton Resources is a well-funded Canadian-based project generator with a diversified property portfolio in Gold, Silver, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group elements. Benton holds multiple high-grade projects available for option which can be viewed on the Company's website. Most projects have an up-to-date 43-101 Report available.

Parties interested in seeking more information about properties available for option can contact Mr. Stares at the number below.

For further information, please contact:
Stephen Stares, President & CEO
Phone: 807-475-7474

CHF Capital Markets
Cathy Hume, CEO
416-868-1079 x231



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