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Monday, 07/31/2023 9:46:58 AM

Monday, July 31, 2023 9:46:58 AM

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Gold Royalty Announces Acquisition of Royalty Over Capstone’s Producing Copper-Silver Cozamin Mine
Vancouver, British Columbia – July 31, 2023 – Gold Royalty Corp. (NYSE American: GROY) ("Gold Royalty" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") to acquire an existing 1.0% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty (the “Royalty”) from Endeavour Silver Corp. (“Endeavour”) on portions of the Cozamin Copper-Silver Mine, located in Zacatecas, Mexico, (“Cozamin”) for total cash consideration of US$7.5 million. Cozamin is owned and operated by Capstone Copper Corp. ("Capstone").

The Company also announces that it expects that, with the completion of the proposed acquisition, its board of directors will suspend dividends under its previously announced dividend program to focus capital on executing its strategic priority of growing cash flow and net asset value per share through accretive acquisitions.

David Garofalo, Chairman and CEO of Gold Royalty commented, “The acquisition of the Cozamin royalty brings immediate cash flow, complementing our peer-leading revenue growth rate from our portfolio of high-quality, long-life North American assets. Capstone is an experienced and proven operator and we are excited to see them continue to deliver strong operating and exploration results at Cozamin for years to come. We currently expect to be generating positive free cash flow in 2024 with, among other things, the addition of Cozamin, the Côté Gold Project on track to enter production early next year, and corporate overhead costs continuing to decrease.”

Acquisition Highlights:

Cozamin is an established, low-cost operating copper-silver mine which has been in production since 2006 and has a history of exploration success and mine life extensions;
The Royalty generated revenue of over US$1.0 million over the last year and is expected to add meaningful cash flow to Gold Royalty going forward, along with leverage to increasing copper and silver prices during the life of mine;
Capstone published an updated National Instrument I 43-101 ("NI 43-101") technical report for Cozamin in May 2023 which outlined a life of mine plan extending to 2030 based only on mineral reserves1;
The Royalty covers two concessions over the Calicanto vein at Cozamin. As part of the transaction, Gold Royalty has been granted the option to acquire additional royalties on five contiguous concessions to the south of the Royalty for consideration of up to US$500,000.
The Company intends to fund the transaction through its existing cash and cash equivalents.
1 Based on the NI 43-101 Technical Report titled “NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Cozamin Mine, Zacatecas, Mexico” prepared for Capstone Copper Corp. with an effective date of January 1, 2023, a copy of which is available under Capstone’s profile at www.sedar.com (the "Cozamin Report") . C1 cash costs per payable pound of copper produced is a measure reflective of operating costs per unit. Capstone calculates C1 cash costs as cash production costs of metal produced net of by-product credits.

The Cozamin Royalty

Cozamin is a copper-silver underground mine with a surface milling facility, located 3.6 km north-northwest of Zacatecas City in the mineral-rich state of Zacatecas, Mexico. Since the first full year of operation, Cozamin has generated free cash flow at all points of the copper price cycle.

Cozamin has been continuously operated by Capstone since late 2006, when it commenced commercial production at a rate of 1,000 tonnes per day. At the time, it had a three-year mine life based upon then existing mineral reserves. Since then, successful exploration has extended the expected life of the mine to 2030 based on existing mineral reserves1.

From 2023 to 2030, average annual production is currently forecasted by Capstone at 20,000 tonnes of copper and 1.3 million ounces of silver at average C1 costs of US$1.51 per payable pound of copper. Between 2023 to 2027, average projected annual production is expected by Capstone to be higher at 24,000 tonnes of copper and 1.7 million ounces of silver, at lower average projected C1 costs of US$1.46 per payable pound of copper1.

Capstone announced on February 1, 2023 that it plans to update its mine plan in 2024 to introduce cut-and-fill mining, which it expects will allow it to convert additional resources to reserves and provide a pathway to increase production at the mine to better utilize the installed mill capacity of 4,400 tonnes per day.

The Royalty was created under a 2017 concession division agreement between Endeavour and Capstone, under which, among other things, if Capstone outlined a primarily base metals mineral resource estimate (defined as >60% of NSR value) on certain concessions owned by Endeavour, it would grant Endeavour a 1% NSR royalty on such concessions. The Royalty applies to two concessions (Calicanto and Vicochea) where the base metals threshold was met. Gold Royalty has also been granted an option by Endeavour to acquire a 1% NSR royalty on five additional concessions if such royalties are granted in the future. Pursuant to the option, Gold Royalty would acquire such royalties, subject to existing rights of first refusal held by Capstone, in exchange for US$300,000, in the case of the Mise concession and US$50,000 in the case of each other concession, which amount may, at the option of Gold Royalty, be satisfied by issuing Gold Royalty common shares.

The acquisition of the Royalty is subject to customary conditions and is currently expected to be completed in August 2023.

Figure 1: Plan view map superimposing the Endeavour concessions and an aerial photograph of the existing mine workings (Reference: Capstone Endeavour Division Agreement)
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