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Azimut drills 3.15 g/t Au over 102.0 m including 10.1 g/t Au over 20.5 m at the Patwon Prospect, Elmer Gold Property, James Bay Region, Quebec

LONGUEUIL, QC, Jan. 14, 2020 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

Symbol: AZM.TSX Venture

Azimut Exploration Inc. ("Azimut" or the "Company") (TSXV: AZM) is pleased to report the discovery of substantial gold mineralization in multiple drill hole intersections, including frequent high-grade intervals, in all seven (7) holes of its maiden diamond drilling program on the 100% owned Elmer Property (the "Property") in the James Bay region of Quebec. Significant additional drilling will be required to define the true width and extent of this discovery. The Patwon Prospect is part of a larger 7-kilometre-long high-potential target zone on the Property (see Figures 1 to 3). A ground geophysics survey (induced polarization) is currently underway over the discovery area and its vicinity to prepare for a more comprehensive upcoming drilling program.

The results from this initial phase of drilling indicates that gold-bearing mineralization occurs in three different orientations: 1) along an extensive set of veins oblique to the schistosity; 2) parallel to the schistosity; and 3) as flat-lying veins. Drill holes were oriented to intersect the three types of veins.

Azimut's management considers these results to be among the most significant gold exploration results in the James Bay region since the 2004 discovery of the Éléonore deposit by Virginia Gold Mines. The Éléonore mine is currently owned and operated by Newmont.

HIGHLIGHTS (see Tables 1 and 2, Figures 1 to 8)

     Hole ELM19-001            0.62 g/t Au over 101.3 m (from
                                13.5 m to 114.8 m) including:

                               0.78 g/t Au over 32.0 m (from
                                27.4 m to 59.4 m)

                               2.45 g/t Au over 8.0 m (from 85.0
                                m to 93.0 m)

     Hole ELM19-002            3.15 g/t Au over 102.0 m (from
                                34.0 m to 136.0 m) including:

                               5.15 g/t Au over 9.0 m (from 33.5
                                m to 42.5 m)

                               1.10 g/t Au over 28.5 m (from
                                58.7 m to 87.2 m)

                               10.1 g/t Au over 20.5 m (from
                                96.5 m to 117.0 m)

                    including 12.43 g/t Au over 6.0 m
                     (from 99.5 m to 105.5 m)

                    and 107.0 g/t Au over 1.0 m (from
                     116.0 m to 117.0 m)

                               3.22 g/t Au over 11.0 m (from
                                125.0 to 136.0 m)

     Hole ELM19-003            2.84 g/t Au over 108.2 m (from
                                34.3 m to 142.5 m) including:

                               27.36 g/t Au over 4.7 m (from
                                34.3 m to 39.0 m)

                    including 254.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m
                     (from 34.3 to 34.8 m)

                               4.65 g/t Au over 29.0 m (from
                                65.5 m to 94.5 m)

                    including 16.0 g/t Au over 6.5 m
                     (from 78.0 m to 84.5 m)

                               2.2 g/t Au over 7.6 m (from 109.3
                                m to 116.9 m)

                               1.66 g/t Au over 6.0 m (from
                                121.0 m to 127.0 m)

                               1.08 g/t Au over 11.0 m (from to
                                131.5 m to 142.5 m)

     Hole ELM19-004            1.68 g/t Au over 97.0 m (from 5.0
                                m to 102.0 m) including:

                               4.16 g/t Au over 15.5 m (from 5.0
                                m to 20.5 m)

                               7.85 g/t Au over 5.5 m (from 25.5
                                m to 31.0 m)

                    including 80.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m
                     (from 25.5 m to 26.0 m)

                               3.78 g/t Au over 11.0 m (from
                                44.5 m to 55.5 m)

                    including 59.5 g/t Au over 0.5 m
                     (from 51.2 m to 51.7 m)

     Hole ELM19-005            1.54 g/t Au over 54.1 m (from
                                28.4 m to 82.5 m) including:

                               29.8 g/t Au over 0.5 m (from 28.4
                                m to 28.9 m)

                               2.53 g/t Au over 13.5 m (from
                                50.0 m to 63.5 m)

                               3.91 g/t Au over 5.6 m (from 74.8
                                m to 80.4 m)

                    including 37.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m
                     (79.9m to 80.4 m)

     Hole ELM19-006            1.15 g/t Au over 129.0 m (from
                                5.0 m to 134.0 m) including:

                               3.38 g/t Au over 25.3 m (from
                                69.2 m to 94.5 m)

                    including 121.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m
                     (from 70.2 m to 70.7 m)

                               1.49 g/t Au over 33.5 m (from
                                100.5 m to 134.0 m)

                    including 64.9 g/t Au over 0.5 m
                     (from 104.6 m to 105.1 m)

     Hole ELM19-007            1.93 g/t Au over 82.0 m (from
                                21.0 m to 103.0 m) including:

                               3.46 g/t Au over 44.1 m (from
                                30.0 m to 74.1 m)

                    including 13.09 g/t Au over 6.6 m
                     (from 34.4 m to 41.0 m)

                    and 25.35 g/t Au over 1.9 m (from
                     45.4 m to 47.3 m)


Based on previously reported surface information (see press releases of July 16, September 19, October 22 and November 28, 2019), the objectives of the 996-metre core-oriented drill program were to:

    --  Cut perpendicularly the main vein system striking NW-SE, with
        six holes totalling 849 metres (holes ELM19-001 to 006) in two
        parallel 40-metre-spaced drill sections of three drill holes
        each; and
    --  Cut perpendicularly shear veins striking NE-SW subparallel to
        the schistosity with one hole (ELM19-007, 147 m); schistosity
        is roughly parallel to the fabric of the magnetic gradient and
        to lithological contacts
        (see Figure 4).

The drilling program provided the following critical preliminary information:

    --  Gold mineralization is related to different sets of quartz
        veins and veinlets and their wall rocks, and more locally to
        metre-scale hydrothermal breccias. Quartz veining seems to be
        principally related to a felsic intrusion, either at or close
        to the lithological contacts between the intrusion and the
        surrounding mafic volcanics and gabbros.
    --  Three sets of quartz veins contain gold, two of which
        corroborate surface observations:
  o Subvertical veins striking NW-SE (main system);
  o Veins striking NE-SW, subparallel to the schistosity and dipping 65
    (o) to 80(o) to the north; and
  o Subhorizontal veins so far observed in drill core only.
    --  Variable amounts of pyrite (1% to 30%) are present as
        coarse-grained disseminations or centimetric stringers, both
        forms associated with quartz veining and their wall rocks.
    --  Native gold grains are frequent, generally associated with
        quartz veins, or as isolated grains in pyrite stringers
        (see Table 2).
    --  Gold-bearing facies are accompanied by pervasive silica,
        chlorite, sericite and carbonate alteration, and occasionally
        by tourmaline seams in quartz veins.
    --  The following interpretation at this early discovery stage is
        based on the results of 7 drill holes and detailed surface
  o Mineralization has been recognized over a 200 metres length (open
    laterally to the NE and SW) with an apparent width at surface
    ranging from 50 to 70 metres;
  o Mineralization is known down to 100 metres, open at depth;
  o The principal control on mineralization appears to be a dextral
    NE-SW shear zone generating two main vein sets: NE-SW shear veins
    and NW-SE extensional veins (Riedel type);
  o Both vein types commonly display sulphide-rich wall rocks; and
  o The intensity of quartz veining in the felsic intrusion may be
    partly controlled by the rheologic contrast with the surrounding
    mafic host rocks.
    --  The detailed geometric relationships between drill hole
        intercepts will be better defined with further data analysis
        and additional drilling.
    --  The Patwon Prospect, located in a central position on the
        Property, has potential kilometre-scale strike extensions that
        have seen very little exploration. Two high-grade occurrences
        (25.2 g/t Au over 1.0 m, 12.65 g/t Au), respectively 270 metres
        and 840 metres SW of Patwon, underscore the potential of this
        area, which is part of a larger 7-kilometre-long high-potential
        target zone
        (see Figures 2 and 3).
    --  A detailed induced polarization survey is currently underway
        over all three prospects on a 2.1 kilometre by 0.7 kilometre
        (see Figure 3).
        It is expected that this survey will be an efficient method to
        generate quality drill targets.

The Elmer Property and the adjacent wholly owned Duxbury Property provide Azimut with a controlling position over a 35-kilometre-long segment of a prospective greenstone belt. Both properties were staked following the Company's predictive modelling for gold in the James Bay region using its proprietary AZtechMine(TM) expert system.

Elmer comprises 276 claims covering 145.4 km(2) over a 22-kilometre strike length. Duxbury, located to the east, covers a further 13 km along strike. The projects are located 285 kilometres north of Matagami, 60 kilometres east of the municipality of Eastmain, and 20 kilometres west of the paved James Bay Road. The region benefits from quality infrastructure that includes major access roads, a hydro-power grid and airports.

Drilling contract and analytical protocol

The drilling contract was awarded to Chibougamau Drilling Ltd based in Chibougamau, Quebec. The hole diameter is BTW. Drilling took place from November 19 to November 30, 2019.

Drill core samples were sent to ALS Minerals in Val-d'Or, Quebec. Gold was analyzed by fire assay with atomic absorption and gravimetric finish for grades above 3.0 g/t Au. Samples were also analyzed for a 48-element suite using ICP. Azimut applied industry-standard QA/QC procedures to the program. Certified reference materials, blanks and field duplicates were inserted in all drill core shipments to the laboratory.

This program has been made possible thanks to the financing completed in fall 2019 which involved the following six Quebec institutional funds: Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, CDPQ Sodemex Inc., Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Nord-du-Québec, SIDEX s.e.c. and Société de développement de la Baie James.

This press release was prepared by Dr. Jean-Marc Lulin, P.Geo., acting as Azimut's qualified person under National Instrument 43-101. The field program is under the direction of Francois Bissonnette, P.Geo., Operations Manager, and Dr. Martin Tuchscherer, P.Geo., Chief Geologist.

About Azimut

Azimut is a mineral exploration company whose core business is target generation and partnership development. The Company uses a pioneering approach to big data analytics (the proprietary AZtechMine(TM) expert system) enhanced by extensive exploration know-how. Azimut maintains rigorous financial discipline and has 58.5 million shares outstanding.

Azimut holds the largest mineral exploration portfolio in Quebec. The Company's edge against exploration risk is founded on systematic regional-scale data analysis and multiple concurrently active projects. This includes two regional strategic alliances with SOQUEM for six (6) gold properties in the James Bay region and three (3) major gold-copper properties in the Nunavik region.

Azimut's other high-potential properties in the James Bay region comprise:

    --  4 gold properties in the Eleonore camp (Eleonore South JV,
        Opinaca A, Opinaca B, Opinaca D);
    --  6 copper and copper-gold properties with strong regional-scale
        footprints (Kukamas, Masta, Corvet, Kaanaayaa, Corne,

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE Azimut Exploration Inc.

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SOURCE: Azimut Exploration Inc.

Jean-Marc Lulin, President and CEO, Tel.: (450) 646-3015 - Fax: (450) 646-3045,,

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