MBAC Fertilizer Corp.

MBAC Fertilizer Corp.

November 15, 2010 16:49 ET

MBAC Reports Significant Phosphate Grades at Its Santana Exploration Prospect in Brazil

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - MBAC Fertilizer Corp. ("MBAC" or the "Company") (TSX:MBC) is pleased to report positive results from ongoing phosphate exploration work on the Santana property which the Company acquired in June 2010 having also made additional applications for mineral rights in the area ("Santana Project"). The Santana Project is located in the Municipality of São Felix do Xingu, in the southern Pará State of Brazil.

  • Systematic surface sampling, ground geophysics and auger drilling led to an open ended zone with numerous ore samples grading in excess of 20% P2O5
  • The target area extends over more than two (2) square kilometres and represents a small portion of the overall potential area
  • The Santana Project is strategically located near one of Brazil's largest grain growing areas and one of the fastest growing agricultural frontiers in the world

Antenor Silva, President and CEO, stated, "We are very pleased with these initial exploration results which demonstrate the potential for another significant phosphate project. The Santana Project is strategically located in close proximity to extensive farmland in the northern Mato Grosso State, one of the largest grain and soya producing states in Brazil and one of the fastest growing agricultural frontiers in the world. Given these exciting results, we will advance this project on a timely basis and expect to have diamond drills on site by the end of the month to continue our work.


The Santana Project is strategically located approximately 100 kilometres from the main route used for export of soya beans and other agricultural products from Mato Grosso State in Brazil. The same export route provides infrastructure and access to extensive farms and lands in the northern Mato Grosso State. 

MBAC has applied for tenement areas covering approximately 90,000 hectares located in the municipality of São Felix do Xingu in Pará State, following positive indications from geological reconnaissance work which commenced in June 2010.

Initial testing from rock chip sampling returned encouraging results, including numerous readings in excess of 20% P2O5. A target area of approximately two (2) square kilometres has now been defined within a much wider potential zone, and additional high-interest target areas are being investigated. 

Exploration Results:

To date, approximately 1,200 samples (528 rock chip samples, 91 soil samples, and 576 auger drill core samples from 66 auger drill holes) have been collected throughout the project area as part of MBAC's geological reconnaissance program. Of these, approximately 750 samples were collected in the target area. All pulp samples were prepared using a standard procedure and compressed into briquettes for X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) reading. The analyses of P2O5 content was made at the Itafós laboratory using a portable XRF analyser, with positive samples being submitted to the certified international laboratory Chemex Ltd (ALS) for independent analysis.

The following results come from the target area and include ore samples grading in excess of 20% P2O5:

Sample P2O5% Lab Type Sample P2O5% Lab Type
70274 38,00 ALS Rock 72026 22,98 ITF Rock
70273 37,90 ALS Rock 71133 22,68 ITF Rock
70219 37,60 ALS Rock 72024 22,65 ITF Rock
70275 37,50 ALS Rock 71091 22,57 ITF Rock
RK-01401 37,40 ALS Rock 72025 22,56 ITF Rock
RK-01306 37,20 ALS Rock 72602 22,56 ITF Rock
RK-01296 36,60 ALS Rock 70233 22,47 ITF Rock
RK-01305 36,60 ALS Rock 72027 22,38 ITF Rock
RK-01299 36,30 ALS Rock 72603 22,38 ITF Rock
70004 35,90 ALS Rock 72022 22,34 ITF Rock
71808 35,30 ALS Rock 70258 22,17 ITF Rock
RK-01086 33,07 ITF Rock 71134 21,40 ITF Rock
71807 32,50 ALS Rock 70262 21,38 ITF Rock
72114 32,30 ALS Auger 72113 21,30 ALS Auger
72114 32,30 ALS Rock 72113 21,30 ALS Rock
70222 26,40 ALS Rock 74027 21,11 ITF Rock
71053 25,70 ITF Rock 72023 20,84 ITF Rock
71083 23,38 ITF Rock 71135 20,37 ITF Rock
71084 23,33 ITF Rock RK-01085 20,30 ITF Rock

The vertical extent of the mineralization in the target area is not yet known, with auger drilling indicating a soil cover averaging 8 to 10 metres and going as deep as 14 metres. Grades normally increase to greater depths, with mineralization being open-ended as the auger drill reaches fresh rock. As an example, auger drill hole SAN-AD-003 starts at a grade of 16.95% P2O5 down to one metre depth; 21.30% P2O5 from 1 to 2 metres depth; and 32.30% P2O5 from 2 to the end of hole at 2.7 metres depth.

Ground geophysics using 100 metre spaced lines currently indicate broad open ended northwest-southeast trending anomalies in the target area which fit both the above mentioned geochemical anomalies and regional magnetic and gamma-spectrometric data.

The next stage of exploration work will include systematic diamond drilling to validate the geological continuity as inferred from sampling and surface mapping. A drilling contractor has been retained to perform diamond drilling in the target area. The drilling work has been structured to provide enough material for a first phase of technological characterization and metallurgical testing.

Dr. Luiz A. Bizzi, PhD, MBA, Vice-President, Exploration of MBAC, is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release as applicable.

About MBAC

MBAC is focused on becoming a significant integrated producer of phosphate and potash fertilizers in the Brazilian and Latin American markets. MBAC has an experienced team with over 150 years of combined experience in the business of fertilizer operations, management, marketing and finance within Brazil. In October 2008, MBAC acquired Itafós Mineração Ltda, which consisted of a phosphate mine, a mill and plant and related infrastructure, all located in central Brazil. MBAC's exploration portfolio includes a number of additional phosphate and potash projects, which are also located in Brazil. MBAC is well funded with approximately C$60 million, which will be used to develop the Itafós Expansion Project. The Company continues to search for additional fertilizer opportunities in the Brazilian and other Latin-American markets, where strong agricultural fundamentals and unique opportunities are expected to provide attractive growth opportunities in the near future. All material information on MBAC can be found on the Company's website at or at SEDAR at

Antenor Silva, President & Chief Executive Officer


This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as future business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, expansion, growth of the Company's business, operations, plans and with respect to exploration results, the timing and success of exploration activities such as diamond drilling to validate geological continuity, obtaining enough material for first phase technological characterization and metallurgical testing and exploration activities generally, permitting time lines, government regulation of exploration and mining operations, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage, timing and possible outcome of any pending litigation, timing and results of future resource estimates or future economic studies and the outcome of application for tenement areas.

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Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions made by management and considered reasonable at the time such assumptions were made, including, the result of drilling and exploration activities, that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed timeframes, that equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays are incurred, that plant and equipment function as specified, that no unusual geological or technical problems occur, and that laboratory and other related services are available and perform as contracted. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, future events, conditions, uncertainties and other factors may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, prediction, projection, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the interpretation and actual results of current exploration activities; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future commodities' price; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing or in the completion of exploration, as well as those factors disclosed in the company's current annual information form and management's discussion and analysis available on SEDAR at Although MBAC has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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