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Sierra Metals Confirms Porphyry Mineralization at Its Yauricocha Mine in Peru, Positive Results Include 22 Meters Of 0.46% Copper and 134 Ppm Molybdenum and 10.73 PPM Cobalt

10/01/2018

Drill hole highlights include: drilled from 720 level Klepetko tunnel to 1394.60m in depth

From

To

Cu

Mo

Co

Hole E PORF 10-18-01

798m

806m

0.46%

219 ppm

24.25 ppm

over 8 meters

822m

844m

0.46%

134 ppm

10.73 ppm

over 22 meters

854m

872m

0.54%

131 ppm

17.67 ppm

over 18 meters

950m

958m

0.49%

110 ppm

6.25 ppm

over 8 meters

968m

980m

0.45%

68 ppm

6.50 ppm

over 12 meters

Toronto, ON – October 1, 2018 Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE AMERICAN: SMTS) (“Sierra Metals” or “the Company”) today confirms the discovery of a new style of mineralization (copper - molybdenum porphyry). Today’s results are from testing of the geophysical anomalies, in the quartz monzonite intrusive, in the eastern part of the mineralized area.  This area is known as the Central Mine which is located between the Cuye and Esperanza zones. The discovery comes as part of an ongoing drilling program to test priority geophysical anomalies at the Yauricocha Mine, located 150 kilometers east-southeast of Lima in the Yauricocha Mining District (Cordillera Occidental), Peru.

Prior evidence of copper-molybdenum porphyry mineralization had been observed on surface within the monzonite intrusive and had previously been sampled by Rio Tinto Zinc. Subsequently, drill core was sampled at 10-meter intervals over the entire hole length and the Company obtained 122 samples. The hole was drilled from the Klepetko Tunnel located on the 720 level to a depth of 1,394.6 meters. The samples indicated an average of >0.1% Copper.

A recently completed TITAN 24 Geophysical Study identified more than 100 anomalies at Yauricocha and a program to test this first geophysical anomaly was designed.  Hole (E-PORF 10-18-01) was drilled from the Klepetko Tunnel to test the priority anomaly located in the monzonite intrusive as this zone had high conductivity within the Intrusive. A copper-molybdenum mineralized porphyry was discovered.

Results to date show mineralized sectors with notable grades of copper and molybdenum (see table 1) and this discovery confirms the existence of a new style of mineralization at Yauricocha.  The Company will continue with a drilling program which will allow for a better understanding of the distribution of mineralization.

Alonso Lujan, Vice President of Exploration stated: “We are excited as these drilling results demonstrate the possibility to define a copper – molybdenum porphyry deposit with significant dimensions. The TITAN 24 anomaly areas have shown an excellent relationship between conductivity, chargeability and the orebodies. We have several higher-grade intercepts between 798 and 980 meters and now the objective of our follow-up drilling programs is to define the geometry of the higher-grade core of the porphyry.”

He added, “the discovery and location of the porphyry serves as an important milestone at Yauricocha as it helps us to better understand the magnitude of the district's mineralization.  It also helps us to better relate the recent discoveries of the skarn and breccia orebodies to the location of the porphyry. Breccias and skarn related to porphyry orebodies represent important exploration targets for the Company.”

Igor Gonzales, President and CEO of Sierra Metals commented: “Brownfield exploration continues to be a key part of Sierra Metals’ growth plan.  Today’s announcement of a porphyry discovery at Yauricocha supports further growth and development at the Yauricocha Mine and subsequently supports the Company’s overall growth plans in Peru.”

Table 1 - Shows the results of the samples obtained from the drill hole E-PORF 10-18-01.

Figure 2 - Shows the Yauricocha Porphyry System.

Figure 3 - Cross Section Drill Hole E-PORF 10-18-01 shows the relationship with Cuye orebody.

Figure 4 - L14 Resistivity (Geophysical Study) shows the relationship between Cuye orebody results from samples of hole E-PORF 10-18-01 and conductivity.

Figure 5 - Map of Yauricocha Area shows Geochemical Anomalies on Surface.

Figure 6 - Photographs of drill hole E-PORF 10-18-01.

Table 1 – Assays obtained from Drill Hole E PORF 10-18-10 showing copper, molybdenum and cobalt values.

Description

From

To

Width

Cu

Mo

Co

m

%

ppm

Ppm

396.00

418.00

22.00

0.13

19.45

7.73

418.00

432.00

14.00

0.08

25.71

6.71

432.00

454.00

22.00

0.11

27.36

8.55

454.00

468.00

14.00

0.07

26.00

6.29

468.00

574.00

106.00

0.13

39.60

10.70

574.00

600.00

26.00

0.07

20.00

7.69

600.00

702.00

102.00

0.15

94.84

8.69

702.00

798.00

96.00

0.19

48.02

11.27

798.00

806.00

8.00

0.46

219.00

24.25

806.00

822.00

14.00

0.21

39.57

10.57

822.00

844.00

22.00

0.46

133.73

10.73

844.00

854.00

10.00

0.18

104.00

10.60

854.00

872.00

18.00

0.54

131.44

17.67

872.00

950.00

78.00

0.15

68.41

7.05

950.00

958.00

8.00

0.49

110.00

6.25

958.00

968.00

10.00

0.23

50.40

7.80

968.00

980.00

12.00

0.45

68.00

6.50

980.00

1024.00

44.00

0.19

55.23

9.50

1024.00

1072.00

48.00

0.23

90.33

5.33

1072.00

1092.00

20.00

0.21

173.30

4.30

1092.00

1294.00

202.00

0.15

194.00

3.90

A complete list of assays for all drill holes presented in this news release are listed here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/800568wfxsbgaz3/Complete%20Drill%20Hole%20TAL_E_PORF_10_18_01-Yauricocha-1394.pdf?dl=0

Figure 2 – View looking North East - Yauricocha porphyry system surface location extent.

Figure 3 – Cross section drill E PORF 10-18-10 showing porphyry location relative to the Cuye Orebody and Klepetko tunnel infrastructure.

Figure 4 - L14 Resistivity (Geophysical Study)- Shows the relationship with Cuye Orebody and Drill Hole E-PORF 10-18-01.

Figure 5 - Map of Yauricocha area-  plan view showing location of geophysical lines, existing underground mining infrastructure and porphyry area.

Figure 6 – Photographs E PORF 10 18 01. Showing porphyry-style copper and molybdenum mineralization.

Quality Control

All samples that were obtained from the drills were prepared on site and sent to ALS Minerals (Chemex Lab) in Lima for analysis, by ICP-AES and Atomic Absorption methods.

The quality assurance-quality control (QA-QC) program employed by Sierra Metals has been described in detail in the NI-43-101 report for Yauricocha dated November 10, 2017, prepared by SRK Consulting in Denver, which is available for review on Sedar. Standards and blanks are inserted into the sample stream and duplicate samples are sent to the ALS Peru S.A. lab (Chemex) in Lima as per internal quality control procedures. 

Qualfied Persons

The technical content of this news release has been approved by Gordon Babcock P. Eng. COO, and is a Qualified Person as defined in NI-43-101.

Americo Zuzunaga, MAusIMM CP (Mining Engineer) and Vice President of Corporate Planning is a Qualified Person and chartered professional qualifying as a Competent Person under the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves.

Augusto Chung, FAusIMM CP (Metallurgist) and Consultant to Sierra Metals is a Qualified Person and chartered professional qualifying as a Competent Person on metallurgical processes.

About Sierra Metals

Sierra Metals Inc. is a Canadian based growing polymetallic mining company with production from its Yauricocha Mine in Peru, and its Bolivar and Cusi Mines in Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing production volume and growing mineral resources. Sierra Metals has recently had several new key discoveries and still has many more exciting brownfield exploration opportunities at all three Mines in Peru and Mexico that are within close proximity to the existing mines. Additionally, the Company also has large land packages at all three mines with several prospective regional targets providing longer-term exploration upside and mineral resource growth potential.

The Company’s Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SMT” and on the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol “SMTS.”

For further information regarding Sierra Metals, please visit www.sierrametals.com or contact:

Mike McAllister
Director, Corporate Development
Sierra Metals Inc.
(416) 366-7777
Email: info@sierrametals.com

J. Alonso Lujan N
Vice President,
Exploration Sierra Metals Inc.
(416) 366-7777

Igor Gonzales
President & CEO
Sierra Metals Inc.
(416) 366-7777

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