Vista Gold Corp.

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April 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)|Virtual Event - Online Only

Frederick H. Earnest

President & CEO

Frederick Earnest has served as director since 2007 and was appointed CEO of the Company in January 2012. He served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2007-2012 and as Senior Vice President, Project Development from 2006-2007. He served as a director of Midas Gold Corp. from April 2011 – May 2014. Mr. Earnest has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, including project evaluation, design and construction, mine operations, project optimization and turn-around, mine closure and senior executive roles. He holds a B.S. in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.


Cautionary Statement
This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that Vista expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as, the Company’s continued work on the Mt Todd gold project; process improvements resulting in lower operating costs; reduced power consumption; increased gold recovery and higher gold production; estimates of reserves and resources; projected project economics, including anticipated production, average cash costs, before and after-tax NPV, IRR, capital requirements and expenditures, gold recovery after-tax payback, operating costs, average tonne per day milling, mining methods; project design, and life of mine; performance of and results of preliminary feasibility and feasibility studies, including the timing, cost and completion of the feasibility study on the Mt Todd gold project; the continued work and development on the Mt Todd gold project, our ability to continue to control holding costs; our belief that Mt Todd is the largest undeveloped gold project in Australia and if developed as presently designed, would potentially be Australia’s 6th largest gold producer; the impact that macro-economic factors may have on the economics on the Mt Todd gold project; existing infrastructure reducing project development time and costs; the continued support of the stakeholders and of the NT Government and the potential effects of Major Project Status for allowing project decisions to be made in an efficient and timely manner; timing and approval of the MMP; completion of tax and natural gas supply and pricing agreements; the project having the flexibility to be scaled down economically and then have production expanded at a later date; completion of future studies and exploration on the mining licenses including our understanding of the Quigleys deposit; completion of exploration programs on the exploration licenses; risks relating to the future effectiveness of the water treatment program and risks related to the discharge of water into the Edith River; future business goals, strategy and plans, competitive strengths and project development; success of future joint ventures, partnerships or other arrangements on our properties; the potential monetization of our non-core assets including the mill equipment; future royalties on the Awak Mas gold project; and other such matters are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. The material factors and assumptions used to develop the forward-looking statements and forward-looking information contained herein include the following: no changes to laws or regulations impacting mine development or mining activities, our approved business plans, mineral resource and reserve estimates and results of preliminary economic assessments, preliminary feasibility studies and feasibility studies on our projects, if any, our experience with regulators, assumed timing for regulatory approvals and studies anticipated and estimated costs and budget expenditures to continue to optimize and advance Vista’s core asset, our experience and knowledge of the Australian mining industry and positive changes to current economic conditions and the price of gold and other such matters. When used in this presentation, the words “estimate,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “will,” “if,” “would,” “could,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Vista to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others, uncertainty of resource and reserve estimates, uncertainty as to the Company’s future operating costs and ability to raise capital; risks relating to cost increases for capital and operating costs; risks of shortages and fluctuating costs of equipment or supplies; risks relating to fluctuations in the price of gold and fluctuations in currency values; the inherently hazardous nature of mining-related activities; potential effects on our operations of environmental regulations in the countries in which it operates; risks due to legal proceedings; risks relating to political and economic instability in certain countries in which it operates; uncertainty as to the results of bulk metallurgical test work; and uncertainty as to completion of critical milestones for Mt Todd; as well as those factors discussed under the headings “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed on March 6, 2018 and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Although we have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information; whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Vista Gold Corp. Qualified Person
All scientific and technical information contained herein has been prepared by, or under the supervision of, John Rozelle, Vista’s Senior Vice President, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Cautionary Note to United States Investors
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) limits disclosure for U.S. reporting purposes to mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. This presentation uses the terms “Proven reserves” and “Probable reserves”. Reserve estimates contained in this presentation are made pursuant to NI 43-101 standards in Canada and do not represent reserves under SEC Industry Guide 7 standards. Under SEC Industry Guide 7 standards, a “final” or “bankable” feasibility study is required to report reserves, the three-year historical average price is used in any reserve or cash flow analysis to designate reserves and all necessary permits and government approvals must be filed with the appropriate governmental authority. Additionally, this presentation uses the terms “Measured resources”, “Indicated resources”, and “Measured & Indicated resources”. We advise U.S. investors that while these terms are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101, such terms are not recognized under SEC Industry Guide 7 and normally are not permitted to be used in reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Mineral resources described in this presentation have a great amount of uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. The SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute SEC Industry Guide 7 compliant “reserves” as in-place tonnage and grade, without reference to unit measures. The term “contained gold ounces” used in this presentation is not permitted under the rules of the SEC. “Inferred resources” have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that any or all part of an Inferred resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. Investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into SEC Industry Guide 7 reserves.
Cautionary Note to All Investors Concerning Economic Assessments that Include Inferred Resources
The preliminary assessment on the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold project is preliminary in nature and includes “inferred mineral resources” that are considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the preliminary assessment at the Guadalupe de los Reyes gold project will ever be realized.


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