New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NFG, NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce the results from 30 diamond drill holes that were completed as part of a program designed to test the down-plunge extents of the Keats Main Zone located along the highly prospective Appleton Fault Zone (“AFZ”). New Found’s 100%-owned Queensway project comprises a 1500km2 area, accessible via the Trans-Canada Highway, 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Figure 1. Keats plan view map (Graphic: Business Wire)

Keats Highlights:

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)1

Au (g/t)

NFGC-22-527B

433.00

435.10

2.10

12.87

Including

433.00

434.00

1.00

26.80

NFGC-22-550

444.45

446.70

2.25

45.05

Including

444.45

445.00

0.55

181.50

NFGC-22-608

255.95

258.00

2.05

28.33

NFGC-22-616

265.20

267.25

2.05

68.19

Including

265.60

266.50

0.90

153.50

Table 1: Keats Drilling Highlights

1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 60% to 95% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 2m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness.

  • The overall Keats area now spans a strike length of approximately 1.6km and is comprised of several high-grade gold discoveries including those made at Keats Main, Keats North, and most recently, Keats West (reported on September 27, 2022).
  • Exploration along the southern extents of Keats Main, which is defined by gold mineralization hosted within the extensive damage zone associated with the Keats-Baseline Fault Zone (“KBFZ”), has extended the strike length of Keats Main Zone to 1km with high-grade intervals of 12.87 g/t Au over 2.10m in NFGC-22-527B and 45.05 g/t Au over 2.25m in NFGC-22-550 (Figures 1, 2, 3 and 5).
  • Ongoing drill testing working to extend the Keats Main Zone along strike and at depth has also intersected broad domains of low-grade gold mineralization at vertical depths of up to 400m as demonstrated by the interval of 2.79 g/t Au over 12.35m in NFGC-22-600. These regions are characterized by extensive silicification, brecciation, and sulphide mineralization (Figures 3 and 5).
  • Continued exploration drilling in the central portions of the Keats Main Zone targeting the Equinox Vein, a key component of the high-grade gold domain that plunges to the southwest within a segment of the KBFZ has intersected gold-rich portions of the vein, highlights of which include 28.33 g/t Au over 2.05m in NFGC-22-608 and 68.19 g/t Au over 2.05m in NFGC-22-616 (Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4). The Equinox Vein to date has been traced over a strike length of 720m and 120m down-dip.

Melissa Render, VP Exploration for New Found stated: “The Keats-Baseline Fault Zone is comprised of an extensive brittle damage zone adjacent to the Appleton Fault Zone that hosts a network of high-grade gold veins. Today’s results demonstrate that this gold-bearing fault persists over a strike length of at least 1km and likely to depths beyond our current drill footprint. The AFZ is the primary gold-bearing fluid conduit, and the KBFZ is the structural trap where gold has precipitated. Drilling aimed at expanding the Keats Main Zone to the south, which is hosted within the KBFZ, has identified mineralization akin to the characteristic epizonal mineralization styles found elsewhere within the KBFZ and with high gold grades to match. Orogenic gold systems are known to have deep roots, occur in areas of structural complexity, and demonstrate structural repetition. This is fundamental to the design of our exploration drill program targeting the deeper extents of the KBFZ but also where it interacts with the AFZ. Today’s results give us great encouragement in this region of the KBFZ and we are eager to continue to explore and expand on this discovery.”

Drillhole Details

Hole No.

From (m)

To (m)

Interval (m)1

Au (g/t)

Zone

NFGC-21-388

26.65

28.90

2.25

1.42

Keats Main

And

59.20

61.70

2.50

1.75

And

76.00

78.00

2.00

1.06

And

86.00

88.25

2.25

1.37

And2

123.00

128.65

5.65

8.98

Including2

126.95

128.30

1.35

31.45

And2

135.75

139.10

3.35

4.15

And2

138.60

139.10

0.50

21.50

And

150.10

153.35

3.25

1.72

And

155.70

161.85

6.15

1.61

NFGC-21-4542

209.55

213.25

3.70

2.74

Keats Main

And

276.00

280.05

4.05

1.35

NFGC-21-4662

169.70

172.05

2.35

10.89

Keats Main

Including2

169.70

170.25

0.55

44.90

And

239.00

241.00

2.00

2.83

And

262.00

264.45

2.45

4.72

Including

262.00

262.85

0.85

12.75

And

314.95

317.40

2.45

5.03

Including

315.90

316.80

0.90

12.40

NFGC-22-4862

35.90

38.00

2.10

11.15

Keats HW

Including2

36.60

37.30

0.70

32.00

And

304.25

306.35

2.10

2.19

Keats Main

Including

305.45

305.80

0.35

10.45

And2

371.40

373.60

2.20

10.53

Including2

371.75

372.45

0.70

31.30

NFGC-22-527B

433.00

435.10

2.10

12.87

Keats Main

Including

433.00

434.00

1.00

26.80

And2

487.25

489.75

2.50

3.24

Keats Main

Including2

487.90

488.50

0.60

11.85

NFGC-22-530

95.00

97.30

2.30

1.16

Keats S

And

NSV

Keats Main

NFGC-22-550

444.45

446.70

2.25

45.05

Keats Main

Including

444.45

445.00

0.55

181.50

NFGC-22-560

NSV

Keats Main

NFGC-22-563

48.00

50.00

2.00

3.26

Keats S

Including

48.80

49.35

0.55

10.40

And

95.00

97.55

2.55

1.46

And

118.35

120.50

2.15

1.14

And

425.00

427.00

2.00

1.08

Keats Main

NFGC-22-564

430.00

432.00

2.00

1.74

Keats S

NFGC-22-569

140.00

142.70

2.70

3.70

Keats S

And

147.00

152.00

5.00

1.78

Keats S

NFGC-22-576

NSV

Keats S

NFGC-22-581

437.75

440.85

3.10

6.80

Keats Main

Including

438.55

439.00

0.45

27.20

And including

440.35

440.85

0.50

12.10

And

449.50

452.00

2.50

1.21

And

456.00

458.00

2.00

6.51

Including

457.00

457.55

0.55

25.80

And

484.00

486.70

2.70

1.05

NFGC-22-583

280.00

282.55

2.55

1.78

Keats Main

NFGC-22-587

NSV

Keats S

NFGC-22-591

61.55

63.90

2.35

1.30

Keats S

And

207.00

209.65

2.65

6.21

Including

207.80

208.55

0.75

19.55

NFGC-22-592

205.15

207.55

2.40

1.93

Keats Main

And

276.30

278.65

2.35

1.38

And

292.00

300.45

8.45

3.56

Including

299.95

300.45

0.50

15.10

NFGC-22-599

54.75

59.00

4.25

1.30

Keats S

NFGC-22-600

430.25

432.25

2.00

1.05

Keats Main

And

437.00

439.70

2.70

2.83

Including

438.40

439.00

0.60

10.15

And

507.00

519.35

12.35

2.79

NFGC-22-608

255.95

258.00

2.05

28.33

Keats Main

NFGC-22-611

NSV

Keats S

NFGC-22-616

197.20

205.70

8.50

1.11

Keats Main

And

222.00

224.00

2.00

1.17

And

226.00

228.60

2.60

1.07

And

265.20

267.25

2.05

68.19

Including

265.60

266.50

0.90

153.50

NFGC-22-619

NSV

Keats S

NFGC-22-623B

166.00

168.00

2.00

2.73

Keats S

And

170.00

172.25

2.25

1.97

NFGC-22-631

57.65

60.30

2.65

1.29

Keats HW

And

183.45

188.90

5.45

3.35

Keats Main

And

203.85

206.20

2.35

3.04

And

210.85

213.00

2.15

3.96

Including

210.85

211.45

0.60

14.10

And

267.75

270.00

2.25

1.10

And

285.00

287.20

2.20

2.71

NFGC-22-649

468.45

470.45

2.00

1.86

Keats Main

And

481.00

484.85

3.85

5.49

NFGC-22-655

316.00

318.00

2.00

5.85

Keats Main

Including

316.55

317.45

0.90

14.35

NFGC-22-669

505.65

507.65

2.00

3.75

Keats Main

Including

506.55

506.90

0.35

20.70

NFGC-22-691

NSV

Keats Main

NFGC-22-721

NSV

Keats Main

Table 2: Summary of composite results reported in this press release for Keats West

1Note that the host structures are interpreted to be steeply dipping and true widths are generally estimated to be 60% to 95% of reported intervals. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional uncertainty in true width. Composite intervals reported carry a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 2m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au. Grades have not been capped in the averaging and intervals are reported as drill thickness. 2Previously reported interval.

Hole No.

Azimuth (°)

Dip (°)

Length (m)

UTM E

UTM N

NFGC-21-388

120

-71

242

657988

5427370

NFGC-21-466

300

-45

338

657942.7

5427161

NFGC-21-454

299

-45.5

401

657988.9

5427163

NFGC-22-486

30

-65

419

657814.7

5427088

NFGC-22-530

18

-59

608

657767

5426977

NFGC-22-527B

294

-47.5

731.4

657945.3

5426843

NFGC-22-550

297

-46

556.7

657887.1

5426789

NFGC-22-560

315

-45

410

657510.4

5426949

NFGC-22-583

65

-80

329

657911.6

5427236

NFGC-22-581

297

-46

587

657896.1

5426754

NFGC-22-576

122

-63

251.15

657511.6

5426948

NFGC-22-569

110

-45

257.4

657512.3

5426948

NFGC-22-564

297

-46

506

657865.3

5426801

NFGC-22-563

10

-52

548

657767.4

5426977

NFGC-22-587

120

-45

215

657513.1

5426946

NFGC-22-592

35

-83

339.4

657911.4

5427236

NFGC-22-591

120

-45

218

657487.6

5426991

NFGC-22-600

299.5

-52

626

657887.7

5426789

NFGC-22-599

120

-45

281

657439.6

5426960

NFGC-22-608

87

-79

303.85

657921.1

5427260

NFGC-22-611

90

-45

197

657510

5426951

NFGC-22-616

60

-81

299

657920.9

5427260

NFGC-22-619

78

-45

206

657509.8

5426952

NFGC-22-623B

105

-47

272.3

657487.6

5426991

NFGC-22-631

38

-84

322.75

657920.2

5427260

NFGC-22-649

297

-46

596

657880.4

5426678

NFGC-22-655

333

-83

392

657914.5

5427235

NFGC-22-669

297

-46

611.8

657900.7

5426724

NFGC-22-691

297

-46

707

657898.7

5426609

NFGC-22-721

300

-45

593

657856.1

5426633

Table 3: Details of drill holes reported in this press release

Queensway 400,000m Drill Program Update

Approximately 71% of the planned 400,000m program at Queensway has been drilled to date with approximately 54,344m of the core still pending assay results.

Sampling, Sub-sampling, Laboratory and Discussion

True widths of the intercepts reported in this press release have yet to be determined but are estimated to be 60% to 95% of reported core lengths. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional variability in true width. Assays are uncut, and composite intervals are calculated using a minimum weighted average of 1 g/t Au diluted over a minimum core length of 2m with a maximum of 2m consecutive dilution. Included high-grade intercepts are reported as any consecutive interval with grades greater than 10 g/t Au.

All drilling recovers HQ core. Drill core is split in half using a diamond saw or a hydraulic splitter for rare intersections with incompetent core.

A professional geologist examines the drill core and marks out the intervals to be sampled and the cutting line. Sample lengths are mostly 1.0 meter and adjusted to respect lithological and/or mineralogical contacts and isolate narrow (<1.0m) veins or other structures that may yield higher grades. Once all sample intervals have been chosen, photos of the wet and dry core are taken for future reference.

Technicians saw the core along the defined cut-line. One-half of the core is kept as a witness sample and the other half is submitted for crushing, pulverizing, and assaying. Individual sample bags are sealed and placed into shipping pails and/or nylon shipping bags, sealed and marked with the contents.

Drill core samples are shipped to ALS Canada Ltd. (ALS) for sample preparation in Sudbury, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Ontario, or Moncton, New Brunswick; an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory. ALS operates under a commercial contract with New Found.

The entire sample is crushed to approximately 70% passing 2 mm. A 3,000-g split is pulverized. “Routine” samples do not have visible gold (VG) identified and are not within a mineralized zone. Routine samples are assayed for gold by 30-g fire assay with an inductively-couple plasma spectrometry (ICP) finish. If the initial 30-g fire assay gold result is over 1 g/t, the remainder of the 3,000-g split is screened at 106 microns for screened metallics assay. For the screened metallics assay, the entire coarse fraction (sized greater than 106 microns) is fire assayed and two splits of the fine fraction (sized less than 106 microns) are fire assayed. The three assays are combined on a weight-averaged basis.

Samples that have VG identified or fall within a mineralized interval are automatically submitted for screened metallic assay for gold.

All sample pulps are also analyzed for a multi-element ICP package (ALS method code ICP61).

Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with industry best practices. Standards and blanks account for a minimum of 10% of the samples in addition to the laboratory’s internal quality assurance programs.

Quality Control data are evaluated on receipt from the laboratories for failures. Appropriate action is taken if assay results for standards and blanks fall outside allowed tolerances. All results stated have passed New Found’s quality control protocols.

New Found’s quality control program also includes submission of the second half of the core for approximately 5% of the drilled intervals. In addition, approximately 1% of sample pulps for mineralized samples are submitted for re-analysis to a second ISO-accredited laboratory for check assays.

The Company does not recognize any factors of drilling, sampling or recovery that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the assay data disclosed.

The assay data disclosed in this news release have been verified by the Company’s Qualified Person against the original assay certificates.

The Company notes that it has not completed any economic evaluations of its Queensway Project and that the Queensway Project does not have any resources or reserves.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P. Geo., Chief Operating Officer, and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this press release dated October 18, 2022, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this press release fairly and accurately represents the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this press release.

About New Found Gold Corp.

New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and just 18km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. The Company is currently undertaking a 400,000m drill program at Queensway, now approximately 71% complete. The Company is well funded for this program with cash and marketable securities of approximately $62 million as of October 2022.

Please see the Company’s website at www.newfoundgold.ca and the Company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Acknowledgements

New Found acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact

To contact the Company, please visit the Company’s website, www.newfoundgold.ca and make your request through our investor inquiry form. Our management has a pledge to be in touch with any investor inquiries within 24 hours.

Neither the 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.

Forward-Looking Statement Cautions

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, relating to exploration, drilling and mineralization on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland and Labrador; results of the drilling program, the interpretation of drilling results, mineralization and the discovery of zones of high-grade gold mineralization; plans for future exploration and drilling and the timing of same; assay results; the merits of the Queensway project; future press releases by the Company; and funding of the drilling program. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," “interpreted,” "intends," "estimates," "projects," "aims," “suggests,” “often,” “target,” “future,” “likely,” “appears,” “pending,” "potential," "goal," "objective," "prospective," “possibly,” “preliminary”, and similar expressions, or that events or conditions "will," "would," "may," "can," "could" or "should" occur, or are those statements, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made, and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Except to the extent required by applicable securities laws and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include risks associated with the interpretation of drilling and assay results, possible accidents and other risks associated with mineral exploration operations, the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors, the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company's exploration plans, the risk that the Company will not be able to raise sufficient funds to carry out its business plans, and the risk of political uncertainties and regulatory or legal changes that might interfere with the Company's business and prospects. The reader is urged to refer to the Company's Annual Information Form and Management’s discussion and Analysis, publicly available through the Canadian Securities Administrators' System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects.

New Found Gold Corp. Per: "Collin Kettell" Collin Kettell, Chief Executive Officer Email: ckettell@newfoundgold.ca Phone: +1 (845) 535-1486

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