Code of Ethics

Argonaut Gold Inc. and its affiliate companies (collectively, the "Company", “Argonaut” or “Argonaut Gold”) are committed to conducting all business lawfully and with integrity. This Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (“Code”) covers a wide range of business practices and procedures, but it does not reiterate every policy that Argonaut may maintain. All of Argonaut’s directors, officers, employees, consultants, and all other agents must follow this Code. This Code may be amended or modified from time to time, at Argonaut’s sole discretion. Everyone at Argonaut is responsible for reading, understanding, complying with and enforcing this Code. If you have questions, ask your manager. Ignorance is not a defense to any actions taken in violation of the Code.

This Code, along with compliance training and other communications that will accompany or follow the Code, are intended to help everyone who is covered by the Code to promote and follow these objectives:

Reporting Responsibilities and Prohibition of Retaliation

This Code and any related policies contain the rules that all Argonaut Gold employees must follow, but they cannot address every issue that may arise. It is the responsibility of everyone at Argonaut Gold, to address issues as soon as possible. It never hurts to ask a question or to verify whether some activity or planned activity is in compliance with the Code and the related policies. Anyone who has a question about what is “the right thing to do”, should seek help.

When faced with a situation or a proposed course of action, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it legal?
  • Is it permitted by the Code and our policies?
  • How would it be viewed by the press, our shareholders, and others who have an interest in our ethical conduct?
  • Is it the “right thing”?

If you are unsure or you do not know how to answer these questions, get help. By getting help early, you might be able to prevent problems. By reporting your concerns, you might be able to contain problems. By always keeping in mind this Code, you will be able to help Argonaut Gold and your fellow employees adhere to the Code; you will help them to do the right thing.

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Reporting Hotline

Argonaut Gold has established a reporting Hotline and a reporting website for the reporting of any concerns you may identify as potentially in violation of the Code. In order to access the Hotline:

In the U.S. 1-866-807-4448
In Mexico Step 1: Dial the AT&T access code 1-800-462-4240
Step 2: Dial the Navex hotline 1-866-807-4448
Online Reporting Website https://argonautgoldinc.alertline.com/gcs/welcome

You can either identify yourself, or remain anonymous. What is important is that matters under the Code are reported. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to your supervisor or an executive within the Company, you are urged to utilize this Hotline or visit the reporting website. Argonaut considers the Code and related policies to be of the utmost importance. The Hotline and the Website are ways to be sure we are all doing our job to make sure the Code is upheld and enforced.

Complaints via the Hotline or reporting website will be directed initially to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Argonaut Gold or if the aforementioned person be a (potential) party to the complaint, the complaint will be directed to the Chief Financial Officer of Argonaut Gold for review and investigation. Reports concerning Code violations will be made to the Audit Committee by the Chief Financial Officer, no less frequently than at the quarterly Audit Committee meeting. More frequent reporting can be given at the specific request of the Audit Committee or should special circumstances require more frequent reporting. The Chair of the Compensation & Governance Committee will be responsible for making a summary update to the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis. 

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