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Tertiary Minerals (TYM)

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Tertiary Minerals plc (TYM) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company building a significant strategic position in the fluorspar sector.

Fluorspar is an essential raw material in the chemical, steel and aluminium industries and Tertiary controls two significant Scandinavian projects (Storuman in Sweden and Lassedalen in Norway) and a large deposit of strategic significance in Nevada USA (MB Project).

A European Commission report has named fluorspar as one of its 20 ‘critical mineral raw materials’ for which a predicted supply shortage would represent a substantial economic threat.

The fluorspar market is going through a ‘paradigm shift’ – with China evolving from a large net exporter to a potential net importer. Tertiary Minerals plc is one of a limited number of listed companies offering exposure to looming fluorspar market shortage.

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TYM1Tertiary Minerals plc (TYM) aim is to add value to the Group’s mineral projects through the discovery of mineral resources and to become a reliable long-term and competitive supplier of fluorspar to world markets.

The strategy is to acquire and develop large fluorspar deposits located to established infrastructure and markets in stable, democratic and mining friendly jurisdictions.

Large deposits are essential to support a long mine life and to provide for future expansion. Proximity to infrastructure is critical for the development of industrial mineral deposits as they tend to be niche developments that do not stand substantial infrastructure costs. Transport costs can be a significant part of the costs of fluorspar delivered to a customer and so proximity to markets is important, especially in periods of low prices and so the Company has deliberately sought out projects close to the major markets in Europe and North America.

Mineral development is a high-risk business and as a result Tertiary seeks projects in countries with low levels of corruption and political risk. This helps satisfy the Company’s potential customers’ needs to demonstrate that their fluorspar raw materials are ethically sourced with minimum chance of political interference or supply disruption.

Business Model

The Group’s business model has established it as a successful, efficient and low costs explorer. The Company identifies mineral project opportunities through internal research and prefers to acquire its interests by licence of “open ground” from the relevant authority. This allows Tertiary to acquire 100% ownership of valuable assets often at minimal cost – as was originally the case for the Storuman and Lassedalen projects. In other cases, rights are negotiated rights from existing owners for initially low periodic payments that rise over time as confidence in the project value increases – as is the case for the recently acquired MB project in Nevada USA.

The Group seeks to run the Company with a low cost base in order to maximise the amount that can be spent on exploration and development as this is where value can be added. The Company has 5 full time employees including the two executive directors who work with and oversee a range of carefully selected and experienced consultants and contractors as and when work requires.

The administration costs are reduced through a management agreement with Sunrise Resources, where Tertiary is a substantial shareholder (as defined under the AIM Rules), and whereby Sunrise Resources share Tertiary’s office costs and staff costs.

The Company’s activities are financed through periodic capital raisings, through placings and other innovative equity based financial instruments. As the projects become more advanced the Board aims to secure at least some project funding from future customers via production sharing and other marketing arrangements should fluorspar supplies from traditional Chinese suppliers become harder to obtain.

Visit the Tertiary Minerals website here

Below, Tertiary Minerals MD Richard Clemmey is interviewed by Alan Green on TipTV.


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