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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Update on Lithium Assets in Australia

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY; “Cadence”) is delighted to provide an update on preliminary exploration work undertaken on three highly prospective lithium assets in Australia, which was announced on 4 March 2019. Furthermore, Cadence is pleased to confirm the completion of Stages 2 of this transaction which elevates its stake in the three lithium assets to 24% from 4%.

HIGHLIGHTS   

  • Over the past month, the geology consultant to our joint venture partner in Australia has progressed desktop reviews on the three lithium projects – Picasso (Western Australia – WA), Litchfield (Northern Territories – NT) and Alcoota (NT) – which uncovered the following salient points:
    • Picasso: at least 70 potentially mineralised surface pegmatites have been identified within the tenure, which is near Alliance Minerals’ (ASX: A40; SGX: 40F; “AMA”) high-profile operating Bald Hill Lithium Mine as well as Cowan Lithium and Liontown Resources (ASX: COW;  “COW” and ASX: LTR; “LTR”) advanced lithium projects.
    • As the preliminary work has unearthed some encouraging findings, the team intends to fast-track plans to mobilise to the Picasso site to commence assessing the potential of the pegmatites identified for incremental follow up work.
    • Litchfield: on 27 March 2019, neighbour Core Lithium (ASX: CXO; “CXO”) announced encouraging high-grade drill results – 76m @ 1.78% Li2O from 149m including 21m @ 2.06% Li2O from 202m – at its BP33 deposit (part of the Finniss project) which is 900m from Litchfield’s boundary.
    • CXO’s results confirm there are numerous high-grade spodumene orebodies present in the region, which significantly enhances potential exploration upside for the Litchfield project, especially the prospect of contiguous mineralisation.
    • Alcoota: as a result of interpreting satellite imagery from the site, we are confident that there are multiple lithium-rich surface pegmatites within the tenure that potentially connect to confirmed occurrences in adjacent tenures to the north-west and south east.
  • With all regulatory approvals finalised, Cadence will proceed to complete Stage 2 of the varied agreement with Lithium Technologies Pty Ltd (“LT”) and Lithium Supplies Pty Ltd (“LS”) which will lift its stake to 24% from 4%.

Kiran Morzaria, Chief Executive Officer, added: “Cadence’s geology consultant has moved swiftly over the past month to broaden the understanding of our newly acquired lithium assets in Australia, uncovering 70 potentially mineralised occurrences at the Picasso project and verifying there is a pegmatite continuum across the Alcoota tenure. Furthermore, Core Lithium’s recent drill assay results from its BP33 deposit, which are arguably among the highest in Australia in the past 12-months, clearly benefits Cadence’s Litchfield project given it is only 900m away.

These initial findings represent a highly encouraging start and clearly set the stage for an exciting exploration program to unfold over the balance of the year, as the geology consultancy moves quickly to develop these highly prospective lithium projects.”

 

PRELIMINARY EXPLORATION WORK

The geology consultant in Australia progressed desktop work on all three assets since the acquisition announcement on 4 March 2019, which unearthed the following new salient points that enhance the prospective features to varying degrees:  

Picasso project, WA

Further analysis of mapping data undertaken by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) and satellite imagery has highlighted at least 70 potentially mineralised pegmatites, which includes multiple GSWA mapped clusters, within the project’s boundary. This is an extremely encouraging quantitative start to the exploration program, as more pegmatites, including clusters, are expected to be uncovered in the southern portion of the tenure as GSWA potentially did not differentiate pegmatites in granitic terrane.

Combined, this data will be instrumental in refining targets for the inaugural site visit that will focus on expansive proprietary geological mapping and collecting rock-chip samples to test for elevated lithium levels. In turn, once this material is analysed, the geology consultants will be able to commence formulating priority targets for the inaugural drilling program. Interestingly, as the Picasso project is exclusively on unallocated Crown land, this dynamic facilitates the geology consultant expediting the exploration program.

Overall, with the Picasso project having similar geology to its neighbouring peers (AMA, LTR and Cowan Lithium), which have confirmed occurrences of pegmatites with lithium-bearing spodumene, it is highly prospective and delivers significant exploration upside. Moreover, the Picassso project is highly accessible, as it is 1km north of the sealed Eyre Highway which runs through Norseman, a regional hub for the mining industry, 50km west of the tenure. 

Litchfield project, NT

Further drilling at CXO’s BP33 deposit, which is 900m from the Litchfield project boundary, delivered more impressive high-grade results – 76m @ 1.78% Li2O from149m including 21m @ 2.06% Li2O from202m. Notably, according to CXO’s 27 March 2019 release, the latest intersection results “confirm the consistent, wide and high-grade nature of the spodumene pegmatite orebody at BP33” which is a key component of the Finniss project. Within the next few weeks, its is expected that CXO will be completing a Definitive Feasibility Study for the Finniss project, which we believe should materially enhance the exploration upside for Litchfield, given the potential for contiguous mineralisation.

Systematically reviewing information on the Northern Territory government’s STRIKE platform highlighted incremental encouraging results, with 35 mineral occurrences identified within 1-2km of the Litchfield project’s boundary. All CXO’s major deposits (including BP33), which comprise demonstrable mineral resources, are classified as pegmatite occurrences containing lithium, tin, niobium and tantalum. Importantly, the underlying geology and geophysical characteristics of the Litchfield project are very similar to CXO’s ground, which has been verified by magnetic and radiometric surveys. 

Leveraging the wealth of information available from CXO’s ground, the Litchfield project clearly delivers exciting upside potential. The next phase of the exploration program is to reconcile satellite imagery with known information and identify priority targets for the inaugural fieldwork, which will provide more clarity on the extent of mineralised pegmatites across the tenure. 

Alcoota project, NT 

Reconciling satellite imagery with known lithium-rich surface pegmatite occurrences to the north-west and south-east in contiguous tenures on opposite sides of the Alcoota project, potentially indicates a mineralised continuum zone through the tenure. Importantly, these occurrences have, for the most part, been recorded in the STRIKE system and verified in ASX announcements by Kingston Resources (ASX: KSN), which previously owned adjacent tenure that was then sold to private group, Lithium Plus. Moreover, the encouraging findings from the preliminary desktop review confirm the underlying geology within Lithium Plus’ ground is near identical to the Alcoota project.

As limited exploration was undertaken on the Alcoota project historically, there are several targets warranting further investigation that were identified by satellite imagery. Of these, a large target near the central southern boundary, that is clearly readily accessible, stands out as visually it closely mirrors lithium-rich pegmatites identified in neighbouring peers.

However, further work is required to finalise the desktop review which should provide full clarity on where the team should target when they commence follow up field work.  

Finalising desktops and expediting exploration program

Holistically, the geology consultant’s next focus is to finish off all the desktop studies then start planning the inaugural site visits and fieldwork. As the preliminary work has unearthed some encouraging findings, the team intends to fast-track plans to mobilise to the Picasso site to commence assessing the potential of the pegmatites identified for incremental follow up work. 

STAGE 2 Completion

With all regulatory approvals now finalised, Cadence will now acquire further 20% in of LT & LS increasing its equity stake in both to 24%. LT &LS own the Australian lithium assets. As per the announcement dated 4 March 2019 Cadence will issue 373,544,298 new ordinary shares to the founding shareholders of LT & LS.

Admission and Settlement

Application will be made for the admission to trading on the AIM market (“AIM”) of London Stock Exchange plc (“LSE”) of the Placing Shares (“Admission”). Admission is expected to occur on or around 16 April 2019. Following Admission, the Company will have 9,091,651,299 Ordinary Shares in issue. There are no shares held in treasury. The total voting rights in the Company is therefore 9,091,651,299 and Shareholders may use this figure as the denominator by which they are required to notify their interest in, or change to their interest in, the Company under the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc

+44 (0) 207 440 0647

Andrew Suckling

Kiran Morzaria

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

+44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

James Sinclair-Ford

Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 207 399 9400

Jon Belliss

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

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Cadence Minerals (KDNC) – European Metals (AIM: EMH) Cinovec Project Update – Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide Sample Produced – Clarification on Test Work Process.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the update published today by European Metals Holdings Limited (“European Metals” or “EMH”), providing further clarification for the outcomes from a recently completed engineering assessment of the flowsheet and subsequent testwork aimed at demonstrating the ability to produce lithium hydroxide from Cinovec Project ore.  The move by the company to develop a process for the production of lithium hydroxide from the Cinovec project is in response to market forces that continue to move Czech and European manufacturers towards the production of advanced technology batteries.

Highlights:

  • Flowsheet successfully developed and tested for the production of lithium hydroxide from Cinovec ore.
  • A potential production rate in excess of 25,000 t/a lithium hydroxide has been demonstrated to be possible utilising a robust process route proven in the lithium production sector.
  • A formal update of the project PFS reflecting the production of lithium hydroxide is underway and will be completed within the next 6 weeks.

The result of the testwork was the production of a sample of battery grade lithium hydroxide.  The work concentrated on the grade of product produced and not recovery rates. The total amount of product produced was below 10 grams.  

The data is now being used as the foundation for an update of the EMH PFS such that the final product from the process will be battery grade lithium hydroxide with the option to produce battery grade lithium carbonate should the market support both products.  The relevant flowsheets will be available upon completion of this engineering work.

Cadence holds approximately 19.1 percent of the equity in European Metals, which, through its wholly owned Subsidiary, Geomet s.r.o., controls the mineral exploration licenses awarded by the Czech State over Cinovec.

The full release can be found at:  https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/EMH/14032382.html

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling  
Kiran Morzaria  
   
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce  
James Sinclair-Ford  
   
Hannam & Partners LLP (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 907 8500
Neil Passmore  
Giles Fitzpatrick  
   
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

 

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Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) Announces US$6m Financing to Complete Moonshine Magnetite and Ularring Hematite Iron Ore Bankable Feasibility Study.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (“Macarthur”) has announced the issuance of a private placement offering (the “Offering”) of up to US$6 million of secured Convertible Note (“Note”).

The proceeds from the offering will be used to complete a Bankable Feasibility Study (“BFS”) on Macarthur’s Moonshine Magnetite and Ularring Hematite iron ore deposits in Western Australia. The BFS will include a 54-hole drill program.

Macarthur owns 100% of the Moonshine Magnetite Project, with an Inferred and Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate consisting of 1,316 million tonnes (Mt) @ 30.1% Iron (Fe). Initial metallurgical test work from core at Moonshine indicated that a very high-grade iron ore product ranging from 68.5%-69.1% Fe, can be achieved as an export quality target.

The Inferred Mineral Resource estimate for the Moonshine Magnetite Project was initially prepared by CSA Global Pty Ltd (NI43-101 Technical Report filed December 17, 2009, titled “NI43-101 Technical Report on Lake Giles Iron Ore Project: Western Australia”) and was updated by Snowden Mining Industry Consultants (NI43-101 Technical Report filed March 25, 2011, titled “Macarthur Minerals Limited: Moonshine and Moonshine North Prospects, Lake Giles Iron Project, Western Australia, NI43-101 Technical Report – Preliminary Assessment”).

Macarthur also owns the Ularring Hematite Project, with a Mineral Resource Estimate consisting of Indicated 54.46 Mt @ 47.2% Fe and Inferred 25.99Mt @ 45.4% Fe, previously announced on August 16, 2012 (NI 43-101 Technical Report filed October 1, 2012, titled “NI 43-101 Report, Macarthur Minerals Limited, Pre-Feasibility Study, Ularring Hematite Project, Western Australia”). The Pre-feasibility Study focused on utilising all Probable Mineral Reserve of 42.95Mt @ 47% Fe hematite, producing a 60.1% Fe sinter fines product.

Cadence holds approximately 10% of the issued equity interest in Macarthur, which is an Australian mining exploration company focused primarily on iron ore, nickel, lithium and gold in Western Australia. It also has a lithium project in Nevada, USA.

The full release can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=6810804576807869&qm_symbol=MMS

Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “As a major shareholder in the Company, Cadence Minerals are delighted that Macarthur Minerals has seized the initiative to progress the Moonshine Magnetite and Ularring Hematite Iron Ore projects with a US$6m offering. Existing data indicates solid potential for a quality iron ore product at both projects.” 

“To quote Macarthur CEO Cameron McCall: ‘what makes this project unique is the close proximity to existing under-utilized rail and port infrastructure. The recent disruption in supply in the iron ore market creates a market that is seeking high grade low impurity products, and the Moonshine Magnetite product is ideally suited to fill this supply void and to meet this shift in product preference by the major Chinese and global markets.’ In summary, we at Cadence believe that securing funding at this juncture further strengthens the Macarthur investment proposition.”

This news release is not for distribution to United States Services or for Dissemination in the United States.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
James Sinclair-Ford
Hannam & Partners LLP (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 907 8500
Neil Passmore
Giles Fitzpatrick
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Oversold lithium could be about to rally – Mining.com

It’s been a decade of lows for commodities after posting 7 declines in 11 years, but we’ve seriously underestimated lithium. It’s back with a vengeance in 2019.

The commodities market endured yet another annus horribilis, with just four commodities—natural gas, uranium, cocoa and wheat—recording any uptick at all. Last year’s 12 percent slide by the Bloomberg Commodity Index–spurred by 20 percent-plus declines by industrial bellwethers like West Texas Intermediate crude, steel and platinum—came in the wake of two years of modest gains.

So far, there is no clear data or evidence that that the lithium demand narrative is about to slowdown, let alone reverse on the contrary, certain emerging trends in the industry suggest just the opposite

Viewed against that kind of backdrop, lithium’s 50 percent correction that snapped a multi-year winning streak appears less vicious. It’s important to remember that prior to the crash, lithium had enjoyed a meteoric rise with prices doubling since the beginning of 2016 and nearly quadrupling over the past decade. The fact that much of the rally coincided with a sharp rise in the value of the U.S. dollar makes it all the more remarkable.

Investing in the commodity market can be a roller-coaster ride; what with the incessant boom-and-bust cycles driven by the ebb and flow in infrastructural spending, production ramps/cutbacks and stockpiling/destocking supplies. And just like other financial markets, trader sentiment plays a big role in determining trajectories.

Unfortunately, it’s the latter scenario that took center-stage during last year’s lithium crash. A furor around anticipated new supply especially from China’s new hard-rock projects and Chilean brine mines got out whack and derailed the market.

 

Tsunami of Oversupply?

The situation was not helped by Wall Street punters sounding the alarm over the dangers of oversupply …

Shares of major lithium producers and explorers including Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (NYSE:SQM), Albemarle Corp. (NYSE:ALB) and Orocobre Ltd (ASX:ORE) received a severe hammering in March after Morgan Stanley forecast that Chilean low cost brine producers could add as much as 200kt per year by 2025, while expansion of China’s and Australia’s hard-rock mines could pump in another half a million metric tonnes over the timeframe. That’s certainly a massive production ramp-up considering that global production in 2017 totaled just over 200kt.

In August, Macquarie Research provided the final straw after chiming in with a warning that the market was “sleepwalking into a tsunami of oversupply.”

The report put the final nail in the coffin of the decade-long lithium rally– Fastmarkets reckons that prices for battery-grade lithium carbonate in China, by far the world’s largest consumer of high-grade lithium carbonate, tumbled 50.31 percent last year to 75,000-83,000 ($10,885-12,046) yuan per tonne from 158,000-160,000 ($22,932-23,222) yuan per tonne the previous year, as demand waned.

But maybe the bear camp rushed their fences this time…

While it’s undeniable that the carnage managed to exceed even Morgan Stanley’s decidedly pessimistic outlook for global lithium prices to drop 45 percent by 2021, the fundamentals suggest that the selloff was greatly overdone and such low prices cannot be justified by simple market forces of supply and demand.

According to London-based Benchmark Minerals Intelligence senior analyst Andrew Miller, the disconnect between lithium prices and the demand side of the equation has never been bigger.

Reality check

A cross-section of materials experts have raised eyebrows at the negative assessment, criticizing the investment analysts for underestimating the rise in lithium demand and the complex nature of lithium mining and production ramps. According to them, both MS and Macquarie failed to account for just how big the gap between supply forecast and actual production can be.

And, they might be spot on.

Supply expansions in 2018 came in much lower than predicted and the tsunami of oversupply forecast by the likes of Macquarie Research proved to be little more than changing tides in the lithium supply chain.

A good case in point is Brisbane-based Orocobre, which has become the poster child for just how challenging new brine mining can be. The company’s Salar de Olaroz project in Argentina took seven years to hit its stride but still came up short of production targets. Meanwhile, run-ins with the courts and regulators coupled with mutual accusations of license violations facing Chile’s lithium giants SQM and Albemarle at their Atacama brine projects further reinforce this point.

The screenshot below from Orocobre’s investor slide presentation is a sobering reminder to this reality.

In terms of feedstock supply, SQM and Albemarle had laid out plans for increased production rates. But as is often the case with brine evaporation, the process has been hindered by seemingly endless production delays. SQM hit technical obstacles at its new brine conversion facilities that delayed its target capacity of 70,000 tpa LCE by end of 2018 while Albemarle continues to struggle to achieve full capacity at La Negra II.

The situation has not been much better in China—the ultimate lynchpin to the lithium bear thesis. Many Chinese brine producers in the Qinghai region had outlined plans to triple or quadruple capacities over the coming 3-4 years. A visit by Benchmark Minerals to these operations, however, has painted a dire picture—the technical challenges related to high magnesium concentrations in the region are nowhere near being comprehensively overcome. Across Qinghai’s 10 producers, only an additional 5,000-10,000 tonnes of lithium product found its way to the market, majority of which failed to reach technical grade specifications. This, in effect, means that much of what came online from the region was either reprocessed thus adding to costs or converted to lithium hydroxide in a bid to meet growing demand for nickel-rich cathode technologies.

Although tight credit in China forced some lithium buyers to destock and contributed to the glut, the predicted huge oversupply failed to materialize. Around mid-September, analysts at CRU estimated lithium surplus for 2018 at a relatively mild 22,000 tonnes against a demand of 277,000 tonnes.’

2019: A transition year

So far, there is no clear data or evidence that that the lithium demand narrative is about to slowdown, let alone reverse. On the contrary, certain emerging trends in the industry suggest just the opposite.

The biggest near-term driver for lithium demand is the NCM trend. The shift towards cathodes that use huge amounts of lithium hydroxide is already underway, something that is expected to trigger a huge NCM (nickel-cobalt-manganese) ramp up. Benchmark Minerals estimates that 44 percent of mega-and-giga-factories will use lithium as a raw material by 2028 translating into 534,000 tonnes of additional demand.

That projection seems to resonate with Elon Musk’s ambitious target to build 20 gigafactories across the globe over the next decade. Miller sees 2019 as the tipping point where demand will eventually outstrip supply starting 2020.

Meanwhile, Roskill has predicted that the shift to higher-nickel-cathode materials will push many lithium producers to favor production of lithium hydroxide over lithium carbonate thus taking some pressure off the lithium carbonate supply side. The firm has forecast lithium demand to expand by a brisk 21 percent annual clip between 2018 and 2025 with demand expected to grow 13.5 percent in the current year.

But, of course, no lithium bull thesis would be complete without the EV angle.

Currently, the EV market accounts for about 47 percent of global lithium demand. That, however, is expected to drastically change as EV penetration rates coupled with the ongoing trend of electric vehicles using larger battery packs that yield longer ranges leading to electric mobility gobbling up 83 percent of lithium supply a by 2027.

Fastmarkets has predicted EV penetration to hit 15 percent by 2025 from 2 percent currently. EV demand has actually been beating estimates and is constantly being revised upwards to reflect this. The EV explosion is expected to drive a nearly six-fold increase in lithium demand for the forecast period.

 

Key lithium trends to watch in 2019 and beyond

  • Lithium carbonate prices will steady in 2019 before picking up steam starting 2020
  • Lithium hydroxide prices could soften a little bit after remaining resilient in 2018
  • China will become less important as a global price trend driver as demand rapidly builds up in other key markets

Miller advises investors to keep an eye on new spodumene production, particularly how quickly it can be integrated into the chemical and converter supply chain and turned into either lithium carbonate or hydroxide. A slower ramp is likely to lead to supply constraints and raise prices and vice-versa.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC) BRR Media interview and Australia Lithium assets presentation

BRR Media interview

Kiran Morzaria, CEO of Cadence Minerals discusses the company’s latest Australia lithium asset accessions on BRR Media. Listen to the interview here.

Acquisition of Lithium Assets in Australia presentation slides

Link to view the full Lithium Assets Australia pdf presentation – Acquistion KDNC – March2019

 

Cadence Minerals Plc (KDNC) Acquisition of Lithium Assets in Australia

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY; “Cadence”) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire three highly prospective assets in Australia that are in regions with proven high-grade lithium mineralisation. The mechanism to facilitate this acquisition is via varying binding investment agreements in place with Lithium Technologies Pty Ltd (“LT”) and Lithium Supplies Pty Ltd (“LS”) that Cadence entered on 11 December 2017 to acquire up to 100% of six prospective hard rock lithium assets in Argentina.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Varying the agreements with LT & LS delivers Cadence with the opportunity to immediately start developing three highly prospective lithium projects in Australia, while still retaining Cadence’s exposure to the six assets in Argentina.
  • The acquisition covers three projects – Picasso (Western Australia – WA), Litchfield (Northern Territories – NT) and Alcoota (NT) – that are located  in regions with proven lithium mineralisation and supportive mining infrastructure
  • The Picasso project (license granted) is near Alliance Mineral Assets’ (ASX: A40; SGX: 40F; “AMA”) high-profile Bald Hill Mine in WA (note: AMA recently completed a 50:50 A$400m+ merger with delisted Tawawa Resources [ASX: TAW] & raised $40M to develop the  asset base)
  • Demonstrating exploration upside for Picasso, the Bald Hill Mine is producing a spodumene concentrate and has a JORC (2012) compliant mineral resource of 26.5Mt @ 0.96% Li2O; probable ore reserves at 11.3Mt @ 1.01% Li2O
  • The Litchfield project (license granted), located near Darwin (NT), is contiguous to Core Lithium’s (ASX: CXO) ground and has a JORC compliant mineral resource of 8.55Mt @ 1.33% Li2O for its Finnis project (for all six deposits)
  • Finally, the Alcoota project (license to be-granted) is circa 145km NE of Alice Springs (NT) and has seen comparatively limited exploration, though significant geochemistry samples from 10km south of the project returned assays of 10.2% & 9.6% Li2O , with evidence suggesting there is a pegmatite zone within tenure prospective for lithium mineralisation

Kiran Morzaria, Chief Executive Officer, added:

“The Board is delighted with this variation agreement since it will enable the exploration team in Australia to commence work immediately on developing prime lithium assets, starting with the Picasso project in Western Australia. Alliance Mineral Assets’ recently raised AU$ 40 million to develop its lithium assets in the region, including its high-profile Bald Hill Mine, which located as it is nearby to Picasso, underlines the opportunity and potential upside for Cadence 

More importantly, this transaction is strategically beneficial as the Australian projects were acquired without any material variation to the monetary value of the acquisition agreed over the six Argentina assets. At a stroke, this delivers Cadence three additional opportunities to create incremental value for shareholders while continuing to progress the highly prospective Argentina assets.”

OVERVIEW OF NEW AUSTRALIAN LITHIUM ASSETS

A more detailed summary of the key salient points for each of the lithium assets follows:

Picasso project, WA

The Picasso project is located 50km from the city of Norseman, which connects via rail to the southern Port of Esperance. Moreover, it is circa 40km south of the newly formed Alliance Mineral Assets’ (AMA) high-profile Bald Hill Mine. This region is well known for high-grade lithium mineralisation, with the formation of AMA (via a AU$400 million merger with now delisted Tawana Resources and AU$40 million in fresh exploration funding) providing demonstratable evidence.

Picasso’s proximity to the Bald Hill Mine (which commenced producing lithium spodumene concentrate in March 2018) is a significant positive feature since it is a high-grade economically viable deposit:

Ø The JORC (2012) compliant total mineral resource is 26.5Mt @ 0.96% Li2O (255.2k contained tonnes) & 149ppm Ta2O5 (8,600lbs contained); and;

Ø Probable ore reserves of 11.3Mt @ 1.01% Li2O (114.1kt contained) & 160ppm Ta2O5 (4,000lbs contained)

Further, demonstrating the region’s potential, Liontown Resources’ (ASX: LTR) latest drilling program (15km south of Picasso) has intersected excellent lithium mineralisation at its two projects: Buldania (41m @ 1.0% Li2O and 35m @ 1.2% Li2O) and Killaloe (58m @ 1.2% Li2O).

The Picasso project’s geology is very similar to occurrences in AMA’s and Liontown Resources’ ground, both of which both have proven lithium mineralisation. Specifically, the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has mapped granitic pegmatites (which typically host lithium-bearing minerals such as spodumene) within the tenure.

Encouragingly, based on analysing GSWA maps, there are more outcropping granite units and mapped pegmatites in the Picasso project than AMA’s ground. Furthermore, significant weathering has potentially restricted identifying many more pegmatites at the surface, which demonstrates further exploration upside.

Litchfield project, NT

The Litchfield project is close to Darwin Port and supportive mining infrastructure but in a region considered mineral rich, yet materially under-explored. Litchfield is located in the Bynoe pegmatite field, which is known to host lithium mineralisation.

A huge positive for the Litchfield project is its proximity to its, Core Lithium, which has five demonstratable spodumene lithium deposits within 1-2km of the north-west boundary. These deposits, collectively called the Finniss project, have a JORC (2012) compliant total mineral resource of 7.25Mt @ 1.41% Li2O (excludes Sandras deposit further south).

Of these, the BP33 deposit, which is over 140m deep and 20-40m wide, has produced some spectacular intersections across several drill-holes:

  • 75m @ 1.68 % Li2O including 55m @ 1.97% Li2O
  • 36m @ 1.61% Li2O including 14m @ 2.05% Li2O
  • 49m @ 1.02% Li2O

Interestingly, a closer examination of satellite imagery along the western boundary confirms the geology is comparable, highlighting the prospect of contiguous mineralisation. Notably, this shows within the Litchfield project that there is high potential for lithium pegmatite bodies to be apparent.

While negligible exploration for lithium has been undertaken in the Litchfield project (explaining a dearth of drilling & geochemical results), the exploration upside is significant given Core Lithium has produced some of the best intercepts in Australia.

Alcoota project, NT

The Alcoota project is circa 145km NE of Alice Springs but has seen limited lithium exploration. However, recent rock chip samples indicate there is strong potential to uncover high-grade spodumene mineralisation. Notably, Northern Cobalt (ASX: N27), which has several projects in the region targeting lithium mineralisation, identified a new zone of pegmatites 12km long by up to 2km wide that extends into the Alcoota project from the SE boundary. Furthermore, directly 10km south in the adjacent tenure, assay results for rock chip samples returned respective grades up to 10.2% & 9.6% Li2O.

Overall, with granites and related pegmatite-intruded schist units extending into the Alcoota project (from the south), it explains why analogous lithium mineralisation is highly likely apparent.

Priority exploration targets

The geology team have already identified priority and secondary targets for exploration within each of the projects. Further, as the Picasso and Litchfield projects are already granted, the immediate focus will be to expedite updating desktop reviews and commence field trips for surface sampling and assay, followed by a ranking of priority drilling targets.

Details of the Transactions

Cadence has agreed a variation to the agreements with LT and LS. As previously announced (click here), Cadence can acquire 100% of Lithium Technologies Pty Ltd and Lithium Supplies Pty.

The variation will result in LT & LS acquiring between them 100% of Synergy Prospecting Ltd (“Synergy”), which owns the three lithium projects in Australia. As two of Synergy’s assets are granted, Cadence has agreed to move forward with increasing is ownership in LT & LS form 4% to 31.5% via:

  • Issuing 373,544,298 million Cadence shares to the founding shareholders of LT & LS valued at £400,000 (based on 14-day VWAP of £0.0107) to acquire a further 20% stake, which is in line with the terms of the original agreements; and
  •  £300,000 to earn an incremental 7.5% stake, with the funds earmarked to commence developing Synergy’s lithium assets in Australia.

The result of the variation would mean no change to the £ consideration to be paid for of LS and LT, however additional shares would be issued as a result of the change in the share price in Cadence between November 2017 and March 2019.

The principle terms for the acquisition for up to 100% of LT and LS is now as follows.

Stage

Ownership %

Total Ownership %

Total Consideration or the Acquisition of Lithium Technologies Pty Ltd & Lithium Supplies Pty Ltd

Purpose

Status

Cash Earn In £

Share Consideration Value £

Shares

Stage 1

4%

4%

100,000

Earn-in early non-invasive exploration (pre -exploration permits being granted)

Completed

Stage 2

20%

24%

400,000

373,544,298

On grant of exploration permits – acquisition of Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies shares

To be completed on Cadence payment of shares

Stage 3

7.50%

31.5%

300,000

Earn – in on commencement of exploration works after grant exploration permits

To be completed on Cadence earn-in expenditure

Stage 4

17.50%

49%

700,000

Earn – In on identification of suitable drill targets

Stage 5

51%

100%

1,750,000

1,634,256,305

1-year option to acquire all the outstanding share capital of Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies

Total

1,100,000

2,150,000

2,007,800,603

The exploration team in Argentina continues to progress developing the assets and working with the regulator towards securing approval to scale up the exploration program, then formulate the inaugural drilling campaign.

 

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc

+44 (0) 207 440 0647

Andrew Suckling

Kiran Morzaria

WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)

+44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

James Sinclair-Ford

Hannam & Partners LLP (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 207 907 8500

Neil Passmore

Giles Fitzpatrick

Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 207 399 9400

Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

 

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Cadence Minerals Plc (KDNC) – European Metals (AIM: EMH) Cinovec Drill Programme Update.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the Cinovec Project drilling results published today by European Metals Holdings Limited (“European Metals” or “EMH”). Initial results from its current eight core-hole resource drilling programme announced by the Company on 5 November 2018 confirms that drilling of five of the eight holes has been completed.  Drilling activities remain suspended and will resume after the end of the snow season. Analytical results for the fifth of the drill holes from the Cinovec South deposit are reported.

Key Points:

  • Hole CIS-14 returned 67m averaging 0.43% Li2O (incl. 3m @ 0.99% Li2O and 0.18% Sn); 8m @ 0.67% Li2O and 0.20% Sn (incl. 4.15m @ 1.00% Li2O and 0.35% Sn); 8m @ 0.21% Sn, 4m @ 0.39% Sn; and 3m @ 0.20% Sn.

The drill hole results are very similar to predictions from European Metals’ current geological model, again demonstrating the quality and robustness of the geological and resource model.

Lithological intervals, incl. rhyolite / granite contact and zones of alteration, were intersected where predicted with a high level of accuracy. Also, the Li, Sn and W grades measured corresponded to the block model.

Cadence holds approximately 19.1 percent of the equity in European Metals, which, through its wholly owned Subsidiary, Geomet s.r.o., controls the mineral exploration licenses awarded by the Czech State over Cinovec.

The full release can be found at: https://www.londonstockexchange.com/exchange/news/market-news/market-news-detail/EMH/13984412.html

Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “Once again Cadence are pleased to note the progress made by CEO Keith Coughlan and the European Metals team at the Cinovec lithium and tin project drilling programme. As Keith points out in the EMH announcement, the drilling results have either been in line with, or exceeded expectations set out by the geological and resource model, so we now look forward to the impact of these results on the project economics over the next few weeks.”

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling  
Kiran Morzaria  
   
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker) +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce  
James Sinclair-Ford  
   
Hannam & Partners LLP (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 907 8500
Neil Passmore  
Giles Fitzpatrick  
   
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker) +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

 

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ‘‘believe’’ ‘‘could’’ “should” ‘‘envisage’’ ‘‘estimate’’ ‘‘intend’’ ‘‘may’’ ‘‘plan’’ ‘‘will’’ or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

Lithium Market Cheers as Top Supplier Sees Demand Driving Higher

  • Albemarle calms concerns about oversupply, weak Chinese demand

  •  Albemarle reported better-than-expected quarterly results
The world’s largest producer of lithium calmed investor fears of oversupply and slower Chinese demand for the mineral used to power electric vehicles, sending shares surging across the industry.Albemarle Corp.’s fourth-quarter earnings topped analysts’ estimates, and it expects global lithium demand to grow 21 percent annually, with the market remaining tight for years as manufacturing of electric cars and large-scale batteries soars. The company’s stock rose the most in almost three years on Thursday.

 The outlook comes little over a week after shares across the industry sold off as producer Livent Corp. reporteddisappointing results and said customers in China were delaying purchases. Albemarle said it sees no evidence of a slowdown, with sales of new-energy vehicles doubling in China last year and indications that demand for electric cars will continue to benefit from government incentive programs in the Asian nation.

Albemarle’s 2019 outlook helps calm investor fears of lower lithium prices from an oversupplied market, James Sheehan, an analyst at Suntrust Robinson Humphrey, said in a note. A 4 percent gain in prices in the fourth quarter, “supports our thesis that Albemarle can maintain stable pricing.”

Albemarle’s stock rose as much as 11 percent, the biggest intraday gain since May 2016. It was the best performer on the S&P 500 Index on Thursday. Santiago-based Soc. Quimica y Minera de Chile SA, the world’s second-largest producer, rose 2.4 percent for a second consecutive gain. Shares of Tianqi Lithium Corp., the third-largest, posted their highest closing price this year.

Concentrated Market – Three companies control over half of lithium supply

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Albemarle, which produces about a third of the world’s lithium, expects prices to remain flat or to increase this year. Prices for lithium carbonate, the most common form of the mineral, have fallen from historic highs, but still remain more than double the level of four years ago, according to monthly data by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.

Global sales of electric vehicles soared 98 percent during the fourth quarter, Albemarle Chief Financial Officer Scott Tozier said Thursday on a conference call with analysts. The number of available plug-in hybrids and battery-electric models announced by automakers for 2021 has grown by almost 40 percent since mid-2017. As a result, demand for lithium carbonate equivalent will be about 475,000 tons by 2021 and 1 million tons by 2025, he said.

Large producers such as Albemarle, SQM and Tianqi will continue to dominate a space that might look oversupplied this year as new capacity comes in, Albemarle Chief Executive Officer Luke Kissam told analysts during the call. With new technologies demanding more lithium, the market will remain tight in coming years, he said.

“The momentum around electric vehicles has continued to accelerate,” Tozier said. “The demand curve has shifted higher and steepened,” he said, referring to lithium.

Cadence Minerals (KDNC): Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) Lists on OTCQB and Comments on Iron Ore Price Surge.

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (“Macarthur”) today announced that it has joined the OTC marketplace, OTCQB. The OTCQB Venture Market offers the benefits of being publicly traded in the United States to expand Macarthur’s access to investors, engage them with quality disclosure of financials and provide trading transparency to stimulate liquidity. Investors can find current financial disclosure and Real-Time level 2 quote for Macarthur on www.otcmarkets.com. Macarthur trades in the United States on OTCQB under the symbol “MMSDF”.


Cameron McCall, Chairman of Macarthur Minerals. Mr. McCall said:

 “Global Markets have recently seen iron ore prices surge dramatically on the reduced supply as a result of the shutdowns and disasters that have occurred in Brazil, a leading producer of Iron Ore. states aWith continued demand and a significant supply reduction Macarthur is well positioned to advance the Ularring Hematite and Moonshine Magnetite Projects located 175km northwest of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia into production in a timely manner.”

The full release can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=7965805934807637&qm_symbol=MMS

Cadence holds approximately 10% of the issued equity interest in Macarthur, which is an Australian mining exploration company focused primarily on iron ore, nickel, lithium and gold in Western Australia. It also has a lithium project in Nevada, USA.

Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “On behalf of Cadence Minerals, we fully support the move by Macarthur to list on the OTCQB and thereby expand its investor reach. In addition, the reduction in iron ore supply and consequential surge in price further strengthens the Macarthur investment proposition.”

This news release is not for distribution to United States Services or for Dissemination in the United States. 

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                    +44 (0) 207 440 0647
Andrew Suckling  
Kiran Morzaria  
   
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce  
James Sinclair-Ford  
   
Hannam & Partners LLP (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 907 8500
Neil Passmore  
Giles Fitzpatrick  
   
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss  

 

 

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

  

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ”believe” ”could” “should” ”envisage” ”estimate” ”intend” ”may” ”plan” ”will” or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

 

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