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The ECR Minerals investment case keeps growing as gold continues to shine in Australia – Harry Dacres-Dixon

ECR Minerals investment case keeps growing as gold continues to shine in Australia

by Harry Dacres-Dixon

  • Gold prices on the up
  • Australia breaks production record
  • ECR Minerals promising portfolio
  • New Non-Exec Director to strengthen ECR board
  • A quality portfolio in a first world operating environment

Gold hits March high

Gold has extended its price gains for March, hitting $1,322.48(XAU/USD) at the end of Monday, it’s highest price since February 28th. This growth reflects safe haven demand as investors hedge against worsening global market conditions as a result of creeping concerns over an economic recession in the US, the continued contraction of the German manufacturing sector and the ongoing Brexit saga.

Gold started 2019 strongly, rising above $1,340 on the 19th of February, before prices temporarily crashed down to $1,292 on the 1st of March. The yellow metal has since gone on to shine again, last week posting its third consecutive weekly gain. No real surprise for some though: these returns are simply in line with numerous bullish forecasts for 2019.

Asset management firm Altana Wealth wrote in a note to clients; “We are entering a period of high uncertainty for fundamentals and risk assets and if this were to heighten further, gold could break out substantially, helped by safe-haven flows, lower yields and expectations of a possible return to quantitative easing,” (Reuters).

INTL FCStone analyst wrote; “The dollar has been a bit weaker along with equities. A lot of macro numbers we have been getting have been deteriorating sharply. Central banks, which are already dovish, will be more dovish, which is good for gold,” (Reuters).

Meanwhile Business Insider revealed that central banks have bought more gold than at any time since the end of World War II, as the commodity becomes an increasingly valuable hedge against growing global instability.

2019 set be a record breaker for Australian gold production?

Australia’s gold production hit a record high of 317 tonnes in 2018, according to gold consultancy firm Surbiton Associates who valued the production at A$17.3 billion at the average spot price.

The previous record of 314.5t was set back in 1997. But with 2019 set to be another big year for Australian production, we may not be waiting long for a new record number.

While global gold production in 2019 is expected to be stable, outputs in Australia-Oceania, Europe and Africa are expected to rise.

New Australian production in 2019 is expected to come from a number of projects, including Gold Fields and Gold Road Resources new 300,000oz per annum Gruyere mine in Western Australia and Kirkland Lake Gold’s Fosterville mine in Victoria, which is en-route to a record year of around 600,000oz of gold production for 2019 (Mining Journal);

Australian gold miners have also benefited from the twin effect of rising gold prices and falling value of the Australian dollar. Evolution Mining, Northern Star Resources and Newcrest Mining have also seen their share prices pushed higher (Forbes).

Australia’s biggest gold producer, Newcrest Mining, revealed last month that it had raised its ‘underlying profit in the six months to December 31st by 104% to $168 million ($A237 million) thanks to a 6% increase in gold production and a 13% reduction in costs’ (Forbes).

ECR Minerals quality portfolio

Another company making moves in Australia is AIM listed precious metals exploration and development company ECR Minerals (AIM:ECR).

Focusing their attention on the Central Victorian Goldfields and the Yilgarn Craton in Western Australia, ECR have amassed a growing portfolio, which has not gone unnoticed by the mining industry and investing community, particularly following the appointment this month of Australian mining industry veteran Sam Garrett to the board.

Following oversubscribed fundraising initiatives in 2018, coupled with expected R&D rebates from the Australian government, cash balances are strong and see ECR fully funded through to Q2 2020.

Central Victoria Projects

ECR currently holds five highly prospective projects located geologically within the major orogenic Lachlan Fold Belt in the historically prolific Central Victoria region.

These are Avoca (EL5387) and Bailieston (EL5433) held since 2016; Timor (EL006278) and Moormbool (EL006280) since 2017; and Creswick (EL006184) since early 2018. ECR also applied for three additional tenements around Bailieston and one near Creswick at the end of 2018.

ECR’s Victoria projects are sited close to mines and projects owned by some of the largest gold producers in the world. Fosterville, Australia’s fifth largest gold producer is located just 50km to the west of the Bailieston project, while Newmont Mining has applied for a mining license on ground adjacent to ECR’s Bailieston project.

Drilling Announcements

In Q1 2019, ECR currently has two ongoing drilling campaigns across three prospects in the Victoria region.

The company announced on the 28th of February that a combined 2,461 metres of reverse circulation drilling had been completed in less than a month at the Creswick and Bailieston Blue Moon prospect.

Subsequently high grade gold assay results were reported from the Blue Moon prospect at the Bailieston gold project. Significant intersections reported include 2 metres @ 17.87 g/t gold from 57 metres down hole in BBM007 within a zone of 15 metres at 3.81 g/t gold from 51 metres.

ECR CEO Craig Brown commented: “These results quantify the field geologists’ assessment of visible gold at Blue Moon during drilling of BBM007 and provide great encouragement for the Company and the Bailieston gold project

To achieve an intersection of 17.87g/t gold over 2 metres is notable. But also of significance is that this was part of an intersection of 15 metres at 3.81g/t gold from relatively shallow depth”

ECR also announced on the 4th March that an additional 250 meters of rotary air blast drilling had been completed at the Company’s Black Cat prospect in the Bailieston project area. The 10 target holes were drilled immediately south of territory included in the Newmont Mining license application.

ECR expands Windidda gold project, WA

Despite the high profile nature of their Victoria projects, ECR have remained both ambitious and strategic in their exploration plans. The company announced at the beginning of January that it had applied for 9 new exploration licences covering approximately 1600 km2 in the Yilgarn region, Western Australia.

At the time, Craig Brown said he expected the license applications to be approved within the next three to six months.

The Yilgarn Craton geology is extensively documented. The region is known to host around 30% of the world’s known gold reserves and produces two-thirds of all gold mined in Australia. Unsurprisingly the area attracts more than half of Australia’s minerals exploration expenditure.

As such, ECR have been very lucky to pick up such prospective potential undercover greenstone acreage, in one of the world’s most productive gold provinces.

Sam Garrett ECR’s new Non-Exec Director commented; “This is one of the great provinces of the world and as a consequence the ground position is pretty much flooded, it’s almost impossible to acquire ground.”

New Non-Exec Director to strengthen ECR board

As already stated, ECR announced the appointment of Sam Garrett as the new Non-Executive Director at the end of February, a move that brings substantial credibility to ECR and significantly strengthens the team led by Craig Brown.

With 30 years of exploration management, project assessment and operational experience working for large multi-national and junior mining and exploration companies in ten countries, Mr Garrett is an excellent addition.

Craig Brown commented:“Sam brings extensive geological experience onto the board, not just in Australia but also in South America and the Philippines, where the Company has existing business interests.

The timing of Sam’s appointment is key, as we look to rapidly advance our existing interests and continue to identify new strategic acquisition opportunities.”

A quality portfolio in a first world operating environment

With the yellow metal firmly back in the spotlight and likely to stay put, going digging for gold looks like a no-brainer option for investors, with Australia probably offering the richest cross section of opportunities at this time. With a highly educated workforce, the latest technology, fantastic infrastructure and a pro mining government, Australia is the premier destination for doing business when it comes to gold.

If you’re looking for a gold small cap with experienced management, strong finances and sites that have the potential to deliver big then ECR looks a great buy. Their exciting Victoria projects have already began to demonstrate their huge potential, whilst additional sites in an in demand Western Australia offer a massive opportunity and great potential upside for the company.

‘The company is well resourced and planned exploration only makes a relatively small dent in funds. This implies little to no dilution in the short term. Therefore we have rated ECR Minerals as a Long position with a 12-month target price of GBP 2.5 pence’ (Hallgarten & Company).

 

References

  1. FXStreet– Gold Price Forecast: Why it is rising on US recession fears and the big levels to watch
  2. Bullion Vault– Gold Prices Start 4th Week of Gains as US Yield Curve Inversion Signals Recession
  3. Reuters– PRECIOUS-Gold hits 3-week high as global growth fears lift safe-haven appeal
  4. BloombergIndustry Insiders Bullish on Gold, Forecast of $1585
  5. Business Insider– Central banks are buying the most gold since the end of World War II — here’s why
  6. Mining Journal– New high for Australian gold output
  7. Kitco– Global Gold Mining Expected To Remain Stable In 2019
  8. ForbesRising Gold And Falling Currency Delivers Strong Profits For Australian Gold Miners
  9. Brand Communication– Gold Drilling Update – Creswick & Blue Moon Australia
  10. Brand Communications – High Grade Gold Assays from Drilling at Blue Moon Prospect Victoria, Australia
  11. Brand Communications– ECR Minerals plc (ECR) Gold Drilling Update – Bailieston Black Cat Prospect Victoria Australia
  12. Brand Communications– Central Victoria gold rush revival continues as ECR Minerals applies for licensing at an additional four sites following Newmont’s application a few weeks ago
  13. Brand CommunicationsWindidda gold project to further expand ECR Minerals’ #ECR Australian gold portfolio
  14. Brand CommunicationsECR Minerals #ECR – Experienced Geologist Sam Garrett joins ECR Board as Non-Exec Director
  15. Hallgarten & Company– Initiation of Coverage Research Report for ECR Minerals

Windidda gold project to further expand ECR Minerals’ #ECR Australian gold portfolio

Windidda gold project to further expand ECR Minerals’ Australian gold portfolio      

by Harry Dacres-Dixon

  • ECR expand into Western Australia
  • Yilgarn Craton: Australia’s premier mineral province
  • An exciting prospect for ECR
  • Independent research – 2.5p price target

At the beginning of last month the precious metals exploration and development company, ECR Minerals (AIM:ECR), revealed it had applied for 9 new exploration licences in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia.

Named the Windidda gold project, the applications represent another major push forward by ECR following their successful strategic financings in July and December last year. ECR is now fully funded to develop its burgeoning asset portfolio through to June 2020.

The Windidda land package will complement the company’s already extensive gold portfolio in Victoria, as they press forward with their mission to deliver shareholders the next multi-million ounce gold resource. The Windidda applications, which lie east of the town of Wiluna, cover a total of 523 graticular blocks representing roughly 1,600km2of the Yilgarn Craton.

The area is highlighted as holding the potential to contain significant Archean greenstones, which are known for hosting many of Australia’s and the world’s richest gold deposits.

Craig Brown, CEO of ECR said “I am particularly pleased to announce this strategic move into Western Australia, which, like Victoria, has exceptional gold exploration potential in a first world operating environment.”

“Greenstone-hosted gold trends in the Western Australian Yilgarn province are very tightly held and access to free ground, when it becomes available, is highly competitive.

“So it is very encouraging that ECR has managed to compile a large land position of contiguous tenements covering untested gravity-magnetic anomalies representative of potential greenstone-hosted gold trends.”

Previous exploration in the area has focused on base metal and manganese deposits only. However, pre-existing data from these projects will enhance ECR’s opportunities here.

“There was some work completed in the 1980s and 1990s but they were looking for nickel at the time, and they also found molybdenum. So one of the first things we’re going to do is go over that old information. Because nobody’s ever looked for gold here” says Brown.

This was in part due to the potentially mineralised rocks lying under cover, however ECR believes this cover to be shallow and are hopeful the drilling will be relatively straightforward. ECR plan to use aircore drilling across gravity-magnetic anomaly targets to allow for rapid assessment of the potential for gold mineralisation.

Brown says;“The best way to test it is to do aircore drilling. It’s very cheap at around A$40 or A$50 per metre, including assaying costs, so our plan is to do an aircore programme once we’ve reviewed the existing data.”

This under-cover greenstone gold exploration model has been successfully tested by Greatland Gold (LON:GGP) at its Ernest Giles project located approximately 125 kilometres east of ECR’s Windidda project.

Yilgarn Craton: Australia’s premier mineral province

Metamorphism of the original rock produces a number of green minerals
Metamorphism of the original rock produces a number of green minerals

Evidenced as containing the oldest crust on earth and abundant Archean greenstones, Australia’s Yilgarn Craton is one of the world’s most important gold provinces.

The region has had a history of significant gold production for over a century. Since the 1980s the Yilgarn Craton has re-emerged as one of the world’s premier gold-producing areas and the site of some exceptional exploration successes.

For three decades since 1979, the Archean Yilgarn Craton has sustained a tenfold increase in production and along with Nevada its growth has outperformed all other parts of the world. Across this period over 8000t gold (270 Moz) in the Yilgarn Craton have been discovered. To put this success into perspective, no region has ever had an equivalent period of gold discovery except for South Africa immediately after 1886 and again around 1930–1940s (Phillips et al, 2019).

The Yilgarn Craton is host to around 30% of the world’s known gold reserves and produces two-thirds of all gold mined in Australia. Unsurprisingly the area attracts more than half of Australia’s minerals exploration expenditure.

Many of the richest gold deposits in the world, including Kalgoorlie’s Golden Mile, are hosted in the Yilgarn’s greenstone belts. These exposed packages of ancient volcanic and sedimentary rocks have been metamorphosed over millions of years.

At almost 4km long, 1.5km wide and 500 metres deep, the world-famous Kalgoorlie Super Pit alone produces up to 800,000 ounces of gold per year. The Super Pit is owned by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd, a company owned 50:50 by the two of the world’s largest gold mining companies Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining.

Other significant gold deposits in the Yilgarn include Mount Charlotte, Norseman, Wiluna, Sunrise Dam, Sons of Gwalia, St Ives-Kambalda, Tarmoola and Wallaby

The super pit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
The super pit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Greatland Gold’s Ernest Giles project, which at 2,000sq km extends over a slightly bigger area than ECR’s Windidda, is believed to hold the potential to deliver the discovery of large +5 million ounce gold camps and 5-10Mt nickel deposits. Meanwhile, Blackham Resources Ltd’s Wiluna mine has produced over 4 million ounces of gold from 20 open pits and 3 underground mines.

In addition to gold, the Yilgarn hosts approximately 20% of the world’s nickel reserves, 80% of the world’s tantalum reserves, and considerable iron ore, copper, zinc and minor lead reserves.

An exciting prospect for ECR

Located in the world-class mining region of Western Australia, known for holding Archean greenstones, ECR’s latest Windidda project looks an exciting addition to an already promising portfolio in Australia. The region’s rich history of producing significant gold deposits and continued expansion over the last 3 decades provides firm evidence of the ongoing potential for new entrants.

“It looks like very prospective territory. Everybody regards Western Australia as a very promising area to work in,” said Brown

The new site will compliment ECR’s Bailieston, Moormbool, Creswick, Timor and Avoca projects. ECR’s Bailieston and Moormbool projects received instant validation of their prospectivity in November after Newmont Gold applied for a license adjacent to Bailieston. ECR also announced last week that an initial four holes had been successfully drilled at its Creswick gold project, with additional drilling also underway at the Black Cat prospect within the Bailieston gold project area.

Independent research – 2.5p price target

This veritable hive of activity is further underpinned by the rising gold price. The yellow metal hit a 7 month high as it broke through the $1,300 mark last Friday, which helps put ECR’s paltry market cap of just £3.7m firmly in bargain territory.

This view is echoed by Hallgarten Equity Research, who in a research note published on February 12th 2019 said; “With over GBP 1.2m in the bank as at the end of last year and R&D rebates expected in from the Australian government, the company is well resourced and planned exploration only makes a relatively small dent in funds. This implies little to no dilution in the short term. Therefore we have rated ECR Minerals as a Long position with a 12-month target price of GBP 2.5 pence.”

 

Sources:

Blackham Resources: http://blackhamresources.com.au/wiluna-mine/

Brand Communications:

http://www.branduk.net/ecr-mineralss-craig-brown-says-new-yilgarn-gold-properties-look-highly-prospective-proactive-investors/

http://www.branduk.net/ecr-minerals-ecr-drilling-update-creswick-gold-project-australia/

http://www.branduk.net/central-victoria-gold-rush-revival-continues-as-ecr-minerals-applies-for-licensing-at-an-additional-four-sites-following-newmonts-application-a-few-weeks-ago/

ECR Minerals: https://www.ecrminerals.com/investors-media/presentations/download?path=ECR%2BWindidda%2BAu%2BProject%2BPresentation.pdf

Geology for Investors: https://www.geologyforinvestors.com/gold-archean-greenstone-belts/

Greatland Gold: https://greatlandgold.com/ernest-giles/

Phillip, G., J.Vearncombe, J., Eshuys, E. (2019). Gold production and the importance of exploration success: Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. Ore Geology Reviews. Volume 105. Pp. 137-150. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169136818306425

Proactive Investors: https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/211826/ecr-minerals-moves-into-western-australia-211826.html

Hallgarten Equity Research:

http://www.branduk.net/hallgarten-company-produce-initiation-of-coverage-research-report-for-ecr-minerals/

Many of the larger gold deposits of the Archean Yilgarn Craton (Davis et al, 2010) are associated with granite-cored domes. ‘These provided an architecture that focused fluid metals into the upper crust’s depositional sites.’

ECR Minerals #ECR – Drilling Update – Black Cat Gold Prospect, Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that drilling at the Black Cat gold prospect in the state of Victoria, Australia, has commenced and the first two holes have been successfully completed.

Composite samples representing 4m downhole lengths will be compiled from the Black Cat drill cuttings and sent to be assayed for gold. After receipt of the assay results, composites which have returned anomalous gold grades will be re-sampled on a metre by metre basis and this second set of samples will be sent for assay. Assay turnaround time is estimated to be 2-6 weeks.

Further information in respect of this drill programme is available in the Company’s announcement of 4 February 2019, which can be viewed at the following link:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns/story/w1mok9w

Black Cat Photo Gallery

It is also the Company’s intention to provide site photographic images for the Black Cat gold prospect drill location and drilling process on the Company’s website.

The images may be viewed at the following link:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/black-cat-gallery

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia and the Windidda gold project in the Yilgarn Region, Western Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Drilling Update – Creswick Gold Project Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that the Company’s drill programme at the Creswick gold project in the state of Victoria, Australia, has commenced and the first four holes have been successfully completed.

Further information in respect of this drill programme is available in the Company’s announcement of 29 January 2019.

In addition, ECR have produced a project specific presentation for the Creswick gold project, which may be viewed on the Company’s website through the following link:

PDF version:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/investors-media/presentations/download?path=ECR%2BCreswick%2BQ1%2B2019%2BDrilling%2B%2BProgramme%2B08-02-19.pdf

PowerPoint version:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/investors-media/presentations/download?path=ECR%2BCreswick%2BQ1%2B2019%2BDrilling%2B%2BProgramme%2B08-02-19.ppsx

It is also the Company’s intention to provide site photographic images for the Creswick gold project drill location and drilling process on the Company’s website.

The images may be viewed through the following link:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/creswick-gallery

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd. Linex Pty Ltd provides geological services to Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, including the services of Dr Boucher, who has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Dr Boucher consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the material based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia and the Windidda Gold Project in the Yilgarn Region, Western Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Gold Focused Drill Programme to Commence – Victoria Region Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the commencement of its gold focused drilling programme at the Company’s Victoria Region gold projects in Australia.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A contract has been signed for 4,000 to 6,000m of reverse circulation (RC) drilling in Victoria, Australia by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

Creswick Gold Project

  • Drilling at the Creswick gold project is expected to commence this week targeting multiple quartz vein orientations identified within the Dimocks Main Shale (“DMS”), which extends over a 15km trend, approximately 7km of which is covered by MGA’s granted exploration licence and exploration licence applications;
  • As announced on 25 September 2018 at Creswick the Company’s exploration mapping has identified a large gold system within the DMS;
  • The DMS is the hard-rock source of much alluvial and deep lead gold, with historical alluvial and deep lead production estimated at up to 2.5 Moz in the Creswick/Berry lead system, and up to 11 Moz in the entire Ballarat area, of which the DMS is a significant contributor.

Bailieston Gold Project

  • Following completion at Creswick, the drill rig will move to the Blue Moon gold prospect in the Bailieston project area to follow-up the significant near surface gold intercept and evidence of a near surface mineralised gold system as announced by ECR on 6 July 2018;
  • The drill target at Blue Moon is a sandstone which has been heavily weathered near surface, but may host higher grade gold mineralisation, including disseminated sulphides, at deeper levels.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc, commented: “I am delighted to announce the commencement of this dual drill programme at Creswick and Bailieston which is seeking to test multiple gold targets across both projects.

This is an extensive drilling campaign by the Company, and one of the largest we have undertaken in recent times. ECR’s objective is to discover a multi-million ounce gold deposit in Australia and based on the significant technical work undertaken to date, we believe the Creswick and Bailieston licences hold the potential for such a discovery.

All the planned drilling is being undertaken from existing cash resources. The Company will be entitled to claim back a proportion of drilling costs under government grants subsidising drilling. As a result, and assuming on budget operations and cost recovery through grants, the entire programme is estimated to amount to under 20% of existing cash resources.

I would like to thank our technical team and advisers for their hard work in recent weeks to bring this programme together.

We will ensure material developments are released to the market as appropriate during the coming weeks and months.”

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd. Linex Pty Ltd provides geological services to Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, including the services of Dr Boucher, who has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Dr Boucher consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the material based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email: info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia and the Windidda Gold Project in the Yilgarn Region, Western Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

ECR Minerals #ECR confirms two directors participate in strategic financing

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR) the precious metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce that following the announcement of 17 December 2018 and following regulatory approval, the directors of the Company (David Tang and Craig Brown) have subscribed a combined total of £20,000 on the same terms as the financing set out in the earlier announcement resulting in the issue of 2,857,143 new ordinary shares.

In total, including the funds raised in the first part of the financing announced on 17 December 2018, ECR has raised £700,000 through the through the issue of 100,000,000 new ordinary shares at 0.70p per share (“Financing Shares”).

Each Financing Share has a warrant attaching to subscribe for a further new ordinary share in ECR Minerals plc at a price of 1.125p within two years of the admission date of the above financing shares resulting in the issue of 100,000,000 1.125p warrants.

ADMISSION OF STRATEGIC FINANCING SHARES AND TOTAL VOTING RIGHTS

Admission is expected to occur on or around 21 December 2018. Following Admission of the Financing Shares, ECR’s issued ordinary share capital will comprise 445,840,783 ordinary shares of 0.001 pence. This number will represent the total voting rights in the Company, and, following admission of both the placing and subscription shares, may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculation by which they can determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules. The new shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the ordinary shares of the Company currently traded on AIM.

On Admission, Craig Brown will hold 2,977,842 ordinary shares representing 0.67% of the Company’s issued share capital. Likewise, David Tang will hold 1,428,572 ordinary shares representing 0.32% of the Company’s issued shares capital.

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

NOTIFICATION AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF TRANSACTIONS BY PERSONS DISCHARGING MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERSONS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THEM

1 Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated
a) Name Craig Brown
2 Reason for the notification
a) Position/status Chief Executive Officer
b) Initial notification/ Amendment Initial
3 Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor
a) Name ECR Minerals PLC
b) LEI 213800PBXY96KXHISJ17
4 Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted
a) Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary Shares

GB00BYYDKX57

b) Nature of the transaction Subscription for shares
c) Price(s) and volume(s) Price(s)

Volume(s)

GBP£0.007

1,428,571

d) Aggregated information

  • Aggregated volume
  • Price

1,428,571 shares

GBP£0.007

e) Date of the transaction London, Off market
f) Place of the transaction 19/12/218

NOTIFICATION AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF TRANSACTIONS BY PERSONS DISCHARGING MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERSONS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THEM

1 Details of the person discharging managerial responsibilities/person closely associated
a) Name Weili (David) Tang
2 Reason for the notification
a) Position/status Non-Executive Chairman
b) Initial notification/ Amendment Initial
3 Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor
a) Name ECR Minerals PLC
b) LEI 213800PBXY96KXHISJ17
4 Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted
a) Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Ordinary Shares

GB00BYYDKX57

b) Nature of the transaction Subscription for shares
c) Price(s) and volume(s) Price(s)

Volume(s)

1,428,572

GBP£0.007

d) Aggregated information

  • Aggregated volume
  • Price

1,428,572 shares

GBP£0.007

e) Date of the transaction 19/12/2018
f) Place of the transaction London, Off market

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement may include forward looking statements. Such statements may be subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and therefore actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof (unless stated otherwise) and, except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations (including the AIM Rules for Companies), the Company disclaims any obligation to update or modify such forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or for any other reason

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ECR Minerals #ECR – New Licence Applications – Australian Gold Portfolio

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR) the precious metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce the Company has submitted new licence applications to augment its existing gold exploration interests in the Victoria region of Australia.

Highlights:

  • Four new licence applications in Australia’s Victoria region have now been submitted by ECR’s 100% owned Australian operating vehicle Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited;
  • Three applications have been submitted in the Bailieston/Moormbool gold project area to augment existing licences and secure available ground south and south and south west of an application submitted by Newmont Exploration Pty Limited in recent weeks;
  • One application has been submitted to augment ground in the Creswick project area and covers a southern portion of the Dimocks Main Shale (“DMS”);
  • As outlined in the Company’s market announcement of 25 September 2018 “The DMS sits between two large gold producing areas where it is estimated historically, 15 million ounces of gold has been produced in Victoria, Australia. It is the proposition of the Company’s technical team that they have identified the hard rock source for a significant portion of the aforementioned 15 million ounces of gold production. Although further work is required to validate this proposition”;
  • Further work is being undertaken to add additional licence application ground in Australia where the Company has identified strategic exploration opportunities.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc commented: “I am delighted to announce today that the Company has successfully submitted four new applications which materially bolster our strategic ground holding and provide significant additional exploration opportunities for our Australian operations.

The recent application submitted by Newmont Exploration Pty Limited over a large area bordering our Bailieston and Moormbool gold projects is an important ratification of our strategic Australian gold positioning. The presence of Newmont adds weight to the potential prospectivity of the area.

ECR’s exploration work at Bailieston has recently demonstrated gold prospectivity as highlighted by the results of our Bailieston sampling programme announced on 28 September 2018 with gold grades up to 67.4g/t.

At Creswick and as announced on 25 September 2018 our exploration mapping revealed a large gold system, and reflecting our wider exploration work to date, we have taken the opportunity to secure more strategic ground south of our existing Creswick project area.

ECR continues to examine new opportunities and will move to secure additional ground where appropriate.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

EXCLUSIVE: Newmont Mining secures license area next to ECR Minerals’ Baileston gold project – Value The Markets

EXCLUSIVE: Newmont mining secures license area next to ECR Minerals’ Baileston gold project

 

There has been a very interesting development next to ECR Minerals’ (LSE:ECR) Bailieston license (EL5433) in Victoria, Australia. Newmont Mining Corp, one of the world’s largest gold producers has just applied for the license for a large block of land right next door. Although the license has yet to be awarded, if it is then this could prove to be a highly significant event for ECR

Excitement was already building for ECR’s 100% Bailieston gold project, given its relatively close proximity to a number of profitable, high-grade operations. The Fosterville gold mine is around 30km to the west and is currently the largest producing gold mine in Victoria. To the southwest, roughly the same distance, sits the Costerfield gold mine, which is another prolific produce.

As promising as the region Bailieston sits in already is, the recent move by Newmont could mark the start of something big for ECR. A company like Newmont typically dedicates a great deal of resources to due diligence prior to securing new licenses. A search of the Victoria State’s ‘GeoVic’ online database confirms it has indeed just applied for license EL006893, which borders Bailieston.

It seems that EL006893 has only become available within recent weeks, which suggests Newmont may have been keeping a close eye on it for some time. This might not be surprising given the resurgence of gold exploration in the region.

Traditionally Central Victoria has been an intensive gold producing area since the precious metal was first discovered there in 1850. In fact, it is only in recent years that Victoria’s gold output has been surpassed by Western Australia’s. Part of the recent revival has been driven by Kirkland Lake Gold, the owner of Fosterville, discovering more than 1.1m ounces of gold last year.

As well as the main EL5433 block shown on the map, ECR’s license also includes a smaller block (Black Cat) directly adjacent to the south of the area Newmont are showing interest in. The block used to be connected to the main section of EL5433, but due to local licensing rules explorers must drop 40% of the license after three years, and a further 40% after five years.

ECR also owns the Moormbool license (EL00628), which it secured in July 2017. The block is largely unexplored and covers approximately 59 square kilometres. This block sits south of Black Cat and the potential new license acquisition by Newmont, with the Costerfield Mine to the south-west currently producing 50,000 ounces of gold per annum. Costerfield is a below surface mine on block EL3310 consisting of narrow high-grade veins.

Then there is the Fosterville gold mine, which enjoys a very high 94% recovery rate, with a reserve grade of 23.1 g/t Au. It is estimated that approximate production costs at Fosterville are around AUD$880 per oz, compared with a current gold price of around AUD$1665 as of today. The mine is expected to produce 300,000 ounces in 2018 and is also rich in by-products such as silver.

Although GeoVic suggests Newmont’s status description for EL006893 is an “application”,  the implications of a major player swooping in to secure a large chunk of the area are clear. Regardless of whether Newmont is successful in its application, it clearly sees enough that it like to regard this specific area as worthy of future exploration work. For ECR Minerals this looks good news and the company seems to be very well placed to take advantage of a gold rush revival in the Central Victoria region.

Authors: Stuart Langelaan & Ben Turney

ECR Minerals #ECR – Result of AGM

RESULT OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

LONDON: 24 April 2018 – The board of directors of ECR Minerals plc are pleased to announce that at the Company’s annual general meeting held today all resolutions were passed.

ABOUT ECR

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Creswick, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in central Victoria, Australia.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015, and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits, which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO

Email: info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com

WH Ireland Ltd

Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
Optiva Securities Ltd Tel: +44 (0)203 137 1902
Broker
Graeme Dickson
FlowComms Tel: +44 (0)7891 677 441
Investor Relations
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