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#ECR Minerals’s Craig Brown says new Yilgarn gold properties look “highly prospective” – Proactive Investors
Shares in ECR Minerals PLC (LON:ECR) moved up by almost 10% to 0.8p at the end of the first week of the year, following the application for licences over 1,600 square kilometres of new ground in the Yilgarn in Western Australia.
The ground has been identified as having significant potential for hosting Archean greenstone belts of the kind that host many of Western Australia’s and the world’s richest gold deposits.
“It looks like very prospective territory,” says Craig Brown, ECR’s chief executive.
“Everybody regards Western Australia as a very promising area to work in.”
The opportunity on the new ground is enhanced because it comes with pre-existing data.
“There was some work completed in the 1980s and 1990s,” says Brown.
“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.”
One reason for that is that the rocks that may be mineralised lie under cover, so opportunities for geochemistry are limited.
But ECR is hopeful that the cover may be fairly shallow, and that exploration work will be relatively straightforward.
“The best way to test it is to do aircore drilling,” says Brown.
“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.”
ECR is unlikely to move on that until the licences have actually been granted, although Brown doesn’t see any real issue with that.
After all, the deal that’s wrapped around them is pretty attractive: for 19 licences the company must pay A$1,400 each, plus an annual rent, that takes the total cost up to only A$88,000.
“Hopefully they’ll be granted in the next quarter,” says Brown, “and we’ll move pretty quickly after that.”
In the meantime, work is continuing on ECR’s other Australian gold projects, in particular, Bailieston and Creswick.
“At Bailieston we want to go back and have a look at Blue Moon, Black Cat and Byron targets,” says Brown.
“We’re planning on conducting a small programme of drilling at Blue Moon in the current quarter of this year. We’re just budgeting the whole thing out. We drilled at Blue Moon in May 2018 and we came across a zone of mineralisation where all the rocks were weathered and you could see that the mineralisation had already been leached out of the rock.”
What was really interesting though, was that the mineralisation in question showed considerable similarity to Mandalay’s Costerfield mine, 25 kilometres away.
“They mine between 150 and 200 metres below the surface,” explains Brown.
“We believe we can hit fresh rock and sulphides beneath the leached material that we’ve already intersected.”
So that’s one intriguing aspect of the project. Another is that Newmont picked up ground adjacent to Bailieston in December. So we’re not just talking about small companies operating on the edge of geological speculation here. The big players are coming in too.
Then there’s the Avoca licence, which is likely to be the subject of a 1,500-metre rotary air blast (RAB) programme shortly, and Creswick over in Victoria which will also be investigated.
Creswick, in particular, holds significant potential, according to Brown.
“We’re quite optimistic there’s something down there,” he says.
So lots to look forward to over the coming months, especially since ECR Minerals already has the money in the bank to pay for all this work.
There’s £1.2mln currently in the treasury, according to Brown, following two fundraising exercises undertaken last year: a £650,000 raise in July, and a £700,000 raise in December.
And that means that shareholders will be able to enjoy the full benefits of any positive newsflow without having to look over their shoulders to worry about dilution any time soon.
ECR has, in any case, a very supportive cornerstone investor in Shenyang Xinliaoan Machinery, a connection Brown brought with him when he joined ECR, acquired during his days operating in Central Asia.
All told, ECR looks to be on a secure footing going into 2019, with plenty of exciting newsflow to come, and the nice backdrop of a rising gold price to put it all into context.
PowerHouse Energy Group #PHE CEO Keith Allaun discusses the DNV GLs Independent endorsement of its technology with Proactive London’s Andrew Scott
DNV GL, a global leader in technical assurance certification, conducted a review of PowerHouse’s proprietary full-scale commercial engineering design for the waste to power and waste to hydrogen technology processes known as DMG.
The end result was the issue of a “Statement of Feasibility” by DNV, which signifies that the consultant found no prohibitive obstacles under its technology qualification process.
ECR Minerals #ECR sees ‘significant gold opportunity’ at Blue Moon in Australia – Proactive Investors Stocktube
ECR Minerals PLC’s (LON:ECR) CEO Craig Brown and geologist Dr Rodney Boucher discuss the recent work programmes carried out at the Blue Moon gold project in Australia.
Investor Paul Johnson discusses the potential of ECR Minerals on Proactive Investors. The discussion starts 14 minutes in.
Zafar Karim, executive Chairman of Legendary Investments PLC (LON:LEG), explains to Proactive Investors how they unlock private opportunities which aren’t available to public investors.
Proactive Investors – ECR Minerals #ECR surges as it secures finance to expedite development programme at Blue Moon – Proactive Investors
The share price, already flying high after its interim results and news of drilling success at its Blue Moon gold prospect in Australia, rose 14.8% to 0.78p after the company raised £650,000 through the issue of 92.9mln shares at 0.7p a pop.
The funds could be the key to unlocking the potential of the Blue Moon asset in Victoria
The company said that it now has sufficient working capital against current operational plans to last until the third quarter of next year, at least, while further funds could find their way into the coffers should any warrants holders choose to exercise the warrants that have been attached to the newly issued shares. Should all warrants be converted this would generate about £1,045,000 before expenses for the company.
ECR said the funds raised would be used to expand its Australian operations, including an accelerated development programme at the Blue Moon target in the Victoria region.
The company also now has the funds to consider additional opportunities in Australian gold and strategic metals, to complement existing interests.
Adding to #ECR position – market trying to make it look weak. Ha! Quite the opposite!
— paul johnson (@pauljohnson9691) July 11, 2018
“We are delighted to announce this strategic financing which considerably bolsters the company’s working capital position and provides a significantly extended cash runway with which to implement our operational plans,” said Craig Brown, the chief executive officer of ECR Minerals.
“The gold mineralisation identified at Blue Moon and announced on Friday 6th July 2018 is a priority target for ECR, and as such, the company intends to pursue further work on this target immediately. Furthermore, the company is aware of numerous opportunities to augment its Australian gold exploration portfolio, and the additional funds raised will enable ECR to review and crystallise those opportunities that could add considerable value for shareholders,” he added.
— Alan Green (@Alan__Green) July 11, 2018
Proactive Investors – Outlook for tungsten developers ‘promising’ amid tightening supply – Apollo Minerals $AON
Seddon talks through the main uses for the metal as well as the outlook for European developers and producers.”The supply side is dominated by China accounting for around 85% of supply so there are issues around security of supply”.
Meanwhile Schumann updates on developments with their Couflens project following the announcement they’ve received approval from the French government to acquire the remaining 20% interest in the asset.
Proactive Investors – Tertiary Minerals #TYM focuses attention on single acquisition in second half of financial year
Tertiary said it was focusing on one fluorspar project that had potential for near term revenue
The AIM-listed miner reported a pre-tax loss for the period of £133,539, narrowing from £211,850 in the same period last year, while the group ended the period with cash and cash equivalents totalling £474,052, up from £145,212 for the same period a year ago.
The group added that following an evaluation of several potential acquisitions, it was now focusing its efforts on one fluorspar project that has the potential to generate revenue in the near term.
Tertiary also said that the Swedish Mining Inspectorate was assessing feedback from key stakeholders regarding its application for an exploitation permit for the Storuman Fluorspar project in Sweden.
In April, the firm had said dialogue between itself and the relevant authorities in Sweden had continued to make constructive progress regarding the potential development of the project.
Meanwhile, scoping study level bench scale metallurgical testwork was progressing at SGS Lakefield in Canada for the company’s MB Fluorspar project in Nevada, USA.
Executive chairman of Tertiary, Patrick Cheetham, said: “The pricing environment for fluorspar has continued to strengthen, particularly for delivery into Europe where, after a period of disconnect, prices are now catching up with Chinese domestic prices which have traditionally set the pricing benchmark. Downstream processors of fluorochemicals have recently reported strong sales and increased prices.”
He added that the company was still entitled to further payments on the definition of ore reserves and mineral resources and a royalty on production in relation to the sale of its Finnish gold projects to Aurion Resources Ltd, in which the company profited £31,264.
PowerHouse Energy #PHE CEO Keith Allaun discusses the oversubscribed £900,000 equity raise with Andrew Scott at Proactive Investors
Keith Allaun, CEO at PowerHouse Energy Group PLC (LON:PHE), caught up with Andrew Scott at Proactive Investors following their new equity issue – an oversubscribed £900,000 capital raise to support ongoing commercial development of its energy systems.
Apollo Minerals (AON) CEO Hugo Schumann discusses the A$6m fundraise with Andrew Scott at Proactive Investors
Hugo Schumann of Apollo Minerals Limited (ASX:AON) talks to Andrew Scott at Proactive Investors. Hugo discusses the company’s recent suspension in trading as three prestigious mining funds came on board as part of a combined A$6 million fundraise.