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ECR Minerals #ECR – Half-yearly financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2022

LONDON: 30 JUNE 2022 – ECR Minerals plc, the gold exploration and development company, is pleased to announce unaudited half-yearly financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2022 for the Company as consolidated with its subsidiaries (the “Group”), along with a review of significant developments during the period and subsequently.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The gold exploration boom in Victoria, Australia has continued, with material progress made at the Company’s flagship Creswick and Bailieston assets. ECR’s acquisition of the Brewing Lane and Nagambie-Rushworth Road properties has enhanced access and exploration opportunities at both projects.
  • In December 2022, the Company was notified it had been granted licence EL006907 linking Creswick to Ballarat East-Nerrina. The board views this as a key step in building our understanding of the Dimocks Main Shale anomaly and developing ECR’s Creswick project. Also granted was licence EL007484 in East Victoria, situated 50km north of Bairnsdale in the east of the state of Victoria encompassing the alluvial fields of Swifts Creek and the Mid to Upper reaches of the Tambo River.
  • Despite severe delays in receiving assay results during the period due to the impact of COVID-19, the results we did receive from our ongoing drilling campaigns at Bailieston and HR3 delivered substantial progress in both gold grades and our understanding of the regional geology.
  • Drilling and subsequent 3D modelling of HR3 drillholes BH3DD005, BH3DD006 and BH3DD007 earlier in the year revealed a moderate south plunging fold underneath and along strike of the Maori Reef workings. In November 2022 we reported initial results from BH3DD009, the first hole completed, which returned 0.7m @ 28.06g/t Au from 52.7m depth from the Maori Reef. Holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 reported consistent gold grades in December 2022, while soil sampling results revealed a larger area of anomalies, supporting a dilational jog model theory developed by our head geologist Adam Jones. In March 2022 further data identified five mineralised zones, all correlated to the Maori Anticline (within the Maori Reef), plus consistent gold grades were identified in hole BH3DD012 and visible gold in hole BH3DD034 (see announcement dated 14 March 2022 for full details).
  • In February 2022, exploration licences EPM27901, EPM27902 and EPM27903 were granted to 100% owned subsidiary LUX Exploration Limited (“LUX”), in the Lolworth Region, North Queensland. The licences are located approximately 120km west of the historic Charters Towers Gold Mine in North Queensland and cover 964 km2. Historic stream sediment sampling indicates that the Lolworth Range area is prospective for gold, tungsten and tin.
  • During the period under review, Dr Trevor George Davenport was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Most recently Dr Davenport consulted for Kryso Resources Plc at the time of the takeover of control of the company by China Nonferrous International Mining Co. Ltd in 2011. In January 2022, Andrew Scott, a communications specialist and media professional was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director. The sad loss of former CEO Craig Brown presented a substantial challenge to the management team. Nonetheless, a committee was formed with Chairman David Tang, and Non-Exec Directors Dr Davenport and Adam Jones, to manage the company up to the appointment of a new CEO.
  • Post-period end, on 11 April 2022 Andrew Haythorpe was appointed as CEO (currently a non-board position). Andrew has more than 20 years of experience managing listed gold miners and explorers on the ASX and TSX as well as working as a mining analyst and actively exploring for gold as a geologist.
  • Post-period end, Ludevico Estacio, the Chairman of Philippines company Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources, Inc., (in which ECR had a 25% shareholding), agreed to sell his shares (1,499,996 in total) to ECR. The consideration of 1,499,996.00 Philippine pesos (approximately £22,000) was paid for in cash, and ECR now holds 2,333,329 Ordinary Shares in Cordillera representing 70% of its issued share capital (see announcement dated 27 April 2022 for full details).
  • Group comprehensive expenses of £324,333 are reported for the six months ended 31 March 2022 (£468,112 for the six months ended 31 March 2021) and net assets of £7,536,209 at 31 March 2022 (£6,442,465 at 31 March 2021).
  • A Group Operating Loss is reported for the six months ended 31 March 2022 of £552,202, compared with £403,079 for the six months ended 31 March 2021.
  • Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, the board believes ECR is in a robust financial position and continues to provide shareholders with exposure to an exciting range of gold projects.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the six months ended 31 March 2022 the unaudited financial statements of the Group recorded a total comprehensive expense of £324,333.

The Group’s total assets were £7,674,007 at 31 March 2022, compared with £6,522,307 at 31 March 2021. The increase in total assets has occurred largely due to the increase in exploration assets following the capitalisation of exploration expenditure during the period as a result of the current aggressive drilling programme.

The Group held £1,204,289 of cash and cash equivalents at 31 March 2022, compared with £3,928,905 at 31 March 2021.

REVIEW OF PRINCIPAL DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE PERIOD AND SUBSEQUENTLY

The six months to 31 March 2022 and the subsequent period since have been notable as a period of great progress, sadness and change. Former CEO Craig Brown died suddenly at the end of October 2021, and while a committee including Chairman David Tang, and non-exec directors Trevor Davenport and Adam Jones continued to run the Company without interruption, the shock of his sudden loss remains with us to this day. Nonetheless he would be pleased and proud with the operational progress to date, and we believe he would be delighted with the calibre of his recently appointed successor Andrew Haythorpe.

During the period under review, Dr Trevor Davenport was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Most recently Dr Davenport consulted for Kryso Resources Plc at the time of the takeover of control of the company by China Nonferrous International Mining Co. Ltd in 2011.

In January 2022, Andrew Scott, a communications specialist and media professional was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director. Andrew is well known in the UK and across Australia as a business and markets interviewer. He has worked at Sky News UK, Reuters and Proactive as well as in presenting and media roles at ITV and Television NZ (TVNZ).

Post-period end, on 11 April 2022 Andrew Haythorpe was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (currently a non-board position). Andrew has more than 20 years of experience managing listed gold miners and explorers on the ASX and TSX as well as working as a mining analyst and actively exploring for gold as a geologist. His board experience includes the role of Managing Director at TSX and ASX-listed Crescent Gold Limited, which started with a market capitalisation of $8 million and, under his leadership, reached $250 million within four years. He was also Managing Director of ASX-listed gold producer Michelago Resources and is currently the Managing Director of GoldOz Limited, a gold company seeking to relist on the ASX. As an analyst, Andrew was considered a global leader in the Industrial Minerals sector and rated 12th best gold analyst at Hartley Poynton Ltd.

Currently, through ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”), the board remains focused on the fast-paced drilling programme at Bailieston and Creswick. During the period, large quantities of drill core have been amassed for technical review, processing and assay testing. Although, the impact of intermittent COVID lockdowns on the region has resulted in delays to assay results, our geologist Adam Jones and his team continue to make solid progress. In particular, the ongoing drilling campaign at Bailieston and HR3 delivered substantial progress in both gold grades and our understanding of the regional geology.

Post-period end, Ludevico Estacio, the Chairman of Philippines company Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources, Inc., (in which ECR had a 25% shareholding), agreed to sell his shares (1,499,996 in total) to ECR. The consideration of 1,499,996.00 Philippine pesos (approximately £22,000) was paid for in cash, and ECR now holds 2,333,329 Ordinary Shares in Cordillera representing 70% of its issued share capital (see announcement dated 27 April 2022 for full details of this transaction).

Creswick

At Creswick, in December MGA was notified that license EL006907 linking Creswick to Ballarat East-Nerrina had been granted. The board views this as a key step in building our understanding of the Dimocks Main Shale anomaly and developing ECR’s Creswick asset. The Company has also applied to renew Creswick licence EL006184 for another five years and is awaiting final approval. As the current incumbent, we have first rights over the licence, and our geologist Adam Jones plans to develop the project with soil sampling programmes in the vicinity of the quartz mineralisation identified in the 2021 diamond drilling campaign and to test for sub-cropping gold shoots. The Brewing Lane property at Springmount contains numerous abandoned historical gold workings with some underground exposures that offer opportunities for mapping and sampling, followed up by drilling. The team will also commence evaluation of prospects in the recently approved EL006907 area using exploration techniques that proved successful on EL006184. 

Bailieston

Notwithstanding the delays in receiving assay results, MGA is continuing to progress with drilling at the Bailieston tenements (EL5433), focussing on the Maori Reef and parallel reef systems within the HR3 goldfield. The geology team is also making progress with near-term plans to re-enter and continue exploration on the Blue Moon prospect located on the southern extent of EL5433.  Drilling and subsequent 3D modelling of HR3 drillholes BH3DD005, BH3DD006 and BH3DD007 earlier in the year revealed a moderate south plunging fold underneath and along strike of the Maori Reef workings (see announcement dated 1 July 2022). In November 2022 we reported initial results from the first hole completed, (BH3DD009), which returned 0.7m @ 28.06g/t Au from 52.7m depth from the Maori Reef. Holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 reported consistent gold grades in December, while soil sampling results revealed a larger area of anomalies, supporting a dilational jog model theory developed by Adam Jones. In March 2022 further data received identified five mineralised zones, all correlated to the Maori Anticline (within the Maori Reef), plus consistent gold grades in hole BH3DD012 and visible gold in hole BH3DD034.

Post-period end, we reported the highest grade gold intercept yet at hole BH3DD027, HR3 with 0.2m @ 52.5 g/t Au from 126.3m depth. This was followed by HR3 drill hole BH3DD022, which returned a result of 0.5m @ 12.74 g/t Au (see announcements dated 22 April 2022 and 4 May 2022).

Lolworth District of North Queensland, Australia.

In February 2022, exploration licences EPM27901, EPM27902 and EPM27903 were granted to ECR’s 100% owned subsidiary LUX Exploration Limited, in the Lolworth Region, North Queensland. The area contains metamorphic rocks of the Charters Towers Province, that host large historical gold producing centres such as Charters Tower (6.6M Oz Au) and Ravenswood (>1M Oz Au). The structural and basement geology is poorly understood in the area, suggesting numerous opportunities to find new deposits. The area also contains reported rhyolitic volcanism, which plays host to intrusion-related breccia gold deposits in the region such as Mount Leyshon (>2.5M oz) and Mount Wright (>1M oz). Historic samples also highlighted tin-tungsten mineralisation in the western areas of EPM27902. Reports show no detailed follow-up work has been undertaken.

Exploration licence EL007484 in East Victoria was also granted in February 2022. This licence area is situated 50km north of Bairnsdale in the east of the state of Victoria encompassing the alluvial fields of Swifts Creek and the Mid to Upper reaches of the Tambo River.

The Directors believe exploration licence EPM27901, 27902 and 27903 offer significant potential for precious and base metal discoveries in an area of Australia where multiple large-scale discoveries have already been made.

Outlook

After a challenging transition period, the directors of ECR Minerals plc are excited about the Company’s near-term and future prospects under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Andrew Haythorpe. As eagerly anticipated assay results begin to arrive, our board, geologists, drilling team and wider staff at the Bendigo headquarters are enthused by the possibility of developing a resource at both the Bailieston and Creswick projects. We are equally encouraged about the prospectivity demonstrated by our new licences at Lolworth Range, North Queensland and our East Victoria exploration licence at Tambo.

These factors, together with the potential to realise shareholder value from our Danglay asset in the Philippines, could result in an exciting year ahead as ECR’s operations and opportunities evolve.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

 

ECR Minerals plc

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010

David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Andrew Haythorpe, CEO
Email:  info@ecrminerals.com
Website:  www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/Andrew de Andrade
SI Capital Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
 
Novum Securities Tel: +44 (0)20 7399 9425
Broker
Jon Belliss
BlytheRay Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR Minerals is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central Victoria, Australia, has eight licence applications outstanding including one licence application lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently drilling at both the Bailieston (EL5433) and Creswick (EL6148) projects and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

ECR also owns 100% of an Australian subsidiary LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which has three licence applications covering 900 km2 covering a relatively unexplored area in Queensland, Australia.

https://luxexploration.com/

Following the sale of the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold projects in Victoria, Australia to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (TSX-V: FSX) and the subsequent spin-out of the Avoca and Timor projects to Leviathan Gold Ltd (TSX-V: LVX), Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production from projects sold to Fosterville South Exploration Limited.

ECR holds a 70% interest in the Danglay gold project; an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines, which has a 43-101 compliant resource. ECR also holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina and can potentially receive up to US$2.7 million in aggregate across all licences.

Link here to view the financial statements 

Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Positive Drilling Results From Jacks Copper Project

Tertiary Minerals plc (LON: TYM), the AIM traded mineral exploration and development company, whose strategic focus is on energy transition metals, is pleased to announce that the Company has received positive laboratory assay results from its first drill programme at the Jacks Copper Project (“Jacks”) in Zambia, where it is earning a 90% joint venture interest.

Highlights: 

  • Significant copper mineralisation intersected in all four diamond drillholes: 

22JKDD01:           13.5m grading 0.9% copper from 77.5m downhole, including

                                3.0m grading 1.7% copper from 79.5m, and

                                3.5m grading 1.2% copper from 87.0m

22JKDD02:             7.0m grading 0.6% copper from 54.0m, and

  3.0m grading 0.8% copper from 191.0m

22JKDD03:             6.0m grading 1.8% copper from 105.0m, including

  4.0m grading 2.4% copper from 106.0m

22JKDD04:           14.0m grading 0.8% copper from 27.0m, including

  2.0m grading 1.7% copper from 27.0m and

  5.0m grading 1.0% copper from 35.0m.

  • Copper mineralisation has now been intersected over a strike length of 350m and remains open along strike and at depth.
  • Planning is now underway for further evaluation of the historical copper soil anomaly that extends over a strike length of c16km within the licence area.
  • Tertiary has given notice to joint venture partner Mwashia Resources Ltd (“Mwashia”) that it has now earned a 51% interest in the Jacks Project licence, and has duly exercised its option to continue earning up to a 90% joint venture interest.
  • Jacks Project is one of five licences areas in Zambia where Tertiary has the right to earn a 90% interest from Mwashia.

Commenting today, Executive Chairman Patrick Cheetham said:

“We are delighted to be reporting these positive results. The impressive copper hits in all four holes in our first drill programme confirms and builds on the historical results from the Jacks Project, and demonstrates continuity of copper mineralisation over an open-ended 350m strike length. Given that the Jacks Prospect lies within a 16km long soil geochemical anomaly, it is clear we are dealing with an exciting target with considerable potential. In the meantime, our local partner, Mwashia Resources Ltd, has made good progress on the environmental permitting required for exploration to start on the four other licences within our Zambian portfolio. We look forward to a busy and productive work programme during this dry season.”

 

For more information, please contact

Tertiary Minerals plc:

Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman

+44 (0) 1625 838 679

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP – Nominated Adviser and Broker

Richard Morrison

+44 (0) 203 470 0470

Caroline Rowe

 

Peterhouse Capital Limited – Joint Broker

Lucy Williams

+ 44 (0) 207 469 0930

Duncan Vasey

 

 

Note to Editors

Tertiary Minerals plc (LON: TYM) is an AIM traded mineral exploration and development company whose strategic focus is on energy transition metals. The Company’s projects are located in stable and democratic, geologically prospective, mining-friendly jurisdictions. Tertiary’s current principal activities are the discovery and development of mineral resources in Nevada, USA and in Zambia.

Market Abuse Regulation

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 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (‘MAR’). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (‘RIS’), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Detailed Information

The Jacks Prospect lies within Exploration Licence 27069-HQ-LEL which covers 141.4 km2 and is located 85 km south of Luanshya in Zambia.

The rocks hosting the known copper mineralisation in the licence comprise basal Katangan Supergroup sediments. This Supergroup includes the Lower Roan Subgroup, the main copper mineralised rock sequence in the Central African Copperbelt.

Mineralisation occurs within the southern limb of a large asymmetric synclinal fold structure that has an east-west trending axis and a westerly plunge. The northern limb dips 15°-25° to the south demonstrated by historic drilling as well as from mapped outcrop. Previous work reports that the dips on the southern limb are variable between 60° to the north and vertical with local overturning. The detailed geometry of the syncline and interpreted parasitic folds is poorly understood and further interpretation of orientated drill core is required. Within the licence area past exploration has defined a 15km long soil geochemical anomaly that broadly follows the southern and northern limbs of the syncline. The Jacks Prospect sits close the nose of the syncline at its eastern end.

During drill planning, the Company created a 3D model of the mineralisation based upon interpretation of historical exploration data which suggests that copper occurs in either two separate mineralised horizons which may be discrete mineralise zones or one refolded horizon. The results of drilling broadly confirm this interpretation. The two mineralised zones, now named the North Zone and South Zone, dip steeply north toward the axis of the syncline.

Further detailed information on the exploration history and the background to the current drill programme can be found in the Company news releases dated 16 June 2022.

Phase 1 Drill Programme

In May 2022, Tertiary contracted Ox Drilling to conduct a diamond drilling programme with geological supervision and drill management contracted to Zambian consulting group GeoQuest Limited. The purpose of the Phase 1 drill programme was to confirm the presence of, and assess the continuity of,  copper mineralisation reported in the 1990s.

Four holes were completed for a total of 746m of drilling, two each on two separate traverses spaced approximately 150m apart. During the drill programme core orientation was carried out together with preliminary analysis of core using portable XRF (“pXRF”) to provide real-time interpretation of drill intersections and facilitate the positioning of subsequent holes.

Drill core was cut on-site and 186 samples, along with internal QA/QC samples, were delivered to SGS Laboratories in Kalulushi for independent laboratory-based analysis. Drill core samples were prepared and analysed using methods PRP901 and ICP42S1, respectively.

Analytical Results

Drill hole details and significant SGS assay results are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively.

Hole 22JKDD01 was drilled to intersect the north dipping South Zone mineralisation where historical drillhole KJ12 (see news release dated 2 August 2021) intersected 9.0m grading 0.9% copper. 22KJDD01 was drilled to 164.2m and intersected 13.5m grading 0.9% copper from 77.5m downhole including two higher grade intersections2 of 3.0m grading 1.7% copper from 79.5m and 3.5m grading 1.2% copper from 87m.

Hole 22JKDD02 was drilled approximately 110m north of 22JKDD01 to intersect  mineralisation reported in historical drillhole JKD1 which intersected both mineralised zones (13.8m grading 1.0% copper from 112.7m downhole and 2.8m grading 1.0% copper from 229.5m downhole). 22JKDD02 was drilled to 250.9m and intersected 7m grading 0.6% copper from 54m downhole, significantly higher in the hole than expected, however no copper was observed visually or via pXRF where the North Zone had been predicted. The South Zone mineralisation was, however, intersected with 3m grading 0.8% copper from 191.0m downhole in a position that which correlates with the historic drilling.

Hole 22JKDD03 was a step-out hole and was drilled approximately 150m east of 22JKDD02 to a depth of 260.2m. Copper mineralisation was first intersected from 105.0m downhole with 6.0m grading 1.8% copper, including a higher-grade interval of 4.0m grading 2.4% copper from 106m downhole.

22JKDD04 was another step-out hole, drilled approximately 160m east of 22JKDD01 and 170m south of 22JKDD03. It was drilled to test along strike from 22JKDD01 and beneath the copper-in-soil anomaly which, on this traverse, was relocated by infill pXRF soil analysis conducted whilst the drilling programme was ongoing. A broad mineralised zone was intersected with 14.0m grading 0.8% copper from 27m downhole, including two higher grade intersections of 2.0m grading 1.7% copper from 27m downhole and 5.0m grading 1.0% copper from 35.0m downhole.

Drill holes 22JKDD03 and 04, as well as stepping out from 22JKDD01 and 22KJDD02, have demonstrated the presence of mineralisation towards historical drillhole KJD10 which intersected 24.0m grading 1.3% copper and 13.6m grading 0.4% copper in a deeper portion of the mineralised system, some 210m and 230m below surface respectively.

The Company considers that the presence of copper mineralisation has now been demonstrated at Jacks over a 350m strike length and to depths up to 230m vertically below surface, and is open in all directions. Copper mineralisation may be thickening closer to the fold nose, as evidenced by historical drillhole KJD10. To the west a continuous copper-in-soil anomaly extends along the southern limb of the syncline for several kilometres within the licence area and has been tested by only limited very wide spaced drilling with a number of holes intersecting copper mineralisation that remains to be followed up (e.g. 6.5m grading 1.1% copper from 297.5m downhole in 1999 drill hole KJD02).

The Company is currently undertaking a more in-depth review of the drill date with a view to commencing additional fieldwork and drill planning.

Drill Plans and Drill Sections are available to view on the Jacks Project webpage at https://www.tertiaryminerals.com/jacks-project-zambia .

Table 1: Drill Hole Details

BHID

EOH (m)

Dip

Azimuth

Type

Core

Avg. Recovery (%)

22JKDD01

164.2

-55

187

DD

HQ/NQ

82.4

22JKDD02

250.9

-55

184

DD

HQ/NQ

95.3

22JKDD03

260.2

-55

187

DD

HQ/NQ

99.7

22JKDD04

71.2

-55

175

DD

HQ/NQ

90.6

 

Table 2: Analytical Results1&2

BHID

Down Hole Interval (m)

Copper (%)

From (m)

To (m)

22JKDD01

13.5

0.9

77.5

91.0

Including

22JKDD01

3.0

1.7

79.5

82.5

Including

22JKDD01

3.5

1.2

87.0

90.5

22JKDD02

7.0

0.6

54.0

61.0

22JKDD02

3.0

0.8

191.0

194.0

22JKDD03

6.0

1.8

105.0

111.0

Including

22JKDD03

4.0

2.4

106.0

110.0

22JKDD04

14.0

0.8

27.0

41.0

Including

22JKDD04

2.0

1.7

27.0

29.0

Including

22JKDD04

5.0

1.0

35.0

40.0

Notes:

1.    SGS, Kalulushi – Drill core samples were prepared using method code PRP90, where samples are dried, crushed to 90% passing 2mm and a 250g split pulverized to 85% passing 75µm. Samples were analysed by method code ICP42S, a 26 element multi-acid digest with ICP-AES finish.

2.   Drill intervals being reported are thicknesses of mineralisation down-hole at cut-off values of 0.2% copper and 0.5% copper for lower and higher-grade intervals, respectively. Mineralisation is currently interpreted as steeply dipping and true thicknesses are estimated to be approximately 70% of the above reported thicknesses.

3.   The information in this release has been reviewed by Mr. Patrick Cheetham (MIMMM, M.Aus.IMM), Executive Chairman of Tertiary Minerals plc, who is a qualified person for the purposes of the AIM Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr. Cheetham is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. 

4.   The news release may contain certain statements and expressions of belief, expectation or opinion which are forward looking statements, and which relate, inter alia, to the Company’s proposed strategy, plans and objectives or to the expectations or intentions of the Company’s directors. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors beyond the control of the Company that could cause the actual performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not rely on any forward-looking statements and save as required by the AIM Rules for Companies or by law, the Company does not accept any obligation to disseminate any updates or revisions to such forward-looking statements.

Sovereign Metals #SVML – Kasiya Expanded Scoping Study Presentation

Sovereign Metals Limited (Company) is pleased to advise that an the Kasiya Expanded Scoping Study Presentation is available to download from the Company’s website at: http://sovereignmetals.com.au/company-presentations/ .

ENQUIRIES

 

Dr Julian Stephens (Perth)
Managing Director

+61(8) 9322 6322

Sam Cordin (Perth)
+61(8) 9322 6322

Sapan Ghai (London)
+44 207 478 3900

 

Nominated Adviser on AIM

 

RFC Ambrian

 

Bhavesh Patel / Andrew Thomson

+44 20 3440 6800

 

 

Joint Brokers

 

Berenberg

+44 20 3207 7800

Matthew Armitt

 

Jennifer Lee

 

 

 

Optiva Securities

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Daniel Ingram

 

Mariela Jaho

 

Christian Dennis

 

Cadence Minerals #KDNC Completes sale of 31.5% Equity Stake in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies. Plus Amapa Project Update

Cadence is pleased to announce that further to its announcement of 30 March 2022, the Company has completed the sale of its 31.5% stake in in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies (“LT and LS”) to Evergreen PTY Ltd (“Evergreen”). Evergreen is a unlisted Australian company which is intending to list on the Australian stock exchange.

Highlights:

  • Cadence and all LT and LS shareholders have completed the sale of 100% of LT and LS for up to A$21.05 million (£12.08 million)
  • Cadence owns 31.5% of LT and LS and has received AS$3.16 million (£1.81 million) in Evergreen shares.
  • Subject to Evergreen achieving performance benchmarks Cadence would receive a total consideration of A$6.63 million (£3.80 million)
  • Evergreen will spend a minimum of A$4 million over the next three years on the exploration of the prospective Litchfield lithium prospect (“Litchfield”) in Northern Australia.

Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “On behalf of the Cadence board and other LT and LS shareholders, we are pleased to report the completion of the sale of our investment in LT and LS”

“Recent exploration and sampling work at the Litchfield project, along with the project’s proximity to Core Lithium’s assets have led us to believe that Litchfield has considerable potential to host lithium mineralisation.”

“For Cadence, this transaction provides an excellent opportunity to retain exposure to the booming hard rock lithium market in Australia. The consideration is being paid entirely in shares, and given that Evergreen intends to list on the Australian Stock Exchange, we will potentially have exposure to any future upside. Hard rock lithium assets have seen excellent returns of late, plus we also have a commitment that Evergreen will spend at least A$ 4 million to explore the primary assets.”

Background to Transaction

The consideration for LT and LS is up to A$ 21.05 million (£11.82 million). Cadence has 31.5% of LT and LS and will receive up to A$ 6.63 (£3.80 million).

Evergreen is unlisted public company in Australia which has been spedifically incorporaed for the acquistion of lithium assets. The acqusition of LT and LS is its first acquistion. It raised AS$ 6 million to pursue this strategy. Evergreen now plans to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

During the completion process and in consultation with the applicable regulatory bodies, Evergreen was restricted from offering cash consideration, therefore the consideration will be entirely settled in Evergreen shares.

As such the consideration that has been paid is AS$3.16 million (£1.81 million) in Evergreen shares, or  15,830,136 shares at A$0.20 per share which represents 13.16% of Evergreen.

Once the performance milestones are achieved (which can be found here), the consideration would also be paid in Evergreen shares, of which Cadence would receive an additional AS$3.47 million (£1.99 million). The pricing of Evergreen sahres associated with this consideration is based on a defined pricing mechanism linked to the VWAP and date at which the preformance milestones are achieved.

If the preformance targets are met the total consideration for Cadence’s equity stake in LT and LS would be AS$6.63 million (£3.80 million).

LT and LS, through their subsidiaries, are the holders of two exploration licenses in the Northern Territory, one granted and one in the application phase. LT and LS further hold seven exploration license applications in Argentina.

All of the licenses and applications target potential hard rock lithium deposits. The most significant of these is the Litchfield lithium prospect, which is contiguous to Core Lithium’s (ASX: CXO) strategic Finniss Lithium Project (JORC compliant ore reserves: 7.4Mt @ 1.3% Li2O).

The Buyer has committed to spending at least A$4 million on the exploration of Litchfield during the three years post the completion of the sale. Should the milestones not be achieved during this period, the respective consideration will not be payable.

The net loss of LT and LS were A$1,560 and A$1,306, respectively, for the year ended 30 June 2021. As such, the net loss attributable to the Company (being 31.5% of LT and LS) was A$903 (£516). As of 31 December 2021, the total carrying values of LT and LS in the Company’s balance sheet was approximately £803,000. Therefore based on the current share price of Evergreen, the initial profits on the sale of our equity in LT &LS is £1.01 million, with the potential for this to increase to £2.99 million should the performance milestones be achieved.

In relation to the equity in Evergreen received for the consideration, the Company will be bound by an escrow agreement with the Buyer as per the regulatory authorities in Australia, which could be upto 2 years  . It will be in the form and substance consistent with the ASX Listing Rules. After the lapse of the escrow arrangement, Cadence will retain or dispose of these shares as per our investment strategy, which is available here.

Amapa Project Update

Operations at the Amapa Iron Project continue to focus on delivering the Pre Feasibility Study (“PFS”). Over the last month, all the significant contractors were at Amapa to review and analyse their respective engineering areas. Wardell Armstrong International were also on-site as part of their role in the publication of the PFS. We expect to publish a Maiden Ore Reserve on the Amapa Iron Ore mine followed by the PFS.

Elsewhere the Amapa Project has been focussing on the relevant environmental permitting, compliance with Brazilian legislation in relation to Tailing Storage Facilities and implementing the policies, structures and controls required for a developing company. All of these should stand us in good stead when we move past the PFS stage.

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Cadence Minerals plc                                         +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
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James Joyce
Darshan Patel

 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 Cadence Minerals Plc’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 Cadence Minerals Plc. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. Cadence Minerals Plc cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (“MAR”). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC Agrees To Sell its Yangibana Joint Venture Interest to Hastings Technology Metals

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell its working interests in the Yangibana Rare Earths project (“Yangibana Project”) tenements to Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: HAS) (“Hastings”). Cadence’s 30% interest in tenements covers a small portion of Yangibana and potentially represents one year of the 16-year mine life.

Highlights: 

  • Cadence has agreed to sell its 30% working interest in the Yangibana Project tenements to the operator and owner of the remainder of the Yangibana Project, Hastings, for A$9 million (£5.1 million)
  • The sale is to be satisfied by the issue of fully paid ordinary Hastings shares
  • This transaction provides Cadence with equity exposure to 100% of the Yangibana Project via its equity holding in Hastings.
  • The NPV of the Yangibana Project is currently AS$ 1 billion

Background

The interests will be sold for A$9.0 million to be settled by the issue of fully paid ordinary shares in Hastings at a price to be determined based on 30 days VWAP before completion, which is set at six months from the date of signing of this agreement. The commercial terms are summarised below.

As a consequence of the acquisition, Cadence will become a shareholder of Hastings. Hastings is developing the Yangibana Project. The Yangibana Project is a significant Australian Rare Earths Project, containing substantial Neodymium and Praseodymium resources.

The Yangibana Project currently covers approximately 650 square kilometres containing some 9 Mining Leases, 2 Prospecting Licenses and 19 Exploration Licenses. Cadence holds a 30% interest in 3 Mining Leases and 6 Exploration licenses. These tenements contain 0.70 million tonnes of Ore Reserves, which can increase the expected mine life of the Yangibana Project by approximately one year to a total of 16 years.

Hastings has commence site construction and is planning to commence commissioning of the beneficiation plant in late 2023, with the delivery of maiden production to key customers in 2024.

In February of this year, Hastings published a revised NPV calculation, which increased the NPV by 84% to AS$ 1 billion. Hasting’s current market capitalisation is circa A$ 415 million. Also, in February, the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) approved a $140 million loan facility to Hastings and Yangibana, making it the first Australian rare earth project to receive NAIF funding. The Financial Times also commented on the story. The link can be found here: https://www.ft.com/content/552274c4-221a-49ac-91dd-562c51655e76

Cadence CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “The sale of our 30% interest in a part of the Yangibana Rare Earths Project provides Cadence with an excellent return on its initial investment and equity exposure to the entire project. Yangibana’s importance as a key REE resource today cannot be overstated.”

We look forward to reporting on Hastings development and progress towards production as construction on the mine commences.”

Commercial Terms

The following represent the key binding commercial terms for Hastings to acquire the 30% working interest in certain tenements and general-purpose licences held by Cadence Minerals Plc through its subsidiary Mojito Resources Limited:

  • Consideration – A$9 million to be settled by the issue of fully paid ordinary shares in Hastings Technology Metals Ltd (herein referred to as “Consideration Shares”).
  • Issue price – equal to the volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of the Hastings shares in the 30 trading days before settlement.
  • Escrow – the Consideration Shares will be subject to a voluntary escrow for up to 12 months from issue
  • Conditions precedent limited to execution of documents to give effect to the binding term sheet, Hastings having issued and applied to the ASX for the quotation of the Considerations Shares and any necessary approvals being received.
  • Settlement to occur five days after conditions precedent have been met.
  • Conditions precedent to be completed within 180 days; otherwise, either party may terminate the binding term sheet.
  • General representations, warranties and indemnities for an agreement of this nature.

The net loss attributable to our 30% holdings in the tenements for 31 December 2021 is nil. As such, the net loss attributable to the Company is also nil. As of 31 December 2021, the total carrying values of the tenements in the Company’s balance sheet was approximately £905,000. Based on the transaction announced, the initial profits on the sale of our interest is approximately £4.2 million.

As outlined above, the Consideration Shares will be subject to a voluntary escrow of up to 12 months from issue. During that time, the price of Hastings public equity may vary and result in either higher or lower profitability. After the lapse of the escrow arrangement, Cadence will retain or dispose of these shares as per our investment strategy, which is available here.

Q&A with Vox Markets

CEO Kiran Morzaria will be recording an investor presentation and Q&A with Vox Markets, which will be released on Friday, 1 July 2022.

Shareholders and investors are invited to submit their questions to Katrina Perez at Vox Markets via her email at kperez@voxmarkets.co.uk.  The questions should arrive no later than 6 pm on  Wednesday, 29 June 2022. Any that arrive after the deadline will not be included in the Q&A.

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc                                                       +44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling
Kiran Morzaria
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)                                 +44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce
Darshan Patel

 

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.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the UK version of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 which is part of UK law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended (“MAR”). Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Annual Results for the year ended 31 December 2021

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC) is pleased to announce its final results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The full Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements will be made available on the Company’s website at https://www.cadenceminerals.com/  and will be posted to shareholders on the 30 June 2022

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

I am pleased to present the Company’s Annual Results for the year ended 31 December 2021.

Maintaining a balanced perspective on the macro picture has become increasingly difficult, with unexpected factors such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine creating a supply and price squeeze for many commodities. As I review the year and reflect on global events, and again on events more specific to our company outlook, it is remarkable how the macro backdrop has changed in totally unexpected ways. Previously unprecedented levels of economic stimulus have now been overtaken by inflation and interest rate hikes, while the shift towards globalisation has slowed down with the prospect of a localised war in Ukraine becoming more entrenched and widespread.

On behalf of the Board of Directors (Board) and management, I would like to thank all of our advisors, consultants and service providers and especially our shareholders for their support throughout the year. The Board and company have resumed pre pandemic work schedules and trips to visit site and project operational hubs, along with viewing potential investment opportunities and attending industry conferences. The opportunity to travel freely, to reconnect with people in person and to see projects in transition has truly been a highlight. 

Our portfolio companies have continued to progress and have in many cases delivered landmark achievements. In no order of priority, the Board congratulates Macarthur Minerals on completing the Bankable Feasibility Study and moving significantly closer to operational success. European Metal Holdings has painstakingly continued to complete reviews and studies that highlight its low carbon footprint while it evolves into the largest hard rock lithium producer in Europe. As I have already stated, we continue to look for opportunities to unlock and discover value across our whole portfolio. Given the increased underlying prices of Lithium and Rare Earths we expect to be able to take advantage of these opportunities in the coming year. Recent announcements from the current Mexican Government over potentially controlling the nation’s domestic Lithium supply have in no way put paid to our hopes that Bacanora’s JV with Gangfeng will prove to be a success. 

Of course, the highlight of the year was the formalising and successful settlement of the ‘pending’ investment into the Company’s flagship Iron Ore Project at Amapa, Brazil. This process triggered the release of escrow funds to realise our investment, which then became a physical manifestation of the same when Iron Ore shipments commenced from the Stockpile at the Port of Santana. I write this after returning from a truly inspirational visit to see the project operations, and after viewing the port, railway and mine assets in Macapa (the Amapa system). Our investment there has also precipitated a transformation in the area’s infrastructure, which will in time make a difference to the standard of living for the local people. Although this process has only just begun, early findings from our commissioned studies and reports are increasingly positive, giving the Board every confidence that our investment there will be a great and lasting success.

On a practical level, challenges still persist today, with global disruption to shipping and freight rates, along with increased costs associated with the capital and equipment required to bring projects into production. While Cadence is not alone in facing these challenges, your Board firmly believes we remain well positioned in the underlying commodity markets that reflect the Cadence portfolio. China continues to be the dominant focus of so much global supply and demand analysis, and with the prolonged lockdowns many commentators have expressed concern about economic expansion in the region. Initial analysis still suggests that economic stimulus and infrastructure spending will continue, and this, together with the Biden $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed in November, will help sustain steel demand and therefore continue to support the demand for Iron ore, a key focus for Cadence. 

As the impact of the pandemic begins to recede, we face new challenges of higher interest rates and inflation. For Cadence, sustained higher commodity prices especially those of Lithium and Iron Ore has remained one of the great positives across our portfolio, and together with the successful settlement and initial investment into the Amapa project, your Board believes we continue to be well placed to meet these challenges, both present and future. 

In closing, I would like to personally thank my fellow Board members, staff and partners in the wider Cadence Community and of course all Shareholders for their continued encouragement and confidence in the Company.

Andrew Suckling

Non-Executive Chairman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S COMMENTARY

I am pleased to present Annual Results for the year ended 31 December 2021, a full review of business activities during the year is provided within the Strategic Report.

The results presented for the period ended 31 December 2021 reflect a historical position in terms of the Company’s progress and financial position, therefore we have included additional information on key post-year-end events in the Strategic Report.

Cadence has continued to pursue its strategic objectives despite the continued volatility in 2021 because we think that assets that are undervalued, de-risked, or have strategic advantages will outperform their peers in the long run. This plan yielded fruit in 2021, with the Company continuing to report profitable returns on its public investments and significant operation progress being made across its core investments.

The relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, combined with the implementation of mass vaccination programmes and significant levels of monetary and fiscal stimulus by many governments around the world, resulted in a rapid resurgence of global economic activity in 2021: the IMF estimates 5.9 percent global growth for the year. The magnitude of this economic recovery was most pronounced in Europe and the United States, where, after contractions of 6.3 percent and 3.4 percent in 2020, annual growth rates of 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively, returned in 2021. Such rapid economic expansion was also observed in major emerging markets, with China growing by 8 percent and India growing by 9.5 percent.

However, the pace of recovery slowed in the second half of the year. Higher inflation emerged as part of the recovery, exacerbated by persistent pandemic-induced bottlenecks in global supply chains. Domestic inflationary pressures, currency movements, and the prospect of further US monetary tightening have necessitated more significant monetary policy responses in some emerging markets, including Brazil, where interest rates have been raised by 500 basis points since August in an effort to stem the tide of capital outflows, which has pushed the economy into recession

The impact of the various global fiscal stimuli has meant that the mining industry is facing the consequences of global commodity cost inflation, which is causing supply chain disruptions, consumer inflation, and large variations in energy costs and capital costs.

Overall, a progressive recovery from Covid-19 has resulted in positive demand growth, with supply gradually adjusting to match this increasing demand. This has proven beneficial in practically all of the exploration and development assets Cadence has invested in, in particular lithium and iron ore. Which by the end of the year hadincreased by 485% and 47% respectively in price.

Iron Ore tracked economic progress and were affected by geopolitical shifts throughout the year. Global crude steel production is expected to have climbed by 4.3 percent in 2021, setting a new high. Europe and the Americas experienced the most rapid increase. In China, the world’s largest steel producer, output reached a new high in May before declining economic mood and a faltering real estate sector weighed on output. Iron ore prices reached a new high in May, fuelled by China’s robust growth earlier in the year, to which supply struggled to respond. Prices averaged $160/tonne for the entire year, the highest level since 2011.

The buoyancy of the lithium price has been driven by the market tightening as the electric vehicle revolution accelerates. Demand has eroded the oversupply seen in 2019 and 2020. This market tightness is projected to persist, with Credit Suisse predicting that lithium demand might triple by 2025 from current levels, and that supply would be stretched to meet that demand, with higher prices required to incentivise the necessary supply response 

As a result of this substantial shift in consumer behaviour, demand for lithium is expected to climb by 30 percent to 675,000 tonnes LCE in 2023, up from 2021 levels. Global battery consumption is predicted to climb 14-fold by 2030, with Statista projecting 1.8 million tonnes of lithium demand by 2030.

Despite the strong market fundamentals, lithium production is expected to be 441,000 tonnes LCE in 2021, down from 464,000 tonnes in 2020. However, lithium output is predicted to increase at a 13.4 percent CAGR to 679,000 tonnes in 2023. According to Macquarie, the deficit this year will be 2,900 tonnes of LCE, rising to 20,200 tonnes in 2022 and 61,000 tonnes in 2023.

Our portfolio has been focused on two main investments, and the first is the private Amapa Iron Ore Project. The key outstanding item for Cadence to complete its initial US$2.5 million (20%) investment in the Amapa Project was the execution of a settlement agreement with the secured bank creditors. This was achieved at the end of the year, with Cadence vesting its 20% in February 2022 and subsequently increasing its stake to 27% in March 2022.

DEV Mineração S.A’s (“DEV”) the owner of the Amapa Project also began shipping of its 58% iron ore stockpiles during the years it shipped some 143,000 wet tonnes. The majority net proceeds of these sales is being paid to the secured bank creditors as part of the settlement agreement. 

Operationally DEV progress has been solid, with DEV continuing to invest in the project with the priorities on the completion of a Pre-feasibility Study (‘PFS’) and the rehabilitation of the tailings dams at the Amapa Iron Ore Mine.

As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, the opportunity to invest in such a project is rare within our industry, and we believe this project provides us with a potentially transformative asset for our Company. The Amapa Project gives Cadence the potential for an exceptional return on investment in the run-up to full production and an opportunity to become a significant shareholder in a mid-tier iron ore producer. 

The second of our key investments is European Metals Holdings (“EMH”), whose strategy is to become a Czech based lithium and tin producer. During the year, EMH’s Cinovec Project has been significantly de-risked and is moving rapidly towards a final investment decision.

The progress and performance of our investment portfolio was well reflected in our share price performance during the year, which increased from around 15 pence to 28 pence. This was clearly driven by the agreement reached with the Amapa Iron Project’s secured bank creditors at the end of 2021.

During the year, we saw prices of up to 31 pence, which was driven by an increase in iron ore prices that reached US$220 per tonne in August, but prices then fell to US$90 by November 2021, which was reflected in our share price, which reached 17 pence in October 2022. Cadence’s share price has increased by more than 314 percent over the last two years, representing significant growth.

However, 2022 has been a very different story, with inflationary pressures affecting the entire equity market (the SP 500 is down some 20 percent this year). Cadence’s share price performance in 2022 reflects the performance of our equity investments, such as European Metals Holdings and other higher risk assets. This is despite our portfolio continuing to make solid operational progress and being fundamentally the same investments that drove our share price increases in 2020 and 2021.

During 2022, our priorities on the Amapa Iron Ore Project will be the publication of a maiden Ore Reserve Estimate, followed by the release of a PFS on the project. We will also plan to increase our stake in the asset. In addition, we anticipate that our investment in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies will have listed during 2022, and we are hoping to crystallise some additional value from our other privately held investments. 

I would like to express my gratitude to the Cadence team and our investee companies, who have all worked tirelessly to bring the Company and its investment to their current position. We believe that concentrating risk across a few important investments and commodities will pay off. 

Kiran Morzaria

Chief Executive Officer

INVESTMENT REVIEW

As outlined in the section “Our Business and Investment Strategy,” Cadence operates an investment strategy in which we invest in private projects via a private equity model and in public equity. In both investment classes, we take either an active or passive role. We have reported in these segments below.

PRIVATE INVESTMENTS, ACTIVE

The Amapa Iron Ore Project, Brazil
Interest – 20 % at 31/12/2022 increased to 27% by 31/05/2022
 

The Amapa Project is a large-scale iron open pit ore mine with associated rail, port and beneficiation facilities that commenced operations in December 2007. Production increased to 4.8 Mt and 6.1 Mt of iron ore concentrate product in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Before its sale in 2012, Anglo American valued its 70% stake in the Amapa Project at US$462m (100% US $660m).

In 2019 Cadence entered into a binding investment agreement to invest in and acquire up to 27% in the Amapa iron ore mine, beneficiation plant, railway and private port owned by DEV (“The Agreement”). The Agreement also gave Cadence a first right of refusal to increase its stake to 49%.

To acquire its 27% interest, Cadence will invest US$6 million over two stages in a joint venture company. The first stage is for 20% of the JV, the consideration for which is US$2.5 million. The second stage of investment is for a further 7% of JV for a consideration of US$3.5 million.

Vesting of Equity Interest in the Amapa Project

During the year, the key target for Cadence was to vest its first 20% in the Amapa Project. This required DEV and the investors (Cadence and Indo Sino via our joint venture company) to reach a settlement agreement (“Settlement Agreement”) with the secured bank creditors.

This was achieved on the 29 December 2021, when all the parties entered into a binding Settlement Agreement. The original credit facility provided to DEV by the secured creditors had a principle amount outstanding amount of US$135 million. The Settlement Agreement settles all of the principal amount plus all interest, default interest, outstanding costs and fees (“Settlement Amount”).

As a result of the Settlement Agreement and the Judicial Restructuring Plan approved in August 2019, the total principal amounts owed to the secured and unsecured creditors in classes I to IV of DEV have been reduced from approximately US$231 million to approximately US$103 million or approximately 45% of the original value.

The Settlement Amount will be paid over two years from the effective date of the Settlement Agreement, and it is to be satisfied by the net profits from the sale of DEV’s iron ore stockpiles. The unsecured creditors will be paid from DEV’s free cash flow over a period of nine years. Under the Settlement Agreement, DEV remains the obligor with the Secured Creditors having no recourse of repayment of the Settlement Amount to either Cadence or Indo Sino. The Settlement Agreement will remain secured over all of DEV’s equity and assets. 

Although the Settlement Agreement was executed within the year, the required contractual and regulatory documentation was completed post year end and Cadence vested its 20% interest in February 2022 and its 27% in March 2022. 

Iron Ore Shipments

During the year the Commercial Court of São Paulo (“the Court”) ruled that DEV could commence the shipment of the iron ore stockpiles situated at DEV’s wholly-owned port in Santana, Amapa, Brazil. DEV was initially to export sufficient iron ore to realise a US$10 million of iron ore (after the deductions of all logistical, regulatory, shipping and sale costs) from the Amapa stockpiles at the port. 

By the end of May 2021 DEV had shipped three cargoes totalling approximately 143,500 wet tonnes of 58% sinter feed iron ore. After all costs these sales netted DEV circa US$8 million. In July 2022, the Court permitted the export a further US$10 million of iron ore (after the deductions of all logistical, regulatory, shipping and sale costs). However, with the 58% iron ore pricing decreasing some 40% from May to August 2021 and shipping pricing remaining strong during the period DEV determined that there was a substantial risk to profitably by continuing to ship while shipping prices remained at high levels (US$ 80 – US$90 per wet tonne)

Once the Settlement Agreement had been completed in February 2022, DEV has been free to ship from its stockpiles and is not restricted by the Court permissions outlined above. Subsequent to the year end DEV shipped a further 48,492 wet tonnes of 58% iron ore sinter fines, DEV expect to receive circa US$ 900k for this shipment.  Shipping prices have continued to increase during 2022, driven by higher diesel prices and limited availability of vessels. This combined with iron price volatility has meant that DEV is currently not shipping form its stockpiles.

The vast majority of the net proceeds from the sales of the Iron Ore has been paid to the secured bank creditors as part of the Settlement Agreement. The remainder of the funds have been applied to DEV operations.

Operations Review

The operational focus for the year at the Amapa Project has  been the start the rehabilitation process of the project. This has primarily focused on tailing dam maintenance. DEV has employed a civil engineer and two geotechnical consulting firms to advance the work programme, including monitoring, geotechnical stability testing and statutory reporting. The end goal is to ensure that the current dams will be suitable for future operations amid Brazil’s more stringent regulatory environment.

In addition, DEV also began early rehabilitation of light infrastructure, the regularising the statutory reporting with the federal mining authority and state environmental authorities.

The other important focus for DEV and Cadence was to start the PFS. This began in 2021 with DEV appointing several internationally accredited engineering and consulting firms to carry out  the PFS. At the time of writing The PFS is progressing as expected, with the consulting engineers for the mine operations, ore reserve estimation, metallurgy, processing, infrastructure and shipping having submitted their draft reports. 

The PFS contemplates refurbishing and rehabilitating the existing port, rail and plant with modifications being made to the beneficiation plant to achieve a larger portion of 65% iron concentrate (4.9 Mt). The PFS is based on producing 5.3 Mt of iron ore concentrate per annum.

The Amapa Project’s Current Development Plan

The PFS, once complete will outline more fully the development timelines, capital required to achieve the stated project aims. Subsequent to the publication of an economic PFS we expect the DEV will seek to commission a Definitive Study (“DFS”). The DFS is required to seek project debt and equity finance which will be sought once the DFS is complete.

Cadence and its joint venture partners are having early discussions with potential debt providers and corporate financiers, which we will advance once the PFS is complete. On completion of the DFS and securing debt and equity financing project construction will commence.

Lithium Technologies Pty Ltd & Lithium Suppliers Pty Ltd (“LT” & “LS”)
Interest – 31.5% at 31/12/2022 and 31/05/2022
 

In December 2017, Cadence Minerals announced that it had executed binding investment agreements to acquire up to 100% LT & LS, which was subsequently varied to acquire three prospective assets in Australia that are in regions with proven high-grade lithium mineralisation.

LT and LS, through their subsidiaries, are the holders of two prospective exploration licenses and one exploration application in Australia and a further seven exploration license applications in Argentina.

All of the licenses and applications target prospective hard rock lithium deposits. The most significant of these is the Litchfield lithium prospect, which is contiguous to Core Lithium’s (ASX: CXO) strategic Finniss Lithium Project (JORC compliant ore reserves: 7.4Mt @ 1.3% Li2O)2.

During the year we saw a renewed interest in hard rock lithium projects in Australia. As such we increased our investment to 31.5% into LT & LS which funded operations on the Litchfield exploration license.

Satellite imagery verified the geology along the Litchfield exploration license north-west boundary is comparable to Core Lithium Ground. LT & LS’s geological consultant conducted intensive surface sampling across four target areas within the NW quadrant, taking 657 samples to determine the potential for contiguous mineralisation. The sampled areas mostly comprised metamorphic rocks linked to the Burrell Creek formation – a host rock for the regional occurrences of pegmatites. The samples results were returned in 2022, these results confirmed LT & LS’s view that the areas adjacent to Core Lithium boundary are prospective for lithium pegmatites.

Subsequent to the year end Cadence and the remaining shareholders entered into a conditional sale of 100% of LT and LS.  The consideration for LT and LS is up to A$ 21.05 million (£11.82 million). Cadence has 31.5% of LT and LS and would receive up to A$ 6.63 (£3.72 million). The Buyer is a public, unlisted company in Australia (“Buyer”). 

The acquisition of LT and LS has several conditions precedent, including the completion of due diligence and the relevant regulatory approval. Assuming this is successful, the Buyer will acquire 100% of LT and LS  through a mixture of cash and shares partially paid on completion of the sale of LT and LS and the remainder paid on the achievement of key performance milestones. 

The Buyer has committed to spending at least A$4 million on the exploration of Litchfield during the three years post the completion of the sale. Should the milestones not be achieved during this period, the respective consideration will not be payable.

The proceeds received by the Company will be used for reinvestment as per our investment strategy. In relation to the shares received as part of the consideration, the Company will be bound by an escrow agreement with the Buyer as per the regulatory authorities in Australia and will be in the form and substance consistent with the ASX Listing Rules. After the lapse of the escrow arrangement, Cadence will retain or dispose of these shares as per our investment strategy. 

PRIVATE INVESTMENTS, PASSIVE

Sonora Lithium Project, Mexico
Interest – 30% at 31/12/2021 and 31/05/2022

Cadence holds an interest in the Sonora Lithium Project via a 30% stake in the joint venture interests in each of Mexalit S.A. de CV (“Mexalit”) and Megalit S.A. de CV (“Megalit”).

Mexalit forms part of the Sonora Lithium Project. The Sonora Lithium Project consists of ten contiguous concessions covering 97,389 hectares. Two of the concessions (La Ventana, La Ventana 1) are owned as of the date 100% by subsidiaries of Gangfeng Lithium Co., Ltd (“Gangfeng”). El Sauz, El Sauz 1, El Sauz 2, Fleur and Fleur 1 concessions are owned by Mexalit S.A. de C.V. (“Mexalit”), which is owned 70% by Gangfeng and 30% by Cadence.

The Sonora Project holds one of the world’s larger lithium resources and benefits from being both high grade and scalable. The polylithionite mineralisation is hosted within shallow dipping sequences, outcropping on the surface.  A Mineral Resource estimate was prepared by SRK Consulting (UK) Limited (‘SRK’) in accordance with NI 43-101. The current lithium resources and reserves for the Sonora Lithium Project and the attributable amounts to Cadence are available on our website here: https://www.cadenceminerals.com/projects/sonora-lithium-project/.

A feasibility study report was published in January 2018, which confirmed the positive economics and favourable operating costs of a 35,000 tonnes per annum battery-grade lithium carbonate operation. Thefeasibility study report estimates a pre-tax project net present value of US$1.253 billion at an 8% discount rate and an Internal Rate of Return of 26.1%, and Life of Mine operating costs of US$3,910/t of lithium carbonate.It should be noted that under the published feasibility study, the concession owned by Mexalit will be mined starting in year 9 of the mine plan cease at the end of the mine life in year 19, and as such, assuming Cadence retains its position, any net realisable economic benefit to Cadence would only accrue at this time.

The full report can be found here: https://www.bacanoralithium.com/pdfs/Bacanora-FS-Technical-Report-25-01-2018.pdf

Summary of Activities

The most significant development for the Sonora Lithium project both during 2021 and 2022, was that Ganfeng completed the acquisition of the Sonora Lithium Project.

Although this does not directly affect the terms of our Joint Venture, having Gangfeng as a partner in the development of this project is highly encouraging , given that Gangfeng’s involvement in the development of the project to date and their extensive experience in the lithium market holding company is the world’s third-largest and China’s largest lithium compounds producer and the world’s largest lithium metals producer in terms of production capacity.

Whilst COVID-19 has impacted the progress on the Sonora Lithium Project, work to complete the front-end engineering design (“FEED”) has continued throughout the period.  Ganfeng is currently appointing a Chinese Design Institute to complete the FEED with initial site layouts scheduled for Q2 2022. Ganfeng is continuing to work with its equipment suppliers and, along with the Company, is maintaining its previously advised project delivery schedule with first lithium production in H2 2024.

Rescue and removal of surface vegetation and topsoil in the area required for the construction of the lithium

processing plant have been completed. Plant site location survey, geotechnical, and hydrogeological works

have also been completed. Works to build the construction road and early work camp have commenced. Site works for bulk earthworks are expected to commence in late 2022.

On September 30, 2021, Mexican politicians from the MORENA party tabled a draught bill to reform Mexico’s energy sector, including statements that lithium would be included among the minerals considered strategic for the energy transition and that no new concessions for lithium exploitation by private companies could be granted. Subsequent to the year end the Mexican senate elevated lithium deposits to the category of “strategic minerals”, declaring the exploration, exploitation, and use of lithium to be the exclusive right of the state.

We are constantly examining possible legislative changes and Gangfeng is ensuring that the mineral concessions remain legitimate. It is our current view that the Decree passed by the senate only impacts licenses, concessions or contracts to be granted not already those already granted as is the case for the Sonora Lithium Project. Therefore, at this point we do not believe there is a material impact to our joint venture areas. 

Yangibana Project, Australia
Interest – 30% at 31/12/2022 and 31/05/2022
 

The Yangibana Project is a significant Australian Rare Earths Project, containing substantial Neodymium and Praseodymium resources. The Project currently covers approximately 650 square kilometres. The Project is located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, some 250 kilometres northeast of Carnarvon. 

Cadence holds interests in tenements covering some of the prospective Gifford Creek Ferrocarbonatite Complex. Through wholly-owned subsidiaries, Cadence holds:

·      30% interest in 3 Mining Leases, 6 Exploration Licences, and 2 General Purpose Leases;

·      3 Mining Licenses Include:M09/159,M09/161,M09/163;

·      6 Exploration Licenses Included: E09/1043, E09/1049, E09/1703, E09/1704, E09/1705, E09/1706;

·      2 General Purpose Leases: G09/11, G09/13.

The tenements in which Cadence holds a 30% interest are in joint-venture with Australian listed Hastings Technology Metals (“Hastings”), and Hastings carries all costs up to the decision to commission a bankable feasibility study.

A definitive feasibility study published in 2017, modelled two production scenarios the second of which had included within it 808,000 tonnes of plant feed from one of our joint venture areas (Yangibana) in year 6. This production target and additional production target from the definitive feasibility study indicates that 11% of the plant feed will come from our joint venture area[*].

The economic model contemplated by Hastings assumes Cadence through its subsidiary will participate in the and mining of the deposits held 70% by Hastings and 30% by Cadence. Assuming there is a development of the mine by the joint venture a new Mining Joint Venture Agreement will need to be agreed and put in place to replace the existing joint venture documentation and regulate the arrangements between the participants for the mine development. No costs or revenue ascribed to 30% interest in the deposits held by Cadence were reported in the financial modelling published by Hastings.

Although Hastings Technology Minerals has progressed the development of the Yangibana Rare Earth project, most of this has been in relation to its wholly owned assets, with the only a change being reassessment of our joint venture mineral resources and reserves occurring in July 2021. There was no material difference in the recalculation of our portion of the resource and reserves; an updated summary can be found on our website here:https://www.cadenceminerals.com/projects/yangibana-rare-earth-project-2/. 

PUBLIC EQUITY

The public equity investment segment includes both active and passive investments as part of our trading portfolio. The trading portfolio consists of investments in listed mining entities that the board believes possess attractive underlying assets. The focus is to invest in mining companies that are significantly undervalued by the market and where there is substantial upside potential through exploration success and/or the development of mining projects for commercial production. Ultimately, the aim is to make capital gains in the short to medium term. Investments are considered individually based on various criteria and are typically traded on the TSX, ASX, AIM or LSE. 

During the period, our public equity investments generated an unrealised profit of £0.57 million (2020:  £10.24 million) and a realised gain of £0.59 million (2020: £0.07 million). The majority of these profits were derived from the sale of European Metals Holdings shares. The total unrealised gains on our equity portfolio as at the end of 31 December 2021 was £9.27 million.

As of 31 December 2021, our public equity stakes consisted of the following

 

Company

Business Summary

Year ended 31 Dec 2021

£,000

Year ended 31 Dec 2020

£,000

Cumulative Total Return Since Inception

Active / Passive

European Metals Holding Limited

Lithium mine development

11,287

13,426

461%

Active

Charger Metals NL

 

Lithium exploration

342

22%

Passive

Macarthur Minerals Limited

Iron Ore mine development

181

329

118%

Passive

Eagle Mountain Mining Limited

Copper exploration

122

-42%

Passive

Mont Royal Resources Limited

Gold and Copper exploration

35

-6%

Passive

Miscellaneous

 

Various

7

6

-86%

Passive

Total

 

11,974

13,761

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC EQUITY (ACTIVE)

European Metals Holdings Limited (“European Metals”)
Interest – 8.1% at 31/12/2021 and 31/05/2022

Cadence has held an investment in European Metals since June 2015. As of year-end, Cadence held 8.1% in European Metals.

European Metals owns 49% of Geomet s.r.o. with 51% owned by CEZ. CEZ is a significant energy group listed on various European Exchanges. Geomet s.r.o. owns 100% of Cinovec which hosts a globally significant hard-rock lithium deposit with a total Indicated Mineral Resource of 372.4Mt at 0.45% Li2O and 0.04% Sn and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 323.5Mt at 0.39% Li2O and 0.04% Sn containing a combined 7.22 million tonnes Lithium Carbonate Equivalent and 263kt of tin, as reported to ASX on 28 November 2017 (Further Increase in Indicated Resource at Cinovec South).

An initial Probable Ore Reserve of 34.5Mt at 0.65% Li2O and 0.09% Sn reported on 4 July 2017 (Cinovec Maiden Ore Reserve) has been declared to cover the first 20 years’ mining at an output of 22,500tpa of battery-grade lithium carbonate reported on 11 July 2018 (Cinovec Production Modelled to Increase to 22,500tpa of Lithium Carbonate). 

This makes Cinovec the largest hard-rock lithium deposit in Europe, the fourth largest non-brine deposit in the world and a globally significant tin resource. In June 2019 EMH completed an updated Preliminary Feasibility Study, conducted by specialist independent consultants, which indicated a return post tax NPV of USD1.108B and a post-tax IRR of 28.8%. Subsequent to the year end, in January 2022 EMH updated the 2019 PFS, which indicated a post tax NPV of US$1.938Bn and a post-tax IRR of 36.3%.

The study confirmed that the Cinovec Project is a potential low operating cost producer of battery grade lithium hydroxide or battery grade lithium carbonate as markets demand. It confirmed the deposit is amenable to bulk underground mining. Metallurgical test-work has produced both battery grade lithium hydroxide and battery grade lithium carbonate in addition to high-grade tin concentrate.

The Definitive Feasibility Study continues, albeit with some minor delays related primarily to Covid-19 and the effect that has had on logistics globally. Whilst the project had no direct Covid-19 related issues at site, moving samples and our people has been problematic at times. We don’t anticipate any escalation in this.

Apart from these delays, we have made steady progress of the Cinovec Project with positive developments in the areas of our locked cycle testwork, permitting advancement and Measured Resource drilling programme. 

The Project has been significantly de-risked and at the time of this report is moving rapidly towards a final investment decision. 

The Project Company appointed SMS group, a German-based world-leading engineering firm, as the lead engineer for the minerals processing and lithium battery-grade chemicals production at Cinovec. This marks the beginning of the formal Front-End Engineering Design study as the major component of the ongoing Definitive Feasibility Study. This detailed engineering contract, along with advances in permitting and offtake discussions, moves us closer to the development of Europe’s largest hard rock lithium resource for the benefit of all stakeholders. 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to equity holders was a loss of £0.14m (2020: profit of £7.82m). This decrease in profitability from the previous year of approximately £7.96m is mainly due to the reduced amount of realised and unrealised profits and losses for the year of approximately £1.2m (2020: £10.4m) relating to our share investment portfolio (listed financial investments) held during the period. Administrative expenses were up £0.36m from £1.44m to £1.80m, but foreign exchange gains were up £1.28m from a loss £0.82m to a gain of £0.46m.

Basic negative earnings per share was 0.102p (2020: positive earnings per share of 6.897p). 

The net assets of the Group at the end of the period were £22.15 million (2020: £22.09 million). This increase of approximately £0.06m reflects the losses and shares issued in the year.

Alan Green covers Botswana Diamonds #BODS & Tertiary Minerals #TYM on this week’s Stockbox Research Talks

Alan Green covers Botswana Diamonds #BODS & Tertiary Minerals #TYM on this week’s Stockbox Research Talks

Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Exploration Update Jacks Copper Project

Tertiary Minerals plc (LON: TYM), the AIM traded mineral exploration and development company, whose strategic focus is on energy transition metals, is pleased to announce that the Company has completed its first drill programme at the Jacks Copper Project (“Jacks”) in Zambia. Jacks lies within exploration licence 27069-HQ-LEL (the “Licence”), held by local partner Mwashia Resources Limited (“Mwashia”). Tertiary has an exclusive option to earn up to a 90% joint venture interest in the licence.

Highlights

  • Four diamond core drill holes completed on two separate c. 150m spaced traverses for a total 746 metres of drilling.
  • Systematic portable XRF (“pXRF”) analysis of drill core in-field has revealed intersections of copper mineralisation in all four holes that require confirmation and quantification by laboratory analysis.
  • Drill holes positioned using pXRF analysis of soil samples which confirmed the historical (1990s) copper soil anomaly in the drill area
  • Drill area soil anomaly forms part of a series of anomalies which extend over a 16km long trend within the Licence.
  • 186 drill-core samples submitted for laboratory analysis with results expected within a few weeks.

Commenting today, Executive Chairman Patrick Cheetham said:

“We are pleased to be reporting the successful completion of our first drill programme in Zambia and look forward to reporting the analytical results. We anticipate that the expenditures incurred on this programme will satisfy the requirements for the Company to earn an initial 51% interest in the Licence and we look forward to working with our joint venture partner, Mwashia Resources, on this and the other joint venture licences we have with the same partner.” 

For more information, please contact

Tertiary Minerals plc:
Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman +44 (0) 1625 838 679
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP – Nominated Adviser and Broker
Richard Morrison +44 (0) 203 470 0470
Caroline Rowe
Peterhouse Capital Limited – Joint Broker
Lucy Williams + 44 (0) 207 469 0930
Duncan Vasey

Note to Editors

Tertiary Minerals plc (LON: TYM) is an AIM traded mineral exploration and development company whose strategic focus is on energy transition metals. The Company’s projects are located in stable and democratic, geologically prospective, mining-friendly jurisdictions. Tertiary’s current principal activities are the discovery and development of mineral resources in Nevada and in Zambia.

Market Abuse Regulation

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 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (‘MAR’). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (‘RIS’), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

Detailed Information

The Jacks Prospect lies within Exploration Licence 27069-HQ-LEL which covers 141.4 km2 and is located 85 km south of Luanshya in Zambia. This licence is currently owned by local partner Mwashia. Tertiary has an exclusive option to earn up to a 90% joint venture interest in the licence.

The host rocks in the licence comprise synclinally folded basal Katangan Supergroup sediments which include the Lower Roan Subgroup, the main copper mineralised rock sequence in the Central African Copperbelt. The axis of the asymmetric syncline trends approximately east-west. The northern limb dips 15°-25° to the south demonstrated by historic drilling as well as from mapped outcrop. Previous work reports that the dips on the southern limb are variable between 60° to the north and vertical with local overturning. The detailed geometry of the syncline and interpreted parasitic folds is poorly understood and further interpretation of orientated drill core is required.

The area was first explored by Roan Selection Trust Ltd. (“RST”) in the 1960s after copper flower was observed. RST drilled a series of holes in the area of the copper showings which coincides with the nose of a fold structure. Several zones of low-grade copper were reportedly intersected.

In the 1990s, Caledonia Mining Corporation (“CMC”) conducted aeromagnetic surveys and soil geochemical sampling. The geochemical surveys highlighted an intermittent soil anomaly that extends over an 18 km strike length of which 16 km lies within the Jacks Project Licence. After delineation of prospective areas, CMC entered into a joint venture earn-in agreement with Cyprus AMAX Minerals, a major US-based mineral exploration and mining company. The 1997-1999 exploration programme included infill geochemical sampling, ground-based magnetic surveys, 19 reverse circulation drill holes and 10 core drill holes.

Phase 1 Drill Programme

Upon entering into its agreement with Mwashia, Tertiary obtained all available historical exploration data and performed a spatially integrated data review and constructed a preliminary geological model.

This suggested that the Jack’s Project area presented an attractive drill target where historical drilling intersected significant copper mineralisation and which the Company believes justified follow-up exploration.

The historical data had limitations on the positional accuracy of historic drill holes and so to assist with drill targeting the Company conducted field geochemical analysis of soils using a pXRF analyser along and between the profiles of historical drilling. Several strong copper anomalies were identified which, when correlated with historical soil geochemistry, allowed the interpreted geological model to be spatially refined.

In May 2022, Tertiary contracted Ox Drilling to conduct a diamond drilling programme with geological supervision and drill management performed by GeoQuest Limited. Four holes were completed on two traverses spaced approximately 150m apart for a total of 746m of drilling. During the drill programme core orientation was carried out together with preliminary analysis using portable pXRF to provide real-time interpretation of drill intersections and facilitate the positioning of subsequent holes.

All drillhole collars were surveyed via GPS and downhole surveys were completed prior to plugging and marking drill holes in the field.

Systematic drill core analysis using the pXRF has indicated that all four holes intersected copper mineralisation. Whilst pXRF analyses are a good guide to the occurrence of mineralisation, the pXRF results now need to be confirmed and quantified by follow up laboratory based analysis. Consequently 186 samples were cut from the drill core on-site and, along with internal QA/QC samples, were delivered to SGS Laboratories in Kalulushi for analysis. The Company expects the analytical results to be available within a few weeks .

Notes:

  1. The information in this release has been reviewed by Mr. Patrick Cheetham (MIMMM, M.Aus.IMM), Executive Chairman of Tertiary Minerals plc, who is a qualified person for the purposes of the AIM Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr. Cheetham is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy. 
  2. The news release may contain certain statements and expressions of belief, expectation or opinion which are forward looking statements, and which relate, inter alia, to the Company’s proposed strategy, plans and objectives or to the expectations or intentions of the Company’s directors. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors beyond the control of the Company that could cause the actual performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not rely on any forward-looking statements and save as required by the AIM Rules for Companies or by law, the Company does not accept any obligation to disseminate any updates or revisions to such forward-looking statements.

UK Investor Magazine podcast – Alan Green discusses markets, Whitbread #WTB, Kavango Resources #KAV & Sovereign Metals #SVML

Equities outlook, Whitbread, and Kavango Resources with Alan Green

Alan Green joins the UK Investor Magazine as we delve into the recent market volatility and explore the outlook for equity markets.

We start by looking at upcoming central bank action with the Federal Reserve and Bank of England poised to hike rates in the coming hours and days. Market expectations point to a 75 bps jump in US rates as the Federal Reserve meets this evening. Our focus shifts to the market perceptions of the tightening cycle and whether investors will take confidence from a ‘managed’ recession caused by rising rates, but allows for plenty of future easing with rates around 2%.

Whitbread have been a major beneficiary of the economic reopening and enjoyed a 300% year-on-year increase in sales, helping shares rise 5% on the day.

Kavango Resources is developing a series of projects in Botswana including the Kalahari Copper Belt and Ditau Camp project. We look at their recent updates and relationship with Power Metal Resources who are set to present at the UK Investor Magazine Summer Investor Evening 30th June.

Register for the UK Investor Magazine Summer Investor Evening here

Sovereign Metals are preparing to release an updated scoping study and we recap the key milestones to date and the significance of their Kasiya Titanium Rutile & Graphite project in Malawi.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Paul Johnson talks to Alan Green

In a very frank interview, Paul Johnson discusses the challenges facing the junior resource sector in the markets at present, while reminding us that behind the scenes there is a solid and fast growing business operated by a dedicated team. Paul then updates on the latest developments at the company’s portfolio of projects around the globe, before running through the upcoming IPO’s for Golden Metal Resources, FDR and FCM, and planned IPOs for other projects. We finish with a summary of upcoming milestones for investors to watch out for, ending with a personal message from Paul to all shareholders.

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