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Blencowe Resources Plc (BRES) – Stage Two Drilling Program Commences

Stage Two Drilling Program Commences at Orom-Cross Graphite Project

Highlights:

  • Stage Two 2,200m (74 holes) diamond drilling program underway in Uganda.
  • Designed to define a +10Mt TGC Measured and Indicated Resource from existing 16.3Mt.
  • Fully funded through existing cash resources.
  • Previously drilled high grade zones in Northern Syncline and Camp Lode to be included in new upgraded resource.
  • Additional in-fill drilling to provide basis for mine planning, delivery of geotechnical and other information, for inclusion in Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS).

Blencowe Resources Plc (“Blencowe Resources” or the “Company”) (LSE: BRES) is pleased to announce the commencement of the Stage Two drilling program at Orom-Cross, designed to in-fill the recently announced JORC Resource and upgrade substantial tonnes into the Indicated and Measured categories. This additional program will progress Orom-Cross along its development path towards first production, and will be executed using the Company’s in-country technical partners, ADT Drilling and Minrom Consulting. Additional resources will also be targeted in the current programme, with drilling also focusing on proven high grade areas, as yet not included in the maiden JORC Resource.

On 13 April 2021, Blencowe announced its maiden JORC Resource estimate for Orom-Cross, less than one year after acquiring the Project. The commencement of Stage Two, so soon after the highly successful maiden drilling programme, underlines the Company’s focus to add significant value efficiently and cost-effectively within this development phase.  The drilling campaign will progress in parallel with the ongoing metallurgical test work, with leading graphite expert SGS Lakeside in Toronto/Canada, the results of which are expected later this quarter.  The drilling program will take approximately 2-3 months to complete, with a similar amount of time thereafter to prepare samples, complete all assaying and provide a JORC Resource update. The Company will provide updates during the drilling campaign as appropriate.

The maiden JORC Resource delineated a 16.3Mt TGC resource at Orom-Cross, almost twice the size as the originally targeted. This next phase of development will bring the drill spacing closer together to ensure continuity of both product and grade, as required for mine planning within the PFS that will follow.

The Stage One drilling program also located higher grade graphite in the Camp Lode, which was only partially explored. Stage Two will therefore also target parts of the Camp Lode to bring it into the overall JORC Resource for the first time, which is likely to have a material positive impact on both grade and tonnes.

Cameron Pearce, Executive Chairman commented;

“I am delighted to announce the commencement of our fully funded Stage 2 drilling program, which we expect will add further material value to the Orom-Cross graphite project in Uganda. We are moving quickly towards the feasibility studies phase and this current drill program is designed not only to expand the resource’s size, grade and classification, but also ensure that all necessary geological and mining information required for those studies is subsequently available.  We have already come a long way in a short period of time at Orom-Cross. We look forward to the results of this next phase of drilling and the results of the ongoing metallurgical studies with great optimism.

“We remain firm believers that the battery metals market is only just beginning its massive growth cycle over the next decade. We believe this once-in-a-generation transformation will continue to expand exponentially into the future.  Benchmark Minerals Intelligence recently announced that over two hundred lithium-ion battery Megafactories are now in the pipeline worldwide, a significant growth from just seventy factories three years ago. These represent millions of tonnes of future graphite demand in the years ahead and support the positive outlook for the graphite market.

Accordingly, we are resolute in our position that Orom-Cross offers significant value and the ability to play a substantial role in helping to ease the significant forecast deficit of graphite in the future.  We have already been issued a 21-year mining license at Orom-Cross, which not only considerably de-risks our work ahead, but also should help the Company advance the asset into production in an expeditious manner.

I look forward to updating the market on the results of the metallurgical test work later this quarter.”

 

For further information please contact:

  Blencowe Resources Plc

Sam Quinn

Investor Relations

Sasha Sethi

www.blencoweresourcesplc.com

Tel: +44 (0)1624 681 250

info@lionsheadconsultants.com

Tel: +44 (0)7891  677 441

sasha@flowscomm.com

Brandon Hill Capital Limited

Jonathan Evans

Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 5000

jonathan.evans@brandonhillcapital.com

 First Equity Limited                                                            Tel: +44(0)20 7330 1883

 Jason Robertson                                                                  jasonrobertson@firstequitylimited.com

Background

Orom-Cross is a potential world class graphite project both by size and end-product quality, with a high component of larger flakes identified from previous work performed. A 21-year Mining Licence was issued by the Ugandan Government in 2019 following extensive historical work on the deposit.

Orom-Cross presents as a large, shallow open pitable deposit, with an estimated resource in excess of 3 billion tonnes of graphite. Development of the resource is expected to benefit from a low strip ratio and free dig operations, thereby ensuring lower operating and capital costs.

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Blencowe Resources #BRES warrant exercise raises £26,250

Blencowe Resources, the natural resources company focused on development of the Orom-Cross Graphite Project in Uganda, is pleased to announce that it has received warrant exercise notices in respect of 437,500 ordinary shares (the “Warrant Shares”) from warrant holders. The aggregate proceeds from the exercise of the Warrant Shares are £26,250.

An application has been made for the 437,500 ordinary shares of 0.5p to be admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange with effect from 8.00 a.m. on 30 March 2021 (“Admission”).

In accordance with the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the Company confirms that following the issue of the Warrant Shares, the Company’s enlarged issued ordinary share capital will comprise 117,318,283 Ordinary Shares. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in Treasury. Therefore, following Admission, the above figure may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations to determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the Company, under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules.

For further information please contact:

Blencowe Resources Plc

Sam Quinn (London Director)

www.blencoweresourcesplc.com

info@blencoweresourcesplc.com

+44 (0)1624 681 250

Investor Enquiries

Sasha Sethi

Tel: +44 (0) 7891 677 441

sasha@flowcomms.com

Brandon Hill Capital Limited

Jonathan Evans

Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 5000 jonathan.evans@brandonhillcapital.com

First Equity Limited

Jason Robertson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7330 1883

jasonrobertson@firstequitylimited.com

Background

Orom-Cross is a potential world class graphite project both by size and end-product quality, with a high component of larger flakes identified from previous work performed. A 21-year Mining Licence was issued by the Ugandan Government in 2019 following extensive historical work on the deposit.

Orom-Cross presents as a large, shallow open pitable deposit, with an estimated resource in excess of 3 billion tonnes of graphite. Development of the resource is expected to benefit from a low strip ratio and free dig operations, thereby ensuring lower operating and capital costs.

Blencowe Resources #BRES CEO Mike Ralston talks to StockBox Media

Blencowe Resources #BRES CEO Mike Ralston talks to StockBox Media. Mike delivers a visual overview of the Orom-Cross Graphite Project and the progress made towards declaring a maiden JORC resource number.

Cadence Minerals and the next Commodity Supercycle

There is little doubt that historians will conclude that the global impact of COVID-19 represents the worst crisis since the Great Depression. The pandemic is leaving deep and enduring scars on the global economy, taxing health and medical services to the limit, depriving children of education, while decimating sectors of commerce and industry and in particular leisure and travel.

But history has shown on numerous occasions that the indomitable human spirit has a remarkable capacity for survival and evolution amidst existential crises. As areas such as traditional High St retail and seem to be drawing to a close, sectors such as commodities and mining are booming thanks to a near perfect storm created in part by the COVID crisis.

In October 2020, the IMF stated that the total bill for the global pandemic would reach some $28tn (£21.5tn) in lost output. The rapid intervention by global Governments with rate cuts, looser monetary policies and fiscal stimulus have certainly avoided a financial catastrophe, but at the same time these actions have effectively weakened fiat currencies and increased demand for commodities.

Historically the consequences of such events invariably see a strong recovery in commodity markets. This factor was clearly in evidence as 2020 progressed, and as the COVID noose tightened, prices of commodities such as Iron Ore, Copper and Nickel, along with precious metals including Gold and Silver, all increased in value.

As a consequence, as 2020 progressed prices of commodities such as Iron Ore, Copper and Nickel, along with precious metals including Gold and Silver, all increased in value.

In the wake of the sharp economic contractions in 2020, the IMF forecast that only China was expected to emerge with any economic growth during the year. 2021 is set to be a different story however, and with the vaccine rollout accelerating globally, there are expectations for sharp recoveries across most of the leading economies. Added to this, the new $1.9tn stimulus package in the US from the Biden administration will see heavy investment into ageing US infrastructure. These factors should ensure sustained demand and pricing for iron ore and base metals.

There is also the revolution taking place within the automotive industry to consider. The move towards EV’s is accelerating rapidly, with a plethora of commitments from key automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Volvo, BMW and Jaguar to switch to electric only production in the next few years. This move of course sounds the death knell for the internal combustion engine, but at the same time is driving the cost of battery metals and component commodities such as lithium, nickel, cobalt and graphite

The net effect is that mining, specific commodities and minerals, along with the sector’s nebulous support service industries are undergoing a significant global resurgence. Projects considered uneconomical to develop, and that have remained dormant for years are returning to life, newly financed and fast tracked thanks to the array of modern desktop technologies, data and modelling tools.

Iron Ore

In a note published last December, Goldman Sachs outlined their expectations for another substantial deficit next year (27Mt, GSe), supported by a combination of gradually decelerating China steel demand growth, sharply re-accelerating demand for Western steel and tepid supply growth. GS added that the weighting of the 2021 deficit to the front half of the year points to fundamental support for a sustained price path higher over Q1 and Q2, revising near-term targets for the benchmark 62% iron ore price to 3M $140/t and 6M $150/t.

These numbers of course imply material upside longer term, and GS have also upgraded full year forecasts for 2021 to $120/t ($90/t previously) and for 2022 to $95/t ($75/t previously).

GS sees four core drivers supporting this bullish view:

  1. Chinese steel production has remained strong & production in 2021 remains supported by a healthy infrastructure and property project pipeline, alongside a resurgence in China’s manufacturing capex cycle and steel exports.
  2. With construction and heavy industry remaining relatively less affected by second-wave lockdowns, Western steel demand is also recovering ahead of expectations. Significant regional price strength in the US and Europe is likely to spur further blast furnace restarts (and hence iron demand) after an aggressive suspensions phase in 2020 contributed to the current steel supply shortfalls as demand recovers.
  3. Iron ore supply growth is likely to stagnate in 2021. The limited growth that exists next year is concentrated with Vale Brazil operations, which is why their recent substantive downgrade to production guidance has had such an outsized positive impact on price.
  4. Chinese mill iron ore inventories remain low, raising the prospect of restocking bursts through the year.

For Cadence Minerals, this bullish outlook for iron ore puts two very firm ticks in the box, firstly for what is widely regarded as the company’s flagship Amapa Iron Ore project in Brazil, and secondly the investment in ASX and TSX listed Macarthur Minerals, with whom Amapa shares numerous infrastructural and evolutionary similarities.

Amapa Project

Bringing a project the size and scale of Amapa back to life has as expected proved to be a complex and challenging process. Nonetheless, DEV Mineração, Cadence and Indo Sino Pty Ltd are reaching a legal settlement with the project creditors, and with the ruling in February by the Commercial Court of São Paulo that port operations and the shipment of iron ore stockpiles can begin, the company is set to take the first practical step towards bringing the project back to life, which will in turn bring benefits to the Amapa region in terms of employment, health and education.

Once the creditor settlement agreement has been signed, an initial $2.5m investment will be released from escrow, meaning that the Pedra Branca Alliance (Cadence & Indo Sino JV co) will own 99.9% of DEV, the owner of the entire Amapa mining and processing assets,. At this point Cadence will proportionately own 20% of Amapa. The next step will involve a further $3.5m investment following the granting of the necessary environmental licenses required to operate the mine, which will see Cadence move to a 27% stake, with an option to increase to 49% once project financing has been raised to complete recommissioning and commence production.

Last November Cadence completed an updated Mineral Resource Estimate for Amapa, which increased the 2012 Anglo American MRE estimate by 21% to 176.7 million tonnes (“Mt”) grading 39.7% Fe in the Indicated category. With a production capacity of 5.3Mt per annum, the survey also noted there was significant potential to increase the resource base after the completion of metallurgical and optimisation studies.

Lake Giles Iron Project

Cadence also has a stake (c1%) in ASX and TSX listed Macarthur Minerals, owner of the Lake Giles Iron Project near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The Lake Giles project consists of the Moonshine magnetite deposit and the Ularring hematite deposit, which together have an indicated Mineral Resource Estimate of 218Mt grading 27.5% Fe in the Indicated category.

Lake Giles and Amapa share many similarities in regard to facilities and production routes, and with the Feasibility Study already underway, Lake Giles has a 3.4 Mt per annum production target with potential to scale-up operations.

Lithium

A recent paper published by commodities expert Fastmarkets FB noted that global lithium supply was developing at accelerating pace due to strong and continually growing demand. In particular the demand for compounds used in lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries such as lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide has prompted lithium producers to expand total production while diversifying their investments in different lithium operations to ramp up production and diminish asset risk.

Despite an effective over supply in 2018-2019 that saw a price moratorium and a 50% fall in the price of battery-grade lithium carbonate in China, the subsequent seismic shift to bring forward EV production and commitments from major automotive manufacturers around the world saw the price of Lithium in China surge to an 18 month high of $9450 per tonne in January 2021.

The Fastmarkets’ research team expects global lithium demand to grow to at least 1.1 million tonnes per year of lithium-carbonate equivalent (LCE) by 2025 from an expected 300,000 tonnes of LCE in 2019, with Global lithium producers set to boost output year on year to maintain pace with growing demand. Despite this, as can be seen from the table above the numbers still don’t add up, with massive shortfalls projected by Benchmark Intelligence in lithium and other key constituent metals by 2030.

Over 2018, China emerged as the world’s leading lithium-processing hub with the rapid growth of companies like Ganfeng Lithium, which specialise in converting lithium concentrate from hard rock.

Cinovec – European Metals Holdings

The Cinovec project is the largest hard rock lithium resource in Europe and 4th largest non-brine resource in the world. Perfectly located to become the central lithium supply hub for the European EV industry, Cadence owns a 12% stake in AIM listed European Metals Holdings (EMH), which in turn owns 49% of the Cinovec project, (51% owned by utilities giant CEZ Group).

Cinovec is a potential low-cost producer at the bottom of the cost curve, and will sustainably supply 25,267 tpa lithium hydroxide or 22,500 tpa lithium carbonate into the European battery market.

Sonora Lithium Project

Cadence is a 30% joint venture partner with Bacanora Lithium (BCN) on the Fleur Lease (Mexalit & Megalit) at the Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico. A completed feasibility study values Sonora Mexico at US$1.25bn NPV, with some of the lowest production costs at $4,000/t in the industry.

AIM listed Bacanora is focused on building a 35,000 tpa lithium carbonate operation at Sonora with 50% owner and take off partner Ganfeng Lithium.

Australia Hard Rock Lithium Projects

Cadence owns three dormant hard rock lithium assets in Australia. These are Picasso (Western Australia – WA), Litchfield (Northern Territories – NT) and Alcoota (NT) all of which are in regions with proven lithium mineralisation and supportive mining infrastructure.

The Litchfield project, located near Darwin (NT), has an exploration license granted and is contiguous to Core Lithium’s (ASX: CXO) territory. Core has a JORC compliant mineral resource of 8.55Mt @ 1.33% Li2O for its Finnis project (for all six deposits).

Yangibana Rare Earths Project

Operated by ASX listed Hastings Technology Metals, Yangibana is a substantial Rare Earths deposit near Gascoyne in Western Australia. Drilling and sampling have revealed high concentrations of Neodymium and Praseodymium (NdPr), essential components in permanent magnets used in electric vehicles.

Cadence is a 30% joint venture partner with Hastings on part of the Yangibana Rare Earth Element Project. Probable Ore Reserves within the tenements held by Cadence are just over 2m tonnes with TREO of 1.66%.

The current mine plan anticipates production to start from the joint venture areas (Yangibana) in year 6.

A Key Role?

Around the world today there are countless mining exploration companies, commodity investors and mine operators with projects offering scope for development and potential for investment. The challenge with any project of this nature is matching the opportunity with the macro backdrop, projected demand for the commodity alongside capex vs. return, production routes, shipping and completion of cycle to bring the product to the customer.

Rarely if ever has the industry been presented with so compelling a backdrop for the commodity market as a whole. The significant global resurgence seen in the mining sector at present given is entirely sustainable given the level of asset purchases and spending by Governments to rejuvenate damaged economies and the inevitable resulting erosion in fiat currency value.

As economies emerge from the havoc wrought by the COVID virus and restrictions on spending are lifted, it is clear that in many cases demand will outstrip availability. This will apply almost without exception across the commodity spectrum – iron ore for steel to fund reconstruction – lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite and rare earths to address the burgeoning demand for lithium-ion battery production.

There is no doubt that the recovering global economy is embarking on the next great Commodity Supercycle. Many mining groups and commodity project investors will benefit from this phenomenon by owning the right projects, at the right stage of evolution at the right time. On the evidence available today, Cadence Minerals is certainly one of them.

Blencowe Resources #BRES​ – CEO Mike Ralston and Alan Green discuss ‘spectacular’ graphite intercepts at Orom Cross

Brand Comms CEO Alan Green talks to Blencowe Resources #BRES CEO Mike Ralston about today’s exceptional high-grade drilling results at the company’s 100% owned Orom Cross Graphite project in Uganda. Mike gives a brief history of the company since it acquired the project in April 2020, and then talks through the ‘spectacular’ intercepts that have confirmed geological interpretations & grade continuity at double the 6-8% average expected.

Mike confirms the event as a defining value inflection point for the project in the run up to the maiden JORC resource estimate. We then look at how Blencowe compares to peer group companies (Armadale Capital #ACP, Tirupati Graphite #TGR, Syrah Resources ASX: #SYR) before discussing the company’s solid financial position following the recent fundraisings in which the board participated. We end with three key takeaway points for investors.

Blencowe Resources #BRES CEO Mike Ralston talks to StockBox Media

Blencowe Resources #BRES CEO Mike Ralston talks to StockBox Media about the Orom Cross Graphite project, with some 2-3mt near to the surface.

As the company moves towards a maiden JORC resource number, Mike looks at the the huge potential offered by the project, and how the area sampled and met tested represent just 0.5% of the total project size.

Mike also covers the recent fundraisings and the board participation, and then takes a look at the global battery metals market, the growth in the graphite market and some of the key players.

Blencowe Resources #BRES – Annual Results for the year ended 30 September 2020

Blencowe Resources Plc, the natural resources company focused on the development of the Orom-Cross Graphite Project in Uganda, is pleased to announce its audited financial results for the year ended 30 September 2020.

The Annual Report which includes an unqualified audit report and audited Financial Statement for the year ended 30September 2020 will be made available on the Company’s website at www.blencoweresourcesplc.com.  Hard copies will be posted to the Company’s shareholders.

For further information, please contact: 

Blencowe Resources

Sam Quinn

 

www.blencoweresourcesplc.com

Tel: +44 (0) 1624 681 250

info@blencoweresourcesplc.com

 

Investor Enquiries

Sasha Sethi

Tel: +44 (0) 7891 677 441

sasha@flowcomms.com

 

Brandon Hill Capital Limited

Jonathan Evans

Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 5000

jonathan.evans@brandonhillcapital.com

 

First Equity Limited

Jason Robertson

Tel: +44 (0)20 7330 1883

jasonrobertson@firstequitylimited.com

Chief Executive Officer’s Statement

Dear Shareholders,

I am pleased to report on what has been a busy and productive year for Blencowe Resources Plc – our first full year as a public listed company following the successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2019, and following up with the acquisition of the Orom-Cross Graphite Project in April 2020, and the subsequent re-admission to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) thereafter.  Orom-Cross is a world class graphite project located in Uganda, East Africa, and a location which the Company considers to be advantageous to develop a long term resource project ahead.

With assistance from lead broker Brandon Hill Capital, Blencowe was able to raise £2 million in new cash in April to provide funding for further work in 2020 at Orom-Cross, to fast-track development of this exceptional asset.  Blencowe remains bullish on significant long-term demand for graphite as it is a key component of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery which is used for most electric vehicles as well as other renewable energy storage.  Demand for electric vehicles and Li-ion batteries, and hence graphite, is forecast to grow exponentially from 2025 onwards, around the time the Company would expect to bring Orom-Cross into production.  Evidence indicates that this growth is already underway as most vehicle manufacturers are shifting from combustion engines to electrification on a grand scale over the course of this decade.

Since completing the acquisition of this project Blencowe has made significant strides towards its principal goals, being this the completion of an exploration programme to deliver a maiden JORC standard resource and delivering a wide range of positive early results.

Blencowe hit the ground running with a 69-hole (2,000 meter) diamond drill programme launched immediately after the acquisition.  Whilst there is little doubt that Orom-Cross has considerable quantities of graphite (estimated between 2-3 billion tonnes) a JORC Resource is required to define the area being considered for initial mining, and more extensive drilling in this location to understand all aspects for subsequent operations.

Using local drilling partner ADT and experienced South African geological firm Minrom, the drilling programme was designed to deliver enough resource for the anticipated first ten years of mine life, and to provide samples for further metallurgical test work to fully understand the nature of the end-product, as a graphite concentrate.  All indications to date suggest Orom-Cross can deliver a high quality end-product.  Despite the arrival of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown in Uganda for a short period Blencowe was able to re-commence drilling late May and we completed this programme by the beginning of August, with samples ready to go to assay labs in Tanzania for prepping, and ultimately to South Africa (for JORC Resource) and Canada (metallurgical test work).

In the process the Company discovered a new high grade lode of graphite near to where we were already drilling, and added further holes to incorporate this deposit into the overall resource being considered.  We also confirmed the excellent nature of this ore body, and in particular the high percentage of larger flake sizes which carry more value.  Furthermore, the confirmation of substantial quantities of graphite near to surface will allow for Blencowe to ultimately mine at a low cost, which adds value to the project.

Based on the work completed to date, we believe that Orom-Cross exhibits all the characteristics of a potentially profit-making project and we are looking forward to further evaluating this potential by continuing to develop this asset moving forward.  Once the initial JORC Resource and associated metallurgical test work are completed in early 2021 the Company will move into the Feasibility Study phase, where all commercial parameters for a large scale mining operation are considered.  With a 21 year mining lease already secured and land compensation agreements in place and paid for, the move towards operations is de-risked.

Whilst we have achieved a considerable amount during the year, I believe it is important to note that the quality and potential of the Company’s core asset at Orom-Cross is clearly not yet reflected in the Company’s share price and market capitalisation. This will change as more work is completed and the size and scale of the asset is highlighted.

With a tight capital structure and strong support the Company is well placed to increase its profile and enhance its value proposition as we move ahead to define a maiden JORC Resource and establish the foundations for a substantial Ugandan graphite producer.

The strong progress that has been made is thanks to the hard work of our board and management team who have all worked hard across several continents to allow work to continue despite all the challenges we have faced.  In closing, I would also like to thank you – our shareholders – for your ongoing support. Our first year as a public company has been a positive one for Blencowe and I look forward to another active and successful year ahead.

Mike Ralston

Chief Executive Officer

“With a tight capital structure and strong support the Company is well placed to increase its profile and enhance its value proposition as we move ahead at Orom-Cross to define a maiden JORC Resource and establish the foundations for a substantial graphite producer ahead.” Blencowe CEO Mike Ralston

Blencowe Resources #BRES – Placing to Raise £300,000, Directors and CEO Purchase of Shares, Issue of Options and Operational Update

Blencowe Resources, the natural resources company focussed on the development of the Orom-Cross Graphite Project in Uganda, is pleased to provide the following corporate and operational update.

Highlights:

  • £300,000 new funds raised from existing shareholders and management at 6p per share
  • £75,000 of these new shares acquired by Directors and the CEO showing strong support
  • Directors and Senior Management issued with incentive share options
  • Drilling completed at world class Orom-Cross graphite project in Uganda
  • Samples recently sent to South Africa for assaying and maiden JORC Resource.
  • Further samples sent to highly accredited SGS Lakefield laboratory in Canada for stage two metallurgical test work.
  • Results for both expected in 1Q 2021.

Fundraise and Purchase of Shares

The Company is pleased to announce that it has raised £300,000 from placees at 6 pence per share, including a total of £75,000 from the Directors including  the Chairman (Cameron Pearce), Director (Sam Quinn) and CEO (Mike Ralston) whom have subscribed for £25,000 each respectively. Subscribers have also received an attaching 1 for 1 warrant to subscribe for shares at 8 pence per share for a period of three years. Funds will be used to advance the Orom-Cross development into 2021.

Following the Placing, Mr Pearce now has a shareholding of 6,916,667 Ordinary Shares (6.3% of the enlarged share capital), Mr Quinn has a shareholding of 4,666,667 Ordinary Shares (4.2% of the enlarged share capital) and Mike Ralston has a shareholding of 2,625,000 Ordinary Shares (2.4% of the enlarged share capital).

An application has been made for 5,000,000 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange with effect from 8.00 a.m. on 23 December 2020.

In accordance with the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, the Company confirms that following Admission, the Company’s enlarged issued ordinary share capital will comprise 109,964,116 Ordinary Shares. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in Treasury. Therefore, following Admission, the above figure may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations to determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in the Company, under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules. 

Issue of Options

As set out in the Company’s Prospectus, the Company intended to issue options to Directors and senior management over 10% of the issued share capital of the Company. Given the stage of development of the Company and to properly align Directors and Senior Management with shareholders, the Company now announces the grant of 10 million options as set out below, at 6p per share, for a period of five years. These options will not vest unless the share price of the Company trades in excess of 10p per share for 10 consecutive days.

Cameron Pearce (Chairman)

2,500,000

£0.06

Mike Ralston (CEO)

2,500,00

£0.06

Lionshead Consultants Ltd (Sam Quinn) (Non Exec Director)

1,750,000

£0.06

Alexander Passmore (Non Exec Director)

750,000

£0.06

Iain Wearing (COO)

2,500,000

£0.06

Operational Update

Blencowe has completed its 2,000m diamond drill program at Orom-Cross and it is now awaiting assay results in South Africa, in order to deliver its maiden JORC Resource for the project.  In parallel the Company is also awaiting metallurgical test results from samples sent to SGS Lakefield in Toronto, one of the leading experts in graphite concentrates and end-product formulation.

Following from these Blencowe will be moving to develop its first commercial study for Orom-Cross during 1H 2021, which will indicate the strong potential for an initial ten year mining operation.

Cameron Pearce Executive Chairman commented:

“We are pleased to announce further cash has been raised to extend all development work for Orom-Cross into 2021, with key stakeholders contributing meaningfully in a show of faith.  We appreciate all their support and we look forward to a successful year ahead with some significant milestones and continued progress.  Graphite is fast becoming one of the hottest commodities around as electric vehicle (EV) expansion accelerates worldwide and Blencowe is positioning itself strategically as a significant future player in this space.”

For further information please contact:

Blencowe Resources Plc

Sam Quinn (London Director)

www.blencoweresourcesplc.com

Tel: +44 (0)1624 681 250

info@blencoweresourcesplc.com

  Investor Enquiries

  Sasha Sethi

Tel: +44 (0) 7891 677 441

Email: sasha@flowcomms.com

Brandon Hill Capital Limited

Jonathan Evans (Corporate Finance)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 5000

jonathan.evans@brandonhillcapital.com

Background

Orom-Cross is a potential world class graphite project both by size and end-product quality, with a high component of larger flakes identified from previous work performed. A 21-year Mining Licence was issued by the Ugandan Government in 2019 following extensive historical work on the deposit.

Orom-Cross presents as a large, shallow open pitable deposit, with an estimated resource in excess of 3 billion tonnes of graphite. Development of the resource is expected to benefit from a low strip ratio and free dig operations, thereby ensuring lower operating and capital costs.

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Blencowe Resources #BRES -Holdings in Company

TR-1: S tandard form for notification of major holdings

NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR HOLDINGS (to be sent to the relevant issuer and to the FCA in Microsoft Word format if possible) i 
 
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Non-UK issuer 
2. Reason for the notification (please mark the appropriate box or boxes with an “X”) 
An acquisition or disposal of voting rightsX 
An acquisition or disposal of financial instrumentsX 
An event changing the breakdown of voting rights 
Other (please specify)iii 
3. Details of person subject to the notification obligation iv 
NameBarclays Plc 
City and country of registered office (if applicable)London , United Kingdom 
4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.) v 
Name 
City and country of registered office (if applicable) 
5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or reached vi :08 October 2020 
6. Date on which issuer notified (DD/MM/YYYY):09 October 2020 
7. Total positions of person(s) subject to the notification obligation 
% of voting rights attached to shares (total of 8. A)% of voting rights through financial instruments
(total of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2)
Total of both in % (8.A + 8.B)Total number of voting rights of issuer vii 
Resulting situation on the date on which threshold was crossed or reached1.6954.4926.18698,333,326 
Position of previous notification (if applicable) Below the lowest notifiable threshold Below the lowest notifiable threshold Below the lowest notifiable threshold 
 8. Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reached viii
 A: Voting rights attached to shares
 Class/type of
sharesISIN code (if possible)
Number of voting rights ix% of voting rights
 Direct(Art 9 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.1)Indirect(Art 10 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.2.1)Direct(Art 9 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.1)Indirect(Art 10 of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR5.2.1)
 GB00BFCMVS341,666,6651.695
 SUBTOTAL 8. A1,666,6651.695
   
 B 1: Financial Instruments according to Art. 13(1)(a) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1.1 (a))
 Type of financial instrumentExpiration
date 
x
Exercise/
Conversion Period 
xi
Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is exercised/converted.% of voting rights
 Right to recall (Collateral)NANA4,416,6654.492
 
 SUBTOTAL 8. B 14,416,6654,492
   
 B 2: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect according to Art. 13(1)(b) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1.1 (b))
 Type of financial instrumentExpiration
date 
x
Exercise/
Conversion Period 
xi
Physical or cash settlement xiiNumber of voting rights % of voting rights 
  
 SUBTOTAL 8.B.2 
 
9. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation (please mark the applicable box with an “X”) 
Person subject to the notification obligation is not controlled by any natural person or legal entity and does not control any other undertaking(s) holding directly or indirectly an interest in the (underlying) issuer xiii 
Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the
financial instruments are effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entity xiv (please add additional rows as necessary)
X 
Name xv% of voting rights if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold% of voting rights through financial instruments if it equals or is higher than the notifiable thresholdTotal of both if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold 
Barclays PlcNANA6.186 
Barclays Bank PlcNANA6.186 
Barclays Capital Securities LtdNANA6.186 
 
10. In case of proxy voting, please identify: 
Name of the proxy holder 
The number and % of voting rights held 
The date until which the voting rights will be held 
 
11. Additional information xvi 
 
Place of completionLondon
Date of completion09 October 2020

Notes

Please note that national forms may vary due to specific national legislation (Article 3(1a) of Directive 2004/109/EC) as for instance the applicable thresholds or information regarding capital holdings.

ii Full name of the legal entity and further specification of the issuer or underlying issuer, provided it is reliable and accurate (e.g. address, LEI, domestic number identity). Indicate in the relevant section whether the issuer is a non UK issuer.

iii Other reason for the notification could be voluntary notifications, changes of attribution of the nature of the holding (e.g. expiring of financial instruments) or acting in concert.

iv This should be the full name of (a) the shareholder; (b) the natural person or legal entity acquiring, disposing of or exercising voting rights in the cases provided for in DTR5.2.1 (b) to (h)/ Article 10 (b) to (h) of Directive 2004/109/EC; (c) all parties to the agreement referred to in Article 10 (a) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.2.1 (a)) or (d) the holder of financial instruments referred to in Article 13(1) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.3.1).

As the disclosure of cases of acting in concert may vary due to the specific circumstances (e.g. same or different total positions of the parties, entering or exiting of acting in concert by a single party) the standard form does not provide for a specific method how to notify cases of acting in concert.

In relation to the transactions referred to in points (b) to (h) of Article 10 of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.2.1 (b) to (h)), the following list is provided as indication of the persons who should be mentioned:

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (b) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (b)), the natural person or legal entity that acquires the voting rights and is entitled to exercise them under the agreement and the natural person or legal entity who is transferring temporarily for consideration the voting rights;

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (c) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (c)), the natural person or legal entity holding the collateral, provided the person or entity controls the voting rights and declares its intention of exercising them, and natural person or legal entity lodging the collateral under these conditions;

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (d) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (d)), the natural person or legal entity who has a life interest in shares if that person or entity is entitled to exercise the voting rights attached to the shares and the natural person or legal entity who is disposing of the voting rights when the life interest is created;

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (e) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (e)), the controlling natural person or legal entity and, provided it has a notification duty at an individual level under Article 9 (DTR 5.1), under letters (a) to (d) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (a) to (d)) or under a combination of any of those situations, the controlled undertaking;

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (f) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (f)), the deposit taker of the shares, if he can exercise the voting rights attached to the shares deposited with him at his discretion, and the depositor of the shares allowing the deposit taker to exercise the voting rights at his discretion;

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (g) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (g)), the natural person or legal entity that controls the voting rights;

– in the circumstances foreseen in letter (h) of Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2.1 (h)), the proxy holder, if he can exercise the voting rights at his discretion, and the shareholder who has given his proxy to the proxy holder allowing the latter to exercise the voting rights at his discretion (e.g. management companies).

Applicable in the cases provided for in Article 10 (b) to (h) of Directive 2004/109/EC (DTR5.2.1 (b) to (h). This should be the full name of the shareholder who is the counterparty to the natural person or legal entity referred to in Article 10 of that Directive (DTR5.2) unless the percentage of voting rights held by the shareholder is lower than the lowest notifiable threshold for the disclosure of voting rights holdings in accordance with national practices (e.g. identification of funds managed by management companies).

vi The date on which threshold is crossed or reached should be the date on which the acquisition or disposal took place or the other reason triggered the notification obligation. For passive crossings, the date when the corporate event took effect.

vii The total number of voting rights shall be composed of all the shares, including depository receipts representing shares, to which voting rights are attached even if the exercise thereof is suspended.

viii If the holding has fallen below the lowest applicable threshold in accordance with national law, please note that it might not be necessary in accordance with national law to disclose the extent of the holding, only that the new holding is below that threshold.

ix In case of combined holdings of shares with voting rights attached “direct holding” aend votinn  g  n rights “indirect holding”, please split the voting rights number and percentage into the direct and indirect columns – if there is no combined holdings, please leave the relevant box blank.

Date of maturity/expiration of the financial instrument i.e. the date when right to acquire shares ends.

xi If the financial instrument has such a period – please specify this period – for example once every 3 months starting from [date]. 

xii In case of cash settled instruments the number and percentages of voting rights is to be presented on a delta-adjusted basis (Article 13(1a) of Directive 2004/109/EC) (DTR 5.3.3.A).

xiii If the person subject to the notification obligation is either controlled and/or does control another undertaking then the second option applies.

xiv The full chain of controlled undertakings starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entity has to be presented also in the cases, in which only on subsidiary level a threshold is crossed or reached and the subsidiary undertaking discloses the notification as only thus the markets get always the full picture of the group holdings. In case of multiple chains through which the voting rights and/or financial instruments are effectively held the chains have to be presented chain by chain leaving a row free between different chains (e.g.: A, B, C, free row, A, B, D, free row, A, E, F etc.).

xv The names of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or financial instruments are effectively held have to be presented irrespectively whether the controlled undertakings cross or reach the lowest applicable threshold themselves.

xvi Example: Correction of a previous notification.

Blencowe Resources #BRES – First Stage Value-Add Completed at Orom-Cross

The Company is pleased to provide an update on all progress to date since its acquisition of the Orom-Cross Graphite Project in April, and its return to trading on LSE immediately thereafter.

Highlights

The Company’s Prospectus laid out its intention to fast-track value creation for the Project, by moving Orom-Cross up the development curve as quickly as possible through a combination of drilling and metallurgical studies.  The key requirements to fulfil this were identified as follows;

  • A substantial diamond drilling programme to deliver enough resource to support an initial mine life of over ten years.
  • A maiden JORC Resource for the asset, to provide both the Company and industry participants sufficient confidence with respect to the development of a modest part of Orom-Cross.
  • Completion of further metallurgical test work, using samples from this drilling programme to better understand end product from the area considered for initial mining.
  • Complete land acquisition and social responsibility programmes to ensure on-the-ground support.
  • Develop key relationships in-country to ensure ongoing support and activities moving forward.
  • Deliver a first commercial model outlining an initial mining scenario, once all drilling and metallurgical test work has been successfully completed.

Blencowe is pleased to report that a number of these objectives have already been met this year, with the balance expected to be completed by year end. This has been achieved despite the various challenges faced via Covid-19 restrictions in both Uganda and UK.

A 69-hole (1,950m) diamond drill programme was planned, executed and completed, with initial results looking positive.  These included the discovery of a new high grade lode of graphite, which was subsequently drilled within the original drilling budget and is expected to boost the overall JORC Resource estimate. The drilling programme also reconfirmed the Company’s belief that the majority of the Orom-Cross deposit contains larger flake size graphite, which commands a significant premium in terms of pricing per tonne.

Logging of core has been completed and samples are in transit to JORC-accredited labs in Tanzania ahead of the delivery of a maiden JORC Resource for Orom-Cross before the end of 2020.  Due to the vast size and scale of the asset this initial JORC is expected to be on just 1% of the overall deposit, however, it will represent a key step forward and is expected to provide sufficient resources to deliver the Project into first production with a mine life in excess of ten years.

In parallel to those samples sent to Tanzania, samples will also be sent to Canada for metallurgical testing by the experienced and market leading graphite specialist SGS, who have done similar work for many other graphite projects worldwide.  This work will not only reconfirm the data from Tanzania, but also identify what the exact end product (concentrate) at Orom-Cross will look like and the process flow to deliver that. Upon receipt of these findings, Blencowe will be able to look to enter into discussions with potential off-takers and industrial consumers to aid with the financing of the ultimate development.

The Company has continued to engage the local community, including making payments to those impacted, as set out within the terms of the mining license.  This support is considered vital to the long term viability of Orom-Cross and Blencowe is pleased to report that these funds have already been utilised for tractors and other equipment necessary to assist local communities in the area to grow their crops. In terms of disruption, both Orom-Cross and surrounding area benefit from limited existing settlement and as a result the requirement for relocations of households is expected to be minimal. However, the Company remains keen to support the regional community and will continue in both its dialogue and direct investment efforts to help boost the development of the region.

Further positive meetings and discussions with senior Government officials have continued, with an underlying tone of support and goodwill. Blencowe is grateful of their ongoing support, which is crucial in terms of long term viability of the Project and its subsequent impact on the local economy.

Significant new cash was raised in London to provide the means to deliver this work programme and an experienced management team is now in place and working hard to continue to deliver on all programmes ahead.

Blencowe is a firm believer that demand for high quality flake graphite will surge in the next decade.  This is to be driven by not only the demand in retardants, which require exclusively a larger flake size graphite product (as expected in Orom Cross), but also as the demand for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries exponentially increases, to store energy for electric vehicles and other renewable sources.  Flake graphite is a key component of the anode within the Li-ion batteries and technical experts suggest that this battery will remain the primary product in this market over the medium and longer terms.  Several larger graphite projects worldwide have either ceased or reduced production due to a wide variety of issues, whilst many of the existing deposits and proposed future developments are located in less stable regions across the globe. Accordingly, the Company believe that the graphite market may be in shorter supply in the future than the market is currently considering, whist the location of Orom-Cross in a stable African jurisdiction should make it more desirable to a potential off-takers looking for surety and continuity of supply.

Executive Chairman Cameron Pearce commented;

“This has been a very active and successful quarter since we brought in this excellent project, and recommenced trading on the LSE.  This has been achieved against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and I thank all those working on the Project who have continued to progress Orom-Cross in these truly unprecedented times.”

“The Board have no doubt that Orom-Cross is a world class graphite deposit, given its size and expected grades and flake sizes. We have a clear strategy to move the asset forward as rapidly as possible towards production. The first step to achieving this will be the publication of the maiden JORC Resource later this year, followed by the results of the metallurgical studies. The Company is well-funded to achieve these objectives following this year’s capital raise and I look forward to updating shareholders in due course.” 

For further information please contact:

Blencowe Resources Plc

Sam Quinn (London Director)

www.blencoweresourcesplc.com

Tel: +44 (0)1624 681 250

info@blencoweresourcesplc.com

Brandon Hill Capital Limited

Jonathan Evans (Corporate Finance)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 5000

jonathan.evans@brandonhillcapital.com

Background

Orom-Cross is a potential world class graphite project both by size and end-product quality, with a high component of larger flakes identified from previous work performed. A 21-year Mining Licence was issued by the Ugandan Government in 2019 following extensive historical work on the deposit.

Orom-Cross presents as a large, shallow open pitable deposit, with an estimated resource in excess of 3 billion tonnes of graphite. Development of the resource is expected to benefit from a low strip ratio and free dig operations, thereby ensuring lower operating and capital costs.

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