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Power Metal Resources #POW – Business Financial Review and Warrant Update

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce a business financial review and warrant update for shareholders.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources commented:  

“Power Metal has multiple exploration programmes underway alongside significant corporate activities in and around certain of our projects.

Given the extent of our activities I would like shareholders to also know that your Company is in a strong financial position and is well funded to complete all its currently planned exploration work, including drilling programmes underway at present.

Moreover, after the current programme of extensive exploration activities to 31 March 2021 are complete and paid for, the Company will still have significant financial resources and remain in a strong position.  This is further explained below with information regarding where we are with business operations, key financial exploration commitments and our underlying financial position.

In addition, I would draw shareholders attention to the “Warrant Update” section below which confirms Power Metal has successfully exceeded the price hurdle to enable acceleration of certain warrants.  Recognising Power Metal’s strong financial position we consider there is no requirement to exercise any right to accelerate warrants at this time.

Finally, the Company notes that in the Final Results for the year ended 30 September 2019 (announced 20 May 2020) reference was made to a planned fundraising in November 2020.  Given the £1 million raised in July 2020 and the receipt of warrant exercise monies since August, there was no need to undertake a fundraising in November 2020.”

BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL REVIEW

Power Metal’s working capital position as at 12 January 2021 was circa £2.72 million including Pounds Sterling, US Dollars, Australian Dollars and Canadian Dollars and the current value of the Company’s listed investments. Power Metal has no debt, and all trade creditor invoices received by 12 January 2021 have been deducted from the working capital figure above.

The Company’s anticipated exploration and corporate spending for the period to 31 March 2021 is currently estimated at circa £0.6 million and as a result following the completion of the period to 31 March 2021 the Company expects to still hold a robust working capital position.

The table below provides a further breakdown of the current operational and the cash funding position of each project in the Power Metal portfolio. For specific larger expenditure items we provide information of the cash commitments expected in the period to 31.3.21.

The inclusion of the table below is designed to increase transparency and detailed disclosure for shareholders enabling a fuller understanding of the cash requirements of the business in the coming months and helping to validate the strength of the Company’s underlying financial position as outlined above.

The assumptions underlying ongoing exploration and corporate costs are subject to change and are provided for guidance only.

Furthermore, should there be additional receipts of warrant monies the Company would be in an increasingly strong financial position and able to further accelerate project activities if deemed appropriate.

Table: Power Metal Detailed 2021 Project Operational and Financial Breakdown:

PROJECT

EXPLORATION FOCUS

POW

INTEREST

OPERATIONAL POSITION

PROJECT FINANCIAL INFORMATION(Cash Costs)

AUSTRALIA

Victoria Goldfields

JV with Red Rock Resources plc (LON:RRR)

 

Gold

49.9%

13 licence applications covering a footprint of 2,336 km2.. Prepared 11 historic project reports including exploration planning and a National Instrument NI 43-101 technical report covering 8 applications. Awaiting initial licence grants for 3 priority licence applications (EL007271/7281/7285) and progressing potential listing plans on a North American stock exchange and other possible joint venture initiatives.

Power Metal has paid in full all contributory costs into the Joint Venture (“JV”) to date. In the period to 31.3.21 we have provided for general cash costs to run the JV Ballarat office and for a step up in exploration activities in Q1 2021 subject to the receipt of granted licences.

BOTSWANA

Ditau Camp Project

SJV with Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV)

 

Rare Earths

50%

2 licences (1,386km2) with Rare earths potential established from recent exploration work.  First stage orientation work complete and follow up work announced 4.1.21.

Power Metal has made  advance payments of US$150,000 to cover its 2-year sole exploration commitment under the strategic joint venture (“SJV”) agreement ahead of schedule.  Power Metal has also paid its £10,000 initial contribution to corporate restructuring costs for the SJV, with the intention of initiating the process for a potential  listing of the SJV in 2021.

BOTSWANA

Kalahari Copper Belt Project

(SJV with Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV)

 

Copper

Silver

50%

2 licences (1,294km2 ) directly to the southwest of Sandfire Resources’ T3 and A4 Dome copper-silver discoveries. Soil sampling programme underway with initial samples identifying zinc pathfinder in x-ray fluorescence (“XRF”) analysis. Follow up work announced 23.12.20.

BOTSWANA

Molopo Farms Complex Project

 

Nickel

Copper

PGMs

Up to 50.96%

3 licences (1,780km2) with multiple targets identified from electromagnetic survey and ground geophysics. Drilling of four high profile targets underway with two holes complete and extensive technical analysis underway.  Thick ultramafic zones have been intersected and in hole KKME 1-6 visible sulphides have been identified as announced 11.1.21.

Power Metal is spending US$500,000 to earn into a 40% direct project ownership which along with its 18.26% project holding company interest, will give a 50.96% effective economic project interest to Power Metal.  To date circa US$292,641 has been paid with a further US$207,359 (circa £151,952) included in cash costs to 31.3.21.

CAMEROON

Cobalt Blue Project

 

Cobalt

Nickel

100%

4 licences adjacent to, or within 50km of the Nkamouna/Nada cobalt/nickel deposit.  Review of exploration and commercialisation options reaching an advanced stage.

Further update to follow regarding the Company’s plans and financial commitment.

CANADA

Silver Peak Project

 

Silver

 

Earn -in to 30%

Mineral claims over historical Eureka-Victoria Silver Mine and high grade, intrusion related, polymetallic Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu veins.

Summer 2020 channel sample programme included a delineated bonanza grade silver up to 0.50m @ 14,937 g/t Ag, 3.05 % Cu & 11.95 % Pb. In November, drill hole SP2020-01intersected a rubbly vein zone between 1.52m to 1.83m which assayed 0.31m @ 5,270 g/t (169.5 troy oz/tonne) silver as announced 29.12.20.

Planned recommencement of drilling in Spring 2021.

 

As part of the earn-in to 30% Power Metal has committed to cover CAD$250,000 on exploration in the period to September 2021.  To date CAD $141,048 has been paid covering expected spend to 31.3.21 and leaving CAD$108,952 remaining later in 2021.

THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Kisinka Project

 

Copper

Cobalt

70%

Exploration licence of 41 carrés miniers (each 84.95 ha) with a 6.8km copper/cobalt anomaly identified.

Geophysics programme launched in late 2020 (as announced 15.12.20) and finalising the conversion of the licence to a Permis d’Exploitation (production license) with a 25-year life.

Advance payments made to cover geophysical programme costs.   Further costs of circa US$30,000 are expected in the period to 31.3.21.

TANZANIA

Haneti Project

JV with Katoro Gold plc (LON:KAT)

 

Nickel

Copper

Platinum Group Metals (‘PGM’)

Gold etc

35%

Large polymetallic land package of c.5,000 km2 including 80km long ultramafic complex with drill ready nickel sulphide/PGM targets.  Currently undertaking Rotary Air Blast drill programme at Haneti (as announced 30.12.20).

Power Metals has already made advance payments towards maiden drill programme costs.  Balancing Power Metal drill costs are expected to be circa US$55,000 in the period to 31.3.21.

USA

Alamo Gold Project

 

Gold

Earn-in up to 75%

Package of mining claims covering c.946 acres prospective for gold following the discovery of native gold nuggets near surface. Follow on work underway (as announced 11.12.20 and after completion of the reconnaissance survey in summer 2020) with further update to market expected shortly.

Power Metal has committed to minimum exploration spend in the 12 months to July 2021 of US$100,000, of which US$50,000 has been paid and a further US$50,000 is expected in the period to 31.3.21.  In addition, a further US$25,000 of property payments to the vendor were made in December 2020 in accordance with the earn-in commitment.

 

WARRANT UPDATE

On 10 December 2019 Power Metal announced an Equity Placing and Subscription which included the grant of 175,000,000  warrants exercisable at a price of at 0.70p per new ordinary share of 0.1 pence each in the Company with an exercise period ending on 10 December 2021, (the “Financing Warrants”). 

The Financing Warrants were subject to an acceleration clause whereby should the volume weighted average share price (“VWAP”) exceed 2.25p for 10 consecutive trading days, the Company may write to warrant holders providing 10 working days’ notice of accelerated exercise, with 15 working days thereafter for payment.

The Company can confirm that in the 10 consecutive trading day period of 24 December 2020 to 11 January 2021 the Power Metal VWAP exceeded 2.25p and therefore the Company has the right to accelerate any unexercised Financing Warrants.

For the avoidance of doubt Power Metal is not at this time proposing to utilise the above acceleration clause.

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.  

For further information please visit  https://www.powermetalresources.com/   or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious metal exploration in North America and Australia together with base and strategic metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage prospects currently the subject of drill programmes.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Company Q&A

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to provide the questions and answers to a number of investor queries received recently by the Company. Where possible the question below is that presented to us, however where multiple questions involve similar themes, we have consolidated into a single question to avoid duplication.

Power Metal also notes that investors wishing to understand the current position of the Company may refer to the recently uploaded Investor Presentation which is available on the Company’s website and may be viewed through the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/p/193/presentations

COMPANY Q & A

Power Metal Resources has received numerous investor queries recently and we are pleased with the increasing interest shown in our activities.  Where possible questions have been grouped into categories as outlined below.

Project Operations – Exploration and Corporate Activities

QUESTION

RESPONSE

Botswana – Molopo Farms Complex

 

Regarding drill #1 – why was the drill stopped when the anomaly identified via geophysics indicated an anomaly stronger with depth? 

 

The hole was angled at 60 degrees and was over 500m in length and passed between harder and softer rock as it descended.

The possibility of some deviation as we drilled makes it possible that we have missed by a few metres a steeply dipping target identified by geophysics.

The mudstones encountered could be generating a conductive anomaly but are likely to cover a greater areal extent as they are a known horizon in the Molopo Farms Complex of rocks, so this would be inconsistent with the areally restricted conductive anomaly identified from our geophysical work.

One possibility is that the geophysics took a gently dipping anomaly and a steeply dipping anomaly, the latter being our target, and modelled the two as being one.

It was more logical given the above to stop the hole at the target depth and move on to drill the next hole while analysing the core and doing down-hole geophysics.  If we had carried on drilling, we could have possibly drilled right past our target.

With the downhole geophysics we can look around and below the hole for 300m in each direction and so get a more accurate 3-D geophysical model and interpret the dip and orientation of the strata encountered in the drill core.

Unless results do not justify it, we will return to the hole and if necessary, deviate from it or drill deeper to test the assumed target.  

 

Botswana – Molopo Farms Complex

Is the geological model for the Molopo Farm Complex looking for geology similar to the Bushveld Igneous Complex, the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe or some other large ultramafic complexes?

 

 

Each ultramafic complex has its own characteristics depending on the conditions that produced it. We are drilling a satellite ultramafic intrusive which is part of, and of similar age to, the Large Bushveld Igneous Province, as described on this page of the KKME website: https://www.kalaharikey.co.uk/mopo-farms-project/geology-of-the-molopo-farms-complex/ .

Australia – Victoria Goldfields

What is the status of the Australia gold JV and will shareholders receive a distribution from Power Metal if the Australian Joint Venture Company is listed on a North American stock exchange?

 

 

 

We have various work streams underway in respect of the Australia gold joint venture and it is a very proactive period for this important part of the Power Metal business.

 

Our immediate focus is the advancement of the technical project information and exploration planning in preparation for the launch of efficient and targeted ground exploration which can only commence on the grant of licence applications.

 

In parallel we continue to work on the potential listing of some or all of the interests on a North American stock exchange as announced to shareholders.

 

In all discussions our focus is rapid advancement of exploration and significant commitment by any potential partners to ground exploration where we believe considerable value can be added through proactive implementation of exploration programmes.

 

The potential listing could generate an asset of considerable value given the strategic nature of the ground under application in Victoria.  That valuation would increase, perhaps significantly, with the grant of licences and the ability to launch ground exploration to validate our geological propositions. There is clear evidence of significant gold mineralisation across the licence application footprint.

 

The question of whether we would specifically seek to distribute any listed activity gains from the Australia JV, or indeed from any other corporate transaction undertaken by Power Metal or its partners, is a little early to definitively answer at this stage.

 

It is fair to say that we are attracted to the distribution model, which allows shareholders to see a return from their investment in Power Metal in addition to the appreciation in Power Metal share value that commercialisation of our interests could provide.

 

There are many elements to consider in this including what is best to advance the projects, the approach of any partners to transactional structuring, positioning Power Metal to enable distributions and considering the taxation elements to seek distribution efficiency from a tax planning perspective.

 

There are many work streams to complete if Power Metal were to consider distributions, but they can be run concurrently, and they could include seeking the approval of shareholders at a General Meeting.

 

 

Australia – Victoria Goldfields

How does Power Metal value its interests in the Australian Joint Venture Company and particularly its licences?

 

 

 

This is a complicated exercise as valuation depends on many factors including inherent geological and commercial potential, market conditions, granted or application status, historic and future spend and perhaps significantly the strategic significance of the JV interests.

 

We are developing valuation metrics, however for a real sense of valuation in the current market we can only look at recent transactions for similar interests and gain a feel for what might be achievable.

 

As stated previously a major factor for us is the commitment to significant ground exploration and financial investment to support that exploration work. We believe that proactive exploration stands a very good chance of identifying gold mineralisation and that will be a major uplift to any project valuation.

 

As you can see we are working with so many variables, but we know that having identified and built such an important and strategic land package in Victoria, we now have a duty to manage this professionally and seek the highest returns reasonably achievable from this unique opportunity.

 

Australia – Victoria Goldfields

Will Power Metal be seeking an income stream from any commercial transactions in respect of the Australian interests?

 

 

 

The main objective is the pursuit of exploration and corporate transactions that will maximise the capital return from the opportunity.  Income wise, we will likely focus on royalty income streams from interests as and when we involve third parties in a project or projects.

 

Australia – Victoria Goldfields

There is a lot of interest being shown in Victoria gold projects including ECR Minerals plc one of your neighbours.  Is this something you are also experiencing for the gold JV in Victoria?

 

 

 

It is increasingly clear that the Victoria Goldfields is a particularly attractive destination for gold exploration. 

 

The strategic nature of our Australia gold JV, with the size of land package assembled and the extent of prospectivity that’s evident from our published technical work, means that there will be interest and we have stated this previously.

 

Australia – Victoria Goldfields

Are there plans to re-process mine dumps in the Victoria Gold Fields in Australia once appropriate licences are granted?

 

 

This is not something we have looked at so far, but as licenses are granted, we will investigate the evidence at surface where there has been previous mining activity, which may include small gold-bearing dumps or tailings.

USA – Alamo Gold Project

Do you expect to be able to mine nuggets of gold from near the surface at the Alamo gold project in Arizona?

 

As announced by the Company via RNS on 20 November 2020, the plan is to undertake mini-bulk sampling alongside other exploration techniques in December 2020.  That should tell us more about project mineralisation including the prospectivity for gold nuggets near surface.

We are also looking at the potential for other mineralisation and the potential bedrock source of the gold mineralisation that, as we have clearly established to date, exists near-surface.  The latter was also demonstrated during our January 2020 due diligence field trip where we identified gold nuggets during the digging and metal detecting of shallow pits at the project.

This is early stage exploration and the prospect of mining, although ultimately our principal objective, is something we must build towards with exploration.  If successful, that exploration will confirm gold mineralisation of a magnitude to support permit applications and associated studies that would be the precursor steps to the launch of mining operations.

 

Tanzania – Haneti Project

You have announced that mobilisation is underway but when will drilling actually commence at the first drill location?

 

Power Metal has a communications approach that articulates through regulatory news announcements the status and progress on all of our material project interests.  This includes Haneti which is a very material opportunity for the Company.

Power Metal, with our partners Katoro Gold plc have announced pre-mobilisation, mobilisation of drilling and intend to announce an update on full drill commencement as appropriate, including if possible images on our website photo gallery showing the drill in action at the drill location.

 

Tanzania – Haneti Project

Why has Haneti not been drilled before if it is such an important strategic opportunity?

 

On a general level the junior resource sector has been experiencing challenging conditions for some time and in many cases, there has not been the financial capital around to pursue project acquisitions or impactful exploration activities.

Many great discoveries have, in our view, been made in scenarios where projects have not been able to attract sufficient project capital to enable progression of exploration.

Haneti is however a project that has received exploration capital over many years and has built to a position where the next stage is drilling.

Importantly Haneti now has two public companies working together to operate and finance drilling. 

Given the level of interest shown in the project, and in nickel sulphide exploration opportunities generally, it makes commercial sense all round to crack on with drill programmes which is what is happening at Haneti.

 

Canada – Silver Peak

When do you expect to receive assay results from the work undertaken recently?

 

As with all our projects we push for the receipt of assay data as soon as possible.  With the Covid-19 restrictions around the world in 2020 the Company has not been in a position to accurately confirm timescales around the receipt of assay data from third parties. As soon as assay results are received and interpreted by the Company, an announcement will be made to shareholders.

 

Canada – Silver Peak

Given we are now in winter season, how do you expect to take Silver Peak project forward?

 

We generated highly positive exploration findings from the summer due diligence sampling work including bonanza grade silver and significant copper and lead.  We await the assays from limited follow up drilling and sampling we were able to undertake in the short programme that we recently announced was curtailed by poor weather conditions.

Using the above and the historic exploration data available to us, we will, with our partners, determine the next exploration and corporate steps for the Silver Peak project.

We believe the Silver Peak project has great potential and now must identify the appropriate pathways for its development.

 

Canada – Silver Peak

Were you disappointed with the weather disruption at Silver Peak and what can you do to get the project back on track?

 

Absolutely. Power Metal is keen to push each project as hard as possible and we put a lot of work into drill programme design and implementation.  The weather hit us twice with storms damaging access and meaning our original programme with a larger rig could not go ahead.  Then the snow brought our man-portable rig operation to an abrupt and early conclusion.

We believe shareholders prefer a proactive approach to exploration and clearly, we pushed hard to get the Silver Peak drilling done whilst ensuring safety of operations at the site in the more challenging conditions.

 

DRC – Kisinka

Is it possible to extract value from the Kisinka project in the DRC and are you not concerned that money invested may be locked in?

 

We have operations around the globe in different jurisdictions and the DRC is one country that we believe investors perhaps do not fully understand or appreciate.  We think that will change.

The Company’s experience to date has been very positive however and suggests to us that there is real value to be created in the DRC, not least because of the immense metal prospectivity across the country.

Power Metal is pursuing a potential new copper-cobalt district at Kisinka which is situated near to Lubumbashi in the south-east of the country.

The quality of technical reports that we receive from operations at Kisinka is extremely good demonstrating the professionalism of our partners. 

Also, based on our experience the ability to secure licences and permits for operations is in many respects more straightforward than many jurisdictions where the process is more complex and takes longer.

Added to all this there are many international companies that are operating producing mines in the DRC including Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula under development now and which is expected to become one of the largest global producing mines.

 

DRC – Kisinka

When do you expect to complete the geophysics and start drilling?

 

The high-grade copper and cobalt from assays recently announced means that Kisinka is a key project interest and we are looking to commence follow on exploration as soon as possible. 

As announced 20 November 2020 the Company is working on setting up a ground magnetic survey and a ground electromagnetic survey, to detect both low magnetic and chargeable lithologies and indicate structures and faulting and areas of carbonate rocks, in order to generate precise drill targets with our in-country partners. 

The Company will make a further announcements to the market as appropriate in respect of the proposed programme at Kisinka.

 

Botswana – Kavango Resources JV

When will we hear more about the exploration work from the Kalahari Copper Belt?

 

As announced in the Company’s ‘Project Portfolio Update’ on 5 October 2020 the Company is awaiting the results of a soil sampling programme.  An update on that programme, its findings and the next steps will be released to the market once results have been received and interpreted.

 

Botswana – Kavango Resources JV

Have you refined your plans for a listing of the JV on a Canadian or UK stock exchange?

 

Plans remain on track and we have been putting in place the steps to achieve our listing objective.

We will provide an update on this to the market as appropriate.

 

General – Project Valuations

Do you have anything you could provide to investors with valuation indications on the projects, such as project NPVs?

 

We have a portfolio of early stage project interests, albeit some are in a more advanced stage with drill programmes running.  It is more difficult to ascribe valuations to earlier stage projects.

A similar situation exists on discovery, where the full extent of a project’s valuation will only be developed as projects are progressed and more is understood about the scale and type of mineralisation.

To a certain extent the involvement of third parties on project earn-in or joint ventures can assist with an assessment of likely value also.

In addition, project spinouts especially involving compensation in marketable assets such as listed equity will also help the developing value assessment.

As soon as we can start to attribute specific values to project interests and investments we will seek to do so.

 

General – New Opportunities

Are you still looking for new opportunities and are you limited in the regions you would operate in and the commodities you would explore for?

 

The Company actively assesses any new opportunities it is presented with although it has to be said we have already noted a rise in vendor expectations regarding project valuations. 

We are of the belief that we would not have been able to assemble our current portfolio of projects on the same terms today given the stronger natural resources environment.

We were given a tremendous opportunity by the difficult market conditions of 2019/2020 and now shareholders have the advantage of a portfolio constructed in challenging markets, as those same markets move into what we believe will be a stronger phase.

We want to develop the Company around clear themes, demonstrating consistency and clear strategic rationale.  Therefore, we think it’s wise to follow the overall business structure of precious metals in North America and Australia and base metals in Africa. 

 

 

Business Management

QUESTION

RESPONSE

How is the Company able to manage 9 projects and commit adequate management time to each?

 

Whilst the management of a number of projects is a challenge, the Company ensures that it is adequate staff and management time available for each project as appropriate. The Company is also enhancing management oversight to ensure regular engagement of London plc with the project management and operational teams running each of our interests.

 

We also have support with back office including financial accounting and compliance through an external provider.  In addition, we have assistance to manage and coordinate our extensive external communications.

 

We will bring in further bespoke managerial resources as our business expands and our working capital grows. 

 

 

Should Power Metal spin out interests will there be a continuing involvement in management and if so how will that be possible given the management requirements of the core business?

 

It depends on the nature and type of transaction undertaken.  Where needed we will of course apply our management time and other resources to assist. 

 

However, our focus is on ensuring any spin outs or similar are into wrappers or deal structures that come with experienced management able to deal holistically with the commercial challenges without relying too heavily on Power Metal central resources.

 

What measures do you have in place to ensure your management and operations team have due regard for environmental protection and the protection of local communities?

 

This is absolutely vital especially as our business expands its active operations in the field. We already have a keen focus on health and safety, environmental and community protection and that will continue.

 

We seek to follow best practice across the above areas and generally from a corporate governance perspective reflective of the resources available to a smaller company. 

 

To add further weight to this we are currently reviewing a number of trade associations from whom we can secure further support on best practice. 

 

We expect to join trade associations in the near term to further demonstrate our desire to remain proactive in this area.

 

By way of example our Australian JV has just employed a community relations and environment officer as its second employee showing the high priority we give to these matters.

 

 

Financing Strategy

QUESTION

RESPONSE

You have disclosed your working capital position and appear confident you are in a strong financial position, however how reasonable is this given the large spread of projects and work being undertaken on them?

 

The answer revolves around more than just the absolute amount of working capital we hold and also includes how we spend our money, the level of fixed financial commitments and our access to additional working capital sources.  The latter point we deal with in the next question so for now we will focus on the matters of spending and financial commitments.

 

We are quite keen on the control of spending and have our main areas of spend under control.  Much of a junior resource company spend falls into central overhead and exploration spend. When corporately acquisitive, then acquisition costs can also be material.

 

For central overheads the direct costs in relation to the exchange listing and advisors surrounding that are largely fixed and need to be budgeted for. We pay our central costs promptly and carry almost no trade creditors for any material periods.  We have no material debt.

 

Much central cost in junior resource companies relates to director salaries and expenses.  At Power Metal, we believe against our peers in the sector we are modestly paid and have very little outlay for director personal expenses.

 

The aim for us (as holders beneficially interested in approximately 14% of the Company’s issued share capital) is to see money invested in the ground to make exploration and commercial progress including major metal discoveries. 

 

If we do that our shareholdings may rise considerably in value and the financial returns from that would be way more beneficial to directors than excessive board salaries in the early stages of the Company’s development.

 

Turning to exploration spending, for the vast majority of our project spend, our exploration outgoings are flexible and generally entirely at our volition.  This means we can spend if we wish to, but curtail exploration spend across our business if we wish to, for whatever reason.  That spend control is important.

 

Equally for new acquisitions we have always been controlled and not overly exposed ourselves with heavy acquisition terms.  We have used cash as part of acquisition terms but only modestly as cash is king in our sector. 

 

Generally, where possible we have also used our shares for new acquisition vendor payments.  So far that model has worked well to preserve cash and acquire opportunities on reasonable terms (with shared upside for vendors who hold interests in Power Metal stock and benefit as the shares increase in value).

 

Where do you feel most additional working capital will be generated; from financings, warrant exercises or asset disposals?

 

It’s difficult to be precise on future working capital sources but we do have some degree of expectation subject of course to market conditions and buoyancy in the junior resource sector.

 

Power Metal could undertake financings and the Board are confident that money could be raised as required.  This has been amply demonstrated by the £2.7m raised in financings since February 2019 and, save for the initial restructuring in February 2019, Power Metal financings in December 2019 and July 2020 were conducted at the then market price. 

 

Discounted financings are not what Power Metal seeks to undertake as that we consider that potentially damaging for shareholder value and confidence in general.

 

Ideally, we are seeking to build our working capital to become financially self-sustaining.  This would mean that we would not need to undertake financings unless we chose to do so on strong terms or to value-adding institutional investors.

 

Warrant exercises have provided a considerable amount of additional working capital.  The amount raised through warrant exercises since August 2020 has enabled the company to be aggressive with its exploration and corporate plans.  In essence each warrant exercise provides us with funds to accelerate our operational activities.

 

Alongside the above we have a strategic investment portfolio that is growing in value and should that continue, it would provide a source of further working capital should this be needed for operations.

 

The area where we feel considerable working capital could be generated is from spinouts or other similar commercial transactions where we exchange some of our direct ownership of an interest for mainly cash or shares in other entities. 

 

If those entities are liquid listed vehicles, then the effect is to have an asset easily translatable into cash when and if needed to fund our own operations.

 

Can you explain the warrant exercise process, its impact on shareholder dilution and whether there are any restrictions on the warrants?

 

Power Metal receives an exercise form from a warrant holder and checks the validity of this to an underlying warrant register. If acceptable this exercise is reconciled to a receipt of cash into the Company’s bank account.

 

For all valid exercises we secure board approval to issue equity, prepare a market announcement and an AIM admission form for the new equity to be admitted to trading on AIM.

 

The end result is a market announcement confirming the warrant exercises and cash received.

 

The new shares are generated by the registrar and admitted to trading on AIM thereafter. 

 

The warrant exercises increase the issued share capital with such information provided in the requisite market announcement at the time and the increased amount of shares is updated to the Company’s website AIM Rule 26 page on the Investors’ section of the site accordingly.

 

 

Can you provide further information on all outstanding warrants and options to give a better understanding of potential dilution?

 

Details of all warrants issued by the Company can be found in regulatory announcements released by the Company and within the Company’s Financial Report and Accounts.

 

Additionally, the Company will be adding to its new website in due course a full schedule of all financial instruments including all warrants and options held generally by investors and also those held by the board of directors. 

 

This schedule will include all final exercise dates and any special terms including accelerators whereby the company can elect to expedite the use of warrants by holders and if not used, cancel the remainder warrants although, as noted above, all such information can be found within the relevant announcements made by the Company.

 

What amount of revenue do you expect to generate from your projects and how will that revenue be derived?

 

Power Metal is generally seeking capital returns where an increase in the value of projects is secured through exploration or corporate structuring.

 

In some cases that value may be crystallised through a disposal of some or all of a project interest for cash or shares in an acquiring company.

 

In respect of any disposals we are also keen on longer term consideration that could be described as “revenue” including royalties from interests disposed where Power Metal would receive payments should an interest enter production. 

 

Royalties can be a highly valuable source of income or revenue over the longer term so potentially could become a valuable part of our business asset base.

 

In addition, royalty income streams can be sold for material cash sums, providing optionality to Power Metal on how value should be crystallised.

 

When do you anticipate institutional investors will be interested in Power Metal?

 

There are of course institutions of all shapes and sizes, with varying business rationales and many are not suitable partners for our company.

 

We are open to reputable and recognised institutional investment but are also comfortable without it. 

 

Well regarded institutional finance can increase investor confidence in Power Metal, however we are well funded presently and are entirely comfortable with our access to future working capital as outlined in some detail above.

 

 

 

Marketing and Communications

QUESTION

RESPONSE

Can you produce company level and project specific factsheets to help investors understand the business and its constituent elements?

 

The Company intends to undertake this exercise once the website update has been completed.  

Will you be having updated analyst reports prepared for Power Metal?

 

Yes, we expect our brokers will provide updated research to the market as they deem appropriate.

 

 

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

 

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious metal exploration in North America and Australia together with base metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Project Portfolio Update

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to provide a project portfolio update for shareholders.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented:

“Power Metal has built a diverse portfolio of interests and has multiple projects in the active exploration phase.  The latest position for all our project interests is outlined below, together with details of targeted near-term news flow across our business.

To assist investors and shareholders keep track as we push ahead with multiple exploration programmes we continue to enhance our communications tools embracing both public and investor relations disciplines.  The Company’s corporate website is being updated at present and a new website is to be launched in the coming month.  We are also looking to launch or enhance project level websites where appropriate.

We work hard to keep our corporate presentation fully up to date with each Company announcement, so it should remain a primary tool for shareholders wishing to learn more.  Today we are also launching  a Project Dashboard for shareholders which will be held on our website and contain an updated overview of each project, its status and near-term plans.

Power Metal are seeking large scale metal discoveries through active exploration, much of which is currently underway or about to commence.  Given the level of activity it’s important we remain open to feedback.  Therefore, should shareholders have any questions, or suggestions, please let us know via info@powermetalresources.com.”

Project Information Sources for Shareholders:

Further details in respect of Power Metal’s nine project interests can be found on the Company’s website https://www.powermetalresources.com/s/30/projects

The Company maintains a frequently updated Corporate Presentation which provides an overview of each project and additional corporate information and this may be viewed through the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/p/193/presentations

Recognising the breadth of the Company’s projects, and the ongoing active exploration across numerous projects, Power Metal have today launched a Project Dashboard.  This provides an updated list of Company’s projects, their current status and each project’s targeted near term newsflow.

The Dashboard is now embedded into the Company’s website and a pdf copy may be downloaded through the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/Uploads/8668-POW_Project_Summary_Updated.pdf

The latest project status and targeted news flow is also outlined below.  Shareholders should note that the targeted outcomes and plans may be impacted by a variety of factors, of which readers will be aware the continuing Covid-19 pandemic remains a material factor.  Power Metal works with its in-country partners to mitigate and manage all risks proactively and efficiently to ensure where possible the safe continuation of ground operations.

Power Metal Project Status and Targeted News Flow:

PROJECTMETALPOWINTERESTCURRENT STATUSTARGETED KEY NEWS 2020
     
AUSTRALIAVictoria Goldfields Joint Venture Gold49.9%12 applications over (2,188 km2.) Completed historic project reports, exploration planning and NI 43-101. Potential grant of exploration licences, starting with first 3 priority applications, then launch of exploration programmes.Progress updates for listing on North American stock exchange.
BOTSWANADitau Camp Project Rare Earths50%2 licences (1,386km2) Rare earths potential established from recent exploration work.Commence orientation study to assist in the characterisation and exploration vectoring for the Ditau Project carbonatite ring-structures potentially hosting rare earths.
BOTSWANAKalahari Copper Belt Project CopperSilver50%2 licences (1,386km2) southwest of Sandfire Resources’ T3 and A4 Dome copper-silver discoveries.Exploration results from soil sampling, then ground magnetic surveying, and possibly airborne electromagnetic surveying, leading into drill target development.
BOTSWANAMolopo Farms Complex Project NickelCopperPGMsUp to 50.96%3 licences (1,780km2) with multiple targets identified from electromagnetic survey and ground geophysics. Planned launch of maiden drill programme and thereafter delivery of results from drilling to the market including on-site findings and laboratory assays.
CAMEROONCobalt Blue Project CobaltNickel100%4 licences adjacent to, or within 50km of the Nkamouna/Nada cobalt/nickel deposit.  Announce findings from review of exploration strategies and potential commercialisation options.
CANADASilver Peak Project Silver 30%Mineral claims over historical Eureka-Victoria Silver Mine and high grade, intrusion related, polymetallic Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu veins.Planned launch of drill programme targeting high grade silver veins and following channel sampling in September 2020 which highlighted bonanza grade of up to 14,937g/t (482 oz/t).
DRCKisinka Project CopperCobalt70%Exploration licence of 41 carrés miniers (each 84.95 ha) with a 6.8km copper anomaly identified.Copper/cobalt assay results pending from 2020 pitting programme.C onversion of the licence to a Permis d’Exploitation (production license) with a 25 year life.
TANZANIAHaneti Project NickelCopperPGMsGold etc35%Large polymetallic land package of c5,000 km2  including 80km long ultramafic complex with drill ready nickel sulphide/PGM targets.Planned launch of maiden drill programme and thereafter delivery of results from drilling to the market including on-site findings and laboratory assays
USAAlamo Gold Project GoldUp to 75%Package of mining claims covering c766 acres prospective for gold following the discovery of native gold nuggets near surface.Planned follow on exploration programme after initial short reconnaissance survey conducted successfully in August 2020.

REGULATORY STATEMENT

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

For further information please visit  https://www.powermetalresources.com/   or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc
Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)+44 (0) 7766 465 617
 SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)
Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat+44 (0) 20 3470 0470
 SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)
Nick Emerson                                                                                                           +44 (0) 1483 413 500
 First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)
David Cockbill/Jason Robertson+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious metal exploration in North America and Australia together with base metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Increase in Haneti Project Interest

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to provide an update in respect of the Haneti Project (“Haneti”) .

BACKGROUND

Previously Power Metal held a 25% ownership interest in Haneti with 75% held by Katoro Gold plc (LON:KAT)(“Katoro”).  As announced on 15 March 2019, the Company also held an option to increase its interest to 35% by payment to Katoro of £25,000 in cash by 31 August 2020.

INCREASE IN PROJECT INTEREST EXECUTED

The Company announces that today it has exercised that option, paid £25,000 to Katoro, and now has a 35% interest in Haneti.  Therefore the ownership structure of Haneti is now Katoro 65% and Power Metal 35%.

Katoro and Power Metal are now working together to make the necessary changes of ownership in the project holding companies and also in underlying joint venture documentation.

Both parties must meet their proportionate expenditure commitments of future costs to maintain their percentage interest or will dilute in accordance with standard industry dilution provisions.

Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented:

“Haneti is a considerable opportunity in terms of size and geological potential.  The focus to date has been largely the nickel sulphide potential, which is understandable given the drill ready targets at Mihanza Hill and Mwaka Hill.

“However, alongside the drill ready targets, the full impact of the 80km potential strike length and the polymetallic opportunities across a 5,000 sq km strategic project footprint, mean that Haneti is a project capable of delivering discoveries in nickel sulphide (and laterite), copper, platinum group metals, gold, lithium and rare earths.

“As Katoro has highlighted, there is significant interest in Haneti from larger companies, and with good reason, given the size and diversity of opportunity.

“Taking all factors into account we felt it was important to exercise the option to increase our interest with immediate effect to 35% and so we have done so.”

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc
Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)+44 (0) 7766 465 617
SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)
Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat+44 (0) 20 3470 0470
SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)
Nick Emerson                                                                                                           +44 (0) 1483 413 500
First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)
David Cockbill/Jason Robertson+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including gold exploration in North America and Australia together with base metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Haneti Project: Nickel Sulphide Drill Programme Finalised

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to  announce details of the planned confirmatory drilling programme targeting nickel sulphides at the Haneti Nickel Project in Tanzania (“Haneti” or the “Project”).

HIGHLIGHTS:

Haneti Project

The Haneti Nickel Project covers an area of approximately 5,000 km2in central Tanzania and comprises tenements (prospecting licences, offers and applications) prospective for nickel, platinum-group-elements and gold.

The main prospective belt of rocks within the Haneti Project is the linear dyke-like, Haneti-Itiso Ultramafic Complex (“HIUC”), which sporadically crops out over a strike length of 80 km.

Exploration Rationale

The JV partners being Power Metal & Katoro Gold Plc (“Katoro”) are to undertake a phased exploration programme to assess the potential for nickel sulphide mineralisation within the HIUC.

Confirmation of targeted geological structures and the discovery of a new nickel sulphide deposit or deposits would generate considerable commercial value for the JV partners.

Exploration work will align with and complement discussions with third parties, who have expressed interest in the Haneti Project.

Drill Programme

First stage exploration programme verifying and drill-testing potential chonolith-type nickel sulphide mineralisation within the HIUC.

A short shallow (100m) rotary air blast drill programme will seek to verify three near-surface targets ahead of a confirmatory deep (300m) diamond drilling programme.

Airborne geophysics over the wider project area will seek to delineate additional deep-seated targets.

Programme Funding

Based on the outlined drill programme the proposed Power Metal contribution is to be funded from existing working capital, and an amount covering this has already been allocated in the Company’s USD account.

 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S STATEMENT

Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented: “The Haneti story is one I have been following for many years and it was a great opportunity to take a project interest for Power Metal shareholders in 2019.

We have now moved the Haneti JV forward and prepared a nickel sulphide targeting drill programme, through which we aim to advance our understanding of the geological characteristics of the Project and, potentially, make a new nickel sulphide discovery.

We are being disciplined with a two-stage drill programme using shallow rotary air blast drilling to verify the proposed targets for a follow-on deeper diamond drill programme.

The next step is a practical one, as we make preparations for the launch of the drill programme, and we look forward to announcing mobilisation which will be an exciting point for both JV partners.” 

HANETI PROJECT OWNERSHIP STRUCTURE

Power Metal currently holds a 25% interest in the Project with a 75% interest held by JV partner Katoro Gold plc (LON:KAT).

Power Metal also holds an option to increase its interest in the Project from 25%% to 35% through a payment to Katoro Gold of £25,000 by 31 August 2020.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Haneti Nickel Project (“Haneti”) covers an area of approximately 5,000 km2 in central Tanzania approximately 88 km north of the capital city Dodoma. It comprises tenements (prospecting licences, offers and applications) prospective for nickel, platinum-group-elements and gold.

One of the key exploration objectives for the JV partners at the Haneti Project is seeking to delineate the potential for economic nickel mineralisation in central Tanzania.

HANETI GEOLOGY AND NICKEL PROSPECTIVITY

The main prospective belt of rocks within the Haneti Project is the, linear dyke-like, Haneti-Itiso Ultramafic Complex (“HIUC”) which sporadically crops out over a strike length of 80 km and mainly comprises serpentinites (metamorphosed ultrabasic rocks such as dunite and peridotite), with metabasic rocks such as metagabbro and metadolerite.

Geologically the Haneti tenements straddle the boundary between the Archaean Dodoman Craton to the south‐west and gneisses of the Palaeo‐Proterozoic Usagaran Orogenic Complex to the northeast.

Bordering the Haneti block to the west, a new greenstone belt, the Londoni Greenstone Belt has been recognised in recent years within the Archaean Dodoman System. This greenstone geology extends southeast into the Haneti project where work on third party mining claims that occur within the Haneti prospecting licence Offer area, PLA 1162, has reported positive results.

HISTORIC EXPLORATION

The Haneti area was first explored in 1931 by a private prospector who collected a Ni‐rich magnetite sample at Mihanza Hill. Later trenching uncovered a few discontinuous green‐stained veins rich in Ni‐silicates and containing several percent nickel.

In the early 1960s the Geological Survey of Tanzania carried out mapping, pitting, soil sampling, trenching and rock chip sampling of ultramafic outcrops on the Zoani, Mindii and Mihanza hills, within the HIUC belt. 

Further geological mapping and sampling was undertaken in 2006, 2007 and in 2013.

An airborne electromagnetic (“AEM”) geophysics survey was completed over the Mihanza and Mwaka Hill anomalies in 2012 with further geophysics flown in 2015.

A study commissioned with a consultant expert in ultramafic geochemistry in 2015 identified the nickel, copper, platinum, palladium anomaly at Mihanza Hill as a drill ready target. This report suggested that the Itiso‐Haneti Ultramafic body may fit the Chonolith-Type Nickel exploration model which would imply that the main ultramafic belt may have small discrete sulphide bodies associated with it.

In 2019 a number of soil samples, collected during the 2013 exploration programme, were sent for analysis and the results confirmed the existing knowledge base and also identified a new ultramafic subcrop.

PROPOSED EXPLORATION DRILL PROGRAMME

Three preliminary target areas have been selected for exploratory diamond drilling; Milhanza Hill; Mwaka Hill; and Igari Hill, based on the recommendations of the 2012 AEM survey, the detailed field programme undertaken in 2013 and further supplementary exploration findings.

In order to maximise the chances of intersecting mineralisation, the diamond drilling will be preceded by a 20 hole programme of confirmatory rotary air-blast (“RAB”) drilling.  This phase will consist of 2,000 metres of RAB drilling consisting of two drill fences, 10 x 100 metre spaced, 100 metre deep holes.

The RAB drilling will seek to verify the existence of near surface mineralisation whilst increasing the geological understanding such that the orientation and the meterage of the follow-up diamond drill holes can be optimised to confirm the scale of potential massive sulphide mineralisation.

All RAB drill samples will be subject to multi element and base metal analysis on three metre composites with select samples analysed for platinum group elements.

The exact number and meterage of diamond drill holes will be refined by the RAB drill studies however the initial plan is for a minimum of three, 300 metre deep diamond holes.

The diamond holes are planned to provide a full intersection through the ultramafic inclusion and to provide fresh rock samples for detailed geochemical, petrographic and isotope analysis.

The aim is to identify nickel sulphide mineralisation.

In addition, an airborne Versatile Time Domain Electromagnetic (“VTEM”)  geophysics surveywith the capability to generate targets at a depth of several hundred metres, is planned, to provide coverage of a greater proportion of the Haneti Nickel Project.

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MAusIMM, MIMMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support. 

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including gold exploration in North America and Australia together with base metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Power Metal Resources plc #POW – Strategic, Operational and Financial Update

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to  provide a Strategic, Operational and Financial Update (the “Update”) to shareholders, following the Company’s £1,000,000 financing announced on 06 July 2020 (the “Financing”).

The Financing unlocked the potential of Power Metal, by providing the financial capability to push on with existing interests more innovatively and aggressively.

This announcement explains in more detail important elements of strategy, operations and financial management, in light of the funding raised.

HIGHLIGHTS

· Power Metal has two key strategic objectives:

1.  To make one or more major metal discoveries within its gold, base and strategic metal projects and then crystallise the value of such discoveries for shareholders’ benefit; 

2. To build its working capital and ‘balance sheet’ toward financial self-sufficiency and to reduce forward reliance on funding from the market to achieve its business objectives. 

· The Company currently has five main projects and two additional projects in the later stage of due diligence and commercial discussions. Each project has discrete operational targets which may lead to operational news flow, an outline of which is provided below .

· Following the Company’s Financing announced on 6 July 2020 the Company can confirm its total assets as at 10 July 2020 amounted to £3.04 million. Within total assets, cash, and tradable listed investments amounting to £1.7 million (including monies raised in the Financing).

Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented:

“At Power Metal I am striving to build a diversified exploration business backed by a strong ‘balance sheet’ to drive the Company towards an ability to self-finance its own activities and break the dependency most juniors have on market financings.

I am keen for us to be bold and adventurous with reward weighted risk taking, but with solid underlying principles of risk management covering geopolitical, commodity, operational and financial considerations. In other words, combining boldness with risk management means diversification, which is what we have achieved.

Many companies put their business case forward focused around a single major project and concentrate their energies around that.  I understand this, but it’s not the Power Metal approach, where instead, in our view, we have numerous major projects, each of which is capable of delivering a transformational discovery and by virtue of this shareholder wealth.

It has not been easy building our diversified project portfolio during the challenging junior resource sector conditions of the last 18 months, but it may not have been possible but for those conditions that meant excellent opportunities remained available.

So now we find ourselves with a diverse and exciting portfolio of project interests, and with the support of shareholders and investors in the recent Financing, a considerable working capital position with which to drive forward those interests.  If we are fortunate in making a major discovery in just one of our projects, we could create significant value for our shareholders.

Now to practicality, and how we move forward. 

We have published below a step by step guide to our operational plans and our underlying financial position.  As shareholders will appreciate, not everything goes to plan, but I believe if we are transparent with the approach we are taking, and utilise the financial resources available to us, we will make our business model clearer and a more attractive investment proposition.

As a final note, all shareholders and investors are invited to provide feedback on Power Metal, and recommendations or suggestions to enhance what we do are always helpful.  Likewise if you have any questions please let us know through info@powermetalresources.com or my telephone number is below and at the bottom of all our market announcements.  If you have a question about our business, it will likely be shared by many others, so please ask, and that will also help us to further improve our investor information and market communications.

Thanks to all our shareholders for your interest and support.  As investors we are all focused on making money from our investments, however following a company’s story can also be an enjoyable part of the investing experience.  I believe Power Metal has a fascinating emerging story.

Now on with the work!”

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Power Metal has two key strategic objectives:

To make one or more major metal discoveries within its gold, base and strategic metal projects and then crystallise the value of such discoveries for shareholders’ benefit.

The Company considers that each of its current projects has the potential to deliver a large-scale metal discovery.  The same belief also forms the basis around any selection of new projects brought into the portfolio. 

Projects will only remain in the Company’s portfolio while they demonstrate the ongoing potential, through exploration findings, to deliver a discovery, and only where the work programmes needed are comfortably within the available financial resources of the Company.

In the remainder of 2020, Power Metal has a number of stand-out opportunities that through exploration, could expose shareholders to a major metal discovery.  These include:

–    Molopo Farms Complex project Botswana, (“Molopo Farms Project”) (Following US$500,000 earn-in – 50.96% Power Metal) – drilling is planned for the coming months targeting major nickel – copper – platinum group metal (‘PGM’) targets;

–  Haneti Polymetallic project Tanzania, (“Haneti”) (up to 35% Power Metal) – exploration drilling plans are being developed to target major nickel – copper – PGM targets; 

–  Australia Gold JV – out of 11 licence applications in the Victoria Goldfields, proactive exploration may be undertaken in 2020 subject to license grants, local approvals and finalisation of targets following completion of the historic exploration and mining database, which includes specific drill target locations in priority licenses. 

To build its working capital and ‘balance sheet’ toward financial self-sufficiency and to reduce forward reliance on funding from the market to achieve its business objectives.

Power Metal is focused on building a large underlying working capital position with which it can move toward financial self-sufficiency and an ability to fund the central and project operational costs through its own financial resources, with reduced dependency on market financings.

This is not a model pursued proactively by many junior resource companies where a more traditional model of cash burn for exploration, then restore cash balances through placings, tends to apply.  Power Metal aims to do things differently.

There are three main ways in which Power Metal intends to build its ‘balance sheet’ working capital:

Adopting a dual approach of taking a position in project holding companies alongside direct project participation.

To date Power Metal have taken this approach three times with Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration Pty Ltd (“Kalahari Key”) – Molopo Farms Project, Katoro Gold Plc (“Katoro”) – Haneti and with Kavango Resources Plc (“Kavango”) – Ditau Camp Project*.

*Subject to the completion of successful due diligence 

The aim is that successful project development will drive the value of the ultimate holding company in which Power Metal has a stake, driving the value of our investment in that company higher.

The recent financing has enabled this option to be utilised for further potential transactions should opportunities arise.

Monetisation of existing project interests

Following acquisition of projects Power Metal plans to move each project forward corporately and technically.   From our portfolio certain interests may be vended to third parties or into new listings, in exchange for cash, equity and other forms of consideration which will build the Company’s working capital.

Investment in other junior resource sector opportunities

In the current climate there are opportunities for significant capital returns to be generated from investment in junior resource equity or related financial instruments.

Power Metal has created an internal fund for making investments  in other junior resource sector opportunities, which will be referred to as the Company’s “Junior Resource Fund, with a view to building the value of a portfolio of investments to add to working capital.  As the vast majority of the Company’s working capital is deployed to operating projects and associated investments in project holding companies, only a small amount of initial capital has been deployed for the Junior Resource Fund (up to a maximum in total of £75,000 representing less than 5% of Power Metal’s current working capital.)

 

OPERATIONAL PLANS AND KEY TARGETS

Power Metal provides the following overview of its five main projects and two projects under due diligence.

This includes a rationale for each project, the work underway and planned and the near-term targets for shareholders to monitor as the Company moves forward.

PROJECT

RATIONALE/WORK UNDERWAY/NEAR TERM TARGETS

Arizona US – Alamo Gold Project

(GOLD)

(Under Due Diligence)

Rationale:

Power Metal considers Arizona to be a robust mining jurisdiction.

This property is in west-central Arizona, an area with mineral potential though without the historically intensive exploration of other areas of Arizona or Nevada. The local team are experienced project finders, with a clear plan for the project and the potential for a major precious or base metals discovery leading to a commercial mine. 

If Power Metal can balance the risk/reward with the right transactional structure and expeditious exploration programmes, Power Metal consider this to be a viable complementary project in the portfolio.

Moreover, there is merit in building a North American gold business within the Company, including the Alamo and other projects, which would come through our established network in the USA and Canada. 

The Alamo Gold Project (“AGP”) opportunity is situated in west-central Arizona USA and originally identified as prospective for gold following the discovery of native gold nuggets (the “Nuggets”) near surface and in numerous locations within the project area. 

The geological environment supports further exploration to investigate the source of the nugget gold and the potential for a large mineralised gold system.

In addition, the region in which the project is situated is prospective for precious and base metals, with regional mines that have produced silver, lead, gold, copper and zinc.

The POW team visited the project during January this year and concluded the Alamo gold project was an interesting opportunity worth investigating further.  The then project footprint was too small so the Company funded an expansion of ground to cover the potential mineralised system.  This funding was part of a deal to extend the due diligence period during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Power Metal has since been engaging with the ultimate project owners and the vendors of an option giving a right to earn-in to (“RTEI”) the project.

If the discussions conclude successfully the final terms will include commencement of an immediate exploration programme which is important to all parties.

NEAR TERM TARGETS:

Successful negotiation and completion of transaction with commencement of project earn-in.

If transaction completed – launch of initial exploration programme.

Australia JV – Victoria Goldfields

(GOLD)

Rationale:

Power Metal has been reviewing strategic gold opportunities in the last year.  Attention focused on Australia, and specifically the Victoria Goldfields in late 2019.  In the first few months of 2020 there was an  increase in activity and interest relating to the Victoria Goldfields, driven by many factors, with the notable success of the Fosterville mine (owned by Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX:KL) and the significant success of the listing of Fosterville South (TSX-V:FSX) another junior gold exploration company focussed on the Victoria Goldfields.

As a result Power Metal joined forces in a joint venture (‘JV’) with Red Rock Resources plc (LON:RRR), and utilising their longstanding vehicle Red Rock Australasia (Pty) Limited set about submitting license applications.

Power Metal considers the Victoria Goldfields to be a highly attractive opportunity in a secure jurisdiction offering considerable potential for multiple gold deposit discoveries. This view is backed by the considerable interest in the area in what the Company believe amounts to a “Gold Rush” with a high volume of new license applications submitted  in 2020 to date.  There is now insufficient free land from which a strategic land package of substance can be constructed.

Power Metal holds a 49.9% interest in Joint Venture company Red Rock Australasia (Pty) Ltd (“RRAL”) with partners Red Rock Resources plc (50.1%). 

RRAL has submitted 11 license applications for tenements covering 1,839 sq km in the Victoria Goldfields of Australia, centred around long-established mining centres.

The JV is undertaking an immense amount of work to progress the applications in various work streams including:

–  Utilising a team of Victoria-based geologists and local experts to finalise a project database confirming the extent of gold mineralisation and historical production across all eleven licence application areas;

–  Using this database to develop a ‘ Geological Review and Development of Exploration Strategy’ report to furtherenhance and target expeditious exploration plans in readiness for licence grants;

–      Preparation of a National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report in respect of the land package;

–  Formation of a Technical Advisory Board including Victoria-based geologists to advise and co-ordinate on technical matters in connection with a possible listing and has appointed initial members.

RRAL is working proactively with our land management advisors and Earth Resources Victoria to seek the grant of priority licence application areas enabling RRAL to launch into ground exploration, subject to any appropriate local approvals.

The Company’s working capital position, applied through the JV, enables a variety of avenues to be developed in respect of this new project area.  Power Metal has funds for selected proactive initial exploration which is our primary interest focused on priority license areas. In addition, for the pursuit of actions that may increase and articulate the value of the license land package created.

We are focused on investing in Victoria fully by supporting active exploration programmes and engaging local staff to undertake that work.  This is demonstrated by our engagement with locally resident geologists to undertake our database preparation above.

There has been considerable interest in the work we are undertaking by other listed companies and with some we are considering potential transactions in respect of certain of the licence applications. 

RRAL is also working with advisors to review the potential to list the JV Company on a North American Stock Exchange which it appears could draw considerable support, properly value the JV interests and provide an additional amount of project level working capital to fund extensive exploration across the properties.

NEAR TERM TARGETS:

–  Granting of priority licences and commencement of ground exploration on high profile targets, including early drilling of areas where high grade gold has been identified and there is evidence of historic production.

 

–    Review the potential for commercial transactions over certain license interests to bring in additional project partners to fund and accelerate ground exploration.

 

–      Review the possibility of listing of some or all of the Victoria licence application interests on a North American Stock Exchange to demonstrate underlying value and access pools of project level working capital for accelerated ground exploration .

Botswana – Ditau Camp Project

(RARE EARTHS)

(Under Due Diligence)

Rationale:

Power Metal considers Botswana to be a premium destination for exploration in Africa, with transparency and good practice embedded at all levels.

The demand for sources of rare earths from secure jurisdictions make strategic rare earth projects inherently attractive.  The extensive alkali ring structures on the Ditau Camp Project (the “Ditau Project”), and the association with carbonatites make Ditau an interesting exploration target of some size and scale.

Moreover Power Metal has team members and advisors experienced in rare earths exploration enabling the Company to structure our exploration planning in an efficient and targeted manner.

The Ditau Project comprises two prospecting licences in Botswana covering a combined 1,385 sq km of ground in south-west Botswana.

Power Metal is currently conducting due diligence with current project owner Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV).

Kavango has reported the Ditau Prospect is considered to host at least 10 alkali ring structures aligned along a SW trend. There is strong evidence that these structures are associated with post Karoo age Carbonatites that lie at shallow depths beneath 60 to 70m of Kalahari sand cover. Carbonatites are the primary source of Rare Earth Metals (REEs), niobium and other minerals

Power Metal and its technical advisers are now expediting the Ditau Camp project due diligence which if successful will see the Company holding a 51% interest and partner Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV) holding 49%. 

The recent financing enables the Company to fully consider all the options in respect of this project, and to potentially accelerate ground exploration to further enhance the current geological understanding.

NEAR TERM TARGETS:

–  Complete due diligence and conclude a commercial transaction.

 

–  Launch ground exploration programme.

Botswana – Molopo Farms Complex Project

(Nickel Copper PGMs)

Rationale:

As noted above, Botswana is a leading African jurisdiction for exploration opportunities.  Power Metal team members have been following the progress of Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (Pty) Limited and the Molopo Farms Project (the “MFC Project”) in Botswana for some time and have been impressed with the commitment, dedication and thoughtful geological approach taken to reach each stage and narrow down to drill-ready targets where we are today.

The Kalahari Key team, including a number of experienced geologists, are large shareholders in Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (Pty) Limited where as shareholders their returns will come from a discovery that they feel confident the project may deliver.

Power Metal is backing the Kalahari Key team, an extensive amount of work and an application of geophysical targeting where the feedback has been that the high-profile targets absolutely justify the investment in drilling.

The MFC Project is a nickel-copper-PGMs project in south-west Botswana owned outright by Kalahari Key.  It is Kalahari Key’s single project focus at present.

Power Metal owns 18.26% of Kalahari Key, (the single project ultimate holding company).

By expending US$500,000 in 2020 to undertake the drill programme Power Metal will earn a 40% direct project interest in the MFC Project.  That will give Power Metal an effective economic interest of 50.96% in the MFC Project.  Power Metal has this spend commitment in the bank and foreign currency accounts, ready to deploy when required.

Kalahari Key has submitted the Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”) for the MFC Project to the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) and subject to approval being received Kalahari Key can complete final preparations including contractor selection and mobilisation. 

Drill targets and holes are well defined and the programme will seek the discovery of a major nickel sulphide deposit. Drilling is currently planned to commence in the coming months however this is subject to receipt of EMP approval, drill contractor finalisation and mobilisation arrangements.

NEAR TERM TARGETS:

–  Receipt of Environmental Management Plan approval.

 

–  Confirmation of drill programme arrangements and mobilisation.

 

–  Commencement of drilling.

Cameroon Project

(Cobalt – Nickel)

Rationale:

The Cameroon project licenses sit near or adjacent to the large scale Nkamouna cobalt-nickel deposit.

From a nearology perspective the project had some attractiveness whereby further exploration may demonstrate similar potential mineralisation to Nkamouna.

Being a large-scale project located in a remote and challenging location considerable financial resources would be required to prove up a deposit. 

That said Power Metal considered that by the application of reasonably targeted exploration, a greater understanding of our licenses could be achieved.  If our work programme demonstrated geological similarity to Nkamouna, this could considerably enhance the project’s valuation for the Company.

Note  : With respect to Nkamouna,   Geovic published an NI 43-101 compliant Mineral Resource   1    on the Nkamouna deposit with a total Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource of 323mt of 0.21% cobalt, 0.61% nickel and 1.26% manganese   .

 1       Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report, Geovic Mining Corp by SRK Consulting, 02 June 2011 (viewable at Edgar Online)

Exploration work undertaken in 2019 identified elevated vanadium and titanium within the project area and also provided further information for targeting of additional exploration to seek cobalt mineralisation at higher elevations than previously, within thicker lateritic cover.

Review work is now to be accelerated to outline the next steps for the 100% owned project.

There is an argument, given the flexibility provided by the recent financing, to undertake a further reasonable cost programme in Cameroon. This would principally target cobalt mineralisation through additional pitting but also further investigate the vanadium and titanium anomalies. We are considering this at present.

There is also interest in Cameroon from other organisations who are more active in the country and there may be the possibility for corporate transactions including joint ventures and/or disposal of our interests. 

NEAR TERM TARGET: Launch of a further exploration programme, at reasonable cost and/or the completion of a commercial transaction in respect of the interests.

The DRC – Kisinka Project

(Copper – Cobalt)

Rationale:

The Kisinka project is located within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (‘DRC’) a known location for large scale copper-cobalt deposits and within an interesting region geologically within the DRC.

Review of the available project data in early 2019 indicated the potential to implement reasonable cost initial exploration programmes to test the geological structures and potential copper-cobalt mineralisation.

On a risk-reward basis, and given the local knowledge held by the members of the Power Metal team and their advisor network, it was considered viable to invest in initial exploration.

In mid-2019 Power Metal undertook a termite mound sampling programme at its Kisinka Project in which Power Metal has a 70% interest.  This programme demonstrated a 6.8km copper anomaly which has been followed up by a recently completed and successful pitting and mapping programme.

Following the confirmation and extension of the 6.8km copper anomaly recently and positive X-ray fluorescence (‘XRF’) results indicating the presence of copper and cobalt, the company is awaiting receipt of assay results. 

This will complete the exploration dataset from the H1 2020 programme and help drive the next steps, which are expected to involve geophysics and further pitting, leading to drilling of key targets.

The recent financing enables the company to accelerate this next programme should this be considered the best course of action.

NEAR TERM TARGET:

–  Receive and interpret assay results from the recent pitting programme.

 

–  Design and implement an early follow up exploration programme.

Tanzania – Haneti Project

(Nickel – PGMs – Gold – Lithium)

Rationale:

In 2019 the Haneti project (“Haneti”) provided Power Metal with exposure to a large strategic opportunity in the Haneti Itiso Ultramafic Complex at a time when large scale nickel projects were increasingly becoming of interest, particularly to larger size mining companies.

Katoro Gold and previous owner Kibo Mining plc spent a number of years developing their understanding of the large Haneti land package and geological system to the point of identifying two high profile targets for drilling.

As such the Company entered the Haneti project at a key point in its development and on the cusp of a value inflection as the project moved into drilling and the prospect of a major nickel sulphide discovery.

In May 2019, Power Metal exercised an option with Katoro Gold plc (LON:KAT) to acquire an initial 25% stake in the Haneti project.

The Haneti Project covers an area of circa 5,000 sq km and is a polymetallic system with identified potential for nickel (sulphide and laterite), Platinum Group Metals (‘PGMs’), copper, gold, lithium and rare earth elements (“REEs”).

The principle target zone is an 80 km long ultramafic belt with grades from surface sampling of up to 13.6% nickel and 2.33 g/t combined platinum and palladium.

Within the 80 km ultramafic belt is the principle target, Mihanza Hill, where 2015 geophysical work identified significant extensions to nickel sulphide prospective target rock formations and geochemical interpretation has identified prospectivity for chonolith type nickel-copper-PGM mineralisation.

Power Metal is working now with joint venture partner Katoro Gold plc (LON:KAT) in respect of operational plans for  Haneti which is 25% held by Power Metal, and 75% by Katoro Gold.  Power Metal may increase its holding to 35% by paying Katoro Gold £25,000 in cash by 31 August 2020.

Power Metal is now financed to a level where it can stand alongside Katoro Gold in a further exploration programme at Haneti and thus maintain its project interest.

Power Metal also notes the interest of third parties in respect of Haneti and therefore that third party involvement in the project, if occurring, could materially change the joint venture partners’ plans.

NEAR TERM TARGETS:

–  Work with Joint Venture partner Katoro to launch a maiden drill programme targeting the high-profile Nickel-PGM targets, including Mihanza Hill and Mwaka Hill, seeking a large-scale nickel sulphide discovery. 

 

–      Consider third party interest in respect of Haneti with a view to successful earn-in, joint venture or similar.

 

–  Subject to the above consider the ownership structure of the JV to maximise commercial outcome.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Current Financial Position (unaudited)

Following the subscription financing of £1,000,000 announced on 6th July 2020 Power Metal had total assets of £3,036,970 as follows:

Total Assets

£

Intangible Assets (project related)

1,144,750

Listed Financial Assets

363,726

Unlisted Financial Assets

185,171

Trade and Other Receivables

66,680

Cash and Cash Equivalents (including £1m financing)

1,276,644

Total Assets

£ 3,036,971

 

The above ‘Total Assets’ data includes:

–  Intangible Assets and Unlisted Financial assets from the Company’s Interim Results release on 30 June 2020.

–  Listed Financial Assets based on the valuation of the underlying financial instruments on 10 July 2020.

–  Cash and Cash Equivalents drawn from bank and currency account balances on 10 July 2020, together with the 6 July 2020 net subscription financing included.

For normal day to day operations Power Metal relies upon its cash balances and listed investments to provide the resources to fund operations.  As at 10 July 2020 Power Metal had Listed Financial Assets of £363,726 and Cash and Cash Equivalents per above of £1,276,644, making £1,707,050 to deploy in business operations.

Power Metal has the ability to sell or joint venture or otherwise monetise its project interests to generate additional working capital to build its ‘balance sheet’ and to fund its business operations. That is an implicit part of the Company’s financial strategy as outlined above and will in the Company’s view be an important constituent in the building of the Company’s financial strength in the future.

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

 

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale discovery of precious or base metals.

The Company has a portfolio including key interests in Australia, Botswana, Cameroon, The DRC and Tanzania.  The interests represent large scale exploration projects targeting mainly cobalt, copper, gold, nickel and platinum group metals. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive metals exploration.

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