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Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Nevada Exploration Project Updates

Tertiary Minerals plc is pleased to provide the following update on the progress of its exploration projects in Nevada, USA.

 

Highlights:

Paymaster Zinc-Silver Project

Ø  Main target – skarn style zinc-silver mineralisation analogous to large Taylor Zinc-Lead-Silver Deposit in Arizona owned by South 32.

Ø  Report and analytical results received for mapping and sampling programme.

Ø  Valley Prospect skarn zone mapped over a 240m strike length with additional samples grading up to 8.45% combined lead-zinc-copper and 200 grammes/tonne (g/t) silver.

Ø  Large alteration area identified with copper up to 2.16% in narrow quartz veins in new target area – presents additional drill target.

Ø  Drone magnetic survey and soil sampling planned to refine drill targets.

Pyramid Gold Project

Ø  Review of drill results ongoing.

Ø  Additional core samples taken; analytical results awaited.

Ø  Soil sampling programme planned.

Peg Leg Copper-Silver-Lead-Zinc Project

Ø  Main target – exposed skarn copper-silver mineralisation in limestone adjacent to granite contact.

Ø  Notice Level Permit approved and bonded for a programme of trenching.

Ø  Trenching scheduled for August to better expose outcropping mineralisation assaying 59 g/t silver 1.4% copper, 2.4% lead and 1.8% zinc.

Mt Tobin Silver Prospect

Ø  Main target – large area of hydrothermal alteration 60m wide x 1,200m long with associated silver geochemical anomaly recorded by previous explorer.

Ø  Preliminary field evaluation and sampling completed; analytical results awaited.

Lucky Copper Prospect

Ø  Main target –  sediment hosted, intrusion related disseminated copper deposit.

Ø  Preliminary field evaluation and sampling completed; analytical results awaited.

Ø  1951 drill hole relocated – ended in mineralisation and intersected 20.4m at 0.65% copper to bottom of the hole at 77.7m depth.

Ø  Soil sampling and drone magnetic survey provisionally planned to define drill targets.

MB Fluorspar Project

Ø  Metallurgical test work programme now completed.

Ø  Results show improved recoveries and grades but failed to produce acid-grade fluorspar concentrate.

Ø  Project review to be carried out to determine the future direction for MB Project.

Commenting today, Executive Chairman Patrick Cheetham said:

“I am pleased to be reporting progress on our base and precious metal project portfolios in Nevada. As we move forward with more substantive and exciting exploration programmes, drilling activities are anticipated on a number of our Nevada projects during this summer and autumn”

For more information please contact:

Tertiary Minerals plc:
Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman +44 (0) 1625 838 679
SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser and Broker

Richard Morrison +44 (0) 203 470 0470
Caroline Rowe
Peterhouse Capital Limited

Joint Broker

Lucy Williams + 44 (0) 207 469 0930
Duncan Vasey

 

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Detailed Information

Paymaster Zinc-Silver Project

The target at Paymaster is a skarn hosted zinc-silver deposit .

A mapping and sampling programme has been completed by a specialist consulting geologist, Brian Bond, experienced in the exploration of this style for mineralisation and his report and analytical results have now been received.

Attention focused on the Valley Prospect which has previously returned grab samples up to      11.73% combined lead, zinc and copper and 180 g/t silver. The skarn outcrops intermittently over a 230m strike length and additional samples have assayed up to 4.23% lead, 3.88% zinc and 0.34% zinc and 200g/t silver.

At the East Slope Prospect, the Company’s wide spaced soil sampling defined a coherent  zinc anomaly over 500m long (+100ppm zinc) where samples from prospecting pits have assayed up to 21% zinc. Mapping shows this area to have little outcrop so an infill soil sampling programme will be carried out.

Skarn mineralisation at Paymaster occurs in limestone of the Poleta Formation and in the south-eastern part of the claim block this is structurally overlain by phyllite schist at a thrust fault contact. The phyllite in this area is hydrothermally altered over and large area and contains narrow quartz veins containing up to 2.2% copper. Similar quartz veins are associated with the skarn elsewhere on the project and the consultant geologist has recommended this as a drill target to test for skarn mineralisation below the zone of alteration and pooled beneath an impermeable thrust contact.

The skarn mineralised material at Pyramid is magnetic and so a drone magnetic survey is planned to assist in the siting of drill holes.

The Company’s consultant geologist for Paymaster has drawn analogies to the Taylor Zinc-Silver Deposit owned by South 32 at Hermosa, in the neighbouring state of Arizona (reported resource of 155mt grading 3.5% zinc, 3.67% lead and 69g/t silver).

Pyramid  Gold Project

The Pyramid Gold Project is targeting epithermal gold mineralisation in the prolific past producing Walker Lane Mineral Belt.

Further to the Company’s announcement of 14 May 2020 the Company has now completed a second round of sampling on the drill core from its recent test hole. Analytical results are awaited.

A programme of follow up soil sampling is planned for the project to determine the extent of an open-ended gold and multi-element soil anomaly originally defined in the 1980s and to define additional drill targets.

Peg Leg Copper-Silver-Lead-Zinc Project

The Company holds  4 mining claims 11km north of Tonopah in the San Antone Mineral Field in south central Nevada. The background to this project and the following projects is given in the Company’s news release dated 29 May 2020.

The Company’s Notice level permit application for a programme of trenching has now been accepted and bonded with the Bureau of Land Management.

The permit covers 160m of trenching in four trenches to test various targets including an outcrop of mineralisation exposed adjacent to the granite contact which assayed 59 grammes/tonne (g/t)  silver 1.4% copper, 2.4% lead and 1.8% zinc. The objective of the trenching is to test the thickness of this outcropping mineralisation as it is  largely obscured by scree and old mine waste. The waste pile from a nearby shallow mine shaft contains selected material assaying up to 181 g/t silver, 3.9% copper, 10.1% lead and 1.2% zinc.

The trenching programme is planned to take place in August and is a cheap first alternative to drilling when mineralisation is seen at surface.

Mt Tobin Silver-Gold Prospect

This project comprises 4 newly staked claims located 73km south of Winnemucca in north central Nevada.

A preliminary programme of field evaluation has now been completed by a Nevada based consulting geologist, Ivan Johnston,  targeting a zone of stratiform alteration and mineralisation in chert and silicified sediments over a thickness of 45-60m thick and a strike length of 1,200m. This zone was reportedly defined by outcrops and a significant silver-lead-zinc geochemical anomaly in exploration carried out in the 1980s.

Various rock samples have been collected for analysis and soil samples taken on a pilot traverse.

Analytical results are awaited.

Lucky Copper Prospect

The Company holds 13 claims on the east side of the old Aurum mining centre, 96km northeast of the major porphyry copper mining town of Ely in north-east Nevada.

The target is a disseminated sediment hosted, intrusion-related copper deposit where, in 1951, a shallow churn (percussion) dill hole intersected copper mineralised limestone and porphyry beneath alluvium on the range front pediment slope. The 20.4m thickness of this sequence assayed 0.65% copper to the bottom of the hole at 77.7m depth. The hole ended in mineralisation.

A preliminary field evaluation and sampling programme has been carried out by Alan Morris, a senior consulting geologist. Analytical results are awaited, and the Company is now  planning a follow up soil sampling programme and a drone magnetic survey to help define drill targets. 

MB Fluorspar Project.

The MB Fluorspar Project contains a large resource of low-grade fluorspar mineralisation. As previously reported, the mineralisation presents metallurgical challenges in producing acid grade fluorspar.

A further programme of test work has been carried out over the past few months aimed at improving concentrate grade and recoveries. Whilst improvements were made, this test work has not yet produced acid grade fluorspar or high fluorspar recoveries.

The Company will now undertake a review of the future for this project and the lease agreement under which the project is held.

Notes:

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

Note to Editors:

Tertiary Minerals plc (ticker symbol ‘TYM’) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company building a multi-commodity project portfolio.

Alan Green talks to Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman at Tertiary Minerals #TYM

Alan Green talks to Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman at Tertiary Minerals #TYM. Patrick discusses the latest developments at Pyramid Gold and Paymaster Polymetallic projects, plus the newly acquired Peg Leg, Mount Tobin & Lucky Copper ventures. We also discuss Tertiary’s three fluorspar projects, the agreement with commodities giant Possehl, Aurion royalty agreements, and the strong cash position vs. current tiny market cap.

Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Half-Yearly Report 2020

Tertiary Minerals plc, the AIM-traded company building a multi-commodity project portfolio, announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2020.

OPERATIONAL SUMMARY:

Pyramid Gold Project, Nevada, USA

· The Company’s first drill hole on the project was successfully completed ahead of schedule and drilled to a total depth of 137m

· Intersection of 0.55m grading 2.01 g/t Au from 82.6m down hole, confirming that the target zone is gold-mineralised

· Further planned exploration work: Soil sampling to fully delineate the gold, silver and multi-element soil geochemical anomaly and to define further drill targets

Paymaster Polymetallic Project, Nevada, USA

· A US based consulting geologist with a background in the evaluation of skarn deposits has now completed an extensive programme of mapping and sampling and to help define potential drilling

New Project Acquisitions

· Three new projects acquired by low costs claim staking – Peg Leg, Mt Tobin and Lucky

MB Fluorspar Project, Nevada, USA

· Following the recent fundraisings, the Company has re-commenced the Scoping Study level metallurgical testwork at SGS Lakefield in Canada

Storuman Fluorspar Project, Sweden

· The Mine Permit appeal process is ongoing with the Swedish Government with no commitment to a decision timeframe.

Kaaresselkä and Kiekerömaa Gold Projects, Finland

· The Company retains pre-production and net smelter royalty interest in two gold projects owned by Aurion Resources

· Aurion is a Canadian listed exploration company with primary focus on the development of its Finnish gold projects, several of which are under joint venture with B2Gold. Kinross Gold Corporation is a significant shareholder of Aurion

Strategic Relationship with Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG

· The Company signed a fluorspar marketing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2017 with leading global commodities trading group, Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG (“Possehl”), a wholly owned subsidiary of CREMER

· The MOU remains in place with Possehl

FINANCIAL SUMMARY FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDING 31 MARCH 2020:

· Operating Loss of £278,934 comprises:

o  Revenue of £94,691; less Administration costs of £352,914 (which includes non-cash share-based payments of £25,224); and

o  Pre-licence and reconnaissance exploration costs totalling £20,711

o  Total Group Loss of £278,780 is after crediting Interest income of £154

· Project expenditure of £43,513 was capitalised during the quarter.

Funding and Cash Position:

· The Company has completed two fundraisings in the period with Bergen Global Opportunity Fund, LP (Bergen) and through Peterhouse Capital Limited

· The closing cash (and cash equivalent) position at the end of the period was £407,807

· Since the period end, a subsequent lump sum investment of £600,000 was made by Precious Metals Capital Group LLC on 7 April 2020, further strengthening the Company’s cash position (circa £800,000 on 26 May 2020) during the current challenging times as well as enabling the Company to progress its planned exploration on its Paymaster Polymetallic and Pyramid Gold Projects in Nevada.

About Tertiary Minerals plc

Tertiary Minerals plc (ticker symbol ‘TYM’) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration company building and developing a multi-commodity project portfolio – Industrial minerals, base and precious metals.

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Enquiries

Tertiary Minerals plc

Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director

 

 

 

+44 (0)1625 838 679

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker

Richard Morrison/Caroline Rowe

 

 

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Peterhouse Capital Limited

Joint Broker

Lucy Williams/Duncan Vasey

+44 (0) 207 469 0930

 

Chairman’s Statement

I am pleased to present our Interim Report for the six-month period ended 31 March 2020.

During this reporting period we have seen a significant improvement in market sentiment for junior mining companies, particularly in relation to precious metals, which has allowed us to improve our financial position and to kick-start work on a number of our existing projects.  Much of this activity has taken place since the period end and has focused on our projects in Nevada, USA.

At Pyramid, the Company is targeting high-grade epithermal style gold mineralisation. An initial drill hole designed to confirm a high-grade gold intersection made by a previous explorer demonstrated the target zone to be gold bearing but did not deliver the same high-grade results. The target zone is defined by an extensive gold-in-soil anomaly and widespread gold bearing surface samples and warrants further work over the next few months.

Mineral exploration is high risk and the process of discovery is not linear but high rewards can come from successful discoveries.  Recent mapping and sampling at our Paymaster Zinc-Silver Skarn Project by a specialist consulting geologist has confirmed a large-scale target for zinc skarn mineralisation and drawn analogies with the setting and style of the large Taylor Zinc discovery, in the neighbouring state Arizona, now owned by South 32 after the $2 billion takeover of Arizona Mining in 2018. We are now awaiting the report and recommendations for further work.

We seek to spread the risk of mineral exploration and increase our chance of discovery through a portfolio-based approach. In line with this strategy we are steadily re-building our portfolio of projects with a continuing focus on Nevada. We have recently staked additional ground on three new projects targeting precious and base metal deposits – the Peg Leg, Mt Tobin and Lucky Projects. In each case the projects have been acquired at low cost by staking claims and they share the characteristics that they can be evaluated with low cost programmes initially and brought to the drill stage relatively quickly. Programmes are being designed and permitted and will be executed over the coming months.

At our large MB Fluorspar Project in Nevada we have commenced a programme of scoping level metallurgical testwork at SGS Lakefield in Canada aimed at improving recoveries and concentrate grade for fluorspar mineralisation in the Central Zone of the deposit. To date, this has been problematic and a breakthrough is needed if the potential of this large low-grade resource is to be realised.

There is nothing substantive to report on our Storuman Fluorspar Project in Sweden, where the mine permit appeal process is ongoing with the Swedish Government, or on our Lassedalen Fluorspar Project in Norway which is a low priority for further work.

The Company’s financial results for the half-year are in line with expectations and reflect the Company’s project and administration expenditures. The financial markets have shown remarkable resilience in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and this has allowed us to continue funding our activities and improve the Company’s financial position at the year end through a £600,000 fundraising with US Precious Metals Capital Group in April 2020.

The mining industry in Nevada has continued to operate as an essential industry and our programmes have so far been unaffected. Our staff continue to work effectively from home. The future of this pandemic is, however, unpredictable and has potential to affect our operations and the markets in which we operate in the future.  We will continue to operate in line with World Health Organisation and Governments’ advice and to manage our expenditure prudently.

I would like to thank all of our employees and directors for their hard work during the reporting period and to wish Richard Clemmey well as he leaves the Company at the end of June to return to employment in the UK quarrying industry. I will continue to act in an executive capacity until the time is right to make a new executive director appointment.

Patrick L Cheetham

Executive Chairman

29 May 2020

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Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Audited Results for the year to 30 September 2019

The Board of Tertiary Minerals plc is pleased to announce audited results for the year ended 30 September 2019.

OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING 30 SEPTEMBER 2019:

In line with the Company’s strategy to build a new multi-commodity project portfolio to enable the Company to reduce its future geographical, technical, permitting and commodity risk exposure and provide long-term shareholder value, two new exploration projects have been acquired in the period:

Pyramid Project

Ø Geological analogies with high-grade multi-million ounce Fire Creek & Midas Gold Mines

Ø 20-year lease secured over group of 9 patented claims with option to purchase (subject to underlying royalties)

Ø Additional 25 mining claims staked to cover additional targets along strike

Ø Limited historical exploration (1989-90) has defined priority epithermal vein drill target:

· Drill hole PYR 9 – intersected visible gold and assayed 1.52m grading 17.8 g/t Au from 94.5m down hole

· PYR 9 ended in 1.52m grading 2.6 g/t Au at 115.8m depth

Ø PYR 9 was only drill hole to effectively test a cohesive 750m long open-ended gold-mercury-arsenic soil geochemical anomaly

Ø Claims contain a number of untested epithermal veins and stockwork target zones – 43 widespread surface samples assayed up to 7.27 g/t Au and averaged 1.3 g/t Au

Ø The State of Nevada:

· 5th largest gold producer in world

· 5.58 M oz of gold produced in 2018

· Ranked #1 most desirable mining jurisdiction in the world by The Fraser Institute

Ø The Company is currently planning an initial drilling programme; drill contractor selected to start as soon as possible.

 

Paymaster Polymetallic Project

Ø The Company staked claim to the Paymaster zinc-copper-silver-cobalt-tellurium prospect in Nevada, USA

Ø Grab samples assay up to 21% zinc (Zn), 6.5% lead (Pb), 3.3% copper (Cu) and 253g/t silver (Ag)

Ø Mineralisation intermittently exposed and sampled over 1.7km strike length

Ø Samples also contain high levels of high-tech metals tellurium and cobalt (Co)

Ø Successful soil sampling programme completed:

· 165 soil samples

· Significant elevated levels of Ag, Cu, Zn, Co and Pb over a strike length of over 2,000 metres, maximum values:

Ag: 17.5 ppm; Cu: 896 ppm; Zn: 872 ppm; Co: 33 ppm; Pb: 2251 ppm

A further two zones of zinc-silver mineralisation have also been identified in the field:

Ø Valley Prospect

· New thick skarn zone observed in the field: Approximately 350m long and up to 8m thick

· Rock sample taken from historic shaft spoil assayed 7.5% zinc, 4.3% lead and 180 g/t silver

Ø East Slope Prospect

· 650m long zinc soil anomaly (100-250 ppm Zinc) surrounding previously sampled outcrop of zinc-silver-cobalt bearing skarn mineralisation, including 175m long 250-500 ppm zinc soil anomaly

· Previous rock sample assays up to 20.9% zinc, 0.11% cobalt and 198 ppm silver within the prospect  

 

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For more information please contact:

Tertiary Minerals plc:

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director

+44 (0) 1625 838 679

Patrick Cheetham, Chairman

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser and Broker

Richard Morrison

+44 (0) 203 470 0470

Caroline Rowe

 

 

Chairman’s Statement

I am pleased to present the Company’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30 September 2019.

 

In my interim report in May 2019, I spoke of our disappointment in the decision of the Swedish Mining Inspectorate to overturn their 2016 grant of our mining concession for the Storuman Fluorspar Project and our submission of an appeal to the Swedish Government. The Mining Inspectorate’s decision was made on the basis that our proposed mine infrastructure and reindeer herding in the area could not coexist although their decision states that the economic aspects point in favour of granting the exploitation concession, that a permit regarding Natura 2000-area is unnecessary, that fluorspar is included in the EU list of critical raw materials and that a mining establishment would mean positive socio-economic benefit for the municipality of Storuman. Our appeal contends that the Mining Inspectorate did not adequately consider the extensive mitigation measures proposed for the local reindeer herding activities.

 

The Government has not yet decided on the appeal and, frustratingly, will not commit to a decision timeframe. Many new mining projects in Sweden are similarly affected and lobbying of the Government by other mining companies has not resulted in a change in the Government’s current position towards mining projects.

 

Financial constraints during the year have limited our ability to fund activities on other fluorspar projects and so only limited work has taken place on the Company’s large MB Fluorspar Project in Nevada. However, testwork is ongoing to address the metallurgical complexity that characterises the near surface mineralisation that would be mined in the early years of the Company’s preliminary mine plan. When finances allow we intend to progress the economic scoping study for development of the project. This may include further drilling of conceptual higher-grade targets in the northern part of the project. No work was carried out at the Lassedalen Fluorspar Project in Norway.

 

As a Board we have faced some difficult decisions in 2019 as our fluorspar projects have not sustained the value they once added to the Company and our efforts to acquire a more advanced project are limited by our size and available financial resources. Consequently, the Board initiated a parallel back-to-its-roots strategy of gold and base metal exploration with an emphasis on low cost value adding acquisition and exploration of gold and base metal projects in Nevada, USA. Nevada is ranked as the most desirable mining jurisdiction in the world by the Fraser Institute and in 2018 produced 5.58 million ounces of gold.

 

In line with this parallel strategy we are delighted to have acquired interests in two new projects in 2019 of which the most advanced is the Pyramid Gold Project in Nevada where we have leased a parcel of private land and staked additional mining claims. Limited exploration in the late 1980s defined a priority epithermal gold vein drill target defined by a single drill hole which intersected visible gold and assayed 1.52m grading 17.8 g/t Au from 94.5m down hole. The broader target and vein trend are defined by a cohesive 750m long open-ended gold-mercury-arsenic soil geochemical anomaly. We intend to drill this target as soon as possible.

 

We also staked claims to secure the Paymaster Project in Nevada where grab samples of skarn-type mineralisation have returned assays up to 21% zinc, 6.5% lead, 3.3% copper and 253 g/t silver and where mineralisation is intermittently exposed and sampled over 1.7km strike length. We conducted a soil sampling programme in 2019 and identified the Valley and East Slope zinc-silver prospects as key prospects for follow up exploration in 2020.

 

In 2019, the stock market for junior mining companies on the AIM market was the most challenging I have experienced in over 20 years. Brexit was undoubtedly a factor as were the trade tensions between the US and China. For Tertiary, these factors have been exacerbated by the negative news from Sweden for our key Storuman Project and the inertia of the Swedish Government in its decision making.

 

Whilst we raised a modest amount of money in early 2019 to fund our activities in the first half of the year, fundraising for Tertiary and its peers at near market prices has been nearly impossible in the second half of 2019 and we have not been prepared to accept opportunistic offers of heavily discounted share placings. Instead, following the end of the financial year, we accepted an offer of funding from Bergen Global Opportunity Fund, LP, a U.S. based institutional investment fund and raised an initial £232,000 before expenses through the issuance of zero-coupon convertible securities as part of a facility having a nominal value of up to £653,000.  We believe this will prove less dilutive to shareholders at this time.  The balance of this facility can be drawn down by agreement with Bergen. As has been the case at year-end for several previous years, the Company will need to raise further funds in the next 12 months to continue as a going concern.

 

Market commentators are anticipating a better year for small cap companies in 2020 and we look forward to reporting news from our exciting new gold and base metal projects in Nevada over this coming year.

 

Our Annual General Meeting for the year ended 30 September 2019 will be held in our offices in Macclesfield this year, on Thursday 19 March 2020.

 

 

 

 

Patrick Cheetham

Executive Chairman

18 February 2020

 

 

Strategic Report

Group Overview

 

Company’s Aims

· Increase shareholder value through the discovery and development of valuable mineral deposits.

· Reduce the Group’s geographical, technical, permitting and commodity risk exposure.

 

Company’s Strategy

· Build and explore a new multi-commodity project portfolio.

· Continue the evaluation of the Company’s fluorspar deposits.

· Operate only in stable, democratic and mining friendly jurisdictions.

 

Principal Activities

· The identification, acquisition, exploration and development of mineral deposits including precious metals , base metals and industrial minerals in Nevada, USA and northern Europe.

 

The head office is based in Macclesfield in the United Kingdom with core operating locations in Nevada, USA, Sweden and Norway.

 

Company’s Business Model

For exploration projects, the Group prefers to acquire 100% ownership of mineral assets at minimal cost. This either involves applying for exploration licences from the relevant authority or negotiating rights with existing project owners for initially low periodic payments that rise over time as confidence in the project value increases.

 

The Group currently operates with a low-cost base to maximise the funds that can be spent on exploration and development – value adding activities. The Company has five full-time employees including the Managing Director who work with and oversee carefully selected and experienced consultants and contractors. During the year the Board of Directors comprised one independent Non-Executive Director, the Managing Director and the Chairman.

Administration costs are reduced via an arrangement governed by a Management Services Agreement with Sunrise Resources plc, whereby Sunrise Resources pays a share of the cost of head office overheads. As at the 30 September 2019, Tertiary holds 2.71% of the issued ordinary share capital of Sunrise Resources plc.

 

The Company’s activities are financed by periodic capital raisings, through share placings or share related financial instruments. Access to capital through this method has continued to be very challenging and this is a limiting factor to the speed at which the Company can progress the development of its projects. When projects become more advanced, or as acquisition opportunities advance, the Board will seek to secure additional funding from a range of various sources, for example debt funding, pre-financing through off-take agreements and joint venture partnerships.

 

 

Review & Operating Performance

 

Pyramid Gold Project, Nevada, USA

 

As part of the Company’s strategy to build a new multi-commodity project portfolio, in May 2019, the Company secured exploration rights and an option to purchase a group of claims in the Pyramid Mining District of Nevada. The project is located 25 miles northwest of Reno and is readily accessible from State Highway 445 which crosses the northwest tip of the project.

 

Project Highlights

· 20-year lease secured over a group of 9 patented claims with options to purchase (subject to underlying royalties)

· Additional 25 mining claims staked to cover additional targets along strike

· Located in productive Walker Lane porphyry copper/epithermal gold belt

· Limited historical exploration (1989-90) has defined priority epithermal vein drill target:

Drill hole PYR 9 – intersected visible gold and assayed 1.52m grading 17.8 g/t Au from 94.5m down hole

PYR 9 ended in 1.52m grading 2.6 g/t Au at 115.8m depth

PYR 9 was only drill hole to effectively test a cohesive 750m long open-ended gold-mercury-arsenic soil geochemical anomaly

Claims contain a number of untested epithermal veins and stockwork target zones – 43 widespread surface samples assayed up to 7.27 g/t Au and averaged 1.3 g/t Au

 

Geology and Mineralisation

The Pyramid Mining District lies at the northwest end of the Walker Lane mineral belt, a major northwest trending structural deformation zone and a highly productive gold, silver and copper producing region which is host to numerous past and currently producing multi-million ounce epithermal gold deposits as well porphyry copper and porphyry molybdenum deposits.

 

Within the Pyramid Mining District, the Company’s Pyramid Project is underlain by a thick sequence of mid-late Tertiary age (23 Ma old) rhyolitic tuffs interpreted by the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology to have formed within an east-west elongated Caldera structure named the Perry Canyon Caldera.

 

The gold veins at Pyramid lie within the Perry Canyon Caldera and are interpreted from historical mapping and mineral exploration to lie on the margins of a large and deeply buried porphyry system in the southeast part of the district that is currently claimed by copper producer Asarco LLC (a division part of Groupo Mexico). At the higher erosional levels currently preserved at Pyramid such porphyry systems are prospective for high-sulphidation gold deposits (in more central areas) such as those found further south in the Walker Lane at the Goldfield Mining District (4 million ounces of past production at 1oz gold/ton) and low and intermediate-sulphidation epithermal deposits (of which there are many examples in the Walker Lane) in more peripheral areas where the Company’s claims are located. This pattern of mineralisation is similar to that of many large porphyry systems in the US, Peru and the Pacific Basin countries.

 

Past Mining and Exploration

In the main part of the Pyramid District, precious metals were mined from three moderately to steeply dipping, northwest-striking vein systems named after the prominent mines that occur along them – Ruth, Burrus, and Bluebird. The Company’s claim interests cover the Ruth vein system and a number of parallel vein systems and zones of alteration.  In addition to abundant quartz and pyrite, vein minerals in unoxidized ore from the Ruth vein system include barite, anglesite, galena, sphalerite, acanthite, gold and cassiterite.

 

The Pyramid Mining District was established in 1866 with only small-scale production reported. Modern exploration in the Pyramid district has focused primarily on the search for porphyry copper mineralisation with only limited exploration having been carried out for gold.

 

The only documented field exploration in the area of the Company’s claims was carried out by Battle Mountain Gold Mining (“Battle Mountain”) who leased the project from the current lessors, Golden Crescent Corporation, in the period 1988-89. Battle Mountain carried out surface sampling, soil sampling and drilled 10 shallow exploration holes for a total of 1,006m of drilling to depths between 43m and 140m.

 

Soil sampling was conducted on a 30m x 120m grid within a confined area 600m x 600m centred on Battle Mountain’s main target area, the Ruth Mine vein system and associated vein stockwork. This identified a series of gold-in-soil anomalies and eight of their ten drill holes were designed to test a broad gold anomaly located just northwest of the Ruth Mine. These intersected areas of anomalous gold up to 1.5m grading 1.64 grammes/tonne gold (g/t Au) in hole PYR 1 from 10.7m depth.

 

Battle Mountain’s two other drill holes were designed to test a parallel vein west of the Ruth vein system which correlates with a separate strong gold-arsenic-mercury soil anomaly, mercury and arsenic being strongly associated with gold in epithermal gold deposits. This soil anomaly is open ended and continues strongly to the northwest and southeast boundaries of the sampled area.

 

Drill hole PYR 9 on this western line intersected high-grade gold mineralisation and visible gold within a sample thickness of 1.52m grading 17.8 g/t Au from 94.5m downhole. A broad zone of low-grade mineralisation continued to the end of the hole at 115.8m where the last 1.52m sample graded 2.6 g/t Au.

 

PYR 10 targeted the same western line soil anomaly some 150m to the southwest but was interpreted to have been drilled in the wrong direction and made no significant gold intersections.

 

Battle Mountain did not carry out any follow up exploration.

 

Next Steps

The association of high-grade gold mineralisation in a previous drill hole associated with a strong and open-ended gold soil anomaly supported strongly by epithermal pathfinder elements mercury and arsenic presents a compelling drill target.

 

Similar narrow high-grade epithermal gold deposits in Nevada have hosted multi-million-ounce deposits such as the producing Midas Mine where the main veins produced more than 2.2 million ounces of gold and 26.9 million ounces of silver between 1998 and 2013.

 

Tertiary Minerals intends to follow up Battle Mountain’s drilling and soil sampling results with an initial drilling programme as soon as possible. Core drilling is planned as water, which can affect sample quality, was encountered in drilling both holes PYR 9 and 10.

 

The broader potential of the vein systems on the Project area are highlighted by the results of 43 surface chip samples taken by Battle Mountain from various outcropping veins and old mine workings within the Company’s Project area. These assayed up to 7.27 g/t Au and averaged 1.3 g/t Au.

 

This high prospectivity was confirmed by surface grab carried out by the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology during a regional assessment in 1999 when samples from the 1km long Ruth vein system averaged 1.3 g/t gold and 131 g/t silver. The highest gold content, 8 g/t Au, was from the Surefire Mine area which has never been drill tested.

 

 

Paymaster Polymetallic Project, Nevada, USA

 

In February 2019, the Company staked claim (19 claims) to the Paymaster zinc-copper-silver-cobalt-tellurium prospect. The project is located approximately 30km southwest of Tonopah in Nevada, USA, and covers an area of more than 390 acres.

 

Project Highlights

· Grab samples assay up to 21% zinc, 6.5% lead, 3.3% copper and 253 g/t silver 

· Mineralisation intermittently exposed and sampled over 1.7km strike length 

· Samples also contain high levels of high-tech metals tellurium and cobalt 

 

Geology, Mineralisation and Past Exploration

Zinc skarns are important not only as a source of zinc, lead, copper, silver and other associated metals but also as indicators of buried porphyry copper and molybdenum deposits. As a class of mineral deposit they include a number of world class zinc-silver deposits such as Antamina in Peru.

 

The Paymaster skarn mineralisation was originally prospected in the late 1950’s under US Defense Minerals Exploration Administration grant system. A government mining engineer recommended that the project be drill tested, but records suggest this did not take place and no production ensued.

 

In 1960, it was the subject of a brief publication by the US Geological Survey when zinc rich secondary clay minerals, sphalerite (zinc sulphide), galena (lead sulphide) and magnetite were identified in a pyroxene-garnet-quartz skarn mineral assemblage at the eastern end of the area now claimed by the Company.  The prospector scale workings were later described in a Geological Survey of Nevada publication in 1991 by an acknowledged world expert on skarn deposits, Lawrence (Larry) Meinert who, on the basis of his observations, concluded that the Paymaster skarn must be part of a much larger hydrothermal system.

 

Within the Company’s claim holdings, the skarn mineralisation has recently been traced westward over a total distance of 1.7km in a number of wide spaced and very shallow prospector pits. Seven grab samples of the skarn mineralisation exposed in or excavated from the pits average 10.1% zinc (maximum 20.9%), 1.5% lead (max. 6.5%) 134 g/t silver (max 253 g/t or 7.3 ounces/ton) and 0.68% copper (maximum 3.4%).

 

The skarn samples also contain up to 0.11% cobalt (average of 419ppm or 0.045%) and up to 58ppm tellurium (average 31ppm) and 782ppm bismuth (average 315ppm).

 

The mineralised skarn samples were collected largely from one stratigraphic horizon within Cambrian age limestone in contact with shale and 1 mile south of the limestone contact with the Cretaceous age Lone Mountain granite pluton.  Where sampled the skarn appears to be associated with cross cutting faults and the continuity along strike between exposures is currently unknown but pinch and swell is seen on a local scale.

 

Follow-up soil sampling programme was completed by the Company in 2019:

 

· 165 soil samples

· Significant elevated levels of Ag, Cu, Zn, Co and Pb over a strike length of over 2,000 metres, maximum values:

 

Ag: 17.5 ppm

Cu: 896 ppm

Zn: 872 ppm

Co: 33 ppm

Pb: 2251 ppm

 

A further two zones of zinc-silver mineralisation have also been identified in the field:

 

Valley Prospect

· New thick skarn zone observed in the field: Approximately 350m long and up to 8m thick

· Rock sample taken from historic shaft spoil assayed 7.5% zinc, 4.3% lead and 180 g/t silver

 

East Slope Prospect

· 650m long zinc soil anomaly (100-250 ppm Zinc) surrounding previously sampled outcrop of zinc-silver-cobalt bearing skarn mineralisation, including 175m long 250-500 ppm zinc soil anomaly

· Previous rock sample assays up to 20.9% zinc, 0.11% cobalt and 198 ppm silver within the prospect  

 

Next Steps

Follow up mapping, sampling, geophysics are now planned to identify future drilling targets.

 

 

Storuman Fluorspar Project, Sweden

 

The Company’s 100% owned Storuman Project is located in north central Sweden and is linked by the E12 highway to the port city of Mo-i-Rana in Norway and by road and rail to the port of Umeå on the Gulf of Bothnia.

 

 

JORC Compliant Mineral Resource

 

Classification

Million Tonnes (Mt)

Fluorspar (CaF2 %)

Indicated

25.0

10.28

Inferred

2.7

9.57

Total

27.7

10.21

 

Exploitation (Mine) Permit

The Company, together with its Swedish Lawyers, prepared and submitted, on 3 May 2019, a detailed appeal to the Swedish Government against the decision by the Swedish Mining Inspectorate to reject Tertiary’s Exploitation (Mine) Permit in its current form. The Company now awaits feedback from the Swedish Government in response to its appeal.

 

 

MB Fluorspar Project, Nevada, USA

 

The MB Property comprises 60 contiguous mining claims and is located 19km southwest of the town of Eureka in central Nevada, USA. The state of Nevada is widely and justifiably recognised to be one of the most attractive mining jurisdictions in the world. Eureka is located on US Highway 50 and the main railroad is located 165km to the north of the deposit providing bulk freight distribution to the East and West of the USA. The USA, like Europe, is a key fluorspar market currently importing the majority of its fluorspar requirements. Rail access to the west coast provides access to Asian markets, which may be a target market in the future.

 

JORC Compliant Mineral Resource

 

Classification

Million Tonnes (Mt)

Fluorspar (CaF2 %)

Indicated

6.1

10.8

Inferred

80.3

10.7

Total

86.4

10.7

 

Metallurgical Testwork

Early metallurgical testwork completed at SGS Lakefield has indicated that the ore in certain areas of the deposit is metallurgically complex, presenting processing challenges, and therefore the Company has engaged the services of one of the world’s leading consultant fluorspar metallurgists to assist with the testwork. Progress has been slow during the period 2018/2019 due to lack of available funding. The Company has budgeted further testwork during 2020 subject to available funds.

 

Following successful completion of the metallurgical testwork, the Company will progress to modelling various production scenarios and optimisation of the transport method/cost from mine to the USA market and ports. Successful completion of these work programmes should enable the Company to work towards completion of a Scoping Study. Further work required for the completion of the Scoping Study may include an additional phase of drilling to target higher grade mineralisation, in line with the recommendations received from the appraisal of the MB deposit from world renowned economic geologist, Dr Richard Sillitoe.

 

Lassedalen Fluorspar Project, Norway

 

The Lassedalen Fluorspar Project is favourably located near Kongsberg, 80km to the south-west of Oslo in Norway. It is less than 1km from highway E134 and approximately 50km from the nearest Norwegian port. The Company views this resource as strategically important for the European market alongside its Storuman Project.

 

 

JORC Compliant Mineral Resource

 

Classification

Million Tonnes (Mt)

Fluorspar (CaF2 %)

Inferred

4.0

24.6

 

Given the commitments on its other projects and available funding, further exploration at the Lassedalen Project has been a lower priority in 2018/2019.

 

 

Strategic Relationship with Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG

 

Further to the signing of a MOU in 2017 with leading global commodities trading group, Possehl Erzkontor GmbH & Co. KG (“Possehl”), a wholly owned subsidiary of CREMER, Possehl continue to support the Company with the development of its projects.

 

 

Non-Core Projects

 

Kaaresselkä and Kiekerömaa Gold Projects, Finland

Following the successful sale of its two legacy gold assets, Kaaresselkä and Kiekerömaa in Finland, to TSX‑V listed Aurion Resources Ltd (“Aurion”), the Company retains a royalty interest in the projects. Aurion continue to be supported by Kinross Gold Corporation which currently holds a 9.9% interest in Aurion.

 

Rosendal Tantalum Project, Finland

The Exploration Licence for the project expired in October 2015 and the Company has applied for a renewal of the Licence. If the Company is unsuccessful in finding a suitable partner or buyer to progress the project, it is unlikely the renewal will be granted.

 

 

Health and Safety

The Group has maintained strict compliance with its Health and Safety Policy and is pleased to report there have been no lost timeaccidents during the year.

 

 

Environment

No Group company has had or been notified of any instance of non-compliance with environmental legislation in any of the countries in which they work. The Company has previously received a prestigious national award for its innovative reclamation and sustainable mineral development work on its MB Project in Nevada, USA.

 



 

 

Financial Review & Performance

 

The Group is currently in the earlier stages of the typical mining development cycle and so has no income other than cost recovery from the management contract with Sunrise Resources plc and a small amount of bank interest. Consequently, the Group is not expected to report profits until it is able to profitably develop, dispose of, or otherwise commercialise its exploration and development projects.

 

The Group reports a loss of £831,507 for the year (2018: £2,267,197) after administration costs of £502,788 (2018: £507,931) and after crediting interest receivable of £234 (2018: £142). The loss includes impairment of the Lassedalen Project of £442,917, expensed pre-licence and reconnaissance exploration costs of £75,778 (2018: £38,725). Administration costs include £8,021 (2018: £8,997) as non-cash costs for the value of certain share warrants held by employees as required by IFRS 2.

 

Revenue includes £189,742 (2018: £218,841) from the provision of m anagement, administration and office services provided to Sunrise Resources plc, to the benefit of both companies through efficient utilisation of services.

 

The financial statements show that, at 30 September 2019, the Group had net current assets of £21,499 (2018: £249,787). This represents the cash position after allowing for receivables and trade and other payables. These amounts are shown in the Consolidated and Company Statements of Financial Position and are also components of the Net Assets of the Group. Net assets also include various “intangible” assets of the Company. As the name suggests, these intangible assets are not cash assets but include this year’s and previous years’ accrued expenditure on minerals projects where that expenditure meets the criteria set out in Note 1(d) (accounting policies) to the Financial Statements. The intangible assets total £2,461,972 (2018: £2,670,386) and the breakdown by project is shown in Note 2 to the Financial Statements.

 

Expenditure which does not meet the criteria set out in Notes 1(d) and 1(n), such as pre-licence and reconnaissance costs, are expensed and add to the Company’s loss. The loss reported in any year can also include expenditure that was carried forward in previous reporting periods as an intangible asset but which the Board determines is “impaired” in the reporting period.

 

The extent to which expenditure is carried forward as intangible assets is a measure of the extent to which the value of the Company’s expenditure is preserved.

 

The intangible asset value of a project does not equate to the realisable or market value of a particular project which will, in the Directors’ opinion, be at least equal in value and often considerably higher. Hence the Company’s market capitalisation on AIM can be in excess of or less than the net asset value of the Group.

 

Details of intangible assets, property, plant and equipment and investments are set out in Notes 8, 9 and 10 of the financial statements.

 

The Financial Statements of a mineral exploration company can provide a moment in time snapshot of the financial health of the Company but do not provide a reliable guide to the performance of the Company or its Board and its long-term potential to create value.

 

Key Performance Indicators

The usual financial key performance indicators (“KPIs”) are neither applicable nor appropriate to measurement of the value creation of a company involved in mineral exploration and which currently has no turnover other than cost recovery. The directors consider that the detailed information in the Operating Review is the best guide to the Group’s progress and performance during the year.

 

The Company does seek to reduce overhead costs, where practicable, and is reporting reduced administration costs this financial year – current year £502,788 (2018: £507,931).

 

 

Fundraising

During the 2019 financial year the Company raised a total of £250,000, before expenses, as shown in Note 14 of the Financial Statements.

 

The directors prepare annual budgets and cash flow projections that extend beyond 12 months from the date of this report.  Given the Group’s cash position at the year-end (£50,617), these projections include the proceeds of future fundraising necessary within the next 12 months to meet the Group’s overheads and planned discretionary project expenditures and to maintain the Company and its subsidiaries as going concerns.

 

Impairment

 

A biannual review is carried out by the directors to assess whether there are any indications of impairment of the Group’s assets.

Investments in Group undertakings

The directors have reviewed the carrying value of the Company’s investments in shares of subsidiary undertakings totalling £224,890, by reference to estimated recoverable amounts. In turn, this requires an assessment of the recoverability of underlying exploration assets in those subsidiaries in accordance with IFRS 6.

Loans to Group undertakings

A review of the recoverability of loans to subsidiary undertakings, totalling £1,971,407 has been carried out. This indicated a potential credit loss arising in the year of £486,907 (2018: £4,681,523) relating to Tertiary Gold Limited. The assessment and provision arises from the fact that there has been an impairment of the underlying exploration assets held by Tertiary Gold Limited, leading to doubt over recoverability of the loan. The provision made against the receivable has reduced it to the value of the underlying development assets.

Risks & Uncertainties

The Board regularly reviews the risks to which the Group is exposed and ensures through its meetings and regular reporting that these risks are minimised as far as possible.

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group at this stage in its development and in the foreseeable future are detailed below together with risk mitigation strategies employed by the Board.

 

RISK

MITIGATION STRATEGIES

Exploration Risk

 

The Group’s business is mineral exploration and evaluation which are speculative activities. There is no certainty that the Group will be successful in the definition of economic mineral deposits, or that it will proceed to the development of any of its projects or otherwise realise their value.

 

The directors bring many years of combined mining and exploration experience and an established track record in mineral discovery.

The Company mainly targets advanced and drill ready exploration projects in order to avoid higher risk grass roots exploration.

Resource Risk

 

All mineral projects have risk associated with defined grade and continuity. Mineral Reserves are always subject to uncertainties in the underlying assumptions which include geological projections and metal/mineral assumptions.

 

Resources and reserves are estimated by independent specialists on behalf of the Group in accordance with accepted industry standards and codes. The Directors are realistic in the use of mineral price forecasts and impose rigorous practices in the QA/QC programmes that support its independent estimates.

Development Risk

 

Delays in permitting, or changes in permit legislation and/or regulation, financing and commissioning a project may result in delays to the Group meeting production targets or even the Company ultimately not receiving the required permits and in extreme cases loss of title.

 

 

 

In order to reduce development risk in future, the directors will ensure that its permit application processes and financing applications are robust and thorough.

Commodity Risk

 

Changes in commodity prices can affect the economic viability of mining projects and affect decisions on continuing exploration activity.

 

 

 

The Company consistently reviews commodity prices and trends for its key projects throughout the development cycle.

Mining and Processing Technical Risk

 

Notwithstanding the completion of metallurgical testwork, test mining and pilot studies indicating the technical viability of a mining operation, variations in mineralogy, mineral continuity, ground stability, groundwater conditions and other geological conditions may still render a mining and processing operation economically or technically non-viable.

 

From the earliest stages of exploration the directors look to use consultants and contractors who are leaders in their field and in future will seek to strengthen the executive and the Board with additional technical and financial skills as the Company transitions from exploration to production.

Environmental Risk

 

Exploration and development of a project can be adversely affected by environmental legislation and the unforeseen results of environmental studies carried out during evaluation of a project. Once a project is in production unforeseen events can give rise to environmental liabilities.

 

Mineral exploration carries a lower level of environmental liability than mining. The Company has adopted an Environmental Policy and the directors avoid the acquisition of projects where liability for legacy environmental issues might fall upon the Company.

Political Risk

 

All countries carry political risk that can lead to interruption of activity. Politically stable countries can have enhanced environmental and social permitting risks, risks of strikes and changes to taxation, whereas less developed countries can have, in addition, risks associated with changes to the legal framework, civil unrest and government expropriation of assets.

 

 

 

The Company’s strategy currently restricts its activities to stable, democratic and mining friendly jurisdictions.

 

The Company has adopted a strong Anti-corruption Policy and Code of Conduct and this is strictly enforced.

Partner Risk

 

Whilst there has been no past evidence of this, the Group can be adversely affected if joint venture partners are unable or unwilling to perform their obligations or fund their share of future developments.

 

 

The Company currently maintains control of certain key projects so that it can control the pace of exploration and reduce partner risk.

 

For projects where other parties are responsible for critical payments and expenditures the Company’s agreements legislate that such payments and expenditures are met.

 

Financing & Liquidity Risk

 

Liquidity risk is the risk that the Company will not be able to raise working capital for its ongoing activities. 

The Group’s goal is to finance its exploration and evaluation activities from future cash flows, but until that point is reached the Company is reliant on raising working capital from equity markets or from industry sources. There is no certainty such funds will be available when needed.

 

 

The Company maintains a good network of contacts in the capital markets that has historically met its financing requirements.

The Company’s low overheads and cost-effective exploration strategies help reduce its funding requirements. Nevertheless, further equity issues will be required over the next 12 months.

Financial Instruments

 

Details of risks associated with the Group’s Financial Instruments are given in Note 19 to the financial statements.

 

 

The directors are responsible for the Group’s systems of internal financial control. Although no systems of internal financial control can provide absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss, the Group’s systems are designed to provide reasonable assurance that problems are identified on a timely basis and dealt with appropriately.

In carrying out their responsibilities, the directors have put in place a framework of controls to ensure as far as possible that ongoing financial performance is monitored in a timely manner, that corrective action is taken and that risk is identified as early as practically possible, and they have reviewed the effectiveness of internal financial control.

The Board, subject to delegated authority, reviews capital investment, property sales and purchases, additional borrowing facilities, guarantees and insurance arrangements.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report may contain certain statements and expressions of belief, expectation or opinion which are forward-looking statements, and which relate, inter alia, to the Company’s proposed strategy, plans and objectives or to the expectations or intentions of the Company’s directors. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors beyond the control of the Company that could cause the actual performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from such forward-looking statements.

This Strategic Report was approved by the Board on 18 February 2020 and signed on its behalf

Richard Clemmey

Managing Director

Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Publication of Annual Report & Accounts, and Notice of AGM

Tertiary Minerals plc, the AIM traded company building a strategic position in the fluorspar sector, is pleased to announce that the Annual Report for the year ending 30 September 2018, including the Notice of Annual General Meeting (“AGM”), is now available on the Company’s website at www.tertiaryminerals.com/investor-media/financial-reports and will be posted to shareholders today.

The AGM will be held on Thursday 21 February 2019 at 2.30p.m. at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London, WC2R 2PG.

 

Enquiries

 

Tertiary Minerals plc

Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director

 

 

 

+44 (0)1625 838 679           

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser & Broker

Ewan Leggat /Lindsay Mair

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

Notes to Editors

Tertiary Minerals plc (ticker symbol ‘TYM’) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company building a significant strategic position in the fluorspar sector. Fluorspar is an essential raw material in the chemical, steel and aluminium industries. Tertiary controls two significant Scandinavian projects (Storuman in Sweden and Lassedalen in Norway) and a large deposit of strategic significance in Nevada USA (MB Project).

 

FLUORSPAR 2018: Is China now a net importer of fluorspar? – Tertiary Minerals #TYM

The tightness in the fluorspar market that has been experienced by producers globally and by consumers outside China so far this year meant that the country’s imports and exports of the commodity were a key topic of discussion at Fastmarkets IM’s fluorspar conference.

Diminished supplies of fluorspar in the Chinese market, at a time when the country’s end-markets have remained strong, has led market participants to wonder whether China is now a net importer of the material, according to delegates at Fastmarkets’ annual fluorspar conference.

Link here for the full article

 

Tertiary Minerals #TYM – Storuman project Mine Permit update

Further to detailed information provided in the Company’s Audited Results for the year to 30 September 2017 (RNS Dated 13 December 2017), Tertiary Minerals plc, the AIM traded company building a strategic position in the fluorspar sector, is pleased to provide an update on the Exploitation (Mine) Permit re-assessment for the Company’s Storuman Fluorspar Project in Sweden.

Highlights:

  • Recent positive meetings have been held between the head of The Swedish Mining Inspectorate, The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten and the Company
  • Comprehensive supplementary reports and a legal statement have now been submitted to Swedish Mining Inspectorate – requested as part of the Mine Permit re-assessment process (deadline 16 April 2018):
    • Ø In-depth analysis of reindeer herding
    • Ø Reindeer herding and reindeer grazing conditions in the area of planned mining operations
    • Ø Description of vegetation and reindeer conditions in the area of the planned tailings storage facility
    • Ø In-depth analysis of impact on the Natura 2000 area, Kyrkbergstjärnen
  • Summary: The in-depth analysis shows that the Company’s proposed mining operations at Storuman, with mitigation measures proposed, will have only a minimal impact on reindeer husbandry and that there will be no impact on the Natura 2000 area.

Commenting today, Managing Director, Richard Clemmey said: “We are pleased with the positive findings from the in-depth analysis and the high quality of the reports produced. Given that we continue to have support from the majority of key stakeholders, we remain hopeful of a positive resolution to the Mine Permit re-assessment process in the near future.  It is, however, worth noting that the Company has no influence on the speed at which the re-assessment of the grant of the mining permit is being processed by the Authorities”.

 

Enquiries

Tertiary Minerals plc

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director

Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman

+44 (0) 1625 838 679

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser & Broker

Ewan Leggat/Lindsay Mair

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Background Information – Storuman Mine Permit

The Company submitted its Exploitation (Mine) Permit application in July 2014 to the Swedish Mining Inspectorate and following an extensive consultation process the 25-year Exploitation (Mine) Permit was granted on 18 February 2016.

However, as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the grant of a third-party mining company’s Mine Permit in the south of Sweden (Norra Karr Mine Permit – rare earth element project, owned by Leading Edge Minerals) the government returned the Storuman Mine Permit case, along with many other cases, back to the Swedish Mining Inspectorate for re-assessment in December 2016. The re-assessment is intended to consider the impact of mining in the concession area on a wider surrounding area. Earlier in 2017 the Swedish Mining Inspectorate requested additional information from the Company relating to the original Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the wider area. The Company provided the additional information to the Swedish Mining Inspectorate in the form of an updated EIA in May 2017. The additional information was accepted by the Mining Inspectorate which subsequently invited all stakeholders to provide comments on the application and additional information, the deadline for responses was 27 October 2017. 

In response to stakeholder responses the Swedish Mining Inspectorate requested further detail from the Company in relation to the impact of proposed operations on the Natura 2000 and reindeer herding within the wider surrounding area and were granted a deadline of 16 April 2018 to respond. Given that the level of detail required for the wider area has changed in response to the new case law, the Company engaged with its Swedish legal advisors, the Swedish Mining Inspectorate and The County Administrative Board of Västerbotten to establish the requirements prior to the work being executed and submitted.

The supplementary reports and legal statement were submitted to the Mining Inspectorate on 16 April 2018. Any ratification of the grant of the mining concession will, however, be open to appeal and the Company will therefore not spend any further money on exploration or development of the Storuman Project until the matter is resolved. 

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

Notes to Editors

Tertiary Minerals plc (ticker symbol ‘TYM’) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company building a significant strategic position in the fluorspar sector. Fluorspar is an essential raw material in the chemical, steel and aluminium industries. Tertiary controls two significant Scandinavian projects (Storuman in Sweden and Lassedalen in Norway) and a large deposit of strategic significance in Nevada, USA (MB Project).

CAUTIONARY NOTICE

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

Tertiary Minerals #TYM MD Richard Clemmey discusses recent developments and Possehl deal on Vox Markets podcast

Tertiary Minerals #TYM MD Richard Clemmey discusses recent developments and the Possehl deal with Justin Waite on the Vox Markets podcast. Richard covers the following points requested by listeners.

– Fluorspar – classed as a critical mineral in the USA, Europe and China – what is it used for.
– Global fluorspar market growth over the next 5 years
– The company’s three flagship fluorspar projects – Storuman (Sweden), Lassedalen (Norway and MB Project (Nevada, USA).
– Possehl deal, testament of confidence in Tertiary Minerals, a long standing relationship between the two companies.
– Acqusitions, mine development, and near term revenues

Tertiary Minerals #TYM placing raises £500,000 to progress projects and acquisition opportunities

Tertiary Minerals plc, the AIM traded company building a strategic position in the fluorspar sector, is pleased to announce that it has raised £500,000 before expenses by way of a placing of 41,666,670 new ordinary shares at 1.2 pence per share by the Company’s joint broker Beaufort Securities Ltd. The Placing Shares will rank pari-passu with all existing ordinary shares in the Company.

The Company is planning to use the funds for project work, to include:

Project Acquisition

  • Progressing the evaluation and due diligence of acquisition opportunities – engaged in discussions and technical due diligence for shortlisted projects capable of generating revenue and profits in the near-term, with discussions being reasonably advanced on one particular project

Storuman Fluorspar Project, Sweden

  • Progressing the re-assessment process of the Exploitation (Mine) Permit by the Swedish Mining Inspectorate – additional information currently being prepared by the Company for the Swedish Mining Inspectorate in response to stakeholder responses requesting further detail in relation to the impact of proposed operations within the wider surrounding area

MB Fluorspar Project, Nevada, USA

  • Progressing the Scoping Study level bench scale metallurgical testwork ongoing at SGS Lakefield in Canada with the aim of producing commercial grade acid-spar

Lassedalen Fluorspar Project, Norway

  • Progressing the technical and legal due diligence for the purchase from Hydro of land and mine workings associated with the Company’s fluorspar Mineral Resource

The Placing is being made under existing shareholder authorities. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for 41,666,670 ordinary shares of 0.01 pence in Tertiary to be admitted to trading on AIM, and it is expected that Admission will occur on or around 20 December 2017.

In accordance with Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules, following the issue and Admission, the total issued share capital of the Company with voting rights will be 358,743,603 ordinary shares.

The above figure of 358,743,603 ordinary shares may be used by shareholders in the Company as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change in their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the DTR.

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director of the Company, commented today: “Strong investor interest has enabled us to complete this placing, the proceeds of which will provide funds to progress with the evaluation and due diligence of acquisition opportunities and the ongoing development of our fluorspar projects.”

 

Enquiries

Tertiary Minerals plc

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director

Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman

+44 (0) 1625 838 679

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker

Ewan Leggat/Lindsay Mair

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Beaufort Securities Ltd

Joint Broker

Elliot Hance

+44 (0)20 7382 8300

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Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement

Notes to Editors

Tertiary Minerals plc (ticker symbol ‘TYM’) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company building a significant strategic position in the fluorspar sector. Fluorspar is an essential raw material in the chemical, steel and aluminium industries. Tertiary controls two significant Scandinavian projects (Storuman in Sweden and Lassedalen in Norway) and a large deposit of strategic significance in Nevada, USA (MB Project). 

CAUTIONARY NOTICE

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

Tertiary Minerals #TYM wins prestigious Bureau of Land Management National Award in the USA

Tertiary Minerals plc, the AIM traded company building a strategic position in the fluorspar sector, is pleased to announce that its 100% owned subsidiary, Tertiary Minerals US Inc., has been chosen to receive the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 2017 Hardrock Small Operator Award for its outstanding and innovative reclamation and sustainable mineral development work on the Company’s MB Fluorspar Project in Nevada.

Highlights:

  • The US Company received the award at an awards luncheon hosted by the National Mining Association (NMA) and the U.S. Department of Interior held in Washington DC on 06 November 2017
  • The US Company is one of only two winners selected for the 2017 Hardrock Small Operator Award – one of five categories of awards under the BLM’s Reclamation and Sustainable Minerals Development Awards Programme
  • The US Company was nominated for the award by the regional BLM Mount Lewis Field Office
  • The official press release by the NMA can be viewed using the link below:

https://nma.org/2017/11/06/nma-joins-federal-agencies-honoring-top-mine-safety-environmental-technology-leaders-2/

Commenting today, Managing Director, Richard Clemmey said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award which is a testament to the operational and environmental excellence the Company strives for and to the quality of the carefully selected contractors employed on our operations. I would like say a special thank you to our consulting geologists, Hunsaker Inc, and earthmoving contractors, DV Gravel & Exploration LLC, for their continued hard work and commitment to the MB Project, without which the award would not have been possible”.

 

Enquiries

Tertiary Minerals plc

Richard Clemmey, Managing Director

Patrick Cheetham, Executive Chairman

+44 (0) 1625 838 679

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker

Ewan Leggat/Lindsay Mair

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Beaufort Securities Ltd

Joint Broker

Elliot Hance

+44 (0)20 7382 8300

Notes to Editors

Tertiary Minerals plc (ticker symbol ‘TYM’) is an AIM-traded mineral exploration and development company building a significant strategic position in the fluorspar sector. Fluorspar is an essential raw material in the chemical, steel and aluminium industries. Tertiary controls two significant Scandinavian projects (Storuman in Sweden and Lassedalen in Norway) and a large deposit of strategic significance in Nevada, USA (MB Project).

CAUTIONARY NOTICE

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

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