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Chase Mining up 28% as microcap announces graphite acquisition

Wed 15 Jun 22, 11:11am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Microcap Chase Mining shares up 28% in first hour of trade
  • Company executes binding agreement to acquire Green Critical Minerals Pty Ltd (GCM)
  • GCM has the right to acquire up to 80% in Hexagon Energy Materials’ McIntosh graphite mine in Halls Creek WA

Microcap resources player Chase Mining (ASX:CML) has seen its shares soar 28% in the first hour of trade as the company announces a binding agreement to acquire private Green Critical Minerals (GCM).

GCM, in turn, has the rights to acquire up to 80% interest in Hexagon Energy Materials’ (ASX:HXG) McIntosh graphite mine located in Halls Creek, northern WA. 

Chase describes the binding acquisition agreement as “transformational,” and investor interest is clear this morning amidst a backdrop of sustained sell-offs from US inflation fears. 

(Source: Chase Mining) A photograph of graphite flakes in rock chips; Chase notes large flake size makes for easier purification ahead of battery inclusion
(Source: Chase Mining) A photograph of graphite flakes in rock chips; Chase notes large flake size makes for easier purification ahead of battery inclusion

Significant work at McIntosh already complete 

Some 40,000m of drilling has been completed at McIntosh already, boosting confidence in the project’s resource estimate of some 23.8m tonnes.

Existing estimates put total graphitic content of that 23.8Mt yield at 4.45%, equalling total production of just over one million tonnes of graphite. 

It is worth noting only 80% of that estimate is classified as ‘inferred.’ There is no guarantee the company will produce that much graphite.

Chase Mining to dilute shares

The full terms of the deal that see Chase acquire an 80% interest in McIntosh require the company to conduct a capital raising for $4.5m. 

Further, Chase must issue 460m shares to Hexagon, 100m options, and a further 459m performance rights. 

This will cause significant dilution of the microcap’s total share offering. Also included in the terms is a $500,000 payment, and a requirement Chase spend $1m every year on exploration for three years. 

CML shareholders must also approve the deal; the company notes it has already received firm commitments for a $3m raise via placement to sophisticated investors.

Company reports impeccable graphite type

Chase Mining claims the graphite flakes extracted from the McIntosh project can be easily refined without heavy applications of Hydrofluoric Acid given that “impurities occur on the flake surface, rather than in the flake.” 

The company further claims the graphite from McIntosh can meet requirements for nuclear applications with purity of over 98%. 

Flake size at McIntosh is over 180 microns, according to Chase Mining, allowing for the production of spherical graphite, a requirement for lithium-ion battery applications. 

Chase Mining's three month charts clearly demonstrate the impact of today's news
Chase Mining's three month charts clearly demonstrate the impact of today's news

 

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Jonathon Davidson

Finance Writer

Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication. Email Jon at [email protected].

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