Demetallica hits copper at Peake and Denison project with Oz Minerals as partner

Wed 18 Jan 23, 3:06pm (AEDT)
A technician holds a piece of ore with copper mineralisation present
Source: File photo

Key Points

  • Demetallica, now wholly owned by AIC Mines after last year’s takeover, reports maiden drill run assays from SA copper play
  • South Australian project is a copper play with Oz Minerals on the sidelines potentially to earn up to a 70% interest
  • Only 3 of 8 priority electromagnetic (EM) targets were drilled in the late 2022-early 2023 campaign

Demetallica (ASX:DRM) revealed the first assay results from its maiden drill run at the company’s ‘Peake and Denison’ copper project in South Australia on Wednesday. 

Oz Minerals (ASX:OZL) is a partner at the P&D play with Oz funding the maiden drill run. The project is not Demetallica’s flagship asset. 

Oz retains an optional right to earn 51% majority interest in the project, that 51% earn-in requires Oz to spend $4m over three years at the project. 

Takeover in background 

Demetallica, which was recently acquired by AIC Mines (ASX:A1M), also leaves the door open for Oz to earn an additional 19% interest on top of that by spending a further $6m by 2029. 

AIC’s acquisition of Demetallica came in an unusually short time frame for the company, which only listed on the ASX last year.

Original bids by AIC were originally rejected before a beefed up offer was embraced with open arms in the Demetallica boardroom. 

At this time, AIC now wholly owns Demetallica.

Encouraging grades 

First-stage assays failed to return results in concentrations above 1%, the high-grade classification adopted by investor information provider Undervalued Equity. 

However, copper mineralisation was detected in numerous drillholes, indicating the potential for broad mineralisation on-site. 

Management described the results as “encouraging”, and it’s still only early days at the P&D acreage. Only three of eight priority targets were drilled in the maiden campaign. 

Should today’s results seem lacklustre, it’s worth considering that Oz Minerals has six years to boost its stake to 70%. One surprise high-grade intersection could be all it takes to change the story.

Demetallica's six month charts show performance in 4Q 2022, the stock is currently suspended as the AIC takeover finalises
Demetallica's six month charts show performance in 4Q 2022, the stock is currently suspended as the AIC takeover finalises
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Jonathon Davidson

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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.

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