Forrestania up 18% as it shakes the tin for WA lithium, gold exploration

Fri 07 Oct 22, 1:31pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Forrestania has announced a $2.8m placement to raise funds for lithium exploration in southwest WA
  • Company won approvals back in June
  • “Exploration to focus on maiden lithium drill programs”

Forrestania Resources (ASX:FRS) has called a $2.7m placement today to give it the first round of funds it needs to kick off lithium exploration at its Forrestania project in WA’s south-west. 

Forrestania will issue 18m shares at 15c each for a total of $2.7m before costs; CPS Capital Group will receive 6% of funds. 

Forrestania notes the 15c issue price is a 25% discount to the ten day average of 20c; shares issued will be broken up into two tranches, with a second lot to be confirmed at the company’s AGM in November. The company adds first commitments are already received.

This is unsurprising, given the battery metals fever currently gripping the market. 

Drilling approvals won in June 

Forrestania won approvals to drill from the WA regulator back in June and has since been gearing up as it slogs through overhead compliance reports and other pre-work activities. 

In July, the company flagged its discovery of pegmatite outcrops at the ‘Mousetraps’ prospect, part of the Forrestania project, located some 7km to the west of the larger ‘Bannon’ target.

The company had intended to commence drilling in September, but shareholders now find themselves waiting for more news in October. 

In fourth quarter of this year, Forrestania notes it will commence lithium drilling at the following two targets: 

  • Bounty East 

  • Gem Mine 

  • Bannon 

  • South Iron Cap East 

Also worth noting is that gold drilling will also kick off in the December quarter (all things going to plan) at the targets: 

  • Great Southern 

  • Prince 

Gold drilling at the Lady Lila target starts early Q1 2023. Worth noting is that the company earlier this month secured a drilling contractor for the program of works. 

Pipeline of lithium targets: management 

“The funding allows the company to continue with exploration and focus on advancing our targets to drill testing,” Forrestania chief Angus Thomson said. 

“This is an exciting time as we move towards the lithium program. Our ongoing soil sampling program continues to identify new areas to explore.” 

A look at Forrestania's three month charts
A look at Forrestania's three month charts


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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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