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Juniors on Radar: 5 ASX Explorers to Watch On Monday

Mon 24 Jan 22, 11:08am (AEST)

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Key Points

  • Five juniors with interesting announcements today
  • BlackEarth Minerals, Bulletin Resources, EMU NL, Kalamazoo Resources, Thomson Resources

BlackEarth completes heavily overbid Placement to raise $6.8m

BlackEarth Minerals NL (ASX: BEM) has successfully completed a bookbuild and secured commitments from existing and new domestic and international institutional and sophisticated investors to subscribe for approximately 50.7m new fully paid ordinary shares (New Shares) in the Company, to raise gross proceeds of approximately $6.84m (Placement) before costs.

Argonaut Securities Pty Ltd was appointed as Lead Manager to the Placement.

The funds raised by the Placement will, together with the Company’s existing cash balance, be used to complete the DFS for the Maniry Graphite Project and other development plans, including:

  • Continue an extensive drilling and exploration program at the Maniry Project’s high grade Razafy NW area to potentially further increase the Project’s economics.

  • Add to the Company’s current quality Resource inventory both at Razafy and Razafy NW.

  • Development of its downstream expandable graphite project plans in India.

  • Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) and the purchasing of long lead items post the completion of the Maniry DFS.

BlackEarth’s Managing Director, Tom Revy, said:

“The Board of BEM is delighted with the exceptional level of investor interest in this fund-raising event, reflective of the strong current thematic in the graphite sector.

Following recent releases on the progress of the Maniry Project together with the significantly enhanced financials, we are seeing substantial interest in our project by both local and overseas institutional investors, who participated in the raising, including those focused on ESG.”

Bulletin Resources - Spodumene Lithium Identified over 2.5km Trend Ravensthorpe Lithium Project

Bulletin Resources Limited (ASX: BNR) has provided an exploration update from recent mapping and rock-chip assay results on its Ravensthorpe Lithium project. The project is located only 12km southwest and along strike of Allkem Limited’s (ASX: AKE) Mt Cattlin Lithium Mine.

On-ground mapping has identified outcropping, subcropping and lag spodumene at Big pegmatite. This is the first indication that the core of Big pegmatite contains spodumene and provides strong evidence for lithium prospectivity of the Big pegmatite and the broader Eastern Pegmatite Trend.

The prospectivity of the Eastern Pegmatite Trend is further supported by known spodumene outcrops approximately 2.5km to the north at Deep Purple pegmatite and Creek pegmatite.

Mapping of the flat lying to gently undulating Big pegmatite has substantially increased the outcrop and subcrop size to approximately 700m x 500m, a tenfold increase from the previously reported size.

EMU NL Update of Nickel- Copper-PGE and Gold Exploration Activities

Emu NL (ASX: EMU) provided an update of current exploration activities over its portfolio of nickel-copper-PGE and gold projects in Western Australia.

Over the past 10 weeks, EMU’s geologists have been active in the field completing various new and follow-up exploration activities. Multi-element assay results are pending from a new extended soil geochemistry programme completed at the Badja Gold Project.

Results are also pending from the interpretation of data derived from Fixed Loop Electromagnetic (FLEM) geophysical surveys currently being conducted at two nickel-copper-PGE projects (Viper and Graceland).

Emu’s Viper, Graceland and Sunfire Nickel-Copper-PGE Projects are located within the Southwest Terrane of Western Australia.

Emu’s Badja Gold Project is located in the Murchison Region near Yalgoo and within the same greenstone belt hosting 29Metals’ Golden Grove Mine, Silver Lake Resources’ Deflector Mine and Gascoyne Resources new Melville Project.

Kalamazoo Resources - Ashburton Gold Project Drilling Confirms Significant Regional Exploration Potential

Kalamazoo Resources (ASX: KZR) has advised that assays have been received for the remaining 18 RC and 70 AC drillholes undertaken in the 2021 Phase II drill program. These drillholes targeted regional or “greenfields” prospects outside of the known 1.65Moz gold resource areas at the Ashburton Gold Project (AGP).

At the Annie Oakley Prospect, highly encouraging moderate grade gold intercepts contained within broad zones of gold anomalism were returned with best results including:

  • 4m @ 2.67 g/t Au from 17m (KARC0124).

  • 2m @ 4.09 g/t Au from 57m (KARC0133)

  • 3m @ 1.63g/t Au from 37m (KARC0126)

At the St Helens Prospect, AC drilling intersected encouraging gold anomalism proximal to the West Olympus Deposit with best results including:

  • 6m @ 2.2g/t Au from 93m incl 1m @ 4.22g/t Au from 96m (KAAC0067).

  • 4m @ 1.46g/t Au from 76m (KAAC0070).

Planning is underway for an extensive Phase III exploration program to commence early 2022.

Kalamazoo’s Director and Ashburton Project Manager Paul Adams said:

“The remaining results from our Phase II regional drilling campaign has confirmed the significant potential to expand the oxide and sulphide resources at our 1.65Moz Ashburton Gold Project.

Highlights include continued encouraging results at the Annie Oakley Prospect, located close to the existing Waugh Deposit, which provides us with greater confidence for the discovery of additional shallow oxide gold resources, whilst the promising gold anomalism discovered at the Petra Prospect provides support for an entirely new “Carlin-style” (i.e., Mt Olympus deposit) discovery.”

Thomson Resources - Mineral Resource Estimate for Mt Gunyan Project also advancing, building Texas District Scale Silver-Gold-Base Metal Picture

Thomson Resources (ASX: TMZ) advises that the Company is also well advanced in defining a JORC 2012 Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for the undeveloped near surface Mt Gunyan silver (gold) deposit located in the Texas silver district, southern Qld (Texas Project).

Thomson has MRE calculations progressing on Silver Spur1, Twin Hills2 and now on the Mt Gunyan silver-gold deposits, leveraging a combined total of over 56,000 meters of historic drilling on these projects.

The Company’s aim is to deliver a district scale picture of the in-ground silver, gold, and zinc resources for the Texas Project during Q1 of 2022, as a key step in advancing Thomson’s New England Fold Belt Hub and Spoke central processing concept.

Executive Chairman David Williams commented:

“An enormous amount of work has been done by our geoscience team who have painstakingly been working through the huge amount of historic information. We now have a much clearer and more robust picture of the Mt Gunyan deposit to go along with the same for Twin Hills and Silver Spur.

The understanding of what is there at each of the deposits and the work we are doing on metallurgy are fundamental steps in our centralised processing strategy. This cannot be rushed.”

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Mark Story


Mark is an award-winning investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics, a diploma in journalism and has completed the Institute of Directors course. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content.

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