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Peregrine Gold rockets over 80% on chunky handheld gold hit; RC drills live this month

Fri 05 Aug 22, 1:08pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • A small handheld drill core sunk next to surface outcrop gold mineralisation has returned visible chunky gold at shallow depths
  • RC drill run to hit the ground on August 15
  • Company acreage located 30km west of Newman

Peregrine Gold (ASX:PGD) has soared 70% in morning trades as the company posts photographs of a small drill core extracted by a handheld machine thick with chunky mineralisation. 

While the diameter of the core is only 40mm, and not substantial evidence of a significant commercial-scale gold system, the discovery is definitely a promising find worth following up. 

There are further signs that confirm this: numerous specks of surface gold spotted in exposed rocks forming a south-easterly-north-westerly geological vein on-site. 

Clearly, the market thinks these finds are worth following up too, with the price going from 40c at the start of August, to 72c by the end of the week. 

A naked eye look at gold mineralisation in the core sample retrieved from the Peninsula prospect (source: Peregrine Gold)
A naked eye look at gold mineralisation in the core sample retrieved from the Peninsula prospect (source: Peregrine Gold)

Three targets in upcoming drill run

Management suspects the acreage is mostly unexplored, with previous examinations of the area overlooking the vein hosting the gold the subject of today’s price rise. 

The prospect responsible is called the Peninsula prospect and will be prioritised in a three-target drill run that starts later this month. 

The company will move the RC rig out to site and first strike where the handheld drill was used. Alongside Peninsula, the Birdsnest and Tin Can prospects will also be on the cards for initial assay work. 

How is Peregrine placed ahead of the work? 

At the end of the June quarter, Peregrine held $4.3m in cash. Given that drilling so far was via a handheld device, it is likely that the company still has about this much in its coffers, minus everyday business costs incurred since June. 

Peregrine has a market cap of $29.4m. However, a surface look at price performance is perhaps the most telling sign that the company is rousing interest: 

  • One week performance up 83% 

  • One month returns at 113%

  • Year to date (YTD) returns at 63.8%

And then, there’s the chart: 

Peregrine's one year chart reveals a definite peaking of interest from investors today
Peregrine's one year chart reveals a definite peaking of interest from investors today

 

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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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