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WSJ: Sibanye-Stillwater Preparing $1B in Deals for Brazilian Base Metal Companies

SIBANYE-Stillwater is preparing to buy two Brazilian base metal companies for $1bn including debt, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing people…

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SIBANYE-Stillwater is preparing to buy two Brazilian base metal companies for $1bn including debt, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said in report overnight that Sibanye-Stillwater was preparing to announce the acquisition of Atlantic Nickel, which operates the Santa Rita mine, one of the world’s biggest open-pit nickel sulphide mines, and Mineracao Vale Verde, which is developing a copper-and-gold mine.

Both companies are to be purchased from London-based investment firm Appian Capital Advisory, said the Wall Street Journal.

Appian Capital bought Santa Rita mine out of bankruptcy in 2018 and restarted production the next year. The mine has an estimated annual processing capacity of 6.5 million metric tons of ore, said the Wall Street Journal.

Vale Verde is developing the Serrote copper-and-gold mine in eastern Brazil. Construction at the project, which Appian bought in 2018 for $40m, is complete and the mine has secured the major permits needed to produce copper. Appian Capital said on its website that Serrote will produce concentrates containing about 20,000 tons of copper annually over 14 years once it is operating.

After diversifying from gold to platinum group metals, Sibanye-Stillwater earmarked so-called battery metals as its next targets. This year alone it has bought shares in lithium projects in Finland and the US as well as nickel sulphate processing facilities in France.

In September, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO, Neal Froneman, said battery minerals could comprise a third of Sibanye-Stillwater’s future production. “It’s not an exact science and we’ll have to see how it [strategy] evolves, but certainly each one should be material to our bottom line,” he said.

Sibanye-Stillwater reported R24.8bn in headline earnings, dwarfing the R9.4bn earned in the six months ended June 2020, and beating even the R19.9bn earned in the six months ended December 30.

The strong performance was owing to PGM prices which averaged R53,629 per ounce in the six month period compared to R33,375/oz last year, and capping a meteoric three-year price appreciation for PGMs.

It was through a rising PGM market from 2016 to 2019 that Sibanye-Stillwater embarked on its acquisition strategy. Consequently, the R49bn in 2020 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation more than covered its R44.4bn in PGM acquisitions.

Froneman said it was unlikely the company would achieve similar returns for its battery metals strategy, especially as there was more competition for assets than during Sibanye-Stillwater’s PGM growth period. “It would be entirely unrealistic to expect the same kind of returns,” Froneman said.

“But I have to say there are many similarities. I would go as far to say that we will create value. How much value, remains to be seen,” he said. According to Sibanye-Stillwater estimates, there would be a 900% increase in the lithium price. “This is enormous,” said Froneman.

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St-Georges Announces the Closing of the $5.57M Offering

Montréal – November 30, 2021 – St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX) (OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) (CNSX:SX.CN) is pleased to announce the closing of its…

Montréal – November 30, 2021 St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX) (OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) (CNSX:SX.CN) is pleased to announce the closing of its previously announced non-brokered private placement offering of 10,127,273 “flow-through” units at a price of $0.55 for total gross proceeds of $5,570,000.15. A total of 11 subscribers participated, including 4 insiders for $305,000 and 3 institutional investors in Sprott Assets, Maple Leaf and Marquest for $3,725,000 or 66.8%.

Each FT Unit is comprised of one (1) common share in the capital of the Company on a “flow-through” basis (each, a “FT Share”) and one half (0.5) FT Share purchase warrant (each, a “FT Warrant”). Each full FT Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one (1) Share at an exercise price of $0.65 for a period of 24 months (the “Warrant Expiry Date”).

In the event that, during the period of 4 months following the closing date of the Offering, the trading price of the Shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE”) reaches $1.25 per Share on any single day, the Corporation may, at its option, accelerate the Warrant Expiry Date by delivery of notice to the registered holders (an “Acceleration Notice”) thereof and issuing a press release (a “Warrant Acceleration Press Release”, and, in such case, the Warrant Expiry Date shall be deemed to be 5:00 p.m. (Montreal time) on the 30th day following the later of (i) the date on which the Acceleration Notice is sent to warrant holders, and (ii) the date of issuance of the Warrant Acceleration Press Release.

The Corporation will use the proceeds of the Offering to further advance the exploration effort on its wholly owned Manicouagan Project following important recent developments.

The Corporation paid finder fees of $302,700.01 in cash and issued: (i) 557,273 non-transferable Finder’s warrants entitling the holder thereof to purchase at an exercise price of $0.65.

All securities issued pursuant to this Offering are subject to the applicable statutory hold period ending March 31, 2022. The Offering is subject to the approval of the CSE.

Related Party Transaction

Certain insiders of the Corporation subscribed for a total of 554,545 FT Units under the Offering, which is a “related party transaction” within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The issuances to the insiders are exempt from the valuation requirement of MI 61-101 by virtue of the exemption contained in section 5.5(b) as the Corporation’s shares are not listed on a specified market and from the minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 by virtue of the exemption contained in section 5.7(a) of MI 61-101 in that the fair market value of the consideration of the securities issued to the related parties did not exceed 25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization.  The Corporation did not file a material change report more than 21 days before the expected closing of the Offering as the details of the Offering and the participation therein by related parties of the Corporation were not settled until shortly prior to closing and the Corporation wished to close on an expedited basis for sound business reasons.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Neha E. Tally”

NEHA EDAH TALLY
Corporate Secretary

About St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp.

St-Georges develops new technologies to solve some of the most common environmental problems in the mining sector, including maximizing metal recovery and full circle EV battery recycling. The Company explores for nickel & PGEs on the Julie Nickel Project and the Manicougan Palladium Project on Quebec’s North Shore and has multiple exploration projects in Iceland, including the Thor Gold Project. Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges’ stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX and trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1 and on the OTCQB Venture Market for early stage and developing U.S. and international companies. Companies are current in their reporting and undergo an annual verification and management certification process. Investors can find Real-Time quotes and market information for the company on www.otcmarkets.com.

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These 18 ASX resources IPOs are due to list in December. EIGHTEEN.

It’s like an advent calendar for mining and exploration IPOs, except instead of factory floor chocolate you get gold. GOLD. … Read More
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It’s like an advent calendar for mining and exploration IPOs.

Sometimes two.

Please note that these listing dates are extremely speculative. If you’re interested, contact the company direct for a better idea of when they expect to start trading on the ASX.

COSMOS EXPLORATION (C1X)

Focus: Gold, Copper and Nickel

Tentative Listing Date: 1 Dec

The RareX (ASX:REE) spinoff wants to raise $5m through its IPO. It has two projects: ‘Byro East’ (nickel-copper-PGEs) in WA and ‘Orange East’ (gold) in NSW.

Byro East was pegged by $45m market cap rare earths explorer RareX last year. It is very greenfields — having never been drilled — but Cosmos has identified four areas which could be prospective for Ni-Cu-PGEs.

Based on past exploration work, Cosmos has also identified several gold-copper targets at the small 40sqkm ‘Orange East’ project.

 

ORANGE MINERALS (ASX:OMX)

Focus: Gold, Copper

Tentative Listing: 3 Dec

Orange, which is looking to raise $7m in an IPO, is hunting for copper-gold in two major regions: Lachlan Fold Belt (NSW) and Eastern Goldfields (WA).

The NSW assets are close to major gold mines like Cadia (43.4Moz). In WA, it has ground within 25km of Lefroy’s (ASX:LEX) ‘Burns’ copper gold discovery (38m @ 7.63g/t gold, 0.56% copper).

A minimum 1,500m of drilling is planned following listing, with maiden resource at ‘Calarie’ gold project in NSW forecast for early 2022.

 

8AU (ASX:8AU)

Focus: Gold, Nickel, Copper, PGEs

Tentative Listing Date: 3 Dec

The FirstAU (ASX:FAU) spinoff wants to raise between $8m and $12m through its IPO. It has lodged its prospectus with ASIC and is seeking to listing on the ASX around 3 December.

It has five projects in WA. Its flagship is ‘Talga’ project in the East Pilbara, a leading exploration location with new discoveries made nearby by Calidus Resources (ASX:CAI) at its ‘Warrawoona’ project and De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG) at Hemi.

The potential targeting of ‘Hemi-like’ intrusions within the East Pilbara projects present an exploration opportunity for 8AU “as both the exploration areas of the Talga JV and Railway Well project are located in a comparable geological environment”, it says.

 

LARVOTTO RESOURCES (ASX:LRV)

Focus: Gold, Copper, Cobalt, Nickel, PGEs

Tentative Listing Date: 6 Dec

Larvotto is looking to raise up to $6m in an IPO. It has three main projects: ‘Mt Isa’ (copper-gold-cobalt in Queensland), ‘Eyre’ (nickel-gold-PGEs in WA) and ‘Ohakuri’ (gold in NZ).

Mt Isa — acquired from Minotaur Exploration and Rio Tinto — is in a well-endowed, world-class copper and gold region.

Nearby deposits include the Mount Isa Mines Operation (MIM), Ernest Henry, E1, Swan-Mt Elliott, Starra, Osborne, Little Eva, Eloise, Jericho, Barbara, and Kulthor.

Larvotto says the project, although adjacent to the famous MIM operation, has been underexplored using modern exploration techniques.

 

AMERICAN WEST METALS (ASX:AW1)

Focus: Zinc, Copper, Indium

Tentative Listing Date: 7 Dec

John Prineas-chaired American West wants to raise $11m through its IPO. It has three advanced, high grade base metal projects in Utah focused on copper and zinc; two of which already have significant resource estimates.

The ‘West Desert’ project already hosts a 59Mt historical zinc-copper resource defined under Canadian NI-43-101 standards.

Following admission to the ASX, American West will undertake work to establish a JORC compliant resource – a must-have for ASX listed companies — and will further assess development potential with scoping studies.

The company will also continue exploration across the large and underexplored project area “where high-grade intersections of copper and zinc have already been encountered outside the resource envelope, indicating strong potential for further discoveries”.

 

RUBIX RESOURCES (ASX:RB6)

Focus: Copper, Nickel, PGEs, Zinc, Gold

Tentative Listing: 8 Dec

Rubix is looking to raise $4.5m in an IPO.

Its key asset is ‘Paperbark’, 25km from the ‘Century’ mine held by New Century Resources (ASX:NCZ) in North Queensland.

Supporting the Paperbark Project are three greenfields (unexplored) projects: ‘Etheridge’ (gold in Queensland) ‘Lake Johnston’ (nickel, copper, PGEs in WA) and ‘Collurabbie North’ (nickel, copper, PGEs in WA).

 

PANTHER METALS (ASX:PNT)

Focus: Gold, Nickel

Tentative Listing: 10 Dec

WA-based PNT, a subsidiary of London-listed Panther Metals PLC, raised $5m in an IPO.

Initial drilling will take place at the Coglia nickel-cobalt project, where a JORC compliant exploration target of 30-50 million tonnes at 0.6-0.8% nickel and 400-600 parts per million cobalt has already been defined.

The Merolia gold project is also high on Panther’s agenda, with immediate drilling also planned at the ‘40 Mile Camp’ 2.5km by 5km gold anomaly.

 

RONIN RESOURCES (ASX:RON)

Focus: Gold, Copper, Coal

Tentative Listing: 10 Dec

Colombia-focussed Ronin is looking to raise $5m in an IPO.

The company’s main game is ‘Vetas’: a large, high-grade, thermal coal project containing a JORC Compliant Exploration Target.

The Santa Rosa Project is an earlier stage gold and copper project “located in a prolific artisan mining district”.

 

HARANGA RESOURCES (ASX:HAR)

Focus: Gold, Uranium, Lithium

Tentative Listing Date: 13 Dec

The African gold, lithium and uranium explorer wants to raise up to $6.5m in an IPO.

‘Saraya’ in Senegal is an advanced-stage uranium-lithium-tin project explored by French Government-owned Areva prior to 2010. That work included an estimated 48,000m drilling.

The project is mainly hosted by granites and pegmatite units which is also prospective for lithium, tin, tantalum and niobium, with spodumene (lithium minerals) having been visually reported.

The ‘Issia’ gold project in Cote d’Ivoire is proverbial stone’s throw from Tietto Minerals’ (ASX:TIE) 3.02Moz ‘Abujar’ project, which should produce its first gold bar in the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

INFINTY MINING (ASX:IMI)

Focus: Gold, Lithium, Nickel

Tentative Listing Date: 14 Dec

WA-based Infinity is a Macarthur Minerals (ASX:MIO) spinoff looking to raise between $7m and $10m in its IPO. The offer has now closed.

It will have 19 tenements covering 711sqkm in the Pilbara and Central Goldfields.

 

ARMADA METALS (ASX:AMM)

Focus: Nickel, Copper, PGEs

Tentative Listing Date: 15 Dec

Armada wants to raise between $8m and $10m through its IPO.

It has 2,991sqkm of ground in the Nyanga Province, Gabon which includes several drill-ready nickel-copper targets like ‘Libonga North’, ‘Libonga South’ and ‘Matchiti Central’.

With over U$10m spent on exploration to date, Armada plans to hit these targets hard with drilling over the next two years.

 

CHEMX MATERIALS (ASX:CMX)

Focus: High Purity Alumina, Kaolin, Manganese

Tentative Listing Date: 20 Dec

ChemX — more advanced materials technology company than aspiring miner– wants to raise $7m through its IPO.

It says it has developed a proven process to produce High Purity Alumina (HPA), a critical input for battery technology.

ChemX plans to develop this ‘HiPurA’ HPA tech, as well as the ‘Kimba’ kaolin-halloysite and ‘Jamison Tank’ manganese projects in South Australia where exploration drilling is scheduled to kick off in Q1 2022.

 

DMC MINING (ASX:DMM)

Focus: Nickel, Gold

Tentative Listing Date: 22 Dec

WA-based nickel explorer DMC wants to raise $5m through its IPO.  It has two projects: ‘Ravensthorpe’ and ‘Fraser Range’.

Ravensthorpe is a nickel and gold project next door to First Quantum Minerals’ (FQM) open-pit nickel mine and the RAV8 sulphide nickel mine. There has been limited historical exploration within the project, DMC says.

The 873sqkm of Fraser Range tenements makes DMC one of the largest junior landholders in the region, which is best known for its company-making Nova nickel discovery.

 

FALCON MINERALS (ASX:FAL)

Focus: Gold

Tentative Listing Date: 22 Dec

This hotly anticipated Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN) spinoff will be chaired by Mark Bennett, discoverer of the aforementioned Nova nickel discovery.

Falcon wants to raise between $15m and $30m through its IPO to tackle three projects: Pyramid Hill (VIC), Viking (WA), and Mount Jackson (WA).

Pyramid Hill — CHN’s No 1 focus before it hit the motherlode at Julimar – is highly prospective for high-grade gold deposits like the nearby, world-class Fosterville mine.

Since 2018, CHN has completed ~124km of drilling across the ~5,000sqkm project, defining four large scale prospects.

They include ‘Karri’, which is defined by shallow gold hits up to 34g/t over ~4km of strike, and ‘Banksia’, a giant 10km-long anomaly which returned hits up to 8.7g/t.

 

ARBARTA RESOURCES (ASX:AB1)

Focus: Gold and Base Metals

Tentative Listing Date: 23 Dec

Arbarta wants to raise between $5m and $7m through its IPO. It has three exploration projects in WA – ‘East Laverton’, ‘England’ and ‘Edward’.

East Laverton sits on~ 1200sqkm of its namesake underexplored East Laverton Greenstone Belt.

Greenstone belts host economic deposits of many minerals — including silver, copper, and zinc — but they are best known for gold.

Edward is also in an area of underexplored greenstone belt on trend to the south of the ‘Marvel Loch’ and ‘Transvaal’ deposits, and ~40km from the Marvel Loch processing facility.

England is next door to the Granny Smith processing facility in Laverton owned by miner Gold Fields. This means any discovery could be developed quickly, it says.

 

SOLIS MINERALS (ASX:SLM)

Focus: Copper

Tentative Listing: 24 Dec

The South American copper play is looking to raise $6m in an IPO.

It is already listed on the TSX, so this IPO is designed to “significantly enhance its exposure to investors in the ASX market, which has a dynamic and deep junior resources exploration sector”.

Solis has three large-scale copper exploration projects in Chile and Peru.

The recently acquired ‘Mostazal’ project in Chile has a multi-kilometre porphyry target to be drill-tested this year, underneath a high-grade copper-silver historical resource.

Solis also owns the ‘Ilo Este’ and ‘Ilo Norte’ projects in Peru’s southern coastal copper belt, prospective for porphyry and IOCG discoveries.
 

VERTEX MINERALS (ASX:VTX)

Focus: Gold

Tentative Listing: 24 Dec

This gold explorer is looking to raise $5.5m in an IPO. It has four projects: ‘Hill End’ (NSW), ‘Hargraves’ (NSW), ‘Pride of Elvire’ (WA), and ‘Taylors Rock’ (WA).

Hill End is in the region where the Beyers and Holtermann nugget — the largest single piece of reef gold ever discovered — was found. This is the nugg itself:

Feast ur eyes.

 

ANDEAN MINING (ASX:ADM)

Focus: Copper, Gold

Listing: Just before Xmas

Andean (expected code: ADM) seeks to raise up to $7m through its initial public offering that is due to close on 9 December.

Its relatively advanced ‘El Dovio’ copper-gold (with silver and zinc) project in Colombia is a volcanogenic massive sulphide system –deposits that are rich in base and precious metals like copper, zinc, lead, gold, and silver.

Because these deposits tend to ‘cluster’ together, VMS camps – like  DeGrussa on Western Australia — can often be mined for a very, very long time.

Nearby VMS projects include producing ‘El Roble’ mine, which has mined ore plus reserves totalling 3.89Mt grading 2.77% copper and 2.44 grams per tonne (g/t) gold, and ‘El Alacran’ (4.8Mt at 1.4% copper and 0.83g/t gold).

El Dovio is also close to other significant mining projects such as AngloGold Ashanti’s 28 million oz gold equivalent (AuEq) ‘Quebradona’ project and Zijin Mining’s 12Moz ‘Buritica’ gold mine. Great neighbourhood.

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M&A: Capstone Set to Merge With Mantos Copper

Capstone Mining Corp. [CS-TSX] said Tuesday it has agreed to merge with Mantos Copper, a…

Capstone Mining Corp. [CS-TSX] said Tuesday it has agreed to merge with Mantos Copper, a Chilean-focused company that is run by British investment firm Audley Capital Advisors and Orion Mine Finance.

Upon completion of the transaction, Mantos will be renamed Capstone Copper Corp and will remain headquartered in Vancouver. It will also apply to have its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The transaction will establish Capstone Copper as a premier copper producer with a diversified portfolio of high-quality, long life operating assets focused on the Americas with an extensive pipeline of near-term organic growth opportunities.

It will feature a 2021 copper production base of 175,000 tonnes of copper from four mines and 4.9 million tonnes of copper reserves.

On November 29, 2021, Capstone shares closed at $6.15 and currently trade in a 52-week range of $6.64 and $1.80.

Capstone is a Canadian base metals mining company with a focus on copper. Its portfolio includes the Pinto Valley copper mine in Arizona, and the Cozamin copper-silver mine in Zacatecas, Mexico. In addition, Capstone holds a 70% interest in Santo Domingo, a large scale, fully-permitted, copper-iron-gold project in Region 111, Chile, in partnership with Korea Resources Corp.

Earlier this year, the company closed a US$150 million streaming agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (WPM-TSX, WPM-NYSE) covering 50% of the silver production at Capstone’s Cozamin mine.

Capstone described the deal as transformational, giving it one of the lowest debt positions amongst base metal producers at a time when he is expecting significant copper production and cash flow growth.

In 2021, Capstone has said it expects to produce between 175 and 190 million pounds of copper at a cash cost of between US$1.75 and US$1.90 per pound.

The company is currently advancing two operational growth projects (at Cozamin and Pinto Valley) in a bid to sustain 200 million pounds of copper production, starting in 2022.

Under the deal announced Tuesday, each Capstone shareholder will received one newly issued Capstone Copper share for each Capstone share held. Existing Mantos shareholders will continue to hold Capstone Copper shares.

Once the transaction is complete, former Capstone and Mantos shareholders will collectively own 60.75% and 39.5% of Capstone Copper respectively.

John MacKenzie, Executive Chairman and founder of Mantos, will become CEO of Capstone Copper. Darren Pylot, currently President and CEO of Capstone, will become Executive Chair of the new company.

The combined company anticipates production growth of over 45% by 2024 to 260,000 tonnes of copper annually form fully financed projects.

Upon completion of the transaction, Mantos’ largest shareholder, funds managed by Orion Resource Partners, will become an approximately 32% shareholder of Capstone Copper.

 

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