Further regional consolidation increases BC8’s tenement position by 46%
Black Cat Syndicate (BC8) announced that it has agreed with Pioneer Resources (PIO) to enter into a Farm-In and Joint Venture agreement at PIO’s Balagundi Project, located directly adjacent to the north-west portion of BC8’s Bulong Gold Project. The tenements are prospective for both gold and VMS base metal deposits with five key targets identified. The Farm-in will see BC8’s tenement position increase by around 46% from 87km2 to 128km2 as it continues on its path of consolidating underexplored tenement holdings around the Bulong Project. With the acquisition cost of only $40,000 in BC8 scrip, we expect BC8 to unlock the value in the tenement, providing further upside for shareholders.
Key terms of the Farm-in:
BC8 will issue 122,820 ordinary shares worth $40,000 to PIO with a 12-month escrow period.
BC8 to spend a minimum of $150,000 within two years (with $50,000 in the first year), after which BC8 can withdraw.
BC8 can earn into 75% of the project provided a total of $600,000 is spent within five years. PIO to retain a 25% free carried interest to completion of an approved Bankable Feasibility Study and mining approval license.
Past exploration at Balagundi has been limited: PIO and previous tenement holders have collected excellent geochemical and soil data across the project. Historical drilling has been shallow, averaging only 72m and limited to 281 RAB and 20 RC drill holes and remains underexplored. Some of the better gold drill intersections include:
2m @ 6.33 g/t Au from 49m
4m @ 3.16 g/t Au from 60m
2m @ 5.34 g/t Au from 42m
1m @ 8.54 g/t Au from 56m
4m @ 2.17 g/t Au from 60m
A significant copper hit was recorded with further work warranted to test the potential for base metals:
4m @ 3.2% Cu from 20m
Acquisition cost an endorsement of BC8’s management team: The $40,000 Farm-in cost is at the lower end of agreements to buy into gold projects in Australia over the past quarter. We see this as an endorsement of BC8 management’s ability to unlock value in tenement holdings, with their focus on progressing the Myhree and Trump deposits towards a decision to mine next year, after only initially drilling Myhree in July 2018. We expect additional value to be unlocked for BC8 shareholders.
With only 21% of the prospective corridors drilled at the Bulong Project, strong news flow is expected to continue as BC8 looks to rapidly build up its resource base. With a proven management team and in a prime location with nearby infrastructure, we expect to see a higher market cap as BC8 further progresses towards mine development. We maintain our Speculative Buy recommendation on BC8.
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DJC acted as Lead Manager to a pre-IPO round of funding as well as the IPO for Black Cat Syndicate Ltd (BC8) in 2017/18 and a $2.5m Placement in April 2019, and it was paid fees for those services. Black Cat Syndicate Ltd (BC8) has engaged DJC to act as corporate adviser, and pays a fee for that service. DJC, its advisers and staff hold circa 2% of unrestricted Shares, circa 14% of restricted Shares and circa 18% of options (exercisable at $0.20 expiring 17 January 2023) on issue in Black Cat Syndicate Ltd (BC8), as at 15 May 2019.
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