Strong PFS highlights long term potential at Matilda Gold Project
Highlights of the study include:
- Forecasted gold production - 207koz per annum (first 6 yrs);
- LOM AISC - A$1,058/oz;
- 9 Yr mine life (initial) - 19.2Mt at 2.7g/t for 1.7Moz Au; and
- Initial Capital Costs - $114m.
Analyst Comment: Overall this was a positive result for Blackham as the Pre-Feasibility Study highlighted the potential for the Matilda/Wiluna Project to become a +200koz Au per annum operation by 2019.
One of the key difference's between this and previous studies was a significant increase in the open pit inventory (1.1Moz at 2.3g/t Au). The major driver for this was the Wiluna open pits, which until recently was only a small part of the company's long term plan. However since drilling intensified late last year, the company has delineated an ore reserve of 669koz at 2.7g/t Au, which is an impressive achievement in such a short space of time.
Capital costs were largely in line with previous guidance (ES $104m vs. PFS $114m). We did note the inclusion of a Filter Press (Capex $75m) as an alternative option to refurbishing the BIOX Facility ($114m).
This would see the company produce a concentrate rather than dore', which would be discounted to the prevailing gold price (TSI estimate - 10% to 15%). However, given the significant capital cost saving ($39m) and the likelihood that operating costs fall further due to limited back end processing, we believe this option should investigated further, as it would significantly improve the company's ability to raise funds for capital development.
Before the expansion achieving production guidance for the remainder of 2017 is critical, as this will help rebuild confidence in the market regarding the company's ability to meet their targets.
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Valuation: We have increased our valuation to $0.97 / share (share price $0.28) .
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About Blackham Resources Ltd
Blackham Resources Limited (ASX:BLK) (OTCMKTS:BKHRF) Wiluna-Matilda Gold Operation is located in Australia's largest gold belt which stretches from Norseman through Kalgoorlie to Wiluna. The Operation now includes resources of 96Mt @ 2.2g/t for 6.7Moz Au all within 20kms of the central processing facility. Blackham has consolidated the entire Wiluna Goldfield within a +1,100km2 tenement package which has historically produced in excess of 4.4 million ounces over a 120-year mining history.
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