Inaugural Rough Ruby Tender Results
- Inaugural tender process was concluded on Monday afternoon (Mauritius time) on 30 October 2017 after three days of closed tendering
- The tender was well-attended by buying entities from around the world
- Eight Bid Schedules (comprising multiple lots) were sold from a total of 21 schedules offered
- Mustang accepted bids for 29,463 carats ranging from A$6 per carat to A$1,944 per carat.
- Total sales proceeds to be received by Mustang are A$713,456 at an average price of A$24.21 per carat
- Valuable feedback received from buyers on their requirements
- The final results reflected inadequate volumes in each category
- Mustang will now focus on increasing the quantity of rubies it offers within those categories for which demand was the strongest
- The next planned plant upgrade at the Montepuez Ruby Project will be delayed. This will reduce expenditures and enable Mustang to focus on accumulating more rubies in each of the most desired categories ahead of its next tender targeted for mid-2018
Inaugural Ruby Tender Results
Eight Bid Schedules totaling 29,463 carats were sold at prices ranging from A$6 a carat to A$1,944 a carat. (see Note below) The average realised price was A$24.21/ct and gross sales proceeds of approximately A$713,456 will be received.
Bids for the remaining 13 Bid Schedules offered for sale did not reach their reserve prices and will be held over to the next tender, which is scheduled for mid-2018.
Mustang's Managing Director, Christiaan Jordaan, said the tender results were clearly disappointing but the Company has gathered valuable market intelligence for future tenders.
"The feedback from buyers and the results make it very clear that we need to offer increased quantities of rubies in each category. This is because buyers and their jewellery customers need to be certain that there are enough similar rubies available to enable them to produce the required number of any particular jewellery item.
"The tender process has also enabled us to identify those categories which are in high demand."
"We will now focus on building the inventory required by the market. As part of this, we have decided to delay the planned plant upgrade at Montepuez, which will reduce our expenditure and allow us to focus on preparations for our second tender."
As part of the strategy existing surface stockpiles of ruby-bearing gravels of around 96,000 tonnes will be processed in the coming months. Pitting and exploration activities will focus on areas now identified to host the most sought-after rubies. The Company's bulk sampling to date has only covered a very small part of the licensed areas (see Figure 2 in link below). Mustang strongly believes there is considerable potential to identify additional high value rubies within its 193sqkm project area which is located within the worldclass Montepuez ruby-field. Exploration will focus on areas to the east of the existing bulk sample pits and the Company also plans to acquire rights to explore in additional license areas in the Montepuez ruby field.
The Company has an estimated A$4,315,672 (excluding the gross ruby sales of A$713,456) cash on hand as at 31 October 2017. Expenditures will reduce significantly as exploration work becomes more focused and priority is given to the processing of the existing stockpile through the wet season when mining is not economical due to field conditions.
Mustang Chairman Ian Daymond said: "The Company's management and operational team, including our people on the ground in Mozambique, worked incredibly hard to organise and bring this inaugural tender to market in such a short space of time. I thank them for their huge efforts.
"I would also like to give special thanks to our buyers for attending and supporting the tender. We were also privileged to welcome representatives from the Government of Mozambique."
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About Mustang Resources Ltd
New Energy Minerals Ltd is an ASX-listed company (ASX:MUS) focused on the development of the Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project in Northern Mozambique, located along strike from the Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) Balama Project. In July 2018 New Energy Minerals announced a maiden vanadium mica-hosted JORC Measured Resource for Caula of 22Mt at 0.37% V2O5 for 81,600 tonnes of contained vanadium pentoxide. The Company concurrently announced a 317% increase in its JORC Graphite Resource to 21.9Mt at 13.4% Total Graphitic Carbon ("TGC") (8% cut-off), for a total of 2,933,100 tonnes of contained Graphite, all in the measured category.
The Company has a highly experienced board and management team with a 15-year track record of investment and successful project development in Mozambique and the Africa region. With the aim to become a key provider of vanadium and graphite, both key components used in battery production.
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