Raises A$2.4 Million in Placement for Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project
- Mustang has received firm commitments for a total of AU$2.4 million through a private share placement led by DJ Carmichael and Jett Capital
- Includes AU$258,000 from Mustang management and Directors
- The funds raised will be used to advance the Company's Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project in Mozambique and for general working capital
The total amount raised includes AU$258,000 from Mustang's management and directors with Regius Resources Group Ltd (majority owned by Mustang Chief Operating Officer Cobus van Wyk and Director Christiaan Jordaan) contributing AU$200,000 for 14,556,040 new shares and Mustang Managing Director Dr. Bernard Olivier AU$20,000 for 1,455,604 new shares. Participation by directors is subject to prior shareholder approval.
Funds raised pursuant to the Placement will be used principally to further develop the Company's Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project in Mozambique and for general working capital.
The Placement has been made to professional and sophisticated investors in Australia, Hong Kong and the United States, with DJ Carmichael and Jett Capital acted as the lead brokers in respect of the Placement.
The Company will also issue attaching options ("Attaching Options") on a 1:2 basis, exercisable at $0.02, expiring 24 months from issue, which accords with the major Caula 24-month development milestones. The Company will seek quotation of the Attaching Options once issued. It should be noted that the issue of the Attaching Options is conditional on shareholder approval at a General Meeting expected to be held in late September 2018.
Settlement of the placement is expected to occur on or around 20 August 2018.
Mustang Resources Managing Director Bernard Olivier commented "This capital raise is important in the fast-tracked development of the Caula Vanandium-Graphite project in Mozambique where we have recently established a JORC Measured Resource of 22Mt @ 0.37% V2O5 and 13.4% TGC for 180Mlb of vanadium and 2.93Mt of graphite respectively. With the feasibility study drilling now well underway it is likely that the resource will be enlarged in the near future, and this placement plays an important role. We will update the market as soon as the drilling and scoping study results are available".
MUSTANG INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project demonstrates attractive fundamentals:
- Caula hosts a JORC (Measured) mica-hosted vanadium Resource of 22Mt @ 0.37% V2O5 (0.2% cut-off) for 81,600 tonnes of vanadium pentoxide (180 million pounds) with high grade intersections up to 1.9% V2O5(see Note 1 below)
- Caula also hosts, within the same deposit, a JORC (Measured) graphite deposit of 21.9 Mt @ 13.4% TGC (8% cut-off) for 2,933,100 tonnes of contained graphite with high grade intersections up to 29% TGC(see Note 2 below)
- Metallurgical testwork confirms exceptional quality graphite with more than 63% of cumulative proportion in large to super jumbo flakes sizes (>180micronsm) and excellent concentrate grades of 97% to 98% TGC(see Note 3 below)
Caula resource likely to be significantly enlarged in the near term:
- The feasibility study drilling program on the Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project in Northern Mozambique is well advanced
- 3,025m of diamond drilling and 1,050m of reverse-circulation drilling planned for completion in Q3 2018(see Note 4 below)
Vanadium to deliver enhanced project economics:
- Caula's flowsheet design allows for integrated vanadium and graphite concentrate production mainly through simple flotation
- Caula vanadium hosted in roscoelite (a mica mineral), potentially simpler and cheaper to extract vanadium from than typical titano-magnetite ("VTM") vanadium deposits
- In the USA vanadium products were extracted from roscoelite in Colorado and Utah as early as 1910 making the USA the largest vanadium producer in the world by 1941(see Note 5 below)
MUS intending to fast-track Caula development:
- Mustang's strategy is to produce a Scoping Study in September 2018 with a view to further development work for a Pre Feasibility Study ("PFS") by end of Q4 2018 and upgrading to a Definitive Feasibility Study in Q1 2019
- Mustang is targeting phase 1 trial mining to produce vanadium and graphite concentrates in H2 2019(see Note 6 below)
Montepuez Ruby Project merged with Fura Gems Inc. (CVE:FURA):
- Strategic transaction with Fura announced in July 2018 for A$10 million of Fura shares plus A$25 million spending commitment by Fura on the ruby assets over 3 years(see Note 7 below)
- Allows Mustang to focus all capital and management time on the Caula Vanadium-Graphite project while retaining upside potential (fully funded) for the Montepuez Ruby Project
Mozambique an attractive investment destination:
- A relatively low sovereign risk profile in Mozambique with established legal and business framework has attracted significant investment into minerals projects in recent years
Strong board and management team:
- Mustang's board and operational management team have a strong 15 year+ track record of experience in developing mining projects in Africa (including graphite and vanadium experience) that the Company believes will prove valuable in the successful development of its Caula Vanadium-Graphite project
- Importantly, a number of key personnel are embedded in the country and in the southern African region
Information relevant to Listing Rule 7.1A
In accordance with Listing Rule 3.10.5A, the Company makes the following disclosures:
(a) the interests of existing shareholders will be diluted by approximately 3% by the issue of shares under Listing Rule 7.1A;
(b) the placement was determined by the Directors to be the most efficient manner in which the Company could raise the funds needed to meet the needs of the Company and to bring in new sophisticated and professional investors into the Company. A pro rata issue was not considered appropriate at the time given the time required to complete the pro rata issue;
(c) no underwriting agreement was entered into in relation to the Placement; and
(d) the Company will pay DJ Carmichael and Jett Capital a fee of 6% of the funds raised under the Placement, together with 87.3 million options in the Company (subject to the receipt of shareholder approval for the issue of those options).
1 Refer to ASX Announcements dated 20 July 2018 and 27 June 2018
2 Refer to ASX Announcement dated 24 July 2018 and 27 June 2018
3 Refer to ASX Announcement dated 25 June 2018
4 Refer to ASX Announcement dated 8 August 2018
5 Vanadium the new green metal. Mineral deposits in the Colorado Plateau. Hammond, AD. December, 2013. Mining Engineering Magazine
6 Refer to ASX Announcement dated 21 March 2018
7 Refer to ASX Announcement dated 17 July 2018
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About New Energy Minerals Ltd
The Company is currently fast tracking its world-class Caula Vanadium-Graphite project in Northern Mozambique, located along strike from the Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) Balama Project, with first cash flows targeted for H2 of 2019 from trial mining operations. New Energy Minerals' Caula project hosts a JORC (Measured) vanadium-graphite resource of 22 Mt @ 0.37% V2O5 (0.2% cut-off) and 13.4% TGC (8% cut-off) for 81,600 tonnes of vanadium pentoxide (180 million pounds) and 2.93 Mt of contained graphite.
New Energy minerals has a highly experienced Board of Directors, management, finance, exploration and geological team, with a 15-year track record of investment and successful project development in Mozambique and the Africa region. The Company aims to become a major provider of vanadium and graphite, both key components used in battery production.
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