Greatland Gold plc (AIM:GGP), the precious and base metals exploration and development company, announces its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2019.
I am pleased to report on the Company’s audited results for the year ended 30 June 2019.
This year proved to be a period of outstanding progress for Greatland, as highlighted by the excellent results from the Company’s second drill campaign at its Havieron gold-copper target in the Paterson region of Western Australia. These results were instrumental in securing a US$65m Farm-In Agreement with Newcrest Operations Limited (“Newcrest”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX:NCM). Newcrest commenced its drilling programme at Havieron in May 2019 and excellent initial drill results have defined a series of higher-grade zones within a broad envelope of mineralisation. We are delighted by these results and by Newcrest’s ongoing commitment to the exploration programme at Havieron.
Beyond our success at Havieron, we continued to systematically advance all of our six 100% owned projects, particularly in the highly prospective Paterson province of Western Australia, where we have a strong strategic position and believe there are opportunities to identify tier-one gold-copper deposits. Key developments for the year across Greatland’s portfolio of exploration projects are detailed in the Strategic Report, but I would like to briefly note some highlights.
Havieron and the Paterson region
During the year, Greatland’s second exploration campaign at Havieron continued to deliver excellent drill results that received wide ranging industry recognition and caught the attention of several major gold miners. The signing of the Farm-in Agreement with Newcrest in March 2019 demonstrates the potential scale of the project. This followed a series of standout results including an upper zone of 103m at 3.5g/t gold and 0.93% copper from 459m and a lower zone of 128m at 7.4g/t gold and 0.54% copper from 660m in our first drill hole of the second drill campaign (HAD005).
Newcrest launched its drilling programme at Havieron in May 2019 and, post year end, announced three sets of excellent results (July, September and October 2019), which further support our view that Havieron has the potential to become a truly significant, underground mining operation. Newcrest has demonstrated its continued commitment to the project by increasing the number of drill rigs at site from two to six, and by meeting the US$5 million minimum expenditure commitment ahead of the expected timetable.
If the trend of positive drill results continues, the Farm-in Agreement with Newcrest gives us the potential to fast track Havieron through to Feasibility Study. The current intention of both parties is that, subject to a positive Feasibility Study outcome, the ore from Havieron will be toll processed at Newcrest’s Telfer Gold Mine, which sits approximately 45 kilometres to the west of Havieron, delivering material benefits for both parties including lower upfront capital costs, reduced time to production and first cash flows, and the potential for a significantly higher net present value for the project.
Elsewhere in the Paterson region, we commenced our first drilling campaign at another high-priority target, Black Hills, following positive results from a high-powered, deep-sensing Induced Polarisation survey that displayed potential for near-surface gold mineralisation. At our Paterson Range East licence, we have identified numerous high-priority exploration targets with a similar discrete magnetic signature to Havieron, and we continue to advance our exploration activity at Scallywag, a gold-copper prospect that sits in relatively proximity to Havieron.
Fundraising from new institutional investors to accelerate exploration at our high-priority targets
Greatland successfully raised £2,983,400 of new equity (net of costs) during the year. Subsequent to financial year end, Greatland raised a further £3,968,672 of new equity (net of costs) with funds raised by SI Capital Limited and Numis Securities Limited (“Numis”) (acting as introduction agent). In a further indication of our continued progress, Greatland appointed Numis as joint broker and broadened the shareholder base with new institutional and high net worth investors participating in the fundraising completed in August 2019.
While Greatland continues to maintain a disciplined, results-based approach towards capital allocation, the funds raised will give us increased flexibility to accelerate exploration across our key projects, particularly in the Paterson region.
Strengthened Board and operations
The developments at Havieron have taken the Company to a new level, both from a corporate and an operational standpoint. In order to scale up, and to match our ambitions going forward, we successfully strengthened our board and operations team during the year. We were delighted to welcome someone of the calibre of Clive Latcham to the Board, bringing over 30 years of industry experience, including almost 10 years in senior roles with Rio Tinto. His expertise and contacts have proven invaluable since he arrived and I am sure he will continue to be a great addition to Greatland.
As the Company continues to grow and develop, we want to ensure we maintain the highest standards. To that end, we have invested in improving several aspects of Greatland’s operations including Greatland’s Safety Management System (“SMS”) which assists us to systematically achieve and maintain high standards for managing our employees’ safety and health.
Greatland is the only AIM listed company with exposure to the new “gold/copper rush” in the Paterson region of Western Australia. Our focus now is to build on our success and to leverage the knowledge and insights gained at Havieron to prioritise and accelerate exploration at key targets across our Paterson licences. We are also working to continue to systematically advance our wider portfolio of projects.
In addition, we are well positioned to build on our track record of identifying and acquiring underdeveloped opportunities at attractive valuations and we will continue to seek to build shareholder value by acquiring projects that we believe have genuine tier-one potential in safe jurisdictions.
Our progress this year demonstrates our commitment to our five year strategy which remains to maximise risk-adjusted return on shareholders’ capital by systematically advancing exploration across our key assets and seeking opportunities to monetise those key exploration assets whether through sale, joint venture or spin-out via initial public offering.
I would like to thank the management team for their tireless efforts and the significant progress made over the last 12 months. I would also like to thank our shareholders for their ongoing support as we continue to look forward with increased confidence.
29 October 2019
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