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Metal Tiger – news from Botswana and Thailand, soon to roar?

By HotStockRockets | Friday 16 June 2017

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Metal Tiger (MTR) has updated on interests in Botswana and Thailand – with on the former CEO Michael McNeilly “excited by the strong mineralisation intersections in the geotechnical holes drilled to help plan the open pit design” and on the latter noting the project “not only warrants the further technical work required to commence an optimised reopening, but holds the potential for significant Mineral Resource increases and enhancement”.

The Thailand conclusion follows receipt of the final draft SRK Consulting Competent Persons Report. It is particularly noted;

“Whilst the Project NPV has fallen, against the 2013 study, to US$45.9M, sensitivity analysis shows this is largely due to the increased provision for up-front capital cost and operating costs based on international dollar terms. The management can see potential for cost savings by utilising Thai engineering capability at competitive local rates and will obtain detailed costings for future valuation updates. We are further encouraged that sensitivity analysis shows that a modest reduction in operating costs combined with a recovery in metal prices offers strong valuation upsides for project optimisation.”

The business is now working with SRK to put in place the work programmes required to take the level of understanding to a pre-feasibility study level and the final Competent Persons Report is intended to be included in an admission document for a spin-off on AIM (KEMCO Mining), now “expected to occur by the end of Q3 2017”.

Meanwhile, there should be further near-term news aplenty from the T3 project in Botswana – with that update adding “all outstanding drill hole assay results for Zones 1, 2 & 3 expected by end of June”“updated mineral resource estimate to include Zones 1 & 2 expected for completion in July” and also next month drilling at T3 and elsewhere along the T3 Dome expected to resume.

The shares currently remain somewhat depressed at below 2.5p, capitalising the company at circa £23 million. With though the noted number of upcoming potential catalysts, the stance remains buy.

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