- South Boulder will raise A$9.5 million via a share placement at 95 cents.
- Shares to be placed with North American investors and to private equity group Meridian Capital International Fund.
- Accompanying one-for-two free listed option exercisable at A$1.50 within two years of issue.
- Funds will be used to complete Definitive Feasibility Studies, start early access works and provide working capital.
- DFS on track for completion next year; first production targeted for no later than 2016.
- Discussions with potential strategic partners underway.
South Boulder Mines Ltd (South Boulder, ASX:STB) is pleased to announce that it is raising A$9.5 million through a share placement to fund completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study and other work associated with its world-class Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea.
The placement is being completed at 95 cents a share by Sprott Private Wealth LP and affiliates (Sprott). Sprott has committed to placing 5.26 million shares (A$5 million) to North American investors. The remaining 4.74 million shares (A$4.5 million) will be issued to private equity group Meridian Capital International Fund (Meridian).
The placement is accompanied by a free one-for-two listed option exercisable at A$1.50 within two years of issue. The Options issued in the placement will have the potential to raise up to a further A$7.9 million and an application for the quotation of the options will be made.
Sprott is acting as a finder and will receive a fee comprising a cash component and 150,000 finder’s options under the same terms as the above options. Meridian will receive a fee comprising a cash component and 100,000 options on the same terms.
In addition to completing the Definitive Feasibility Study in 2013, the funds raised will be used to commence early works to upgrade road access, continue exploration drilling and provide working capital.
The placement will be made in accordance with South Boulder’s available 15 per cent placement capacity pursuant to ASX Listing Rule 7.1 and accordingly shareholder approval is not required. The new shares and shares issued on exercise of the options, will rank equally with South Boulder’s existing shares.
The A$4.5 million placement will settle on 29 June 2012 and the balance on or before 17 July 2012. This announcement is intended to lift the trading halt on the Company’s securities as announced on 22 June 2012.
Recent investor relations, corporate videos and broker/media coverage on The Company’s projects can be viewed on the website in the “Media Centre” and “Investor Centre” sections by following the links www.southbouldermines.com.au and www.abid.co.
About South Boulder Mines Ltd
Listed in 2003, South Boulder Mines (ASX: STB) is a diversified explorer focused on potash, nickel and gold. South Boulder has a 90% interest in the Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea and a 100% interest in the Duketon Gold Project in Western Australia.
The Colluli Potash Project has a current JORC Compliant Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate comprised of 261.81Mt @ 17.94% KCl or 11.33% K2O of Measured Resources, 674.48Mt @ 17.98% KCl or 11.36% K2O of Indicated Resources and 143.50Mt @ 18.00% KCl or 11.37% K2O of Inferred Resources for a total of 1,079.00Mt @ 17.97% KCl or 11.35% K2O (total contained potash of 194.09Mt KCl or 122.61Mt K2O); This includes higher grade Sylvinite of 114.60Mt @ 28.56% KCl or 18.04% K2O. The current resource is included in an exploration target of 1.25 – 1.75 billion tonnes @ 18-20% KCl ## (see disclaimer below).
An engineering scoping study for the production of 1Mt p.a. of potash demonstrated an estimated capital cost of US$0.74bn generating a Pre-tax NPV12 of US$1.33bn. A Definitive Feasibility Study into open pit mining and processing of the resource is underway with initial production scheduled for 2016 or sooner. South Boulder has strong support from the Eritrean Government to build a long term, economically and environmentally sustainable resource project.
Within the Duketon Gold Project area, South Boulder entered a farm-out Joint Venture (JV) Agreement with Independence Group NL, whereby Independence can earn a 70% interest in the nickel rights on select tenements held by South Boulder in the Duketon Project, by the completion of a Bankable Feasibility Study within 5 years of the grant of the relevant tenement.
About the Duketon Nickel Joint Venture
The Duketon Nickel Joint Venture (DNJV) has had recent success at The Rosie and C2 Nickel sulphide prospects where drilling has defined intercepts of 5.20m @ 9.2% Ni, 1.09% Cu, 0.21% Co and 7.09g/t PGE’s at Rosie and 50m @ 0.92% Ni including 37m @ 1.05% Ni at C2. The deposits are located approximately 120km NNW of Laverton, W.A in the Duketon Greenstone Belt. The deposits are approximately 2km apart and the mineralisation at both prospects is considered open in most directions. A Mining Lease was granted over the Rosie and C2 deposits on the 19th of November. A Maiden JORC Compliant Mineral Resource Estimate has been compiled for the Rosie deposit; please refer to the Company’s 25th January 2012 ASX Announcement for details.
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Telephone +61 8 6315 1444
Lorry Hughes, CEO/Managing Director; Kerry Rudd, Executive Assistant;
Liam Cornelius, Executive Director; Flavio Garofalo, CFO;
Dr. Chris Gilchrist, Non-Exec Director
## Competent Persons and Responsibility Statement
The Colluli Potash Project has a current JORC/NI43-101 Compliant Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate of 1,079.00Mt @ 17.97% KCl or 11.35% K2O (total contained potash of 194.09Mt KCl or 122.61Mt K2O). The resource contains 261.81Mt @ 17.94% KCl or 11.33% K2O of Measured Resources, 674.48Mt @ 17.98% KCl or 11.36% K2O of Indicated Resources and 143.50Mt @ 18.00% KCl or 11.37% K2O of Inferred Resources. The current Mineral Resource Estimate is included in the current exploration target of 1.25 – 1.75 billion tonnes @ 18-20% KCl. The potential quantity and grade of the total current exploration target which includes the current Mineral Resource Estimate is conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a Mineral Resource other than the current Mineral Resource Estimate and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource Estimate other than the current Mineral Resource Estimate.
This ASX release has been compiled by Lorry Hughes using information on exploration results and Mineral Resource estimates supplied by South Boulder Mines Ltd under supervision by Ercosplan. Dr Henry Rauche and Dr Sebastiaan van der Klauw are co-authors of the JORC and NI43-101 compliant resource report. Lorry Hughes is a member in good standing of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Dr.s’ Rauche and van der Klauw are members in good standing of the European Federation of Geologists (EurGeol) which is a “Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation” (ROPO). A ROPO is an accredited organisation to which Competent Persons must belong for the purpose of preparing reports on Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves for submission to the ASX.
Mr Hughes, Mr Rauche and Mr Van Der Klauw are geologists and they have sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which they have undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the “Australian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves”. Mr Hughes, Mr Rauche and Mr van der Klauw consent to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
Quality Control and Quality Assurance
South Boulder Exploration programs follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. Drill holes are located using GPS coordinates using WGS84 Datum, all mineralisation intervals are downhole and are true width intervals. Assay values are shown above a cut-off of 6% K2O. The samples are derived from HQ diamond drill core which in the case of carnallite ores are sealed in heat sealed plastic tubing immediately as it is drilled to preserve the sample. Significant sample intervals are dry quarter cut using a diamond saw and then resealed and double bagged for transport to the laboratory. Halite blanks and duplicate samples are submitted with each hole. Chemical analyses were conducted by Kali-Umwelttechnik GmBH Sondershausen, Germany utilising flame emission spectrometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy and ionchromatography. Kali-Umwelttechnik (KUTEC) Sondershausen1 have extensive experience in analysis of salt rock and brine samples and is certified according by DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 by the Deutsche Akkreditierungssystem Prüfwesen GmbH (DAR). The laboratory follow standard procedures for the analysis of potash salt rocks • chemical analysis (K+, Na+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl-, SO42-, H2O) and • X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the same samples as for chemical analysis to determine a qualitative mineral composition, which combined with the chemical analysis gives a quantitative mineral composition.