Most commodities, except for the heavyweights gold and oil, are poised for a down year in 2011, the first fall for this sector since the financial crisis hit in 2008.
Palladium Mining News
Eastplats increases equity interest in Lion's Head Platinum and ownership in the Mareesburg platinum project
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2011) - Eastern Platinum Limited (TSX:ELR)(AIM:ELR)(JSE:EPS) ("Eastplats" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has increased its interest in the Mareesburg platinum project ("Mareesburg") as a result of purchasing a further 23% interest in Lion's Head Platinum (Proprietary) Limited ("LHP"), the entity that owns a 100% interest in Mareesburg. The consideration to be paid by Eastplats to acquire this additional interest in LHP is US$10 million and 20 million common shares of Eastplats, making the total cost to the Company approximately US$20.5 million.
Palladium, used mostly in catalytic converters for vehicles, beat most other commodities this week after US car sales expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years.
Lonmin joined AngloPlat and Implats, this week signing a far-reaching two year wage pact ensuring a steady supply from Southern Africa where 75% of platinum is produced. The price of platinum has crashed from $1,915/oz in August as PGMs come under pressure due to sagging demand from the automobile sector which is slashing use of the precious metals to cut costs. And miners reducing supply to up prices is unlikely say analysts.
North American stock exchanges are on a tear today after central banks made more funds available to lenders, giving investors hope for a way out of the European debt debacle. The markets were also cheered by better than expected private sector job growth in the United States. The mining-heavy S&P/TSX Composite was up 2.5% to just over 12,000 at time of writing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 384 points, or 3.3%, the most on a closing basis since Aug. 11, according to Bloomberg. Spot gold was up $32 from yesterday to $1747 which is just above the 20-day moving average of $1744, noted Kitco. Silver was up marginally to $32.86 from yesterday's $31.92, while benchmark copper was up more than 5% to a two-week high of $7,885/tonne. Zinc, lead, aluminum and nickel were also up from Tuesday.
Implats reported Friday that a search mission was underway at its Rustenburg operation in search of two trapped workers and had stopped work at the affected shaft. Impala Platinum, the world's second-largest producer of the precious metal, said on Friday
During Q1 Implats production fell 12% due mostly to planned operational outages. Gross platinum production was 388,000 oz compared to 441,000 during the same quarter a year ago. Palladium also declined in line with platinum, coming in at 251,000 oz compared to 285,000 year ago. Rhodium declined by just 7% from 53,000 oz compared to 57,000 oz. Costs also rose during Q1. "Group unit cost per platinum ounce produced excluding share-based payments rose by 10.8% from the previous quarter a year ago primarily due to the recent impact of the 10% wage settlement and the continuation of high electricity tariff increases," said the company in a statement.
Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) is pleased to announce the closing of the non-brokered private placement previously announced on November 1, 2011 and increased on November 3, 2011. The Company has issued 3,709,489 common shares for total gross proceeds of $10,015,620.30.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2011) - Solitaire Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:SLT) (Solitaire) is pleased to announce that the company has signed an option to acquire a 100% interest in a Platinum-Group Element (PGE) property north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Previous exploration has located 14 mineral occurrences on the property with analytical results up to 2.2 grams per tonne of total precious metals ("TPM") or platinum + palladium + gold. A diamond drilling program is planned to test five conductors defined by a 2010 airborne VTEM® survey.
Eastplats recorded earnings attributable to equity shareholders of the Company of $1,364,000 ($0.00 per share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2011 ("Q3 2011") compared to earnings of $4,039,000 ($0.01 per share) in the quarter ended September 30, 2010 ("Q3 2010").
Caledonia Mining, an African focused mining and exploration company with a mine in Zimbabwe, shot up 20% to 11 cents a share after announcing a six-fold increase in profits in Q3. The company said that gross profit was $9.36 million compared to $1.607 million in the comparative quarter. "This is almost a six-fold increase on the comparative quarter and is the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in gross profit," said the company in a statement.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - Platinum Group Metals Ltd.(TSX:PTM)(NYSE Amex:PLG) ("Platinum Group") is pleased to report drill intercepts grading 3.47 g/t Platinum, Palladium and Gold (2 PGE+Au) over 3.5 meters and 7.00 g/t 2PGE +Au over 5.0 meters at vertical depth of approximately 660 meters. The high grade, thick, layered intercepts are located in an area north of the previously mapped North Limb of the Bushveld Complex. This Northern extension of the Bushveld Complex was first discovered by the Company in early 2011 under cover rocks by drilling based on detailed geophysical and geochemical work. Drilling is continuing and the drill program is being immediately expanded. The intercepts are located on the 137 square kilometer Waterberg Property and the new zone has a projected, potential strike length distance of 7 kilometers.
In a swing from the $26 million loss reported in the September quarter last year, platinum group metal miner Platmin achieved a $7.5 million profit for the three months to end September 2011 on the back of first platinum sales. Johannesburg (I-Net
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2011) -
Dale Alan Madson, 42, a Leadman Operator at Stillwater Mining died in a mining accident on Monday at the company's Stillwater Mine. Madson was working on the 3800 level of the mine The accident is being investigated by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. No other details of the accident were released. Mining operations were suspended following the incident and will resume with the evening shift today.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2011) - Prophecy Platinum Corp. ("Prophecy Platinum" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:NKL)(OTCQX:PNIKF)(FRANKFURT:P94P) announces that the Company has arranged a non-brokered private placement of 3,000,000 shares at a price of $2.70 per share to raise aggregate gross proceeds of $8,100,000. Company Insider Sprott Asset Management LP, on behalf of various funds and managed accounts, have committed up to 25% of this financing. Additional insiders of the Company are expected to subscribe at $2.72 per share pursuant to the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. Finder's fees may be payable in connection with the financing in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange.
Gossan Resources Limited (TSX VENTURE:GSS)(FRANKFURT/FREIVERKEHR & XETRA:WKN 904435) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with East Mining Company SA ("EMC") of Athens, Greece, to investigate and examine the possibilities of acquiring mineral projects within Europe, on a non-exclusive basis, and initially to assess three potential projects in Greece. Additional projects may be pursued.
UAE. The Finance ministers of the Eurozone have recommended and agreed the next Tranche of €8 billion for Greece, subject to approval of the IMF. The summit of the Eurozone is expected to go into extra time until Wednesday, when they hope to finalize...
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. PTP +2.18% today reported a net loss of $53.5 million and a loss per common share of $1.43 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The results for the quarter include net premiums earned of $166.8 million, net favorable development of $27.8 million, net investment income of $29.8 million and net realized gains on investments of $7.5 million. The results also reflect the net negative impact of $112.4 million from major catastrophe losses, net of retrocessional coverage, reinstatement premiums and taxes.
Commodity Online reports platinum group metals miners may be hit by the rapid growth in the number of electric cars on the road that do not need catalytic converters. In addition, manufacturers like Nissan have slashed the use of platinum in gasoline-powered vehicles in efforts to keep costs down. The drop in industrial demand has not nearly been offset by the surge in jewellery sales and platinum has lost almost a fifth of its value since the start of September while palladium is down 23%. FT quotes Barclays Capital research that notes at current levels of about $1,530 an ounce, platinum is trading close to or below the price at which some miners break even and that high-cost producers are already losing money.
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) ("Wallbridge" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has retained the services of Wardrop, A Tetra Tech Company ("Tetra Tech") and AMEC, two large multi-disciplinary engineering companies to complete the required studies for the development of its Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury, Ontario. Tetra Tech will complete the Pre-Feasibility study ("PFS") and the subsequent Feasibility Study ("FS"). AMEC will complete the Environmental and permitting requirements. "The successful delivery of the bulk sample and its expected results have brought this project to the next phases of development namely Pre-Feasibility, Feasibility, and permitting."
North Bay Resources Inc. (OTCBB: NBRI) ("North Bay" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Devlin's Bench Mining Ltd and P. Wright Contracting Ltd ("PWC") to enter into a joint-venture on North Bay's Fraser River Platinum Project in British Columbia. The Fraser River Platinum Property is located near Lytton in south-central British Columbia, Canada, and covers approximately 4.5 kilometers of placer claims along the Fraser River. The property includes the Van Winkle Bar, from which BC MINFLE 092ISW078 and BC Open File 1986-7 have documented historical assays of 5681 grams (182.67 ounces) per tonne platinum from black sand concentrate.
Canadian-based exploration and development company Colossus Minerals was trading lower in a lacklustre Toronto market on Friday after announcing it had raised $75 million in a bought deal. Colossus is active the mineral-rich Carajas region of Para State, Brazil where it is advancing the Serra Pelada project into production. Billed as one of the highest grade gold and platinum group metals deposits in the world, the area was host to the largest precious metals rush in Latin American history from 1980 to 1986.
The management of the Zondereinde division of Northam Platinum Limited advises that the annual wage negotiations with employee representative unions Solidarity and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) continued yesterday, 12 October and today,
Platinum Underwriters (NYSE:PTP) closed Monday's dramatic trading session at $31.95. In the past year, the stock has hit a 52-week low of $28.05 and 52-week high of $46.42. Platinum Underwriters (PTP) stock has been showing support around $31.27 an...