Teck invests $8 million in Kodiak Copper

Publicly traded Kodiak Copper, a portfolio company of the Discovery Group that was formerly Dunnedin Ventures, focus on copper porphyry exploration in Canada and the U.S. (Credit: Kodiak)

Kodiak Copper has announced a $7.9 million private placement financing with Teck Resources, which will grant the diversified miner a 9.9% stake in the copper-focused junior.

The placement includes 1 million common shares, issued at C$1.95 each, in addition to 3 million flow-through shares, placed through a charity flow-through, at an average price of C$2.82 per share, for total gross proceeds of C$10.5 million.

“We view Teck’s investment as a strong endorsement of the MPD project and Kodiak’s management,” Claudia Tornquist, Kodiak’s president and CEO, said in a release.

Midday Monday, Kodiak’s stock was up 33% on the TSXV

“With the proceeds of this private placement, we will be able to expand on the momentum of our recent Gate zone discoveries, and test other porphyry targets across the MPD property through 2020 and 2021.”

Kodiak has granted Teck an equity participation right to maintain its share in the company; closing is expected around Oct. 6.

The company’s wholly owned 78.5-sq.-km MPD project in south-central B.C. lies within a producing copper-gold porphyry belt. Last year’s drill program at the site led to the discovery of the Gate zone, which returned a highlight intercept of 763.6 metres of 0.21% copper, 0.07 g/t gold and 0.77 g/t silver, including several higher-grade intervals, from bedrock surface.

Earlier this month, Kodiak also reported the discovery of a “central high-grade copper-gold zone within the wider copper-gold mineralized envelope of the Gate zone,” according to Chris Taylor, Kodiak’s chairman.

A 282-metre-long section of mineralized and altered drill core returned 0.7% copper, 0.49 g/t gold and 2.64 g/t silver (1.16% copper-equivalent), starting at 263 metres. This includes a 45.7-metre central section of 1.41% copper, 1.46 g/t gold and 5.56 g/t silver (2.75% copper-equivalent).

The Gate zone lies underneath a 1-km by 300-metre copper-in-soil target. Drilling is ongoing at MPD.

Midday Monday, Kodiak’s stock was up 33% on the TSXV. The company has a C$89 million market capitalization.

(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)