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Friday, 15 September 2017

Asiamet Resources Limited - Half-Year Results 2017

     

Published: 08:00 CEST 15-09-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: Asiamet Resources Limited / : ARS /ISIN: BM04521V1038

Asiamet Resources Limited - Half-Year Results 2017

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 15, 2017 -- Asiamet Resources Limited, (AIM:ARS) ('the Company'), Half-year financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2017 are available for viewing on www.sedar.com or www.asiametresources.com.

As at 30 June 2017, the Company had cash of $137,445.  On 11 August 2017, the Company placed a total of 139,534,884 new common shares ("Placing Shares") to raise a total of £6.0m (approximately $7.7m) (before expenses) (the "Placing") at a price of £0.043 (the "Placing Price").  The Placing Shares were admitted for trading on AIM on 15 August 2017. Insider purchasers included Antony Manini, a Director and Executive Chairman of the Company, Stephen Hughes, a Director and Vice President Exploration of the Company, and Faldi Ismail, a Director of the Company, who purchased 1,000,000, 418,605 and 283,395 Placing Shares respectively at the Placing Price. In addition, Significant Shareholders Asipac Group Pty Ltd. and Namarong Investments Pty Ltd. participated in the Placing and purchased 7,441,860 (4.9%) and 7,209,302 (4.25%) Placing Shares respectively, at the Placing Price.  JP Morgan Asset Management purchased 71,010,118 (8.31%) Placing Shares at the Placing Price to become a new Significant Shareholder.   

The loss from continuing operations for the half-year ended 30 June 2017 was $2,014,057 (2016: $808,752) was net of a $708,089 gain on sale of its subsidiary. The loss results from $2,096,264 of exploration expenditure incurred and expensed, $492,005 of administration costs and $96,910 of non-cash share-based compensation expenditure. The exploration expenditure incurred and expensed mainly relates to the ongoing feasibility study work on the Beruang Kanan Main zone and peripheral exploration and on advancing the conversion of the IUP at Beutong from an exploration IUP to a production IUP.

Management

On 20 February 2017, the Company strengthened its Board and management team to oversee the advancement the BKM feasibility study and ramp up project financing and mine development related activities.  Peter Bird, a highly experienced mining company executive joined the Board of Directors and assumed the role of Deputy Managing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with Tony Manini stepping up from that role to Executive Chairman.  Peter Pollard, the former non-executive Chairman remains on the Board along with Faldi Ismail, Raynard von Hahn and Steve Hughes, the Vice President of Exploration.  Further changes to the Board will be made in due course as the focus of Company activities transitions from exploration and feasibility studies to project financing, mine construction and operations.

Marketplace

The Company is a "designated foreign issuer" as that term is defined under National Instrument 71-102 - Continuous Disclosure and Other Exemptions Relating to Foreign Issuers ("NI 71-102"). The Company is subject to "foreign disclosure requirements" (as such term is defined in NI 71-102) of the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom and the London Stock Exchange.  The Company is relying on the exemptions contained in Part 5 of NI 71-102.  The Company's shares were de-listed from trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on 28 February 2017, and continue to trade on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange ("AIM") under the symbol "ARS".  In 2017, the Company will only prepare and file half-year and annual financial statements within the time deadlines regulated by AIM.

Beruang Kanan Main ("BKM") Zone

On 15 August 2017, the Company filed a technical report titled "Beruang Kanan Main Zone, Kalimantan Indonesia: 2017 Resource Estimate Report", prepared by Duncan Hackman of Hackman and Associates Pty. Ltd. as at 28 June 2017 and the report is dated 28 July 2017.

As announced on 28 June 2017 the highlights of the updated Resources are:

  • Resource confidence significantly upgraded with contained copper in Measured and Indicated Resources increased by 207% in comparison to the October 21, 2015 BKM Mineral Resource estimate. The BKM copper deposit is now estimated to contain Measured and Indicated Resources of 49.2 million tonnes at 0.70% copper containing 711.3MIbs (322,600 tonnes) of copper at a 0.2% copper cut-off grade (see Table 1 for details).

  • Additional 66Mlbs (30,000 tonnes) of contained copper (0.2% copper cut-off grade) added to the BKM Resource inventory.

  • Beruang Kanan Main Resources are now estimated as:    

    • Measured Resources of 20.5 million tonnes at 0.7% Cu containing 325.7MIbs (147,700 tonnes) of copper at a 0.2% copper cut-off grade (refer Table 1). The October 21, 2015 BKM Mineral Resource estimate contained no Measured Resources.
    • Indicated Resources of 28.7 million tonnes at 0.6% Cu containing 385.6MIbs (174,900 tonnes) of copper at a 0.2% copper cut-off grade (refer Table 1). The October 21, 2015 BKM Mineral Resource estimate contained 15.0 million tonnes at 0.7% Cu containing 231MIbs (105,000 tonnes) of copper.
    • Inferred Resources of 17.7 million tonnes at 0.6% Cu containing 241.0MIbs pounds (109,300 tonnes) of copper at a 0.2% copper cut-off grade (refer Table 1). The October 21, 2015 BKM Mineral Resource estimate contained 49.7 million tonnes at 0.6% Cu containing 657MIbs (298,000 tonnes) of copper.

  • 73% of the copper contained in Resources is within the April 2016 BKM Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") conceptual open pit mine design.

The 2017 updated Mineral Resource estimate will be the subject of ongoing mining engineering and metallurgical studies as part of a BKM Feasibility Study and further optimisation of the BKM PEA open pit design is expected. A leachable copper model for the BKM deposit will be constructed using sequential copper analysis data from all post 2013 drill core samples and an initial Mineral Reserve will in turn be generated from the Measured and Indicated component of this leachable copper Resource model. The Company expects to complete the feasibility study in early 2018 and make a development decision at that time. 

The BKM Mineral Resource estimate is based on assays from 269 diamond drill core holes that were drilled from 1998 to 2007, from 2012 to 2013 and by ARS from 2015 to 2017. Mineralisation is contained within a near-surface, shallow-dipping and strongly mineralised system, that extends over an area of 1300m (N-S) and 800m (E-W) with depth extents ranging from surface to between 100m and 400m below surface (top to bottom). The 2015 Resource drilling programme undertaken by ARS was designed to delineate the extent and continuity of the BKM mineralisation and the 2016-2017 Resource drilling program designed to test for geological and grade continuity of the BKM mineralisation.  Both programmes were completed successfully, meeting their objectives of both expanding and increasing the robustness and integrity of the Mineral Resource estimate.

Exploration Potential in vicinity of BKM

Other priority targets in the vicinity of the BKM deposit are the focus of planned scout drilling programs, and include Beruang Kanan South ("BKS"), Beruang Kanan West ("BKW") and KSK's standalone polymetallic BKZ (BKZ) prospect; each within 1.5km of the BKM Mineral Resource (Figure 1).  Geologic observations during field mapping and geochemical data from drill core and/or surface rock chip samples at BKS and BKW prospects indicate near surface and similar style copper mineralisation to BKM. Prospect details are summarised as follows:

  • BKS prospect: Drill hole KBK-28 (151.30m end of hole 'EOH') intersected 10.5 metres @ 0.88% Cu from 14.5 metres depth and BKM30500-01 (63.9m EOH) intersected 10.0 metres @ 2.52% Cu from 19.5 metres depth.  Drill hole KBK-28 also intersected high grade gold mineralisation from 11.5m, returning 3m @ 11.52g/t Au, including 1.5m @ 21.7g/t Au (refer ARS Release February 23, 2017).

  • BKW prospect: Multiple copper mineralised sheeted vein zones with wide spread alteration approximately 1km west of BKM and similar to BKM are observed within a 2.5 sqkm area, and three well defined copper in soil anomalies occur coincident with these sheeted vein zones, the largest measuring 1.7km x 1km. Historic rock chip sampling yielded highly anomalous copper values, with individual rock chip samples assaying up to 7.1% Cu.  As announced on 19 July 2017, results received to date at BKW confirm a copper in soil anomaly in the northern part of BKW is associated with a zone of quartz-chalcocite-bornite veins hosted in a polymict breccia.  A rock grab sample collected from a 30-cm wide quartz-sulphide vein cutting sericite altered breccia assayed 26.1% copper and 57.1g/t silver.  Approximately 200m west is a sericite altered breccia cut by quartz-bornite-chalcocite-pyrite veins, with individual rock chip grab samples assaying up to 4.1% copper.

  • BKZ Polymetallic prospect: A continuous 15m rock channel sample averaged 19.5% zinc, 8.1% lead, 121g/t silver, 0.69g/t gold and 0.50% copper (refer ARS Release June 9, 2017).  Drill hole BKZ-1 (300.0m deep) tested outcropping massive sulphide style mineralisation and intersected 16m @ 5.75% Zn, 2.78% Pb, 0.64g/t Au, 57.5g/t Ag and 0.16% Cu, including 6m @ 11.63% Zn, 5.99% Pb, 0.71g/t Au, 98g/t Ag and 0.32% Cu (refer ARS Release February 23, 2017).  A grid-based soil sampling program defined a 400m by 200m anomalous zone of Pb-Zn soil geochemistry, which remains untested.

Beutong

Efforts to convert the Beutong IUP from exploration to production continued in the first half of 2017.  All requested information and reports have been delivered to the Government of Indonesia and it is hoped that the production IUP will be in hand soon.  Funds from the August 2017 private placement will also be used to conduct drilling aimed at expanding the Beutong Porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit (40% owned by the Company with the option to own up to 80%) to the west, east and at depth where strong mineralisation remains open (for example hole BEU0700-03 in Beutong East Porphyry intersected 385m at 0.68% Cu, 0.21g/t Au from 74m to 459m incl. 148m at 0.81% Cu, 0.15g/t Au open to depth). See ARS RNS dated 26 November 2014 for the Resource details.

Technical data disclosed in this Press Release have been reviewed and verified by Asiamet Resources Limited's qualified person, Stephen Hughes, P. Geo. a director of Asiamet Resources Limited and a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101 and the AIM Rules for Companies.

Enquiries:

Tony Manini
Executive Chairman, Asiamet Resources Limited
Email: tony.manini@asiametresources.com

Peter Bird
Director & CEO, Asiamet Resources Limited
Email: peter.bird@asiametresources.com

Optiva Securities Limited
Christian Dennis 
Telephone: +44 20 3137 1903
Email: Christian.Dennis@optivasecurities.com

NRG Capital Partners
Mick Oliver, Rita Adiani
Telephone: +44 20 3709 4505,4504
Email: mick.oliver@nrgcapitalpartners.comrita.adiani@nrgcapitalpartners.com

FlowComms Limited
Sasha Sethi
Telephone: +44 (0) 7891 677 441
Email: Sasha@flowcomms.com

Asiamet Resources Nominated Adviser
RFC Ambrian Limited
Andrew Thomson / Stephen Allen
Telephone: +61 8 9480 2500
Email: Andrew.Thomson@rfcambrian.com / Stephen.Allen@rfcambrian.com

Important notice

Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

This announcement does not constitute, or form part of, a prospectus relating to the Company, nor does it constitute or contain any invitation or offer to any person, or any public offer, to subscribe for, purchase or otherwise acquire any shares in the Company or advise persons to do so in any jurisdiction, nor shall it, or any part of it form the basis of or be relied on in connection with any contract or as an inducement to enter into any contract or commitment with the Company.

The content of this announcement has not been approved by an authorised person within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA").

ASIAMET RESOURCES LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(unaudited - expressed in United States dollars)
 
   
  June 30,
2017
June 30,
2016
December 31,
2016
   UnauditedUnauditedAudited
   $$$
Assets   
Non-current assets   
Equipment  27,004 62,424 37,243 
Security deposit  80,272 92,835 94,575 
Total non-current assets  107,276 155,259 131,818 
Current assets   
Cash  137,445 1,961,683 1,747,530 
Receivables and other assets  406,217 184,445 253,552 
Subscriptions receivable  -  - 801,840 
Total current assets  543,662 2,146,128 2,802,922 
Total assets  650,938 2,301,387 2,934,740 
     
     
Liabilities   
Non-current liabilities   
Provision for employee service entitlements  97,559 44,355 101,875 
Current liabilities   
Trade and other payables  686,156 344,224 1,016,175 
Related party loans  -  - 233,290 
Total current liabilities  686,156 344,224 1,249,465 
Total liabilities  783,715 388,579 1,351,340 
Total net assets (liabilities)  (132,777)1,912,808 1,583,400 
Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the Company     
Share capital  7,114,311 6,190,610 7,060,176 
Equity reserves  33,567,289 31,534,532 33,323,413 
Other comprehensive loss  (2,374)- (2,243)
Deficit  (40,804,975)(35,805,306)(38,790,918)
Capital and reserves attributable to owners of the Company  (125,749)1,919,836 1,590,428 
Non-controlling interest  (7,028)(7,028)(7,028)
Total equity  (132,777)1,912,808 1,583,400 

 

ASIAMET RESOURCES LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(unaudited - expressed in United States dollars)
 
 6 months to 30 
June 2017
6 months to 30 
June 2016
12 months to 31 
December 2016
  unauditedunauditedaudited
  $$$
Expenses   
Accounting and audit  6,279 26,887 98,888 
Consultants and shared office costs  278,584 301,088 510,230 
Exploration and evaluation expenditures  2,096,264 375,524 2,689,467 
Investor relations  40,978 35,888 106,164 
Legal  3,250 2,558 6,738 
Office and administrative services  18,025 20,269 26,270 
Share-based compensation  96,910 - 300,134 
Transfer agent and regulatory fees  68,747 76,120 108,685 
Travel and accommodation  76,142 5,237 42,677 
   2,685,179 843,571 3,889,253 
    
Other items   
Non-refundable deposit received  -  - 100,000 
Taxation (expense)  -  - (6,528)
Foreign exchange (loss) gain  (37,252)33,080 (872)
Gain on sale of subsidiary  708,089 - - 
Interest income  285 1,739 2,289 
   671,122 34,819 94,889 
 Net loss  (2,014,057)(808,752)(3,794,364)
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:   
Provision for employee service entitlements  (131)- (2,243)
Loss and comprehensive loss for the period  (2,014,188)(808,752)(3,796,607)

 

ASIAMET RESOURCES LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited - expressed in United States dollars)
 
  6 months to 
30 June 2017
6 months to 
30 June 2016
12 months to 31 
December 2016
   unauditedunauditedaudited
   $$$
     
Operating activities   
Loss for the period  (2,014,057)(808,752)(3,794,364)
Adjustment for non-cash items:   
Depreciation  17,894 37,427 78,543 
Share-based compensation  96,910 - 300,134 
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)  649 1,517 (4,444)
Gain on sale of subsidiary   (708,089)- - 
Changes in non-cash working capital:   
Receivables and other assets  (154,958)(84,534)(153,641)
Trade and other payables  (303,780)(5,019)666,932 
Provision for employee service entitlements  -  - 59,498 
    (3,065,431)(859,361)(2,847,342)
    
Investing activities   
Security deposits  (5,845)- - 
Purchase of equipment  (7,655)(8,052)(23,987)
Proceeds on sale of subsidiary, net of cash sold  699,195 - - 
   685,695 (8,052)(23,987)
    
Financing activities   
Related party loans  (233,290)- 233,290 
Share subscription receivable  801,840 - - 
Share issues  201,101 2,154,807 3,831,110 
Share issue costs  -  (104,345)(224,175)
   769,651 2,050,462 3,840,225 
     
Decrease (increase) in cash  (1,610,085)1,183,049 968,896 
     
Cash, beginning of the period  1,747,530 778,634 778,634 
   - 
Cash, end of the period  137,445 1,961,683 1,747,530 
    
Supplementary information:   
Interest paid307 708 1,342 
Income taxes paid- - - 
    
Non-cash investing and financing activities   
Fair value of warrants issued to brokers included in share issue costs- 86,808 165,815 

 

Glossary of Technical Terms
 
"cut-off"         the grade threshold above which a mineral material is considered potentially economic.
"g/t"grams per tonne; equivalent to parts per million ('ppm').
"Mineral Resource"A "Mineral Resource" is a concentration or occurrence of diamonds, natural solid inorganic material, or natural solid fossilized organic material including base and precious metals, coal, and industrial minerals in or on the Earth's crust in such form and quantity and of such a grade or quality that it has reasonable prospects for economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade, geological characteristics and continuity of a Mineral Resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge.
"Inferred Resource"An "Inferred Mineral Resource" is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity and grade or quality can be estimated on the basis of geological evidence and limited sampling and reasonably assumed, but not verified, geological and grade continuity. The estimate is based on limited information and sampling gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes.
"Indicated Resource"An "Indicated Mineral Resource" is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics, can be estimated with a level of confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. The estimate is based on detailed and reliable exploration and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes that are spaced closely enough for geological and grade continuity to be reasonably assumed.
"Measured Resource"A "Measured Mineral Resource" is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape, and physical characteristics are so well established that they can be estimated with confidence sufficient to allow the appropriate application of technical and economic parameters, to support production planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit. The estimate is based on detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes that are spaced closely enough to confirm both geological and grade continuity.
"chalcocite"Chalcocite is a copper sulfide mineral with the formula Cu2S, and is an important copper ore mineral. It is opaque and dark-gray to black with a metallic luster.
"bornite"Bornite, also known as peacock ore, is a copper sulfide mineral with the formula Cu5FeS4.
"chalcopyrite"Chalcopyrite is a copper sulfide mineral with formula CuFeS2. It has a brassy to golden yellow color.
"breccia"Breccia is a rock classification, comprises millimeter to meter-scale rock fragments cemented together in a matrix, there are many subclassifications of breccias.
"veins"A vein is a sheet-like or anastomosing fracture that has been infilled with mineral ore (chalcopyrite, covellite etc) or mineral gangue (quartz, calcite etc) material, within a rock. Veins form when minerals carried by an aqueous solution within the rock mass are deposited through precipitation and infill or coat the fracture faces.
"surface rock chip samples"Rock chip samples approximately 2kg in size that are typically collected from surface outcrops exposed along rivers and mountain ridgelines.
"diamond drilling"A drilling method in which penetration is achieved through abrasive cutting by rotation of a diamond encrusted drill bit. This drilling method enables collection of tubes of intact rock (core) and when successful gives the best possible quality samples for description, sampling and analysis of an ore body or mineralised structure.
"grade"The proportion of a mineral within a rock or other material. For copper mineralisation this is usually reported as % of copper per tonne of rock (g/t).
"assay"The laboratory test conducted to determine the proportion of a mineral within a rock or other material. For copper, usually reported as percentage which is equivalent to percentage of the mineral (i.e. copper) per tonne of rock.
"dip"A line directed down the steepest axis of a planar structure including a planar ore body or zone of mineralisation. The dip has a measurable direction and inclination from horizontal.
"open
 pit mining"
A method of extracting minerals from the earth by excavating downwards from the surface such that the ore is extracted in the open air (as opposed to underground mining).
"intercept"Refers to a sample or sequence of samples taken across the entire width or an ore body or mineralized zone. The intercept is described by the entire thickness and the average grade of mineralisation.
"channel sample"Samples collected across a mineralised rock exposure. The channel is typically orientated such that samples are collected perpendicular to the mineralised structure, if possible
"lbs"Pounds (measure of weight)
"Mlbs"Million pounds (measure of weight)




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