Exceptionally High-Grade Assay Results

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Armadale Capital Plc / Index: AIM / Epic: ACP / Sector: Investment Company

25 June 2019

Armadale Capital Plc (‘Armadale’ or ‘the Company’)

Exceptionally High-Grade Assay Results Verify Commercialisation Plans

for the Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project

Armadale Capital plc (LON: ACP), the AIM quoted investment group focused on natural resource projects in Africa, is delighted to announce exceptionally high-grade assay results from its Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project (‘Mahenge Liandu’ or the ‘Project’) in Tanzania, which validate commercialisation plans in progression (see RNS dated 29 May 2019).

Highlights

  • First four of 18-hole reverse circulation (‘RC’) drill programme received
  • Exceptionally high-grade near surface assayed intercepts recorded
    • 7m @ 16.9% total graphite content (‘TGC’) from 31m
    • 7m @ 16.8% TGC from surface
    • 9m @ 14.8% TGC from surface
  • Encouraging results are part of broader zone of high-grade mineralisation that includes 39m @ 11.2% TGC from surface, 57m @ 7.6% TGC from surface and 63m @ 8% TGC from 12m
  • Wide zones of high-grade near surface mineralisation materially above the 12.5% used in the average life of mine scoping study completed in March 2018
  • Eight diamond drill-holes also drilled and are currently being assayed
  • Results have favourable impact on the Project’s economics and forward commercialisation plans:
    • Higher average grade from near surface mining in early years
    • Lower extraction costs
    • Potential enhanced EBITDA margins
  • Results expected to have a positive outcome on the Definitive Feasibility Study (‘DFS’) on track to complete Q4 2019, aiding transition from exploration to mining phase

Nick Johansen Director of Armadale said:Transitioning from explorer to emerging miner is now the Board’s core focus in the lead up to completion of the DFS and beyond. Consequently, we are delighted that the first four assay results from the current RC drilling programme demonstrate exceptional grades with near surface large mineralised intercepts. The immediate takeaway is two-fold: firstly, higher than average grade; and secondly, the potential for low extraction costs given the mineralisation is near surface.

“The results received to date continue to point to a potentially viable graphite mine and verify the Board’s commercialisation plans which are progressing positively. As such, we look forward to further updating the market as we accelerate our plans to commission the Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project.”

MAHENGE LIANDU GRAPHITE PROJECT, TANZANIA

Armadale’s wholly-owned Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project is in a highly prospective region, with a high-grade JORC compliant indicated and inferred mineral resource estimate announced February 2018 – 51.1Mt at 9.3% TGC. This includes 38.7Mt Indicted at 9.3% and 12.4Mt at 9.1% TGC, making it one of the largest high-grade resources in Tanzania.

Work to date at the Project has demonstrated its potential as a commercially viable deposit, with significant tonnage, high-grade coarse flake and near surface mineralisation (implying a low strip ratio) contained within one contiguous ore body.

An 18-hole reverse circulation (‘RC’) drill programme totalling 958m is currently underway; assay from the first four drill-holes totalling 262m have been received:

HoleID

East

North

Elevation

Depth

From

To

Difference

TGC%

Grade Thickness

Including

LDRC0050

251818

9035117

593

52

0.0

39.0

39.0

11.2

39m@11.2% tgc

7m@16.9% from 31m

LDRC0051

251783

9035216

643

67

0.0

57.0

57.0

7.64

57m@7.64%

7m@16.78% from surface

LDRC0052

251744

9035287

672

79

12.0

75.0

63.0

7.99

63m@7.99%

 

LDRC0053

251717

9035358

686

64

22.0

31.0

9.0

14.76

9m@14.76%

9m@14.75% from surface

251717

9035358

686

64

36.0

60.0

24.0

5.04

24m@5.04%

Additionally, eight diamond drill-holes have also been drilled and are currently being assayed.

Upon completion of the current infill drilling campaign focused on the initial mine pit, the Company expects to improve defining mineralisation, provide critical data for resource modelling and design an optimal mine.

Armadale remains on track to complete a DFS at the Project in Q4 2019. This has been based on the results of a Scoping Study completed in March 2018, which verified that the Mahenge Liandu Project could produce a coarse flake, high-purity graphite product underpinning a compelling business case to progress commercialisation plans. Based on a 400,000tpa throughput, the study highlighted the following key positive metrics:

  • Producing an average of 49,000tpa of high-quality graphite products for a 32-year mine life
  • Near surface nature of deposit produced a low 1:1 strip ratio for the life of the mine
  • Low operating cost of US$408/t, based on an average 12.5% TGC grade for the life of the mine
  • Pre-tax IRR of 122% and NPV of US$349m, with a low development capex of US$35m
  • Maximum draw-down during the construction of the project is US$34.9m and the after-tax payback period is 1.2 years
  • There remains significant scope to further improve returns, with staged expansions as the current mine plan is based on circa 25% of the total resource

The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

**ENDS**

For further information, please visit the Company’s website www.armadalecapitalplc.com, follow Armadale on Twitter @ArmadaleCapital or contact:

Enquiries:

 

Armadale Capital Plc

Paul Johnson, Non-Executive Director (UK)

Tim Jones, Company Secretary

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177

Nomad and broker: FinnCap Ltd

Christopher Raggett / Max Bullen-Smith

+44 (0) 20 7220 0500

Joint Broker: SI Capital Ltd

Nick Emerson

+44 (0) 1483 413500

Press Relations: St Brides Partners Ltd

Isabel de Salis / Juliet Earl

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177

 

Notes

Armadale Capital Plc is focused on investing in and developing a portfolio of investments, targeting the natural resources and/or infrastructure sectors in Africa. The Company, led by a team with operational experience and a strong track record in Africa, has a strategy of identifying high growth businesses where it can take an active role in their advancement.

The Company owns the Mahenge Liandu graphite project in south-east Tanzania, which is now its main focus. The Project is located in a highly prospective region with a high-grade JORC compliant Indicated and inferred mineral resource estimate of 51.1Mt @ 9.3% TGC, making it one of the largest high-grade resources in Tanzania, and work to date has demonstrated Mahenge Liandu’s potential as a commercially viable deposit with significant tonnage, high-grade coarse flake and near surface mineralisation (implying a low strip ratio) contained within one contiguous ore body.

Other assets Armadale has an interest in, include the Mpokoto Gold project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a portfolio of quoted investments.

Short Name: Armadale Capital Plc
Category Code: MSCH
Sequence Number: 670879
Time of Receipt (offset from UTC): 20190624T171533+0100

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