Pan Asia Metals – Corporate and Exploration Update

LONDON--()-- 

16 December 2019

Metal Tiger plc

("Metal Tiger" or the "Company")

Pan Asia Metals – Corporate and Exploration Update

Metal Tiger plc (LON:MTR), the London Stock Exchange AIM listed investor in strategic natural resource opportunities, is pleased to provide an update on Pan Asia Metals Ltd’s (“PAM”) corporate and exploration activities in Thailand. PAM is a privately owned South East Asian focused metals exploration and development company with a focus on lithium and tungsten. Metal Tiger currently holds a 7.62 per cent. interest in PAM, having been diluted down following a recent issue of ordinary shares in PAM.

Highlights

  • Preparations for an initial public offering (“IPO”) of PAM on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) are on schedule, with the IPO expected in April 2020.
  • To date, PAM has received AU$900,000 of a planned AU$1.9 million capital raising for the IPO with commitments received for approximately half of the remaining AU$1.0 million dollars.
  • Thailand Department of Primary Industry and Mines (“DPIM”) has advised it is in the final stages of approving PAM’s Exploration Prospecting Licence Applications (“EPLA”) at the Bang Now Lithium Project in southern Thailand.
  • Thailand’s Electric Vehicle (“EV”) and Lithium Ion Battery policy initiatives are gaining momentum, with Mercedes beginning battery assembly in Thailand and a total of 13 international manufacturer companies being granted EV privileges.

Michael McNeilly, Chief Executive Officer of Metal Tiger, commented:

“We are pleased to provide an update on Pan Asia Metals Limited, the south east Asia focused battery metals exploration company. PAM is on schedule to complete an initial public offering on the ASX in April 2020. The strong growth of the electric vehicle and battery manufacturing in Thailand, supported by positive government policy, represents an opportunity for PAM to position itself as an important supplier of Thai battery metals.

We look forward to supporting PAM as it continues to push the project forward and will announce further updates in due course.”

Bang Now Lithium Project Details

The Bang Now Lithium Project is located approximately 480km west-southwest of Bangkok and 60km from Ranong City in the western part of Chumpon Province.

Much of the prospect area was previously mined for pegmatite hosted tin (Sn), by both alluvial and opencast methods and the landscape consists of uneven terraces and former mine faces, now covered with tropical scrub forest regrowth.

A pegmatite dyke swarm is exposed in one of the pit faces, with numerous veins and narrow dykes up to 0.6m wide. Whilst the pegmatite dyke swarm has yet to be fully mapped it is currently interpreted to be approximately 350m wide and striking 345 degrees. Available but limited historical data indicates that individual dykes are up to 2m wide and the presence of very large lepidolite-rich pegmatite boulders in the old mine area supports this observation.

Previous reconnaissance rock chip sampling by PAM has yielded elevated lithium grades associated with lepidolite-rich pegmatite float. Laboratory assays of seven samples returned lithium oxide (Li2O) grades ranging from 0.50% to 3.38%, with an average of 1.92% (Table 1). Handheld portable X-Ray Fluorescence (“pXRF”) analysis of the pulp rejects returned average grades of 700ppm Sn and 158ppm tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5).

PAM has recently collected an additional 16 samples of variably weathered lepidolite-rich pegmatite outcrop (11 samples) and mine dump/tailings material (5 samples) for which laboratory results are currently awaited.

PAM has been active in community consultation with local village heads and representatives of the District Administration. These discussions have been very positive and local villagers have assisted PAM with access in and around the old mine area for the purpose of the reconnaissance sampling and mapping. To date only a small part of the prospect area has been visited.

Further work is planned and will include cutting of access tracks and lines in order to conduct additional mapping and sampling. Soil sampling may also be conducted. A drilling programme would then be designed to test identified targets once the EPLA is granted.

A summary of trench results is shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Bang Now Lithium Project Reconnaissance Sampling Assay Results

Sample ID

Occurrence

Li2O3 (%)

Sn (ppm)

Ta (ppm)

Rb (%)

Nb (ppm)

20330

Mine dumps

1.88

509

103

0.64

80

20331

Mine dumps

1.89

518

121

0.64

108

20332

Float

0.50

915

73

0.41

67

20335

Float

1.78

521

118

0.66

110

20336

Float

2.21

1320

125

0.74

146

203391

Outcrop

1.75

410

167

0.54

101

20392

Mine dumps

3.38

373

204

1.13

219

Corporate Update

PAM is targeting an IPO on the ASX in April 2020, with legal and financial due diligence and preparation currently in progress.

PAM intends to raise a total AU$1.9 million as part of the IPO. To date, AU$900,000 has been received and PAM has received firm commitments for a further AU$0.5 million.

PAM is currently planning a second Induced Polarisation (“IP”) geophysics programme at its Khao Soon Tungsten Project, the IP programme will focus on the Target 2 prospect and the data will be used for drill target planning. PAM is also evaluating potential lithium / tin targets in neighbouring Myanmar.

Lithium Battery Market Observations

In PAM’s view, Thailand is the leading nation in the Southeast Asia region with regard to electric vehicle (“EV”) and lithium ion battery (“LIB”) policy and development. The Thai EV scheme was launched by the Board of Investment (“BOI”) in late March 2017. The sector is being promoted under Thailand's S-Curve policy, targeting domestic production of next generation electric vehicles by attracting OEMs into the country through the provision of incentives aimed at reducing production related costs. The BOI recently reported that 13 companies were granted EV privileges, including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, SAIC Motor-CP, FOMM, Mitsubishi and Mine Mobility.

Mercedes recently announced that it has begun assembling LIBs at its new factory in Thailand, the batteries are destined for Mercedes plug-in hybrids manufactured in Thailand.

Background on Pan Asia Metals Ltd

PAM is a private Singapore registered specialty metals exploration and development company focused on the exploration and development of specialty and base metal projects in South East Asia’s tin tungsten belt. PAM has four wholly owned projects; Reung Kiet Lithium Project ("RKLP"); Khao Soon Tungsten Project ("KSTP"); Bang Now Lithium Project (“BNLP”); and the Minter Tungsten Project (“MTP”). The RKLP, KSTP and BNLP are located in southern Thailand, whilst the MTP is located in the Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW, Australia.

Metal Tiger plc holds 7,626,447 ordinary shares in PAM, representing 7.62% of the issued share capital.

For more information on Pan Asia Metals Limited please visit their website www.panasiametals.com.

Competent Person's Statement

The information in this release that relates to Exploration Results has been compiled by Mr David Hobby, who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr Hobby is a Director, employee and shareholder of Pan Asia Metals Limited. Mr Hobby has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity that he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves.

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O'Reilly (MSc, DIC, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules - Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O'Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Metal Tiger PLC to provide technical support.

For further information on the Company, visit: www.metaltigerplc.com:

Michael McNeilly

(Chief Executive Officer)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7099 0738

Mark Potter

(Chief Investment Officer)

 

 

 

Richard Tulloch

James Dance

Jack Botros

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Tel +44 (0)20 7409 3494

 

 

 

Paul Shackleton

Steve Douglas

Arden Partners plc (Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 5900

 

 

 

Gordon Poole

James Crothers

Monique Perks

Camarco (Financial PR)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 4980

Notes to Editors:

Metal Tiger plc is admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange AIM Market ("AIM") with the trading code MTR and invests in high potential mineral projects with a base, precious and strategic metals focus.

The Company's target is to deliver a high return for shareholders by investing in significantly undervalued and/or high potential opportunities in the mineral exploration and development sector. Metal Tiger has two investment divisions: Direct Equities and Direct Projects.

The Direct Equities Division invests in undervalued natural resource companies. The majority of its investments are listed on AIM, the TSX and the ASX, which includes its 3.5% interest in Sandfire Resources NL (ASX: SFR). The Company also considers selective opportunities to invest in private natural resource companies, typically where there is an identifiable path to IPO. Through the trading of equities and warrants, Metal Tiger seeks to generate cash for investment in the Direct Projects Division.

The Direct Projects Division is focused on the development of its key project interests in Botswana, Spain and Thailand. In Botswana, Metal Tiger has a growing interest in the large and highly prospective Kalahari copper/silver belt through its interest in Kalahari Metals Limited. In Spain, the Company has tungsten and gold interests in the highly mineralised Extremadura region. In Thailand, Metal Tiger has interests in two potentially near-production stage lead/zinc/silver mines as well as licences, applications and critical historical data covering antimony, copper, gold, lead, zinc and silver opportunities.

The Company actively assesses new investment opportunities on an on-going basis and has access to a diverse pipeline of new opportunities in the natural resources and mining sectors. For pipeline opportunities deemed sufficiently attractive, Metal Tiger may invest in the project or entity by buying publicly listed shares, by financing privately and/or by entering into a joint venture.

Short Name: Metal Tiger plc
Category Code: MSCM
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Time of Receipt (offset from UTC): 20191216T140849+0000

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