Don’t let the name fool you, CBLT Inc. (TSXV: CBLT) has more going on than just Cobalt. The Company started as a natural resource issuer targeting Cobalt in ethical, traceable mining jurisdictions, primarily Canada. You’ve read time and again on the InvestorIntel website about the importance of battery metals and critical materials so there is no need to pound that table further on why Cobalt is important.
However, CBLT has started to evolve into different areas of exploration. When opportunity knocks, you have to at least have a look. Correspondingly, the team at CBLT recently added another critical material – Lithium, to its prospective property portfolio. The Company purchased the Shatford Lake property in the Winnipeg River-Cat Lake pegmatite field in eastern Manitoba near the Ontario border. Shatford Lake is located 5 kilometres southwest of the Tanco Mine. Tanco is an LCT-type (lithium-cesium-tantalum) pegmatite, producing cesium and tantalum with the largest tantalum reserves in Canada estimated at 2.1 million tonnes of ore grading 0.22% tantalum. The mine also has additional reserves amounting to 7.3 million tonnes of ore grading 2.76% lithium. CBLT intends to be in the field as soon as reasonably possible and likely by the end of May to begin field work at Shatford Lake including taking surface samples to test for relevant minerals.
Additionally, the Company announced plans to potentially drill the Big Duck Lake Gold Property in Hemlo West, Ontario this summer. A 100% interest in this property was acquired in March, 2019 along with three other assets including the Northshore Gold property joint venture, which was subsequently sold to Omni Commerce Corp. (now Ready Set Gold Corp. (CSE: RDY)). CBLT was paid $350,000 in cash and 1,833,333 common shares of RDY (approximately 6.1%), the latter of which still sits on CBLT’s books with a current estimated value of $385,000 based on yesterday’s close. This is a great example of how the company is being dynamic with its assets.
All of this is on top of their Chilton Cobalt property in the Grenville Subprovince of the Laurentian region of Quebec, at which the Company may undertake a maiden drill program this summer. In 2017 CBLT carried out a VLF survey and extensive soil sampling to define two large nickel-copper-cobalt-chromium areas. CBLT followed that up with a mag survey in 2018, which outlined disruptions in the magnetic signature that correspond to east-trending VLF electromagnetic anomalies delineated in 2017.
In March, 2021 CBLT closed a flowthrough financing which raised $232, 830 to go along with the 1.83 million RDY shares in the corporate treasury. Peter Clausi, CEO stated “We are well funded to carry out our geologic goals for the foreseeable future. We know what we want to achieve at lithium-prospective Shatford Lake by the end of 2021 and the cost to achieve those goals.” Additionally, the company plans to spend roughly $100,000 to complete a drill program at either Big Duck Lake or the Chilton Cobalt property. Then there is always the M&A component, as Mr. Clausi has noted in the past – “You can make more money with a pen than a drill.” With 78.5 million shares outstanding that leaves this $4.7 million market cap company (based on yesterday’s close) with a lot of blue sky potential.