November 20, 2023 (Source) — Panther Metals PLC (LSE:PALM) the company focused on mineral exploration in Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Axis Capital Markets (“Axis”) as its Joint Broker.
In association with the Axis appointment Panther has raised in aggregate £300,000 (before expenses) by the issue of 15% unsecured loan notes (“Loan Notes”) with a 12 month maturity and warrants attached on a one-for-one basis with an exercise price of 3.3 pence each (“Warrants”) (together, the “Subscription”). The proceeds from the Subscription will be used to fund the inaugural diamond drilling programme at the Manitou Lakes Project, targeting gold on the Eagle-Manitou-Wabigoon Greenstone Belt, in northwestern Ontario, Canada.
Darren Hazelwood, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“The appointment of Axis continues the work the Board has commenced in our corporate strategy. Access to innovative, non-discounted funding, introduced by Axis, will allow the Company to execute our on the ground drilling programmes and prove up the highly prospective asset base we have built up.
With an international client base, the Board is excited to be working alongside Axis to introduce new investors to the Panther Metals story as well as long only institutions who will help strengthen our shareholder register.
The capital raise will fund an inaugural gold focussed diamond drilling programme at our Manitou Lakes Project, and we look forward to providing further information on this in the coming days.”
- The Warrants are attached to the Loan Notes on a one-for-one basis at an exercise price of 3.3 pence each. As and when the warrants are converted the value of those warrants will be subtracted from the outstanding loan balance owed by the Company.
- The Loan Notes will be unlisted and no offer or invitation is being made to shareholders more generally to purchase, acquire or subscribe for any of the Loan Notes or Warrants.
- The proceeds of the Subscription will be used to fund a drilling programme on the Manitou Lakes gold project, details of this programme will be provided in the near term.
For further information please contact:
Panther Metals PLC:
Darren Hazelwood, Chief Executive Officer: +44 (0)1462 429 743
+44 (0)7971 957 685
Axis Capital Markets Limited +44 (0)20 3026 0449
Tavira Financial Limited +44 (0)20 3833 3743
Christopher James Kipling
SI Capital Limited +44 (0)1438 416 500
Notes to Editors
Panther Metals PLC is an exploration company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Panther is focussed on the discovery of commercially viable mineral deposits. The Company’s operational focus is on established mining jurisdictions with the capacity for project scalability. Drill targets are assessed rapidly utilising a combination of advanced technologies and extensive geological data to decipher potential commercial viability and act accordingly. Panther’s current geological portfolio comprises of three highly prospective properties in Ontario, Canada while the developing investment wing focuses on the targeting of nickel and gold in Australia.
Panther Metals acquired the Obonga Greenstone Belt in July 2021 and have already identified five prospective primary targets: Wishbone, Awkward, Survey, Ottertooth and Silver Rim. A successful Phase 1 drilling campaign at Wishbone in Autumn 2021 revealed the presence of significant VMS-style mineralised systems on the property – the first such discovery across the entire greenstone belt. Intercepts include 27.3m of massive sulphide in hole one, and 51m of sulphide-dominated mineralisation in hole two. Both drill holes contained multiple lenses. Anomalous high-grade copper in lake sediment close to the target area has also been identified, increasing confidence in the prospectivity of the location.
Awkward is a highly anomalous magnetic target, interpreted to be a layered mafic intrusion and magmatic conduit based on mapped geology and airborne geophysics. Historic sampling in the area returned anomalous platinum and palladium (Pt, Pd) values, while historic drilling on the periphery of the target intersected non-assayed massive sulphide and copper (assumed to be chalcopyrite), non-assayed disseminated pyrite and chalcopyrite in coarse gabbro, and non-assayed ‘marble cake’ gabbro (matching the description of the Lac des Iles Mine varitexture gabbro ore zone).
Two additional named targets, Survey and Ottertooth, both displays further coincident magnetic and electromagnetic anomalies and are adjacent to the contact between intrusive and extrusive mafic rocks. Historic drilling at Survey intersected several meters of massive sulphides in multiple intersections (main parts of the anomaly remain untested) while Ottertooth remains untested in its entirety.
Dotted Lake Project
Panther Metals acquired the Dotted Lake Project in July 2020, it is situated approximately 16km from Barrick Gold’s renowned Hemlo Gold Mine. An extensive soil programme conducted in 2021 identified numerous gold and base metal targets, all within the same geological footprint. Following the installation of a new trail providing direct access to the target location, an initial drilling programme in Autumn 2021 confirmed the presence of gold mineralisation within this system with anomalous gold continuing along strike and present within the surrounding area.
Manitou Lakes Project
The Manitou Lakes gold project is located approximately 300km’s east of Thunder Bay, Ontario and covers a total area of around 98sq km’s.
There are over 200 known gold occurrences on the Manitou Lakes project area with the wider Eagle/Manitou Lakes greenstone belt hosting numerous historic gold producers and is prospective for Archean age orogenic gold and associated base metal deposits.
Exploration work conducted by Shear Gold on the Project to date has identified numerous gold bearing structures and favourable geological host rocks through early-stage mapping and surface sampling. The work has focussed on two target areas, being the West Limb Gold Property and the Glass Reef Gold Property, both of which host historic gold mines which have never been systematically explored using modern techniques or drill tested
Fulcrum Metals Plc
Fulcrum Metals PLC (LON: FMET) is an AIM listed exploration company which finances and manages exploration projects focused on Canada, widely recognised as a top mining jurisdiction.
FMET currently holds a beneficial 100% interest in highly prospective gold and base metals projects in Ontario and Uranium projects in Saskatchewan.
Fulcrum’s strategy is to focus on discovery and commercialisation of its Projects through targeted exploration programmes. The primary focus is to make an economic discovery on the flagship Schreiber-Hemlo Properties and establishing the prospectivity of its wider Ontario and Saskatchewan portfolio with a view to securing potential joint venture and/or acquisition interest.
Panther Metals Plc own 20% of the issued share capital of Fulcrum Metals Plc and a 2% NSR on the Big Bear project.
Panther Metals Australia
Following the listing of Panther Metals’ Australian assets on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”) in December 2021. The ASX listing has provided the Australian projects with the necessary capital to advance drill-ready targets focused on nickel and gold (within the Tier 1 Mining Districts of Laverton WA and in the NT). Through this spin-out Panther holds an attractive investment prospect, without any disruption to the Company’s capital structure and without any financial obligations.
Panther Metals understand that the commercial realities of building an exploration company requires expertise in geology, finance, and the markets within which they operate. The Company’s extensive network of industry leaders allows it to meet these objectives. Ultimately however, drilling success is the only route to discovery: the fundamental objective of any exploration company. Once Panther’s world-class geological team identify the anomalies, they work hard to get drilling. The drill hole is the only place where substantial and sustained capital growth originates and it’s with that operational focus Panther Metals will continue to advance.
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