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$NAM.ca New Age Metals Signs Letter of Intent to Option Five Lithium Projects in Southeast Manitoba to Azincourt Energy $WG $XTM.ca $WM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:10 AM on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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  • Signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Azincourt Energy Corp  (TSX-V: AAZ)
  • Azincourt to acquire up to a 60% interest with the potential to 100%, in Lithium Canada Development (LCD)

New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: PAWEF; FSE: P7J.F) is pleased to announce that it has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with Azincourt Energy Corp (“Azincourt”) (TSX-V: AAZ). The LOI allows for Azincourt (NR – Dec 11th, 2017) to acquire up to a 60% interest with the potential to 100%, in Lithium Canada Development (LCD) and/or its equal interest in the individual projects. New Age Metals retains the option of entering into a joint-venture agreement with Azincourt for the remaining 40%.

“We are pleased to partner with Azincourt Energy on our Lithium properties. This agreement accomplishes another milestone in 2017 for New Age Metals, which was to find a joint-venture partner for our Lithium Division. When completed, this option joint venture allows management to focus on the continued development of our 100% owned River Valley Project, which is Canada’s largest undeveloped primary PGM Deposit” Harry Barr, Chairman/CEO.

Terms of the LOI/Agreement

Under the terms of the LOI, Azincourt has paid NAM $10,000 and further agrees to pay $200,000 to New Age Metals (NAM) in exchange for a 60% ownership stake of NAMs 100% owned subsidiary Lithium Canada Developments (LCD). This payment of $200,000 will be made by Azincourt in four equal payments over the next 18 months. In addition to this cash payment Azincourt will issue up to 1,000,000 shares to NAM, staged in four equal installments, by the third anniversary of the signing of the definitive agreement. Azincourt has further committed to work expenditures totaling $2.85 million over 3 years, broken down as follows: $500,000 year one, $600,000 year two, $1million year three plus an additional $750,000 to reach the 60% threshold.Upon completion of all stock, property expenditures and cash payments AAZ will also issue a 2% net smelter royalty on all five of the projects to NAM.

Under terms of the non-binding LOI the Company must complete its due diligence and enter into a definitive agreement no later than January 15, 2018.

To earn 100%, Azincourt must meet additional requirements. Within 90 days of Azincourt earning its 60% in LCD or the projects, NAM has to the option to enter into a joint venture on a 60% AAZ/40% NAM basis using a standard Canadian Junior Mining joint venture agreement.

In the event NAM does not elect to enter into the above-mentioned option, then Azincourt must issue an additional 1,000,000 shares to NAM within 15 days of NAM electing not to participate in the Joint Venture. Azincourt must also expend an additional $1 million dollars by Oct 30, 2022 (for a total of $3.85 million), on any of the projects it elects to so long as all projects are in good standing. In the event the Company does not make the $1 million expenditure AAZ percentage will remain at 60%.

All securities issued in connection with the property option will be subject to a four-month-and one-day statutory hold period. The property option remains subject to a number of conditions, including negotiation of definitive agreements, approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, and such other conditions as are customary in transactions of this nature.

The agreement covers the Lithium One, Lithium Two, Lithman West, Lithman East and Lithman North projects. The land package included in this agreement represents the largest mineral claim holding for Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field with over 6000 hectares of ground. This represents approximately 64 square kilometres of mineral claim coverage.


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Figure 1: Projects Location Map

The Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field is host to numerous Lithium-rich Pegmatites in addition to the world-class Tanco Pegmatite, a highly fractionated lithium-cesium-tantalum (LCT) type pegmatite that has been mined at the Tanco Mine as an underground operation since 1969 for Tantalum, Spodumene (a lithium mineral) and cesium (Cs).

Three of the five projects are drill ready:

Lithium Two Project

-Field work in 2016 confirmed that the Eagle and FD5 Pegmatites contained spodumene at surface

-Highest grade surface samples from the Eagle Pegmatite returned 3.04% Li2O and 2.08% Li2O from the FD5

-The Eagle Pegmatite is ~1100 meters in length and up to 12 meters wide

-Historic drilling from 1947 defined 545,000 tonnes of 1.4% Li2O, drilled to a depth of 60 meters (non-compliant 43-101)

-Pegmatite is open to depth

-Adjacent to Quantum Minerals Corp (TSX.V: QMC) Cat Lake Lithium Project (aka Irgon Lithium Mine)

-Several drill ready targets

Lithium One Project

-Field work in 2016 sampled several historical Pegmatites

-Highest grade surface assay results were 4.33% Li2O and 0.04% Ta2O5 from the Silverleaf Pegmatite

-Several of the other Pegmatites in the project area yielded Lithium values from Lepidolite and Spodumene

-Approximately 40 Pegmatites are estimated to exist north of Greer Lake with around 100 to the south of the lake

-The Silverleaf Pegmatite was excavated for Spodumene in the 1920’s, with surface exposure of 80 m X 45 m

-Several drill ready targets

Lithman West Project

-Historical rock and soil geochemical anomalies

-Anomalies have not been drill tested

-Drill ready

The Lithman West and East projects are adjacent to the Tanco Mine Mineral Leases.

The additional projects contained in this agreement, Lithman East (adjacent to Tanco) and Lithman North, represent prospective exploration areas that require additional ground work to determine drill targets.

About Azincourt Energy Corp

Azincourt Energy Corp. is a Canadian-based resource company specializing in the strategic acquisition, exploration and development of alternative energy/fuel projects, focusing on uranium, lithium, cobalt, and other critical energy & fuel elements.

ABOUT NAM’S PGM DIVISION

NAM’s flagship project is its 100% owned River Valley PGM Project (NAM Website – River Valley Project) in the Sudbury Mining District of Northern Ontario (100 km east of Sudbury, Ontario). Presently the River Valley Project is Canada’s largest undeveloped primary PGM deposit with Measured + Indicated resources of 91 million tonnes @ 0.58 g/t Palladium, 0.22 g/t Platinum, 0.04 g/t Gold, at a cut-off grade of 0.8 g/t PdEq for 2,463,000 ounces PGM plus Gold.This equates to 3,942,910 PdEq ounces. The River Valley PGM-Copper-Nickel Sulphide mineralized zones remains open to expansion. The company has recently completed a drill program on the Pine and T3 Zones.

In 2016, the Company acquired the River Valley extension property from Mustang Minerals which added approximately 4 kilometres to the project’s mineralized strike length to the southern portion of the intrusion.

ABOUT NAM’S LITHIUM DIVISION

The Company has five pegmatite hosted Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, located in SE Manitoba. Three of the projects are drill ready. This Pegmatite Field hosts the world class Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. NAM’s Lithium Projects are strategically situated in this prolific Pegmatite Field. Presently, NAM is one of the largest mineral claim holders of Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field and is seeking JV partners to further develop the company’s Li division.

QUALIFIED PERSON

The contents contained herein that relate to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Carey Galeschuk, a consulting geoscientist for New Age Metals. Mr. Galeschuk is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Harry Barr”

Harry G. Barr

Chairman and CEO

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

#PGM Mineralization Continues to be Encountered in Drilling at the at the River Valley #Platinum Group Metals Project $NAM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:36 AM on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

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  • Drilling continues to encounter PGM mineralization in the Pine Zone of the River Valley PGM Deposit
  • Borehole PL-17-08 intersects 14m of 2.01.g/t Pd+Pt+Au, including 4m at 2.98 g/t Pd+Pt+Au,
  • Drilling into the footwall to the east of the deposit will add to the resource calculation
  • Footwall PGM mineralization is a new and additional source of PGM mineralization to the resource model
  • Updated NI 43-101 resource calculation to commence upon the announcement of final assays.
  • River Valley is the Largest Undeveloped Primary PGM resource in Canada, with 3.9Moz PdEq in Measured Plus Indicated including an additional 1.2Moz PdEq in Inferred

Vancouver, Canada / November 8, 2017 – New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: PAWEF; FSE: P7J.F) is pleased to announce the third and final batch of drill hole results from the 2017 drilling campaign. Drilling was focused on the T3 Zone and Pine Zone as a follow up of the 2015 and 2016 drilling and IP geophysical work at the River Valley PGM Deposit.

Trevor Richardson, President/COO states “The purpose of the 2017 summer/fall exploration program was to focus on the footwall mineralization. The main River Valley PGM Deposit is a contact-style mineralization and this is where the bulk of the resource has previously been identified. The PGM mineralization found in the footwall is newly discovered mineralization and will add to the overall amount of PGM mineralization. This additional mineralization will be reflected in the new resource calculation/updated 43-101 for the River Valley PGM Deposit”.

Pine Zone Footwall Discovery Continues to Provide Positive Results

Present drilling into the footwall of the Dana North Zone area of the River Valley PGM Deposit has defined continuous PGM mineralization. To date PGM mineralization has been extended approximately 140 m eastward of the present known PGM mineralization. Past resource calculations of the Dana North Zone have been determined to be 24 million tonnes at 1.5 g/t PdEq. The recent footwall drilling will add to the resource calculation. Hole PZ-17-08 (figure 2) that is being reported in this release was drilled approximately 40 m to the east of the contact mineralization. It yielded 14 metres of 2.01 g/t Pd+Pt+Au and included 4 metres of 2.09 Pd+Pt+Au.

Review of the present drilling and past work is ongoing and will be used to generate a program of additional drilling for the T3 and Pine Zone in 2018. The new exploration model of footwall mineralization has yet to be tested further south of T3, between T3 and T9 (figure 1), and these targets equate to a small portion of the overall 16km of strike length of the main zone. These areas of potential PGM mineralization will be the focus of ongoing and future exploration of the deposit area.

Pine Zone

The Pine Zone was the first of numerous newly discovered PGM zones within the district-scale River Valley PGM Project. The Pine Zone is located east of the main River Valley Deposit in an area previously not known for mineralization. The 2016 drill program (figure 2) confirmed the higher-grade, near-surface PGM discovery made in the 2015 drill program (figure 2) and highlighted the continuity of the PGM mineralization into the footwall. The Pine Zone remains open along strike and at depth.


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Figure 1: Drill Hole Distribution Map

Drill results (Table 1) have confirmed continued PGM mineralization in the Pine Zone (footwall) of the main River Valley PGM Deposit. The area from the Pine Zone to T3 equates to approximately ~1000mofstrike length of new mineralization.

 


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Table 1: Drill Results from the Pine Zone

(3E = Au+Pt+Pd, N.S.A. = no significant assays)


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Figure 2: T3 Zone and Pine Zone Drill Map

A total of 15 holes were drilled as part of this drill campaign for a total of 4085m (13,402ft) of drilling. Further re-interpretation of the geology, geophysics, structure and PGM mineralization on the project are ongoing with the company’s geological and geophysical consultants. Drill widths are considered not true width due to the exploratory nature of the drill campaign.

Assay Procedures and QAQC

The drilling was undertaken by Jacob & Samuel Drilling Ltd. of Sudbury, Ontario under the supervision of a NAM geologist. The drill core samples were sent to the SGS Canada Inc. Laboratory in Lakefield, Ontario for sample preparation and assay analyses. The preparation involved crushing of 3kg of each sample to 90% passing 2mm, and then pulverizing 0.5kg to 85% passing 75um. Palladium, Platinum and Gold were assayed by fire assay with ICP-AES finish (GE-FAI313). Copper, Nickel and 32 additional metals were assayed by two acid digestion and ICP-OES finish (GE-ICP14B). Blanks and blind certified standard samples were submitted at regular intervals for assay with the core samples as part of NAM’s quality control program.

Future Activity

WSP Canada (News Release: Sept 7th, 2017) will be conducting the updated resource calculation and model for the River Valley PGM Deposit. This will incorporate the new findings and interpretations. The company plans to initialize a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) Report in the future with WSP Canada. In-house recommendations will be compiled to delineate future work upon completion of the 2017 field program with future work on Pine Zone, T3, and new un-explored footwall targets.

Several 43-101 compliant resource estimates have previously been generated for the deposit through the development phases. The River Valley Deposit present resource, with approximately 3.9 PdEq ounces in Measured Plus Indicated mineral resources and near-surface mineralization covers over 16km of continuous strike length.

ABOUT NAM’S PGM DIVISION

NAM’s flagship project is its 100% owned River Valley PGM Project (NAM Website – River Valley Project) in the Sudbury Mining District of Northern Ontario (100 km east of Sudbury, Ontario). Presently the River Valley Project is Canada’s largest primary undeveloped PGM deposit with Measured + Indicated resources of 91 million tonnes @ 0.58 g/t Palladium, 0.22 g/t Platinum, 0.04 g/t Gold, at a cut-off grade of 0.8 g/t PdEq for 2,463,000 ounces PGM plus Gold. This equates to 3,942,910 PdEq ounces. The River Valley PGM-Copper-Nickel Sulphide mineralized zones remains open to expansion. The company has recently completed a drill program on the Pine and T3 Zones.

In 2016, the Company acquired the River Valley extension property from Mustang Minerals which added approximately 4 kilometres to the project’s mineralized strike length to the southern portion of the intrusion.

ABOUT NAM’S LITHIUM DIVISION

The Company has five pegmatite hosted Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, located in SE Manitoba. Three of the projects are drill ready. This Pegmatite Field hosts the world class Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. NAM’s Lithium Projects are strategically situated in this prolific Pegmatite Field. Presently, NAM is the largest mineral claim holder in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field and is seeking JV partners to further develop the company’s Li division.

QUALIFIED PERSON

The contents contained herein that relate to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Carey Galeschuk, a consulting geoscientist for New Age Metals. Mr. Galeschuk is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Harry Barr”

Harry G. Barr

Chairman and CEO

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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INTERVIEW: New Age Metals $NAM.ca Discusses Canada’s Largest Primary Undeveloped #PGM Deposit #Platnium #Palladium

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:43 AM on Monday, October 30th, 2017

How #Lithium is Driving the Global Push to End Gas-powered Vehicles $NAM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:26 AM on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
  • Global race for much-needed lithium is on
  • One development tilting the scale toward EVs is the fact that at least seven countries plan to ban the use of internal combustion engines
  • Air pollution problem that has hit critical levels, the Chinese government is seeking to cap carbon emissions by phasing out vehicles using gasoline and diesel

NEW YORK, October 25, 2017 – In business for over 100 years, the automotive industry is about to embark on a radical, convulsive transformation. The Washington Post (http://nnw.fm/0P4Do) recently pegged 2017 as the year electric vehicles (EVs) went from a promising fad to an industry-wide inevitability due to broader economic and cultural developments. With the forecast demise of the internal combustion engine, the demand for lithium, a crucial component of Li-ion batteries, is certain to surge as EVs proliferate. Lithium demand has already been projected to grow over 300% in the coming years, but that figure could prove to be a woeful underestimation given the massive transportation transformation that’s now on the horizon. The global race for much-needed lithium is on, and it’s being led by several established producers and prospective miners like Standard Lithium Ltd. (TSX-V: SLL) (OTC: STLHF) (FRA: S5L) (STLHF Profile), Albemarle Corporation , FMC Lithium and Sociedad Quimica y Minera , all of which are being driven further by current EV makers like Tesla, Inc. .

One development tilting the scale toward EVs is the fact that at least seven countries plan to ban the use of internal combustion engines. With an air pollution problem that has hit critical levels, the Chinese government is seeking to cap carbon emissions by phasing out vehicles using gasoline and diesel. Led by China’s 2030 fiat, the impending changes will prove momentous. India is on a similar trajectory. With a population nearly as large as China’s and an auto industry that ranks sixth-largest in the world, authorities in India are hoping that only fully electric vehicles will be sold after 2030. Norway wants to advance that target within its own borders by 2025. Germany, with the fourth-largest auto manufacturing industry in the world, plans a total ban on all internal combustion engines by 2030, while the UK has set its deadline for 2040. The Netherlands is mulling similar plans, and France wants all petrol and diesel cars off its roads by 2040. In addition to air pollution, oil spills are also a great global concern, posing ravishing and long-lasting economic and environmental consequences (http://nnw.fm/kwHt0).

Naturally, more electric vehicles on the road means more lithium-powered batteries, and, consequently, demand for the metal is climbing. Standard Lithium Ltd. (TSX.V: SLL) (OTCQX: STLHF) (FRA: S5L) is gearing up to play its part in boosting supplies. The Canada-based junior exploration company is intent on acquiring more domestic lithium-rich properties, looking to unlock value from overlooked U.S. lithium assets by applying new technologies and processes. Its first project in San Bernardino County, California, at the Bristol Dry Lake has already started to show signs of promise. Test results from a new geophysical survey of the 25,000-acre Bristol Lake site indicate that high concentrations of lithium-bearing brines are present throughout the company’s mineral lease agreement claims.

In a recent interview (http://nnw.fm/K0Srt), CEO Robert Mintak explained why the company is excited about Bristol Lake:

“The project had, he said, ticked off all the boxes. “It had low geological risk for us because we knew we had access to brine that we could immediately begin analyzing for lithium values. It had infrastructure in place because it is a producing mine. It has a paved highway right up to the front door; power and water and, as I mentioned, most importantly, we are working with a permitted mining partner. So a lot of the initial challenges that companies face in getting permits and access to sites to begin work are out of the way.”

The permitted mining partner at Bristol Lake is National Chloride Corporation of America (NCCA), a well-established and permitted brine producer. NCCA’s presence at the site means that the entire necessary infrastructure is in place to give Standard Lithium immediate access to conduct exploration brine sampling, lithium extraction, evaporation and processing activities, all within a fast-track project development schedule. Importantly, it also means that Standard Lithium reduces much of the exploration risks to which junior mining companies are typically exposed.

To improve the quality assurance standards necessary to produce battery-grade lithium compounds, Standard Lithium has appointed a Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) comprised of lithium extraction scientists and process engineers who will oversee and direct all required lithium extraction testing. In addition to the Bristol Lake Brine Project, Standard Lithium in August signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an unnamed NYSE-listed company on an option for Standard Lithium to acquire lithium exploration and productions rights on 30,000 net brine acres overlying the Smackover formation in a region with a history of commercial-scale brine processing. Management said it believes that lithium-bearing brines are likely present in this area. Smackover brines are metal-rich brine anomalies in reservoir rocks along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to Florida that are known to be a prime lithium resource. This asset may be one of the most promising to develop, given that a large-scale brine extraction, processing and re-injection industry is already well established.

Albemarle Corp. is also poised to benefit from the global governmental promotion of EVs, touting itself as the industry leader in lithium and lithium derivatives.” In 2015, it acquired Rockwood Lithium and started a new production plant for lithium sulfide in Langelsheim, Germany, triggering a steady rise in share price. Over the past year alone, shares of Albemarle have risen about 69%. South American miner Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile has also experienced a rise in share price, gaining more than 100 percent over the last year. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, ‘SQM’s “lithium and lithium derivatives” business earns gross profit margins of better than 38%.’ FMC Corp. , the parent company of FMC Lithium, is enjoying a similar run, with shares increasing nearly 100 percent over the past year. Meanwhile, Tesla , which in June 2014 created its Tesla Gigafactory in an effort to supply enough batteries to support its mission of producing 500,000 EVs per year by 2018, is also on the rise. A year ago, it was trading at $199.10; now, it is up 75% at $349.48.

Tesla’s Model 3 is the company’s first mass-market EV, and, with a relatively affordable starting point of $35,000, it has garnered considerable consumer interest and market buzz. The popularity and accessibility of the Model 3 is another factor against internal combustion engines.

Other major automakers including Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Volvo are also on the EV bandwagon with plans to enter the EV market. General Motors has set a goal of producing 20 new EVs by 2023, demonstrating industry acknowledgement that the tide is turning toward an all-electric future. With the odds stacked against combustion engines, there’s little doubt that fossil fuel-powered vehicles will be phased out and replaced by EVs. This powerful macro trend makes lithium assets ever more valuable and lithium companies an interesting investment opportunity.

For more information on Standard Lithium please visit: Standard Lithium Ltd. (TSX.V: SLL) (OTCQX: STLHF) (FRA: S5L)

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#Palladium Price Hits 16-Year High #PGM $NAM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:47 PM on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
October 17, 2017  by SchiffGold

A UBS strategist told CNN she’s convinced palladium’s strength is driven by fundamentals.

Like silver, palladium has both industrial and investment value. It is used in cars, electronics, dentistry, and jewelry. Between 1988 and 2002, the Canadian mint produced a palladium Maple Leaf coin.

Commerzbank analysts talked up palladium in a note to its clients.

Palladium is continuing to soar. Not only does demand from the automotive industry appear robust — speculative financial investors are also remaining loyal to palladium.”

Analysts say the surge in the price of palladium is due to strong demand for the metal, coupled with tight supply. About 78% of the demand comes from the auto industry. The metal is used in catalytic converters for gasoline-powered engines. The drive to curb auto emissions and the “demise of the diesel engine” in passenger cars has boosted demand for the metal.

According to analysts at City Index, tight supply is the primary factor driving the price of palladium.

Palladium supply is at its lowest level for 14 years and demand has been outpacing supply since 2011.  There is a strong potential for an ongoing supply deficit in the coming months, which could trigger a further price rise.”

Joni Teves, an analyst at UBS, told the Telegraph there is a currently a major shortfall in palladium production. The market could hit a deficit of 830,000 ounces this year, as miners have cut back production due to unproductive mines and increasing mining costs.

Russia and South Africa lead the world in palladium production.

The palladium market’s downside stems from its heavy reliance on the auto industry. Some analysts say the eventual rise of electric vehicles will impact the demand for metals used in catalytic converters. But electronic car technology still appears a long way from mass consumer acceptance. Their lack of range, the need for frequent charging, and their cost makes electric vehicles less than ideal for the average person.

The palladium market is much more volatile than gold and silver, but it could serve as an excellent diversifier for your precious metals portfolio. Call 1-888-GOLD-160 to talk to one of SchiffGold’s precious metals specialists today to learn more about investing in palladium.

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#Palladium tops $1,000 for first time since 2001 on auto demand #PGM $NAM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:48 PM on Monday, October 16th, 2017
  • Palladium climbed above $1,000 an ounce for the first time since 2001 on hopes for rising demand from the car industry amid a shortage of supply
  • Prices for the metal, which is used in catalytic converters to curb pollution from mainly gasoline-powered vehicles, jumped as much as 1.9% to $1,010.22 on Monday in the spot market, before trading at $1,006.61 at 9:24am in New York

Singapore/London: Palladium climbed above $1,000 an ounce for the first time since 2001 on hopes for rising demand from the car industry amid a shortage of supply.

Prices for the metal, which is used in catalytic converters to curb pollution from mainly gasoline-powered vehicles, jumped as much as 1.9% to $1,010.22 on Monday in the spot market, before trading at $1,006.61 at 9:24am in New York. Gold for immediate delivery held near a three-week high.

Palladium is one of this year’s best-performing commodities, advancing 48%, more than three times the increase in gold and about 10 times the gain in its sister metal platinum.

“Palladium continues to be driven by the positive momentum created by expectations of a supply deficit amid rising demand,” Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank A/S, said by email. Industrial metals have risen this year as the world economy recovers, and copper burst through $7,000 a metric ton on Monday for the first time since 2014.

Palladium became more expensive than platinum last month for the first time in 16 years. Prices for platinum, used in autocatalysts for diesel engines, have been hit as some European carmakers admitted to cheating emissions tests for such vehicles, curbing consumer demand.

Platinum declined 0.1% to $944.60 an ounce Monday.

Things could get worse. Europe’s diesel-engine market share may fall by half by 2025, potentially removing 300,000 to 600,000 ounces of platinum demand in the next decade, according to Citigroup Inc. The bank sees global surpluses in platinum stretching out to 2020, while the shortfall in palladium is set to widen to more than a million ounces next year before narrowing to 750,000 ounces by 2020.

“Despite the PGM spread inversion since the end of September, we remain favorable to palladium over the short term,” Citigroup analysts including Nell Agate said in a note dated Friday. “However, ever-looming substitution risks prevent an outright bullish view on palladium over the long term.”

Trading activity has also played a role in boosting palladium prices, Simona Gambarini at Capital Economics Ltd in London, said by email. “As such, prices look vulnerable to a correction,” she said.

Spot gold touched the highest intraday since 26 September, gaining as much as 0.2% to $1,306.11 an ounce before a host of US Federal Reserve speakers this week who may provide clues on the outlook for US monetary policy. Silver was little changed at $17.4155 an ounce.

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Money/a3TzHLW6hHkXjXMcMBoPgJ/Palladium-tops-1000-for-first-time-since-2001-on-auto-dema.html

Fundamental Research Re-Initiates Coverage on New Age Metals Inc. $NAM.ca with Largest Undeveloped Primary #PGM Deposit in Canada

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:13 PM on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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  • Advancing its River Valley PGM project to a Preliminary Economic Assessment in 2018
  • Project has a measured and indicated resource of 91 Mt grading 0.84 g/t Pd + Pt + Au, 0.06% Cu, and 0.02% Ni, containing 3.9 Moz PdEq (palladium equivalent)
  • Currently pursuing a 16,500 ft drill program to confirm and expand the newly discovered high-grade near surface resource on the northern portion of the project
  • Palladium prices have almost doubled since the end of 2015
  • Also has a portfolio of five hard-rock lithium projects in Canada

Global platinum production was approximately 5.5 Moz, and global palladium production was approximately 6.6 Moz in 2016. To put in perspective, global gold production was 99.2 Moz in 2016. The following charts show the top platinum and palladium producers in the world. 


Canada is the fourth largest platinum (8% of global), and third largest palladium (11% of global) producer. The U.S. imports approximately 1.38 Moz of platinum (92% of its demand) and 1.92 Moz of palladium (86% of its demand) every year. The strong reliance on imports indicates the importance of PGM projects in North America. 

Canada is the fourth largest platinum (8% of global), and third largest palladium (11% of global) producer. The U.S. imports approximately 1.38 Moz of platinum (92% of its demand) and 1.92 Moz of palladium (86% of its demand) every year. The strong reliance on imports indicates the importance of PGM projects in North America. 


Palladium has been one of the best performing commodities in recent times as prices were up 96%, from US$500 per oz at the end of 2015, to the current price of US$980 per oz. 

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Drill Program Encounters 2.45 g/t Pd+Pt+Au Over 28 m at the River Valley #Platinum Group Metals #PGM Project, Sudbury #Mining District

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:55 AM on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Highlights

  • A drill hole collared in main mineralized zone (Dana North) encountered 2.45 g/t Pd+Pt+Au over 28m, including 7.12 g/t over 3m and 4.06 g/t over 6m with a second zone of 3.30 g/t Pd+Pt+Au over 4m
  • Drilling continues to encounter PGM mineralization in the footwall of the River Valley PGM Deposit with assays of 1.56 g/t Pd+Pt+Au over 9m, 1.41 g/t over 8m, 1.12 g/t over 17 m and 1.64 m of 7m were obtained from drilling in the footwall
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    Drilling has been focused on follow-up drilling to further test the continuation of the Pine Zone and Dana North Zone

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    River Valley is the Largest Undeveloped Primary PGM resource in Canada, with 3.9Moz PdEq in Measured Plus Indicated including an additional 1.2Moz PdEq in Inferred.

September 20th, 2017 / Vancouver, Canada – New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: PAWEF; FSE: P7J.F) is pleased to announce the first drill hole results of the 2017 drilling campaign. Drilling has focused on the Dana North (T3) and Pine Zone as a follow up of the 2015 and 2016 drilling at the River Valley PGM Deposit.

Harry Barr, Chairman and CEO states, “Drill results (Table 1) have confirmed continued PGM mineralization in the footwall to the main River Valley contact, where the current measured and indicated resources have been proven. At present the PGM mineralization has been extended for approximately 140 metres east of the previous known mineralization into the footwall of the identified resources. PGM mineralization in the Pine Zone has now been shown to extend to at least 300 m below surface. With continued drilling success, other new targets could extend along the 16kms of strike and at depth that have not been previously explored.”

A ground geophysical survey was carried out on the Pine Zone by Abitibi Geophysics (News Release: June 19th, 2017). The surface IP geophysical survey was designed to test the eastward and southward extension and dip/plunge of the Pine Zone as well as the adjacent Dana North Zone (Figure 1-2). The extension of the IP survey tested the Banshee Zone. Initial interpretations are complete and the final report has been completed. Several new targets from the geophysics have been identified and are planned for drill testing. The Company has also retained the services of a geophysical consultant, Alan King of Geoscience North Ltd (News Release: Aug 22nd, 2017), to compile all past and current geophysics into one 3D model and aid in the understanding of the structural controls on the PGM mineralization.


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Figure 1: River Valley Geology Layered Over Recent IP Geophysics with Recent Area of Drilling

(Red Banded Unit represents the River Valley mineralized breccia contact zone-westward dip)


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Table 1 Drill Results from Dana North/Pine Zone

(3E = Pd+Pt+Au, N.S.A. = no significant assays)

Assay results have been received for six of the eleven presently drilled holes. Breccia host zones were indentified in all holes in the program with four drill holes (Table 1) returning significant Pd+Pt+Au (3E in the Table 1) mineralization to date. The drilling is mainly of an exploratory nature and intended to test the footwall mineralization in the northern portion of the property. Further re-interpretation of the geology, structure and PGM mineralization on the project are ongoing with the company’s geological and geophysical consultants.

Drill hole T3-17-04 was collared obliquely into the main PGM Zone and therefore the results are not true widths. Two high grade PGM zones were encountered from surface to 41 m. The drill hole was designed to test the footwall Pine Zone PGM mineralization to depth. PGM mineralization in the Pine Zone has now been shown to extend to at least 300 m below surface.

 


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Figure 2. Zoom in of the Pine Zone and Present Area of Drilling

Drill holes were drilled into the Pine Zone to test the PGM footwall mineralization. Drill widths are considered not true width due to the exploratory nature of the drill campaign.

Assay Procedures and QAQC

The drilling is being undertaken by Jacob & Samuel Drilling Ltd. of Sudbury, Ontario under the supervision of NAM geologists. The drill core samples are sent to the SGS Canada Inc. Laboratory in Lakefield, Ontario for sample preparation and assay analyses. The preparation involved crushing of 3 kilograms of each sample to 90% passing 2 mm, and then pulverizing 0.5 kilograms to 85% passing 75 um. Palladium, Platinum and Gold were assayed by fire assay with ICP-AES finish (GE-FAI313). Copper, Nickel and 32 additional metals were assayed by two acid digestion and ICP-OES finish (GE-ICP14B). Blanks and blind certified standard samples were submitted at regular intervals for assay with the core samples as part of NAM’s rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program.

Future Activity

WSP Canada (News Release: Sept 7th, 2017) will be conducting the updated resource calculation and model for the River Valley PGM Deposit. This will incorporate any new drill results and interpretations.

This present exploration activity of drilling and geophysics is geared to establish the resource base for a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) Report which the company plans to initialize in the near future.

To date (not including the present drill program) an approximate 612 holes (136,574 metres) have been conducted by the company and its past major joint venture partner to test the PGM mineralization extents along the contact of the River Valley Intrusion. As well, several 43-101 complaint resource estimates have been generated. The River Valley Deposit is the Largest Undeveloped Primary PGM resource in Canada, with 3.9Moz PdEq in Measured Plus Indicated including an additional 1.2Moz PdEq in Inferred.

The Company will continue to update investors as the drill results are received.

ABOUT NAM’S PGM DIVISION

NAM’s flagship project is its 100% owned River Valley PGM Project (NAM Website – River Valley Project) in the Sudbury Mining District of Northern Ontario (100 km east of Sudbury, Ontario). Presently the River Valley Project is Canada’s largest primary undeveloped PGM deposit with Measured + Indicated resources of 91 million tonnes @ 0.58 g/t Palladium, 0.22 g/t Platinum, 0.04 g/t Gold, at a cut-off grade of 0.8 g/t PdEq for 2,463,000 ounces PGM plus Gold. This equates to 3,942,910 PdEq ounces. The River Valley PGM-Copper-Nickel Sulphide mineralized zones remain open to expansion. Currently the company has completed new ground geophysics and is in the middle of a drill program focused on the Pine and Dana North Zones.

In 2016, the Company acquired the River Valley extension property from Mustang Minerals which added approximately 4kms to the project’s mineralized strike length to the southern portion of the intrusion.

ABOUT NAM’S LITHIUM DIVISION

The Company has five pegmatite hosted Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, located in SE Manitoba. Three of the projects are drill ready. This Pegmatite Field hosts the world class Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. NAM’s Lithium Projects are strategically situated in this prolific Pegmatite Field. Presently, NAM is the largest mineral claim holder in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field and is seeking JV partners to further develop the company’s Li division.

QUALIFIED PERSON

The contents contained herein that relate to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Carey Galeschuk, a consulting geoscientist for New Age Metals. Mr. Galeschuk is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this news release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Harry Barr”

Harry G. Barr

Chairman and CEO

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements: This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results and are based on current expectations or beliefs. For this purpose, statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements include statements in which the Company uses words such as “continue”, “efforts”, “expect”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “confident”, “intend”, “strategy”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “project”, “goal”, “target”, “prospects”, “optimistic” or similar expressions. These statements by their nature involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important factors, including, among others, the Company’s ability and continuation of efforts to timely and completely make available adequate current public information, additional or different regulatory and legal requirements and restrictions that may be imposed, and other factors as may be discussed in the documents filed by the Company on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), including the most recent reports that identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review or confirm analysts’ expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Invested in Wellgreen Platinum $WG.ca ? Did you know New Age Metals $NAM.ca has Canada’s Largest Undeveloped Primary #PGM Resource

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:10 PM on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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Two Divisions: PGM and Lithium

  • PGM Division: focus on Development of the 100% owned River Valley PGM Project. Canada’s Largest Undeveloped Primary PGM Resource, with 2.5 Moz PGM, in Measured plus Indicated mineral resources.

River Valley PGM Project

  • Midway through 16,500ft drill program
  • Abitibi Geophysics has completed the final IP geophysical report
  • Drilling has been focused on follow-up drilling to further test the continuation of the Pine Zone and Dana North Zone
  • Further drilling will test the geophysical targets from the IP Survey

Rising Electric Car Demand Powers #Lithium ETF #Tesla $NAM.ca $BFF.ca $LIT

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:42 PM on Monday, September 11th, 2017
  • Growing popularity of electric-powered vehicles is fueling demand for lithium batteries and supporting the miners-related ETF
  • World is shifting toward electric vehicles and the industry is standardizing on lithium ion batteries, which could mean that we are going to need a lot more lithium than is currently be supplied

The Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF (NYSEArca: LIT), which tracks the full lithium cycle from mining and refining through batter production, surged 5.0% Monday on five times its average daily volume, according to Morningstar data. LIT has also been breaking new record highs, surging 40.8% year-to-date.

The world is shifting toward electric vehicles and the industry is standardizing on lithium ion batteries, which could mean that we are going to need a lot more lithium than is currently be supplied, writes Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker.

Over the past two years, fears of a lithium shortage has almost tripled prices for the metal to over $20,000 a ton due to a spike in the market for electric vehicles, and the demand for metals isn’t dissipating as electric car production is estimated to surge more than thirtyfold by 2030, Bloomberg reports.

While there is more thane enough lithium in the ground, the industry and infrastructure needed to extract the metal is still lacking. Battery makers will require more mines to support production and they will have ot build them much more quickly than previously thought.

Related: Rare Earth Metals ETF is Enjoying a Banner Year

According to BNEF, Tianqi Lithium, SQM, Albermarle and FMC, the producers that dominate the space, will need to extract enough lithium to supply the equivalent of 35 Tesla Gigafactories now being built in Nevada. Research Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. projects total investments to supply these new batters will range from $350 billion to $750 billion.

The Global X  Lithium & Battery Tech ETF, tries to reflect the performance of the Solactive Global Lithium Index, which is comprised of a number of global lithium producing companies and lithium battery producers, like FMC 25.1%, Quimica Y Minera 17.1%, Samsung SDI Co. 6.6% and Tesla Motors 5.6%. Top country weights include U.S. 41.2%, Chile 13.8%, South Korea 13.6%, Japan 8.9% and Australia 6.8%.

Source: https://www.etftrends.com/rising-electric-car-demand-powers-lithium-etf/