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Garibaldi Resources Corp. Reports High-grade silver and increasing base metal values sampled up to 3 km south of Silver Eagle discovery

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:06 AM on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Frankfurt: RQM

VANCOUVER, Aug. 22, 2014  – Garibaldi Resources Corp. (TSX.V: GGI) (the “Company” or “Garibaldi”) is pleased to report that as Phase 2 diamond drilling continues at its Silver Eagle target (Rodadero North Project) in central Sonora State, surface sampling results from mineralized outcrops indicate continued high silver values in addition to a significant increase in base metal content (up to 14.9% lead and 1.8% zinc) 1.5 km to 3 km south of discovery hole SE-14-01.

Phase 1 drilling confirmed a shallow high-grade mineralized system open in all directions at Silver Eagle and apparently widening to the south toward the Reales area (see August 5, 2014 news release). Further work is continuing to determine the relationship between the Silver Eagle and Reales targets.

Steve Regoci, President and CEO of Garibaldi, commented: “The similarities of the silver grades in our sampling from Silver Eagle to the south are extremely encouraging. This also correlates with our hyperspectral ‘hot spot’ signatures that initially identified the contiguous Silver Eagle and Reales targets.

“Importantly, as we track mineralization through Reales, we continue to sample high silver grades while the base metal content appears to increase substantially. To the east and southeast of Silver Eagle, we’re investigating what seems to be predominantly gold-silver mineralization with some very high metal values from sampling as previously announced. The clustering of targets along a 10 kilometer distance at Rodadero North is the focus of an expanded exploration program.”

Assays from a total of 23 rock samples selected 1.5 km to 3 km south of Silver Eagle ranged from 6.5 g/t Ag to 549 g/t Ag, and from 0.15% Pb to 14.9% Pb. Average values from these selected dump, grab and channel samples were 117 g/t Ag and 4.9% Pb.

Highlights from the sampling at Reales are as follows:

Sample No. Target Ag (g/t) Pb (%)
865080 Reales central 549 5.8
865079 Reales central 210 13.1
26149 Reales central 198 4.4
121036 Reales central 110 11.4
121115 Reales central 18.9 14.9
62 Reales south 216 2.3
63 Reales south 336 4.8
64 Reales south 100 3.0

Four of the above samples from Reales central also returned elevated copper values ranging from 0.16% in sample no. 121036 to 0.66% Cu in sample no. 865080. Two samples (26149 and 865080) from Reales central returned zinc grades of 1.8% and 0.49%, respectively.

Sampling will soon be carried out over the northern section of Reales and additional areas throughout the target.

By the nature of the biases of sampling, the above sampling results are not necessarily representative of mineralization at Rodadero North in general or, specifically, within the zones, structures or geological features that were sampled.

Sampling data from other target areas at Rodadero are being compiled and interpreted, and the Company looks forward to releasing additional results in the near future.

Updated Maps

A Rodadero Project map can be viewed by going to the following web site URL:

Quality Assurance & Control

Garibaldi maintains strict QA-QC protocols for all aspects of its exploration programs that include the systematic insertion of blanks and standards into each sample batch. Acme Labs (now part of the Bureau Veritis group that includes BSI Inspectorate) performed assay analyses on core, and ALS Global (formerly ALS Chemex) performed analyses on rock samples. All samples were assayed using certified and industry standard assay techniques for gold and multi-element packages for other elements and for over-limits. Au was analyzed by 30 or 50 gram fire assay with an atomic absorption finish, and other elements were analyzed by multi-element ICP.

Qualified Person

Dr. Craig Gibson, Certified Professional Geologist and a director of Garibaldi, is a non-arms length Qualified Person for the Company’s Mexico projects and the direct manager of the technical programs operated under contract by Prospeccion Y Desarrollo Minero del Norte (ProDeMin). Dr. Gibson has reviewed this news release and approved the content thereof.

About Garibaldi

Garibaldi Resources Corp. is an active Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on creating shareholder value through discoveries and strategic development of its assets in some of the most prolific mining regions in Mexico and British Columbia.

We seek safe harbor.


Per: “Steve Regoci”

Steve Regoci, President

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of this release.

CLIENT FEATURE: DNA Precious Metals (DNAP: OTCQB) Production target fall 2014 with 7+ Year Mine Life In Quebec

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:19 PM on Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Focused on near term production of the Montauban tailings mine in the Province of Quebec, Canada with an aggressive search for economic production assets.

Why DNA Precious Metals?

  • Company is 100% unhedged thus positioned to fully benefit from any future rise in precious metals prices
  • Main asset is the Montauban Tailings Mine Property located at Notre-Dame-de-Montauban in one of the world’s most favorable mining jurisdictions; the province of Quebec
  • Focused on the extraction of gold, silver and potentially, the industrial mineral mica (phogopite) from the approximate 2.5 million metric tons of historic mining residues (“residues”) situated in the Montauban area
  • Extraction of the valuable metals from the residues is a low cost process compared to the processing of ore.
  • Economic potential from the processing of the residues is approximately 174 million dollars

Competitive Edge

  • Sole mining company in Canada with its primary focus of bringing a tailings residue site into commercial production. The Company has “first mover advantage” in Quebec, and may expand into exploitation of other tailings sites throughout the province
  • Longer term potential is tailings exploitation nationally and in other jurisdictions.

The Montauban Project

Montauban, a series of advanced exploration claims, is located in the Portneuf County of Quebec, Canada. The project is situated approximately 120 km west of Quebec City and approximately 60 km north of Trois-Rivieres.

The project is accessible by vehicle through route 363 linking Saint-Marc des Carrieres, St- Casimir, Saint-Ubalde and Lac-aux-Sables, then following the route leading to Riviere-a-Pierre which cuts through the property.


In July of 2010, 9215-8062 Quebec Inc. began a drilling campaign to evaluate the potential resources in the mining residues identified as “recent tailings” located on claims numbers; 5233236, 5233237, and 1037669. After receiving encouraging results from the initial drill campaign, 9215-8062 Quebec Inc. mandated Mr. Yves Gagnon, Engineer Geologist, to supervise a second drill campaign and to evaluate the Montauban Tailing resources by completing a National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource estimate.

Consequently, in January of 2011 Mr. Yves Gagnon Eng.Geo published the 43-101 Technical Report on the Resource Evaluation of the Montauban Tailings indicating the measured resources below. DNA Precious Metals Inc. is 100% owner of the sixty-five mining claims where the Montauban Tailings are located.

Historical tailings of approximately 2.5 million metric tons from past producers have been identified by multiple independent government reports for the Montauban Property. The tailings from those past producers in the Montauban Property area are;

DNA Crypto Corp.

Company has recently announced that it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary under the laws of the State of Nevada called DNA Crypto Corp. The new subsidiary will seek to identify the best crypto currency mining opportunities in the US and Canada. Initially, DNA Crypto Corp. will focus on mining bitcoins which currently represents the world’s most popular crypto currency. Bitcoin has the biggest liquidity pool of all the crypto currencies with over 12.8 million bitcoins in circulation and with a market capitalization of $8.4 billion US. Well known investors like Marc Andreessen and innovative financial organizations like Second Market are firmly behind bitcoin and the potential for bitcoin to be transformative.

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Quebec Quartz Starts Exploration Program on the Martinville, Malvina and the Montpetit Quarry Silica Properties

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:40 PM on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Montreal, Quebec / August 21, 2014 / Uragold Bay Resources Inc. (“Uragold”) (TSX Venture: UBR) is pleased to announce that it’s wholly owned subsidiary, Quebec Quartz, has initiated a work program and is starting the evaluation process of its Martinville, Malvina and the Montpetit Quarry Silica properties.

Fieldwork will first start on the Martinville property where a Historical Resource of 1,000,000 tons was declared and where samples of up to 99% SiO2 were found and then continue to the Malvina property where sample as high as 99.74% SiO2 were reported. Historical records indicate that the samples were taken from quartz vein systems described as clear white quartz with limited fracturing. Both properties are located approximately 40 km south east of Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

The Montpetit Quarry is located in Hemmingford Quebec, 70 km south of Montreal. Historical records indicate the silica mined in the 1950s from the quarry was used for ferro-silica production. In 1956, 3,000 tons of sandstone quartzite was analyzed and the average result for SiO2 was 99.27% indicating that the silica from this property could be suitable for silicon metal production. The silica is described as originating from very pure quartzite sandstone from the Cairnside geological formation

Source: Resources Naturelles du Quebec, Sigeom 2014, Work Reports GM54343, GM53695, GM03695. A qualified person has not verified the relevance and reliability of the properties outlined above. All information such as resources estimates and grades herewith presented is historical in nature and while relevant, the information was obtained before the implementation of National Instrument 43-101 and as such does not meet National Instrument 43-101 reporting standards. The historical estimate should not be relied upon until the Company can confirm them.

A field crew has been mobilized to complete a review of the local geology, verify the extent and size of the known quartz deposit in addition to investigating the potential for new discoveries that could compliment the already rich portfolio of High Purity Silica (HPS) assets held by the Company. After having mapped the quartz deposits, the field crew will extract approximately 200 kilograms of quartz per property in the more prospective historic high-grade zones for assaying and metallurgical tests.

To fully comply with high purity quartz industry standards, several constant parameters must be met including: 1) Chemistry; 2) Particle shape, size and distribution; 3) Hydroxyl level and; 4) Carbon content. These four characteristics are fundamental for the successful production of high purity quartz to a commercially acceptable product standard. Samples will be sent to an independent lab, silicon metal producers and specialized labs that supply high purity quartz to high tech companies.

Patrick Levasseur, President and COO of Uragold stated, “We are extremely pleased with the field crew’s work on our Drucourt and Roncevaux properties earlier this summer. The same crew will be mobilized for the Martinville, Malvina and the Montpetit Quarry Silica properties with the task of evaluating the HPS properties the Company staked in Q2.” Mr. Levasseur then added, “The Company looks forward to shipping samples to leading Silicon Metal producers and HPS laboratories so that we can evaluate the quality of our material.

About Silica

Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals. It occurs in many different settings throughout the geological record. High Purity Quartz deposits with low impurities are rare. However, only very few deposits are suitable in volume, quality and amenability to tailored refining methods for specialty high purity applications.

High Purity Silica (HPS) and Silicon Metal which is used in large part in the aluminum industry has become one of today’s key strategic minerals with applications in high-tech industries that include semiconductors, LCD displays, fused quartz tubing, microelectronics, solar silicon applications and recently, Silicon Anode Lithium Batteries

About Quebec Quartz

Uragold acquired some of the most prospective historical HPQ deposits with High Purity Silica (+99.5% SiO2) (HPS) values in Quebec during Q2 2014. Quebec Quartz is a 100% own subsidiary of Uragold Bay Resources, a junior exploration company listed on the TSX Venture under the symbol UBR. Quebec Quartz holds a strategic portfolio of high purity silica (+99.5% SiO2) deposits and closed silicon metal mines in Quebec.

About Uragold Bay Resources Inc.

Uragold Bay Resources is a TSX-V listed Gold and High Purity Quartz exploration junior focused on generating free cash flow from mining operations. Our business model is centered on developing mining projects suited for smaller-scale start-up, (Capex < C$10M), that will generate high yield returns (IRR > 50%). Uragold will reach these goals by developing Quebec’s first placer mine in 50 years, the Beauce Placer Project developing and, in partnership with Golden Hope Mines, the Bellechasse-Timmins Gold Deposit.

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.

For further information contact

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEO
Patrick Levasseur, President and COO

Silicon markets set to extend upward trend in September

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:08 AM on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

LONDON (Metal-Pages) 20-August-14. Silicon markets in Europe and the US are expected to trend higher in the coming weeks on firm demand from the chemicals sector, while demand from the aluminium sector is expected to pick up again after the seasonal slowdown, according to industry sources this week.

Moreover, supply tightness on both markets should also buoy prices despite an increase in Chinese exports, which are subject to EU trade duties, and a shortfall in supply from Brazil, South Africa and Australia.

Exports from Brazil are seen falling further in the coming months as stocks are being used to a low level against steep domestic production cuts this year as the country battled a prolonged, widespread drought and an energy shortfall.

There have also been power shortages in South Africa.

EU producers such as Ferroatlantica have made little material available to the spot market so far this year, industry sources said, while Australia’s Simcoa has been forced to shut one of its two silicon metal furnaces for repairs.

Officials at Simcoa could not be reached for comment. Consequently, US and European prices have moved up several cents a pound and about €50 a tonne, respectively this summer. Metal-Pages last assessed prices are some €2,125/tonne and $1.44/lb on average in Europe and the US.

Tighter supply

Brazilian exports are expected to tighten in the coming months as power-restricted production starts to bite after exporters have persistently met customer orders, while also taking advantage of buoyant overseas prices. Brazilian silicon metal exports have jumped more than 5% in the first half of this year, year-on-year, to more than 70,000 tonnes. but although exports increased more than 4% in June, they fell almost 29% from the month before, according to industry data.

Brazilian exporters have also been redirecting material towards Europe as the price differential between European and American domestic prices has narrowed.

Brazilian silicon exports to Europe accounted for almost half of total overseas shipments in June, from below a quarter of the total in January this year, while Brazilian exports to the States fell to below 45%, from two-thirds of total Brazilian silicon exports in the same comparison.

-By Declan Conway in Europe (

Graphene is the Future of Tech and the Future is Here

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:37 AM on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Lomiko’s Cash and Investments Value Almost Exceed Its Market Cap

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 20, 2014 — Even though graphite companies have been ever increasing blips on investors’ radar screens over the past couple of years, the space got a massive visibility and validation boost when the already iconic Tesla Motors announced its planned lithium ion battery gigafactory to be completed by 2017 to support the demand for its new Tesla Model S. It’s partnering with Panasonic and initiatives by rival behemoths such as Samsung and others will undoubtedly add to the interest both for graphite and tech derivative graphene.

Without reciting readily available facts, the bottom line is that Tesla is projected to use 30k tons of battery grade spherical graphite derived from 102k tons of feedstock. At the moment, only 80k tons of the high-grade natural flake mineral necessary is being produced annually. And given that the cost per ton of synthetic graphite is roughly double that of natural flake, the future growth may well belong to the latter as more mines come on-stream.

“Investors need to understand that the impressive growth will ultimately come from graphite/graphene technology applications such as 3D printing,” stated A. Paul Gill, CEO of Lomiko Metals (TSX-V:LMR) (OTCQX:LMRMF) (FRANKFURT:DH8B). “Lomiko not only has first class mineral properties, but also intends to be an incubator of graphene technologies. The recent successful market debut of Graphene 3D Labs, of which LMR owns 11.23% or 4.4 million shares, has been a solid proof of concept that our aggressive plans to seek out the best opportunities deliver exceptional shareholder value.”

Considering there are more than 11,000 plus patents or patents pending for graphene technologies, the story just gets more compelling. Large companies such as General Electric and Lockheed-Martin and have also confirmed their interest in utilizing graphene technologies.

Credit Suisse forecasts that global 3D printing market revenues will reach almost $12 billion by 2020; it came in just over $2 billion in 2012. That represents annual growth of 20-30%. The retail consumer/small business market shows the largest growth potential with 100%+ year over year growth in 2013.

While financing for all companies is tough at the moment, LMR closed a $5.5 million financing in March 2014. As well, over the last nine months, the Company’s 100 % subsidiary, Lomiko Technologies, invested $350,000 for a stake in (with Graphene Labs) spinoff Graphene 3D Labs for a final ownership total of approximately 4.4 million shares.

GGG began trading on Aug 11th, 2014, and the shares rapidly hit $1.22 a share on Aug 13 2014, a rise of more than 800% on impressive volumes. The shares currently trade at about $0.95, evidencing the ongoing investor interest. For Lomiko, the collective math of the value of its stake following the GGG debut and recent financing should impress investors. Lomiko’s current market cap is a modest $10.25 million.

At $0.075 a share, investors in Lomiko are basically buying the cash and Graphene 3D Lab stake and getting the rest of the assets as a bonus.

Over and above the fact that Gill is a font of knowledge on all things graphite, graphene and the related technologies and applications, the way he has structured Lomiko is unique among peers. Is LMR a graphite miner? A tech company? An advocate for the economics and sustainability of natural flake graphite and graphene applications?


Anyone who has linked to Gill or Lomiko on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or signed up for news directly from the Company will never have to wade through pedestrian information, but the latest and most relevant developments in the space. Given how fast moving developments are, investors who want to keep abreast should find LMR not only a great potential investment, but also an indispensable information resource.

Graphene 3D Labs has proprietary technology which management believes has the potential to bring 3D printing to the next stage of commercial development and create new markets. The company has two US patent applications pending for its technology.

Nobel Laureate Andre Geim discovered graphene in 2004. Simply put by Geim in a 2013 CNN interview:

Because of its range of extraordinary properties, people are considering using graphene in a myriad of different applications. For example, because graphene is so strong, people want to use it to reinforce plastics, making them conductive at the same time. Because it’s transparent and conducts electricity, people want to use it in applications like mobile phone screens, touch screens, TV screens and so on. People are also considering using it to go beyond silicon technology and make our integrated circuits even denser and speedier. Those are just few examples.

While the applications in 3D printing are impressive, there are several multi-billion dollar industries that will benefit from this alliance including the medical appliance market, biotech and super capacitors. RFID, smart packaging, ITO replacement, sensors, logic and memory are also areas where graphene will likely see exceptional growth.

Lomiko’s flagship property, the 3824 hectare Quatre Milles in Quebec continues to move ahead. The eastern portion has already been drilled. The exciting part is what was found in the West Claim Block in the July 2014 survey; 88 magnetic anomalies with no less than 23 high priority targets. These represent by far the best potential within the property, displaying the same size as the eastern anomalies but larger in number of targets. Since the Company can’t ignore the impressive potential of these findings, drilling is being stepped up within the 2014 plan. Lomiko’s cash position will fund the development.

If you want a pure graphite mining play there are lots of candidates. If you want one that is already diversifying revenue streams, positioning itself at the leading technology edge of this burgeoning space and can be had for what seems to be a ridiculously low price, kick Lomiko’s tires.

Lomiko trades at $0.06 with a market cap of $8.2 million.

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CLIENT FEATURE: Garibaldi Resources (GGI: TSX-V) $1.7M in Working Capital + Strong News Flow

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:32 PM on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


  • $1.7 million in working capital as per latest financials (Apr 30)
  • Attractive share structure
  • no warrants, no major financings since 2009
  • Drilling in progress – strong news flow from Mexico and B.C.


  • Synergistic mix of business, market & geological expertise
  • Drilling underway at La Patilla Gold Property (high-grade targets) plus multiple drill-ready targets at 3 district-scale projects in Mexico
  • Largest landholder (262km2) among juniors in Sheslay Cu – Au porphyry discovery area at top of B.C’s Golden Triangle



Through the strength of its geological team and the use of cutting- edge technology and proprietary data, Garibaldi has built a foundation for lasting success in Mexico:

  • GGI continues to accurately pinpoint the most prospective targets for potential new discoveries in large, district-scale land packages
  • Project value is being cost-effectively unlocked
  • Financial strength is being built (i.e., sale of Temoris option, current Tonichi pilot coal program generating royalty income)

La Patilla Project

  • First-ever diamond drilling at the La Patilla gold property in Sinaloa state has returned highly encouraging gold values near-surface, including an interval grading 10.4 grams per tonne gold over 8.5
  • Five of six holes drilled to test the La Patilla vein system intersected broad zones of mineralization along 75 metres of strike length to depths of approximately 50 metres

Rodadero North Project

  • Drilling along almost 100 meters of strike length has returned significant high-grade silver intersections within 50 meters of surface, and mineralization remains open in all directions;
  • SE-14-03 intersected 1,935 g/t Ag (62.2 oz/t) between 4 and 5 meters’ depth while the most recent hole (SE-14-06) – the farthest step-out from previously reported discovery hole SE-14-01 – has produced the widest mineralized intercept to date;
  • Surface sampling at three target areas immediately southeast and east of Silver Eagle has returned high-grade silver (up to 8,000 g/t Ag) in addition to high-grade gold (up to 52.6 g/t Au) as explained further in this update;
  • As Garibaldi commences a second round of drilling at Silver Eagle, the total number of mineralized target areas within the 45 sq. km Rodadero North Project has increased from eight to 11.


  • Successful exploration methods developed in Mexico are now being adopted to rapidly advance the company’s 100%-owned Grizzly Property
  • Multiple targets are being identified over 15 km from Grizzly West to Grizzly Central
  • GGI is the largest landholder among juniors in this highly prospective, under-exploited new Cu-Au porphyry discovery area in prolific Stikine Arch
  • Recently announced that it has acquired two highly prospective Cu-Au porphyry properties within the Stikine Arch

Red Lion

  • The Red Lion prospect, comprising 35 sq. km, is located 60 km south of AuRico Gold’s Kemess mine and adjoins the Kiska Metals’ Kliyul Cu-Au porphyry project under option to Teck Resources Ltd. The Red Lion shows extremely strong Cu-Au stream sediment geochemistry in both Government Regional Geochemical Survey responses and follow-up proprietary surveys. Access and infrastructure at Red Lion are excellent with the powerline to the Kemess South mine only three km away.

Mount Sister Mary (MSM)

  • The MSM prospect, comprising 58 sq. km, is located approximately 50 km northeast of Imperial Metals’ Red Chris mine and is underlain by similar Triassic and Jurassic volcanic and plutonic rocks. Government Regional Geochemical Survey responses confirm prior assessment work in which at least eight Cu-Ag-Au showings have been documented on the property.

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Solar Boom Driving First Global Panel Shortage Since 2006

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:32 AM on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
By Ehren Goossens Aug 19, 2014 10:26 AM ET

The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut.

The oversupply pushed prices through the floor, making solar power more competitive and driving up demand. It also dragged dozens of manufacturers into bankruptcy, and slowed capital investment at the survivors. With installations expected to swell as much as 29 percent this year, executives are bracing for the first shortfall since 2006.

Scarcity will benefit the biggest manufacturers, including China’s Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co. (YGE) and Trina Solar Ltd. (TSL) A shortage may slow development outside the top markets in Asia and North America if suppliers favor their largest customers. Shipments to large, utility-scale solar farms may get priority over smaller, rooftop systems, threatening one of the industry’s fastest-growing markets.

“The cell and module glut has certainly dried up,” said Stefan de Haan, a solar analyst at IHS Inc. “There is no massive overcapacity anymore.”

The looming shortage shows the rapid expansion of solar energy. The industry may install as much as 52 gigawatts this year and 61 gigawatts in 2015. That’s up from 40 gigawatts in 2013, and more than seven times what developers demanded five years ago, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Workers operate on the assembly line that makes photovoltaic cells, the main energy… Read More

The industry has about 70 gigawatts of production capacity, New Energy Finance estimates, including a significant amount of older equipment that’s not profitable. The supply-demand balance is tighter than those numbers suggest. De Haan estimates capacity at about 59 gigawatts, excluding manufacturing lines that are out of date or obsolete.

‘On Par’

Considering only “factories that are meaningful and active,” supply and demand is “almost on par,” said Luc Grare, senior vice president for the Norwegian panelmaker REC Solar ASA.

The last time supplies were hard to find was in 2006, when the nascent industry installed just 1.5 gigawatts of capacity. The following year, the top Chinese manufacturers raised $1.8 billion selling stock to Wall Street to finance new production capacity.

Chinese manufacturers sold about $5 billion of shares from 2005 to 2010, and wrested control of the market from companies in the U.S., Germany and Japan. The added capacity drove down prices and pushed dozens of manufacturers into bankruptcy. Solar panels sell for 76 cents a watt now, compared with $2.01 at the end of 2010. The price has slipped 12 percent this year.

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Expanding Now

Nobody is predicting upheaval now. Production capacity this year is “expected to stay more or less flat, but consolidate, with new-build balancing exits,” said Jenny Chase, lead solar analyst at New Energy Finance.

Some manufacturers are already expanding. In May, Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) began construction on a new cell factory in China, a joint venture with GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd. that will initially have 300 megawatts of annual capacity.

The solar industry is cyclical and near a turning point, said Canadian Solar Chief Executive Officer Shawn Qu. He’s expanding now because he anticipates a shortage.

“Every industry goes through cycles,” Qu said. “It’s inevitable to see a cycle in solar.”

Other manufacturers already see a shortfall.

“It would be fair to say our panels are in short supply,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower Corp. (SPWR) The San Jose, California-based company’s factories are running at full, and it announced in July plans for a new factory that may begin production in 2017 and will be able to make at least 700 megawatts a year. That’s more than double the plant it’s bringing online next year.

Supply Chain

When panels become scarce, they’ll probably be routed to customers placing the biggest orders, said Angelo Zino, an analyst in New York at S&P Capital IQ.

“The large-scale utility projects are going to be where the modules go,” Zino said. “If there’s any sort of tightness in the supply chain, you would think that the push-outs would be on the residential side.”

That potential threat to the rapidly growing U.S. residential solar market prompted SolarCity Corp. (SCTY) to buy a panelmaker in June. The rooftop developer expects demand to surge, especially for systems atop homes and commercial buildings.

SolarCity Deal

“At some point, it will be a 400-gigawatt-a-year market; it’s just mathematical,” said CEO Lyndon Rive. Smaller companies without supply contracts may be unable to get enough panels.

Billionaire Elon Musk, SolarCity’s chairman, said the acquisition will guarantee supply. “If we don’t do this, we thought there was risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need,” he said during a conference call announcing the deal.

Any shortage may also limit deliveries to markets where stronger demand means better pricing, said REC Solar’s Grare.

Regions with “heavy price competition” such as Latin America will feel a shortage first, while regions with stable prices, such as the U.S. and Japan, will be prioritized, he said.

Companies that make manufacturing equipment such as Germany’s Manz AG expect the looming shortage to spur orders.

“According to our estimation, the gap between supply and demand will be closed at the end of 2014,” said Axel Bartmann, a spokesman for Manz. “This will definitely lead to rising investments in advanced equipment.”

Panel Pricing

Unlike other industries, a shortage probably won’t boost prices, said Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy, a San Francisco-based developer owned by Sharp Corp.

As production costs slide, manufacturers can increase profit without raising prices. That’s important because solar power is extremely price-sensitive, Harris said.

“It would be difficult for module pricing to really go up because there isn’t going to be natural demand for those products at those higher price points,” Harris said. “If you raise the price too much they’ll move on to something else. They’ll move on to gas, they’ll move on to wind.”

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KWG Announces Offering to Raise Between $4 Million to $10 Million

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:49 AM on Monday, August 18th, 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Aug. 18, 2014) – KWG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KW6) (“KWG” or the “Corporation“) is pleased to announce that it has filed a preliminary short form prospectus (the “Preliminary Prospectus“) and has obtained a receipt from the securities regulatory authorities in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec in connection with a marketed offering (the “Offering“) of Units (as defined below) and Flow-Through Shares (as defined below) to be made in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.

Pursuant to the Offering, the Corporation is targeting to raise minimum aggregate gross proceeds of $4 million (the “Minimum Offering“) and maximum aggregate gross proceeds of $10 million. The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to: (1) continue the development and commercialization of the new methods of production of chromium iron alloys from chromite ore and of production of low carbon chromium iron alloys (the “New Production Methods“); (2) conduct a drilling program at the Fishtrap Lake project; (3) continue the Corporation’s exploration program at the Koper Lake project; and (4) augment the Corporation’s working capital.

Secutor Capital Management Corporation (the “Agent“) has been appointed as exclusive lead agent for the Offering. The Corporation and the Agent have not yet entered into an agency agreement.

Each unit (a “Unit“) is comprised of three non “flow-through” common shares of KWG (each an “Offered Common Share“) and two non “flow-through” common share purchase warrants (each an “Offered Warrant“) at a price of $0.165 per Unit (the “Unit Offering Price“). Each Offered Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one non “flow-through” common share of KWG (a “Warrant Share“) until the date that is 24 months following the closing of the Offering at a price of $0.10 per Warrant Share.

In addition, the Offering includes common shares of KWG, which will each qualify as a “flow-through share” (each, a “Flow-Through Share“) within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada) at a price of $0.055 per Flow-Through Share (the “Flow-Through Offering Price“).

In connection with the Offering, the Corporation will grant to the Agent an option (the “Over-Allotment Option“) to sell, as agent, additional Flow-Through Shares (the “Additional Flow-Through Shares“), equal to not more than 15% of the number of Flow-Through Shares sold pursuant to the Maximum Offering, at the Flow-Through Offering Price and to purchase additional Units (the “Additional Units“), equal to not more than 15% of the number of Units sold pursuant to the Maximum Offering, at the Unit Offering Price to cover over-allotments, if any, and for market stabilization purposes. The Over-Allotment Option in respect of the Additional Flow-Through Shares will expire concurrently with the closing of the Offering. The Over-Allotment Option in respect of the Additional Units may be exercised at any time up to 30 days following the closing of the Offering.

Closing of the Offering is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, achievement of the Minimum Offering, the execution of a definitive agency agreement between the Corporation and the Agent and the receipt of all necessary approvals, including the approval of the applicable securities regulatory authorities and the TSX Venture Exchange.

The Preliminary Prospectus is still subject to completion or amendment. A copy of the Preliminary Prospectus will be available electronically at There will not be any sale of or any acceptance of an offer to buy the securities until a receipt for the (final) prospectus has been issued. The material set forth herein is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States or any other jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is unlawful. The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act“), or the laws of any state, and may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state laws. No public offering of securities will be made in the United States.

Neither 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 ForwardLooking Statements: This Press Release contains or refers to “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur” or “be achieved”. All information, other than information regarding historical fact that addresses activities, events or developments that KWG believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future is forward-looking information. Forward-looking information contained in this Press Release is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of KWG to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, KWG. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties occur, such as: the actual results of current exploration programs; risks normally incidental to exploration and development of mineral properties; the uncertainty of mineral resources estimates; uncertainties in the interpretation of drill results; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with expectations; the grade and recovery of ore varying from estimates; the general risks associated with the mining industry;
the Corporation’s inability to maintain its title to its assets; the Corporation’s inability to obtain, maintain, renew and/or extend required licenses, permits, authorizations and/or approvals from the appropriate regulatory authorities and other risks relating to the applicable regulatory framework; environmental damages and the cost of compliance with environmental regulations; environmental risks; adverse land claims from First Nations groups or other parties; lack of adequate infrastructure; a lack of support from the Ontario government and federal government for the development of the Ring of Fire area; the patents to be used to support the commercialization of the New Production Methods will not be granted; capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates; slowing demand for ferrochrome products; adverse general market conditions; inflation; changes in exchange and interest rates; adverse changes in commodity prices; the impact of consolidation and rationalization in the steel industry; competition; risk that amendments to current laws, regulations and permits governing operations and activities of mining companies will have a material adverse impact the Corporation; the risk that the New Production Methods does not prove efficient or economical; intellectual property litigation; risks related to the tax treatment of the Flow-Through Shares; and, management’s discretion as to use of proceeds, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, or expected. KWG does not intend and do not assume any obligation to update these forward
looking statements, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forwardlooking statements.

Shares issued and outstanding: 777,842,468

KWG Resources Inc.
Bruce Hodgman

Secutor Capital Management Corporation
Arie Papernick
(416) 847-1220

Lomiko Metals is the Beneficial Owner of 4,396,970 Shares of Graphene 3D Lab TSXV: GGG

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:06 AM on Friday, August 15th, 2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Aug 15, 2014) – LOMIKO METALS INC. (TSX VENTURE:LMR)(PINKSHEETS:LMRMF)(FRANKFURT:DH8B) (Europe: ISIN: CA54163Q1028, WKN: A0Q9W7) (the “Company”) announces it has received approval from the TSX Venture Exchange to the acquisition of 1,200,000 common shares at $0.25 per share of MatNic Resources Inc. The transaction was subject to MatNic Resources Inc. receiving regulatory approval to a reverse takeover (“RTO”) by Graphene 3D Labs Inc. (“Graphene 3D”) (TSX VENTURE:GGG) (formerly named MatNic Resources Inc.).

The transaction is now complete and the Company now holds 4,396,970 common shares in the capital of Graphene 3D representing approximately 11.23% of the outstanding Shares of Graphene 3D. Of these shares, 3,196,970 were acquired at a deemed price of $0.075 pursuant to pursuant to a securities exchange agreement (the “Securities Exchange Agreement”) dated June 6, 2014 between, among others, Graphene 3D and Lomiko.

3,196,970 of the Shares held by Lomiko are subject to the terms of a Surplus Security Escrow Agreement, in accordance with the Policies of the TSX Venture Exchange. Pursuant to the terms of the Tier 2 Surplus Escrow Agreement, 5% of the Shares will be released from escrow upon the issuance of the TSX Venture Exchange bulletin announcing final approval of the listing of the Shares, and respectively 5%, 10%, 10%, 15%, 15% and 40% will be released on each of the dates that is 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months and 36 months from the date of the TSX Venture Exchange bulletin.

Lomiko acquired the Shares for investment purposes and does not intend to acquire additional Shares in the future.

The acquisition of Shares was exempt under National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions.

Lomiko Metals Inc. Background

Lomiko Metals Inc. is a Canada-based, exploration-stage company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of resource properties that contain minerals for the new green economy. Its mineral properties include the Quatre Milles Graphite Property and the Vines Lake property which both have had recent major discoveries. Recently, Lomiko Metals formed Lomiko Technologies, a 100% owned subsidiary focused on technological applications of graphite and graphene.

On Behalf of the Board

A. Paul Gill, Chief Executive Officer

We seek safe harbor. Neither 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.

Lomiko Metals Inc.
A. Paul Gill

KWG’s Canada Chrome Corporation to Seek Leave to Appeal Divisional Court Decision

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:57 PM on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Aug. 13, 2014) - KWG Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KWG)(FRANKFURT:KW6) subsidiary Canada Chrome Corporation (“CCC”) has served notice of its intention to seek an Order of the Court of Appeal of Ontario granting leave to appeal the decision of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released July 30, 2014. As reported on August 1, 2014, the Divisional Court decision ruled that CCC’s consent should be waived in an application for an easement to build a road over its mining claims.

About KWG: KWG has a 30% interest in the Big Daddy chromite deposit and the right to earn 80% of the Black Horse chromite where resources are being defined. KWG has also acquired interests in provisional patents including a method for the direct reduction of chromite to metalized iron and chrome using natural gas. KWG also owns 100% of Canada Chrome Corporation which has staked claims and conducted a $15 million surveying and soil testing program for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Exton, Ontario.

Neither 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.

Shares issued and outstanding: 777,842,468

Contact Information

KWG Resources Inc.
Bruce Hodgman