Dr. Quinton Hennigh, chairman of Novo Sources, in dialog with Maurice Jackson of Confirmed and Possible, discusses his firm’s present exploration efforts at three tasks in Australia.
Maurice Jackson: Becoming a member of us for dialog is Dr. Quinton Hennigh, the president and chairman of Novo Sources Corp. (NVO:TSX.V; NSRPF:OTCQX), which is delivering a brand new paradigm in gold exploration and investing. Dr. Hennigh, welcome to the present.
We’ve got quite a few subjects to debate as we speak. Earlier than we start, Dr. Hennigh, who’s Novo Sources and what’s the alternative you current to the market?
Quinton Hennigh: Novo is Canada-listed however Australia-focused gold firm. We’re exploring for gold deposits which can be fairly uncommon. They’re conglomerate hosted deposits derived from within the Pilbara area in northwest Australia. It is a area we expect is endowed with a really massive amount of gold, and we’re exploring a few of these very uncommon deposits. Within the prospect we’ll have the ability to mainly construct a model new, main gold camp in Australia.
Maurice Jackson: Dr. Hennigh, let’s start with the jap portion of Novo Sources’ gold undertaking portfolio, and return to the primary of April, and revisit a few of the firm’s continued successes since our final interview, starting with an replace on the useful resource at Beatons Creek gold undertaking. What are you able to share with us?
Quinton Hennigh: Beatons Creek was our flagship operation for a few years. It is within the East Pilbara. It is in a city referred to as Nullagine. We targeted at Beatons Creek largely as a result of that was an space of historic mining; it was a well-established gold camp. We entered Beatons Creek with lots of naysayers pointing and saying, “Oh, this layer’s too erratic, it is too nuggety, it is too discontinuous to ever have the ability to outline a useful resource.” These naysayers had been quite a few. Everyone in Australia had this view concerning the deposit, however we set about performing some onerous work.
We did lots of technical work within the early days, actually reducing our tooth. It took some time to come back to grips with find out how to pattern this, find out how to drill it to get some significant knowledge, however what is totally astonishing is after just a few years of labor right here we have been capable of put collectively a useful resource now that is over 900,000 ounces.It is a strong useful resource. The modeling was completed by a core professional, Dr Simon Dominy. Ian Glacken, who is among the most revered geologists in Perth, additionally participated on this useful resource estimation. I’d say that is in all probability a useful resource as strong as something you’d ever see within the gold house. It is outstanding; we have taken what everyone thought was a geological curiosity and we have turned it right into a extremely worthwhile asset.
The deposit is shallow, the higher components of it are oxidized, it is free dig. Novo, which has completed a trial mining train on the market a pair years in the past, demonstrated this. Mainly, Beatons Creek is now to some extent the place it is prepared for manufacturing. Extra notably, we have gotten approvals previously, say, month or so I imagine it’s for not solely mining. We have got full mining approvals. We have additionally bought a mining lease utility accepted. Which means the final space of Beatons Creek that was a prospecting license is now totally transformed to a mining lease. That is a significant accomplishment.
Individuals have a look at what we’re doing at Karratha they usually can see the trail ahead now that we have had this success at Beatons Creek. I take into account this an enormous win. We’re enterprise an possibility research presently. We’re taking a look at which path to take Beatons Creek towards manufacturing and monetization. We see a number of alternatives. We even have good help from Sumitomo Company. It’s got cash put aside to work on this explicit undertaking ought to we want. So, we’re taking a look at that as a possible consequence.
Maurice Jackson: In abstract right here, if I could for our readers, Novo Sources has filed an up to date technical report as properly on the 30% elevated tonnage and acquired environmental permits, tenements often known as the Edwards Lease, and is preparing for manufacturing at Beatons Creek. Dr. Hennigh, most geologists could be glad with the successes at Beatons Creek this yr however everyone knows that you are a large thinker and I do know you are not glad with the successes there. What’s Novo’s path ahead within the Japanese Pilbara now that now we have substantiated essential mass?
Quinton Hennigh: Effectively, we see potential for extra of those deposits on the market. The conglomerate horizons, that are a part of the Fortescue Group, there are in depth areas lined by conglomerates. Beatons Creek, I suppose, is known as a take a look at case, is the way in which we view it. We expect there’s potential to find and develop different deposits within the area just like this. Novo additionally produce other tenements within the space together with Blue Spec and Talga Talga, which aren’t conglomerate hosted programs. They’re truly hosted by the basement rock, extra useless or sheer zone sort gold programs, however we’re taking a look at how we are able to add these to the combination and even increase what manufacturing we’d have the ability to get out of Beacons Creek. So there’s actually nothing however upside. As I mentioned early within the interview, we’re unblocking or mainly tapping right into a model new gold entrance right here.
Maurice Jackson: Let’s transfer to the western portion of the undertaking portfolio. Take us to Station Peak camp, which is the headquarters for the Egina Gold Mission. I wakened on the morning of the 29th of April and I needed to test my espresso once I learn the press launch on the very formidable undertaking. You will have a 100-ton bulk sampling and processing to be undertaken within the 2019 area season. Dr. Hennigh, present us with an replace at Egina.
Quinton Hennigh: Actually. That is a giant focus for us this yr. What we’re doing is a bulk sampling program on the Egina mining lease in an space that was beforehand disturbed by trenching from the occasion that we purchased the tenements from. On this space, by way of the trenching, we had been capable of see the gravel horizon. So what we’re engaged on at Egina, to be very clear, is a bit completely different than Beatons Creek. These are gravels that include gold. They’re very latest in geologic time, versus, say, 2.7 billion years previous like these at Beatons Creek. We’re coping with gravels which can be just a few million years previous, they usually’re sitting proper at floor. These are sheet-like deposits. They are a meter or two deep. They cowl an enormous space from what we are able to see, and we’re actually leaping in and seeing if we are able to do a bulk take a look at program on a take a look at space roughly zero.eight to perhaps 1 sq. kilometer in dimension inside the granted mining lease at Egina.
The aim is to see if we are able to get knowledge; this may be gold grade knowledge in addition to knowledge across the continuity and the distribution of gold to see if we are able to put a useful resource collectively for this. What’s intriguing about Egina is it is free dig. That is all unfastened gravel sitting proper at floor. A lot of the gold may be very coarse grained. The majority pattern we collected again in late 2018 confirmed that one thing like 97% of the gold was in nuggets coarser than 1 millimeter. Which means restoration of the gold ought to be fairly easy utilizing gravity processing.
That is why we’re targeted so intently on Egina proper now. We put in a model new 20-man camp. We plan on being there for some time. We have put in all of the upgrades to the positioning and to the small take a look at mill that now we have. That is our IGR 3000 plant that we purchased a pair years in the past, and we’re upgrading the haul highway between the take a look at space and the processing space. I might say inside every week or two we’ll be prepared to begin digging samples after which delivery them over to Station Peak the place we will put them by our take a look at plant the place we’ll have the ability to generate a reasonably regular stream of reports and inform folks what we’re seeing within the area.
Maurice Jackson: Let’s focus on Comet Effectively and Purdy’s Reward. Novo Sources has simply accomplished a gold undertaking replace, a completion of a mineralization report, and an overview of future work. What are a few of the issues that shareholders ought to word?
Quinton Hennigh: Novo calls the whole undertaking space thereComet Effectively and Purdy’s Rewardthe Karratha Gold Mission. It is actually a set of Novo managed floor in addition to three way partnership floor with a few prospectors at Comet Effectively in addition to 50/50 three way partnership with Artemis Sources at Purdy’s Reward. On the Karratha Gold Mission, we have completed lots of the onerous work now so far as sampling goes. That was our foremost effort final yr. We did lots of bulk sampling. We have recognized the gold horizons. We see two distinct gold horizons, one on the basement contact and one sitting about 12, 15 meters above that. We see good continuity of the horizons over a couple of three.6 kilometer strike that we did all this intensive work. We put a mineralization report collectively not too long ago, which is one thing that helps help utility for a mining lease.
These are related issues to what we did at Beatons Creek within the early days. So we have completed lots of the early, say, onerous yards and now we’re taking a look at taking issues additional by doing trial mining, trial processing, issues like that. That is an analogous course of to what we did at Beatons Creek. Anyone that is been with Novo for some time is aware of that in 2016 we did a take a look at mine and take a look at processing at Beatons Creek that was largely profitable in displaying that the deposit was there, was steady, was mineable and course of worthy.
So these are the steps ahead. It’s going to take a bit of bit extra time and a bit of bit extra aggressive method so far as mining and processing this materials as a result of it’s onerous rock. Egina is free dig. The opposite benefit now we have at Egina is a granted mining lease there proper now which at Comet Effectively and Purdy’s Reward now we have to actually focus on how we will take these bulk samples on exploration licenses with the federal government. So now we have to undergo an approval course of. We’re working in the direction of our native title settlement there as properly. It may appear sluggish to buyers however that is the way you make a mine today.
Maurice Jackson: Sir, earlier than we depart the undertaking portfolio, close to time period, what’s the subsequent unanswered query, when can we count on outcomes, and what’s going to decide success?
Quinton Hennigh: The subsequent outcomes, this can be knowledge that is available in out of the sector, goes to be from the Egina Mission. These outcomes will begin coming again in July, in just some weeks. We will see bulk pattern outcomes. These are 100-ton samples dug from virtually like a grid sample. Samples are roughly 100 meters nominal spacing throughout this take a look at space that I discussed, roughly zero.eight to 1 sq. kilometer in dimension. We’ll have a gradual stream of reports. What we plan to do is one thing like what we did again in December, truly present pictures of the gold that we’re seeing out of the samples, that we have produced, and provides folks a way of what sort of gold contents we’re seeing per cubic meter, per ton out of the majority samples. Give everyone a great taste for the grade, continuity, and so forth.
Maurice Jackson: Switching gears, Dr. Hennigh, please share the present capital construction of Novo Sources.
Quinton Hennigh: Actually. Novo presently has about 177 million shares excellent. I imagine now we have 27 million choices and warrants. All the remaining warrants are at $6. So, that brings us to about 204 million shares complete totally diluted.
Maurice Jackson: And also you referenced this earlier within the interview however you made a big strategic transfer with Sumitomo. Share the small print of that.
Quinton Hennigh: Actually. Sumitomo Company, that is truly the sister firm to Sumitomo Steel Mining; Sumitomo Company is a finance firm. It’s mainly one of many largest Japanese finance homes. It has direct entry to capital from the Financial institution of Japan. It is an excellent accomplice. It sometimes companions up with massive mining corporations like Newmont, and Teck, and others. It often takes minority positions in tasks straight and don’t wish to run tasks essentially. It likes to let others run these but it surely likes to take investments. In doing so it places up money.
So, within the case of our latest cope with Sumitomo, it’s placing up round $42 million Australian. It is spent in phases over the subsequent couple of years. The phases actually are outlined by targets that we have set. What we see will decide what the subsequent enter of cash and work that must be completed. However these three phases in cumulative add as much as about $42 million Australian. So mainly it’s in impact free carrying the undertaking ahead for the subsequent, say, 18 to 36 months. That is an enormous win for us. Which means we are able to stay targeted on spending our cash at Karratha in addition to what we will do at Beatons Creek and greenfields exploration, however we’re nonetheless in management. Sumitomo is mainly seeking to earn as much as a 40% curiosity in doing so. If for some cause we decide up some extra land inside the outlined space of affect, Sumitomo has to contribute more cash or decide to dilute down.
The opposite facet of this deal, Sumitomo has a convertibility proper. So if it spends, as an example it spends $20 million and two years from now it decides it is not for them, Sumitomo can truly convert to Novo shares. What’s actually useful to Novo shareholders is the ground of that conversion, the worth is ready at $2, which is the worth the day we signed the settlement. So the way in which it is worded, any conversion is on the larger of, both the $2 ground set on that date, or the TSX allowable low cost on the time it decides to transform. If we had been buying and selling at $5, I believe the low cost is one thing like 20% if I keep in mind proper. Do not maintain it towards me if I am forgetting my numbers but it surely’d be like $four on the convert.
So actually in a method it is virtually like a financing towards the undertaking if Sumitomo decides to transform. My hunch is it’s going to keep on with us. They’re lifetime companions. These are the type of people that like to again tasks and groups. We constructed an excellent relationship with them. They are typically very pleasant to work with. They’ve excellent technical folks. We all know the those who we will be working with from their aspect, very good metallurgists and geologists. We see lots of profit to placing the 2 groups collectively and mainly letting them spend their cash to advance our undertaking, and we will make what I’d say, if every little thing goes properly and the sampling comes again optimistic we may make a big scale business mine with Sumitomo’s backing.
Maurice Jackson: Sir, good and or unhealthy, what sort of suggestions have you ever been receiving from shareholders these days and what would you wish to say to shareholders?
Quinton Hennigh: Our share value is about $2 Canadian proper now. We have come down from the euphoric days of a pair years in the past. Some persons are pissed off, those that purchased above. Lots of people who had been in earlier although have completed properly and are pretty content material, however I’d say this to folks, I constructed this firm not as a pump. This firm was constructed to take advantage of these deposits of gold that I believe will show to be huge, will show to be mainly one of many main gold camps on Earth within the subsequent few years. We intend to not solely discover these however we intend to develop them, all proper?
So when you have a look at this like a horse race, proper now now we have three tasks which can be on the observe; we have Beatons Creek, we have Egina, we have Karratha. All of them are racing towards the end line. Which one makes it first? We do not know. There are some paths for Beatons Creek that may take it out forward. There are some paths for Egina that may very well be very fast. Karratha I believe can be a bit of slower but it surely’s nonetheless on the observe. It may make it to the end line, there is no query. What’s actually intriguing is there are different horses on the market, okay? We’re exploring proper now. I might say within the subsequent two or three years we could have a number of discoveries just like what we have already present in numerous areas throughout Pilbara. So when you have a look at Novo three to 5 years from now, we will be a producer, in my opinion. I believe we will have a number of tasks within the pipeline, and we will be properly on the way in which to establishing a significant gold firm in what’s a brand new main gold camp.
Maurice Jackson: Talking of the present share value, myself and my sons are going to be lively consumers at these costs, only for the file. Final query, sir, what did I neglect to ask?
Quinton Hennigh: You did not ask something about our staff and stuff like that. Lots of people marvel how we are able to pull this off, and one factor I might wish to pause and provides acknowledgement is the onerous working staff now we have in Australia. We have got a first-class CEO, Rob Humphryson, who’s an Australian, Perth primarily based. He is an engineer. He is been within the mining circle for a few years. Rob has excellent connections all through the mining business, folks shut within the authorities, within the mining companies sector, all throughout the board. I picked Rob as a result of I knew he may construct a great staff, and now we have nice exploration administration in Kas De Luca. We’ve got nice in-house environmental specialty with Chris Goti. There are a lot of others that I may identify, Ronan Sabo-Walsh, our CFO’s been with us from the very starting, has completely busted his rear getting all these offers completed for me. I’d say if there’s anyone I bought to offer lots of credit score to is our staff in Australia.
Maurice Jackson: Dr. Hennigh, for somebody listening that wishes to get extra data on Novo Sources, please share the web site.
Quinton Hennigh: Sure, we’re at novoresources.com.
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