Cadence Minerals plc (LON:KDNC) has announced that Evergreen Lithium Limited has filed its admission Prospectus with Australian Securities & Investments Commission and the Australian Stock Exchange. Cadence owns approximately 15.8 million Evergreen shares which are anticipated to represent 8.7% of the issued share capital of Evergreen on admission. Evergreen’s indicative timetable for admission is 10 March 2023.
- Evergreen Lithium has filed a listing and offering prospectus with the ASX; the anticipated admission date is 10 March 2023.
- On admission, Cadence will own approximately 8.7% of Evergreen, which at the offer price values Cadence’s equity stake at AS$ 3.96 million.
- Evergreen intends to advance three hard rock lithium exploration projects in Australia.
- The flagship Byone Lithium Project covers the north-eastern strike extent of the lithium-and tantalum endowed Bynoe Pegmatite field;
– The project is adjacent to Core Lithium’s producing lithium mine.
– Soil sampling on the project returned geochemical anomalies indicating lithium mineralisation.
– Based on soil sampling alone an initial five target zones have been identified that contain lithium mineralisation.
- The second prospect, Kenny Lithium, is located within the Dundas Mineral Field of Western Australia, close to Mt Dean and Mt Belches-Bald Hill pegmatite fields’
– Initial field mapping on the project has confirmed the presence of substantial outcropping pegmatites
– 10km zone of pegmatite outcropping has been confirmed in the North-Eastern section of the Kenny Lithium Project
– Evergreen has recently completed a comprehensive auger program, drilling 1,731 holes. Evergreen expects the results to be available shortly after admission.
Background to Cadence’s investment in Evergreen Lithium
Cadence Minerals received approximately 15.8 million shares in Evergreen in July 2022 when Cadence sold its 31.5% stake in Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies (“LT and LS”) to Evergreen as announced on 27 June 2022. This initial consideration was valued at AS$ 3.16 million (£1.81 million). A further AS$ 6.63 million (£3.80 million) shares in Evergreen are due to Cadence on the achievement of certain performance milestones by Evergreen. Cadence’s shares may be subject to a 2-year escrow agreement as determined by the listing rules of the ASX.
As of 31 December 2021, the total carrying values of LT and LS in the Company’s balance sheet was approximately £803,000. Based on the anticipated admission price of Evergreen on the ASX, Cadence’s shares in Evergreen will be worth £2.27 million.
On acquiring LT and LS, Evergreen became the 100% owner of three exploration tenements. The Bynoe Lithium Project and Fortune Lithium Project (awaiting grant of exploration permit) are located in the Northern Territory, and the Kenny Lithium Project is located in Western Australia.
Evergreen is listing on the ASX to develop these projects further and raise up to AS$ 7 million via a share offer. Evergreen can advance its business model if the listing and the offer are successful.
Byone Lithium Project
The Bynoe Lithium Project is Evergreen’s flagship prospect. Evergreen’s primary focus is to explore and discover an economically viable lithium resource for development. The Bynoe Lithium Project is located south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. It covers the north-eastern strike extent of the lithium- and tantalum-endowed Bynoe Pegmatite Field.
The Bynoe Pegmatite Field is host to Core Lithium Ltd’s (ASX: CXO) (“Core Lithium” or “Core”) high-grade Finniss lithium deposit, which is adjacent to Core Lithium’s producing lithium mine. Core Lithium’s deposit is just 1.2km from the Bynoe Lithium Project. Soil sampling conducted on the Bynoe Lithium Project has returned geochemical anomalies that indicate the lithium mineralisation continues along the trend into the Company’s Bynoe Lithium Project. Based on the initial stages of soil sampling alone (which only covers approximately 10-20% of the Bynoe Lithium Project area, an initial five target zones have been identified that contain lithium mineralisation. The Bynoe Lithium Project covers an area of 231 km2, making Evergreen one of the largest tenement holders within the central Bynoe Pegmatite Field after Core Lithium.
In recent years, exploration activities within the Bynoe Field have been focused on the discovery of economic lithium mineralisation hosted in pegmatites, the most successful of which has been Evergreen’s neighbour, Core Lithium, which in a very short time frame, has delineated a JORC mineral resource of 18.9mt at 1.32% Li2O at its Finniss Project. Core Lithium has achieved excellent drilling intercepts at their BP33 prospect of 107 metres at 1.70% Li2O, located within 1km of the Bynoe Lithium Project and Core Lithium’s Finniss (BP33) mine.
After listing and completion of its capital raise, Evergreen intends to expand the geochemical soil sampling significantly. In addition, Evergreen recently completed an Ambient Noise Topography (“ANT”) Survey and is currently awaiting its geophysical interpretation. Core Lithium recently used ANT (refer to ASX announcement Core Lithium, 1 August 2022, “BP33 drilling delivers outstanding results”). Core noted the results were an “outstanding success” and showed “excellent correlation” with known pegmatite bodies that were already identified by drilling.
Once the baseline geochemical and geophysical data is collected, Evergreen plans to systematically drill test the anomalies, starting with the highest priority along strike from Core Lithium’s mineralised pegmatites.
Kenny Lithium Project
The Kenny Lithium Project is located within the Dundas Mineral Field of Western Australia and 50km East of Norseman in the Eastern Goldfields. It is close to the Mt Dean and Mt Belches-Bald Hill pegmatite fields, and there are multiple significant lithium discoveries located in close proximity to the Kenny Lithium Project
The Kenny Lithium Project covers an area of 210 km2, providing Evergreen with a large and prospective land holding within the Dundas mineral field.
The Kenny Lithium Project lies at the southern end of the Norseman-Wiluna Granite Greenstone Belt within the Archaean Yilgarn Craton. This is a well-known lithium-producing region/mineral field and is host to the significant Mount Marion, Bald Hill and Baldania mines, respectively, which are close to the Company’s Kenny Lithium Project.
Initial field mapping on the Kenny Lithium Project has confirmed the presence of substantial outcropping pegmatites, whereby an approximate 10km zone of pegmatite outcropping has been confirmed in the North-Eastern section of the Kenny Lithium Project, which significantly exceeds what has already been identified by the Government Survey of Western Australia (GSWA).
Evergreen’s goal is to explore and discover an economic lithium resource for subsequent development. As with the Company’s Bynoe Lithium Project, minimal geochemical work has been undertaken within the tenure; however, historical results have proven encouraging. Evergreen has recently completed a comprehensive auger program, drilling 1,731 holes. Evergreen expects the results to be available following the listing. After that, the Company will design a drill program to drill test any targets identified to be prospective for lithium mineralisation and test the economic potential.
Fortune Lithium Project
The Fortune Lithium Project (EL31828) is located in the Northern Territory and is currently in its application phase and undergoing Native Title procedures. Evergreen Fortune Lithium Project is 784.71km² and is located 150km northeast of Alice Springs, in the Arunta region. The tenement itself has not been historically explored for lithium.
The Fortune Lithium Project lies in the Mesoproterozoic Aileron Province of the Arunta Region. The Arunta Region comprises a sequence of Proterozoic rocks known to host tin-tantalum-tungsten pegmatites. Historic pegmatite-hosted workings targeting tin-tantalum and mica are recorded in the vicinity of the Fortune Lithium Project area. There has been no exploration activity on the Fortune Lithium Project tenement specifically. The Fortune Lithium Project is currently in the application phase and is, therefore not granted tenure.
Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “On behalf of the Cadence board, I am pleased that our investment into Lithium Technologies and Lithium Supplies have materialised into soon to be listed Evergeen and its Byone and Kenny lithium projects. Once Evergreen lists on the ASX market, it will add further value to Cadence’s rounded portfolio of listed lithium investment vehicles, which include European Metals Holdings (AIM: EMH) and our Sonora Lithium assets. Added to this, Cadence has exposure to the world class Yangibana rare earths project through it’s shareholding in Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: HAS) and of course our flagship Amapa iron ore project, the value of which was recently estimated with the publication of a pre-feasibility study, associated post tax NPV and maiden ore reserve declaration.”
“Your board believes that considerable potential exists across our assets to deliver further progress as we move forward in 2023. I look forward to reporting back with further developments.”