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Strategic Minerals Plc (LON:SML)

Strategic Minerals Plc (LON:SML)

Share Price
1.45 p
0.075 (5.45 %)
Market Cap
£20.05 m
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Strategic Minerals Plc

Strategic Minerals is a minerals production and development company registered in the UK and listed on the AIM market (AIM: SML) of the London Stock Exchange. It currently operates the Cobre operation in New Mexico, USA through its subsidiary Southern Minerals Group Llc and supplies Iron Ore Magnetite to customers in the fertilizer, concrete and other industries.

Market: AIM:SML
52-week High/Low: 3.04p / 1.10p
Sector: General Mining - Iron Ore and Bauxite
Market Cap: 20.05M

Strategic Minerals Plc

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Strategic Minerals Plc Snapshot

Strategic Minerals plc is a minerals production and development company registered in the UK and listed on the AIM market (AIM: SML) of the London Stock Exchange.

The Company's strategy is to utilise cash flow from existing operations to fund overheads and thereby provide a base from which to build a diversified portfolio of cash generating high quality strategic minerals operations and near term mining projects in jurisdictions where returns are commensurate with risk. The Company has adopted a three pronged approach to diversified minerals focused on metals, advanced materiials and coal/bulk materials. 

The Company has also been working to increase the value of the Cobre asset by reviewing sales opportunities including the opportunity to produce a higher value product for sale to the dense media market and other markets. Improving coinditions in the US provide opportunity to expand our customer base and unlock the value from the existing magnetite stockpile.

The Cobre operation currently sells magnetite through the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary Southern Minerals Group LLC. Cobre is a reliable high-capacity supplier of magnetite to industries throughout North America, in  markets such as

  • cement
  • ballast
  • fertilizer
  • magnets
  • landscaping
  • coal cleaning
  • paint pigment
  • dense media/medium
  • water jet cutting

In 2011 the Company acquired the rights to the Cobre magnetite operation in New Mexico, United States and currently holds, through its wholly owned subsidiary Southern Minerals Group LLC, access to a market ready stockpile of magnetite. Initially the Company sold magnetite product to export iron ore markets but due to the decline in the iron ore price has now refocused its efforts on domestic sales to customers in the United States.

The magnetite material has previously been a treated by-product of copper mining and milling activities with the material recovered by a magnetic separation process to produce the magnetite product which is now available for sale. The product has been processed through ball mills to grind the rock down to a P80 of 90 microns. The magnetite is non-hazardous and there is a full environmental permit at Cobre that enables the free scoop, screen and logistics operation to be undertaken.

The product is ideal for markets such as cement, fertilizer, dense media/medium, paint pigment, water jet cutting, ballast, magnets, toner, coal cleaning and landscaping.  The price of magnetite product sold to these markets is not linked to iron ore prices. Detailed specification of our magnetite product is available on our subsidiary website.

The Company has also been working to increase the value of the Cobre asset by reviewing sales opportunities including the opportunity to produce a higher value product for sale to the dense media market and other markets. Improving coinditions in the US provide opportunity to expand our customer base and unlock the value from the existing magnetite stockpile.

Cash flow generated from Cobre has been instrumental in the Company being one of the few listed resources companies that does not require regular raising to cover operating overheads.


CARE Nickel Sulphide Exploration

Central Australian Rare Earths Pty Ltd ("CARE")

In September 2012, Rarus Limited (oue partner in CARE) conducted a moving loop electromagnetic (‘MLTEM’ or ‘EM’) survey at the Hanns Camp Prospect. It identified three conductivity anomalies co-incident with anomalous Ni-Cu regolith geochemistry in komatiitic channel-facies geological settings considered extremely prospective for massive nickel-sulphide mineralisation.

In order of priority these newly identified exploration targets are called ‘Forrest’, ‘Stirling’ and ‘Canning’. The Forrest target is considered particularly prospective due to its location at the base of the Hanns Camp Ultramafic Belt’s main lava channel pathway. In addition to the massive nickel-sulphide targets identified at Hanns Camp, a weak conductivity anomaly extending about 900m north from and stratigraphically above the Forrest target points to potential for disseminated nickel-sulphide mineralisation in the centre of the main lava channel. Collectively the Forrest, Stirling and Canning targets make Hanns Camp one of the most compelling greenfields nickel-sulphide exploration opportunities in the Yilgarn Craton and as such they warrant immediate drill testing by Rarus.

In 2016, SML entered arrangements to acquire up 50% of the ownership of CARE from Rarus Limited ("Rarus"), which holds or has an agreement to acquire tenements with nickel sulphide and rare earth element exploration potential in Western Australia and the Northern Territory of Australia.

The bulk of the Company's investment is to be used to fund a nickel sulphide exploration programme at the highly prospective Hanns Camp Prospect located within CARE's Laverton Project expected to commence in the second quarter of 2016.

The Directors of SML considered the investment in CARE attractive given:

Proven Exploration Province - The Laverton Project is located in the emerging "Eastern Yilgarn Crafton Sulphide Province" in Western Australia that is notable for hosting a number of nickel sulphide projects.
Proximity to Infrastructure - The project is closely located to Laverton, its airport, electrical infrastructure, sealed highway access to Glencore's Murrin Murrin nickel processing plant and the Malcolm railway siding.
Advanced Planning Stage - Over the past three years, Rarus has spent considerable time and money in securing the tenements and preparing a drilling programme.
Nickel Price Outlook - Along with a number of market pundits, the Directors of the Company consider that the falling Nickel stockpiles and likely demand for Nickel bodes well for future prices.

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Redmoor Tin/Tungsten Project


In May 2016, SML entered financial arrangements with New Age Exploration Limited (“NAE”) to acquire up to 50% of the Redmoor tin/tungsten exploration project through subscribing for shares in its wholly owned special purpose company Cornwall Resources Limited (“Redmoor”), formerly known as NAE Resources (UK) Limited. In February 2017, SML completed the subscription for shares taking it, and NAE, to equal partners.

In October 2012, NAE acquired the rights, through an exploration licence and mining lease option arrangement, over a 23km2 area surrounding the Redmoor deposit in the Cornish tin-tungsten-copper mining district in the UK. The exploration licence provides the rights to explore over the entire licence area for a period of 15 years and the mining lease option provides the right for Redmoor to enter into a 25-year mining lease (renewable for a further 25 years) over any part of the licence area. During the exploration licence period, a modest annual licence fee is payable to the vendor which reverts to a 3% net smelter return vendor royalty on mining commencement. The licence area had previously supported a number of historic tin-tungsten-copper mines and there are a number of operating open cut mines (china clay and tungsten) located in the region.

There is excellent local infrastructure for roads and ports and it is less than 40km by road to the recently commissioned Drakelands tungsten mine and processing plant.

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Alan Broome - Non-Executive Chairman

Alan Broome, AM (I.Eng, F AusIMM, FAICD, FICME, MInstD (NZ)) is a metallurgist with over 40 years'experience in mining and metals. A well-known figure in the Australian mining industry, Alan has extensive board experience, both as a director and chairman of a number of listed and unlisted mining and mining technology companies. Allan commenced his career in the Port Kembla Steelworks before joining the Australian Coal Industry Research Laboratories, which he ran for over a decade. Over the past 20 years, Alan has had in-depth experience in coal mining, mining technology, equipment, services and research sectors internationally.


John Peters - Managing Director

John Peters FCPA, FFINSIA, is a CEO with over 30 years'corporate finance experience at senior levels whose expertise crosses a number of industries including natural resources. John is experienced in publicly listed companies on the AIM and ASX stock markets and was the CEO of Ebony Iron Pty Ltd, which negotiated the acquisition of the rights to the Cobre magnetite stockpile. From his experience managing over £7bn for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, he understands capital raising, mergers and acquistions and how they are percieved by professional investors. He is experienced in acquisition strategies, mining project evaluation, commercial arrangements, statutory and management reporting and compliance and governance obligations of public companies.


Peter Wale - Non-Executive Director

Peter Wale holds a BA in Business Economics & Accounting from the University of Reading, UK. He has over 20 years of diverse investing experience across developed & emerging markets.  Peter worked in equities trading for both Japanese and American investment firms, including Fidelity Investments, where he was a Pan-European small and mid-cap equities trader. He was most recently a partner and senior equities trader at a global hedge fund, Habrok Capital LLP,  He remains an active investor & has regular contact with companies as well as an extensive network of investor contacts. Peter is based in the UK so is well aligned with our AIM listing, advisors & investor base.


Julien McInally Chief Financial Officer

Julien McInally holds a CPA and MBA, and is a CFO/Company Secretary with over 15 years of resource industry experience with public listed companies on the TSX, AIM and ASX stock exchanges. He has expertise in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, mining project evaluation, strategy, commercial agreements, statutory and management reporting and compliance and governance obligations of publicly listed companies. He has been CEO of a number of private exploration companies and has worked for BHP Billiton, Gladstone Pacific Nickel Limited (AIM and TSX: GPN), Robust Resources Ltd (ASX:ROL) and Reliance Resources Limited (TSX:RI) in commercial roles. Julien is currently CFO/Company secretary of Fertoz Ltd (ASX:FTZ).

Significant Shareholders
The following tables show those shareholders who have a holding of 3% or more of the Company’s issued share capital (except treasury shares) and the shareholdings of the directors of the Company.
Name No. Ordinary Shares Current % of Issued Share Capital
Charles and Alexandra Manners 49,079,534 4.00
Peter V Wale 46,364,000 3.78
James & Kimberley Chisholm held by Lenark Pty Ltd and Kifaco Pty Ltd 44,834,954  3.65


Director No. Ordinary Shares % of Issued Share Capital
Peter V Wale 46,364,000 3.78
John Peters 10,000,000 0.82

All options currently issued by the Company have vested and are:

Holder Number Exercise Price Expiry Date
John Peters 20,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2018
John Peters 20,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2019
Julien McInally 12,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2018
Julien McInally 12,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2019
Clovis Hooper 6,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2018
Clovis Hooper 6,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2019
Alan Broome 3,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2018
Alan Broome 3,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2019
Peter Wale 2,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2018
Peter Wale 2,000,000 £0.01 30/06/2019


Shareholder information on this page last updated 22 May 2017


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