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White Cliff Minerals raises capital amid cost reductions and strategic asset review

The company will look to its key gold and battery metal projects as it streamlines its development operations.
White Cliff Minerals raises capital amid cost reductions and strategic asset review
White Cliff has a portfolio of projects in Kyrgyzstan and Western Australia

White Cliff Minerals Ltd (ASX:WCN) has issued a partially underwritten non-renounceable entitlements offer to shareholders to raise up to $1,154,876.

The funds will be used for development work at its Chanach Gold-Copper Project and its Coronation Dam and Ghan Well cobalt-nickel projects.

The company’s managing director Todd Hibberd has stepped down from his position, remaining a director until March 31, 2019, after which he will be engaged as a consultant.

Non-executive director Daniel Smith has taken on the role of chairman, however, his renumeration will remain the same.

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White Cliff has also begun a strategic review of its projects, initiating discussions with various parties regarding joint ventures or outright sale its non-core Western Australian projects.

A global finance advisory firm has been appointed to evaluate options to unlock value as the company shifts its focus to the key projects of Chanach, Coronation Dam and Ghan Well.

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The entitlement offer is underwritten to the amount of $1 million by Perth-based CPS Capital Group Pty Ltd.

It will be open to all eligible shareholders with a registered address in Australia or New Zealand and who hold White Cliff shares at February 19.

One new share for every one White Cliff share held will be issued at a price of 0.5 cents and each new share will include one free-attaching option exercisable at 1.5 cents.

New shares are attractively priced at a 68% discount to the previous market close of 1.5 cents.

Unless extended, the entitlement offer will close on March 6 and will issue nearly 230.1 million new shares together with the same number of options.

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Funds raised will go towards:

  • Completion of alluvial bulk sampling for better understanding of gold distribution at the Chanach project in Kyrgyzstan, which contains a resource of 3 million tonnes at 5.1 g/t gold for 484,000 ounces;

  • Metallurgical assessment of recoverable gold from Chanach’s alluvial system;

  • Conversion of the Chanach prospecting licence to an exploration licence, providing an additional four years of tenure;

  • Preparation of drilling access tracks and pads;

  • Maiden resource estimate for the Coronation Dam and Ghan Well cobalt-nickel projects; and

  • General working capital.

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Last month White Cliff announced it had identified and implemented cost-saving measures that reduced fixed costs by about $500,000 per annum.

These included right-sizing the management and exploration team and rationalising and re-negotiating various administration expenditures.

White Cliff has identified additional savings that will be disclosed and implemented soon.

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