For immediate release
30 September 2020
Galileo Resources Plc
("Galileo" or "the Company")
Dissemination of a regulatory announcement that contains
inside information according to Regulation (EU) number 596/2014 (MAR)
Galileo Resources plc ("Galileo "or the "Company") further to its announcement of 4 September 2020 regarding the publication of its audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 by 31 December 2020 the Company announces the following trading update in relation to the Company's operations, cash position and the publication of results.
The summary is except where indicated for the period from 1 April 2020 to date and arranged in the following order, projects by country, corporate, fundraising and performance metrics.
Zambia: Star Zinc Project ("Star Zinc") & Kashitu Prospect ("Kashitu")
On 14 April 2020, the Company agreed with BMR Group plc (BMR) an optimal arrangement for executing the conditions in the Binding Heads of Terms (announced 13 September 2018) with BMR's Mauritian subsidiary, Enviro Mining Limited (EML), in connection with title to the licences for the Company's Star Zinc and Kashitu zinc projects in Zambia.
On 24 June 2019 the Company announced that it had acquired the Kabwe Residual Rights, which includes the Kashitu Zinc willemite prospect and the Sale Shares, being the 15% of the shares in Enviro Zambia Limited that it did not previously own increasing the Company's beneficial interest in the Star Zinc project to 95% (previously 80.75%).
On 26 June 2019 the Company announced the completion of an independently reported initial inferred resource estimate ("MRE") in accordance with JORC 2012, for the Company's Zambian Star Zinc project near Lusaka. The MRE reported inferred zinc resources with a reasonable prospects of future economic extraction of approximately 500,000 tonnes at 16% zinc for 77,000 tonnes of contained metal above a cut-off grade of 2% zinc. This includes approximately 340,000 tonnes at 21% zinc for 72,000 tonnes of metal above a cut-off grade of 8%
Current update: Further to the announcement of 3 October 2019, drill core material from the Star Zinc project was made available to Jubilee Metals Group to facilitate bulk sample testing. The potential contribution of silver and germanium from Star Zinc ore will also be further assessed. It is planned to prepare an application for a small-scale mining permit, including an environmental permit, with mining to commence as soon as this process is finalised - targeted for 2021. Star Zinc mining plans and permissions are progressing favourably and the Company will make an announcement in due course.
South Africa: Glenover Phosphate Project ("Glenover")
Current Update: Glenover continues to progress Department of Mineral Resources approval of its application for a mining right, for which the only outstanding matter remains a Record of Decision (RoD) from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on the proposed Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) design. The DWS raised some issues with respect to the original proposed TSF design. A modified design document is in preparation and Glenover expects to complete and submit this to the DWS for its RoD during 2020. Glenover continues to seek to identify potential investors in the Glenover project.
Botswana: Acquisition of Exploration Assets in Botswana
On 7 May 2020 the Company announced that it had entered into an exclusive and binding conditional Heads of Agreement with Botswana-incorporated Crocus-Serv (Pty) Ltd ("Crocus") to acquire 100% of Crocus' issued share capital (the "Acquisition") for the issue to Crocus of an aggregate 38,814,246 Galileo ordinary shares (equivalent to GBP163,020 at a deemed price of GBP0.0042) and a cash consideration of GBP10,828. Crocus assets include 21 exploration tenements in the prospective Kalahari Copper Belt and Limpopo Mobile Belt of Botswana, Southern Africa. The Acquisition was completed on 21 May 2020.
On 12 August 2020 the Company announced that it had approved the start-up of exploration on its 100% owned property in the highly prospective Kalahari Copper Belt ("KCB") in western Botswana.
On 15 September 2020 the Company announced the conditional acquisition of 100% of Africibum Co Pty Ltd's interest in its North East Kalahari corporate belt project in Botswana for 42 Million shares in the Company and 10 million two year warrants with an exercise price of 2 pence per share.
On 17 September 2020 the Company announced that it has commenced a helicopter - borne electromagnetic survey (EM) over two of its highly prospective tenures within its 100% held Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB) project in western Botswana and expects to announce preliminary results by 31st October.
Corporate: On 4 September 2020 the Company announced the retirement of Andrew Sarosi as a director of the Company and the appointment of Edward (Ed) Slowey who joined the board as a technical director
On 17 April 2019, the Company completed a placing to raise £500,000 (before expenses) through the issuance of 100,000,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.5p per share.
On 18 October 2019, the Company completed a placing to raise £500,000 (before expenses) through the issuance of 125,000,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.4p per share.
On 1 June 2020 the Company announced a partially conditional placing to raise £900,000 (before expenses) through the issuance of 112,500,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.8p per share, with the issue of 57,937,500 of the placing shares being a conditional upon shareholder approval which was given at the General Meeting on 18 June 2020.
Performance Metrics: As the Company is a pre-production exploration mining company its key performance metric is its ability to raise funds to support the Company's projects, take advantage of new opportunities and cover general overheads. Since 1 April 2019 the Company has continued to support its existing projects, and as summarised above i) announced an initial JORC 2012 inferred resource estimate for its Star Zinc project, ii) provided drill core from the Star Zinc project available to Jubilee Metals group to facilitate bulk sample testing, iii) continued to progress Department of Mineral Resources approval for a mining right in relation to Glenover , iv) acquired the highly prospective KCB project in western Botswana and v) commenced a helicopter borne electromagnetic survey at the KCB project.
On 31 March 2020 the Group had unaudited;
i) cash & cash equivalents of £352,644 (2019 £1,075); and
ii) trade creditors and payables of £576,759 (2019 £577,944)
During the year-ended 31 March 2020, the Company raised a total of £1,000,000 before expenses (2019: £550,000) and since the year-end, the Company has to date raised £900,000 before expenses.
Publication of Results: As announced on 4 September 2020 a result of the impact of COVID-19 in the countries where the Company has companies namely, United Kingdom, South Africa and Zambia the Company has applied for and been granted permission by Companies House in England and AIM to delay the publication of its audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 by three months that is by 31st December 2020.
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For further information, please contact: Galileo Resources PLC
Colin Bird, Chairman
Edward Slowey, Executive Director
Tel +44 (0) 20 7581 4477
Tel +353 (1) 601 4466
Beaumont Cornish Limited - Nomad
Roland Cornish/James Biddle
Tel +44 (0) 20 7628 3396
Novum Securities Limited - Joint Broker
Colin Rowbury /Jon Belliss
+44 (0) 20 7399 9400
Shard Capital Partners LLP - Joint Broker
Tel +44 (0) 20 7186 9952