What does Kodal Minerals do?
Kodal Minerals PLC (LON:KOD) is a junior explorer with a focus on West Africa, and in particular lithium and gold. The company is run by experienced exploration geologist Bernard Aylward, helped by mining engineer Luke Bryan, who has 20 years’ experience in the business, and Robert Wooldridge, who is a partner in UK broking house SP Angel.
What Kodal Minerals owns
The company’s primary focus is on the Bougouni lithium project in Southern Mali. The current resource stands at 21.3mln tonnes grading 1.11% Li2O, with more than half of that in the indicated category.
Kodal also owns the 109 square kilometre Diendio project, which is comprised of three contiguous licence areas located approximately 280 kilometres south of Bamako, the capital of Mali. Access to the project is by sealed road from Bamako, then good access throughout the licence area by local road and track.
Kodal also holds a highly prospective suite of gold assets in Mali and Cote D’Ivoire.
Active joint ventures in Cote d’Ivoire are ensuring that funds are spent advancing exploration the company’s projects without detracting from the focus on Bougouni.
How it is doing
At the end of August 2019 cash stood at £570,000, after significant spending on Bougouni.
In October the company then raised £250,000 to plug a funding gap following the collapse of stockbroker SVS Securities, which went into administration amd defaulted on its commitment to buy 250mln shares following an earlier placing.
In January 2020 Kodal submitted an application for a mining licence for Bougouni, which included details of a feasibility study. This study envisages an 8.5 year mine life for Bougouni, producing an average of 220,000 tonnes of 6% spodumene concentrate per year.
The IRR on the proposed operation rings in at 51% after tax, on a net present value of US$200mln.
What the boss says: Bernard Aylward, chief executive
"We are making a lot of advances here [at Bougouni]."
"Our priority is advancing Bouguni at a mining stage... the progress on the ESIA is fantastic."
- JORC resource for Bougouni
- Well-funded, but all junior explorers return to the market for more cash in due course
- Metallurgical test work will provide further detail on the viability of Bougouni
- Design engineering is ongoing for the proposed processing plant