A point of principle
31 Jan 17
Cradle Resources has a 50% interest in the Panda Hill niobium project in Tanzania. Unlike other niobium projects, its geology and metallurgy are almost entirely conventional. The flotation process at Panda Hill is similar to Niobec, for example, while the leach process is based on Catalão and the converter process on some of the principles from the final stage of the CBMM pyro-metallurgical circuit. On 20 April 2016, Cradle announced the results of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the project compiled by MDM, Coffey, SRK, SGS, SLR and Roskill (among others). Cradle is currently optimising the DFS before making a final investment decision in Q217. Assuming that it is affirmative, Panda Hill will then be poised to become only the world’s fourth producing niobium mine.
11 Aug 16
In Panda Hill, Cradle has a 50% interest in a unique niobium asset in Tanzania. Not only its geology, but also the majority of its metallurgy is entirely conventional. As such, it is poised to become only the fourth mine in the world to produce a metal so unique that its price did not fall during the 2008/09 global financial crisis. Niobium is deemed ‘strategic’ by the US and ‘critical’ by the EU. Moreover, it is almost the only metal in the world in which China’s consumption is below trend for its GDP per head.
Lucrative Panda found in Tanzania
20 Apr 16
Cradle has today announced the results of the DFS on the Panda Hill Niobium Project. Cradle’s 50% share of NPV10 equates to US$1.50/share, ie Cradle’s shares are currently trading at just 13.5% of the value of its share in the project. Assuming that its share of initial capex (US$102.2m including working capital) is 50:50 debt:equity funded, it will therefore need to raise just US$51.1m (A$65.7m) in equity finance to advance it. As such, Panda Hill is poised to become the world’s first new niobium mine in 40 years, accounting for c 6% of global production.