• The ASX 200 is vacillating
  • Small caps are down over 1.3%
  • Demetallica is a great name and it’s up 40% on takeover talk


The benchmark ASX 200 is flat as on Monday. The ASX Emerging Companies (XEC) index has lost 1.3%.

REITs and Gold are higher, Energy and Healthcare are lower.

Not helping local sentiment are drifting US S&P 500 futures which have been unable to reboot following their worst week since June.

The other bugbear for markets big and small remains the US Federal Reserve’s two-day FOMC meeting which is the dominant feature across a fairly busy macro landscape this week.

Futures tied to the blue chip index were 0.15% lower at 1530 AEST in Sydney. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were 0.1% lower, while the Nasdaq 100 futures – after the tech-heavy index crashed 6.2% last week are about 0.5% weaker.

At home cost pressures are in no short supply ahead of tomorrow’s glimpse of the RBA’s meeting minutes for August.

CommSec says filling up the average Aussie people mover is costing the average people unit (family) $228.90 a month. Despite the recent falls in pump prices it costs about $7 a month more to fill up the car compared with the start of the year.

Although we’re all hoping for a week to chill – after all we’ll be kicking it in mournful ease when on Thursday, when the news drops of central bank meets in the US, the UK and Japan – there’s little doubt things will heat up by Friday. In the meantime, the UK, Japan and Canada are taking a knee today.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
ANL Amani Gold Ltd 0.0015 50% 2,559,208 $23,693,441
DRM Demetallica 0.29 45% 4,557,150 $17,369,724
ICR Intelicare Holdings 0.04 29% 1,864,230 $3,734,456
MX1 Micro-X Limited 0.165 22% 1,846,817 $62,303,174
AMA AMA Group Limited 0.265 20% 2,301,969 $236,075,448
PTR Petratherm Ltd 0.083 20% 3,147,487 $15,507,829
BCK Brockman Mining Ltd 0.03 20% 154,955 $232,005,803
AMD Arrow Minerals 0.006 20% 45,235,237 $10,168,825
KGD Kula Gold Limited 0.024 20% 3,732,093 $5,379,391
OAR OAR Resources Ltd 0.006 20% 6,123,880 $10,855,189
VOL Victory Offices Ltd 0.037 19% 31,075 $4,893,288
SPL Starpharma Holdings 0.69 19% 962,468 $236,897,176
HPC Thehydration 0.13 18% 25,846 $15,824,145
BEX Bikeexchange Ltd 0.02 18% 810,779 $8,581,946
CVR Cavalier Resources 0.175 17% 10,000 $4,558,358
FIN FIN Resources Ltd 0.021 17% 3,824,111 $10,070,637
ATC Altech Chem Ltd 0.115 15% 8,037,460 $142,676,587
ADR Adherium Ltd 0.008 14% 200,000 $15,593,869
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0.008 14% 17,524,995 $18,678,347
HOR Horseshoe Metals Ltd 0.024 14% 1,297,161 $11,590,801
MCM Mc Mining Ltd 0.67 14% 90,158 $116,616,373
LDX Lumos Diagnostics 0.06 13% 1,116,511 $11,125,042
PNT Panthermetalsltd 0.215 13% 5,889 $5,795,000
TPD Talon Energy Ltd 0.175 13% 1,562,860 $68,254,660
LKE Lake Resources 1.05 13% 48,882,600 $1,292,675,549
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The wee explorer Demetallica (ASX:DRM)  has received an off-market takeover offer from copper miner AIC Mines Limited (ASX: A1M).

In an exciting development indeed for Demetallica shareholders there’s one A1M share on the hook for every one and a half Demetallica shares.

That makes Demetallica worth about $38 million or 34 cents per share. I’m fumbling at the wee buttons but the offer represents a near 69% upside on DRM’s last closing price of 20 cents a pop.

DRM’s 9.1Mt Jericho copper deposit is only 4km from A1M’s 12,500tpa copper, 6000ozpa gold Eloise copper mine and processing facility, which it acquired in November last year.

In the first eight months of ownership, Eloise generated $104.4 million in revenue and $16.9 million in net mine cashflow at an AISC of A$4.33/lb Cu and AIC of A$4.82/lb Cu.

The $130m miner says this offer for Jericho – part of the Chimera polymetal project — is the start of a regional consolidation drive, as it aims to become a new mid-tier Aussie copper and gold miner.

“Combining these assets will provide the quickest and most efficient means of developing and mining the Jericho deposit – to the shared benefit of both AIC Mines and Demetallica shareholders,” it says.

A mineral resource update at Jericho is due October. The company had $10.5m in the bank at the end of June.

DRM has yet to reply to the offer.

When Stockhead called the board was in a meeting, hashing out the details of a response which should be available on the ASX in the coming days.

Reuben says based on this slide from its most recent presso, they may consider a $36m bid opportunistic:


Up today well over 20% is Kula Gold (ASX:KGD)is raising $1.8m to expedite WA lithium exploration and “assess new opportunities in the sector”.

The placement will be undertaken at $0.02 per share, which was its last closing price.

“Funds raised from the Placement will focus on accelerating lithium exploration work at the Company’s 100% owned Brunswick Project in the South West ~45km from the Greenbushes lithium mine, as well as follow up recently identified Westonia Ni/PGE/Gold prospects adjacent to the Edna May gold mine in WA,” it says.

“Kula is also assessing new opportunities in the lithium sector that would complement the existing Brunswick lithium project.”

Petratherm (ASX:PTR)which caught the laser-guided attention of Barry Fitzgerald on Friday, is off to the races this morning, stacking on close to +25% as it became almost painfully apparent that its sitting on the cusp of turning into a much meatier proposition for investors.



Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks [intraday]:

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Code Company Price % Volume Market Cap
WBE Whitebark Energy 0.002 -33% 1,961,611 $16,944,658
ARE Argonaut Resources 0.0015 -25% 1,001,000 $7,238,051
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.0015 -25% 910,980 $30,205,147
PET Phoslock Env Tec Ltd 0.062 -23% 19,307,702 $49,951,241
CT1 Constellation Tech 0.005 -17% 1,000,000 $8,827,202
CTO Citigold Corp Ltd 0.005 -17% 4,918,737 $17,001,955
QFE Quickfee Limited 0.066 -16% 57,658 $21,042,576
EQE Equus Mining Ltd 0.105 -16% 199,309 $23,353,994
IKW Ikwezi Mining Ltd 1.42 -15% 12,740 $68,291,956
SHG Singular Health 0.11 -15% 4,453 $8,487,579
REZ Resources & Energy Grp 0.0205 -15% 1,999,007 $11,995,339
AQC Auspaccoal Ltd 0.53 -15% 677,561 $31,300,582
JXT Jaxstaltd 0.018 -14% 1,411,772 $7,194,142
1MC Morella Corporation 0.024 -14% 47,383,364 $161,438,082
FAU First Au Ltd 0.006 -14% 293,623 $6,519,877
VRS Veris Ltd 0.086 -14% 811,586 $52,374,946
GW1 Greenwing Resources 0.31 -14% 138,421 $44,369,046
CMD Cassius Mining Ltd 0.031 -14% 695,063 $14,534,673
BUX Buxton Resources Ltd 0.095 -14% 522,267 $16,041,200
KFM Kingfisher Mining 0.555 -13% 632,182 $21,916,801
CLZ Classic Min Ltd 0.0165 -13% 17,882,903 $8,506,765
CHL Camplifyholdings 2.08 -13% 54,877 $67,029,151
CLT Cellnet Group 0.027 -13% 35,378 $7,551,434
ARO Astro Resources NL 0.0035 -13% 11,841,237 $18,820,965
GTG Genetic Technologies 0.0035 -13% 4,174,453 $36,935,861
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Gold Mountain (ASX:GMN) has signed a binding heads of agreement to acquire up to 75% in a package of Brazilian lithium licences.

The agreement with Mars Mines gives the company an exclusive 60 day licence to acquire four separate project areas covering 285km2 over parts of the highly prospective Borborema Province and São Francisco craton within the eastern Brazilian lithium belt which covers all known past and present lithium producing districts in the country.

All four projects are located in areas known to host lithium-bearing pegmatites and are along strike from and covering known pegmatite bodies.

“We are excited about the proposed acquisition of up to 75% interest in these highly prospective lithium projects in northeastern Brazil,” chief executive officer Tim Cameron said.

Global X has had to call a halt to trading on two of its currency hedged ETFs (ASX:USTB) and the squishy-sounding (ASX:USHY) because someone dun goofed and they’re on the market with incorrect names.

Far be it from us here to pitnick about tpyos and such… but that does seem to be a pretty big mistake to make – hopefully they’ll have the right name tags on when the halt gets halted sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Skin Elements (ASX:SKN) has shrugged off a “Please Explain” from the ASX over its recent price jump, which saw it trading more than 100% up since 15 September to this morning.

SKN has told the ASX that there’s nothing that it’s aware of that the market hadn’t already been told about, so the reason for the hike looks set to remain one of those spooky Unsolved Mysteries of the ASX, which actually sounds like it could be a pretty great TV show and well worth getting Leonard Nimoy back from beyond the grave as host… using SKN’s product so he doesn’t look quite so dead, of course.

And last cab off the rank is news from Morella Corporation (ASX:1MC) that Alex “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman has stepped down as CEO, effective not-exactly-immediately-but-close-enough.

Cheeseman was meant to provide the company with 6 months’ notice under his contract, however 1MC has let him go with an end date of 7 October “due to circumstances”. For real – that’s all the announcement says. Make of that what you will.

The CEO position won’t be filled, 1MC continues – current MD James Brown (don’t make a joke… don’t make a joke…) says he feels good (dammit!) about absorbing those responsibilities into his portfolio of Important Stuff to Do.



Moho Resources (ASX:MOH) – A rare double-banger, here from Moho: a capital raise and results incoming from its REE play. Verrry interesting.

Grand Gulf Energy (ASX:GGE) – Test results are due back from Jesse 1A. Betcha $10 GGE’s the father.

Carbonxt Group (ASX:CG1) – Capital raise.

IVE Group (ASX:IGL) – Capital raise.

Respiri (ASX:RSH) – Equity raise, cause sometimes you’ve just gotta be different.

Gold Mountain (ASX:GMN) – Capital raise.