Manuka strengthens balance sheet with $5m placement
Manuka has secured firm commitments from several new and existing sophisticated investors that will see it boost the coffers by an initial $2.5m and increase it further via a $2.5m debt conversion.
Importantly, this fresh cash injection will provide Manuka Resources (ASX:MKR) with sufficient cash to advance final regulatory approvals for the Taranaki vanadium-rich titanomagnetite (VTM) project, progress studies at the Mt Boppy gold project and pay off $2.5m worth of debt.
The placement will comprise the issue of around 71.4 million shares at 7c each to raise the total $5m.
Manuka is also offering eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to subscribe for up to $30,000 worth of new shares at the same price as the placement with the goal of raising a further $1m.
The election of the new coalition government, led by New Zealand’s National party and new PM Christopher Luxon, late last year has dramatically and positively altered the political landscape for the country’s resources industry.
The newly appointed Resources Minister, Shane Jones, is strongly supportive of the country’s mining industry, in particular the development of offshore titanomagnetite iron sand and vanadium resources in the South Taranaki Bight.
The very recent change in the New Zealand government should prove extremely positive for Manuka and its offshore Taranaki VTM project.
At an assumed production rate of 5 million tonnes per annum of VTM concentrate the operation could produce up to 20,000 tonnes per annum of V2O5, making Manuka one of the largest aspiring vanadium producers on the ASX.
“2024 looks to be a defining year for the company,” executive chairman Dennis Karp said.
“The new NZ government is very focused on fast tracking sound mining projects and makes particular mention of our 100% owned VTM project in the Taranaki.
“The project is not only a lowest cost quartile iron ore producer but also sits in the lowest quartile for carbon emissions.”
The Taranaki VTM project, which was granted a mining permit in 2014, is anticipated to have a target net present value of $US1.8 billion ($2.7 billion).
“We are currently working through final aspects relating to the reissuance of EPA consents to operate, and management believe from recent public NZ government commentary that this will be forthcoming in the near future,” Karp said.
This article was developed in collaboration with Manuka Resources, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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