Sandfire investment target Adriatic estimates Rupice resource

HAVING appointed corporate advisors after Sandfire Resources loomed larger on its share register earlier this month, busy Bosnia explorer Adriatic Metals has now estimated a maiden polymetallic resource for the key Rupice prospect at its Vares project.
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Polymetallic country, Bosnia Herzegovina

The combined indicated and inferred estimate totals 9.4 million tonnes grading 5.1% zinc, 3.3% lead, 183 grams per tonne silver, 1.8 grams per tonne gold, 0.6% copper and 31% barite.

Mineralisation goes from surface to 300m and remains open, according to Adriatic, with five rigs remaining on site and scoping work now also planned.

The resource estimate has slightly more tonnes but at lower grade than a recent Hartleys' estimate of 8.5Mt at 6.5% zinc, 4.5% lead, 206gpt silver, 2gpt gold, 0.6% copper and 41% barite.

The Hartleys forecast equated to 20% zinc equivalent or 13gpt gold equivalent, and was made in May following a site visit.

Aside from all the usual challenges in outlining and funding a viable mining project in the resources sector, the key hurdle for Adriatic is arguably the approvals and permitting process in the European country.

On this Hartleys had a positive assessment after its May visit.

"A clear observation we made was Adriatic's understanding and strong position it held with government and local officials," the Hartleys report said.

"We were fortunate to meet four members of the British embassy to Bosnia Herzegovina (note that Adriatic is incorporated in England and Wales), who talked at length about the political framework in-country and put at ease any concerns one might have had about country risk.

"We also met the mayor of Vareš, who spoke about the town's long history of mining and gave the impression that Vareš is very much open for business."

The maiden resource estimate for Rupice comes at an interesting corporate juncture for Adriatic.

Corporate advisors BMO and Hannam & Partners were appointed by Adriatic two days after Sandfire revealed it had spent A$5.3 million in the previous week increasing its stake from 7.6% to 11.1%.

Sandfire has made multiple investments in companies and assets world-wide in recent years as time ticks down on production from its high grade DeGrussa operation - due for depletion around 2022.

Those investments include a takeover of successful copper explorer MOD Resources that was confirmed on the same day in June it started adding to its Adriatic stake.

For its part Adriatic has been looking for a managing director since April, with CEO Geraint Harris exiting at that time and investment banker Paul Cronin assuming an executive director role during the recruitment period.

Cronin is also the CEO and MD of ASX-listed Black Dragon Gold, active at a gold prospect in Spain where the permitting and approvals process will also likely consume management focus.

Adriatic is currently estimated to have about A$8.5 million.

Shares in Adriatic were up 5% to $1.16 in early trade, capitalising the company at $175 million.

The stock's recent high was $1.23, with its $10 million IPO in 2018 issuing shares priced at 20c and a subsequent $10.8 million fund raising pricing new stock at 55c.