Azumah Resources Limited - Activities report quarter ended 30th September 2012

ASX / TSX & Media Release            
ASX Code - AZM
TSX Code - AZR

www.azumahresources.com.au

Investment Highlights:

  • Wa Gold Project
  • 430,000oz Proved and Probable Mineral Reserve
  • Feasibility Study completed for a 1.0Mtpa gravity/CIL gold plant
  • NI 43-101 and JORC Code reportable 1.02Moz  Measured & Indicated and 0.66Moz Inferred Mineral Resource at    Wa Gold Project, NW Ghana
  • 100% of 3,100km2 licences hosting over 150km of prospective Birimian greenstone belt.  Less than 10% effectively explored
  • 17% strategic investment in neighbour, Castle Minerals Limited
  • Board and management team of successful explorers, mining and corporate professionals

Issued Capital:

333.7M ordinary shares
9.5M unlisted options
3.5M performance rights

Directors & Management:

Chairman:
Michael Atkins

Managing Director:
Stephen Stone

Non-Executive Directors:
Geoff M Jones
Willaim (Bill) LeClair

Company Secretary:
Dennis Wilkins

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Perth-based gold explorer and developer Azumah Resources Limited (ASX:AZM, TSX: AZR) is pleased to provide the following summary of activities undertaken during the Quarter ended 30th September 2012 at its Wa Gold Project, northwest Ghana, West Africa (the 'Project').

Azumah is an Australian-based company, focused on the exploration and development of the 100% owned, 3,100km2 Project, which currently contains a JORC & National Instrument 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource totalling 1.02Moz Au (19.74Mt at 1.60g/t Au) and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 0.66Moz Au (14.76Mt at 1.39g/t Au) across three key deposits - Kunche, Bepkong and Julie (Figure 1).

A Feasibility Study ('FS') for the Stage One development of the Project was completed in August 2012 (refer ASX/TSX announcement of 27th August 2012). The FS is based on construction of a +1.0 million tonne per annum gravity and carbon-in-leach ('CIL') plant producing 70,000oz-100,000oz Au per annum.

The 'Stage One' Mineral Reserve included within the Mineral Resources was estimated by independent engineers Coffey Mining Limited to be 430,000oz Au based on the open pit mining of Kunche, Bepkong and Julie gold deposits.

Highlights of the Feasibility Study include:

  • 430,000oz Au Mineral Reserve supports initial six-year life at an average feed grade of 2.0g/t Au, with 2.5g/t Au in first year;
  • 92,000oz Au produced in year 1 at average cash cost of $624 per oz;
  • Production averages 74,000oz Au per annum for first four years at $782 per oz. Life-of-Mine cash costs of $802 per oz;
  • $144M capital cost, inclusive of infrastructure and all pre-production expenditure;
  • 92.4% Au recovery from conventional gravity - CIL plant. Non refractory mineralisation;
  • $40M per annum free, post tax cash flow
  • Excellent access, infrastructure and operating environment; and
  • No communities to relocate.

Completing the FS enables the Company to apply for a Mining Lease and progress other key development approvals.  The Company expects that receipt of these permits will coincide with a planned upgrade of Mineral Reserves in early 2013 and allow a decision to proceed with development of the Project, subject to financing.

Subsequent to the end of the Quarter, an independent technical report on the Wa Gold Project titled "Wa Gold Project, Ghana, 43-101 Technical Report" with an effective date of 27th August 2012 was filed on Sedar (www.sedar.com) providing a summary of the FS and the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.

Exploration during the Quarter, and for the remainder of 2012, remains focused on the delineation of additional mineralisation where there is a high-probability of it positively impacting Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.  This includes drilling to upgrade the classification of approximately 40,000oz Au contained within the existing designed pits at Kunche and Julie that are currently classified as Inferred and hence excluded from the Mineral Reserve.

Recent exploration in and around the Company's flagship deposits, as well as further afield, has confirmed that there are excellent opportunities to further grow the gold inventory in the short and medium terms to bolster the Stage One Mineral Reserve and Project development plans.

Other activities completed during the Quarter include the receipt of drilling results from the Julie deposit, which confirmed that high-grade lodes extend beneath the base of designed open pits and initial Mineral Reserves at the Julie deposit (refer ASX/TSX announcement dated 19th July 2012 and 10th September 2012 for a full list of drilling results).  Best intercepts reported include:

  • 13.0m @ 4.24g/t Au from 82m (AJUC606)
  • 5.0m @ 13.28g/t Au from 133m (AJUC611)
  • 6.0m @ 3.86g/t Au from 105m (AJUC614)
  • 7.0m @ 7.90g/t Au from 36m (AJUC615) and
    9.0m @ 4.65g/t Au from 64m
  • 11.0m @ 3.04g/t Au from 86m (AJUC616)
  • 12.0m @ 3.12g/t Au from 85m (AJUC648)
  • 1.0m @ 45.43g/t Au from 63m (AJUC656)
  • 7.0m @ 3.23g/t Au from 26m (AJUC671)
  • 5.0m @ 23.65g/t Au from 103m (AJUC673)
  • 6.0m @ 4.87g/t Au from 156m (AJUC679)
  • 6.0m @ 4.07g/t Au from 80m (AJUC680)
  • 13.0m @ 5.95g/t Au from 140m (AJUC682)
  • 4.0m @ 9.75g/t Au from 117m (AJUCD684)
  • 17.0m @ 2.12g/t Au from 79m (AJUC707)
  • 13.0m @ 4.09g/t Au from 76m (AJUC710)
  • 9.1m @ 2.92g/t Au from 117.3m (AJUCD599A)
  • 6.0m @ 3.43g/t Au from 17m (AJDD009)

The results confirm Azumah will be able to extend resource modelling from 100m to approximately 150m vertical depth below surface, possibly allowing for a material increase in the Julie Mineral Resource estimate of 386,000oz Measured and Indicated and 181,000oz Inferred.  The impact of these extensions to mineralisation for Mineral Reserves has not been assessed at this stage but will be included as part of the overall Mineral Reserve review in early 2013.

Planned activity in the December 2012 Quarter

During the Quarter ending 31th December 2012, Azumah expects to:

  • Upgrade Mineral Resources at all key deposits and estimate a maiden Mineral Resource at Aduane;
  • Complete drill programmes aimed at delineating additional mineralisation with a high-probability of increasing Mineral Reserves, and progress other exploration activities aimed at increasing Mineral Resources and making new discoveries;
  • Commence applications for a Mining Lease and other key project development approvals;
  • Updating inputs to the forthcoming Mineral Reserve review;
  • Consider alternative plant configuration options; and
  • Advance project financing discussions.

Azumah expects to complete a Mineral Reserve upgrade for the Project at the end of Q1 2013, based on the upgraded Mineral Resources due to be completed by the end of 2012.

Corporate

At the end of the Quarter Azumah retained combined cash and listed investments of $17.0M; comprising $8.7M cash, $5.6M (2.55M shares @ $2.19) in Endeavour Mining Corporation (ASX:EVR, TSX:EDV) and $2.7M (19.32M shares @ $0.14) in Castle Minerals Limited (ASX:CDT).

Full details of the ASX (and TSX) releases, on which the above summary of activity during the September Quarter 2012 is based, (inclusive of associated figures and drilling results) are available from the ASX at www.asx.com.au, on the Sedar website at www.sedar.com, or from Azumah's website at www.azumahresources.com.au.

For further general information on Azumah Resources Limited and its projects please visit the Canadian SEDAR website and Azumah's own website.

Table 1: Mineral Reserve Summary (Coffey Mining - August 2012)

Mineral Reserve Summary
(As of 21st Aug 2012) Proved Probable Contained Gold
Tonnes (Mt) Grade (g/t Au) Tonnes (Mt) Grade (g/t Au) oz Au(1)
  Bepkong
  Kunche
  Julie
1.7
2.3
-
1.9
2.1
-
0.2
1.6
1.0
2.0
1.6
2.4
117,000
238,000
74,000
Total 4.0 2.0 2.8 1.9 430,000

(1)     Appropriate rounding has occurred

Table 2: Summary of Wa Gold Project Mineral Resources - 0.5g/t Au cut-off (CSA Global - March 2012)
Cut-off
0.5 g/t Au
Measured Indicated Measured and Indicated Inferred
Tonnes Grade Gold Tonnes Grade Gold Tonnes Grade Gold Tonnes Grade Gold
(Mt) (g/t)   (oz) (1) (Mt) (g/t)   (oz) (1) (Mt) (g/t)   (oz) (1) (Mt) (g/t)   (oz) (1)
 
Kunche
Bepkong
Julie
Collette
 
3.17
2.02
 
 
 
1.94
1.81
 
 
 
198,000
117,000
 
 
 
4.95
1.67
7.92
 
 
1.52
1.36
1.52
 
 
242,000
73,000
386,000
 
 
8.13
3.69
7.92
 
 
1.68
1.60
1.52
 
 
440,000
190,000
386,000
 
 
7.35
1.98
3.74
1.69
 
1.33
1.32
1.51
1.45
 
315,000
  84,000
181,000
  79,000
Total 5.19 1.89 315,000 14.54 1.50 701,000 19.74 1.60 1,016,000 14.76 1.39 659,000

(1)     Appropriate rounding has occurred

Competent Person's Statement

The scientific and technical information in this report that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Mr Nick Franey, who a full-time employee (General Manager Geology) of Azumah Resources Ltd.  Mr Franey is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' and to qualify as a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43 -101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") of the Canadian Securities Administrators.  Mr Franey is the Qualified Person overseeing Azumah's exploration projects and has reviewed and approved the disclosure of all scientific or technical information contained in this announcement.

For further information, including a description of Azumah's standard data verification processes, quality assurance and quality control measures, and details of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate the Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves set out in this report and the extent to which the estimate of previously declared Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves set out herein may be materially affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or relevant issues, readers are directed to the technical report titled "Wa Gold Project, Ghana 43-101 Technical Report", effective as of 27 August, 2012, available on www.sedar.com.

The reported Mineral Reserves have been compiled by Mr Harry Warries.  Mr Warries is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and an employee of Coffey Mining Pty Ltd.  He has sufficient experience, relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity he is undertaking, to qualify as a Qualified Person as defined in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Definition Standards of November 2010, as well as a Competent Person as defined in the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' of December 2004 ("JORC Code") as prepared by the Joint Ore Reserves Committee of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Minerals Council of Australia. Mr Warries gives Azumah Resources Limited consent to use this reserve estimate in reports.

Forward-Looking Statement

This report contains forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect" and "intend", and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "should", "could", or "might" occur or be achieved, and other similar expressions. In providing the forward-looking information in this news release, the Company has made numerous assumptions regarding: (i) the accuracy of exploration results received to date; (ii) anticipated costs and expenses; (iii) that the results of the feasibility study continue to be positive; and (iv) that future exploration results are as anticipated.

Management believes that these assumptions are reasonable. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are described under the heading "Risks Factors" in the Company's annual information form available on www.sedar.com.  Forward-looking information is based on estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements are made.  Except as required by law, Azumah does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking information even if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. Readers should not place reliance on forward-looking information and readers are advised to consider such forward-looking statements in light of the risks set forth in the Company's continuous disclosure filings as found at the (Canadian) SEDAR website.

Appendix 5B

Mining exploration entity quarterly report
Introduced 01/07/96  Origin Appendix 8  Amended 01/07/97, 01/07/98, 30/09/01, 01/06/10, 17/12/10
 
Name of entity
Azumah Resources Limited
ABN   Quarter ended ("current quarter")
72 112 320 251   30 September 2012
 
Consolidated statement of cash flows
     
Cash flows related to operating activities Current quarter
$A'000
Year to date
(3 months)
$A'000
1.1 Receipts from product sales and related debtors - -
1.2 Payments for (a)  exploration & evaluation
      (b)  development
      (c)  production
      (d)  administration
(4,605)
-
-
(681)
(4,605)
-
-
(681)
1.3 Dividends received - -
1.4 Interest and other items of a similar nature
received
106 106
1.5 Interest and other costs of finance paid - -
1.6 Income taxes paid - -
1.7 Other (provide details if material) - -
  Net Operating Cash Flows (5,180) (5,180)
       
  Cash flows related to investing activities    
1.8 Payment for purchases of: (a)  prospects
       (b) equity investments
       (c) other fixed assets
-
-
(20)
-
-
(20)
1.9 Proceeds from sale of: (a)  prospects
       (b) equity investments
       (c) other fixed assets
-
-
-
-
-
-
1.10 Loans to other entities - -
1.11 Loans repaid by other entities - -
1.12 Other (provide details if material) - -
  Net investing cash flows (20) (20)
1.13 Total operating and investing cash flows (carried forward)
(5,200) (5,200)
1.13 Total operating and investing cash flows (brought forward) (5,200) (5,200)
       
  Cash flows related to financing activities    
1.14 Proceeds from issues of shares, options, etc. - -
1.15 Proceeds from sale of forfeited shares - -
1.16 Proceeds from borrowings - -
1.17 Repayment of borrowings - -
1.18 Dividends paid - -
1.19 Other (provide details if material) Share issue
transaction costs
- -
  Net financing cash flows - -
       
  Net increase (decrease) in cash held (5,200) (5,200)
       
1.20 Cash at beginning of quarter/year to date 13,883 13,883
1.21 Exchange rate adjustments to item 1.20 - -
       
1.22 Cash at end of quarter 8,683 * 8,683 *

* Excludes listed investments of $8.3 million

Payments to directors of the entity and associates of the directors  
Payments to related entities of the entity and associates of the related entities  
  Current quarter
$A'000
1.23 Aggregate amount of payments to the parties included in item 1.2 183
     
1.24 Aggregate amount of loans to the parties included in item 1.10 -
   
1.25 Explanation necessary for an understanding of the transactions
  Item 1.23 includes aggregate amounts paid to directors including salary, directors' fees, consulting fees and superannuation.

Non-cash financing and investing activities
2.1 Details of financing and investing transactions which have had a material effect on consolidated assets and liabilities but did not involve cash flows
   
   
2.2 Details of outlays made by other entities to establish or increase their share in projects in which the reporting entity has an interest
   

Financing facilities available    
     
Add notes as necessary for an understanding of the position.    
    Amount available
$A'000
Amount used
$A'000
3.1 Loan facilities Nil Nil
3.2 Credit standby arrangements Nil Nil

Estimated cash outflows for next quarter  
    $A'000
4.1 Exploration and evaluation 3,000
4.2 Development -
4.3 Production -
4.4 Administration 1,000
  Total 4,000

Reconciliation of cash    
Reconciliation of cash at the end of the quarter (as
shown in the consolidated statement of cash flows) to
the related items in the accounts is as follows.
Current quarter
$A'000
Previous quarter
$A'000
5.1 Cash on hand and at bank 3,083 3,746
5.2 Deposits at call 5,600 10,137
5.3 Bank overdraft - -
5.4 Other (provide details) - -
  Total: cash at end of quarter (item 1.22) 8,683 13,883

Changes in interests in mining tenements

           
    Tenement reference Nature of interest
(note (2))
Interest at
beginning
of quarter
Interest
at end of
quarter
6.1 Interests in mining tenements relinquished, reduced or lapsed        
6.2 Interests in mining tenements acquired or increased        

Issued and quoted securities at end of current quarter

Description includes rate of interest and any redemption or conversion rights together with prices and dates.

           
  Total number Number quoted Issue price per
security (see note 3)
(cents)
Amount paid up per
security (see note 3)
(cents)
7.1 Preference +
securities
(description)
       
7.2 Changes during
quarter
(a)  Increases
through issues
(b)  Decreases
through returns
of capital, buy-
backs,
redemptions
       
7.3 +Ordinary
securities
333,714,096 333,714,096    
7.4 Changes during
quarter
(a)  Increases
through issues
(b)  Decreases
through returns of
capital, buy-backs
100,000 100,000    
7.5 +Convertible
debt securities
(description)
       
7.6 Changes during
quarter
(a)  Increases
through issues
(b)  Decreases
through securities
matured,
converted
       
7.7 Options
(description and
conversion factor)
2,500,000
4,500,000
2,000,000
500,000
-
-
-
-
Exercise price
14 cents
26 cents
60 cents
92.4 cents
Expiry date
30 April 2013
15 December 2013
30 November 2014
15 December 2013
7.8 Issued during
quarter
       
7.9 Exercised during
quarter
       
7.10 Expired/cancelled
during quarter
       
7.11 Performance
Rights
2,900,000
600,000
-
-
Expiry date
30 November 2014
30 November 2015
 
7.12 Issued during
quarter
       
7.13 Exercised during
quarter
100,000 - 30 November 2014  
7.14 Expired/cancelled
during quarter
500,000 - 30 November 2014  

Compliance statement

1 This statement has been prepared under accounting policies which comply with accounting standards as defined in the Corporations Act or other standards acceptable to ASX (see note 5).

2 This statement does give a true and fair view of the matters disclosed.

Sign here:  (signed)  Date: 26 October 2012

(Company secretary)

Print name:  Dennis Wilkins

Notes

  1. The quarterly report provides a basis for informing the market how the entity's activities have been financed for the past quarter and the effect on its cash position.  An entity wanting to disclose additional information is encouraged to do so, in a note or notes attached to this report.
  2. The "Nature of interest" (items 6.1 and 6.2) includes options in respect of interests in mining tenements acquired, exercised or lapsed during the reporting period.  If the entity is involved in a joint venture agreement and there are conditions precedent which will change its percentage interest in a mining tenement, it should disclose the change of percentage interest and conditions precedent in the list required for items 6.1 and 6.2.
  3. Issued and quoted securities  The issue price and amount paid up is not required in items 7.1 and 7.3 for fully paid securities.
  4. The definitions in, and provisions of, AASB 6: Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Resources and AASB 107: Statement of Cash Flows apply to this report.
  5. Accounting Standards ASX will accept, for example, the use of International Financial Reporting Standards for foreign entities.  If the standards used do not address a topic, the Australian standard on that topic (if any) must be complied with. 

 

 

 

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SOURCE: Azumah Resources Inc

For further information:

Stephen Stone 
Managing Director
Tel: +61 (0)418 804 564
stone@azumahresources.com.au 

Robert Gundelach - Australia
NWR Communications
+61 (0) 451 896 420
robert@nwrcommunications.com.au 

Joanna Longo - North America
Terre Partners
+1 416 238 1414
Jlongo@terrepartners.com