AURORA, ON, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Platinex Inc. (TSX Venture: PTX), today
reported that its shares have experienced unusual volume and price increases
in trading the last several days. It would appear that investors are
recognizing that Platinex's Big Trout Lake intrusive complex occurs in rocks
of similar age and genesis as those being actively explored by Noront
Resources and Northern Shield Resources some 250 kilometres to the southeast.
This area of Ontario is one of the least explored in Canada and the early
results being encountered by Noront are encouraging to all explorers in the
region, and particularly those such as Platinex concentrating on platinum and
chromium rich large layered intrusions.
The entire inventory of 17,000 feet of core acquired from an INCO joint
venture has been meticulously cleaned and reboxed under independent
supervision and assembled in racks for logging. The logging and sampling has
begun. All of the core is being marked out for possible assaying and it is
planned to assay at least one-third of the samples initially using one-metre
to three-metre lengths. It was anticipated that this could take at least three
months to sample, and a second splitter is to be added to expedite the work in
an effort to get all assay results by the end of the year. Results will be
reported in groups on receipt.
Efforts have been made by the Company to achieve a transition from the
court mandated Memorandum of Understanding and Consultation Protocol with
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug ("KI") on the 24 drill hole program to a
negotiated agreement on the entire 80 hole program. Although KI met with
Ontario government officials this summer to conclude a funding agreement for
the Consultation Protocol, Platinex was told little progress was made in those
discussions. On September 24, 2007 when Platinex attempted to enter the KI
Reserve for discussions with KI elders, chief and council about the
archaeological pre-inspection of drill holes, the Company and its consulting
archaeologist were not allowed to enter. KI was unwilling to share its
traditional knowledge or consult in any way. Further, KI threatened Platinex
personnel and said it would prevent Platinex from conducting the
archaeological work on its claims and leases.
For more than a month Platinex has been requesting that high level
meetings be convened by the Ontario government without conclusive evidence of
any such efforts on the part of Ontario. Due to the absence of respect for the
court order, it was evident to Platinex that it would have to resort once
again to the court's supervisory role. Platinex is filing a Notice of Motion
in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to be heard on October 25, 2007, in
Thunder Bay, Ontario. Platinex is seeking, among other things, an Order to
enable archaeological pre-screening of the first 24 drill holes, and a
timetable for provision of information from KI.
On other fronts Platinex is implementing the first of its land
acquisition programs and expects to be able to announce this first acquisition
in approximately six weeks time.
On August 2, 2007, Platinex announced its intention to raise up to
$3,500,000 of gross proceeds through non-brokered private placements. Since
then, Platinex has raised $3,381,500 through (a) the issuance of 2,142,856
flow-through units ("FT Units") sold for $0.35 per unit (each unit consisting
of one flow-through common share and one warrant entitling the holder to
purchase one non-flow-through common share for $0.60 per share during the
period ending August 10, 2008, and for $0.75 per share during the year ending
August 10, 2009); (b) the issuance of 6,133,334 non-flow-through units ("NFT
Units") sold for $0.30 per unit (each unit consisting of one non-flow-through
common share and one warrant entitling the holder to purchase one
non-flow-through common share for $0.35 per share during the period ending
August 8, 2009); and (c) the issuance of 2,261,428 flow-through common shares
sold for $0.35 per share. The warrants which form part of the NFT Units
provide that if the weighted average trading price of the common shares is
over $0.70 per share for a period of 20 consecutive trading days commencing at
any time after February 6, 2008, Platinex may give written notice to the
holders of the warrants changing the expiry date of the warrants to a date
which is not less than 30 days following the date of that written notice.
Platinex paid finders fees in connection with these private placements,
which included (i) the issuance of 214,286 options to purchase FT Units for
$0.35 per unit on or before August 10, 2009; (ii) the issuance of 286,200
warrants to purchase NFT Units, exercisable for $0.30 per unit on or before
August 8, 2009; and (iii) 174,614 warrants to purchase common shares for $0.35
per share on or before August 8, 2009. The last and final closing in this
private placement occurred on October 5, at which time Platinex paid cash fees
to finders totaling $39,360 in respect of the proceeds raised on that date.
About Platinex Inc.
Platinex is a Canadian exploration company based near Toronto. Platinex
focuses on carefully selected Platinum Group Element targets in settings
analogous to the JM reef (Stillwater Complex, Montana) and the Merensky and
UG2 reefs (Bushveld Complex, RSA). Platinex is determined to find platinum
sources to be used in the campaign to eliminate the threat of global warming.
Shares of Platinex are listed for trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under
the symbol PTX.
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