Company cites objectives for development of Nunavut property
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TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ -
TORONTO, ON (May 10, 2007) - Starfield Resources Inc. ("Starfield" or the
"Company") (TSX: SRU and OTCBB: SRFDF) today announced preliminary financial
results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2007.
- Drilling on Nunavut property totaled 25,023 metres
- Discovered large mineral deposit; NI 43-101 report in progress
- Norman Betts named Chairman of board of directors
- André Douchane appointed President & CEO
- David R. Lewis appointed as Chief Financial Officer
- Ended fiscal year with $506,000 cash position
- Subsequent to fiscal year end, closed $15.1 million (gross) private
- Subsequent to fiscal year end, graduated to TSX from TSX Venture
"For Starfield Resources, fiscal 2007 was a year of transition and
tremendous progress, both in corporate development and exploration results,"
said André Douchane, President and CEO of Starfield.
Mr. Douchane, who was named to his current position in February 2007,
noted that during fiscal 2007 the company appointed Norman Betts as Chairman
of the board of directors and David R. Lewis as Chief Financial Officer.
"These senior-level appointments provide Starfield with the resources
needed to advance into production," said Mr. Douchane.
He also noted that Starfield's graduation from the TSX Venture Exchange
to the TSX main board, which occurred in April 2007, provides the company with
a ready means to access development capital and increases recognition among
institutional investors and portfolio managers who oversee funds that invest
in mining companies.
"This will be important in the future because Starfield has discovered a
very large mineral deposit on our Ferguson Lake property in Nunavut," said Mr.
Douchane. "That brings the company to the end of its primary exploration phase
and now moves into the development phase, which requires us to value and
define the deposit."
During fiscal 2007 Starfield diamond-drilled 116 resource delineation
holes and 20 geotechnical holes totaling 25,023 metres. That brought the total
to 359 holes drilled by Starfield to date at Ferguson Lake, a 1.3-million acre
property fully held by the company (see About Starfield, below).
Exploration during fiscal 2007 resulted in Starfield submitting 5,400
one-metre core samples for analysis and assay. "The high quantity of samples
sent for assay is a direct result of the 'infill' drilling at closer spacing
of known mineralized lenses in the west zone," said Mr. Douchane. "These
results will be compiled and integrated with previous drill results to form an
updated property-wide mineralization." Upon completion of detailed in-house
modeling, the data will be audited and used to generate a new resource
estimate by independent consultants.
Starfield has commissioned an independent NI 43-101 report scheduled for
completion before the end of May. The report will form the basis for a scoping
study to be completed by December 2007.
Starfield released preliminary, unaudited fiscal year-end financial data.
During the year, the Company spent approximately $16 million on its Ferguson
Lake property bringing its total investment to date to over $63 million.
At fiscal year end, the company's cash totaled $506,000.
Subsequent to fiscal year end, on March 27, 2007 the company completed a
private placement of 31 million units and 27 million flow-through common
shares for total gross proceeds of $15.1 million. Units consisted of one
common share and one-half of one transferable common share purchase warrant.
Net proceeds totaled approximately $13.5 million, and after paying
approximately $2.5 million in year-end obligations, Starfield had
approximately $11.0 million remaining.
"The private placement provides Starfield with sufficient working capital
to continue advancing the Ferguson Lake project during the current fiscal
year," said Mr. Lewis. He also noted the financing enables the company to
complete its commitment to spend approximately $200,000 with SGS Lakefield
Research Limited, a world-renowned engineering and test facility until
December 31, 2007.
The agreement requires Starfield to partner and assist with the
advancement of the test work at Ferguson Lake and McGill University that is
being overseen by Dr. Bryn Harris, an independent consultant.
Conference Call and Webcast
Management will hold a conference call and live audio webcast on
Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 2 p.m. (EDT) to discuss preliminary financial
results for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2007 and to provide an
overview of its objectives and priorities for the Ferguson lake property
in fiscal 2008. Analysts and institutional investors may participate by
dialing 416-915-5873 or 1-866-250-4665. News media and others are invited
to monitor the call in listen-only mode by dialing either of the above
Starfield Resources Inc. is an advanced exploration and emerging early
stage development company focused on its Ferguson Lake
Palladium-Platinum-Nickel-Cobalt-Copper property located in Nunavut, Canada.
The Ferguson Lake property covers more than 1.3 million acres and is 100%
owned by the Company. Since 1999, Starfield has completed 132,000 metres of
diamond drilling in 359 holes. A National Instrument 43-101 technical report
dated May 15, 2006 prepared by N.C. Carter PhD., P.Eng. was filed on SEDAR and
on Starfield's website on May 25, 2006. A developing feature of this mineral
district is the significant discovery of high-grade platinum and palladium
mineralization found in the footwall to the massive sulphide deposit.
Starfield's Ferguson Lake Project is emerging as Nunavut's largest ongoing
base and precious metal project.
Starfield has developed a novel, environmentally friendly and
energy-efficient hydrometallurgical flowsheet to recover platinum and
palladium along with cobalt, nickel, and copper from its Ferguson Lake massive
sulphides, under the direction of its metallurgical consultant, Dr. Bryn
Harris. Additional work is being funded by McGill University under the
direction of Professor George Demopoulos (McGill) and Dr. Harris (Starfield).
The research is focused on the critical process step of iron precipitation and
regeneration of the hydrochloric acid needed for the leaching step.
Caution concerning forward-looking statements: This communication to
shareholders and the public contains certain forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words "expect,"
"anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "plans" and similar
expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such
statements. Although Company management believes that the expectations
reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are
cautioned that all statements, other than statements of historical fact,
included herein, including, without limitation statements regarding future
production, are forward looking statements that involve various risks and
uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or
identified in the Company's annual report for the year ended February 28,
2006, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 20-F.
Among others, these include risks related to the uncertainty associated with
calculating reserves and mineralization, operating hazards in the mining
industry and the Company's inability to meet its future capital requirements.
There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and
actual results and future events could differ materially from those
anticipated in such statements. Other than as required by applicable law, the
Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any
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this press release. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or
a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States.
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For further information:
For further information: John Vincic, Executive Vice President, Barnes
McInerney Inc., (416) 367-5000 ext. 249, email@example.com; André J.
Douchane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Starfield Resources Inc.,
(416) 860-0400 www.starfieldres.com