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Auroch Minerals (ASX:AOU) - Managing Director, Aidan Platel - The Market Herald
Managing Director, Aidan Platel
Source: The West Australian
  • Auroch Minerals (AOU) has recapped its quarterly activities and financials for the final quarter of FY20
  • The company completed two drilling programs at its Saints Nickel and Leinster Nickel project during the quarter
  • Now, the junior explorer will begin follow-up drilling at Saints this week
  • The company was sitting on $3.4 million in cash at the end of the June quarter, following a $2 million private placement
  • Additionally, Auroch significantly reduced expenditures over the quarter, with net operations spend of just $86,000
  • Following the announcement, Auroch shares have risen 4.08 per cent, trading for just over five cents each

Auroch Minerals (AOU) has recapped its quarterly activities and financials for the final quarter of FY20.

Recently, the Perth-based junior explorer completed a 60-hole drilling program at its Saints Nickel project, also situated in Western Australia.

The company began drilling at Saints in January and received its first drilling results in April this year, before releasing the full results just last week.

Drilling has intersected two new nickel sulphide targets on Saints, with one zone returning a 12-metre-thick massive sulphide zone.  

Those drills confirmed the new zones were anomalous for copper and zinc, but not for nickel.

The company confirmed these results with a downhole electromagnetic survey program of the completed drill holes, which confirmed strong conductors within the channel the company was drilling.

The company states it will expand drilling at Saints, thanks to a $2 million private placement it closed in June.

The new drill program will start this week.

The company also revealed it had completed 200 metres of air core drilling on its Leinster Nickel project in WA, focused on the Valdez prospect.

The company’s financials reveal it’s sitting pretty following the placement, the receipt of a $550,000 tax refund for research and development work, along with its strong bank balance.

Auroch retains some $3.4 million in cash at the end of the June quarter.

The company also posted substantially better spending figures for the quarter, with net cash spent on operations hitting $86,000.

The company’s 12 months total was $683,000, making its average quarterly spend double what they spent this quarter at $170,750.

This was despite completing two drilling programs on two differing projects during the quarter.

Following the announcement, Auroch shares have risen 4.08 per cent, trading for just over five cents each at 1:17 pm AEST.


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