THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Rox Resources (ASX: RXL) informed the market of its intent to spin-out its Fisher East and Collurabbie nickel and base metal assets in Western Australia.
Rox Resources explained the demerger would enable it to focus on the development of the company’s Youanmi gold project near Mt Magnet in WA.
The nickel and base metal assets will be demerged into a new company, Cannon Resources Limited.
There is to be a fair bit of corporate activity involved with Rox proposing a 1 for 15 share consolidation prior to the Cannon transaction to simplify its share structure.
Eligible Rox shareholders will receive new Cannon Resources shares via an in-specie distribution, subject to Rox shareholder approval, at a rate of one ordinary share in Cannon Resources Limited for every 4.3 shares (approximately) held in Rox on a post-consolidation basis.
“The demerger of Rox’s nickel and base metal assets will allow a crystal-clear focus for Rox to develop Youanmi into a high-grade producing mine, while allowing Rox investors to retain exposure to the nickel and base metal assets through a pro-rata holding in Cannon,” Rox Resources managing director Alex Passmore aid in the company’s ASX announcement.
Rox holds substantial nickel assets via its Fisher East and Collurabbie projects it considers highly prospective for base metals.
However, with the company’s focus shifting to the advanced exploration and development of Youanmi, Rox has been seeking to unlock the value inherent within its nickel and base metal assets and it believes the demerger is its best course of action.
Rox’s main project is now the Youanmi gold mine that it co-owns Youanmi with Venus Metals.
The company deems Youanmi to present upside in both development and exploration potential as it currently boasts a JORC 2012-compliant Mineral Resource Estimate of 12.4 million tonnes at 2.97 grams per tonne gold for 1,190,600 ounces of gold, including a near surface portion of 10 million tonnes at 1.65g/t gold for 532,000 ounces of gold.