Global demand for lithium is projected to expand at a 16% per year growth rate for at least the next ten years. That means consumption will double every 4.5 years.
A young junior with a major project in Arizona is gearing to help fill that demand. The company is Redzone Resources Ltd. (REZ:TSX.V; REZZF:OTC). In August of 2017 Redzone entered into an option agreement to pick up a known spodumene property in Arizona. The terms were quite favorable, a cash payment of $47,500, 300,000 shares of Redzone and an NSR of 0.667 that can be bought for $1 million. It was a related party transaction completed with one of the directors of the company.
The economics of spodumene projects are well known. The mineral typically contains up to 8.03% lithium oxide and is mined via ordinary hard rock mining and processing. The technology is known. The process takes less time than brine processing and results in higher recovery than brine evaporation.
The company has been aggressive about staking more land surrounding their Fortner & Boyd lithium property and now holds a total of 4,132 acres. The project is located in western Arizona near Wickenburg and is well supported by good infrastructure. The Fraser Institute ranks Arizona as the 7th best mining jurisdiction worldwide.
The property is a known lithium source and has been extensively explored from the 1950 until into the 1980s without major production due to the low price for lithium at the time.
Prior work estimated the mineral potential for the Fortner & Boyd Dyke at 330,000 to 552,000 tons at grades between 0.3 to 2.5% Li2O and the SGS Canada has identified seven other mineralized dykes with a potential of between 300,000 tons to 3.0 million tons.
To put that into perspective using data from 43-101 reports from similar hard rock lithium companies, 1% ore should be worth $185 per ton US and all in costs about $66 per ton. That would make 1 million tons of 1% Li2O generate about $119,000,000 in positive cash flow. That's all based on a total of seven pegmatite dykes.
But Redzone doesn't have seven pegmatite dykes.
A recent press release announced the discovery of an additional thirty-seven more dykes. Not all will be mineralized but the announcement just dramatically increased the value of the company.
The company is well cashed up with $1.6 million in the bank. In addition, in the money warrants, some of which can be accelerated, will bring in an additional $2.5 million. I believe the company is an easy five- to tenbagger from here before any additional raise becomes necessary. Surface work is being done and samples taken now. Trenching and drilling will commence within the next six months.
The company has one of the strongest management teams I have come across. Let's be candid for a moment, of the 50-100 "lithium" companies out in the space, no more than 5-10 are real. The vast majority are opportunistic shells playing on the gullibility of investors. It's always this way. But Redzone is led by one of the founders of Torex Gold with a current market value of over $1 billion, Michael Murphy. He has built a strong management team and provided a clear direction for them.
The company also has a copper project in southern Peru that has been put on the back burner for now in order to focus on the Arizona lithium properties.
I have bought shares in Redzone in the open market and participated in the last private placement. Redzone is going to become an advertiser and naturally I am biased. You need to do your own due diligence since you make the money, not me.
REZ-V $0.56 (Feb 19, 2018)
REZZF-OTCBB 23.4 million shares
Redzone Resources website
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