In a Jan. 22 research note, analyst Joe Reagor reported maiden drill results were "worth the wait" as they confirm a "significant silver discovery" at New Pacific Metals Corp.'s (NUAG:TSX.V; NUPMF:OTCQX) Silver Sand project in Bolivia.
Of the first 98 holes reported from the company's 2018 drill program, 94 hit silver mineralization. "A conversion ratio of this magnitude is uncommon in the mining industry and thus further supports our view that the Silver Sand project is a unique opportunity," Reagor highlighted. Overall, the 94 holes intersected an estimated average of 58.3 meters (58.3m) of mineralization with an average grade of 83.8 grams per ton (83.8 g/t) silver. One highlight assay was 76.6m at a grade of 383 grams per ton silver.
Reagor concluded the drill results "increase our confidence in our valuation based on a hypothetical initial resource of 200 million ounces of silver."
Results for 97 additional holes from last year's program remain pending, release of which, Reagor wrote, is the next major catalyst for the company. After those results are announced, New Pacific will likely start working on an initial resource estimate, which could be completed by year-end 2019, he added. Simultaneously, the company is expected to continue drilling other targets at Silver Sand.
ROTH is maintaining its Buy rating and CA$3 per share price target on New Pacific Metals, whose stock is currently trading at around CA$1.90 per share.[NLINSERT]
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