In a Feb. 7 research note, Joe Reagor, a ROTH Capital Partners analyst, reported that New Pacific Metals Corp.'s (NUAG:TSX.V; NUPMF:OTCQX) initial metallurgical test results from its flagship Silver Sand project in Bolivia are "positive."
Specifically, Reagor indicated, recovery rates came in as high as 96.7% for sulphide material and 97.0% for transition material. The material was shown to be nonrefractory. "The grind requirements imply capital and operating costs on the lower end of the potential spectrum," he added.
Reagor pointed out that New Pacific Metals should be commended for conducting early-stage metallurgical testing, which helps derisk a project. The fact it did so when so many exploration companies opt not to also is "encouraging."
Looking forward, Reagor expects release of the subsequent set of drill results will be the next major catalyst for New Pacific Metals. Those data could help better determine Silver Sand's potential. Results from 97 holes from its 2018 drill program are pending.
ROTH has a Buy rating and a CA$3 per share price target on New Pacific Metals, whose stock is currently trading at around CA$1.97 per share.[NLINSERT]
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