Delrey Metals Corp. (DLRY:CSE; DLRYF:OTCPK; 1OZ:FSE) has acquired five promising properties in Canada. Four are prospective for vanadium, for a total of 10,856 hectares, and one is a cobalt-copper-zinc opportunity that Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. acquired a 2% NSR on. Management recently signed a non-binding term sheet to acquire an 80% interest in select mineral licenses in the Four Corners Project and to establish a JV with the seller.
On Delrey's website it says the project "conservatively represents a potential target of over 2 billion tonnes." That's based on known dimensions and an estimated specific gravity. To be clear, these figures are historical in nature and not compliant with current NI 43-101 standards. Drilling this year will seek to validate the potential large scale of the deposit.
Four Corners consists of a 5,157-hectare property located in western Newfoundland and Labrador that has had significant historical work on it. It is transected by Route 480 and a 33 megawatt power line, and located 40 km along a paved highway, east of the deep-water, ice-free Port Harmon Complex. Year-round access to rail & port are crucial for bulk commodities. This is a potentially transformational transaction for Delrey Metals, a tremendous opportunity. A giant, bulk tonnage project in a great jurisdiction, with world-class supporting infrastructure. (Please read press release for further details.)
Here's a recent article I wrote featuring the Four Corners Opportunity.
Airborne Geophysics Results are Very Encouraging….
On April 15th, Delrey Metals announced the completion of airborne geophysics across its wholly owned Porcher, Blackie and Star properties near Prince Rupert, BC, Canada. Management believes the results are very encouraging. They outline sizable magnetic anomalies on all three properties. On Porcher there are two magnetic highs, one is 3 km x 2 km, and the other 2.7 km x 1.8 km. There's an 11-km-long magnetic high on the Star property, and a 1.5 km x 800m magnetic high on the Blackie property. A historical 2.14% V205 bedrock sample from the Blackie property is believed to be coincident with the newly mapped geophysical anomaly (McDougall, 1984). (See Press Release.)
The surveys were completed by Ridgeline Exploration Services Inc. and were flown in a systematic low-level grid pattern at 150m line spacing. The average terrain clearance was 75m across all surveys and a total of 1,106 line-km was flown. Based on results from the surveys, the company increased the size of the Porcher property from 3,122 to 3,525 hectares and the Star property from 3,647 to 4,618 hectares to capture the new anomalies. Results will be used to help Delrey's technical team plan a Phase II work program of prospecting, mapping and rock sampling.
Full Speed Ahead at Peneece, Star, Porcher and Blackie Properties
Crews are currently mobilizing to the Peneece property and it is estimated that the survey will be completed within the week with results released shortly thereafter. Morgan Good, Delrey's president and CEO commented,
"The Delrey team is quite excited by the results of the Phase I work program on the Blackie, Porcher & Star properties. High-resolution magnetics are an effective tool used for vectoring towards Fe-Ti-V bearing magnetite deposits. The large anomalies identified by the 2019 surveys, combined with historic surface sampling confirming vanadium and titanium mineralization, gives us confidence in the potential of these 3 properties. We are looking forward to returning to the properties in coming weeks to follow up with a Phase II work program over the magnetic anomalies. This timeline will allow Delrey to conduct a Phase III work program on the properties during the summer months which may include diamond drilling over the highest priority targets…"
Delrey Metals, Delivering on Promises, Active Exploration + Acquisitions
Delrey Metals Corp.'s mandate is to create shareholder value by sourcing, financing and developing undervalued strategic energy metals properties and projects through staking ground or making accretive, prudently and creatively financed acquisitions and JVs/farm-ins. It is off to a great start and has a clean balance sheet with just 34 million shares outstanding. The market cap is about C$6.5 million = US$4.9 million. The airborne geophysics results show that unlike so many natural resource juniors these days, Delrey is actively exploring its properties. It can do this because it has strong financial backing from a loyal shareholder base.
Concurrently, the company is aggressively pursuing additional strategic energy metals assets, (as it promised), recently announcing the potentially company-making (non-binding) Four Corners transaction and JV deal. This was announced in March, just a few months after the company's other five assets were acquired. Delrey is moving at lightning speed!
Will 2019 Be Good for Vanadium Prices? Good Year for Delrey Metals?
2019 could be a sweet spot in vanadium pricing, several experts now expect prices in the US$12.50/lb to US$17.50/lb range for the remainder of the year. That would sustain bullish sentiment for companies with properties outside of China, Russia and South Africa. Delrey Metals has exactly that, four early-stage prospects in Canada, all with decent infrastructure, all situated on past producing mining or logging sites and, most important, all having had historical work done and being actively explored this year.
Prior work included magnetic and other surveys, soil sampling, surface samples (concentrates were made from some samples) and a drill program at the Star property. They all have titaniferous magnetite and vanadium-enriched geology. It's critical to understand that no one was looking for vanadium in the past. Three or four years ago it was priced at just US$2-US$3/lb. Titanium and iron ore were the metals of interest; now those metals could be valuable credits to a vanadium-focused operation.
The Delrey Metals' management team has created an investment vehicle that is laser focused on battery metals, most notably vanadium, but also cobalt at the company's Sunset property. They would also consider lithium, graphite, manganese, copper and nickel properties or projects in good jurisdictions with attractive deal terms. And, make no mistake, we are in a buyers' market. There's no end to the number of transactions that management can pursue. They have the luxury of choosing only the very best opportunities.
That might mean turning down 49 out of 50 proposals to get to a Four Corners. This is the time to be acquiring assets; this is the time to be invested in a vehicle that has access to capital. This is the time to be searching for battery metals. This is the time for readers to consider taking a closer look at Delrey Metals Corp. (CSE:DLRY) (FSE:1OZ) (OTCPINK: DLRYF).
Peter Epstein is the founder of Epstein Research. His background is in company and financial analysis. He holds an MBA degree in financial analysis from New York University's Stern School of Business.[NLINSERT]
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