In a June 17 research note, BMO Capital Markets analyst Edward Sterck reported that South32 Ltd. (S32:ASX; S32:LSE) published a mineral resource for its Taylor deposit in Arizona.
Sterck noted the new JORC compliant resource is generally similar to the NI 43-101 compliant one completed by Arizona Mining, the previous property owner, in January 2018, but with three differences, which he specified.
One is that the new resource encompasses more tons, 155 million tons (155 Mt) versus 145 Mt.
Secondly, grades in the new resource are lower across the board. When comparing South32 and Arizona Mining's resources, grades, respectively, averaged 3.39% versus 4.1% zinc, 3.67% versus 4.4% lead and 69 grams per ton (69 g/t) versus 78 g/t silver.
Finally, the new resource reflects a 10% reduction in contained metal on a zinc equivalent basis when compared to Arizona Mining's resource, despite the same cutoff grade of about 4%.
Sterck indicated that the prefeasibility study for Taylor is still expected before June 2020.
In other news, noted Sterck, South32 also released an updated resource estimate for its Illawarra met coal project. Resources there have dropped to 22 Mt from 114 Mt because the company "relinquished a portion of the license area."
BMO has a Market Perform rating on South32.[NLINSERT]
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