In a July 3 research note, Haywood analyst Kerry Smith reported that Bluestone Resources Inc.'s (BSR:TSX.V) recent drill results "continue to highlight the potential to upgrade Inferred resources to the Measured and Indicated (M&I) category at Cerro Blanco" in Guatemala.
Smith reviewed the newly reported results. Of the eight holes, six were from the North zone, and two from the South zone.
Each of the North zone holes intersected multiple veins as well as individual veins around 1 meter (1m) true width and of gold grades in the 5–10 grams per ton (5–10 g/t) range.
Highlight hole, UGCB19-144, intersected 12 veins and returned 19 g/t gold over 7.5m, including 98.5 g/t gold over 1m. The rest of the North zone holes returned an average gold grade of 6.8 g/t. "We expect this ore body will have a positive grade reconciliation to the reserve model when mined, given the high-grade, nuggety nature of the deposit," commented Smith.
Results from the two South zone holes showed the best intercept to be 8.4 g/t gold over 9m.
Bluestone will continue drilling from surface throughout 2019 to finish the current 8,000m campaign.
Smith discussed the company's current Cerro Blanco resource and its makeup. He indicated that about half of the existing 357,319 ounces of Inferred resources at an average 8.1 g/t gold grade could likely be converted into M&I resources without further drilling. M&I resources currently total 1,200,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 10.1 g/t.
However, the resource could be expanded even further, Smith highlighted. It would just likely take some time to do so. He added, "We fully expect the current defined veins will extend further along strike and new veins will also be discovered as more drilling is completed, and the resource should double to about 500,000 ounces over time."
Bluestone intends to update its current resource and reserve estimates in Q3/19 and 2020, respectively.
Looking forward, Smith pointed out that the next major step for the company and Cerro Blanco is financing, which the company aims to secure by year-end 2019. As such, and with significant infrastructure already in place there and all permits in hand, Haywood anticipates first production at Cerro Blanco by mid-2021.
"The project is very robust and is a strong acquisition candidate for midtier gold companies looking to add a shovel-ready, permitted project to their project portfolio," Smith wrote.
Haywood has a Buy rating and a CA$2.75 per share target price on Bluestone, whose stock was trading at about CA$1.03 per share at the time the report was written. "We recommend accumulating shares at current levels," wrote Smith.[NLINSERT]
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