In a July 8 research note, Haywood analyst Geordie Mark reported that Endeavour Mining Corp. (EDV:TSX; EVR:ASX) release an updated resource estimate for its Le Plaque deposit in Côte d'Ivoire.
Specifically, Le Plaque's newly calculated resource totals 4.63 million tons (4.63 Mt) containing 476,000 ounces (476 Koz) of gold at a grade of 3.2 grams per ton (3.2 g/t). A gold price of $1,500 per ounce and a grade cutoff of 0.5 g/t were used. "The update showcases the progress Endeavour has made at Le Plaque, which now offers a significant improvement from the previous iteration that outlined 0.97 Mt containing 84 Koz of gold grading 2.7 g/t," Mark noted.
The analyst described the news as "slightly positive." He added that the greater resource at Le Plaque improves the outlook at its existing Ity mine there as it increases the total contained ounces at Ity by 11% and the average gold grade by 5%. The Le Plaque resource could be incorporated into the Ity mine plan, as early as 2021, and enhance the life of mine, with potentially even further growth upside resulting from further drilling and metallurgical and geotechnical work.
Another potential benefit of the Le Plaque resource, wrote Mark, is that it could enhance mill head grades and recoveries. This is due to Le Plaque's closeness to the processing plant, a 6 kilometer distance, along with the deposit's shallowness and high grades.
"Mining at Le Plaque may commence as early as 2021," Mark highlighted, "bolstering front-end project economics through preferential grade processing or a blended stockpile processing strategy."
A maiden reserve estimate for Le Plaque is expected in Q4/19 or Q1/20 after another at least 20,000 meters of drilling is completed there.
Haywood has a Buy rating and a CA$32 per share price target on Endeavour Mining, whose current share price is around CA$23.02. "Endeavour's shares continue to offer compelling shareholder value in a higher gold price environment," indicated Mark.[NLINSERT]
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