In an Aug. 29 research note, Joe Reagor reported that ROTH Capital Partners increased its estimate of New Pacific Metals Corp.'s (NUAG:TSX.V; NUPMF:OTCQX) initial Silver Sand project resource in Bolivia and, consequently, raised its target price on the explorer to CA$4.25 per share from CA$3.50. New Pacific's current share price is around CA$3.12.
Reagor highlighted that based on the data available thus far, ROTH estimated the entire mineralized envelope at Silver Sand to be about 478,900,000 ounces of silver (478.9 Moz) and the initial resource estimate to be roughly 250 Moz of silver, up from its previous forecast of 200 Moz.
New Pacific is expected to release its maiden resource estimate on the project by year-end. "For each 25 million ounces of additional silver resources the company delineates, our valuation would improve by approximately $0.40 per share," commented Reagor. He added that it is highly probable the resource could be expanded beyond the scope of the initial drilling.
Reagor explained that ROTH increased its estimate of the Silver Sand resource based on the drill results from an additional 20 holes, which "continue to impress." They showed a greater thickness and a higher grade on average than results from 2018.
Specifically, all 20 holes had an average total intercept length of 87.4 meters (87.4m) at an average grade of 94.3 grams per ton (94.3 g/t) silver. One specific assay was 336 g/t silver over 93.5m, "which demonstrates there are higher grades throughout the deposit," wrote Reagor.
ROTH has a Buy rating on New Pacific Metals.[NLINSERT]
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