In a Feb. 18 research note, ROTH Capital Partners analyst Jake Sekelsky reported that SilverCrest Metals Inc. (SIL:TSX.V; SILV:NYSE.American) discovered an expanse of new high-grade mineralization at its Las Chispas project in Mexico, which it calls Area 200.
Because of this successful recent exploration, ROTH increased its target price on the silver company to US$10 per share from US$7.75. Currently, the Canadian producer is trading at about US$7.75 per share.
Sekelsky reviewed Area 200's gold grades and potential impact on the feasibility study.
He noted that the discovery consists of the highest grade at Las Chispas to date. Drill results from Area 200 returned an average true width of 1.5 meters of 2,167 grams per ton (2,167 g/t) silver and 16.1 g/t gold, or 3,375 g/t silver equivalent. "Based on these figures, we believe Area 200 has the potential to host approximately 20 million high-grade silver equivalent ounces alone," Sekelsky commented.
The analyst highlighted that the addition of the Area 200 to the upcoming feasibility study could have at least two positive effects. It could boost the high-grade resources outlined in it. Area 200 material could be incorporated into the early years of the Las Chispas mine plan because the discovery is proximal to the Santa Rose decline. SilverCrest has 19 rigs drilling at Las Chispas to convert new ounces into reserves, such that they can be included in the feasibility study.
Accordingly, Sekelsky indicated, ROTH revised its model on Las Chispas. It extended the high-grade component to five years from four, lengthened its mine life estimate to 12 years from 10 and increased its life-of-mine average grade assumption to 916 g/t silver equivalent.
ROTH has a Buy rating on SilverCrest Metals.[NLINSERT]
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