In a Nov. 5 research note, Noble Capital Markets analyst Mark Reichman discussed Aurania Resources Ltd.'s (ARU:TSX.V; AUIAF:OTCQB) progress with drilling at its Lost Cities–Cutucu project in Ecuador and with its recent equity raise.
"We think the company's drilling program will be closely monitored and could provide catalysts for the stock, assuming favorable outcomes," Reichman noted.
As for exploration work, Reichman relayed that Aurania completed drilling at the Tsenken N2 target, testing copper targets and sediment-hosted copper-silver deposits using a portabale rig.
The drill bit intersected a mineral alteration zone at the Tsenken N2 typical of an iron oxide copper-gold system when it had originally thought the system was a porphyry. "Management would like to better define the large mineral zone so that they can identify the core of the system where copper and gold is likely to be concentrated," the analyst noted.
Aurania has moved the rig to the Tsenken N3 target and began drilling three holes there.
Reichman reported that the gold company engaged MPX Geophysics to carry out a heliborne mobile magnetotelluric, or MMT, survey of the known targets—N1, N2, N3, N4 and B—so Aurania may better interpret the mineralization there. The survey should take about three or weeks to complete.
"Aurania's exploration program has affirmed the rich mineral potential of The Lost Cities project and yielded drilling targets for a variety of metals," wrote Reichman.
Regarding its equity raise, closed on Oct. 29, Reichman indicated, Aurania generated gross proceeds of about CA$11.5 million, or CA$10.8 million net, by issuing roughly 2.7 million units. Each unit was composed of one common share and one-half common share purchase warrant.
"The recent financing provides financial flexibility to pursue high priority targets which offer significant potential for discovery," Reichman pointed out.
The analyst highlighted that Noble has an Outperform rating on Aurania. Noble's target price on the company is US$4 per share, which compares to the current share price of US$2.95.
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