, through drilling at its Black Pine project, confirmed that one, the CD and Discovery zones are connected and, two, that gold mineralization, graded higher than the average grade of the existing resource, is present at surface, reported Jonathan Egilo, Desjardins analyst, in an August 30, 2022 research note.
"We have been impressed by the recent efforts to add shallow ounces (within about 50m from surface) across the Black Pine property," Egilo wrote. "These ounces all have potential to be highly beneficial when it comes to boosting internal rate of return and lowering Black Pine's payback period."
Egilo also indicated that compared to its peers, Liberty is trading at a discount. Its current share price is around CA$0.43, whereas Desjardins' target price on the Canadian explorer is CA$1.50 per share.
These new mineralization-related discoveries came to light in results of the first, just-reported 17 of 22 holes Liberty drilled in the F zone situated between the CD and the large Discovery deposits. Results of the remaining five holes are pending.
Egilo cited two examples of near-surface, high-grade intercepts. One was 0.95 grams per ton gold (0.95 g/t Au) over 18.3m from surface, in hole LBP657. The other was 0.74 g/t Au over 38.1m from surface, in hole LBP660.
The analyst noted this at-surface material at Black Pine is beneficial in that Liberty could mine it in the early years of production. The deep, high-grade mineralization prevalent in the Rangefront focus area is valuable, too, as it adds ounces to the project resource.
Desjardins rates Liberty a Buy.
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