announced positive 2022 reverse circulation drill results from its Black Pine project in Idaho, reported PI Financial analyst Chris Thompson in a Feb. 22 research note. He also highlighted that the explorer's stock is currently "fire sale cheap."
The British Columbia-based mining firm is trading now at about CA$0.52 per share, "a steep discount to its 52-week high of CA$1.27," Thompson noted. In comparison, PI Financial's target price on Liberty is CA$0.90 per share.
One goal of the drill program was to discover additional higher-grade, oxide gold mineralization near surface, noted Thompson, and Liberty did. Newly reported drill results showed this very geology in two areas: the M and Back Range zones.
"While resources defined at both zones are small (less than 10% of Black Pine's global resource), grades are higher than Black Pine's global resource average (about 0.5 g/t)," Thompson pointed out. "Mineralization hosted by both zones is also near surface."
"Grade Kicker" in M Zone
One of the hot areas is well outside the defined M zone resources. There, a stepout hole from prior drilling encountered 46.7 grams per ton (46.7 g/t) gold over 1.52 meters (1.52m), "a pleasant surprise," described Thompson.
Another M zone intercept "provides the grade kicker that many have forgotten Black Pine can deliver," Thompson noted. Returned by hole LBP813, it was 18.3m of 7.07 g/t gold, including 10.7m of 11.92 g/t gold and including 1.5m grading 46.7 g/t gold.
Liberty is still awaiting data for offset holes drilled at Black Pine last year. It is hoped they will show resource growth potential in the M zone.
Another Zone With Potential
The second noteworthy area is the Back Range zone. Drill results showed it may host near-surface, high-grade oxide gold mineralization, reported Thompson. Specifically, hole LBP782 cut 115.8m of 0.78 g/t gold starting at 15.2m downhole and including 125.9m of 1.29 g/t gold.
Liberty plans to further target the Back Range zone, including drilling in the 1-kilometer gap between it and the Discovery zone. This undrilled area is highly prospective for high-grade oxide gold mineralization. Permits for this work are pending.
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