AVZ’s Share Price Falls after Increased Stake in Manono Project

Today, AVZ Minerals Ltd [ASX:AVZ] announced its Share Sale Purchase Agreement with Dathomir Mining Resources SARL to increase their equity stake in the Manono Lithium and Tin Project.

At the time of writing, AVZ’s share price is trading at $0.056, down 1.82%.

Upon opening, shares of the lithium mining company were turbulent, pushing as high as $0.059 before falling.

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What to know about AVZ’s purchase agreement

Dathomir is selling a 5% equity share in Dathcom Mining SAS to AVZ, at US$550,000. The company currently holds 100% of the Manono Lithium and Tin Project concession.

AVZ’s managing director, Nigel Ferguson, commented on the status of Manono project:

AVZ is pleased to be able to secure further equity interest in the Manono Lithium and Tin Project, given its Tier 1 status. We are still in discussion with our main partner, La Congolaise D’Exploitation Miniere (“Cominiere”) to secure additional equity from them on similar terms. Cominiere, as with all parastatal entities in the DRC, are currently under a “suspension of signature authority” following the Presidential elections.

It is hoped that this will soon be lifted and a positive outcome to purchase further equity in the project, as discussed to date with Cominiere, can soon be achieved for AVZ. The extra equity in the Manono Lithium and Tin project will add significantly to the bottom line and Net Present Values and it is critical for project financing as AVZ continues discussions with potential financiers and off-takers.

AVZ’s execution of the Share Sale Purchase Agreement gives shareholders a meaningful transaction, paired with minimal upfront payment.

There will be a tranche payment of US$500,000 to be paid within 14 days, and the balance of consideration can be paid any time within 36 months from the execution of the agreement, as stated in today’s announcement.

Following the completion of the transaction, AVZ’s equity interest will grow to approximately 65%, from its previous 60%.

AVZ’s share price outlook for 2019

Over the last six months, AVZ’s shares have been a little haywire, as the company secures further agreements with potential partners, in a bid to secure long-term growth.

However, some are concerned that the lithium miner’s deal with Dathomir isn’t all it seems. But on the other hand, a 65% holding could be a sign that the company has plans to commence drilling at the project.

Meanwhile, shareholders are hoping that AVZ holds the 65% retention of the Manono Project, and that Mr Ferguson’s next move isn’t to dilute shares.

More to come.


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
For Money Morning

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