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Green-focused copper hopeful Foran becomes 10-bagger

Carbon-neutral copper hopeful Foran Mining became a 10-bagger yesterday as investors responded to copper-rich drilling results at its McIlvenna Bay project in Saskatchewan.
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A “very happy” Foran Mining geologist, holding massive sulphide mineralisation from its McIlvenna Bay deposit in Saskatchewan

Staff reporter

Yesterday's results included 4.9m at 7.99% copper-equivalent within 25.9m of continuous mineralisation.

Foran said the MS zone had delivered copper-equivalent grades roughly double the average grade of the overall resource estimate for that zone.

The hole also intersected a composite interval of 1.6m from the massive sulphide grading 5.42g/t gold, including a 0.5m sample at 13.44g/t, one of the highest-grade gold intercepts ever found at the deposit.

Foran's shares are up 10-fold on 12 months ago, touching a one-year high intraday of C$1.02 before closing up 8.7% to $1.

The company describes McIlvenna Bay as the largest undeveloped VMS deposits in Canada's Flin Flon greenstone belt.

A prefeasibility study released a year ago envisaged initial capex of C$261 million, an after-tax NPV7.5 of $147 million and an IRR of 19.2%, based on three-year trailing average metal prices. 

The company had closed a C$25 million placement at 65c per share and 91.5c per flow-through share last month, to help it pursue its vision "to enable a greener future and build the world's first zero carbon copper mine on the back of our exceptionally mineral-rich deposits and camp, in the emerging Hanson Lake mining district".

It then began its largest drilling programme to date, with a 30,000m diamond drilling campaign aiming to support an upcoming definitive feasibility study.

It's capitalised about $180 million (US$144 million).

Major shareholders include Franco Nevada founder Pierre Lassonde, Springtide Capital founder Darren Morcombe and former Glencore North America head Dan Myerson.