Investors Show Confidence in This Chilean Investment

Some massive names within the business invested throughout this firm’s current financing, which is able to fund a brand new drill program. Drill targets are already outlined and derisked, main one skilled to conclude this “might be very profitable for the corporate.”

Astra Exploration Inc. (ASTR:TSX.V), with its current, now closed, nonbrokered personal placement, generated CA$2.4 million (CA$2.4M) and garnered some extremely achieved traders, a information launch famous.

“The demand for this providing and the standard of investor attracted has been unbelievable, particularly in these difficult markets,” Astra CEO Brian Miller mentioned within the launch. “Their collective vote of confidence sends a really constructive message concerning Astra’s potential as an funding alternative.”

“Pampa Panciencia is analogous in some ways to Yamana’s El Peñón, one of many largest gold mines on the earth.”

—Peter Marrone, founder and government chairman of Yamana Gold Inc.






For the financing, Astra issued 12 million (12M) items at $0.20 apiece. Contributors included Michael Gentile, an investor who owns vital positions in about 20 junior mining firms. He invested essentially the most, subscribing for 5M items of Astra’s providing, and now owns 23.75% p.c of the Canadian exploration firm.

Why Traders Are Casting Their Votes for Astra Exploration


What Gentile likes about Astra and its Pampa Panciencia challenge in Chile, specifically, is its potential for a number of discoveries, scale, and improved grade at depth, he mentioned within the launch. Additionally favorable is its location in a jurisdiction with a wealthy mining historical past and glorious present infrastructure, together with close by mills and producing belongings.

“The corporate has executed a wonderful job with little or no funds thus far, increase their geological mannequin that has led to constant intersections of huge mineralized constructions of 20–30 meters punctuated by higher-grade substructures as they moved deeper within the system,” Gentile added.

Astra's Pampa Panciencia project in Chile
Early-stage discoveries at Astra’s Pampa Panciencia challenge in Chile

His strategy to selecting mining firms through which to take a position includes figuring out, early on, belongings with the attributes to probably develop into mines, he mentioned. He likes to take a position as early and as cheaply as potential. He prefers to be one in every of an organization’s High 5 shareholders, long run, and contribute worth by way of help on financings, acquisitions, or capital markets technique.

“After I spend money on an organization like Astra, if my thesis is right, I’m seeking to make 10–40 instances my cash,” Gentile mentioned. “I hope to appreciate that worth in my portfolio over the long run via eventual acquisitions or mergers of the businesses.”

New Enterprise Equities Fund Restricted Partnership, a personal, equity-style funding fund managed by Goodman & Co., subscribed for 2M items of Astra’s providing. With these and its beforehand acquired shares, the fund now owns a 14.5% curiosity in Astra.

Peter Marrone, founder and government chairman of Yamana Gold Inc., subscribed for 1.65M items, incomes him an 8.5% stake in Astra. Marrone, too, finds Astra’s exploration work up to now and discovery of low sulphidation epithermal techniques compelling and famous these kind of techniques are typically immense.

“I’m very impressed by how administration has been capable of outline construction and grade with such a restricted quantity of exploration expenditure, and close to to floor, which portends very effectively for the challenge as drilling now turns to deeper areas,” he mentioned within the launch. “This has spectacular upside.”

He added that Pampa Panciencia is analogous in some ways to Yamana’s El Peñón, one of many largest gold mines on the earth.

Share Construction Extra Tightly Held After Financing


Along with Gentile, Marrone, and New Enterprise Equities, Astra administration and insiders subscribed to the providing, for a mixed 1M items. Now, the administration staff owns 20.4% of Astra, in comparison with 26% earlier than this financing.

“With a market cap of solely $5M prefinancing and a tightly held share construction with administration and the three strategic traders introduced right this moment proudly owning about 67% of the corporate on {a partially} diluted foundation, Astra is about up for fulfillment,” Gentile mentioned.

The corporate will use the proceeds of the current financing to fund its part two drill program at Pampa Panciencia, slated to begin later within the season. Astra has already outlined and derisked drill targets for it, which, Gentile famous, “might be very profitable for the corporate.”

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