Mining Co. Raises Funds for Exploration at Chilean Asset

A Canadian junior explorer has attracted the eye of strategic metals and mining investor Michael Gentile, as he’s anticipated to participate within the financing.

Astra Exploration Inc. (ASTR.TSX.V) introduced a non-brokered personal placement of as much as CA$2.4 million Tuesday, and strategic investor Michael Gentile mentioned he deliberate to “make a big funding” within the firm.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based agency will use the web proceeds on exploration efforts and normal working capital. The truth is, this financing ought to absolutely fund the Section 2 drill program at Astra’s flagship venture Pampa Paciencia in northern Chile, slated to begin in Q3/22. Throughout this upcoming marketing campaign, the corporate will observe up on the high-quality gold-silver targets recognized throughout preliminary drilling.

“I actually favored the potential for scale and grade in an space of Chile that has wonderful infrastructure, together with close by mills and producing belongings,” Gentile mentioned.

Astra Exploration administrators and officers are additionally anticipated to participate within the providing. Gentile is a strategic investor within the mining and metals sector and has labored roughly 20 years in funding administration and is the founding companion and senior portfolio supervisor of Bastion Asset Administration in Quebec. He mentioned he’s at the moment invested in “about 20 early stage junior exploration corporations.”

“I actually favored the potential for scale and grade in an space of Chile that has wonderful infrastructure, together with close by mills and producing belongings.”

—Strategic investor Michael Gentile

“I attempt to determine as early on as potential belongings which have the attributes to doubtlessly change into producing mines in the future after which make investments as early and cheaply (low maket cap) as potential,” Gentile mentioned. “Once I spend money on an organization like Astra, if my thesis is right I’m seeking to make 10-40x my cash and hope to appreciate that worth in my portfolio over the long run by way of eventual acquisitions or mergers of the businesses in my portfolio.”

Brian Miller, CEO of Astra Exploration, mentioned in a information launch that Gentile’s curiosity is an endorsement for the corporate.

“His participation can be a testomony to the corporate’s potential as a lovely funding alternative,” Miller mentioned.

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Astra launched outcomes this spring from its 30-hole reverse-circulation drill marketing campaign at Pampa Paciencia, together with one gap that returned 3 meters grading 14.48 grams per tonne gold (14.48 g/t Au) and 39.7 g/t silver (Ag) as a part of a broader intercept of two.71 g/t Au and 10.8 g/t Ag over 21 meters. The drilling confirmed the corporate that the mineralized zone within the Paciencia vein is a minimum of 300 meters lengthy and stays open at depth and alongside strike and that one other vein, the Paciencia Oeste (Paciencia West), has a mineralized zone that’s a minimum of 200 meters lengthy and is open at depth and alongside strike.

Up to now, Astra has drilled in a comparatively small space that represents solely about 10% of the venture space. Section 2 is anticipated to develop the open intersections and probe for extra veins.

The corporate’s personal placement will comprise as much as 12 million models priced at $0.20 apiece. Every unit consists of 1 widespread share and one widespread share buy warrant. Every warrant permits the holder to purchase one extra widespread share for $0.26 throughout a interval of two years from the time limit of the providing.

In different information, Astra Exploration will probably be at Sales space #3316 within the Buyers Alternate on the imminent Prospectors & Builders Affiliation of Canada (PDAC) 2022 Conference, June 13 to fifteen.

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