Further Investment of US$1.5m in Kalahari Metals Limited and grant of 2% NSR


14 February 2020

Metal Tiger plc

("Metal Tiger" or the "Company")

Further Investment of US$1.5m in Kalahari Metals Limited and grant of 2% NSR

Metal Tiger plc (AIM:MTR), the London Stock Exchange AIM listed investor in natural resource opportunities, is pleased to announce a further US$1.5m equity investment into Botswana focused explorer, Kalahari Metals Limited (“KML”) (the “Investment”).

Following the Investment, Metal Tiger will be interested in approximately 62.2% of KML.

As part of the Investment, Metal Tiger has been conditionally granted a 2% net smelter royalty over all of KML’s wholly owned licences, being seven licences covering, in aggregate, 6,650km2 (together, the “Royalties”). The five exploration licences owned by Triprop Holdings (Pty) Limited (in which KML has a 51% interest) do not form part of the Royalties.

The Royalties will fall away should Metal Tiger invest a further amount at a lower valuation than the Investment, subject to a cap of US$500k. In other words, any further investment by Metal Tiger up to US$500k must be at the same valuation as the Investment if the Royalties are to be maintained.

KML will utilise the proceeds of the Investment to fund exploration drilling programmes at the Kitlanya East (‘KIT-E’), Okavango Copper Project (‘OCP’) and Kitlanya West (‘KIT-W’) projects, located in the Botswana portion of the Kalahari Copper Belt.

Environmental approvals are now in place for drilling on all of KML’s projects. Drilling and soil sampling programmes are planned to start at KIT-E in March 2020, followed by further target drilling at the OCP and KIT-W project.

Michael McNeilly, Chief Executive Officer of Metal Tiger, commented:

“This investment will allow the KML team to progress exploration and prove up other targets at KIT-E, Kit-W and OCP, and also increases Metal Tiger’s exposure to the highly prospective Kalahari Copper Belt, which currently includes our interest in KML, as well as in Sandfire’s T3 Project and A4 Project, where MTR has a capped US$2m NSR and a 2% uncapped NSR respectively.

“In the context of our expectation of an increasing global requirement for copper production, and therefore exploration, we expect the Kalahari Copper Belt to become an increasingly more valuable area to be situated and are delighted to increase our interest in the area.”

KIT-E Project

Drilling at KIT-E will initially consist of four scout diamond holes, which will target fold hinge structures identified in a recently completed detailed airborne electromagnetic (‘AEM’) survey, which may represent carbonaceous marker units in the lower D’Kar formation (‘DKF’) above the contact with the underlying Ngwako Pan formation (‘NPF’). This contact is host to the bulk of identified Cu-Ag mineralisation in the Kalahari Copper Belt. Intersection of the prospective DKF-NPF contact will significantly upgrade the potential for discovery of exploitable mineralisation on this project. Further sampling and a more extensive reverse circulation (‘RC’) drilling programme are expected to be initiated after assessment of results from the diamond drilling. It is worth noting that Sandfire’s T3 Project is circa 5km away from the border of the northern licence of Kit-E where drilling is planned.

Soil sampling traverses are planned over additional anticlinal targets, where Cu-Ag mineralisation may be upgraded. Results from the soil sampling are expected to assist in advancing these targets for geophysical follow-up and drill testing.


Recently completed drilling at OCP has demonstrated the effectiveness of targeting the prospective DKF-NPF contact using AEM modelling as a stratigraphic guide. Further diamond drilling is planned to target extensions of the contact from Cupric Canyon’s Zone 5 and Zone 5 north deposits after completion of the KIT-E drill programme.

Assays are still awaited from the previous drill programme.


AEM surveys have identified three prominent conductors located in fold hinge zones interpreted from magnetic data providing possible analogues to Sandfire Resources T3 deposit. In addition to testing for mineralisation, drilling these targets will provide important stratigraphic information for the project area. Diamond drilling is planned at KIT-W after completion of target drilling on OCP.

Project Background

KML, which was incorporated in England & Wales on 3 May 2017, holds interests in 12 highly prospective exploration licences covering a total area of 8,595km2 in the Kalahari Copper Belt of Botswana, comprising two 100% owned exploration licences, five exploration licences subject to a binding earn-in agreement with Triprop Holdings (Pty) Limited (includes the Ngami Copper Project), and five exploration licences held by 100% owned subsidiary, Kitlanya Limited (see Table 1).

Notwithstanding Metal Tiger's majority shareholding in KML, KML does not fall to be treated as a subsidiary of Metal Tiger as an agreement between the shareholders of KML precludes Metal Tiger from exercising control.

The net assets and net loss of KML incorporated into the Group’s results for the year ended 31 December 2018 were £796,000 and £73,000 (loss) respectively.

Table 1: Kalahari Metals Limited 100% Owned Exploration Licence Holdings with Granted Metal Tiger Royalties

Licence Number

Registered licence holder

Issue date

Area (km2)

Metal Tiger Net Smelter Royalty (NSR)


Kalahari Metals Ltd





Kalahari Metals Ltd





Kitlanya Pty Ltd





Kitlanya Pty Ltd





Kitlanya Pty Ltd





Kitlanya Pty Ltd





Kitlanya Pty Ltd




Link to Figure 1: Map of licences subject to the Royalties


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the market abuse regulation (EU No. 596/2014) (“MAR”).

For further information on the Company, visit: www.metaltigerplc.com:


Michael McNeilly

(Chief Executive Officer)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7099 0738

Mark Potter

(Chief Investment Officer)


Richard Tulloch

James Dance

Jack Botros

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Tel +44 (0)20 7409 3494

Paul Shackleton

Steve Douglas

Arden Partners plc (Broker)

Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 5900

Gordon Poole

James Crothers

Monique Perks

Camarco (Financial PR)

Tel: +44 (0)20 3757 4980

Notes to Editors:

Metal Tiger plc is admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange AIM Market ("AIM") with the trading code MTR and invests in high potential mineral projects with a base, precious and strategic metals focus.

The Company's target is to deliver a high return for shareholders by investing in significantly undervalued and/or high potential opportunities in the mineral exploration and development sector. Metal Tiger has two investment divisions: Direct Equities and Direct Projects.

The Direct Equities Division invests in undervalued natural resource companies. The majority of its investments are listed on AIM, the TSX and the ASX, which includes its 3.5% interest in Sandfire Resources NL (ASX: SFR). The Company also considers selective opportunities to invest in private natural resource companies, typically where there is an identifiable path to IPO. Through the trading of equities and warrants, Metal Tiger seeks to generate cash for investment in the Direct Projects Division.

The Direct Projects Division is focused on the development of its key project interests in Botswana, Kalahari copper/silver belt through its interest in Kalahari Metals Limited. In Thailand, Metal Tiger has interests in two potentially near-production stage lead/zinc/silver mines as well as license applications and critical historical data covering antimony, copper, gold, lead, zinc and silver opportunities.

The Company actively assesses new investment opportunities on an on-going basis and has access to a diverse pipeline of new opportunities in the natural resources and mining sectors. For pipeline opportunities deemed sufficiently attractive, Metal Tiger may invest in the project or entity by buying publicly listed shares, by financing privately and/or by entering into a joint venture.

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