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Blackham makes $6m without producing gold

Blackham Resources have turned the gold price slump to their advantage by snapping up ounces at low spot prices and turning a quick $6.3m profit on their hedge book. The cash boost follows a string of good news at the recent AGM, where shareholders were told the Matilda mine would produce 25,000 ounces in the March 17 quarter and expansion studies were moving ahead.

Govt stumps up $300k to explore Sipa's Paterson project

Sipa Resources' exploration program in the Paterson district in W.A has been recognised by a grant of up to $300,000 from the State and Federal Governments and the CSIRO. The new funds will provide a boost to the company’s search for a major copper-gold deposit, and follows up some very encouraging results from the company’s maiden reconnaissance drill program in the area.

London Lithium fund takes a punt on Auroch Minerals

In what appears to be an endorsement of their latest strategy to secure five highly prospective Lithium leases in Namibia, Auroch Minerals have attracted the attention of Rare Earth Minerals, a London and New York listed fund that takes strategic interests in undervalued Lithium projects around the globe. Rare Earths have taken a $650k strategic placement in Auroch.

Gov approvals falling like dominoes for Australia's first heavy rare earths mine

Approvals to build Australia’s first heavy rare earths plant are falling like dominoes for Northern Minerals with the Department of Mines and Petroleum giving the green light for the company to develop their Browns Range rare earths project near Halls Creek. Whilst it will be a research and development play initially, there is every chance it will still make money for the company. 

Stargroup executes landmark acquisition deal

ATM machine operator Stargroup, has bolted $1.7m to its bottom line after executing a hotly-anticipated asset purchase agreement with high margin Australian ATM machine service provider Indue. The $6.5m debt funded deal appears to have been well negotiated by Stargroup at just 3.8 times EBITDA. Indue's ATM business shows a very high EBITDA to sales ratio of over 40%.

Medical Marijuana company achieves material revenue flow

Whilst most medical Marijuana companies are still trying to work out how to monetize their businesses, MGC Pharmaceuticals are busy locking down international distribution deals with real revenue flows for their unique, Cannabis based skin care line, MGC Derma. The company announced last week it had secured its first major sales order worth around AUD$65,000.

Sipa Resources hit 2.5% Nickel and 2.4% Copper in Uganda

Geological tell tale signs from the latest round of drilling at Sipa Resources’nickel copper play in Uganda indicate that the company might be getting close to the pay zone with their exploration program. The latest assay results from the Akelikongo project have extended the mineralized zone by 100m and suggest that the mineral system strengthens and thickens down plunge

Sky and Space Global miniature telco satellites built by next month

Sky and Space Global’s breakthrough ‘nano-satellites’ are moving from idea to reality with the company indicating that the first three units will be built by December 2016. They are now expected to be tested and ready for deployment by February 2017, well ahead of the second quarter launch date and telco wholesalers are already signing up to get a slice of the action. 

Northern Minerals start final drill program at Browns Range ahead of investment decision

All the pieces are falling into place for Northern Minerals’ heavy rare earth project at Browns Range, with infill drilling underway before a final investment decision due in Q1 2017. It follows a sensational few months for the company that have included funding and construction deals to take Browns Range from an ambitious idea to potentially Australia’s first heavy rare earths mine.

Investors in rush to subscribe for Sky and Space Global placement at 4 fold premium to last raise.

In a strong endorsement of its nano-satellite telecommunications technology, Sky and Space Global has raised $7 million in an oversubscribed capital raising at 8.5c a share. The price represents a jump that is more than 4 times the previous capital raise price of 2c a share just 6 months ago when Perth corporate types, Brett Mitchell and Peter Wall backdoor listed the company. 

Pilbara Minerals turn first sod at world's largest Lithium development in Port Hedland

Pilbara Minerals’ rapid rise reached a key milestone this week with the start of earthworks at Pilgangoora, one of the world’s largest Lithium development projects. The news coincided with the company’s AGM where shareholders were told how their company had achieved remarkable growth from a market cap of just $11 million two years ago to $700 million today.

Shark Mitigation Systems lock down Gov deal to protect Perth beachgoers from shark attacks

The State Government will deploy home grown technology with global potential in a $500k deal to protect Perth beachgoers from shark attacks this summer. Perth based ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems said today they had convinced the W.A State Government to deploy their “Clever Buoy” technology on a trial basis between the two groynes at City Beach over the summer period.

Northern Minerals on track to build Australia's first heavy rare earths plant after $12m Chinese deal

Chinese engineering firm Sinosteel MECC have agreed to defer $12m of the $60m needed to build Northern Minerals rare earths pilot plant until after the mine starts producing. Taking the money from future cashflow rather than borrowing it, dramatically changes the deal metrics and sets the company up to be Australia's first heavy rare earths producer in 2017. 

Former Intel executive to tour Australia for Weebit

David Perlmutter, the heavy weight former Executive Vice President at Intel Corporation, is headed to Australia next week in his role as Chairman of ASX listed tech company Weebit Nano and will meet investors in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. His involvement with a junior technology company is curious and has local tech heads speculating about where the company is headed. 

Pilbara Minerals set for another Lithium reserve upgrade

Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora Lithium deposit is growing like topsy, with the ASX-listed Lithium developer flagging another reserve upgrade after releasing exceptional results from the latest drilling program. The looming upgrade, would strengthen Pilbara Minerals’ case for doubling mine throughout and dramatically improving the economics of an already lucrative project.

PharmAust progresses anti-cancer drug clinical strategy

ASX listed PharmAust has revealed a timetable for the development of its promising anti-cancer drug as the Perth-based company moves ahead with human and canine trials. After pleasing results in Phase I human tests of its “Monepantel” drug, the company is pushing ahead with Phase II canine trials.

Results sent to lab in promising drill campaign for Legend

Legend Mining’s systematic search for the next Nova-Bollinger deposit in the Fraser Range in W.A is looking increasingly positive with a big reconnaissance drill program yielding excellent first pass results. The company reported this week that their regional aircore drilling program had intersected favourable nickel-copper host rocks in 10 of the 64 drill holes.

Sipa hits large Nickel / Copper system in Uganda

Sipa Resources’ search for a nickel-copper sulphide deposit in Uganda that can rival the famed Nova-Bollinger deposit in W.A, is looking more encouraging with each new set of assay and drill results. The latest set of numbers from the company's drill program at the Akelikongo nickel-copper project have returned strong hits of up to 2.4% nickel and 2% copper.

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Lithium Australia expands landholding around one of the world’s largest Lithium resources

Lithium Australia have expanded their tenement holdings near one of the world’s largest Lithium deposits at Greenbushes in in WA and will apply their unique new exploration technology to search for additional deposits along strike. The Lithium technology and exploration company will also exercise their option to move to 49% of the exciting Electra project in Mexico. 

Lithium Australia develops in field hand held grade measurement tool for Lithium

Lithium Australia have chalked up yet another breakthrough technology with the development a world-first portable assay tool that measures lithium grades in soil sample in the field. The new system, developed with US-based SciAps over the past two years, promises to slash exploration costs and boost discovery rates just as the global boom in lithium demand takes off.

Sipa closes in on nickel-copper elephant in Uganda

Sipa Resources have hit extensive sulphides from their latest drilling at the Akelikongo prospect in Uganda, confirming the presence of a large nickel-copper system and extending the footprint of their earlier discovery. The latest drilling has also verified the Subiaco explorer’s ideas about where to drill for the core of the deposit, boosting the odds of a major discovery.

Just give us the Lithium say Chinese

In a sure fire sign that the Chinese are becoming insatiable for our Lithium and will take it any way they can get it, Pilbara Minerals have signed a deal with a Chinese Lithium Carbonate manufacturer to supply direct shipping ore straight out of their Pilgangoora mine near Port Hedland without it even being processed - and the Chinese will pre-pay $10m for the privilege. 

Solid drill results pave way for Matilda Gold mill expansion for Blackham

Blackham Resources’ plans to double their Matilda Gold production have been boosted by solid new drill results that pave the way for another resource upgrade. The latest round of drilling found the mineralisation at Wiluna is more extensive than previously thought and amenable to open cut mining in some areas, providing a major boost for the economics of a proposed expansion.

Hammer Metals in bid to extend extraordinary 53m drill intersection grading 2.1% Copper

Hammer Metals, recently voted Queensland Explorer of the Year for its breakthrough discovery of the Overlander deposit, has set its sights on a number of big new exploration goals around its Mt Isa tenements. A deep diamond drill hole is about to target extensions of a number of extraordinary copper-gold drill intersections that remain open at depth at the Kalman South prospect. 

Govt-funded research of Lithium Australia technology begins in WA

Lithium Australia’s ground-breaking, low-cost technology for Lithium processing has begun testing at WA’s Murdoch University with the support of a State Government grant worth nearly $200,000. The new test program aims to further improve recoveries of Lithium and potentially valuable by-products and follows a recent successful pilot plant trial in NSW.

Weebit commercialization partner achieves 1st milestone with computer memory technology

Perth based Weebit-Nano is on the way to commercialization after their French partner, Leti,reproduced the ASX listed company’s lab scale “Siox ReRam” computer memory technology in their massive pre-industrialization facility in France. Weebit say their computer memory technology is 1000 times faster and 1000 times more energy efficient than existing flash memory. 

MGC Pharma on verge of EU approval to sell cannabis cosmetics

ASX-listed MGC Pharma is a step closer to breaking into the lucrative European skincare market, with the medical cannabis company commencing official EU registration for its cannabis-based cosmetics used to treat conditions such as acne, psoriasis and seborrhoea.

Sky and Space takes out global tech innovation award for nano-satellites

ASX listed Sky and Space Global have provided their best validation yet that their innovative technology based on miniature satellites might actually work when it launches next year after the company was awarded a global technology award this week. The prestigious award was bestowed on them by global consulting and market research firm Frost & Sullivan.  

Stargroup on track for 12th record quarter

ASX-listed financial payments player Stargroup is on track to deliver its 12th consecutive quarter of record revenue after posting yet another ground-breaking month in October. Stargroup, who have over 350 ATMs across Australia, said their best-ever monthly revenues were laregely driven by the ATM hardware and software sales division.

Chinese convert promise to cash in $30m deal with Northern Minerals

In the public company world it's often said that it’s easier to get a promise of a cheque from the Chinese than the actual cheque itself, which sometimes never arrives. No such problem however for the George Bauk led Northern Minerals who now look set to create the first significant heavy rare earths mine outside of China after their Chinese shareholder showed them the colour of their money.



King River set to power the world with amazing vanadium resource

High purity vanadium is being tipped for greatness as a revolutionary force in battery storage of renewable energy. Perth’s King River Copper may well have the largest and highest purity in-ground resource in the world in W.A. Last week the company proved it could produce the holy grail of purity levels at 99.5%, placing it amongst elite company around the world.

88 Energy rubbing shoulders with oil majors in Alaska

A Perth based ASX listed junior has quietly been sweeping up big swathes of lucrative acreage in Alaska’s hottest oil province known as the North Slope with the truth diviner in the form of a drill rig about to be put to the test in coming months. 88 Energy will soon drill a well targeting up to 400 million barrels at its Western Blocks project in the region.

Pilbara begins work on 5Mtpa expansion

With Stage 1 of the giant Pilgangoora Lithium mine racing ahead, Pilbara Minerals has stepped up work on expansion plans that could make the project the world’s largest Lithium mine. The ASX-listed Lithium developer yesterday announced it had awarded further key contracts, including power generation and was reworking its expansion plans to boost Stage 2 capacity from 4Mtpa to 5Mtpa.

Terrain creates excitement with serious gold hits near Leonora

Terrain Minerals may have just transformed their Great Western gold project near Leonora into something much more serious after the company reported a number of near surface, excellent gold hits during their latest drilling campaign. Best results include 3m @ 26.6 g/t gold from just 8m down hole, 2m @ 24.4 g/t, 5m @ 6.98 g/t and 2m @ 12.1 g/t gold. 

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Weebit makes breakthrough with game changing memory tech

Technology company Weebit-Nano continues to make big strides in the development of its game changing “Re-Ram” memory storage technology with the announcement of successful electrical testing.  Weebit believes Re-RAM has the capacity to revolutionise memory storage due it being faster, cheaper and requiring less energy than current flash storage methods.

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Pilbara Minerals to move into Lithium downstream processing with Chinese

In the Lithium business it can be very profitable to own a mine, however, turning that Lithium into battery grade chemicals, commonly known as downstream processing, can be even more lucrative. Market darling Pilbara Minerals have given a hint of their medium term strategy after signing an MOU to move into the Lithium downstream processing business with the Chinese. 

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then a tech story comes along that looks like it just might survive the tech bubble and create a real business that makes real money. One such story at least at face value is ASX listed Weebit Nano that was back door listed by Perth connections into Radar Iron earlier this year and is now headquartered in Nedlands.