Hauptprojekt von Prospect Resources ist und bleibt die Entwicklung der Lithiumlagerstätte Arcadia zur Produktion, unweit der Landeshauptstadt Harare. Es ist aktuell global die 8. größte Lithiumlagerstätte. Die vorliegende Minenlizenz erstreckt sich auf ein Gebiet von 10 qkm. Darauf befindet sich mit einer Streichlänge von 4,5 km der Arcadia Pegmatit. PSC ist mit bis zu 87% daran beteiligt. Die neue Landesregierung Zimbabwes öffnet sich für ausländische Investoren und unterstützt im Land ansässige Rohstoffunternehmen.
Daneben bestehen zwei Goldexplorationsprojekte auf jeweils vielversprechenden Grünsteingürteln in Zimbabwe.
Prospect Resources Limited ist ein auf Afrika/Zimbabwe konzentriertes Rohstoffunternehmen, dessen Aktien in Australien und, seit September 2019, auch in Deutschland gelistet sind.
Das Flaggschiffprojekt Arcadia Lithium ist mit dem Abschluss einer bankfähigen Machbarkeitsstudie Ende 2018 schon sehr weit fortgeschritten und arbeitet derzeit an der Finanzierung einer Produktionsanlage. In Rekordzeit wurden seit Projektkauf Mitte 2016 die Mineralressourcen ständig nach oben geschraubt und die üblichen Studien angeschlossen.
Mit den Großaktionären Citicorp (11,29%), BNP (4,7%) und Sinomine (7,06%), um nur einige zu nennen, konnte Prospect Resources auch einige namhafte und kapitalkräftige Investoren gewinnen. Der chinesische Chemieriese Sinomine Resources ist inzwischen ein strategischer Partner des Unternehmens. Sie unterzeichneten einen Abnahmevertrag für 7 Jahre und begannen bereits mit Kontruktion bzw. Erweiterung einer Lithiumhydroxid bzw. seiner Lithiumkarbonatanlage in China. Beides sind Bestandteile in Batterien.
Mit gebildeten Reserven über 26,9 Mio. Tonnen Erz bei durchschnittlich 1,31% Lithiumoxid kann die geplante Mine für rechnerisch 12 Jahre äußerst profitabel betrieben werden. Der vorsteuerliche Net Present Value (@10%) liegt bei 511 Mio. USD, das einen Investment Rate of Return (IRR) von 44% ergibt.
Bei einem jährlichen EBITDA von 106 Mio. USD könnte die mit geschätzten 165 Mio. USD teure Verarbeitungsanlage rasch abbezahlt werden.
Wegen der nachgewiesenen hohen Qualität des Lithiumerzes eignet es sich wohl besonders für die Glas- und Keramikindustrie, die immerhin 17% der Weltnachfrage ausmachen. Die Reinheit schlägt sich auch positiv auf die Verabeitungskosten von Prospect Resources nieder, bei denen man sich im untersten Quartil befindet.
In den nächsten Monaten sucht das Unternehmen aktiv nach Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten der geplanten Produktionsanlage. Prospect Resources wird dabei auch auf Roadshow gehen, um zudem weitere Abnahmeverträge für das qualitativ hochwertige Lithiumkonzentrat zu schmieden.
Board of Directors
Mr Hugh Warner
Mr Warner holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia. He has broad experience as a public company director, having been a director of a number of publicly listed companies involved in the mining, oil and gas, biotechnology and service industries.
Mr Sam Hosack
Mr Hosack is a third generation Zimbabwean, residing in Western Australia. He holds a Bachelors Engineering Degree (Hons) from Essex University in UK, MBA from Ashcroft Business School (UK) and respective professional registrations. He had hands on experience in the delivery of large scale mining, power and port projects to market, as well as their operations. For the past 12 years he has been employed by First Quantum Minerals Ltd, primarily in their Projects team, where most recently he has project managed the building of a port (coal offloading and copper loading), 120km 230KV transmission line and a 300MV coal fired power station for the Minera Panama Project in Panama. His mining and operations experience in North and Southern Africa, Europe, Australia, and Central America will be central in delivering the Arcadia Project and in building Prospect into a diversified mining business.
Mr Duncan (Harry) Greaves
Mr Greaves is a fourth generation Zimbabwean. He holds a B.Sc (agriculture) from University of Natal (in South Africa). He is the founding shareholder of Farvic Consolidated Mines (Pvt) Ltd which operates the Prince Olaf, Farvic and Nicolson gold mines in southern Zimbabwe all of which he brought back into production over the last 10 years including the design and construction of two milling facilities. He was also the driving force behind the acquisition of the Penhalonga Gold Project and the Bushtick Gold Project. He is a well respected and well known member of the Zimbabwe mining fraternity.
Mr Gerry Fahey
Mr Fahey has over 40 years’ experience in both the international and local minerals industry. He is a specialist in mining geology, mine development and training and worked for 10 years as Chief Geologist Mining for Delta Gold where he was actively involved with the development of the Eureka, Chaka, Globe and Phoenix gold mines and the following Australian gold projects: Kanowna Belle, Golden Feather, Sunrise and Wallaby. Mr Fahey is currently a Director of Focus Minerals Ltd and formerly a Director of CSA Global Pty Ltd, and member of the Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC).
Mr Zed Rusike
Mr Rusike is a qualified accountant and resident of Zimbabwe. He was previously the Managing Director of United Builders Merchant before being promoted to Group Managing Director for Radar Holdings Limited, a large quoted company on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. He retired from the Radar Group of companies to pursue personal interests and currently sits on the board of Cairns Holdings, TSL Limited, Dulux Paints Limited and Halsted Brothers (Pvt) Limited to name a few. Mr Rusike is a former President of and current Chairman of the board of the Conferderation of Zimbabwe Industries.
Mr Henian Chen
Non Executive Director
Mr Chen has served as the Chairman of Changshu Yuhua Property Co. Ltd since 2003, and has served as the Deputy Chairman of Afore New Energy Technology (Shanghai) Co. Ltd since 2007.
Management & Technical Advisors
Chief Financial Officer
Chris has worked as Chief Financial Officer for a number of public companies listed on the ASX and AIM, primarily resources focused. He has been responsible for the day to day financial and administrative operations together with the statutory reporting and compliance obligations of these organisations. He has a B.Com and is a Chartered Accountant.
Trevor was country Managing Director of PPC Ltd’s business in Zimbabwe and separately the DRC for numerous periods over the last 20 years, where most recently he was responsible for the construction of a 1 million tonne per annum cement business in the DRC at an estimated cost of USD300 million, and subsequent Managing Director of the business. The project was completed in the first quarter of 2017. PPC Ltd is a leading supplier of cement, lime and related products in southern Africa.
Consultant, Metallurgy, Process Design
Mike is a practising metallurgist with over 46 years experience in mineral processing ranging from R&D, operations, management and latterly project design, construction and commissioning. Minerals exposure includes alumina, phosphate, gold, copper, tin and lithium. Mr Kitney has specific experience in spodumene beneficiation and downstream lithium carbonate plant design, construction and commissioning. He also holds an MSc degree in Mineral Economics.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Nick is an Australian capital markets executive with more than 8 years’ experience in investor relations, stockbroking and banking. He was most recently head of Investor Relations for an ASX listed company, where he was responsible for investor communication over a period where the company developed its operational capabilities and delivered significant revenue growth. He holds a Master of Applied Finance from Kaplan University and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Roger is a British geologist, who after almost 30 years working experience in Africa, is now Technical Director for Farvic Consolidated Mines. He has an Honours degree in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines and a Master of Engineering in Mineral Resource Estimation from Witwatersrand University. Roger worked for 15 years as a geologist in various African countries and later as a Senior Resource Analyst for Anglo American Corporation. Most recently however, he was Anvil Mining’s DRC exploration manager and led the programme which resulted in the development of the new Kinsevere mine. He is a shareholder in Farvic and Prospect Resources.
Nixon has a substantial and diverse mine planning, and mine management background that complements a very rounded leadership style. Nixon has been involved in establishing starter mines and brings a series of operational readiness and mine planning strengths. Nixon will be primarily focussed on grade control, blast and fragmentation of the lithium bearing minerals, and efficiency of mining
Consultant Marketing and Off-take
David is a mining engineer, with over 35 years’ experience in the resources industry. He has held a number of mine management positions in Australia as well as business development and marketing roles in companies and projects in Australia and southern Africa. David has over 10 years’ experience in the lithium industry since joining Sons of Gwalia as General Manager Strategic Development in 2006. He has been involved in the evaluation and early expansions of the Greenbushes lithium mine, the listing of Talison Lithium on the TSX as well as the evaluation of lithium projects around the world, market analysis and the marketing of lithium products.
Mine Plant Manager
John is a consummate Metallurgical Engineer with 23 years of extensive knowledge and practical experience in projects, production and operations management. He was involved in various operations in Australia and Africa and he is specialised in flotation circuits, Dense medium separation (DMS/HMS), X-ray transmission (XRT), X-ray luminescence (XRL), metallurgical accounting, process improvement and simulations, and Plant commissioning.