Kalamazoo soars after billionaire invests

Shares in Kalamazoo Resources have soared 30 per cent after the Victorian junior gold explorer received a $8 million investment from Canda’s Novo Resources and billionaire gold bull Eric Sprott.

Kalamazoo chairman and chief executive Luke Reinehr said the investment came after drilling at Kalmazoo’s Castemaine gold project in Victoria struck a significant vein of high-grade gold last month.

“It’s a fantastic endorsement for what we’re doing,” Mr Reinehr said, adding that it was also a great day for the Victorian gold industry, which has been revitalised with the recent success of Kirkland Lake Gold’s Fosterville mine 20km from Bendigo.

“There is no doubt that there is another gold rush happening in Victoria,” Mr Reinehr said.

Novo and Novo director Mr Sprout each subscribed for 10 million shares at 40 cents a share, a 24 per cent premium to Kalamazoo’s five-day average price, giving both an 8.2 per cent stake in Kalamazoo.

At 1251 AEDT Kalamazoo shares were up 30 per cent to an all-time high of 45 cents.

Novo director and chairman Quinton Hennigh said the $A665 million company was “delighted” to acquire a significant stake in Kalamazoo.

“Many companies are exploring the Victoria goldfields since the success of Fosterville,” Mr Hennigh said. 

“Here at Novo, we quickly recognised the potential of Kalamazoo’s new discovery to be of the same ilk  … as the recent high grade-veins found at Fosterville.”

The Castemaine gold project is 45 km northeast of Fosterville, which Kalamazoo described as one of the highest grade and most profitable gold operations in the world, as well as one of the most exciting.

The mine had been in operation in 2005, but four years ago Kirkland Lake discovered a huge vein of high-grade gold deep underground, exciting explorers who hadn’t realised there was much more gold to be discovered in Victoria.

Mr Sprott was chairman of Kirkland Lake during that find and said “the Victorian goldfields appear ripe for more high-grade discoveries”.

The investment gives Kalamazoo $9 million in cash plus $4 million in receivables to spend on drilling at Castlemaine and two other gold projects in Victoria.

Mr Reinehr said drilling at Castlemaine had only just begun and it was too soon to say how the project might be developed.

AAP

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