Venus Metals and joint venture partner Rox Resources have grown resources at their Youanmi gold project near Mt Magnet in Western Australia’s Murchison district by a whopping 39 per cent. Nearly 1.7 million ounces have now been defined with 800,000 ounces near surface and a further 856,000 high-grade ounces at depth. Resource drilling continues with a feasibility study on the cards.

Junior partner Venus surged more than 8 per cent on the market early today on the news, taking its market capitalisation to $28.7 million.

Rox, which is operator and has 70 per cent of Youanmi, is funding all of Venus’ ongoing exploration costs up to any decision to mine by way of a limited-recourse interest-free loan to Venus. The loan is secured against Venus’ 30 per cent stake in the JV and can only be repaid from proceeds of a sale of Youanmi JV assets.

Venus also retains a 0.7 per cent net smelter royalty on gold and other minerals produced from the JV tenements.

Full article by The West Australian