Over the past few years, Metals X has made a number of shrewd acquisitions and has built a formidable, diversified mining company. It has three operating gold projects, four process plants with 5.5mtpa combined capacity and has built a gold resource base of 15.4 million ounces and ore reserves of 2.89 million ounces. It currently produces at a run-rate of 220,000 ounces per annum and has a clear plan to double this over the next few years.
The Company now believes its base metals division can stand alone as a base metals company, with production from its tin and copper assets and expansion and growth assets in tin, copper and nickel. Given prevailing economic and market conditions, the Board of Metals X believes the time is now right, and its shareholders are better served, if the Company looks to separate its gold division from the remainder of the diversified base metal assets. The Company has completed an institutional placement to raise $100.6 million and is now undertaking a share purchase plan to raise up to $15 million.