Analyst Comment: To raise $5m in the current environment is an excellence achievement, as equity markets remain difficult for explorers to raise funds. We believe Echo's success was due to the aggressive nature of their exploration program which has had a string ofexcellent results to date (Eg: 31m @ 13.26 g/t Au, 34m @ 10.21 g/t Au, 10m @ 22.86 g/t Au).
Due to the prior cash position and the on-going exploration program, we believe this raising had been factored into the company's share price for some time. With sufficient funds to now continue the aggressive exploration program, we believe this overhang has been removed.
Catalysts: Whilst drilling continues across the company's vast portfolio, the next major share price catalyst will be a resource upgrade which we expect later this quarter. Given the excellent drill results over the past year, particularly at the Oreila deposits, we expect both the size and grade of the resource to increase at the current defined deposits, as well as hopefully initial resources at some of the newly discovered prospects.
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Valuation: We maintain our valuation at $0.34 / share (current share price $0.11 / share). We will review this valuation post the resource upgrade.
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About Echo Resources Limited
Echo Resources is an ASX-listed gold exploration business with a large and highly prospective ground position in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. We are focused on applying modern exploration methods to establish a high grade gold resource and reserve base at our 100% owned Yandal Gold Project.
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