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Co. Advances Wicheeda Rare Earth Project Towards PFS

Source: Mark Reichman 01/11/2024

Defense Metals Corp. (DEFN:TSX.V; DFMTF:OTCQB; 35D:FSE) completed geotechnical fieldwork to support an upcoming preliminary feasibility study (PFS) on its Wicheeda rare earth element (REE) project, according to a December 28, 2023 report by Mark Reichman, Managing Director at Noble Capital Markets. The PFS remains on track for release in the second quarter of 2024.

The Phase III results build on positive Phase II drilling and highlight resource expansion potential, in Reichman’s view. His CA$0.70 price target implies a 335% upside for the CA$0.16 small-cap developer.

Phase III Geotech Program

Over 225 meters of drilling and test pits were completed during the latest campaign. This data was gathered to inform mine planning and design engineering for the PFS. An additional drill core was shipped for ongoing metallurgical test work.

The geotechnical and metallurgical results will feed into the PFS, along with environmental baseline studies used to support project permitting. Permitting and project development costs will be detailed within the preliminary economic study.

Compelling Project Economics

According to Reichman, Wicheeda benefits from nearby infrastructure, favorable mineralogy, and an expandable resource with 5.7 million tonnes already outlined.

With the PFS expected by mid-2024, Reichman sees Defense Metals rapidly advancing the project. The company could move to feasibility study and construction decisions next year, potentially reaching production within a few years.

The analyst’s Outperform rating and CA$0.70 target ascribe value to these milestones underpinning Wicheeda’s development. Upcoming preliminary economic metrics could catalyze substantial upside for Defense Metal’s currently depressed valuation, in his view.

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