Herald Sun: Smart Money is on Tin Mining, and Stellar has a better than even chance of making the jump to production

In his daily ‘In The Black’ column for the Herald Sun, John Beveridge argues that mining might not be the “flavour of the month” with investors, but within mining “lie some pockets of great interest”.

Beveridge reports that tin is attracting smart money, with the prospect of lower production out of Indonesia and greater use in solar panels, lithium ion batteries and to replace lead in solder. He writes: “Junior explorer Stellar Resources is highly leveraged to any improvement in the tin price with its high grade Heemskirk tin project in Tasmania showing potential to start production in a higher tin price environment by late 2017 or early 2018.”

To read the full article, including comment from Stellar Resources Managing Director Peter Blight, please visit: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/in-the-black/invion-aims-to-silence-dreaded-smokers-cough/story-fni0d787-1227275541411

Paydirt: A Stellar Year

In the February edition of Paydirt, Stellar Resources Managing Director Peter Blight spoke with Rhys Dickinson to reflect on the great success the company had enjoyed in 2014 and discuss why even more excitement lies ahead.

Last year Stellar announced the results of a successful three-hole drilling campaign at Queen Hill, proving that tin mineralisation potentially extended an additional 150m down plunge of Queen Hill’s existing mineral resource.

Speaking about this positive result, Blight commented: “What the latest drill hole is suggesting is that there is very good potential in that deeper zone to find more mineralisation and possibly the three deposits (Queen Hill, Severn and Motana) coming together as you go deeper down. That’s all quite encouraging.”

During the interview, the Stellar MD explained how much of Stellar’s focus this year would be on the Severn deposit’s high grade areas: “We didn’t get around to doing drilling at Severn last year, mainly because we launched into this review of geology. That’s now given us some better ideas for targeting Severn, particularly focusing on the high grade tin areas,” he said. “We are still formulating the programme at the present time but the intention is to test some of these ideas in the early part of 2015.”

Overall, Blight believes that Stellar’s good work in 2014 has it poised for production in 2017: “We think the project is very highly ranked against the other tin development proposals out there, and the key advantage is the grade of the project and the infrastructure we have around us in Tasmania.”

Tin Exporters in Indonesia Plan Meeting to Counter Price

Bloomberg’s Yoga Rusmana and Dwi Sadmoko report that tin exporters in Indonesia, the world’s biggest supplier, will meet later this week to discuss a temporary suspension of sales to stem declining prices. Rustam Effendi, the Governor of Bangka Belitung, is likely to be part of the discussions and is expected to propose an export halt on tin for at least two months.

However, for the shipment halt to be successful, all exporters must agree to it.

With Indonesia discussing plans to introduce further barriers to their tin market, buyers may look elsewhere for long-term stable suppliers of tin. This could be beneficial to Australian developers and explorers such as Stellar Resources.

To read the full article visit www.bloomberg.com

Tin Exports From Indonesia Set to Slump 20% as Mines Checked

In her latest report on global tin mining, Bloomberg’s Chanyaporn Chanjaroen indicates that exports from Indonesia, the world’s largest supplier of the metal, will continue to decline in 2015 as the country tightens curbs on tin mining to boost sales of higher-value products. A planned clampdown on mines this year, to check which are so-called clean-and-clear and not in breach of regulations, will further erode supplies.

According to estimates compiled by the newswire, shipments may drop 20 per cent to 61,000 metric tons, down from 75,925 in 2014.

Whilst the Chairman of the Association of Indonesia Tin Exporters admits that they are “under a lot of pressure”, the article reports that efforts by Indonesia to clamp down on exports have had little effect on prices amid alternative supply. The news is likely to improve supplies from Myanmar, Australia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For Australian developers and explorers, such as Stellar Resources, this is positive as buyers are looking for long-term stable supplies of tin.

To read the full article visit www.bloomberg.com

Stuff tin stocks in a drawer

The Australian’s Barry Fitzgerald writes of the building interest in tin mining despite a fall in price. In fact, Macquarie Group believes the current price weakness is a good opportunity to invest longterm as the key factors behind the fall are likely to abate.

Stellar Resources is one of four pure tin plays in the market. Its Heemskirk Tin Project has great potential to develop and puts Stellar in a strong position to reap the benefits. While a number of junior companies keep experiencing losses, some players, like Redbank Copper, return to trade as investors are moving back into the mining sector.

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