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Kasbah Resources: Broker retains BUY rating, sets price target of $0.44

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Kasbah Resources (ASX: KAS) is an advanced explorer and developer purely focussed on tin. Kasbah’s main focus has been to progress the Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco, having established a robust underground JORC resource.

Recent drilling results indicate that Achmmach is rapidly transforming into a asset with considerable potential for a substantial underground mine to be developed. Kasbah has built a presence in Morocco with strong relationships with Morocco’s Mines Department and the local Moroccan community.

Kasbah Resources: Broker retains BUY rating, sets price target of $0.44

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Proactive Investors

Following recent drilling success at the Achmmach Project in Morocco, a broker has placed a price target on $0.44 per share on Kasbah, nearly three times the current price of $0.16.

Kasbah Resources (ASX: KAS) has been the subject of a broker research note that has placed a price target of $0.44 per share on the company, nearly three times the current price of $0.16.

Below is an extract of the note.

Company data

Share Price: $0.165
Price Target: $0.44
Issued Capital: 364.3 million
– fully diluted: 408.0 million
Market Cap: $60.1 million
– fully diluted: $67.3 million
Cash: est $20.7 million

Gap Zone Continues to Prove Up

Kasbah Resources continues to report good-grade tin mineralisation from ongoing infill and extensional drilling of the “Gap Zone” at the Achmmach Project in Morocco.

The Gap Zone represents a poorly-tested exploration target with a strike length of ~350 metres, which has the potential to connect resource blocks in the west (Meknes Zone) to resource blocks in the east (Eastern Zone).

The company has been actively drilling this target with the aim of adding new significant tonnes to the Company’s existing resources. Kasbah expects to release an updated resource estimate for Achmmach in early CY2012.

The latest drill results continue to validate (prove up) the predicted position of the Fez and Meknes Zones along strike within the Gap exploration target, with the tin mineralisation continuing to be of good grade (high grade tin zones within a broad mineralised envelope).

Mineralisation remains open at depth, which bodes well for future resource upgrades. Recent drilling has also intersected a new broad (drill intercept ~45m) zone of mineralisation (respectable grade of 0.64% Sn) above the Meknes system, hosted within moderately altered sediments.

More work is required to determine the context of this zone, but offers early encouragement for a new structural position for tin mineralisation and offers additional targets to test.

Improved drill production now being realised

Kasbah currently has 5 diamond drill rigs onsite, with the increased rig capacity improving drilling productivity, with ~3,000m of drilling now being completed per month (~7 holes per month at the current drilling depths).

Sample assay turnaround is also expected to improve with onsite sample preparation and analyses in Europe providing a turnaround time of 2-3 weeks. With improved assay turnaround we expect an increase in news flow going forward.

This accelerated drilling will enable an updated resource estimate as part of the Achmmach Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS); targeted for release in the first quarter CY2012.

The PFS will include an updated estimate on capital and operating costs, which were scoped to be US$85m for capital costs and C3 operating costs of US$12,683/t of tin in concentrate. The pay-back period is expected to be just over 2 years but will depend on tin prices at the time.

100% project assignment de-risks operations; Retain Buy

In August, Kasbah received approval for the early assignment of 100% project ownership of Achmmach, which de-risks the operations.

Tin is currently trading just over US$20,000/t due to continued concerns over the global economic outlook (Eurozone debt issues, weakening US economy etc). In response to softening prices, some producers have reduced exports to improve prices, which are forecast (Bloomberg consensus) to recover to US$23,000 – US$25,000/t in the short to medium term.

Longer term tin price fundamentals remain unchanged with expected strong demand and continued fragile supply (depletion of mineable resources, with little new sustainable supply).

Achmmach remains a quality pure-tin project, with the ongoing results reinforcing the grade advantage over many competitors. We continue to rate Kasbah as a Buy with a Price Target of 44cps.

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