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Unicorn Mineral shares jump amid fundraise and director appointment

Thu, 14th Dec 2023 11:19

(Alliance News) - Unicorn Mineral Resources PLC on Thursday said its interim loss widened on higher expenses, as it appointed a new director and announced a GBP537,000 fundraise.

Shares in Unicorn Mineral Resources were trading 53% higher at 7.25 pence each in London on Thursday morning. However, they still were down 55% over the past 12 months.

Unicorn Mineral Resources is an mineral explorer, focused on exploration for carbonate-hosted copper, lead, zinc, and silver mineral deposits in the Irish Midlands ore field.

In the half-year ended September 30, Unicorn said its loss widened to EUR236,847 from EUR139,737 the year before. This consisted of salary costs of EUR145,282, as well as EUR59,831 in professional costs and administrative expenses of EUR31,735. Unicorn has no revenue.

Unicorn said a total of 1,537.2 metres of diamond drilling was completed in the interim period at its Killmalock project.

Separately on Thursday, Unicorn announced the appointment of Jason Brewer as executive director of the company. He will be replacing Richard O'Shea, who stepped down as chief executive officer and director at the company's annual general meeting back in September.

Brewer is the current CEO of Marula Mining PLC, non-executive chair of Neo Energy Metals PLC and executive director of Shuka Minerals PLC.

Unicorn has yet to hire a new CEO.

Commenting on Brewer's appointment, Chair Patrick Doherty said: "Jason brings a wealth of experience and contacts across the mining industry in general and in Africa in particular, thus providing the company with access to new opportunities to expand and enhance our portfolio of mineral rights and licences. We are confident that Jason's knowledge and expertise will greatly contribute to the growth and success of the company."

Unicorn also said it has raised GBP573,000 through the issue of shares and convertible loan notes. It issued 5.7 million new shares, representing around 20% of the current total, at 6p, worth GBP342,000. It raised a further GBP233,456 from convertible loan notes that convert into 2.3 million shares at 10p.

"The funds raised today will assist in that programme as well as continuing the finance the development of our Kilmallock project, which we continue to believe should produce strong results," added Doherty.

By Sabrina Penty, Alliance News reporter

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