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Our Big Bet for RAS

That RAS will return 10x by discovering and defining a significant enough deposit to move into development studies for one of its projects.

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Ragusa Minerals (ASX:RAS)


Opened: 23-May-2022

Shares Held at Open: 2,610,000

What does RAS do?

Ragusa Minerals (ASX: RAS) is a junior exploration company focused on its hard rock lithium project in the Northern Territory.

RAS also holds gold prospects in the USA and a halloysite project in Western Australia.

What is the macro theme?

Lithium is one of the most critical raw materials that go into producing lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are specifically required to power electric vehicles (EV’s). Lithium is considered a critical material for the transition away from fossil fuels by the USA, AUS, India, EU and Japan.

Halloysite has traditionally been used in ceramics and the energy sector. Halloysite is expected to be a critical mineral in up and coming technologies including – energy storage, batteries, supercapacitors, carbon capture, and cancer therapeutics.

Gold has historically outperformed during times of market volatility (e.g market bubble crash, inflation taking hold). We believe gold provides a good hedge to a portfolio of longer term investments.

Why did we invest in RAS?

Lithium projects along strike to Core Lithium (currently capped at $2.3 billion)

RAS holds ground along strike Core Lithium’s hard rock Finnis deposit which has a 15mt JORC resource with lithium grades of 1.03%. RAS’ project also sits next door to explorer Lithium Plus’s (Currently capped at $61M) NT lithium projects.

Gold projects neighbouring ~16 million ounces of gold resources

RAS holds a portfolio of gold projects which sit next door to Nova Minerals (currently capped at $116M) ~9.6m ounce gold resource as well as GoldMining Inc’s (currently capped at $234M) 6.5+ million ounce gold resource in Alaska, USA.

Halloysite next door to Latin Resources

The company’s Halloysite project in WA borders Latin Resources’ Cloud Nine Halloysite-Kaolin deposit which has a 207 million tonne inferred mineral resource. We think the Cloud-Nine deposit extends into RAS grounds.

Low enterprise value (EV) means leverage to a discovery

Company has 125 million shares on issue with ~2.2 million currently escrowed. With a current market cap of $10M and $3.2M cash in the bank, the enterprise value is only $6.8M. This makes the stock highly leveraged to any discovery.

What do we expect RAS to deliver?

Objective #1: Complete due diligence on NT lithium project

RAS will have a 12 month due diligence period over these projects. In that time we want to see the company do enough exploration work to be informed enough to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with the acquisition.


Geochemical mapping

Geochemical sampling

Define high priority drilling targets

Undertake at least one drilling program

Complete due diligence and proceed with farm in agreement

Objective #2: Drilling results from the Halloysite project in WA

With drilling recently completed (4 May 2022), we want to see the results from the drilling program confirm that Latin Resource’s deposit does in fact extend into RAS’ grounds.

Objective #3: Define a maiden JORC resource at its WA halloysite project

Pending a successful drilling program, we want to see RAS put together a maiden JORC resource estimate at its WA halloysite project. This will be contingent on Objective #2 being successfully completed.

Objective #4: Drilling at the company’s Alaskan Gold project

Initial desk-top studies leading to sampling and other target generation work early in 2022 hoping to see the assets drilled in Q3-4 2022.


Desktop studies

Geochemical sampling/geophysical surveys

Define high priority drilling targets

What could go wrong?

Exploration risk

A large part of the investment thesis in RAS is based on “nearology” with little in the way of exploration drilling conducted to date. This means the company’s assets are all highly speculative at the moment. There is a risk that once further drilling is completed, RAS may make no discovery & the valuation of the company goes down as a result.

Commodity risk

Lithium markets are still in the relatively early stages of growth, with demand mostly based on electric vehicle (EV) uptake. The price of lithium could stay volatile as end user markets continue to evolve. Halloysite is considered a mineral for the future. If the use-cases don't scale there is a risk that halloysite deposits are not considered important by the markets and RAS’s project is not of interest to investors.

Funding risk

RAS is a very early stage exploration company and is reliant on continuous funding of high-risk exploration programs. There is a risk that market conditions deteriorate and investors shun high-risk explorers like RAS.

Market risk

RAS is an early stage exploration company chasing new discoveries. There is always a risk that a market wide sell off will hurt RAS’s share price the most, given investors will look to withdraw capital from the high risk high reward investments in their portfolios first.

What is our investment plan?

Our investment plan for RAS is the same as for all our early stage, exploration investments:

  • Invest early (way before the main, initial drilling event)
  • Patiently wait till the drilling event approaches
  • Free carry and take some profit prior to the initial drill results
  • Hold a position into the result
  • Reassess the plan based on the initial results.

Disclosure: Disclosure: The authors of this article and owners of Catalyst Hunter, S3 Consortium Pty Ltd, and associated entities, own 2,610,000 RAS shares at the time of publication. S3 Consortium Pty Ltd has been engaged by RAS to share our commentary and opinion on the progress of our investment in RAS over time.

Investment Milestones for RAS

Initial Investment: @6.5c
✅ Top Slice
✅ Free Carry
✅ Take Profit
✅ Price increases 300% from initial entry

🔲 Price increases 500% from initial entry
🔲 Price increases 1000% from initial entry
12 Month Capital Gain Discount
🔲 Hold remaining Position for next 2+ years

Our Past Commentary on Ragusa Minerals

Date Title
15-Oct-2022 $ 0.280 Which stock will be our best performer of 2022?
13-Oct-2022 $ RAS now drilling to the south of $2.1BN capped Core Lithium
23-Aug-2022 $ Ragusa Minerals Rises
28-May-2022 $ 0.150 Share price moves on expected vs unexpected announcements
23-May-2022 $ RAS Picks up Prospective Lithium Ground Near $2.3BN Core Lithium
11-Apr-2022 $ RAS Now Drilling for Halloysite - Directly Next to Open Resource
05-Mar-2022 $ 0.000 Mainstream Media Catching on to the Commodities Supercycle
26-Feb-2022 $ 0.063 The War Begins, Cybersecurity, Food Security, Energy Independence and Precious Metals
24-Feb-2022 $ RAS to drill WA halloysite project in coming weeks
05-Feb-2022 $ 0.076 The "Lesser Kown" Energy Transition Metals: Copper, Aluminium, Graphite, Helium, Rare Earths
27-Nov-2021 $ 0.085 New COVID strain, Santa Rally, Market Thoughts
23-Nov-2021 $ WA halloysite tenements granted - Drilling Plan Now Unlocked
16-Oct-2021 $ 0.130 Mainstream media casts a big spotlight on Green Hydrogen
12-Oct-2021 $ We Got Lucky - RAS’ Next Door Neighbour Delivers World Class Drill Intercept
09-Oct-2021 $ 0.095 Investing 101: Key lessons for small cap investors
06-Oct-2021 $ 0.086 Surely there must be RAS news coming soon…
17-Jul-2021 $ 0.086 Cash is King, Gold Stocks and Enough of VUL and EMN
14-Jul-2021 $ 0.089 RAS Side Bet Delivers Early High Grade Gold Result (221g/tonne)
05-Jul-2021 $ 0.079 Tiny Ragusa Minerals (ASX: RAS) Acquires Two Nearology Projects - We Have Invested