EDITOR: | April 17th, 2015 | 3 Comments

NioCorp to Discuss PEA in Update Call

| April 17, 2015 | 3 Comments

NioCorp-Developments-200x125April 17, 2015 (Source: Marketwired) — NioCorp Developments Ltd. (“NioCorp” or the “Company“) (TSX:NB)(OTCQX:NIOBF)(FRANKFURT:BR3) wishes to announce a shareholder update call has been scheduled for Monday, April 20th at 9:00 AM Eastern time to discuss the Company’s recently announced Preliminary Economic Assessment Report (“PEA”).

Shareholders and interested parties are invited to call in using the following dial in numbers:

Participant Line (North America) – (855)-756-7520 Ext 28394#

Participant Line (Europe) – 515-888-2012

About the Company: NioCorp is developing the only primary niobium deposit known to be under development in the U.S., and the highest grade undeveloped niobium deposit in North America, located near Elk Creek, Nebraska. The Company has filed a resource estimate completed in accordance with NI43-101 reporting standards with an effective date of February 20, 2015 reporting an Indicated Resource of 80.5 million tonnes grading 0.71% Nb2O5, 2.68% TiO2 and 72 ppm Sc and an Inferred Resource of 99.6 million tonnes grading 0.56% Nb2O5, 2.31% TiO2 and 63 ppm Sc (at a 0.3% Nb2O5 cutoff grade). Niobium is mainly used in the form of Ferro-Niobium to produce HSLA (High Strength, Low Alloy) steel, which is a lighter, stronger steel used in automotive, structural and pipeline applications. The U.S. imports 100% of its niobium needs. Titanium in the form of an oxide is used extensively as a pigment in paints, plastics and papers. As a metal, titanium is used in aerospace applications, armor, chemical processing applications, marine hardware applications, medical implants, power generation and in sporting goods. Scandium is used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and aluminum-scandium alloys, as well as in ceramics, electronics, lasers and lighting applications.


Peter Dickie, Director, President

Neither TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon NioCorp’s reasonable expectations and business plan at the date hereof, which are subject to change depending on economic, political and competitive circumstances and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause a change in such assumptions and the actual outcomes and estimates to be materially different from those estimated or anticipated future results, achievements or position expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause NioCorp’s plans or prospects to change include changes in demand for and price of commodities (such as fuel and electricity) and currencies; changes or disruptions in the securities markets; legislative, political or economic developments; the need to obtain permits and comply with laws and regulations and other regulatory requirements; the possibility that actual results of work may differ from projections/expectations or may not realize the perceived potential of NioCorp’s projects; risks of accidents, equipment breakdowns and labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties or interruptions; the possibility of cost overruns or unanticipated expenses in development programs; operating or technical difficulties in connection with exploration, mining or development activities; the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, including the risks of diminishing quantities of grades of reserves and resources; and the risks involved in the exploration, development and mining business. NioCorp disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are advised that the Elk Creek PEA is preliminary in nature and includes Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be realized. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves because they do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no guarantee that Inferred Mineral Resources will be converted to the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource categories and, therefore, there is no guarantee that the project economics described herein will be achieved.”


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  • Jeff Thompson

    I’ve noticed that since the PEA was released, the Canadian-listed shares (NB) have diverged from the American-listed shares (NIOBF), such that there is now a 22.6% difference in their respective market caps. That’s out of sync with most other dual-listed shares, which may typically maintain not much more than a 10-15% spread, usually closer to 5-10%. Are Canadian and American investors interpreting the PEA results that differently?

    April 18, 2015 - 11:22 AM

  • Jeff Thompson

    Primarily my point was that the market cap spreads for NIOBF/NB currently exhibit a greater divergence around the pivot point of the exchange rate than other dual listed shares for larger companies with market caps above $USD 20M. Listed in descending order:
    OTCQX:NIOBF/TSX:NB = 124.74M$USD/161.16M$CAD = 0.774 or -22.6%
    pivot point 1$USD/1.2248$CAD = 0.816 or -18.4%
    AMEX:TAS/TSX:TSM = 38.48M$USD/46.96M$CAD = 0.819 OR -18.1%
    OTCQX:UURAF/TSXV:UCU = 46.23M$USD/56.31M$CAD = 0.821 or -17.9%
    AMEX:REE/TSX:RES = 36.31M$USD/42.46M$CAD = 0.855 OR -14.5%
    AMEX:AVL/TSX:AVL = 40.96M$USD/47.86M$CAD = 0.856 OR -14.4%

    April 18, 2015 - 5:39 PM

  • Jeff Thompson

    Source is the market cap values stated at https://investorintel.com/technology-metals-stock/ Now I understand, as the listing there isn’t yet updated to reflect the recent change for NB from a TSXV listing to a TSX listing. Using the corrected number for TSK yields
    OTCQX:NIOBF/TSX:NB = 124.74M$USD/149.54M$CAD = 0.834 or -16.6%
    which now falls right in the center of the distribution of the other companies rather than being an outlier. Thanks for helping me track down the discrepancy, Bob.

    April 19, 2015 - 11:37 AM

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