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AQC - Australian Pacific Coal

23 February 2011
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Anyone on this one? I got in when they were PEV at 1.8cent average and they seem to have a bit going on. Here is an interesting report by BGF Equities:
ASX Release – AQC Quarterly
● 107 Mt Inferred Resource (JORC) at Cooroorah, Qld, 17 km N of Blackwater
o depths of 225-400m
o thickness averages 8.6m
o low volatile PCI coal with potential for coking coal in the Aries seam
● strategically located next to Macarthur’s Stanwell project, Jellinbah Mine, with good road and
rail infrastructure
● 14 coal exploration permits now held in Qld (Bowen and Surat Basins)
● 19 applications for permits in Qld (Bowen and Surat Basins)
● prospectivity for both metallurgical and thermal coal, open pit and underground
Corporate Strategy
● assess licences and prioritise work programmes
● consider production where it can work off neighbouring infrastructure
● drill to upgrade resources and consider selling in-situ resources to more established coal
Further Notes
● AQC is still coming to grips with what it has been granted. It is progressively going through
historical data and prioritising its work program
● it views open pit resources of 5 Mt or better as being potentially economic, to depths of 150m,
and underground resources of 50 Mt or better, with minimum thickness of 2m, as offering
● it has a short term objective of becoming a junior coal producer from open pittable coal
● cash levels are low at $1.4m, but the company is not amenable to share issues at these low
Valuation Notes
● the valuation exercise is in its infancy as AQC has only just started to scratch the surface, so
we have restricted ourselves to two licences; Cooroorah and Mt Hillalong
1. Cooroorah ( AQC 100%)
o look at the sale of Sienna by Norton, for comparison;
 $30m sale for 57 Mt of coal
 potential for 10 Mt of open pittable coal at a strip ratio of 20:1
 poor quality coal at best – maybe PCI
 13 degree dip, igneous intrusion
 but it still sold for 50 ¢ pt,
o Coororah is underground but has a number of better features;
 much larger at 107 Mt
 medium hard coking coal for 80% of product, 20% thermal
 shallow dipping at 3 degrees
 adjacent to Stanwell, which Macarthur paid $400m for 230 Mt of open pit coal
i.e. $2 pt
 a range of 30-60 ¢ per tonne valuation would be in the ballpark i.e. $32-$64m
i.e. 6 ¢-12 ¢ a share
2. Mt Hillalong (AQC 100%)
o adjacent to RIO’s Hail Creek Mine
o depths of 300-500m
o potential for 100-200 Mt
o at 50 ¢ a tonne, this could be worth $50-100m to AQC, or 9-18 ¢ a share
Comment and Opinion: AQC has been a quiet junior spec stock based in Brisbane, that decided to
re-invent itself as a coal stock in 2010. It has successfully applied for a number of strategic licences in
known productive coal basins, with a number of additional applications pending.
With a market capitalisation of less than $30m, AQC is one of the cheapest entries into the Qld coal
market. There is an expanding information curve here as it starts to come to grips with what it owns.
Combine this with some drilling, to add to confidence levels, and we are likely to see progressive
upgrading of the value as 2011 progresses. There doesn’t seem to be any downside from these levels
with the Company about to go on its first marketing campaign since it changed direction.
Conclusion: It is not hard to come up with rough valuations of 15-30 ¢ a share based on the two
leading projects. What else is there? It remains to be seen. This is a deep in-the-money situation that
hasn’t yet been recognised by the market. It is speculative, but it is worth backing at these prices for a
move much closer to 20 ¢.
BGF Equities Team

12 November 2008
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Hi. I bought in up near 8c and have held on for the ride down toward 5c but I only have small amounts of money to play with so for now I'm better off hanging in to see if it can head back up. 20c would be nice!
7 June 2009
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hopefully the rio tinto joint venture goes ahead, and in the quarterly. there is talk of another joint venture with a company called recycoal to
5 October 2016
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Hi Everyone

I'm fresh to the website and keen to expand my knowledge of asx and how the market works.

Anyways I've recently purchased 60,000 units in AQC. One lot at 2.3 cents per share and the other at 2.5 centre per share. Despite the recent plunge in price I'm still confident Dartbrook coal mine will become full operational after the relaunch of the nearby washery facilities.

Could be the next Whitehaven within a few years?

Just seeing if anyone around these forums is invested in AQC so we can talk further. Please share your thoughts.