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I have been waiting for a couple of years to write this story. For years Lion One has been my biggest holding because the story is so simple to understand. I’ve written half a dozen pieces on the company and the last one I wrote was seven months ago. I called it, Buying Lion One is like Stealing. And few listened. The shares were $.97 at the time. Between then and now the stock has barely edged higher in spite of excellent results such as their May 31 press release showing 584 grams of gold per tonne over 0.30 meters.
I love the chat boards. You get to see just how stupid some people can be in their failed attempts to look smart. Here is what someone said on the CEO.CA Lion One board in response on May 31st.
@NabtaPlayaEgypt Tuvatu continues to be restricted to returning very narrow (1/3 meter average) high grade shoots which unless such systems are spaced relatively close en-echelon, may not be economic to mine. At the rate that drilling returns are coming in, that it could take another 2-3 years minimum to create a significant resource update.
Someone wrote me privately and asked what I thought about the comment. Here is how he posted my response.
@WisGuy1 BM response: “Absolute rubbish. There is a similar mine a stone’s throw away that has produced millions of ounces of gold of similar grade and thickness.”
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Investing in Lion One at a profit is about as difficult as learning how to fall off a bike. If you can handle that, you can make money on Lion One, because there is an identical age and grade alkaline deposit located about 40 km to the Northeast called the Vatukoula Gold mine. In production from 1932 the Vatukoula mine has produced over seven million ounces of gold and shows a resource of an additional four million ounces.
The deposits are identical in age, grade and type of deposit. So anyone saying you can’t mine a 584-gram intercept of gold over 0.30 meters is blowing smoke.
Lion One is fully permitted to go into production. They built their own assay lab and it is run to industry standards so assays that might take 2-3 months in Canada take 2-3 days in Fiji. Lion One plans on production to begin in Q3/Q4 of 2023.
Lion One has a current 43-101 showing just over 910,000 ounces of gold at an average of 5.61 g/t to 5.8 g/t. I had a short conversation with Wally Berukoff about the production plans. He is shooting for annual numbers of around 100,000 ounces of gold. That is pretty much the magic number. The market will not take any company seriously below that number.
Because of silly Covid restrictions put in by the government of Australia and Fiji, Lion One has been pretty much delayed for two years. The stock hit a high of $2.67 in July of 2020 based on excellent results before drifting lower to a low a month ago of $.88. I’ll stand by every word I said in my piece from November of last year. Buying Lion One is like stealing. They have the goods.
Wally realized the project could not be run remotely from Perth so last year he put in a brilliant on site team in Fiji. If you watch this video, I think you will agree with me in saying that this is one of the most professional teams I have ever seen in twenty years.
Currently the company has about $34 million in cash in the treasury. They have six drills turning with two more on order. The incredible latest hole shows they have tapped into a feeder pipe. They will continue to drill to upgrade and increase the near surface gold resource for near term production but I expect them to pincushion the feeder to determine all its limits.
The worst thing that can happen to any stock is for shareholders to become bored. Once they do, they bail out at the first opportunity to break even. While the stock going up 17.5% on the news with over two million shares trading on the news, I suspect that was a lot of weak hands selling. Look for a couple of quiet days without a lot of price movement and then for the shares to go higher, perhaps much higher. The incredible results of the past two years tell me the high of $2.67 will be revisited soon. Lion One is still cheap.
Until the news of the incredible latest intercept hit the market my personal shares have been underwater for most of the last two years. My average price was $1.18 and it took this news to bring me into profit. But I have believed this story since I first heard it and continued to add to my position as the price dropped. I have never sold a single share and right now I am really glad.
Lion One is an advertiser. I love the company; I love the management and the team that Wally has put together. It will be a mine. It will be profitable and it will be a hell of a lot bigger than anyone imagines today. I expect majors will be sniffing around soon wanting to pick up a piece of it while it’s still cheap. That isn’t going to last long. As with the case of Newfound Gold, intercepts similar to this do not occur in a vacuum. There will be more record-breaking hits in the future.
I own shares and have participated in PPs in the past and will in the future. I am biased so do your own due diligence.
Lion One Metals LIO-V $1.34 (Jun 06, 2022) LOMLF OTCQX 156 million shares Lion One website
Tax Loss Silly Season will end shortly. And Saturday December 18th is a full moon. December 15th is when the Fed makes an important announcement. Gold may just wake up soon.
I wrote about Provenance Gold (PAU-C) back in July. It is one of the few stocks that have actually bucked the tide and is 40% higher today. The stock has been pretty much range bound and I think will break loose soon. Hopefully to the upside.
Everyone has an opinion about National Instrument 43-101. After Bre-X blew up in 1997 after massive fraud in salting the samples, the Canadian government realized they needed strict regulation of how mineral resources were reported.
As a result, resources reported prior to 43-101 and non-current resources are termed “historical.” But that doesn’t mean they are utterly worthless. They can give an investor some sort of feel for what might be possible on a deposit.
On December 14th Provenance Gold announced an option agreement for them to purchase the Eldorado Property from Nevada Select Royalty, itself a subsidiary of Gold Royalty Corp (NYSE-GROY). Provenance is paying a total of $2 million USD for 100% of the project subject to a 3% NSR.
Prior results were exceptional with one hole from surface of 69 meters showing 3.05 g/t Au, 185 meters of 1.57 g/t Au another 101 meters of 2.02 g/t Au and 55 meters of 2.33 g/t Au.
The Eldorado project is located in Eastern Oregon. The fruits and nuts are all located in Western Oregon. I’m told some of the people in Eastern Oregon work for a living and are actually sane. I don’t have any information as to how large the project is or the exact location.
Work began on the project in 1980 and the property went through a series of different owners and operators. There has been a total of 21,866 meters of drilling in 236 RC holes and six core holes. Billiton Minerals showed a historical resource of 776,000 ounces at an average grade of 0.75 g/t Au in 1989. The property was then operated by Ican Minerals who did an additional 49 holes over the 150 already completed by Billiton. Ican first showed a resource of 1,860,000 ounces at 0.76 g/t Gold and then revised the resource to show a total of 4 million ounces. There has been no work completed on the deposit since 1998.
Of course Provenance will sample and drill in an attempt to verify that resource. Should it prove accurate it means today’s investors can scoop up ounces of gold for $.50 an ounce. Using a term popular in Eastern Oregon, that would be an, “El Goodo, Dealo.”
Rauno Perttu, the CEO of Provenance is an Oregon registered engineering geologist familiar with that area of the state and with Oregon geology. The terms of the deal are back end loaded so Provenance has only paid $75,000 so far and has a $125,000 payment due a year from now with four more years to complete the purchase. I would expect them to aggressively work on the project.
Of course Provenance continues their work in Nevada on three major projects there. I have spoken at length with management and this is a real mining exploration company that wants these projects in production.
I have bought Provenance shares in the open market and participated in their last private placement so I have to be biased. I do expect a placement in the company soon to get cashed up. Do your own due diligence.
See More Live DataWest Wits Mining Ltd. (WWI:ASX). It is only Australian listed for right now. So you are going to have to have a really good broker just to buy it.
They plan on getting a dual listing with either the London Stock Exchange (Boo Hiss) or on a Canadian exchange early in 2022. If there is enough demand from American investors, some brokerage house will make an OTCBB listing for it but for now it’s going to be hard to get.
West Wits has two company making projects. The big one is to put the world famous Durban Deep Gold Mine back into small-scale production in Q1 of 2022. They will not take all the time and expense of permitting and building a mill of their own in the project just west of Johannesburg South Africa. The Durban Deep Mine comes with a historic 1997 JORC resource of 12.8 million ounces of high grade gold. It also has a current 3.55 million ounce JORC resource.
With a market cap today of $36 million USD West Wits is selling ounces of gold for less than $3. While the 12.8 million ounces is historic there is a current resource of 3.55 million ounces at 4.26 g/t Au. The mining lease has produced a total of 41 million ounces of gold in the 100 years it was in production. I don’t have any issue with saying it may not be 43-101 or current JORC but the 12.8 million ounces is just as real as any other.
The company has been granted a twenty-year mining right. There is a DFS on the first stage showing an NPV of $150 million USD at $1750 gold. That NPV nearly doubles to $327 million at $2000 gold so the value is especially sensitive to the POG. The DFS showed a twenty-two year mine life with an average production of 80 thousand ounces yearly with an AISC cost of $1,144. They intend production to begin in February 2022. For most of 2022 Wits West will be producing from the Run of Mine material left when the mine shut down in 2001. The formal mine plan production will begin in late 2022. The company anticipates production of between 370 ounces a month up to as many as 740 ounces per month during the interim period.
By planning for doing toll milling with nearby existing mills with surplus capacity West Wits is saving tens of millions of dollars and years of permitting headaches.
In addition to the gold resource at the Durban Deep mine, the project also contains as much as 20 million pounds of U3O8. Uranium is selling for $47.25 a pound so the company has an additional $940 million resource in the ground that can easily be mined and milled. Uranium can be processed with a simply process by soaking in hydrogen peroxide. And then letting the H2O2 evaporate leaving the uranium behind. It’s cheap and quick.
West Wits secondary property is located in Western Australia some 70 km west of Rio Tinto’s WINU copper/gold project. It’s an early stage exploration vehicle. They have run an airborne Electromagnetic survey that showed eight different target areas and four they feel are high priority. They are in the process of conducting a ground mag survey now that began in August to determine drill targets for 2022.
Durban Deep was one of the most famous gold mines in the Witwatersrand Basin. It didn’t close because of a lack of ore, there were management issues. West Wits has picked up one of the most potential and highest number of gold ounces in the world. At $3 an ounce US you can count on it going higher no matter what the price of gold does. Should gold skyrocket, as we believe it will, WWI will lead the way.
Until the company is trading either in Canada or the US it’s going to remain “potential” and interesting for North American investors. I have chatted with management and encouraged them to get listed in Canada just as soon as possible. The company has just announced a private placement for $7.86 million.
West Wits is an advertiser. They came to me. I have participated in their latest private placement so naturally I am biased. Do your own due diligence
Bob Moriarty founded 321gold.com, with his late wife, Barbara Moriarty, more than 16 years ago. They later added 321energy.com to cover oil, natural gas, gasoline, coal, solar, wind and nuclear energy. Both sites feature articles, editorial opinions, pricing figures and updates on current events affecting both sectors. Previously, Moriarty was a Marine F-4B and O-1 pilot with more than 832 missions in Vietnam. He holds 14 international aviation records.
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I make it crystal clear in my investment books Nobody Knows Anything and Basic Investing in Resource Stocks that there is no magic to investing if you follow a reasonable set of rules. As I have so accurately pointed out just recently, predicting the future of any price movement can be fraught with problems. However looking at a map to see just where you are today is easy and important.
We had a low in gold, silver and the resource stocks right at the end of September. Since then the DSI has gone higher, the XAU over gold is higher and the Gold Miners Percentage Index is higher. All indicated a turn about six weeks ago. We can’t know when the metals and shares will top but those indicators will show us sentiment with great accuracy. That is just as true at tops as it is at bottoms. There is a lot of free information available that anyone can use to navigate their way through shoal waters.
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There are other factors to the value of a particular stock than just the price of the commodity. We have entered the annual tax loss silly season where pissed off investors dump the shares they own that have gone down the most in order to claim the tax loss credit. It’s a lot like stealing because in their quest to unload unloved investments they often dump good stocks that will regain their prior price by February or March of the next year. Tax loss silly season begins now and will run until almost Christmas.
In addition, when markets are at new lows, volume dries up and often you have to make an appointment to give shares away. And there is the issue of stocks that investors have simply given up on because the companies made the cardinal mistake of boring shareholders.
Quinton started off with a surprising announcement. What they thought of as an epithermal gold system of limited potential in spite of the already defined 43-101 of over 900,000 ounces of gold wasn’t that at all. It wasn’t epithermal limited in size and grade; it was a far richer and more valuable alkaline gold system. All the company needed to do was to drill deeper.
Lion One did and in 2020 came up with results of 55 g/t Au over 12.7 meters in hole DDH 500 and 85.7 g/t Au over 3.3 meters driving the price of shares up to $2.67. Wisely, Wally went to the financing markets and raised over $65 million to begin construction of the mill and for further resource definition. But Covid began to take its toll even if we now realize what we call Covid is no more than a bad flu.
The managing director for Lion was operating out of Perth in Western Australia. Since the country had a long experience with being a prison colony they slammed the cell doors and imprisoned their entire population in order to fight a bad flu. He couldn’t leave Australia and no one could enter Fiji.
Of all of the bad events that can transpire with a junior resource company the worst is to bore shareholders. Even though the company bought new drills and had them shipped to Fiji they have no professional mining engineers or exploration geologists on site to supervise the local crews. And to be kind, Fiji is not Ontario or Nevada or even Mexico or Peru in terms of mining expertise.
On a regular but slow basis Lion One would announce drill results. In January of 2021 they announced 2.24 meters of 13.31 g/t Au along with 3.47 meters of 20.71 g/t gold. A month later on February 3rd they released results of 12.45 meters of 21.31 g/t Au and 3 meters of 114 g/t gold. March brought an announcement of two additional drill rigs being delivered. May brought excellent results from three more holes including 1.2 meters of 13.74 g/t Au near surface, 6 meters of 9.11 g/t Au and 6.47 meters of 17.9 g/t gold.
By now the company was up to a total of six drill rigs operational but was beginning to run out of the bandwidth of trying to operate remotely from Perth. Wisely, Wally made the decision to bring in some professional staff to be on site to move the company forward to production as the plan had been all along. That plan ran into the Covid stupidity. It took until August of 2021 to get Patrick Hickey into Fiji as COO and Sergio Cattalani in place as SVP for Exploration.
I’d like to say everything went smoothly but if I did, I would be lying. It took months for Fiji to open up and then the pair had to remain in quarantine for two weeks. Literally they only started cleaning up what was basically your garden-variety mess in September.
They found a lot of issues. One of the most interesting was that a lot of the core clearly was mineralized but had never been assayed not withstanding the fact that Lion One owns the lab. Lion One had good people on site but trying to plan for construction of a mine and mill takes time and requires professional supervision. It is now in place and they are moving forward.
On November 2nd they came up with another press release showing excellent numbers including 3.9 meters of 33.4 g/t Au and 0.3 meters of 65 g/t Au and 0.3 meters of 112 g/t gold, with 0.6 meters of 48.7 g/t Au and 0.6 meters of 33.06 g/t Au. Clearly Lion One has the gold. It is high grade and there is a lot of it. The lookalike Vatukoula Gold Mine is located only 40 km from Tuvatu. Vatukoula has resources remaining of 4 million ounces of gold and has produced 7 million ounces already. Tuvatu has a similar footprint and every indication of similar grade and quantity of gold.
Wally’s plan all along has been to construction a 350 TPD mill using the existing near surface resource to produce 100,000 ounces of gold a year. As of today the company has a market cap of $151 million CAD with a total of $54 million in cash. Lion One has more than enough money to continue the six-drill rig exploration and development drill program and to move the plan for the mill into high speed.
The government of Fiji wants the mine to go into production. The potential tax revenue is an important part of their financial plan for the future. Investors want to see concrete action on the part of exploration and the start of construction for the long promised mill. Wally has 100% ownership of the project, a boatload of cash that makes the company more of a bank than a mining junior and two highly experienced mining professionals in position to move this puppy to production. It’s time for the company to shit or get off the pot.
I know of no company with a resource as real as Lion One’s and the cash they have on hand that is selling for pennies. Lion One has derisked the project. A move to production would convince investors that instead of what is probably $100 an ounce CAD today, the company would really be worth a whole lot more. Wally is in a position to ride the wave of gold higher to a multi-billion dollar market cap. He’s done it twice before and this is a whole lot better potential.
Lion One is an advertiser. The company is actually my largest share position in spite of having moved to a new low. I was buying shares in the open market as recently as Friday. I would love to see the company in production. I know a lot of investors feel the same way. Once in production the majors are going to be on this like white on rice. There will be a bidding war for the company when they actually begin to put the plan into operation.
Do your own due diligence.
Lion One Metals LIO-V $.97 (Nov 12, 2021) LOMLF OTCQX 156 million shares Lion One website
Granite Creek Copper (GCX-V) has 100% ownership of a 176 square km copper/gold/silver property named the Carmacks project located in the Minto Copper Belt in the Yukon. The high-grade copper project is on trend with the Minto copper mine. We shall see why that is very important to the future of the company shortly.
The project had completed a 43-101 in 2018 showing an M&I resource of 23.76 MT of 0.85% Cu, 0.31 g/t Au and 3.41 g/t Ag. A 12,000-meter drill program has been completed in 2021 directed at expanding the resource and converting inferred sulphides material to M&I. An updated 43-101 is expected in early 2022 based on results from the 2021 program. In addition there will be an updated PEA in the first half of 2022 to include both oxide and sulphide material.
At today’s price of copper, that 43-101 resource is worth $104.26/tonne in the ground. Naturally copper going any higher will make this project far more desirable. As we see from the ongoing COP26 conference there seems to be a general agreement that the world needs to reduce its carbon footprint by using more “Green Energy.”
Well, Green Energy requires enormous quantities of copper, lithium and graphite, far more than today. The world is short of copper now and is going to run even shorter. Prices will have to go up. Granite Creek Copper is in the catbird’s seat ready to move to production.
As I mentioned above Minto Exploration is important to GCX for several reasons. Minto is about to build a mill and is in the process of going public imminently. Minto has only three years reserves at presently planned production. In their financing pitch deck they clearly refer to GCX with references to potential M&A activities within the Minto Copper Belt. Guess whom they are talking about?
A week ago Granite Creek released the final results from the Phase 1 of three different phases. The Phase 1 program was designed to add sulfide tonnage to the existing oxide resource. It consisted of 19 diamond core drill holes and totaled 6355 meters. Results from the Phase 2 and Phase 3 programs are still in the lab. Phase 2 did 20 RC holes and about 3000 meters in total. Phase 3 was using the diamond core rig again and did about 2700 meters.
Granite Creek is a really easy call. As of today the company has a $22 million market cap with $1 million in cash and $500,000 in callable warrants. In addition there are a bunch of $.15 warrants expiring in January 2022 so the company is well cashed up.
I’m not a big expert on copper but Granite Creek has to be one of the lowest market cap copper stories with a real asset. When Minto goes public and goes into production, I am certain they will pay attention.
Granite Creek is an advertiser. I have participated in the last private placement so naturally I am biased. Do your own due diligence.
Granite Creek Copper GCX-V $.18 (Nov 02, 2021) GCXXF-OTCQB 121 million shares Granite Creek website
We are in the liquidity crisis that happens at the end of all roaring bull markets when the piper shows up at the door and demands to be paid. It’s something that both Bob Hoye and I have been predicting for months. Perhaps it will be laid at the feet of Evergrande but it really doesn’t matter. It was fated to happen and someone will always be blamed. The general stock market is about to start the biggest financial crash in history.
Think of the resource market in 2008 that topped in March and kept diving lower and lower into October and beyond. I did some research into the DSI of gold and silver back then. Gold hit a low of 11 and silver a DSI of 5 on September 11th of 2008. Remarkably gold and silver both hit 10 on September 16th of 2021. That should be a tradable low. And Monday September 20th is a full moon and that tends to mark both tops and bottoms. Look for an immediate but short-term bounce.
That is one of those good news-bad news deals though. We were undergoing a liquidity event in 2008 just as we are now. Everything was getting sold because they could sell it. That’s true today. What resource investors have to understand is that this is 100% temporary. Yes, shares are getting creamed but it will end and when the DOW and S&P are much lower, gold and resource stocks are going a lot higher. But gold and silver went sideways from September of 2008 for another four months. That could happen again.
So instead of whining about how low your stocks are, you need to be trimming the dead beats and putting in stink bids for the low hanging fruit. What you do over the next four months is literally going to make you rich or keep you poor. If you think this is a disaster, you are going to end up poor. If you understand what an incredible opportunity it is, you are going to be rich in a year. Bob Hoye says the time to buy gold shares will be November but I see a lot of low hanging fruit right now.
I have written a book a year for pretty much the last five or six years. They are especially valuable today because they will show you how to avoid being part of the crowd that always gets slaughtered.
If you have not read, Nobody Knows Anythingor Basic Investing in Resource Stocks you are being either penny wise and pound foolish or just plain stupid. I tell people how to make money. There isn’t any magic to it. You have to make yourself learn to buy low and sell high. Right now the mass of investors is in a panic and trying to figure out how to sell so they can catch the bottom. This is the bottom, you need to be buying, not selling and I tell you how. You can read both books for under $10. If I was a total idiot doing nothing more that putting words on a page it would still be worth spending $10 in the hope that something I say makes sense.
Frankly in 2008 there were hundreds of interesting crapshoots in the resource market. But they were just crapshoots and most of them died on the vine, as they should have. The quality of stocks today is ten times higher. I am going to cover some of my favorites but there are dozens of quality companies out there with real stories selling for pennies. Unlike any other time frame for investing that I am familiar with, you have to take a global point of view. We are in the end phase that happens after every roaring stupid bull market where people pay silly prices for NFTs of farts. We are going to transition from paper assets to real assets.
But it’s a liquidity crisis and values of what has been booming are going to plummet overnight. You have to buy what will be valuable, not what the crowd has been chasing. Gold and silver are about to have their day. While the $305 billion collapse of Evergrande will be blamed at first, we are going to learn just how many companies have been swimming naked as the tide goes out.
Figure out the companies you would like to own. Put in really stupid stink bids that you know can never be filled. They will be.
For certain, one of the greatest stories of this particular resource cycle is that of Eloro Resources (ELO-V) my last piece on them was six weeks ago. Eighteen months ago the shares were selling for $.175. They hit a high of $5.89 in February of this year and have since corrected to $3.29. That’s a 44% correction that is perfectly normal.
What I am going to say right now is not based on any inside information but rather is based on my visits to hundreds of projects. Actually both Tom Larsen and Quinton Hennigh are far more conservative than I am on Bolivia. They are also dead wrong. The Iska Iska polymetallic deposit is going to be one of the biggest silver deposits in the world. It almost certainly will be the biggest tin project. I have been telling both of them for months that this is far bigger than they think.
Both started out by thinking they would like to see a four hundred or five hundred million tonne project. And they are missing the forest because of all the trees in the way. It’s a caldera. That’s the heat source. The whole damned thing is mineralized. It will be two to three billion tonnes at least of $100 rock. So think $200 billion or $300 billion worth of metal in the ground. And I’m being conservative. That ought to be worth something.
Eloro has been crippled by how long it has taken assay labs to get results to them. By all rights, they have the money to support ten drills turning and that is what should happen but they are 3,000 assays behind because of Covid. When you drill you have to know what you are hitting to know which direction to move. In normal times Eloro would already have a billion dollar market cap. As it stands they are only worth $203 million today in spite of having $21 million in the bank.
There is a second way to own Eloro and that is through Cartier Iron (CFE-C). They own 2.12 million shares of Eloro worth an interesting $6.6 million as of last Friday. For the longest time that was pretty much their entire market value but they do have an interesting gold project in Newfoundland. There is a 10,000-meter drill program in progress on the Big Easy project now but obviously assays are the same problem as everywhere else in Canada.
I wrote a piece earlier in the year talking about both companies, Eloro and Cartier. It is probably worth reading. While the Big Easy drill program is a crapshoot, the 2.12 million-share position in Eloro is like having money in the bank.
Eskay Mining (ESK-V) is another home run out of the park that is still way below the radarscope for most investors. At their peril. Granted, it does have a market cap of $344 million today with enough cash to go into next year before having to do a raise. Like Eloro it is one of the most incredible stories of this cycle. Two years ago the shares were $.075. They hit a high of $3.15 in early February of 2021 when assays showed a major VMS discovery. But two years ago Eskay seemed like a ten year long wet dream of Mac Balkam. He carried the company on his back, convinced he had a deposit similar to that of the original Eskay Creek Mine.
He’s wrong of course. What Eskay Mining has is far bigger than the original Eskay Creek deposit. We have to have a lot more assay information before we know about the grade. The Eskay Creek mine was exceptional and the assay labs in Canada are quoting sixteen weeks for assays today thanks to the idiots in government and their panic over a bad flu season.
The original Eskay Creek Mine was a hit or miss affair with the discovery only taking place on the 109th hole. Mac brought in Quinton Hennigh as an advisor over 2 years ago and he put together a team headed by Dr. John DeDecker with help of some serious VMS people from the Colorado School of Mines. They have done things right this time and done a lot of serious technical work that seems to be showing a whole slew of VMS deposits larger than the original Eskay Creek.
All deposits share certain similarities with others of the same breed. Porphyries tend to be very big and low grade. VMS deposits were originally on the sea floor as black smokers. They tend to occur in clusters. Mac knew this and believed it for years but never had the technical team that could put it all together. Now they have.
The company is well financed into next year so all the assays will be in before they need to tap the market again. If investors will go to the Eskay website there are so many pictures and so much information that if they said more they would be violating 43-101 rules. You can look at VMS material and know what you have. They have more than two major discoveries. My biggest question is who will be the most valuable in two years time, New Found Gold or Eskay? Both are going to be worth multiples of a billion dollars.
New Found Gold (NFG-V) is about as simple a story as you will ever find. They have tonnes of high grade gold in Newfoundland with some of the highest-grade intercepts in the last twenty years. Their initial hole was a discovery hole with a 19.2-meter hole showing 92.9 grams of gold per tonne. The shares shot from $1.85 a year ago to an amazing $13.50 in June before beginning a perfectly normal fifty percent correction.
New Found Gold raised a bunch of money and started drilling a 200,000-meter drill program on their Queensway project in Newfoundland. The company has nine drill rigs turning and will be adding an additional rig shortly. If you do not understand the story you have not been paying attention to the resource market. Here is the last piece I did on the company.
The Swan Zone at the Fosterville gold mine in Australia helped to take Kirkland Lake Gold from a $2 billion dollar market cap at the time of the merger in 2017 to a high of $18 billion. The Swan Zone was deep, expensive to mine and only had just over three million ounces of gold. The Keats/Lotto Zones at Queensway are much closer to the surface, similar grades to that of Fosterville and a lot more gold than the Swan Zone. If you don’t own any shares of NFG you are going to be at the airport when your ship sails in.
With all these stocks that are now the low hanging fruit, you need to be looking for those who have been hammered the most. An almost identical story to that of New Found Gold and on the same mineralized trend is that of Labrador Gold (LAB-V). Lab Gold is in the midst of drilling a 10,000 meter drill program at their 100% owned Kingsway project immediately northeast of New Found Gold. Lab Gold has four drill rigs turning and is generating the same sort of high-grade intercepts as that of New Found Gold.
Labrador Gold was as low as $.30 in March of this year before assay results started flowing showing that they are on the same structure as New Found Gold. The shares shot higher with each release until they hit a high of $1.85 in June.
I started selling some of my shares that I bought in the last year and some I had bought years ago for about a dime. If you are trying to prove just how smart you are, go ahead and marry good stocks with high potential. You can watch them go up and down like a bride’s nighty and you don’t make anything. If on the other hand you buy stocks to make money, you have to learn how to trade them in and out. You will have that opportunity every year. LAB has had a five hundred percent range in the last six months. If you can’t make a profit on a stock with that sort of range, you are going about it in the wrong way.
Trade the damn stocks like baseball cards. They are like lottery tickets. To profit you have to buy low and sell high, unlike the weak hands that want to buy high and sell low.
I make the perfectly valid point in my books that if nothing else has changed on a stock that you have fallen in love with except the price, when it tumbles, instead of seeing it as a problem, treat it as an opportunity and buy more. Lab Gold is a screaming good deal after a 60% drop in three months.
Sokoman Resources (SIC-V) is located in Newfoundland but west of where Lab Gold and New Found Gold are drilling. They had really great drill results for years but weren’t doing a great job of telling their story and as a result got little respect from the market. They talked to me in March. I was as direct with them as I am with everyone else I deal with. If you don’t tell your story, you don’t have a story.
I wrote the company up and all I did was put the information out that was already available. There was no magic to my piece other than I did a better job of telling the story. The stock shot higher and touched $.78 in June before starting a similar correction of 60% as did Lab Gold. So officially as far as I am concerned, nothing has changed except the price and it is cheap today.
There are some times when buying a stock has the potential for getting you into serious legal problems. Such is the case of White Rock Minerals (WRM-AX, WRMCF-OTCBB). If White Rock got any cheaper and you bought shares, the Bobbies would be at your door shortly thereafter for stealing. No shit. This is the most absurdly under priced stock I have ever owned.
White Rock is an Australian listed company with OTCBB listed shares for American and Canadian investors. It has a pair of world class potential projects in Alaska including a VMS project with a $3.5 billion dollar rock in the ground 43-101 and a couple of interesting gold projects worth drilling the crap out of. Alas they signed up a drill contractor who thought he was a hooker and he screwed them royally.
You have a short 100-120 day work period in Alaska. Winter ends late and starts early. If you don’t have drills and crews in place by late June you are screwed for the year. The drill contractor brought the drills but only half the men he promised. While that’s a common story in the north this year, it has cost White Rock tens of millions of dollars in lost market cap. They aren’t producing much in the way of drill core to be sampled. In addition the assay labs are 4-6 months backed up so they may as well be tossing a dart at a dartboard to know where to drill. Since Alaska has been the primary focus, investors are throwing in the towel at exactly the time they should be throwing money at White Rock.
In addition, WRM merged with AuStar Gold in August this year to acquire the Woods Point Gold project in Victoria in Australia with 670 square kilometers of exploration potential. The project is near the Fosterville Mine owned and operated by Kirkland Lake Gold. It includes the former Morningstar Gold mine showing past production of over 800,000 ounces of gold at 26 grams gold per tonne. Currently White Rock has one drill turning underground. The core from the drilling shows visual gold. Australia has the same problem with assays as the US and Canada so results will trickle in over the next few months.
White Rock did come up with incredible drill results already from the Red Mountain silver/zinc/lead VMS in Alaska. On the 16th they released the first assay for this year showing 0.2m @ 11.9% Zinc (Zn), 2.8% lead (Pb), 0.9% Copper (Cu), 63g/t silver (Ag), and 0.2g/t gold (Au), from 184.8m down hole. This polymetallic suite of metals can also be summarized as a 17.5% Zinc equivalent grade. That’s not a wide intercept but it does indicate the strike extends further than they realized. Remember this project already has $3.5 billion worth of high grade gold in the ground.
White Rock has another Australian asset in the Mt Carrington gold and silver project with 352,000 ounces of gold and 23.2 million ounces of silver in a JORC resource. That should be worth something.
WRM has been crippled this year by a lack of obvious progress in Alaska. I’m not concerned, the gold and silver are still there regardless of the lack of progress on the assay side. The current drilling at Morningstar could cause an overnight rerating of the shares. As of right now White Rock has a market cap of about $39 million Aussie with somewhere around $12 million in cash. I was adding to my already very large position a week or so ago at $.24 USD and thought I was robbing a bank. It’s $.19 USD now some 20% cheaper in a week.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about Novo Resources (NVO-V). I wrote a book nine months ago just before they poured the first gold bar at Nullagine. What Became of the Crow? has been very well received with some of the highest ratings I have ever seen on any book. In the book I talk about a flight I made delivering a Rockwell 685 aircraft to Lang Hancock in 1976. I had Hancock’s son in law with me on the flight and I had to put up with 85 hours of him talking about how the Pilbara had the world’s highest grade banded iron formation consisting of 30% of the entire world’s reserve of iron.
Quinton Hennigh came up with a theory that says gold precipitated out of salt water in exactly the same way as iron did around 2.8 billion years ago when single cell creatures began to produce oxygen and that changed the chemistry of the water. His work in the Pilbara over the past dozen years has pretty much proven his theory. If iron and gold each precipitated out of salt water about the same time under the same conditions, if you have the world’s biggest iron deposit in the Pilbara (and they do) by necessity you have to have the world’s biggest gold deposit.
Novo is producing gold today. With a market cap down to right at $500 million CAD it is cheaper with less risk than it has been for years.
The biggest problem in Australia right now is the price of iron and it has blown the entire economy up. It’s about to get way worse. Iron hit an all time high price of about $215 USD in May of this year. That has caused chaos for everyone doing exploration work or mining anything other than iron in the country. The iron companies were throwing money at everyone with two basic attributes. As long as they were warm and had a heartbeat they could earn upwards of $25,000 a month. And everyone thought that was just wonderful.
Labor has been a giant problem for every non-iron company in Australia. Novo has lost a lot of good people who ran over to the iron companies for higher wages. In addition, the iron companies raided every government agency to hire anyone who could spell ionr correctly. So permitting has slowed to a snail’s pace and labor turnover is literally out of control.
The liquidity event is not over, it has just begun and will be getting far worse sooner than anyone but Bob Hoye and me realize. But I suppose I should mention you now have a clue.
Lion One (LIO-V) in Fiji is well cashed up with $57 million in the bank, is permitted to begin construction of a mill and they have their own assay lab so they are not being held hostage by the failure of worldwide assay labs. But they were trying to run the project out of Perth since Australia has turned back into a prison colony. Prisoners don’t do a great job of running mining projects with the sole exception of they do a great job of busting up big rocks into small rocks.
Lion One has been trying to get two highly experienced exploration guys into Fiji for six months. I’ve flown through Fiji dozens of times. The people are industrious, hard working and intelligent. But they are not experienced in drilling and exploration without professional help and supervision. That exists now.
The guys got into the country a month ago and finished quarantine. Lion One now has six drills turning and I expect the shares to get back to all time highs in the next six months regardless of the giant crash we are in. They have millions of ounces of gold with a market cap of $172 million with $57 million in cash. I think Lion One is still my biggest position and I was buying shares at over $2. The shares are down 65% from their high but that isn’t going to last for long.
I-80 Gold (IAU-V) only went public in April at $2.36. It rocketed higher to $3.54 about ten days ago before dropping back to the current $2.52. The company has a $587 million market cap with a 770,000 ounces of high-grade gold deposit in the Granite Creek underground mine. IAU management is highly experienced in Nevada and is doing deals with other mining companies to combine resources.
In all categories and deposits, I-80 controls over 14 million ounces of gold. An almost $600 million market cap may seem expensive but that’s about $40 a resource ounce. It should probably be $120-$200 an ounce at the stage they are.
This year I-80 plans a 20,000-meter drill program at Granite Creek. The first assays came out three weeks ago and they were what the company hoped they would find, 51.1 meters of 6.8 g/t gold. Because the company has so many irons in the fire I highly suggest investors take a look at the company presentation because it is complicated to explain.
On occasion I do look at other companies that just resource companies. Someone came to me in the middle of the summer and wanted me to look at a young company that wants to use new technology to improve battery charging performance and behavior. I did and wrote about it. The company is called Neo Battery Materials (NBM-V). It went from about $.20 to $1.31 in a month. It continues to have extraordinary liquidity.
This is going to get a little technical.
It has been well known for years that to improve battery charging time and performance the battery manufacturers should use some form of silicon in the anodes. But the metal expands under charging and is not flexible. So companies are trying various forms of silicon nano particles or micro particles. The micro particles are eight to ten percent of the cost of the nano particles. NBM is achieving exceptional performance improvements through the use of micro particles while keeping their cost of production low. Such anodes stand to drive down battery costs on a dollar per kilowatt-hour basis that in turn will drive the cost of mass-market electrical vehicles lower.
The company is sending out samples on a daily basis of their proprietary silicon anodes to battery producers, the developers of solid-state batteries and automotive manufacturers. Since their initial tests are proving so productive NBM is planning upgrading a pilot plant to a semi-commercial facility with production of 120 tons of anodes per year that would supply anodes for up to forty thousand vehicles per year.
The next leg up in the lithium battery market will be the production of solid-state batteries. NBM has already achieved exceptional performance using a sulphides-based all solid-state electrolyte. This would also solve the flammability issues of current batteries in the market place.
NBM has some of the most experienced battery scientists in the world working with them with five patents already in hand. Similar companies in the silicon anode market place have market caps far higher than NBM’s $65 million. If you like the EV market, NBM offers attractive potential for price appreciation.
Goliath Resources (GOT-V) is another great stock that has gotten absolutely hammered in the last six weeks with the stock dropping from an all time high of $1.62 in August to $.76 on Friday for a 55% decline. I think that 100% of the issue is the criminal delay in assay results.
Company management has been posting a number of news releases giving the length of the intercept in terms of quartz-sulfide veining. And while in that neck of the woods that “should” be an accurate measure of grade potential $5 bucks and some quartz-sulfide veining “should” get you a small cup of coffee at Starbucks.
The Surebet Zone is in the Golden Triangle and actual assay results so far indicate a high degree of correlation between the sulfide veins and the actual gold and silver numbers. This is all part of a fully funded 6,000 meter drill program. In a liquidity crisis investors want, indeed, demand hard numbers. The price of the shares is back to where it was in May taking virtually all the risk out of buying the shares. And who knows, maybe assays will come in some day.
The next company, Solis (SLMN-V) is going to be a simple story to tell and for investors to understand. The company has an option on a copper project in Chile with a historic 10 million tonne resource of near surface high-grade copper/silver. At today’s prices that is worth $94.13 a tonne in USD or just short of a billion dollars.
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The option calls for Solis to pay $5 million to the vendor over a four-year period and to invest $5 million in exploration over the same four years. That will get them 100% ownership subject to a 2% NSR. But Solis is not interested in a $940 million copper/silver project in Chile where the government just turned really stupid.
Solis believes the near surface mineralization comes from porphyry located about 300 meters down. Initial plans call for a 2,500 meter drill program on one of five different targets over a ten square km package identified with technical studies.
One of two things happens. They either hit what they are aiming for or they don’t. Should they hit the shares go to $500 million and current shareholders get rich. The market cap of the company today is $8.44 million. If you need me to work out the potential for you, you really should be investing in something safe like Evergrande or Tether.
Golden Lake (GLM-C) is another dead easy to understand company. The company has a $10 million market cap and is in the midst of a 6,000 meter drill program on their Jewel Ridge gold project in Nevada on the Eureka trend. Results to date show economic value of gold near surface.
Investors are not big fans of stocks found on the C-Exchange in a declining market but when the bull shows up again they get real popular. With a $10 million market cap and options on two highly potential projects, it’s a cheap lottery ticket.
Provenance Gold (PAU-V) is another story that is so cheap it screams, “Buy me. Buy me.” The market cap is a tiny $10 million; they have only 61 million shares outstanding. The company is operating in northern Nevada near the Idaho border. That’s interesting to me because company President Rauno Perttu (try bending your tongue around that Finnish origin name) believes the project is an analog of the Black Pine project just north of the border.
I have been to Black Pine twice and frankly I think the way they read the project is 100% correct. Given that Black Pine has a 2 million ounce gold resource starting at surface, a $10 million dollar company with a similar project is damned cheap. Liberty Gold has a market cap 26 times larger than Provenance.
Their primary project today is the White Rock oxide gold project. The project manager is Steve Craig and I have known him for years. He is one of the top geos in Nevada. Between Steve and Rauno, you have a first class management team. White Rock is one of those projects that everyone knows about but no one has ever gotten a real handle on. PAU management believes the project holds a near surface 3.2 by 1.6 oxide gold target. In the past operators were attempting to find the feeder structures.
Provenance theory holds that instead of trying to find the structures with blind drilling, they should simply drill serious stepout holes to define ounces. Last week they announced results from an 800-meter stepout hole showing 117 meters of gold mineralization starting from surface. The hole intercepted 85 meters of 0.369 g/t gold. Within that hole were higher-grade intervals of 0.778 g/t Au from 38 meters to 46 meters. In Nevada oxide gold of those grades is all economic. I believe those assays tend to prove their theory and there will be a lot more similar holes. That is exactly what Liberty Gold was finding at Black Pine.
This is one of the few stocks that has actually acted well over the past couple of months. It is so cheap that I took out a lottery ticket on it and bought some shares. If you buy stocks when they are cheap and sell them when they are dear, you can make a lot of money. It’s not rocket science.
The next six weeks is going to be incredibly dangerous and many people will be wiped out. I own most of these stocks and all of them are advertisers but the combination of a tiny DSI for gold and silver and a full moon on September 20th makes now an interesting time.
As always, I don’t share in your profit or your losses so you need to do your own due diligence. I am biased so take some responsibility for your own actions.
Home Links Editorials Dow 1929 Vs. Dow 2021? Bob Moriarty Archives Sep 11, 2021
The DOW JONES Index peaked on September 3, 1929 at 381.17. It ran lower into October 24th, 1929 when the market plunged 11% on the open from the preceding day. We call that Black Thursday even though the market closed only slightly lower.
The crash continued Monday October 26th when the Dow tumbled 13% and another 12% on Black Tuesday October 27th. The Great Depression had begun. The crash didn’t stop until July 8th, 1932 with the Dow down to 41.22, an incredible 89.2% drop.
I think it is going to happen again.
Very, very soon.
For months I have been suggesting that I believe the bubble is going to burst and we would have tops in the Indexes from mid-August into September before declining into a crash in late October.
So far, so good. The S&P peaked at 4545.85 on September 2nd. The DJI topped on August 16th at 35631.19. The Nasdaq high point was on September 7th at 15,403.44.
Most investors today have never been through a real market crash and have no idea of what is coming. You cannot have the extremes that we have today without a full reset back to the norm. Since the market is more out of balance than it was in 1929 and 2000 I would not be surprised to see a market crash of similar dimensions, that is to say a 89-92% decline.