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Newfoundland is the place to be for Leocor Gold’s Shawn Ryan

Gold prices have historically risen in response to macroeconomic trends such as inflationary pressure and market uncertainty. As we head into another period of unprecedented economic upheaval, gold is once again emerging as a shining star in the investment universe.

One Canadian company focused on exploring and leveraging the largely unexplored region of Newfoundland, Canada, is Leocor Gold Inc. (CSE: LECR | OTCQB: LECRF). Newfoundland has a long history of mining operations, and has attracted considerable recent interest and exploration capital by a large number of gold and mineral companies.

Under CEO and Director Alex Klenman, Leocor has put together a team with the experience and expertise to explore and capitalize upon this opportunity. Leocor’s Technical Advisor Shawn Ryan is a renowned prospector who has been able to utilize his prospector skills to find valuable gold deposits. A New York Times profile went so far as to describe Ryan as “the king of a new Yukon Gold rush” before he turned his attention to the prolific Newfoundland region.

Leocor is focused on a handful of projects in the Newfoundland region, including the Western Exploit District. The company’s three contiguous projects represent a 144,000 hectare land package in the heart of Newfoundland. Ryan introduced Leocor to this project, and his data and analysis suggest this project has the potential for new gold discoveries at scale.

Property location map. Source: company website

On July 27, 2022, Leocor announced the results of a 2021 exploration program in the Western Exploit District project known as the Hodges Hill property. Their team performed soil sampling, LiDAR surveys, and airborne magnetic-VLF surveys. The results of this exploration program identified 12 potential gold targets at the Hodges Hill property. The exploration program reported soil samples that ranged from trace to 1018.5 ppb Au, with 25 samples containing more than 50 ppb Au.

Additionally, the program also suggested the likelihood of a large body of pyroxene gabbro. This material has been associated with gold mineralization in the area. Research from the Geological Survey of Canada found that pyroxene gabbro was key to the development of the Marathon Gold’s Valentine Lake deposits. The next step at this site is to perform follow-up work, such as geologic mapping, to identify high-priority targets for drill testing.

In addition to the Hodges Hill property, Leocor also announced in June that it had mobilized drilling at their Baie Verte project located in northwest Newfoundland. The company had previously announced the results of 2021 exploration activities, which identified a 7-kilometer northeast trending zone of anomalous gold in the soil and a 4-kilometer subparallel trend of anomalous copper in the soil.

Along this zone, the company identified multiple targets. These results were better than what was anticipated with this project. In particular, there is structurally controlled gold mineralization that bears similarities to the nearby Pine Cover Mine. This news led to the start of a rotary air blast (RAB) drilling program.

This program will test at least six target areas for gold and/or copper mineralization. The company plans to drill between 25 to 30 RAB holes. If the results of the program are promising, then Leocor plans to follow up with additional diamond drilling. No results have been reported yet.

The past few years have seen a new Newfoundland gold rush, with many new discoveries and companies now on the way to production. Leocor’s Technical Advisor Shawn Ryan has shown a nose for discoveries. While it is early days for Leocor, Newfoundland is definitely the place to be, and with inflation or other market forces exerting upward pressure on long-term gold, discoveries can help bring explorers to the attention of investors.




Joel Freudman talks about TRU Precious Metals’ key location and coming gold and copper drill results

In this InvestorIntel interview, host Tracy Weslosky talks to TRU Precious Metals Corp.’s (TSXV: TRU | OTCQB: TRUIF) Co-Founder, CEO & Director Joel Freudman about upcoming drill results and the key strategic location of its Newfoundland Golden Rose Project.

“The key value driver for us,” Joel says, “is our Golden Rose Project in central Newfoundland. We’re right between two gold deposits – five million ounce Marathon Gold on one side, and they’re putting their mine into production in 2025, and the other side is Matador Mining with a significant gold resource. We control all the land between them.” This consolidation came about as a result of a recently announced option agreement that added the remaining smaller properties to TRU’s land package, which, he tells Tracy, “makes it a great turnkey project for potential acquirers down the road.”

Joel also tells Tracy that results from the summer 2000 meter drill program at the Jacobs Pond area of the Golden Rose Project are expected shortly, where the company “saw a lot of indications at surface for copper even bits of cobalt.” He believes that finding copper at Jacob’s Pond could be a good potential catalyst for TRU, diversifying its appeal and meriting a follow-on drill program.

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About TRU Precious Metals Corp.

TRU is on a mission to build long-term shareholder value, through prudent natural resource property development and transactions. Currently TRU is exploring for gold and copper in the highly prospective Central Newfoundland Gold Belt and has an option with TSX-listed Altius Minerals to purchase 100% of the Golden Rose Project. Golden Rose is a regional-scale 236 km2 land package, including 45 kilometres of strike length along the deposit-bearing Cape Ray – Valentine Lake Shear Zone directly between Marathon Gold’s Valentine Gold Project and Matador Mining’s Cape Ray Gold Project.

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Peter Clausi of Silver Bullet Mines talks about their “just do it” philosophy

In this InvestorIntel interview, host Tracy Weslosky talks to Silver Bullet Mines Corp.’s (TSXV: SBMI) VP Capital Markets and Director Peter Clausi about the unique approach that allowed it to rapidly move directly to silver production and its first purchase order.

In the interview, which can also be viewed in full on the InvestorIntel YouTube channel (click here to access InvestorChannel.com), Peter tells Tracy about what makes Silver Bullet unique: “We made a production decision in May of 2020 that we could get this into production without a PEA, without a Feasibility Study. We don’t need a resource estimate – just go do it.” He explains that CEO John Carter “is a process guy who has built over a hundred mills and processing facilities around the world,” and that allowed them to build “a fully functional 125 tons per day mill” for Silver Bullet for less that $3 million.

Peter also talks about Silver Bullet’s unique approach to providing silver ore to its mill: “You can follow the vein. We have not had to drill. Drilling is expensive. All we’ve done is follow the vein, so at the Buckeye Silver Mine we’ve pulled ore. We processed the low-grade material to get the mill working correctly, and as of last week the mill is working perfectly, so we’re processing the higher grade material now and we’re going to generate revenue and cash flow.”

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About Silver Bullet Mines Corp.

Silver Bullet Mines Corp. is a silver and copper exploration and development company with projects in the western USA. Their flagship project is the Black Diamond, close to 5,000 acres in the Miami-Globe copper camp and centered on the Richmond Basin. The basin is the site of the original 1870s native silver discoveries that brought prospectors to the now significant Globe copper camp. The story goes that a scouting party was fired upon by Apache Indians using bullets made of hammered native silver. Thus inspiring the company name – Silver Bullet Mines. The Richmond Basin is the location of several historic high grade silver-copper mines including: McMorris, La Plata, Helena, Silver Sevens, Buckeye and numerous associated prospects. Little work or extraction came from this area since the early 20th century as the camp focused on big copper mines. But these mine anchor this section of what is called the Arizona Silver Belt that extends from the famous Silver King near Superior, AZ and parallels the trend of the major copper deposits including the Magma mine. They believe the high grade silver is still there waiting for discovery.

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Murchison Minerals explores camp scale potential for nickel and zinc at HPM and BMK projects

Murchison Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: MUR | OTCQB: MURMF) has recently announced results of its summer exploration program at its wholly owned HPM (Haut-Plateau de la Manicouagan) property. This included an aerial geophysical survey of the 648 km2 (250 square miles), ground prospecting and diamond drilling with the plan to produce a maiden resource early 2023. The original discovery by Falconbridge of a Nickel-Copper-Cobalt mineralization dates to 1999.

What is interesting about the location is that it is only 8 kms (5 miles) to the rail line from Fermont/Labrador city and Port Cartier:

Source: Company website

As you can see it is also close to hydro-electric power which gives this opportunity two very important and strategic advantages over a lot of other potential mining opportunities in the Canadian north. It should also reduce CAPEX and OPEX as power will not have to be generated on site and material can be shipped in and out with relative ease. It is also 40 kms (25 miles) from the provincial Highway 389.

Two years ago, the Quebec government started the Quebec Action Plan on Critical Materials, which this deposit would fall under should the project move forward. The Quebec government is very supportive and proactive in the mining industry and the development of projects, particularly in the northern part of the province.

There are several targets of interest at HPM, the key one being their Barre de Fer target which reported an intercept of 43.15 meters grading 1.74% Ni, 0.90% Cu and 0.09% Co. By comparison, Voisey’s Bay on average was 1.63% nickel, 0.85% copper and 0.09% cobalt. On September 7th Murchison reported the pXRF results from a new 404 m drill hole that intersected four broad zones of Ni-Cu-Co sulphide bearing mineralization totalling 130.00 m of composite thickness, and returning 18.05 m estimated at 1.98% pXRF Ni Eq. (89.95 to 108.0 m) including 8.1 m at 3.45% pXRF Ni Eq., and 69.90 m estimated at 0.68% pXRF Ni Eq. (267.0 to 336.90 m) including 16.1 m at 1.4% pXRF Ni Eq. This ongoing exploration, the company says, is aimed at completing a maiden resource on Barre de Fer by early Q1 of 2023. The question is will they approach the 141 million tonnes of ore of Voisey’s Bay, which made it a world class discovery.

The other project Murchison is working on is the 100% – owned Brabant McKenzie (BMK) zinc‐copper‐silver project in Northern Saskatchewan, located about 170km northeast of La Ronge. This is a VMS (volcanogenic massive sulphide) Zn-Cu-Pb-Ag-Au deposit which was originally prospected in the 1950s and 1960s. In September 2018 there was a NI 43-101 upgraded report with an indicated resource of 2.1 million tonnes at 9.98% zinc equivalent and an inferred resource of 7.6 million tonnes at 6.29% zinc equivalent. This was based on 138 drill holes with a cutoff of 3.5% zinc equivalent.

VMS deposits are widely distributed with major deposits in Canada being Kidd Creek, near Timmins, Ontario, and Bathurst in New Brunswick. The Kidd Creek mine, which has operated since 1966, is run by Glencore and is the deepest base metal mine in the world at 2,735 meters (8,973 feet) below sea level. The Bathurst mine suspended operations last month and the owner, Trevali, has delisted its shares from the TSX. The following table compares the Murchison deposit to Kidd Creek:

Tonnes Zinc % Copper % Silver g/t
Kidd Creek 2020 5 million 3.60% 1.80% 44.0
Murchison indicated 2.1 million 7.08% 0.69% 39.6
Murchison inferred 7.6 million 4.46% 0.57% 18.42

Murchison’s Brabant Lake project has a maintained road – Saskatchewan Highway 102 – and existing power lines running through the property, which again points to management looking at projects with strong infrastructure. The drive from the local community of Brabant Lake to Saskatoon is about six hours. Last year’s preliminary metallurgical work produced a 50% zinc concentrate with an 85% recovery.

Both projects are early stage but have promising potential and looking forward to additional results. Certainly worth keeping an eye on this company as more updates come out on these properties.




Coming PFS generating buzz at Troilus Gold

Several months ago I looked at the company we are going to discuss today and privately told some friends that if only they could add something with a little pizzaz to their numbers to generate a little buzz, then perhaps things could start to take off. The caveat there is the market would also have to care, which it certainly hasn’t over the last many months for most junior precious metal explorers. However, as I noted last week, maybe, just maybe, the materials sector has been oversold for too long and could be due for a little love. So far, so good, as many junior gold miners seem to be bouncing off multi year lows, but it’s going to take a little more time and upward momentum before I’ll say anything too bullish about the gold sector with confidence.

As I stand firmly on the fence in my cautious optimism with respect to the precious metals sector, let’s have a closer look at what I think could generate some buzz for Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX: TLG | OTCQX: CHXMF). This Canadian-based junior mining company is focused on the advancement and de-risking of the former gold and copper Troilus Mine. From 1996 to 2010, the Troilus Mine produced 2+ million ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper. Troilus is located in the top-rated mining jurisdiction of Quebec, Canada, where it holds a strategic land position of 1,420 km² in the Frôtet-Evans Greenstone Belt. A PEA in 2020 demonstrated the potential for the Troilus project to become a top-ranked gold and copper producing asset in Canada with an after tax NPV5% of US$576 million and 22.9% IRR at Base Case US$1,475/oz Gold. This was based on a total estimated indicated mineral resource of 4.96 million ounces AuEq (177 Mt with an average grade of 0.87 g/t AuEq) and total estimated inferred mineral resource increased to 3.15 million ounces AuEq.

As noted from the PEA, Troilus already has a decent low grade resource that continues to expand with exploration drilling, which will lead to an updated resource estimate in the coming weeks (more on that later). However, what I specifically stated to my friends was that Troilus could use some higher grade showings to attract some more eyeballs to this story and perhaps get people excited. Looking at some of the drilling results over the last 6 months suggests that they are starting to achieve those higher grades.

At the end of March the company announced that at its Testard target, located approximately 10 kilometers south of the main mineral corridor and former mine site, hole TES-21-002 intersected 4.63 g/t gold over 7.6 meters, including 20.2 g/t gold over 1.2 meters and 7.12 g/t gold over 1.4 meters. Then in April, some truly stunning results were reported from the Southwest Zone, located ~2.5 kilometers from the former mine site, including hole SW-590 with 92 g/t Au over 1.1m, 68 g/t Au over 1m, and 2.47 g/t Au over 7m, while hole SW-630 saw 3.07 g/t AuEq over 15m, including 8.28 g/t AuEq over 5m. The news kept flowing in May with more results from the Southwest Zone that included hole SW-558 that returned 13.64 g/t AuEq over 3m, including 29.81 g/t AuEq over 1m, amongst several other solid results. Unfortunately, most of this news came at a time when the market as a whole was selling off and riskier assets were getting extra pummeled. So much for my theory that some higher grade results would generate excitement, unless you have a very different definition of excitement than I do.

Fast forward to August and Troilus is still putting out decent drill results and expanding its resource with assay results from drilling near the formerly mined Z87 pit area including hole 87-22-415 with 1.27 g/t AuEq over 101m, including 3.31 g/t AuEq over 20m, and 20.16 g/t AuEq over 1m, and hole 87-22-421 returning 1.58 g/t AuEq over 65m, including 3.26 g/t AuEq over 22m. Maybe not as exciting as the results from earlier in the year, but talk about bulk tonnage. And to that end, the next buzz generator is just around the corner as Troilus anticipates its Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) and updated Mineral Resource Estimate targeting completion by the end of calendar Q3, with results announced as soon as they are available.

Perhaps the timing of the PFS and updated resource estimate will be a little better from an overall market perspective and investors will actually start to pay attention to this sector again. The old expression “it’s hard to fall off the floor” seems somewhat applicable to Troilus Gold right now given it is trading within a few pennies of its 3 year low, but certainly has come a long way in those three years having drilled over 150,000 meters since the 2020 resource estimate cutoff. Additionally, Troilus is well funded with C$20 million in cash and cash equivalents as of the end of April, 2022. Back of the envelope math suggests this C$88 million market cap stock is trading at roughly C$8.40/ounce of indicated and inferred resources (($88 million – $20 million)/8.1 million oz) based on the old resource estimate, which has potential to be much higher in short order. That leaves a lot of room for more buzz.




With a gold resource update coming and drills at the ready, eyes are on Signature Resources

A word of caution – I wrote this article before Jerome Powell’s (U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman) latest commentary. Lately, every time he opens his mouth the market loves to interpret him to the extreme as either dovish or hawkish, moving the markets accordingly. So keep that in mind if what I’m saying is so yesterday. The reason for this disclaimer is that market action over the last couple of days indicates that gold has tested and held the US $1,700(ish) support level. Yesterday saw most precious metal equities rally pretty hard, which is encouraging given a lot of them are trading at or near multi-year lows. Is this a sign of a new uptrend in the precious metals sector? One can hope. But without a copy of Mr. Powell’s speech I will have to wait and see along with everyone else what happens next. Now I can write whatever I want because I have a built-in excuse – blame it on Powell – which I’m sure a lot of analysts, traders and fund managers have used excessively over the last year.

Fed policy aside, it does appear that the materials sector is very oversold and long overdue for a little love. Or perhaps just a relief rally, something, anything, to give shareholders a bit of hope. Add a catalyst in a market that may be on the verge of recovery and perhaps we could even find gold investors in a good mood for a change.

One company that is working on a catalyst is Signature Resources Ltd. (TSXV: SGU | OTCQB: SGGTF), a Canadian-based advanced stage exploration company focused on expanding the 100% owned Lingman Lake Gold Project, located within the prolific Red Lake district in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Lingman Lake gold property consists of 1,434 staked claims, four freehold fully patented claims and 14 mineral rights patented claims totaling approximately 27,113 hectares. The property includes what has historically been referred to as the Lingman Lake Gold Mine, an underground substructure consisting of a 126.5-metre shaft, and 3-levels at 46-metres, 84-metres and 122-metres depths.

Lingman Lake has a 234,000 ounce historical high-grade gold resource estimate that is contained within the first 180 meters of surface and open in all directions. But the looming catalyst for Signature Resources is a NI 43-101 initial resource estimate which is anticipated shortly. In an update provided on June 29th the company stated they were finalizing the compilation of the drill and assay database and doing 3D geologic modelling and analysis. A further update on August 30th included the positive news that the company had identified a low-cost opportunity to capture additional data to increase the quantity and quality of the geologic knowledge of the deposit. This in turn led to new gold zones being identified. This is particularly encouraging when you look at it in the context of some of the highlights from the exploration drilling undertaken in late 2021:

  • 6.64 g/t Au over 3.0 meters in LM21-26; including 18.5 g/t Au over 1.0 meters
  • 6.97 g/t Au over 2.0 meters in LM 21-25
  • 7.07 g/t Au over 4.0 meters in LM21-27; including 11.9 g/t Au over 1.0 meters
  • 3.54 g/t Au over 2.0 meters in LM21-28A
  • 8.24 g/t Au over 2.0 meters from 90 to 92 meters downhole; including 10.10 g/t Au over 1.0 m from 90 to 91 meters downhole in drill hole LM21-30 in the Central Zone
  • 7.14 g/t Au over 2.0 m from 99 to 101 meters downhole; including 10.50 g/t Au over 1.0 m from 99 to 100 meters downhole in drill hole LM21-30 in the Central Zone

Something quite intriguing about Signature Resources is the fact that they have two 100%-owned drill rigs and about 10,000 meters of drilling consumables to support their next-stage drill campaigns. This is quite the head start given that upon the completion of the initial resource estimate the company expects it will have a strong technical plan for advancing a successive round of exploration that concurrently to expand the resource envelope and address gaps within the current drill database; thus supporting timely updates to the resource model. Now we sit and wait, along with the company, for the completion of that resource estimate.

However, despite having the drill rigs, consumables and just under C$1 million in cash, Signature still requires additional financing to pay for capital expenditures, exploration and administrative costs required to advance exploration on its Lingman Lake Gold Project. As long as the gold sector can continue to bounce off these lows, it should make it a lot easier for this C$5.5 million market cap company to get out and raise the capital it needs to advance this project.

C’mon Mr. Powell, don’t ruin this for us.




Simon Ridgway returns to his gold roots in the Yukon with Rackla Metals

Sometimes you have to put your trust in the management team of a resource company when it’s in its infancy. Unless of course you’re a geology savant and can figure out from a two or three paragraph description of a property if it’s going to be highly prospective or not. In which case you should be out in this great big world doing it for your own benefit instead of pouring through thousands of quarterly reports and corporate presentations trying to figure out who might be on the cusp of something worth investing in.

In the meantime, let’s look at a little gold explorer in the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada called Rackla Metals Inc. (TSXV: RAK). This Canadian-based mineral exploration company is part of the Gold Group of companies led by Simon Ridgway, who stands as the Company’s CEO and a Director. The company is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties with the Rivier Property, located southeast of Ross River, Yukon, which covers lode gold mineralization of the Motherlode type and the recently staked three new claim groups targeting gold mineralization within the extension of the Tombstone Gold Belt in the Northwest Territories, Canada (RAK Main, Jos and Cinnabar Projects).

But before looking at the properties it probably helps to know a little more about the gentleman at the helm. Simon Ridgway is a co-founder of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. and Radius Gold Inc., a founder and CEO of Volcanic Gold Mines Inc. (TSXV: VG), a prospector, a mining financier and a Casey Research Explorer’s League inductee. He gained his initial experience with grass roots mineral exploration, starting out as a prospector in the Yukon Territory in the ’70s. Mr. Ridgway and the exploration teams under his guidance have discovered gold deposits in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua and a silver/gold deposit in Mexico. On the financial side, companies operating under the Gold Group banner have raised over C$450 million for exploration and development projects since 2003.

You could say that Rackla Metals is allowing Mr. Ridgway to come full circle and return to his roots. This context is important because it makes what was said in the Tombstone Gold Belt press release a little more meaningful. The staking includes 14 claims covering approximately 11,500 ha and targets the extension of the Tombstone terrain from the Yukon Territory into the Northwest Territories and follows the significant intrusive related gold discovery made by Snowline Gold Corp at the Rogue project within the Tombstone Gold Belt. Rackla’s teams have used their historic experience in the district to trace the geology and geophysics 90km southeast across the Yukon-NWT border. Multiple intrusive bodies belonging to the Tombstone Plutonic Suite have intruded the Selwyn basin sediments within the Rackla claims. Previous work by operators in the Yukon on the other side of the divide has recorded significant stream sediment gold anomalies that appear to be draining several of the intrusive bodies within the NWT.

All of this may mean little to the casual observer, but when it comes from someone with the pedigree of Mr. Ridgway, one should probably pay a little closer attention. The Rivier Property consists of 116 quartz claims covering 2,404 hectares, located in the Watson Lake Mining District 80 kms southeast of Ross River, Yukon. Previous soil and silt sampling programs have defined a plus two-kilometer-long, strong broad gold and pathfinder anomaly along a faulted contact of an ultramafic body. The anomalous gold in soils appear to be associated with mapped Listwanite alteration of the ultramafic body. With several soil samples running over 2 grams per tonne gold, this broad zone contains potential for significant gold mineralization.

Rackla has been working on drill permits for the Rivier Project but the process has advanced slower than anticipated. Permitting in the Northwest Territories should progress more quickly and Rackla expects to receive permits on the new claims in time for a multi-project field season next year. Meanwhile, Rackla plans to complete a detailed airborne magnetic program, prospecting and geological mapping in the months remaining for the current field season. With approximately C$1.2 million in cash and a CEO who has proven he can raise capital when necessary, who knows what could be in store for this C$9.5 million market cap company.




Has gold lost its shine for investors?

Today I want to look at a small, but intriguing exploration play. But first let’s address the price of gold, as in, what’s going on?

In recent weeks, gold has traded in a range, more or less around the high (USD) $1,700s per ounce. The metal has had a tough time even breaking $1,800 lately.

Many things contribute to gold currently being stuck in neutral. The U.S. dollar has been remarkably strong against other currencies, so that alone helps keep a lid on the gold price. And the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates, which makes bonds more attractive and adds opportunity cost to holding a stash of gold metal.

Meanwhile, modern economic and academic culture holds gold in disdain, based on several generations of people learning in school that gold is an outdated form of wealth protection, let alone a way to grow wealth over time.

The point is, some things are out of our control. The price of gold is what it is. Markets do what they do. The culture is fixed and it’s not as if you or I can change things.

Meanwhile, many gold mining junior companies – explorers and early stage developers – are badly beaten down in the markets. They are way oversold and there’s opportunity to be had in this situation.

Right now, across the gold and mining investment space, there’s no particular excitement for the gold juniors, especially the explorers and early-stage developers, outside of an occasional hot press release about drilling results, and even then we usually see a slight uptick followed by a sell-side downdraft.

In essence, gold is in a holding pattern in terms of price, while the junior sector is just treading water in the case of most companies. There’s little new money moving in, that’s for sure.

So it can all seem pretty grim. But it also sets up opportunities for immense profit downstream if you are in a position and mindset to buy, hold and wait for the wheels of fate to turn.

I like to focus on a few investment basics. That is, I look for companies with solid assets, great technical teams and superb management. These companies hold mineral claims in safe jurisdictions. They don’t do “vaporware,” meaning that they hold real minerals in the rocks. You can see a current resource, or anticipate a worthy and solid report coming down the line. And people running the show know what they’re doing.

Sooner or later, the upside will arrive and some of these plays have the opportunity to become attractive to far more than just the current crowd of gold and mining die-hards.

One company like this, which I’ve watched for a while, is Romios Gold Resources Inc. (TSXV: RG | OTCQB: RMIOF). Currently trading at around US 3 cents per share (about 4 cents Canadian) Romios Gold’s market cap is about $7 million (U.S.). It’s small, but despite this, Romios holds a collection of assets that ought to prompt gold investors to take a serious look.

Romios holds claims in the Golden Triangle of British Columbia, in much the same geology and along many of the same trends as such names as Brucejack, Eskay and Galore. Field work reveals excellent gold potential, along with copper mineralization in likely porphyry structures.

Romios also holds claims in Ontario, near the massive Musselwhite gold project. Romios has much the same geology underfoot as the past and presently working mines, again with excellent gold upside potential.

In addition, Romios holds mining claims in Nevada, in hard-rock areas in the west of the state. That is, it’s not Carlin-style gold, with all the problematic issues that come with exploration and production of that kind of rock. Instead, Romios works in classic mining country, and has already identified mineralized zones with visible gold within extensive vein systems.

Each of these locales – B.C., Ontario and Nevada – have their own geological story to tell. And at this stage I won’t belabor the points or write extensive geological descriptions. Those details can be found on the company’s website, along with recent press releases.

Meanwhile, from public documents and discussions with management I know that Romios has been gathering field data over the past year, and especially over this summer. Some press releases to date from Nevada have been remarkable in terms of gold and copper.

Like many junior miners, Romios holds a larger inventory of mineralized claims than its bank accounts can afford to explore, let alone develop. Then again, that’s what joint ventures and similar kinds of deals are made for. There’s no reason to think that Romios will continue to work alone, and solely on its own account. More likely, we’ll see some dealmaking. And those deals will begin to shine light on what the company has in the barn, so to speak.

Indeed, the old term “barn find” is apropos for Romios. To use an analogy, I’m reminded of the stories you occasionally hear about someone who discovers a collection of classic old cars sitting under canvas tarps in some old barn out in the middle of the countryside. There’s definite potential for a Wow-factor here as you pull back the tarps.

With Romios that wow-factor pertains. The company holds an impressive inventory of assets with strong potential upside. At this point the real question is how long, and what level of investment will it require to bring one or more of these assets to the attention of a marketplace that’s currently bored, if not downright demoralized.

As the summer field season finishes up, and we move into the fall, I suspect it will be worth watching for more news from Romios.




Troy Boisjoli of Murchison Minerals on drilling progress at its nickel-copper-cobalt HPM Project

In this InvestorIntel interview Murchison Minerals Ltd.‘s (TSXV: MUR | OTCQB: MURMF) President, CEO, and Director Troy Boisjoli speaks with host Tracy Weslosky directly from the core shack at its nickel-copper-cobalt HPM Project in Quebec.

In the interview, which can also be viewed in full on the InvestorIntel YouTube channel (click here to access InvestorChannel.com), Troy tells Tracy that the drills are turning at its battery metals site as part of a “multi-pronged exploration approach” that includes updated geophysics and field work across the property’s magmatic sulfide system. Drilling is now focused on the high-grade nickel, copper, cobalt zone called Barre de Fer. “It has a strike length of about 315 meters, a depth extent of about 295 meters, and a width of about 150 meters with individual lenses,” Troy explains, “and mineralization up to about 25 meters. The the intention of the drilling right now is to expand and and push forward at Barre de Fer and test the extent of this mineralizing system.”

Troy goes on to tell Tracy that Barre de Fer is “an area that has all of the the fundamental requirements from a technical geology perspective to have district or camp scale potential.” He goes on to say that “we also have very tangible, real results that we’re expanding on, and we’ll be able to expand on in the very near term,” and that one of the objectives of this drill program is getting into a position to have a maiden resource at Barre de Fer.”

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About Murchison Minerals Ltd.

Murchison is a Canadian‐based exploration company focused on nickel-copper-cobalt exploration at the 100% – owned HPM Project in Quebec and the exploration and development of the 100% – owned Brabant Lake zinc‐copper‐silver project in north‐central Saskatchewan. The Company also holds an option to earn 100% interest in the Barraute VMS exploration project also located in Quebec, north of Val d’Or. Murchison currently has 218.2 million shares issued and outstanding.

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Tapping his toes to silver, Ecclestone hums the 3 P’s from the old school mining hymnbook

New silver mines appearing on the scene are not a daily occurrence or even a regular happening. The silver price made a quantum leap from being rangebound for many years in the low to mid-teens to the low to mid-twenties (and now back below $20) and yet there has not been a concomitant surge in new mine openings. Too many players want to mine the story rather than mine the metals. This is not the case with Silver Bullet Mines Corp. (TSXV: SBMI | OTCQB: SBMCF) that are advancing not one but two mines to production at the current moment.

They are singing out of our preferred hymnbook with the Three Ps (production, production, production) being their mantra and spending the money that would otherwise be going on endless consultants’ reports on actually advancing the mine builds.

The Assets

The company has four principal assets, of which two are in development. These are the Buckeye, McMorris, & Silver Sevens mines in Arizona, the Washington mine in Idaho, the Lone Mountain & Ophir Canyon projects in Nevada and the Black Copper & Richmond (Richman) Basin Deposits in Arizona.

The producing project is Buckeye (which started production in the last two months) while the (imminent) development project is the Washington Mine in Idaho.

Miners with a Philosophy

Management at Silver Bullet do not mince their words. SBMI’s management has stated clearly that they do not intend to spend capital on a third-party resource estimate or Preliminary Economic Analysis for the Buckeye Silver Mine. In the company’s opinion, given the nature of the known mineralization, the extensive historical third-party documentation, and the leadership team’s direct experience at Buckeye, a third-party resource estimate or PEA would be prohibitively expensive to have written without actually advancing the Company’s knowledge of the Buckeye. “This is old school mining,” in the words of the CEO John Carter, “and for this project, it’s the right way. Producing from 6-foot wide silver veins is not your standard mining opportunity, which means it requires a non-standard approach. Here, we believe the right approach is to carry out our own internal economic analysis.”

On Silver

While silver has slipped back under $20 we would expect it to clamber back above that level as the market gets its head in order and swings back towards hard assets (i.e. metals) and away from the frou-frou of Tech Unicorns.

Earnings

Having a bottom line is a rare phenomenon for a junior we know. Most of them run from earnings as if they are toxic waste. The recent retreat in silver means our expectations of even two months ago need a reality check, but even at current levels, one should expect earnings from Buckeye of around US$3 million in a full year. If silver returns to $23 per oz then earnings will be ~US$6 million.

Nothing Succeeds like Success

The success of this strategy shall soon be measurable with Buckeye producing, extraction of ore at the Washington mine in Idaho, and then assessment of the potential at McMorris to do the same. There are few junior developers with two, let alone three, silver mines in production.

The company will have gone from a listing in late 2021, to production at Buckeye in less than nine months. Few miners have been able to go from starting gun to revenues in such a short timeframe. This is not to say that there won’t be hiccups as we know in mining there is many an unexpected pitfall (literal or metaphorical). The market will thus be all the more surprised to see revenues so swiftly appear.