Toronto Resource Investment Conference 2012 links investors with opportunities
By Ted Niles
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When market uncertainty prevails, perspective is one of the most valuable (and, needless to say, scarce) commodities an investor can hope for. And there will be perspective in abundance at Cambridge House’s Toronto Resource Investment Conference 2012 on September 27 and 28.
“It’s an anomaly right now,” says Cambridge House Owner and Founder Joe Martin. “You have record-setting prices for most of the mineral ore that we’re looking for, and yet the prices of the stocks are extremely depressed. That’s primarily because of the lack of available capital as a consequence of the world crisis, particularly in Europe. Looking at gold: companies are profitable at $800 gold, and yet we have clients who have more cash in the bank than their market cap. So it’s been a very tough period for these companies to raise money. You’re seeing financings at 10, 15, 20 cents when they should be in the 60-, 70-, 80-cent range.”
Martin notes that the last three months were particularly brutal for junior mining stocks, but he believes that August saw the bottom of the market. “We went through a very depressing summer, but the tempo of my sales force and the attitude of my whole staff in the last three weeks has been very upbeat. And we’re a good barometer of that, because we’re in touch with a wide variety of the exploration people. If you look at the TSX Venture index you’ll see that we’ve turned the corner.”
That said, it’s some indication of the strength of a number of Cambridge House’s exhibitors that they have remained reasonably unscathed despite the length and sharpness of this particular bear market’s claws. Most remarkable would be Argonaut Gold TSX:AR, whose share price has increased over 260% during the last two years, reporting in August record revenue and production from its La Colorada and El Castillo mines in Mexico. Not quite so dramatic but still noteworthy are GoldQuest Mining TSXV:GQC, Great Panther Silver TSX:GPR, Eurasian Minerals TSXV:EMX, Comstock Metals TSXV:CSL and Balmoral Resources TSXV:BAR, who have all performed well in recent months.
Martin says there is no shortage of opportunities for juniors moving forward. Consider that half the world’s population is living in countries whose economies are growing at 6% per year. Note too that central banks increased their gold purchases 571% in 2011. “Ore bodies run out, and it’s primarily up to the Canadian juniors to find new ones,” he declares. “Canadian juniors are very adept at doing this. Right now the big thing is the rush for battery-technology metals—lithium, graphite and, coming down the pipe, zinc. It’s the Canadian juniors that are meeting this demand.”
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