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Investors embrace resource estimates from Pretium and Golden Reign

by Greg Klein

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Investors embrace resource estimates from Pretium and Golden Reign

Visible gold shines through core samples from
Pretium Resources’ Valley of the Kings zone.

Two resource estimates announced November 20 received warm market welcomes. Pretium Resources TSX:PVG increased the indicated category of its Brucejack Project in northwestern British Columbia by 66%. Golden Reign Resources TSXV:GRR, meanwhile, debuted the San Albino-Murra Property in western Nicaragua with its first-ever estimate.

Pretium last released updates on September 7 for both the Valley of the Kings zone and the West zone 500 metres north. The November 20 update concerns Valley of the Kings only.

Using a cutoff of 5 g/t gold-equivalent, the resource shows:

  • an indicated category of 16.1 million tonnes averaging 16.4 g/t gold and 14.2 g/t silver for 8.5 million gold ounces and 7.3 million silver ounces
  • an inferred category of 5.4 million tonnes averaging 17 g/t gold and 15.7 g/t silver for 2.9 million gold ounces and 2.7 million silver ounces

The Valley of the Kings resource now includes drilling from Galena Hill, previously thought to be a separate zone. The company stated that the Valley remains open to the east and west along strike and at depth.

By boosting the indicated category 66%, the resource pushes Brucejack further along its feasibility study, Pretium president/CEO Bob Quartermain tells ResourceClips. “This gives us a really good base to do the feasibility study and develop a mine plan around the high-grade resource at the Valley of the Kings,” he says. He hopes to have feasibility complete by the first half of next year.

“We continue to de-risk the project and I think the next major catalyst for the company will be the feasibility study,” he adds. “There’s also the underground bulk sample, which we’re hoping to take again in the second half of next year. Those continue to create value for our shareholders. Obviously the market likes the way we’re de-risking the project and certainly reacted positively today.”

Indeed Pretium opened November 20 at $13.07 and reached $13.25 before settling back at a $12.95 close—still comfortably above the previous day’s $12.77 close. The stock has a 52-week high of $18.15 and low of $8.27. With 94.83 million shares outstanding, the press-time market cap came to $1.23 billion.

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