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November 19th, 2018

Canada’s hitting a six-year high in exploration spending

by Greg Klein

Canada’s hitting a six-year high in exploration spending

Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project offers one reason why
Quebec leads Canada and gold leads metals for exploration spending.
(Photo: Osisko Mining)

 

Blockchain might offer intrigue and cannabis promises a buzz, but mineral exploration still attracts growing interest. A healthy upswing this year will bring Canadian projects a nearly 8% spending increase to $2.36 billion, the industry’s highest amount since 2012. According to recently released data, that’s part of an international trend that puts Canada at the top of a worldwide resurgence.

The $2.36 billion allotted for Canadian exploration and deposit appraisal forms just a small part of the year’s total mineral resource development investments, which see $11.86 billion committed to this country, up from $10.61 billion in 2017.

Those numbers come from Natural Resources Canada, which surveyed companies between April and September on their spending intentions within the country for 2018. The $2.36-billion figure includes engineering, economic and feasibility studies, along with environmental work and general expenses.

Canada’s hitting a six-year high in exploration spending

Trial extraction for Pure Gold Mining’s (TSXV:PGM)
Madsen feasibility studies encourages interest in
Ontario’s Red Lake region. (Photo: Pure Gold Mining)

Of that number, Quebec edges out Ontario for first place with $623.1 million in spending this year, 26.4% of Canada’s total. Ontario’s share comes to $567.5 million or 24%. Last year’s totals came to $573.9 million for Quebec and $539.7 million for its western neighbour. Prior to that, however, Ontario held a comfortable lead year after year.

Third-place British Columbia gets $335.5 million or 14.2% of Canada’s total this year, an increase from $302.6 million in 2017.

On a per-capita basis, Yukon’s enjoying an exceptional year with an expected $249.4 million or 10.6% of Canada’s total. That’s the territory’s second substantial increase in a row, following $168.7 million the previous year.

Saskatchewan dips this year to $187.2 million (7.9%) from $191.2 million in 2017. But the Fraser Institute’s last survey of mining jurisdictions placed the province first in Canada and second worldwide.

Nunavut drops too, for the third consecutive time, to $143.9 million (6.1%), compared with $177 million in 2017. The Northwest Territories’ forecast declines to $86.2 million (3.7%) this year after $91.2 million last year.

Canada’s hitting a six-year high in exploration spending

Among companies leading Yukon’s exceptional performance
is White Gold TSXV:WGO, with substantial backing from
Agnico Eagle Mines TSX:AEM and Kinross Gold TSX:K.
(Photo: White Gold)

Especially troubling when contrasted with Yukon’s performance, data for the other territories prompted NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines president Gary Vivian to call on federal, territorial and native governments and boards to help the industry “by creating certainty around land access, by reducing unnecessary complexity and by addressing the higher costs they face working in the North. Sustaining and growing future mining benefits depend on it.”

The pursuit of precious metals accounts for $1.5 billion in spending, nearly 64% of Canadian exploration. Ontario gets almost 31% of the precious metals attention, with 27% going to Quebec.

Base metals, mostly in Quebec, B.C. and Ontario, get 15.5% of the year’s total. Uranium gets 5%, almost entirely in Saskatchewan. Diamonds get nearly 4%, most of it going to the NWT and Saskatchewan. But nearly 11% of this year’s total goes to a category vaguely attributed to other metals, along with coal and additional non-metals.

Getting back to this year’s exploration total ($2.36 billion, remember?), senior companies commit themselves to nearly 55%, compared with nearly 51% last year. But the juniors’ share remains proportionately much larger than the pre-2017 years.

Additional encouragement—and on an international level—comes from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Using different methodology to produce different results, the Metals and Mining Research team found worldwide budgets for nonferrous exploration jumping 19% this year to $10.1 billion.

Juniors have been reaping the biggest budget gains at 35%. Over 1,651 functional exploration companies represent an 8% improvement over last year and the first such increase since 2012. But that’s “still about 900 companies less than in 2012, representing a one-third culling of active explorers over the past five years.”

The most dramatic spending increase hit cobalt and lithium, this year undergoing an 82% leap in exploration spending. That’s part of a 500% climb since 2015, SPGMI says.

Canada’s hitting a six-year high in exploration spending

Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi project in Quebec
contributes to the enthusiasm for energy metals.
(Photo: Nemaska Lithium)

Even so, precious and base metals retained their prominence as gold continues “to benefit the most from the industry recovery.” The global strive for yellow metal will claim $4.86 billion this year, up from $4.05 billion in 2017. Base metals spending will grow by $600 million to $3.04 billion. “Copper remained by far the most attractive of the base metals, although zinc allocations have increased the most, rising 37% in 2018, the report states. “Budgets are up for all targets except uranium.”

SPGMI finds Canada keeping its global top spot for nonferrous exploration with a 31% year-on-year budget increase. Second-place Australia achieved a 23% rise. The U.S. total places third, although with a 34% increase over the country’s 2017 performance.

In each of the top three countries, over 55% of the budgets focused on gold.

“Improved metals prices and margins since 2016 have encouraged producers to expand their organic efforts the past two years,” commented SPGMI’s Mark Ferguson. “Over the same period, equity market support for the junior explorers has improved, leading to an uptick in the number and size of completed financings. This allowed the group to increase exploration budgets by 35% in 2018.”

Geoscience BC maps Greenwood’s mineral potential

September 28th, 2018

by Greg Klein | September 28, 2018

An historic British Columbia mining camp comes under additional scrutiny with new research released September 28. Geoscience BC’s latest report and 1:50,000-scale map focus on the province’s south-central Greenwood district, about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Mining on the 800-square-kilometre area dates back to the late 1880s. Some 26 past-producers have given up more than 1.2 million ounces of gold and over 270,000 tonnes of copper, along with silver, lead and zinc, according to the independent non-profit organization. With a number of juniors currently working to find more mineralization, this research “should bolster the recent revival of mineral exploration activity in the Greenwood area,” said Geoscience BC VP of minerals and mining Bruce Madu.

Geoscience BC maps Greenwood’s mineral potential

Mining may one day return to the once-busy Greenwood camp.
(Photo: Geoscience BC)

Among the active companies is Grizzly Discoveries TSXV:GZD, which holds about 72,840 hectares of Greenwood turf. Under a 75% earn-in, Kinross Gold TSX:K has been drilling for gold in the Midway area of Grizzly’s holdings. Grizzly has been conducting geophysics and surface exploration on its Robocop cobalt-copper-silver claims and plans drilling for three other Greenwood targets.

Just across the international border, Kinross operated the Kettle River-Buckhorn gold mine until last year, extracting 1.3 million ounces over nine years.

Another of Greenwood’s large landholders is Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM, which attributes 31 historic mines to its 15,400-hectare portfolio.

The Greenwood report might help illuminate other parts of B.C. as well. “This area could hold the key to a better understanding of mineral deposits that formed during key geological events that span almost 200 million years,” Madu added.

Working with First Nations, local communities, governments, academia and the resource sector, Geoscience BC opens its research to the public “with the aim of encouraging exploration, economic activity and informed land use decisions.” Most funding comes from the provincial government.

The organization’s other mapping projects in the area include:

See Geoscience BC’s Earth Science Viewer.

Visual Capitalist: Nine reasons mining investors are looking at Yukon companies

September 18th, 2018

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | September 18, 2018

In the mining industry, location is paramount.

Invest your capital in a jurisdiction that doesn’t respect that investment, or in a place with little geological potential, and it’s possible that it will end up going to waste.

That’s why, when there’s a place on the map that has world-class geology and also a plan for working with miners and new explorers, the money begins to flow to take advantage of that potential.

Why investors are looking at the Yukon

This infographic comes to us from the Yukon Mining Alliance and it shows nine reasons why people are investing in Yukon mining and exploration companies today.

 

Nine reasons mining investors are looking at Yukon companies

 

For resource investors, it is rare to see variables like government investment, jurisdiction, geological potential and investment from major mining companies all aligning.

However, in the Yukon, it seems this may be the case. Here are nine reasons the Yukon is starting to attract more investment capital:

1. Rich history
Mining was central to the Yukon even over a century ago, when over 100,000 fortune-seekers stampeded into the Yukon with the goal of striking it rich in the famous Klondike Gold Rush.

2. Geological profile
In the last decade, there have been major discoveries of gold, silver, copper, zinc and lead in the Yukon—but perhaps most interestingly, only 12% of the Yukon has been staked, making the region highly under-explored. Spending on exploration and development rose from $93 million to $158 million from 2015 to 2017.

3. Major investment
Major mining companies now have a stake in the polymetallic rush. Recent companies to foray into the Yukon include Agnico Eagle Mines TSX:AEM, Barrick Gold TSX:ABX, Coeur Mining NYSE:CDE, Goldcorp TSX:G, Kinross Gold TSX:K and Newmont Mining NYSE:NEM.

4. Leaders in exploration and mining
Juniors in the region are working on new geological ideas as well as new technology to unlock the vast potential of the region.

5. Progressive partnerships
First Nations and the government of Yukon have recently championed a new government-to-government relationship that enables them to be on the exact same page when it comes to mineral projects.

6. Government investment
The Yukon government is investing in new infrastructure via the Resource Gateway project. It also offers the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program, which provides a portion of risk capital to explore and develop mineral projects to an advanced stage.

7. Made in Yukon process
The Yukon government also tries to foster regulatory certainty to create clarity for companies and investors through its customized tri-party process.

8. Infrastructure
The jurisdiction has 5,000 kilometres of government-maintained roads, receives 95% of power from clean hydro, has international and local airports, and has access to three deep-water, ice-free ports.

9. Geopolitical stability
Canada offers geopolitical stability to start with—but with unprecedented cooperation between the territorial government and First Nations, the Yukon is arguably a step above the rest of the country.

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

Ian Telfer talks

July 4th, 2018

Transcending low grades in school, he hit high grades in mining and philanthropy

by Greg Klein

Goldcorp’s boss transcended lousy academic grades to acquire high-grade mines

A few of Goldcorp’s 15,000 employees stride through Quebec’s Éléonore mine.

 

Here’s a guy who got rejected not by “virtually every university in Canada, it was every university in Canada”—and for an MBA program at that. Now chairperson of Goldcorp TSX:G, Ian Telfer credits one school’s 11th-hour offer with giving him a second shot at his career, putting an undistinguished background behind him to become a serial success story. His reflections provided inspiration to a sold-out Vancouver audience of 850 people hoping to pick up some of the magic that made him a mining legend.

The June 28 event saw him interviewed on stage by Peter Legge, a standup comic-turned-publisher and author of several motivational books. Consequently, conversation focused less on mining deals than on qualities that might complement success in any industry. Hosting the event was BCBusiness, a magazine created by Cambridge House International founder Joe Martin and sold to Legge by local zillionaire Jim Pattison.

Goldcorp’s boss transcended lousy academic grades to acquire high-grade mines

The man with the golden shoes and Midas touch
plans to devote his very considerable net worth
to good causes.

Telfer’s mid-career second chance came from the University of Ottawa, in a surprise phone call the day before classes started. Taking his studies seriously this time, he went on to become a chartered accountant and financial analyst for Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM predecessor Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting. Looking back, he describes his former self as a mediocre salesman and “probably less than a mediocre accountant.”

But junior mining requires “promoting ideas that you hope are going to turn into companies. You have to do some selling and you have to understand numbers and it turned out I was a better accountant than the other salesman and a better salesman than the other accountant.”

By 1983 he was in Brazil running TVX Gold, an eventual Kinross Gold TSX:K acquisition, with Eike Batista. The latter went on to become the country’s richest man. But this week he got 30 years for bribing a politician.

Somewhat milder were Telfer’s career disappointments, which included an unsuccessful foray into the late 1990s tech bubble. A few years later, however, he and Frank Giustra took advantage of gold’s dismal price to pick up Wheaton River Minerals. A string of acquisitions expanded the company, enticing Rob McEwen’s Goldcorp into a merger. Telfer took over as Goldcorp’s CEO and, now at age 72, remains chairperson. Under his leadership, continued M&A brought the company to 2.57 million ounces of gold production last year, planned growth to three million ounces by 2021, and a current staff of 15,000. That compares with a half-dozen employees when he took over Wheaton River.

Still, his Hudson Bay experience proved pivotal. The company brought in an American experienced in the early ’80s new concept of strategic planning and, Telfer says with emphatic pauses after each word: “I. Learned. So. Much. From. Him.

“American businessmen—they are tougher. They are more demanding, they are way less user-friendly than Canadian executives for sure…. I learned from him how high standards could be. He was one of those people, you could put together a whole presentation and he’d throw it in the garbage. No Canadian boss I’d ever worked for would ever do anything like that…. I thought he was tough, he’d tell me stories about bosses he had that were horrific. Why? They raise your standards so high…. I felt I learned everything I learned about business from him.”

Peter Munk’s comment was that all the good that came to him came from society, and it should go back. And so that will be my legacy.

His future involves “probably not starting any new businesses but I don’t rule it out.” As for his legacy, he says he’s “incredibly proud of Goldcorp” as a source of careers and philanthropy. He also expresses admiration for Peter Munk, who “gave away his complete net worth to charity. And while a lot of successful people say they’re going to do that, most of them don’t…. Peter Munk’s comment was that all the good that came to him came from society, and it should go back. And so that will be my legacy.”

Having donated many millions so far, his $5,000 scholarship at the University of Ottawa might seem insignificant were it not for the criteria. Commemorating his own academic performance, the money’s granted each year to the student who enters first-year MBA classes with the lowest marks.

Speaking with ResourceClips.com, Telfer reiterated his belief that the world has reached peak gold. That, along with growing inflation and a weakening U.S. dollar should raise prices, he maintained. “There hasn’t been much inflation for a while but I think that’s starting. The U.S. dollar being strong also has an impact on the price of gold. So I think the supply of gold is going down, inflation is coming up and the U.S. dollar is going to weaken, and all three of those are good for gold.”

The industry’s biggest challenge is “finding reserves,” he added. “The most difficult part of our business is the exploration part. The whole industry, all the metals but especially gold, are having a very difficult time replacing reserves. So companies are starting to shrink. That’s our biggest challenge.”

Does that bode well for juniors? “If they find things.”

Golden Dawn Minerals adds another gold-silver property to its portfolio of advanced B.C. assets

December 19th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 19, 2017

Update: On February 6, 2018, Golden Dawn Minerals reported that Huakan International Mining, which optioned J&L to Golden Dawn, faced a lawsuit from Armex Mining, which claims it has a valid letter of intent with Huakan concerning J&L. Huakan intends to defend the Armex action, Golden Dawn added.

Part of a strategy to gather advanced-stage to near-production properties, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM has picked up another British Columbia project. Situated 35 kilometres north of Revelstoke and 600 kilometres east of Vancouver, the 3,052-hectare J&L gold-silver-base metals property will function separately from the company’s Greenwood mining camp revival in southern B.C.

Golden Dawn Minerals adds another gold-silver property to its portfolio of advanced B.C. assets

J&L’s infrastructure includes a 40-person camp.

J&L comes with historic resources for three zones, paved highway and forestry road access, a rail siding and loading facility in Revelstoke, a 40-person camp, maintenance buildings, workshops and a fleet of underground mining equipment.

As part of a 2012 preliminary economic assessment, Huakan International Mining compiled a resource that Golden Dawn considers historic and non-43-101:

Main zone

  • measured and indicated: 3.95 million tonnes averaging 5.68 g/t gold and 56.5 g/t silver for 722,000 ounces gold and 7.18 million ounces silver

  • inferred: 4.34 million tonnes averaging 4.16 g/t gold and 57.8 g/t silver for 580,200 ounces gold and 8.06 million ounces silver

The company also reported M&I grades of 1.94% lead and 3.56% zinc, for a gold-equivalent grade of 8.56 g/t. The inferred category shows 1.82% lead and 2.72% zinc, for 6.76 g/t gold-equivalent.

Footwall zone

  • inferred: 363,000 tonnes averaging 3.65 g/t gold and 25.4 g/t silver for 42,500 ounces gold and 296,000 ounces silver

With 0.55% lead and 0.51% zinc, the gold-equivalent grade comes to 4.49 g/t.

Yellowjacket zone

  • indicated: 1 million tonnes averaging 0.21 g/t gold and 64.1 g/t silver for 6,900 ounces gold and 2.07 million ounces silver

  • inferred: 35,000 tonnes averaging 0.35 g/t gold and 81.9 g/t silver for 400 ounces gold and 91,000 ounces silver

The indicated category also showed 2.77% lead and 9.08% zinc, while base metals inferred grades came to 3.18% lead and 6.26% zinc.

The mineralized zones have been drilled up to 1.5 kilometres along strike and as much as 850 metres down-dip, remaining open.

A three-option agreement outlines several steps of cash payments and share issues to the vendor, as well as spending and work requirements to earn an initial 51% interest and subsequently full ownership of the project.

Golden Dawn Minerals adds another gold-silver property to its portfolio of advanced B.C. assets

Underground rehab readies the
Lexington past-producer for trial mining.

Golden Dawn plans to update the 2012 PEA and, given positive results, conduct further work including underground drilling, decline and drift development and metallurgical tests to move towards pre-feasibility.

Meanwhile work continues at the Greenwood camp 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, where Golden Dawn hopes to re-start a number of former mines within 15 to 20 kilometres’ radius of the company’s 212-tpd mill. Earlier this month Golden Dawn released another batch of gold-copper assays from the Golden Crown past-producer. The nearby Lexington gold-copper past-producer has dewatering and underground rehab underway, part of a plan to begin trial mining. Given the infrastructure in place, Golden Dawn proposes to re-start the former mines without de-risking at the feasibility level.

The company also announced three personnel additions this month. Geological consultant Peter Cooper’s 41-year career includes work as chief geologist and operations manager for Kinross Gold’s (TSX:K) Kettle River operations, about 40 kilometres south of the Greenwood camp. He’s helped put three gold mines into operation, including Kinross’ Buckhorn mine, 20 kilometres from Lexington.

Another consulting geologist, Serguei Soloviev has worked on a number of B.C. and Yukon gold and copper projects as well as serving as Rio Tinto Exploration’s chief geologist for Russian operations from 2010 to 2016. Soloviev has written over 50 technical papers for peer-reviewed journals.

Diana Mark joins the team as VP of corporate affairs. With over 25 years’ experience in corporate and regulatory compliance, she’s been providing consulting services to the company since January.

In September Golden Dawn closed private placements totalling $2.3 million, followed by another $2.36 million last month.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

BonTerra Resources heralds new gold zone in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp

September 14th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 14, 2017

Exploration drilling southwest of the Gladiator deposit reveals a new gold zone, BonTerra Resources TSXV:BTR announced. Christened the Temica zone, it’s believed to be an extension of the deposit’s mineralized trend. Of three holes with one intercept each reported September 14, the standout was CL-17-14, four kilometres from the deposit. The result showed 4.7 g/t gold and 44.6 g/t silver over 2.7 metres, at 250 metres below surface.

BonTerra Resources heralds new gold zone in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp

BonTerra’s field camp houses a team
busy with a 40,000-metre 2017 program.

Another kilometre southwest, CL-17-06 found 13 g/t gold over one metre at 200 metres below surface. CL-17-01 showed a near-surface 4.8 g/t gold over one metre in “close proximity to drill hole CL-17-14, but was located too close to the zone and resulted in a partial intersection,” BonTerra stated.

True widths were estimated between 60% and 80%.

The discovery follows till sampling and induced polarization surveys that identified additional targets for further drilling that’s planned for Temica and beyond.

BonTerra last released assays in July from a campaign largely focused on the gap between the 8,126-hectare Coliseum property’s Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone, about 600 metres west.

With at least four rigs busy on a planned 40,000 metres, all that drilling can only stir anticipation of an update to Gladiator’s 2012 resource. Using a base case 4 g/t cutoff, it holds an inferred category of 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold. The deposit remains open in all directions.

The company raised $40 million this year, with participation from Eric Sprott and Kinross Gold TSX:K.

BonTerra also holds the Larder Lake project in Ontario’s Cadillac/Larder Lake break. The property’s Bear Lake deposit has an historic, non-43-101 inferred resource of 3.7 million tonnes averaging 5.7 g/t for 683,000 gold ounces. Another non-43-101 estimate for the Cheminis deposit has an indicated 335,000 tonnes averaging 4.1 g/t for 43,800 gold ounces and an inferred 1.39 million tonnes averaging 5.2 g/t for 233,400 ounces.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

Infographic: The Yukon, where mineral potential is coming of age

August 8th, 2017

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | August 8, 2017

In a remote corner of Canada’s north lies the Yukon—a territory that is renowned for both its legendary mineral potential and its storied mining history.

But while the Yukon only produced 2.2% of Canada’s gold in 2016, the territory’s considerable potential may finally be getting realized in a big way. In the last few years globally significant discoveries have been made and now mining giants such as Barrick Gold TSX:ABX, Goldcorp TSX:G and Agnico Eagle TSX:AEM are making their moves into the Yukon to get in on the action.

A coming of age story

This infographic comes from Strikepoint Gold TSXV:SKP and it showcases some of the reasons why the most important chapter in the Yukon’s mining story may just be beginning.

The Yukon: Where mineral potential is coming of age

 

Although the Yukon has been known for a long time to possess incredible mineral potential, it is only in the last few years that signs have been pointing towards this being realized in the form of globally significant discoveries, investment from major players and mines being built.

A new era in the Yukon

For gold to be produced, it must first be discovered. The Yukon has been home to some of Canada’s most exciting discoveries in the last 10 years. The new project pipeline contains impressive deposits but, even more importantly, it contains some impressive names.

White Gold

Famously found by prospector Shawn Ryan and Underworld Resources in 2008, the White Gold discovery triggered much of the modern interest in the Yukon. Kinross Gold TSX:K purchased Underworld Resources for $139.2 million at the height of the gold market. More recently, major Agnico Eagle has bought into the district for $14.52 million.

Coffee project

Discovered in 2010, this project is just kilometres away from the White Gold project. It too is based on Shawn Ryan’s claims. Most recently, Goldcorp bought the project for $520 million through its acquisition of Kaminak Gold.

Casino project

Currently under environmental review, this massive porphyry deposit owned by Western Copper and Gold TSX:WRN could be the largest mine in Yukon history, if constructed. Right now the deposit has reserves of 4.5 billion pounds of copper and 8.9 million ounces of gold.

Rackla

The only Carlin-style district in Canada, this project is being advanced by ATAC Resources TSXV:ATC. Recently ATAC generated headlines with an investment from Barrick, which put in $8.3 million while also committing up to a further $55 million to earn 70% of the property’s Orion project.

Eagle Gold

Eagle Gold is on track to become the Yukon’s largest gold-only mine in history. Victoria Gold TSXV:VIT, the project’s owner, expects its first gold pour in 2019. Currently the property’s Eagle and Olive deposits have 2.66 million ounces of gold in reserves.

Major arrivals

In the last year or so some of the world’s most prolific gold miners such as Barrick, Goldcorp and Agnico Eagle have set up shop in the Yukon—and it could be a sign that the territory is close to reaching its ultimate potential as a top-tier mining destination.

Here are some of the other reasons that miners and investors are looking northwards:

1. Government support

The Yukon government is well known for supporting prospectors and miners developing projects. Current programs include the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program, which provides a portion of risk capital to help explorers locate and grow deposits, as well as the Fuel Tax Exemption, which makes miners and other off-road industries exempt from fuel taxes.

2. A rich mining history

From the placer mining of the famous Klondike gold rush to the mining today in the Yukon, the territory has always welcomed mining. In fact, mining is still the most important private industry today in the Yukon by GDP share (19%).

3. First Nations approach

First Nations and the Yukon government have recently championed a new “government-to-government” relationship to ensure that industry, the territorial government and First Nations are on the same page for mineral projects.

4. Momentum

From Shawn Ryan’s discoveries to the arrival of majors in the region, it has been an eventful decade for Yukon miners. Many expect the best is yet to come.

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

Another $20 million boosts BonTerra Resources as multiple drills target Gladiator

June 30th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 30, 2017

Obviously some people like what they see in BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator gold project in Quebec. Raising an amount just $120 shy of $20 million, the company announced the closing of its most recent private placement on June 30. This financing began with a $12.9-million bought deal earlier in the month. Eleven days later BonTerra increased the offer to $19,999,880.

Another $20 million boosts BonTerra Resources as multiple drills target Gladiator

Results from Gladiator’s aggressive drill campaign
brought BonTerra another large cash infusion.

With Sprott Capital Partners acting as lead underwriter, Eric Sprott came in for another $2.3 million, building his indirect ownership of BonTerra from 8.9% to approximately 10.04% of outstanding shares.

In a nearly $14-million placement that closed in early March, Sprott participated to the tune of $3.89 million. Later that month another private placement brought in $1.02 million. March didn’t end until the company attracted another $5.2 million in a strategic investment by Kinross Gold TSX:K.

The main attraction is BonTerra’s 8,126-hectare property in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp, host to Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project and an area that Osisko believes has district potential. BonTerra has multiple rigs working on a 40,000-metre campaign, focusing on resource expansion and especially targeting a 600-metre gap separating the Gladiator deposit from the Rivage zone to the west.

Assays for three holes released in early June included one hole that confirmed the project’s new South zone, while other intercepts extended other zones west of the deposit. The project has been drilled to 850 metres in depth and 1.2 kilometres in strike, leaving it open in all directions.

The results build anticipation for an update to the 2012 resource which, using a 4 g/t cutoff, showed an inferred 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold.

In Ontario’s Cadillac/Larder Lake break, meanwhile, BonTerra intends to bring two historic estimates from 2011 up to 43-101 standards. The Larder Lake project’s Bear Lake deposit has a non-43-101 inferred resource of 3.7 million tonnes averaging 5.7 g/t for 683,000 gold ounces. The Cheminis deposit hosts a non-43-101 estimate with an indicated category of 335,000 tonnes averaging 4.1 g/t for 43,800 gold ounces and an inferred 1.39 million tonnes averaging 5.2 g/t for 233,400 ounces.

Read more about BonTerra Resources.

The Greenwood renaissance

June 23rd, 2017

Golden Dawn Minerals moves to revive the historic B.C. mining camp

by Greg Klein

It’s a case of one bold decision leading to another. Among the companies that saw opportunity during the downturn, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM began picking up past-producers, assembling a cluster of properties radiating around a mill in south-central British Columbia’s fabled Greenwood mining district. Now, with a recently released PEA and some of the permits in place, the company’s ready to boldly venture into trial mining sans feasibility.

Company adviser George Sookochoff credits president/CEO Wolf Wiese with being “very aggressive in making deals, acquiring properties and putting together this fantastic package. Now that markets are looking better, he’s already got his projects and financing lined up.”

Golden Dawn Minerals moves to revive the historic B.C. mining camp

Golden Dawn’s mill plays a vital role in the
company’s plans to re-activate the past-producing mines.

So extensive is Golden Dawn’s portfolio that it reads more like a catalogue. But the initial focal points constitute a mill with three nearby past-producers: the Lexington-Grenoble gold-copper, Golden Crown gold-copper and May Mac gold-silver-lead-zinc mines. The company’s crushing-grinding-gravity-flotation mill and tailings facility has a 212-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd. Built in 2007, it’s been on care and maintenance since the end of 2008.

“The mill is key to the potential success of this economic model,” Sookochoff explains. “It enables us to mine and process smaller deposits. We’ll find bigger deposits if they’re there but we could keep feeding the mill with these smaller deposits. All these projects are within 15 kilometres of the mill.”

With the advantages of refurbishable infrastructure straddling a highway 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, the PEA calculates a very high after-tax IRR of 103.4% and NPV of $19.7 million. Capex would come to $27.2 million, including pre-production costs of $3.4 million spent over six months. Payback would come in 1.4 years, while the life of mine would be 4.6 years.

The limited lifespan, of course, highlights the importance of resource expansion, Sookochoff emphasizes.

This week the company announced provincial approval to re-activate Lexington and the mill. The 2,020-hectare Lexington property had its underground infrastructure expanded by a previous operator that mined the project from April to December 2008, producing 5,486 ounces of gold, 3,247 ounces of silver and 860,259 pounds of copper that was processed at the Greenwood mill. Using a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Lexington has a 2016 resource showing:

  • measured: 58,000 tonnes averaging 6.98 g/t gold, 1.1% copper and 8.63 g/t gold-equivalent for 16,100 gold-equivalent ounces

  • indicated: 314,000 tonnes averaging 6.38 g/t gold, 1.04% copper and 7.94 g/t gold-equivalent for 80,200 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 12,000 tonnes averaging 4.42 g/t gold, 1.03% copper and 5.96 g/t gold-equivalent for 2,300 gold-equivalent ounces

At Golden Crown, meanwhile, permitting is in process for surface drilling to upgrade the resource and test for extensions. The 1,017-hectare property underwent small-scale underground gold-copper mining early last century and extensive exploration on and off since then. Using a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Golden Crown’s 2016 resource shows:

  • indicated: 163,000 tonnes averaging 11.09 g/t gold, 0.56% copper and 11.93 g/t gold-equivalent for 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 42,000 tonnes averaging 9.04 g/t gold, 0.43% copper and 9.68 g/t gold-equivalent for 13,100 gold-equivalent ounces

May Mac also has permit applications under review, these ones for underground drifting, drilling and bulk sampling. A previous round of underground drilling wrapped up in spring, resulting in high-grade silver-gold-base metals assays. Surface drilling continues.

But Golden Dawn’s very extensive assets—again, all proximal to the mill—offer additional potential to keep the facility busy beyond the PEA’s timespan. Among them are 29 former mines covering 11,000 hectares that came with the January acquisition of Kettle River Resources. One focus is the former Phoenix mine that reportedly gave up around 500 million pounds of copper and nearly one million ounces of gold. Sookochoff, a database specialist, has been poring over something like a century’s worth of files including approximately 3,000 maps and 500 reports.

In the last few years especially, junior companies have been able to acquire so much data that it’s a challenge to handle it efficiently.—George Sookochoff
Golden Dawn Minerals adviser

“In the last few years especially, junior companies have been able to acquire so much data that it’s a challenge to handle it efficiently,” he says. Nevertheless, after compiling the archives and incorporating new exploration data, he hopes to see some “deeper-seated feeder systems” underlying the shallow former mines.

Phoenix has deep-penetration airborne VTEM planned for September, he says. “If we get a strong anomaly coincident with a former mine, we’ll know that’s a mineralized geophysical signature and we’ll look for similar signatures around the property. This should be extremely valuable to identify larger systems deeper down, or even smaller ones closer to surface.”

Additional potential, not covered by the PEA, could come from Washington state. Earlier this month Golden Dawn announced an LOI for the Lone Star copper-gold property just across the border and contiguous with Lexington. With “material that looks very suitable to our mill,” the 234-hectare property would come with a 2007 estimate that the company considers non-43-101:

  • indicated: 63,000 tonnes averaging 1.28 g/t gold and 2.3% copper for 2,600 ounces gold and 3.19 million pounds copper

  • inferred: 682,000 tonnes averaging 1.46 g/t gold and 2% copper for 32,000 ounces gold and 30.07 million pounds copper

Big plans notwithstanding, Golden Dawn’s not immune to the typical junior hope that a senior might come knocking. The Greenwood camp’s largest landholder is Kinross Gold TSX:K. As the company’s Buckhorn mine close to the B.C. border in Washington state nears depletion, Kinross might look for other convenient assets to keep its Kettle River mill in operation, Sookochoff suggests. That might make some of Golden Dawn’s primarily gold assets attractive, although the high-grade copper projects would be more suitable for the Greenwood mill, he says.

As a native of Grand Forks, about a half-hour drive east, Sookochoff says the region shows strong community support for mining. A packed open house held in December went very well, he adds, and the company enjoys “very positive relations with the Osoyoos Indian Band. They’re very supportive, very pro-business.”

Earlier this month Golden Dawn closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $1.76 million. In February the company closed a gold purchase agreement that brought in US$4 million. That same month the company received a US$1-million increase in a convertible security that began the previous August at US$2.4 million. Even with the caveat that the company intends to proceed without feasibility-level de-risking, the PEA allows Golden Dawn to return to the market “with a stronger story now,” says Sookochoff.

 

Update: On October 20, 2017, Golden Dawn announced that George Sookochoff resigned from the company for personal reasons: “The directors, management and staff would like to thank Mr. Sookochoff for his valuable contribution. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

New gold zone helps BonTerra Resources establish continuity at Gladiator

June 6th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 6, 2017

Known as the Rivage Gap, some 600 intriguing metres separating BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) Gladiator deposit and the Rivage zone to the west has been a focus of current drilling. Now assays reveal a new zone south and west of the deposit that could help close the gap.

BonTerra has committed at least four rigs to sink up to 40,000 metres on its 8,126-hectare property that’s adding to the excitement that Osisko Mining’s (TSX:OSK) Windfall project has generated in Quebec’s Urban-Barry camp.

BonTerra announced results for three holes on June 6, showing:

Hole BA-17-06

  • 7.1 g/t gold over 1 metre, starting at 37 metres in downhole depth (Footwall zone)

  • 1.4 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 477 metres (Main zone)

BA-17-11

  • 12.7 g/t over 3.6 metres, starting at 424 metres (Main zone)

BA-17-12

  • 11.1 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 17 metres (Main zone)

  • 3.5 g/t over 2 metres, starting at 32 metres (Mid zone)

  • 8.8 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 346.7 metres (new South zone)
New gold zone helps BonTerra Resources establish continuity at Gladiator

With at least four rigs in action, BonTerra
Resources keeps its Gladiator camp busy.

True widths were estimated between 60% and 80%.

BA-17-12, “the most predominant and westerly hole,” was the fourth hole so far to hit the new South zone, which has approximately 500 metres in strike. Drilling has also extended other zones to the west, with the Main and Footwall zones reaching over one kilometre each in strike. Gladiator itself has been drilled to 850 metres in depth and 1.2 kilometres in strike, remaining open in all directions.

That outlines Gladiator well beyond its 2012 resource which, using a 4 g/t cutoff, showed an inferred 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold.

Apart from the Rivage Gap, drilling also targets the Deep East zone and additional areas described as “large gaps or voids with currently little drill information.”

The assays follow a batch released in mid-May, strengthening the presence of four other areas in the gap, the North, Footwall, Porphyry/Main and Mid zones. Footwall gave up a standout intercept of 10 g/t gold over 4 metres, while North followed closely with 9.5 g/t over 4.2 metres.

In March BonTerra optioned Durango Resources’ (TSXV:DGO) Trove property, described as a direct extension of the Gladiator/Coliseum southwest mineralized trend.

Financings in February and March raked in $5.2 million from Kinross Gold TSX:K, as well as nearly $15 million that came with the participation of Sprott Capital Partners.

In Ontario’s Cadillac-Larder Lake fault zone, meanwhile, BonTerra has drilling planned to update historic, non-43-101 resources. VP of exploration Dale Ginn believes three historic deposits could comprise a single deposit.

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