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June 17th, 2016

A capacity crowd attends the first annual Vancouver Commodity Forum

by Greg Klein
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A capacity crowd attends the first annual Vancouver Commodity Forum


“There’s excitement in the air,” said Cambridge House International founder Joe Martin. That’s the mood he senses as junior explorers emerge from the downturn. And certainly optimism was evident on June 14 as more than 450 people converged on the Vancouver Commodity Forum for an afternoon of expert talks amid a showcase of two dozen companies. Keynote speakers included Martin, Chris Berry of the Disruptive Discoveries Journal, Jon Hykawy of Stormcrow Capital, John Kaiser of Kaiser Research Online and Stephan Bogner of Rockstone Research.

A capacity crowd attends the first annual Vancouver Commodity Forum

Lithium, not surprisingly, stood out as a commodity of interest. While cautioning against over-enthusiasm for the exploration rush, Berry and Hykawy each affirmed the need for juniors to find new sources of the metal. Cobalt and scandium featured prominently too, as did other commodities including what Kaiser called “the weird metals”—lesser known stuff that’s vital to our lives but threatened with security of supply.

Kaiser also noted he was addressing a crowd larger than his last PDAC audience, another indication that “we’ve turned the corner.”

Attendees also met and mingled with company reps. Potential investors learned about a wide gamut of projects aspiring to meet a growing demand for necessities, conveniences and luxuries.

Presented by Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC, the forum’s success will make it an annual event, said company president Dave Hodge. Berry emceed the conference, holding the unenviable task of “making sure Dave stays well-behaved.”

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Meet the companies

Most companies were core holdings of Zimtu, a prospect generator that connects explorers with properties and also shares management, technical and financing expertise. Zimtu offers investors participation in a range of commodities and companies, including some at the pre-IPO stage.

After sampling high-grade lithium on its Hidden Lake project in the Northwest Territories earlier this month, 92 Resources TSXV:NTY plans to return in mid-July for a program of mapping, exposing spodumene-bearing pegmatite dykes, and channel sampling. The company closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $318,836 in April. Hidden Lake’s located near Highway 4, about 40 kilometres from Yellowknife and within the Yellowknife Pegmatite Belt.

With one of the Athabasca Basin’s largest and most prospective exploration portfolios, ALX Uranium TSXV:AL has a number of projects competing for flagship status. Among them is Hook-Carter, which covers extensions of three known conductive trends, one of them hosting the sensational discoveries of Fission Uranium TSX:FCU and NexGen Energy TSXV:NXE. ALX’s strategic partnership with Holystone Energy allows that company to invest up to $750,000 in ALX and retain the right to maintain its ownership level for three years. ALX closed a private placement first tranche of $255,000 last month, amid this year’s busy news flow from a number of the company’s active projects.

A capacity crowd attends the first annual Vancouver Commodity Forum

Arctic Star Exploration TSXV:ADD boasts one of northern Canada’s largest 100%-held diamond exploration portfolios. Among the properties are the drill-ready Stein project in Nunavut and others in the Lac de Gras region that’s the world’s third-largest diamond producer by value. North Arrow Minerals TSXV:NAR holds an option to earn up to 55% of Arctic Star’s Redemption property.

Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA considers its Douay property one of Quebec’s largest and last undeveloped gold projects. The Abitibi property has resources totalling 238,400 ounces of gold indicated and 2.75 million ounces inferred. Now, with $1.1 million raised last month, the company hopes to increase those numbers through a summer program including 4,000 metres of drilling. Douay’s 2014 PEA used a 5% discount rate to forecast a post-tax NPV of $16.6 million and a post-tax IRR of 40%.

Looking for lithium in Nevada, Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA now has a geophysics crew en route to its Kibby Basin property, which the company believes could potentially host lithium-bearing brines in a similar geological setting to the Clayton Valley, about 65 kilometres south. Results from the gravity survey will help identify targets for direct push drilling and sampling.

A mineral perhaps overlooked in the effort to supply green technologies, zeolite has several environmental applications. Canadian Zeolite TSXV:CNZ holds two projects in southern British Columbia, Sun Group and Bromley Creek, the latter an active quarrying operation.

With a high-grade, near-surface rare earths deposit hosted in minerals that have proven processing, Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE takes its Ashram project in Quebec towards pre-feasibility. The relatively straightforward mineralogy contributes to steady progress in metallurgical studies. Commerce also holds southeastern B.C.’s Blue River tantalum-niobium deposit, which reached PEA in 2011 and a resource update in 2013.

Permitted for construction following a 2014 PEA, Copper North Mining’s (TSXV:COL) Carmacks copper-gold-silver project now undergoes revised PEA studies. The agenda calls for improved economics by creating a new leach and development plan for the south-central Yukon property. In central B.C. the company holds the Thor exploration property, 20 kilometres south of the historic Kemess mine.

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MGX Minerals closes first tranche, issues clarification

July 22nd, 2015

by Greg Klein | July 22, 2015

Update: On July 22, following a review by the British Columbia Securities Commission, MGX issued a clarification that among other things retracted all previous references to historic mineral resources.


The first tranche of a private placement brought MGX Minerals CSE:XMG $289,999, the company announced July 21. Participants included Marquest FT Inc and the Marquest Asset Management Explorer Series Fund. The flow-through portion of $149,999 goes to the company’s flagship Driftwood Creek magnesium project in southern British Columbia.

While Driftwood works its way through the final stage of a mining lease application process, property acquisitions and project announcements have given the company a steady news flow over the last few months. In early July MGX completed surface sampling at White Moon and Captain, two recently acquired California magnesium properties about five kilometres apart.

Besides holding most of B.C.’s significant magnesite occurrences, MGX acquired the Longworth silica property in central B.C. earlier this month.

Read more about MGX Minerals.

MGX Minerals to acquire 100% of B.C. silica property and begin Phase I on California magnesium project

July 6th, 2015

by Greg Klein | July 6, 2015

Two July 6 announcements show MGX Minerals CSE:XMG advancing its industrial minerals portfolio. The company now plans to increase its stake to 100% of the Longworth silica property in British Columbia and begin exploration on its White Moon magnesium project in California.

MGX Minerals to acquire 100% of B.C. silica property and begin Phase I on California magnesium project

White Moon’s magnesite beds occur discontinuously
across approximately 800 metres in strike, MGX states.

MGX picked up White Moon, originally called Needles, just last month. Beginning July 13, MGX plans geochemical sampling of 40 historic trenches, mapping and outcrop sampling. Hoping to build and operate the United States’ only magnesium oxide wallboard production plant, the company plans a scoping study to assess infrastructure and potential plant locations.

MGX has engaged Jack Bal as a consultant to help advance its magnesium assets. Having raised over $50 million for junior resource companies, Bal was recently involved in mill permitting for CMC Metals’ (TSXV:CMB) Radcliffe gold project in California.

A purchase agreement with Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC would increase MGX’s interest in the Longworth silica property to 100%. Replacing a 50% earn-in, the new deal would cost MGX 700,000 shares at a deemed price of $0.30. The road-accessible central B.C. property was considered one of the province’s top silica occurrences by the B.C. Geological Survey. MGX hopes to produce ferro-silicon, an essential alloy in iron and steel production.

The company also holds most of B.C.’s significant magnesite occurrences.

Late last month the company updated its Driftwood Creek magnesium project in southern B.C. and doubled a previous private placement offer up to two million shares at $0.30.

Read more about MGX Minerals.

Disclaimer: Zimtu Capital Corp is a client of OnPage Media Corp, the publisher of The principals of OnPage Media may hold shares in Zimtu Capital.

MGX updates Driftwood Creek, increases private placement, joins CSE Composite

June 25th, 2015

by Greg Klein | June 25, 2015

Initial results show progress in a plan to use alternative energy at the proposed Driftwood Creek magnesium project in southern British Columbia, MGX Minerals CSE:XMG reported June 25. The company also announced its addition to the Canadian Securities Exchange Composite Index and an increase in its private placement offer.

MGX updates Driftwood Creek, increases private placement, joins CSE Composite

Besides southeastern B.C.’s Driftwood Creek project, MGX Minerals holds most of the province’s
significant magnesite occurrences.

An initial desktop analysis indicated that biomass conversion could supply 93.3% of the heat energy necessary to conduct magnesia calcining in a multiple hearth furnace that would be installed at Driftwood Creek. Further analysis suggested that a specialized burner and fuel additive could supply the remaining energy, MGX added. The study was conducted by two strategic partners, Industrial Furnace Company and Highbury Energy.

MGX also announced its addition to the CSE Composite Index, “a broad measurement of market activity for securities” listed on the exchange. In addition the company doubled a private placement originally offered on June 2, now offered at up to two million shares at $0.30.

MGX issued 300,000 shares to the vendor of Driftwood Creek and 41,318 shares to the vendor of the Needles magnesite project, a California acquisition announced last week. Another 50,000 shares were issued to settle a $15,000 debt.

The company’s Driftwood Creek flagship currently undergoes permitting.

Read more about MGX Minerals.

MGX Minerals makes California magnesite deal

June 18th, 2015

by Greg Klein | June 18, 2015

A company that already holds most of British Columbia’s significant magnesite occurrences has signed a deal on a California project. MGX Minerals CSE:XMG announced a mining lease agreement on June 18 for the Needles magnesite property in San Bernardino county.

MGX Minerals makes California magnesite deal

The Needles agreement locates MGX in
one of North America’s largest construction markets.

Magnesite ore can be calcinated to produce caustic calcined magnesia to produce wallboard. Magnesium oxide wallboard “is generally known to be stronger and lighter than traditional wallboard as well as being fireproof and non-toxic,” the company stated. The product is “often used in areas prone to flooding as the boards can retain moisture, dry out and still retain their shape and integrity.”

The lease of up to 100 years would have renewal options every 10 years. In return MGX would make annual payments of US$12,000, $24,000 and $36,000 over the first three years, then an annual $36,000 plus cost-of-living adjustment. The company would also pay $5,000 within 30 days and issue $10,000 in shares. A work commitment calls for $350,000 in spending within three years. The landowner would retain a 10% net profit interest which MGX may buy for $10 million.

Earlier this month MGX offered a private placement of up to $300,000 and announced a memorandum of understanding with an industrial furnace company to provide engineering services and calcining equipment for MGX’s flagship Driftwood Creek magnesium property.

MGX has a partnership agreement with Eaton Industries (Canada) and Highbury Energy to study the design, development and financing of Driftwood’s proposed mining and processing operation. The southern B.C. project currently undergoes permitting.

Read more about MGX Minerals.

MGX Minerals teams with Eaton Industries and Highbury Energy on Driftwood Creek magnesium project

May 26th, 2015

by Greg Klein | May 26, 2015

A partnership agreement announced May 26 brings MGX Minerals CSE:XMG considerable support to develop its flagship Driftwood Creek magnesium property in southern British Columbia. Immediate plans include a scoping study with initial results expected in about 30 days. The study will consider a processing plant with one or more industrial kilns and ancillary processing equipment for calcining magnesite ore. Caustic calcined magnesia can be used in fertilizer and feedstock, hydrometallurgy for nickel, copper and cobalt, pulp and paper production, and water treatment.

MGX Minerals teams with Eaton Industries and Highbury Energy on Driftwood Creek magnesium project

Recent surface sampling followed
last year’s drill program at Driftwood.

The study will be conducted by Eaton Industries (Canada), a subsidiary of Eaton Corp NYE:ETN, which provides energy-efficient services for electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power, including new mine and mill design. With about 102,000 employees, Eaton Corp’s 2014 revenue came to US$22.6 billion.

The third partner is Highbury Energy, a company that uses proprietary technology to convert biomass into high-grade synthesis or fuel gas. Driftwood’s kiln would be powered partly by Highbury’s technology, offering the project clean, low-cost energy.

The three companies will work together on several aspects of designing, developing and financing Driftwood’s proposed mining and processing project. Additionally, the trio will apply a similar business model to between seven and 10 other industrial minerals projects, MGX stated. The company’s portfolio includes most of B.C.’s known magnesite occurrences.

MGX also holds a strategic alliance with Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC and Electra Stone TSXV:ELT to develop other B.C. industrial minerals properties, including Electra’s Longworth silica project. Additionally MGX has a technical services agreement regarding Electra’s chalky geyserite (aluminum silica) quarry operation on Vancouver Island.

Read more about MGX Minerals.

Disclaimer: Zimtu Capital Corp is a client of OnPage Media Corp, the publisher of The principals of OnPage Media may hold shares in Zimtu Capital.

The stuff of life

March 23rd, 2015

Little-known but essential commodities can offer near-term potential, says MGX Minerals


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Without them, modern life wouldn’t be very modern. A wide range of industrial minerals make possible so much of what we take for granted, from luxuries to conveniences to necessities. Although few of the commodities are familiar to investors, CEO Jared Lazerson of MGX Minerals CSE:XMG believes he’s found opportunities for potentially near-term domestic production to supply North American markets.

Since its trading debut last October, MGX has been busy acquiring properties in British Columbia, mostly with a goal of producing magnesite. In fact the company has tracked down and claimed most of B.C.’s significant magnesite occurrences. The province currently hosts one of the only two magnesite mines in North America.

Little-known but essential commodities can offer near-term potential, says MGX Minerals

Driftwood Creek drilling confirmed near-surface magnesite mineralization.

As a source of magnesium, magnesite—not to be confused with magnetite—meets a number of agricultural, pharmaceutical, environmental and industrial applications. Exceptionally light for a structural metal, magnesium is used to manufacture cars and planes, among other uses. As part of an alloy, it helps make more rigid metals suitable for shaping into manufactured products.

Magnesium can be mined from magnesite or dolomite and can also be extracted from seawater or natural brines, which accounted for about 69% of American domestic magnesium compounds production in 2014, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS data shows about 52% of magnesium compounds consumed in that country last year went to agricultural, chemical, construction, environmental and industrial applications. The remaining 48% was used for refractories.

As for magnesium metal, USGS numbers show 35% of American consumption in 2014 went to aluminum-based alloys used largely in packaging and transportation. Another 30% was used as a reducing agent in the production of titanium and other metals, 15% for structural purposes, 10% for desulfurization of iron and steel, and 10% for other applications.

By far the largest global supplier, China accounted for about 89% of the world’s magnesium metal production last year, according to the USGS. Israel and Russia managed to make up about 3.3% and 3.1% respectively.

As for magnesium compounds, China again dominated world production with about 70% last year. Russia came up with about 5.7% and Turkey 4.3%.

A new North American producer, especially one that’s close to existing transportation infrastructure, could offer the continent’s market considerable advantages, says Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC president Dave Hodge.

“MGX is a fairly unique story,” he points out. “It’s had a very recent IPO but it’s already in the permitting process. Magnesium comes in a variety of forms and one of the things they’re working on now is determining what form they would produce at what cost, versus the size of the market for that specific commodity. Those markets take different grades and different grades are produced at different costs. The opportunity here is to determine what’s the best product to produce and create value for their shareholders.”

Hodge adds, “In many respects this is not so much a mining story but more of a business story.”

Last July Lazerson signed a three-year cash, share and expenditure deal that would give the company a 100% interest in the 326-hectare Driftwood Creek project. Now MGX’s flagship, it’s located in southwestern B.C.’s Kootenays, a region that also hosts Baymag Inc’s Mount Brussilof magnesite mine. With logging roads on the property itself, Driftwood sits about 15 kilometres from highway, power and a CP spur line.

Lazerson sees near-term potential for a relatively simple quarry operation with a low strip ratio.

MGX also gained considerable expertise in CFO Michael Reimann and VP of exploration Andris Kikauka. Reimann, with a PhD in physics, has served over 45 years in senior corporate management positions, most recently with Skana Capital and PNG Gold TSXV:PGK. Kikauka’s 30-year background includes service as project geologist for the exploration and geotechnical consulting firm Rio Minerals. He’s currently a director of American Manganese TSXV:AMY.

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