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April 10th, 2013

Sandspring’s pre-feas moves another Guyana gold project forward

by Greg Klein

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A revised development plan has reduced initial capital expenditures for Sandspring Resources’ TSXV:SSP Toroparu gold-copper project in Guyana. A pre-feasibility study released late April 9 laid out the economics for a 16-year open pit operation.

Using a 5% discount rate, the base case forecasts a pre-tax net present value of US$992 million and a 27.2% internal rate of return. After taxes the numbers show a $691-million NPV and a 23.1% IRR.

Sandspring’s pre-feas moves another Guyana gold project forward

Sandspring incorporated last year’s discovery of a
satellite gold deposit into Toroparu’s pre-feasibility study.

The study cut the initial capex to $464 million from the $482 million estimated by the January 2012 preliminary economic assessment update. Contributing to the more optimistic figures is an estimated $37 million that would come from cyanide leach processing of saprolite gold ore prior to commercial production. By year three, cash flow should fund the $50-million expansion to a 22,500-tonne-per-day operation. Payback would come in 2.6 years. Average annual production over 16 years would be 228,000 gold ounces at a cash cost of $700 an ounce, with copper credits factored in. About 78% of production would go into doré bars, with the rest in concentrate.

The project’s reserves include a satellite pit 1.2 kilometres from Toroparu that was discovered in May 2012. Combining three types of ore—saprolite gold, fresh gold and fresh gold-copper—the reserves show:

  • a proven category of 29.78 million tonnes averaging 1.1 grams per tonne gold and 0.13% copper for 1.05 million gold ounces and 64 million copper pounds
  • a probable category of 97.33 million tonnes averaging 0.98 g/t gold and 0.1% copper for 3.06 million gold ounces and 147 million copper pounds.

Within the pit shell but outside the reserves are resources that use a 0.3 g/t gold cutoff to show:

  • measured and indicated categories totalling 90.24 million tonnes averaging 0.83 g/t gold and 0.06% copper for 2.42 million gold ounces and 112 million copper pounds
  • an inferred category of 124.34 million tonnes averaging 0.74 g/t gold and 0.04% copper for 2.97 million gold ounces and 111 million copper pounds.

In a statement accompanying the announcement, Sandspring CEO Rich Munson said, “We are encouraged by recent approaches from third parties expressing interest in developing Toroparu jointly with Sandspring. Despite the expressions of interest, we recognize that funding a project of this scale is challenging in the current environment. We have therefore engaged Cutfield Freeman & Co, a leading independent advisory firm in the mining sector, to conduct a process to determine the options available for financing.”

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Week in review

March 8th, 2013

A mining and exploration retrospect for March 2 to 8, 2013

by Greg Klein

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A city built on gold—and smuggling

“I didn’t ‘out’ anyone in the book and it wasn’t my intention to do that,” said Timmins journalist Kevin Vincent. “If I outed one prominent businessperson, I would have to out everyone in Timmins.” Discussing his book Bootleg Gold in Tuesday’s Northern Ontario Business, Vincent recounted what was once the mining town’s second-largest industry.

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“A large percentage of the prominent business community has its roots tied to the gold-smuggling industry,” he told the paper. “In the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, there was so much gold here every business had to have a set of scales under the counter. If you didn’t, you weren’t in business.”

Highgrading, as it was called, started with miners stealing small amounts, which they sold on a well-organized black market for 50%. “Shift bosses, mine captains and even mine managers were also involved,” Northern Ontario Business stated.

“When the gold was all put together, it was really compiled by just a handful of individuals and they controlled everything,” the paper quoted Vincent. “If you tried to move significant amounts of gold outside of their operation you ran a real, serious risk. Everyone knew it was going on and there were rules of engagement you had to follow.”

The endeavour was pervasive, with spinoff opportunities for seemingly everyone. One way of sneaking loot out of the mine was “inside false teeth constructed by local dentists,” the paper reported.

Due diligence defends against dirty deeds

March has been proclaimed Fraud Prevention Month by Canada’s 13 securities commissions. The regulators have a number of public awareness programs underway, including a provincial tour by the Ontario Securities Commission which highlights the agency’s new Office of the Investor, “the voice of the investor internally at the OSC.” On Tuesday some agencies, including Quebec’s l’Autorité des marchés financiers, cautioned would-be investors to check the registration (here and here) “of any firm or individual selling securities or offering investment advice.”

The following day the British Columbia Securities Commission announced two new features to its Investright program—a guide to private placements for retail investors and a mobile app providing investment advice and up-to-the-minute scam alerts. Like its Ontario counterpart, the BCSC has its own roadshow, this one exposing the province’s top 10 scams.

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Eagle Mountain Gold president/CEO Ioannis (Yannis) Tsitos on his company’s plan to move from exploration to production in Guyana

February 8th, 2013

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Week in review

February 2nd, 2013

A mining and exploration retrospect for January 26 to February 1, 2013

by Greg Klein

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Search for quarry workers postponed, victims believed dead

Efforts to find two workers missing in a gravel quarry accident at L’Epiphanie, Quebec were postponed on Thursday. The truck drivers, employed by Maskimo Construction, were buried by a landslide two days earlier. High winds and unstable ground made it unsafe to operate the helicopter and heavy equipment involved in the mission. Searchers hope to resume their efforts on Saturday but “police have acknowledged they don’t expect to find survivors,” the CBC reported.

One co-worker described the landslide in a Canadian Press story reprinted in Wednesday’s Montreal Gazette.

Colombia exploration workers remain in captivity

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Five people kidnapped from Braeval Mining’s TSX:BVL Snow Mine project in Colombia remain missing. The Monday edition of Colombia Reports stated the military, which arrested four more suspects on Sunday, claimed it was making progress. But, the journal added, the National Liberation Army (ELN) kidnappers warned that any rescue attempt would endanger the hostages.

Among the ELN’s demands are stricter regulation and heavier taxation of the mining industry, legalization of small-scale mining and a national debate on mining policy, Colombia Reports stated.

The victims—a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians—were abducted on January 18 in northern Colombia’s Bolivar department.

On Thursday the country’s biggest rebel army, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), released three Gran Tierra Energy TSX:GTE contractors after one day in captivity. But, Reuters stated, the guerrillas killed four soldiers in southwestern Colombia’s Narino department on Wednesday.

More mid- and large-cap companies selling royalties

The streaming business has grown tremendously, both from the amount of money available and the size of companies seeking it. As Bloomberg reported on Thursday, “the biggest miners have joined the queue of capital-hungry companies requesting funding.”

Silver Wheaton TSX:SLW CEO Randy Smallwood told the news agency that his company has seen increased interest from miners with market caps “up into the tens and hundreds of billions.… Doors that we’ve been knocking on for a long time, they are all of a sudden knocking on our door.”

If an operator goes down from say a one-gram cutoff to a 0.5-gram cutoff, the operator may not make any money but the royalty-holder makes money…. It’s one of the best business models that I have ever seen.—Franco-Nevada chairman Pierre Lassonde in an interview with BNN

Although Silver Wheaton completed only one transaction last year, it was a $750-million deal with HudBay Minerals TSX:HBM, which has a press-time market cap of $2 billion. Such deals obviously benefit Silver Wheaton, which has been outperforming both silver prices and metal producers, Bloomberg stated.

Not surprisingly, success brings competition. But the founder of the first royalty company, Franco-Nevada TSX:FNV chairman Pierre Lassonde, considers most of the newcomers to be small fish. In an BNN interview posted Thursday, he said, “Every week we must have two, three, four, five companies coming and approaching us, but they’re of a size that there’s only two or three royalty companies that look at them.” Over the last six months his company has been working on three “really large deals” of half a million to a billion-plus, he said.

With each transaction Franco-Nevada gets a free perpetual option on any further discoveries on the same property. “It is this optionality that has given us the kind of rate of return that we give the shareholders,” he explained.

Lassonde attributed “de-ratings in the gold stocks” to smaller, lower-grade deposits than those found in the 1980s and ’90s. “At Franco, as far as we’re concerned, if an operator goes down from say a one-gram cutoff to a 0.5-gram cutoff, the operator may not make any money but the royalty-holder makes money…. It’s one of the best business models that I have ever seen.”

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Golden Guyana

January 29th, 2013

Companies like Eagle Mountain find near-surface deposits offset dismal markets

by Greg Klein

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Gold at surface—it’s an explorer’s dream and the attraction for several companies working in Guyana. Notwithstanding thick jungles, heavy rain and limited infrastructure, the country inspires optimism among juniors working to overcome pessimistic capital markets.

And it’s here that one company found not only a project but also an in situ team that might transform the explorer into a producer. To do so, Eagle Mountain Gold TSXV:Z has set an ambitious timeline with hopes of bringing 2014 production to its eponymous project in central Guyana.

Companies like Eagle Mountain find near-surface deposits offset dismal markets

Eagle Mountain Gold wants to phase in production
with a low initial capex and minimal share dilution.

Certainly president/CEO/director Ioannis (Yannis) Tsitos sounds confident. “First of all, we’ve got a board and management team that has put projects into production. Secondly, we’re looking at a robust gold price and my view and all the macro-economic analysis suggest this will continue. In terms of operating in Guyana, we can run this with decent costs. I don’t see why we should follow the formula of building up a company just to sell it.”

The company holds 50% of the project, with an option to pick up another 45% from IAMGOLD TSX:IMG for $1 million in cash and/or shares by April. The Guyanese government holds the remainder.

This year’s schedule looks busy, with more drilling to build the resource, work on the environmental impact assessment and a PEA, which is slated for Q2. Tsitos then plans to skip the pre-feasibility stage to reach full feas in 2014. Should economics, permitting and financing fall into place, open-pit gold production could begin the same year, he says.

Ambitious as it is, the schedule’s cost-effective, Tsitos maintains. “This plan calls for minimum dilution because the capex would be smaller. We’d first focus on the easiest parts of the deposits, which are the oxide parts, effectively mining the top 25 metres over a very extensive area. Later we’d expand into mining hard rock with a bigger mill and power requirement. Our approach is a phased development, therefore the timeline is aggressive but viable.” He foresees the mine expanding to several open pits feeding a central processing facility.

Companies like Eagle Mountain find near-surface deposits offset dismal markets

Dense jungle doesn’t deter drilling in gold-rich Guyana.

Last November’s resource update for the Zion and Kilroy zones uses a cutoff of 0.5 grams per tonne gold, showing:

  • an indicated category of 3.92 million tonnes averaging 1.49 g/t for 188,000 gold ounces
  • an inferred category of 20.63 million tonnes averaging 1.19 g/t for 792,000 gold ounces.

The deposit remains open in three lateral directions and at depth, the technical report states. Mineralization so far covers just 300 hectares of the 5,050-hectare property.

To offer perspective on the strategy of phased development, the resource gives separate numbers for oxidized rock, or saprolite, and for non-oxidized “fresh” or hard rock underneath:

  • the indicated category includes 74,000 gold ounces in saprolite material and 114,000 ounces in fresh material
  • the inferred category includes 306,000 gold ounces in saprolite material and 486,000 ounces in fresh material.

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Stronghold reports Guyana Gold Results as high as 9.1 g/t over 24.2m

September 27th, 2011

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Update: On July 26, 2012, Stronghold Metals Inc began trading as Eagle Mountain Gold Corp TSXV:Z.

Stronghold Metals Inc TSXV:Z announced assays from its Eagle Mountain Gold Project in Guyana. Results include

9.1 g/t gold over 24.2 metres (including 19.17 g/t over 11 metres)
2.28 g/t over 22.9 metres (including 5.5 g/t over 3 metres)
2.2 g/t over 10.9 metres
1.82 g/t over 14.1 metres
1.8 g/t over 11.5 metres (including 14 g/t over 1 metre)
1.4 g/t over 14.4 metres

President/CEO/Director Ioannis (Yannis) Tsitos commented, “The management of Stronghold is fascinated and further encouraged with the analytical results received to date from our current drilling program at Eagle Mountain. The infill diamond drilling program is progressing well and we are particularly pleased with the results of the step-out exploration drilling in the Saddle area. The drill intercept in the Zion zone of 24.2 metres at 9.1 g/t gold represents one of the best results from drilling on Eagle Mountain to date. What is of even more significance is that all the drill holes completed under our current exploration resource outline program have intersected gold mineralization of meaningful widths and grades.”

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Ioannis (Yannis) Tsitos

by Greg Klein

Stronghold reports Brazil Gold Assays up to 3.28 g/t over 7.9m

March 17th, 2011

Update: On July 26, 2012, Stronghold Metals Inc began trading as Eagle Mountain Gold Corp TSXV:Z.

Stronghold Metals Inc TSXV:Z announced assay results from its Tucuma Property in the Carajas mineral district, Para State, Brazil. Highlights include 5.7 g/t gold over 1 metre, 3.28 g/t over 7.9 metres (including 24.75 g/t over 1 metre), 1.43 g/t over 2.4 metres, 1.19 g/t over 6.9 metres, 5.6 g/t over 1 metre, 1.32 g/t over 7 metres (including 8.02 g/t over 1 metre), 1.49 g/t over 2.6 metres and 2.2 g/t over 3.7 metres.

President/CEO Yannis Tsitos commented, “We are excited and encouraged with the drilling results of the first six holes at Tucuma Project, especially the fact that every drilled hole in this campaign has intersected gold mineralisation. The Tucuma Project in Brazil is a high-quality exploration stage gold and IOCG copper-gold project with numerous untested targets. The company is currently evaluating the historical and current drill results, as well as current auger drilling and trenching analytical data, the numerous locations of Garimpo workings and historical geophysical data all located in such a vast property, in order to define the most effective and efficient means of further developing the Tucuma Project.”

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Ioannis Tsitos

by Ted Niles