Impact: Mildly Positive Novo intends to aggressively explore it’s Egina tenements (948 km2), to which we currently ascribe no value in our preliminary valuation. As such, any success would be accretive to our estimates. Following recent bulk sample results, Karratha has transitioned to permitting ahead of large scale bulk sampling, shifting the company's exploration focus to Egina where it has laid out an aggressive program.
Impact: Positive We continue to believe that the market fails to appreciate the potential size, scope and strategic value of this land package. Red Pine Exploration announced the intersection of additional wide zones of high-grade gold at the Surluga deposit, which follows recent high-grade intercepts announced last week. These holes targeted the Jubilee Shear and intersected underground ore grade gold mineralization over significant widths, which continues to support our thesis that the Wawa corridor hosts a large gold system which may encompass multiple gold deposits.
Impact: Positive Brixton’s Atlin project has the potential to deliver a major discovery and we are pricing that possibility into our numbers. Based on some exceptional historic results, this district scale land package has the potential to deliver a major gold discovery. Similar to the Barkerville gold project, it is a historic placer mining camp and Brixton has already started the work to unlock its hard rock potential. We believe it is important to highlight that Brixton has now started to focus on Atlin to assess its discovery potential.
Impact: Mildly Positive Novo has announced a joint venture agreement and US$30M farm-in with Sumitomo Corporation at its Egina project. The update is a positive endorsement and provides technical and financial resources to materially move the project ahead. We expect important catalysts are coming as the company completes systematic bulk sampling at Egina.
Impact: Mildly Positive Commissioning of the prototype pilot plant has started and is an important step before a commercial production decision (2020). We believe the commissioning of the prototype pilot plant is an important step towards securing an offtake agreement. This in turn would help fund the construction of a full-scale operation. We continue to believe that Standard Lithium is one of the best ways gain exposure to the space as it already has access to a producing brine field (permits in-a-hand, no exploration work required).
Impact: Positive Red Pine Exploration announced wide high-grade intercepts from the Surluga Deposit, which follows recent positive results from the nearby Minto South Zone. These results continue to support our thesis that the Wawa corridor (Figure 1) hosts a large gold system which may encompass multiple gold deposits. We continue to believe that the market fails to appreciate the potential size, scope and strategic value of this land package.
Impact: Positive RNC has announced record gold production from Beta Hunt. Production increased 135% QoQ and 199% YoY to 31.4koz Au. As expected, Q3 production materially benefited from the specimen grade gold processed in September. The company’s Father’s Day Vein discovery has resulted in a transformation of its balance sheet, enabling it to properly explore and develop Beta Hunt to demonstrate the potential of the pyritic sediment structures to host high-grade coarse gold. If the company is successful in demonstrating a repeat of this structure, we believe it could provide the next leg up on the stock.
Impact: Mildly Positive Pacton Gold continues to discover gold nuggets on its properties in the Egina region; specifically at the Golden Palms property (Figures 1 & 2). The news is another step in the right direction for the company as it ramps up its exploration efforts in Western Australia and transitions from land-acquirer to explorer. In our view, Pacton has multiple projects that could yield a significant conglomerate gold discovery, as demonstrated by its early stage success.
Impact: Positive News from the 11 drill holes at Brixton’s Hudson Bay project comes as an exciting step forward, compounding on the ongoing exploration success at the nearby Langis mine. The Hudson Bay project is located in the Cobalt Camp, where ~500 Moz Ag and ~50 Mlb Co have historically been produced. Results support our thesis that Brixton remains an undervalued explorer with multiple prospective assets in North America.
Impact: Mildly Positive Thick gold intercepts warrant follow up work in Quebec; Carolina drilling also hit thick zones of low grade gold. The company announced results of the 2018 drilling and mapping program on its Qiqavik property in northern Quebec. Although very early days, the company is methodically progressing exploration at Qiqavik. In addition, they provided an update on the Jones Keystone and Landrum Faulkner drilling in the Carolinas. Qiqavik’s results continue to highlight this projects potential and with only ~16 weeks’ work completed to date, follow-up is needed.