Introducing our inaugural Exploration Preview, which focuses on names within our coverage universe with drill bit torque. We review the exploration potential and try and quantify the potential impact on the share price should the company be successful in delivering results. We believe that exceptional drill results can create value regardless of where we are in the commodity cycle. Our top ideas are highlighted in Figure 1 below and will be presented in a similar alphabetical order within this document, bifurcated for precious and base metals focus.
Mako Mining Corp.
Mako Mining Corp. is a publicly listed gold mining, development and exploration firm. It operates the producing La Trinidad open-pit, heap leach gold mine in Sinaloa State, Mexico and is developing its San Albino gold project in Nuevo Segovia, Nicaragua. Mako’s primary objective is to bring San Albino into production quickly and efficiently, while continuing exploration of prospective targets in both Mexico and Nicaragua.
Impact: Mildly Positive
Mako released additional positive drill results from the Las Conchitas target which support our view that the company is positioned to substantially grow its mineable resources at San Albino. We continue to believe that Mako could be worth 3-4x where it is currently trading once there is clarity on project funding and updated economic study is released.
Mako Mining Corp (TSXV:MKO) & Sailfish Royalty Corp (TSXV:FISH) – One Project Poised to Re-Rate Two Companies
Our view is that the San Albino project is poised to re-rate both the operator, Mako Mining (TSXV:MKO) and the royalty holder, Sailfish Royalty (TSXV:FISH), when it comes online next year. We recently had the opportunity to visit Mako Mining’s San Albino project in Nicaragua where construction is underway. Additionally, the company has ramped up exploration on what we believe is a prospective land package and our visit combined with recent results suggests to us that this resource is likely to grow materially. Our preliminary view of valuation implies that both Mako and Sailfish are undervalued, and we expect that as San Albino approaches production, both stocks should re-rate.