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A Critical Q & A With MGX Minerals CEO Jared Lazerson

Driftwood Creek; pilot plant

MGX Minerals (XMG.CSE) is a rare breed of junior, as it has a staggering 22 ongoing projects, it is CSE listed, works on revolutionairy "petrolithium"  and zinc air fuel cell tech, has booked no tangible, independently verifiable results yet, but still manages to raise tens of millions of dollars like it's nothing, and keeps producing a true avalanche of news releases because of these 22 projects. When talking to management, there are always plans for even more projects they might go after. Too much? One might think so as progress is slower than projected on several fronts and results are few and far in between, while in the mean time new projects are being added, seemingly creating everchanging dynamics in a vibrant pool of increasing activity as far as focus and strategy is concerned.

Kutcho Copper: A New And Very Robust Base Metal Developer

Kutcho project

1. Introduction

Very rarely I come across a junior that simply seems to tick almost all boxes, and it looks like new sponsor Kutcho Copper (KC.V) is doing just that. From project profitability to management, from financials to geology, from location to metal prices, it comes across as a genuine display of quality and excellence. CEO Vince Sorace certainly made the most of Capstone Mining's strategy change a few years ago not to develop relatively smaller, non-core assets, and now looking to divest assets to clean up their troubled balance sheet.

Future Upside Provides Excellent Entry Point For Fiore Gold

Pan Mine, Nevada

After a lengthy trading halt since June 12, Fiore Gold (F.V) started trading on October 2, having completed the business combination with GRP Minerals. This took quite a bit of time, as it was a fairly complex venture for both companies, with a lot of paperwork.  I view this deal as an accretive one, as a lot of tangible value through much more advanced assets was added, up to an estimated Net Asset Value of about C$120M in my view, and a lot of realistic growth potential. Apparently, not everybody had the same long term view for Fiore Gold as is needed in this case, the company now morphing into a long term growth production story instead of an exploration story, and a sell-off started immediately after opening of the markets:

Genesis Metals: Chevrier Phase I Drilling Completed, Phase 2 Program Commencing

Chevrier Gold project; IP anomaly

In between exploration success stories (for example GT Gold) or possible myths in the making (Novo Resources) taking center stage, Genesis Metals quietly completed the Phase I drill program, consisting of 4,900m of diamond drilling. Results were announced on October 3rd of 9 drill holes, and channel sampling. Management received two separate batches of results of the Phase I drill program, reporting 8 out of 9 holes testing greenfield IP anomalies in 2 target areas in (see image above in red) now in the first batch, and the remaining 13 drill holes focused on the Main Zone will come out in the second batch in about 3 weeks.

Rise Gold: A Tiny Junior Targeting 1-3Moz High Grade Gold, Left Behind In Past-Producing Idaho-Maryland Mine

Former Idaho-Maryland Mine, Nevada County, California

1. Introduction

Sometimes I come across mining stories that read like an old fashioned treasure hunt of sorts. Rise Gold (RISE:CSE, RYES:OTC), a small junior headquartered in Vancouver, falls neatly into this category in my view. CEO Ben Mossman found the past-producing high grade Idaho-Maryland gold mine after intensely searching the internet for about 5 months, scanning eligible projects up for sale, historic databases and other leads. When he started doing his due diligence, which meant sifting through a basement full of old documents, it soon dawned on him that this project could host huge exploration potential, besides the considerable historic (2002) high grade estimate of 0.4Moz @ 9.1g/t Au M&I and 0.9Moz @12.7g/t Au Inf, as the Idaho-Maryland had to halt production in 1954 when it was nowhere near depletion.

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