Nevada

Fiore Gold Advances Pan Mine Quickly Into Stable Planned Production; Significant Cash Flow Awaits

Pan Mine, Nevada

1. Introduction

Fiore Gold (F.V) has progressed its Pan Mine in Nevada, US in a very steady fashion, on time and on budget. Exploration for additional resources (and hopefully years of mine life as well) has been successful so far, and a new COO has been hired. Recently, the latest financials regarding the first quarter of the new year were released, which are always an interesting reference of the state of a company, especially with producers. Therefore it was time to have a closer look at Fiore Gold, Frank Giustra's baby.  Besides an update on proceedings, the other purpose of this article will be the outlining of future cash flow and valuation potential, as I view Fiore Gold as misunderstood by the markets at the moment.

All presented tables are my own material, unless stated otherwise.

Cypress Development Closing In On A World Class Sized Resource For Its Dean/Glory Lithium Project

Drilling at Dean claystone project; Clayton Valley, Nevada

After completing their drill program, Cypress Development (TSXV: CYP; OTC: CYDVF; FRA: C1Z1) is on track to deliver the maiden resource estimate for the Dean and Glory projects before the end of this month. The latest results, published on April 3, 2018, provided very strong showings for the northern part of the Glory project, likely adding more tonnage than expected here.  Intercepts included an intersection of 97 meters averaging 1,144 ppm Li in the final hole, GCH-6, along with intersections of 122.4 meters averaging 977 ppm Li in DCH-17 and 129.5 meters averaging 767 ppm Li in GCH-5. All three holes show consistency in encountered Li grade with the  previous 20 holes drilled on the Dean and Glory properties.

Below is a map of the drill collar locations for both Dean and Glory:

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:

The Fiore-GRP Deal: Giustra Builds Another Gold Producer

Pan Mine, Nevada

1. Introduction

In December 2016 I introduced Fiore Exploration, a new company backed by Frank Giustra, and it has been a relatively quiet 6 months. Fiore completed some drilling on the Pampas El Peñon project in Chile and an IP survey on the newly acquired Cerro Tostado.

But behind the scenes, things were in motion. Earlier this year, Fiore began exploring the idea of merging with GRP Minerals, a private company ramping up the PAN heap leach operation  in Nevada. GRP bought Pan and other Midway Gold assets for US$5.5M and spent another US$18 million on upgrading and restarting the operation. Midway had spent more than US$100 million constructing the Pan mine but in the end failed to execute. The demise of Midway Gold is a whole other story, one I will touch on later.

A Critical Q&A with Todd Hilditch, CEO of Terraco Gold

 

After a relatively long period without significant news, Terraco Gold seems to have shifted a gear now, and after meeting in Vancouver around the latest VRIC show I felt it was an opportune time to interview CEO Todd Hilditch on a number of subjects. First Paul Zink, a royalty veteran was contracted, and shortly afterwards on February 1 an additional royalty was acquired from the Schmidt Family Mining Partnership LLC on the Spring Valley Gold Project in Nevada. This is a 0.5% Net Smelter Returns royalty (NSR royalty) on lands within a one-half mile perimeter of the Schmidt Claim Block. Red Kite Mine Finance also had a right to, and purchased, an identical royalty on the same lands, for the same price, USD$567,895. Furthermore, according to the news release:

A Critical Q&A with Gianni Kovacevic, CEO of CopperBank Resources

 

There is no way getting around one particular person when you attend most large resource investment conferences the last few years, and that is Gianni Kovacevic. As an entrepreneur, speaker, author, mining executive traveling all over the world, he must be one of the busiest and best connected persons I know, but he is also one of the most friendly and enthusiastic characters you can possibly meet in this industry.

Gianni Kovacevic (far right) with Ross Beaty (Source CEO.CA)

Terraco Gold's New Hire Paul Zink Could Be Transformational

Terraco Gold (TEN.V) made headlines with their Spring Valley royalties transaction in May 2016. Spring Valley is a multi –million ounce gold project in Nevada owned by Waterton Global, advanced by Barrick to a PFS level by spending over US$70M before Waterton bought it for appr US$83M. Unfortunately for Terraco, but typical of private equity firms, the Spring Valley news flow slowed down after this (though industry sources believe they are improving the Spring Valley project behind the scenes as they did in the below example). This scenario is not new to Waterton, and by way of example they have made a very decent return by buying assets on the cheap (in bankruptcy at times) and quietly improving them before selling to a major mining company.

Terraco Gold: A New Royalty Player With An Excellent Cornerstone Asset And Substantial Growth Potential

  • Terraco Gold recently closed a $19M deal with Waterton, involving the Spring Valley royalties
  • As Waterton plans to advance the excellent Spring Valley project quickly and controls $2B in assets, Terraco can probably expect significant royalty payments in 3-4 years time
  • The company also aims at completing a PEA on the prospective Almaden/Nutmeg project in Q4 2016, which will be a big near term catalyst and significantly increase and indicate asset value
  • Terraco strives to become an established royalty player, and is looking to expand its portfolio rapidly
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