You have to hand it to them, the timing of Golden Independence Mining (CSE: IGLD, OTCQB:GIDMF, FRA:6NN) announcing their maiden resource estimate (MRE) on their Independence project in Nevada is pretty good, as precious metals sentiment becomes increasingly more positive, and other assets like bitcoin just seemed to have bowed out as a serious alternative, after getting into a tailspin of epic proportions, losing over 25% of value in one day. So far Frank Giustra seems to have won the gold vs. bitcoin debate with Michael Saylor for now.
Ivana deposit; Rio Negro province, Argentina
As uranium sentiment for stocks remains strong, Blue Sky Uranium (TSXV: BSK; US-OTC: BKUCF) is looking to seize the moment, and continues to advance their flagship Amarillo Grande uranium project in Argentina. This strong sentiment puzzles fund managers specialized in uranium stocks, as usually the uranium spot- and contract prices appreciate first, and stocks follow. Despite all mine closures, cut-backs in production and the US reserve bill, uranium prices hardly moved, as is shown on this chart from the Cameco (CCO.TO) website:
Although gold has to battle higher interest rates, a stronger dollar and Bitcoin beating all time highs as I am writing this, Golden Independence Mining (CSE: IGLD, OTCQB:GIDMF, FRA:6NN) doesn’t appear to get fazed, and apparently has no trouble raising cash. On April 9, 2021 it closed a private placement of C$2.8M, enabling it to do much more drilling this year, and potentially grow the resource even more on their Independence gold project in Nevada. The company was already financed to do a maiden NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate which will be coming out in weeks, and a PEA before year end.
In the meantime, drilling is advancing in good fashion, almost every hole returning economic intercepts, verifying and expanding the historic 1.07Moz gold resource which has the usual hallmarks of a typical Nevada deposit: near surface, heap leachable oxides and deeper, higher grade sulfides. Let’s have a look at their progress so far.
The latest Meridian news release shows an impressive hint of the mineralized potential of the Cabaçal VMS Copper-Gold Project in Brazil, at which Meridian Mining (TSXV: MNO) last year signed an option agreement for a 100% ownership.
Meridian announced the roll-out of its field program following the granting of a environmental permit for drilling in March, and mobilized two drill rigs and a geophysical team to commence a 10,000m diamond drilling program. One of the initial focus areas was in the southern sector of the deposit defined as the Southern Copper Zone (SCZ), where historical drilling suggests the presence of high grade NW-SE trending alteration pipe hosting copper-gold-silver mineralization.
There are lots and lots of interesting gold projects to be found in Nevada these days, and most of them are in the hands of large entities like Nevada Gold Mines, Kinross, Coeur, Waterton etc. Once in a while, much smaller parties manage to dig up interesting projects, and one of those is optioned by tiny junior Golden Independence Mining (CSE: IGLD, OTCQB:GIDMF, FRA:6NN). This company managed to arrange an earn-in deal last year to own up to 75% of the Independence project in Nevada, which contains a historic 1.07Moz gold resource with the usual hallmarks of a typical Nevada deposit: near surface, heap leachable oxides and deeper, higher grade sulfides.
It is not often that you see a Partner of a multi-billion-dollar resource fund part ways with his former colleagues and accept the challenge of turning around a headache dossier of that fund by himself. This is exactly what happened to Meridian Mining (TSXV: MNO) where then-Partner Gilbert Clark of Sentient Equity Partners came to the rescue. The result is effectively a brand-new company without debt, cashed up with a roster of new investors, and a “company maker” new asset: the Cabaçal copper-gold project in Brazil, which is an exciting copper-gold VMS belt scale project with huge potential.
As Gold Terra Resource Corp. (TSXV:YGT)(OTCQX:YGTFF)(FRA:TXO) has been drilling their Yellowknife City Gold project diligently since the company turnaround, the first resounding results of their work were announced to the public on March 16, 2021. The NI43-101 compliant Inferred resource increased from 735k Inferred oz Au to 1.207M Inferred oz Au, and this is still without the inclusion of (not yet disclosed) drill results from the Campbell Shear, one of the highest priority targets at Gold Terra’s district scale Yellowknife City Gold Project.
After acquiring the neighbouring Goldlund open pit project from First Mining Gold, Treasury Metals (TML.TO, TSRMF.US) has been busy ever since to integrate both projects into a single open pit-underground project with synergies whenever possible. After hiring Ausenco, a reputable engineering firm, and appointing a new President and CEO, Jeremy Wyeth, who has lots of experience in building mines, the company worked diligently for 6 months on an integrated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for both projects.
When the mining industry is facing a gold bull market as it is now, many new opportunities are created in all kinds of forms and shapes in order to profit from it handsomely. This can for example be done through putting private assets into listed entities, buying new assets, creating a new vision for existing assets, but also turning around existing companies that have solid assets but not the management to make it a success. The last two options are what has happened to Gold Terra Resource Corp. (TSXV:YGT)(OTCQX:YGTFF)(FRA:TXO) recently, as it has seen a gradual turnaround in the last few years. Work is currently focusing on expanding their current mineral resource estimate with a drill program on the Campbell Shear, one of the highest priority targets at Gold Terra’s district scale Yellowknife City Gold Project.