As 2020 keeps unfolding as one of the most remarkable years of the last decade with COVID-19 disrupting almost everything, resulting in unprecedented drops in economic activity and considerable volatility in the markets, and a second wave of the pandemic seems to be around the corner, the mining industry seems to be looking forward, on the back of a recovering economy, especially China returning back close to normal during the summer. A tiny company that is completely under the radar of many investors, but is also looking to get back into action, is Avrupa Minerals (AVU:TSXV) with its flagship copper-zinc Alvalade project in Portugal, JV’d with MATSA (joined company of Trafigura and Mubadala, 2 commodity giants).
As Golden Arrow Resources (GRG.V, GARWF.US, G6A.FSE) renegotiated their Indiana gold project in Chile not too long ago into very favorable terms, I was surprised to recently read about the company dropping the project:
“The Company also wishes to report that it is not proceeding with its option of the Indiana Gold-Copper project in Chile.”
when announcing in the same news release the acquisition of the Rosales Copper project, located in Chile as well, which is less advanced, and will be discussed later on.
Genesis Metals Corp. (GIS:TSX.V; GGISF:OTC) is building ounces and grade at its Chevrier project in Quebec's Abitibi Greenstone Belt, as Phase 1 drill results outline growing zones of higher-grade material within the existing Main Zone deposit. The drill results are changing the profile of the deposit, which hosts current indicated mineral resources of 395,000 ounces (8.5 Mt averaging 1.45 g/t gold; cutoffs 0.5 g/t open pit and 0.95 g/t underground) and inferred mineral resources of 254,000 ounces (5.9 Mt averaging 1.33 g/t gold; cutoffs 0.5 g/t open pit and 0.95 g/t underground).
As gold stocks are getting all the attention at the moment with gold firmly in an upward trend it seems, one could almost forget the existence of base metal juniors. This is not entirely justified in my opinion, as for example copper has recovered completely from its March lows, as can be seen in this chart per pound Cu by Macrotrends:
Keno Hill, Yukon, with Mt Haldane in the distance
Alianza Minerals (ANZ.V) was ready for their Phase II drill program at their fully owned flagship Haldane silver project, after their Phase I drill target defining program was completed earlier during the summer of last year. The company has been busy raising additional cash for 2020 exploration, and it started out with a small financing of $250,000 at 5 cents per unit on January 30, 2020. This wasn’t really impressive, but the same financing ended up being oversubscribed unexpectedly to no less then $1.1M during February, which you don’t hear too often for tiny explorers, and provides Alianza with enough cash for Haldane for the reminder of this year.
Golden Arrow Resources (GRG.V, GARWF.US, G6A.FSE) recently came out with some pretty interesting news on their Indiana gold project in Chile. They managed to amend the definitive agreement with the property owner Mineria Activa, a Chilean private equity investment management firm focused on exploration to production-stage assets in mining. Golden Arrow now has the right to earn 100% of Indiana over a 74-month period, expiring in December 2024, and the total cost of US$15.1M has not changed.
At a time when tax loss selling is at its peak, Golden Arrow Resources (GRG.V, GARWF.US, G6A.FSE) seems to have bottomed, and is regrouping after the sale of its interest in the Puna operation. New exploration projects have been acquired and exploration is on its way, and with a new focus on gold this time combined with a robust gold price, and by owning a large amount of SSR Mining shares, the company seems ready to generate interesting news starting in Q1 2020. Who else than President and CEO Joe Grosso to ask about proceedings and plans at Golden Arrow Resources, as I will do in the upcoming interview below.
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As Avrupa Minerals (AVU.V) finalized the Definitive Agreement with MATSA, a 50:50 joint venture company of Mubadala Investment Company, a pioneering global investor, and Trafigura, one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading and logistics houses, on November 20, 2019, exploration programs are being prepared now. As exciting times are ahead in 2020 for Avrupa after a quiet period, it is time to speak to CEO Paul Kuhn and hear all about why Avrupa is a potentially very interesting investment opportunity at these lows, although the MATSA JV is obviously sparking new interest in the story recently:
Haldane Exploration camp, Yukon
All cashed up after raising C$1.1M in an oversubscribed financing in July, Alianza Minerals (ANZ.V) was ready for their 2019 Phase II drill program at their flagship Haldane silver project, after their Phase I drill target defining program was completed earlier this summer, and drilling begun in late August. The main focus for management were the new step out targets like the Bighorn anomaly, and the extensions of known target areas like the Ross and Mount Haldane Veins System (MHVS) targets, to indicate size potential, and are presented in red below: