Tom Larsen, CEO of Eloro Resources (V.ELO), is waiting, somewhat patiently, for the results of drilling at the company’s Iska Iska project in Southern Bolivia. Eloro signed the Iska Iska deal in January and the drills are turning.
There is no single right way to organize and operate a junior resource company. Instead, each company needs to figure out its own path to maximizing shareholder value. Whether it is a greenfields exploration story or a brownfields mining restart, every project is different. Peter Clausi, CEO of CBLT Inc. (V.CBLT), spent the early part of his career as a commercial litigation lawyer on Bay Street. He’s seen most of the business models.
BC’s Golden Triangle has been a hugely productive mining area since the 1980’s. There is no question of its mineral endowment as mines like Premier back in the 1920s, the SNIP and Eskay Creek in the early 1990s, and, more recently KSM, Red Chris and Valley of the Kings have all come online with gold, silver and copper in abundance. The Golden Triangle is a big place and there are many highly prospective but largely unexplored or underexplored areas.
Having a piece of highly prospective property is a good start for a junior resource company. Tocvan Resources (TOC.CC), after Mark Smethurst, the company’s COO, looked at over 150 possible properties, found a property with high gold and silver potential at the Pilar Gold Property in the Sonora Gold District in the north-west of Mexico. Better still, there had been over 17,000 meters of drilling done on the property. Short holes over a relatively restricted area on the property.
The junior resource world runs on “news”. The most valuable news a company can bring to the market is drill results. Ideally, drill results which disclose good grades over broad intervals. The problem most juniors face is that drilling is expensive: hundreds of dollars a meter. And it is time-consuming as the core has to be split and sent to the lab for analysis.
When you have been in the junior resource company business – as a broker or an investor relations professional – you see a lot of companies which are flawed. Too many shares out, management lining its own pockets, projects which have no real chance. Derek Wood, having worked in various aspects within the Canadian Capital Markets since the early 90s, had seen it all and he decided that he would put together a company and do it right.
For the longest time, Cartier Resources (V.ECR) has been reporting high-grade gold from its Chimo Mine project. A couple of meters of +10 grams per ton (gpt) here and 16 gpt there. But it has never been the headline number for the Cartier press releases.