Gold and Silver finally got some relief this week after roughly 2-months of grinding lower. The bounce off the 50% Fibonacci retracement for gold is encouraging, but that doesn't mean selling into year-end is over. There is always the chance of moving lower; time will tell. Silver's chart is looking better, but we aren't out of the woods yet. I expect gold to trade in a range through year-end. If we assume the rally started at $1,350/oz (in June 2019) or March 2020 ( approx. $1,480/oz.):
- 38.20% and 50% retracement levels (Using $1,350 and $2,050) would equate to a bottom in the gold price of $1,782/oz. and $1,700/oz.
- 38.20% and 50% retracement levels (Using $1,480 and $2,050) would equate to $1,832/oz. and $1,765/oz.
News this week was very light as we entered a period of lesser news-flow due to the holidays. This should continue until mid-January or so.
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Blackrock Gold: Announced additional high-grade gold and silver intercepts on its Tonopah West project in the Walker Lane Trend in Western Nevada. Highlights include:
- 3m @ 10.5 g/t Au and 1,188 g/t Ag
- 12.2m @ 1.51 g/t Au and 146 g/t Ag
- 4.5m @ 1.53 g/t Au and 131/6 g/t Ag
- 1.5m @ 1.96 g/t Au and 164 g/t Ag
El-Dorado Gold: Announced a reserve and resource update. Gold reserves increased to 17.7m oz. at the end of Q3 vs. 17.5m oz. at year-end 2019. 1.408m oz. were converted from resource; depletion has been 615k oz. The balance was due to changes in cut-off values. The increase was attributable to Kisladag (+14%), Lamaque (12%), and Perama hill (+30%), offset by decreases at Olympias (-23%) and Efemcukuru (-11%).
Endeavour Silver: Reports high-grade Gold-Silver drill results at its Bolanitos mine. Highlights include:
- 4.5m @ 12.76 g/t Au and 55 g/t Ag
- 2.7m @ 0.51 g/t Au and 491 g/t Ag
- 4.4m @ 3.88 g/t Au
- 4.3m @ 3.70 g/t Au
- 2.60m @ 1.90 g/t Au and 357 g/t Ag
- 7.60m @ 0.73 g/t Au and 213 g/t Ag
- 5.1m @ 1.48 g/t Au and 243 g/t Ag
- 2.70m @ 7.91 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag
Ivanhoe Mines: With three world-class assets, Ivanhoe is currently advancing one of them to production, with another not far behind. The company announced extremely robust results in an updated feasibility study (FS) for its world-class Platreef Pd-Pt-Rh-Ni-Cu-Au project in South Africa. The study evaluated a 4.4mtpa underground mine with annual production of more than 500k oz. Pd+Pt+Au and more than 35m lbs. nickel and copper. The weighted basket of the four precious metals in the ore is more than $2,100/oz. Highlights of the update FS:
- NPV8% of $1.8b and IRR of 20% at long-term consensus metal prices and $3.7b and 28% at spot metal prices.
- Cash costs (inclusive of sustaining capital) per ounce of pallium, platinum, rhodium, and gold (or PdEq) is $442/oz. with AISC likely closer to $480/oz. This has the potential lowest cost PGM mine globally.
- Initial capital costs of $390m (Phase I).
Ivanhoe also secured $420m in project-level credit facilities for its world-class Kamoa-Kakula Copper project in the DRC, including a $211m covered equipment financing facility with a $9m down-payment facility. This will be used to accelerate the project's Phase II expansion to 7.6mtpa by Q3 2022. Phase I production is expected to begin in early Q3 2021. The ultimate goal is to increase throughput to 19mtpa through a series of phased expansion, which would make it the world's second-largest copper mine.
K92 Mining: Received the Thayer Lindsay award for best global discovery. The company has been incredibly successful as it only acquired the project in 2015, which at that point, the mine was on care and maintenance. The company questioned the geological model and re-interpreted it. The exploration team transformed the struggling mine into one of the lowest-cost mines globally (lowest 10%). 2017 was the big breakthrough year when the company tested its hypothesis that the two of the mine's deposits were actually the same deposit. K92 proceeded to expand the resource, which 1.65m oz. AuEq (Inferred) to 1.10m oz, AuEq (M&I) and 3.7m oz. (Inferred) with significant exploration upside remaining. Previously the operation was struggling to produce 30k AuEq oz. at high-costs, which is now on track to achieve 300-400k+ oz. AuEq (the high-end could be achieved if the 40% excess capacity from the stage II expansion is unitized, based on future exploration success) once the Phase III expansion is complete before year-end 2023. The company also announced additional high-grade drill results at Kora. Highlights include:
- 9.80 m at 84.92 g/t AuEq
- 3.80 m at 36.23 g/t AuEq
- 1.67 m at 31.15 g/t AuEq
- 12.20 m at 25.20 g/t AuEq
- 7.41 m at 21.88 g/t AuEq
McEwen Mining: A rise in CV19 infection in the Santa Cruz Province in Argentina has resulted in the temporary lockdown of various mines, including its 49% interest in the San Jose mine. It seems that there is no end for issues at the company in the near term with the company unable to control costs, drastically reduce reserves and mine life (Gold Bar). Still, there could be light at the end of the tunnel, specifically regarding Black Fox. If you are looking for quality companies, this is the wrong place; however, given its high-cost structure, the stock price is extremely leveraged to the gold price.
Osisko Development: The spin-off created via Osisko Gold Royalties started trading on Wednesday, December 2nd, under the tick $ODV. While it's called Osisko Development, rightly so, given its district-scale development project in Cariboo, it will also see production from two assets in 2021. Production is on track to commence at Bonanza Ledge II in Q1 (located on its Cariboo land package in Canada), which will produce 62k oz. Au for the first 2-Yrs; however, will some exploration or mill feed sourced anywhere on the property, the project should maintain 50-60k oz. Au for a longer period of time. Additionally, in the 2H 2021, production is scheduled to begin at its San Antonio Gold project in Mexico, projected to produce 50-70k oz. Au on average (1m oz. resource). The company is well-financed and has an equity portfolio valued more than C$75m.
The company is headed by Sean Roosen, who oversaw the building of the largest mine in Canada, Canadian Malartic, for the original Osisko Mining, which was subsequently sold through a joint acquisition with Yamana Gold and Agnico-Eagle. As part of the acquisition, he retained a large 5% NSR royalty on the mine, which was the foundation for Osisko Gold Royalties. In other words, Osisko Development is led by competent management, those with a history of value creation.
Sabina Gold & Silver: The company announced an update on the updated feasibility study for Back River. The company reports it is making good progress on the FS and updated resource estimate, with expected delivery in Q1 2021. The FS nor resource estimate has been updated since 2015, and given the exploration success, this will likely result in a much-improved FS, with Back River having a longer initial mine life. The 2015 FS envisions a 3ktpd operation, producing 200k oz. Au p.a. over an 11.8-Yr mine life from three pits and one underground mine at Goose. Since that time, multiple discoveries and resource extensions have been made at the project, including two separate high-grade underground zones at Umwelt. The new FS's goal is to increase both average annual production and mine life. This will be achievable, but to what degree remains to be seen. Three discoveries have been made since 2015, including the Echo-Pit, Llama underground, and Goose main underground. The updated study will maintain initial throughput of 3ktpd but include an expansion to 4ktpd in years four to five.
SSR Mining: The company released positive results for its flagship asset, Copler, in Turkey. The development strategy includes two production scenarios; I) Mineral reserve case) incorporating a supplemental flotation circuit, and II) An alternative PEA case including the development of Ardich. SSR reported a significant increase in reserves and resources, reserves increasing 22% to 4.0m oz. Au, M&I resources increasing 24% to 7.4m oz. Au; and Inferred resources increasing 58% to 3.1m oz. Au. The first scenario (Reserve Case) highlights include:
- NPV5% of $1.7b
- LOM production of 3.6m oz. Au
- Average annual production of 266k oz. Au (Yrs. 1-5)
- AISC of $865/oz
- 21-Year mine life at higher processing rates: Mine life extension due to lower processing costs, additional pit phases, additional tailings facility, and a higher gold price.
This is extremely conservative give the exploration upside on the Copler land package (drilling at Ardich completed after February are very encouraging for extension of mineralized zones). There are already significant additional resources not included in the mine plan. This study has outlined a path to sustaining production of 300k oz. Au from the district from at least 10-Yrs. The company envisions, bringing Ardich into production by 2023.
- NPV5% of $2.2b
- LOM production of 4.6m oz. Au
- Average production of 306k oz. Au (Yrs. 1-5)
- AISC of $886/oz.
- 22-Yr mine life
- Incremental development capital of $50m
The company provided an update regarding its generative exploration program, outlined 2021 plans for advancing projects; Lavra Velha, Monument Bay, Borborema, and added two early-stage projects in Chile. Yamana has defined projects in its generative exploration program as Tier One, two, and three. Tier one projects have defined MRE's and opportunities to grow to potential economic thresholds in the next 3-Yrs, while tier two projects have achieved significant drill intercepts and whose geology and other factors support rapid resource growth. Tier three are prospective projects with known mineralization that warrant further drill testing.
- Lavra Velha (Bahia, Brazil) hosts stacked, flat-lying mineralized zones that are oxidized near the surface. Exploration is expanding the known oxide mineral resource base, and the deposit is being evaluated as a potential open pit prospect relying on heap leaching for recovery.
- Monument Bay (Manitoba, Canada) is a four-kilometer long mineralized Archean shear zone with steeply plunging higher-grade mineralized shoots being considered a potential underground higher-grade prospect.
Jacobina Norte (Bahia, Brazil) is a large, highly-prospective property that lies contiguous to and north of the Company's prolific Jacobina mine, with preliminary results showing excellent potential for discovering standalone Jacobina-type mineralization and the addition of a new mine along the greenstone basin.
To Read the remaining projects, please read the press release here.