Its been over two decades since I started investing in the mineral exploration business. During this time I have come to recognize the true leaders in our industry who consistently win for their shareholders.
If you have followed my blog since I started in 2009 you will remember one of my first favorites Fronteer Gold $FRG which I wrote about for years before it was purchased by Newmont for over $2 billion in 2011. That win was huge for my readers and for me personally. In addition it was nice to be recognized and to build my reputation in the mining industry.
I unfortunately didn’t know at the time that would be the end of that gold bull cycle which I rode from the beginning in the early 2000’s. This correction since 2011 for now 8 years has caused many weak companies to go under or move into other fast money sectors like weed or bitcoin for a quick blip.
What is the benefit of these bear markets? Its nature’s way of weeding out many of the low quality management teams and underperforming fund managers. It becomes quite apparent during these corrections the blue chip management teams which consistently reward their shareholders with major buyouts.
Donald McInnes and Mark O’Dea from the Oxygen Group now have sold 5 companies. The one we witnessed firsthand was Fronteer’s Long Canyon in Nevada and I believe we may be onto our second major win with this group which might even be more disruptive than opening the entire eastside of Nevada as Fronteer did back in 2011.
This new discovery made by Oxygen Group’s Sun Metals $SUNM.V $SMTTF last year with drill hole 421 was amazing to me and immediately when I saw the news I shared it with all of you on my website back in November of 2018. It is unheard of to find in Canada a CRD like this with such high grades and size. This could be a disruptive discovery. Drill hole 421 intersected 100M of 5% Copper into the heart of what could be a major mineralized system. This could be just the start like early stages of Long Canyon but better. There is extremely high grade gold plus high grade base metals.
Carbonate Replacement Deposits (CRD’S) are famous in Mexico where billion of ounces of precious metals have been mined for hundreds of years for a very simple reason. They are huge, simple to mine and they are high grade. They have precious metals and base metals. Chemistry of the carbonates or limestone minimizes the oxidation so the metallurgy of these systems are simple. CRD’s can be the most profitable mines and have made early stage mining investors a fortune. A lot of Mark O’Dea’s wins have been CRD’s.
Its very rare to find a CRD in Canada which is one of the best places to mine from a geopolitical perspective. That is why Teck $TCK the large NYSE producer who does impeccable due diligence bought into $SUNM.V at a premium. This was a huge vote of confidence in the project
Despite the mining market malaise $SUNM.V Sun Metals is in an uptrend showing great relative strength. Drilling to follow up on the area of drill hole 421 one of the best intersections in Canada for 2018 is starting within weeks.
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