Analysts’ Ideas Of The Week


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  1. Equities tumbled after U.S. regulators closed two banks last week
  2. A leading crypto bank is winding down and liquidating its operations
  3. Gold/silver prices rallied on safe-haven buying, and increased financial instability; crypto prices rallied as well
  4. Our near-term outlook for gold/silver prices, and the US$
  5. A junior explorer under coverage discovered graphite in a project previously known to host nickel. Shares of this junior are up 57% YTD.

FRC Top Picks

The following table shows last week’s top five performers among our Top Picks, including five junior resource companies. The top performer White Rock Minerals (OTCQX: WRMCF), was up 20%. White Rock is advancing gold/copper assets in Australia and Alaska. Our prior reports can be viewed here.

Top 5 Weekly PerformersWoW Returns
White Rock Minerals Ltd. (WRMCF)20.1%
FPX Nickel Corp. (FPX.V)13.6%
Southern Silver Exploration Corp. (SSV.V)11.8%
Monarch Mining Corporation (GBAR.TO)9.1%
Transition Metals Corp.(XTM.V)5.6%
* Past performance is not indicative of future performance (as of March 13, 2023)

Companies on our Top Picks list were up 53% on average since we initiated coverage vs -32% for the benchmark (TSXV).

AIW Top Picks
Total Return1 Week1 mo3 mo6 mo1 yr3 yrSince launch
Special Situations (MIC)-10.2%-15.6%-0.6%-20.6%-40.5%76.3%-20.0%
Private CompaniesN/AN/AN/AN/A4.7%25.3%16.4%
Portfolio (Total)-4.0%-9.4%-2.7%-16.0%-39.8%70.1%53.2%
Benchmark (Total)-4.9%-1.6%5.7%-6.1%-25.8%62.3%-31.5%
Portfolio (Annualized)-----39.8%19.4%4.7%
Benchmark (Annualized) -----25.8%17.5%-4.0%

1. Since the earliest initiating date of companies in the list of Top Picks (as of March 13, 2023)
2. Green (blue) indicates FRC’s picks outperformed (underperformed) the benchmark.
3. Past performance is not indicative of future performance.

Our complete list of top picks (updated weekly) can be viewed here.

Weekly Mining Commentary

Last week, global equity markets were down 3.4% on average (up 1.7% in the prior week), primarily due to the closure of two major banks in the U.S. Regulators shuttered Silicon Valley Bank (US$209B in assets), and Signature Bank (US$110B in assets), amid concerns of insufficient liquidity, driven by a steep decline in the value of their investments due to higher rates. The U.S. government and the Fed have guaranteed all deposit accounts at both institutions, and installed a program to provide funding to other banks facing withdrawal requests from depositors. As a result of these developments, the US$ retreated, and gold/silver/crypto prices rallied, driven by increased expectations of the Fed slowing or pausing rate hikes. Due to increased financial stability risks, we are expecting stronger gold/silver prices, and continued downward pressure on the US$ in the near-term.

current vs pre covid mining chart

Source: FRC/Various

Gold/silver prices rallied, amid a weaker US$.

WoW chart as of march 13, 2023
yoy chart as of march 13, 2023
lme chart as of march 13, 2023
shfe chart as of march  13, 2023

Valuations of gold producers were down 1% last week (up 5% in the prior week); base metal producers were down 7% (up 7% in the prior week).

gold producers chart
base metals producers chart
 Gold ProducersEV / R   (forward)EV / EBITDA (forward)EV / R (forward)EV / EBITDA (forward)
3Polyus 3.00n/a2.97n/a
4Agnico Eagle3.677.783.507.42
5AngloGold 1.904.402.094.85
6Kinross Gold 1.824.841.734.62
7Gold Fields2.174.472.445.02
13Eldorado Gold1.945.121.824.76
 Average (excl outliers)2.505.552.475.51
 Base Metal ProducersEV / R   (forward)EV / EBITDA (forward)EV / R (forward)EV / EBITDA (forward)
1BHP Group 3.195.803.005.49
2Rio Tinto2.465.312.334.99
5Anglo American1.514.061.483.96
6Teck Resources2.465.022.224.56
7First Quantum3.187.782.867.02
 Average (excl outliers)2.125.301.974.93

We are maintaining our metal price forecasts.  

FRC Forecasts
Current Price2023E Long-Term (2025+)
Gold (US$/oz)$1,904$1,825$1,400
Silver (US$/oz)$21.83$22.00$18.00
Copper (US$/lb)$4.05$3.50$3.00
Zinc (US$/lb)$1.33$1.25$1.10
Nickel (US$/lb)$10.43$10.00$8.00
Source: FRC

Source: FRC

Key sector developments are listed below (positive):

– Artemis Gold (TSXV: ARTG) has obtained a permit to construct a gold mine in B.C.

 – In 2022, gold/copper exploration spending in B.C. was up 18% YoY, to $559M (Source: Ernst & Young).

– We believe the above two developments are highly positive for B.C.-based explorers/developers, especially considering that permitting has been a major risk for projects in the province.

Updates from Resource Companies Under Coverage

Sabre Gold Mines Corp. / TSX: SGLD

PR Title

Announces royalty buyback and debt reduction

FRC Opinion

Positive – Acquired an outstanding 3% net smelter royalty/NSR on its  flagship Copperstone project for US$2.5M. In our last report, we had assigned a value of US$8.4M for this NSR, implying that the acquisition price is highly attractive for SGLD. The company also repaid $3.2M of debt through cash/share payments.

StrategX Elements Corp. / CSE: STGX

PR Title

Expands energy transition metals portfolio with high-grade graphite discovery at Nagvaak (Nunavut)

FRC Opinion

Positive – Discovered high-grade graphite (8 m of 22.2% Cg and 4 m of 21.2% Cg) at the Nagvaak project, which was previously known to host nickel. The company is planning additional surface sampling and drilling to evaluate the project’s potential to host graphite.

Power Nickel Inc. / TSXV: PNPN

PR Title

Announces a $5M private placement

FRC Opinion

Positive –  Proceeds will be used to advance exploration at the  NISK project in Quebec, where the company is completing a maiden nickel/copper resource estimate.

South Star Battery Metals Corp./ TSXV: STS 

PR Title

Announces a maiden resource estimate for the BamaStar graphite project in the U.S.

FRC Opinion

Positive – Although the maiden resource is relatively small, it is open-pittable, implying potential for low OPEX. Management is aiming to complete a PEA by Q1-2024. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) had recently entered into an offtake agreement with Magnis Energy Technologies (ASX:MNS). Magnis is planning to build an anode (graphite) production facility in the U.S.

Geomega Resources Inc. /TSXV: GMA

PR Title

Announces $3M in funding from the Government of Canada’s critical minerals research, development and demonstration program

FRC Opinion

Positive –  Funds will be used to construct a magnet recycling demonstration plant in Quebec.

World Copper Ltd. / TSXV: WCU

PR Title

Arranges a $1.25M financing

FRC Opinion

Positive –  This financing is on the back of a promising resource update on its Zonia copper oxide project in Nevada, announced last month.

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Companies Mentioned:

White Rock Minerals Ltd. (WRMCF), FPX Nickel Corp. (FPX.V), Southern Silver Exploration Corp. (SSV.V), Monarch Mining Corporation (GBAR.TO), Transition Metals Corp.(XTM.V), Sabre Gold Mines Corp. / TSX: SGLD, StrategX Elements Corp. / CSE: STGX, Power Nickel Inc. / TSXV: PNPN, South Star Battery Metals Corp./ TSXV: STS , Geomega Resources Inc. /TSXV: GMA, World Copper Ltd. / TSXV: WCU,