In the junior exploration arena, a tight cap structure + low G&A expenses + a technically competent management team + a disciplined approach to exploration + a geologically prospective (mining-friendly) jurisdiction = a prime candidate for an ExploreCo shortlist.
The above wish list is a rare combination of elements in this era of blown-out cap structures, recycled projects from gold bulls past, low-ball private placements, and greedy (waaaay) overcompensated ‘management’ teams.
Here’s one worth poring over…
Goldseek Resources (GSK.C) holds large, geologically prospective land positions in the storied Hemlo Gold Camp of Ontario (Barrick Gold), the Urban Barry Gold Camp of Quebec (Osisko Mining, Bonterra Resources), and the Fenelon Gold Camp, also of Quebec (Wallbridge Mining).
Let’s jump right in and see what we can see.
- Mines in the Hemlo Gold Camp have produced more than 21 million ounces of gold in over their three decades of continuous production;
- The Horizon Project is surrounded by key mining infrastructure;
- The project has seen limited historical exploration;
- Horizon is geologically similar to known Hemlo gold deposits;
For those who know their Hemlo rocks, the setting exhibits previously identified linear breaks in magnetics, including West-North-West trending shears or faults which may splay from the regional East-West oriented Hemlo line of lode.
This modest drilling campaign could go a long way towards opening up the subsurface potential in Horizon’s subsurface layers.
The proposed drilling program:
Target A will consist of two 200 to 300-meter holes.
Target B will consist of two 150-meter holes.
Target C will consist of two ~300-meter holes to test the extent of the geophysical anomaly.
Of the three, Target C is the highest priority for a proper probe with the drill bit. The anomaly associated with this target was the strongest IP conductor. It also correlated well with a good magnetic feature exposed by a 2017 VTEM survey.
The anomaly occurs in metasedimentary rocks along the western edge of the Cedar Lake Pluton, a setting similar to the world-class Hemlo deposits located 7.5 kilometers to the south.
Note the nameless oval-shaped anomaly near the bottom of the above map—we should learn more about this (potential) target in the not too distant future.
Clearly, the Horizon Project is a target rich setting.
The company plans to follow-up this modest phase one drilling campaign with an aggressive surface (geochemical) campaign later this summer and fall.
A curious/speculative note
It wasn’t that long ago that Barrick was entertaining the idea of selling its Hemlo asset. But today, it’s looking at Hemlo with decidedly greater interest. It might be fair to ask, “what new development, or new discovery, prompted Barrick to pull Hemlo back into the fray”?
Goldseek will be monitoring developments out of the Barrick camp closely.
- Contiguous claims (8,000 acres) in the Fenelon Gold Camp, 10 kilometers south of Wallbridge Mining’s (WM.T) Fenelon Gold Project;
- GoldSeek beat the staking rush, acquiring these claims on the cheap via direct staking—there’s no underlying royalty here;
- Borders Probe Metals (PRB.V), Midland Exploration (MD.V), and Great Thunder Gold (GTG.V);
- Historical drilling intersected disseminated Au -Cu -Zn sulfides;
Note the EM/VTEM anomaly stretching across Goldseek’s claim block (red oval outline – above map).
Note the grab sample values along Goldseek’s south border with Probe Metals (map below).
A thick layer of overburden throughout the region makes exploration a somewhat expensive proposition—the more active Goldseek’s neighbors are along Southern Arm’s borders, the better the understanding of the geological setting (the less Goldseek will be required to prospect with the drill bit).
Worth noting, Goldseek’s neighbor to the north and east, Great Thunder Gold, has Eric Sprott rather enamored with the region’s prospects. He currently holds a 15.7% stake in the company.
Goldseek anticipates a winter drilling campaign at Southern Arm.
- Contiguous claims (12,000 acres) in the Urban Barry Camp where 7.1 million ounces have been discovered-to-date;
- Shares a 28 kilometer border with Osisko Mining’s (OSK.T) Great Bear target;
- A total of 11 TDEM anomalies;
- Strong gold till soil samples from both Melkior Resources (MKR.V) and Osisko on trend, on both sides of property;
- A $4.7 billion development deal announced between the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Cree and the Quebec gov’t where the first phase of development includes pushing power out to the Windfall Camp.
Osisko tagged some fairly significant till samples on the border of the Bonanza property.
Also, if you examine the above map, you’ll note two gold-copper values—results from a boulder sampling campaign conducted in the early ’90s.
These two boulder samples—K 93 62 (9.2 g/t Au +1.8% Cu) and K 92 53 (6.2 g/t Au + 0.85% Cu)—were discovered only 30 meters apart. Both show the same brecciated pyrrhotitic iron formation, with recemented pyrite and chalcopyrite.
This is highly significant. The lithology of these boulders (in addition to the positive till samples tagged by Osiko along the property border) correspond to an iron formation—a structure that could host a significant deposit(s).
The question is, “Where is the source of these two pyrrhotitic iron formation boulders”?
Goldseek, suspecting the source of these boulders lie within their Bonanza claim block, recently conducted a till and boulder sampling campaign along 15 kilometers of conductive trend.
A total of 524 soil samples were taken over the course of this surface campaign. They also sampled 11 boulders and 10 outcrops. Assays are pending.
Jon Deluce, Goldseek’s President & CEO:
“With the Phase 1 till and boulder sampling completed, we will continue the review of the Property while we await results. We look forward to receiving the results back as we believe it will outline significant targets along our 15km conductive trend.”
This next map shows the Bonanza project (shaded in blue), and the possible source of the high-grade boulders (red outline).
As noted further up the page, an iron formation could host significant mineralization. If they succeed in tagging the source of these high-grade boulders, expect a flurry of activity on the Bonanza claim block—IP surveys, stripping, additional surface work… all preparation for a maiden drilling campaign later this year.
There is a fourth project in the company’s portfolio…
… but with so much going on at Hemlo, Urban Barry, and Southern Arm (Abitibi GSB), it’s best left for another day.
CEO Deluce and his team have proven their technical capabilities via recent discovery success at Melkior Resources, where Deluce is also president and CEO.
Melkior is also worth investigating.
Effective capital management—limiting shareholder dilution and getting the biggest bang for the exploration buck—is high on Deluce’s priority list. One look at Melkior’s cap structure—a company much further along the curve—shows that these values hold true (Melkior has < 20 million shares outstanding).
The company has 19.87 million shares outstanding and a market cap of roughly $11M.
The cash position is currently $1.3M.
Values are well aligned here: management and insiders own 75% of the outstanding shares.
In speaking with CEO Deluce, I got a sense that this is a man on a mission—a mission to create shareholder value via the drill bit.
The company’s 2020 – 2021 budget is all laid out on slide 27 of their corporate i-deck:
Full disclosure: Goldseek is not currently an Equity Guru marketing client.