Ecora Resources – Company Introduction to 18 Royalties Focused On Future-Facing Commodities
Marc Bishop Lafleche, CEO of Ecora Resources (TSX: ECOR) (LSE:ECOR) (OTCQX:ECRAF), joins us for an introduction to this Company with 18 royalties, in 10 commodities, over 5 continents, and outlines the growth strategies for 2023. We start off the rebranding of the company a little over a year ago from Anglo Pacific to Ecora Resources, with the fundamental shift being towards accumulating production or development-stage royalties on forward-facing commodities like copper, cobalt, nickel, vanadium, uranium that are part of the global energy and electrification transition, over the prior focus on metallurgical coal and iron ore.
We highlight a few of the key royalties of the 9 producing assets, 6 development assets, and 3 earlier stage assets, and the strength of their operating partners, long mine-life projections, and operations that have low carbon intensities. Next we look into the financial strength of the incoming revenues, with the transition from the traditional to the more energy metals focus over the next few year in producing and near-production asset. Marc also outlines his background along with the strength of the management team and BOD for sourcing accretive deals, and the outlook for growth both from within the royalty portfolio and possible new royalty acquisitions.
If you have any questions for Marc regarding Ecora Resources, then please contact us at either Fleck@kereport.com or Shad@kereport.com.
Thanks DT, but it would have been better if I had waited until today as the PM mining stocks are getting hit again today. Regardless, I made double-digit gains on the JDST position overall, and I have a little dry powder now to invest into some of these mining stocks that have corrected nicely throughout February.
Ex, I am in AR bigly and have been wondering if/when you would get around to the subject of Magino. Yesterday’s post that you not only have a starter position in Argonaut but were looking to add more was music to my ears.
Generally, on the subject of new mines approaching production you have counselled caution as they are prone to glitches and delays. To say the least Magino has been one big glitch..
Hi Michael. Yes, I did rotate my Superior Gold capital and takeover profits into another tranche of Argonaut Gold today, after having recently taken out a new start position in AR.
Personally, I had a really great run in Argonaut for years up until the surprise news debacle of the large miscalculation on Maginos capex, and then the sudden firing of the founder and CEO Pete with hardly any warning or explanation from the board. That blindsided almost everyone, and I exited that day on that news. It is a shame that happened as Argonaut had been a best-in-class example of how to hit milestones, and execute on their mines, and they have even done well scooping up Florida Canyon from Alio who hadn’t done well there after they had acquired it from Rye Patch. In addition, the exploration team at Argonaut had been doing excellent work drilling under the pits and and expanding out further at two of the older mines, showing there was more life in those assets that being factored in.
After exiting for over a year, it seems the valuation in Argonaut, for all the resources they have in the ground and the large production profile seem silly again to me, so I’m getting back into position for the eventual rerating higher over the next 12-18 months. They’ve also spun out some of their non-core development properties to Heliostar, freeing up their focus to make sure Magino gets up and running correctly. If things finally get going, then it should nearly double their production profile, and dramatically lower their overall AISC, so I still like the project, and they’ve addressed the financing needs at this point, and have new CEO at the helm — Richard Young. I did quite well with him at the helm of Terranga Gold in West Africa, and he is good at mobilizing a team to get a project turned around.
So… that’s my investment thesis with Argonaut Gold and I’m back in it to win it. Haha!
Catalyst Metals is acquiring Superior Gold, for a 62% premium (CDN) over yesterday’s closing price. Catalyst got a good deal having scooped up The Plutonic Mine at just the right moment in the gold market. Catalyst has a terrific property close by with some great drill results that will be very accretive for them. DT
Yep, DT I had written to you yesterday on the Jordan blog about this, but will just repost that here.
DT – The news we had been expecting has just arrived regarding Superior Gold being taken over by Catalyst Metals. (Check that off the list).
I had only recently got back in position with an initial starter position in Superior, and had even contemplated buying a 2nd tranche both today and yesterday… but alas, I didn’t pull the trigger. I have a handwritten note to add some more tomorrow or Friday… anticipating the buyout was near, but then boom it came before I could get more fully positioned.
Oh well, at least I had a tiny seat at the table, for yet another acquisition that will likely piss off a host of longer-term buy and hold investors once again…. (just like Corvus, Alexco, Gold Standard Ventures, and Sabina as of late). However, as discussed previously, if one feels a takeover is looming and gets positioned in a short to medium-term window in front of it, then one can still profit from the takeover premium, as I did in 3 out of those.
SGI has been a bit of a cluster though, and initially it was one of the ugly duckling turnaround stories I felt could reinvent itself (like McEwen Mining and Americas Gold & Silver). However, they took a turn for the worse when they kept missing deadlines, underperforming quarterly guidance, and then had to fire the contract workers at the open pit and shut down mining there, focusing instead on the underground mining as of late.
I had sold out of it last year for a loss when the further complications arose, but on the positive side, at least I jumped back in to recoup a little on this takeover trade. It’s just a shame I didn’t add more in the last 2 days to magnify the return on this acquisition trade… but that’s how it goes sometimes. I even put in an limit order towards the end of the day today that never got filled (thinking no big deal, and I’ll just add some more tomorrow). Darn…
It was clear a merger between Superior and Catalyst was inevitable, especially after the Catalyst takeover of Vango (which held shares in both companies). I felt there would still be a few weeks to a few months though before an announcement, but apparently, in lieu of the wave of recent M&A deals, they just got in the spirit and pulled the trigger now.
Superior Gold Announces Proposed Acquisition By Catalyst Metals
@newswire on 22 Feb 2023
Hi Ex again, thanks for reposting your message on Superior Gold, I was unbelievably busy yesterday and I completely missed out, Busy, Busy. I’m pretty sure you mentioned a couple of weeks ago that you felt Superior would be taken out by Catalyst and we would not see a merger, you nailed it as usual. Happy Trails! DT
Thanks DT. Yes, stay busy amigo. Life is a wild adventure.
We covered more of the M&A deals in the space (and mentioned the Catalyst/Superior deal in the mix) with Dave Erfle today and that interview will post soon.
Freegold Ventures (T-FVL) Announces a significantly increased mineral resource estimate for The Golden Summit Project. Freegold has been hitting home runs, but the market is in denial until it can’t anymore. DT
FNV drop on Quantum news and loss of its revenues is developing into a golden opportunity. Excuse the pun.
Drip drip drip and then perhaps kaboom will end the misery of those into this sector with their past proclaimed 95% invested positions.
Hi Ex, that was a pretty savvy move scaling out of your JDST position yesterday. You are really good at market timing. I wonder how that will work-out, especially in light of this. DT