Canadian Resource Headlines

“Investors in most Canadian provinces are likely to start getting pitches from companies to buy a little more of stocks they already hold.” Boyd Erman: Regulators approve easier way for companies to sell stock (Globe and Mail / Streetwise subscribers only)

Uranium / Athabasca Basin

“Among the most technically challenging mining projects in the world” Cameco’s Cigar Lake mine to deliver 18 million pounds U3O8 per year by 2018. Cameco announces start of ore production at Cigar Lake mine

NexGen keeps rocking: 2 for 2 at early stage Arrow discovery. NexGen Extends Arrow Discovery Zone. Second Hole Intersects Several Highly Anomalous Radioactive Zones, Rook I West, SW Athabasca Basin. Also: last week’s $10 million bought deal.


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Gramalote no good at current gold price; will be reviewed in Q4 2014. B2Gold Corp. Announces Positive Results from the Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Gramalote Project in Colombia

Gold / Mark O’Dea / Oxygen Capital Camp

PLG takes $20m after drilling 10.5 g/t gold over 42.7 meters at Kinsley Mountain yesterday in Nevada. Pilot Gold announces bought deal financing of common shares for C$20,000,160

Meanwhile in West Africa, TGM’s Karma gold deposit is “shovel ready.” True Gold Adds 1.66 Million Ounces of Gold and Doubles In-Pit Leachable Resource at Karma’s Largest Deposit

International Oil

PRE earns US $430.4-million in 2013. Pacific Rubiales announces fourth quarter & year end 2013 results: Reports record financial and operating results

BNK hauls US $61.74 million in 2013. Bankers Petroleum Announces 2013 Financial Results

PXT gets exchange approval to buy back up to 10 million shares. Parex Resources Announces Approval of Normal Course Issuer Bid. Listen: conference call.

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CEO.CA Week In Review

Sonny, Mottahed

Black Spruce Merchant Capital’s Sonny Mottahed


Petronova, Pacific Rubiales Farm In Worth Another Look – Black Spruce Merchant’s Sonny Mottahed

Mining tycoon Ross Beaty is back and he’s funding gold exploration in Brazil


NexGen Energy Announces $10 Million Bought Deal

The power of family and service to community


LX-Ventures CEO Mike Edwards determined to move share price, limit dilution

Silver Bull stands out at the PDAC


Major overhang removed for Petromanas, increasing target: Haywood Securities

Petroamerica Oil farms out El Porton block, misses at La Guira 2 well


New projects, drilling, and a nod from Brent Cook – Riverside Resources week in review

Continental Gold: Cash in hand, expanding resource, getting it done

Skyharbour Resources secures funding for 2014 and strengthens advisory board

How To Be A Huge Success

success-signIt’s really humiliating to ask for money from people.

When I was a venture capitalist I hated everyone who asked me for money. And I hated my partners who pretended like they had the ability to make important life or death decisions over people.

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FZ – Full Metal Zinc Up 75% After Announcing Mexican Acquisition

Full Metal Zinc (ZN:TSXV) 1 Day Chart (Yahoo Finance)

Full Metal Zinc (ZN:TSXV) 1 Day Chart (Yahoo Finance)

McLeod-Williams zinc play, Full Metal Zinc (FZ:TSXV) announced that it intends to acquire the San Andres Silver Project in Durango, Mexico.  The project is brownfields and comes with a 300tpd mill and tailings facility, supposedly costing $6 million.  From 1890 to 1915, the property is said to have produced some 17 million ounces of silver.  Full Metal will pay $260,000 cash, 10 million shares and a 2% NSR on the project (which the company can buy back half of for $5 million).  With less than $300,000 in cash today, the company needs to raise money to complete the acquisition and is planning a $1 million financing (20 million units at $0.05).

The market seems not to care about the 30 million new shares being issued at a discount and is trading up 75% at the time of writing on 2.5 million shares.  Perhaps some of the excitement is due to the fact it is located just 8km east of Chesapeake Gold’s enormous Metates deposit (18.5 million ounces of gold, 526 million ounces of silver, 4.2 billion pounds of zinc).

News Release: Full Metal Zinc Signs Binding Letter to Acquire the San Andres Project and Mill

Glencore Starts Process to Sell Las Bambas by Q3 2014

The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in Baar

When Glencore and Xstrata merged earlier this year in a $30 billion deal, the Chinese regulators demanded that Glencore sell its Las Bambas mine in Peru by September 30, 2014 in order for them to approve the massive merger.  It appears that Chinalco Mining, the listed copper arm of the state-owned Aluminum Corp of China is interested in the project and will be part of the bidding process being headed by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

BMO Capital Markets values the project at $6.5 billion and many others estimate its value closer to $5 billion.  Glencore said the sale price will be the higher of either an evaluation by two independent investment banks or the total of all costs incurred by Xstrata and/or Glencore.  If Glencore is unable to sell the project by September 30, 2014 then, under the terms of their agreement with the Chinese authorities, they will have to rapidly sell one of four other projects (Tampakan, Alumbrera, El Pachon, Frieda River).  Las Bambas is expected to produce 400,000 metric tons of copper per year and cost approximately $5.2 billion to construct.  China currently consumes approximately 30% of the global annual copper production.

Bloomberg article here: Chinalco Mining Said to Study Bidding for Glencore’s Bambas Mine

Fission/Alpha Drills 13.41m of “Off-Scale” Radioactivity at PLS

Ross McElroy - President, COO and Chief Geologist for Fission Uranium

Ross McElroy – President, COO and Chief Geologist for Fission Uranium

Fission Uranium (FCU:TSXV) and Alpha Minerals (AMW:TSXV) announced further results from their $6.95 million, 44 hole, 11,000m drill and ground geophysics program at their Patterson Lake South (PLS) deposit in the Athabasca Basin of Saskatchewan.  The companies announced drilling results including hole PLS13-080 which encountered 13.41m composite off-scale mineralization including 7.6m of continuous off-scale mineralization.  This hole was drilled approximately 10m grid south of PLS13-060 and appears to have similar geological characteristics to that of the R390E zone.

“Hole PLS13-080 is by far the most significant hole at R780E to date, showing similar result to those at R390E.  All three zones (R00E, R390E and R780E), which have been traced on-strike over a +855m ENE trending corridor, now have drill holes with wide and robust mineralization,” says Ross McElroy, President, COO and Chief Geologist for Fission.

News Release here: Fission Hits 13.41m Total Composite “Off-Scale” Radioactivity in 48.5m of Mineralization at R780E Zone

Capstone Acquires Option on Greenfield Property in Prolific Chilean Copper Belt

Capstone Mining (CS:TSX) announced today that it would acquire the right to earn up to 70% of the Project Providencia from Sociedad Quimica y Mineral de Chila S.A. (SQM).  The property is somewhat strategic in that it sits approximately halfway between Capstone’s Santo Domingo Project and Anglo American’s Mantos Blancos copper mine.

Project Providencia located 50km East of Taltal

Project Providencia located 50km East of Taltal

SQM is a domestic producer of specialty fertilizers and other chemicals and as a result, the project has had no modern exploration work for hard rock metal deposits.  Capstone will narrow the original 350,000 hectares down to 50,000 hectares by performing airborne geophysics.  The exploration efforts will be led by the highly successful team that discovered the Santo Domingo iron oxide-copper-gold deposit (IOCG).  Capstone believes this property could host a large IOCG, copper porphyry or Mantos Blancos type deposit.  Capstone paid $1 million on signing and can earn up to 70% in the project by making exploration expenditures over the next 7.5 years, but should Capstone not like what they see, they can withdraw from the agreement at any time.

News Release here: Capstone Acquires Option on 350,000 Hectares of Exploration Land in Chile

Fission and Alpha Discover More “Off-Scale” Mineralization at PLS

Patterson Lake South (PLS) - Fission/Alpha 50-50 JV

Patterson Lake South (PLS) – Fission/Alpha 50-50 JV

Fission Uranium (FCU:TSXV) and Alpha Minerals (AMW:TSXV) announced the results of an additional four drill holes from their Patterson Lake South Deposit (50/50 Joint Venture) in the Athabasca region of Saskatchewan.  The two are in the process of completing a $6.95 million, 11,000m drill and ground geophysics program on the project.  Drilling highlights included 18.5m of mineralization with 4.94m “off-scale” radioactivity including 4.63m of continuous “off-scale” radioactivity.

Ross McElroy Fission’s President, COO and Chief Geologist stated: “we are pleased with the further expansion of R00E zone, which still remains open. Hole 079 is a particular highlight as its results are the strongest yet on line 015E and the quantity of off-scale is very encouraging”.

News Release here: Fission/Alpha Latest Drill Results Including 18.5m Mineralization


Is uranium miner Paladin Energy on the brink?

The Langer Heinrich Mine was discovered in 1973 and has been the cornerstone of PDN production

The Langer Heinrich Mine in Namibia, discovered in 1973, has been the cornerstone of PDN’s production.

Paladin Energy (PDN:TSX), which was halted yesterday, resumed trading today after announcing it was cancelling the sale of a minority interest in the Langer Heinrich Mine in Namibia and is instead going to issue 15% of its outstanding share capital at a 30% discount to the market.  Needless to say, the market isn’t happy, with shares down 18.5% in early trading. Management commented, “The current weakness in the spot uranium price ($34.50 (U.S.) per pound) should not overly influence the valuation of a flagship asset such as Langer Heinrich.”

Steels Corp., who are covering the company, have decided to exit their Paladin position today citing elevated risks. Founder James Steels commented, “The company remains very levered due to a significant amount of debt. I view this news as very negative as the cash raise is significantly less than the projected proceeds from LHM (which were intended to reduce debt levels) and uranium prices continue to remain depressed. As a higher cost producer, Paladin could run into liquidity issues if prices remain low. The company projects that current cash levels will allow the company to continue operating as a going concern until Sept 2014. If uranium prices drop further, that date will obviously change.”

Here’s the 12 month PDN chart:

TSX:PDN 12 months (Stockwatch)

TSX:PDN 12 months (Stockwatch)

Read: Paladin Energy Provides Operational and Strategic Update

Positive results propel Colombia’s Canacol Energy

Charle Gamba - President and CEO of Canacol Energy

Charle Gamba – President and CEO of Canacol Energy

Canacol Energy (CNE:TSX) provided production results from its wells in Colombia and Ecuador.  CNE’s total corporate production in July averaged 10,120 boepd, of which 7,027 bopd was crude oil with another 3,093 boepd of gas.  Month over month growth in total corporate production was 17.5% (8,616 boepd in May and June) and 22% (5,794 bopd) in crude oil specific production.  Most of this increased production is a result of their LLA23 Block in the Libertador-Atacapi fields in Ecuador with their Colombian assets continuing to perform well. CEO Gamba commented, “We expect production to build through the remainder of the year and anticipate more good news on the exploration front from our remaining drills for calendar 2013.” Read: Canacol Provides Production Update

Canacol’s shares are up 7.8% on the day at press time, last at $4.29.


TSX:CNE 12 months chart

Why Do People Hate Their Jobs

I limped out of the meeting and said, “excuse me”, and took the elevator down 67 stories, went to Grand Central, limped home, and never went back to work at that job.

I never returned the constant phone calls and emails over the next month. “James, where did you go?”

For all I know my name is still on my office door and my name is still on their website. I’ve never checked.

I just didn’t feel like going back or talking to them ever again.

A few days earlier I had discussed with the managing partner how I would get paid if I brought in a huge deal. He smiled and said, “Trust me, James, I always take care of everyone.”

When someone says “trust me” or “I will make you rich” then I know general fuckness will result.

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Two Stories About Google We Can All Learn From

Story #1:

One time Barry Diller was visiting Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The topic of the meeting was to see how the greatest media mogul could work with the greatest Internet moguls.

It was like two galaxies colliding to create something beautiful when seen from light years away.

Larry Page was texting or doing something on his phone.

Barry Diller was disgusted: “Either choose me or the phone”.

Larry Page, without even lifting his head from his phone, said to the biggest media mogul in history, “I choose this”. Referring to his phone.

So Diller spent the rest of the meeting talking to Sergey Brin.

Story #2:

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How To Be Rich – The PUSH


Rob told me JB was dead. JB was my best friend growing up. We sat next to each other on the bus. After school we’d play ping pong or pinball or monopoly or ride bikes.

Every single day we did this for eight years. Then we drifted apart.

Rob said, The last time I spoke to him he sounded like a ghost.

It was like there was nothing there, Rob said.

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