It is my pleasure to share an extended interview with Mr. Dustin Angelo, President & CEO of Anaconda Mining (TSX:ANX) regarding the proposed takeover of Maritime Resources (TSXV:MAE). Read on for a detailed discussion of the merits of the deal, which would be the 3rd successful acquisition since I started following Anaconda in 2016.
Peter Bell: Hello Dustin.
Dustin Angelo: Hey Peter. How are you?
Peter Bell: Very good thanks. How are you?
Dustin Angelo: Not bad. Just getting ready to head out to Halifax.
Peter Bell: Great. Working from home here before you go?
Dustin Angelo: Yeah. It didn't make any sense to go in the office and spend all the travel time to come back out.
Peter Bell: That’s a nice thing about this industry – you can work from anywhere in some cases. The number of times I've heard executives call into conference calls, saying "I'm in an airport here, sorry if the call drops."
Dustin Angelo: With technology today, Peter, I can do a lot of my job from anywhere.
Peter Bell: And you’ve been doing a good job recently, Dustin. I'm impressed. A round of applause to you and the team.
Dustin Angelo: Thank you, Peter. We're firing on all cylinders right now. The team's been doing a great job with operations and exploration work, and we have a great value proposition with Maritime. It is all coming together.
Peter Bell: I never thought I'd see a hostile takeover situation around Anaconda, Dustin.
Dustin Angelo: It's not something that we wanted to do. Things have been bubbling here for a while. We have been trying to engage Doug Fulcher for going on about three years.
Peter Bell: Wow.
Dustin Angelo: We made our first formal offer to Maritime in July of 2016. It was a premium offer then, too. There was essentially no response then and no interest. Then, in 2017 we had multiple discussions and I had a face-to-face with him at the Baie Verte Mining Conference in June 2017.
Peter Bell: I’ve heard that’s a great event.
Dustin Angelo: It is. Just a few hundred people, but it reflects the strong community support for mining in Baie Verte, Newfoundland.
When I talked to Mr. Fulcher in June 2017, he said "Let's talk in the fall." Our Chairman and another one of our directors flew out to Vancouver and met with him and his chairman at that time. We put an informal proposal in front of them that was basically a slide deck discussing a valuation range and the merits of a combination. We made a premium offer at that time, as well, although our stock hadn’t been consolidated yet and we were trading a at much lower share price. I’ve been quite disappointed to read the materials from Maritime that state we are trying to be opportunistic with an inflated share price presently since we've been working on this for over two years and we were willing to do the transaction then when our valuation was much lower.
After our approach was rebuffed in fall 2017, we decided that we were going to submit another formal offer and that happened at the end of January of this year. Our Board has given us a strong mandate to pursue growth through acquisitions and this transaction makes a lot of sense. We've stated to the market that we're looking to grow through acquisition, so we felt that we had to make another attempt to secure a deal with Maritime.
We submitted that letter on January 29th, I believe. We didn't get much of a response from that, either. It actually took them a couple of days to even acknowledge receipt of the letter. At some point soon after, Doug Fulcher went on a week-long vacation. We tried a bunch of times to get them to respond to in a meaningful way, but they didn’t do so.
As they say in their response, they wanted us to enter into a Non-Disclosure Agreement to allow them to do due diligence. We thought that was counterproductive. Typically, these transactions start with a letter of intent that specify the basic parameters of a transaction and the LOI is contingent on confirmatory due diligence. Why spend all the time and money on due diligence if you don't even know if you have agreement on the key terms of a transaction?
There is typically enough information in the public domain for each side to be able to get a sense for the other and agree to the terms of deal. We certainly believe there was enough information to allow them to do that in this case, but they insisted on this unconventional approach.
One of the things they wanted to do was put in a standstill clause that would be in force for an extended period of time, which would have prohibited us from executing on our strategy. These non-market terms within the confidentiality agreement made it untenable from our perspective. Why would we agree to that? We're an open book. All of our information is in the public domain and we even published an updated PEA and updated 43-101 Technical Report around the February-March time frame so that all the important information was fresh and ready for them to review.
We were fully willing to talk about our operations, but they declined. For example, at PDAC we had a meeting with Doug and offered to give him a presentation from our entire management team! We were all there because the PDAC is an important event and we were ready to do a full presentation for Doug with all our key management personnel to talk about each part of the business. We were willing to provide that deep-dive that he wanted, but he didn't make the time. We suggested a couple times and I followed up multiple times during the week, but he never agreed to it. He said he couldn't do it as he had other things to do. It was a head scratcher.
Peter Bell: Sounds like delay, delay, delay. That may have something to do with their ongoing drilling activities – I can understand if they put out some good news and push for a higher valuation on the deal. Although funding that work is always tough – that recent financing was another head scratcher.
Dustin Angelo: Peter, they’ve done exploration work and put out news since we’ve approached them. They put out drill results sometime within the last several weeks and the market reaction was ambivalent.
Consider that a significant portion of their recent exploration efforts have been allocated to Whisker Valley, which is not the main prize here.
Statements coming from Maritime have claimed they have an ability to put Hammerdown into production, but why are they drilling another project? Why isn't all their capital being invested into that key asset? If that is the asset that is going to generate value for Maritime shareholders, then why are they not focused there?
Again, it's an odd situation. I think it's a misappropriation of funds. It's something that we would not do at Anaconda – we've been consistent in our message that we're putting this mine into production. All our effort is going to be focused on putting Hammerdown into production. There will be some work done on the periphery because we have to keep advancing projects through the pipeline and establishing resources for future production, but it is very important in this business to be focused.
If you look at the details, they're currently taking approximately 33% of their meterage or 33% of their spending and applying it to Whiskey Valley. That's a pretty large percentage for a non-core asset.
Peter Bell: And it is early stage stuff with recent channel sampling. I’m all for greenfield exploration, but I agree that you have to focus on the most opportunity in front of you. To hear you say, “It’s not what Anaconda would do.” That’s just it – they are an exploration company whereas you are a producer. They are listed on the Venture and you are on the Big Board. The differences go on and on.
Looking at their work, though, they’ve had some good numbers. Over 10 grams per tonne gold over 30 meters at surface, I believe. Those are good numbers – you'd think the market might care about that!
Dustin Angelo: I think they're misreading the market or even underestimating the intelligence of the market. Saying that the market will be wooed by channel samples at a non-core project and will suddenly take their stock higher just doesn't make any sense.
Peter Bell: They had some nice results from Hammerdown, too. The headline with 68 grams gold over one meter – not bad! Every time I look more closely into this Hammerdown project, I just get a better understanding of why Anaconda wants it.
Dustin Angelo: It’s not just us that want this deal to go through, Peter. We’ve talked to Maritime shareholders who want it, too. I believe all the Maritime shareholders should support this deal based on the fact that we're providing the mill, the tailings capacity, and a significant mineral resource portfolio in our asset base. We're contributing a lot with our management team, too.
Of course, we want this deal because it's a good property and it fits well with our operation on the Baie Verte Peninsula, but this is a combination that works for both sides. That shouldn't be lost on the shareholders of Maritime in all this boardroom drama.
Maritime chooses to frame the issues in a way that suggests we need Hammerdown. Well, we already have a great development project from an acquisition with Goldboro. We have life at Point Rousse and we believe that we will be able to demonstrate much longer mine life there, too. Let alone our other assets I referred to.
This deal is not about trying to extract everything out of the other side. This is about everybody coming to the table.
If the deal goes through, then we all stand to make a lot of money together on the re-rating of the stock as we bring these companies together. There could be a significant valuation lift from that. We are focused on the long-term here. We see great potential where everybody benefits, and we try to be consistent about that when we're either marketing this opportunity or replying to the responses from Maritime and their shareholders.
Peter Bell: And I see that alignment reflected in the fact that Maritime shareholders would own over 20% of the combined company. That's a substantial amount.
Dustin Angelo: Yes, it is. And that combined company has great potential to be re-rated by the market. If you look at the market valuations for comparable companies, then you will see that we're on the lower end of those valuation ranges. There's an opportunity here to tell a more coherent story that the market will understand when you put these assets together. If we're successful on hitting our milestones, then we should get rewarded for it.
Peter Bell: And it makes sense for me to see Anaconda pursuing some kind of a roll-up strategy for the Baie Verte area at least as you’re listed on the big board, again. I think that gives some confidence that you're more likely to see recognition of value over the long term because you’re in a different ecosystem of investors in that bigger market.
Dustin Angelo: As you say, Maritime is listed on the TSX-V and, prior to the deal being announced, the company had a sub-$10 million dollar market cap with limited liquidity. We've demonstrated that our liquidity is increasing. If we can bring in this deal, then the market cap for Anaconda will be higher and we will be able to build momentum there as more investors become interested. I'm biased, but I try to be objective about this and it seems to make a lot of sense from a capital markets perspective. It’s certainly different from Maritime’s development plan for Hammerdown, which is entirely predicated on using somebody else's mill!
Peter Bell: Yes.
Dustin Angelo: That’s not uncommon today, but you have to step back and look at that. The mill that they are contemplating using is not available, but here is another mill, our mill, that's available right now. That seems very clear from an operational perspective.
I would think that the path is clear as a Maritime shareholder. They have an option to combine Maritime with another company. And not just with another exploration company, but a junior that's in production, generating cash flow, has a significant development project, and a full pipeline beyond that!
We have the infrastructure in place, the management team, the workforce – all of the things that are required to successfully develop a project. I think these intangibles have been very much overlooked in the discussions so far.
People forget that these intangibles can cost a lot of money to build out over time. If you've already got them, then you're just plugging a new project into what already exists. It's a different ball game for them to work with us than for Maritime to bring in senior management, get the workforce, train them, and ramp up.
By the way, the senior management of Maritime is currently managing all this from Vancouver. Our corporate offices are based in Toronto, but Anaconda has all of its operations team already at site in Newfoundland. That difference is very important.
There are intangibles beyond the people, too. The processes, the procedures, and the operating infrastructure to actually run the company are in place for Anaconda. We would be basically bolting another project onto something that's already running and has got a track record of success. That's a hugely significant aspect of the deal, particularly when you contrast it to what Maritime is planning with the Nugget Pond Mill.
We know that Rambler is ramping up their production at the Ming Mine and they don't have any available spare crushing and grinding capacity at the Nugget Pond Mill. That capacity that Maritime is predicating its development plan on right now is not available.
If Maritime had to go out and acquire that same crushing and grinding capacity, then it would be a significant capital cost. Those costs are not included in their prefeasibility study.
And it’s even worse when you look at the tailings capacity. Rambler is in the middle of permitting more tailings capacity right now and they are permitting capacity for about six years at their planned throughput rate, but they have a 20-year mine life. They don't have any additional tailings capacity. They're not even permitting for their entire mine life! Now, it’s normal to permit a tailings facility in stages, but what is that telling you? For the next six years, at least, Rambler won’t have available capacity for Hammerdown.
Peter Bell: Oh, no.
Dustin Angelo: They may have it later on, but they don’t have it within this first stage of tailings they are planning today. Tailings capacity really is a critical issue for these mines in Newfoundland, too.
Layer on the fact that Rambler’s permit application for a tailings facility has no mention of ore from Hammerdown! They can't just put Hammerdown ore into that facility – it has to be permitted in advance.
All this is just critical for shareholders. If it’s not being planned now for some time in the next 6 years, then when is it going to happen?
We keep telling people that our facilities are available right now. We have the available capacity in the mill. We have a tailings facility that can handle 15+ years of tailings capacity at our current throughput rate.
When you consider all this stuff, the deal becomes very clear from a time-value of money standpoint. If they don’t do this, then Maritime shareholders will be waiting for an unknown amount of time. You just don't know when that capacity at Nugget Pond is going to be available.
Maritime doesn’t even have a full-fledged definitive agreement to use the Nugget Pond Mill! They have a Memorandum of Understanding.
There's a lot of uncertainty around Maritime’s current plan and we answer that uncertainty. We bring certainty to the table. There is a lot of value in certainty, especially in this kind of situation.
Peter Bell: Absolutely. And it helps to see Anaconda going through the process of permitting for Argyle and Stog’er Tight. I was pleased to see an Environmental Assessment for Argyle that you’ve prepared.
Dustin Angelo: Indeed. We're adding mine life. And adding life at Point Rousse is not a huge endeavor because you're basically trying to replace about 16 to 18 thousand ounces a year. Obviously, we would like to have more on the books, but it's not uncommon for a mining company to have only a few years of production on the books and stay in production for many years beyond that.
Look at the Pine Cove pit – it started as a five-year mine life, but it went for eight years. There's certainly the possibility to continue once you start mining a deposit. And we believe there is great mine life at Point Rousse because we have many more targets there. We've lacked the capital over the last several years to be able to explore out there in a meaningful way.
Peter Bell: And that's largely been a function of the market conditions. I've always been impressed by Anaconda’s ability to survive and do any meaningful work at all through this last decade, really.
Dustin Angelo: I appreciate that, Peter, but we’ve done a lot more than just survive. Over the last eight years at Point Rousse when we were mining the Pine Cove pit, we generated $50 million in project EBITDA. That's not just surviving – that's building something.
We generated a lot of cash flow and we used that cash flow to reinvest in the business. We created this infrastructure that is a launch pad for growth in the area. It makes a lot of sense to combine that with Hammerdown and the rest of the projects in Maritime Resources.
Peter Bell: And you did it without a lot of debt along the way, so that EBITDA wasn't ground down by a bunch of interest payments!
Dustin Angelo: We paid off our debts by mid-2013. Any debt that we've had since then has been a small amount under government loan programs.
Peter Bell: With your recent experience at Stog’er Tight and Argyle, I suspect you have a pretty good sense of what it would entail to bring Hammerdown online.
Dustin Angelo: We have an enormous amount of experience with permitting in Newfoundland. We've done it multiple times at our site and have become highly skilled at it. We do it all in house. That has certain benefits. For example, we have very good relationships with the folks in the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environment who are assessing these permit applications. We have continual dialogue with them. We consistently have meetings with them to give them a heads-up on initiatives that we have so that we're not surprising them by just dropping an application on their desk.
Frankly, I've already talked to the Premier of Newfoundland about permitting Hammerdown even though we don't own it yet! We did the same thing with Goldboro. We were actually starting the permitting process there before we closed the deal.
All that shows you two things. For one, it shows you that we find it very important to communicate with our stakeholders to make sure they know what's going on. For another, we don't let the grass grow under our feet. It all just goes to show the Maritime shareholders that they stand to join a company where management pushes ahead and is not just sitting around. We're trying to create the value that they're expecting.
Again, we've got a very good handle on the permitting process. We'll move it along within the guidelines of the process and are working with the regulators to do so. Same thing for exploration – we'll have to get exploration permits. And we believe there is exploration upside at Hammerdown. There is a significant amount of inferred resources that will require additional drilling to be converted into measured and indicated, and that will be part of our plan going forward.
Peter Bell: And the possible timeline to production at Hammerdown. Maritime says they’re going to put it into production, but they haven’t given any timelines. That’s not surprising given the uncertainties around their plan, but I haven't seen anything from Anaconda regarding possible timelines. I’m curious if you have any plans to communicate anything around that.
Dustin Angelo: Yes. Based on our understanding of the process in Newfoundland, our goal would be to try to get it done in about two years or less.
Peter Bell: That makes for an interesting 2020-2021 window for Anaconda with Goldboro spinning up as well!
Dustin Angelo: I think there is potential for Hammerdown to come into production before Goldboro, just based on the permitting timelines.
Peter Bell: The scale of Goldboro sure is impressive. If it shapes up, then you could be looking at 20 years of mine life there. All that may not be on the books right away, but it has the potential to keep going for a long time.
Dustin Angelo: And Goldboro is an asset that gets lost in this conversation. How many Maritime shareholders have any idea about that massive asset? It's the elephant in the room, in my mind.
Goldboro has 870,000 ounces of mineral resources between measured, indicated, and inferred. We put out the revised PEA I mentioned and it has a nearly nine-year mine life, based on mining less than half of the ounces in the resource estimate. The mine life yields only about 376,000 of those 870,000 ounces.
Only 27% of the ounces at Goldboro are in the inferred category and the drill program we've been working on has focused on converting them into the measured and indicated categories.
The drill program has also been working on demonstrating that the deposit can grow, and it's been an overwhelming success so far. We’ve been able to extend the Boston-Richardson Gold System down-plunge. We’ve been able to extend the East Goldbrook Gold System along strike and down-dip on the limbs.
The most noteworthy thing of all that exploration at Goldboro so far was in this latest press release, that described a fault system associated with high-grade gold at very big widths. That's something that we hadn’t seen before, but now it's a whole new target within the deposit. It could have some significant implications if we're able to follow these faults and demonstrate that they are associated with higher-grade, thicker zones of mineralization. It'll be a huge positive to the deposit and a sign of what we can do with the deposit. We've already demonstrated on multiple occasions that we have extended the mineralization, which will translate into a larger resource, and the higher-grade subdomains are also very exciting.
Peter Bell: “Thicker” and “higher grade” – music to my ears, Dustin!
And the Maritime shareholders should know that Goldboro came to Anaconda through a deal with Orex Exploration. I think that was clearly a win-win and is a great sign about your deal-making acumen.
Rattling Brook hasn't had a lot of attention, but that was another deal that took a while. Ultimately, the Chairman of the Board proved instrumental there as I understand it.
Dustin Angelo: That’s right, Peter. Jonathan Fitzgerald had a relationship there and was able to close the deal. We had been working and talking to those folks for a number of years at that point but weren't successful until Jonathan got involved.
Peter Bell: Did you know I introduced John and Don there?
Dustin Angelo: Yes, I did. Thanks for that, Peter. As I recall, I first met you through Don at the Metals Investor Forum in Vancouver.
Peter Bell: That’s right. I look forward to seeing you again in Vancouver. Hard to believe that was back in 2016.
Dustin Angelo: We’ve come a long way since then, but things are unfolding along the path that I described to you then. Rattling Brook is a nice addition to the Great Northern Project we have on the Northern Peninsula. We're looking at ideas on how to position that asset and generate some value from it. It's not the focus right now because of everything going on at Point Rousse and Goldboro, let alone this potential acquisition of Maritime, but we do see a lot of potential from an exploration perspective at Rattling Brook. We're working on some ideas on how to move it forward.
Peter Bell: I do go back to that interview transcript from that first meeting, Dustin. There’s lots of good stuff in there. You spoke about the hub and spoke strategy back then and I still see at play now. You talked about potentially buying a grinding circuit for the Viking project and trucking ore to the leach circuit at Pine Cove and it’s amazing to think of that when I see Maritime saying now that they intend to buy a grinding circuit for Hammerdown and truck ore to the leach circuit at Nugget Pond Mill. There’s obviously a good idea in there somewhere!
It makes me pause to realize that you've been talking about this kind of strategy for some time now.
Dustin Angelo: Indeed, we have. And I’d point out it’s a bit misleading on their part because they need a crushing circuit and grinding circuit. Those capital costs are not included in their pre-feasibility study. And they still don’t have certainty if they can use the gold circuit at Nugget Pond, as I mentioned.
Peter Bell: A lot of questions there.
Dustin Angelo: Peter, the Maritime pre-feasibility study doesn't include a cost for the toll milling charge. They have a cost for processing the ore, but it doesn't include a toll milling charge from Rambler. There are a few missing items from their economic projections, let alone their ability to execute.
The hub and spoke strategy is something that we continue to work on at Anaconda because it’s a good idea. We're pursuing it locally around Point Rousse and Hammerdown fits into that, but we also have an exploration property to the east of Point Rousse called Tilt Cove. It’s located in the Nugget Pond Horizon, where the old Nugget Pond Mine used to be. They were mining at 11 grams per tonne gold there and we have an exploration property in that area that’s in our pipeline.
Maritime has exploration properties in the area, as well. Together, we could create something special at the Baie Verte Peninsula. Just imagine – at the northern end is our Pine Cove Mill and all our infrastructure, current production from the Point Rousse Project, and then production from Hammerdown. That would be a great base of operations to fund exploration work on these other properties in the area. Over time, we would invest in them to build up a complete pipeline of projects from exploration through development and production – all fully concentrated from a geographic perspective on the Baie Verte Peninsula near major highways and infrastructure.
Peter Bell: Let alone Narrow Vein Mining, Dustin! We’ll save that for another day, but I have to mention it. If any Maritime shareholders don’t know what I’m referring to then I urge them to do their homework.
And to ask this question about “buying a grinding circuit” again. I wonder if you would need to buy additional crushing and grinding equipment to process ore from Hammerdown at Pine Cove because that grinding and crushing circuit you have now may have spare capacity in two years?
Dustin Angelo: What we're contemplating at this point, at least in the early stages, would be to batch process. We would bring the ore from Hammerdown, which would be at most 400 tonnes per day, to Pine Cove, where we have about 1,300 tonnes per day of processing capacity. We can batch process the ore at Pine Cove so that we don't necessarily have to go out and buy any new capital equipment. Over time, we can make decisions based on an economic analysis as to whether we should set up a separate crushing and grinding circuit at Pine Cove to process Hammerdown ore.
That approach helps us get into production for limited cap-ex because we already have the mill running. If Maritime is building a standalone operation, then they have to ramp up as quickly as possible to start earning as much money as possible to repay the financiers of the new equipment, whereas we can follow a more steady and methodical ramp-up.
Peter Bell: That has huge implications for the risk profile of the project and the company behind it. Anyone who is really studying this stuff closely will have a sense for that, but the problem is that many of Maritime’s shareholders may not really appreciate some of the subtle aspects of it there.
Dustin Angelo: I hope that our discussion here can highlight some of those subtleties and give them a way to appreciate how important they are. Some of this information here may contain greater detail than is available in our other publications, but I think it’s important to provide this deep dive for those who want it.
I will say that I believe our response to the recent Director's circular from Maritime is pretty comprehensive and pretty straight forward. It addresses all of the areas that may be of concern for a Maritime shareholder. I would like to think that they would see that our responses are more than adequate and should be able to reduce or eliminate any concerns they may have of taking Anaconda's stock.
Peter Bell: And the YouTube video that came out recently of you speaking to the camera was great as well. I was impressed to see you and hear what you were saying. I was surprised – I thought some of it was pretty strong language from Dustin there!
Dustin Angelo: This is a scenario where you don’t want to tread lightly. I think you want to be emphatic and direct, but honest. That's what we're trying to do. This is not a situation to take lightly.
Peter Bell: Certainly not. Amazing how Allan Cramm has experience with Hammerdown – it all seems to come full circle. At first, I wondered why Maritime was talking about sending stuff from Hammerdown to Nugget Pond and then I discovered that’s what was done historically.
When Hammerdown was operated by Richmont in the past, they sent material to Nugget Pond. That helped explain why Maritime was even proposing that for me – that it is a reasonable possible path forward based on historical precedent.
Dustin Angelo: That’s right, Peter, and it certainly is something you would consider as an option since it's been done in the past. But I think they’ve got a better option now.
We have a transportation advantage to reduce the cost of moving that ore. You literally have to go past our site to get to Nugget Pond from Hammerdown. Working with us will cut off approximately 50-odd kilometers on a round trip basis. It's another one of the many advantages we’ve been discussing here today.
Another thing to consider is that the discussion about recovery rates. People say that it’s better to take Hammerdown ore to Nugget Pond because they had 97% recoveries there in the past and Anaconda’s recovery rates are between 85%-87%, but that’s an apples-oranges comparison. People need to understand that we use a process for the particular type of ore we are mining at Point Rousse that requires flotation. That’s why we have a flotation circuit at our mill.
A different process is required to get the gold from the Hammerdown ore. You don't need the flotation circuit. We would employ a whole ore leach process, which is the same thing that Nugget Pond did. We would bypass our flotation circuit. We would crush and grind, and then we'd leach. That's what they did at Nugget Pond and that’s what we would do.
The lower recovery rates we encounter at Pine Cove occur primarily because of the flotation circuit. We would avoid the lion’s share of losses in recoveries at Pine Cove when we bypass the flotation circuit. That’s why we are referring to “whole ore leach” in our correspondence to the Maritime shareholders.
Our process would be very similar to what Nugget Pond did with Hammerdown ore. Therefore, we would expect to have somewhere around +95% percent recoveries of gold from Hammerdown ore.
Peter Bell: And that’s so much more of a reality than just a potential statement because you have Allan Cramm working at Anaconda now and he was superintendent of the Nugget Pond Mine when it was there in production.
Dustin Angelo: Yes. It’s a huge benefit to have the guy that used to run the Hammerdown mine on our payroll. It’s very important from an operating perspective.
And don’t overlook the geological perspective, either. Our entire exploration team knows those rocks well. We're actively exploring on the Baie Verte Peninsula. We're mining in those rock types.
When we're talking about exploration and converting inferred to indicated and anything related to the drill bit, it's not like these are new rocks to us. These are rocks that we play in. That's another synergy that we bring to the table.
Peter Bell: For me, it all comes back to the difference between them as an exploration company and you as a producer. There are different goals and objectives for each, and the way you present yourselves to the public is somewhat different too. People who may have been following Maritime but aren't familiar with you may have a little bit of homework to do. As you say, the recent circulars provide good reading.
You're doing a good job making the case for the deal, Dustin. Keep it up!
Dustin Angelo: Thanks again, Peter.
It's important to note that we do have a plan. We know what we're going to do, we've been communicating that to the folks that we've been talking to, and we have communicated it here in writing. The second or third page of the press release lays out what our plans are, at least in summary.
My phone number and email are in the press release. If there are any Maritime shareholders that want to understand better what we're trying to do and why this deal makes sense for them, then I'm happy to talk to them. Call me, email me – I have all the time in the world to tell people why I believe this deal is good for the Maritime shareholders and Anaconda shareholders.
Peter Bell: You're not going on vacation later this week?
Dustin Angelo: No, I'm not.
Peter Bell: Appreciate you taking the time to talk to me here today, Dustin. Thank you.
Dustin Angelo: You’re welcome, Peter. Thank you, too.
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