Saturday 27 April 2024

Powered by Tesla Energy rEVolution: "Copper Price Hits $10,000/t as BHP Bid Shows Tight Supply Pipeline"


Bloomberg reports on Copper price advance to $10,000 per ton, following the BHP's $39 Billion "megabid" in an attempt to buy out Anglo American. Copper price was hitting high after high in recent months on its way to $5 per lb. Historically, Copper prices hit an all-time high of $5.0395 per lb in March 2022.

Now we can put our discussion about TNR Gold NSR Royalty on the giant Los Azules Copper, Gold and Silver project and Rob McEwen's video in the context of the recent Copper market developments and M&A activity among the largest producers of Copper.

"Goldman Sachs is talking about Copper price reaching $6.8 per lb driven by the deficit in the market. "If Copper goes to $6 per lb it will put a few smiles on the faces of people around here", Rob explains. "There is a large gap between supply and demand is developing according to Goldman Sachs. And if China comes back on stream, they are the big buyer of Copper... so we could see that number. I will be very happy as Los Azules is projected to be producing copper at $1.7 per lb."


"Copper hit $10,000 a ton for the first time in two years as speculation builds that the world’s mines will struggle to meet a coming wave of demand from green industries.

The metal reclaimed that threshold as a historic squeeze on the supply of mined ores risks tilting the market into a major deficit and as investors turn increasingly optimistic about demand.

One headwind to the rally is that Chinese demand is looking alarmingly soft. The disconnect is evident in futures positioning on the London Metal Exchange, where investors have boosted bullish bets to a record while sales by commercial entities have surged.

But recent supply challenges and an improving outlook for global usage are emboldening copper bulls like BlackRock Inc. and Trafigura Group, which say the metal will have to jump even higher to spur the construction of new mines." (


"Millions of tons of new supply are set to be needed in coming years for use in electric vehicles, renewable energy and vastly expanded power grids as major mines become harder to find and more expensive to build or expand. BHP Group’s megabid for Anglo American Plc this week highlights that many miners would prefer to buy rivals than pull the trigger on entirely new projects.


“It tells you that building stuff is just too expensive,” said Colin Hamilton, managing director for commodities research at BMO Capital Markets in London. “Everyone was expecting that the supply pipeline would have reacted to higher prices by now, and it just hasn’t.”
Copper would need to reach $12,000 a ton to spur large-scale investments in new mines and stave off future deficits, Olivia Markham, who co-manages the BlackRock World Mining Trust, said in an interview earlier this week." (

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TNR Gold NSR Royalty Holding, Rob McEwen: "Los Azules Copper - Equivalent to a Giant Gold Project"

Rob McEwen is making a "Deep Dive" into Gold and Copper markets, junior mining companies and what is happening in Canada in the mining investing space. All TNR Gold shareholders must watch this video to understand the true magnitude of the giant Los Azules Copper, Gold and Silver project in San Juan, Argentina. 

Chart by Nicholas Winton

We are building The Green Energy Metals Royalty and Gold Company and TNR Gold holds NSR Royalty on this giant Copper, Gold and Silver project.

"The Los Azules royalty, according to some calculations, may be worth as much as US$30mln. Rob McEwen himself holds a 1.25% NSR royalty over Los Azules, and he’s been putting some pretty punchy numbers around his own interest in his recent video presentations.

On the assumption of production of 182,000 tonnes of copper per year from Los Azules, and a ballpark copper price of US$10,000 per tonne, TNR could end up receiving income of upwards of US$6.6mln per year from its royalty." (Alastair Ford)

Now you can really appreciate what it takes to find and develop a deposit like Los Azules. Rob shares new details of his journey and how his team managed to attract partners like Rio Tinto and Stellanits. They are aiming to "redefine the mining". Rob McEwen is talking about the future of mining and how you can "make it differently" for the benefit of all stakeholders. We are talking here about the "Red Metal Going Green" during the Energy rEVolution.

Goldman Sachs is talking about Copper price reaching $6.8 per lb driven by the deficit in the market. "If Copper goes to $6 per lb it will put a few smiles on the faces of people around here", Rob explains. "There is a large gap between supply and demand is developing according to Goldman Sachs. And if China comes back on stream, they are the big buyer of Copper... so we could see that number. I will be very happy as Los Azules is projected to be producing copper at $1.7 per lb."

Rob McEwen describes the opportunity to expand the deposit and the size of the giant Los Azules Project: "If you covert Copper, Gold and Silver at today's prices - you are looking at the equivalent of 70 Moz Gold deposit." You can find more very interesting comparisons of Los Azules and other major copper projects in Argentina in this video as well.

"We have two great videos from McEwen Mining and Rob McEwen to share with you today. TNR Gold shareholders have a new potential valuation reference point for the TNR Gold GEM Royalty portfolio. Rob discusses the Gold and Copper markets and gives great details about different Copper projects in Argentina and their valuations." 


We are pleased that significant developments on the advancement of the Los Azules Copper Project towards feasibility have led to the increased Stellantis holdings in McEwen Copper as a strategic partner of this large copper, gold and silver project. 

In February 2023, Stellantis invested ARS $30 billion, and with additional investment of ARS $42 billion made after the new preliminary economic assessment (PEA) publicationhas a total investment of ARS $72 billion. 

An aggregate of US $65 million in McEwen Copper was also invested by Rio Tinto’s Venture Nuton in 2022 and 2023,” stated Kirill Klip, TNR’s Chief Executive Officer. “TNR Gold’s vision is aligned with the leaders of innovation among automakers like Stellantis, whose aim is decarbonizing mobility, and mining industry leaders such as Rob McEwen, whose vision is ‘to build a mine for the future, based on regenerative principles that can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2038’.

“The green energy rEVolution relies on the supply of critical metals like copper; delivering “green copper” to Argentina and the world will contribute to the clean energy transition and electrification of transportation and energy industries.

“The new president of Argentina introduced important government policies aimed at supporting business and unlocking the country’s economic potential. Mining is being recognized as an integral part of this economic development plan providing jobs and enriching local communities.

“Strong team performance of McEwen Copper is accelerating the advance of Los Azules Project towards completing a feasibility study. The Los Azules Project PEA results highlighted the potential to create a very robust leach project, while reducing environmental footprint, and greater environmental and social stewardship sets the Project apart from other potential mine developments.

“It’s also very encouraging to see an updated independent mineral resource estimate that has increased significantly. These assay results not only validate previous drilling results but also confirm the continuity of mineralization and extend the mineralization.

“Together with Nuton, McEwen Copper is exploring new technologies that save energy, water, time and capital, advancing Los Azules towards the goal of the leading environmental performance. The involvement of Rio Tinto with its innovative technology, may also accelerate realizing the enormous potential of the Los Azules Project.

“Los Azules was ranked in the top 10 largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world by Mining Intelligence (2022). TNR Gold does not have to contribute any capital for the development of the Los Azules Project. The essence of our business model is to have industry leaders like McEwen Mining as operators on the projects that will potentially generate royalty cashflows to contribute significant value for our shareholders.”

For all TNR Gold shareholders the part at 36" will be particularly interesting. According to Rob: "Osisko went into Ecuador recently and paid USD$50 million for 0.6% NSR Royalty on the deposit which is smaller than Los Azules. So, that will put just a Los Azules NSR Royalty worth maybe USD$100 million." 

"Pursuant to this transaction, McEwen Copper will hold a 100% interest in the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina, and a 100% interest in the Elder Creek exploration property in Nevada, subject to a 1.25% net smelter return (NSR) royalty on both assets payable to McEwen Mining." McEwen Mining NR July 06, 2021.


"MONTRÉAL, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (“Osisko”) (OR: TSX & NYSE) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement with SolGold plc (“SolGold”) (SOLG: TSX & LSE) with respect to a US$50 million royalty financing (the “Transaction”) to support the advancement of SolGold’s Cascabel copper-gold property in northeastern Ecuador.

As part of the Transaction, Osisko will acquire a 0.6% net smelter return royalty (the “NSR”) covering the entire 4,979 hectare Cascabel property, including SolGold’s world-class Alpala project for which SolGold released the results of a pre-feasibility study in April of 2022 (the “PFS”)."

McEwen Mining holds 1.25% NSR Royalty on Los Azules Copper which could be valued at USD $100 million based on the Royalty deal made by Osisko Gold Royalties, according to Rob McEwen. TNR Gold Holds 0.4% NSR Royalty on the giant Los Azules Copper, Gold and Silver project with McEwen Mining, of which 0.04% of the 0.4% NSR Royalty is held on behalf of a shareholder. 

TNR Gold's 0.36% NSR Royalty could be valued at USD $30 million, based on Rob McEwen's estimations analysing the recent Osisko Gold Royalties deal with SolGold in Ecuador. In the Alastair Ford article, you can find more information about TNR Gold and benchmarks for our GEM Royalty portfolio.

We are building The Green Energy Metals Royalty and Gold Company. TNR Gold is plugged into Tesla Energy rEVolution with our Royalty Holdings on the Mariana Lithium Project with Ganfeng Lithium, Los Azules Copper, Gold and Silver Project with McEwen Mining and Batidero I and II Properties of Josemaria Copper-Gold Project with Lundin mining.

On my blog following the links below, you can find more information about TNR Gold Corp. and our Royalty Holdings. Do your own research, read all disclaimers, as usual, and stay safe and prosper. Join rEVolution!

Saturday 20 April 2024

Gold Made a New Daily All-Time High at $2,391 Following Monthly and Quarterly ATHs at $2,234 and the Highest Yearly Close in History at $2,063. Next is a Climb to $2,500, $5,000 and Over $10,000


Gold surged to the new highest daily close in history at $2,391 on April 19, 2024. During this week Gold again rushed from one ATH to another at $2,382 on April 15, 2024 and $2,383 on April 16.

Gold smashed a new intraday all-time high at $2,430 on April 12, 2024, after it made a previous ATH at $2,377 on April 11, 2024. During that week Gold surged from one ATH to another at $2,339 on April 8, 2024, and $2,355 on April 9, 2024.

The week before Gold surged to a new all-time high daily close at $2,330 on April 5, 2024. That new all-time high followed an awe-inspiring week when Gold was smashing one ATH after another: at $2,249 on April 1, 2024, $2,280 on April 2, 2024, and $2,300 on April 3, 2024. 

We had another set of the magnificent "Super White Soldiers". This incredible Gold price advance was based on the solid foundation of the new monthly and quarterly all-time highs at $2,234 established on March 28, 2024

This powerful move arrived after Gold smashed previous all-time highs at $2,204 on March 20, 2024, and $2,184 on March 11, 2024. Before it, Gold price hit $2,179 on March 8, 2024. As we have discussed, it was crucial that Gold exploded breaking out from this giant "Cup and Handle" formation to new highs rising all first week of March. 

Today's important observation is that Gold is hitting new ATHs while Gold ETF holdings are only just turning up. This Gold breakout was driven by the Central Banks and countries like China accumulating Gold. 

Only nowadays do we see inflows coming into Gold ETF. Investors chasing FOMO the rising Gold price will be the next driving force for this magnificent Gold Bull Market. 

Now we have a confirmed breakout for Gold on the monthly chart with a very powerful candle for March. It followed the previous breakout confirmation with magnificent "Super White Soldiers" - back-to-back all-time highs: $2,160 on March 7, $2,148 on March 6, $2,128 on March 5, $2,115 on March 4 and $2,083 on March 1, 2024. 

These previous ATHs followed the highest monthly, quarterly and yearly close in history at $2,063 smashed by the end of 2023. The previous all-time high at $2,080 was made by Gold on December 27, 2023. 

Gold is sending a very loud and clear signal, that something is breaking up in the financial system. "Smart Money", China and Central Banks are buying Gold as real insurance from the coming crisis. 

Every insurance is only as good as the counterparty providing it. Who will be able to meet all claims in the end? Gold is nobody's obligation and has become "The Ultimate Hedge" for all portfolios constructed with bonds, equities and crypto.

Central Banks Buying Gold, Gamblers Buying Crypto.

Barron's provides another indication that the "Irrational Exuberance" party of the general stock market can be over. 

"Smart Money" is rotating already into Gold, Real Hard Assets and Commodities. 

Gold miners are minting money now with expanded margins and still to recover and catch up with the rising Gold price. We have a perfect set-up for the new Gold Bull Market and Gold Miners and Gold Exploration Companies will be a major part of it for the rest of this decade.

Tavi Costa illustrates for us the misallocation of investment capital during this "All Bubbles" stage of the market. Gold and Gold miners represent just 1% of total global assets, almost a rounding error. The Great Rebalancing can bring real fireworks to the Gold market, Gold miners and explorers. 

We have been waiting for the breakout from this giant Cup-and-Handle formation after the "pandemic" all-time high at $2,070 made by Gold in August 2020.

Now we have the generational breakout confirmed for this Gold Bull Market. Gold finished 2023 with the highest monthly, quarterly and yearly close in history at $2,063. Next is a climb to $2,500, $5,000 and over $10,000. 

Graddhy is painting the beautiful road map for Gold to surge in the third wave of this Bull Market towards his targets in the $10,000 - $15,000 range per ounce.  

In the coming months, we can expect new all-time highs for Gold following this breakout, which opens the road to climb to new record prices of $2,500, $5,000 and over $10,000 per ounce of Gold.

Gold is not celebrating wars and the annihilation of human life. The price of Gold is pointing to the obvious imbalances in the world governance and global financial system. We have another wake-up call, I do hope the inevitable rise of Gold price to $2,500, $5,000 and over $10,000 will be orderly.

The US National Debt has exceeded $34 Trillion and is unsustainable. The ability to continue paying interest and increase this debt depends on the faith in the value of the US Dollar and appetite for US Treasuries.

After a very brief "deleveraging", the global financial system is back to increasing debt-to-GDP ratio. Total Global Debt stock is at a record $313 Trillion.

You can play the Deep Fake Video Games with Crypto only for so many years, the Deep Fake "Efficient Markets" like the Gold Market can be manipulated for decades, the illusion of your own choice to fight your own brothers to the last drop of your own blood for the elites has been cultivated for millennia.

"Gold is coiling into the very powerful spring and knocking on the new all-time high "Heaven's Door". As with all generational Bull Markets, any price suppression and market manipulation can lead only to one thing: another opportunity to accumulate the best stories in the Gold mining junior space where new fortunes will be created in the next few years to come.

Nobody knows the future, but history can teach us about manias and "irrational exuberance" spilling over from chasing Crypto Dragons into real assets and solid values that some junior miners can represent in the marketplace."


Chart by Nicholas Winton

Gold price action points to the obvious, any manipulation provides another unique opportunity to accumulate it. Ruthless Mr Market is separating YouTube traders and their money. The wise ones are given another chance and more time to learn and find The Best Stories among junior miners, which will build new fortunes.

"Only the patient investors who still can read, analyse and use the powerful organic intelligence tool - calculator, will be rewarded by the ruthless Mr Market. Only you can decide what to do after your own research and due diligence."


"We are getting closer to The Next Catalyst for Gold. The whole new generation of investors has to learn the hard way history lessons. They must find real, solid values after being used, disillusioned and thrown away by "The Ponzi on Steroids". "The Thousand and One" digitized scams known to humans remain scams even on the blockchains."

Central banks continue to accumulate Gold while retail investors are chasing Crypto Dragons.

"High gold price reflects strong demand
Another year of blistering central bank buying, together with resilient jewellery consumption, offset sizable ETF outflows. 

Annual gold demand (excluding OTC) of 4,448t was 5% below a very strong 2022. Inclusive of significant OTC and stock flows (398t), total gold demand in 2023 was the highest on record at 4,899t.


Central bank buying maintained a breakneck pace. Annual net purchases of 1,037t almost matched the 2022 record, falling just 45t short." (World Gold Council, 31 January 2024)

China continued to accumulate Gold and reported a jump in reserves.

The whole world will probably be shocked if China ever reveals the amount of its true Gold reserves which are held by numerous entities under China's control including the citizens of China and the vast Chinese diaspora. 

Yields are rising again and the prices of Treasuries are going down while Gold price is going up. We have a great rotation out of the US Treasuries into Gold. 

"There is no Gold 2.0, there are over 5,000 years of humankind's history with Gold. Investors are tired of losing money by chasing Crypto Dragons and Bitcoin Dreams in the Tether Metaverse."

We have The Peak Gold Supply in place, which will drive the new M&A cycle for the Gold industry. Gold miners are printing money again with expanding margins and they will have to start looking more aggressively for new major Gold projects.

"My belief is TNR's Shotgun Gold Project can potentially grow and become a foremost, immediate satellite site Gold deposit to Donlin Gold's Mining Camp infrastructure. This vision is based on our exploration work and academic studies like the ones from Dr Tim Baker in which Shotgun Gold Project is not only listed alongside Donlin Creek as one of the "Major Porphyry Gold Deposits" but is also projected to contain the similar porphyry intrusion-related type system as Donlin." 

Kirill Klip, Executive Chairman

TNR Gold Corp.



"A recently published research report on TNR, written by Fundamental Research Corpreckons fair value for the company at C$0.22 per share. The current price is significantly lower than half of that." (Alastair Ford)


Disclaimer: Please be aware that any opinions, estimates or forecasts regarding the performance of TNR Gold Corp. in any research reports do not represent the opinions, estimates or forecasts of TNR Gold Corp. or of its management.

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My Vision for TNR Gold and Strategy: Share Buyback, Potential Valuations, and Shotgun Gold Project Spinout

“We are building The Green Energy Metals Royalty and Gold Company. Our business model provides the unique entry point into the creation of supply chains for critical materials like energy metals which are powering Tesla Energy rEVolution and Gold industry which is providing the ultimate hedge during this part of the economic cycle. Our shareholders are participating in the building of The Green Energy Metals Royalty and Gold Company. In our portfolio, we have a unique combination of assets providing exposure to different parts of mining cycle: starting with the power of blue sky discovery and including partnerships with industry leaders like McEwen Mining, Ganfeng Lithium and Lundin Mining as operators on the projects that will potentially generate royalty cashflows to contribute significant value for our shareholders.”

Kirill Klip, Executive Chairman TNR Gold Corp.

Today I would like to present our strategy for the Shotgun Gold Project in more detail for all our shareholders.

TNR Gold – AmeriGold – Shotgun Gold

The Company’s strategy with the Shotgun Gold Project is to attract a partnership with one of the major gold mining companies. TNR is actively introducing the project to interested parties. We may be at the beginning of a great discovery. There is a clear path on how to move this project forward using the geological and geophysical research currently available to target drilling to expand the resource and form the basis of a preliminary economic analysis. The next step is to acquire a partner who shares our vision and recognizes the growth potential and value to be added to the Shotgun project over time. 

I believe that in order to maximise shareholder value and reach the potential valuations presented above we must preserve capital, reduce the amount of outstanding shares and not invest in Alaska our own capital.

Our strategy presented to potential strategic partners involves the creation of a JV with one of the major gold mining companies when our partner will be investing very substantial capital in the development of the Shotgun Gold Project while earning a stake in the project.

TNR Gold shareholders will benefit from the strategic partner’s capital being invested “in the ground” and industry expertise, including operations in Alaska.

The Management is investigating the best value creation strategies for the Shotgun Gold Project and has put in place the corporate structure of AmeriGold – the stand-alone company that could potentially inherit the Shotgun Gold Project JV operations after the contemplated potential spinout from TNR Gold.

This article is for information only and provides publicly available information and my personal Vision and valuation matrix of TNR Gold. I am the largest individual shareholder of our Company. Nothing in this blog post constitutes investment advice, offer or solicitation of the sale of any securities. Please carefully read all our Legal Disclaimers and conduct your own due diligence as always.

Thank you for your support of TNR Gold!

Tesla Nicola rEVolution and Gold. 


TNR Gold’s Shotgun Project In Alaska Has All The Trappings And Trimmings It Takes To Attract In A Major

Alastair Ford

"TNR Gold’s track record of successful deals with majors like Ganfeng and McEwen Mining should stand it in good stead as manoeuvring continues on the Tintina gold belt.

“I believe the Shotgun gold project could become one of the main satellite gold projects of the Donlin gold camp,” says Kirill Klip, the chief executive and largest shareholder of TNR Gold Corp (CVE:TNR).

Shotgun is the flagship asset of TNR, and is located to the south of Donlin, just inside the boundary of the famous Tintina gold belt which arcs right across Alaska.

It’s a gold belt that has proved prolific in delivering up sizeable discoveries over the years, and now boasts a serious number of major producing mines, including at their forefront, the Pogo mine, owned by Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST) and the Fort Knox mine, owned by Kinross (TSE:K).

But Donlin takes things to another level again.

With its 39mln ounces of gold grading well over two grams per tonne, it’s one of the largest open pit deposits anywhere in the world.

Not surprising then that one of the biggest names in the industry, Barrick Gold (TSE:ABX), is playing a crucial role in bringing it on, alongside partner NovaGold (TSE:NG).

Will these two stay as partners for the duration, or will Barrick step in and buy out NovaGold?

Or, for that matter, will a third party, like Newmont, show up late at the party and try to initiate some sort of division of the spoils with Barrick along the lines of the current hard-won arrangement in Nevada?

These are matters for speculation just at the minute, but it might not be long before we see tangible corporate action.

And it’s not altogether out of the question that Shotgun will get caught up in it too.

After all, TNR has plenty of form in forming strong alliances with the world’s leading mining companies.

In an earlier phase of its existence it made two major discoveries in Argentina, the Los Azules copper project, now being brought forward by McEwen Mining (TSE:MUX), and the Mariana lithium project, now being brought forward by Ganfeng Lithium. After some adroit deal-making TNR managed to retain substantial royalties in these projects, such that when they come on stream it’s likely that Los Azules will contribute upwards of US$3.5mln per year to the TNR coffers, with Mariana providing a further US$1mln. However, the latter estimate was made by the analyst before Ganfeng  announced an increase of the lithium resource at Mariana of more than 250%.

This background of successful deal-making with majors ought to provide TNR with a real advantage when it comes to assessing options for Shotgun in the coming months.

To some degree, it’s a fairly simple exercise for investors to form an idea of what the future holds, but in the case of Shotgun Klip is keen that TNR ends up retaining a 25% interest, rather than just a royalty.

In this, he does have some room for manoeuvre, because Shotgun isn’t just another piece of prospective ground. Rather, the project already boasts an inferred resource of over 700,000 ounces of gold at Shotgun Ridge, and shows every sign of being able to deliver a markedly larger total than that, once the next major exploration programme delivers its results.

Shotgun Ridge is just one of multiple gold target areas controlled by TNR Gold. ‘Shot’, ‘King’ and ‘Winchester’ add to the collection to form a distinct gold district with five  separate targets identified so far

When that will be though is the big question.

To take Shotgun up to the next level, Klip is clear that a major exploration spend is required – upwards of US$5mln and ideally closer to US$10mln. On one scenario he could go into the market and raise that money himself.

But here’s where his position as a major shareholder in the company becomes key.

“Even a US$5mln raise would be very dilutive to all our shareholders at this stage and will not guarantee success,” he says.

“We need to bring US$10mln in to drill the project very strongly.

The first US$5mln to take the project from the current 700,000 ounce resource up to the two million ounce mark, the rest to drill out the five nearby targets. There’s no reason to suppose that our ground cannot hold multiple mineralised systems.”

At Shotgun the thinking is that there may be upwards of five million ounces of gold in the ground, and there is precedent. At this stage the geology shows remarkable similarity to Donlin.

An academic study conducted in 2001 by Lang & Baker specifically identifies both projects as ‘major porphyry granite related gold deposits’ related to a singular widespread magmatic gold mineralising event that constitutes this horseshoe-like region.

The implication is that both projects arose from the same geographical kitchen sink, leading to the reasonable supposition that they should possess similar favourable geological properties. 

“We are talking about a high tonnage bulk system,” says Klip. “There are no nuggets, it’s very uniform.”

Shotgun’s particular boon is in the details. Shotgun’s mineralisation has been shown  to possess little-to-no ‘nugget effect’. A high ‘nugget effect’ means high variability between samples that are closely spaced. ‘No nugget effect’ implies a tight and uniform mineralisation of a bulk tonnage gold system. So there’s no need to dig up empty rock space as one does when chasing a vein so the stripping ratio for any mine will be low, keeping costs down.

Among the notable intercepts already banked, the company boasts 242 metres grading 1.25 grams gold per tonne, 209 metres at 1.02 grams, and just under 47 metres at 1.14 grams.

What’s more, the gold that’s been identified thus far sits at the top of a ridge, meaning that the stripping ratio for any mine will be low, which in turn will keep costs down.

“I’m in the business to get the maximum out of this new gold bull market. We’ve been waiting for it for nearly ten years after 2011. I just need to get the best deal,” says Klip

“We are not dreamers. We did it with the copper. We did it with the lithium. I would like to make it even bigger with the gold. I would like to do better, to keep a 25% stake.”

Not for him as a shareholder the dilutive effects of repeated equity fundings to support exploration. His favored option – of bringing a major in – would in the end, he calculates, mean that current shareholders end up retaining more of the project, and hence more of the value, in the long-term.

Will the strategy work?

Well, it already shows every sign of doing so.

“A deal could happen any day,” says Klip.

“Literally. We are seeing interest. But we are not in any hurry. The interest at the moment is from mid-sized companies. I do not like to commit to shallow money with sums that look great on paper but come from parties that lack the appropriate technical and financial depth with consistent follow-through in the years following the deal. We hold the high ground. We want to be patient and attract the best of the best, like we did with Ganfeng Lithium years ago - one of the top gold major company to make sure that we can get the absolute most of Shotgun’s resources in development.”

For now, the company is actively introducing Shotgun Gold to potential partners and is much more open to drilling the entirety of these prospects in a strong fashion so that it can expand the known area of mineralisation and conclusively assess the project’s top-end valuation. 

And it’s in this context that the royalty portfolio cleaves once more into view. These are serious assets, and they promise cashflow in the near-term. There’s significant value in the company on their strength alone. All of which means that TNR isn’t like some other juniors, desperately lurching from one equity raise to the next simply to keep going. There’s far more to it than that. In fact, there’s a carefully thought out strategy that looks likely to reap significant benefits for shareholders in the near-to-medium term."

Please read my legal disclaimer. There is NO investment advice on any Kirill Klip feeds and blogs. Always consult a qualified financial adviser before any investment decisions. 
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