E79 Resources (CSE: ESNR) – currently trading below C$1.00 per share – is advancing the Beaufort and Myrtleford Gold Projects in one of the hottest gold area plays on the planet — the Victorian goldfields of Victoria, Australia.
The company is targeting Fosterville-style mineralization on both of its projects.
And for those who aren’t familiar… Kirkland Lake’s Fosterville Mine is the largest gold producer in Victoria, Australia, with annual gold production of around 400,000 ounces in 2019… 500,000 ounces in 2020… and a projected 575,000 ounces in 2021.
The Fosterville Mine is also one of the world’s highest-grade gold mines at an almost unheard of 17.9 grams per tonne gold.
Shares of Kirkland Lake have gone up thousands of percent as a result — rising from below C$1.00 to over C$72.00 and going on to list on the New York Stock Exchange.
Gerardo Del Real: This is Gerardo Del Real with Resource Stock Digest. Joining me today is the president & CEO of E79 Resources — Mr. Rory Quinn. Rory, how are you today?
Rory Quinn: Very good. Thank you, Gerardo. How about yourself?
GDR: I'm excited to have you on. The company, E79, checks all of the boxes as far as keywords go anyway. It's gold; it's a large 100%-owned portfolio in the Victorian
goldfields. It's a good market cap. It's a small market cap. It's a great share structure and a good team with experience in this part of the world.
And so I'm excited to have you on and introduce the story to the audience. But I want to dig into the merits of the properties and the team and the background and why you think 2021 is going to be a good year for the company. And, obviously, we all know how we feel about the gold space, right?
So with that being said, can you give us a brief overview of E79 and the team in place? And then we can talk about the Victorian goldfields, which, of course, is one of the hottest gold addresses on the planet, right?
RQ: Yeah, and to continue with what you were saying, I would use three words: Fosterville-type mineralization. That's what we're looking for at our Beaufort property, which is probably the more advanced of the two. Coincidented structure relative to Fosterville and almost an identical geochemical signature.
GDR: Tell me about the team that's going to be exploring for Fosterville-like deposits because that's critical in this part of the world, right? You have to know what you're looking for. You have to recognize the structures, the rock types, and you can't be a geologist or have a team that isn't experienced in this part of the world and hope that you get lucky, right?
RQ: That's right. We're really lucky to have a very solid team in Victoria itself led by Dennis Arne who’s a superb geologist and really specializes on the geochemical side. He's actually Canadian but has been living in Victoria for several years now. And his partner, Pete De Vries, is a native Victorian who’s been working in the Goldfields for really most of his career.
GDR: We talked a bit off air about the quiet period that most companies come into with the holidays approaching… and you joked that it's no letting up for you and the team.
Can you walk me through the flagship and then the exciting 2021 that you have in store because I understand you have a pretty aggressive exploration program that everybody should expect.
RQ: You know, we do. So we've just closed our C$6 million financing that was at C$0.45. We're currently trading at about C$0.73, C$0.75. So now that money is in the bank. We're busy hiring… getting all of the folks we need to advance our exploration program.
We'll be hoping to announce a drilling contract to begin the year. We'll talk to the market a little bit about our soil program, our targeting, so that we can then follow up with an exploration/diamond drilling program at Beaufort itself.
Beaufort is probably the most advanced of the two properties. Beaufort really demonstrates the Beaufort-type mineralization… almost that classic gold arsenic antimony geochemical signature that we see up at Fosterville. And the signature at Beaufort is almost identical.
Really, the opportunity there is… there's been millions of ounces of alluvial gold produced on that property but with no hard rock source identified. So what we want to do is source all of that alluvial gold production.
At Myrtleford, the opportunity there is… we've consolidated an entire historic gold mining camp which has never been explored in anything like a holistic or systematic way. And what happened there… that was advanced before by either individuals, old timers, or small syndicates.
And what they would do is they would follow these high-grade quartz reefs, these quartz veins, down to depth, but would stop at the water table. The vast majority of the time exploration stopped at the water table just due to a lack of capital… lack of pumping capacity. So what we'll be able to do is bring capital to bear to make sure that we can get down and explore beneath the water table.
GDR: Excellent. Now walk me through how you were able to put together this pretty extensive land package. The way that I understand it is, frankly, you and the team used the bear market to perfection, right? You rolled all of this in. If I have the story correct, 2016, 2017-ish?
RQ: Yeah. Thanks for the question. That's really key to understand because we do… I mean it's probably the hottest gold exploration play in the world right now. And there's currently a land grab there in Victorian goldfields.
But this land package was not put together in the context of this current area play we're seeing now since the emergence of Fosterville South and the incredible job they've done that's creating shareholder value. This land package was put together in the context of 2016, 2017, when the Fosterville Mine itself was being proved up by Kirkland Lake. And when they were exploring the down plunge into the Swan zone and really showing that to be the world-class ore body that it is.
Our group was familiar with Beaufort, actually, since the ‘90s. The vendor, and one of the partners, Martin Pawlitschek; he used to work for BHP. And BHP were on the property in the ‘90s when they were in gold. They've since exited gold. But he was familiar with that property back then. And when it became available in 2016… he worked to pick it up.
And so obviously 2017, 2018… not the best markets. But now we've got this really great land package priority ground that was secured in 2017 and locked up in 2017, 2018.
GDR: Yeah. Not a great market to be selling into. A phenomenal market to be buying into, right?
GDR: Let's talk share structure, which, of course, is critical. I know the market cap is, what, approximately C$30 million give or take a few million… is that accurate?
RQ: I would say about C$35 million, C$40 million at this stage now post-financing. There's been some excitement there. So I think we probably raised in the context of about a C$25 million market cap. But trading today, it's probably closer to C$35 million, C$40 million.
GDR: And obviously success is going to lead to a re-rating, right? If the drill bit is kind and mother nature yields what you want, if you look at your peers… I mean, those market caps are triple-digits and four-digits; not double digits, right?
RQ: Exactly. I mean, I think we're at an attractive valuation here. I think current shareholders aren't willing to sell at these prices. So look, I think we need to get out into the field and advance our exploration program.
We'll look to be very newsy in the new year. I think us advancing the exploration there… getting the drilling contracts, getting the targeting done, getting the drills on the ground, and being able to advance that in Q1, all happening in Q1… I think that's going to start the news flow, the catalyst flow, and I think we'll see a nice uptick.
GDR: Sounds like an exciting year. I'm looking forward to having you back on as all of that develops. Is there anything else that you'd like to add, Rory? I want to thank you for coming on. I appreciate it.
RQ: No, that's great, Gerardo. Thank you for having me. Just keep watching us. Look for E79 Resources (CSE: ESNR) in the New Year.
GDR: Fantastic. Thanks again.
RQ: All the best.
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