Legally Raid China’s Pantry: Opportunity in Mongolia?

by Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe | June 3, 2010 12:52 pm

This article was originally published in February, it has been “lightly updated” in honor of the teaser ad’s resurgence in my email box.

This teaser ad looks like it’s the launch of a new service from Christian DeHaemer, who has blessed us with a great many “Indiana Jones” teasers over the years, talking about the tiny companies he’s been ferreting out in frontier markets and war zones for the newsletters he used to edit at Taipan — now he’s apparently moved over to Angel Publishing, yet another arm of the Agora octopus, and started a new letter called Crisis and Opportunity. Time will tell if it brings as many enticing teaser stories as his old Crisis Trader letter (I had a particular soft spot for his many teasers for Dragon Oil[1]), but it’s certainly worth taking a look …

The teaser today is all about Mongolia:

“How to legally* raid ‘China’s Pantry’

“Insiders feed us the 24 resource deals that will make one obscure nation Beijing’s top growth partner…

“And hand you a chance at 57 times your money

“*(This info falls into a legal “gray area” and may soon be subject to an injunction. Your chance to profit from it could end by February 10, 2010.)”

The “gray area” stuff is a little silly — but Brian Hicks, the publisher, goes into a little more detail on that a bit later:

“Technically, I don’t think I’ve broken any laws by printing the inside ‘intel’ that The Hammer learned in his meetings with Mongolian banking bigwigs and government dignitaries…

“But then again, I don’t know what he told them to GET those meetings.

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“I don’t know whether they were perfectly clear on who The Hammer was — or why he was there. Perhaps they were under the impression that he was an oil or energy man. Or maybe a liaison to some U.S. government committee…

“Again, I don’t know.

“But I’m sure of this much: They probably didn’t know he was a ‘spy’ for an investment research service.

“Bottom line: If they get ticked at me for revealing something sensitive (like that fact that their stock market’s a Wild West show right now), they could probably find legal justification for slapping an injunction me.

“That’s why I’ve taken some steps to protect myself here — like redacting the names of Mongolian officials, and code-naming my “spy” The Hammer… ”

Sounds pretty silly to me, and DeHaemer has certainly talked openly about his Mongolian trip before, in pre-teaser articles before this newsletter was launched, but we can forgive them for trying to make the shroud of mystery around their stock tips a bit more opaque … after all, everyone loves to be part of a sneaky, top-secret operation. And it also gives them a nice urgency to the ad, since Hicks implies that the Mongolians might somehow serve him with an “injunction” within two weeks and somehow stop the publication of this material. That’s so far-fetched as to be a bit ridiculous, but perhaps the Mongolians have a stronger influence on our court system than I think they do.

The ad is a very long one, as all of them are — but it essentially just builds the argument that Mongolia is going to be the next hot market because they are opening up to foreign investment, because Ivanhoe and Rio Tinto managed to move the massive Oyu Tolgoi project forward and get punitive mining taxes rolled back last year, which opens the door for other explorers, and because the massive demand for raw materials from China, their neighbor to the South, will create huge investment in infrastructure to move Mongolian raw materials to China’s factories.

They sum it up nicely here:

They compare the opportunities they’re looking at now to some of the others that DeHaemer has touted in frontier economies before, including the aforementioned Dragon Oil in Turkmenistan, Tullow Oil in Uganda, and a few others, in building a case for investments now becoming 57X gainers.

So they don’t try to tease the one major Mongolia-focused investment, Ivanhoe Mines, because they say this stock has already advanced quite a bit in the wake of last year’s poliitcal agreements, but they do tease three others that DeHaemer is looking at now as having big leverage to Mongolia’s coming explosive growth. So who are they?

Clues, please!

“THE METALS PLAY is a secondary beneficiary of the Oyu Tolgoi gold/copper deal between the Mongolian government and Ivanhoe/Rio Tinto. They license all the territory surrounding the OT deposit itself — and also hold mining/exploration rights in China and other hot zones…

“This firm has exploded in price exponentially compared to gold. The company leveraged a 35% up-tick in gold over calendar year 2009 into more than 316% growth: A ratio of more than nine times over. If gold goes to $1,500 per ounce (as The Hammer predicts), this company could easily multiply in value another 900%…”

This one must be, according to the cogitations of the mighty Thinkolator, Entree Gold (ETG in Toronto, EGI in New York). Entree Gold does own mining and exploration licenses surrounding Oyu Tolgoi, including joint ventures with Ivanhoe, and they do believe that the agreements with the government and the new mining law will be to their benefit as they continue to explore their license areas and define resources. The stock has roughly tripled over the past year, with much of that gain coming as the good news about Mongolian legal and policy changes came in late in 2009. This is how they describe themselves on their website:

“Entrée Gold Inc., as a junior resource company, is trying to meet global demand for products such as gold, copper, molybdenum and coal through concerted exploration efforts. With operations in emerging markets such as Mongolia and China and proven jurisdictions such as Arizona and New Mexico in the United States, Entrée has assembled a portfolio of gold and copper exploration projects balanced between grass roots and advanced exploration.

“Most notably, Entree is a large landholder in Mongolia, where it holds three exploration licenses that comprise the 179,590-hectare Lookout Hill property. Lookout Hill completely surrounds the Oyu Tolgoi project of Ivanhoe Mines, and hosts the Hugo North Extension of the Hugo Dummett deposit and the newly discovered Heruga deposit.”

This is the first I’ve ever heard of Entree — they appear to be in pretty reasonable shape, with a market cap of a bit over $250 million, cash of about $40 million and no debt to speak of, but I don’t know what their joint venture operations with Ivanhoe will require of them in terms of investment, or what their capital investment plans are for the year as they continue to explore. They are still a junior exploration company, with no revenue to speak of, so the stock will move based on estimates of their reserves, new discoveries, and any further political developments — they do have some interests in China and in the US, but it does appear that the Mongolian properties are where the big potential lies.

But there’s more … let’s move on …

“THE COAL PLAY is a company that currently manages to extract coal and coke from some of the highest-quality deposits on Earth for around 17.5% of its market value. They also have exclusive licenses to explore over 800,000 hectares of prime Mongolian coal land…

“Located less than 30 miles from the Mongolia/China border — and ramping up to increase coal production 600% in the next 2 years — this company is strategically positioned for the lion’s share of Chinese coal demand. But you’d better get in now. The way China’s been buying up prime hydrocarbon assets around the world at premium prices lately, you could be passing up a fast 200 – 300% payday on a buyout.”

This sounds as though it must be SouthGobi, yet another company that’s closely related to Ivanhoe Mines — SouthGobi is listed in Canada at SGQ (recently moved from the Venture exchange to the Toronto exchange) and newly listed in Hong Kong at 1178, with pink sheets trading also available at SGQRF (very low volume, so be careful about bidding based on the fair price in Canada if you’re interested). SouithGobi’s major holding is the Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine [2]that is already producing tonnes of coal for China, with production expected to quadruple this year and then double again by 2012, and they have been raising plenty of money, most prominently with the new Hong Kong listing. And yes, the mine is about 40 km (which is less than 30 miles) from the Chinese border and sends its coal across to China via truck right now while stronger infrastructure links are built. Ivanhoe currently owns 65% of SouthGobi, according to the company’s website, so it’s starting to look like more cautious investors might still reasonably stick with Ivanhoe as almost a mutual fund of South Mongolia commodity interests.

But we have one more pick — the clues?

“THE OIL PLAY is a company with exploration licenses in several key Mongolian oil blocks. This firm controls far larger petro-assets than its market cap would suggest. At a market price of just $70 per barrel (it’s been well north of that for weeks), shares in this company would have to go up 32 times to be anywhere near the value of its PROVEN reserves…

“And their ‘probable’ oil reserves are more than 5 times their proven assets! That means this firm is trading right now at a discount of as much as 98% to assets. But with on-site drilling at one key oil block starting the instant the ice melts this spring, that will not be the case for long. The news is going to get out on this play, and soon.”

This one is a little less definitive, but I can tell you at least my guess: the strongest candidate for this one appears to be Petro Matad (Primary listing is on the AIM in London at MATD, recently started trading on the pink sheets, though very lightly, at PRTDF). My second best guess on this one is Manas Petroleum, which does have some Mongolian interests but is much more focused on Albania right now (that one trades over the counter in the US, at MNAP). There are a few other companies looking for oil in Mongolia, or buying up licenses there, but those two seem the most likely candidates to me.

So are you just dying to throw some money at the potentially explosive growth in the Mongolian resources sector? These seem to be the ideas that DeHaemer is currently touting, and there are others as well — we already know some of the big companies that operate in Mongolia, including Rio Tinto with their partnership with Ivanhoe, BHP Billiton, and PetroChina, but for those massive firms their Mongolian operations will never be their major focus.

FYI, other smaller firms that are operating or exploring in Mongolia include Mongolia Energy Corp (another coal company, about 10X the size of SouthGobi, listed in Hong Kong and on the pink sheets at MOAEF); Centerra Gold (mining gold in Mongolia and elsewhere, this is a spinoff of Cameco — trades at CG in Toronto and CAGDF on the pink sheets); Denison Mines (a uranium miner with worldwide exploration and one joint venture project in Mongolia, trades at DNN in New York); Polo Resources (coal and uranium in Mongolia, partnered with Peabody, listed in London at PRL, also trades on the pinks at POLJF), and I’m sure there are several others that I’m neglecting to mention.

Have a Mongolian favorite? Prefer to keep it simple and stick with Ivanhoe? Let us know what you think with a comment below. And if you’re one of the charter subscribers and would like to be the first to review DeHaemer’s Crisis and Opportunity at Stock Gumshoe Reviews, just click here[3].


Endnotes:
  1. many teasers for Dragon Oil: http://www.stockgumshoe.com/tag/dragon-oil
  2. Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine : http://www.southgobi.com/s/OvootTolgoi.asp
  3. first to review DeHaemer’s Crisis and Opportunity at Stock Gumshoe Reviews, just click here: http://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/crisis-and-opportunity/

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    DH
    Feb 3 2010, 02:17:54 pm

    The gold and molybdenum prospects are anybody’s guess, but despite that your analysis, Travis, is adept as usual, the other prospects mentioned for coal and oil strike me as a waste of time. First, it would seem a bit kooky for the Chinese to go after coal in Mongolia, when in the Chinese provinces of Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and others, there are coal reserves that can sustain the country for 300 years (if the emissions don’t kill us first) and with better rail links. If you don’t mind waiting for railroad construction, why would the Chinese invest in Mongolian rail links, when they need additional rails in China? As for the oil, there is plenty in Mongolia, but it is so deep, you need an immense capital investment to reach it, and then there is the matter of a pipeline infrastructure in that landlocked nation. Who’s going to pay for it and build it? How many years would it take? What is the price of oil that would make this a profitable investment and over how much time? Dehaemer sounds to me like a snake oil salesman.

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    ron
    Feb 3 2010, 04:04:43 pm

    for mongolian molybdenum look at xing. They purchased a mine last year and are in production. Shedding old phone businesses.

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    Carlo
    Feb 3 2010, 04:30:23 pm

    A little Aussie miner that just listed (General Mining Corporation – ASX.GMM) might be worth looking at if interested in Mongolia. Its a spin off out of the successful Galaxy Resources which has done well with lithium and its spin off is looking for similar, as well as Potash, in Mongolia.

    Also has some Aussie projects one of which (copper/gold target) is being drill tested right now…though this is a bit of a hit or miss target imo.

    High risk/high reward type junior miner (is there any other kind?).

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    Dr. Henry M. Chakoian
    Feb 4 2010, 07:03:12 am

    When a reco pays over 50% in 15 months, I must give the writer some credence. Dragon paid off and so I will resource the Hammers recent recos, particularly EGI. I am still prioritizing precious metals. There are surely better alternatives available, but we will not know unless we investigate. It’s worth a look see. Herach.

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    Myron Martin
    Feb 4 2010, 08:54:57 am

    Have done well with Dragon Oil, Entree Gold and Ivanhoe Mines as well as Ivanhoe energy, in fact just about all the Lundin affiliated companies.

    Mixed feelings about DeHaemer, has made some good calls but he also cost me money on some bad ones, a Canadian locomotive company comes to mind.

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    GERALD ROACH
    Feb 7 2010, 12:53:06 pm

    I’m not sure if comments are to be limited to subject of article, but have you heard anything regarding a teaser from “Sound Profits” affiliated with Taipan Daily, regarding a US miner that has just made a secret 30 billion ounce silver discovery under the Great Wall of China?

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    Michael
    Feb 17 2010, 02:23:36 pm

    I’m curious what the current thinking might be on two US micro caps: Neomedia (NEOM) and Patient Access Solutions (PASO). NEOM has managed to survive a tight cash constraints while building partnerships for it’s mobile barcode technology and PAS has done the same but could be a beneficiary of the healthcare stimulus.

    Will they survive? Thrive? Become takeover candidates?

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    Darrell
    Jun 4 2010, 10:54:22 am

    Bought EGI in 12/08 at 1.03 and have continued to make money. With the downturn lately, I believe it is time to buy more. Checked out MNAP a few weeks ago and like possible oil sitution there, haven't bought…yet.

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    advantedges
    Jun 5 2010, 07:34:15 am

    We can't discuss miners and the coal play without reviewing today's tease by HSU, suggesting there is a coal company that will score in a big way because of the Pollution problems in China's cities. JetJock may have referenced the stock = YZC,,,,,,,but if there
    are other ideas, please weigh in.

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    Dean
    Jul 9 2010, 08:40:43 pm

    "Stalin's lost oil"…Is this a new teaser for the same Mongolian companies, or a new prospect?
    "You see, there's one 64-cents-per-share company that has its hands on 91 times more Mongolian oil than Mother Russia ever extracted: " this is from the same "Crisis" source

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    montrose
    Jul 13 2010, 08:48:52 pm

    Petro Matad Sees Traces of Oil in Mongolia Petro Matad Ltd.|Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    Petro Matad provided an update on the progress of the Davsan Tolgoi-1 ("DT-1") exploration well. DT-1 is currently drilling with oil shows in what is interpreted to be the Lower Zuunbayan Formation. The good to fair hydrocarbon shows were encountered on 12 July 2010 at 1,075m measured depth, in an 8 meter-thick sandstone zone near the top of the Lower Zuunbayan Formation. Drilling has temporarily paused at 1,093m for a bit change. DT-1 is the first exploration well to be spudded as part of Petro Matad's 2010 drilling program on its Production Sharing Contract on Block XX in Eastern Mongolia, one of three PSCs owned and operated by the Company in Mongolia.

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    Rob
    Jul 14 2010, 08:24:39 am

    Anyone have any info or ideas on the "gold sands" plays in the pacific? It's supposed to be a mile under the Pacific Ocean, though they say their has been other Gold Sands, but on land. They say it is twice as rich as South African mines with half the costs…Anyone?

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    Glen
    Jul 15 2010, 05:19:15 pm

    You are correct there, but, I was referring to NUS on the TSX, Nautilus Minerals Inc.
    Some fairly large shareholders that seem to match the description given in the write up. Have a look at NUS… I don't own any, but I think you may find your gold sands on the toronto stock exchange. regards

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    hugh
    Jul 15 2010, 11:28:00 pm

    Checkout BKM Management an AUSTRALIAN ASX listed company.
    BKM has agreement to purchase SMG Oil &Gas Mongolia.
    The Baitag Oil Expl. Region block xxx sits alongside 3 major oil producing basins..
    BKM maret cap is 5 miillion dollars.

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    Murph
    Jul 18 2010, 03:53:37 pm

    I've personally done very well following Mr DeHaemer initially from my Taipan subscription & now from the free Energy & Capital emails and with Stock Gumshoe to verify the stocks he is hyping. I've profited very nicely from Heritage Oil, Dragon Oil & more recently I bought 5000 shares of Petro Matad for $0.69. He seems to have a knack or insider track to undervalued oil stocks in far away places about to make it big. Try and buy when the stocks are trading near their norms before/after the hype or breaking news.
    If this keeps up I will probably be making a donation to Crisi & Opputunity as well as Stock Gumshoe. In his E&C emails the Hammer has made reference to another small oil stock with prospects in Kenya/Rwanda. My internet research leads me to believe it may be Vanoil trading on the Vancouver Ex.. and I did buy a few shares. Murph

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    Murph
    Aug 14 2010, 09:09:39 am

    Aaron, My on-line broker is TDWaterhouse, I was able to buy Petro Matad on the pink sheets grey market symbol PRTDF, They also said you could purchase from the LSE symbol MATD but it was going to be $120 for 5000 shares. Murph

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