McCoach: “A Penny Stock Safe Enough for your Portfolio”

By Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe, March 26, 2008

This is a recent teaser from Greg McCoach, who writes the Mining Speculator for Angel publishing and also has a new service that tracks his personal portfolio. We looked at the first stock he teased from the eight he chose for his initial personal portfolio, but now he’s teasing another one … let’s check it out.

That first one, by the way, the “Rupert’s Paradise” silver mine owner, has fallen over the last three months even as Silver, it’s main ore target in that mine, is up about 20%. McCoach has picked some good performers in the past, though it’s been about a year since he had a teaser pick that really performed (he isn’t covered by Hulbert’s and I don’t have access to his portfolio, so I have no idea what his overall performance is … he claims, not surprisingly, that’s it’s super duper awesome). The subscription you’ll need to pick up if you want his full report on this company is Greg McCoach’s Insider Alert, which will run you about $2,000 (on special markdown from $3,000, of course).

Or if you just want the name of the company and some Gumshoe blathering, read on!

This is a new one, though, an Argentine miner that trades over the counter (though they may soon be on the Venture exchange in Canada).

I had a reader send in the solution to this one, but let’s look at the clues to make sure he was right.

First, though, a little whetting of the appetite from Mr. McCoach:

“I want to tell you about a site visit I recently took to the southern most portions of Argentina. The site lies in one of the country’s most remote and isolated stretches. I logged nearly 24 travel hours to reach it. In short, I was blown away by what I witnessed after I arrived… and as a result, I immediately bought into the company’s stock. So let me disclose – I own this stock in my portfolio.”

And he tells us why he owns it — it’s “undiscovered”, it has an extensive drilling program in place that they can pay for, and there’s potential for years of new discoveries and development on their properties.

The mine site is in a remote area of Argentina that includes some other significant mines, according to McCoach:

“The project is located in the Deseado Massif, Santa Cruz province, southern Argentinian Patagonia. It is 40 km NW of the world class gold/silver epithermal Cerro Vanguardia Mine owned by Anglo Gold – Ashanti. The area is now one of the most important mining regions in Argentina….”

and …

“Multiple systems of mineralization appear to be at work, including a gold/silver system, a zinc/indium system, and a polymetallic system featuring zinc, lead, indium, silver, gold, and copper. What we have here is a truly rare find, with unlimited upside.”

Well hey, “unlimited upside” sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? Maybe they’ll find diamonds, too, or oil!

I just made that up. Sorry.

Indium is apparently quite rare and in high demand from some high tech industries, so that’s a big deal, but McCoach intimates that they’re likely to be going after gold and silver first, because it’s easier and can generate cash flow to do more exploration and development. I expect the fact that there are other gold mines around might help with the infrastructure, too, but that’s just a guess.

He says they have no barriers to development, by which I understand he means that the terrain, regulations, permits, and water supply shouldn’t be problems. I’m certainly no expert here, so I’ll have to take him at his word on that. The area of the mine is in Patagonia, and it is at least in part a mining province in a country that depends on mining, so perhaps it will “sail through.”

He also gives a couple specific clues — the price of the stock, which is on a nice climb from September to now and is right around $1.40, and the number of shares, which, fully diluted by options and such, stands at 32.7 million. If you don’t want to do the math, that means the market cap is in the neighborhood of $50 million, so truly a tiny company even by microcap miner standards.

So … thanks to a kind reader who pointed me in the right direction (he calls himself johnh39 … and another reader, Cool Hand, sent the solution in a bit later), I can tell you that this is …

Argentex Mining Corp (AGXM over the counter)

Those of you who have been around for a while know that resources and mining stocks are among my weaker areas personally, so I can’t really dig down easily and tell you exactly what to look for if you’re inclined to research this company. They have had a nice run up today and over the last week or so, undoubtedly as a result of this recommendation leaking out. Perhaps the Gumshoe faithful will drive it up further if you all are convinced it’s a great deal, with a tiny stock like this anything is possible (so be careful). If it does pop up, a look at it’s chart tells you it may well fall back again.

The shares have been on a nice drive since September — but I expect that date wasn’t chosen by accident, because right before then the shares cratered by about 30% in August (from $1.50 down to $1). The shares have mostly traded in a range between $1 and $1.50 for the last two years.

What else might you wish to know about these guys? The list is probably pretty long — but although this year’s drilling might already be financed do keep in mind that we’re talking about years and years and millions and millions if they’re actually going to develop their own mines in these places, unless they plan to sell to a major or partner the property, which is probably more typically what happens in these situations. Certainly they’re not going to be pouring gold within the next year or two even by the most optimistic predictions, so there may well be plenty of time for you to do your research on this one. If it was “undiscovered,” McCoach may have cured them of that … but eventually, interest may well wane without news or new discoveries.

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Even the best McCoach teaser pick we’ve looked at so far, Duluth Metals, which began it’s advertising life well over a year ago, has had some serious backsliding after a huge run — it’s still up 145% on my spreadsheet, but for one brief, shining moment it crested over 300%. His three other teaser picks that I’ve tracked include one that’s up 10% and two more that are down significantly. And looking those up reminds me that I have to update the spreadsheet … a Gumshoe’s work is never done! The spreadsheet can be a little depressing these days, only about a quarter of the teaser companies I’ve revealed here over the past year are in the green (and only five of 200+ have doubled) — I hope your portfolio’s doing better than that.

So … feel free to give the rest of us your opinion on this one — I don’t really have one yet, though if reader sentiment is any indication many of you are fascinated by these tiny miners that have such “lottery ticket” potential. Go forth, researchify, and share with us!

I am not invested in any company mentioned here, and will not trade in their shares for at least three days.



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Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
March 27, 2008 9:37 am