“The Golden Triangle” — Transmission Line Bringing Gold Riches to BC?

by Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe | April 5, 2010 7:27 pm

Teaser on BC Gold potential from Matt Badiali

I can only go so long without writing about another gold teaser — so my deepest apologies if you’re just plain sick of the yellow shiny stuff. While I was traveling last week my mailbox filled up with questions about the “Golden Triangle” teaser, which is all about some of the small gold miners who might grow into riches as soon as British Columbia builds them a transmission line to power their mining operations.

The teaser is from Matt Badiali, for his S&A Resource Report, which is in the top five commodities-related letters over at Stock Gumshoe Reviews, and which gets a lot of attention from my readers both because the stories he spins are spectacular, and because it’s a relatively inexpensive subscription compared to a lot of the high-profile gold and energy newsletters.

But still, one doesn’t want to subscribe to a newsletter just to find a hot stock tip, right? That’s why you’re here, after all, in the land of the free and the home of the Gumshoe.

Badiali is teasing us about several of the small miners who are exploring in the Golden Triangle, and he thinks their valuations could soar when production becomes more feasible in the near future. So let’s get started, shall we?

If you’ve heard of the “Golden Triangle” it may well be because of the high-profile flameout of NovaGold — this particular triangle is the area of northwestern British Columbia, near the Yukon and Alaska borders, that includes NovaGold’s Galore Creek mine as well as dozens of other big gold (and other metal) discoveries and historically significant mines. What it doesn’t have is much infrastructure — as in roads, power lines, or power generation capacity, and it doesn’t have many people, either. They can move the people in if the money is there for mining, but the rest takes time and big investments of the type that a junior gold miner (or even a large one) is rarely able or willing to make on their own, especially for the kinds of deposits that prospectors have been finding in the area (large, relatively low-grade deposits that require energy intensive bulk mining and milling and processing of many tons of rock).

And the big transmission line that is teased is real, too — at least in terms of its potential impact. Planning was well underway for the extension of the transmission line, with NovaGold’s Galore Creek as the major electricity buyer, several years ago — and planning for the line was scrapped late in 2007 when NovaGold suspended work on the mine and reneged on its promise of $158 million toward project financing, then re-started late in 2008 when commodity riches had everyone excited about the potential of these huge deposits.

This is the flip side of the big BC hydropower equation, by the way — I’ve written before about a number of the big hydropower projects and newer run-of-river projects that supply the electricity for the grid, and have to have transmission lines built out to their locations to feed the grid, so there’s a lot of action going on with the BC grid in general these days on both the customer and provider ends (and indeed, there are some potential hydropower projects in or near the “golden triangle” that could benefit from a grid connection, too).

But today, it’s all about some of these huge gold (and other metal) deposits in the golden triangle, many of which are pretty much being held hostage against a future when cheaper electric power makes mining them more feasible … or profitable.

So that’s the essential promise — this transmission line, assuming that it really does go through over the next year or two, will make these pie-in-the-sky resources into real reserves, and the miners will become extravagantly more valuable as a result. There are dozens of miners that own projects up there, though, so which ones is Badiali teasing? Let’s look and see what clues he throws out for us:

“Why mining experts are buying shares of one small gold stock, poised to produce $12 BILLION worth of bullion on the back of a huge new government spending project…

“You see, what almost no one knows is that the new high-voltage power line — called the Northwest Transmission Line — is scheduled to cut right through the heart of one of the most isolated (and untapped) gold mineralizations in Canada… a huge pocket of underground gold formations known as the ‘Golden Triangle’… a mineral-rich zone that has been virtually off-limits to mining companies for the past 150 years because of its remote location and lack of power infrastructure.

“Says Robert Stevens, of the Association for Mineral Exploration in British Columbia: ‘The region to be severed by the Northwest Powerline, which currently lacks sufficient infrastructure, is often called the Golden Triangle because of the great geological potential of several world class mineral deposits.'”

OK, so that’s all fine and dandy — though despite what Badiali implies here, we should note that the mining resources of the “Golden Triangle” are a major reason for the possible transmission line, they’re not just secret beneficiaries.

So which miners? Badiali talks about a few of them, and doesn’t black out their names on the maps and diagrams the way he does with the other companies, so we can probably assume that he’s not teasing NovaGold (NG in NY and Toronto), probably the largest company that’s leveraged to this transmission line, or Skyline Gold (SK in Canada, SYGCF on the pink sheets) or Copper Fox (CUU in Canada, CPFXF on the pinks) since he mentions their Galore Creek, Bronson Slope, and Schaft Creek projects. Still, that doesn’t narrow it down overly much.

And frankly, the clues are not overwhelmingly specific. Here’s what we hear about the first one:

“One of these firms, for example, we recommend you buy IMMEDIATELY — as soon as you finish reading this report. In the next few weeks, this company is scheduled to release a report — called a “feasibility study” — that could mark the addition of as much as 20 MILLION ounces of gold reserves to their property in the Triangle. This is a major development. I recently spoke with the company’s CEO about the issue. If everything goes like I think it will, this announcement by itself could send shares up 100%, OVERNIGHT. Then, I expect this stock to explode even higher in the following months.”

That kind of scale is pretty rare up there, even with those big potential resources that have been discovered over the years, so since this ad started circulating about ten days ago I’d guess that here they’re talking about old S&A favorite Seabridge Gold (SA in New York, SEA in Toronto). If so, Seabridge was a bit early in releasing their feasibility study — or at least the preliminary one — because they issued the press release with the basics of that study on March 31. [1] That feasibility study was on their KSM deposit, which is now the largest resource in Canada and one of the largest potential gold mines in the world with now about 30 million ounces being converted to “proven and probable” reserves, so yes, it’s pretty impressive that the company, even after a huge run over the last five years, is still valued at less than a billion dollars (market cap $970 million, no debt).

Seabridge is not a miner — or at least, they don’t really want to be a miner. They focus on what they consider to be the most lucrative part of the gold mining process: turning undrilled assets in the ground into proven and probable reserves, advancing the permitting process, and making a feasible plan for extracting that gold profitably, and then selling or partnering their property and plan to someone who will do the mining and take on the operational risks. That strategy has served them pretty well so far, so although the preliminary feasibility study didn’t send the stock soaring there are some potential catalysts in the year or so to come — they will complete the permitting process within a year or so, they think, and it seems that chances are pretty good that they’ll be selling this massive mine to someone, or selling half of it to a partner who will do all the work. This KSM project is down near the southern end of what most folks consider the “golden triangle,” so they also don’t need the transmission lines and infrastructure to come quite so far as some of the others.

So that’s my best guess for the golden triangle pick number one … how about the other two that he thinks are the best bets?

Well, dang it, I went through the ad and it doesn’t seem to me that he teased out any details about those two other favorites — so we’re left in the dark. What are the possibles?

If we look at the map that Seabridge provides in their presentation materials, one name that jumps out at me is Silver Standard Resources (SSRI), a company I’ve looked at a few times before thanks to their large Pirquitas mine in Argentina and the big portfolio of potential silver projects they have under exploration and development. But they also have two significant projects under development in the “golden triangle”, both of which also have significant silver resources, as one might expect, but one of which, Snowfields, is right next to Seabridge’s KSM project and offers a huge potential gold resources (measured and indicated resource of almost 20 million ounces — no proven reserves yet, but they do have what they say is an “aggressive” drill program this year).

So that actually sounds pretty compelling to me — Silver Standard has had problems at Pinaquitas in keeping their costs down during the first year or so of mining and processing, and had to raise money back in January at prices far lower than the shares had been in December (the stock was above $24 late last year, they had a large secondary offering at $17), so it might be that if you think silver and gold are going up SSRI has some nice leverage with the potential for improving operations at PInaquitas (which is still a very young mine, just started shipping to smelters last year) and getting in on the gravy train of the “golden triangle” as they convert some of that resource to reserves and enjoy the expected benefit of BC infrastructure coming their way.

Of course, there’s always the risk that the transmission line won’t go where folks want it to, or won’t be on schedule, or won’t do what they hope it will do — I haven’t followed that story all that closely, but this is a project that gets support from both “green” energy groups and miners, which is always an uneasy alliance, BC has huge hydro resources they can tap into the grid if they get better transmission lines, but it’s probably also true that the biggest potential for electricity bringing a lot of money to the northern part of the province is in ecologically “challenging” mining. Canada is a mining friendly country, obviously, and everyone likes jobs and tax dollars, but I have no idea whether there will end up being further fights over the transmission line — if you want to keep tabs on the line, there is a “pro transmission” website available here[2] (many of its backers are the mining companies hoping for power[3]), and if you’re feeling skeptical you might find this BC online magazine article more to your liking[4]. The local “city” has a newspaper that covers this project pretty closely as well, the Terrace Standard.[5]

And yes, the mainstream press may not have exactly “run with” this story yet, but the Canadian press covers mining a lot more thoroughly than their south of the border cousins — there was a good article in the Vancouver Sun back in December[6] about many of the miners I mention above (and below).

And other miners? Badiali has released free articles with some of the possible names[7], including other stocks like Imperial Metals (III in Canada, IPMLF on the pinks) and Capstone Resources (CS in Canada, CSFFF on the pinks) that are reasonably sized, and there are also plenty of tiny ones, including folks that have been working the area for ages and waiting for the transmission line, like Skyline Gold (SK in Canada, SYGCF pinks), and some that are sniffing around the larger sites — like Eskay Mining (ESK in Canada, ESKYF on the pinks), for example, which holds a lot of property near the now defunct Eskay Creek Mine (formerly a big resource for Barrick until it “ran its course.”) So you can peruse those as well and see if anything catches your fancy as a possible speculation. I’m happy to throw out Silver Standard and Seabridge as possible guesses for Badiali’s “top three” golden triangle picks, in part because these companies are both pretty big already and have a proven track record … but there are dozens more firms prospecting, exploring … or just plain waiting … in the triangle, if you’ve got a favorite tiny speculation, feel free to let us know what it is.

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  1. issued the press release with the basics of that study on March 31. : http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Preliminary-Feasibility-Study-iw-2662617982.html?x=0&.v=1
  2. pro transmission” website available here: http://www.highway37.com/s/Home.asp
  3. the mining companies hoping for power: http://www.highway37.com/s/Contributors.asp
  4. skeptical you might find this BC online magazine article more to your liking: http://thetyee.ca/News/2009/09/21/northwesttransmission/
  5. the Terrace Standard.: http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/terracestandard/news/BC_government_budget_includes_transmission_line.html
  6. good article in the Vancouver Sun back in December: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Northwest+gold+explorers+discovering+reasons+bullish/2360347/story.html
  7. free articles with some of the possible names: http://www.dailywealth.com/1206/Canada-s-Largest-Untapped-Gold-Deposit-Now-Open-to-Investors

Source URL: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/reviews/s-a-resource-report/the-golden-triangle-transmission-line-bringing-gold-riches-to-bc/

  1. Gavin
    Apr 6 2010, 01:49:26 am

    "The GOVERNMENT-RUN gold company NO ONE knows about
    Last summer, one of my contacts alerted me to a unique opportunity where the Chinese government helped create – and took nearly a 50% ownership stake in – a very small gold mining company, in order to develop a handful of the country's most promising gold projects. What made this investment so appealing was that the political risks were virtually non-existent. After all, the company is nearly half-owned by the government, so obviously it will have huge advantages. So far, we're up as much as 350% – in just 8 months."

    This one has got to be Jinshan Gold Mines Inc (JINFF xnas / JIN xtse)

  2. Steele
    Apr 6 2010, 02:34:33 am

    can anyone suggest one stock that can double this year, i know lot of readers who comment here are very knowledgable. Any advice on 1-2 stock picks would be greatly appreciated. I am a student and lost $3000 in stocks last year want to make up this year. Please help

  3. Miriam
    Apr 6 2010, 02:50:00 am

    You probably should not be dabbling in the markety at all. Only put in what you can afford to lose. I am looking at foreign stocks and buying small positions like EWZ, which is a Brazilian ETF.. When it goes up, I put in a stop loss to protect my gain.

  4. steve
    Apr 6 2010, 03:40:36 am

    I invest in the DRIP stocks. So far over the past 2 years I have done well at picking a few, but if any of you follor DRIPs and would care to offer advice on ones with potential and that pay decent dividends I would love to take a look at them. I few I have that have done well are BPL, O, TEG, GE (on it's way back up from $6), and a few others. I welcome any feedback. Thanks in advance!

  5. brian
    Apr 6 2010, 04:10:02 am

    Enter text right here!Golden Predator is another royalty company that currently recieves a 100K a month in royalties. I own and have done well by Virginia, but predator is even better. Do your own due diligence-Brian

  6. Mark
    Apr 6 2010, 04:27:00 am

    Teuton Resources (TEUTF-US symbol) has substantial properties in the golden triangle. Their "signature" property is Treaty Creek, which is close to Seabridge's KSM monster deposit. Last summer's drill program found 241 meters of .8gpt, identical to neighboring Mitchell find; but the resource needs more exploration. Teuton also has staked and acquired claims 3 km from Imperial's discovery hole at Red Chirs…this area has substantial infrastructure. Also Teuton's Clone property assayed well. They aslo abut Silver Standard's Brucejack property and plan to study the area this summer. Stock is about .50 a share. Do your due diligence.

  7. Minuteman
    Apr 6 2010, 04:42:40 am

    Good Sleuthing ! I'm familiar with this area and NW mining. Your assumptions are correct. My sources tell me the top 3 to the tease are Seabridge, Silver Standard and Imperial Metals. I think Matt is actual on to something here, in that is a mineral rich area, but was always cost prohibitive, due to lack of roads, power, and just very remote. Too many easier existing minds already in operation. But now with BC putting in roads and a powerline, and wanting to provide jobs, it's day may have come.
    Nova Gold's Galore creek would also benefit from this activity. Environmental permits can stop these projects dead in their tracks, but that's more in Alaska, BC is more mining friendly. About all I can add, good job!

  8. Ayub
    Apr 6 2010, 06:19:41 am

    Excellent analysis given very limited clues, Dr Gumshoe!
    I was a member of Badiali's Oil Picks few years back, and yes, I was part of the losing herd. Not ashamed to admit, as I learn a lot being in the market. To lose once, is forgiven, twice, learn harder, trice? well maybe it's just not in your blood..
    Anyways, I have been curious about Badiali's latest tout of the BC's Golden Triangle and you once again enlightens us.. Thank you!

  9. karenadona
    Apr 6 2010, 07:42:04 am

    Another Golden Triangle is the commercial district in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. But the only gold there is in the shops as far as I know ? -)

  10. Myron Martin
    Apr 6 2010, 12:50:32 pm

    Kudos to J.M. Maile for exposing the hype regarding Seabridge which I sold at a good profit but WAS considering getting back in. Still holding Nova Gold hoping for a further comeback, also bought Copper Fox at recent lows and also hold some Capstone. The question is how long investments in promising large deposits will be DEAD MONEY until they can be economically developed (if ever) so waiting for a bigger sucker is not a good investment or even a good speculation.

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    Apr 6 2010, 01:05:17 pm

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  12. alan h
    Apr 6 2010, 07:07:47 pm

    I still dont understand golds attraction. Apart from some historic 'gentlemans agreement' that says its valuable, its only useful for jewelry and teeth.
    Please educate me


  13. Gerry W
    Apr 6 2010, 10:00:04 pm

    In response to Alans statement as to the value of gold ,I feel that his question should be , what is the value of fiat currencies, where a group of corrupt politicians and overpaid civil servants tell you that what a dollar or pound is worth while adding to the supply as fast as their printing presses can work .At least in the case of gold, six and half billion people share the understanding that this piece of metal is a very small portion of a substance which is difficult to supply or counterfeit and is finite .

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  15. mike
    Apr 6 2010, 08:21:49 pm

    It's intrinsic value is in the fact that every nation recognizes its monetary value. While currencies have come and gone, gold has always retained its value. Has been that way ever since recorded history. A 1 oz gold coin in the roman times would buy you a top of the line robe and sandals, just as a 1 oz gold coin today can buy you a top of the line suit.

  16. ponce
    Apr 8 2010, 04:45:18 am

    I sleuthed this while Gumshoe was traveling. LOL to Badiali for saying he studied this tease for months. What he was saying are all in the Vancouver Sun article. He may have traveled there to confirm what was in the article. Gumshoe is correct in identifying SA, SSRI, and IPMLF as teased by Matt B. The executive quotes were all from that V. Sun article. BUT I AM NOT INTERESTED IN THIS COMPANIES. There shares are in the $17-$20 shares yet they are still in exploration and no earnings. My favorites are Jinshan and Sino gold which merged with El Dorado. These are gold producers. Jinshan is about $7 and Sino was $5 before the merge. Better value. I would go for Cooper Fox because the shares has not gone up yet due to hype and they are now preparing the feasibility report. There is a big volume today. Looks like a big investor is into it.

  17. Boneafide
    Apr 9 2010, 02:25:12 am

    I am into Timmins Gold (TMM on TSXV). Less risky being already a producer. 2010 production projected at 80,000 ounces (historical level before shutting down at gold market bottom) at cash cost $412 per ounce. This should ensure profitability; management is solid having delivered on every projection so far. TMM gained 6% today on news of going commercial in April 2010. Canaccord study projects stock going to over $2. Price $1.42 on April 8, 2010.

  18. sadie
    Apr 9 2010, 12:47:01 am

    Hi — I have looked into most of the golden triangle stocks, especially those on the cheaper
    end of the price range – two stocks that I would keep a very close eye on are
    MTB and DEC — both very cheap and had some good results in the golden triangle last year.
    MTB and DEC both trade on the TSE Venture exchange. MTB is trading at .22 and looks on the way — DEC is trading around .33 and looking very strong. I expect both of these stocks to double and triple easily into the Spring and Summer. I am buying MTB because of the better leverage. Good luck. Sadie

  19. robert
    Apr 12 2010, 03:51:40 am

    Don’t exclude CUU (CPFXF OTC)Badiali gives the list of all but promises to tell the best via newsletter. CUU has had strong insider buying by the CFO, indicating that he at least is optimistic.

  20. john Arnold
    Apr 15 2010, 08:13:01 pm

    Any idea what stock the "Silver Striker" is working along the Great Wall of China? Robert Irish in "Sound Profits" has touted it.

    Also, "How to Collect Royalties Every Year From European Natural Gas" and"Getting Rich
    With 'pShares", in this month's "New Growth Investor"?


  21. penny
    May 18 2010, 06:33:26 pm

    What about the 'bank' in Denver that lends money to mining companies and gets paid in oz. of gold? It's between Jax fish restaurant and the railroad station in a red and tan unassuming building? I think I found the building on 17th, but that's as far as I got. Penny

  22. tim sweeney
    May 31 2010, 09:19:35 pm

    I probably should not be dabbling in stocks either! but since I am, this site is a godsend.

    at least I have learned to limit my risk if I am going to do this. does anybody know an etf or some other vehicle to go short the euro?

  23. brady walker
    Jun 6 2010, 06:24:54 am

    This Back Mountain Covenant deal that went down recently souds promising. Does anyone know the company name or the symbol of the U.S.A company that took the deal. Also I own 100 shares of RIMM any thoughts? Also am trying to decide whether to get a 100 shares of FCX or ATW any thoughts would be appreciated.

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