I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I see deal flow rising in the mining space. Miners need more ounces and they sure aren’t getting them from exploration, so they need to buy them. And large miners are getting significantly higher valuations than small operators, which means the same mine is worth more within a larger company. That is exactly the impetus that drives M&A cycles.
We’ve already seen some mega mergers and a good number of mid-sized deals. And the deal list got longer this week with news that Aussie miner St Barbara is buying Atlantic Gold (TSX: AGB) for $800 million.
The deal lets me toot my own horn for two reasons.
First, I invested in Atlantic and added it to the Maven Letter portfolio in the fall of 2016. I had just visited the under-construction Moose River mine in Nova Scotia and came away very impressed with the team, the asset, the approach, and the upside.
The takeout price means a 330% gain in 2.5 years for those who invested alongside. This is the advantage of identifying opportunities early. And key in identifying this opportunity was seeing that the people were the story.
Steven Dean had the knowledge, backing, and guts to start this company in the depths of a bear market. He worked with geologists to prove that an area known only for high-grade gold also hosted disseminated mineralization. He hired very strong people to his team, including Maryse Belanger who did an incredible job leading the build and operation of the Moose River mine. As a group they focused on managing risk, a focus that stood out in our high-risk business, by doing things like negotiating a fixed price build contract and drilling out reserves on extremely tight spacing to pre-plan where every tonne of material was going.
The best teams lead the best deals. The fact that Atlantic not only attracted a takeout offer but an all-cash deal in a tight mining market is proof.
The second reason I get to toot my own horn is that I’ve been banging on for the last month about how we’re going to see more deals in mining. And I specifically said the next wave of deals would focus on single mine operators. Voila: Atlantic gets bought.
I am proud to have identified Atlantic early in the game. I plan to hold my shares through the deal close, so that I get both the cash payout and shares in the spinco, which to start will hold Atlantic’s only other asset, a 40% stake in Velocity Minerals (TSXV: VLC).Steven and his team are sticking together and I think everyone should want a piece of what they do next.
In her letter, Resource Maven explains what she is buying and selling, and why. Maven has bought into several of the markets best - performing stocks well ahead of the curve. She regularly identifies exciting new exploration opportunities and manages the inherent risk by selling some into speculative gains. And the mine builder and operator stocks that form the basis of the portfolio give strong, ongoing leverage to the rising prices of gold and silver. She has your precious metal bases covered.
Thanks for all your hard work, but especially your honesty and integrity. I can feel your desire to take of us through your writing. As you have recently written, that is not always the case in this sector….I’m sure your new subscribers have no idea what they are in store for. I have almost doubled my portfolio since the lows in March. I would have done even better if I could have exited my positions when you recommended them, but I was overseas and unable to act. I was okay with it as I knew from experience it would bounce back. and boy has it AND ITS JUST STARTING!... After many years in the red, all but of a couple of stocks are in the green. The daily rise in my portfolio is unbelievable. And a lot of that is happening is because I trusted you. I’m afraid I’m going to need the benefits of your hard work and wisdom to once again help my family and because of all your hard work I’ll be able to if they need it. I can’t thank you enough for the sacrifices you make to make what you do possible. If your religious at all, you really are doing God’s work. You are making a difference in many peoples lives.
Blessings upon you and your family.
Great letter this morning Gwen. I am not "all aboard" with your picks but your understanding of how best to manage a high risk portfolio is second to none. And I did buy a lot of G when you made the call and sold it about a month later for a very healthy gain. Thank you very much!
As for "shiny ponies" that are moving on anticipation and will move big on good news, you need to get on the BAY train. Just sayin’..........