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Altair Ventures Inc. TSX.V – AVX

 

Richard (Rick) Mills
Ahead of the Herd

 

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information

Medley Global Advisors said October 19th that the US Federal Reserve will create $500 billion over the next 6 months.

"Whenever you print money, people look for a refuge – gold.” Jim Rogers, author and famed money manager

Using history as our guide we know that the greatest leverage to rising precious metal prices, the most profitable rewarding way to get involved in precious metals, is to own the shares of junior precious metal companies. And in this authors opinion the best time to get involved with a junior resource company is when it’s in the post discovery resource definition stage.

My favorite stage junior is a junior in the post discovery resource definition stage (also known as brown field stage companies). These companies have all ready found something, money’s being raised and the company is going to go in to see what they have - and hopefully produce a 43-101 compliant resource estimate and build upon it. The risk has been greatly reduced and the waiting time for a discovery non-existent.

Altair Ventures Inc. TSX.V – AVX is what this author would consider a classic post discovery resource definition stock. AVX has a new gold discovery, the company is in the process of raising money, and they are working on their property getting ready for the next drill program.

AVX has:

  • Excellent management
  • Money in the bank
  • A tight closely held share structure
  • A gold project
  • A project that will be cheap and easy to work due to deposit structure, location, infrastructure and local skilled workforce
  • World class neighbors already mining
  • A project with immense size and open pit potential
  • A head start on metallurgy
  • Excellent potential for further discoveries
  • Done no promotion, a relatively unknown and undiscovered company that is presently offering ahead of the herd investors an excellent entry point

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Altair is developing a new gold deposit on its Prospect Valley Project (108 square kilometers) in a world class mining district near Merritt, British Columbia, Canada.

This mining district, which includes Teck’s Highland Valley Mine (copper/moly) and the Craigmont Mine (copper) has never been explored for low grade, high tonnage gold deposits. These types of targets – geological models – were not recognized in BC until recently.

With the recent success at the following two projects:

Spanish Mountain:

• 4 million oz Au M&I resource at 0.58g/t Au

• Deposit is approx. 1,500m X 600m

• Sediment hosted in regional-scale structural setting

• SPA has $75 million market cap

Blackwater:

• No resource yet; Average grade probably ~1.0g/t Au

• Deposit is approx. 1,100m X 600m

• Hosted in silicified felsic volcanic rocks within large Porphyry Cu-Au Belt

• RVC has $103 million market cap

Exploration companies, and investors, are starting to realize the potential for discoveries and increased share price valuations as these deposits are found, explored and developed.

Prospect Valley Project

The 107.9 sq km, Prospect Valley Property is 3 hours driving time from Vancouver BC and is within the Spences Bridge Gold Belt just a short distance from the town of Merritt. Prospect Valley hosts a low sulphidation epithermal gold system with quartz vein stockwork type mineralization. Over 13 target areas have been identified in the claim block to date.  The majority of the targets are located in the centre of the claim block along a prominent north-northeast trending linear zone.

Initial work on the property started in 2005 - mapping, soil sampling, trenching and Induced Polarization (IP). The initial target was high grade gold mineralization, but after 3,734 meters of drilling - 90 percent of holes drilled were mineralized – and analyzing the results the model was changed to a bulk tonnage low grade gold target with average grades of .8 grams per tonne (gpt) to 1 gpt.

“Detailed geological mapping, surface trenching, soil sampling and airborne

magnetic surveys have been completed, and 33 diamond drill holes in 2006/2007 confirmed an elongated NNE-trending gold mineralized belt, designated the North and South Discovery Zones. The mineralized belt is silicified with stringers and veinlets of quartz and fine grained disseminated pyrite. Geological data shows that the mineralization is confined within the hanging wall of a normal fault zone that trends NNE for several kilometers.” Altair News Release July 21st 2009

 

Recent field work extended the strike length of gold mineralization to roughly three kilometers. A prospecting team working northeast of the North and South Discovery zones discovered gold mineralization. This newly discovered zone lies within the Northeast Extension, extends for 135 meters along strike, is exposed over a width of up to 32 meters and disappears under overburden in all directions.

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This newly discovered gold mineralization is approximately 300 meters topographically lower than the South Discovery Zone (SDZ) and may represent a deeper part of the mineralizing system. Altair’s 2010 drilling program seems to indicate that gold grades increase with depth.

The location and intense alteration in the Northeast Extension correlates with a moderately dipping slope that might be related to the structure that appears to control the gold mineralization in the SDZ. This structure continues to the northeast for at least another two kilometers perhaps adding another two kilometers to the already three kilometer long trend.

“This is a really exciting development for the Prospect Valley Property. The extension of the gold-bearing structure to at least three kilometers along strike indicates that a very large mineralizing system was in place and that there is excellent potential for the discovery of a new gold deposit here.” Robert Archer, Altair’s Chairman

 

Gold Recovery

Thirty gold-mineralized samples consisting of core reject materials were sent for cyanide leach tests. Results show that of the 30 mineralized samples 17 samples returned gold recoveries above 72%.  The positive gold recoveries from these tests are significant - gold recoveries are within industry requirements for this type of mineralization.

The Deal

Altair can earn a 70 percent interest in Prospect Valley by spending $6,000,000.00 and giving the vendor 7 million shares over five years. Roughly $600,00.00 has been spent by Altair and two million shares have been issued.

Altair can earn another twenty percent, taking their total ownership of the project to 90 percent, by doing a bankable feasibility study.

Management

  Fayyaz Alimohamed, President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Mr. Alimohamed has a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Economics from the London School of Economics (University of London) and is a Certified General Accountant (CGA). He has over 20 years experience in investment management, finance and consultancy. He previously worked at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Financial and Management Services Ltd. (a management consultancy set up by Morgan Grenfell & Co. Limited and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.) and as the Chief Financial Officer of the Key Capital Group.

He then moved to Dubai where he became Director of Investments for the Cupola Group, a large operating and investment conglomerate. He is also the President of Acamar Advisors, which provides management consultancy and corporate communications services.

  Robert A. Archer, P.Geo., Chairman of the Board of Directors

A career explorationist, Mr. Archer has a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Geology from Laurentian University in Ontario and is a registered Professional Geologist. He spent more than 15 years with major mining companies including Newmont Exploration Canada Ltd., Rio Algom Exploration Inc., Placer Dome Canada Ltd., and Noranda Exploration Inc.

During that time he specialized in generative exploration and participated in 3 positive feasibility studies at Canadian gold mines, including the 14 million ounce Dome Mine in Timmins.

In the past 14 years he has held various positions at the senior management level of junior exploration companies. He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Panther Silver Ltd, the company he co-founded in 2004. During this time he has been instrumental in raising approximately $85 million for junior resource companies.

  Shehzad Bharmal, Director

Mr. Bharmal has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has over 15 years of experience in the mining industry with operating experience at mines and smelters. Currently Director, Business Improvement, at Teck Resources Limited, Shehzad was Manager, Operations, at Teck Cominco's $ 1.8 billion Trail smelter, where he was responsible for managing plant operations, capital projects and infrastructure construction and maintenance. Previously he was responsible for Energy and Commercial Services at Teck Cominco, which involved concentrate purchasing for the Trail smelter, chemical and industrial sales, and surplus energy sales.

  Warner Gruenwald, P. Geo., Vice-President Exploration

Mr. Gruenwald has 35 years exploration experience ranging from the management of grassroots to advanced stage exploration programs focused on precious and base metals. Mr. Gruenwald has operated as an independent consultant since 1985 and is the president of Geoquest Consulting Ltd. He is a Qualified Person (QP) as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Share Structure

Shares Outstanding:  34,231,210 

Warrants Outstanding:  3,075,500 

Options Outstanding: 2,250,000  (weighted average $0.19) 

Shares in Escrow: 2,130,000  (9.3% of shares outstanding)

Fully Diluted: 41,686,710

Treasury: $200,000.00

Debt: Nil

Closely Held: 25 percent

Abraaj Capital owns just under 10% of the Company. Abraaj is a $ 6 billion Dubai based fund, one of the largest in the Middle East.

 

Altair is presently undertaking a non-brokered private placement financing of up to $1,120,000.00  It will consist of up to 2.45 million in Flow-Through Units (FTU) at $0.16 per FTU for gross proceeds of up to $392,000.

 

The hard dollar part of the financing will consist of up to 5.6 million non-flow-through Units at $0.13 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $728,000,000.

 

Each FTU and each Unit will consist of one common share and one-half of a common share purchase warrant.

 

Conclusion

Altair is currently preparing for another drill program by acquiring road construction and timber felling permits, improving the properties road system and conducting further exploration on its Prospect Valley Project.

When looking for a junior company to invest in the most important criteria for this investor is management, Altair management is experienced, well regarded in the industry and definitely capable of exploring, developing and promoting this project. And it’s the right project for the times - gold in what appears to be a massive footprint with excellent potential for further discovery.

Altair Ventures TSX.V - AVX and its Prospect Valley Gold Project in the Spences Bridge Gold Belt should be on every investors radar screen.

Is it on yours?

Richard (Rick) Mills
rick@aheadoftheherd.com
www.aheadoftheherd.com

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Richard Mills owns shares of  Altair Ventures

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