Shareholders in Exploits Development Corp (CSE:NFLD, FSE:634-FF) were rewarded this week with an explosive move in the stock price following an announced $8 million financing.
Trading in the mid-$0.80s since Monday on the Canadian Stock Exchange, NFLD powered up Wednesday morning with an 18-cent gain, topping out at $1.02 a share.
Exploits is moving right along with its 2021 exploration program involving up to 13,500m of drilling at five targets — all of which are very prospective. Three of five host visible gold at surface with impressive grades up to 194 g/t Au.
The drilling contractor has been named and all five drill permits have been issued by the Newfoundland & Labrador government.
On May 12, Exploits published news that a previous financing involving billionaire resource investor Eric Sprott, has added New Found Gold (TSXV:NFG), whose exploration in 2019 yielded a stellar drill intersection of 92.86 g/t Au over 19 meters near surface, one of the highest ever seen in the province.
The 60-cent financing has Eric Sprott and New Found Gold each subscribing for $4 million, doubling Sprott’s investment and bringing his ownership stake in the company to 15.1% on a non-diluted basis. NFG increases its share to 13.6%, non-diluted.
“With Mr. Sprott doubling his investment in Exploits, and New Found Gold expanding on their existing cornerstone position, we are very pleased to have recognition of the exploration potential of our holdings in the Exploits Subzone in Newfoundland from these shareholders, and also their endorsement of the Company and its management team,” said Exploits’ President, CEO and Director Michael Collins. “With 5 drill permits in hand and a drill rig mobilizing shortly, Exploits is positioned for discovery and delivering value to our shareholders.”
As the dominant landholder in Central Newfoundland exploring over 200 km of deep regional fault structures known to host significant gold discoveries, Exploits continues to generate buzz in what is one of the world’s most exciting gold area plays.
The company is fully funded for its spring/ summer drill programs and has received drill permits for True Grit, Schooner, Quinlan Vein, Little Joanna and Jonathan’s Pond.
The contract awarded to Newfoundland-based Majors Contracting is for 7,500 meters, with an option to extend to 13,500m.
Following is a summary of the five areas to be drilled:
Exploits is AOTH’s favorite gold junior in this exciting and evolving Canadian area play, for a number of reasons, but the main one is location.
Mining area plays, where a ground-breaking junior hits a discovery hole then begins staking prospective land around it while other companies rush in and do the same, are the very essence of junior resource markets.
Area plays like Eskay Creek, Hemlo and the 2010 White Gold Rush, can be company-makers, and they often produce the elusive 10-baggers (or more) all gold investors dream about.
Eric Sprott and New Found Gold have been quietly investing in companies surrounding the Queensway project, taking part in financings like the one just announced by NFLD, and hoping to secure future ounces.
It seems plain to me that the end game here for New Found Gold is to eventually own the whole area play; they have the market heft to do it. While most of the juniors surrounding it are trading under a buck, NFG has risen to over $8/sh and now has a market cap of $1.34B.
Too rich for my blood but that’s not the point.
Exploits’ projects all have comparable geological, geochemical and structural settings to the nearby Queensway discovery held by New Found Gold. That’s right, the same faults and sub-faults that served as perfect catch basins for gold mineralization as it bubbled up to surface.
It makes sense, therefore, for New Found Gold to want a piece of Exploits Discovery Corp. As mentioned the company is the largest landholder in the region and there is every reason to suspect that Exploits has an excellent chance of becoming another New Found Gold.
The value proposition here is compelling.
Two companies, each with beautiful gold projects in an underexplored region in a safe jurisdiction for mining. One trades for $8.00, the other can be purchased for 89 cents.
Exploits hasn’t even started drilling yet and it’s already more than doubled in less than a month — another AOTH winner for those who bought shares.
I have high hopes for NFLD, including a very good chance of a discovery hole, when the drills start turning.
Exploits Discovery Corp.
Shares Outstanding 75.3m
Market cap Cdn$69.3m
Richard (Rick) Mills
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