Why is the CEO of Golden Triangle Junior Scottie Resources so Excited?

I updated this article/interview by inserting a more accurate and current comps table and property map. When the interview was done in late May, the stock was at C$0.22. On July 23rd, it closed at C$0.15. A C$1 million raise was done at C$0.23 with no warrants, 63 million shares outstanding….

Scottie Resources (TSX-V: SCOT) is a lesser known Golden Triangle (northern BC, Canada) gold junior, who’s ship may have just come in…. Typically when the word, “blockbuster” is used, it refers to drill results. In this case I refer to Scottie’s recently announced option on a sizable piece of property (the Summit Lake claims) surrounding its existing 100%-owned Scottie Gold Mine land package {see map below}. {new corporate presentation}

Even before this announcement, Scottie seemed like a natural takeover target for Ascot Resources (TSX-V:AOT), [C$131M enterprise value].

Ascot acquired IDM Mining and its Red Mountain project in March, and before that, the Silver Coin property from Jayden Resources & Mountain Boy Minerals late last year. Furthermore, Ascot just upsized its own capital raise to $15M. Subject to TSX approval, Scottie will own or control a contiguous land package [the Bow, Scottie Gold Mine, Summit Lake & Stock claims] totaling nearly 8,800 hectares = 21,750 acres. Yet, that approximate 8,800 hectare position is less than half the Company’s total of over 18,500 hectares = 45,715 acres.

Scottie Resources has another 10,000 contiguous hectare block adjoining, directly west, of IDM’s (now Ascot’s) property. One need only glance at the map to see that the chances of Ascot wanting to take out Scottie have likely soared. Before picking up these new claims, management was, and still is, very excited about its 472 hectare Bow property, the subject of this April 26th press release. Below are some historical drill hole intercepts from Bow, which is contiguous with the Scottie Gold Mine property. Imagine if the Company could find more intercepts like those on the newly expanded land package that’s roughly 18x the size of Bow.

This “blockbuster” land acquisition opens up much more than additional hectares, it increases the probability of being able to put the project into production on a standalone basis. It opens up the possibility that other mid-tier or Major precious metals companies might want a piece of the action.

Regional players like Pretium, NovaGold, Seabridge, Imperial Metals, Garibaldi Resources and GT Gold Corp. Or, companies outside the district that want an entry into the world-class Golden Triangle. Giants, Teck Resources and Newmont GoldCorp already have direct interests.

The following interview of Brad Rourke, President, Director & CEO of Scottie Resources, was completed by text, email & phone in the week ended May 10th. As always, please see disclosures at the bottom of the page.

Please give readers the latest snapshot of Scottie Resources. 

Our focus is on the past producing, high-grade Scottie Gold Mine property in Canada’s Golden Triangle, in northern British Columbia, which operated for nearly 4.5 years from 1981-1985. It produced > 95,000 ounces of gold at ~16 g/t or 0.5 opt, with a 200 tonne per day Mill. On April 30th we announced a blockbuster land transaction. Our VP Exploration Dr. Thomas Mumford commented,

The optioning of this land package is truly momentous for Scottie Resources. It fundamentally changes the potential of the Scottie Gold Mine property by substantially expanding our previously restricted footprint. While high-grade gold is known to exist along our borders, we were unable to properly advance it. With this new opportunity to explore the entire mineralizing system, we are eager to get boots on the ground this summer.’

Significant potential exists due to extensions at depth, additional zones along strike and in parallel mineralized structures. We also have other contiguous properties, (see map above), nearby, between & bordering land controlled by Ascot Resources. In total, we now own or control more than 18,500 hectares in the Golden Triangle. By comparison, Ascot’s flagship Premier Gold-Silver project is roughly 10,500 hectares in size. However, the Premier project is much more advanced.

Can you expand upon the history of your Company?

Sure. Since Scottie Resources (formerly Rotation Minerals) acquired the Scottie Gold Mine claims in 2016, (we started with just 400 hectares) there has been 713 m of surface drilling (3 holes), 1,935 m of underground drilling (18 holes) and 162 surface rock samples taken. Previous work on the property included 29,000+ m of underground drilling, airborne geophysical surveys, geological mapping and various soil & ground geophysical grids. There has been $150M of infrastructure expenditures nearby, and there’s an existing 200 tonne/day Mill, 6 portals, a rail system & 7 km of drifts.

Why is last month’s announcement so important? Why was it so hard to get this land package?  

We just picked up the Summit Lake claims, I think it might be one of the best deals in the Golden Triangle in decades! Summit Lake is a tremendously attractive opportunity, a land package that we and others tried to acquire many times over the years. However, the price tag was in the tens of millions. These claims are a real game-changer. The terms are very reasonable; over 4 years, a total of $250K in cash + 2.2M shares + a 1.8% gross smelter return (“GSR“) royalty.

This newly optioned property completely opens up our ability to explore the mineralizing system that formed Scottie. Prior to this, the Scottie Gold Mine property consisted of only ~212 hectares of crown grants that the mine was on and 110 hectares of Mineral claims. We were completely surrounded by the Summit Lake claims owner, who was very reluctant to make deals that smaller juniors could reasonably entertain.

The Golden Triangle is a very complex district, you need a strong technical team, tell us about your team…

You’re right. The core of our Company consists of technical personnel, 3 members of our Board of Directors are technical professionals, either geologists or mining engineers, Ernie Mast, John Williamson and Ed Kruchkowski. We have several executives with track records of building successful resource companies.

In addition, our VP Exploration Dr. Thomas Mumford is a seasoned field geologist, with strong mapping experience in the Golden Triangle as well as managing drill programs across Canada. We’ve also been fortunate to be working with one of the premier mineral exploration consulting firms in Canada – Equity Exploration.

Please talk more about the tailings opportunity.

The Scottie Gold Mine operated for nearly 4.5 years, at an average grade of 16.2 g/t Gold. Recovered grades were about 17.5 g/t for the first 2 years, but dropped to 14.1 g/t in 1984, even as Mill recoveries improved from 75% in 1981 to 92-95% in 1984. With lower recoveries in the first 2 years, a significant amount of gold ended up in tailings, deposited into a lake that has since drained.

This past summer Equity Exploration sampled the tailings. Gold grades as high 6.2 g/t were found. This season we plan on doing more infill sampling to better define grade distribution and get a solid estimate of potential tonnage. We think that we should be able to monetize thousands of ounces of Gold from tailings starting as soon as next year, but more work is required before an operating decision is made.

What’s the probability of finding other metals in concentrations high enough for them to be by-products or credits?

In terms of by-product metals, the one we are most excited about is the Cobalt-rich veins on the Bow property. Many mineralized gold intercepts returned Cobalt values ranging from 0.10% – 0.44%. NOTE: {at the mid-point of 0.27%, the in-situ Cobalt value = ~$130/t}. A focus of future drilling on the Bow property will be to assess the distribution & grade control on the Cobalt and its association with the gold.

How is Scottie Resources different from the dozens of other gold juniors in the GT?

How are we different? We host a past producing mine with road access, 6 portals, shafts, a rail system & 7 km of drifts. There’s a $440M power line going through our property. A new global port is ~48 km from the Project. $150M worth of infrastructure is in place. We now have the scale that could attract mid-tiers & Majors. It’s very hard to consolidate land, but we’re doing it, we started with just 400 hectares, now we control over 18,500 hectares.

We’re working with a newly defined understanding of the geology, modeled for the first time by Equity Exploration, that was not understood when the Scottie Gold Mine was in production. All historical exploration data has been re-logged & digitized. We share borders with both Pretium & Ascot. The Scottie Gold Mine project is high-grade, even by Golden Triangle standards!  

Why should readers consider buying shares of Scottie Resources?

Any existing shareholder of Scottie Resources (TSX-V: SCOT) who knew the story before last month’s news should be thrilled with this latest development. If you liked it at 20c or 25c, with our tight float, you should love it now! We have a $9M (C$0.15 / share on July 23rd) enterprise value, and our closest meaningful neighbors, both of whom we share borders with, have enterprise values of $131M (Ascot Resources) & $3.3B (Pretium Resources)

As you (Peter Epstein) mentioned in your opening remarks, I reiterate that other players in the Golden Triangle with much larger enterprise values include NovaGold ($2.6B), Seabridge ($1.2B), Imperial Metals ($1.2B), Garibaldi Resources ($208M) and GT Gold ($112M). If this season or next we have more success with the drill bit, on a much larger footprint, we think our $9M enterprise value has considerable upside. 

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