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Gold Co. Has a Tonne of Newfoundland Gold Bang for Its Buck


August 15, 2022 ( Newswire) Gander Gold is surrounded by more advanced gold juniors in Newfoundland, but it is no less exciting as it could make one or more major discoveries. Although small, Gander is sitting on the largest gold claims package [226,300 hectares] on the entire Island.

There are some well-known junior miners in eastern Canada’s province of Newfoundland and Labrador, including New Found Gold Corp. (NFG:TSX.V; NFGC:NYSE.American), Marathon Gold Corp. (MOZ:TSX; MGDPF:OTCMKTS ), and Labrador Gold Corp. (LAB:TSX; NKOSF:OTCQX). New Found Gold Corp. (NFG) has an adjusted Enterprise Value {market cap + debt – cash} of $779M (adj. by subtracting the est. value of a non-core property).

That’s $5,156 per Newfoundland-only hectare.

Make no mistake, NFG’s high-grade deposits will become a mine. That means surrounding companies (if they don’t develop mines themselves) will become prime takeover targets as satellite deposits to operations that spring to life later this decade.

Companies with large land packages will have multiple bites at the satellite deposit apple.

Admittedly, a comparison between NFG and other gold juniors is problematic. In 2019, NFG made one of the top three or four gold discoveries in Canada of the past decade.

Although pre-maiden resource, it’s years ahead of one of my favorite juniors-Gander Gold Corp. (GANDF:OTCMKTS). Still, Gander is valued at $102/ha [GAND.c price of CA$0.33 on the morning of Aug. 10th] vs. NFG at $5,156/ha.

By the end of next year, NFG could be acquired-perhaps at upwards of double today’s valuation.

That would be ~$1.6 billion, or $10,312/ha. For comparison, Great Bear Resources Ltd. (GBR:TSX.V; GTBDF:OTCQX) (pre-maiden resource, owner of another blockbuster Canadian discovery) was acquired by Kinross Gold Corp. (K:TSX; KGC:NYSE) for ~$1.8 billion.

Gander may never reach a valuation of $5,156-$10,312/ha, but consider Labrador Gold’s adjusted valuation of ~$1,100/ha, also pre-resource, also a few drill seasons ahead of Gander.

Notably, the majority of Labrador Gold Corp.’s (LAB’s) valuation is attributable to its relatively small 7,700 ha Kingsway project. I argue that Kingsway alone is valued at ~$4,000/ha. Gander’s claim to fame (until late last week) was the sheer size of its property holdings at 226,300 ha, making it possibly the largest gold claims holder on the Island.

One more name to drop … I estimate that Sokoman Minerals Corp. (SICNF:OTCMKTS) flagship 2,540 ha Moosehead project is valued at roughly $7,000/ha.

To be clear, these examples do not guarantee that Gander will develop properties that command strong valuations. However, a tremendous amount of option value is embedded in Gander’s 226,300 hectares.

Of course, there will be equity dilution, and some gold claims will be dropped, but a great thing about controlling > 9,000 claims is the ability to sell, JV, or farm out all or portions of some properties (while retaining the best ones).

This diminishes cash burn and de-risks the overall story.

To the extent that management can strike deals with larger companies and receive a mix of cash, shares + production royalties on the properties, that would be a very nice, long-term call option on the price of gold.

Getting deals done is something Gander is good at. This is a strong management/tech team, especially for a company with an Enterprise Value {market cap+debt-cash} of just CA$23M [see bios below].

To reiterate, NFG, LAB, and Sokoman Minerals Corp. (SIC) are more advanced in their exploration activities, but none have delivered a maiden mineral resource estimate.

It’s clear that it doesn’t require a large footprint to carry a strong valuation. I’ve referred to three projects valued well into the $1,000’s/ha (companies that are down an average of 60% from 52-wk highs).

Importantly, Gander’s four biggest properties are not on the fringes of key areas in Newfoundland; they’re right in the heart of the action. Readers should know that the top Newfoundland companies are drilling > 400,000 meters in 2022 alone.

Imagine what could happen to Gander’s share price if

1) Gold prices rebound [we’re just 11% away from $2,000/oz.]

2) More drilling successes are announced around Gander’s properties

3) Gander makes one or more discoveries of its own

Two out of three of those premises seem very likely; we just need Gander’s expert technical team to point the drills in the right direction…

Readers are reminded that when gold was stronger back in the 4th quarter of 2021, Newfoundland juniors were some of the hottest natural resource names in North America.

On August 5th, this press release described a potential game-changing development at one of the Company’s eight properties, the Gander North Project (GNP). As a frame of reference, please note that four of Gander’s properties are much larger than LAB’s Kingsway-averaging 51,375 ha each.

By comparison, Marathon Gold’s flagship Newfoundland project is 24,000 ha ($19,258/ha, but it’s at the Bank Feasibility stage).

Management has identified a “potentially major” new gold trend at the GNP within the Gander Gold Belt starting ~12 km east of the GRUB Line and ~25 km east of the Appleton trend that hosts NFG’s and LAB’s bonanza, high-grade discoveries.

A main NE-trending zone extends > 25 km across the GNP and remains open to the NE.

Numerous N-NE trending zones also cut across the GNP, adding significant economic potential. In total, these zones provide > 100 linear km of structure, structure that management believes is “highly prospective” for gold.

Hundreds of anomalous samples generated from thousands of soil and till samples taken in 2021 coincide with results from a recent airborne Mag/VLF geophysical survey and a LiDAR survey.

The best outcropping quartz veins, initially identified with high-resolution satellite and aerial photos, represent immediate targets for follow-up.

CEO Mark Scott commented, “Gander Gold holds the largest claim package in Newfoundland, eight strategically located properties prospective for gold. Early-stage exploration results from the Gander North project have exceeded expectations. We look forward to sharing the results from Gander’s other projects on the Island in the near future. We believe Gander’s developing projects and tight public float position the Company for significant share price appreciation potential.”

Clearly, Gander is an early-stage play, but if one believes in the Company’s technical team, precious metals investor Eric Sprott, Canadian prospector Shawn Ryan, and Newfoundland as a world-class, wildly underexplored jurisdiction-then there’s a substantial bang for the exploration buck here.

Technical Adviser Shawn Ryan commented, “Broad areas of the GNP are lighting up from our Phase 1 soil sampling program. Results from our 2021 Airborne Mag/VLF and LiDAR surveys are in and have been very helpful in adding the next layer of detailed interpretation needed to advance the project. It’s remarkable how this previously unexplored area has become a ‘hot spot’ for potential new gold discoveries along what appears to be an entirely new gold trend east of the GRUB Line.”

Gander’s VP of Exploration, Ian Fraser, added, “Our Phase 2 soil geochemistry program will extend known anomalies along strike and sample in greater detail around some of the highest grade anomalies. Furthermore, there are numerous other interpreted structures that we will test.”

Management is very encouraged that initial detailed sampling has highlighted areas where continuous gold-in-soil anomalies occur over a significant distance.

These gold-in-soil anomalies occur in areas interpreted to be of greater structural complexity and are viewed to be more likely to host gold deposits. Chasing multiple structures is a lot better than chasing just one or two.

Gander Gold seems very well positioned to become a top player in Newfoundland and/or to partner with larger gold companies to play an important role in the ongoing gold rush on the Island.

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