We just keep hitting it out of the ballpark.
In my last letter, I had mentioned that Balmoral Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: BAR)(OTC: BALMF), a company I first featured on May 13, 2012 at a share price of CDN$0.57, had much more room to run.
This past week, they surprised us with a massive discovery that sent their share price as high as CDN$0.94.
That’s nearly a 65% gain in just a few short months.
But I think the Balmoral story is just starting to unfold. Let me tell you why.
Let’s first go back to my original report:
Balmoral Resources (TSX-V: BAR) (OTC: BALMF) currently owns one of the largest land packages in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt – a belt which hosts one of the largest accumulations of gold in the world.
Outside the Witwatersrand Basin in South Africa, no other area on Earth has produced more gold than the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec and Ontario, Canada.
Over the past 5 years a number of major gold discoveries in the Abitibi have made investors billions of dollars. These include Osisko Mining, Detour Gold, Lake Shore Gold, Virginia Gold, and none other than West Timmins Mining – the company Balmoral’s current team sold less than two and a half years ago for a potential return of 2215% in less than a year*.
(*Management team took their $0.13 West Timmins stock when the market crashed in 2008 to over $3.00 in 2009 when it was finally bought out)
As I highlighted before and because of the major similarities, Balmoral is an opportunity for anyone that missed the West Timmins story.
The Balmoral story began a few years back when it’s management team, led by CEO Darin Wagner, were part of the discovery of the high-grade Thunder Creek gold deposit in Timmins.
In mid-2007 through their company West Timmins, in joint venture with Lake Shore, Darin and his team drilled the first discovery hole at Thunder Creek.
For nearly two years, Darin and his management team tried to convince the market that they had something really special – something that both Lake Shore or Goldcorp would want.
But the market didn’t care. Up until the bottom of 2008, West Timmins shares did nothing but go backwards, falling to a low of $0.13 in November 2008 – despite hitting significant grades over and over again.
(As I mentioned, the best time to buy stocks is when sentiment is negative and fundamentals are astoundingly positive.)
Still, Darin and his team knew what they had and wouldn’t quit. They weren’t about to let Lake Shore bully them out of the joint venture. So they kept drilling and marketing their story.
West Timmins’ yahoo moment came when they returned a hole that produced 83.40 metres (273.55 feet) grading 12.75 g/t gold – one of the best holes in Timmins in the last 50 years.
The hole showed the market that West Timmins was clearly in a superb gold system. As a result, West Timmins shares began their dramatic climb and never looked back until its buyout by Lake Shore just months later.
Look what happened:
As a result of their discovery, West Timmins Mining was acquired by Lake Shore Gold Inc. in a deal valued at $424 million, making a wealth of money for their shareholders.
Why is this important?
Balmoral is a second chance for anyone that missed West Timmins. It’s the same team, built under the same premise of putting together a land package that would be bought out. Only this time, Darin and his team have a much better land package – one that’s right next door to what will become Canada’s largest gold mine next year, Detour Lake.
Since Balmoral’s inception, they have done nothing but hit high grades on their Martiniere project – a project that is within 45km of Detour Lake. Yet, just like West Timmins, their shares have done nothing but trend downward since their inception just a couple of years ago – along with the rest of the TSX Venture exchange.
If you go back to my original report, you’ll see how striking the similarities between the West Timmins story and Balmoral’s really is.
Now here’s where I want you to pay close attention.
Balmoral just had their Yahoo moment - a yahoo moment much like the one that propelled West Timmins shares on a consistent upward trend until its buyout by Lake Shore.
If West Timmins’ yahoo moment is any indication of what’s to come for Balmoral, we’re about to witness something very special.
The Yahoo Moment
On Thursday, Balmoral announced that on their very first of the ME-series holes, they discovered a new bonanza grade, gold bearing structure in the footwall to the Bug Lake Gold Zone.
The Footwall discovery returned, on an uncut basis,272.39 g/t (8.0 oz/ton) gold over 3.88 metres (12.7 feet)across the width of the mineralized structure. Included in this interval are adjacent bonanza grade intercepts of1,530 g/t (44.6 oz/ton) gold over 0.55 metres (1.8 feet) and 409 g/t gold (11.9 oz/ton) over 0.50 metres (1.6 feet).
That’s an incredible hole. Just massive.
So how does this compare to the West Timmins yahoo moment, or yahoo hole?
The yahoo hole for West Timmins returned 83.40 metres grading 12.75 g/t. This equates to 1063 gram metres of gold in that block.
Balmoral’s hole returned 273 g/t over 3.88 metres. This equates to 1059 gram metres of gold in that block - nearly identical to West Timmins’ yahoo hole.
But here’s the kicker:
If you take the whole intercept from the top of Balmoral’s Bug Lake zone all the way down through, it’s actually 79 metres from the top of Bug Lake to the bottom of the intercept. Within this intercept, there is only 4 metres of barren rock without grade.
If you average it out to get a comparable to the Thunder Creek hole of 83.40 metres grading 12.75 g/t, which I stress is not allowed in 43-101 reports, Balmoral’s hole would have averaged out to be 14.1 g/t over 79 metres* - a dead ringer to the West Timmins yahoo hole.
(*theres are my own calculations and is not 43-101 compliant)
However, the Timmins hole was drilled down to 710 m vertical depth; Balmoral’s only 120 m – that’s a huge difference.
Does that mean Balmoral’s yahoo hole is better than West Timmins’? You be the judge. Regardless, look what that one hole did for West Timmins.
It Just Keeps Getting Better
Aside from comparing West Timmins to Balmoral, there are so many reasons why their latest discoveries are significant.
Take a look at this picture:
Drilling has shown that there is a fault between the West and East zones. The rocks on the green side are totally different from the rocks on the blue side. When the faults move, they bust the rock up and it becomes flooded by gold and silica.
This fault is called Bug Lake; it’s the fault that separates the east and the west zones. It’s about 30-70 metres wide and it seems to be averaging out to be a gram per tonne with some higher grade sections in it.
Management was drilling under the premise that they would get a good cross section of Bug Lake to add ounces to the zone they had already found. They were drilling to hit the fault directly and were going to end it at the gabbro (a dark rock with no value, similar to basalt) on the other side.
But as they were drilling, they found small veins of gold. In gold exploration, you never stop drilling when you know you’re in a system. So they kept the drills turning and the next thing you know, they hit big – really big.
This hole is something brand new and no other drilling has been done out here. It’s open in every direction. No doubt there are follow up holes to come, which means we could see this new discovery expand into something special on its own.
Management has been telling the market for a while that there is a big gold system at work here; much like they did when they were talking about West Timmins. But what this new hole does is solidify for people that not only is there a big gold system here, but it’s a gold system that can do some very special things.
This new discovery just gave Balmoral another high grade target for a total of 8 high grade zones along with a bulk tonnage zone at Bug Lake to expand and grow.
Drilling has clearly indicated there is still a lot of areas hiding that could produce big numbers. The system is currently 1.5 km long and open in every single direction. It’s already producing phenomenal grades at the Martiniere West zone and now it’s showing us mind blowing grades in a completely new area.
Barely Scratching the Surface
One look at the Long Section picture above and you will see that Balmoral has only scratched the surface at all of the zones at Martiniere.
So far, they’ve only drilled to about 200 or so metres, if that, at any of their 9 zones. There are a lot of holes that haven’t gone further than 50-75 metres, yet continue to hit.
The joy of these gold systems is that you almost never get out of them – they’re extremely deep.
Just take a look at Aurizon‘s Casa Berardi producing gold mine, just 40 km to the south of Martiniere.
Overall, Casa Berardi has about 5 zones over 4.5 km as opposed to 9 zones over 1.5 km at Balmoral. The proximity between all of the zones at Martiniere means lower infrastructure costs. 9 zones over 1.5 km is a lot better in theory than 5 zones over 4.5km.
Aurizon is currently mining Casa Berardi down to a 1200m vertical depth. Detour Gold will open pit to a 700-800m vertical depth. Osisko is planning to open at around a 600m vertical depth. The Kirkland Lake and Timmins mines have been mined to a 1500m vertical depth, with depths as far as 2300m.
The major gold systems in the Abitibi all tend to go deep. Because Balmoral has only gone down to around 200m at any one of their zones, the upside to finding more high grade zones are superb; every zone is open at depth.
The deepest verticle hole Balmoral has drilled is in the West Zone and its drilled to about 350-360m down. The results of these holes should be coming out in the upcoming months which means more excitement and more upside to an already promising story.
If Balmoral’s team can show that the mineralization remains consistent as they move deeper, it will be huge news for me, and all shareholders involved.
Management has told me that we’re going to get results from more exploration holes at the Detour East zone and we’ll be getting more results from other Martinere exploration holes that are completely outside of the trends.
That means the news flow pipeline is full of exciting holes yet to be released.
Balmoral’s Martiniere project is already proving to be a big and rich gold system. Yet, they don’t even have an edge on it – it’s wide open. Every time they drill somewhere new, they find something new. It’s amazing.
A Great Year for Equedia Readers
Thus far, this has been a great year for our readers who own shares in Balmoral and MAG.
MAG Silver just announced that an underground mine development program with their JV partner Fresnillo has been approved. That means one of the world’s highest grade undeveloped silver projects is moving forward. Balmoral just announced an amazing hole that industry experts are drooling over, while continuing to rapidly expand their high grade gold project.
Next week, I am going to try and keep the streak going with a junior gold producer that has major support from analysts and is clearly undervalued. Make sure you open your emails next week for my new report.