2. Gippsland Ltd (GIP): Everytime I touch this company I do well. This would be about the 5th time I have been in this stock. All successful short term trades. The attraction is the completion of the feasibility study, and the finalisation of an off-take agreement for essentially all of the tantalum (600,000 lbs/year) to a German trader HC Starke. This should turn this stock into a growth stock, though I would not hold it long term because of its location in Egypt. As we can see below, GIP has recently dropped off as traders dumped it after the German sales contract. Traders are not inclined to wait 1yr through construction, but investor interest will grow in a stronger metals market.
3. Matrix Metals (MRX): As much as I like this company I was forced to sell it at 13c the other day. Not my best exit decision in as much as it was a late one, but a least I was rewarded since I was able to pick up 150K of MRX at 12c on Friday. I do believe this is the bottom. I sold purely because of the negative news on Wall Street, but also because the price slide was eroding my asset base and the copper price dipped below $3/lb technical support. With stocks falling in China, and all metals rallying on Friday, I think this is a turning point, so time for a re-entry. The other reason to like these stocks is that lower metal prices translate into lower $A, so moderating any $A earnings. One need only look at the $A gold price on http://www.kitco.com/. The $A price hardly dipped belo $900 during the gold price retracement, as the $A slipped from $840 to $772. Well its back to $823/oz now, and in Aust terms over $A940/oz. Matrix is copper, but same principle.
As we can see from the chart below, the recent fall in base metals has pushed them down, but with prices on the recovery, they are trading at their medium term trend line, making them a favourable BUY. From 2009 they will be producing 250,000 tonnes of zinc equivalent. And they have a substantial resource base (4Mt Zn equivalent), and base metal deposits tend to occur in clusters. They are forecasting 5c earnings per share (EPS), thats a 15% earnings yield, with the promise of significant expansion in earnings over the next 2 years. Mind you the conversion of $200mil of convertible notes into shares will dilute the EPS by a third. Still they have $219mil in cash. The Endeavour resource has alot of potential at depth too! Plus the Western Mineralisation of the Broken Hill Lodes, which was actually the core project when I visited Broken Hill in 2001 to look at this mine. They wont need any more equity raisings since $219mil cash is enough to carry the Panorama project, so its looking good for its mid-2009 start. There are alot of other targets in the cluster at Panorama.