1. Matrix Metals (MRX.ASX): Matrix commissioned their 5500tpa copper mine in west Qld last June, and its already at nameplate capacity. There are plans to expand output to 9000tpa, and they have upside from further copper and uranium exploration.
2. Austindo Resources (ARX.ASX): This company is commissioning a gold mine near Jakarta, Indonesia in the next 6mths. The mine has struggled to date because it was not engineered correctly, but with a new consultant and contractor, things are back on track, and after the low-priced equity issue to recapitalise the mine, and the promise of higher gold prices longer term, this stock has some upside. The company doesn't have the resource security that I would like to see, so go easy.
3. RED 5 Ltd (RED.ASX): Red 5 is developing a gold mine in Mindanao, Philippines. The Open cut development goes underground from year 3 unless further OC gold resources can be found. There is a great deal of appeal to the UG as broad zones of high grade gold, and zinc credits have been found. The project lies along a promising mineralised structural trend, so there is upside from further regional exploration, which is being led by Anglogold. The Net Present Value of the gold project is around $90mil, so there is alot of upside in this company.
4. AIM Resources (AIM.ASX): AIM is developing the Perkoa zinc-lead mine in the state of Burkina Faso, Africa. When you consider they just raised $A90mil by issuing 290mil shares at 31c, at 20c support this stock looks highly appealing. The Mumbwa copper project with BHP Billiton could be attractive bulk sacle target as well. The project has a respectable 12yr mine life based on a resource of 6.3Mt at 14.5%Zn, thats 1.1Mt of concentrate. They will start production of 70,000tpa of zinc metal in 2009. I dont place any value on the platinum project in RSA. Market cap is $220mil with $85mil in cash, which is being used to develop the mine, and on exploration. Its a long time to wait for production though. The best entry into this stock might be the Jun'09 options currently trading at 14c, which have 10c to pay. Based on the current 22c price, the options have about 2c of time value. Not bad considering the leverage and 8mths to expiry.
Timing will be important buying these stocks. Its readily apparent that AIM is falling back to its 20c support, RED has previously rallied with gold to 17c, but seems likely to be sold back to 12-13c, and represents a good long term bet at these prices. MRX has alot of appeal on a corporate level, though I would like to see copper prices hold above $3.20/lb. Nevertheless any falls in copper will be offset by a falling $AU, and its now a cashflow-yield story, with the added appeal of copper and uranium exploration upside.
Remember MKY - a uranium explorer I recommended about 3-4 mths ago. Its up significantly today (20%). At this point its hard to say whether they have anything real or its just fluff. You can be highly selective with rockchip sampling, and trenching too. But it might turn out to be a significant deposit...lets watch! There was something I liked about the geology...on a structural trend I think, which gives me more confidence than a remobilisation of uranium from weathering of granites., which might be superficial, but widespread (12km2).
- Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com