Maurice Jackson: Joining us for conversation is Judson Culter, the CEO and director of Rover Metals Corp. (ROVR:TSX.V; ROVMF:OTCQB).
A pleasure to be speaking with you today to provide us with an overview of some of the key milestones as we look back on the successes of 2020 and then take a look forward into 2021.
Mr. Culter, before we begin, for someone new to the story, what is Rover Metals, and what is the value proposition the company presents to the market?
Judson Culter: We are a precious metals mining company at the exploration stage. The value proposition is we're about to bring our first resource as a mining company to the public markets sometime this year. And this is arguably the most valuable time to invest, and if you look at the lifecycle of a mining company investment, you want to get in when the company is undervalued, and that's the value proposition that we're bringing this year.
Maurice Jackson: Last year was a banner year for Rover Metals. Sir, please provide current and prospective shareholders with some of the key milestones that Rover Metals accomplished in 2020.
Judson Culter: Well, we knew we had a winner in northern Canada, and I'm speaking of the 60th parallel, which is the Northwest Territories in Canada, where we have our project portfolio, which has demonstrated some high-grade historical drilling dating back to the 1980s, and we just wanted to get to work and develop that project. And thankfully, in 2020, we were able to find the financing we needed. And we went in and not only did we rediscover some of the historical targets, but we doubled the length of any of the historical drill holes.
In our November press release (click here), the results of our drill program, we discovered 32 meters of continuous high-grade gold intercepts averaging 14 grams per ton. Now just think about 32 meters, and consider how long that is. There were only 15 meters of overburden, so that's basically at the surface. Speculators should strongly consider the exciting economics of that for a second.
Maurice Jackson: That's truly impressive. Let's look at 2021. Rover finished the year with an important press release that I think the market may have overlooked. Walk us through the press release (click here), because it exemplifies the business acumen of the management team.
Judson Culter: Well, the goal for the Cabin Lake Project is to conduct 70% of the annual exploration spend in the wintertime. And so the press release that you're referring to was [about] the fact that we've made an application to have ice road access off of the existing highway system. So that negates the need to use a helicopter for exploration in the wintertime and brings our cost down in terms of our exploration bang for our buck. I think we're a couple of weeks away from getting that permit, and that permit will be valid for the next four to five years. And again, our hope is this will be the window, sort of between January and April, where we do about 70% of our exploration work on this project each year.
Maurice Jackson: And any updates on the Uptown Gold Project?
Judson Culter: We've submitted an agreement with the Venture exchange on which we trade—and we are listed as our primary exchange in Canada—to sell 75% of the Uptown Gold Project to a new group. And we hope that we will mentor and work with that group in terms of the knowledge transfer of that project, and that when they have success, we have success, because we would like to joint venture with that newly listed company as they continue to put dollars into the ground on the exploration.
But really, what it did [for] us, was [enable us] to offload about $1.5 million in current liabilities to another group and share in the future success of that project on a non-dilutive basis, as they pay for the exploration, and then we have the right to acquire the remaining 25% interest in Uptown.
And that project is right in Yellowknife, close to where Newmont Corp. (NEM:NYSE) has options. The Con Mine claims to a competitor, and we're on that Yellowknife Gold Belt, where there's a lot of juniors working away just to give you one comparable. GoldMining Inc. (GOLD:TSX; GLDG:NYSE.American) recently released an inferred resource of a couple of million ounces just north of us at the Discovery Project.
Maurice Jackson: Looking forward, what are the company's goals for 2021?
Judson Culter: For 2021, we have three major objectives. The first one is to immediately get in and pick up where we stopped in October on our drilling. We want to replicate the great success of that program.
Also, we have 12 new targets, if you can believe that, based on the geochemistry, the correlation from the assays that we just received, understanding of what's hosting this primary gold deposit. The existing target, which is now what we're calling an ore shoot discovery—that needs to get tested at depth as well. And so we're going to be in there, hopefully in February, mobilizing the site. So that's a huge goal of ours. We would like to bring an Inferred category resource to market by this summer on the Cabin Lake Project.
Another goal we have is to go out and acquire another project. We are looking for something a little bit farther south, so that'll be our summer project. And, so we're still active on the M&A (merger and acquisition) side.
And other good news to share is, well, I think we'll be announcing shortly the closing of a million-dollar financing at $0.10/share. And that money goes toward the mobilization here to Cabin Lake.
And any other corporate goals past Q2/2021. . .we're just kind of chipping away at, really, the next six months. And I don't think, much like lots of other juniors, we are looking past the six-month time frame.
Maurice Jackson: We've covered the goals. What is the next unanswered question for Rover Metals? When can we expect a response, and what will determine success?
Judson Culter: Well, I think the unanswered question for us is Cabin Lake. Are there 12 new ore shoots on the project? We've got one ore shoot. If it's every 1 kilometer along a 10 to 15-kilometer iron formation that we have, because if these things will pinch and swell, do we have 10 ore shoots on this project? There's a lot of blue sky here, we want to know what it is, and we'll be here in the next three months.
Maurice Jackson: Switching gears, Mr. Culter, please provide us with an update on the capital structure for Rover Metals.
Judson Culter: We have 77 million shares outstanding today. The million-dollar financing that we're about to close within the next week or so will add another 10 million, so 87 million shares outstanding.
Maurice Jackson: What is the burn rate?
Judson Culter: Burn rate outside of exploration season is roughly $40,000 to $50,000 a month. And, during exploration season it's much higher, so we're looking into a two-month program here from the February to April time frame. We'll spend about $2 to $3 million just on exploration here in this next quarter.
Maurice Jackson: And you somewhat alluded to it, but how's the treasury looking right now?
Judson Culter: Treasury is healthy. There's still money from the last financing last year. And, the wires are already piling in here from the current financing. So, we're in really good shape and able to execute our goals.
Maurice Jackson: Judson, any final words for shareholders?
Judson Culter: No, I think we've covered it on this. I think this is a company, certainly, where there's going to be news coming in the next three months. I think a lot of other juniors and competitors are waiting for melt-off and to get summer programs going, so we're ahead of the curve, and we will be bringing assays to market here in the May time frame. So, that's an exciting opportunity right there.
Maurice Jackson: Sir, what keeps you up at night that we don't know about?
Judson Culter: Oh, that's a stumper of a question. Nothing right now. Things have been going well in 2020, and I think I'm sleeping pretty easily, and this is fun. There's not a lot of stress in my life right now, and everything's just really becoming fun. So not much; pretty much nothing keeps me up at night.
Maurice Jackson: I love the modest response because you and I correspond offline. And I know you're very excited about the opportunity before you, so I'll have to pick on you when we get offline here.
All right, sir, last question: What did I forget to ask?
Judson Culter: Well, I think you're going to want to know where we're going to acquire our next project, but I couldn't tell you that right now. But I will say that we look at a new project every week, and we're super picky, so when we do decide to announce a new acquisition that it should be a goody.
Maurice Jackson: Mr. Culter, if investors want to get more information about Rover Metals, please share the contact information.
Judson Culter: Encourage readers to visit our website, www.rovermetals.com.
Maurice Jackson: Mr. Culter, thank you for joining us today. Wishing you and Rover Metals the absolute, sir.
As a reminder, I'm a licensed broker for Miles Franklin Precious Metals Investments where we provide unlimited options to expand your precious metals portfolio, from physical delivery, offshore depositories, and precious metals IRAs. Call me directly at (855) 505-1900 or you may email [email protected].
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