M&A Considered Inevitable in the Junior Mining Sector

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In their "Junior Mining Weekly" report, analysts from Canaccord Adams reiterated their belief that in the long-term, small-cap miners will not trade at a discount to their cash, with their projects treated as liabilities. But since that is often the case right now, "There are excellent opportunities [for M&A] in this current negative environment for those companies bold enough to act."

Given the well-documented collapse of the junior mining sector in the past 15 months, a step-up in merger and acquisition activity is considered inevitable by many industry insiders.

In their "Junior Mining Weekly" report, analysts from Canaccord Adams reiterated their belief that in the long-term, small-cap miners will not trade at a discount to their cash, with their projects treated as liabilities. But since that is often the case right now, "There are excellent opportunities [for M&A] in this current negative environment for those companies bold enough to act."

They expect that M&A will be driven by major companies who are rich with cash and will look to engage in option deals or outright takeovers of the "best of the best" in the junior sector. After all, the companies that the majors were interested in six months ago are now valued at less than half the price.

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