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Why Is the CEO of Golden Triangle Junior Scottie Resources So Excited?
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Peter Epstein Brad Rourke, CEO of Scottie Resources, speaks with Peter Epstein of Epstein Research about his company's major land acquisition in British Columbia's Golden Triangle.

Scottie Resources Corp. (SCOT:TSX.V) is a lesser known Golden Triangle (northern BC, Canada) gold junior, who's ship may have just come in…. Typically, when the word, "blockbuster" is used, it refers to drill results. In this case I refer to Scottie's recently announced option on a sizable (>1,500 hectares) piece of property (the Summit Lake claims) surrounding its existing 100%-owned Scottie Gold Mine property {see map below). Even before this announcement, Scottie seemed like a natural takeout target for Ascot Resources (TSX-V: AOT), [C$160 million market cap]. (Note: the company announced the intention to raise C$1.0 million in an equity capital raise on May 13th.)

Ascot acquired IDM Mining and its Red Mountain project in March, and the Silver Coin property from Jayden Resources and Mountain Boy Minerals late last year. Furthermore, Ascot just upsized a capital raise to $15 million. Subject to TSX approval, Scottie will own or control a contiguous land package [the Bow, Scottie Gold Mine, Summit Lake and Stock claims] totaling nearly 8,800 hectares = ~21,750 acres. Yet, that approximate 8,800-hectare position is less than half the company's total of more than 18,500 hectares.

Scottie Resources has another 10,000 contiguous hectare block adjoining, directly west, of IDM's (now Ascot's) property. One need only glance at the map to see that the chances of Ascot wanting to take out Scottie have likely soared. Before picking up these new claims, management was excited about its 472 hectare Bow property, the subject of this April 26th press release. Below are some historical drill hole intercepts from the Bow property, which is contiguous with the Scottie Gold Mine property. Imagine if the company could find more intercepts like those on the newly expanded property that's now roughly 18x the size of Bow.

This "blockbuster" land acquisition opens up much more than additional hectares; it enhances the probability of putting the project into production on a standalone basis. It opens up the possibility that other mid-tier or major precious metals companies might want a piece of the action, regional players like Pretium, NovaGold, Seabridge, Imperial Metals and GT Gold Corp. Or companies outside the district that want an entry into the world-class Golden Triangle. Giants Teck Resources and Newmont Goldcorp Corp. already have direct interests in the district.

The following interview of Brad Rourke, president, director & CEO of Scottie Resources, was completed by text, email and phone in the week ended May 10th. As always, please see disclosures at the bottom of the page.

Peter Epstein: Please give readers the latest snapshot of Scottie Resources.

Brad Rourke: Our focus is on the past producing, high-grade Scottie Gold Mine property in Canada's Golden Triangle, in northern British Columbia, which operated for nearly 4.5 years from 1981–1985. It produced >95,000 ounces of gold at ~16 g/t or 0.5 opt, with a 200 tonne per day mill. On April 30th we announced a blockbuster land transaction. Our VP Exploration, Dr. Thomas Mumford, commented, "The optioning of this land package is truly momentous for Scottie Resources. It fundamentally changes the potential of the Scottie Gold Mine property by substantially expanding our previously restricted footprint. While high-grade gold is known to exist along our borders, we were unable to properly advance it. With this new opportunity to explore the entire mineralizing system, we are eager to get boots on the ground this summer."

Significant potential exists due to extensions at depth, additional zones along strike and in parallel mineralized structures. We also have other contiguous properties, (see map above), nearby, between and bordering land controlled by Ascot Resources. In total, we now own or control >18,500 hectares in the Golden Triangle. By comparison, Ascot's flagship Premier Gold-Silver project is roughly 10,500 hectares in size. However, the Premier project is much more advanced.

Peter Epstein: Can you expand upon the history of your company?

Brad Rourke: Sure. Since Scottie Resources (formerly Rotation Minerals) acquired the Scottie Gold Mine claims in 2016, (we started with just 400 hectares) there has been 713 meters of surface drilling (3 holes), 1,935m of underground drilling (18 holes) and 162 surface rock samples taken. Previous work on the property included 29,000+ meters of underground drilling, airborne geophysical surveys, geological mapping and various soil and ground geophysical grids. There has been $150 million of infrastructure expenditures, and there's an existing 200 tonne/day mill, six portals, a rail system and seven kilometers of drifts.

Peter Epstein: Why is last month's announcement so important? Why was it so hard to get this land package?

Brad Rourke: We just picked up the Summit Lake claims, I think it might be one of the best deals in the Golden Triangle in decades! Summit Lake is a tremendously attractive opportunity, a land package that we and others tried to acquire many times over the years. However, the price tag was in the tens of millions. These claims are a real game-changer. The proposed terms are very reasonable; over four years, a total of $250,000 in cash + 2.2 million shares + a 1.8% gross smelter return (GSR) royalty.

This newly optioned property completely opens up our ability to explore the mineralizing system that formed Scottie. Prior to this, the Scottie Gold Mine property consisted of only ~212 hectares of crown grants that the mine was on and 110 hectares of mineral claims. We were completely surrounded by the Summit Lake claims owner, who was very reluctant to make deals that smaller juniors could reasonably entertain.

Peter Epstein: The Golden Triangle is a very complex district; you need a strong technical team. Tell us about your team.

Brad Rourke: You're right. The core of our company consists of technical personnel, three members of our Board of Directors are technical professionals, either geologists or mining engineers, Ernie Mast, John Williamson and Ed Kruchkowski. We have several executives with track records of building successful resource companies.

In addition, our VP Exploration, Dr. Thomas Mumford, is a seasoned field geologist, with strong mapping experience in the Golden Triangle as well as managing drill programs across Canada. We've also been fortunate to be working with one of the premier mineral exploration consulting firms in Canada – Equity Exploration.

Peter Epstein: Please talk more about the tailings opportunity.

Brad Rourke: The Scottie Mine operated for nearly 4.5 years, at an average grade of 16.2 g/t gold. Recovered grades were about 17.5 g/t for the first two years, but dropped to 14.1 g/t in 1984, even as mill recoveries improved from 75% in 1981 to 92–95% in 1984. With lower recoveries in the first two years, a significant amount of gold ended up in tailings, deposited into a lake that has since drained. This past summer Equity Exploration sampled the tailings. Gold grades as high 6.2 g/t were found. This season we plan on doing more infill sampling to better define grade distribution and get a solid estimate of potential tonnage. We think that we should be able to monetize thousands of ounces of gold from tailings starting as soon as next year, but more work is required before an operating decision can be made.

Peter Epstein: What's the probability of finding other metals in concentrations high enough for them to be by-products or credits?

Brad Rourke: In terms of by-product metals, the one we are most excited about is the cobalt-rich veins on the Bow property. Many mineralized gold intercepts returned cobalt values ranging from 0.10% to 0.44%. (NOTE: at the mid-point of 0.27%, the in-situ cobalt value = ~$130/t.) A focus of future drilling on the Bow property will be to assess the distribution and grade control on the cobalt and its association with the gold.

Peter Epstein: How is Scottie Resources different from the dozens of other gold juniors in the GT?

Brad Rourke: How are we different? We host a past-producing mine with road access, six portals, shafts, a rail system and 7 km of drifts. There's a $440 million power line going through our property. A new global port is ~48 km from the project. $150 million worth of infrastructure is in place. We now have the scale that could attract mid-tiers and majors. It's very hard to consolidate land, but we're doing it; we started with just 400 hectares, now we control ~18,500 hectares. We're working with a newly defined understanding of the geology, modeled for the first time by Equity Exploration, that was not understood when the Scottie Mine was in production. All historical exploration data has been re-logged and digitized. We share borders with both Pretium and Ascot. The Scottie Gold Mine project is high grade, even by Golden Triangle standards!

Peter Epstein: Why should readers consider buying shares of Scottie Resources?

Brad Rourke: Any existing shareholder of Scottie Resources (TSX-V: SCOT) who knew the story before last month's news should be thrilled with this latest development. If you liked it at 20c or 25c, with our tight float, you should love it now! We have a $12 million (C$0.20/share on May 13th) market cap, and our closest meaningful neighbors, both of whom we share borders with, have market caps of $160 million (Ascot Resources) & $2.0 billion (Pretium Resources).

As you, Peter, mentioned in your opening remarks, I reiterate that other players in the Golden Triangle include NovaGold ($1.75 billion), Seabridge ($990 million), Imperial Metals ($285 million), GT Gold ($95 million), Great Bear Resources ($84 million) and Garibaldi Resources ($78 million). If this season or next we have more success with the drill bit, on a much larger footprint, we think our $12 million Enterprise Value has considerable upside.

Peter Epstein is the founder of Epstein Research. His background is in company and financial analysis. He holds an MBA degree in financial analysis from New York University's Stern School of Business.


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