In a May 24 research note, ROTH Capital Partners analyst Jake Sekelsky reported that McEwen Mining Inc. (MUX:TSX; MUX:NYSE ) achieved commercial production at Gold Bar in Nevada and announced drill results from its Timmins assets in Ontario. "We expect management to shift focus towards high-value exploration targets in Timmins and Nevada," he added.
The declaration of commercial production means the problems that delayed construction, primarily adverse weather, now are moot. Recoveries are coming in as expected, according to McEwen, and it reiterated 2019 production guidance of 50,000 ounces of gold at an all-in sustaining cost of $975 per ounce. The company intends to modify Gold Bar's crushing and stacking system to lessen the effects of future inclement weather.
In terms of exploration, McEwen already started this year an aggressive, $17 million program at its Black Fox complex in Ontario's Timmins gold camp. Results from some of its Q1/19 efforts, an initial seven holes at Grey Fox, "appear encouraging," Sekelsky noted. "Exploration success at Grey Fox could pave the way for the delivery of higher-margin tonnage to the Black Fox mill in the future."
Also this year, McEwen plans to spend $15 million on exploration at Gold Bar to identify Carlin-style mineralization there. "A discovery at depth could transform Gold Bar," Sekelsky commented. An exploration update for that Nevada property is expected in H2/19, which could catalyze McEwen's stock.
ROTH has a Buy rating and a US$3 price target on McEwen Mining, whose stock is currently trading at around US$1.24 per share.[NLINSERT]
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