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Sassy Resources' Projects in Newfoundland and the Eskay Camp in B.C.'s Golden Triangle Are Red HOT!
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Peter Epstein Peter Epstein of Epstein Research profiles Sassy Resources and discusses its Canadian projects located in two very active camps.

Sassy Resources Corp. (SASY:CSE; SSYRF:OTCQB) has been killing it since its shares started trading nine months ago, yet the company's valuation remains quite low. In addition to Sassy's flagship Golden Triangle British Columbia project, its wholly owned, privately held subsidiary Gander Gold Corp. (GGC) controls eight claims blocks {9,032 claims/~225,905 hectares} in Newfoundland.

Moving aggressively, boldly into Newfoundland has proven to be very wise. The province is red hot. Neighbor New Found Gold [NFG] announced one of North America's best assays of the century; 25.6 m @ 146.2 g/t gold = 3,743 gram-meters. That 3,743 figure is more than Great Bear Resources' seven best holes combined!

Bold move into Newfoundland, now largest mineral claims holder

A handful of juniors have properties within 50–60 km of NFG's blockbuster Keats zone. Two sizable blocks (~98k + ~48k hectares) controlled by Sassy's GGC sit west and east of Keats. Future exploration done by surrounding companies—(combined, hundred(s) of thousand(s) of meters/year)—will provide invaluable insights for Sassy's technical team. (See map below.)

On June 1, C2C Gold Corp. announced an option on a 100% interest in two non-contiguous blocks totaling 550 hectares, adjacent to and on trend with Sokoman Minerals' highly regarded Moosehead project. If that option were to be exercised today, C2C would be paying ~C$645/hectare. Yet, GGC's land package has an implied value of just $84/hectare.

In other big news, Terence Coughlan, P.Geo, joined the Board. Mr. Coughlan was founding CEO of gold-silver producer GoGold Resources. He has 38 years' experience in exploration, operations and corporate development, and is quite familiar with Newfoundland. Each of the last three public companies he's been involved in developed a producing mine.

Also in May, Eric Sprott invested (twice) into Sassy's GGC entity, adding to his portfolio of Newfoundland juniors including NFG, Labrador Gold, Exploits Discovery, Sokoman Minerals, Maritime Resources, C2C Gold, Canstar Resources, K9 Gold and TRU Precious Metals. GGC now has ~C$4.5 million in cash dedicated to exploration across the province.

Gold strong heading into summer, some peer valuations have already soared

Gold is @ $1,905/o., the highest since early January. Will we see another explosive gold stock rally like last summer's? On May 31, 2020, gold began an epic 10-week rally from $1,686/oz, to an all-time (nominal) high of $2,073/oz, a gain of +23%. If gold were to repeat that performance, it would surpass $2,300/oz. by early August!

In the past three months, NFG, Exploits, Labrador and Sokoman—all pure-play Newfoundland gold stories—are up from 152% to 259%, (average of +208%). Gold is up +10.4% over that same period. Yet, shares of Sassy Resources have gained 36% ?!?

Sassy has not one, but two potential company-making opportunities. Both are in sweet spots of world-class mining jurisdictions. Both have tremendous blue-sky potential. Both are prospective for high-grade gold mineralization, plus base metals including copper and nickel.

In my view, each opportunity could easily be worth (subject to fully funded initial drill programs) as much or more than the company's entire (partially diluted) enterprise value ["EV"] {market cap + debt – cash} of $37 million.

Note: For the purposes of this article I ascribe a value of $18 million to each property portfolio (Newfoundland and the Golden Triangle of northwestern B.C.)

The map tells the story! Sassy's Gander Gold looks very well positioned

In Newfoundland, two of Sassy/GGC's claims blocks really stand out. Notice in the above map how close Mt. Peyton and Gander North are, (in yellow, blocks #1 and #4), west and east of NFG's Keats zone. Note again the sizes, ~98k and ~48k hectares. These blocks should be of tremendous interest to NFG, Marathon Gold, Sokoman, Exploits, Labrador Gold and Anaconda Mining!

Not on the map, but southwest of the main story, sits a claims block very near Matador Mining. Matador has an EV of $77 million. It hosts a past-producing mine and has an Indicated + Inferred resource of 837k ounces @ ~2 g/t gold.

Management believes its property shares key geological features with Matador. This third largest block alone (after Mt. Peyton and Gander North) could be worth $5–$10 million if found to be mineralized, or more if mineralization is widespread and shows good continuity and depth potential.

There are fewer than 18 publicly listed juniors (with EVs >$10 million) that have all or substantially all of their properties in the province. GGC controls 9,032 claims/~2,259 sq. km / ~225,905 hectares, making it the largest mineral claim holder in Newfoundland. [Exploits reportedly controls 2,111 sq. km]

Gander Gold appears cheap vs. Newfoundland peers

Imagine how much GGC's considerable land package could be worth to a mid-tier or major wanting to enter Newfoundland? In the chart below, 11 pure-play Newfoundland and Labrador gold juniors are valued in the market at $21 million to $181 million (average = $65 million). Only two (Maritime and Matador) have delivered maiden resource estimates.

By contrast, the implied value of Sassy's footprint is $19 million. How do I arrive at that valuation? I ascribe $18 million of value to Sassy's well located, high-grade Golden Triangle project.

As the largest mineral claims holder in Newfoundland, and with two sizable blocks very near NFG, and the best parts of Labrador Gold, Sokoman and Exploits, one could argue that GGCs valuation should be headed towards the top of the chart (subject to success with the drill bit).

Mid-tiers and majors operating in the Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Abitibi Greenstone, Golden Triangle, Red Lake districts are no doubt closely watching developments in Newfoundland.

In the peers table above, the average EV/hectare ratio is $1,305/hectare. Sassy's GGC is trading at an implied ratio of $84/ha. To be fair, most of the peers are more advanced, but even still, should GGC be valued at a 94% discount on this metric?

It seems very likely that in addition to Marathon Gold entering production in a few years, multiple gold mines will be built in Newfoundland. The same dynamic is at play in B.C.'s Golden Triangle.

Drilling starts soon at Flagship Foremore project in the Golden Triangle

Turning to the Golden Triangle (GT), Sassy has an exciting and substantive, 14,585-hectare project in the Eskay Camp, the heart of the GT. The Foremore project is Sassy's flagship asset, although GGC is clearly gaining traction.

By way of comparison, Sassy's 14,585 ha footprint is similar in size to other high-profile projects like Skeena Resources' Eskay Creek at 6,151 ha or Ascot's Red Mountain (17,125 ha). Tudor Gold owns 60% of the (17,913 ha) Treaty Creek, and Benchmark Minerals has the (14,000 ha) Lawyers project.

Management remains optimistic about the dozen promising zones at Foremore. Not all 12 will be drilled this season, but Westmore is high on the list. Aside from Westmore, phase 2 drilling will be in the Hanging Valley. CEO Mark Scott wants to "map and ground-truth a number of potential drill targets in the Hanging Valley, especially around the SG, Sunday and Boulder showings."

Holes will be added to the phase 2 program if early-season exploration results warrant it. The scope of the planned program will be roughly the same as last year's, a base case of ~3,000 meters of drilling. In addition, prospecting, surface sampling and mapping of additional intrusive rocks elsewhere on the Foremore property will be ongoing.

Sassy appears cheap vs. Golden Triangle peers

Above is a chart showing the top 18 pre-construction juniors in the GT. Five have current mineral resource estimates, one has a PEA and another a DFS. These 18 are trading at an average EV of $199 million. The average (partially diluted; includes deeply in-the-money warrants + options) share count = 166 million shares vs. just 50 million at Sassy.

Good drill results from peers in BOTH jurisdictions will be good news for all. Early-stage exploration in top area plays, seeking high-grade mineralization, in safe locations, led by expert teams, in a bull market for gold, silver, copper and nickel—it's hard to beat that combination of factors!


It's now June. Exploration and drilling in the GT are heating up, with assays released from August on. If one believes in gold and copper prices remaining stronger for longer—then one should consider digging deeper into Sassy Resources' portfolio of properties in Newfoundland and the Golden Triangle.

There will be a few dozen more hugely successful companies like Great Bear, New Found Gold, Skeena Resources, Eskay Mining and Filo Mining minted in the next few years. This could be a once in a generation-type investment opportunity for select natural resource juniors.

Sassy Resources (CSE: SASY) / (OTCQB: SSYRF) has multiple compelling shots to strike it rich and see its valuation potentially soar above $100 million. Consider that Sassy traded as high as $1.24 BEFORE management secured its first property in Newfoundland. Shares last traded at $0.79, 36% below the high. I believe this company is twice as valuable today as it was when shares topped out at $1.24.

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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