Maurice Jackson: Joining us for a conversation is Spencer Cole, the chief
investment officer of Vox Royalty Corp. (VOX:TSX.V). Mr. Cole, great time to be speaking with you as Vox Royalty continues to provide shareholders with a smart way to invest in commodities. Before we begin, Mr. Cole, please introduce us to Vox Royalty and the opportunity the company presents to shareholders.
Spencer Cole: Vox Royalty is a high-growth, precious metals-focused, mining royalty investment company. The company's been around for eight years, and over those eight years, we've built what we believe is the most unique mining royalty investment company in our entire $70 billion industry. We're consistently delivering the highest rate of return on invested capital at what we believe is the lowest potential portfolio risk level. Particularly for some of your listeners who are concerned about inflation levels at the moment, we think Vox is a really attractive inflation hedge that offers investors high-organic growth with very low risk.
Maurice Jackson: Last month, Vox Royalty announced some exciting news for shareholders regarding development and exploration updates from your royalty operating partners. This month appears equally exciting, as Vox Royalty has just announced additional key developments which look to strengthen your royalty portfolio. Beginning in Nevada, take us onto the Gold Standard Ventures South Railroad Gold Project, and provide us with an update on the feasibility study, permitting, and construction financing.
Spencer Cole: The South Railroad Project is a rapidly advancing gold project in Nevada, which is obviously arguably one of the most pro-mining, particularly pro-gold mining jurisdictions on the planet. The operator just provided an update to the market that they're rapidly approaching completion of the feasibility study, which is targeted for the first quarter of 2022. Upon the completion that feasibility study, they're going to move straight into construction financing.
Gold Standard Ventures already has one of the world's largest mining private equity funds, Orion, who's given them a $200 million term sheet to fund the construction of the mine. They'll be looking to go back to other investment groups to see where the best source of financing is so going into early 2022, we expect a huge amount of exciting news flow as to how this project is going to be constructed, and then their management has also provided an update that they expect to receive their final permits to start construction of this project within 18 months, so a really exciting gold project that's rapidly moving towards production over the coming years.
Maurice Jackson: Speaking of exciting news for next year, let's go to Black Cat's Bulong Gold Project, where they're looking at a first production guidance in 2022. What can you share with us?
Spencer Cole: This is an exciting royalty within our portfolio for a few reasons, as you mentioned, the Black Cat Syndicate, which is the operator of this Bulong Gold Project, they just reiterated guidance. They're expecting this gold mine to be in production in the second half of 2022, so investors can look forward to the royalty revenue possibly late next year. But a cherry on the cake, so to speak, with this royalty, is not only is the company actively moving this project forward towards production next year, but they're aggressively drilling out the land package. On an annualized basis, they're drilling over 80,000 meters on this land package. So not only are investors looking forward to, I guess, near-term royalty revenues on this property, but also, there's likely to be a huge volume of discovery news flow over the coming months and quarters as they continue that drilling campaign.
Maurice Jackson: We've covered gold. Let's discuss silver and platinum group metals, beginning with silver at the Bowdens Silver Project by Silver Mines. How's their drilling and development campaign coming along?
Spencer Cole: It's coming along extremely well. For readers who aren't aware of the Bowdens Project, it's the largest primary silver project in all of Australia. On a silver equivalent basis, there are approximately 275 million ounces of silver equivalent resources in the ground here, so just an extremely large ore body. The operator, Silver Mines, is working through final permitting at the moment. They're also progressing an expansion case, looking at a high-grade underground that would go on top of the open pit operation. We expect that this project is rapidly heading towards a construction decision with final permits in hand next year. The managing director of the operator was recently quoted on Bloomberg as saying he personally believes there's potential for this ore body to triple in size. So what is already a monstrously large silver deposit, the managing director of the operator thinks there's a multiple of this potential in the ground, which is even more exciting for our investors.
Maurice Jackson: Finally, my favorite metals, the Platinum Group Metals. What are the latest developments coming from ValOre?
Spencer Cole: This is another exciting royalty within our portfolio of 54 royalties, The Pedra Branca Project, is ValOre's flagship asset, it's also the largest Platinum Group's metal project and deposit in all of South America. ValOre has been aggressively drilling this property out, so they've been doing approximately a 10,000-meter drilling program this year, and our expectation from management is that they're preparing for a resource update in the coming months. We look forward to seeing the size of this resource grow, and then for this project to continue to move along down the development pathway towards production over the coming years. So all eyes are on the resource update that we expect in the next few months.
Maurice Jackson: Mr. Cole, as you look back at 2021 and then forward onto 2022, Vox Royalty, in many regards, has exceeded expectations in terms of your development, discovery drilling, and bolstering your royalty portfolio. Vox Royalty is on track for a record year on moving projects into production. Can you comment further on that?
Spencer Cole: 2021 has been a transformational year in Vox's eight-year history. We've increased the number of producing royalty assets that we have in our portfolio to five. We've had record volumes of partner-funded drilling on our royalty properties. We've had a record number of projects, I guess, moving forward into sort of development stage as well, supporting the near-term growth potential as well. But then importantly for investors, as we look ahead towards next year, 2022, we expect that a lot of that key organic growth is even going to be outpaced and set to continue going into next year.
Just by way of example, there are three additional projects that we expect to commence production next year that are in varying stages of construction currently. There are four separate feasibility studies that we expect to be released next year. The volume of drilling on our royalty properties, we expect that will achieve a new record in 2022 as well. So for Vox shareholders, they can look forward to a huge volume of organic growth in revenue and underlying development within our royalty properties without any additional capital required to acquire those royalties.
Maurice Jackson: Now, before we leave the property bank, what is the next unanswered question for Vox Royalty? When can we expect a response and what determines success?
Spencer Cole: I think as we touched on in our last interview, I think the main catalysts that investors continue to be excited about in Vox is just the organic growth within our portfolio and what that means for our revenue projections. As I touched on, we've seen a huge volume of growth on a number of our producing royalties. When we went public last year, we only had one producing royalty asset. And look, that was one criticism of the company, that people wanted us to have more producing assets, and where we stand today, we've now got five producing royalty assets. Organically, without spending any additional capital on new royalties, we expect that will increase from five producing royalty assets to 10, and north of 10 by late 2023.
Spencer Cole: What is the unanswered question is how soon will those new royalty assets come into production and what does that mean for revenue, which has already been growing at quite a substantial rate? I think the great news for our investors is they don't need to wait a very long time. This is a matter of months and quarters as they continue to see that growth organically within the portfolio, the incremental revenue that's going to come from those producing operations.
Maurice Jackson: Let's look at some numbers. Sir, please provide us with the capital structure for Vox Royalty.
Spencer Cole: We have a very tight capital structure at Vox with less than 40 million shares on issue. We are in a net cash position on our balance sheet. Our total working capital is about nine million on the balance sheet between cash and listed investments. Vox has very strong balance sheet and we are very, very careful about not issuing stock. We, as management, own about 15 percent of the company, and our family members own additional stock on top of that, so this is very much an investor-led and managed business, where management is fully aligned with our investor group.
Maurice Jackson: In closing, Mr. Cole, what would you like to say to shareholders?
Spencer Cole: Thanks for the shareholders' and listeners' time today. I'd strongly encourage you to have a look at the Vox Royalty website. We're on the cusp and continuing to deliver on a strategy that is high growth but low capital intensity, where we're offering incredible returns at very disciplined prices. Particularly in this inflationary environment that we find ourselves in today, getting exposure to a portfolio of base and precious metal assets, such as Vox has in its portfolio, is a really smart way to hedge inflation risk. So I strongly encourage investors, particularly those that are worried about inflation, to seriously consider having a look at Vox Royalty in more detail.
Maurice Jackson: Last question, sir. What did I forget to ask?
Spencer Cole: I believe we’ve covered it all today.
Maurice Jackson: Mr. Cole, for readers that wish to learn more about Vox Royalty, please share the contact details.
Spencer Cole: Please visit our website www.voxroyalty.com.
Maurice Jackson: Mr. Cole, it's been a pleasure speaking with you. Wishing you and Vox Royalty the absolute best, sir.
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