Drill rigs are in position and getting ready to start the season. So I thought it would be a good time to cover why I think Azincourt Energy Corp. (AAZ:TSX.V; AZURF:OTC) is a great pick and why this season is especially auspicious.
In its entire history, the uranium explorer has been able to drill 17 holes over three seasons. They have run into to typical setbacks like late funding and early springs and showed caution with shareholders' money and the environment by not continuing to drill last spring when the ice bridges began to deteriorate.
How is this year different? What was a needle in a haystack search is becoming easier with a metaphorical metal detector of positive factors. We are set up early with a massive 73 kilometer road constructed and are planning 30 to 35 drill holes.
If we hit all 35 holes, we will have, in essence, done six seasons of work. (I only say we, because I like to remember that as a shareholder, it is my money out there looking for pay dirt; I am not and will not be paid in any way for this report.)
They have built in efficiency this year; instead of commuting to the sites, they are constructing a camp for their employees. They also have not one, but two drilling rigs that will be running full time, along with a company contracted to maintain the road and run in supplies.
The primary areas are already scouted out with the G zone to be drilled first. If you remember from last year’s drill results, they had elevated uranium levels, somewhere between three to five times the average. This, along with an increase in pathfinder elements, is a great sign that they are looking in the right area. I should also note that they did an aerial radiometric survey this summer to fine tune their drill sites. They are still working with Fobi AI Inc. (FOBI:TSX) to further refine and guide their drilling.
The area they are working in has minimal overburden and they are expecting each drill hole to be 100 meters to 200 meters deep. So, the total drilling for the season should come in over 6,000 meters. It sounds like a lot, but with two drill rigs running two 12-hour shifts a day and a well thought out plan, it should be easily achievable.
The uranium spot price is sitting at $45.50. For this same day one year ago, it was sitting at $30.35. Our needle is now about 50% more valuable! I expect the price of uranium to keep rising, the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust has continued to gobble up uranium supplies. All while non-utility buyers have begun to enter the market.
Many believe that uranium is at the beginning of a bull cycle, and anyone who remembers its 2007 run to $140 a pound knows that it can make a rapid ascent. One critical piece to be watching right now for the overall uranium market is the unrest in Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom, the Khazak National Atomic Company, supplies 23% of nuclear fuel and a shutdown or slowdown of their operations would cause an immediate spike in the price of uranium. Yesterday, they reported that their operations have not been largely impacted. Hopefully, tension will continue to decrease in the region.
There are 440 working nuclear reactors worldwide. There are another 55 being built, 100 planned, and 300 proposed, and we know demand is increasing. Just remember, as the price of uranium goes up, so does the share price of uranium exploration companies. The biggest change for an exploration company, of course, comes from a successful find and Azincourt has taken all the steps necessary to increase our odds as shareholders exponentially. At less than 6 cents a share, I like our chances.
PennyQueen Disclosure: I own shares of Azincourt Energy Corp. I have not and will not be compensated for this report in any way. I write reports on my favorite picks; this is meant to be educational and not investment advice as I am not an investment advisor, just a mom on a mission to make the world better and make money along the way.
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