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Gold Co. Set To Drill 15,000 Meters at Golden Triangle Property

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Seabridge Gold Inc. announced a 15,000-meter core drilling campaign for this year at its 100%-owned Iskut property in northwest British Columbia's Golden Triangle. Find out why one newsletter writer says this company should be a core holding in your portfolio.

Seabridge Gold Inc. (SEA:TSX; SA:NYSE.MKT) announced the details of a 15,000-meter core drilling campaign this year at its 100%-owned Iskut property in northwest British Columbia's Golden Triangle.

The expanding Bronson Slope mineral resource and Seabridge's discovery in 2023 of similar mineralization at Snip North are interpreted to be "high-level expressions of intrusive-related porphyry mineralization," said the company, which is using three helicopter-portable drill rigs for the new drilling at a budgeted cost of CA$12 million.

"Last year, we discovered extensive gold-dominated epithermal-style mineralization that is consistent with the upper parts of significant porphyry copper-gold mineral systems," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rudi Fronk said. "The expansion of the Bronson Slope mineral resource and the new discoveries at Snip North have given us clear direction on where to focus our efforts."

Fronk said the intrusive targets appear to be embedded in a "district-scale structural trend that is reminiscent of our KSM deposits," referring to the company's massive KSM project, which is only 30 kilometers by air from Iskut.

KSM is the world's largest undeveloped gold project by reserves and resources, according to analyst Lucas N. Pipes of B. Riley Securities, who has rated the stock a Buy with a target price of US$60 per share. 

"This year's work is dedicated to realizing the porphyry potential we had in mind when we acquired the Iskut project," Fronk said.

The Catalyst: 'District-Scale' Structural Corridor

Regional geophysical surveys and surface geology have confirmed the "district-scale structural corridor that connects the Quartz Rise, Bronson Slope, and Snip North targets," Seabridge noted in a release. "Substantial high-level expressions of a Cu-Au porphyry system fall along this regional trend. These multiple targets have only recently seen deep drilling, and 2024 is planned to better evaluate their deeper porphyry potential."

Results from Bronson Slope drilling last year have expanded, along strike and down plunge, an intermediate sulfidation epithermal system open in multiple directions, the company said. This mineral zone is adjacent to the quartz-magnetite breccia pipe previously discovered, all of which are indications of an intensive and extensive intrusion-related fluid system at Bronson Slope.

Newsletter writer Chris Temple, author and editor of The National Investor, wrote that it's only a matter of time before KSM attracts the attention it deserves.

In 2023, drilling at Snip North encountered wide intersections of gold and copper.

Highlights included 0.80 grams per tonne gold (g/t Au), 0.07% copper (Cu), and 1.19 g/t silver (Ag) over 277 meters (including 1.8 meters of 15.3 g/t Au, 1.5% Cu, and 430 g/t Ag); 0.61 g/t Au, 0.07% Cu, and 1.36 g/t Ag over 252 meters; and 0.30 g/t Au, 0.09% Cu, 0.59, and g/t Ag over 421.5 meters.

"We view these initial results from Snip North positively given the strong indications of a likely deeper, higher-grade porphyry source to the intermediate sulfidation mineralization intersected in this drilling," wrote Red Cloud analysts Taylor Combaluzier and David Talbot at the time. In a later note, the analysts gave the stock a Buy rating with a CA$46.50 per share target price.

Goals for 2024

Earlier this month, Seabridge announced its top 15 goals for 2024, including filing "a new technical report for Bronson Slope with 2023 drill results and an updated resource estimate and (completing) a drill program of at least 12,500 meters at Iskut."

At the top of the list of goals was finding a joint venture partner for KSM. The company has noted that RBC Capital Markets is running a formal search process.

Pipes said Seabridge has "a clear vision for a potential partnership agreement."

Upcoming catalysts for Seabridge include finding a JV partner, ongoing development updates at KSM, and continued drilling at Iskut and its 3 Aces and Snowstorm projects.

Newsletter writer Chris Temple, author and editor of The National Investorwrote that it's only a matter of time before KSM attracts the attention it deserves.

"Even some 'experts' in the precious metals space are WAY behind in their understanding of just what kind of world-class monster Seabridge's flagship KSM Project in British Columbia's Golden Triangle has become," wrote Temple, who said he was "table-pounding bullish" on the stock, and not just because of KSM.

"When you consider the rest of Seabridge's world-class portfolio, I think you'll feel — as I expressed — that Seabridge deserves to be a core holding in your portfolio," Temple wrote.

Upcoming catalysts for Seabridge include finding a JV partner, ongoing development updates at KSM, and continued drilling at Iskut and its 3 Aces and Snowstorm projects.

Analyst: Possible Gold Correction an Opportunity

Gold prices have dropped heavily this week, but Technical Analyst Clive Maund wrote that the possible correction "did not come as any surprise."

"The core drivers of the gold and silver bull market remain firmly in place," wrote Maund. "This correction in gold and silver should be seen for what it is — the perfect opportunity to build positions further at better prices ahead of the next major upleg." 

Newsletter writer Captain Ewave recently analyzed the precious metal's movements and recommended being long on gold.

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"Are gold and gold mining stocks on the verge of an explosive move higher?" he wrote. "Based on our analysis, the answer appears to be a resounding yes."

Ownership and Share Structure

Reuters provided a breakdown of the company's ownership and share structure, where management and insiders own approximately 3% of the company. According to Reuters, CEO and Chairman Rudi P. Fronk owns 1.43% of the company with 1.23 million shares.

Reuters reports that institutions own about 55% of the company. According to Reuters, Friedberg Mercantile Group Ltd. owns 13.56%, National Bank of Canada owns 5.24%, Van Eck Associates Corp. owns 4.06%, Kopernik Global Investors, L.L.C. owns 3.7%, Paulson & Co. Inc. owns 2.4%, and Sprott Asset Management L.P. owns 2.23%.

According to Reuters, there are 86.22 million shares outstanding with 83.74 million free float traded shares, while the company has a market cap of CA$1.81 billion and trades in a 52-week range of CA$12.62 and CA$23.

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