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- Excellent Leverage to Silver
- Silver Standard Resources and Management: 35% Ownership
- Attractive Share Structure: 26.5M Fully Diluted
- Multiple Summer 2007 Exploration Programs
- 50M Silver Ounce Near Term Resource Objective
- Strong Management Teams in Canada and Mexico
- 6 Month Price Target: $2+
Silvermex Resources [TSX-V: SMR] is a new junior resource company focused on silver exploration projects in Mexico. Since its late 2006 public debut, Silvermex has already secured a 9.65 million ounces silver NI 43-101 compliant defined mineral resource. The company has set the objective of increasing silver resources to over 100 million ounces over the next 24 months. The company’s goal is to increase shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition and development of large, economic silver deposits in Mexico.
Silvermex’s largest and founding shareholder is the multi-billion dollar Silver Standard Resources [NASDAQ: SSRI], with roughly a 1/8th ownership, which also holds the right to enter into a joint venture on Silvermex’s Penasco Quemado property.
Silvermex controls over 40,000 hectares of highly prospective geology in some of Mexico’s most prolific silver belts. In northern Mexico, Silvermex is preparing a 5,000 meter drill program at its Penasco Quemado property. The initial 43-101 resource estimate shows high-grade silver values with an average exceeding 115 grams of silver per ton. A 3,000 meter drill program has recently been completed at its Cerro de Plata project, a past producing silver property – drill results expected shortly.
Silvermex’s peer group valuation, using the initial resource estimate only, is roughly 50% lower which provides investors with superior leverage to increased resources and silver prices.
Silvermex holds a sizeable portfolio of exploration properties covering about 85,000 acres in one of Mexico’s most prolific silver producing areas, in the state of Sonora – where silver and gold production has been recorded since the 1600’s.
Silvermex’s two properties sit just south of the US/Mexico border near good infrastructure. Silver Standard Resources holds an option on Penasco Quemado property with the Cerro de Plata 100% owned by Silvermex. Just in the past several weeks, Silvermex announced the option to acquire 100% of another property (Lety) in northern Durango, Mexico – near historical mining districts.
With an initial 9.65M ounces of silver resources so far, I fully expect Silvermex to continue to increase its resource base with ongoing exploration programs and potential acquisitions such as seen just recently with Lety, its third property.
The Penasco Quemado deposit already has an initial 43-101 resource base of 9.65 million ounces of measured and indicated silver resources. The deposit has a relatively high grade, near-surface deposit which has seen past open-pit production. The property is situated near infrastructure including good access to power and water.
Above you can see an aerial view of the property including where the initial 9.65 million ounces silver resource has been define. Illustrated as well in the green hue is the potential deposit extension, with over 850 meters of strike length which the company plans to begin drilling shortly to expand the resource and currently plans a 5,000 meter drill program for Q3 and Q4 this year.
Initial 43-101 Mineral Resource Calculations
Silver (million troy oz)
Measured Mineral Resource
Indicated Mineral Resource
Total Measured + Indicated
Inferred Mineral Resource
Some significant intersections were encountered at the San Luis zone, about a mile from the existing deposit. Shown on the table to the right, silver grades as high as 23.6 ounces per ton were encountered near surface.
Among Silvermex’s short-term objectives is to complete extension drilling of this property followed up with Phase II drilling on all primary targets. To earn a 70% interest, Silver Standard must reimburse Silvermex for two times the expenditures on the property and pay all costs to advance the property to feasibility study. The option is triggered once a minimum of 30 million ounces of silver has been defined.
Cerro de Plata (Hill of Silver)
25 miles East of the Penasco Quemado property, Cerro de Plata is 100% owned by Silvermex, covers over 10,000 hectares and has seen past production. Extensive silver and copper mineralization both on surface and underground have been encountered with widespread underground workings.
The table to the right shows grades intersected from some of the surface channel sampling. Surface and underground mapping and channel sampling have been completed and assays from old workings have returned as high as 31.5/ounces silver per ton with 6.36% copper.
Silvermex believes the property is a large epithermal structure with porphyry potential. The property also is situated near infrastructure including good access to power and water.
Over the past 4 months, Silvermex has completed extensive mapping, sampling and geophysical programs and has completed a 3,000+ meter drill program at this past producing silver mine. Drill results are expected shortly.
Recent News: Silvermex Resources announced that it has entered into an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Lety property, located 230km northwest from Durango, Mexico. The property consists of three mining concessions covering 5,130 hectares in the northern portion of the state of Durango (of that surface, 4,867 hectares were staked directly by Silvermex), and are located near the historical mining districts of Magistral del Oro, Santa Maria del Oro and Guanacevi, in the Sierra Madre occidental of Mexico.
Silvermex reports that, “Preliminary reconnaissance work done by the company identified two silver mineralized rhyolithic breccia structures, intensely oxidized with abundant hematite and limolite, trending NW 30 (same as the Guanacevi and Magistral vein systems), with widths ranging between 10 to 15 metres and outcropping for more than 1,000 metres along strike. The system is exposed for at least 150 metres of elevation change. Preliminary outcrop rock sampling by Silvermex on both structures returned assays ranging from 80 to 150 grams per tonne Ag and 0.5 g/t Au. In addition parallel to this principal system, a 15-metre-wide andesitic dike outcropping for more than 1,000 metres was identified. Preliminary sampling on this dike returned values of 45 g/t Ag.”
The terms for Silvermex’s option to acquire the property includes a $250k payment and 250,000 share issuance over a 2-year option period with equal payments every 6 months. Silvermex must expend a minimum investment of $500k during the first and second year of the option. The vendor shall keep the right to be paid an additional 250,000 shares or $1-million (U.S.), at vendor's option, on or before the earlier of the commencement of commercial production of the project or five years as of the date of signing of the option agreement, whichever comes first. The vendor is an arm's-length party and retains no royalties on the property.
Silvermex holds a strong exploration infrastructure and contact network in Mexico along with proven and reputable management teams. Silvermex has put together a strong management team in both Canada and Mexico.
Silvermex is undergoing a consolidation period after its early 2007 run-up from the C$0.80 area to nearly C$1.50 a share. The pullback back below the C$1.10 support coincides with the general market pullback and the weaker silver price.
We at the SilverForecaster.com believe this is a temporarily setback and expect much strong silver and silver equity prices over the coming months. We view this temporary setback as a terrific opportunity for investors in many silver stocks to accumulate at discounted levels.
Silvermex’s relative strength to the silver price during the run-up should alone aid in its return back to record levels with silver soon looking to make a move to the $15-20 mark – with about a .10 ratio and a $20 silver price, Silvermex should rise to $2 based off this technical consideration.
Add some positive corporate news and expect the ratio to once again exceed its peak in May. As the company progresses, the ratio will most likely move higher as Silvermex is a leveraged silver investment and will likely outperform the silver price and equities on the next move higher.
I believe that silver provides greater upside leverage than gold during this secular bull market. If you too believe in the sustained and higher price of silver, then junior and exploration companies will increase your upside exposure. Silvermex Resources provides leverage through both exploration and the silver price.
I expect management to continue to fill their mid-term corporate objectives which includes an initial 50 million ounce silver resource target through both exploration and acquisition. Long-term corporate objectives include increasing their silver resources to 100 million silver ounces. With Silvermex’s low peer-group valuations, market cap and initial 9.65 million ounce resource base thus far, at a cost of less then $0.16 per ounce, expect this relatively new silver company to attract more attention as the word continues to spread.
Investors do need to be aware that investing in such business models, such as Silvermex Resources, are inherently taking on greater risk. Yet with such risk you should expect higher rewards and to me Silvermex Resources provides me with this. Silvermex holds a strong exploration infrastructure and contact network in Mexico along with proven and reputable management teams. This combined with this terrific share structure, high-potential properties in the leading silver producing country in the world and not to mention having one of the largest silver companies in the world as the largest shareholder and potential partner on one of the properties helps minimize risks otherwise held with other silver exploration plays.
Of course one should profile their investment risk tolerance and decide what level of exposure is appropriate. I believe in diversification over a basket of exploration investments and of the few silver exploration companies I have hand selected in this category, my preference is for Silvermex Resources. With current peer-group valuations and ongoing exploration programs underway, I expect Silvermex Resources to move to and past the $2 mark in the coming 6 months with current and improving silver market conditions. Upside leverage means much higher levels through the addition of more silver resources and/or higher prices.
I continue to favor companies with low-profiles as greater opportunities and returns have been made through such investments. I have provided three publicly over the past year or so and here is my public report card:
#1 – WEX.V: Profiled at $1/share. Current Price: $2+
#2 – GORO: Profiled at around $1.50/share. Current Price: $4+
#3 – TBLC: Profiled at around $1/share. Current Price: $3+
#4 - NEW – SMR.V: Profiled here at around $0.90/share. Initial 6-month Price Projection: $2+
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- September, 2007
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