Re: AUN, La Negr, skarn, surface sampling show gold... 1 Year, 6 Months ago
Earl, what used to be an indication of "failed companies" has now become a fairly standard occurrence even with respect to SUCCESSFUL junior miners.
As we know, the share-prices of these mining companies have been manipulated to some tiny fraction of their actual worth (somewhere below 10%). Put another way, when these companies sell shares to finance growth of their operations; they have to sell ten times as many shares to finance the same amount of growth which they could if their companies were fairly priced.
As a result of that, even well-run companies typically end-up with seriously inflated share-counts. At the same time, many/most INSTITUTIONAL investors are too conservative/under-informed to even TOUCH any company with a share price below $1/share; and many won't touch companies under $4 or $5/share.
Thus what a share consolidation does (as painful as it is for existing shareholders) is to make these companies visible/attractive to a LARGE class of investors who otherwise would never consider investing in them.
When you see MAINSTREAM, Dow-listed corporations (whose share prices are pumped UP) engaging in consolidations; then this does simply indicate badly-managed companies. But when we see "consolidations" with the junior miners; we can label most of these scenarios as "Victims of Wall Street".
Being a small "investor", I've only held two companies that reversed. One was a "start up" many years ago and had a 4x gain after the reverse split. The latest was SAND, the bright spot last year at plus 50% gain (after a 5 to 1), a plus 100% YTD.
So, I was optimistic about the news. Look forward to hearing more opinions/news.
For a company with organic growth and improving balance sheets, I don't mind the rollback. This marks the beginning of AUNs move to the TSX and NYSE-AMEX. Larger investors as Jeff stated. They will shift from what used to be a 1-3 M Oz producer to a 6 Million Oz producer this year, and likely 10 M Oz next year. 3X more silver should create 3x the SP. Whether they start from 1 dollar or 6 doesn't matter to me.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Mar 28, 2013) - Aurcana Corporation ("Aurcana" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:AUN)(AUNFF) is pleased to announce approval of the proposed consolidation of its issued and outstanding common shares on the basis of one (1) post-consolidation common share for every eight (8) pre-consolidation common shares.
At the special general meeting of shareholders held today, 92.7% of the shareholders of the Company voted in favour of the Consolidation and 7.3% voted against.
Subject to regulatory approval, the Company anticipates to complete the consolidation during April 2013. A detailed press release will be issued with respect to the consolidation upon its completion.
About Aurcana Corporation
Aurcana Corporation is an emerging senior silver producer with two operating mines located in Mexico and Texas, United States.
La Negra Mine, Mexico, current installed capacity is growing from 2,500tpd to 3,000tpd starting Q2, 2013 with an increase in mill capacity.
La Negra has a NI 43-101 M&I resource of 115.1 million (mm) oz silver, 1,418.7 mm lbs zinc, 539.5 mm lbs lead and 269.5 mm lbs copper and an Inferred Resource of 56.5 mm oz silver, 657.4 mm lbs zinc, 263.0 mm lbs. lead and 132.3 mm lbs copper.
Commissioning and mill testing of the Shafter Mine in Texas commenced on April 1, 2012 and commencement of commercial production was achieved in December 2012. The Shafter Silver Mine, according to the data from the published feasibility study, is expected to produce 3.8 million ounces of silver over 12 months once ramp up to its 1,500tpd capacity is completed.
Shafter has a NI 43-101 M&I Resource of 23.9 mm oz of silver and an Inferred Resource of 22.8 mm oz of silver. (All National Instrument 43-101 technical reserve reports can be found on SEDAR at: www.sedar.com)
Aurcana continues to focus on its future growth.
The shareholder meeting, and discussion of the quarterly report will be on the 12th. I can't help but think this will be a pivotal time. We get to see what Shafter operations have been up to for the last three months. They have a great ore body, well see how efficient the mining and milling have been. Eventually AUN will be a solid, profitable two operation company. How fast can they ramp up, and how efficient will they be? I'm watching.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Apr 11, 2013) - Aurcana Corporation (TSX VENTURE:AUN)(AUNFF) ("Aurcana" or the "Company") today is pleased to report its audited financial results for the fourth quarter and year end as of December 31, 2012.
The Q4 2012 Earnings Webcast and Conference Call has been scheduled at 10:30 am Pacific Time (1:30 pm Eastern Time) on Friday, April 12, 2013. See bottom of press release for details.
Mr. Lenic Rodriguez, Aurcana's President & CEO, said: "We are pleased to report that the company generated record revenues last year of about $57 million while producing 45% more silver equivalent than we did in 2011. Despite a slower than expected startup at Shafter and with an increase in production at La Negra, Aurcana is now in a position to grow organically for a few years, with just the support of our budgeted sustaining capital. Based on continued growth, the company remains strategically positioned to become a senior silver producer."
A video message from Mr. Lenic Rodriguez, talking about Aurcana's 2012 year end results and the plans to grow the company into a senior silver producer, can be watched at the following link:
Year ended Dec. 31, 2012 and fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights
Total revenues for 2012 were $56.9 million, up 20% from $47.5 million in 2011. Revenues in Q4, 2012 were $16.3 million a 48% increase from $11 million in Q4, 2011.
Total silver ounces equivalent production for 2012 was 2,523,441, up 45% from 1,741,705 ounces produced in 2011. Silver ounces equivalent production for Q4, 2012 was 624,159 up 33% from 468,343 in Q4, 2011.
Earnings from mining operation in 2012 were $25 million, up 8% from $23.2 million in 2011. Earnings from mining operation in Q4 2012 were $7.6 million, up 33% from $5.7 million in Q4 2011.
The total cash cost per silver ounce net of by-products for 2012 was $6.43, down 16% from $7.63 in 2011.
Net income in 2012 was $10 million up 30% from $7.7 million in 2011.
Operating cash flow (after taxes before movements in working capital) for 2012 was $21.5 million up 10% from $19.5 million in 2011.
Total ore milled in 2012 was 691,260 tonnes, up 37% from 505,965 in 2011.
Total ore mined in 2012 was 670,930 tonnes, up 25% from 538,750 in 2011.
The average revenue per payable equivalent silver ounce sold in 2012 was $25.45, 12% lower than $28.80 per ounce in 2011 due to lower metal prices.
The summary of the selected financial information should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and the related management's discussion and analysis dated April 11, 2013 together referred to as the "Financial Statements" filed on www.sedar.com and available on www.aurcana.com. All figures are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
Outlook for 2013 and Beyond
For 2013 our focus will be on ramping up production at Shafter and increasing mill throughput at La Negra Mine.
Based on a well-defined action plan at Shafter and with the mill expansion to 3,000tpd at La Negra now complete, we feel confident that Aurcana is now in a position to grow organically for a few years with just the support of our budgeted sustaining capital.
While Aurcana anticipates funding the 2013 plans with cash flow generated from mining activities and in order to accelerate improvements at Shafter mine, the company has arranged a US$15 million non-dilutive credit facility with its concentrate buyer from the La Negra Mine. Under this facility US$15 million was received on March 28, 2013, to be reimbursed by Q4 2013. This cash management arrangement has increased Aurcana's current cash balance while the production is ramping up.
Operational Update on the La Negra Mine
The company is pleased to report that the La Negra mill upgrade to 3,000 tpd has been completed on time and on budget. For the first time ever, the mill is processing close to the new capacity since March 28, 2013.
As a follow up to recent discoveries of significant gold associated with strong silver, zinc and lead mineralization in the new areas tested at La Negra, a 5,000 meters drilling program has been initialized.
Fire assay for the gold samples announced on Feb. 11, 2013 are underway and initial results are starting to confirm the original findings.
While historically gold production has not been a major source of revenue at La Negra, the exploration program is aimed to evaluate the potential economic significance of these results.
In 2013 Aurcana will commence studies on how to best capitalize on the large resource base at La Negra and define its next growth objectives.
In recognition of Aurcana's commitment to environmental and social responsibility as an integral part of its corporate strategy, La Negra Mine operations in Mexico has been recently awarded the 2013 Environmental and Socially Responsible Company (ESR) Award by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI).
Operational Update on the Shafter Mine
The underground mining at Shafter has been progressing. The main ramp continues to advance down dip at the rate of about 600 feet per month. The average ore grade currently being mined underground is over 5 oz Ag/t. As the ramp continues to advance down dip, the grades are expected to increase and be more in line with the average grade of our existing reserve.
The Company, however, still had its challenges during the commissioning efforts to date. While the mine development has been progressing, the Shafter mill has experienced a number of unanticipated technical issues with some pieces of equipment in the mill and processing plant that have in turn slowed down the ramp up efforts. As a result, Shafter mill has not yet reached its initial target of 600tpd on a continuous basis. While the mill is operating and is producing silver, the progress is dependent on the delivery times for additional pieces of equipment that are required to streamline the operations.
In order to achieve full production capacity during 2013, a number of improvements to the original plant design are necessary. Having been identified, an action plan developed by using outside consultants as well as in-house expertise has been finalized and set in motion to gradually move to full production.
Management has undertaken a number of key actions in order to achieve the planned production during 2013 including:
Additional filter presses have been ordered and are scheduled for delivery during Q2 2013 and to become operational during Q3 2013.
The installation of a CCD circuit that will result in an increase of the overall recovery rate is underway and will be completed gradually during 2013.
In order to meet the planned level of production, the addition of a second drying oven and a new furnace in the refinery is currently being designed and will be completed during Q3 2013.
The engineering and construction work necessary to achieve design capacity at Shafter, is being engineered and built by Cimetta Engineering and Construction Company.
SGS/Metcon a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification Company, has been retained to review and recommend process improvements that are aimed at optimizing metallurgical performance in the Shafter plant.
Construction has been completed on the foundations and steel work of one additional thickener with a second one in progress. These tanks are being built as part of the project to achieve planned capacity.
Staff hiring and training is continuing to strengthen the production team at Shafter. Additional people are being trained and will be added with the gradual increase in production to 1,500 tpd.
While the mill is operating and silver is being produced, with these improvements in place, Aurcana anticipates a gradual increase in silver output during 2013.
These issues are not uncommon in new mining operations, as the staff gain experience and familiarize themselves with the complexities of technical issues while the operations are ramping up.
Aurcana's objective is to have a positive contribution in the local economy and local community where it operates. Aurcana is the largest tax payer and the largest employer in the county through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rio Grande Mining Company (RGMC), operating the Shafter Mine.
In order to support the local community, Aurcana is committed to put to beneficial use any water not required by the mining operations. RGMC has applied for a water well permit in order to offer water free of charge to the local Shafter town residents.
In line with our environmental commitments, Aurcana is also working to improve the milling process in order to re-use the mill water and reduce the demand of fresh water.
Earl wrote: ...Aurcana is now in a position to grow organically for a few years, with just the support of our budgeted sustaining capital. Based on continued growth, the company remains strategically positioned to become a senior silver producer."
As Brian has pointed out consistently with this one, Aurcana isn't poised to simply become (unequivocally) a "successful silver miner". They want to run with the Big Dogs...
After my husband said that Aurcana was trading at +/- $2.80 a share I had to find out what was happening. I knew Aurcana hadn't bucked the trend and yet it was trading substantially higher than the price I had bought it at.
A quick look at my stocks revealed that I now only have about 1/8 the stocks I previously had.
debsyl wrote: After my husband said that Aurcana was trading at +/- $2.80 a share I had to find out what was happening. I knew Aurcana hadn't bucked the trend and yet it was trading substantially higher than the price I had bought it at.
A quick look at my stocks revealed that I now only have about 1/8 the stocks I previously had.
Can someone tell me what transpired on May 3rd?
Debsyl, no shame in having missed the previous discussion about this, given the carnage which has taken place in our portfolios. To improve its share-structure (and attractiveness to outside investors) it did a reverse-split (as Earl mentioned).
As Brian pointed out in several earlier posts; this should have IMMEDIATELY resulted in stronger share-price performance. But that outlook assumes we have "markets" instead of crime-scenes.
What has ACTUALLY happened instead is that the Banksters have focused their attacks on this Company -- as evidenced by the plummeting share price (check out the chart at Stockhouse).
Why is AUN's share price plummeting? Apparently it's making too much profits, and increasing production too quickly. While I would never suggest to anyone to over-concentrate in any one company; this is not a reason to flee from Aurcana -- but rather a great reason to buy.
The same arguments which apply to metal also apply to (quality) miners; of which Aurcana has clearly earned a place: prices must rise, so when the current price is lower this simply means a better buying opportunity.
I was already writing about these companies being "dirt cheap" way back in the middle of 2011, so I simply lack any language to use to describe how cheap these companies are presently.
The only way I can partially illustrate this point is to point out that these companies are now ALL cheaper than after the Crash of '08...at which point the entire sector went on nearly a "ten-bagger" run (i.e. 1,000% gain).
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