Chevrier Gold project; IP anomaly
In between exploration success stories (for example GT Gold) or possible myths in the making (Novo Resources) taking center stage, Genesis Metals quietly completed the Phase I drill program, consisting of 4,900m of diamond drilling. Results were announced on October 3rd of 9 drill holes, and channel sampling. Management received two separate batches of results of the Phase I drill program, reporting 8 out of 9 holes testing greenfield IP anomalies in 2 target areas in (see image above in red) now in the first batch, and the remaining 13 drill holes focused on the Main Zone will come out in the second batch in about 3 weeks.
The balance of the first batch was just 1 verification hole of the historic Main Zone deposit. If the anomalies wouldn't return meaningful assays, the only thing left to report would be just this one verification hole and sampling results from trenching, which usually isn't very exciting news unless assays are spectacular and much better than expected.
Although the verification hole returned better results than the twinned historic drill hole from 2002, the drilling of the anomalies didn't return any gold mineralization, obviously disappointing some investors with short term high hopes, as can be seen in this chart (the news release came out on October 3):
Share price; 10 day time frame
Management also indicated that a financing round had come free trading recently, which might have had some impact as well. The big question of course is, if this sell-off is justified. In my view it clearly is not warranted. Recovery of the share price has already set in at the time of writing, so other investors seem to share that view with me. The company has at least 8 prospective target areas to explore, as the mentioned anomaly targets (in blue) were just the first:
For example, as mentioned in my first article on Genesis, the East Zone is also an important target, as core shacks with core were found on the property when doing due diligence, eventually recovering 53 drill collar locations with often significant, corresponding assay results. Besides this, there are many more showings, and positive trenching and sampling results to explore, to generate even more drill targets. The company also reported good results at Trench 29 in the news release of October 3, encountering 2.55 g/t gold over 2.3m.
Notwithstanding all this, I strongly believe, as I also indicated in my first article, that the main value driver is the proving up and hopefully increasing of the historic deposits of the Main Zone and the South Zone. Genesis Metals has a few aces up its sleeve in this regard: it has modeled the mineralization according to a different and more realistic concept generating more ounces, it will use a lower cut-off to define more economic ounces, and sees a lot of possibilities to expand mineralization. One of these last possibilities is step out drilling, but also further infill drilling could return better drill results than the historic results, as was the case at the first verification hole GM17-09. This hole returned 2.94 g/t gold ("Au") over a true width of 37.40 m (starting at 74.60 m down hole) including 14.01 g/t Au over a true width of 4.07 m. The hole that was verified was hole GFA-201, done by Geonova in 2002, returning 2.62 g/t gold over 33.4 m including 6.67 g/t gold over 5.00 m. Calculating gram times meter, the difference is 56 gm versus 33.35gm for the high grade part, which is an increase of 68%.
I am definitely looking forward to the release of the mentioned remaining 13 assays of the Phase I program for the Main Zone. Of these holes, 10 were designed to test extensions of mineralized areas while 3 were holes twinned or drilled in close proximity to and paralleling historic holes. In the mean time, the company already announced on October 5 the commencing of the Phase 2 drill program of 5,000m, which is expected to be completed in early November. About 2,000m will be dedicated to more twin, infill and step out holes at the Main Zone, confirming historic results and looking for extension of mineralized zones. The remaining 3,000m will focus on targets identified by previous trenching, and the evaluation of the East Zone. The results of this Phase 2 program can be expected in 2 batches, one at the beginning, and one at the end of December.
As is hopefully clear by now, an exploration junior can experience misses, but it doesn't have to implicate the end of upside at all. Especially with Genesis Metals and its Chevrier project, they have a lot of historic data and resource estimates to prove up, which might very well pan out to be much more than a solid back stop for their greenfield exploration wildcard.
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Chevrier Gold project; trenching