It probably sounds a bit out of context to discuss results of a winter drill program when the summer really is kicking in with tropical temperatures across the globe, with temperatures up to 38C in Toronto a week ago during last PDAC, but Kenorland Minerals (KLD.V)(3WQO.FSE)
Times are becoming pretty challenging around the world, as inflation gears up to levels not seen in 40 years, as supply chains across the entire economy are increasingly being disrupted through the Russia-Ukraine invasion and COVID-19 related lack of investments, while at the same time demand is recovering after COVID-19.
Although Tectonic Metals (TECT:TSX-V; TETOF:OTCQB; T15B:FSE) launched their $3M private placement under challenging market conditions, their two largest institutional shareholders, well-known Crescat Capital and Alaska’s leading Native Regional Corporation, Doyon, increased their shareholdings in Tectonic to support what both believe to be a transformative year for Tectonic, with lots of new drilling and exploration.
Although the US Dollar index recently broke through levels not seen since 2003, indicating great strength, caused by already announced and anticipated Fed rate hikes to counter the multi-decade high inflation levels, gold is still trading around US$1850/oz. As the Russia-Ukraine conflict is still far from over, and markets are frothy over a potential looming recession, gold as the ultimate fear trade appears to be holding its ground firmly.
As Alianza Minerals (ANZ.V, TARSF.US) is looking to do at least 2,000m of diamond drilling at their fully owned Haldane Silver project this year, they needed to fill up the treasury before the winterbreak was over, and it appeared they did that just in time.
Just after releasing intriguing drill results at Cervantes, Aztec Minerals Corp. (AZT: TSX-V, OTCQB: AZZTF) announced a C$3M non-brokered private placement with Alamos Gold, which can be called intriguing for sure as well. Alamas Gold is operating Mulatos, one of the largest heap leach gold mines in Mexico, not that far away from Cervantes.
Although the stockmarkets are under increasing pressure by sky high inflation, commodity shortages, decreasing economic demand and a desperate Federal Reserve that is looking to raise interest rates at record speeds, Aztec Minerals Corp. (AZT: TSX-V, OTCQB: AZZTF) keeps drilling diligently at their majority owned and operated (65/35 JV with Kootenay Silver) Cervantes gold project in Sonora, Mexico.
It is always a good sign of confidence when a large, well-known and widely followed shareholder like Crescat Capital decides to invest more into a tiny junior explorer via a strategic financing, even though they have been buying in the open market at higher cost levels increasing their ownership to 17.5% on a partially diluted basis.
Although still under the radar, Omai Gold Mines (TSXV:OMG) is looking to change this soon, as they are in the midst of an ongoing trenching and drill program at their Omai Gold project in Guyana, and are raising money at the moment.
Amidst rising inflation to levels not seen since the seventies, a Russia-Ukraïne conflict which now focuses on the Donbass and southern port cities, but seems contained for now, although it causes disruptions for commodity markets, and a Fed not sure what to do with interest rates, Vior Inc.