Awde Quartermain-Backed Junior Raises $50M Trades on NYSE

In January 1879, entrepreneur George Hearst took Homestake Mining public on the NYSE — the primary mining inventory ever listed. Now, 123 years later, some intrepid mining males are bringing the Homestake gold camp again to the NYSE in a brand new providing backed by $50M in exploration and growth money.

Backed by the monetary clout and experience of mining heavyweights Robert Quartermain and Jonathan Awde, Dakota Gold Corp. (DC:NYSE) raised $50 million ($50M) in a non-public placement to consolidate and discover the 145-year-old Homestake gold camp, close to Lead, S.D.

The brand new firm will start buying and selling in the present day on the New York Inventory Trade (NYSE) below the ticker DC.

Quartermain based Silver Normal Sources Inc. with a handful of individuals in 1985 and constructed it into one of many world’s largest silver producers — with a market cap of greater than $2 billion ($2B) — earlier than strolling away in 2010. He’s referred to his work at Silver Normal as a “long-term name possibility” on the silver worth.

After that, Quartermain hand-picked the staff that constructed Pretium Sources and its high-grade Brucejack mine in British Columbia’s “Golden Triangle” into what finally grew to become a $2.8B acquisition for Australia’s Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM:ASX) late in 2021.

Awde co-founded Gold Normal Ventures in Nevada in late 2009. It began buying and selling at CA$0.60.

Issues began to chug in the correct route at its Railroad property in Nevada’s Carlin Development when the corporate hit 56 meters grading 4.3 grams gold, together with a candy spot of 18 meters working roughly 7 grams gold, in 2012.  

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The Homestake gold camp in South Dakota. Supply: Dakota Gold Corp.

The inventory had completed 2011 at CA$0.75 however by the top of April 2012 it had reached CA$2.74 on the information. Gold Normal peaked at $3.75 in 2016 and the South Railroad undertaking is now on the feasibility stage.

Quartermain owns 10.3% of Dakota Gold, whereas Awde owns barely extra once you add his particular person holdings to these of his household belief.

“The chance for me to companion with a mining legend, member of the Mining Corridor of Fame, and famend company-builder Bob Quartermain, was simply too exhausting to cross up,” Awde instructed Streetwise. “We got here throughout this chance in South Dakota and Bob and I went down to try it. It was then that we realized that is one thing that we wished to get behind and put collectively.”

The core of the deal sees Dakota Gold, previously JR Sources (named after the given names of co-founders Jonathan and Robert), take over Dakota Territory Useful resource Corp. (DTRC) and transfer its itemizing to the large board.

DRTC managed a big portion of the 40,000 acres surrounding the past-producing Homestake gold mine. DRTC shares final closed at $5 when it stopped buying and selling on the over-the-counter board on March 30.

The deal breaks down as follows: DTRC shareholders will obtain one share of Dakota Gold for every share of DRTC they personal, whereas DRTC convertible safety holders may even obtain convertible securities in Dakota Gold on the identical one-to-one ratio.

Earlier than the merger went down, JR Sources did a reverse-share break up to scale back the variety of shares excellent in JR Sources (now Dakota Gold) to roughly 35.6 million.

So a JR Sources shareholder holding 100 JR Sources shares will now obtain 72 shares of Dakota Gold; and a JR Sources warrant holder holding 100 JR Sources share buy warrants will obtain 72 share buy warrants within the new firm.

Dakota Gold plans to record its warrants to commerce on the NYSE American trade as soon as the corporate is formally registered.

The $50M raised in July 2021 at $4.50 to the oversubscribed non-public placement helped Dakota safe the land package deal from Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX:TSX; GOLD:NYSE) and set up an environmental, social and governance fund that Awde says will help “native and state initiatives.”

Homestake Mining produced roughly 40Moz gold from its well-known namesake mine in Lead, S.D., over 124 years (HBO’s Deadwood is predicated largely on the occasions surrounding the Homestake discovery).

In December 2001, with gold beneath $280/ounce and far of Barrick’s gold manufacturing hedged versus the spot worth, the choice was made to show off the lights on the Homestake mine for the final time.

Mothballing the mine coincided with Barrick wrapping up its $2.2B takeover of Homestake and the brand new proprietor successfully put the Homestake mine into its “closure group,” which positioned it on the shelf in perpetuity.

“What modified was Barrick Gold and Randgold merging and new administration saying, ‘if it is not tier one or tier two, or we do not suppose it has an opportunity to get to tier one, tier two, do away with it.’ Barrick was extraordinarily supportive and nice to work with,” Awde instructed Streetwise.

Barrick owns about 3% of Dakota Gold via three totally different land-package offers.

The primary was on the two,112-acre Maitland property, which is contiguous with the Homestake mine. The floor rights at Homestake had been subsequent, adopted by a 3rd deal that concerned the Richmond Hill property, west of Maitland.

Dakota Gold property map. Supply: Dakota Gold Inc.

Dakota is now following up on the North Drift discovery Homestake made within the Nineties by drilling the up-dip portion of the construction.

Dakota has $15M earmarked for drilling this yr. Two rigs are presently working north and south of the previous Maitland mine, with a 3rd slated to indicate up quickly. The plan is to drill Richmond Hill as soon as the Maitland program ends.

The preliminary drill outcomes ought to begin popping out in late Might or early June.

“It was a globally vital gold camp. I do not need to say it has been ignored, however there was little fashionable exploration utilized to this camp during the last 20 years. So that you mix this tier-one jurisdiction with individuals who have created a whole lot of shareholder worth, who’ve discovered and constructed mines, who’ve entry to capital markets, after which add in our asset package deal, and you have the foundational items to do one thing fairly significant,” Awde instructed Streetwise.

Dakota Gold has 70.8 million shares excellent. Different vital shareholders embrace Medalist Capital, Delbrook Capital and CI Funds.



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