Junior Is One of Better Risk/Reward Plays Analyst Says

Because the mud settles after an intense proxy battle, the Important Investor appears to be like into this junior explorer’s new course and a uncommon alternative.

Fancamp Exploration Ltd. (FNC:TSX.V) at the moment has a really in depth exploration venture and royalty portfolio, an enormous money and liquid fairness place of CA$25 million, and a high-quality core investor base, and is at a fairly enticing entry level as it’s buying and selling at only a CA$17.5 million market capitalization. Due to this, Fancamp appears to be one of many higher threat/reward exploration performs within the sector.

Not typically do you see the uncommon alternative coming by of a junior explorer with near 90 exploration tasks, quite a few royalties, and a titanium restoration know-how, mixed with a treasury that’s bigger than its market cap. Fancamp Exploration unites all these outstanding options in a single firm, and is trying to unlock the worth of all property after having endured an intense proxy battle involving the multimillion greenback query of which technique to observe for unlocking that worth. Because the share worth had been aspect ranging principally since 2013, a rising variety of folks concerned within the firm grew to become satisfied final 12 months {that a} change after all was obligatory, with valuable and base steel costs printing all-time highs or near this.

Share worth 10-year timeframe (Supply: tmxmoney.com)

A primary try at merging with ScoZinc, an organization with a zinc mine in care and upkeep, was the catalyst for the proxy battle as a number of shareholders didn’t see enough worth on this deal. After the mud has settled because the proxy final result on Oct.r 6, 2021, with the ScoZinc deal off the desk, traders have been curious in regards to the new course Fancamp would take. This wasn’t a straightforward process, as a rigorous choice course of was wanted for downsizing the in depth asset portfolio. This resulted within the following preliminary technique:

  • Sifting by all exploration properties, with a view to maintain onto and advance about 5 to eight chosen properties, and market all different properties for optioning out, JV, sale and/or creation of royalties with the aim of constructing a major royalty portfolio.
  • Doing strategic investments and buying superior/improvement tasks with potential for both monetization or near-term money stream technology.
  • Monetizing titanium know-how by creating and patenting the in-house proprietary know-how, following a trajectory of forming a strategic partnership with an business participant, acquiring funding for a pilot plant, and spinning off the whole package deal in a separate listed firm.

There are 176.52 million shares excellent (totally diluted 189.6 million), and 13.1 million choices and warrants. Fancamp has a present market capitalization of CA$16.77 million based mostly on the March 2, 2022, share worth of CA$0.095 to CA$0.10 . The present money and fairness place of Fancamp is roughly CA$25 million, and consists of over CA$6.0 million in money and about CA$18.5 million value of Champion Iron Ore (CIA.TO) shares (3.1 million shares at CA$5.98). Administration and Board holds at least 22% of the present shares excellent (Director Ashwath Mehra holds  greater than 18%), a number of shut strategic holders personal roughly 30%, and there are just a few establishments holding an estimated 5%.

Administration Consists of Heavy Hitters


President and Chief Govt Officer Rajesh Sharma has greater than 25 years of world expertise within the mining and metals business with a monitor document of advancing  exploration and mining tasks and executing investments, M&A and JV offers internationally. He’s the previous CEO of Tata Metal Minerals Canada, and was an government in residence  at one of many largest funding funds in Canada (Investissement Quebec).

Vice President of Exploration Francois Auclair is knowledgeable geologist with greater than 25 years of expertise each in Canada and globally, has led mining exploration applications for a number of firms, together with Algold, Nimini Gold, Diabras (Sierra Metals), Axmin, Rio Narcea Gold Mines, Ashanti Goldfields, and Aur Assets.

Mehra is actively concerned with Fancamp technique and financings, and is a profitable investor and advisor to enterprise capital corporations in actual property, mining, tech, and bio-tech. He was cofounder of GT Gold, which was offered to Newmont in 2021 for CA$393 million.

Director Mark Billings has been an funding banker, having raised lots of of tens of millions of {dollars} for small-cap firms, together with a number of junior mining firms.   

Near 90 Exploration Tasks


Fancamp owns near 90 exploration tasks (valuable metals, base metals, and strategic metals). However as a part of their new technique, Fancamp already divested a number of tasks, made a number of strategic investments (NeoTerrex, Imaginative and prescient Lithium, and EDM Assets), and organized drill applications for the Clinton and Harvey Hill copper tasks in Quebec, with a 2,000 meter program for Clinton already underway. These two tasks in northern Quebec have seen historic manufacturing with remaining, demonstrated mineral potential, together with a noncompliant historic bulk pattern of 114 tons at Clinton that returned 2.6% Cu, 2.5% Zn, 0.41g/t Au and 31g/t Ag, and a small noncompliant historic useful resource that comprises 1.5Mt @ 2.02% Cu and 1.54% Zn. Fancamp accomplished drilling up to now, with greatest intercepts returning 1.79% Cu over 6.19 meters inside a 14.58 meter extensive zone of 1.09% Cu; 1.27% Cu, 1.14% Zn, and 11 g/t Ag over 11 meters, and eventually 2.78% Cu and 16.9 g/t Ag over 24.7 meters.

Concerning the exploration property, probably the most superior asset appears to be the 50% curiosity within the Koper Lake venture (KWG Assets owns the stability). A big chromite venture within the Ring of Fireplace, Koper Lake has a 85.9Mt @ 34.5% Cr2O3 (chromite) 2015 Inferred useful resource, which is NI43-101 compliant. To offer you an concept of worth, the value for 42% Foundation CIF China is about US$200/ton for the time being, so with some concentrating the in-situ steel worth would rapidly surpass US$4 billion, which is akin to a 1 billion pound copper deposit or 2Moz gold deposit.

The property is surrounded by Noront floor, which was the main focus of the very latest bidding warfare between BHP and Wyloo, leading to a buyout worth of CA$616.9 million. Though the Ring of Fireplace has been ready for substantial infrastructure investments for a very long time now, Wyloo appears satisfied it may possibly singlehandedly kickstart these investments. This isn’t unrealistic as Wyloo is backed by one of many richest males in Australia, billionaire Andrew Forrest, founder and main shareholder of Fortesque Metals Group, one of many largest iron ore producers worldwide, who talked about constructing out the Ring of Fireplace as considered one of his focus factors for the close to future.

Some Key Factors


  • Fancamp Exploration is within the means of revitalizing itself, by choosing simply 5 to eight tasks from the very in depth asset portfolio holding about 90 tasks and royalties, and market all different properties.
  • The corporate has a formidable treasury, holding over CA$6.0 million in money. Moreover this, Fancamp additionally holds 3.1 million shares in Champion Iron Ore, value CA$18.5 million for the time being, inflicting the inventory to commerce at a market cap of 0.7 instances money and fairness, which may be very uncommon. At a present each day common quantity of 627,000 shares per day, the Champion Iron Ore place is simple to divest when wanted.
  • The three-pronged technique doesn’t solely downsize and optimize the in depth venture portfolio, but additionally includes doing strategic investments/buying superior tasks, and the monetization of their titanium know-how.
  • Fancamp organized drill applications for the Clinton and Harvey Hill copper tasks, with a 2,000 meter program for Clinton already underway.
  • Fancamp owns 50% of a considerable Ring of Fireplace asset, a area which grew to become immediately extra enticing after highly effective Wyloo lately acquired Noront.
  • Fancamp administration may be very a lot aligned with shareholders, as Director Mehra owns over 18% of excellent shares.
  • A wildcard for Fancamp are its investments in NeoTerrex, Imaginative and prescient Lithium and EDM Assets, which might present lots of money in case of exploration/improvement success.



Though Fancamp has began a means of selective downsizing of their asset portfolio, it’s nonetheless a outstanding and versatile mixture of an enormous pile of money and fairness, a number of good exploration tasks, a rising royalty portfolio, quite a few future JVs, a number of strategic investments, and a proprietary titanium know-how. I anticipate this course of to take one other 9 to 12 months, and after this, Fancamp needs to be nicely on its approach creating substantial worth for shareholders. Keep tuned!

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