First Mining Finance: On Building A Mineral Bank
Investment Executive Steve Todoruk chats with First Mining Finances’ President Patrick Donnelly for the next interview in our Sprott’s Thoughts Natural Resource Symposium Platinum Sponsor series. First Mining Finance, like all the companies we have interviewed, offers investors a unique method by which to participate in the natural resource space.
Referring to itself as a “mineral bank,” First Mining Finance accumulates development-stage gold assets, and circumvents the exploration and construction risk inherent in most junior miners.
Patrick Donnelly runs First Mining Finance as President, along with Keith Neumeyer, the current Chairman of the Board. Keith Neumeyer founded First Quantum Minerals and First Majestic Silver (the latter currently has a market cap of about $2.0 billion).
Patrick Donnelly is an exploration geologist by background, but has many years of financial, investing and operational experience through his work as an analyst with a Canadian securities firm and later as the Vice President of copper development companies in Alaska and South Africa.
During the interview, Steve Todoruk explains why the junior exploration model that has been prevalent for many years is now broken. The typical junior resource company has a history of continuously tapping the markets to raise capital. Most never find a deposit of economic value, and shareholders are left with hundreds of millions of shares outstanding and assets which amount to nothing in value.
The result has caused the market to severely downgrade all junior mining companies. As Patrick explains, “We see a very severe protracted bear market with respect to mining equities and as a result, we’re seeing historically low valuations of junior mining companies.”
It is those low valuations that First Mining Finance seeks to take advantage of, by purchasing distressed junior mining companies with undervalued gold development assets. They will also seek viable development partners, anticipating an opportunity to sell the assets, holding on to a residual royalty or ownership percentage.
Using this methodology, First Mining Finance, has acquired several million ounces of gold across the various projects, and anticipates having nearly 20 million ounces in their portfolio in the near future. The current market cap is about US $273 million.
Steve’s interview with Patrick Donnelly is a must listen.
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