Led by a multi-award winning exploration team and backed by a veteran Board of Directors, Balmoral's success along the Sunday Lake-Detour Trend in central Quebec has led to the identification of two developing assets. The high-grade Martiniere gold system and the large H3 (Grasset) nickel-copper-PGE discovery are the current focus of the Company’s activities. True to its roots though, Balmoral continues to be an aggressive explorer and make new discoveries as it adds to the inventory of geological opportunities throughout its extensive land holdings.
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What Does the Value Equation Look Like in Today's Mining Sector?
For several years now the mineral exploration and development business, along with the mining sector as a whole, has faced difficult headwinds brought on, in part, by the excesses of the lofty heights reached between 2005 and 2010. In the gold sector a focus on "ounces produced" vs. profits produced led to the exposure of investors to poor quality (typically lower grade), high ounce count assets, often in high risk jurisdictions.
Balmoral, like its predecessor companies, is focused on the discovery and delineation of high quality (read higher grade, higher potential margin) assets in proven, low political risk mining districts. We focus solely in jurisdictions where there is a district premium, rather than a jurisdictional discount to valuation, places where producing companies want to operate. Our team has a strong geological bias to those mining districts which have an extensive history of producing high-margin/profit assets, regions on the low end of the exploration and development cost spectrum and on the assembly of larger, "district scale" exploration opportunities.
Thus our current, singular focus on the Abitibi greenstone belt in the Canadian province of Quebec. Outside the Witwatersrand Basin in South Africa no other area on Earth has generated as much wealth from the extraction of gold ores as has the Abitibi. With historic production now exceeding 130 million ounces of gold the Abitibi is renowned for high-grade gold deposits which exhibit tremendous vertical continuity, high profit margins and well understood "big picture" controls. Add to that an exceptional secondary endowment of base metal and specialty metal opportunities and you will find that most the world's major mining companies are currently or have been active in the Abitibi.
Balmoral follows a time tested and proven model of aggressive, drill focused exploration driven by the latest geophysical techniques, geochemical methods and geological models. Our success in identifying several promising mineral discoveries in a belt which has been extensively explored for over a century speaks both to the incredible mineral endowment of the belt and the excellent work done by our exploration team.
All of our hard work and success in the field means nothing however without the ability to communicate with the investing public and our shareholders. We pride ourselves in our ability to clearly and concisely communicate with our shareholders and to create value through the exploration process. We continue to work hard to expand our shareholder base and to expose the Company to new markets and opportunities. We can promise a solid effort on all fronts as we move forward.
So what does the value equation look like?
World Class Geological Potential + Low Political Risk + Sound Geological Sleuthing + Hard Work + Outstanding Shareholder Support + A Pinch of Luck = the Discovery of High Quality Mineral Deposits = the Creation of Shareholder Value