Sassy Resources Killing It in Gold Exploration on Both Canadian Coasts

Peter Epstein Peter Epstein of Epstein Research takes a deep dive into Sassy Resources, which he believes has two company-making project portfolios.

Last month, Sassy Resources Corp. (SASY:CSE; SSYRF:OTCQB) announced a fully funded diamond drill campaign started at its Westmore (WM) gold-silver zone in the southwestern portion of the company’s 100%-owned, 14,600 hectare Foremore (FM) project.

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Last fall, a series of relatively shallow holes confirmed widespread mineralization extending to a vertical depth of >200 meters.

Initial holes this year are targeting veins mapped at surface with widths up to five meters and surface vein swarms/stockworks with total widths up to 15–20 meters. There’s real potential for a significant expansion of last year’s discovery to the south, east and at depth.

In addition to WM, crews have started ground-truthing multiple anomalies identified by a new high-resolution, deep-penetrating airborne VTEM survey done across the entire project.

Therefore, priority targets for a phase 2 drill program are present in the WM, More Creek Corridor and Hanging Valley areas.

Golden Triangle

Mark Scott, Sassy’s CEO, commented,

“The diamond drill is turning at WM on veins and swarms featuring widths significantly greater (and at lower elevation) than those intersected in our six highly encouraging maiden holes in 2020. This will give us a much deeper ‘look’ into the WM intrusive and the quartz veins which penetrate it. Crews are following up on promising preliminary results of the recently completed property-wide VTEM Survey, and we’re confident it will generate fresh drill targets later this season and beyond.”

Management plans to aggressively follow up at WM, one of the most promising of 12 targets contained in three areas of interest at FM. FM is in northwestern B.C.’s famous Eskay camp (in the heart of the Golden Triangle).

Geological mapping and prospecting continues at WM, defining local controls to the gold-silver mineralization identified last year and defining other gold-silver rich areas.

Meaningful drilling by over a dozen Golden Triangle juniors is underway. Nearby Sassy’s FM project, Tudor Gold is drilling 50,000 meters at its 17,913 hectare Treaty Creek project and Skeena Resources is drilling 40,000 meters on its Eskay Creek project.

Pretium Resources is drilling 18,000 meters around its producing Brucejack mine, Eskay Mining is drilling 30,000 meters on its Eskay project. Enduro Metals is doing 10,000 meters on its Newmont Lake project….

Strong results from any of those programs, (~160,000 meters and hundreds of holes), will attract a lot of attention to the Eskay camp/Golden Triangle, greatly benefiting Sassy.

The FM project is 2–4 drill seasons behind the much larger players mentioned above, but no less promising. Over the past three years, Tudor, Skeena and Eskay Mining are up an average of +2,100%!! from their respective lows, (gold averaged $1,560/oz. over that period).

Today, with gold at ~$1,818/oz, the valuation of Sassy’s Eskay Camp project could soar from ~$15 million. In coming years, it could (potentially) grow into the realm of more advanced Golden Triangle names like American Creek, Doubleview Gold and Goliath Resources (avg. EV of $95 million).

I estimate FM’s value based on it being half of Sassy’s Enterprise Value {market cap + debt – cash} of ~$30 million. Sassy has $7 million in cash; $3 million at the corporate level and $4 million at its Newfoundland subsidiary Gander Gold.

Phase 1 diamond drilling on the WM discovery zone is designed to test areas where surface-sampling highlighted high-grade Au and Ag values. 2019–2020 sampling at produced 860 samples with an average grade of 2.8 g/t gold. The top 20 samples averaged 75 g/t Au + 575 g/t Ag, an Au Eq. of 82.7 g/t [at $1,825/oz. gold / $25.55/oz. silver].

Westmore

CEO Scott explained,

“Armed with data gathered during the 2020 field season and our recently completed VTEM survey, we now know the WM intrusive is much larger than originally thought and coincident with some significant economic deposits in the region.”

Large owned/controlled holdings in hottest Canadian gold play—Newfoundland

Sassy/Gander Gold’s property holdings in Newfoundland (owned and controlled) total ~225,700 hectare, making it the second largest precious metal claims holder on the island (behind Exploits Discovery).

Like in B.C.’s Eskay camp, Sassy/Gander Gold has a formidable position in a world-class mining jurisdiction. I ascribe half of the company’s EV to this large, high-quality footprint.

Sassy/Gander Gold’s valuation equates to just CA$66/hectare. Compare that to an average of CA$611/hectare on four early-stage, pure-play Newfoundland peers (C2C Gold, Sterling Metals, Tru Precious Metals and Quadro Resources).

The more established names (New Found Gold, Exploits Discovery, Marathon Gold, Anaconda Mining, Labrador Gold, Sokoman Minerals and Maritime Resources), average several thousand C$/hectare.

Comparing company land packages by size alone is dubious if one parcel is much less explored/considerably less prospective/much more remote, than another. However, in the case of Newfoundland, experts believe there’s a staggering amount of high-grade gold yet to be discovered.

Newfoundland

There will almost certainly be several gold mines built on the island in the next 10–15 years.

Look at the map…. how is Sassy/Gander Gold’s land package not valued higher?

Some of Sassy/Gander Gold’s properties are squarely in the center of the fairway. In looking at a map of central Newfoundland, one would be hard pressed not to consider the Gander North and Mt. Peyton properties to be hugely prospective.

They straddle New Found Gold, and at ~140,900 hectares the parcels are larger than the combined land packages of Marathon and Labrador Gold (at ~96,000 ha), and larger than Sokoman’s 102,913-hectare footprint.

Well respected prospector Shawn Ryan has decades of experience in Canada. He’s working closely with Sassy/Gander Gold to develop and execute an effective regional exploration program utilizing extensive (low-cost) deep soil sampling and RAB drilling to generate highly prospective diamond drill hole targets.

Mr. Ryan is a foremost expert in Newfoundland and is assisting a handful of public companies including Labrador Gold, Leocor Canstar Resources & C2C Gold.

Sassy

Sassy technical advisor Mr. Ryan commented,

“Newfoundland is in the midst of a modern-day gold rush, based on substantial new gold discoveries. The key to these discoveries is structure. The ground that Sassy/Gander Gold acquired [from me] was specifically staked based on proximity to key regional structures. Each property—from Mt. Peyton, BLT, & Gander North to Cape Ray II—covers robust structures that have seen very limited or no gold exploration.”

Conclusion

Sassy has not one, but two company-making project portfolios, one in the Eskay Camp of the world famous Golden Triangle in B.C., the other in the hottest Canadian mining district of Newfoundland. Both project areas are in the heart of the action, not long-shot fringe properties.

Management, led by CEO Mark Scott and a very talented team of prospectors and P. Geos, is well funded to pursue both Canadian coasts concurrently, which will generate impactful press releases in coming months. Both areas could be worth a lot more than the approximate market valuation of ~CA$15 million each.

How much more is anyone’s guess, but there are dozens of peers in the Golden Triangle and Newfoundland (and players anxious to enter those jurisdictions), willing and able to partner with, or try to acquire, Sassy Resources.

However, make no mistake, the company’s not for sale anytime soon, not before a few years of robust exploration, on both coasts. Mark Scott, Shawn Ryan and Eric Sprott are convinced that it’s still early days in Newfoundland.

Properties in the high-grade Eskay Camp of the Golden Triangle can be some of the most valuable in the world. Sassy’s Foremore project is sizable and is surrounded by industry giants Newmont (recently acquired GT Gold), Seabridge, Teck Resources, Newcrest, Pretium, Centerra and pure-play, well-advanced juniors Skeena, Tudor Gold and Ascot Resources.

Peter Epstein is the founder of Epstein Research. His background is in company and financial analysis. He holds an MBA degree in financial analysis from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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