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Gold Co. Has Huge Potential as It Ramps up Its Mine

Source: Ron Struthers


November 17, 2023 ( Newswire) With strong financial results and progress on its mine, Ron Struthers of Struthers Resource Stock Report shares why he believes this gold stock is a Strong Buy.

Argonaut Gold TSX:AR Recent Price - $0.46 Entry Price - $0.39 Opinion - Strong Buy on short squeeze

Today, Argonaut Gold Inc. (AR:TSX) reported financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023, as well as a progress update for the Magino mine.

"Since the beginning of the fourth quarter, Magino's throughput has been averaging 9,200 tonnes per day, in-line with nameplate capacity. As we continue to ramp up, we are focused on driving mining productivity, mill optimization, and further advancing the plant expansion that has the potential to increase throughput to annual production above 200,000 ounces per year for the life of mine," said Marc Leduc, Chief Operating Officer of Argonaut Gold.

Financial Highlights

I previously commented on the huge short position on the U.S. side, and it is up to new highs of almost 43 million shares with the October 31 short report and 4.6 million on the Canadian side. Marketbeat's short report estimates 162 days to cover, and so does the short squeeze, but this is based on low volume on the OTC as the stock mostly trades in Canada at around 4 million shares per day.

Volume has been a bit higher in November, probably more shorts?

This is a very significant short position, and I believe shorts jumped on the stock because they thought Argonaut would default on their loan facility or they would have to do an equity financing that shorts could use to cover, so these points in today's Q3 release are very important.

On Sept. 29, 2023, the company obtained a waiver on certain financial covenants on its $250- million financing package (collectively referred to as the loan facilities) for the continuing development and construction of the Magino mine. A subsequent waiver was obtained on Oct. 31, 2023, which now requires the company to maintain a minimum cash balance of $10 million at all times until Nov. 30, 2023, and additional financing to be raised by the same date. It was anticipated the company would not be in compliance with certain financial covenants and accordingly obtained the waivers to prevent a default event, which could trigger the loan facilities becoming immediately due and payable.

On November 2, 2023, the Company announced raising the additional financing with the sale to Franco-Nevada Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries ("Franco-Nevada") of an additional 1.0% net smelter return ("NSR") royalty on its Magino mine and its non-core royalty holdings in Canada and Mexico for an aggregate price of $29.5-million. Upon the closing of this transaction, Franco-Nevada will hold an aggregate 3.0-per-cent NSR royalty on the Magino mine.

The Magino mine has had a slower-than-projected startup with some solvable problems that pressured the balance sheet. It is not unusual for a new mine to have some hiccups and/or technical issues at startup. The important thing is Argonaut has got through this with no loan defaults and financing with no share dilution. I believe shorts will have to cover!

On the chart, it looks like the stock has put in a double bottom leading up to jitters ahead of the Q3 report today. I think all is well, and there is huge potential for Argonaut as they continue to ramp up their Magino mine.

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