Big News For A Premier Copper-Gold Explorer
Publisher's Note: Today we're bringing you the transcript of Gerardo Del Real's exclusive interview with Morgan Poliquin, the President and CEO of Almadex Minerals (TSX: AMZ) (OTCQX: AXDDF).
Almadex just landed a major investment from Newcrest Mining, and it will bring big changes to the company. Read on to find out what this means for Almadex as a company, and its El Cobre property exploration program.
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Publisher, Outsider Club
Gerardo Del Real: This is Gerardo Del Real with the Outsider Club. Joining me today is president and CEO of Almadex Minerals, Dr. Morgan Poliquin. Morgan, how are you this morning?
Morgan Poliquin: I'm excellent, thank you very much. I hope you're well too.
Gerardo Del Real: I am. I am. Thank you for asking.
Congratulations are due. Big news just out this morning. Newcrest is acquiring an indirect 19.9% interest in El Cobre, through the investment of 19 million dollars Canadian, and Almadex will be spinning out the mineral exploration and royalty assets. We've seen this before with Almaden, we're now seeing it with Almadex, but first off, congratulations, Morgan.
Morgan Poliquin: Thank you very much. Really appreciate that.
Gerardo Del Real: I know early on in the El Cobre project's history, there were a lot of critics that pointed at the grade and said that it was initially too low grade, and that you were drilling too many holes from the same drill pad, and there's been a lot of commentary. This has to be a huge validation for both the process that you take in exploration, the way that you do it, and for the project.
Newcrest of course, it goes without saying, they know what they're doing. They're one of the best explorers and producing companies out in the business, but can you share the details of the news today, Morgan, please?
Morgan Poliquin: Sure, I'm happy to do it for all of the above. Well look, I've been championing this project here for 25 years, believe it or not — when I first went there, almost 25 years — and really believe that this has a unique geochemical thumbprint on a planetary scale, meaning, this is the environment geologically, where you can get big deposits. And that's why I've been so insured that our company maintained its interest and its focus on this target over those years, even though we've had joint venture partners and different things in the past.
So, here we are today, with the opportunity to really explore it thoroughly. We've found a number of different porphyry centers on the project. It's a huge area and it requires a lot of exploration.
But at the same time, we've got over the hump in terms of risk, to a certain extent, with the drilling we've done. What I mean by that is, you know, you're beyond proof of concept. You're into, now, the stage of drilling where you're looking to define the actual potential here. We think that the Norte Zone, we're into resource drilling very quickly, type of drilling, more detailed drilling.
So, it's an exciting time and we're delighted to have Newcrest join us on this next journey, which allows us to be really aggressive.
I think exploration has long odds of success and anyone who criticizes exploration probably doesn't understand that and what it takes to get out there and actually try to find something new in a new area.
So, Newcrest recognized the opportunities and the geologic environment and the potential here clearly, and it's going to be very exciting. We've decided to put this into a new entity that can wholly focus on it and that will enable us to, again, separate our earlier-stage exploration endeavors and put those into a new co. that can get back to, again, getting over the hump as I put it. Making a new discovery at some stage.
So, we think we have a really clear, the mechanics here are really clear in terms of how we want to run our businesses as a whole. We want to keep early-stage exploration separate from advanced property exploration and development. That's what we did with the Ixtaca discovery and that's what we'll do here with El Cobre.
Moving forward with the new co., it is our focus to make another discovery. So, I think, hopefully, people — when they read through the news release, there's a lot of information to absorb — they'll see that that's the essential principal behind this and that the key aspect here is it allows us to focus very, very heavily on El Cobre and do the heavy lifting here that's required.