Tracker - January 18, 2022: Spec Value Rating for Galway Metals Inc
Galway Metals Inc is a Fair Spec Value rated Favorite as of December 31, 2021 based on its efforts since 2016 to demonstrate the multi-million ounce district scale gold potential of the 100% owned Clarence Stream project in New Brunswick, and to show that the Estrades polymetallic VMS system in Quebec has significant resource expansion potential at depth and that the 31 km long property can yield an entirely new VMS discovery at the Newiska target about 10 km to the east. Tracker Feb 18, 2020 describes Galway's origin as a spinout from CEO Robert Hinchcliffe's Galway Resources Ltd which was bought out in 2012 for its property near Ventana's La Bodega gold discovery in Colombia and provides background for the Clarence Stream project. Tracker Aug 23, 2021 provides an overview of Galway's recent objectives for the Clarence Stream and Estrades projects.
The 60,000 ha Clarence Stream project straddles 65 km of the Appalachian Gold Trend which stretches from the Carolinas through Newfoundland and Ireland into Scandinavia. The key structural feature at Clarence Stream is the east-west oriented Sawyer Brook Fault which cuts through Ordovician and Silurian metasediments that have been intruded by various stocks that served as the heat engines for creating quartz vein hosted stockwork and disseminated gold mineralization of the intrusion related gold system style. Since 2016 Galway has drilled about 130,000 m on top of the 60,000 m drilled by previous owners, most of it focused on the cluster of new zones discovered in late 2017 located 3-7 km southwest of the existing North and South zones for which 9,586,000 tonnes of 2.17 g/t gold OP and UG mineable (667,000 oz) was estimated in 2017 (M+I+I).
Galway established a data cutoff at the end of 2021 for the purpose of delivering an initial resource estimate for the Adrian-GMZ-Richard-Jubilee zones in Q1 of 2022. An updated resource will also be calculated for the North-South Zones. This will be an important milestone which the market hopes will tally in the 1.5-2.0 million ounce range, though given the 8-12 week turnaround time for assays one should be happy with 1.0-1.5 million ounces and wait for more in a future update.
Galway plans to drill 75,000 m in 2022 split between further expansion and infill drilling of the Adrian etc zones and wildcat drilling on the various soil and till gold anomalies established through property wide sampling during the past few years as part of Galway's goal to show Clarence Stream has 10 million plus ounce district scale gold potential. The Oak Bay-Tower Hill targets will receive attention, as well as the 3 km by 7 km soil anomaly that sits on top of a gabbroic intrusive complex to the south of the Adrian-Jubilee zone cluster.
Galway will also earmark 25,000 m drilling for its Estrades VMS project where Titan geophysical surveys that can see 2,000 m deep suggest down-plunge potential beneath the existing Estrades resource (2018 I+I 3,696,000 tonnes 5.7% Zn, 1.03% Cu, 0.42% Pb, 93 g/t Ag, 2.59 g/t Au) as well as a potential major new VMS system at the Newiska target within a parallel rhyolite unit about 10 km to the southeast.
Galway's 2021 effort to test Newiska, which can only be drilled in winter, failed to reach target depth before a warm winter shut down drilling. Galway will drill Newiska in Q1 of 2022 and test the main Estrades target later due to year round access. The IRGS nature of the Clarence Stream project is unlikely to deliver a discovery hole that moves the market unless it is for a brand new zone, but the VMS nature of the Estrades and Newiska targets could yield intersections with big discovery implications, especially in the case of Newiska which sits in the middle of a 31 km land package straddling the Casa Berard-Douay trend which has potential for both polymetallic and gold deposits.
At the end of 2021 Galway Metals Inc had about $12 million working capital left, insufficient to fund its 2022 drilling plan, so additional financing will be needed by mid 2022. Galway had 178.7 million issued and 197.0 million fully diluted with no worrisome warrant overhang at the end of 2021. Insiders, including the chief geologist Mike Sutton who is key to sorting out the Clarence Stream zones, own just under 14% of the issued stock. In terms of management Galway is a well-rounded junior that knows how to promote, fund and execute its story.