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In 2019, the West African nation of Ghana overtook South Africa to become Africa’s leading gold producer.
But it’s not like Ghana is new to gold mining.
Traditional (alluvial) gold mining in Southern Ghana reportedly dates back to the fifth century, long before Europeans started to arrive in the fifteenth century.
British colonialists were so impressed that they famously called Ghana the “Gold Coast”.
Now, according to the World Gold Council (WGC), Ghana is the world’s seventh biggest gold producer with 4.58 million ounces produced in 2019.
Ghana’s low cost mines and friendly investment policies have catapulted it to pole position in Africa. This comes at a time when South Africa’s costly gold mines, incessant union strikes, and national electricity shortages have caused a steady decline in gold output.
All this is nothing new to majors.
Some have been active in Ghana for a long time while some have recently pivoted to the country.
Newmont Goldcorp, the world’s largest gold mining company, began Ghanaian commercial production in 2006, while GoldFields of South Africa has operated there for 26 years.
Meanwhile, AngloGold Ashanti, the world’s third-largest gold mining company by output, recently shifted continental focus from South Africa to West Africa, including Ghana.
Other majors active in Ghana include Perseus Mining, Kinross Gold and Golden Star Resources.
Without a doubt, the presence of many majors confirms Ghana as an attractive gold mining hotspot.
Naturally, the continued success of majors has drawn many juniors into the fold, and one of the earliest juniors to set up shop in Ghana is Bahamas-based Xtra-Gold Resources Corp. (OTCQB: XTGRF; XTG.TO).
It started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in November 2010.
Despite being a junior, Xtra-Gold has found a unique way to fund its aggressive exploration of a new gold belt in Ghana without borrowing money or issuing shares, which dilutes shareholders’ interests.
If you’re looking for a shareholder friendly junior miner that’s on the cusp of defining mineral reserves at its vast properties in a gold mining hotspot, then you should consider Xtra-Gold.
XTRA-GOLD RESOURCES: FUNDING EXPLORATION WITH ZERO DEBT AND ZERO DILUTION
Southern Ghana has four man gold belts: Ashanti, Sefwi, Asankrangwa, and Kibi.
Ashanti, which has estimated resources of over 130 million ounces of gold, hosts Ghana’s biggest gold mines and biggest gold producers.
While Ashanti, Asankrangwa, and Sefwi are well explored, Kibi is not.
Yet, Kibi is located near Ashanti (see Figure 1) and is said to be geologically analogous to the other three belts.
Figure 1: Gold Belts of Southern Ghana
Source: Xtra-Gold Resources website
Since Xtra-Gold commenced exploration in Ghana in 2006, it has stuck to the Kibi Gold Belt, where it holds five Mining Leases/Concessions (Muoso, Banso, Kwabeng, Pameng and Apapam), totaling approximately 226 sq km (22,600 hectares or 55,905 acres).
Furthermore, its focus has been on its flagship Kibi Gold Project, which is located in the Apapam Concession.
Kibi Gold Discovery Project
In November 2012, Xtra-Gold announced a NI 43-101 compliant maiden mineral resource estimate that identified the discovery of five gold deposits (Big Bend, East Dyke, Mushroom, South Ridge, and Double 19) in Zone 2-Zone 3 exploration area of Apapam.
The five deposits collectively hosted 278,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 2.56 grams per tonne (“g/t”) in the Indicated category and 147,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 1.94 g/t in the Inferred category.
Encouraged by this discovery, the company has intensified drilling at Apapam, and its immediate goal is to further drill Zone 2-Zone 3 to define more gold resources.
Furthermore, it has identified two new drill targets at different parts of Apapam for further investigation: the Cobra Creek Gold Project (Zone 5) and the Hillcrest Gold Target (Zone 6).
Ultimately, Xtra-Gold plans to define 1 million ounces of gold and, perhaps, ultimately turn the Kibi discovery into a multi-million ounce world-class deposit.
Meanwhile, the company continues hard rock prospecting at its other concessions.
All told, Xtra-Gold’s dominant acreage and first mover advantage on the Kibi Gold Belt gives it huge upside potential.
Another plus for the company is its ability to maintain a tight share structure.
Funding Exploration Without Shareholder Dilution
Unusually for a junior with no defined mineral reserves, Xtra-Gold has no debt and has not issued new shares for years.
Yet, its exploration programs for 2021, and possibly 2022, are fully funded.
In March 2013, Xtra-Gold commenced alluvial (placer) gold mining at its Kwabeng Concession using independent contract miners (small scale miners).
In 2015, it commenced similar operations at the Banso and Muoso concessions, and in 2020 at Pameng.
Sales of bullion have generated average annual cash flow of USD4 million since 2014 – bullion sales in 2020 was USD5 million plus.
According to a September 2015 press release, “the Company has been successful in mining placer (“alluvial”) gold material since early 2013, to fund all exploration activities to date on its Kibi – Winneba greenstone belt (“Kibi Gold Belt”) land position. Due to this success, the Company has raised no new equity since December 21st 2012”.
The company believes placer gold recovery at Kwabeng could be sustained for 20 years.
Still, the stock downtrended for a large part of the past decade – see Figure 2.
FIGURE 2: Xtra-Gold Resources OTCQB Stock Chart
Some market observers ascribe this downtrend to the company’s low popularity with analysts.
However, it could be a reflection of the numerous private placements the company did to fund its exploration programs before 2014.
As Figure 2 above indicates, the stock started to turn around the beginning of 2015.
Xtra-Gold Resources is a Bahamas-based junior miner pioneering the discovery of the new Kibi Gold Belt in Ghana, which is now Africa’s biggest gold producer.
It has got a dominant acreage position on the new gold belt, where it holds five concessions totalling almost 56,000 acres.
Currently, the company is mining alluvial gold at four of these concessions and exploring lode mining at one.
Xtra-Gold’s mid-term growth strategy is to use its alluvial gold bullion sales to fund extensive drilling at its flagship Kibi Gold Project where it’s already identified five gold deposits.
As it obtains more drilling results, the company is increasingly confident that it can turn the project into a world class deposit.
Commenting on this possibility in November 2020, James Longshore, the company’s CEO/Co-Founder said, “I’m in Ghana now for a site visit of our exciting Kibi Gold Project, which continues to exhibit the potential to be a multimillion ounce gold discovery. Based on our excellent Q3 2020 results, our Company is fully funded to execute our business plan for 2020 to 2021, which will require no outside financing from the capital markets. As our gold discovery increases in size, our shareholders will have significant upside leverage in our share price at the current spot gold prices.”
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