November 14, 2018 

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Another U.S. precious metals miner goes foreign


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 By Michael Miller

07/19/2018  6:33PM


Newmont Mining has completed a US$69-million expansion at its Exodus operation, which has resulted in a 10-year extension to production and will lower all-in sustaining costs by about US$25 per ounce at its Carlin mine during its first five years of operation. The expansion, which was the company’s second in the last month, was completed both ahead of schedule and within budget and will add between 50,000 ounces a year and 75,000 ounces a year of gold production. The expansion will also lower Carlin’s all-in sustaining costs by about US$25 per ounce in its first five years of operation.

Thanks to John Livermore and friends; Nevada continues supporting America with new gold production.

Fred Searls Jr., one of initial Leaders of Newmont, began his lifetime interest with gold mining in California. His history with Sixteen to One mine differs from the inaccurate account In “Men and Mines of Newmont” by Robert H. Ramsey (page 71). No disrespect intended. Mining exudes folk-lore, myths, legends and downright fabrications. Fred cut his geological teeth going north in the 250 level beyond the Tightner Shaft. He rued his mistake in surveying the level which is clearly noticeable on old maps. He, General Lucius D. Clay and the famous stock guru and statesman, Bernard Baruch liked mining ventures.

Baruch Clay and Searls were buddies. Searls told them about his days as a geologist at the Sixteen to One. He told a friend of mine, Donald Dicky that it was the only mistake he ever made in mining. Don and I laughed because Don told me years earlier when I was down and pouting about a story of mining. We failed to find enough gold in the fall of 1991. I had to lay off the crew shortly before Christmas.

Don liked Fred and spoke of his large idiosyncrasies as well as his large ego. (He was also a colorful dresser.) “One mistake?” Don grunted. “Mistakes are many when it comes to mining. Don’t worry Mike, Let it go. It’s your comeback that counts.”

Fred and group put up some money in the early 1960’s to keep the Sixteen mining. Gold spot price, frozen in 1933, caused the other mines to close. What must have interested Fred was where he screwed up his survey was this new target: north on the 1500 level into the Red Star. The miners found speckled gold along the drift, but expenses caught up to the Sixteen and in December 1965, management laid off the miners; however management allowed those loyal men to continue mining, which they did for years. Fred never owned stock in our Company. He and his buddies loaned some cash for operating. They tore up the note. Maybe Fred cleared his conscious. One mistake? Baloney!
 By Michael Miller

06/26/2018  9:54AM

Problems continue with major gold producers in foreign countries.

As the tax dispute between Acacia (Barrick owns 63.9 percent of Acacia and the Tanzanian government continues, the company’s representative, Barrick Gold, has decided that it won’t provide a definite deadline to end the negotiations. The decision comes after Barrick, which is negotiating on behalf of Acacia, failed to meet a mid-year target to complete talks surrounding the ongoing tax issue.

Despite failing to meet the deadline, both Acacia and Barrick remain positive about the situation, noting that the discussions between Barrick and the government of Tanzania are constructive and that progress has been made towards creating a “definitive agreement,” which is necessary for the “implementation of the proposed framework.”

The tax dispute between the miner and the East African country transpired when Tanzania began making sweeping changes to its mining industry in order to reap more benefits from its minerals.

As part of these changes, the Tanzanian government slapped Acacia, its biggest gold miner, with a US$190 billion bill in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest in 2017. This is not the first time that the company has suffered as a result of the Tanzanian government making changes to policies and procedures within the mining sector. The miner has lost almost 80 percent of its value following a ban on unprocessed ore that was set into motion in March of last year.

According to the deal, Acacia would give the government a 16-percent stake in its mines, as well as a payment of US$300 million and equally split any “economic benefits” from operations.

California has mining problems but not ones like those outside USA.
 By Michael Miller

06/22/2018  12:31PM

The following headline caught my eye and stimulated the question, “why”:
Sumitomo Buys 5-percent Stake in Yanacocha Gold Mine for U$48 Million.

The sub heading was, “in an effort to boost its metals assets, Japan’s Sumitomo has purchased a 5-percent stake in Peru’s Yanacocha gold mine for US$48 million. “ My curiosity is not that Sumitomo bought an interest in a big gold producer. No. it is, who is Sumitomo?

Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo, Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Hyodo), is pleased to announce that Sumitomo has reached an agreement with Newmont Mining Corporation (Newmont) and Compania de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (Buenaventura) to purchase certain ownership interest of Yanacocha Gold and Copper Mine in Peru (Yanacocha).

Newmont is the world’s largest gold producer. Sumitomo had a long and productive partnership with Newmont at Batu Hijau Copper-Gold Mine in Indonesia from 1996 to 2016.
Buenaventura is a leading precious metals producer in Peru. Sumitomo has partnered with Buenaventura at Freeport’s Cerro Verde Copper mine in southern Peru since 2003.

Sumitomo’s investment comes as Japanese trading companies enjoyed their best profit in six years and are now searching for assets to add to their portfolios. Profits have been driven by higher prices for commodities such as coking coal and copper.

If this interest’s you read about Sumitomo and all the extensions of this Japanese corporation. It definitely crosses natural resources with varied financial business. What if banks and other dollar related institutions gobble gold producing companies?

By the way,today I turn 76 years from a birth in Sacramento. If you are a shareholder in Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. our company is older than Sumitomo, I congratulate you for becoming a part of another natural resource producer.



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