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Oreninc Index Leaps to Three-Week High

The Oreninc Index leapt to a three-week high for the week ending April 30, 2015. Total dollars announced increased to $74.9m, a three-week high. Twelve brokered financings were announced for $56.5m, a three-week high; four bought-deal financings were announced for $35m, a three-week high.

Deal-making slowed for the week, the only real deal of note being Newmont Mining Corporation’s (NYSE:NEM) sale of their Waihi gold mining operation in New Zealand to OceanaGold Corporation (TSX:OGC) for USD $106m. Commodities for the week were mixed, with iron ore having yet another strong week and gold fluctuating wildly but ending the week well below the all-important $1,200 level.

It’s nice to see the Index have a good performance after a couple of disappointing weeks, especially with summer approaching quickly and with it the end of the financing season. 




On April 27th, Benjamin Cox discussed the role of junior exploration companies in a changing market. Mr. Cox focused on the current state of the fundraising market (including data from Q1 2015), why traditional structures no longer work, and what changes management teams should consider in order to survive. 

Please click on the image below to view the presentation.



Oreninc Index Falls to Four Week Low

The Oreninc Index fell to a four-week low for the week ending April 23, 2015. Total dollars increased to $39.5m on 27 financings, both two-week highs. Two brokered financings were announced for $4.3m, a four-week low. No bought deals were announced for the first time in four weeks.

A number of smaller and mid-sized deals were announced for the week, the largest being the finalization of Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp’s (NYSE:CDE) purchase of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. (TSX:PZG) for $146m. Commodities for the week were mixed, with gold dropping marginally and iron ore having a strong week.

It’s difficult to remain optimistic when the Index’s levels fall as they did, however considering the increase in money raised and the number of deals, we anticipate some marginal increase in activity as companies gear up for summer exploration.




Oreninc Index Take a Normalizing Dive

The Oreninc Index took a normalizing dive for the week ending April 16, 2015. Total dollars announced fell to $29.7m on 16 deals, three- and four-week lows respectively. One brokered and one bought deal were announced for $13.8m, three-week lows for both.

Deal-making was up again this week, with the planned merger between Alamos Gold (TSX:AGI) and AuRico Gold (TSX:AUQ) being the largest confirmed deal. Shareholders of both companies will each own roughly 50% of the merged company in the US$1.5b deal. Commodities had another up and down week, with gold staying mostly flat and iron ore having a nice couple of days to begin the week before coming back down towards the end.

Last week’s Index performance and the increased level of deal-making in recent weeks is great to see considering the lackluster year, however it’s unsurprising that the Index has fallen to it’s trending level.




Oreninc Index Explodes to 25-Week High

The Oreninc Index exploded to a 25-week high in the holiday-shortened week ending April 9, 2015. Total dollars announced jumped to $166.1m on 32 financings, eight- and six-week highs respectively. Five brokered and bought financings were announced for $138m, eight-week highs for both.

Deal-making was robust with one of the biggest deals of the year (so far) being announced—Royal Dutch Shell’s (NYSE: RDS) acquisition of BG Group (LON:BG) for a cash and stock deal worth $70b (USD). Commodities had another up and down week, with gold gaining a bit before falling below $1,200 an ounce. Oil prices, on the other hand, rose for the fourth straight week.

While one week’s performance is never going to move the needle enough to make up for what has been, up to this point, a horrific financing season, it’s great to finally see a bright spot in the Canadian natural resources space.



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