It feels good to root for the little guy.
In a reversal of fortunes for the mining industry so fearsome that global behemoths were reduced to rubble, it's comforting to know that a micro-cap contender can still find its way through.
Helping to absorb this operational shortfall, Taseko announced an offering Friday of 13.8 to 15.9 million shares to raise at least $16 million for general purposes. Together with a $30 million loan facility acquired last month, I believe that Taseko stands in a stable position given the dramatic reductions in mining costs reported for recent months. While mega-miners like Rio Tinto
Losses were bound to result when Taseko's copper production costs touched $2 per pound last quarter while copper prices collapsed as low as $1.25, but since that time the company has curtailed capital expenditures and quickly brought costs down to $1.13 per pound during February. For 2009, Taseko projects copper costs to average $1.15, placing operations well within the comfort zone of profitability now that copper has stabilized from its lowest levels. The commodity-savvy management at Joy Global
A second path to prosperity
Prudently, Taseko has deferred the Phase III expansion of the Gibraltar mine until market conditions improve. While the company focuses intently on Phase II, prosperity awaits. In addition to 2 billion pounds of copper, Taseko's Prosperity project contains 4.7 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves … or more than one-fourth the entire stash of Agnico-Eagle Mines