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Is S2 Resources significantly undervalued?

Fri 17 Dec 21, 1:58pm (AEST)
S2 Resources' block four appears to be the most prospective

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Key Points

  • S2 Resources share price virtually doubled late October
  • Bell Potter regards S2 Resources 33% undervalued
  • Fosterville block is the major focus for S2 Resources going forward

Despite the share price of Sirius Resources spinout, S2 Resources (ASX: S2R) virtually doubling late October (17.5c), after winner an exploration tenure next to the Fosterville gold mine in Victoria, Bell Potter has increased its valuation on the stock by 33% to 27 cents.

Bell Potter’s increased its valuation on S2 to better reflect the company’s success at beating a swag of rival explorers to secure one of four exploration blocks released by the Victorian Government.

Equally exiting, the Fosterville project is adjacent to one of Australia’s most profitable goldmines.

For example, Fosterville, produced more than 640,000oz at 33.9g/t in 2020 and includes the 49g/t Swan Zone orebody, plus 394km2 of tenure and 55km of strike.

Bell Potter sees the Fosterville block as a valuable addition to S2’s portfolio of high-quality gold and base metal projects in Australia and Finland.

Unsurprisingly, S2 plans to make the Fosterville block a major focus of its business going forward.

Renaissance for Bendigo goldfields

The Victoria government has iterated that more than $100m will be spent over the next five years on the sought-after tenements.

S2 subsidiary Southern Star is planning to spend $10 million on Block 4, while Kirkland Lake Gold’s (ASX: KLA) Fosterville gold mine is allocating $90m on three blocks.

Interest in Victoria gold deposits has experienced something of a revival recently, with minerals exploration expenditure in the state increasing by more than 35% to $183.8m in 2020-21, based on ABS figures.

Block 4: The most prospective

In a statement to the ASX late October, S2 noted that it regards Block 4 the most prospective as it includes “extensions of the Fosterville host stratigraphy, similar structures, and known gold occurrences.”

Equally encouraging, the company noted: “These occurrences have only been sparsely and shallowly drilled and may represent the uppermost tips of south plunging shoots analogous to those documented at Fosterville itself.”

S2 believes it has several walk-up targets including at Goorong South, which sits on a parallel structure to Kirkland Lake’s high grade Curie Zone discovery.

There is no consensus on S2.

Based on Morningstar’s fair value of 29c, the stock appears undervalued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By

Mark Story

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Mark is an award-winning investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics, a diploma in journalism and has completed the Institute of Directors course. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content.

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