Strathmore Minerals has agreed to sell Pine Tree-Reno Creek, Wyoming properties (Sale Properties) to Bayswater for $30M USD.
$30M USD is 43c CAD per share of STM. On August 18th STM closed at 43c CAD.
The sale properties are about 10% of Strathmore’s uranium or slightly less if you adjust for the reliability of the estimates. . It’s probably reasonable to assume that this deal values STM at about $4.5 CAD in the even of an orderly liquidation. I valued Strathmore in a prior post based on the Rio Kintyre sale at about $7.50 - $12 CAD based on an orderly liquidation. A lot has happened since July 2008 but $4 - $7 is still supported by this deal with Bayswater.
My original valuation of Strathmore as a going concern is in the teens. Again nothing has changed dramatically but that’s unlikely to be realized until they have some properties producing.
This is a sound deal for Strathmore. They are probably giving up a couple of dollars per share in the very long term for cash now. Not doing this deal could risk everything. There are some conditions that need to be met including Bayswater raising $36M. They have 4 months to close the deal. There is a small break fee of $250k which STM would have to pay if they accept a better offer or Bayswater will need to pay if they fail to close.
The problem is that Bayswater’s market cap is currently $17M CAD. It is unclear how they think they will be able to raise $36M. STM have a bit of a history of entering deals with companies that simply can’t pay. The same has happened with Great Bear & the Chord property.
The recent concerns about STM have been whether or not they have the cash to see through production.
Strathmore went through a dramatic decline from 2001 to 2003, reaching 6c. In 2005 it reached $5.18. In Strathmore Groundhog Day I outlined that STM would survive this crisis just like the last one. In the end when you have real assets you can always generate cash.
If this goes ahead it will be great for STM. If it doesn’t, then STM will need to find another source of cash which they are very likely to do successfully.
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