Shares of Scotch Creek Ventures (OTC Pink: SCVFF (CSE: SCV) have been moving higher after several updates show intensified development at its mining-friendly Nevada project sites. The prize in play is a big one, and even scoring a piece of it can change the earnings trajectory of this microcap exploration company.
The target: lithium, the most critical ingredient in producing the batteries needed to power everything from electric automobiles to power tools and everything in between. In fact, lithium-ion power is helping get spaceships to mars. Thus, in addition to SCVFF targeting a potentially massive lithium supply opportunity on Earth, they can also target income opportunities from aerospace and defense companies. After all, lithium is lithium, and just about every industry will need it.
And knowing that has led investors to take an interest in SCVFF stock, resulting in an appreciable increase in price over the past few weeks. Still, while the more than 22% jump is impressive, updates help present a case that the best is still to come. In fact, several announcements indicate that Scotch Creek Ventures has moved onto the fast track to expedite exploration, recently announcing the start of its Phase I drill program on its 100% owned Highlands West Lithium Project ("Highlands"). It's big news and worthy of investor interest. Why?
Because SCVFF's Highlands project is directly adjacent to Albemarle's Silver Peak lithium mine, North America's only producing lithium operation. And there's better news beyond proximity. Recent geophysics results from the detailed gravity, seismic, and Hybrid-Source Audio-Magnetotellurics (HSAMT) surveys identified key subsurface features within the central area of the Highlands property, triggering SCVFF's decision to expand the Highlands claims by an additional 400 acres and design its phase one drill program. It's a calculated investment intended to generate significant returns. And they made it for a reason.
Intensifying Exploration Initiatives
The locations indicate underground lithium treasure. Combined results of the comprehensive geophysical survey at Highlands show a subsurface dominated by strongly layered basin-fill units. These highly prospective sedimentary rocks are interpreted as claystone, mudstones, and volcanic beds that have accumulated in a series of fault-bounded basins underlying the property. In mining speak, that's excellent news. It also perpetuated SCVFF's first drill program on its promising Highlands lithium project.
According to Scotch Creek management, the goals of this initial detailed exploration program within the Western portion of the Clayton Valley are to drill a large diameter core through well-layered sequences of basin fill stratigraphy, similar to its previously collected seismic data. The collected core and groundwater samples will then be logged and assayed with the prospect of discovering a significant lithium deposit.
If SCVFF can uncover the expected, it can change its revenue-generating trajectory overnight, with demand from the EV, green, and clean-energy sectors far outpacing supply. It can also keep pricing pressure to the upside, which creates a perfect storm of opportunity for SCVFF to evaluate several strategic options. Remember, sitting on assets can be lucrative, noting it puts potential partnerships and collaborative drilling programs into play.
Thus, with indicators pointing in the right direction, SCVFF may be in its best position to maximize opportunities presented through its assets. And they could score that win from a drill program targeting lithium brine and claystone with six high-quality drill targets, where phase 1 drilling will exploit three targets for an estimated 6,000 feet total. That's for starters.
Expediting To Monetize its Opportunities
Plenty of data supports that Highland could unearth a major lithium score. The property spans 318 placer claims, totaling 6,360 acres, and is located on the southeast side of southern Clayton Valley, where it can be accessed by paved roads from Tonopah and Goldfield. That accessibility is a critical advantage, money, and time saver that will keep the project moving. Notably, its Highlands West project is located on the west side of Southern Clayton Valley consisting of 298 placer claims totaling 5,960 acres.
From a speculative perspective, this project is strategically located among many top-tier exploration companies, including Pure Energy and Spearmint Resources. It's a case where being in good company matters, and being in the Clayton Valley matters too. SCVFF benefits from both. Its properties border Pure Energy's Lithium Project, opening the potential to host multiple types of lithium mineralization at its 100% owned landholding, most recently totaling 9,140 total acres in Clayton Valley, representing two of the most significant under-explored projects in the valley that border major lithium discoveries.
The Clayton Valley is a lithium brine district hosted within the Esmeralda Formation, a sequence of lake basin-fill rocks that contain zones of volcanic ash-rich stratigraphy and salty evaporite units. Regionally, these Esmeralda rocks are of late Miocene to early Pleistocene age, from 1 million to 5 million years before the present. The Albemarle brine production field at Clayton is sourced from weakly to non-lithified volcanic ash horizons, which have high porosity.
Most importantly, Scotch Creek believes that both of its projects are strategically positioned within the Clayton "cereal bowls," getting that name by being a closed-basin brine deposit that acts like cereal bowls full of lithium. The properties above these bowls should provide access to the lithium brine beneath them.
Intending To Become A Vital North American Supplier
Of course, as a lithium exploration company focused on acquiring and developing critical North American Lithium properties, that's potentially excellent news. Moreover, it serves well in Scotch Creek's mission to become Nevada's best-in-class lithium exploration company. Here's the better news, size doesn't matter. Sitting on top of assets do. And SCVFF believes it is by sitting atop one of the largest land packages in North America's only producing lithium jurisdiction.
And they expect to have more than a single chance to prove it. Scotch Creek has three projects totaling 14,500 acres and is being explored by a team of mining veterans that can leverage over 80 years of combined experience. Incidentally, two team members are lithium experts in place to guide development and expedite advancing its projects to the next stage.
Having those team members helps change small exploration companies into big-time producers. And with the transition to clean energy and lithium as the new oil, the faster SCVFF makes that transition, the more excellent the opportunity to develop, partner, or lease its proven assets. Any of these scenarios could amount to a massive shareholder win.
Exploring In Mining-Friendly Nevada Matters
And by exploring the #1 of 83 mining-friendly jurisdictions in Nevada, those rewards could come faster than many expect. It's a case of working at the right place, with Nevada's intent to do its part to become the lithium production capital of the world. As such, it's rapidly becoming the hub for manufacturing energy storage, clean energy, and greener transportation. All of that is important to the SCVFF value proposition, especially because lithium demand is surging as the pace to go green on a global level far outstrips the lithium mined.
It's getting so precious that Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is reportedly considering investing in lithium exploration companies. That makes sense, knowing that their EV cars can't leave the showroom floor without lithium power to move it. Of course, the EV sector is just one needing what Scotch Creek is after.
Global business giants like General Motors (NYSE: GM), Ford (NYSE: F). and even aerospace companies like Lockheed Martin (NTSE: LMT) need to secure access to lithium to power their programs, whether they be EV, battery development initiatives, or creations to help power a new technology. The takeaway- green and clean energy independence without lithium will not happen anytime soon. So, whether invested or not, root for companies like Scotch Creek.
Project Locations To Capitalize On Lithium Frenzy
Their success can come through at least two lithium properties in Clayton Valley, Nevada, its Miranda Project, near the Silverpeak Lithium operation, and those through MACALLAN East, bordering Pure Energy's projects. Those can deliver what is best described as a win-win-win-win proposition. Scotch Creek wins financially, the clean and green-energy sector gets the lithium it needs, populations get clean air and water, and SCVFF investors get a potential windfall financially in the process.
And with only about 42.2 million shares outstanding and 64.9 million fully diluted after warrant exercises, SCVFF is positioned well from a capital and operations perspective to expedite and maximize its opportunities, proving that enormous opportunities can come in small packages.
But in this case, the only thing small about Scotch Creek is its share price. From all other measures, this company has the size and assets to be a breakout star by contributing to a scorching hot battery-metals sector showing no signs of cooling. Perhaps the best news about Scotch Creek Ventures is that they are positioned and capitalized to intensify project development in 2023.
So, while investing in miners often includes a dose of patience, some companies are better positioned than others to deliver on goals sooner than later. SCVFF is the former. Not only that, in a sector where news can drive company valuations higher in minutes, finding opportunities where news is imminent and assets secured matters too. SCVFF checks both boxes. Put most simply, by checking the right boxes at the right time, Scotch Creek Valley is doing something else besides working to monetize its assets; it's presenting a speculative investment opportunity that could mine significant shareholder value.
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