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12/13/13

Mining PRs and the Ottotrans™, part 81



I need to walk away from the screen this morning and will do once this post is published (opening bell 16 minutes from now), because on watching the pre-market the temptation to add to an already-held short position is becoming very strong. Thing is, adding on a seat-of-pants decision isn't the right thing to do in this current atmosphere and as I'm generally happy with the portfolio positioning right now along with the level of cash reserve held, any decision can wait until the weekend. At least I hope so.

Anyway, to take my mind off things here's a Ottotrans on the NR out of Carpathian Gold (CPN.to) this morning, a stock that's sadly too cheap to effectively short even if it moves up sharply today.

This is what they wrote:
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec 13, 2013) - Carpathian Gold Inc. (CPN.TO) (the "Corporation" or "Carpathian") the Corporation, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Mineração Riacho dos Machados Ltda. ("MRDM"), which owns and operates the RDM gold project, Brazil (the "Project"), has received from SUPRAM, the state environmental agency, the Autorização Provisória de Operação ("APO"), a provisional permit, allowing it to proceed with the full operation of its gold producing facilities. The APO provides the same legal rights as the Licença de Operação ("LO") and allows the Project to proceed in the interim while arrangements are being performed by the government agencies and related entities for the issuance of the LO.

As allowed under the previously granted Licença Instalação ("LI"), the open-pit mining operations have proceeded as planned. A total of 19 million tonnes of material have been extracted with daily rates at approximately 80,000 tonnes. Mining operations have demonstrated that the 7,000 tonnes per day of ore production that was proposed in the Feasibility Study, can easily be exceeded, thereby representing an opportunity to increase gold production due of the extra processing capacity of the process plant that is rated in excess of 9,000 tonnes per day.

Wet commissioning and start-up of the process plant has taken place and, with the granting of the APO, the processing and leaching of ore can commence to produce gold. During the commissioning and start-up phase, the process plant has been operating on a continuous basis at a feed rate of 8,500 to 9,000 tonnes per day, which is well above the initial planned rate of 7,000 tonnes per day. During the start-up period, the grinding mill consumed energy at approximately 65% of the estimated power to generate a final product at the design particle size of 80% passing 53 microns. This reduction in power consumption may represent a major opportunity for a reduction of the estimated operating cost of the plant.

The Corporation will provide further information on its forecasted gold production and cash costs once the operation has ramped up over the next few months. With gold now in the circuit it is anticipated that the first gold pour will be in December and that the project will produce in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold per year.

"While the unfortunate delay in the start-up of the operation may have affected the outlook for the Company and led to a cash shortfall situation, it is nonetheless a pleasure to report that with the receipt of the APO the RDM gold project can now commence gold production and be Brazil's next gold producer", said Dino Titaro, Chairman and CEO. "With the wet commissioning of the mill and process plant, the Project is now ready to receive and process ore from the mine, with the expectation of its first gold pour within two weeks. The entire Corporation is grateful for the support it has received from all of its stakeholders during the last three months of uncertainty. In particular, the financial support of Macquarie Bank through this period has been crucial and is highly appreciated by the management team and the board of directors".

As previously announced, the Corporation is conducting a review of strategic alternative options. Even though the Project is now up and running, this process remains on-going with continued discussions with a number of parties that have indicated an interest, and which are presently carrying out due diligence at all levels, including visits to our operation in Brazil. The Corporation intends to keep moving forward expeditiously with the strategic review process but there can be no assurance that any transaction will result. The Corporation does not intend to disclose further details with respect the process unless and until the Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or such disclosure is otherwise appropriate.

About Carpathian

And this is what it means:
"Look at the gooooold! The shiny shiny gooooold! Don't look at the company financials, look at the beautiful shiny scrummy expensive gooooooooooooooooooooooooold"