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It appears the six month old rally is starting to falter and 2012 might be a repeat of 2011 where market rose early in the year before taking a significant beat down. In my own portfolio I have raised substantial cash over the past two months from selling winners and having my covered call positions "called" from me. I also increased some of my small short positions in the last six weeks. Finally, I have made a list of stocks I want to buy on any pullback. One mining stock that has already taken a significant hit is on that list.

Thompson Creek Metals (TC)

6 reasons Thompson Creek will reward aggressive long term investors at $6 a share:

  • After falling nearly 35% from its highs earlier this year, the stock is about 50% below the median price target of $9 a share the five analysts that cover this stock have on TC.
  • Numerous insiders bought new shares in late February at higher prices. There has been net insider buying in the stock over the past six months.
  • The company is selling at 60% of book value and under 7 times forward earnings.
  • Its Mount Milligan mine is expected to come on line in 2013. This mine is expected to produce 81mm pounds of copper and just under 200,000 ounces of gold a year when it is fully operational.
  • The stock has been hit by cost overruns to bring Mt. Milligan on line in Mid-2013. It got Royal Gold (RGLD) to up its ownership of the gold stream from this mine to 40% from 25% for $270mm cash. Given Thompson's low market capitalization (Approximately $1.1B), large cash flow from its other assets (Est. $200mm/year), and attractive holdings; it would not surprise me if company was either acquired in whole or brings in another strategic partner to bring this mine on line.
  • The stock looks like it is putting in a long term bottom at these levels (See two year chart)
Source: A Speculative $6 Mining Stock Insiders Are Buying