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Junior Gold and Natural Resource Sector Report
June 25, 2007
Giving Back Big Time
(A New Age for Socially Responsible Mining)
Investors in the resource markets will likely know the name Frank Giustra, a Vancouver based mining financier. Many wish
they had his uncanny ability to call tops and bottoms in the resource market – and create billions of dollars of wealth for himself
Purposefully low profile, Giustra vaulted to centre stage in North American media earlier this month when he announced he was
personally pledging US$100 million plus half of his future earnings from his resource investments to help launch the Clinton-
Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI). His donation to the initiative is being matched by a $100-million
commitment from Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecom billionaire, and rumoured to be the second richest man on earth.
The focus of this initiative is on alleviating poverty in the developing world, to build on the Clinton Foundation's successful
track record of scaling-up development initiatives, and to bring together key stakeholders from the mining sector in a unified
front to help people benefit long term in mining regions.
What This Means about the Resource Investment Climate
Before I tell you more about Giustra and his Endeavours (pardon the pun, you’ll see), I want to impart what this tells me about
the resource market. One is that Giustra has obviously made an unbelievable amount of money in this sector. He has a gift, and
he is committed to using it. We have followed most if not all of his companies since Wheaton River Minerals in 2001, and my
subscribers are much wealthier for it. So we will continue to follow his products – whether they are publicly traded shell
companies that we may have to be patient with or if they are fully producing mines.
The second thing this announcement says – is that Giustra believes this bull market in commodities will last for many more
years. He is committing half his future earnings from the resource sector for the rest of his life. Giustra is only 49 years old.
He generates wealth from the mining and resource sector, not the tech sector or manufacturing sector.
And mining creates huge wealth for communities as well. Giustra’s initiative will work to see that prosperity can become self
sustaining. Guistra brings to the table his vast network of contacts with over 20 resource, finance and supporting companies
endorsing or signing on as partners to the initiative already.
What This Means for Mining
This initiative will also improve the image of the entire mining sector. They are now working together as a force for world
improvement by setting out to develop a focused, measurable, strategic plan. While overcoming global poverty seems a
gargantuan task, the unified, sectoral approach proposed through this initiative offers a much-needed facelift to a muchmaligned
and wrongly tarnished industry.
In Guistra’s own words, Clinton has become a “worldwide brand, he can do things and ask for things that no one else can.”
Clinton’s lobbying efforts will make it hard for the green groups to continue to spread falsities, organize anti-mining rallies, and
generally disturb the good business that Canadian mining companies have been attempting to advance in various countries.
Mining companies have suffered relentless aggravation at the hands of anti-mining groups with little if any technical
knowledge, out to destroy the possibility of prosperity in impoverished areas. Unfortunately, the mining community has failed
to respond effectively until now. Giustra and Clinton bring sweeping vision, moral suasion and influential charisma to the
Bringing together many of the elements and drivers so instrumental to his past success, Guistra again sets the stage for ultimate
success in this next venture – using his clout in the mining world to promote development in the Third World.
How Giustra Built his Billion
He is known for exiting the market in everything resource related 6 months before the Bre-Ex scandal walking away with
millions and subsequently created Lions Gate Entertainment in 1996 which became one of the largest independent film
companies in the world generating $1 billion a year in revenues.
In 2001, sensing the bottom of the gold price and start of a US-dollar decline, Giustra returned to the mining finance business,
becoming Chairman and majority shareholder of Endeavour Financial, a private merchant banking company.
Endeavour shortly after became a mining finance powerhouse and launched a number of mining companies starting with
Wheaton River Minerals. With gold at US$255, Wheaton started acquiring gold mines, and became the sixth largest and lowest
cost gold producer in the world in three short years. Wheaton became a US$7 billion market cap company with US$480 million
of cash reserves after merging with GoldCorp.
Bema Gold, Northern Orion, Oriel Resources, Silver Wheaton, Eastern Platinum, Bolivar Goldfields are just a few examples of
wildly successful companies Endeavour has created. Urasia Energy was the latest phenomenon which recently merged with
SXR Uranium valuing Urasia at $3.5B. Not a bad return on investment in 16 months!
Factors for Long Term Success
The value of the Guistra life annuity to the Clinton-Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative will surely amount to several times his
up-front contribution, and could amount to billions.
The formula for wealth creation so perfected by Giustra and his colleagues helped make billions of dollars for investors
(including my subscribers!) in six short years. It’s a formula that will now continue to provide a means to give something back
to a greater cause, with relative success largely dictated by the market’s appetite for new product and the continued secular
resource bull market.
And straight from the man who’s called these secular bottoms and tops, Mr. Giustra believes the resource market has ““has
many years left, at least another decade”.
We tip our hats to a good man with big vision making a difference in the world.
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