Thursday, March 22, 2012

Endeavour Silver Provides Blueprint to Sprott’s Call to Action

"Eric Sprott, legendary gold and silver investor and chairman of Sprott Inc., famously issued an open letter to 17 of the world’s largest silver producers last year. The letter is well-known to the precious metals community because it challenged the mining industry to limit silver sales until prices increased. Unlike an OPEC style cartel, Sprott advocated that miners simply hold a portion of their cash reserves in the form of silver, in order to protect themselves and shareholders from irrational price corrections that take place too often in the silver market. Endeavour Silver not only heeded Sprott’s advice, but has already benefited from it.

Sprott’s “Call to Action” letter suggested, “Instead of selling all their silver for cash and depositing that cash in a levered bank, silver miners should seriously consider storing a portion of their reserves in physical silver outside of the banking system. Why take on all the risks of the bank when you can hold hard cash through the very metal that you mine? Given the current environment, we see much greater risk holding cash in a bank than we do in holding precious metals.” Furthermore, holding silver instead of cash as a form of savings allows silver miners to convert their silver into cash at an opportune time.

Endeavour Silver, a mid-cap silver mining company with operations in Mexico, is a perfect example of Sprott’s letter. The company has been parking excess cash in silver and gold on a short-term basis since 2008. Instead of falling victim to the volatile silver market, Endeavour “elected not to sell a significant portion of its metal production on the basis that the gold and silver prices were experiencing a major correction and the Company would be better served to hold the unsold metal in inventory until such time as the metal prices rebounded,” the company said in its earnings release on Tuesday. Endeavour held 980,000 ounces of silver and 5,400 ounces of gold at the end of 2011, compared to only 127,000 ounces of silver and 957 ounces of gold at the end of 2010..."

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