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Green Tech CEO Says Ecuador Deal Good Sign for Troubled Country

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Silvercorp Metals' recently announced acquisition in Ecuador is "great news for everyone" in the South American country, BacTech Environmental Corp.'s CEO says. Find out why one analyst says BAC's stock has "huge potential upside."

The political situation in Ecuador continues to improve after rising drug gang violence made global headlines earlier this year.

BacTech Environmental Corp. (BAC:CSE;BCCEF:OTCQB;OBT1:FRA) had just received its long-awaited environmental license for its bioleaching plant from the South American country when the unrest began.

Since then, Ecuadorians have voted to support President Daniel Noboa's security measures to bring the situation under control, including allowing the military to patrol with police, extraditing accused criminals, and increasing prison sentences for terrorism and murder.

Ross Orr, BacTech's president and chief executive officer, wrote in his "Sunday Morning Coffee" email to supporters and shareholders on Sunday that "with all the negative news flying around with respect to South America, it is refreshing to see that for some, it is business as usual."

Orr was referring to Silvercorp Metals Inc.'s (SVM:TSX; SVM:NYSE) recently announced a deal to acquire Ecuador-based Adventus Mining Corp. (ADVZF:OTCMKTS) in an all-stock deal valued at CA$200 million.

The fact that mining companies are still developing projects in Ecuador is "great news for everyone," Orr wrote.

"The recent corporate activity in Ecuador continues with several transactions that have taken place recently in spite of what people read in the press," Orr told Streetwise Reports. "Silvercorp’s acquisition of Adventus is a case in point. People need to remember that South America has always been a challenging place to do business, but investment continues no matter what the headlines say."

The deal adds the El Domo volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit (VMS) development project to Silvercorp's assets in China and Bolivia, increases the company's exposure to gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc, and enhances its near-term production profile.

"This transaction will create a new globally diversified green metals producer," SVM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Rui Feng said. "It presents the opportunity for us to leverage our technical expertise and strong balance sheet to unlock value for all shareholders by constructing the El Domo project."

The Catalyst: Bug-Eating Rocks

BacTech is building a bioleaching plant in Tenguel, Ecuador. Its bioleaching process uses naturally occurring bacteria, harmless to humans and the environment, to extract precious and base metals from ores, concentrates, and tailings. Its motto is "Our bugs eat rocks."

"We've discovered a gem in Ecuador," Orr has said. "While governments may change, environmental issues persist until addressed. I firmly believe that Ecuador is just the first in a series of successes that will follow once we demonstrate the capabilities of our technology."

The company also recently announced it had filed an expanded application for what it says is the first zero-waste bioleaching process for recovering metals, fertilizer, and iron from millions of tons of mine tailings worldwide.

From 1 tonne of waste, five different products can be sold, leaving behind zero waste, the company said. Those products are iron for steel or battery manufacturing, premium organic fertilizer, and the base metals nickel, cobalt, and copper. What's left are silicates that can be used as industrial filler or paste for backfilling in mines.

"It is hard to overstate the significance of the technology BacTech has developed for the mining industry and the environment worldwide," wrote Technical Analyst Clive Maund, who said he was staying long on the stock and rated it as a Strong Buy for all timeframes. "There are hundreds of millions or even thousands of millions of tons of these tailings lying around all over the world."

"BacTech's technology has the capacity to convert all of this waste into profitable assets and clean up the mess at the same time," Maund noted. "This is why, given that BacTech has patented its processes and technology, its stock has such huge potential upside."

Chris Temple, editor and publisher of The National Investor, has been a shareholder and supporter of the company for some time.

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BacTech Environmental Corp. (BAC:CSE;BCCEF:OTCQB;OBT1:FRA)

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After the latest announcement on expanding the patent, he wrote that "an already compelling 'green mining' story … just got a whole lot better and potentially more explosive."

"Taking the bioleaching process to its conclusion can also lead to both iron recovery be used in steel making and even an organic fertilizer product," he wrote.

Ownership and Share Structure

Nearly half of the company, 49%, is held by insiders, management, and strategic shareholders, the biggest of which is Option Three Advisory Services Ltd., which owns 8.48%, or 15.57 million shares, according to Reuters. That also includes CEO Orr, who owns 3.57% or 6.54 million shares, and Board Director Timothy Lewin, who owns 0.54% or 0.98 million shares.

The rest is retail.

The company has 193.04 million shares outstanding. Its market cap is CA$12.05 million, and it trades in a 52-week range of CA$0.10 and CA$0.05.

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Important Disclosures:

  1. BacTech Environmental Corp. is a billboard sponsor of Streetwise Reports and pays SWR a monthly sponsorship fee between US$4,000 and US$5,000. In addition, BacTech Environmental Corp. has a consulting relationship with an affiliate of Streetwise Reports, and pays a monthly consulting fee between US$8,000 and US$20,000.
  2. As of the date of this article, officers and/or employees of Streetwise Reports LLC (including members of their household) own securities of BacTech Environmental Corp.
  3. Steve Sobek wrote this article for Streetwise Reports LLC and provides services to Streetwise Reports as an employee.
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  1. Author Certification and Compensation: [Clive Maund of] is being compensated as an independent contractor by Street Smart, an affiliate of Streetwise Reports, for writing this article. Maund received his UK Technical Analysts’ Diploma in 1989.  The recommendations and opinions expressed in this content accurately reflect the personal, independent, and objective views of the author regarding any and all of the designated securities discussed. No part of the compensation received by the author was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views expressed. Disclosures

The above represents the opinion and analysis of Mr. Maund, based on data available to him, at the time of writing. Mr. Maund's opinions are his own, and are not a recommendation or an offer to buy or sell securities. As trading and investing in any financial markets may involve serious risk of loss, Mr. Maund recommends that you consult with a qualified investment advisor, one licensed by appropriate regulatory agencies in your legal jurisdiction and do your own due diligence and research when making any kind of a transaction with financial ramifications. Although a qualified and experienced stock market analyst, Clive Maund is not a Registered Securities Advisor. Therefore Mr. Maund's opinions on the market and stocks cannot be  only be construed as a recommendation or solicitation to buy and sell securities.

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