RabidTiger put it this way:
It looks like we might pass by the June 4 "deadline" without hearing anything from the company. Since we don't have a lot of good info, here are a few clues to watch out for:
Annual General Meeting
If Teck does decide to buy us out, we will need to vote on it at a meeting. We've got an upcoming Annual General Meeting that would be the perfect time to vote on a buyout. If Copper Fox thinks we might get bought out soon, it would be poor planning to have a standard AGM and then organize another special meeting afterwards for a buyout.
We will be notified of a meeting on Sedar as a "Notice of Meeting" followed with a Management Information Circular and Form of Proxy. The Form of Proxy will have the items we need to vote on. There is supposed to be 21 days between the Proxy and the meeting itself.
To summarize, it will be bad news if our Proxy info gets posted soon. This will indicate that it's "business as usual" and that Copper Fox doesn't expect a buyout any time soon (although a back-in is still possible).
If the company is in negotiations the insiders will all be blacked out. If we see an insider buy or sell, this will indicate that discussions have terminated.
If Teck is buying us out, we won't need to raise any money. If Teck is backing in, we will need very little money to keep the company running. If we see a financing, it will indicate that Copper Fox doesn't think they will be getting Teck's help for anything. While some might be happy that we will get 100% of the property, I think this is very bad for us.
As I have mentioned before, it will be a bad thing for us to announce a drilling program unless we know Teck's decision. We don't have any money and the latest PP proved that we are unable to raise any money. Without knowing our financial situation, it will be difficult to determine the size of a drilling program.
Perhaps part of Teck's hesitation to make any decisions is because they want the EAA filed before they make any commitments. All progress on the EAA is shown on this website. The most recent filing is from December. It will be a good thing if we see some new filings because it means that progress is being made on the EAA. Anyone want to place any bets about the EAA being delayed? :)
So it looks like all the silence could be good news for us. Time to sit back and see where things go from here.
I have to agree with many of the points. Put what concerns a number of people is the idea that CUU is deliberately dumbing the news down and not actually following the contract.
This was recently posted by Explorationguy:
Some still insist that the share price doesn't matter, it's just pounds in the ground. Here's a quote out of this article from The Gold Report:theaureport.com
" Duluth has a contract with Antofagasta Plc (ANTO:LSE), which owns 40% of the joint venture. Once the bankable feasibility study is completed, probably in two years, Antofagasta has the option to buy 25% of the Maturi project for a pro rata share of 1.0x net asset value (NAV), which will be determined by the bankable feasibility study. We've modeled it at a NAV 10% discount rate, $2.80 copper, and we get a value of over $2B for the deposit. That's $500 million ($500M) for the 25%, but Duluth is trading only at a couple of hundred million market cap. If I'm Antofagasta, I'm just going to buy Duluth, and then I get 60% for less than I can buy the 25% for. What I like most is that there's a catalyst that encourages Antofagasta buy Duluth much sooner. My target is $5. "
A couple of points here. One is this deal is 1X NAV and it confirms a point I tried to make on the AG site once. Even if the pounds in the ground was worth $ 10 billion it would be much cheaper for Teck to make a buyout offer for all of CUU shares at say a very generous 60% per cent premium, or about a $ 1.00/share or $ 430 MM. It reinforces the need to get our share price up with the usual methods like starting the 120 day clock, press releases etc.
This post was from the Silicon Investor site. Explorationguy has a point. Every other company out there beats the drum like crazy when they get even the slightest good news to put out but not CUU.
Next, the issue of where are the LIARD shares:
Many of us believe we have earned them but Metacommet cites:
Positive Feasibility Study on the Schaft Creek Project, BC, Canada, Effective date January 23, 2013, 114 days ago, has never been constructively delivered to Teck http://www.copperfoxmetals.com/i/pdf/Copper-Fox-Metals-Feasibility-Study-January-23-2013.pdfMajor points of concern
.....65 share price
....failure to invoke contract terms
...misrepresenting acceptance status of undelivered PBFS
...failure to initiate any action to support share price=get Liard shares
...no official start of Teck 120 day review cycle=no relief from Teck claims, ever
...majority holder unable to liquidate due to position size
...majority holder at <0.30 average
...no funding source other than said major holder for any ongoing requirements=single lifeline, when he's done so are we
Seems to me the whole game here is what does EE need
...and at that average, my hunch is he mostly needs to sell em all at once for a lot more than he paid
..the question is what is his "a lot more"
And I theorize the reason for our current, intentional, share price suppression is to keep the price down so that Teck can take EE out within a predetermined limit
...the ethical and legal argument being is it appropriate to ignore the interests of other stakeholders in order to achieve an optimum result for the majority shareholder
He has some valid points. I have tried to get official answers but couldn't get a single line to explain this. Instead, our conversation went along the lines of "why get pushy". Yes, I know we are dealing with a very old set of subclauses going back decades and some of the reporting rules were changed by outside forces. Yes, our FS builder threw a major wrench in things. But, how about coming out with some statements to clear the air about where we stand?
Looking at how buyers view deposits does it not make sense to clear the air and set the company on the right path by getting the news out?
Both Teck and CUU expect to release news soon. But we've heard "soon" before. I think we should put out a drilling plan. I think we need to indicate where we will take this. A corporate update is appropriate.