Why is everyone getting so excited about the frac sands?


Select Sands Corp. (SNS.V) is a stock we’ve been holding and buying for the better part of a year now. We started accumulating in the high .30’s, continued buying in the low .20’s just months ago and we’ve been rewarded as of late, with its great performance as it broke through $0.50 only a few days ago (SNS.V is trading around $0.45 on great volume as I write this).


SNS released probably their biggest news to date this morning, with regards to them purchasing a wet processing plant for their silica sand production. This, in short, cuts out the middle man who has been providing this service for them, and if they ever decide to pursue a dry plant (see last sentence of the press release below….), then they’ll truly become a force to be reckoned with in the frack/silica sands arena. Keep in mind they’re already in production and sitting on a USD $160mm grade-A silica deposit.

There has been a lot of chatter as of late regarding sand in general, and specifically the upside for this company when the price of crude oil recovers. Here are a few recent, notable comments from some respected analysts;

Gwen Preston, The Resource Maven discussing the demand for sand on August 14th.

Keith Schaefer of the Oil & Gas Investments Bulletin wrote on the topic on August 10th, which you can view here.

As well as a great Seeking Alpha article by Michael Filloon found here.

You can read the entire release below;

August 23, 2016

Select Sands Enters Agreement To Purchase Wet Processing Plant and Related Assets

Vancouver, BC – Select Sands Corp. (TSX-V: SNS) (“Select Sands”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement (APA) whereby Select Sands will buy certain assets of Tutle Holdings. The assets to be acquired include a permitted and producing wet processing plant, equipment and related assets, all nearby its Sandtown silica sands deposit in Arkansas, USA.

In consideration of the sale and transfer of the assets, Select Sands will pay Tutle US $475,000 in cash and US $75,000 in Select Sands common shares for a total purchase price of US $550,000. The number of common shares will be calculated by dividing US $75,000 by the 20-day volume weighted average price of Select Sands’ common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange with Canadian dollars converted to U.S. dollars at the noon rate of Exchange for Cdn/U.S. dollars on the closing date as posted on the Bank of Canada’s website.

Completion of the transaction is subject to receipt of the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

In June 2015, Tetra Tech completed a mineral resource estimate and preliminary economic assessment (PEA) report which concluded the initial capital cost for a processing facility to produce Tier 1 sand from the Sandtown deposit was estimated to be US $42.3MM, of which the wet processing plant costs were estimated to be US $11.47MM.

Tutle Holdings, (Tutle & Tutle Trucking), who owns the plant, is the largest frac sand trucking company in the United States providing “last mile trucking” to the wellhead in all major oil and gas markets in the United States. Paul Tutle, CEO of Tutle Holdings comments: “We are pleased to complete this initial transaction with Select Sands and to take a small equity position in the company. We expect the company will quickly become a player in the market and look forward to working with Select Sands in the future.”

Select Sands President & CEO Rasool Mohammad commented: “This acquisition is expected to lower production costs of our 40/70 and 100 mesh silica sand products and better position the Company to service the growing demand in the oil and gas markets. We are very pleased to be working with Tutle, a well-respected company, which is additionally positioned to benefit from marketing and growing our customer base for our tier 1 Northern White silica sand products.”

The wet processing plant is currently being contracted by Select Sands to produce Northern White 40/70 and 100 mesh silica sand products with daily capacity of 1,500 tons per day. The wet processing plant includes feed hopper, conveyor, classifiers, cyclones, and control building and is optimized to increase its daily capacity at minimal cost as needed.

Select Sands continues to seek additional opportunities in the region to secure strategic assets that will continue to optimize production and capture the intrinsic value of the Sandtown deposit for its shareholders.

Mark Horan, P.Eng. of Tetra Tech, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure in this News Release.

About Select Sands Corp.

Select Sands’ Sandtown property, located in northeast Arkansas, USA, is underlain by the Ordovician St. Peter sandstone formation, which is a major source of ‘Ottawa White’ Tier-1 frac sand/industrial sand selling into major US oil and gas basins as well as industrial and specialty end markets. The Sandtown property is located 3.1 miles from Highway 167 near a natural gas pipeline. The property has an active power line on the property and is located approximately 14.7 miles from the nearest rail system (see Select Sands December 4, 2014 News Release). Compared to competitive sand mines located in Wisconsin owned by the largest US frac sand producers, Sandtown has a competitive location advantage as it is approximately 650 rail miles closer to the Texas/Louisiana oil/gas plays as well as the Houston port and industrial hub.

As per the June 2015 PEA report by Tetra Tech of Golden, Colorado, USA and Vancouver, BC, Canada, the Sandtown property has a pre-tax net present value of US $160 million and a post-tax net present value of US$92 million. The PEA was completed on a portion of the current silica sand mineral resources (see the Select Sands’ June 10, 2015 News Release). Select Sands would like to remind investors that mineral resources for the Sandtown Property are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability and there is no certainty that this PEA will be realized. Subsequent to the completion of the 2015 PEA, Select Sands announced an updated mineral resource estimate for the Sandtown property totaling 41.98 Million Tons of Indicated silica sand mineral resources (see the Select Sands February 10, 2016 news release).

For more information about Select Sands Corp., please visit www.selectsandscorp.com or contact:

Rasool Mohammad, B.Sc. (Mining)

President & CEO.
Phone: (604) 639-4533

Investor Relations
Arlen Hansen
Phone: (604) 684-6730


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