Sandstorm Gold

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Sandstorm Gold Ltd.
Traded asTSXSSL
FounderNolan Watson, David Awram
Number of employees

Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (formerly Sandstorm Resources)[1] provides financing for precious metal mining companies in the form of a 'gold streaming' transaction whereby an upfront cash payment is exchanged for a percentage of gold production from the mine.[2] The finance model has also been called a volumetric production payment transaction and originated in the oil and gas sector.[3]

In April 2017 Sandstorm announced it had reached an agreement to acquire Mariana Resources in a share and cash acquisition valuing Mariana at US$4.04 per share. The business combination would create a mid-tier streaming company with 155 streams and royalties. [4]

In Q1 2017 Sandstorm reported record gold equivalent sales of 15,558 ounces, generating revenue of $18.8 million and a net income of $7.0 million. [5]


Sandstorm Resources (now Sandstorm Gold)[1] was founded in 2008, when Nolan Watson and David Awram decided to create a metal streaming company that would be focused on gold acquisitions.[6] Both Watson and Awram were former employees of Silver Wheaton, the first organization to apply this financial model to the mining industry.[7] Sandstorm Gold is a publicly traded company, listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange under the symbol, SSL.[8]

Sandstorm plans to grow and diversify through the acquisition of additional gold streams.[9]

Royalties & Streams[edit]

In Q1 2017 Sandstorm acquired 22 new net smelter return royalties for US$1.9 million. The Company completed transactions with multiple junior mining companies including Kivalliq Energy, Evrim Resources, Tower Resources, Copper Fox Metals, Millrock Resources and Condor Resources. [10]

Management and directors[edit]

  • Nolan Watson, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
  • David Awram, Senior Executive Vice President and Director
  • Erfan Kazemi, Chief Financial Officer
  • Ron Ho, Vice President of Finance
  • Andrew T. Swarthout, Director; President and Director of Bear Creek Mining
  • John P. A. Budreski, Director; President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Morien Resources Corp.
  • David E. DeWitt, Director; Chairman of Pathway Capital Ltd.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Sandstorm Resources Announces Name Change to Sandstorm Gold". February 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Commodity Flow-Nolan Watson is streaming a lot of business for two companies named Sandstorm". Financial Post Magazine. September 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "What Does Volumetric Production Payment - VPP Mean?". April 2008.
  4. ^ "Sandstorm Gold and Mariana Resources Announce Combination to Create Leading Mid-Tier Streaming Company". Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  5. ^ "Sandstorm Gold Announces Q1 2017 Results". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  6. ^ "Sandstorm Resources and the Gold Royalty Model". The Midas Letter. June 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-03-30.
  7. ^ "The Silver Wheaton Success Story". The Northern Miner. February 1–7, 2010.
  8. ^ "A Metal Stream Company 100% Exposed to the Gold Price". Paradigm Capital Market Report. August 26, 2009.
  9. ^ "Welcome to Sandstorm". April 2014.
  10. ^ "Sandstorm Gold Acquires 22 Royalties During Q1 2017". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  11. ^ "Sandstorm Management & Directors". March 2014.


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