Top Ten Small Cap Technology and Mining Stocks Pick List
Here is our Top 10 Small Cap Tech and Top Ten Junior Mining Stocks for the first quarter of 2020
SmallCapPower | Winter 2020: The mining and technology sector both had impressive gains in 2019. The S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology Index (TTTK) was up ~65% and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Index (TXGM) was up 25%. Investors will be looking to 2020, for the tech and mining sectors to continue the rally. Today, we have picked our top ten small cap technology and mining stocks that investors should be monitoring for the first quarter of 2020.
*Share price data as at February 11, 2020, data obtained from S&P Capital IQ
Canadian Small Cap Technology Top Ten Pick List
Quisitive Technology Solutions, Inc. (TSXV:QUIS) – $0.44 Technology – Microsoft Cloud Consulting
Quisitive is a digital technology consulting firm that provides organizations with Microsoft Cloud (Azure, Dynamics, and Office 365) solutions, as well as proprietary software as a service (SaaS) solutions and cloud data services. Quisitive is one of 35 companies to have earned the “National Solution Provider” designation from Microsoft. Quisitive helps its clients harness the power of the Microsoft cloud and technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IOT, and blockchain through customized solutions. Quisitive’s goal is to become the premier Microsoft Solutions provider, and is planning to scale organically and through acquisitions. On January 1, QUIS announced that it had closed its acquisition of Menlo Technologies, a provider of Microsoft technology, corporate consulting, and business software and systems.
Market Cap: $47.8M
30-Day Return: +70.4%
90-Day Return: +360.0%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 127,220
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 133,070
QYOU Media Inc. (TSXV:QYOU) – $0.06 Technology – Media
QYOU Media is a media company focused, via its 82% owned subsidiary QYOU India, on ‘Young Indians’ being the approximately 400M 20 to 30 year old’s who are a subset of the Millennial and Gen Z market in India. QYOU Media produces ‘The Q India’, a Hindi-language television channel and VOD library that is now available to approximately 500 million device holders (satellite and cable distribution footprints as well as mobile phone and OTT (over-the-top streaming portals) of which we estimate 65% of device holders are ‘Young Indians’. The Q India was launched three years ago by industry veterans from Lionsgate, MTV, Sony and Disney with a four-part strategic plan and is now, after having successfully executed Phases One to Three, poised to enter Phase Four of its plan — the monetization phase via advertising sales.
CounterPath Corporation designs, develops and sells software and services that enable enterprises and telecommunication service providers to deliver Unified Communications (UC) services, including voice, video, messaging and collaboration functionality, over their Internet Protocol (IP) based networks. The Company is engaged in the design, development, marketing and sale of personal computer and mobile application software, gateway server software and related professional services, such as pre and post sales, technical support and customization services. It also offers a cloud-based solution to businesses known as Bria SaaS. CounterPath cloud-based solutions are deployed worldwide by Airbnb, AmeriSave, BT, Citibank, Comcast, Fusion, Fuze, Honeywell, Liberty Global, Uber, Windstream and others.
Market Cap: $16.8M
30-Day Return: -36.0%
90-Day Return: +89.7%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 18,930
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 14,020
Loop Insights Inc. (TSXV:MTRX) – $0.135 Technology – Marketing Analytics
Loop Insights provides retail and marketing solutions that bridge the gap between digital and physical landscapes. Loop engages in the design and development of automated AI marketing platform for brick & mortar retailers and brands that aim to collect and analyze real-time consumer data. The Company’s primary product is hardware that integrates with a retailer’s existing infrastructure to aggregate consumer transaction data. The product uses machine learning algorithms to better understand consumer spending habits. Revenue is to be collected from three main segments: 1) Subscription fees derived from retailers; 2) Commissions from brands paying retailers to advertise on receipts and 3) Data exchange through selling brands access to aggregated data. Loop is licenced to operate in a breadth of industries, including Liquor & Beverages, Sports & Entertainment, Cannabis and Pharmaceutical.
Market Cap: $8.9M
30-Day Return: -12.9%
90-Day Return: -50.9%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 68,980
90 Day Average Trading Volume: 59,320
AcuityAds Holdings Inc. (TSX:AT) – $1.61 Technology – Programmatic Advertising
AcuityAds is a Canadian tech company operating in the marketing vertical. The Company offers targeted ads, identifying consumers based on their shopping intent and delivering ads more likely to appeal to them. AcuityAds offers fully-managed advertising as well as self-managed advertising services. On February 3, 2020, Acuity Ads announced it had signed a $6M contract with a global hospitality company.
Market Cap: $77.0M
30-Day Return: +6.6%
90-Day Return: +37.6%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 164,610
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 121,310
mCloud Technologies Corp. (TSXV:MCLD) – $6.20 Technology – IOT and AI
mCloud is an Artificial Intelligence and IOT company that uses both technologies to solve a variety of energy problems, including curbing energy waste, maximizing energy production, and extending the health of critical energy infrastructure (HVAC, wind turbines, electrical transformers, gas compressors). The Company utilizes IoT sensors to bring data from connected assets into the cloud, where AI and analytics are applied to maximize their performance.
Market Cap: $101.1M
30-Day Return: +17.3%
90-Day Return: +31.3%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 32,600
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 29,790
Photon Control Inc. (TSX:PHO) – $1.31 Technology – Semiconductor Sensors
Photon Control designs, manufactures, and distributes a range of optical sensors and systems to measure temperature, position and flow to end users in the semiconductor and related industries in the United States, Asia, and internationally. The Company offers fiber optic temperature probes that measure temperature particularly in harsh environments. Photon Control also provides single channel and multi-channel temperature sensing products and it offers custom design, installation, training, and support services.
Market Cap: $136.9M
30-Day Return: +3.1%
90-Day Return: +25.0%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 134,950
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 130,000
Quarterhill Inc. (TSX:QTRH) – $1.98 Technology – Communications Equipment
Quarterhill is focused on the disciplined acquisition, management, and growth of companies in dedicated technology areas, including vertical market software & solutions, intelligent industrial systems, and innovation & licensing. Quarterhill puts an emphasis on seeking out acquisition opportunities at reasonable valuations that provide a foundation for recurring revenues, predictable cash flows, profitable growth, and dedicated management teams.
Market Cap: $235.3M
30-Day Return: +12.0%
90-Day Return: +15.3%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 232,310
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 182,860
iLOOKABOUT Corp. (TSXV:ILA) – $0.24 Technology – Real Estate Analytics
iLOOKABOUT operates as a software, data analytics, and visual intelligence company in Canada and the US. The company’s has three main platforms for real estate analytics solutions which include. GeoViewPort, a real property focused Web-based application that targets the property assessment and appraisal industry by enabling desktop review of tools, as well as data verification, workflow management, field inspection, and street level photography solutions. Second, StreetScape, an application that offers street level imagery, aerial imagery, and advanced mapping tool. In addition to Real Property Tax Analytics, a Web-based platform that facilitates property assessment analytics. The Company primarily serves the property assessment, property taxation, municipal, insurance, and appraisal sectors.
Market Cap: $26.1M
30-Day Return: +9.1%
90-Day Return: -15.8%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 111,460
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 138,620
Baylin Technologies Inc. (TSX:BYL) – $1.89 Technology – Telecom Infrastructure and 5G
Baylin Technologies is a global wireless technology management company. The Company’s operations focus on research, design, development, manufacturing and sales of passive and active RF products and services. Baylin is a one-stop shop that designs and manufactures custom engineered antennas for mobile, wireless infrastructure and broadband devices. Baylin is expected to take advantage of the unprecedented wave of infrastructure investment in global telecommunications particularly 5G, which requires 8x as many antennas as 4G.
Market Cap: $74.4M
30-Day Return: -12.8%
90-Day Return: -1.6%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 57,530
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 102,600
Canadian Junior Mining Top Ten Pick List
Crestview Exploration Inc. (CSE:CRS) – $1.30 Junior Gold
Crestview Exploration engages in the acquisition and exploration of the mineral properties in North America. It intends to identify and develop economic precious and base metals properties. The Company is developing the Rock Creek Project that comprises 72 unpatented lode mining claims located in Elko County, Nevada. On January 16, 2020, CRS stock jumped 22% after the Company confirmed two important gold targets at its Rock Creek Project.
Eskay Mining Corp. (Eskay) is a natural resource company that is engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties in British Columbia, Canada. The Company holds an interest in the St. Andrew Goldfield (SIB)-Eskay Project. It also owns an 100% interest in mineral tenures located in the Skeena Mining Division, Province of British Columbia.
Market Cap: $28.4M
30-Day Return: -7.8%
90-Day Return: +88.0%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 109,880
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 90,790
Ely Gold Royalties Inc. (TSXV:ELY) – $0.73 Junior Gold
Ely Gold Royalties is a Vancouver-based royalty company that has projects in Nevada and Quebec. Currently, the Company’s portfolio consists of 33 deeded royalties and 20 properties optioned to third parties. Its portfolio is made up of producing royalties, fully-permitted mines and development projects that are located at, or near, producing mines. All of the Company’s portfolio properties are sold or optioned on a 100% basis, while Ely Gold retains royalty interests. Last July 24, the Company announced that its subsidiary, DHI Minerals, it has signed a purchase option agreement with Contact Gold Corp to gain an undivided 100% interest in the past-producing Green Springs gold project that is based in White Pine County, Nevada. The property consists of 218 unpatented mining claims that are owned by Ely Gold and two leased unpatented mining claims.
Viscount Mining is a junior resource exploration company focused primarily on gold properties in the western United States, including Silver Cliff in Colorado and Cherry Creek in Nevada. The Silver Cliff property lies within the historic Hardscrabble Silver District in the Wet Mountain Valley, Custer County, Colorado. The property consists of 900 hectares where high-grade silver, gold and base metals production came from numerous mines during the period 1878 to the early 1900s. The Cherry Creek property consists of 276 contiguous unpatented and 17 patented claims as well as mill rights. This 2,434 hectare property encompasses more than 20 past-producing gold and silver mines with the three largest of these historic mines being the Exchequer/New Century, the Ticup and the prolific Star Mine. In 2018, Viscount reported drill results that returned 203.9 g/t silver (6.56 oz/t) from surface to 15.5m (50.9 ft) at its Silver Cliff Property in Colorado.
Market Cap: $18.3M
30-Day Return: +29.2%
90-Day Return: +44.2%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 72,690
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 62,140
Amex Exploration Inc. (TSXV:AMX) – $1.58 Junior Gold
Amex Exploration is a Canada-based mining exploration company focused on exploration activities conducted in Canada and Mexico. Its properties include the Perron Property, Normetal Property, Cameron Property, Lac Indicateur property, Eastmain Centre property, Eastmain North Property, Natora Property and Nueva Escondida property. The Company’s flagship asset, the Perron Property, consists of approximately 120 mining claims covering an area of over 4,510 hectares in northern Quebec. Amex’s summer drilling program found high-grade gold intersected on the Gratien gold zone at Perron, with results up to 16.48 g/t Au over 14.6 m, including 315.4 g/t Au over 0.5 m and 102.96 g/t Au over 0.7 m. Eric Sprott added 2M shares at $1.00/share last November, bring his total ownership up to 6.7M shares.
VR Resources is a mineral exploration company, engaged in the acquisition, evaluation, and exploration of mineral exploration properties in Nevada and Ontario. The Company primarily explores for copper, silver, and gold deposits. Its core properties include the Bonita property that consists of 381 claims covering an area of approximately 3,186 hectares in Humboldt County, Nevada. The Junction property that comprises 149 claims covering an area of approximately 1,227 hectares in Humboldt County, Nevada. The New Boston property consists of 64 claims covering an area of approximately 543 hectares in Mineral County, Nevada. The Danbo property that consists of 21 claims covering an area of approximately 434 acres in Nye County, Nevada; and the Ranoke property consisting of 353 claims in one contiguous block covering 7,072 hectares in northern Ontario.
Getchell Gold Corp., a junior resource company, explores for mineral properties in Canada and Nevada. The Company owns six assets in Nevada, where 8% of the world’s annual gold supply is concentrated. Getchell’s main project is near the town of Winnemucca. Peter Clausi, the outgoing CEO of Getchell Gold Corp, compares their Winnemucca property to Canada’s historic gold site, Timmins. Getchell holds a 0.5% net smelter royalty interest in the Georgia Lake and Conway properties located in the Thunder Bay mining district, Ontario. It also holds four claims in the Copper Mountain area of Princeton, British Columbia.
Market Cap: $6.9M
30-Day Return: -7.4%
90-Day Return: +31.6%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 45,540
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 35,770
Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV:ARU) – $3.23 Junior Gold and Copper
Aurania is a junior mining company focused on the exploration of precious metals and copper. The Company’s flagship asset is the Lost Cities-Cutucu Project located at the base of the Andes Mountains in southeastern Ecuador. Last year, the Company reported the discovery of gold elements typical of epithermal systems at the Tinchi target of the Cutucu project and also reported high-grade silver-zinc associated with the Tiria epithermal target.
Juggernaut Exploration explores precious and base metal deposits in Canada. The Company also holds an option to acquire 100% interests in the Midas property covering an area of 16,671 hectares located in the Skeena Mining District, British Columbia; and the Empire property that consists of 19 mineral claims covering an area of 16,399 hectares located in the Omineca Mining District, British Columbia. In addition, it holds an option to earn 100% interest in the Gold Standard property covering an area of 3,961 hectares located in West Central British Columbia.
CopperBank Resources is a junior copper explorer based in the United States. The Company’s main property is Copper Creek in Pinal County, Arizona; and the Contact copper project in Elko County, Nevada. The Company also holds interests in the Pyramid copper project; and San Diego project that covers an area of 40 square kilometers situated in the Alaska Peninsula. Copperbank’s portfolio is leveraged to the copper price and could rally if the commodity price exceeds $3 a pound.
Market Cap: $15.0M
30-Day Return: -9.1%
90-Day Return: +25.0%
30-Day Average Trading Volume: 191,910
90-Day Average Trading Volume: 214,940
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