Business Updates — 2023
from ECPN Board Chairman Doug Sanders
July 14, 2023
With temperatures rising across the country and summer in full swing, our JV partner and I have also been “turning up the heat” — in terms of pushing, hard, to move us and our initiatives forward. That said, we continue to make solid progress and while there have been so many “hoops” to jump through we are steadfast in our pursuit of funding on several fronts. I continue to be confident that, in the weeks ahead, I will have details to share… and news that could shape the future of El Captain.
Each week I field many calls and emails from shareholders who ask, “How’s it going?” I share what I can, in terms of my personal impressions related to our progress. Shareholders have been supportive and complimentary about our efforts and progress and tell us they are grateful for the priority we’ve put on communications and our regular Business Updates. I went on record early on, when I took over the helm of this ship as its captain, that I’d report on what we’ve accomplished… and not pie-in-the-sky stuff that would give false hope or unfounded over-confidence. I continue to be confident that big news is right around the corner, BUT until I can report to you all with details and timeliness and plans… I’ll leave it at that. My confidence has not wavered, not in the least, and I continue to cover essential operating expenses for El Capitan from my own pocket. That should speak to my level of confidence and commitment. And when I can report on “mission accomplished” in the funding arena, you all will be among the first to know.
And make no mistake (should you be wondering…) that I am in this fight for the long haul and up to the challenge. I did have some back surgery, but rebounded quickly and am back to biking 20 to 25 miles each day. The surgery had zero impact on our push toward locking down funding — and I was signing due diligence docs in the recovery room just an hour or so after my surgery. I’m a ‘tough old bird’ and bring a lifetime of experience and skills to this job… and look forward to what the next few weeks and months will hold as we start to see fruits of our labors.
We have completed a few minor things since our last Update — and there’s always going to be “clean up on aisle four” as we continue to move forward. I’ll detail a few of those items below, but know that FUNDING remains the top priority for our JV team and we focus time and attention each day on steps that will secure that funding.
Other updates I want to share today:
- We are updating our N-43-101 Report again, as it is required by one of our funding
- The funding we are working to secure is complex, requires many layers of approvals,
and has been painstakingly slow. But we are making progress every day on multiple
source entities and programs, all of which require strict confidentiality related to
sources, programs, terms, and amounts. I continue to be optimistic that the efforts of our
joint venture will be successful.
- As I’ve mentioned earlier in this Update, we continue to have expenses related to
essential operating requirements. I haven’t looked for additional shareholder
contributions for these expenses and have covered them myself. After all: I volunteered
for this job, at no compensation until we were operational, and I intend to see the job
through. At this writing, I have personally contributed over $160,000. I’m not
complaining or bragging; I just want you to know my level of personal commitment.
I expect I’ll be reimbursed — as will those shareholders who contributed to cover the
renewals on our land claims, legal expenses, mortgage settlement, taxes, etc. — as soon
as we’re funded. We are already preparing for those reimbursements to shareholders…
- We have successfully completed a transition to a new Transfer Agent… as one more
step forward building our Operations team and planning for Shareholder Meetings.
If you’re a shareholder who needs to contact our Transfer Agent, related to stock
certificates or other issues, we can assist with that and ask that you notify us via
[email protected] …using subject line Transfer Agent Assist.
I continue to be hopeful that the next Business Update you receive will be “the one” that we’ve all been waiting for… and the waiting has been the hard part.
And, at the risk of saying a lot about nothing — which I pledged never to do — I’ll end this here, simply and with this message: Hang in there, we’re close… and think gold.
Your “El Capitan,”
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