With approximately $5.5 million in the bank, a 3.5-million-ounce gold equivalent Measured and Indicated resource, zero debt and a robust, updated preliminary economic assessment, Almaden Minerals Ltd. CEO Morgan Poliquin says the company is in position to not only survive this tough market but to continue adding significant value at a deep discount. While other companies are trying to figure out how to keep the lights on, Almaden has been active. The company recently completed a spinout of a large portfolio of exploration projects and royalties—including a royalty on Ixtaca—into Almadex Minerals Inc. and purchased an option on a mint condition mill that reduced the initial capital cost estimate by some $70 million. In this interview with The Gold Report, the second-generation geologist points to the fact that 95% of the Tuligtic property, which hosts the Ixtaca Zone, remains unexplored and that the company can drill for about a third of what most operators pay. He says that the company’s market cap is less than the savings from the purchase of the mill, as an indication that a potential buyout is a plausible scenario.