Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) is positioned to create an awesome future if the ongoing weak banking environment continues for a period of time; which is should.
This is especially true of European banks, which have provided the majority of financing for miners, and which in light of the debt crisis in Europe, are contracting their loans to the industry, providing a potential marvelous opportunity for Silver Wheaton for years into the future.
If Silver Wheaton and its leaders have the will, it's likely they could become one of the leading sources of capital for miners with silver as a by-product, or silver as the main metal being mined.
With the price of silver being under pressure in 2011, that was weakened the position of silver miners, and if that continues on, or if financing continues to be tight, Silver Wheaton would be the go to place of financing for the miners, providing a magnificent opportunity to negotiate some very favorable deals.
At this time Silver Wheaton pays a little over $4 an ounce for silver, with everything above that profit, minus limited costs.
Being a silver streaming company, Silver Wheaton has very little overhead, putting them in a strong financial position.
A strength that Silver Wheaton has over other silver competitors like iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV) is that it doesn't only track the price of silver as the means of generating revenue, but also benefits from the increasing production at mines it has deals in place with.
So when mines come on line or boost production, Silver Wheaton gets a big piece of all of that.
As for risk, there is very little for Silver Wheaton in reference to costs, although there is a risk if the miners have some type of local problems which slow down or halt production.
But having a good number of clients, Silver Wheaton has sufficient protection if there are specific problems with an individual miner. It could slow down some production, and thus revenue, but a steady stream of revenue from other miners would ensure solid results.
For the short and long terms, it appears Silver Wheaton is strongly positioned for fantastic growth, with an estimated 60 percent in growth projected by 2015 by the company.
If more miners come calling for financial deals, and if bankers remain reluctant to finance them, Silver Wheaton could be setting itself up, and its investors, for significant growth for many years to come, as industrial uses of the white metal grow in demand.