These junior O&G explorers are like the farm teams of a major league baseball club. A farm team's main purpose in life is to develop and produce players for the major league club.
In like fashion, the main purpose of these O&G juniors is to develop producing properties for buy-out by a major O&G. That's how majors get to be majors, by letting somebody else take the early risks.
Yes, it really is that simple. And along the way, there's the possibility of making some money between now and the buy-out.