13. May 2020 | 08:22 CET
B2Gold, Newmont, Osino Resources - maximizing profits for shareholders
In uncertain times, cautious investors seek a safe haven for their money. In addition to real estate, gold in particular is a popular currency for people who have the need to be able to move their assets. But it does not have to be bars and coins. As an alternative to physical gold, shares of companies in the gold industry can offer an interesting investment opportunity. However, there are some important rules to follow in the commodities industry.
time to read: 2 minutes by Mario Hose
"[...] Our SMSZ project is the largest contiguous land package of any exploration company in the region at 400km2 and overlays a 38km portion of the prolific Senegal Mali Shear Zone. [...]" Jared Scharf, CEO, Desert Gold Ventures Inc.
Exploration and production
The creation of value in the gold industry begins with exploration, which means the exploration of the land. Companies like Osino Resources explore for reserves in their areas and, if successful, then follow a recognizable trend to discover as much mineable gold as possible. Typically, successful explorers seek a takeover by a producer.
Companies that are focused on mining and selling can logically only sell their commodities once, and thus their reserves normally decrease as well. The large mining companies thus benefit in return from a takeover of an area or an entire explorer, because this way the reserves are replenished. So, explorers and producers work hand in hand.
Experiences create security
The CEO of Osino Resources is Heye Daun, an experienced company director who has made a company capable of being taken over in the past. As part of a transaction, B2Gold has paid around USD 180 million for a 1.9 million ounce gold resource. This transaction took place in 2012, when the gold market was already in a downturn. Heye Daun makes no secret that Osino Resources is also seeking an exit for investors through a sale. As a rule of thumb, selling prices of USD 100 million per million ounces of gold in the ground are expected.
Osino Resources has already made discoveries in Namibia that have attracted the interest of investors. With a successful financing round in January 2020, the company has sufficient capital to carry out all the necessary work by March 2021, according to Heye Daun, so that resources of one to two million ounces could be proven. Osino Resources' current market capitalization is approximately CAD 70.88 million at CAD 0.85. This means that if the company is successful, there is still some upside potential for investors.
Currency advantage in Namibia
The advantage of Osino Resources and B2Gold, with their operating activities in Namibia, in the current market environment is, among other things, that the country's currency is the weak South African Rand (ZAR). Because all work there is invoiced in this currency, these companies have a competitive advantage over regions that, for example, have to pay their costs in USD. The large mining companies such as B2Gold and Newmont usually operate on several continents in order to avoid national or regional risks.
Gold stocks can provide protection
With increasing global uncertainties, the interest in gold will continue to grow. The refinancing needs of states for the costs of corona measures and the loss of tax revenues will most likely ensure that interest in gold will remain high. For gold producers, the current price level of the precious metal is very lucrative. The faster the coffers are filled, the looser the money will sit in takeovers. A circumstance that will play into the hands of the shareholders of Osino Resources.