May 17th, 2023 | 07:30 CEST
Newmont, Tocvan Ventures, Rheinmetall - The lights are green
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Newmont - Takeover signed and sealed
The deal is in the bag, and the precious metals sector has a new giant. Australian mining company Newcrest agreed to a takeover bid by industry giant Newmont, further extending Newmont's rank as the largest gold producer. Only the approval of the regulatory authorities and the shareholders is still pending. If all goes as planned, the new Newmont group will own gold mines and projects in North and South America, Australia, Africa and Papua New Guinea and further increase its copper share of production.
Newcrest Mining has officially agreed to Newmont Mining's takeover bid, which is the largest acquisition in the recent history of the gold sector. The deal has an estimated value of around USD 19.2 billion. Newcrest shareholders will receive 0.4 shares of Newmont for each of their shares and are expected to hold 31% of the merged company upon completion of the transaction.
This mega takeover is increasing the pressure on Barrick Gold to follow suit. For this reason, Barrick CEO Mark Bristow had already announced that he was also on the lookout for takeover opportunities. Despite good developments, the Company's projects will not be enough to hold a candle to Newmont. The merged group will have a pro-forma production of over 8.2 million ounces of gold and thus be almost twice as big as Barrick.
Tocvan Ventures - Consistent silver grades available
With the takeover wave among industry giants in full swing, the next step will likely be to expand it to smaller producers and promising exploration companies. The state of Sonora is the location with the world's largest silver production and the site where around 40% of all Mexican gold is mined. The Canadian company Tocvan Ventures is implementing its gold and silver projects, Pilar and El Picacho, in this area. They are located close to productive mines and thus benefit from the first-class infrastructure.
In particular, Tocvan Ventures' Pilar project recently achieved outstanding drill results, moving it ever closer to producer status. Pilar is a low sulphidation epithermal system in andesite rocks, dominated by structural controls. Three zones of mineralization have been identified, although the Main Zone and the "4-T" trends have not yet been fully explored, and there are other parallel zones. The mineralization extends over a distance of 1.2 km, with only half of this distance explored to date by drilling over a total length of 23,000 m.
Two other events are likely to positively impact the share price going forward. First, Cascade Copper, a company formed to work on Tocvan's original Rogers Creek project, received its listing and has already been trading on the CSE since late April. Tocvan plans to distribute the Cascade shares acquired through the sale of Rogers Creek to shareholders.
On the other hand, the management around CEO Brodie Sutherland was able to report further positive successes on the Pilar project. The processing of the extensive sample is in full swing. The first samples taken from the material from the crushing plant or duplicates during the first two crushing days of the mixed material showed consistent gold and silver values. A total of 15 samples were taken, with an average value of 1.64 g per tonne gold and 8.8 g per tonne silver. A further 130 samples were sent to the ALS facility for comprehensive gold and silver content analysis using fire assay and ICP techniques, although results are still pending here. Over 800t of bulk sample material has already been prepared for processing. In addition, 350 tonnes of crushed material and 250 tonnes of raw material are available to conduct gravity recovery and subsequent leach tests.
The market capitalization of Tocvan Ventures is currently EUR 16.07 million. After peaks of CAD 0.79 in April, the share price is correcting at around CAD 0.60. The established upward trend since November 2022 is at CAD 0.56. It is expected that investor buying interest will increase again, especially at this level.
Rheinmetall - Becoming increasingly important
The integrated technology group from Düsseldorf is becoming increasingly important in the Ukraine conflict. A strategic cooperation has been agreed upon with the Ukrainian state-owned company Ukroboronprom, which is active in various areas of defence systems production. The cooperation aims to strengthen Ukraine's defence economic base and ultimately ensure the country's national security by gradually establishing joint defence technologies in Ukraine.
As a first step in the cooperation, a joint venture is to be established, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals, which will create a link between Rheinmetall and Ukraine's existing state defence industry. Initially, the cooperation is to start in the field of repair of military vehicles provided to Ukraine within the framework of ring exchange projects of the German government as well as direct deliveries. Later, the cooperation will focus on comprehensive technology transfer and joint production of selected Rheinmetall products in Ukraine. In addition, new military systems could be developed in cooperation with Ukrainian and German experts and exported from Ukraine.
The share of the DAX group was able to avoid a sell signal after the consolidation of the last few days. Thus, the upward trend established since mid-October 2022 and a break through the 50-day line were successfully defended. Currently, the price is at EUR 269.70, just ahead of the short-term downward trend at EUR 273.40. A break of this trend would once again release price potential at least to the current all-time high at EUR 281.30.
The DAX group was able to avoid a buy signal for the time being. The acquisition wave continues with the elephant wedding of Newcrest and Newmont. The news flow from Tocvan Ventures remains consistently positive.
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