January 21st, 2022 | 10:45 CET
Yamana Gold, MAS Gold, Newmont - Entry opportunities!
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"[...] We are convinced that we could already leverage significant potential with a drilling program of around 35,000 meters. However, to finance this, we need a decision. Fortunately, there are already interested parties who can imagine advancing Barsele together with us. [...]" Gary Cope, President and CEO, Barsele Minerals
Yamana Gold - Strong production figures
Yamana's stock has been puzzling analysts for some time. Last Friday, the Canadian precious metals producer announced preliminary production figures for the final quarter and the full year. The Company was able to come up with a very good performance. With 1.01 million ounces, the gold equivalent produced for the full year was 1% above the planned figure of 1.0 million ounces and 12% higher than in the previous year. All production sites were able to report production records in the last quarter.
The important All-In Sustaining Costs (AISC) indicator also developed positively. At USD 970 per ounce of gold equivalent, costs were around 8% lower than the previous three quarters. And how is the stock market reacting? At first, not at all. It was not until the good Barrick figures that the stock rose by 8%. Analysts rate the shares as a "buy" with a price potential of more than 50%.
MAS Gold - "Winter Drilling Program" in dry clothes
Another company from Canada engaged in the search for gold is MAS Gold. More specifically, the Company is active in the historic La Ronge Gold Belt mining district in the province of Saskatchewan. Here, the team around CEO and mining veteran Jim Engdahl has four properties covering an area of around 34,000 hectares. In this region, which is well developed in terms of infrastructure and has very mining-friendly legislation, lies, among other things, the former Contact Lake gold mine, which was operated by Cameco until 1998 and whose rights MAS Gold was able to secure in 2021. At a gold price per ounce of around USD 280, the mine could no longer be operated economically.
However, now that the gold price has risen by more than six times, a renewed production start-up appears attractive again. Furthermore, the Company owns Preview North, Greywacke Lake, Elizabeth Lake and Henry Lake. Preview North alone is believed to hold resources of around 494,000 ounces, while Greywacke is estimated to host 156,000 ounces. In total, the Company anticipates gold deposits of more than 1 million ounces.
To fund exploration, MAS Gold has reached an agreement with Eros Resources. In exchange for six months of exploration funding in the amount of CAD 3.5 million, Eros Resources will receive the exclusive right to earn a 17.5% interest in all of MAS' properties. MAS Gold is thus well positioned to further expand its resources in the current year. The stock market valuation of the Canadians is currently just under CAD 15 million.
Newmont - Is the No. 1 fighting its way back to an all-time high?
The stock exchanges are following the price of Newmont shares more or less intently. Like a squirrel, the share has laboriously worked its way back up after the bear market in the fall. With the breakout above the 200-day line, the Company is slowly but surely heading back to its all-time high around USD 75. The mining group's fundamentals are good, the dividend is high, and the latest guidance published by the Company is very optimistic. In addition, demand for gold seems to be picking up slightly. They have recently seen a sharp increase in gold and silver imports in India, which is considered a very gold-friendly country. As a result, the chances increase that the correction in precious metal prices is slowly ending. Analysts also see the stock as a long-term buy, even if the median price target is currently not too different from the current stock market price. At the peak, the experts believe that the share of the world's largest gold producer is worth USD 75, a potential of around 15%.
Gold is and remains a fascinating and instrumental precious metal. In addition to its use as jewelry, it is also irreplaceable for many areas of technology. That has always made gold a popular investment for economically challenging times. Rising gold prices and higher production volumes are pushing up the prices of mining companies. Those who want to profit from this are seizing the opportunity. Either with established giants such as Newmont or Yamana, or with explorers who compensate the higher risk with handsome return opportunities. MAS Gold is a good choice here.
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