Gold Digger: Are ASX gold stocks good value again?
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Besides the odd sharp spike or dip, spot gold has bounced between $US1800 and $US1900/oz since August.
At ~$US1885/oz currently, gold is still up 27.85 per cent in US dollar terms over the year – a fantastic return by any measure.
But after such a wild rise for gold over much of 2020, the last few months have felt almost recessionary, and it’s beginning to show in company valuations.
“Gold company share prices are continuing to erode as the gold price weakens and fails to respond to the same events that were driving the price higher earlier in the year,” writes Fast East Capital earlier this week.
“The occasional rallies have so far just given us false hope.
“As good as some of the new discoveries have been for some companies, there is no forward movement when the wind is blowing against them.”
But Guy le Page’s glass is half full. This is a buying opportunity, he says.
“The gold index is off 20 per cent in the last couple of months, which is not unexpected,” he says.
“As we highlighted earlier, gold was either going up or valuations were going to come down, and we saw those values come down.
Many analysts like Guy and Peak Asset Management’s Niv Dagan remain hot for precious metals.
“We feel that gold and silver will still be talking points – especially in the first quarter of the year as central banks remain stressed from quantitative easing,” Dagan says.
“We fell the USD will continue to fall, we feel that inflation will start to be a talking point and on the back of that we can see another run towards the US$2,200-US$2,500 level in the first quarter of next year based on those themes.”
Here’s how ASX-listed gold stocks performed December 14 – December 18 [intraday].
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LEGACY IRON ORE (+414%) and HAWTHORN RESOURCES (+25%)
Mt Bevan is an iron ore project which has been languishing in the basement of their respective portfolios for years.
Both juniors are now ostensibly gold-focused, but with iron ore prices hitting record highs punters may be speculating that the explorers will dust off the WA project, which – besides a large, low grade magnetite resource – includes a decent chunk of Jupiter Mines’ (ASX:JMS) neighbouring high grade Mt Bevan deposit.
The Tolga Kumova backed junior is drilling the Cutler prospect where there appears to be two, high grade gold shoots “not closed off by previous drilling”.
Holes will be punched in to chase extensions to previous drill intercepts like 10m at 11g/t gold.
Riversgold (ASX:RGL) exec director Xavier Braud say this campaign was a bit ‘spur of the moment’.
“We have been very reactive when we heard of availability of a rig at short notice,” he says.
“We had all we needed — targets, drill permits, a team ready to go and a rig became available.
“This is the first drilling program in over 18 months for RGL and we are very excited to finally have the company back on track exploring it’s amazing Kurnalpi project.”
PERSEUS MINING (+15%)
Despite COVID, Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) has successfully poured first gold at its $US265m Yaouré gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire five weeks ahead of schedule.
What an effort.
Perseus expects to achieve commercial production in the March 2021 quarter, when the first gold shipment from Yaouré is also expected to occur.
Perseus – which now owns and operate three gold mines in two West African countries – is on track to produce more than 500,000 ounces of gold per year.