A weekly recap of the news driving ASX small cap gold stocks.

The long-term bullish outlook for gold has inspired a tsunami of ASX-listed explorers to pour into the space. How do investors sort the wheat from the chaff?

The main message for would-be gold bugs “is to do their own research and do it thoroughly”, analyst Stuart Roberts says in the latest Stocks Down Under report.

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­­For producers/near-term producers, assess exposure to ‘hedging’ as well as production costs, he says.

Hedging involves a gold producer forward selling future production at a fixed price to lock in guaranteed revenue, rather than taking its chances with the spot price if it falls.

“Gold may be up, but future output of those miners may be sold forward at a level much lower than the price at which the metal has risen to,” Roberts says.

And keep an eye out for miners which have higher than average ‘all-in sustaining costs’ (AISC), a good way to evaluate the profitability of a company’s operations.

A good measure of advanced explorers is ‘enterprise value per resource ounce’, Roberts says.

For instance, a company with a market cap of $50m, no debt, $10m cash and a 2-million-ounce deposit would have an enterprise value per resource ounce of $20.

“Obviously, a host of factors come into play in the way the market prices a potential new miner but — other things being equal — the lower the enterprise value per resource ounce, the better,” he says.

“Anything under $20 is likely to be regarded by established resource sector investors as ‘inexpensive’.”

Then there’s jurisdictional risk. A lot of gold comes out of countries that aren’t as easy to operate in as the US, Canada or Australia, Roberts says.

“The West African country of Mali, for example, is currently emerging as major gold producer, and, while it is known as one of the more mining-friendly jurisdictions in the world, it can also be a dangerous place, as evidenced by active Islamic extremist groups in the mining zones,” he says.

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USD (yellow) and AUD (orange) gold prices over the past month.

Winners & Losers

Here’s how ASX gold stocks performed for the period April 25 – May 1 [intraday]:

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CODE NAME 1 WEEK RETURN % 1 YEAR RETURN % SHARE PRICE [Intraday May 1] MARKET CAP
KGM KALNORTH GOLD MINES 267 267 0.011 $ 9,836,641.00
AAJ ARUMA RESOURCES 50 -40 0.003 $ 2,128,241.75
TMX TERRAIN MINERALS 50 100 0.005 $ 4,338,966.00
BAR BARRA RESOURCES 42 -43 0.017 $ 10,140,768.00
AYR ALLOY RESOURCES 31 -46 0.017 $ 3,858,314.25
MLL MALI LITHIUM 28 -50 0.065 $ 21,897,020.00
NES NELSON RESOURCES 27 -56 0.038 $ 2,007,227.00
DHR DARK HORSE RESOURCES 25 -38 0.0025 $ 6,210,990.50
AQI ALICANTO MINERALS 25 138 0.083 $ 20,521,716.00
ERM EMMERSON RESOURCES 23 23 0.092 $ 38,236,848.00
ADN ANDROMEDA METALS 23 880 0.048 $ 72,699,456.00
GBZ GBM RESOURCES 22 86 0.093 $ 20,928,546.00
KRM KINGSROSE MINING 21 -21 0.034 $ 24,820,250.00
WAF WEST AFRICAN RESOURCES 20 150 0.6975 $ 631,205,888.00
TNR TORIAN RESOURCES 19 58 0.02 $ 7,963,907.00
TLM TALISMAN MINING 18 6 0.08 $ 16,796,554.00
GSN GREAT SOUTHERN MINING 18 34 0.048 $ 15,696,235.00
TSC TWENTY SEVEN CO 17 75 0.007 $ 10,404,246.00
TIE TIETTO MINERALS 16 113 0.32 $ 113,641,328.00
STN SATURN METALS 16 115 0.4 $ 36,192,104.00
ARS ALT RESOURCES 16 38 0.029 $ 17,615,154.00
RMS RAMELIUS RESOURCES 11 79 1.29 $ 1,037,902,848.00
CAI CALIDUS RESOURCES 10 23 0.305 $ 68,700,504.00
HMX HAMMER METALS 10 -15 0.021 $ 12,294,278.00
KTA KRAKATOA RESOURCES 10 18 0.032 $ 7,218,750.00
DEG DE GREY MINING 9 339 0.355 $ 376,306,624.00
CYL CATALYST METALS 9 46 2.71 $ 224,951,040.00
VMC VENUS METALS CORP 9 47 0.19 $ 28,704,950.00
MEU MARMOTA 9 138 0.038 $ 32,124,902.00
PRX PRODIGY GOLD 8 -56 0.039 $ 22,644,476.00
VAN VANGO MINING 8 -21 0.125 $ 100,854,680.00
TBR TRIBUNE RESOURCES 8 50 6.2 $ 353,152,288.00
BCN BEACON MINERALS 8 122 0.039 $ 114,345,304.00
ARL ARDEA RESOURCES 8 -30 0.26 $ 31,671,118.00
AUC AUSGOLD 8 -13 0.015 $ 15,486,794.00
ARM AURORA MINERALS 8 75 0.013 $ 3,279,732.00
SPX SPECTRUM METALS 7 782 0.15 $ 216,077,280.00
SLZ SULTAN RESOURCES 7 34 0.075 $ 3,571,897.50
AMG AUSMEX MINING GROUP 7 -62 0.043 $ 24,543,452.00
SIH SIHAYO GOLD 7 14 0.016 $ 33,564,320.00
GSM GOLDEN STATE MINING 7 100 0.16 $ 5,860,192.00
RND RAND MINING 6 -18 1.825 $ 109,770,968.00
EMR EMERALD RESOURCES 6 19 0.505 $ 257,210,352.00
GBR GREAT BOULDER RESOURCES 6 -53 0.034 $ 4,537,436.00
NAG NAGAMBIE RESOURCES 6 2 0.051 $ 25,496,550.00
PDI PREDICTIVE DISCOVERY 6 600 0.07 $ 44,330,304.00
DGO DGO GOLD 6 200 2.1 $ 92,934,016.00
BC8 BLACK CAT SYNDICATE 5 95 0.395 $ 33,671,848.00
E2M E2 METALS 5 -57 0.08 $ 7,349,583.00
HRN HORIZON GOLD 5 47 0.22 $ 16,836,736.00
CHN CHALICE GOLD MINES 5 800 1.12 $ 308,326,656.00
CMM CAPRICORN METALS 4 214 1.33 $ 445,938,400.00
MAT MATSA RESOURCES 4 -7 0.13 $ 28,364,672.00
GMN GOLD MOUNTAIN 4 -19 0.05 $ 32,525,314.00
RXL ROX RESOURCES 4 189 0.028 $ 37,906,628.00
RSG RESOLUTE MINING 4 -16 0.905 $ 1,034,853,568.00
TTM TITAN MINERALS 4 -72 0.06 $ 44,987,372.00
OKU OKLO RESOURCES 3 68 0.315 $ 151,140,208.00
CY5 CYGNUS GOLD 3 -20 0.036 $ 2,457,039.00
BNR BULLETIN RESOURCES 2 153 0.048 $ 8,606,068.00
ONX ORMINEX 2 -45 0.06 $ 35,580,744.00
MML MEDUSA MINING 1 74 0.665 $ 141,300,128.00
SVL SILVER MINES 1 107 0.085 $ 76,519,384.00
DGR DGR GLOBAL 1 -42 0.064 $ 46,448,528.00
ALK ALKANE RESOURCES 1 219 0.715 $ 435,024,992.00
SBM ST BARBARA 0 -13 2.52 $ 1,821,015,040.00
BBX BBX MINERALS 0 -62 0.11 $ 45,907,588.00
CGN CRATER GOLD MINING 0 -36 0.009 $ 11,047,463.00
GED GOLDEN DEEPS 0 -82 0.005 $ 1,403,042.75
LNY LANEWAY RESOURCES 0 -64 0.004 $ 14,880,264.00
AWV ANOVA METALS 0 -30 0.008 $ 5,972,479.50
MSR MANAS RESOUCES 0 0 0.003 $ 7,929,487.50
PUA PURE ALUMINA 0 -56 0.012 $ 2,661,130.00
BSR BASSARI RESOURCES 0 -24 0.013 $ 31,040,814.00
ALY ALCHEMY RESOURCES 0 -4 0.01 $ 6,606,292.00
AVW AVIRA RESOURCES 0 -33 0.002 $ 2,250,000.00
LEX LEFROY EXPLORATION 0 -16 0.16 $ 16,077,879.00
VKA VIKING MINES 0 -42 0.008 $ 2,196,025.00
CDT CASTLE MINERALS 0 0 0.007 $ 1,909,711.75
DAU DAMPIER GOLD 0 9 0.025 $ 5,949,650.00
ANL AMANI GOLD 0 -20 0.002 $ 13,668,993.00
BLK BLACKHAM RESOURCES 0 10 0.011 $ 109,245,096.00
MLS METALS AUSTRALIA 0 -33 0.001 $ 3,207,352.75
OAU ORA GOLD 0 171 0.019 $ 12,276,487.00
AOP APOLLO CONSOLIDATED 0 -7 0.215 $ 57,855,552.00
GML GATEWAY MINING 0 0 0.012 $ 16,075,392.00
CTO CITIGOLD CORP 0 -20 0.004 $ 9,684,693.00
AGS ALLIANCE RESOURCES 0 -7 0.09 $ 13,863,450.00
GNM GREAT NORTHERN MINERALS 0 -70 0.006 $ 2,781,334.25
SFM SANTA FE MINERALS 0 -43 0.05 $ 3,640,939.50
MOH MOHO RESOURCES 0 4 0.075 $ 3,679,921.00
OKR OKAPI RESOURCES 0 -7 0.13 $ 4,685,572.50
RGL RIVERSGOLD 0 -67 0.008 $ 1,978,029.75
MKG MAKO GOLD 0 -59 0.042 $ 4,270,659.00
SMI SANTANA MINERALS 0 0 0.003 $ 8,051,836.50
DTR DATELINE RESOURCES 0 -20 0.002 $ 16,420,156.00
PGI PANTERRA GOLD 0 47 0.028 $ 5,463,966.00
GWR GWR GROUP 0 -22 0.07 $ 17,828,736.00
SLR SILVER LAKE RESOURCES -1 153 1.89 $ 1,715,696,000.00
RRL REGIS RESOURCES -1 -2 4.42 $ 2,286,812,160.00
CDV CARDINAL RESOURCES -1 -3 0.36 $ 187,509,200.00
EVN EVOLUTION MINING -1 66 5.005 $ 8,709,555,200.00
SAR SARACEN MINERAL HOLDINGS -1 61 4.26 $ 4,786,546,688.00
DCN DACIAN GOLD -1 -70 0.355 $ 172,350,192.00
AME ALTO METALS -2 58 0.063 $ 18,482,548.00
CWX CARAWINE RESOURCES -2 79 0.215 $ 16,612,807.00
GOR GOLD ROAD RESOURCES -2 75 1.555 $ 1,420,737,664.00
BRB BREAKER RESOURCES -2 -38 0.2 $ 46,264,016.00
NST NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES -3 60 12.34 $ 9,465,224,192.00
NCM NEWCREST MINING -3 11 25.935 $ 21,183,682,560.00
WGX WESTGOLD RESOURCES -4 40 2.06 $ 823,793,920.00
SAU SOUTHERN GOLD -4 -3 0.12 $ 13,751,095.00
FML FOCUS MINERALS -4 -2 0.265 $ 44,773,400.00
BRV BIG RIVER GOLD -4 20 0.024 $ 31,631,196.00
MAU MAGNETIC RESOURCES -4 127 0.76 $ 157,617,200.00
TAM TANAMI GOLD -4 5 0.043 $ 50,529,172.00
NXM NEXUS MINERALS -5 -23 0.04 $ 4,729,622.50
TRY TROY RESOURCES -5 -7 0.078 $ 49,300,972.00
ARV ARTEMIS RESOURCES -6 -26 0.031 $ 35,013,864.00
NVA NOVA MINERALS -6 229 0.048 $ 47,166,788.00
NWM NORWEST MINERALS -6 -3 0.15 $ 12,576,027.00
GUL GULLEWA -6 50 0.054 $ 6,980,539.50
KWR KINGWEST RESOURCES -6 4 0.145 $ 17,676,280.00
BGL BELLEVUE GOLD -7 12 0.555 $ 388,769,472.00
KCN KINGSGATE CONSOLIDATED -7 53 0.405 $ 91,621,504.00
RED RED 5 -7 73 0.19 $ 271,344,288.00
MDI MIDDLE ISLAND RESOURCES -8 140 0.012 $ 21,183,338.00
DTM DART MINING -8 -51 0.059 $ 3,726,387.25
BDC BARDOC GOLD -8 17 0.068 $ 94,908,624.00
WWI WEST WITS MINING -8 57 0.011 $ 10,312,841.00
HRZ HORIZON MINERALS -9 -30 0.08 $ 36,238,016.00
AAR ANGLO AUSTRALIAN RESOURCES -10 69 0.15 $ 62,678,632.00
TAR TARUGA MINERALS -10 -72 0.009 $ 2,920,813.50
NUS NUSANTARA RESOURCES -10 38 0.22 $ 42,245,700.00
HAW HAWTHORN RESOURCES -11 116 0.125 $ 40,826,952.00
A1G AFRICAN GOLD -11 -56 0.088 $ 5,112,800.00
CXU CAULDRON ENERGY -13 5 0.021 $ 7,902,086.50
MTH MITHRIL RESOURCES -14 -14 0.006 $ 3,432,724.50
GMR GOLDEN RIM RESOURCES -14 -45 0.006 $ 7,352,446.50
PRU PERSEUS MINING -19 117 0.925 $ 1,127,173,504.00
BYH BRYAH RESOURCES -20 -61 0.03 $ 2,824,467.50
RML RESOLUTION MINERALS -53 9 0.061 $ 13,005,322.00
AUT AUTECO 28.21 733.33 0.05 $ 59,570,000.00

 

Small cap highlights:

Barra Resources (ASX:BAR) could become a miner sooner rather than later after entering into a JV over the Burbanks project with privately owned miner and processor FMR Investments. Again.

In 2011, Barra entered an agreement with FMR to advance Burbanks to production, but this deal loitered in purgatory for a few years before it was terminated in 2013.

As part of the new deal, FMR will fund initial drilling and mining costs at the shallow ‘Mainlode’ gold deposit.

The first $8m in mining profits will go into a future fund for deep exploration drilling below historical workings; any additional profits will be distributed 80/20 to FMR and Barra respectively.

Explorer Dark Horse Resources (ASX:DHR) has gone on a run after announcing it will own 25 per cent of the Las Opeñas project in Argentina following a June 30 payment to the vendor.

A December 2020 payment, which would take Dark Horse to 51 per cent ownership, has been renegotiated so that 50 per cent will be deferred to the end of June 2021.

Former vanadium play Auteco (ASX:AUT) is ”well-funded” to start exploring its Pickle Crow gold project in Canada after receiving firm commitments for $5.1m in a share placement at slight premium to the 10-day volume weighted average price.

The Auteco share price is currently up +730 per cent over the past 12 months.

And new producer West African Resources (ASX:WAF) will pay ~$70m for a neighbouring 1.1-million-ounce gold deposit to increase production and mine life at its flagship Sanbrado project.

The deal with Canadian miner B2Gold comes just one month after West African poured first gold at Sanbrado, which the company says is on target for +300,000 ounces of unhedged production in first 12 months.