Investment in gold companies is starting to look a lot like herding “elephants through a really small door” as spot prices crossed back over the $US1,800 an ounce price after a slight dip over the weekend.

In other words, there is a lot of money out there “…coming into a very, very small sector”, Steve de Jong, the chief executive officer of virtual mine tour provider Vrify, told Kitco News.

Investment and private banks are reportedly starting to advise their clients to get some gold in their portfolios.

With the price of Australian gold at $2,589.84 an ounce thanks to the favourable exchange rate, it is no surprise that companies in this space have been able to raise money successfully.


Gold explorers are raising funds

Los Cerros (ASX:LCL) is just one example of this trend, receiving firm commitments to raise $3.5m through an oversubscribed private placement priced at 4c per share.

Proceeds from the placement, which was made a 10.5 per cent discount to the 15-day volume weighted average price of the company’s shares, will be used to advance its Quinchia gold project in Colombia.

The company will kick off an expanded drilling program in late July to test multiple gold-copper targets at the project.

Quinchia currently has a resource of 877,000 ounces of gold and an ore reserve of 457,000 ounces.

Los Cerros’ first hole in its upcoming drilling program will test the Tesorito prospect where previous drilling had returned thick porphyry-style gold intersections.

Notable results were 384m at 1.01 grams per tonne (g/t) gold from a depth of just 16m including 29.3m at 1.9g/t gold from 136.75m and 251g/t gold from 2.9m including 64m at 1.67g/t gold from 144m.

Meanwhile, Mako Gold (ASX:MKG) has completed the second tranche of an oversubscribed placement priced at 5c per share, bringing the total raised up to $3.25m.

Proceeds will be used to execute a systematic exploration and growth strategy that aims to extend existing high-grade mineralisation, test multiple high priority regional prospects and deliver a maiden resource estimate.

The company noted that drilling is ongoing at the Napié project in Côte d’Ivoire and will continue through the remainder of 2020.

Drilling will test high priority targets at Tchaga to expand mineralised zones and test new undrilled targets along strike to the north and south of previous intersections.

Previous results include 36m at 3.09g/t gold from 43m, 28m at 4.86g/t gold from 83 and 7.7m at 11.65g/t gold from 169.9m.

First results are expected in mid-to-late July.

Krakatoa Resources (ASX:KTA) has also received firm commitments from professional and sophisticated investors for a $2.4m private placement priced at 8c per share.

The funds will be used to advance the company’s Lachlan Fold Belt projects in New South Wales.

These include drill programs at Turon and Belgravia projects, an induced polarisation program at Belgravia and target generation including geophysical surveys across the Rand project.

Gold plays raising capital