Kinross Gold Leads Gold Sector Rebound

Dec.10.08 | About: Kinross Gold (KGC)

Gold stocks have been bouncing back recently, but few can challenge the extraordinary recovery of Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC), which has more than doubled since its low below $7. This is a sign that KGC is indeed one of the best gold mining companies in the world, since it has bounced back the furthest and the fastest.

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Technically some good signs from KGC are that the Relative Strength Index is moving higher having bounced up off the oversold zone at 30. Similarly, the MACD is trending northwards and is now in positive territory, but can still rise a lot further before giving an oversold signal.

If one is to have favourite shares, Kinross Gold Corp would certainly be one of ours, as it has been a holding of ours for years now, although we have traded the ups and downs when the opportunities presented themselves.

Having originally acquired Kinross at $10.08, after a large rally Kinross then went through a bit of a pull back so we signalled to our readers to “Add To Holdings” at discounted levels of around $11.66. We also gave another ‘Kinross Gold BUY’ signal when we purchased more of this stock on the 20th August 2007 for $11.48. On 31st January, 2008, we reduced our exposure to this stock when we sold about 50% of our holding for an average price of $21.96 locking in a profit of about 93.60%. On the 24th July, 2008, we doubled our holding with a purchase at $18.28 giving us a new average purchase price of $14.50.

As well as trading the stock, we have also dabbled in options contracts with Kinross, buying call options in KGC on the 16th June, 2008, paying $2.68 per contract and selling them on the 28th June 2008 for $5.30 per contract generating a 100% profit in two weeks. We then re-purchased them after they dropped for $2.50, and we are still holding them, although at a significant paper loss.

The reason we like Kinross Gold Corp so much is that it fits our criteria almost perfectly. When we look for a gold stock to buy, we are looking for solid fundamentals, a stable geopolitical situation and most importantly, leverage to the gold price itself.

As far as the fundamentals go, Kinross is a mid to large cap gold producer with a market cap of $9.47 billion. Some may consider this too large a company to offer decent leverage to the gold price, but as shown by the recent performance of the stock price, Kinross is definitely providing that leverage.

As well as leverage to rising gold prices, Kinross is also growing well as a company in its own right. Having made a gross profit of $390.40M in 2006 and then $501.80M in 2007 and with the Sep 08 quarterly profits at $269.80M, Kinross appears to be on track for another good year of record profits. There is also something in the financials that is particularly helpful in the present credit environment. In the last report from KGC, out of the $1284.80M in current assets, Kinross has a massive $322.90M in cash. This means it is well positioned to face any liquidity issues and will not be forced to try and raise money in the current difficult credit conditions.

Therefore, we continue to like Kinross and maintain our stock and option position in the company. Kinross Gold Corp is not only well positioned to benefit from rising gold price, but it is also a great company in its own right, with good growth potential. A full list of the stocks we cover can be found in our free online portfolio at