Wed, May 13, 2:49 PM
- South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union says it wants to more than double the basic pay for entry level workers in the gold mining industry, setting the stage for tough pay talks as the companies battle rising costs and falling profits.
- The country's top bullion producers, including AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU), Sibanye Gold (NYSE:SBGL) and Harmony Gold (NYSE:HMY), say high pay increases would lead to the decline of a struggling industry.
- AMCU also called for a doubling of wages in the platinum sector last year, sparking a long strike, before settling for raises of ~20%/year; platinum miner Lonmin (OTC:LNMIF) said last week it would cut 3,500 jobs at its South African mines.
- The rival the National Union of Mineworkers, vying for popularity with AMCU, secured a wage deal with Gold Fields (NYSE:GFI) in April, and is said to seek up to 75% wage hikes from the rest of the sector.
Mon, May 11, 8:39 AM
- In its Q1 results, AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU) reported production totaled 969K oz., beating the company’s guidance of 900K-940K oz., while all-in sustaining costs fell 9% Y/Y to $926/oz.
- However, South African production fell 18% to 239K oz., partly as a result of safety-related interruptions, as well as a 12% rise in all-in sustaining costs.
- Expects Q2 production of 960K-1M oz., and says capex for the year remains unchanged at $1B-$1.1B.
- CEO Officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan says in the earnings call that the company will present a tradeoff between pay increases and job losses to South African unions when wage negotiations begin next month.
- Also says it is testing market interest for the sale of all or part of its Cripple Creek & Victor mine in the U.S., and is in talks to sell its stake in the Sadiola and Yatela mines in Mali, with the proceeds of any potential sales earmarked to reduce debt levels.
- AU +1.2% premarket.
Mon, May 11, 8:02 AM
Mon, Apr. 27, 6:45 PM
- Gold surged above $1,200/oz. today in its best day since January, as U.S. June gold futures settled up 2.4% to $1,203.20/oz. in its best percentage jump since Jan. 15, amid reports Friday that Venezuela's central bank had converted 1.4M oz. of its gold reserves into at least $1B in cash through a swap with Citibank.
- "That was a huge potential seller taken out of the market. It's not an overhang anymore," Dennis Gartman said of the Venezuela deal.
- Other gold watchers say the bigger factor driving prices was the expiration of May options and short covering; an increase of 13K shorts in the market is a positive since those traders could be forced to buy gold when they cover, says Kevin Grady of Phoenix Futures and Options.
- ETFs: GLD, IAU, SGOL, UGL, DGP, GLL, UGLD, DZZ, GLDI, OUNZ, DGL, DGZ, DGLD, AGOL, TBAR, GEUR, UBG, GYEN, BAR
- Miners finished mostly higher: NEM +2.4%, ABX +2.2%, AU +2.6%, GOLD -0.4%, GFI +5.3%, GG +0.9%, SBGL +3%, NGD +3.1%, EGO +1.7%, AUY +1.8%, KGC flat, IAG +4.2%, BTG +1.9%, HL +1.9%, RGLD -0.8%, FNV +0.8%, AGI +1.3%, AUQ +2.3%.
Fri, Apr. 24, 6:50 PM
- In another day of broad losses among in precious metals miners, Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) enjoyed a 6.5% surge following strong Q1 results that included impressive cost reductions in gold and copper production.
- J.P. Morgan analysts especially liked the strong first quarter at Batu Hijau and Yanacocha and the deferral of some capex that allowed NEM to generate $344M in free cash flows and pay down $200M in debt; the firm says full-year guidance could be raised if cost reductions can be maintained in Q2.
- Otherwise, it was not a good day for mining equities, following another drop in gold futures which tumbled to their lowest level in more than a month.
- NEM CEO Gary Goldberg expects gold prices to gain ~25% to $1,500/oz. by 2020 on rising demand from China and a weaker dollar; for now, Goldberg says the strong U.S. dollar is “definitely having an adverse effect” on gold prices, and he expects the dollar will “eventually come back off of its highs in the next couple of years."
- In today's trade: ABX -0.9%, AU -4.2%, GG -2.6%, SBGL -7.7%, GOLD -2%, AUY -2.5%, NGD -1.9%, GFI -4.4%, SLW -1%, PAAS -1.6%, EGO -4.1%, RGLD -2.7%, FNV -2.1%, KGC -0.4%, IAG -1.4%, BTG -1.9%, HL -1.9%, AGI -1.6%, AUQ -3.1%.
Wed, Apr. 22, 6:36 PM
- Gold tumbled today to its sharpest single session loss in more than six weeks, after the strong U.S. existing home sales report that raised expectations for a Fed interest rate hike in June.
- U.S. gold futures for June delivery fell $16.20 (-1.4%) to settle at $1,186.90/oz., while silver fell 1.3% to $15.77.
- Among precious metals miners today: ABX -3.4%, AU -4%, GG -2.8%, SBGL -6.8%, GOLD -1.5%, AUY -3.7%, NG -1.9%, GFI -5%, SLW -2.1%, PAAS -3.5%, NEM -3.1%, EGO -1.4%, RGLD -2.1%, FNV -3.4%, KGC -1.7%, IAG -4.1%, BTG -2.5%, HL -3.8%, AGI -5.4%, AUQ -4.4%.
- ETFs: GLD, SLV, GDX, NUGT, IAU, AGQ, DUST, SIL, USLV, SIVR, SGOL, ZSL, UGL, GLDX, DGP, GLL, UGLD, DZZ, SLVO, GLDI, SGDM, DSLV, OUNZ, SLVP, DGL, DBS, DGZ, RING, DGLD, AGOL, PSAU, USV, TBAR, GEUR, UBG, GYEN, BAR, GDXX
Mon, Apr. 13, 7:00 AM
- AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU) is entering second-round talks with Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) and Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) for its Cripple Creek & Victor mine in the U.S., FT reports.
- Iamgold (NYSE:IAG) and Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) have also expressed interest for part or all of Cripple Creek.
- AngloGold says the sale is part of an "objective to simplify and improve the overall quality of its portfolio." It could also raise up to $1B and help the South African group cut its debt after a plan for a rights issue failed last year.
- AU -1.4% premarket
Fri, Apr. 10, 12:58 PM
- Gold Fields (GFI +4.4%) says it has reached a three-year wage agreement with trade unions at its South Deep mine in South Africa, will result in average annual wage increases of 10% over the three-year period of the deal.
- In explaining the increase, GFI says South Deep is the only fully mechanized gold mining operation in South Africa, with a different operating model and labor profile vs. labor-intensive gold mining undertaken by other companies.
- AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU), Sibanye Gold (NYSE:SBGL) and Harmony Gold (NYSE:HMY) are thus not likely to see the deal as a precursor to similar wage increases at the other gold mines.
Tue, Mar. 31, 10:35 AM
- AngloGold Ashanti (AU +1.9%) says it received an approach for the purchase of stakes in two of its mines in Mali.
- AU says a potential buyer that meets its criteria has approached it about its 41% stake in the Sadiola mine in Mali and 40% holding in the Yatela mine, and has asked the buyer for a binding bid.
- AU also says it is seeking a partner or buyer for the Cripple Creek & Victor mine, its only U.S. operation; Barclays has said a sale of the mine could raise $800M.
- The miner is seeking to sell mines or share capital costs with partners in a bid to cut its $3B of debt, partly accumulated during the decade-long bull run in gold to 2011.
Fri, Mar. 6, 2:42 PM
- Precious metals miners are bludgeoned as April Comex gold tumbles 2.7% to $1,164.30/oz. for its lowest settlement of the year so far.
- The culprit was the upbeat February jobs report, which sparked fears that the improving economy will prompt the Fed to hike interest rates sooner rather than later.
- ABX -6%, GG -6.6%, NEM -7.9%, AU -6.1%, AUY -6.6%, KGC -7.8%, SLW -3.4%, GOLD -5.4%, EGO -5%, GFI -7.9%, HL -10.4%, RGLD -8.6%, FNV -3.2%, NG -4.3%, SBGL -6.4%, PAAS -4.3%,BTG -6.5%, IAG -6.2%, AUQ -5.6%, AGI -2.8%.
- Precious metals ETFs: GLD, SLV, AGQ, IAU, USLV, SIVR, SGOL, ZSL, UGL, DGP, GLL, UGLD, DZZ, SLVO, GLDI, DSLV, OUNZ, DGL, DBS, GLTR, DGZ, DGLD, AGOL, DBP, WITE, TBAR, USV, UBG, JJP, BAR, GYEN, GEUR, BARS, RGRP, BLNG
- Precious metals mining ETFs: GDX, NUGT, DUST, SIL, GLDX, SLVP, RING, SGDM, PSAU, GDXX
Thu, Feb. 19, 3:15 PM
- AngloGold Ashanti (AU -3.3%) has hired banks to seek buyers or partners for its assets in the Americas in a bid to reduce billions of dollars of debt, WSJ reports.
- AU is said to be discussing potential deals that would include copper and gold development projects in Colombia and a working gold mine in Colorado.
- The miner said last week at an industry conference that it was looking for partnerships for its La Colosa gold deposit and the Nuevo Chaquiro copper and gold deposit in Colombia, in order to share future project risk and cost.
Fri, Feb. 6, 9:12 AM
Tue, Jan. 27, 2:54 PM
- Randgold Resources (GOLD +2.3%) CEO Mark Bristow says the Kibali gold mine in Zaire is now well advanced into the second and final phase which will take it to full production by 2018.
- With the final commissioning of the metallurgical plant and the first of three hydropower plants, Kibali is operating at design with the ramp-up having delivered against plan, the CEO says.
- GOLD is developing and operating the mine, which it owns in partnership with AngloGold Ashanti (AU +5.9%) and a Congolese state-run firm.
Tue, Jan. 20, 9:16 AM
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Wed, Jan. 14, 6:25 PM
- Goldcorp (NYSE:GG) could soon join a group of large gold miners that have a net loss to show for their entire history as corporate entities, Financial Post's Peter Koven writes.
- GG warned this week that it expects to record a $2.3B-$2.7B impairment charge on its Cerro Negro mine in Argentina; since the miner’s retained earnings were $2.2B as of Sept. 30, they may be completely wiped out in its next quarterly report.
- That's not unusual in the gold industry, where writedowns have destroyed historic profits in recent years: Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) has retained earnings of -$7.8B, Kinross Gold (NYSE:KGC) has -$8.5B in historic losses, AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU) has -$4B, and Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM) has a mere -$740M.
- The writedowns are non-cash and have no impact on day-to-day operations, but they have damaged the reputations of gold miners and drove away investors who have proven tough to woo back, Koven writes.
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