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Centerra Gold Recognizes US$926.4 Million Loss From Kumtor Mine Seizure

In the latest development related to the seized Kumtor mine, Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG) reported on late Friday that
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In the latest development related to the seized Kumtor mine, Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG) reported on late Friday that it has filed a pertinent material change report on its SEDAR profile. The move is upon the request of the Ontario Securities Commission after its review of the recent developments.

The mining firm is starting to recognize the loss of control on the mine after the Kyrgyzstan government seized the property and the operations from the Canadian firm. In June 2021, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Kumtor Gold Company and Kumtor Operating Company, which own and operate the Kumtor mine in Kyrgyzstan, filed for bankruptcy to attempt to preserve their value.

The report stipulates changes in the firm’s Q2 2021 financial report, including deconsolidation of results of the Kumtor mine from the company’s results, recognizing a loss of US$926.4 million due to loss of control, ascribing no value to its interest in Kumtor Gold Company, and accounting the mine as a discontinued operation.

In late September 2021, the firm filed an application for immediate relief against Kyrgyz Republic in an effort to prevent the latter from deviating from the original plans for the mine. This happens weeks after the Central Asian nation has put the Canadian firm’s former directors on the state’s wanted list.

The mining firm reported Q3 2021 financials earlier this month, highlighting US$220.6 million in revenue which is a decline from Q3 2020’s revenue of US$251.2 million.

Centerra Gold Inc. last traded at $9.85 on the TSX.


Information for this briefing was found via Sedar and the companies mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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Streetwise Live! Presents White Gold: Reasons to Invest in Leading Explorer, Largest Landholder in Yukon Gold District

Source: Streetwise Reports   12/06/2021

In a Streetwise Live! Broadcast on Dec. 6, 2021, Stifel analyst Stephen Soock noted why now is a good…

Source: Streetwise Reports   12/06/2021

In a Streetwise Live! Broadcast on Dec. 6, 2021, Stifel analyst Stephen Soock noted why now is a good time to invest in gold and, specifically, in White Gold Corp. Two of the companies’ executives, David D’Onofrio, CEO, and Shawn Ryan, co-founder and technical adviser, shared what differentiates this exploration company from others and what it offers investors.

Host Cyndi Edwards introduced White Gold Corp. (WGO:TSX.V; WHGOF:OTCQX; 29W:FRA) as a “gold company leading the Yukon’s modern gold rush with a top prospector [Shawn Ryan] at the helm.” Edwards asked Stifel analyst Stephen Soock why now is an ideal time to invest in the yellow metal and in White Gold.

“In White Gold, you have the best of both worlds. You have a very robust deposit, and you also have this very exciting blue sky opportunity.”

—David D’Onofrio, White Gold CEO and Director 

 

 

 

 

 

Soock explained that the U.S. economy is still recovering from massive past and ongoing quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve as well as inflation. Also, the global economy also is in recovery mode, he said. Against this macroeconomic background, gold is favorable as a real asset.

As for Canada’s White Gold Corp., Soock noted, it warrants investor interest because the company has a significant land package in one of Earth’s most prolific placer gold camps and its team has a superb track record in discovery as well as a proven discovery method.

That method, said Shawn Ryan, White Gold co-founder and technical adviser, is essentially sampling the soil deeper than is typical. That allows the team to see the subsurface in unglaciated terrain.

Edwards asked White Gold CEO David D’Onofrio what makes the company stand out. For starters, D’Onofrio said, its exploration team has extensive experience and has made discoveries in the past. The company has the benefit of Ryan’s research and success.

Also, White Gold has a large portfolio comprising 1 million acres worth of the best properties in the White Gold District, in which little modern exploration has been done. There are some big hitters in the region, including Newmont Corp. (NEM:NYSE), White Gold’s neighbor.

Further, White Gold’s current total resource is robust and boasts excellent grades, D’Onofrio said.

In addition, White Gold has attracted more than $100 million in investment funds. The explorer’s strategic partners include Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM:TSX; AEM:NYSE), Kinross Gold Corp. (K:TSX; KGC:NYSE), and Eric Sprott.

Various analysts have assigned price targets of $70 per share and higher on White Gold, noted D’Onofrio, but the company is currently trading at a discount to its peers.

“We’re still looking for Easter eggs. They’re still out there, and I think this is just the beginning of what I’m hoping is the next 15 years of discovery.”

—David D’Onofrio

The CEO highlighted that White Gold offers one of the best investment opportunities in the sector, from a risk-reward standpoint, an opportunity “almost unheard of in this day and age.”

“In White Gold,” he added “you have the best of both worlds. You have a very robust deposit, and you also have this very exciting blue sky opportunity.”

Ryan, when asked, discussed White Gold’s recent discovery at Betty, east of the Coffee deposit. Another company staked Betty in 2010, did some drilling but then left. White Gold picked up the property in 2016. Two years later, White Gold’s maiden drill hole at Betty returned 15 meters (15m) of 1+ grams per ton (g/t) gold. This year, Ryan’s team followed up with some diamond drilling there, and that showed 50m of 3+ g/t gold.

“That’s telling me that there must be more to this story, and that’s what we’re going to uncover next,” Ryan said.

What these initial drill results mean to Soock, the analyst shared, is that there’s deposit close by and it is likely an economic one.

Edwards asked Ryan what is most exciting about White Gold moving forward. He said it is the company continuing to prove out its original hypothesis that the district must contain more large deposits. The fact that Betty is looking like it could be another one shows that the company’s portfolio is one of the best in the Dawson Mining District, Ryan noted. He and his team have much more exploring to do.

“We’re still looking for Easter eggs,” he said. “They’re still out there, and I think this is just the beginning of what I’m hoping is the next 15 years of discovery.”

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Top Miners’ Share Prices Compelling as Growth Continues

Adrian Day, in the Global Analyst newsletter, reviews developments at several companies,…

Source: Adrian Day for Streetwise Reports   12/06/2021

Adrian Day, in the Global Analyst newsletter, reviews developments at several companies, three of his favorite large miners and one favorite junior, all of which he says are at very compelling levels to buy.

Pan American Silver Corp. (PAAS:TSX; PAAS:NASDAQ) reported a somewhat disappointing quarter, though with optimism on the period ahead, as it missed earnings expectations mainly on lower-than expected production (which included some net inventory build), and costs higher than expected. This was the fifth quarter in a row with disappointing results on the back of operational difficulties.

Pan American is a top buy at this price.

 

 

Costs were higher as foreign currencies (of countries in which it operates) appreciated. In addition, ongoing COVID restrictions added to costs. Gold all-in sustaining costs (AISC) were $1,176, up 16% on the quarter, while silver cash costs were $16.30, flat on the quarter but higher than expected.

Though the company lowered its full year guidance, the guidance still indicates very strong production in the current quarter, which the company confirmed. The ventilation shaft issues at La Colorada have been fixed, resulting in lower on-going capital and higher throughout. At Dolores, another mine that has experienced difficulties, a new pad should see higher production though not till Q1.

At La Colorada skarn deposit, the company reported results of recent drilling, 39 holes in all, both in-fill and step-out holes. These are some of the highest-grade intercepts drilled here. Because of the potential for expansion, the company decided to postpone the preliminary economic assessment planned for completion by the end of the year. CEO Michael Steinmann called them “really astonishing drill holes,” exclaiming “the width, it’s amazing.” The company now considers it has potential to increase the resource significantly. Another 60,000 meters of drilling is planned for 2022.

Game-changers await the go-ahead

The company has available liquidity of $815 million, including $315 million in cash and minimal debt. The operational difficulties that have plagued Pan American at several mines are all in the process of being resolved. It has significant growth potential at three properties; in addition to the La Colorada skarn, it has two projects currently awaiting permission to mine, Escobal in Guatemala, and Navidad in Chubut, Argentina. At the former, the government-led consultation process is now advancing again, after several COVID-related delays. There is no timetable.

We like Pan American for its top management, reasonably conservative approach, and game-changing upside from these two projects, not valued in the stock price. Pan American is a top buy at this price.

Barrick transformation continues, with prospective exploration

Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX:TSX; GOLD:NYSE) reported slightly better than expected, with production up on better-than expected recovery from Nevada Gold Mines (following the Goldstrike mill failure), while AISC declined, at $1,034, due mainly to lower sustaining capital expenditures. It is expecting a strong fourth quarter, with ongoing ramp-up at Valadero and Bulyanhulu; continued recovery from the Goldstrike mill failure; and good contributions from copper operations. Costs remain contained, and Barrick is seeing robust free cash flow. This is good news after a somewhat disappointing first half.

Barrick is a strong buy.

 

 

In addition to increased production from some existing mines, it has several prospective exploration projects; in particular, the area between Turquoise Ridge and Twin Creeks, in Carlin, has identified some very promising targets. It has also recently made an exchange of assets with i-80 Gold in order to consolidate the South Arturo property in the Carlin Trend.

The third and final $250 million capital distribution promised in 2021, from several asset sales, will be little over 14 cent per share, and payable mid-month. The company is essentially net-debt neutral.

Barrick lagging in Canada

While other companies are making major acquisitions in Canada — recently, for example, Newcrest’s purchase of Pretium and Agnico’s acquisition of Kirkland — Barrick, despite its avowed intention of increasing exposure to Canada, has so far been taking very incremental steps. It recently, for example, acquired an option on a property in Ontario (from Kenorland). CEO Mark Bristow talks of “adding or consolidating” ground in one of more of Canadian gold belts.

As part of what Barrick sees as its more realistic emissions targets than some, it has a trial of electric trucks in Nevada. Bristow somewhat caustically comments, “they are great when they work; (it’s) essentially an R&D laboratory.”

The second largest gold producer in the world, Barrick has made great strides since it acquired Randgold, bringing Bristow as CEO with it, on operations and the balance sheet, as well as completing a merge of Nevada operations with Newmont. It has world-class assets, a solid balance sheet, and energetic management, all while trading at some of its lowest multiples ever. Barrick is a strong buy.

Shareholders approve Agnico merger, not unexpectedly

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM:TSX; AEM:NYSE) announced that shareholders of both itself and Kirkland have approved the “merger of equals” (see Bulletin 792).

Agnico said 99.862% of votes cast were in favor (better even than Stalin used to receive in Soviet “elections”), while just over 80% of votes cast by Kirkland shareholders were in favor. Some 71% of Kirkland shareholders voted, just under 70% of Agnico shareholders. The merger must now receive a final order from the Ontario Court and is expected to be finalized during the first quarter of 2022.

Retail shareholders do not receive proxies in a timely manner

Some Canadian transfer agents are notorious for not getting proxies out in a timely manner (and custodians for not processing expeditiously; the U.S. postal “service” does not help either). As often as not––as in the case of Agnico––I receive proxies after the relevant meeting. Equally, many custodians vote your shares with management by default, so neither the relatively low turnout (almost a third of shares of each company not being voted on a fundamental issue), nor the high vote in favor, are surprising. When one considers that mutual funds are required to vote proxies, then the proportion of retail shareholders not voting must be all the higher. This is not a unique case for Agnico and Kirkland, and no criticism of these companies. The system is antiquated.

Notwithstanding a bounce on Friday, Agnico is trading at the low since the March 2020 sell off and before that mid-2019. There may be additional selling from disgruntled Kirkland shareholders now the vote has taken place, or from shareholders who owned both companies and may now feel that the position in one company is too large. This always happens in a merger, and it is likely to continue until after Kirkland holders actually see Agnico shares in their accounts.

However, Agnico is a very strong buy at current levels; the combination (as we discussed previously) will make this a stronger company of more appeal to generalist investors.

Any price under $50 is a great long-term price at which to be buying this top company.

Another top partner for Midland

Midland Exploration Inc. (MD:TSX.V) has signed a new option agreement, with Rio Tino on its Tete Nord nickel-copper property. To earn 50%, Rio must spend $4 million over four years, with cash payments to Midland totaling $500,000. It has the right to earn up to 70% with additional exploration expenditures and payments. It is a good agreement for Midland, particularly on a project that has received little work so far.

What Midland describes as an “aggressive” exploration program will be prepared within the next few weeks. It is also positive for Midland to have another global major as a partner; it already has an alliance with BHP. We look forward to the initial exploration.

On other projects, the company is awaiting assays, including from two joint-venture properties, Casault and Gaudet-Fenelon; over 7,000 samples were sent to the lab for assaying. Assays are also awaited on samples from the BHP and Soquem alliances in Nunavik and the Labrador Trough respectively. Other work has taken place recently on several of Midland’s 100% properties, with some drill targets identified.

Midland is a very active company, with several joint ventures, options and alliances, with multiple companies, as well as 100%-owned land across Quebec. It is well-funded, with strong management and technical personnel. The stock, however, has been seriously affected by tax-loss selling, taking it from an already weak level over 60 cents just two weeks ago to 48 cents on Friday, before it closed up. If you do not own, or have room to top up positions, you should buy at this depressed level. Any additional weakness over the next couple of weeks from further tax-loss selling should be embraced eagerly.

It used to be that gold stocks never looked cheap … and now they do.

—Analyst Bill Fleckenstein 

 

 

 

TOP BUYS NOW, in addition to those above, include:

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (OR:TSX; OR:NYSE)

Altius Minerals Corp. (ALS:TSX.V)

Ares Capital Corp. (ARCC:NASDAQ)

and Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. (FSM:NYSE; FVI:TSX; FVI:BVL; F4S:FSE)

GET READY to hunt for bargains amongst tax-loss selling.

In addition to those mentioned above, Lara Exploration Ltd. (LRA:TSX.V) and Vista Gold Corp. (VGZ:NYSE.MKT; VGZ:TSX) may see further year-end weakness.

GOLD STOCKS BETTER VALUE THAN S&P

Analyst Bill Fleckenstein commented that “it used to be that gold stocks never looked cheap” saying that now they do. In fact, the XAU index of leading gold and silver mines is better value than the S&P 500 on virtually every metric, p/e (19.7 x vs 24.9 x); price to book (1.7 vs 4.7); and yield (1.9% vs 1.3%).

The XAU companies are net-debt positive against $33 billion net debt for the S&P. This situation is a dramatic change from historical norms.

YOU DON’T LIKE FRANCO ANY MORE?

It’s astonishing how a superficial reading can distort meaning, and then, like the game of Chinese whispers (AKA “Telephone”), the meaning gets reversed by the time it is passed on several times.

So, in answer to those who asked why I don’t like Franco any longer, I ask you to (re)read my article from Bulletin 794 in which you will find not a single criticism of the company, concluding the article with “Franco remains a core holding.” Hope that puts it to rest.

NEW ORLEANS RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

I commented recently how many excellent speeches and panels were at the recent New Orleans Investment Conference. They are too numerous to mention.

Many talks were quite topical, with practical advice to act on now, while others were more timeless. Recordings of most of the sessions — over 40 hours — are now available for purchase and I recommend highly; for information, click here.

Originally published on Dec. 5, 2021.

Adrian Day, London-born and a graduate of the London School of Economics, is editor of Adrian Day’s Global Analyst. His latest book is “Investing in Resources: How to Profit from the Outsized Potential and Avoid the Risks.”

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1) Adrian Day: I, or members of my immediate household or family, own securities of the following companies mentioned in this article: Pan American, Barrick Gold, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Midland Exploration, Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., Altius Minerals, Ares Capital, and Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. I personally am, or members of my immediate household or family are, paid by the following companies mentioned in this article: None. My company has a financial relationship with the following companies mentioned in this article: None. Funds controlled by Adrian Day Asset Management hold shares of the following companies mentioned in this article: All. I determined which companies would be included in this article based on my research and understanding of the sector.
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5) From time to time, Streetwise Reports LLC and its directors, officers, employees or members of their families, as well as persons interviewed for articles and interviews on the site, may have a long or short position in securities mentioned. Directors, officers, employees or members of their immediate families are prohibited from making purchases and/or sales of those securities in the open market or otherwise from the time of the decision to publish an article until three business days after the publication of the article. The foregoing prohibition does not apply to articles that in substance only restate previously published company releases. As of the date of this article, officers and/or employees of Streetwise Reports LLC (including members of their household) own securities of Pan American Silver and Agnico Eagle, companies mentioned in this article.

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Biden’s IRS Is Mining for Gold

The Biden administration is moving aggressively to raise revenues by any means necessary – including going after precious metals held in so-called “home…

The Biden administration is moving aggressively to raise revenues by any means necessary – including going after precious metals held in so-called “home storage” or “checkbook” retirement accounts.

The IRS recently nailed a couple with a $300,000 tax bill for holding gold coins designated as Individual Retirement Account (IRA) assets – but stored in their home safe rather than at a depository.

The couple had unfortunately relied on marketing material from a promoter who claimed that setting up a limited liability company owned by their self-directed IRA would allow them to store their coins at home instead of through a third-party custodian.

In McNulty v. Commissioner, the Tax Court ruled against the couple and in favor of the IRS. The Court held that when individuals take direct possession of IRA assets, they have effectively taken IRA distributions which may be subject to taxes and penalties.

The good news for those who hold physical precious metals within an IRA is that the Tax Court affirmed the legality of Self-Directed IRAs.

It remains perfectly legal to hold most gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion products inside a tax-advantaged account – provided the assets are held by a trustee that meets IRS requirements for custodial arrangements.

Over the years, Money Metals Exchange has helped thousands of clients set up IRS-approved precious metals IRAs. We have also warned against schemes that supposedly take advantage of loopholes that allow home storage of IRA assets.

If this was once a “gray” area of the law, it’s now black and white. The IRS can and will go after you if you fail to set up your IRA through a legitimate account custodian and store the metals at a depository.

Of course, there are good reasons why you may wish to hold physical precious metals at home in a safe or in a secret location not accessible by any third parties.

But if you attempt to claim your personally held bullion as IRA assets, you’re inviting tax trouble.

As time goes on, U.S. taxpayers will find themselves under increasing pressure to make sure every single line on their return can withstand an IRS audit.

In testimony before Congress last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted that ramped-up IRS enforcement will serve as a revenue-raising tool for the Biden administration.

Yellen had faced grilling by Republican lawmakers over her claims that the Biden’s “Build Back Better” programs are “paid for” – meaning they won’t add to the budget deficit. But the Congressional Budget Office’s own scoring shows those claims to be false.

Yellen’s response? The CBO failed to account for the expected revenue increases that will flow into Treasury coffers thanks to an expanded and emboldened IRS.

The Biden administration plans to hire tens of thousands of new IRS agents with a mandate to squeeze taxpayers for more dollars.

Especially vulnerable are small business owners and independent contractors, cryptocurrency holders, and those with sizeable retirement account assets.

The Tax Code is extraordinarily complex. The wealthy and large corporations can afford to hire accountants and lawyers to keep them out of trouble. The typical middle class taxpayer is at the mercy of the IRS.

Nevermind that IRS agents often misapply or misrepresent the law – either because they don’t understand it or they believe generating revenue is more important than enforcing income tax provisions fairly. The message being sent loudly and clearly by the Treasury Secretary is that IRS agents exist to bring home the cash.

Many taxpayers actually end up paying more in taxes than they legally owe because they are afraid of the IRS and fail to take legitimate deductions. Or they don’t know they are eligible for them in the first place.

As long as you are operating within the letter of the law – and ideally have your tax returns prepared and signed by an accountant or lawyer – there’s no good reason not to pursue every single dime of tax savings to which you are entitled.

But with audit risk on the rise, keeping records and receipts as proof of every tax move you make is essential.

One move still well worth considering is putting new or existing IRA assets into physical precious metals. It’s a straightforward process to convert an IRA from a brokerage account containing financial instruments into an IRS-approved Self-Directed IRA containing physical bullion. (Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get started.)

A precious metals IRA protects your wealth against the twin threats of taxation and inflation. Right now, unfortunately, both of these threats are on the rise.

      




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