CEO Jamie Sokalsky in Barrick Gold (ABX) expects the reserves and productions will fall after the biggest annual price decline in gold since 1981. They will recalculate its reserves at a gold price of $1,100 an ounce and that is down from $1,500 an ounce a year ago. That is resulting in a decrease in its reserve base.
Gold production will be lower this year because of assets sales, while they are focusing on more profitable mines. They have closed its Pierina mine in Peru and in addition they have reduced the output from the Cortez gold mine in the U.S.A. They also expect the Aldivar copper mine in Chile to produce less in 2014.
Sokalsky expects a write down on its Pascua-Lama project and they are looking for other asset-value reductions. Barrick Gold is the biggest whale among the gold stocks, but along with the declining gold price we have seen, Barrick`s Market Cap has plummeted 50%.
Barrick`s management has been effective and not wasted their time during the declining gold prices. They have used the time wisely, sold assets, reduced the debt, conserved cash, implemented accounting impairments, and still cutting costs. They are moving in the right direction with a lower cost structure.
This story is not unique, as it is the same story for Newmont (NEM), and Goldcorp (GG). As the gold prices has plummeted we have been witnessed to a massive write-down. Barrick Gold is down -43,3% (1 YR), but are up 9,5% so far in 2014. Is the bottom behind us?
Newmont is down -43,8% (1 YR), but are up 9,3% in 2014. Goldcorp is down only -35,5% (1 YR), up 11% this year. The Junior Gold miners ETF (GDXJ) is up 19,5% this year (-53,8% 1 YR), while Market Vectors Gold Miners (GDX) is up 12,3% (-46,8% 1 YR).
Endeavour Silver Corp (EXK) has skyrocket this year, trading at $24,50. Up 24% in 2014. Silver Standard Resources Inc (SSRI) is up 20,1% so far this year. Silvercrest Miners (SVLC) is up 19%, Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd (SZSMF) is down 1,1%, while Taho Resources Inc (TAHO) is up 6,2% in 2014. Silver seems to be a better investment so far.
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