Bullion’s romp beyond the record $2000 an ounce level in Aussie dollar terms has prompted investors to take a closer look at the pantheon of ASX-listed local gold producers – despite some problems in the mid-tier that have tarnished the sector.
Newbie gold producer Dacian (DCN) served up some shock back in early June when it told the market that it should forget about its Mt Morgans operation being a 200,000 oz a year producer for 10 years at a cost of $A1,000 an oz.
Two bits of interesting news in updates from the gold sector - WA explorer, Dacian Gold thinks it has a goer in its Cameron Well discovery at its Mt Morgans gold mine near Laverton, and Northern Star Resources has upgraded the size and quality of the gold reserves at the Pogo mine in Alaska it bought a couple of months ago.
Citi only initiated coverage with a Buy/High-Risk rating and a $3 target in May, about three weeks ago, so there will be a number of unhappy faces at the office. The company management has downgraded production guidance in a significant manner.
Dacian’s attempted capital raising has been a disaster. The company wanted $150m through a $100m rights issue and $50m placement but ending up pulling the rights issue, despite first increasing the discount to 15% from 7.5%, and placing only $26m.