Not the news the market wanted to hear from Dacian Gold. Just as world gold prices sit near eight-year highs, Dacian has cut its outlook for 2020-21 gold production, news which sent the shares spiralling.
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.
Dacian Gold has completed its recapitalisation via a $98m raising, and the broker has returned from restriction to set an Outperform rating, given the company's credit risk, which previously had the broker on Underperform, has been materially reduced. Target 45c on dilution (previously 70c).
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.