Cochlear’s 2018-19 results topped market expectations, Newcrest has ridden the rising gold price higher, Domain has cut its full-year dividend while investors have given oOh! Media’s 2019 profit downgrade a big thumbs down.
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.
I know this is the fifth time I am writing about gold but with the precious metal surging to fresh new multi-year highs I need to stress to readers the enormous opportunity that is being presented to investors.
Under pressure from the Indonesian government Newcrest has been forced to accept, from FY19, an increase in the tax rate to 32% from 25% and the royalty rising to 3.75% from 0.7%. From FY21, the company must divest a further 26% of its ownership in Gosowong to 49% from 75%.
Citi analysts highlight the "high takeover appeal" that is currently swirling over the Newcrest Mining share price. They believe it is far more cost-effective for one of the international majors in the sector to buy Newcrest than to try to build a similar suite of assets from scratch.