Newmont offers to buy Australia's biggest miner amid gold merger spree
Comment of the Day

February 06 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Newmont offers to buy Australia's biggest miner amid gold merger spree

This article from the Financial Post may be of interest. Here is a section: 

Yamana’s outgoing executive chair Peter Marrone told The Financial Post last month that he expects a wave of gold mergers as executives and investors seek to maintain margins amid higher production costs and declining grades of the metal.

Resource industries are on the front lines of the climate challenge, whether it be coping directly with extreme weather, or indirectly through rising costs associated with adjustment and policies such as carbon taxes. Gold miners face an additional layer of difficultly because their deposits are yielding less ore that’s dense with gold. Lower grade mines can still be profitable, but only if extraction costs are lowered.

Aside from the sale of Yamana, which has properties and mines in Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, there have been at least eight notable combinations since 2018, when Barrick Gold Corp. and Randgold Resources Ltd. announced an $18-billion, zero-premium, all-share merger.

Eoin Treacy's view

Finding new large-scale mining projects is a fraught with difficulty. That leaves little option for major miners than to pay up for competitors. Newcrest has tried to focus on tier-one assets, led by the Cadia mine in New South Wales. The low cost of production at that mine has funded international expansion. No doubt, Newmont views the security of production as a sound investment. 

Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top