|Bid||4.6300 x 0|
|Ask||4.6400 x 0|
|Day's range||4.6200 - 4.7200|
|52-week range||3.2400 - 5.3600|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||0.59|
|PE ratio (TTM)||82.68|
|Earnings date||6 Nov 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.05 (1.13%)|
|1y target est||4.71|
(Bloomberg) -- Bullion giant Barrick Gold Corp. pleasantly surprised the market by raising its dividend 25%. Will the move portend a new era of largess from the normally tightfisted gold miners?There are certainly reasons for investors to be hopeful. Producers have been striving to cut costs and consolidate operations, while the price of gold has climbed over 20% in the past year to hover around $1,500 an ounce. Barrick’s move Wednesday was echoed a few hours later when Canadian rival Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. raised its quarterly payout 50%. B2Gold Corp. preceded both by announcing its first-ever dividend a day earlier.“The companies are positioned to start to pay dividends and give more back to shareholders,” Joe Foster, a portfolio manager and strategist at VanEck, said by phone Wednesday. “It happens to coincide with the rising gold price, so you’re getting to see more aggressive moves on the dividends front than we would have seen if gold was $100 or $200 lower.”Gold miners trimmed costs following the sharp decline of the metal’s price toward the start of the decade. Barrick and B2Gold are both expecting costs this year to come in at or below the lower end of company guidance.Barrick rose Wednesday in New York trading, ending the day up 2.2%. The shares were down 0.4% at 9:24 a.m. pre-market on Thursday as gold prices fell. Kirkland Lake gained 2.8% in Toronto Wednesday, while B2Gold climbed 4%.Not all producers have embraced increased payouts this earnings season. On Tuesday Newmont Goldcorp Corp., the world’s largest gold producer, held its dividend steady as it grapples with integrating problematic assets acquired in its mega-merger with Goldcorp Inc.In an interview after assuming the role of chief executive officer Oct. 1, Newmont’s Tom Palmer used a common phrase in the gold industry: capital allocation discipline. For Palmer, that means the first focus will be paying down debt, then funding projects, and finally increasing dividends.A disciplined approach should continue to translate to shareholder returns, says Stephen Walker, RBC Capital Markets’ head of global mining research.“Shareholders have been asking companies to be more disciplined,” Walker said by phone Wednesday. “The ability to return a portion of excess capital to shareholders” is evidence of their improved cost performance, he said.(Updates with shares in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Justina Vasquez in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Luzi Ann Javier at firstname.lastname@example.org, Steven Frank, Joe RichterFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Under a new mining code, companies operating in Mali will be protected from fiscal changes for 10 years, down from the previous "stability period" of 30 years, a senior mines ministry official told Reuters on Friday. Companies operating in the country include Barrick Gold Corp , B2Gold, Hummingbird Resources and AngloGold Ashanti. Lassana Guindo, a technical advisor at the ministry who is in charge of the new code, said the shorter stability period was in line with regional norms.
Mining companies operating in Mali will no longer be exempt from value-added tax during production and will only be protected from fiscal changes for a shorter period, according to a new mining code announced by the Mines Ministry on Wednesday. An opening salvo in what could be a protracted negotiation between the government and corporates over mining regulation in Africa's third-largest gold producer, the move is seen by some as a new instance of "resource nationalism" on the continent.
DAKAR/LIMA, June 30 (Reuters) - The deaths of 43 illegal miners at a Glencore facility in Congo last week highlighted a growing challenge for mining companies struggling to secure sites from small-scale prospectors digging for cobalt, copper and other minerals. Many mines span hundreds of square kilometers across rural terrains, a tantalizing prospect for illegal miners, also known as artisanal miners, who break into sites in search of metals, some of which end up in electric cars and other products. "If people do not have work or an industry, they rely on this activity," said Patrick Hickey, a mining industry consultant who has worked at mines across Africa.
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