Source: Barrick Gold
The Toronto-based new Barrick Gold (GOLD) is one of the largest gold producers worldwide and is part of my long-term gold portfolio for years. Barrick Gold is also producing copper from three joint ventures.
It is a difficult task to describe the company on Seeking Alpha because the company owns a broad asset portfolio. I will try my best here to give a compact picture that supports my long-term investment recommendation without getting lost in too many unnecessary details. GOLD has slightly underperformed the VanEck Gold Miners ETF (GDX) this year, so far.
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The size of the company makes it a perfect proxy for gold, and the market reaction to the tariffs imposed on China goods by the US is a good reminder of how important it is to hold a gold position in your portfolio. Barrick Gold is one of the three gold miners that I consider my core long-term "gold miners."
The two other gold producers are Newmont Goldcorp (NEM) and Agnico Eagle (AEM). I recommend reading my article about Agnico Eagle's third quarter results here.
The general investment thesis that I recommend for those three miners is to keep a long-term position that can be increased with a slow accumulation on weakness while using about a maximum of 20% of the total capital invested in the trading short term the increasing volatility of the gold industry.
The difference between my core gold miners and the rest is that I allocate a smaller part for the short term and avoid to sell out unless the stock has reached my long-term target.
Here we are in the third quarter. A reliable New Barrick Gold, which includes the acquisition of Randgold Resources and the joint venture with Newmont (NYSE: NEM) in Nevada.
On September 24, 2018, Barrick Gold [ex-ABX] and Randgold Resources [ex-GOLD] announced that they have agreed to an all-share merger that will form the most prominent gold company in the world.
Also, Barrick Gold and Newmont Goldcorp created a 38.5% [for Newmont]/61.5%[for Barrick] joint venture called Nevada Gold Mines NGM, with Barrick as an operator for the eight assets located in Nevada with apparent synergies.
Source: GOLD Presentation
The new Barrick Gold total gold production in 3Q'19 was 1,306 K Au Oz.
Randgold is operating exclusively in Africa and has four mines producing below [e.g., Loulo-Gounkoto (80%) Kibali (45%) Tongon (89.7%) and Morila (40%)].
Production for the joint venture with NEM was 535K Au Oz in 3Q'19 compared to 526K Oz sequentially. This amount represents Cortez, Goldstrike (including South Arturo), 75% of Turquoise Ridge, Phoenix, and Long Canyon, both at 61.5%.
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