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It’s great time to be a gold miner

The summer of 2011 is a wonderful time to be a gold miner. The price burst above US$1,800 an ounce on Aug 10, but has since fallen back a bit. Don't worry. It will rise again given the background of global economic uncertainty.


The summer of 2011 is a wonderful time to be a gold miner. The price burst above US$1,800 an ounce on Aug 10, but has since fallen back a bit. Don’t worry. It will rise again given the background of global economic uncertainty.

Meanwhile a look at the second quarter results for most Canadian gold producers reveals higher-than-ever revenues. And the sales figures from which Q2 reports are distilled, were based on gold prices up to the end of June in most cases. Gold was trading then at about US$1,505 following a month-long slump. The price in July and August is more than on an upward trend – $100 in July and $125 so far in August – and we expect even better numbers for the next quarter.

The trick for producers is to translate their revenues into the best possible earnings. Here are some highlights from Q2 financial reports.

Company

Revenue

Earnings

Oz produced

Agnico-Eagle

US$434.9 M (+25%)

US$68.8 M (-31%)

239,328 (-7%)

AuRico

US$112.9 M (+98%)

US$56.1 M (+246%)

43,798 (55%)

Aurizon

C$59.0 M (+16%)

C$29.1 M (+45%)

41,418 (+7.5%)

Barrick

US$3.4 B (+30%)

US$1.2 B (+35%)

1,980,000 (+2%)

Goldcorp

US1.3 B (+62%)

US$420.0 M (+111%)

597,100 (+1%)

IamGold

US345.7 M (+75%)

US$74.5 M (+223%)

188,000 (+47%)

Kinross

US$987.8 M (+42%)

US$226.6 M (+103%)

676,245 (+26%)

Lake Shore

C$12.8 M (nil in Q2-10)

(loss) C$200,000

18,988 (n/a)

New Gold

US$171.6 M (+53%)

US$78.6 M (n/a)

88,500 (-2%)

Richmont

C$29.4 M (+42%)

C$5.0 M (+1,560%)

20,755 (+43%)

St Andrew

C$22.1 M (+20%)

(loss) C$1.2 M

15,197 (+29%)

Semafo

US$100.4 M (+15%)

US$32.9 M (+7%)

63,800 (+7%)

Canada’s gold mines were a profitable group in Q2 2011 for the most part. The two who recorded net losses for the quarter both have expensive exploration and development commitments that probably account for the loss. The situation will be rosier as their new mines come into production.

Since these Q2 results were posted, the price of gold has risen roughly 17%. Revenues and earnings may well be even greater next quarter.