Industrial metal prices have recently retreated on concerns over a slowdown in demand with the increased odds of a recession and major buyer China’s slowdown. On the other hand, prices of precious metals like gold remained under pressure due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar.
However, as investors are expected to seek more risk-averse investments with the economy potentially tipping into a recession, precious metals miners should benefit from the safe-haven demand.
Therefore, we think, gold mining stocks, Centerra Gold Inc. (CGAU) and B2Gold Corp. (BTG), are solid investments at their current discounted price levels.
Centerra Gold Inc. (CGAU)
CGAU operates as a gold mining company that acquires, explores, and develops gold and copper properties in North America and globally. The company’s principal project includes the 100% owned Mount Milligan gold-copper mine in British Columbia. It is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
On May 4, CGAU announced a quarterly dividend of CAD0.07 per common share, which was payable to shareholders on June 1. This reflects the company’s ability to pay back its shareholders.
On April 20, Kootenay Resources Inc. announced the signing of an option agreement with a CGAU subsidiary whereby the company was granted an option to earn 70% interest in the Copley property located in the Nechako Plateau of Central British Columbia. This might expand the operative capacity of the company.
For the fiscal first quarter ended March 31, CGAU’s revenue increased 30.5% year-over-year to $295.22 million. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations and adjusted net earnings from continuing operations per common share came in at $56.40 million and $0.19, up 100% and 90% from the prior-year quarter.
The consensus EPS estimate of $0.79 for the fiscal year 2022 indicates a 2.6% year-over-year increase. Likewise, the consensus revenue estimate for the same year of $1.15 billion reflects a rise of 27.6% from the prior year.
The stock has gained 3.2% over the past five days to close its last trading session at $6.18.
CGAU’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR Ratings. The stock has an overall rating of A, which equates to a Strong Buy in our proprietary rating system. The POWR Ratings are calculated by considering 118 different factors, with each factor weighted to an optimal degree.
CGAU has a Quality grade of A and a Growth and Value grade of B. In the 34-stock Miners – Gold industry, it is ranked #1. Click here to see the additional POWR Ratings for CGAU (Momentum, Stability, and Sentiment).
B2Gold Corp. (BTG)
BTG, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a gold producer primarily operating in three mines in Mali, the Philippines, and Namibia. The company also holds interests in Calibre Mining Corp. and BeMetals Corp.
On June 8, BTG declared a second-quarter dividend of $0.04 per common share, which was payable to shareholders on June 29. This reflects upon the company’s cash generation and shareholder return ability.
On May 26, BTG announced that it had entered into a definitive Scheme Implementation Agreement with Oklo Resources Limited to acquire 100% of the fully paid ordinary shares of Oklo. The acquisition is expected to provide BTG with landholding in greenstone belts in Mali, West Africa, which include Oklo’s flagship Dandoko Project.
BTG’s gold revenue increased 0.9% year-over-year to $365.58 million in the fiscal first quarter ended March 31. Cash and cash equivalents balance rose 26.6% from the prior-year period to $648.76 million. Net income for the period and EPS stood at $90.80 million and $0.08, respectively.
Street EPS estimate for the fiscal year 2022 of $0.37 indicates a 2.8% year-over-year improvement. Likewise, Street revenue estimate of $1.85 billion for the same year reflects a rise of 4.7% from the prior year.
BTG’s stock has gained 5.3% over the past five days to close its last trading session at $3.49.
It’s no surprise that BTG has an overall B rating, which translates to Buy in our POWR Rating. It has an A grade for Quality and a B grade for Sentiment.
BTG is ranked #4 in the Miners – Gold industry. Click here to see the additional POWR Ratings for Growth, Value, Momentum, and Stability for BTG.
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CGAU shares were trading at $6.30 per share on Tuesday afternoon, up $0.12 (+1.94%). Year-to-date, CGAU has declined -16.97%, versus a -13.37% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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