When dealing with mineral rights of mining enterprises, Canada has its NI 43-101 Metal Valuation Report, a standard for mining companies to comply with when reporting on their reserves and resources. Those documents are stored and can be retrieved from the repository at http://www.sedar.com/
To make thing easier and allow comparison in a glance, the website ‘Gold Miner Pulse’: gives a fair overview of many Canadian Gold Mining Valuations. There are also specific Valuation Reports for the companies reported on.
On this blogthread, I'm focussing on the gold and silver miners covered by 'Gold Miner Pulse'. Whereas this is a strict limitation, the Gold Miner Pulse database is nevertheless covering a wide range of miners: several bellwethers are included: Agnico-Eagle, Barrick, Eldorado, Kinross, Yamana to name a few. The database also covers a number of intermediate or small miners and further on a wide range of precious metal explorers and explorer-developers.
Limiting our scope to miners of the Gold Miner Pulse database has the advantage of having a uniform approach on miners complying with the same regulatory framework: things get comparable.
The added value of this thread is the miners spreadsheet where a composite valuation score is included. (The miners spreadsheet is updated on a regular basis.) It is not a straightforward task to define a reliable composite score indicator. In my attempt to do so, I consider four metrics:
- Market Cap/Oz
- Total Au-Eq (or Ag-Eq) resource estimate
- Ore value per tonne
- Repartition between reserves and resource categories
You find more detail on this in following two blogposts. Valuation Metrics of Canadian Gold and Silver Miners and Canadian Gold and Silver Miner valuation Metrics - Update
The miners spreadsheet enables narrowing down the choice to a reduced number of Canadian miners. Avoid drowning in data and do your own due diligence on just these miners.
Gold and silver miners have been underperforming precious metals for most of 2011. Autumn is however a seasonally strong period for precious metals and for miners. Miners are now valued far cheaper than almost any moment since the precious metals started recovering from a twenty year bear market back in 2000. As investors start realizing that high gold prices are not a temporary parabolic anomaly but are there to stay, miners will be monitored and bought instead of neglected and sold.