This is How I want my Exposure to Gold
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The prospect of owning a junior miner is simply intriguing for investors. These minors have small market caps, and the opportunities to experience exponential growth. If production for the gold mines is successful, investors will hit a jackpot. The problem with these exciting investments is the high risks associated with them. Mine reports are released periodically, indicating the gold reserves a miner might have. These can be very volatile periods with companies drastically moving to the upside or downside. Mining is also a very capital intensive business that can face many obstacles on the way to large returns. These obstacles can ensure more capital for operations, or lead to unexpected consequences while drilling. Despite the risks associated with these junior miners, I believe Primero Mining (NYSE: PPP) has a very bright future for the coming years ahead. Not only will they share in the exciting growth that a small cap can offer, but it also has a few factors contributing towards downside protection.
Association with Goldcorp
We are now entering into our first safety net and that is Primero Mining's association with Goldcorp (NYSE: GG). The San Dimas mine (the mine that Primero is currently operating) was sold by Goldcorp in 2010. This sale wasn't typical though as Goldcorp retained 36 percent of the company. Goldcorp would not have kept a considerable part of the company unless the gold giant saw a potential upside. And so far, the upside continues to look promising although it hasnt yet materialized. The San Dimas mine has 5.83 million tonnes of gold inferred within the mine, and production is only expected to increase. In the latest earnings call, Primero mined an ounce of gold at an average price of 630-660 dollars. This is a very nice margin as gold is currently selling at around 1600 dollars. Other positive facts about Primero Mining include its financials. Primero has 86 million dollars of cash on hand, which provides significant downside protection when considering Primero only has a market cap of $285 million. Primero is also only trading at 3 times earnings as well as sporting a book value at 0.51 times the current price. Despite the massive upside potential in Primero Mining, it is trading at a very conservative discount.
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