We recently interviewed Cobus Loots, CEO of South African gold-producer Pan African Resources (AIM:PAF). CLICK HERE to watch the full interview.
A Decisive, Ambitious Team
One thing that has become very clear after conducting several interviews with Loots is that the Pan African Resources management team gets things done.
Mining is never easy. Mining in South Africa is even harder, but the management team consistently hit their targets.
Pan African Resources is well on its way to becoming a mid-tier gold producer. The team is targeting a solid 185,000oz of gold this year.
Loots ran us through the highs and lows of the last 6 months, including the recently released operational update.
The key highlights from the update?
- Pan African Resources is on track to deliver the full-year production guidance of 185,000oz.
- Group gold sales increased by 14.7% to 92,941oz (2018: 81,014oz).
- The Evander 8 Shaft Pillar project development is progressing according to plan, with steady-state production planned from March 2020.
We’re big fans of the tailings slant on the business because green is very fashionable right now. Some of the best companies we’ve interviewed recently have figured out a way to slot into the green narrative effectively.
Barberton Tailings Retreatment Plant produces a steady stream of gold, c. 25,000oz per annum, and the Shaft Pillar at Evander, an area of developmental focus in the near future for Pan African, could provide 20,000oz, rising to 30,000oz+ “in the years ahead.”
Pan African Resources is now mining more economically, courtesy of a strategy modification: mining at the shaft rather than at deeper levels. The result is an intended sub-US$1,000 AISC for the Pillar project. Solid numbers, and in line with the rest of Pan African’s other operations.
Elikhulu Tailings Retreatment Plant has had a mining feasibility study conducted that is now being independently vetted by a third party, with the view to expand it to a full feasibility study. Loots says it looks like c. 90,000oz per annum, with a 9-year life-of-mine, rising to 20 years with further resource modeling.
By utilising assets with existing infrastructure, Pan African Resources can keep costs down and get things going quicker. This is still a little way off but could be a good addition to the portfolio.
In terms of dividends, Pan African Resources recently released its first dividends for years. Loot states the company was recently one of the highest yielding gold dividend shares in the world, and that is the direction he wants to go in this time round. Let’s see how things turn out.
For now, it’s full speed ahead developing the projects, overcoming issues pertaining to jurisdiction, community and environment difficulties, and getting the share price where investors will no doubt want to see it.
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Company page: https://www.panafricanresources.com/
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