It is the second largest gold producer by volume listed on the Australian stock exchange.
The group has a portfolio of three operating mines in Africa and Australia.
Its three operating mines are: Golden Pride in Tanzania, Ravenswood in Queensland, and the newly re-developed Syama in Mali, which was once a BHP Billiton operation.
RSG’s operations are well-placed, and exploration is likely to lead to further resource discoveries, underground, and in nearby pits.
Being unhedged, RSG continues to benefit from a boom in gold prices.
Doubling exploration budget
RSG today announced an annual group exploration budget increase to $20 million in FY12, from $10 million in FY11.
The news comes after RSG identified some high priority exploration targets at Syama in Mali and Ravenswood in Queensland.
RSG has a strengthening balance sheet on the back of operating improvements at Syama.
Results from current exploration at both projects will be provided in the miner’s June Quarter Report.
It is targeting an increase in production from its flagship Syama project to 250,000oz of gold a year after an extended ramp-up and commissioning period
Last month, RSG provided its Group gold production and cash cost guidance for FY12.
Gold production in the coming year is forecast to increase to 410,000 ounces at a cash cost of $730 per ounce.
This cements RSG’s position as the second largest primary listed gold producer on the ASX.
It also represents a substantial increase in production and reduction in cash costs.
RSG’s continued improvement in outlook is underpinned by ongoing progress being achieved at the Syama operation in Mali.
The miner’s shares surged 7.6% on the day of the announcement.
RSG could be debt free by the end of December should existing share options and convertible note debt be converted to equity.
The miner has a highly prospective tenement package with the potential to add significant value for shareholders.
Gold has gained significantly this year, reaching fresh record highs this week as global economic uncertainty pushes investors towards the safety of the shiny metal.
The metal printed highs of around US$1610 this week and continues to hold its ground well above US$1500.
Following the recent production and reserves updates, RSG seems well placed to benefit from the surging gold prices so it will be one of the stocks to watch in coming months.
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