Following the reverse takeover of Kopy Goldfields by Amur Zoloto in September 2020, the new Kopy boasts production of >50koz pa of gold from two hard rock mines and a number of smaller placer deposits. Kopy also retains a 49% interest in the Krasny project and 100% of the Maly Patom exploration licences.
Kopy Goldfields has reported its first full year results as a Russian gold producer following the Amur Zoloto reverse acquisition (the comparative 2019 results are for Amur Zoloto only). The company saw revenue rise 41% to US$98.8m and EBITDA rise 67% to US$45.6m. Having secured a US$42.3m debt facility maturing in September 2023, Kopy is fully funded to support its growth profile and we expect it to end 2021 with net debt of US$61.8m and US$13.7m in cash and undrawn debt facilities.
In our last note on the gold price (The gold rush, published on 11 June 2020), we argued that the sharp increases in the total US monetary base might be expected to support a nominal gold price of US$1,892/oz and potentially as high as US$3,000/oz. While there is a historically strong and statistically significant correlation of 0.909 between the gold price and the total US monetary base from 1967 to 2018, there is very little visibility as to how, or to what extent, the total US monetary base may be expected to evolve. In the four months to November 2020, the US monetary base was expanding at an average rate of approximately US$98bn per month, which would equate to an expected increase in the gold price (using the historical correlation) of approximately US$391/oz per year.