Mining, Resources and Basic Materials News

Resource stocks (as opposed to mining stocks) tend to be companies with a resource of material, with no need to “mine” to get to it.and data on Pan European listed mining and resource stocks. Mining is a process of extraction of materials (the resource) from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein or seam. Any material that cannot be grown from agricultural processes, or created artificially in a laboratory or factory, is usually mined.

29 Apr 2024

BSRT’s NAV falls on the back of a challenging market for junior miners

Baker Steel Resources Trust (BSRT) has released its annual results for the 12 months ending 31 December 2023. Over the year BSRT’s NAV per share decreased by 2.8%, compared with the increase in the MSCI World Metals and Mining Index of 13.8%. BSRT’s share price fell by 15.1%, finishing the year on a 48.8% discount. […]

22 Jun 2023

The big question with Vulcan’s C.T. Fitzpatrick and Jupiter’s Ben Whitmore

As fears that high interest rates may persist, we examine how a potential recession could affect equities with Alliance Trust Stock Pickers Ben Whitmore and C.T. Fitzpatrick in the latest of our ‘The big question’ interviews. previous story | next story

22 May 2023

The Big Question – Does macro matter? with Andrew Wellington and Brian Kersmanc

In Alliance Trust’s latest manager interview, Brian Kersmanc and Andrew Wellington share their views on the most important drivers of stock returns and to what extent the macro influences their investment decisions. Filmed: April 2023  

24 Apr 2023

Stock-specific issues weigh on Baker Steel Resources

Baker Steel Resources Trust (BSRT) has released its annual results for the financial year ending 31 December 2022. Over the 12 month period BSRT reported a NAV total return of -19.3%, compared to the 10.2% increase in the EMIX Global Mining Index. BSRT’s underperformance was attributed to a series of investment-specific factors, primarily due to […]

04 Nov 2022

Golden Prospect proposes embedded subscription rights

Golden Prospect Precious Metals has announced details of proposals to introduce an annual Subscription Right for Shareholders to enable Shareholders to subscribe for one new Ordinary Share for every five Ordinary Shares held on 1 December in each year at a price equal to the undiluted NAV per Share on 30 November one year prior. […]

20 Sep 2022

GRIT Investment Trust ponders future

On 22 October 2021, GRIT Investment Trust announced the new board appointments of Richard Lockwood and Malcolm Burne, both of whom were veteran fund managers, with exceptional records in the natural resources sector, together with plans to progress its plans to commence the re-building of a diverse portfolio of natural resources investments. The principal investment […]

21 Jul 2022

Baker Steel Resources sells Bilboes Gold

Baker Steel Resources Trust says that it and the other shareholders of Bilboes Gold have signed an agreement to sell Bilboes to Caledonia Mining Corporation for a total consideration of 5,123,044 Caledonia shares and a 1% net smelter royalty on Bilboes’s gold project. Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions precedent […]

04 Mar 2022

QD view – Feeling resourceful?

I started writing this article a week ago – the day before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. With the events unfolding in Eastern Europe and a harsh increase in sanctions a foregone conclusion, I pressed pause on looking at the commodities and natural resources sector to focus on the immediate impact on trusts with […]

19 Mar 2021

CQS Natural Resources Growth & Income delivers stellar recovery

CQS Natural Resources Growth & Income (CYN) has announced its interim results for the six-months ended 31 December 2020, which show that it delivered a stellar recovery in the second half of its financial year. CYN provided an NAV total return for the six months to 31 December 2020 of +47.1% which compares to an […]

05 Mar 2021

BlackRock World Mining managers delighted with 2020 performance

BlackRock World Mining Trust (BRWM) has its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2020, during which the managers say they were delighted with the portfolio’s performance. During the year, BRWM provided NAV and share price total returns of +31.8%1 and +46.7%1 respectively. In comparison, BRWM says that its reference index, the MSCI ACWI Metals […]

18 Jun 2019

Yellowcake benefits from higher uranium price

Yellowcake benefits from higher uranium price – Yellowcake has published results covering the year to the end of March 2019. Highlights are: Net asset value of USD2.93 (GBP2.25) per share as at 31 March 2019; Value of underlying U(3) O(8) has increased by 22% to USD217.4 million as at the end of March 2019 relative […]

12 Apr 2019

Yellow Cake closer to critical mass

Yellow Cake closer to critical mass – Yellow Cake, the investor in physical uranium, has just announced that 12,000,000 new shares have been placed with existing and new institutional investors at a price of £2.15 per share. The company had been looking to raise $30m but had sufficient demand up to the issue size to £25.9m […]

10 Apr 2019

Baker Steel plans tender offer

Baker Steel plans tender offer – after a year when Baker Steel managed to generate a small NAV increase (0.2%) while the wider EMIX Global Mining Index fell by 5.9%, the trust has now announced it wants to hand back £4m/£5m to shareholders. The money comes from the sale of the Prognoz silver project to […]

01 Mar 2019

Vale disaster overshadows BlackRock World Mining 25th anniversary

Vale disaster overshadows BlackRock World Mining 25th anniversary – BlackRock World Mining has published results for the year ended 31 December 2018. The trust underperformed the EMIX Global Mining Index – returning -11.5% in NAV terms and -10.7% in share price terms, against a -6.2% return for the index. The dividend was raised from 15.6p to […]

01 Feb 2019

Baker Steel Resources buys royalty in Queensland coal

Baker Steel Resources buys royalty in Queensland coal – Baker Steel Resources Trust has bought a 0.75% gross revenue royalty over the future production of coal from the Wilton and Fairhill properties in Queensland, Australia for A$6 million. The deal includes the option to acquire an additional 0.25% for a further A$2 million (exercisable any time […]

29 Jan 2019

BlackRock Commodities Income to ease up on option writing

BlackRock Commodities Income to ease up on option writing – BlackRock Commodities Income reports that, for the year ended 30 November 2018, the company returned 3.6% in NAV terms, outperforming both the MSCI World Energy Index which returned 3.5% and the EMIX Global Mining Index which returned 0.4%. However, a widening of its discount meant that the […]

16 Jan 2019

QuotedData join the Master Investor Show 2019 main stage line-up

QuotedData join the Master Investor Show 2019 main stage line-up – QuotedData is, once again, a key sponsor for the Master Investor Show. Edward Marten, QuotedData’s CEO, shall join the Main Stage line-up on Saturday, 6 April, at London’s Business Design Centre. We’d love to see as many of you as we can at the event. […]

18 Dec 2018

Geiger Counter publishes glowing report

Geiger Counter publishes glowing report – Uranium prices in the spot market have rallied sharply and reached a level of US$27.5 at the end of September 2018, which equates to a rise of 35% over Geiger Counter’s financial year. Uranium equities have started to rise given this favourable background and new vehicles were launched in the […]

12 Dec 2018

No tender offer for BlackRock Commodities Income

BlackRock Commodities Income has announced that its board has decided not to proceed with the discretionary semi-annual tender offer that was due in February 2019. The announcement doesn’t include the underlying rationale for the decision but says that, “Board has concluded that it is not currently in the best interests of shareholders as a whole […]

03 Dec 2018

Rollover El Oro

Along with the notice of its AGM, El Oro has published details of a new proposed rollover into JPMorgan Elect that the board is exploring as an alternative to a liquidation of the Company. The board says that their proposal offers a real choice to shareholders of either cashing out or rolling over into a […]

30 Oct 2017

Wolf secures additional financing to complete turnaround plan

Wolf Minerals (AIM: WLFE, ASX:WLF) has secured an additional £10m in funding from major shareholder Resource Capital Fund VI to help it complete the operating turnaround plan at its Drakelands tungsten/tin mine. This increases the existing bridge facility from £45m to £55m. The key elements of the turnaround plan are modifications to the dense media […]

24 Sep 2017

CAML expands base metal production through bold acquisition

Central Asia Metals (CAML) is extending the range and size of its base metal production through the proposed US$402.5m acquisition of Lynx Resources, owner of the Sasa zinc/lead mine, in Macedonia. CAML is funding the acquisition through a combination of debt (US$187m) and equity (US$195.5m). Sasa is owned by Lynx Resources, a company set up […]

31 Aug 2017

Good news for Wolf Minerals on two fronts

Wolf Minerals (AIM: WLFE) has secured an additional £5 million in funding from major shareholder Resource Capital Fund VI to help it complete the operating turnaround plan at its Drakelands tungsten/tin mine. The key elements of the turnaround plan are modifications to the dense media circuit (Phase 1 completed and Phase 2 planned for 9 […]

17 Aug 2017

Wolf acts on noise problem at Drakelands

Wolf Minerals intends to recover the cost of rectifying a low frequency noise (LFN) problem caused by the vibrating screens in its Drakelands tungsten/tin processing plant from its lead construction contractor, GR Engineering Services Limited (GRES). It will take advantage of a £7.5 million Performance Bond provision included in the construction contract for the Drakelands […]

15 Aug 2017

Weaker H1 for Caledonia as mine focuses on essential reconfiguration to facilitate longer-term growth

Caledonia Mining has reported comprehensive H1 2017 earnings of US$4.2m against US$5.4m for the same period of 2016. EPS was US27.6c against US38.3c a year earlier, a decrease of 28%. Adjusted EPS was US45.7c against US43.0c in H1 2016. Net profit attributable to Caledonia’s shareholders decreased from US$4.2m in H1 2016 to US$3.0m in H1 […]

28 Jul 2017

Wolf increases tungsten production with adoption of turnaround plan

Wolf Minerals has seen significant improvements to its tungsten/tin processing operations at the Drakelands mine during the first trial period of an operating turnaround plan during the month of June 2017. Average daily ore throughput in the final week of June reached almost 10kt, a 43% increase on the previous week. Wolf developed the plan […]

29 Jun 2017

Wolf Minerals secures additional working capital from major shareholder

Wolf Minerals has secured additional funding from its major shareholder to support its short term working capital as it works towards identifying additional funding sources for long term self-sustainable operations at the Drakelands open pit mine. Resource Capital Fund (RCF), which owns 56% of the company, has increased its existing bridge facility from £30m to […]

01 May 2017

Kounrad starts producing copper from new dump

Central Asia Metal’s Kounrad copper operation, in Kazakhstan, is now recovering the metal from the Western dumps on the property. In April, the company applied the first acid through an extensive drip irrigation system to an initial leach area on its dump 22 and when QuotedData visited the site last week we observed pregnant leach […]

28 Apr 2017

Wolf reports improved operations at Drakelands

Wolf Minerals reports that during the March quarter it implemented significant equipment changes and modifications in the processing plant at its Drakelands tungsten/tin mine, in Devon. These modifications have resulted in improvements in ore throughput rates in the plant and in the grade of tungsten concentrate being produced. In addition, open pit mining operations are […]

16 Mar 2017

Wolf reports increased net loss for six months to end December 2016

Wolf Minerals has reported a net loss after tax for the six months to 31 December of A$37.7m, an increase from the A$24.3m loss reported in the corresponding period of 2015. The total loss (including items affected by exchange rate movements) amounted to A$50.6m (2015: loss of A$31.5m). After revenue from sales of tungsten and […]