Alacer Gold Corp (AQG)



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General Information
Company Name: Alacer Gold Corp
Stock Code: AQG
Website: www.alacergold.com
GICS Sub-Industry: Gold
Market Cap ($M): 202
Equiv. Shares (M): 86

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
$ 2.350 $ 2.350 $ 2.380 $ 2.290 $ 2.350 497,275 0%

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Hold (3)
Recommendation Date: 12th Dec 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 2

Company Overview

Business Description:
Alacer Gold Corp (AQG) is mid-tier gold producer with a globally diversified asset portfolio, including interests in multiple operating mines which feed three regional processing facilities in Australia and Turkey.

Strategy Analysis:
AQG is a gold exploration and production company. Within this, the company has operations in Turkey whereby the mine, Copler, has had a ramp up in production towards 37,000oz. Complementing this has been the mines operating costs decreasing by $126/oz to $259/oz. On the domestic front, the company’s Higginsville operation has surpassed its 500,000 oz milestone and the company aims to consolidate this with a production target of 155koz @ $795/oz operating costs. It is said to be on target towards achieving the targeted 1.5Mtpa @ 4.5g/t. Alacer Gold Corp announced that it has filed its financial results and related management's discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012. The company's 2012 attributable net profit pre-impairment and other write-downs was $118.6m ($0.42/share). Cash generated by operating activities totalled $238.9m during the year and the company's cash balance at the end of 2012 increased to $277.3m. The company's attributable gold production totalled 381,738oz for 2012. In Turkey, Copler continues to provide significant free cash flow at an average total cash cost of $375/oz. In Australia, various initiatives to increase free cash flow will continue at both Higginsville and South Kalgoorlie operations.


Financial Summary
Year to Dec NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2015  F -- 8.7 -52.2 27.0 0.7 0.3 --
2014  F -- 18.2 -35.3 12.9 2.1 0.9 --
2013  A 114.6 28.2 -- 10.8 2.2 0.7 --
Source: Aspect actuals / Thomson IBES estimates

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F 2013 A 2014 F 2015 F
Alacer Gold (AQG) $218 M -- -0.3534 -0.5225 8.9685 13.8706 29.0471 0.89 0.82 0.28
Newcrest Mining (NCM) $7,956 M -0.0429 -0.2244 0.3427 18.4173 23.7474 17.6861 0.00 0.00 1.90
Northern Star Resources (NST) $696 M 0.2151 2.1072 0.1689 14.6509 4.7151 4.0336 2.98 3.15 3.74
OZ Minerals (OZL) $956 M -- -- 0.2932 -- 68.9278 53.2995 6.35 6.35 4.36
Regis Resources (RRL) $782 M -- -- 0.8344 -- 12.0015 6.5426 0.00 NaN 7.06

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
AQG 2.98 12.6 1.16 10.00 1.61
Market 0.87 14.8 1.15 1.98 1.48
Sector 0.60 10.93 0.66 1.19 2.46

Directors
Name Position Start Date
Mr Rodney (Rod) P Antal Chief Executive Officer,Executive Director 13 August 2013
Mr Richard P Graff Non-Executive Director 24 July 2008
Mr Thomas R Bates, Jr Non-Executive Director 17 April 2014
Ms Anna Kolonchina Non-Executive Director 15 September 2014
Mr Alan Krusi Non-Executive Director 15 September 2014
Mr Edward C Dowling, Jr Non-Executive Director,Non-Executive Chairman 20 February 2008

Management
Name Position
Howard Stevenson President, Chief Operating Officer
Mark E Murchison Chief Financial Officer
Michael Sparks General Counsel - Corporate,Company Secretary

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
57,556,147 (19.83%) Pala Investments Holding Ltd

Calendar of Events
Date Event
27 October 2015 Report (Quarterly)
29 July 2015 Report (Quarterly)
25 May 2015 Report (Annual)
28 April 2015 Report (Quarterly)
12 March 2015 Report (Annual)
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