Gold-Mining Industry Mostly ‘Under Water,’ Gold Fields

Gold miners’ costs are mostly higher than current spot prices, increasing the likelihood of writedowns next year, according to Nick Holland, chief executive officer of Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI)

Across the industry, costs are about $1,300 an ounce including debt repayments, Holland said by phone from Johannesburg today, citing analysts’ research. Gold dropped 0.1 percent to $1,182 an ounce, bringing the decline since the beginning of 2013 to 29 percent.

“The industry by and large is under water,” Holland said. “I would expect further writedowns. Production I think will be curtailed but it will take some time to filter through the system.”

Gold producers are struggling to adapt to a lower bullion price after a decade of debt-fueled expansion, acquisitions and cost inflation during the boom years that saw bullion peak at $1,921.17 an ounce in September 2011. The spot price has tumbled in the past 18 months as investors speculate the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates due to an improving U.S. economy, lowering demand for the safe-haven metal.

Gold Fields is able to “ride this through” as it has a break-even price of about $1,050 an ounce, or $1,090 an ounce including debt repayments, Holland said. While the company calculates its reserves at $1,300 an ounce, that number includes a 15 percent profit margin, he said.

“Everything is fine for now, obviously the margin won’t be 15 percent at the current price, it will be less than that,” Holland said. “That said, the business continues to be run the same as before.”

Profit Drop

Gold Fields dropped 4.8 percent at 9:16 a.m. today in Johannesburg after the precious metal fell 1.2 percent yesterday, largely after South African trading hours. The FTSE/JSE Africa Gold Mining Index decreased 5.1 percent to 1,091.8.

Headline earnings for the South African producer with mines from Peru to Australia were $14 million in the three months to Sept. 30, compared with $18 million the previous quarter, it said in a statement today.

The Johannesburg-based company, which spun off three of its cash-generative but old South African mines to create Sibanye Gold Ltd. last year, is seeking to “aggressively” pay down debt over the next three years as it adjusts to the lower gold price, Holland said. The company is also on the lookout for cheap, in-production acquisitions that more troubled miners are offloading.

Gold Fields reduced net debt in the quarter by $137 million to $1.5 billion. All-in sustaining costs for the year are expected to be 3 percent lower than previous forecast at $1,090 an ounce, it said.

Gold production rose 2 percent to 559,000 ounces in the quarter compared with the previous three months, the company said.

Morgan Stanley Slashes Tesla Estimates

Just getting this note from Adam Jonas at Morgan Stanley.

Tesla Motors Inc.
Cutting 2015 Model X Deliveries
to 5k from 15k

Following 3Q results, updated outlook and Model X
launch delay, we are making significant adjustments
to our 2014 and 2015 earnings forecasts, leaving our
target unchanged at $320. Tesla has some execution
hurdles to surmount, but we’d still be buyers.

Cutting our 2015 Model X delivery forecast to 5,000 units from 15,000
previously. We have adopted our Model X forecasts not only for a 3Q launch (which weexpect to belate 3Q), butalso for a slow ramp once deliveries begin. Our forecasts apply what we believe to be reasonable execution risk on this important model to ensure uncompromising quality of initial units.We recently raised a question about whether a seemingly mundane attribute of thecar, thefalcon doors,could prove to be a technical challenge at scale. See our November 17th report: Tesla Motors: Will Tesla Ditch the Falcon Doors on the Model X?

2015 EPS forecast reduced by 44% to $2.45 vs.consensus at $2.99.

The shortfall vs.consensus for 2015 is driven by our non-GAAP revenue
assumption of $5.6bn (consensus at $6.2bn). We have partially offset the
Model X shortfall with an increasein our Model S delivery forecast to 48,000 from 45,000 previously (management target of around 50,000 units).

We believe the Model X is critical to the Tesla story and execution on
this product is critical. There is a lot about the Model X which may be easier to execute upon vs. the Model S given high levels of commonality and experience with thefactory. However, there are still some unique attributes to the vehicle that could present a near-term challenge. We would look for any hiccups/delays as an opportunity to increase exposure to what we believe is the most important manufacturer in global autos.

Valuation Methodology:
We argue Tesla cannot bevalued on near-term multiple metrics like traditional auto companies given that we expect Tesla to multiply revenues by morethan 10x from 2013 to 2016 by nearly 30x by 2020 and around 60x by 2028.We havethus chosen a 15-year time horizon for our DCF which captures thefull maturation of the Model S, Model X (and top-hat derivatives) and also theramp up of its mass market electric vehicle (the Gen 3). We have applied a 11% WACC with a range of 9% to 13%.Theterminal value,calculated on a midpoint of 10x EV/EBITDA accounts for roughly 50% of thetotal DCF value across the range of methodologies we have applied to arrive at our PT.

DOW to 20,000 ?

Longtime stock bull Jeremy Siegel told CNBC on Tuesday that he sees favorable market trends-including the prospect for solid economic growth with low inflation-that could send the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Global Indexes: .DJI) past the 20,000 level by the end 2015.

“There are a number of goods things, I think, that need to happen, but certainly that would be even conservative for fair market value if we get some of these favorable trends coming together over this next year,” the Wharton School finance professor said on “Squawk Box .”

He cited economic growth of 3 percent to 4 percent, low inflation, cheap gas prices and an improving job market as some of the factors that could help push stocks higher. But he said, “The 3 percent [GDP], that’s the wild card.” He cautioned that many forecasters are calling for growth of 2 percent to 2.5 percent in the fourth quarter.

During the October selloff, Siegel had started to waver a bit on whether his prediction of Dow 18,000 by year-end would come to pass. But with the market back on track, he told CNBC earlier this month that he’s again confident that blue chips would reach that level after all.

In a lackluster session Monday, the S&P 500 (^GSPC) eked out its 42nd new high of 2014. The index has moved less than one-tenth of a percent in each of the last five sessions, and the Dow has only had one triple-digit point move this month after having 16 in October. The S&P was up almost 10.5 percent for the year as of Monday’s close. The Dow was up about 6.5 percent in 2014.

“Two to three years ago, I thought we were really undervalued given interest rates and earnings,” Siegel told “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “I thought the bullish calls were really easy to make. I still think we are 10 percent undervalued given the interest rate structure.” Siegel said he’d view the Dow between 19,000 and 19,500 as fair value.

While Siegel kept preaching his bullish message, other market watchers including Carl Icahn are less optimistic. At a Reuters investment summit Monday, the billionaire warned of a “major correction” in the next few years.

IAMGOLD Corporation

CAVEAT: long time readers are aware that I am the author of The Gold Investors Handbook and have been a seller of all gold and gold stocks from $ 1800 until today.
This shift out of gold and out of shipping has allowed Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts to prosper – our position remains very cautious to both sectors preferring to maintain watch lists rather than positions.

IMG : TSX : C$2.17
IAG : NYSE
HOLD 
Target: C$3.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
IAMGOLD is an intermediate gold company which
produced 764,000 oz in 2013 at a total cash cost of
$796/oz. Its key producing mines include Rosebel (95%)
in Suriname and the Essakane mine in Burkina Faso. Key
development projects include the Westwood (100%)
project in Quebec. Its key non-gold asset is the 100%-
owned Niobec mine in Quebec, which produces niobium.
All amounts in C$ unless otherwise noted.

Metals and Mining — Precious Metals and Minerals

TAKE A KNEE OR HAIL MARY?

Investment recommendation
At lower gold prices the operating outlook for IAMGOLD is not
favourable and based on the third quarter results the situation is even
more concerning. Grade control issues at Rosebel are expected to persist
into YE and management’s ability to fully fix the problem is unknown.
Near $1,100/oz we believe Rosebel may generate negative FCF. At
Westwood, IMG continues to evaluate different production profiles to
conserve development capital that could result in a slower ramp-up. At
Essakane, the Q3 results provided an insight into longer-term operating
costs for the hard rock expansion and the cost structure looks to be 5%
higher than anticipated. At all three core operations, there appears to be
limited opportunity to materially improve costs structures to defend
against a declining gold price environment.
IAMGOLD faces a fork in the road – utilize the Niobec windfall to pay
down debt and survive in a low gold price environment, or take a long
shot by purchasing a transformative asset (or possibly a combination of
both). In a low gold price environment, neither option will likely be
applauded by the market.
Investment highlights
 Q3/14 adj. EPS of $0.00 vs. CG at $0.01 and consensus of $0.03.
IMG generated positive ($55m) operating FCF for the first time in
two years. We forecast $16m in Q4/14 or negative $26.4m in FCF
(incl. G&A, expl., int. and ex Niobec). In this note we deconstruct
quarterly cash flows by assets.
Valuation
We have revised our target price to C$3.00 from C$4.25. Our target is
predicated on a 0.5x (from 0.6x) multiple to our forward curve derived
operating NAV of C$5.21/sh plus net cash and other assets of C$0.44/sh.
Our low target multiple reflects higher operating, financial, political
(Burkina Faso instability) and acquisition risk.

Silver Wheaton Corporation BUY Target Price $29

Metals and Mining — Precious Metals and Minerals
SLW : TSX : C$21.51
SLW : NYSE
BUY 
Target: C$29.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Silver Wheaton is uniquely positioned as the purest silver
producer. The company’s asset base consists of silver purchase
agreements with the San Dimas and Penasquito mines in Mexico,
Pascua-Lama project in Chile/Argentina, Zinkgruvan mine in
Sweden, Yauliyacu mine in Peru, Stratoni mine in Greece. Most
recent streaming deals with Hudbay minerals (silver and gold
streams at 777 and Constancia) and Vale (gold streams at
Salobo and Sudbury mines).
All amounts in C$ unless otherwise noted.

STRONG MOMENTUM INTO Q4
Investment recommendation
Silver Wheaton remains the preferred vehicle for exposure to silver
given the strong growth profile, margins, liquidity and diversification.
Further accretive streaming transactions are possible over the next 12
months, although new equity should be expected for larger transactions.
SLW is currently trading at 1.20x its forward-curve-derived NAV,
modestly above the silver producer group, but below SLW’s royalty
peers. Our NAV continues to assume a 25% permitting/development risk
discount for Pascua and Rosemont. We maintain our BUY rating.
Investment highlights
 SLW reported Q3/14 adjusted EPS of $0.20, in line with our
estimate and consensus. While attributable AgEq production was
below expectations (8.4 vs. 9.2Moz), a 1.3Moz inventory drawdown
resulted in sales beating our estimate (8.7 vs. 8.4Mozs).
 SLW wrote-down Mineral Park $37.1m following Mercator Minerals
Chapter 11 filing, and Campo Morado $31.1m given questionable
viability of the satellite resource base (metallurgy and low prices).
We have removed Mineral Park from our valuation and reduced our
Campo Morado’s valuation by 70%. Overall, these two small streams
are non-core and have limited impact on SLW’s overall profile.
SLW’s key streams remain well insulated to lower prices.
 SLW made a final $135m payment to Hudbay Minerals (HBM-T,
BUY, covered by Gary Lampard) relating to the Constancia gold
stream. While the payment was expected, SLW paid through the
issuance of 6.1m shares (dilution of 1.9%) rather than cash. The
preference for equity is understandable with the net debt to EBITDA
at 1.66x, which may not be high relative to SLW’s producing peers,
and is easily manageable, but remains high for a royalty company.
Both Franco-Nevada and Royal Gold have net cash positions.
Valuation
We have revised our target price to $29.00 from $30.00. Our target
remains predicated on a 1.55x multiple to our fwd. curve derived
5%/operating NAVPS estimate of C$20.02 (previously C$20.76) less net
debt and other corporate adjustments.

Actavis BUY Target Price $ 300

ACT : NYSE : US$250.38
BUY 
Target: US$300.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Actavis is an integrated global pharmaceutical company
that develops and markets both brand and generic drugs.
With the acquisition of Forest, it has transformed itself
into a formidable brand/generic hybrid pharmaceutical
company with a truly global scope.
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.

Life Sciences — Specialty Pharmaceuticals
Q3 REVIEW: NO ONE CARES ABOUT ANYTHING BUT M&A ?
Investment recommendation
Actavis announced a great Q3 and raised guidance. Revenue beat our
numbers by $34M, and EPS beat us by $0.15 and consensus by $0.08.
We like the stock on its own merits now with the durability provided by
the Forest products but are becoming increasingly concerned that it’s
getting caught up in the market euphoria that might create a situation
where it would overpay for Allergan.
Investment highlights
Synergies already materializing. Breaking the results into Actavis and
Forest components – revenue from Forest products were +14.7% Y/Y
and the Actavis base business was +33.2% Y/Y. As the integration
accelerates and strong performance continues, we don’t see why Actavis
would continue to have a Spec Pharma cellar multiple, and hence are
looking for both an expansion and continued upward earnings revisions.
Salix or Allergan or something else? Although no names were obviously
disclosed, most questions were aimed at deciphering the next
acquisition target: 1) strategic rationale is more important than EPS
(which we find fascinating given there’s virtually zero strategic fit
between Actavis and Allergan); 2) prefer friendly deals as hostiles result
in loss of human capital; and 3) maintain 3.5x leverage.
Valuation/risks
We use a standard DCF for our raised $300 target, based on a 10%
discount rate and terminal growth of 2.6%. Risks include: failure to
integrate Forest; undue pricing in US generics; and/or failure to obtain
FDA approvals for the seven key Forest products.

BlackBerry Jumps on Samsung Lifeline for Mobile-Business

BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) shares advanced after the struggling smartphone maker announced a management-services partnership with rival Samsung Electronics Co., the first time the companies have teamed up for a major product.

The stock rose as much as 6.9 percent to $12.05, the highest intraday price since August 2013, after the plan was announced. Samsung’s Knox system, which offers a suite of secure work applications, will run on BlackBerry’s new server, known as BES12, the companies said in a statement today.

BlackBerry is holding an event today in San Francisco to unveil the server, which helps businesses manage devices and communicate securely. The partnership, which competes against an alliance of International Business Machines Corp. and Apple Inc., allies BlackBerry with one of its biggest rivals in the growing mobile device management market. Apple and IBM announced an agreement in July to work together on business services, sending BlackBerry’s stock down 12 percent in one day.

“People probably didn’t expect to see these two companies on the same stage, at least not willingly,” John Sims, head of BlackBerry’s enterprise services business, said at the event. “We need to be able to provide a breadth of choices and do that with companies of the highest level.”

Photographer: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg

BlackBerry Ltd. Chief Executive Officer John Chen.

Since taking over the Waterloo, Ontario-based company a year ago, Chief Executive Officer John Chen has focused BlackBerry on business users and outsourced some device manufacturing. Partnerships seem to be the next step in his plan to return the company to profitability by 2016.

Earlier this week Chen said he had met with the heads of Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. and was interested in partnerships to expand in China.

Investors have supported Chen’s turnaround plan, pushing the stock up 51 percent this year through yesterday and putting it on track to beat the Nasdaq Composite Index for the first time since 2009. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Planincreased its holding in the company to 1.6 percent as of Sept. 30, according to a Nov. 7 regulatory filing.

American Eagle Energy BUY Target Price $6

AMZG : NYSE MKT : US$1.33
BUY 
Target: US$6.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
AMZG is an independent E&P company focused on
developing the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil
formations in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and
Montana. The company is based in Denver, CO.

Energy — Oil and Gas, Exploration and Production
CONSERVATIVE YET FLEXIBLE PLAN FOR ’15
Investment recommendation
We like AMZG for its inventory of relatively low-risk, high return Bakken
and Three Forks (TF) locations in the Williston Basin (WB). The
company has ~46.8K net acres in Divide County, ND, and while IP rates
and EURs are not as high as in deeper parts of the WB, lower costs
provide attractive rates of return. With new financing in place and the
stock getting essentially no credit for its undeveloped acreage at its
current price, we believe AMZG offers promising risk/reward.
Investment highlights
 AMZG laid out what we believe to be a prudent base-case 2015
capital plan, in which it intends to run one rig starting at the end of
Q1/15 and keep it going for the rest of the year. That would yield 10
net wells and equate to ~$60M in capex. At that pace of
development, the company would be able to grow production as
2015 progresses; we estimate ~3.1 MBoe/d (47% growth) for 2015.
The company said it would think about scaling up activity at a ~$90
WTI oil price and could bring on a second rig quite quickly.
 Following the positive results from the Eli well (405 Boe/d 30-day
IP), AMZG intends to use slickwater fracs for the Byron and Shelley
Lynn wells. Those wells are scheduled to be fracked in November.
The company estimates it will bring on 4 gross (3.7 net) operated
wells by the end of 2014. It could possibly add 2 additional gross
(1.3 net) wells if the Shelly and La Plata State are online in time.
 Liquidity of $84M at the end of Q3 should be more than sufficient to
fund the $60M capex program.
Valuation
Our new $6 price target represents a 30% discount to a ~$8.40 NAV

ARCH Coal – Jim CRAMER says ” boo”

Yes Halloween is past but it’s never to late to scare you off coal .

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Arch Coal  ( ACI) as a sell. The company’s weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ARCH COAL INC’s return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
The gross profit margin for ARCH COAL INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.81%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -13.09% is significantly below that of the industry average.
Net operating cash flow has decreased to $80.34 million or 40.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm’s growth is significantly lower.
ACI’s stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 44.75%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock’s sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.67 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Regardless of the company’s weak debt-to-equity ratio, ACI has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.36, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

Erickson

EAC : NYSE : US$13.80
HOLD 
Target: US$17.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Erickson Air-Crane is a provider of heavy and medium-lift
air services for government and commercial customers.
Key markets include firefighting, personnel transport,
construction, and oil and gas. The company is the largest
operator, and type certificate holder, of the SH-64
Aircrane. The company is based in Portland, Oregon.

Transportation and Industrials — Aerospace and Defense
STRONG Q3/14 OVERSHADOWED BY SOFTER FULL YEAR OUTLOOK
Investment recommendation
EAC reported adjusted Q3/14 EPS of $1.22, compared to our estimate of
$0.95 and consensus of $1.01. Cash flow in the quarter was a positive
~$17M. Note that Q3 is usually seasonally the strongest quarter for EAC.
However, the company indicated that full year results would likely be at
the lower end of its guidance range, which was unchanged from prior
quarters. In the Government segment, firefighting revenues were up
12% over Q3/13, while Defense & Security revenues were down 25%
year-over-year. Much of the growth was in Infrastructure (oil and gas)
markets. We continue to see risk associated with the timing of the
commercial market ramp, while revenues in the defense segment
seemed to be declining slighter faster than we had modeled. We are
maintaining our HOLD rating and lowering our price target to $17.
Investment highlights
 The company saw a nice step-up in bill rates across markets.
However, the company indicated that Q4/14 results will drive full
year results at the lower end of the guidance range. We are
maintaining our full-year 2014 $0.46 EPS estimate.
 While there was good cash flow in the quarter, the outlook for 2015
is still about the ramp down in Government revenues, and how fast
they can be replaced by commercial revenues, specifically in oil and
gas. The company did announce a win in Ecuador, which should be
positive for 2015.
Valuation
We are lowering our price target to $17. Our price target is based on the
average of a 12.0x EPS multiple and a 5.25x EBITDA multiple applied to
our 2015 estimates

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