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Are Gold Stocks the Cheapest Ever?

Commodities / Gold and Silver Stocks 2015 Apr 24, 2015 - 12:05 PM GMT

By: Jordan_Roy_Byrne

Commodities

Everyone knows that this has been a devastating bear market for the gold mining sector. If you have followed our work you know that it is the second worst cyclical bear market in at least 80 years. Obviously, gold mining stocks have been crushed. Then they became cheaper, then cheaper and then really cheap. Yet, we may not realize just how cheap this sector has become both in nominal and relative terms.

Below we plot the Barron's Gold Mining Index (BGMI) against Gold. The BGMI dates back to 1938. The ratio recently touched its lowest level in at least 77 years! There might not be anyone alive today who has seen gold stocks this cheap relative to Gold.


Barrons Gold Mining Index versus Gold

The next chart plots the price to cash flow valuation for senior gold miners. Twice in the past two years it touched a low of about 5. According to data from BMO, this is even lower than during the secular bottom of 2000 when senior miners traded at 6x-7x cash flow.

Gold Miners versus Price-toCash Flow Ratio

Gold stocks are also historically cheap relative to book value. A year or so ago I posted a chart from Datastream, a product of Thomson Reuters that showed gold stocks trading at their lowest book value since at least 1980. You can view that here. Here is another chart which shows the price to book ratio for the 10 largest miners. It is unsourced but shows price to book value at the lowest levels since at least 1993.

These spectacularly low valuations have resulted from arguably the second worst bear market ever. The updated bear analog chart is below.

Gold Stock Bear Markets

Could gold mining stocks get even cheaper in the weeks or months ahead? It is certainly possible, but only in the scenario of Gold trading to new lows. Even in that scenario, there is no guarantee that the various gold miner indices will make new lows.

While we lack data that precedes 1980, my guess is gold mining stocks relative to cash flow and book value are trading at valuations not seen since 1960 (a secular bottom) or even earlier. In the year 2000 the gold stocks were at the end of their worst cyclical bear market in history (and worst secular bear) and were trading at a 24-year low! Valuations recently surpassed (to the downside) where they were at that epic low.

In any event, the gold mining sector is primed for what should be a spectacular recovery. A big rise in margins/earnings and valuations is the one two punch that causes markets to rally substantially following a major bottom. Margins are starting to recover as evidenced by Newmont Mining's earnings report. Miners have worked to cut costs and are now getting a boost from lower energy prices and weak local currencies. The only thing left is for metals prices to turnaround.

Consider learning more about our premium service which includes a report on our top 10 juniors to buy for the coming bull market.  

Good Luck!

Email: Jordan@TheDailyGold.com
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Bio: Jordan Roy-Byrne, CMT  is a Chartered Market Technician, a member of the Market Technicians Association and from 2010-2014 an official contributor to the CME Group, the largest futures exchange in the world. He is the publisher and editor of TheDailyGold Premium, a publication which emphaszies market timing and stock selection for the sophisticated investor.  Jordan's work has been featured in CNBC, Barrons, Financial Times Alphaville, and his editorials are regularly published in 321gold, Gold-Eagle, FinancialSense, GoldSeek, Kitco and Yahoo Finance. He is quoted regularly in Barrons. Jordan was a speaker at PDAC 2012, the largest mining conference in the world.

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