Between fund managers and miners, much value left on the floor, says Barrick CEO


“My critique is that actually through the behaviour of many fund managers, we keep forcing the gold industry into a trading platform and not developing long-term value,” said Bristow.

Since the merger of Randgold Resources and Barrick took place early in 2019, it sparked off a wave of consolidation at the top. In coming out of 2018 and his engagement with Barrick, the deal was followed by the joint venture in Nevada with Newmont (TSX: NGT; NYSE: NEM), Newmont’s acquisition of Goldcorp, and again, Barrick’s acquisition of Acacia Mining. This was followed by the Endeavour Mining (TSX: EDV; LSE: EDV) consolidation in West Africa, and subsequently the Kirkland Lake Gold (TSX: KL; NYSE: KL; ASX: KLA) acquisition of Detour Gold. “Those were all great deals. And they were at the right time of the market, and they delivered value,” said Bristow.

However, according to him, many deals were left on the table despite significant interest to consolidate the industry, and it was a good time to do it. The timing was near the bottom of the market.

“The single-asset companies should be wrapped up because then you can invest on the back of that investment. And fixing broken assets in an industry where the average life of mine is ten to 15 years — right  now it’s under ten — makes it more difficult, and it makes it more difficult to consolidate the industry. And so then the fund managers want to have that control,” said Bristow.

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