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Anglo Asian Mining keeps pushing higher as momentum builds in Azerbaijan


Exploration could turn Anglo Asian's ground into a mining camp


Quick facts: Anglo Asian Mining PLC

Price: 137 GBX

Market: AIM
Market Cap: £156.72 m
  • Successful track record of production

  • Spread of commodity risk through copper, gold and silver

  • Directors hold signficant stakes

  • Exploration could turn Anglo Asian's ground into a mining camp


How is it doing?

Anglo Asian’s (LON:AAZ) full year full year guidance is for production of between 82,000 and 86,000 gold equivalent ounces.

It's currently guiding to hit the lower end of that range, but could still beat the previous annual production record, set in the full year to 2018, of 83,736 gold equivalent ounces.

First half production in 2019 was 39,905 GEOs, up 7% year-on-year, while third quarter production was 3% higher than the previous quarter. The company has also benefited lately from a stronger gold price.

On the exploration front, about US$1.8mln has been earmarked this year for the Ordubad contract area, a 462 square kilometre exploration project that may contain multiple mineralised porphyry systems.

Porphyries tend to be rich, and tend to occur in clusters, so there’s a very real possibility that this year’s exploration programme could be transformative for Anglo Asian.

Separately, exploration around the wider Gedabek region is also underway, with a recent airborne survey having identified 25 potential new porphyry targets.

In August, the company noted report that Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Economy has appointed a consultant to advise on a 'possible transaction'.

The report said the consultant would advise the ministry about a transaction with RV Investment Group Services, an Anglo subsidiary that holds the production sharing agreement with the Government of Azerbaijan that dates back to 20 August 1997.


What the boss says: Bill Morgan, finance director

“Exploration at the Gedabek, Gosha and Ordubad Contract Areas has delivered very positive results and he is excited about the potential to increase future reserves and grow the production outlook.”


Inflection points

  • Details about possible transaction with Azerbaijan government
  • Hits production 2019 guidance
  • Gets full benefit of strong gold price
  • Exploration boosts resources across its three mines

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