If you could see the future, I trust you would apply the skill generously ... warning the rest of us about impending disasters. You would have time on your hands, since a small sum could be easily multiplied into a healthy nest egg.
With financial foresight, who among us would not have purchased some gold below $300 in early 2002 as a refuge from the looming global financial crisis? For Royal Gold
Announced at a value of about $300 million, the subsequent sell-off in Royal Gold shares, and terms of the purchase agreement relating to the company's 6.5 million-share public offering brings the price tag closer to $265 million.
Of the 1.6 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves at Andacollo, Royal Gold's attributable share is 1.03 million ounces. Without having to contribute another penny to cover production or operating costs, Royal Gold has essentially purchased more than 1 million ounces of gold for less than $260 per ounce. A modern-day Nostradamus could hardly have done better.
The per-ounce price tag may sound high relative to the $100 paid by Barrick Gold
For Teck Cominco, the transaction provides development capital to complete preparations for gold production at Andacollo, while applying revenue from the existing copper production there to pay down the company's mountain of debt. Little by little, Teck's prospects are looking up.
Employing a more traditional royalty model than silver counterpart Silver Wheaton
Fool contributor Christopher Barker has maintained an outperform rating on Royal Gold since November 2007. He can be found blogging actively and acting Foolishly within the CAPS community under the username TMFSinchiruna. He owns shares of Anglo American, Royal Gold, Silver Wheaton, and Teck Cominco. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is descended from royalty.