I do not like green eggs and ham, but of IAMGOLD
The growth-hungry mid-tier miner -- whose shares have easily outshone the likes of deep value sensation Yamana Gold
IAMGOLD held an 18.9% stake in two producing gold mines -- the Tarkwa and Damang mines -- in Ghana, West Africa. Gold Fields
While it is never particularly easy for investors to watch a miner unload profitable, producing assets, Fools are encouraged to note that IAMGOLD is unloading mines that were exerting upward pressure on the company's consolidated cost structure. Tarkwa and Damang delivered their gold at a cost of $611 and $673 per ounce, respectively, during the fourth quarter of 2010. Both those figures exceeded IAMGOLD's consolidated cost of $574 per ounce. Gold Fields expects its 2011 cash costs to average $760 per ounce of gold, so the transaction will assist the company in its bid to get operating costs under control.
Considering that Gammon Gold
With $1 billion in cash, gold bullion, and equivalents on hand, IAMGOLD will be a force to be reckoned with among the mid-tier miners chasing sustainable production growth through strategic acquisitions. Given the company's intended collaboration with Chinese state-owned China National Gold Group in pursuit of development opportunities in Africa and the Americas, I expect IAMGOLD to deploy its capital intelligently into exciting joint venture opportunities in which IAMGOLD is likely to perform a key operating role. I consider the shares a remarkable bargain at current levels, and I will leave unchanged my long-standing bullish stock pick in Motley Fool CAPS (I have retained the pick since 2006, and issued interim calls periodically).
Fool contributor Christopher Barker has actually never tasted green eggs and ham, and figures they could be surprisingly delicious. He can be found blogging actively and acting Foolishly within the CAPS community under the username TMFSinchiruna. He owns shares of Gammon Gold, IAMGOLD, New Gold, Teck Resources, and Yamana Gold. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy would not eat them in a box, nor would it eat them with a fox.