Morgans upgrades Red5 to Add: KOTH gold project now de-risked

Tue 22 Mar 22, 2:39pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Brokers expected Red5 to be re-rated as the company approaches maiden commercial production
  • KOTH on track for first gold production in the June quarter of 2022
  • Red5 has intersected up to 338 grams per tonne (g/t) gold from the Darlot Underground Mine

Having concluded that the pathway to gold production in the next quarter at the King of the Hills (KOTH) gold project in WA has been de-risked, Morgans has upgraded its rating on gold miner Red5 (ASX: RED) to Add from Hold.

The broker’s target also rises to $0.48 from $0.34 which is a 33% upside to the current price.

Morgans expects the share price to continue to re-rate later this year as investors follow the broker’s lead and start to wind back their risk discounts.

Meantime, Ord Minnett which also has a Buy on Red5, expects the discount Red 5 has been trading at, relative to peers, to unwind as the company approaches maiden commercial production.

While Ord Minnett has retained a 40c target price, the broker hasn’t not updated on Red5 since late January 2022.

Despite no additional information being released to the market, the company's share price was up 5.63% two hours out from the close today.

Standout 12 months

Red5 was one of the standout [gold stock] growth stories of 2021, with the share price having run up 126.5% in the last 12 months.

The share price has virtually doubled since early August 2021 when management confirmed that the development of its 2.4m ounce, 16-year life-of-mine KOTH gold project had passed the 50% project completion milestone. 

Production on-track

Despite the challenging environment for people, equipment and services across the WA mining industry, managing director Mark Williams reassured investors that KOTH remained within budget and on schedule.

Within an update early February, Williams advised that open-pit mining has commenced at KOTH, with the company firmly on track for first gold production in the June quarter of 2022.

338g/t gold at Darlot

Red5 has a good track-record in defying the labour shortage that has held the sector back, by producing 76,104 ounces from its Darlot gold hub 100 kilometres north of KOTH project, in the previous financial year.

Following ongoing exploration aimed at extending new mining areas, the company announced late February that it had intersected up to 338 grams per tonne (g/t) gold from the Darlot Underground Mine.

Since July 2020 a total of 28,500 metres of grade control and extensional resource drilling programs have been completed, with higher grades witnessed within the magnetic dolerite while more variable grades are associated with the non-magnetic dolerite.

Commenting on the results, Williams noted:

“These drilling results demonstrate the significant potential to both grow the existing Darlot underground Resource and to extend the new mining areas we are targeting within the Darlot underground mining system.”


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Mark Story


Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. Email Mark at [email protected].

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