Perseus Mining Ltd (ASX:PRU) (TSE:PRU) (OTCMKTS:PMNXF) (FRA:P4Q) is one of Canaccord Genuity’s top 16 stock picks across a diverse group of sectors, including mining services, childcare, consumer and retail, health and wellness, sustainability, metals and mining, and technology, media and telecom.

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Perseus Mining Limited (PRU-ASX): PRU’s 200kozpa Yaoure was commissioned on time and budget by the end of 2020. Successful delivery of the project is expected to see PRU’s Group production increase by ~90% from FY20 to ~500kozpa by FY22. We expect a material increase in earnings and FCF as a result (FY22e FCF yield >30%), noting that at that run rate, PRU would then rank as a Top 5 gold producer on the ASX. BUY rating; target price: A$1.95.

Investment Highlights

PRU remains among our top gold sector picks, with the recent commissioning of the new Yaoure mine in Cote d’Ivoire expected to take annual Group gold production to ~500kozpa in FY22. We expect the operation to move to commercial production in the JunQ, and drive a significant uplift in earnings and FCF (FY21e > FY22e EBITDA +120%, FCF +600%). At Sissingue, a DFS for the Bagoe project (JunQ’21) could provide for much needed mine life extension.

Potential Catalysts

  • Commercial production at Yaoure – JunQ’21
  • Bagoe DFS (and Sissingue mine life extension) – mid’21
  • Yaoure updated LOM – mid ’21

Performance Metrics

PRU is down -8.5% CYTD compared to the ASX All Ords which is up +6.3%.

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