Sibanye Gold Limited
has the Midas touch in 2016. This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) is expected to see huge earnings growth this year as gold prices soar.
Sibanye Gold is one of the largest gold producers in South Africa. It is a mid-cap company with a market cap of $3.8 billion which operates two mines.
Earnings Estimates Soaring
With the price of gold surging this year, the gold miners find themselves in an enviable position of selling their product for a much higher price than previously possible.
The analysts have been raising estimates in the last 30 days.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2016 has jumped to $2.43 from $1.87 over the last month. Sibanye made just $0.23 a share last year so that's a 956% year-over-year increase in earnings.
Estimates for 2017 have also been raised, pushing the Zacks Consensus up to $2.89. That's another 18.9% growth in earnings.
Shares Still Cheap
Even though shares have soared this year to new 2-year highs, there's still value.
Sibanye is trading with a forward P/E of just 6.9.
It also pays a dividend, which is unusual in the gold mining industry. It is currently yielding 1.2%.
The gold miners are in the top 3% of the Zacks Industry Rank because of the strong fundamentals. The Zacks Rank is a short term, 1 to 3 month, recommendation.
The gold miners are perfectly set up this summer to fit right into that short term play as earnings rise. I recently did a podcast all about the gold miners, wherein David Bartosiak and I discussed Sibanye and other top gold mining stock picks.
For investors looking for a gold miner, Sibanye is one to keep on the short list.
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