Silver Eagle Sales Steal The Show While Top Silver Miners Lose Money

U.S. Mint Silver  Gold Eagle Ratio updateIn an interesting irony, investors are purchasing record amounts Silver Eagles while the top primary silver miners continue to lose money.  Not only did investors purchase the most Silver Eagles in the month of February compared to previous years, the silver/gold ratio is off the charts.
This year, investors have purchased 3,750,000 Silver Eagles compared to 31,000 oz of Gold Eagles.
This is a staggering 121 to 1 ratio, shown in the chart below:


From The SRSRocco Report:

In February, 2013, investors purchased 3,368,500 Silver Eagles and 80,500 oz of Gold Eagles.  Thus, we had a Silver/Gold Eagle ratio of 42 to 1.  This year, investors purchased 3,750,000 Silver Eagles compared to 31,000 oz of Gold Eagles.  This is a staggering 121 to 1 ratio, shown in the chart below:

U.S. Mint Silver  Gold Eagle Ratio update

The chart shows that Silver/Gold Eagle ratio for the past four years including the 70 to 1 ratio for the beginning of 2014, calculated a few weeks ago.  If we update the total sales for 2014 presently, we have the following:

2014 Silver Eagles = 9,428,500

2014 Gold Eagles = 123,000 oz

Silver/Gold Eagle Ratio = 77/1

As I mentioned in my last Silver Eagle article, Public Affairs person, Michael White stated in an email that the total allocation for the last week of February was 1,250,000.  Last Friday, the U.S. Mint updated their figures showing at total of 3,750,000 for February and another complete sell-out of their weekly allocated amount.

March 4th Silver Eagle Update

Furthermore, the U.S. Mint sold 903,500 Silver Eagles as of Tuesday, March 4th.  The total allocated Silver Eagle amount for this week is 1,100,000.  Which means 82% of the total Silver Eagles allocated to the authorized dealers have already been purchased in the first two days of this week.

I would imagine the total allotment of 1.1 million Silver Eagles will be sold by the end of the week.

 

 2014 Silver Eagles As Low As $2.67 Over Spot!!
The Lowest Price for ’14 ASE’s Anywhere in the US!



Top Primary Silver Miners Continue To Lose Money

The fourth quarter results are out from most of the primary silver miners and again… we see continued losses.  Pan American Silver, Coeur and Hecla all lost fiat currency in Q4 2013:

Q4 2013 Pan American Silver

Silver Produced = 6.8 million oz

Cash Cost oz = $10.81

Adjusted Loss = $84.3 million 

Q4 2013 Coeur Mining

Silver Produced = 4.3 million oz

Cash Cost oz = $9.84

Adjusted Loss = $25.1 million

Q4 2013 Hecla Mining

Silver Produced = 2.5 million oz

Cash Cost oz = $7.33

Net Income Loss = $3.0 million

These top three primary silver miners basically gave away 13.6 million oz of silver for free (actually less than free as they lost money).  If we make a simple calculation, the average loss for this group was $8.26 an ounce:

$112.4 million losses / 13.6 million oz  = -$8.26 oz

We see the top primary silver miners are still losing money at an average realized price of silver in Q4 at $20.32 an ounce.

I find it quite ironic that the large Banks in the U.S. continue to show nice profits by creating money out of thin air and making revenue on selling paper garbage derivatives while the top primary miners (who produce a metal that has been money for thousands of years), are in the RED.

For those investors who look at industry cash costs as a guideline, you will notice that all of top three primary silver miners stated cash costs at $10 or below while RECORDING LOSSES for the period.

So, I would like to remind investors once more… CASH COSTS are not indicative of the profitability of the company.

When all the primary silver miners release their results, I will publish an article on the latest Break-Even cost for the group.

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Comments

  1. I wondered what the the monthly Eagle Sales would be if there was no allocation limit.A lot higher I suspect.
     

    • If they removed the allocation limits it would kill the dollar, people would flock to buying phyz with worthless paper. But you can’t find them for a reasonable premium with the allocations in place

  2. Perhaps the 2010 silver eagles have already been melted and now need to be replaced by 2013/4′s? ;-)

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