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Citigroup Inc. Dramatically Increases Ownership in Eldorado Gold Co., Highlighting Investor Confidence in Diversified Mining Company

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In the first quarter of 2023, Citigroup Inc. significantly increased its ownership in Eldorado Gold Co., according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor boosted its stake in the company by an astonishing 2,358.6%, acquiring an additional 1,586,934 shares of Eldorado Gold’s stock. As a result, Citigroup Inc. now holds a total of 1,654,218 shares in the basic materials company.

Based on the closing price of Eldorado Gold’s stock at the end of the first quarter, Citigroup Inc.’s stake is valued at approximately $17,112,000. This represents around 0.89% ownership of Eldorado Gold by Citigroup Inc.

Eldorado Gold Corporation operates as a mining company involved in the exploration, development, and sale of various mineral products across different regions including Turkey, Canada, Greece, and Romania. Primarily focused on gold production, the company also extracts silver, lead and zinc from its mining operations.

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Among its key assets are the Kisladag and Efemçukuru gold mines located in western Turkey. These mines contribute significantly to Eldorado Gold’s production output. In addition to these Turkish mines, the company also operates Lamaque gold mines in Canada and Olympias, Stratoni, Skouries, Perama Hill and Sapes gold mines in Greece.

Furthermore, Eldorado Gold holds an 80.5% interest in Certej development projects situated in Romania. These projects present further growth opportunities for the company as it expands its presence within Europe.

By strategically diversifying its portfolio across multiple geographical locations and minerals like gold as well as silver, lead and zinc production; Eldorado Gold aims to optimize profitability while mitigating potential risks associated with operating solely within one region or mineral type.

As evident from Citigroup Inc.’s substantial increase in their shareholding, Eldorado Gold remains an attractive investment opportunity for institutional investors. The company’s ability to consistently generate positive financial results and maintain a strong presence in key mining regions like Turkey, Canada, Greece, and Romania contributes to its appeal among investors.

Investors interested in Eldorado Gold Corporation can access the latest research report on the company. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Eldorado Gold’s performance, financials, and future growth prospects. As always, potential investors are advised to conduct thorough research and seek guidance from financial professionals before making any investment decisions.

In conclusion, with Citigroup Inc.’s significant increase in ownership of Eldorado Gold Co., it is clear that institutional investors perceive the company as a valuable asset within the mining industry. Eldorado Gold’s diversified portfolio of mines across various countries positions it to capitalize on opportunities while minimizing risks associated with a single location or commodity. By focusing on gold production and also extracting other minerals, Eldorado Gold remains well-positioned to deliver growth and attract further interest from investors.

In recent months, several hedge funds and institutional investors have increased or decreased their stakes in Eldorado Gold, a leading basic materials company. This influx of activity has sparked interest among analysts and investors who closely monitor the company’s performance.

Hollencrest Capital Management, for instance, acquired a new position in Eldorado Gold during the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year. The value of this acquisition was estimated at approximately $35,000. Similarly, Employees Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in Eldorado Gold during the first quarter valued at around $68,000. Prelude Capital Management LLC followed suit in the second quarter, purchasing a new stake worth about $78,000. LPL Financial LLC also increased its position in Eldorado Gold by 19.5% during the same period. As a result, LPL Financial LLC now possesses 12,286 shares of the company’s stock valued at $79,000 after acquiring an additional 2,008 shares. Lastly, Atria Wealth Solutions Inc. entered the picture during the second quarter by buying a new stake valued at approximately $80,000.

It is worth noting that 58.23% of Eldorado Gold’s stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds. This figure highlights their confidence and belief in the future prospects and potential growth opportunities associated with investing in this particular company.

The interest generated by these actions has led to various ratings and opinions being expressed by analysts regarding Eldorado Gold’s stock performance. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed its “sector perform” rating and set a price target of $9.50 on shares of Eldorado Gold in one of its research reports published on Tuesday, August 8th. In contrast to this more neutral stance from RBC Capital Markets however, CSFB dropped its price target on Eldorado Gold from $10.75 to $9.00 and labeled it as “underperforming.”

This view was reinforced by BMO Capital Markets, which started coverage on Eldorado Gold with an “outperform” rating and set a price target of C$17.00. On a more cautious note, TD Securities lowered its price target on the company’s stock from $12.00 to $11.00 and maintained a “hold” rating in its research report published on Monday, July 31st. The most recent evaluation came from National Bank Financial, which upgraded Eldorado Gold from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report released on Wednesday, June 7th.

Taken together, these ratings suggest a diverse range of opinions among analysts covering Eldorado Gold. While two analysts have rated the stock as a sell and another three as hold, three also issued buy recommendations for the stock. Bloomberg data reveals that the majority view tilts towards holding or selling Eldorado Gold’s stock with a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price set at $12.49.

On Tuesday, August 29th, Eldorado Gold began trading at $9.21 per share on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company boasts solid financials including a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16 and strong liquidity ratios such as a current ratio of 3.75 and quick ratio of 2.67 (implying good short-term solvency). Furthermore, Eldorado Gold has demonstrated stability with its moving averages indicating consistent performance – the 50-day simple moving average stands at $9.85 while the 200-day simple moving average is slightly higher at $10.07. This depicts steady market sentiment towards the company’s stock.

Eldorado Gold’s market capitalization is currently valued at $1.88 billion with a relatively high price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 115.14 which may raise eyebrows among some investors. However, its beta of 1.21 suggests that the company’s stock has historically exhibited higher volatility compared to the broader market.

In its most recent earnings release on Thursday, July 27th, Eldorado Gold posted an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.09 for the quarter, surpassing the consensus estimate of $0.07 by $0.02. The company reported revenue of $229.86 million for the same period. Eldorado Gold also maintained a net margin of 1.48% and recorded a return on equity of 1.67%. For the current fiscal year, equities research analysts expect Eldorado Gold to post an EPS of 0.37.

Overall, despite mixed analyst ratings and price targets, Eldorado Gold is a basic materials company that draws attention from both hedge funds and institutional investors alike. Its humble beginnings have gradually transformed into a promising entity with solid financials and consistent performance over time in a volatile market landscape.


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