Among gold mining companies, Barrick Gold from Canada is the global leader, with a production output of 5.32 million ounces in 2017. Barrick Gold announced revenue figures of 8.37 billion U.S. dollars for 2017. In the same year, the company had an average realized gold price per ounce of 1,258 U.S. dollars. Newmont Mining from the U.S., and AngloGold Ashanti from South Africa are the next largest gold producers. M&A activities in the gold mining sector are very vibrant. Taking all mining and metal deals into account for 2017, gold was the most targeted commodity, both by value and number.
As the fourth largest global gold producing country, the United States produced about 245 metric tons in 2017. Nevada is by far the U.S. state with the highest gold production. Eight out of the top ten U.S. gold mines are located in Nevada. The United States reported that its gold consumption came to some 170 metric tons in 2017. The United States has the largest official gold holding of any country worldwide. As of November 2017, approximately 8,134 metric tons of gold was held by the United States.
Over the last decade, global demand for gold has increased constantly, marking a new record high of over 4,309 metric tons in 2016. This has of course influenced the global price of gold. Gold reached an annual average price of almost 1,257 U.S. dollars in 2017. To put that figure into context, the price stood at some 271 U.S. dollars in 2001. This makes it clear that gold is still one of the world’s most coveted commodities and most rewarding investments.