New information suggests that the cost to produce gold is much higher than what the market realizes. As the cost to produce gold has skyrocketed over the past two decades, the mining industry has hidden certain costs by placing them in their capital expenditures. This has lowered their “Cost of Sales” figures but has significantly increased their capital expenditures.
Furthermore, this massive cost shift has forced the gold mining industry to tackle these big problems, with big solutions. However, these big solutions come at a big cost. For example, as the average gold ore grade has fallen substantially over the past 20 years, the gold mining industry now has to move a great deal more ore to produce the same or even less gold.