Global mining companies raised a total of US$1.45 billion in July, with financing by gold companies falling for the fourth straight month to below $500 million - the lowest figure raised since January.
However, financing for base and other metals was at its highest point since March, and the total financing figure for July was up 28% on the same month in 2020.
Total year-to-date hit $13.3 billion, nearly three times the $4.73 billion raised over the same period in 2020.
And while interest in gold miners may have dimmed slightly in recent weeks, gold financings in the year-to-date still total $4.91 billion, the highest figure since 2011.
As bullion prices continue to hover just below US$1800/oz, and with Australia struggling with its COVID eradication policy, capital inflow into the gold junior space is likely to remain subdued in the short-term.
The focus for now is on the lithium space, following a surge in prices and a round of price upgrades from a number of major banks.