Anglo Asian shares hit by Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

The Central Asia-focused miner has four mines and an early stage gold and copper exploration property in Azerbaijan. (Image courtesy of Anglo Asian Mining.)

Anglo Asian Mining (LON: AAZ) is already feeling the impact of one of the world’s oldest conflicts, a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has re-ignited with the heaviest clashes in years.

Shares in the company, Azerbaijan’s top gold producer, have dropped 12.2% since Monday morning and were last trading at 127 pounds in London by noon local time.

The market is worried about the outcome of the two nations’ dispute over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. The area is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but is run by ethnic Armenians.

Anglo Asian attempted to calm investors on Monday by saying there had been no impact on its operations at Gedabek and that its office in Baku, the capital, continued to function as usual.

The gold, copper and silver miner noted that hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh had “never affected the mountainous Armenian border area near the company’s mining and processing operations.”

Clashes escalate

Global concern over the rapidly escalating fight grew on Tuesday, the third day of clashes between the two former Soviet republics. The conflict now threatens to draw in regional powers and destabilize an area that serves as an important energy corridor for global markets.

Both sides have traded accusations of blame for the current outbreak of hostilities, which began on Sunday.

Anglo Asian’s operations span three contract areas in Azerbaijan covering 1,062 sq km — Gedabek, Gosha and Ordubad.

The company has four mines and an early-stage gold and copper exploration property. Over the past two years, it has been actively seeking additional projects to fulfill its ambition to become a mid-tier gold and copper producer.

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