Centamin shares dive on production cut
Mining News Pro - Centamin shares fell over 20% Wednesday morning after the company announced its production would be lower than forecasted next year.
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The company revealed gold production in 2021 is expected to be between 400,000 and 430,000 ounces with all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of between $1,200 and $1,275 per ounce sold, as an unstable section of its Sukari mine open pit – the only operating gold mine in Egypt – had to be avoided. Analysts expected production around 500,000.

The company recently said radar systems detected a movement in Sukari’s open-pit Stage 4 West wall, which prompted it to immediately defer open-pit mining operations in that zone. Work in the area was scheduled to start during the fourth quarter.

Centamin reported gold production in Q3 of 128,240 ounces — down 2% compared to Q2 — bringing production for the nine months of the year to 384,324 oz.

Sales declined 9% to 118,617 ounces, but this was offset by a 12% increase in average prices–to $1,933 per ounce.

Revenue for the quarter was $230 million, 43% higher than a year earlier.

Centamin also reaffirmed 2020 production guidance of 445,000-455,000 ounces, with AISC of $950-$1,050 per ounce. Free cash flow expectations are $135 million-$145 million.

Midday Wednesday, Centamin’s stock was down 19.2% on the LSE. The company has a C$3 billion market capitalization.


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