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OceanaGold Reports Rise In 1Q Net Earnings

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OceanaGold Corp. (TSX/ASX: OGC) reports a higher first-quarter profit as gold prices rose. The company lists net income of $44.5 million, or 7 cents per share, that was up from $36 million, or 6 cents, in the same quarter a year ago. The average realized gold price was $1,340 an ounce. “Operationally, gold production was generally in line with our expectations, despite a severe cold weather event that impacted the Haile operation early in the year. In the Philippines, ramp-up of the underground operations is progressing to plan,” says Mick Wilkes, president and chief executive officer. Company-wide operations produced 125,646 ounces of gold and 3,889 tonnes of copper, down from the previous quarter, although this was forecast. Consolidated all-in sustaining costs were $799 per gold ounce. Late in the quarter, the company began the permitting process for a 10-year mine life extension at Waihi. Meanwhile, at Haile, OceanaGold is preparing to begin permitting the expansion in the middle of the year. At Didipio, ramp-up of underground operations continues to progress as planned, the company reports.

By Allen Sykora of Kitco News; asykora@kitco.com

 

New Gold Reports First-Quarter Loss; Production Rises

Thursday April 26, 2018 07:50

New Gold Inc. (TSX, NYSE American: NGD) reports a loss during the first quarter even though production rose. The company lists a loss from continuing operations of $29 million, or 5 cents per share, compared to earnings of $31 million, or 6 cents, in the same quarter a year ago. The first-quarter included a $20 million non-cash foreign-exchange loss and a $10 million pre-tax gain on the revaluation of the company's copper price option contracts and gold-stream obligation. New Gold had an adjusted loss from continuing operations of $16 million, or 3 cents per share, compared to earnings of $1 million, or zero cents, a year earlier. The company says the adjusted loss includes the net impact of a $22 million increase in depreciation and depletion expense, a $16 million increase in finance costs, partially offset by a $14 million increase in operating margin, a $4 million decrease in adjusted income tax expense, and a $3 million decrease in exploration, business development, and corporate general and administrative expenses. First-quarter revenues increased by $69 million, or 55%, from a year ago due to higher metal sales and prices. Gold sales rose by 65%, thanks to the start-up of Rainy River, and the average realized gold price increased by $52 per ounce. Copper sales and output also rose. First-quarter gold production was 96,882 ounces, with all-in sustaining costs of $1,219 per ounce, and copper production increased by 8% to 22.2 million pounds. New Gold reiterates its guidance for full-year gold production of 525,000 to 595,000 ounces. Assuming current commodity prices and foreign-exchange rates, New Gold is maintaining full-year AISC of $860 to $900 per ounce.

By Allen Sykora of Kitco News; asykora@kitco.com

 

Klondex Mines: 1Q Gold Output Within Guidance

Thursday April 26, 2018 07:50

Klondex Mines Ltd. (TSX: KDX; NYSE American: KLDX), which has agreed to be purchased by Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL), reports first-quarter gold production of 43,525 gold-equivalent ounces. This was within company expectations. Klondex sold 42,541 gold-equivalent ounces.

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