Nickel group eyes better off-take deals

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 30-Aug-19

Independence Group has posted a 2018-19 net profit of $76.1m, which is 44 per cent higher than previously. The nickel and gold producer’s revenue rose by two per cent to $792.9m, while shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.08 per share. Independence Group has allocated $66m for exploration in 2019-20, with the aim of extending the mine life of its Nova nickel project and finding new deposits in Western Australia’s Fraser Range.

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INDEPENDENCE GROUP NL – ASX IGO, GLENCORE PLC, NICKEL WEST, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LIMITED – ASX AGG, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

OZ confident of bouncing back from trade war hit

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 21 : 29-Aug-19

Copper and gold producer OZ Minerals has posted a 2019 interim net profit of $43.9m, which is 65 per cent lower than previously. The result was marred by factors such as a fall in the copper price, lower sales volumes and increased investment in exploration. OZ has ramped up investment in its Carrapateena mine, which is slated to commence production of copper concentrate in the final quarter of 2019. OZ shareholders will receive an interim dividend of $0.08 per share.

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OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL, SANDFIRE RESOURCES NL – ASX SFR

Northern Star buys explorer, eyes Superpit

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 28-Aug-19

Gold miner Northern Star Resources has posted a 2018-19 net profit of $154.7m, down from $194.1m previously, while EBITDA was eight per cent higher at $479.7m. Meanwhile, Northern Star Resources has offered $0.33 per share to take full control of Echo Resources, in which it has a 21.7 per cent stake. Echo’s assets include the Yandal gold project in Western Australia and the Bronzewing processing plant. Northern Star Resources has also indicated that it may be open to bidding for the Kalgoorlie Superpit.

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NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, ECHO RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX EAR, BARRICK GOLD CORPORATION, NEWMONT MINING CORPORATION

Cadia peaks for Newcrest with $1billion bounty

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 12-Aug-19

Newcrest Mining is expected to confirm in the week beginning 12 August that its Cadia gold mine in New South Wales generated over $1 billion of earnings in the year to 30 June. However, such a result is unlikely to be repeated, as Cadia’s production is expected to decline over coming decades. Meanwhile, Newcrest is tipped to finalise the purchase of a 70 per cent stake in the Red Chris mine in Canada from Imperial Metals for $US806.5 million ($1.18 billion) by 16 August.

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NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, IMPERIAL METALS

Evolution back in the black

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 27 : 11-Jul-19

Evolution Mining has advised that its gold output totalled 194,866 ounces in the June quarter, compared with 175,901 in the March quarter, while it had a net cash position of $35.2m at the end of June. It produced 753,001 ounces of gold during 2018-19, at an average all-in sustaining cost of $924 an ounce, while it expects output in 2019-20 to be within the range of 725,000 to 775,000 ounces. Ramelius Resources in turn has reported 2018-19 output of 196,679 ounces.

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EVOLUTION MINING LIMITED – ASX EVN, RAMELIUS RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX RMS

Dacian downturn bodes ill for WA gold producers

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 6-Jun-19

Dacian Gold has advised that it now expects production at its Mount Morgans mine to be within the range of 36,000 to 38,000 ounces in the June quarter, compared with previous guidance of 50,000 to 55,000 ounces. Dacian has also warned that longer-term production at the mine will also fail to meet expectations, at an of average 160,000 to 180,000 ounces annually over a five-year period. Shares in Dacian closed 67.5 per cent lower at $0.515 on 5 June.

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DACIAN GOLD LIMITED – ASX DCN, GASCOYNE RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX GCY, MILLENNIUM MINERALS LIMITED – ASX MOY, ST BARBARA LIMITED – ASX SBM, NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, ATLANTIC GOLD CORPORATION, NORGES BANK

St Barbara confident of Atlantic gold

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 20 : 16-May-19

Gold producer St Barbara will finance its proposed $768m acquisition of Canada-based Atlantic Gold via a non-renounceable rights offer and cash holdings. Paul Hissey of RBC describes Canada as a "relatively safe move" for St Barbara. Atlantic has forecast that its gold production in 2019 will be within the range of 92,000-98,000 ounces. Newcrest Mining and Northern Star Resources are among the other Australian miners to have bought North American assets in the last year.

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ST BARBARA LIMITED – ASX SBM, ATLANTIC GOLD CORPORATION, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX NST, ALLIED GOLD

Newcrest seeks time to fix its tailings dam

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 24 : 1-May-19

Newcrest Mining has advised that it produced 623,000 ounces of gold during the March quarter, which is five per cent lower than in the December 2018 quarter. Its average all-in sustaining cost rose by $18 to $738 an ounce during the period, although its average margin on gold sales rose by $48 to $563 an ounce. Meanwhile, CEO Sandeep Biswas says Newcrest has accepted all of the findings and recommendations of an independent panel’s review of the partial collapse of a tailings dam wall at its Cadia mine in March 2018.

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NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM

High gold price drives production to record level

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 19 : 4-Mar-19

Data from Surbiton Associates shows that Australia’s gold production rose to a record 317 tonnes in 2018. Based on the average spot price for the year, the record output was worth some $17bn. The previous annual production record was 314.5 tonnes in 1997, while output had reached an all-time low of just 220 tonnes in 2008. Surbiton director Sandra Close notes that Australian-listed producers ramped up their gold hedging in 2018, particularly in the final quarter.

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SURBITON ASSOCIATES PTY LTD, GOLD FIELDS LIMITED, GOLD ROAD RESOURCES LIMITED – ASX GOR, KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD LIMITED – ASX KLA, NEWMONT MINING CORPORATION, BARRICK GOLD CORPORATION

OZ sets sights on long-term payoff

Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 28-Feb-19

OZ Minerals has posted a 2018 net profit of $222.4m, which is 3.8 per cent lower than previously, although revenue was up 9.2 per cent at $1.12bn. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.15 per share, but OZ has opted against paying a special dividend to finance growth projects such as the Carrapateena copper mine in South Australia. CEO Andrew Cole has also indicated that OZ will not proceed with a concentrate treatment plant in SA as it does not "stack up" at present.

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OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL, AVANCO RESOURCES LIMITED, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED