Newmont Announces 21% Production Drop in Q2 2020

Production declined primarily due to the sites in care and maintenance and the sale of Red Lake and Kalgoorlie, partially offset by higher grades at Porcupine and higher grades and increased throughput at Tanami.

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Newmont Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT) (Newmont or the Company) today announced second quarter 2020 results.

Attributable gold production1 decreased 21 percent to 1,255 thousand ounces from the prior year quarter primarily due to the sites in care and maintenance and the sale of Red Lake and Kalgoorlie, partially offset by higher grades at Porcupine and higher grades and increased throughput at Tanami.

Gold CAS2 decreased 24 percent to $940 million from the prior year quarter due to the sites in care and maintenance and Gold CAS per ounce improved one percent to $748 per ounce primarily due to lower stockpile and leach pad inventory adjustments, partially offset by lower ounces sold.

Gold AISC3 increased eight percent to $1,097 per ounce from the prior year quarter primarily due to care and maintenance costs, partially offset by lower sustaining capital spend.

Attributable gold equivalent ounce (GEO) production from other metals increased to 138 thousand ounces primarily due to the impact of the blockade at Peñasquito in North America last year, partially offset by the classification of copper as a by-product at Phoenix following the formation of Nevada Gold Mines, and lower grade and throughput at Boddington. CAS from other metals totaled $118 million for the quarter. CAS per GEO2 improved by 58 percent to $555 per ounce from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher sales at Peñasquito, partially offset by higher mill maintenance costs at Boddington and the classification of copper as a by-product at Phoenix. AISC per GEO3 improved 41 percent to $974 per ounce primarily due to lower CAS from other metals.

Net income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to Newmont stockholders for the quarter was $412 million or $0.51 per diluted share, an increase of $411 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher average realized gold prices, the increase in fair value of investments, lower operating costs and lower transaction and integration costs; partially offset by lower sales volumes from certain sites in care and maintenance and the sale of Kalgoorlie.

Adjusted net income4was $261 million or $0.32 per diluted share,compared to $92 million or $0.12 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. The adjustments to net income of $0.19 primarily related to changes in the fair value of investments, COVID-19 specific costs, valuation allowance and other tax adjustments, and transaction and integration costs. Adjusted EBITDA5 improved 45 percent to $984 million for the quarter, compared to $679 million for the prior year quarter.

Revenue increasedfive percent from the prior year quarter to $2,365 million primarily due to higher average realized gold prices, partially offset by lower gold sales volumes.

Average realized price6 for gold was $1,724, an increase of $407 per ounce over the prior year quarter; average realized price for copper was $2.91, an increase of $0.43 per pound over the prior year quarter; average realized price for silver was $14.70 per ounce, an increase of $0.50 per ounce over the prior year quarter; average realized price for lead was $0.75 per pound, a decrease of $0.01 per pound; average realized price for zinc was $0.70 per pound, and there were no zinc sales in the prior year quarter.

Capital expenditures7 decreased by 26 percent from the prior year quarter to $280 million, primarily due to lower spend from five operations being placed into care and maintenance, lower sustaining capital spend from the sale of Red Lake and Kalgoorlie, and reduced spending from the completion of Borden Underground, Ahafo Mill Expansion, and other projects in 2019. Development capital expenditures in 2020 primarily include advancing Tanami Expansion 2, Yanacocha Sulfides, Ahafo North and Subika mining method change, Musselwhite Materials Handling and conveyor installation, Éléonore Lower Mine Material Handling System, Quecher Main, and projects associated with the Company’s ownership interest in Nevada Gold Mines.

Consolidated operating cash flow from continuing operations increased 122 percent from the prior year quarter to $668 million due to higher realized gold prices, partially offset by lower sales volumes. Free Cash Flow8alsoincreased to $388 million primarily due to higher operating cash flow and lower capital expenditures.

Balance sheet ended the quarter with $3.8 billion of consolidated cash and approximately $6.7 billion of liquidity; reported net debt to adjusted EBITDA of 0.6x9.

Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) attributable gold production was 326 thousand ounces with CAS of $797 per ounce and AISC of $979 per ounce for the second quarter 2020. EBITDA for NGM was $277 million.

“In the second quarter we delivered solid financial performance with $984 million in adjusted EBITDA and $388 million in free cash flow, both substantial increases over the prior year quarter. Our focus remains on ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce and neighboring communities as we manage through the Covid pandemic. I am very proud of our workforce for the agility and resolve that they have demonstrated during these challenging times,” said Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We safely and efficiently executed restart plans at our mines previously in care and maintenance and Newmont’s world-class portfolio is well positioned to deliver an even stronger second half of 2020. The ongoing favorable gold price environment amplifies our free cash flow generation yet our discipline around capital allocation will not change as we continue to invest in profitable projects and provide shareholders industry-leading returns while maintaining a strong balance sheet.”

– Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer

OUTLOOK

On May 19, Newmont provided revised 2020 outlook as the Company’s mines that were previously in care and maintenance began ramping up. Today, the Company is reaffirming its latest 2020 production outlook and is providing additional details on its regional and site-level guidance.

Newmont’s 2020 attributable gold production remains at approximately 6.0 million ounces and the Company expects to produce approximately 1.0 million gold equivalent ounces from co-products. Gold CAS has been lowered to $760 per ounce, while gold AISC is unchanged at $1,015 per ounce on increased sustaining capital spend.

Newmont continues to progress the majority of its development and sustaining capital projects, including Tanami Expansion 2, developing the sub-level shrinkage mining method at Subika Underground and advancing laybacks at Boddington and Ahafo. However, total 2020 capital expenditure is expected to be approximately $1.4 billion due to reductions in non-essential activities and changes to the development capital schedule for Tanami Expansion 2, which defers some expenditure to 2021.

For exploration and advanced projects, approximately 80 percent of the Company’s exploration budget is allocated to near-mine activities and the majority of those programs continued through the second quarter at sites that were operating. Newmont’s 2020 exploration and advanced project spend has been lowered to approximately $350 million as all Greenfield programs were suspended and infill drilling programs were on hold at operations in care and maintenance. The Company is currently ramping up drilling programs and preparing to restart Greenfields activities as soon as local restrictions are lifted in areas of Africa, Australia and South America. Advanced project study work for Yanacocha Sulfides and Ahafo North continues remotely.

Newmont will continue to maintain wide-ranging protective measures for its workforce and neighboring communities, including screening, physical distancing, deep cleaning, and avoiding exposure for at-risk individuals. If at any point the Company determines that continuing operations poses an increased risk to our workforce or host communities, it will reduce operational activities up to and including care and maintenance and management of critical environmental systems. Newmont’s 2020 outlook assumes operations continue throughout the remainder of the year without major interruptions.

Newmont Outlook (+/-5%)2020
Consolidated Production (koz)5,900
Attributable Production* (koz)6,000
Consolidated Gold CAS ($/oz)760
Consolidated Gold All-in Sustaining Costs ($/oz)1,015
Consolidated Co-products (GEOs koz)1,010
Attributable Co-products (GEOs koz)1,010
Consolidated GEO CAS ($/oz)605
Consolidated GEO All-in Sustaining Costs ($/oz)945
Consolidated Sustaining Capital Expenditures ($M)900
Consolidated Development Capital Expenditures ($M)475
Attributable Sustaining Capital Expenditures ($M)875
Attributable Development Capital Expenditures ($M)425
1Attributable gold production for the second quarter 2020 includes 74 thousand ounces from the Company’s equity method investment in Pueblo Viejo (40%)
2Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Costs applicable to sales.
3Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Costs applicable to sales.
4Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders.
5Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Net income (loss).
6Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Sales.
7Capital expenditures refers to Additions to property plant and mine development from the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
8Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Net cash provided by operating activities.
9Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation.
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