Quarterly dividend increased 60%
Newmont Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT) (Newmont or the Company) today announced third quarter 2020 results.
THIRD QUARTER 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
- Produced 1.5 million attributable ounces of gold* and reported CAS* of $756 per ounce and AISC* of $1,020 per ounce and produced 273 thousand attributable gold equivalent ounces from co-products
- Generated $1.6 billion of cash from continuing operations and $1.3 billion of Free Cash Flow*
- Reported $4.8 billion of consolidated cash with $7.8 billion of liquidity and a net debt to adjusted EBITDA* ratio of 0.4x
- All sites operational with wide-ranging controls and safety protocols continuing to manage the Covid pandemic while placing the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and communities above all else
- On track to finish 2020 strong and meet full-year guidance
- Declared third quarter dividend of $0.40 per share, an increase of 60 percent over the prior quarter
- Formed exploration joint ventures with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in Colombia and Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. in Canada
- Announced sale of royalty portfolio to Maverix Metals for total consideration of approximately $90 million
- Achieved gender parity amongst independent non-executive Board Directors
“Capitalizing on the strength of our portfolio and higher gold prices, we delivered record third quarter adjusted EBITDA of $1.7 billion and free cash flow of $1.3 billion. This was the best quarterly financial performance in Newmont’s history. We also remain focused above all else on protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our workforce and neighboring communities as the pandemic continues,” said Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As demonstrated by our second dividend increase this year, with a 79 percent increase in January and a further 60 percent increase in October, I am confident that our world-class portfolio is best positioned to generate industry-leading value and returns for our shareholders.”
– Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer
QUARTERLY DIVIDEND INCREASED 60 PERCENT
- Annualized dividend of $1.60 per share is highest in the gold sector**
- Announced dividend framework that maintains leading $1.00 per share sustainable base dividend and provides additional returns from Newmont’s significant free cash flow generation at higher gold prices
- Strong financial position and world-class portfolio supports a higher dividend as we continue to progress our most profitable projects
- Industry-leading dividend yield of 2.7% exceeds median of S&P 500 Index
- During 2019 and 2020, we will have returned more than $2.5B to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks
*See footnotes provided below, as well as the cautionary statement at end of release regarding forward-looking statements, including with respect to financial and operating outlook and expected returns to shareholders.
**An annualized dividend has not been declared by the Board. The above represents management’s expectations based upon the increased level declared for the third quarter. The declaration of future quarterly dividends remains at the discretion of the Board. Investors are cautioned that the Company’s dividend framework and the expected annualized dividend level are non-binding. See the cautionary statement at the end of this release.
Attributable gold production1 decreased 6 percent to 1,541 thousand ounces from the prior year quarter primarily due to ongoing Covid-related impacts at Yanacocha, Cerro Negro and Éléonore as the operations continued to ramp up in the third quarter from care and maintenance, in addition to the sale of Red Lake and Kalgoorlie, partially offset by higher production at Peñasquito and Musselwhite.
Gold CAS2 decreased 8 percent to $1,130 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to lower gold ounces sold. Gold CAS per ounce increased 3 percent to $756 per ounce primarily due to higher stripping ratios at Yanacocha, Merian, Akyem, lower surface grades at Ahafo and higher gold price-related royalties.
Gold AISC3 increased 3 percent to $1,020 per ounce from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher CAS per ounce and Covid-related care and maintenance costs, partially offset by lower sustaining capital spend.
Attributable gold equivalent ounce (GEO) production from other metals increased 16 percent to 273 thousand ounces primarily due to operations at Peñasquito receiving sustained community support compared to the prior year blockade and higher recoveries at Boddington. CAS from other metals totaled $139 million for the quarter. CAS per GEO2 improved 26 percent to $556 per ounce from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher sales at Peñasquito, partially offset by foreign exchange impacts in Australia and lower sales at Boddington. AISC per GEO3 improved 33 percent to $770 per ounce primarily due to lower CAS from other metals and lower sustaining capital spend.
Net income from continuing operations attributable to Newmont stockholders was $611 million or $0.76 per diluted share, a decrease of $1,615 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to the recognized gain on the formation of Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) in the prior year, lower sales volumes due to the sale of Kalgoorlie and Red Lake, higher costs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pension settlement charges, partially offset by higher average realized gold prices and lower tax expense, exploration costs, Goldcorp transaction costs and general and administrative costs.
Adjusted net income4was $697 million or $0.86 per diluted share,compared to $292 million or $0.36 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. The adjustments to net income of $0.10 primarily related to pension settlements, changes in the fair value of investments, COVID-19 specific costs, asset impairments, restructuring and severance costs, settlement costs including the costs from the Cedros community agreement at Peñasquito, valuation allowance and other tax adjustments. Adjusted EBITDA5 improved 54 percent to $1,663 million for the quarter, compared to $1,079 million for the prior year quarter.
Revenue increased17 percent from the prior year quarter to $3,170 million primarily due to higher average realized gold prices, partially offset by lower gold sales volumes.
Average realized price6 for gold was $1,913, an increase of $437 per ounce over the prior year quarter; average realized price for copper was $2.99, an increase of $0.62 per pound over the prior year quarter; average realized price for silver was $21.69 per ounce, an increase of $4.51 per ounce over the prior year quarter; average realized price for lead was $0.73 per pound, a decrease of $0.11 per pound; average realized price for zinc was $1.01 per pound, an increase of $0.20 per pound over the prior year quarter.
Capital expenditures7 decreased 31 percent from the prior year quarter to $296 million, primarily due to the sale of Red Lake and Kalgoorlie and reduced spending from the completion of Borden Underground, Ahafo Mill Expansion, and other sustaining projects in 2019. Development capital expenditures in 2020 primarily include advancing Tanami Expansion 2, Yanacocha Sulfides, Ahafo North, the Subika mining method change, Musselwhite Materials Handling System, 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 101 percent from the prior year quarter to $1,597 million due to higher realized gold prices, partially offset by lower sales volumes. Free Cash Flow8alsoincreased to $1,301 million primarily due to higher operating cash flow and lower capital expenditures.
Balance sheet ended the quarter with $4.8 billion of consolidated cash and approximately $7.8 billion of liquidity; reported net debt to adjusted EBITDA of 0.4x9.
Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) attributable gold production was 337 thousand ounces with CAS of $761 per ounce and AISC of $904 per ounce for the third quarter of 2020. EBITDA for NGM was $374 million.
Pueblo Viejo (PV) attributable gold production was 87 thousand ounces. Pueblo Viejo EBITDA10 was $115 million and cash distributions received for the Company’s equity method investment totaled $75 million in the third quarter.
- Continued our wide-ranging controls at the Company’s operations and offices to put the health, safety, and overall wellbeing of Newmont’s people and communities above all else
- Maintained effective testing, quarantine and contact tracing procedures for positive cases
- Incurred $35 million of care and maintenance costs during the third quarter, which included wages, direct operating costs for critical activities and non-cash depreciation for sites ramping up from care and maintenance or continuing to operate at reduced levels
- Incurred $32 million of incremental Covid specific costs for activities such as additional health and safety procedures, increased transportation and community fund contributions
- Distributed $9 million to date from Newmont’s $20 million Global Community Support Fund focused on employee and community health, food security and local economic resilience through partnerships with local governments, medical institutions, charities and non-governmental organizations
Newmont’s capital-efficient project pipeline supports stable production with improving margins and mine life. Funding for the current development capital projects Tanami Expansion 2 and Musselwhite Materials Handling has been approved and the projects are in execution. Additional projects not listed below represent incremental improvements to the Company’s outlook.
- Tanami Expansion 2 (Australia) secures Tanami’s future as a long-life, low cost producer with potential to extend mine life to 2040 through the addition of a 1,460 meter hoisting shaft and supporting infrastructure to achieve 3.5 million tonnes per year of production and provide a platform for future growth. The expansion is expected to increase average annual gold production by approximately 150,000 to 200,000 ounces per year for the first five years beginning in 2023, and is expected to reduce operating costs by approximately 10 percent. Capital costs for the project are estimated to be between $700 million and $800 million.
- Musselwhite Materials Handling (North America) improves material movement from Musselwhite’s two main zones below Lake Opapimiskan. An underground shaft will hoist ore from the underground crushers, reducing haulage distances and ventilation costs. The project is 95 percent complete; however, full commissioning has been delayed amidst the Covid pandemic as Musselwhite operations were previously on care and maintenance. The Company expects to commission the project upon completion of the Musselwhite conveyor system by the end of 2020.
Newmont’s 2020 attributable gold production is unchanged at approximately 6.0 million ounces and the Company expects to produce approximately 1.0 million gold equivalent ounces from co-products. Gold CAS is expected to be $760 per ounce, and gold AISC is expected to be $1,015 per ounce.
Newmont’s capital expenditure for 2020 is expected to be approximately $1.4 billion as the Company 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.
For exploration and advanced projects, approximately 80 percent of the Company’s exploration budget is allocated to near-mine activities. Newmont’s 2020 exploration and advanced project spend is expected to be approximately $350 million as the majority of infill drilling programs and Greenfield exploration actives have resumed with the lifting of Covid restrictions globally. Advanced project study work for Yanacocha Sulfides and Ahafo North continues remotely.
Newmont continues 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 Covid-related interruptions.
1 Attributable gold production for the third quarter 2020 includes 87 thousand ounces from the Company’s equity method investment in Pueblo Viejo (40%).
2 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Costs applicable to sales.
3 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Costs applicable to sales.
4 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders.
5 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders.
6 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Sales.
7 Capital expenditures refers to Additions to property plant and mine development from the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
8 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation to Net cash provided by operating activities.
9 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation.
10 Non-GAAP measure. See end of this release for reconciliation.
|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|
*Attributable gold production for 2020 includes 375,000 ounces from the Company’s equity method investment in Pueblo Viejo (40%).
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