Centamin plc Reports Production Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2015
Apr 8 15
Centamin Plc reported production results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported total gold production for the quarter was 108,233 ounces, a 46% increase on first quarter of 2014 and 16% lower than fourth quarter of 2014. Quarterly throughput at the process plant was 2,478kt, a 5% decrease on fourth quarter of 2014, as the new SAG mill reline was brought forward this quarter and fitted with improved design lifters and grates. Open pit total material movement increased 16% on the previous quarter, to 15,996kt. Open pit ore production decreased on fourth quarter of 2014 by 38% to 2,562kt and lower average grades mined in the first quarter as expected. The run of mine ore stockpile balance increased by 33kt to 2,204kt at the end of the period. The underground operation delivered 264kt of ore, a 7% decrease on fourth quarter of 2014 with average grades remaining consistent and in line with the underground mining plan.
Centamin Plc Announces Audited Consolidated Earnings and Production Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Production Guidance for the Year of 2015
Mar 23 15
Centamin plc announced audited consolidated earnings and production results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported revenue of $151,117,000 against $111,200,000 a year ago. Profit before tax was $33,819,000 against $30,661,000 a year ago. Earnings per share diluted were 2.96 cents per share against 2.81 cents per share a year ago. EBITDA was $60,749,000 against $45,587,000 a year ago. Cash generated by operations was $32,791,000 against $30,497,000 a year ago.
For the year, the company reported revenue of $472,581,000 against $503,825,000 a year ago. Profit before tax was $81,562,000 against $183,969,000 a year ago. Profit before tax was $81,562,000 against $183,959,000 a year ago. Profit attributable to company was $81,562,000 against $183,959,000 a year ago. Earnings per share diluted were 7.113 cents per share against 16.767 cents per share a year ago. The decrease was driven by the lower net profit, as outlined above, as well as an increase of 4.4% in the share count as a result of the Ampella acquisition. Net cash generated by operating activities was $111,602,000 against $245,143,000 a year ago. The decrease primarily attributable to: a decrease in revenue, due to a lower average realised price offset by higher gold sales; an increase in cash outflows flows in relation to receivables and payables; a decrease in gross margins as a result of the decrease in the average realised gold price, offset by; and a decrease in cash outflows in relation to inventories and prepayments, as a result of the commissioning of Stage 4. Acquisition of property, plant and equipment was $62,305,000 against $266,711,000 a year ago. Exploration and evaluation expenditure was $26,201,000 against $14,670,000 a year ago. EBITDA including exceptional items was $165,384,000 against $234,167,000 a year ago.
For the quarter, the company reported gold production – total was 128,115 oz compared to 91,546 oz a year ago. Production of gold was 128,115 ounces representing an increase of 37% over third quarter of 2014.
For the full year, production of gold of 377,261 ounces was a 6% increase on 356,943 ounces in 2013. This strong end to the year was achieved as plant throughput exceeded the expanded 10Mtpa nameplate capacity and open pit grades increased in line with the mine plan.
For 2015, the company expected 420,000 ounces at $700/oz cash operating cost and $950/oz all-in-sustaining cost. Production is expected to achieve the 450-500,000 ounce per annum target rate from second half onwards. The company expects to reduce gradually over the year with the increase in production rates towards the 450,000, 500,000 ounce per annum level in the second half of 2015.