Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE:GG)
This article is an update of my preceding article about Goldcorp Inc. published on April 30, 2016.
Goldcorp released its Second-quarter 2016 results on July 28, 2016.
Click here for the conference call transcript.
Mines - Production and Location.
2014 gold production
Reserve P1+ P2
in Troy oz
Canada & USA
|Red Lake||400k to 425k||375,700|| |
290k to 330k 2015E
575k-625k by 2018
Commercial on 4/1/15
(Extension) Probe mine 01/19/15
|300K to 320K||274,300|| |
|Musselwhite||230k to 240k||270,300|| |
|Coffee Project Yukon|
|Cochenour (Red Lake)||225k to 250k||See above||-|
|Mexico||Peñasquitos||700k to 750k||860,300|| |
|Los Filos||265k to 290k||-|| |
7.95M gold and 54.52M Silver
|Camino Rojo||Completion Q1 2016||-|| |
|Central & South America||Marlin||175k to 185k||-|| |
|Alumbrera [37.5% JV with Xstrata and Yamana]||125k to 130k||-||Gold/copper|
[GG 40% ABX 60%]
|425k to 460k||381,700|| |
|Cerro Negro|| |
425k to 475k
|El Morro [70% GG, New Gold 30%]||In progress|| |
4.9 B lbs copper
[70% of basis]
A quick look at the financials:
Operating Cash flow
in $ million
in $ million
Cash and cash equivalent
in $ million
in $ billion
Total debt (long-term)
in K Oz
|Silver Production in K Oz||5,300||7,700||10,096||11,314||10,433||8,520|
|Copper price Lb||2.53||2.11||2.07||2.29||2.67||2.45|
|Silver price Oz||15.51||13.61||13.14||13.01||14.00||15.30|
The Company remains on track to achieve 2016 production guidance of 2.8 to 3.1 million gold ounces at AISC between $850 and $925 per ounce. The company expects production to increase in the third and fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter as Peñasquito returns to normal operations after its maintenance shutdown and increased grades are expected across a number of mines. In addition, AISC are expected to decrease in the third and fourth quarter as compared to the second quarter of 2016 as a result of higher production.
The quarter was characterized by a very low gold production of 613.4 Koz. It should not have been a surprise, because GG warned about the drop in the preceding conference call.
M. David Garofalo, CEO, said the following:
The 2Q'16 gold production is expected to be lower by approximately 15% due to a 10-day shutdown for preventative maintenance at Penasquito mine, and over two weeks of planned maintenance at Pueblo Viejo (two autoclaves). Consequently, AISC will increase in 2Q'16.
This is what GG has delivered this quarter. Production was down a whopping 21.7% quarter over quarter, which was more serious than what has been announced. Consequently, the AISC jumped up to $1,067/ Oz due to the poor production, compared to $853/ Oz year over year.
This extremely weak production translates to an adjusted cash flows from operations of $307 million compared to $523 million in 2015. Net loss of $78 million or (0.09) per share.
However, the company is confirming the 2016 guidance production, which implies a much stronger production for 3Q and 4Q, which means GG believe that the 2Q production numbers are atypical and will improve starting 3Q.
Throughput during July returned to normal levels and gold production is expected to steadily improve over the remainder of the year as gold rates are projected to decline to an average of 0.7 grams per tonne for the full-year.
Cerro Negro was also weak this quarter. However, Eleonore seems to improve and it is encouraging.
Three important projects/acquisition, that have been approved by the board in July, were:
1 - The Pyrite leach Project at Penasquito.
Yesterday, the Board approved the Pyrite Leach Project at Penasquito with initial capital investment of approximately $420 million. The Pyrite Leach Project is expected to recover approximately 40% of the gold, 48% of the silver currently reporting to the tailings and add incremental annual gold production of between 100,000 and 140,000 ounces and between 4 million and 6 million ounces of silver.Commercial production is expected in the first quarter of 2019.
2 - The Materials Handling Project at Musselwhite.
It is anticipated to be operational in the first quarter of 2019 and is expected to add incremental production of approximately 20% and reduce operating cost by approximately 10% for the life of the mine.
3 - The acquisition of Kaminak Gold Corp. and its Coffee project.
On July 19, 2016, the company announced the following:
Pursuant to the Arrangement, Goldcorp acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Kaminak for consideration of 0.10896 of a common shares of Goldcorp for each outstanding Kaminak share. Goldcorp now owns 100% of the outstanding Kaminak shares. On closing of the Arrangement, Goldcorp issued an aggregate of 20,997,312 Goldcorp Shares to former Kaminak shareholders, including former holders of Kaminak options, who now hold approximately 2.5% of the 853,398,240 Goldcorp Shares issued and outstanding, on an undiluted basis.
It is really difficult to be a strong supporter of this gold miner. Many disappointments have paved a difficult road between the company and its shareholders. This quarter's results are another such case.
However, it would be wrong to totally disregard this top-tier gold miner, which presents some definitive opportunities down the road (see above). I can consider some potential by 2018-2019 if the company can deliver, which is a big IF considering the prior accomplishments.
The question is: when and at what price GG can be considered a good candidate for a long-term investment? Not now in my view.
Anyone invested in gold majors, such as GG, at the start of the year, will have done extremely well. GG jumped from below $10 to above $20. However, the euphoria surrendering the gold price has subsided recently and the outlook is now more cautious despite the Brexit effect.
Consider that GoldCorp jumped almost solely in connection with the recent gold price momentum, and meanwhile presented a poor fundamental intrinsic performance. It is easy to imagine that the stock has reached resistance at the $19+ level for the time being.
Accordingly, I will not recommend any buying at the actual levels unless gold price can "renew with success", and goes up again.
I may be tempted to recommend to take a large amount off the table, instead, and wait for a meaningful retracement below $16 (200MA) which is quite possible under certain circumstances.
Important note: Do not forget to become one of my followers on GG and other gold miners. Thank you
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