Yamana Gold stock price holds up despite big dividend cut

|About: Yamana Gold Inc. (AUY)|By:, SA News Editor

Shares of Yamana Gold (AUY +0.1%) are staying near the flatline even after the miner missed Q4 earnings estimates and cut its dividend by 42%.

Lower adjusted earnings were attributed to lower realized metal prices, lower volume of metal sales, higher cash costs and an equity loss from AUY's 12.5% interest in the Alumbrera mine; the company wrote down $574M in impairment charges for 2013, virtually all of it in Q4.

Total Q4 production was 303,768 gold equiv. oz., a 6% Y/Y decrease, consisting of 260,187 oz. of gold and 2.2M oz. silver vs. 276,373 oz. of gold and 2.3M oz. of silver produced in the year-ago quarter.

AUY’s results and write-downs reflect what is happening to gold miners in general, but gold bugs apparently are not convinced.