Sun, Mar. 29, 4:45 AM
- Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) Chairman John Thornton received almost $13M in total compensation last year, up from $9.5M in 2013, raising more questions of executive pay at the world's largest gold miner.
- In yet another challenging year, Barrick's shares dropped around 35% last year, amid continued weakness in bullion prices and major write downs on the value of its assets.
- Thornton's compensation was also greater than the $7.3M and $4.5M awarded respectively to the company's joint chief executive officers, Jim Gowans and Kelvin Dushnisky.
Fri, Mar. 27, 2:15 PM
- Barrick Gold (ABX +1.4%) says it will continue to operate its Lumwana copper mine in Zambia while awaiting changes to the country's mineral royalty tax.
- ABX had said it would suspend operations and make major staff cuts after Zambia hiked mineral royalties for open pit mines to 20% from 6% raised the royalty tax rate on underground mines to 8% from 6%.
- Zambia's President Lungu this week directed the finance and mining ministers to change royalties on mining firms by April 8, saying the government could consider temporarily reverting to the 2014 tax regime while a new rate is negotiated.
Fri, Mar. 27, 12:38 PM
- Barrick Gold's (ABX +0.3%) says it has closed its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile for safety reasons after heavy rains swept across the country's northern desert region this week, increasing to eight the number of copper miners that have been affected by the bad weather.
- No. 1 copper miner Codelco already had suspended mining operations at its Chuquicamata, Ministro Hales, Radomiro Tomic, Gabriela Mistral, and Salvador deposits due to the state of roads and mine access following the rains.
- Other mines affected by the rains include Antofagasta's (OTC:ANFGF) Michilla mine and Centinela copper complex, Anglo American's (OTCPK:AAUKF, OTCPK:AAUKY) Mantoverde and Lundin Mining's (OTCPK:LNDNF) Candelaria.
- Peru produces a third of the world's copper.
Mon, Mar. 23, 3:39 PM
- Barrick Gold (ABX +2.8%) says Chile's Environmental Court has ruled that the company's Pascua-Lama gold and silver project has not damaged glaciers within its area of influence.
- ABX halted development of Pascua-Lama, once its biggest new development project, in 2013 after struggling with political opposition, permitting issues, labor unrest, cost overruns and falling gold prices.
- ABX says it will continue to work with stakeholders in local communities in Chile to advance the project in an environmentally responsible manner.
Mon, Mar. 16, 7:57 AM
- Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) may put its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile up for sale, hoping to raise more than $1.5B, Financial Times reports.
- A sale could draw interest from Chinese companies looking to acquire resources as well as P-E firms such as Mick Davis's X2 Resources, according to the report; Davis headed Xstrata before its 2012 sale to Glencore and is said to be hunting for mining deals.
- The Zaldivar mine, one of ABX's key assets, is located next to Escondida, the world's largest copper mine.
Fri, Mar. 6, 2:42 PM
- Precious metals miners are bludgeoned as April Comex gold tumbles 2.7% to $1,164.30/oz. for its lowest settlement of the year so far.
- The culprit was the upbeat February jobs report, which sparked fears that the improving economy will prompt the Fed to hike interest rates sooner rather than later.
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Tue, Feb. 24, 6:42 AM
- Workers at Barrick Gold's (NYSE:ABX) Lumwana copper mine in Zambia called off their strike this morning after the government said they would not lose their jobs.
- More than 2,000 workers went on strike yesterday to protest the company's plans to suspend operations due to higher royalties.
- Previously: Barrick Gold hit with 2,000 worker strike (Feb. 23 2015)
Mon, Feb. 23, 11:59 AM
- Barrick Gold (ABX -1.1%) believes it can keep production above 6M oz./year through 2017, and J.P. Morgan's John Bridges agrees; but after that, the analyst expects production to plummet to ~4.5M oz. by 2020 and even lower a few years later.
- Bridges says it has "become apparent recently that the upper limit of sustainable gold production is around the [3M-4M oz.] level assuming [ABX] is skilled at acquiring new projects in a way that makes them accretive."
- The analyst is encouraged by chairman John Thornton’s plan to turn ABX around, but he sees it as a first step only; he has a Neutral rating on the stock and a $13 price target.
Mon, Feb. 23, 10:35 AM
- Barrick Gold (ABX +0.8%) reportedly is working with Credit Suisse on the possible sale of gold mines in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
- ABX said last week it plans to reduce net debt by at least $3B this year, partly by selling the Cowal mine in Australia’s New South Wales state and the Porgera operation in Papua New Guinea, as well as cutting staff at its head office.
- ABX could raise as much as $1.1B from selling the assets, TD Securities said last week, and added that it also could consider selling its 64% holding in Acacia Mining, formerly known as African Barrick Gold.
Mon, Feb. 23, 7:16 AM
- Over 2,000 union workers at the Lumwana copper mine owned by Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) downed tools on Monday demanding an explanation of their fate when the company closes the operation.
- "They are demanding to know their future when the mine is closed," said Amos Malupenga, the top civil servant in North-Western province.
- ABX -1.1% premarket
Thu, Feb. 19, 5:49 PM
- In his first earnings conference call, Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) CEO John Thornton forcefully described a new strategy for ABX while offering some withering criticism of the company’s actions in recent years.
- Thornton said ABX would focus on gold from now on, contradicting his previous opinion that the company should be a leader in "a range of minerals," and he vowed to focus on projects that can deliver a return on invested capital of at least 15% while deferring, canceling or selling projects that don’t meet that hurdle.
- The focus on gold is a positive for many investors, who buy ABX for gold exposure and were unhappy with the miner’s move into copper; ABX’s copper production is set to shrink significantly as it begins shutting down the Lumwana mine in Zambia next month.
- Co-president Kelvin Dushnisky did not rule out another equity issue, but after issuing $2.9B of stock in late 2013, he indicated that another equity offering would be tough for investors to swallow.
Thu, Feb. 19, 11:44 AM
- Barrick Gold (ABX +5.2%) is sharply higher following its Q4 earnings beat, but Wall Street analysts are not as constructive on the miner’s future.
- Morgan Stanley notes the EPS beat was based on a tax recovery and that ABX’s costs were higher than expectations; it also expects ABX's plan to reduce $3B in debt would require "considerable actions” by the company, and says it is less confident that ABX's in-line guidance can be accurately forecast now.
- Deutsche Bank analysts also are skeptical of the debt reduction plan: “Given limited appetite for gold equities, a $3bn de-leveraging goal mostly via asset sales in accretive manner is easier said than done.”
Thu, Feb. 19, 4:06 AM
- Despite a net loss of $2.85B due to an after-tax impairment charge, Barrick (NYSE:ABX) reported better-than-expected adjusted earnings of $174M, or $0.15 a share.
- Looking forward, the world's biggest gold producer said it would reduce net debt by at least $3B by year-end through asset sales, lower administration costs and a decentralized operating model.
- Barrick also expects to produce 6.2M-6.6M ounces of gold in 2015 at all-in sustaining costs of $860-$895 per ounce vs. 6.25M ounces of gold at $864 per ounce in 2014.
- ABX +1% AH
- Q4 results
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