Goldcorp Defers Work at Argentina Mine Project After Costs Soar
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October 24 2013

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Goldcorp Defers Work at Argentina Mine Project After Costs Soar

This article by Liezel Hill for Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section
The company's average cost to produce and sell gold, after profiting from sales of silver and other metals, was $551 an ounce, compared with $220 an ounce in the third quarter of 2012 and the $554 average of seven estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

All-in sustaining costs, a more comprehensive metric adopted this year by most producers, rose to $992 an ounce from $801.

Gold production rose to 637,100 ounces from 592,500 ounces a year earlier. The average of eight estimates was for 683,100 ounces.

Goldcorp expects 2013 output will be 2.6 million to 2.7 million ounces, at all-in sustaining costs of $1,050 to $1,100 per ounce. Its previous forecasts were for 2.55 million to 2.8 million ounces and costs of $1,000 to $1,100 per ounce.

Gold averaged $1,328 on the Comex in New York in the third quarter, 20 percent less than a year earlier and 6.3 percent lower than the second quarter

Eoin Treacy's view Controlling costs while attempting to increase reserves has been a major challenge for gold miners that has eaten into free cash flow over the course of the last decade. It is therefore a welcome development that an increasing number of companies have developed a new found respect for cost controls.

Following a precipitous decline from its 2011 peak, the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index has found support above 200; exhibiting a high degree of commonality with gold which is building support above its lows near $1180, A sustained move below 200 would be required to question the base building hypothesis. Randgold Resources remains a relative strength leader.

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