Newcrest Mining Ltd (ASX: NCM) is the largest gold producer listed on the ASX and one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. Newcrest has four current mining operations, namely the Cadia operation in NSW, Australia, the Telfer operation in WA, Australia, the Lihir operation in Niolam Island, PNG and the Red Chris operation in British Columbia, Canada. Newcrest’s market capitalisation is A$21 billion.
What are the key features of Newcrest profit result?
Newcrest reported an underlying profit for FY21 of $US1.2 billion, up 55% from the previous period. Gold production of 2.1 million ounces, down 4% from the previous period. Copper production of 142,000 tonnes, up 4% from the previous period. All-In Sustaining Costs (AISC) of $US911 per ounce.
Newcrest will also pay a final fully franked dividend of US40 cents per share, up 129% from the previous period. This brings the total dividend for FY21 to US55 cents per share, which equals to a 41% payout ratio of FY21 free cash flow. Management noted that the company will target a dividend pay-out ratio of around 30%-60% of free cash flow (consistent with the total dividend for FY21). Newcrest’s balance sheet is sound with a net cash position of A$176 million as of 30 June 2021.
The main driver of this result is the higher-than-average copper prices and higher copper production in the period. Gold prices have trended downwards since its peak in June 2020 but have remained strong around US$1,800 per ounce. This average price level is much higher than previous years (2013 to 2019).
What is the outlook for Newcrest?
Management did provide production guidance for FY22. Gold and copper production is estimated to be 1,800-2,000 koz and 125-130 kt respectively. This production level for gold and copper is slightly lower than FY21. All-In Sustaining Costs in FY22 are expected to be broadly in line with FY21. Total capital expenditure for FY22 is estimated at $US1,460 - $US1,640 million. Given this guidance, gold and copper prices are the main determinant of the short-term outlook for Newcrest.
What is the market reaction to Newcrest?
The market reaction to Newcrest profit result is positive with the share price up around 2.5% to A$25.80 while the market is down by 0.4% (19 August 2021). This suggests that Newcrest FY21 result is better than market expectations. Newcrest trades on a forward P/E ratio in the mid-teens and has a dividend yield of around 2% (fully franked).
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