Resolute Mining Ltd (ASX: RSG) is a gold mining company that finds, develops and operates gold mines. Resolute owns four gold mines with operations in Australia and Africa. Resolute has a market capitalisation of A$1.11 billion.
The main points for Resolute December quarter activities are as follows:
- Gold production for the December quarter is 105,293oz, up 2,092oz (or up around 2%) from the previous quarter.
- Gold production at the Syama gold mine for the December quarter is 46,945oz.
- Gold production at the Mako gold mine for the December quarter is 42,997oz.
- Gold production at the Ravenswood gold mine for the December quarter is 15,351oz.
- Resolute’s total gold production for the 12 months to 31 December 2019 totalled 384,731oz representing a variance of less than 4% to annual production guidance of 400,000oz.
What are the drivers of this result?
Resolute December quarterly activities is on par with an overall 2% increase in gold production relative to the previous quarter. However, Resolute announced that annual gold production was down by 4% compared with FY19 guidance. The main cause for the slight underperformance in annual production was due to the roaster downtime at the Syama gold mine. The roaster was taken offline in early October due to the detection of a crack in the main external shell. The roaster is now fully operational and operating at nameplate capacity.
Managing Director and CEO, Mr John Welborn notes that
Syama sulphide production fell well short of our expectations in both the September and December quarters. Our operating and project teams have worked hard to offset lost production with strong performance from our other operating assets. The repairs to the Syama roaster are now complete and the sulphide circuit is ready for a strong performance in 2020.
What is the outlook for Resolute?
All-in sustaining costs (ASIC) for the December quarter has not been released along with FY20 production guidance and capital and exploration expenditure guidance. Resolute management notes that these factors are scheduled to be announced on 13 January 2020.
The spot price of gold has increased in the last few days. This is in light of the United States (US) authorizing a drone strike on Iran’s top military commander, Qasem Soleimani, which resulted in Qasem Soleimani’s death. This has significantly increased military tensions between the US and Iran in the middle east. Iran has responded by launching more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases that holds US troops today (8 January 2019). It is becoming more likely that this military action by both countries may lead into a conflict between the US and Iran along with their allies. This build of military escalation and political turmoil could make gold a more favourable investment moving into 2020.
What is the market reaction?
The market reaction to Resolute’s quarterly activities report is positive. Resolute share price is up 6% and is currently trading at A$1.305 (Wednesday 8 January). This upward movement reflects the upward movement in the gold price and the positive immediate outlook for the gold price rather than a reaction to the quarterly report.
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