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On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

Gold seen fighting back in battle with dollar for haven role

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2018 Don’t write off gold in the battle of the havens. Bullion has lost out in a paradigm shift where the metal’s no longer viewed as the traditional refuge when investors are in a risk-off mood, but that won’t last, according to Rick Rule, CEO of Sprott US Holdings. 

Jaguar Mining lowers guidance, CEO resigns

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2018 The TSX-listed stock of Jaguar Mining on Wednesday fell by 25% after the Brazil-focused company released its second quarter results announcement, which contained a revised production guidance and news that Rodney Lamond is leaving his position as CEO and director. Jaguar lowered its production... 

Mozambique's ruby mining goes from ‘wild west’ to big business

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Sebastiao Pedro struck it lucky in 2014 when, as a 21-year-old small-scale miner, he found a large red ruby in northern Mozambique. He sold it to a buyer from Vietnam for $43 000, returned to his family 900 miles away and built a house with the proceeds. Then the money ran out. 

Caledonia achieves marginal increase in Q2 output

By: Anine Kilian     10th August 2018 Caledonia Mining’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the second quarter ended June 30, marginally higher than that produced in the second quarter of 2017 and in line with expectations.  “The second quarter was a difficult quarter for the business as production was... 

Barrick says China partner for copper 'makes all kinds of sense'

By: Bloomberg     10th August 2018 Barrick Gold executive chairman John Thornton says the Canadian miner is looking at its copper assets “very seriously” to see if it makes sense to form a copper company with one or two partners, most likely from China. “The question for us on copper is, ‘Can you take the copper assets, combine... 

Omagh processing plant starts operating

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The recently upgraded processing plant at the Omagh gold mine has started operating, using feed from the underground development of the Kearney gold vein, Toronto- and London-listed Galantas Gold reported on Wednesday. The processing plant is expected to operate part time until production... 

Copper supply woes on show with No. 2 mine output to halve

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2018 A battle over the world’s second-largest copper mine has dogged Freeport-McMoRan shareholders for more than a year. Now it may be the turn of the copper market. Production at Grasberg in Indonesia will fall by more than half next year as its giant pits transition to underground operations,... 

Barrick Gold makes China investor push as markets slump

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Barrick Gold Corp will make a bigger push to attract institutional investors in China under a new deeper-ties pact with Shandong Gold, aimed at bolstering its shareholder base, executives told Reuters. Bruised by a strong US dollar, the price of gold is nearing a one-year low, with speculators... 

Kirkland Lake chases higher FY target

By: Mariaan Webb     1st August 2018 A strong first-half performance from the Fosterville and Macassa mines has provided Toronto-based Kirkland Lake Gold with enough confidence to increase its consolidated full-year production guidance by 15 000 oz to more than 635 000 oz. The miner produced 312 329 oz in the first six months of... 

Hudbay ups Manitoba's operating cost guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     1st August 2018 Toronto-headquartered Hudbay Minerals on Tuesday confirmed that it would meet its production guidance for 2018, but flagged higher operating costs at its Manitoba unit, citing cold weather conditions, higher costs at the 777 mine and the impact of a fan outage at Lalor. The combined mine and... 

Sherritt sees soft cobalt prices as temporary trend

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Sherritt International Corp said on Tuesday that recent weakness in the price of cobalt, a key material in rechargeable batteries, is expected to be temporary as demand continues to grow from the electric vehicle market. Toronto-based Sherritt said prices softened in the second quarter on... 

Ecobalt investors call for sale, new management on delays

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Two large shareholders in Canada's Ecobalt Solutions are calling for a change in senior management or the launch of a sales process, saying ongoing mine development delays are wasting a windfall from high battery sector demand. Australian hedge fund Tribeca Investment Partners, which said it... 

Barrick Gold cuts jobs and offices in decentralisation push

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2018 Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold producer, cut jobs and closed offices in the second quarter as part of its strategy to decentraliSe operations. “We completed an extensive review of all positions sitting above operations, reallocating roles where appropriate, eliminating those no longer... 

Lundin Mining launches hostile C$1.4bn bid for Nevsun

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Lundin Mining launched a hostile C$1.4-billion takeover bid for fellow Canadian base metals miner Nevsun Resources on Thursday, saying it had failed to convince Nevsun's board to agree to a friendly deal over the past nine months. Cash-rich Lundin, looking to grow its production, has made five... 

Production at world’s biggest uranium mine suspended indefinitely

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2018 Initially intended to be a 10-month suspension, production at McArthur River in Saskatchewan – the world’s biggest uranium mine – and the nearby Key Lake mill has been extended for an “indeterminate duration”, Canadian uranium major Cameco announced on Wednesday. President and CEO Tim Gitzel... 

Barrick’s adjusted earnings miss estimates

By: Mariaan Webb     26th July 2018 Gold major Barrick Gold posted second-quarter adjusted earnings that missed analysts’ estimates as gold sales declined in the three months ended June. The Toronto-headquartered company’s adjusted net earnings came to $81-million, or $0.07 a share, compared with $261-million, or $0.22 a share in... 

Barrick exit raises power questions at biggest gold miner

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Kelvin Dushnisky’s departure as president of Barrick Gold raises the question of whether his replacement will get more, or less, power at the world’s largest gold producer under executive chairman John Thornton. Dushnisky, 54, is set to take over as CEO of Johannesburg-based AngloGold Ashanti as... 

Barrick Gold is the undisclosed bidder for Detour Gold

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Barrick Gold is the undisclosed gold miner that was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement alongside activist investor John Paulson to discuss potentially buying Detour Gold, according to people familiar with the matter. While Barrick’s level of interest in Detour is unclear, neither Paulson... 

Detour Gold denies Paulson’s report of potential sale, reports investor to OSC

By: Mariaan Webb     18th July 2018 A major gold mining company has reportedly approached Ontario miner Detour Gold about potentially acquiring the firm, sending its stock up 14% on the TSX on Wednesday. The revelation was made by institutional investor Paulson & Co, which also confirmed that it would go ahead with plans to... 

Further extension to Centerra’s Kyrgyz strategic accord

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th July 2018 Canadian miner Centerra Gold and the government of Kyrgyzstan have further extended the first longstop date under the strategic agreement for environmental protection and investment promotion that they entered into last year. The Toronto-based miner has pushed out the first longstop date – the... 

Noront drops Sudbury and Thunder Bay as site for ferrochrome plant

By: Mariaan Webb     16th July 2018 TSX-V-listed Noront Resources has moved to the final phase of the site selection process for its proposed ferrochrome production facility, with only two cities – Timmins and Sault Ste Marie – still in the running to host the 100 MW to 130 MW scalable furnace. Noront has dropped Thunder Bay and... 

Barrick trims copper guidance, gold forecast intact

By: Mariaan Webb     12th July 2018 Toronto, Canada-headquartered Barrick Gold has maintained its gold production guidance for 2018 at between 4.5-million and 5-million ounces, but has slashed 40-million pounds off its copper production guidance, owing to operational challenges at its biggest copper mine – Lumwana, in Zambia. The... 

Largo delivers solid Q2 production results

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2018 The Maracás Menchen mine has delivered solid production results for the second quarter, despite a nationwide truckers strike in Brazil that impacted on operations during May. The mine’s June quarter production increased to 2 458 t of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5), a 13% improvement on the first... 

Kirkland reports strong production from Australia, Canada mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 Toronto-based Kirkland Lake Gold produced 164 685 oz of gold in the second quarter ended June 30, and 312 329 oz for the first half of the year. This compares with 160 305 oz produced in the second quarter of 2017 and 147 644 oz produced in the first quarter of 2018. 

PEA supports staged expansion of Sierra Metals’ Bolivar mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Hot on the heels of a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the expansion of its Yauricocha base and precious metals mine, in Peru, Toronto-based Sierra Metals on Monday announced the outcomes of its PEA for the expansion at the Bolivar mine, in Mexico.  

Shell ramps up in Kitimat, raising Canada’s C$40bn LNG hopes

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 A flurry of activity in a remote Canadian town is raising optimism that Royal Dutch Shell and its partners are ready to go ahead with the nation’s largest infrastructure project: a C$40-billion liquefied natural gas terminal that could at last unlock energy exports to Asia. The action is... 

Chilean miner Mantos Copper seeks buyer to help finance expansion

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Private equity-backed Chilean miner Mantos Copper is looking to find a buyer to help finance the expansion of mines it bought from Anglo American in 2015, it said. The company's owner, a consortium led by British investment company Audley Capital Advisors and Orion Mine Finance Group, bought... 

Centerra warns water shortage may slow Mt Milligan throughput in Q4

By: Mariaan Webb     5th July 2018 Toronto-headquartered Centerra Gold on Thursday warned that it might have to reduce the throughput level of its Mount Milligan operation, as the company continues to face water risks at the British Columbia mine. Centerra has applied for permits to access further groundwater and surface water,... 

Sierra Metals plans 66% production expansion at Peru mine

By: Mariaan Webb     29th June 2018 Toronto-based Sierra Metals has delivered a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for a 66% production expansion at its Yauricocha base and precious metals mine, in Peru. The production expansion will expand the Yauricocha mine through stages from its current 3 000 t/d to 3 600 t/d in the first... 

Trump trade war looms over Canadian town built to supply America

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 If ever a town embodied US-Canadian symbiosis, it’s Arvida, Quebec. Built by Americans, its giant smelter supplied most of the Allied forces’ aluminum in World War II and today makes metal used in Budweiser beer cans, Tesla and Ford cars and in AR15 rifles, part of the 2.5-million metric tons... 

Mining investors spooked as African dispute payments multiply

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 Miners across Africa are increasingly using one-time payments to settle disputes with governments, a trend that’s disturbing some investors. A $150-million payment by Glencore’s Katanga Mining to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gecamines earlier this month followed Freeport McMoRan’s separate... 

Gold seen fighting back as dollar rebound is poised to reverse

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2018 Much maligned gold is set to stage a comeback as the dollar weakens, according to Pictet Wealth Management. Bullion will climb to $1 320 an ounce by the end of the year, said currency strategist Luc Luyet, which compares with about $1 256 on Wednesday. While trade tensions haven’t yet provided... 

Paulson urges underperforming gold miner to seek a buyer

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2018 Billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson is among investors pushing for Canadian miner Detour Gold to put itself up for sale, citing stock losses amid managerial missteps. In a letter to the Toronto-based company’s board, Paulson & Co said directors had “failed to recruit and oversee a... 

Top Dalradian shareholder supports Orion Mine takeover offer

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 M&G Investment Management, the biggest shareholder in Dalradian Resources, said on Thursday it was supportive of a friendly cash takeover offer for Dalradian from private equity group Orion Mine Finance. The C$1.47 a share offer is fair, Jamie Horvat, director of global equities at M&G, told... 

More boardroom diversity means less in C-suite, Lucara CEO says

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2018 The push by mining companies to attract more women to their boardrooms may be short-sighted as top female candidates are diverted from senior executive jobs, according to the head of Lucara Diamond Corp. “There’s such a push for diversity on boards, and young women are really being encouraged to... 

Centerra delays completion of Kyrgyz strategic accord further

By: Mariaan Webb     20th June 2018 TSX-listed gold producer Centerra Gold has agreed to further extend the first longstop date of a strategic agreement it signed with the Kyrgyz government on September 11, 2017. The Toronto-based miner has pushed out the first longstop date – the date by which all conditions precedent to the... 

Hedge funds pick the wrong time to go big on gold as prices drop

By: Bloomberg     16th June 2018 Hedge funds just mistimed their gold bets. Money managers as of Tuesday pushed their wagers on a bullion rally to the highest in seven weeks. The next day, Federal Reserve policy makers signaled more interest-rate increases this year than earlier projected. Gold ended up posting a weekly loss as... 

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