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News Article | April 24, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) announced first quarter 2017 results that demonstrated improved operational and financial performance. Net income: Delivered GAAP net income attributable to stockholders from continuing operations of $69 million or $0.13 per diluted share, and adjusted net income1 of $133 million or $0.25 per diluted share EBITDA: Generated $566 million in adjusted EBITDA2, up 20 percent from the prior year quarter Cash flo


News Article | April 19, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) announced its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share of common stock, payable on June 22, 2017, to holders of record at the close of business on June 8, 2017. This dividend is payable under the Company’s enhanced gold price-linked dividend policy which was approved in the fourth quarter of 2016 and came into effect in the first quarter of 2017. The dividend of $0.05 per share is double the dividend paid in the prior year quarter. Newmont's gold price-linked dividend policy includes a quarterly payable dividend based on the average LBMA P.M. Gold Price for the preceding quarter. The policy includes a minimum $0.10 per share ($0.025 per quarter) payout at gold prices below $1,150 per ounce. The dividend increases to $0.15 per share ($0.0375 per quarter) at gold prices of $1,150 per ounce. At $1,200, the dividend increases to $0.20 per share ($0.05 per quarter). For each $50 increase above $1,200 per ounce the dividend increases by a further $0.10 per share ($0.025 per quarter). At $1,400, $1,500 and $1,600 per ounce, the dividend increases to $0.60, $0.85 and $1.10 per share ($0.15, $0.2125 and $0.275 per quarter), respectively. The declaration and payment of dividends remains at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will depend on the Company's financial results, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by the Board. This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, statements relating to future dividend payments, future gold prices, future ability to generate free cash flow at reduced prices, and future shareholder value and returns. Investors are cautioned that the gold price linked dividend policy is non-binding. The declaration and payment of future dividends remain at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will be determined based on Newmont’s financial results, balance sheet strength, cash and liquidity requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by the Board. The Board of Directors reserves all powers related to the declaration and payment of dividends. Consequently, in determining the dividend to be declared and paid on the common stock of the Company, the Board of Directors may revise or terminate such policy at any time without prior notice. As a result, investors should not place undue reliance on such policy or guidelines.


News Article | April 24, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE : NEM) (Newmont ou la Société) a annoncé des plans pour étendre la production rentable de ses activités à la mine Ahafo, en construisant une nouvelle mine souterraine et en augmentant la capacité de l'usine de plus de 50 pour cent. La mine Subika Underground devrait produire 1.8 million d'onces d'or pendant une durée de 11 ans de vie de la mine et présenter des notes de minerai de 4.7 grammes par tonne. L'expansion de l'usine devrait amé


News Article | April 28, 2017
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LEADVILLE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--2017 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees – The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) today announced the 2017 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, represent exploration and extraction of new frontiers, environmental stewardship, leadership in formulating U.S. mineral policy, education, and research and development, including the use of computers in planning, designing, and managing mineral industry operations. The contributions of these individuals have undoubtedly had a significant and lasting impact on the mineral and mining industry; these individuals were selected for being visionary leaders, innovators, authors, pioneers in corporate social responsibility, and long-standing advocates for the U.S. mining industry. Dr. Thomas V. Falkie, Leonard Harris, Dr. Vincent E. McKelvey, and Gordon R. Parker will join 236 other mining industry luminaries when formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on Sept. 23, 2017. The 30th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held at the Pinnacle Club, Grand Hyatt in Denver, CO. Dr. Thomas V. Falkie – In a career spanning six decades, Tom Falkie’s accomplishments in industry, academia, government, and professional societies demonstrate a pattern of integrity and sustained excellence. His gravitas and management style left highly favorable impressions in every position he held. He was the Chairman and President of Berwind Natural Resources Corporation; President of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME); President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); Director of the United States Bureau of Mines (USBM) and Head of the Department of Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He played major leadership roles in the American Mining Congress, National Coal Association, Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and the National Mining Association. He served on the Board of Directors of Foote Minerals and Cyprus-Amax, and was very active in the National Academy of Engineering, the SME Foundation, and the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Leonard Harris – A highly-regarded metallurgist and business executive, Leonard (Len) Harris may be most remembered for the heart he has for the people whose lives were touched by his career. For more than six decades Len has been a true pioneer in corporate social responsibility, leading companies to understand that doing the right thing for the local people is also the best path to business success. After an early career in Australia and Ghana, Len moved to Peru in 1955 to join Cerro de Pasco Corporation, owner of several mines with one of the most complex metallurgical operations in the world. Len was quickly promoted through multiple positions and was ultimately named Director of Metallurgy. Len was later named President and General Manager Newmont Peru and Vice President and General Manager Newmont Latin America. Since his retirement in 1995, he has served on dozens of mining company boards, held leadership positions in many mining societies, and received numerous prestigious awards including the Herbert Hoover Gold Medal Award. Dr. Vincent E. McKelvey – Dr. Vincent McKelvey was among the preeminent authorities on deep-sea mineral deposits. His diverse accomplishments range from conceptual to the practical, including the development of a new framework for the assessment of mineral resources and an improved understanding of the mineral potential of the ocean floor. His leadership and vision as the Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) provided the scientific basis for advancing the exploration capacity of the mining industry on a global scale. Vince McKelvey was visionary in the USGS’s efforts to make scientific information more practical and accessible. McKelvey broadened USGS efforts into environmental issues, land-use planning, water quality/hydrologic characterization, geohazard assessment, mineral resource discovery, and improved scientific tools and techniques for exploration and assessment. Gordon R. Parker – As the Chairman and CEO of Newmont Mining Corporation, Gordon R. Parker maneuvered through multiple hostile takeover events in the 1980’s and played the pivotal leadership role in preserving Newmont’s independence. He was devoted to the protection of corporate assets and preserving shareholders’ interests. Through his formidable leadership, Parker led the restructuring of the company from a diversified mining house to a major gold producer. Parker played a leading role in the creation of the World Gold Council and served as Founding Chairman. His concern for an equitable resolution of Federal laws governing mineral exploration and mining extraction and their impact on the wellbeing of the U.S. mining industry led to the creation of the Mineral Alliance, of which he became Chairman. As Vice Chairman, Parker was instrumental in revitalizing the American Mining Congress, now known as the National Mining Association. Parker was Chairman of the Western Regional Council and the Nevada Mining Association and he was a Founder of the National Mining Hall of Fame. Commenting on this year’s inductees, NMHFM Board of Directors Chairman Frank McAllister said, “ We are delighted to honor those selected for induction this year into the National Mining Hall of Fame. Their contributions to the mining industry are immense, their legacies wide-ranging and their profiles exhibit the diversity of talents necessary in our great industry.” McAllister further reports The Board of Directors of the NMHFM recently approved changes to eligibility requirements and the submission deadline for inductee candidates. Inductees must have had a personal impact on the mining industry for 30 years or more and must be at least 55 years of age. The deadline for nominations is December 31 each year. Complete nomination procedures, as well as full-length biographies and photographs of all prior inductees, are available at www.mininghalloffame.org/page/hall-fame.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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LIMA, Peru--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (“Buenaventura” or “the Company”) (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM), Peru’s largest publicly-traded precious metals mining company, today announced results for the first quarter (1Q17) period ended March 31, 2017. All figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) on a non-GAAP basis and are stated in U.S. dollars (US$). Financial Highlights (in millions of US$, except EPS figures): During 1Q17, net sales were US$272.8 million, a 24% increase compared to the US$220.6 million reported in 1Q16. This result was primarily due to an increase in all metal prices as well as higher volume sales of silver, zinc and lead. Royalty income decreased 18% from US$6.7 million in 1Q16 to US$5.5 million in 1Q17 due to lower revenues at Yanacocha (17% QoQ). In 1Q17, Buenaventura’s gold equity production from direct operations was 62,828; a 4% decrease as compared to 1Q16 (65,376 gold ounces). In 1Q17 Gold production including associated companies was 135,428 ounces; a 14% decrease as compared to the same period 2015. This decline is due to a decrease in production at Yanacocha. Zinc and Lead equity production were higher during 1Q17 compared to 1Q16 mainly as a result increased production at Uchucchacua and El Brocal. Gold production at Orcopampa decreased 4% in 1Q17 year on year, primarily due to lower ore grades (see Appendix 2). Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 1Q17 (777 US$/Oz) increased 13% compared to 1Q16 (688 US$/Oz), mainly due to higher contractor expenses (a non-recurrent closing bonus), an increase in meters drifted and lower ounces sold (4% QoQ). Silver production in 1Q17 was in line with 1Q16. Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 1Q17 (10.92 US$/Oz) increased 5% compared to 1Q16 (10.35 US$/Oz), mainly due to an increase in labor expenses and higher contractor expenses (a non-recurrent closing bonus). Silver production in 1Q17 decreased 22% year on year, primarily due to lower ore grades (see Appendix 2). Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 1Q17 increased by 10% year on year, primarily due to a decrease in ounces sold (9% QoQ). Silver production in 1Q17 was 22% lower compared to 1Q16; primarily due to a decrease in ore treated (15% QoQ) and lower ore grades (10% QoQ). Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 1Q17 (13.36 US$/Oz) was 25% higher than 1Q16 (10.66 US$/Oz), primarily explained by lower production. Management changed the mining method at Julcani after rock fall resulted in a fatal accident in January 2017, temporarily impacting productivity. This effect has been already surpassed. Gold production in 1Q17 decreased by 6% year on year, in line with the mine production plan. Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 1Q17 (723 US$/Oz) increased 34% compared to 1Q16 (538 US$/Oz), primarily due to i) increased reagent consumption (associated with an increase in acid water treated), ii) decrease in ounces sold (3% QoQ) and iii) lower ore grades. Gold production in 1Q17 decreased 10% year on year, in line with the mine production plan. Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 1Q17 (508 US$/Oz) increased 19% compared to 1Q16 (427 US$/Oz) mainly due to a decrease in ounces sold and higher exploration expenses. Copper production in 1Q17 was in line with 1Q16. In 1Q17 zinc production increased 70% compared to 1Q16 mainly due to an increase ore treated and higher ore grades. In 1Q17, zinc Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) increased 32% year to year, mainly due to higher commercial deductions triggered by higher zinc prices (79% QoQ), which activated the treatment charges escalators. Copper CAS in 1Q17 was in line with the figure reported in 1Q16. Zinc production guidance for 2017 is 60k – 70k MT, while copper production guidance for 2017 is 55k – 65k MT. 1Q17 General and Administrative expenses were US$22.5 million; a 5% increase as compared to the US$21.4 million in 1Q16 mainly due to an increase insurance expenses (29% QoQ). 1Q17 Exploration costs in Non-Operating Areas were US$2.3 million compared with US$3.5 million in 1Q16. During the period, Buenaventura’s primarily focused its exploration efforts on the Marcapunta Norte (US$0.38 million) and San Gabriel projects (US$0.19 million). During 1Q17, Buenaventura’s share in associated companies was US$44.9 million, compared to US$28.4 million reported in 1Q16, comprised of: At Yanacocha (43.65% owned by Buenaventura), 1Q17 gold production was 137,621 ounces (60,072 ounces attributable to Buenaventura); a 24% decrease as compared to the 180,348 ounces (78,722 ounces attributable to Buenaventura) produced in 1Q16. Gold production guidance at Yanacocha for 2017 is 530k – 560k ounces. In 1Q17, Yanacocha reported a net income of US$10.4 million, compared to a net income of US$8.5 million reported in 1Q16. CAS in 1Q17 was US$823/oz; a 12% increase as compared to the US$734/oz reported in 1Q16 mainly due to lower volume sold (147,821 gold ounces in 1Q17 vs 180,348 gold ounces in 1Q16). The Quecher Main project engineering (oxide deposit) is being developed, a decision to progress is expected in 2H17. In the case of Yanacocha Sulphides, technical and economic viability has been improving, with an update expected in 2H17. Capital expenditures at Yanacocha were US$12.6 million in 1Q17. At Cerro Verde (19.58% owned by Buenaventura), 1Q17 copper production was 118,744 MT (23,250 MT attributable to Buenaventura), a 4% decrease compared to 1Q16 (123,414 MT and 24,164 MT attributable to Buenaventura). During 1Q17, Cerro Verde reported a net income of US$184.0 million compared to net income of US$96.9 million in 1Q16. This increase was primarily due to: i) an increase in volumes sold and ii) higher realized price (US$2.83/Lb in 1Q17 compared to US$2.23/Lb in 1Q16). Capital expenditures at Cerro Verde were US$24.7 million in 1Q17. Copper production guidance at Cerro Verde for 2017 is 500k MT – 550k MT. At Coimolache (40.10% owned by Buenaventura), 1Q17 attributable contribution to net income was US$4.3 million (US$5.7 million in 1Q16). Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. is Peru’s largest, publicly traded, precious metals company and a major holder of mining rights in Peru. The Company is engaged in the mining, processing, development and exploration of gold and silver and other metals via wholly owned mines as well as through its participation in joint exploration projects. Buenaventura currently operates several mines in Peru (Orcopampa*, Uchucchacua*, Mallay*, Julcani*, El Brocal, La Zanja and Coimolache and is developing the Tambomayo project. The Company owns 43.65% of Minera Yanacocha S.R.L (a partnership with Newmont Mining Corporation), an important precious metal producer; 19.58% of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, an important Peruvian copper producer. For a printed version of the Company’s 2015 Form 20-F, please contact the investor relations contacts on page 1 of this report, or download the PDF format file from the Company’s web site at www.buenaventura.com. EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) consists of earnings before net interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, share in associated companies, net, loss on currency exchange difference, other, net, provision for workers’ profit sharing and provision for long-term officers’ compensation. EBITDA (including associated companies) consists of EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations), plus (1) Buenaventura’s equity share of EBITDA (Yanacocha) (2) Buenaventura’s equity share of EBITDA (Cerro Verde), plus (3) Buenaventura’s equity share of EBITDA (Coimolache). All EBITDA mentioned were similarly calculated using financial information provided to Buenaventura by the associated companies. Buenaventura presents EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) and EBITDA (including affiliates) to provide further information with respect to its operating performance and the operating performance of its equity investees, the affiliates. EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) and EBITDA (including affiliates) are not a measure of financial performance under IFRS, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. You should not consider EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) and EBITDA (including affiliates) as alternatives to operating income or net income determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of Buenaventura’s, affiliates operating performance, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities, determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Reconciliation of Costs Applicable to Sales and Cost Applicable to Sales per Unit Sold Cost applicable to sales consists of cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization, plus selling expenses. Cost applicable to sales per unit sold for each mine consists of cost applicable to sales for a particular metal produced at a given mine divided by the volume of such metal produced at such mine in the specified period. We note that cost applicable to sales is not directly comparable to the cash operating cost figures disclosed in previously furnished earnings releases. Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold are not measures of financial performance under IFRS, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. We consider Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold to be key measures in managing and evaluating our operating performance. These measures are widely reported in the precious metals industry as a benchmark for performance, but do not have standardized meanings. You should not consider Cost applicable to sales or Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold as alternatives to cost of sales determined in accordance with IFRS, as indicators of our operating performance. Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold are calculated without adjusting for by-product revenue amounts. The tables below set forth (i) a reconciliation of consolidated Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization to consolidated Cost applicable to sales, (ii) reconciliations of the components of Cost applicable to sales (by mine and mineral) to the corresponding consolidated line items set forth on our consolidated statements of profit or loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2016, and (iii) reconciliations of Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization to Cost applicable to sales for each of our mining units. The amounts set forth in Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit sold for each mine and mineral indicated in the tables below can be reconciled to the amounts set forth on our consolidated statements of profit or loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2016 by reference to the reconciliations of Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization (by mine and mineral), Selling Expenses (by mine and metal) expenses and Exploration in units in operations (by mine and mineral) to consolidated Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization, consolidated Selling Expenses and consolidated Exploration in units in operations expenses, respectively, set forth below.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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All amounts expressed in U.S. dollars Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) ("Barrick" or the "Company") reported annual results that exceeded the Company's key targets for the year. In 2016, our mines generated operating cash flow of $2.64 billion, and free cash flow2 of $1.51 billion – a record level of annual free cash flow for the Company. We reduced our cost of sales applicable to gold to $798 per ounce, and our all-in sustaining costs3 fell by 12 percent, to $730 per ounce. We continued to strengthen our balance sheet, cutting our total debt by $2.04 billion, or 20 percent. And we brought greater discipline and rigor to our capital allocation process with the appointment of the Company's first-ever Chief Investment Officer. Our vision is the generation of wealth through responsible mining – wealth for our owners, our people, and the countries and communities with which we partner. In support of this vision, our overarching objective is to grow our free cash flow per share. We are cultivating a high-performance culture defined by the following principles: a deep commitment to partnership, consistent execution, operational excellence, disciplined capital allocation, and continual self-improvement. We are obsessed with talent, and seek out fresh perspectives from other industries, challenging ourselves to think differently as we aim to transform Barrick into a leading 21st century company. We will grow free cash flow per share over the long term by: maintaining and growing industry-leading margins, increasingly driven by innovation and our digital transformation; by managing our portfolio and allocating capital with discipline and rigor; and by leveraging our distinctive partnership culture as a competitive advantage. Our prospects for growing free cash flow per share build on a foundation of core mines that are among the longest-life, lowest-cost gold operations in the world. We have the largest gold reserves and resources in the industry5, including a deep pipeline of projects that provide extraordinary optionality and leverage to gold prices. Our exploration programs have a demonstrated track record of value creation. And we are evaluating acquisitions and partnerships with the potential to improve the overall quality of our portfolio over the long term. Through our Best-in-Class approach, we pursue industry-leading margins by continuously improving the productivity and efficiency of existing systems and operations. Equally, we pursue step changes in performance by re-designing those systems and introducing new technologies; and we innovate to redefine what is possible. As one example, we are pursuing step changes in performance in Nevada by fully integrating the Cortez and Goldstrike operations. Over the past two years, these mines have benefited from increasing collaboration, including joint metal planning to optimize ore processing. By fully integrating the management of their assets, infrastructure, and expertise, we expect to further accelerate improvements in efficiency and productivity. For example, we will fully integrate processing operations and create an integrated digital operations management center that will serve both mines – all under a single, site-based leadership structure. We will also develop an integrated strategic plan for the combined operation that optimizes site resources and capital spending to maximize long-term value creation. Our digital transformation will be another Best-in-Class priority for 2017. Since announcing our partnership with Cisco in September, we have completed proofs of concept for digital projects at Cortez, our pilot digital operation, and we are now implementing them in the field. This work is supported from our digital innovation center in Elko, Nevada, where frontline operators are working with software programmers and other external partners to develop customized digital solutions. The integration of Cortez and Goldstrike will also allow us to further accelerate the implementation and impact of digital transformation in Nevada. As we continue to demonstrate value in the field, we intend to expand digital solutions to other Barrick operations, starting at Veladero, with a focus on digital environmental management systems. We will provide further updates on digital projects during our Operations and Technical Update on February 22. While today's digital technologies are already helping to improve the productivity and efficiency of our operations, in 2017 we will develop a long-term innovation strategy to redefine what is possible in mining, including an innovation road map for the Company. In 2016, we continued to strengthen our investment review and capital allocation process with the appointment of Mark Hill as the Company's first Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Hill was Head of Mining and led the Evaluations group at Waterton Global Resource Management, a private investment firm with an outstanding track record of capital allocation – expertise he combines with earlier experience at Barrick. The Chief Investment Officer is responsible for ensuring that a high degree of consistency and rigor is applied to all capital allocation decisions at the Company – whether at existing operations, development projects, exploration (both near-mine and greenfields), or potential acquisitions and divestments. As part of our revamped capital allocation system, all proposals go through a rigorous, independent peer review process led by our Evaluations team, before they go to the Investment Committee. They are then ranked, prioritized, and sequenced to optimize capital spending over time on a strategic basis, allowing us to anticipate and plan for funding requirements. We expect our portfolio to deliver a 10-15 percent return on invested capital through metal price cycles and, as such, all new capital spending is measured against a hurdle rate of 15 percent based on the Company's long-term gold price assumption of $1,200 per ounce. Over time, assets that are unable to meet our return expectations will be divested. We are also continuously evaluating external opportunities to increase the long-term value of our portfolio through acquisitions, joint ventures, and other partnerships. We believe an authentic partnership culture is our most distinctive and sustainable competitive advantage. For Barrick, partnership means a trust-based culture, and the currency of trust is transparency. It is a culture of peers. Those who are part of Barrick recognize that in general, the collective is stronger than the aggregation of individuals. By embracing these values, we aim to be the preferred partner of host governments and communities, the most sought-after employer among the world's best talent, and the natural choice for long-term investors. Last year, we created a program to make every Barrick employee – from the rock face to the head office – an owner of the Company, with an initial allocation of 25 common shares per person. We expect this to grow over time, in line with Barrick's performance. Our goal is not simply to be aligned with our owners, we want our people to be owners. We also created a new partnership with Cisco to drive Barrick's digital transformation. Working with Cisco and other technology partners, we have begun to develop our flagship digital operation at the Cortez mine in Nevada – embedding digital technology in every dimension of the mine to deliver better, faster, and safer mining. This transformation will improve not only productivity and efficiency, but also environmental and safety performance – which will allow Barrick to build and maintain greater trust with communities, governments, NGOs, and other partners. We continue to strengthen our relationships with other external partners, including Zijin Mining, Ma'aden, and Antofagasta Plc – our joint venture partners at the Porgera, Jabal Sayid, and Zaldívar mines. And we are working to develop new partnerships with the potential to unlock value across our business, and grow free cash flow per share over the long term. In 2017, we expect to produce 5.60-5.90 million ounces of gold, at a cost of sales applicable to gold of $780-$820 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs3 of $720-$770 per ounce. This represents an improvement over our previous 2017 guidance of 5.0-5.5 million ounces of gold, at all-in sustaining costs3 of $740-$790 per ounce. As we did last year, our intention is to improve upon our plans as we advance our digital transformation, and other Best-in-Class initiatives. For 2017, we are once again targeting a free cash flow breakeven gold price of $1,000 per ounce, which should ensure that we can generate cash in periods of lower gold prices, while generating a windfall when gold prices rise. For 2018, we expect to produce 4.80-5.30 million ounces of gold, at a cost of sales applicable to gold of $790-$840 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs3 of $710-$770 per ounce. In 2019, we expect to produce 4.60-5.10 million ounces of gold, at a cost of sales applicable to gold of $800-$870 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs3 of $700-$770 per ounce. Based on our current asset mix and subject to potential divestments, we expect to maintain annual production of at least 4.5 million ounces of gold through 2021. Please see page 11 for detailed operating and capital expenditure guidance. The table found in the appendix at the end of this press release outlines the material assumptions used to develop the forward-looking statements in our outlook and guidance, and provides an economic sensitivity analysis of those assumptions. For certain related risk factors, please see the cautionary statement on forward-looking information at the end of this press release. Full-year net earnings were $655 million ($0.56 per share), compared to a net loss of $2.84 billion ($2.44 per share) in 2015. In 2016, adjusted net earnings1 were $818 million ($0.70 per share), compared to $344 million ($0.30 per share) in 2015. This significant improvement in earnings was largely due to $3.9 billion of impairment charges recorded in 2015, compared to net impairment reversals of $250 million recorded in 2016. Higher earnings were also driven by higher gold and copper prices, combined with higher sales volumes (excluding the impact of divested sites), lower operating costs, and lower expenses for exploration, evaluation, and projects. After adjusting for items that are not indicative of future operating earnings, adjusted net earnings1 of $818 million in 2016 were 138 percent higher than in 2015. This improvement was primarily due to higher gold and copper prices, higher gold and copper sales volumes (excluding the impact of divested sites), and lower operating costs. Significant adjusting items to net earnings (pre-tax and non-controlling interest effects) in 2016 include: Full-year revenues were $8.56 billion, compared to $9.03 billion in 2015. Operating cash flow in 2016 was $2.64 billion, compared to $2.79 billion in 2015. Free cash flow2 for 2016 was $1.51 billion, compared to $471 million6 in 2015. Excluding the proceeds of the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction in 2015, operating cash flow for 2016 was $456 million higher than the prior year, despite a $355 million reduction in operating cash flow associated with the divestment of non-core assets. Strong operating cash flow was driven by higher gold prices and lower direct mining costs, as a result of lower energy and fuel costs (despite being hedged on a significant portion of our fuel consumption), combined with lower labor, consumable, and contractor costs, and improved operating efficiencies driven by Best-in-Class initiatives, as well as lower cash interest paid. Fourth quarter net earnings were $425 million ($0.36 per share), compared to a net loss of $2.62 billion ($2.25 per share) in the prior-year period. Adjusted net earnings1 for the fourth quarter were $255 million ($0.22 per share), compared to $91 million ($0.08 per share) in the prior-year period. Net earnings in the fourth quarter reflect an increase in realized gold and copper prices, and lower cost of sales, in addition to $146 million (net of tax effects and non-controlling interests) in net impairment reversals, compared to impairment charges of $2.6 billion (net of tax effects and non-controlling interests) recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter revenues were $2.32 billion, compared to $2.24 billion in the prior-year period. Operating cash flow in the fourth quarter was $711 million, compared to $698 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Free cash flow2 for the fourth quarter was $385 million, compared to $387 million in the prior year period. Achieving and maintaining a strong balance sheet remains a top priority. In 2016, we reduced our total debt by $2.04 billion, or 20 percent, slightly exceeding our $2 billion target for the year. At the end of the fourth quarter, Barrick had a consolidated cash balance of approximately $2.4 billion.7 Barrick has less than $200 million in debt due before 2019.8 About $5 billion, or 63 percent of our outstanding total debt of $7.9 billion, does not mature until after 2032. We intend to reduce our total debt by $2.9 billion, to $5 billion, by the end of 2018 – half of which we are targeting in 2017. We will achieve this by using cash flow from operations, selling additional non-core assets, and creating new joint ventures and partnerships. Barrick's operations delivered progressively-stronger performance over the course of 2016, with three consecutive quarters of improved all-in sustaining cost guidance and gold production at the high end of our annual production forecast. These results reflect our ongoing focus on capital discipline, and Best-in-Class improvements that are driving greater productivity and efficiency. We also improved our safety performance, achieving a total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR)9 of 0.40 – the best result in the Company's history. Since 2009, we have reduced our TRIFR by 67 percent. Despite these improvements, Meckson Makompe, an employee at our Lumwana mine, lost his life in a workplace accident last year. Subsequently, Williams Garrido, a contractor working at the Pascua-Lama project, was involved in a fatal accident this month. Every person at Barrick must go home safe and healthy every single day, and we will never be satisfied with our performance until we achieve this paramount goal. In 2016, our mines produced 5.52 million ounces of gold, at a cost of sales applicable to gold of $798 per ounce. All-in sustaining costs3 were $730 per ounce, a reduction of 12 percent compared to 2015. We also reduced our cash costs3 by eight percent, from $596 per ounce in 2015, to $546 per ounce in 2016. Gold production in the fourth quarter was 1.52 million ounces, at a cost of sales applicable to gold of $784 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs3 of $732 per ounce, compared to 1.62 million ounces at a cost of sales of $848 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs3 of $733 per ounce in the prior-year period. Copper production in 2016 was 415 million pounds, at a cost of sales attribute to copper of $1.43 per pound, and all-in sustaining costs10 of $2.05 per pound, in line with our guidance for the year. This compares to 511 million pounds, at a cost of sales attributable to copper of $1.65 per pound, and all-in sustaining costs10 of $2.33 per pound in 2015. The Jabal Sayid project, a 50-50 joint venture with Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden), commenced commercial production on July 1, 2016. Barrick's 50 percent share of production in 2017 is expected to be 30-40 million pounds. In 2016, capital expenditures on a cash basis were $1.12 billion, compared to $1.71 billion in 2015. A decrease of $327 million, excluding the impact of $260 million in capital expenditures associated with divested sites, was primarily due to lower capitalized stripping costs at Veladero, a decrease in leach pad expansion costs at Veladero and Lagunas Norte, and our ongoing focus on capital discipline across the Company. Lower capital costs also reflected lower project spending compared to 2015, mainly relating to the completion of the thiosulfate leaching circuit at Goldstrike, and decreased capital expenditures at Pascua-Lama. Barrick manages the industry's largest inventory of gold reserves and resources5, with a strong track record of adding reserves and resources at our operations and projects through exploration. The Company's five core mines, which are expected to account for approximately 70 percent of our production in 2017, have an average reserve grade of 1.84 grams per tonne – more than double that of our peer group average.5 The majority of our reserves and resources are situated in regions where we have proven operating experience, a critical mass of infrastructure, technical and exploration expertise, and established partnerships with suppliers, host governments, and communities. To calculate our 2016 reserves, we have applied a short-term gold price assumption of $1,000 per ounce for the next four years, and a long-term gold price of $1,200 per ounce from 2021 onwards, consistent with our approach in 2015. As of December 31, 2016, Barrick's proven and probable gold reserves were 85.9 million ounces4, compared to 91.9 million ounces at the end of 2015. Approximately 1.9 million ounces were divested last year, and 6.8 million ounces were depleted through mining and processing. We replaced approximately 60 percent of the ounces we depleted through drilling and cost improvements at our operating mines. Significant additions included 1.1 million ounces at Lagunas Norte, 920,000 ounces at Hemlo, and 640,000 ounces at the Goldstrike underground mine. Reserves at Pascua-Lama declined by 1.3 million ounces as a result of design modifications to enhance safety and environmental mitigation at the project. Reserves at Acacia's Bulyanhulu mine also declined by 430,000 ounces. In 2016, measured, indicated, and inferred resources were calculated using a gold price assumption of $1,500 per ounce. This compares to $1,300 per ounce in 2015. Measured and indicated gold resources decreased to 75.2 million ounces4 at the end of 2016, compared to 79.1 million ounces at the end of 2015. Approximately 4.3 million ounces of measured and indicated gold resources were divested in 2016, and 2.7 million ounces were upgraded to proven and probable gold reserves. Approximately 5.3 million ounces were added to measured and indicated resources as a result of using a $1,500 per ounce gold price assumption. Inferred gold resources increased to 30.7 million ounces4 at the end of 2016, compared to 27.4 million ounces at the end of 2015. Approximately 3.2 million ounces were upgraded to measured and indicated resources. Approximately 5.3 million ounces were added through drilling, including 2.0 million ounces at Veladero, 1.3 million ounces at Hemlo and 1.1 million ounces at Alturas. Approximately 1.7 million ounces were added to inferred resources as a result of using a $1,500 per ounce gold price assumption. The addition of 5.3 million ounces of inferred gold resources through drilling underscores the value of our investments in near-mine exploration, and sets the stage for replenishing and upgrading our reserve and resource portfolio in future years. Proven and probable copper reserves were calculated using a short-term copper price of $2.25 per pound, and a long-term price of $2.75 per pound. This compares to a short-term copper price of $2.75 per pound, and a long-term price of $3.00 per pound, in 2015. Copper reserves, including copper within gold reserves, were 11.1 billion pounds4 at the end of 2016, compared to 11.7 billion pounds, at the end of 2015. Measured and indicated copper resources, including copper within measured and indicated gold resources, increased slightly to 9.7 billion pounds4, compared to 9.6 billion pounds, at the end of 2016. Barrick has the largest gold reserves and resources in the industry5, including some of the largest undeveloped gold projects in the world, which gives us significant optionality and leverage to gold prices. We have a demonstrated track record of creating value through exploration. Since 1990, we have found 143 million ounces of gold for an overall discovery cost of $25 per ounce, or roughly half the average finding cost across the industry. After several years of exploration focused primarily on existing core districts and projects, we are increasing our budget and broadening our focus to include new greenfield opportunities. Approximately 80 percent of our total exploration budget of $185-$225 million is allocated to the Americas. The majority of the remaining budget is allocated to Acacia. Our exploration programs balance high-quality brownfield projects, greenfield exploration, and emerging discoveries that have the potential to become profitable mines. In the short term, every one of our operating mines has the potential to identify new reserves and resources through near-mine exploration (MINEX). In many cases, these ounces can be quickly incorporated into mine plans, driving improvements in production, cash flow, and earnings. Over the medium term, we are advancing a pipeline of high-confidence projects at or near our existing operations. These projects remain on track, with the potential to begin contributing new production to our portfolio beginning in 2021. This includes three significant projects in Nevada: the Cortez Deep South underground expansion; the potential development of an underground mine at Goldrush; and a significant expansion of throughput at the Turquoise Ridge mine. At the Lagunas Norte mine in Peru, we are advancing a project to extend the life of the mine by mining the refractory material below the oxide ore body in the current open pit. At the Alturas project in Chile, we have added an additional 1.1 million ounces of inferred gold resources, bringing the total inferred resource to 6.8 million ounces.4 We expect to complete a scoping study for Alturas in 2017. We have also initiated a prefeasibility study to evaluate the construction of an underground mine at Lama, on the Argentinean side of the Pascua-Lama project. If the study concludes that a phased underground development option meets our risk and financial criteria, and is a more compelling investment proposition than the permitted bi-national open pit plan, we would expect to recalculate reserves and resources at Pascua-Lama to reflect an underground mine plan, likely resulting in a reduction to current reserves and resources at the project. Our successful track record of greenfield exploration, combined with our existing pipeline of undeveloped projects, represents significant long-term value and optionality for our shareholders. Highlights of our greenfield exploration program for 2017 include the Fourmile target, adjacent to our Goldrush discovery in Nevada, and the Frontera District on the border of Argentina and Chile. We have also formed new partnerships with Alicanto Minerals in Guyana, and Osisko Mining in the Labrador Trough of Northern Québec, where we see the potential to develop new core mineral districts for Barrick. Our portfolio also contains a number of the world's largest undeveloped gold deposits, including Donlin Gold, Cerro Casale, and Pascua-Lama. These projects contain nearly 31.5 million ounces of gold in proven and probable reserves4 (Barrick's share), and 29.3 million ounces in measured and indicated resources4 (Barrick's share). At Donlin Gold, we continue to advance through the permitting process. We are also working with our joint venture partner on strategies to further optimize the project. This includes evaluating alternative development scenarios with the potential to lower capital intensity, as well as incorporating innovation, automation, and other Best-in-Class opportunities to improve overall economics. At Pascua-Lama, the initiation of a prefeasibility study for an underground mine at Lama in Argentina represents an opportunity to unlock the value of this deposit, and the wider district, through a phased approach that reduces execution risks and upfront capital requirements. Concurrently, the team in Chile remains focused on optimizing the Chilean components of the project. We will provide a detailed update on projects during our upcoming Operations and Technical Update. Visit www.barrick.com for webcast information and presentations on February 22. Shortly, Barrick intends to file an MJDS universal shelf prospectus qualifying for distribution of securities with an aggregate offering amount of up to $4 billion with Canadian securities regulators and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing of a shelf prospectus is consistent with the practice of the majority of issuers included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index. The filing provides the Company with increased financing flexibility over the next 25 month period. We have no current intention to offer securities under the shelf prospectus. The scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Steven Haggarty, P. Eng., Senior Director, Metallurgy of Barrick, Rick Sims, Registered Member SME, Senior Director, Resources and Reserves of Barrick, and Patrick Garretson, Registered Member SME, Senior Director, Life of Mine Planning of Barrick, each a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Detailed operating and capital expenditure guidance is as follows: "Adjusted net earnings" and "adjusted net earnings per share" are non-GAAP financial performance measures. Adjusted net earnings excludes the following from net earnings: certain impairment charges (reversals), gains (losses) and other one-time costs relating to acquisitions or dispositions, foreign currency translation gains (losses), significant tax adjustments not related to current period earnings and unrealized gains (losses) on non-hedge derivative instruments. The Company uses this measure internally to evaluate our underlying operating performance for the reporting periods presented and to assist with the planning and forecasting of future operating results. Barrick believes that adjusted net earnings is a useful measure of our performance because these adjusting items do not reflect the underlying operating performance of our core mining business and are not necessarily indicative of future operating results. Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. They should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick's financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. "Free cash flow" is a non-GAAP financial performance measure which excludes capital expenditures from Net cash provided by operating activities. Barrick believes this to be a useful indicator of our ability to operate without reliance on additional borrowing or usage of existing cash. Free cash flow is intended to provide additional information only and does not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. Free cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick's financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. "Cash costs" per ounce and "All-in sustaining costs" per ounce are non-GAAP financial performance measures. "Cash costs" per ounce is based on cost of sales but excludes, among other items, the impact of depreciation. "All-in sustaining costs" per ounce begins with "Cash costs" per ounce and adds further costs which reflect the additional costs of operating a mine, primarily sustaining capital expenditures, general & administrative costs and minesite exploration and evaluation costs. Barrick believes that the use of "cash costs" per ounce and "all-in sustaining costs" per ounce will assist investors, analysts and other stakeholders in understanding the costs associated with producing gold, understanding the economics of gold mining, assessing our operating performance and also our ability to generate free cash flow from current operations and to generate free cash flow on an overall Company basis. "Cash costs" per ounce and "All-in sustaining costs" per ounce are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS. Although a standardized definition of all-in sustaining costs was published in 2013 by the World Gold Council (a market development organization for the gold industry comprised of and funded by 18 gold mining companies from around the world, including Barrick), it is not a regulatory organization, and other companies may calculate this measure differently. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick's financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Estimated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Estimates are as of December 31, 2016, unless otherwise noted. Proven reserves of 480.3 million tonnes grading 1.68 g/t, representing 25.9 million ounces of gold, and 173.3 million tonnes grading 0.533%, representing 2.035 billion pounds of copper. Probable reserves of 1.5 billion tonnes grading 1.22 g/t, representing 60.1 million ounces of gold, and 276 million tonnes grading 0.638%, representing 3.886 billion pounds of copper. Measured resources of 82.9 million tonnes grading 2.52 g/t, representing 6.7 million ounces of gold, and 83.2 million tonnes grading 0.410%, representing 753.4 million pounds of copper. Indicated resources of 1.2 billion tonnes grading 1.74 g/t, representing 68.5 million ounces of gold, and 650.3 million tonnes grading 0.526%, representing 7.545 billion pounds of copper. Inferred resources of 781 million tonnes grading 1.22 g/t, representing 30.7 million ounces of gold, and 114.1 million tonnes grading 0.501%, representing 1.259 billion pounds of copper. Complete mineral reserve and mineral resource data for all mines and projects referenced in this press release, including tonnes, grades, and ounces, can be found on pages 88-93 of Barrick's Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2016 Report. Comparison based on the average overall reserve grade for Goldcorp Inc., Kinross Gold Corporation, Newmont Mining Corporation, and Newcrest Mining Limited, as reported in each of the Kinross and Newmont reserve reports as of December 31, 2015, as reported in the Goldcorp reserve report as of June 30, 2016, and as reported in the Newcrest reserve report as of December 31, 2016. Excludes $610 million in proceeds related to the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction. Includes $943 million cash primarily held at Acacia and Pueblo Viejo, which may not be readily deployed outside of Acacia and/or Pueblo Viejo. Amount excludes capital leases and includes project financing payments at Pueblo Viejo (60% basis) and Acacia (100% basis). Total reportable incident frequency rate (TRIFR) is a ratio calculated as follows: number of reportable injuries x 200,000 hours divided by the total number of hours worked. Reportable injuries include fatalities, lost time injuries, restricted duty injuries, and medically treated injuries. "C1 cash costs" per pound and "All-in sustaining costs" per pound are non-GAAP financial performance measures. "C1 cash costs" per pound is based on cost of sales but excludes the impact of depreciation and royalties and includes treatment and refinement charges. "All-in sustaining costs" per pound begins with "C1 cash costs" per pound and adds further costs which reflect the additional costs of operating a mine, primarily sustaining capital expenditures, general & administrative costs and royalties. Barrick believes that the use of "C1 cash costs" per pound and "all-in sustaining costs" per pound will assist investors, analysts, and other stakeholders in understanding the costs associated with producing copper, understanding the economics of copper mining, assessing our operating performance, and also our ability to generate free cash flow from current operations and to generate free cash flow on an overall Company basis. "C1 cash costs" per pound and "All-in sustaining costs" per pound are intended to provide additional information only, do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS, and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick's financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Due to our hedging activities, which are reflected in these sensitivities, we are partially protected against changes in these factors. Utilizing option collar strategies, the Company has protected the downside of a portion of its expected 2017 copper production at an average floor price of $2.20 per pound, and can participate on the same amount up to an average price of $2.82 per pound. Our remaining copper production is subject to market prices. Certain information contained or incorporated by reference in this Fourth Quarter and Year-End Report 2016, including any information as to our strategy, projects, plans, or future financial or operating performance, constitutes "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "objective" "aspiration", "aim", "intend", "project", "goal", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "potential", "may", "will", "can", "should", "could", "would", and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this Fourth Quarter and Year-End Report 2016 contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, with respect to: (i) Barrick's forward-looking production guidance; (ii) estimates of future cost of sales per ounce for gold and per pound for copper, all-in-sustaining costs per ounce/pound, cash costs per ounce, and C1 cash costs per pound; (iii) cash flow forecasts; (iv) projected capital, operating, and exploration expenditures; (v) targeted debt and cost reductions; (vi) mine life and production rates; (vii) potential mineralization and metal or mineral recoveries; (viii) Barrick's Best-in-Class program (including potential improvements to financial and operating performance that may result from certain Best- in-Class initiatives); (ix) the Lama starter project and the potential for phased-in development of the Pascua-Lama project; (x) the potential to identify new reserves and resources; (xi) our pipeline of high confidence projects at or near existing operations; (xii) the extension of mine life at Lagunas Norte; (xiii) the benefits of integrating the Cortez and Goldstrike operations; (xiv) the potential impact and benefits of Barrick's digital transformation; (xv) asset sales, joint ventures, and partnerships; and (xvi) expectations regarding future price assumptions, financial performance, and other outlook or guidance. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the Company as at the date of this press release in light of management's experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold, copper, or certain other commodities (such as silver, diesel fuel, natural gas, and electricity); the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; changes in mineral production performance, exploitation, and exploration successes; risks associated with the fact that certain Best-in-Class initiatives are still in the early stages of evaluation, and additional engineering and other analysis is required to fully assess their impact; risks associated with the implementation of Barrick's digital transformation initiative, and the ability of the projects under this initiative to meet the Company's capital allocation objectives; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; increased costs, delays, suspensions, and technical challenges associated with the construction of capital projects; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities, including geotechnical challenges, and disruptions in the maintenance or provision of required infrastructure and information technology systems; failure to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; timing of receipt of, or failure to comply with, necessary permits and approvals; uncertainty whether some or all of the Best-in-Class initiatives and targeted investments will meet the Company's capital allocation objectives; the impact of global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future cash flows; adverse changes in our credit ratings; the impact of inflation; fluctuations in the currency markets; changes in U.S. dollar interest rates; risks arising from holding derivative instruments; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations, and/or changes in the administration of laws, policies, and practices, expropriation or nationalization of property and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States, and other jurisdictions in which the Company does or may carry on business in the future; lack of certainty with respect to foreign legal systems, corruption, and other factors that are inconsistent with the rule of law; damage to the Company's reputation due to the actual or perceived occurrence of any number of events, including negative publicity with respect to the Company's handling of environmental matters or dealings with community groups, whether true or not; risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage, and civil disturbances; litigation; contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties, or over access to water, power and other required infrastructure; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions or complete divestitures; risks associated with working with partners in jointly controlled assets; employee relations including loss of key employees; increased costs and physical risks, including extreme weather events and resource shortage, related to climate change; availability and increased costs associated with mining inputs and labor; and the organization of our previously held African gold operations and properties under a separate listed Company. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion, copper cathode or gold or copper concentrate losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks). Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect our actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, us. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this Fourth Quarter and Year-End Report 2016 are qualified by these cautionary statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a more detailed discussion of some of the factors underlying forward- looking statements and the risks that may affect Barrick's ability to achieve the expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.


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LIMA, Peru--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (“Buenaventura” or “the Company”) (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM), Peru’s largest publicly-traded precious metals mining company, today announced results for the fourth quarter (4Q16) and twelve-month (FY16) periods ended December 31, 2016. All figures have been prepared in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) on a non-GAAP basis and are stated in U.S. dollars (US$). During 4Q16, net sales were US$281.3 million, a 23% increase compared to the US$227.9 million reported in 4Q15. This result was mainly explained by an increase in all metal prices as well as higher volume sales of copper, zinc and lead. Royalty income decreased 19% from US$7.2 million in 4Q15 to US$5.8 million in 4Q16 as a result of lower revenues at Yanacocha (21% QoQ). Net sales increased 16%, from US$897.1 million in FY15 to US$1,044.5 million in FY16. Royalty income for FY16 was US$24.3 million, 25% lower than US$32.4 million during FY15. In 4Q16, Buenaventura’s gold equity production from direct operations was 68,268, 4% lower compared to the figure reported in 4Q15 (70,910 gold ounces). Gold production including associated companies in 4Q16 was 159,212 ounces, 13% lower than the amount reported in the same period 2015. This decline is explained by a decrease in production from Yanacocha. Zinc and Copper equity production were higher during 4Q16 compared to 4Q15 mainly as a result of higher production coming from El Brocal. Buenaventura´s gold equity production from direct operations in FY16 was in line compared to the figure reported in FY15. Silver equity production from direct operations in FY16 was 11% higher compared to FY15, this was mainly due to higher production coming from the Uchuchacua (16% YoY) and Mallay (27% YoY) mines. Buenaventura´s Zinc equity production increased 18% in FY16 compared to FY15. This increment is explained by higher production from the Uchuchacua mine (27% YoY), Mallay mine (14% YoY) and El Brocal (8% YoY). Buenaventura´s copper production increased 65% in FY15 compared to FY15 due to higher production from El Brocal (53% YoY). Gold production at Orcopampa decreased 5% in 4Q16 (compared to 4Q15) mainly due to lower ore treated and lower ore grade (see Appendix 2). Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 4Q16 (772 US$/Oz) increased 13% compared to 4Q15 (682 US$/Oz), mainly due to lower volume sold (12% QoQ) and higher exploration efforts from the Pucara, Pucarina and Lucia areas. Silver production in 4Q16 was in line with the figure reported in 4Q15. In FY16, silver production increased 16% compared to FY15, mainly due to more ore treated (16% YoY) (see Appendix 2). Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 4Q16 decreased 10% compared to 4Q15, an improvement primarily explained by i) increasing efficiencies as a result of massive mining using the bench & fill method and ii) lower commercial deductions. Silver production in 4Q16 increased 5% compared to 4Q15, mainly due to more ore treated). In FY16, silver production increased 16% compared to FY15, explained by more ore treated (29% YoY) (see Appendix 2). Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 4Q16 was in line with the figure reported in 4Q15. Silver production in 4Q16 was 9% lower compared to 4Q15, mainly due to lower ore grades. FY16 production was 3,264,420 in line with FY15. Cost Applicable to Sales (CAS) in 4Q16 was 10% higher than 4Q15, primarily explained by lower volume sold. Gold production in 4Q16 decreased 13% compared to 4Q15. CAS in 4Q16 increased 41% compared to 3Q15, primarily due to i) less volume sold ii) more hauling expenses. Gold production in 4Q16 decreased 16% compared to the figure reported in 4Q15. CAS in 4Q16 increased 38% compared to 4Q15 mainly due to lower volume sold and higher exploration expenses. During 4Q16, copper production increased 51% compared to 4Q15 and 53% in FY16 compared to FY15 due to a higher ore volume treated and ore grade. In 4Q16 zinc production increased 25% compared to 4Q15 and 8% in FY16 compared to FY15 as a result of higher ore treated and ore grade. In 4Q16, zinc Cost Applicable to sales (CAS) increased 28% compared to 4Q15 mainly due to lower silver by-product contribution and a higher stripping ratio (9.4 in 4Q16 compared to 4.5 in 4Q16). Copper CAS in 4Q16 decreased 20% compared to 4Q15 mainly explained by more volume sold due to better ore grades and better commercial terms. Zinc production guidance for 2017 is 70k – 80k MT, while copper production guidance for 2017 is 55k – 65k MT. General and administrative expenses in 4Q16 were US$23.6 million, 8% lower compared to the US$25.6 million in 4Q15 mainly due to lower insurance expenses (65% QoQ). For FY16, the expense was US$81.7 million (US$84.4 million in FY15). Exploration costs in non-operating areas during 4Q16 were US$11.8 million compared with US$5.0 million in 4Q15. During the period, Buenaventura’s main exploration efforts were focused on the San Gabriel project (US$5.15 million), the Tambomayo project (US$2.30 million), and Marcapunta Norte (US$0.41 million). For FY16, the expense was US$26.6 million (US$30.6 million in FY15). During 4Q16, Buenaventura’s share in associated companies was negative US$402.5 million, compared to negative US$235.0 million reported in 4Q15, composed by: At Yanacocha (43.65% owned by Buenaventura), during 4Q16, gold production was 171,675 ounces, 19% lower than 4Q15 production (211,256 ounces). For FY16, gold production was 654,934 ounces, 29% lower than 917,690 ounces in FY15. Gold production guidance at Yanacocha for 2017 is 530k – 560k ounces. In 4Q16, Yanacocha reported a net loss of US$988.6 million, this includes a US$889.4 million non-cash impairment (US$ 388.2 million attributable to Buenaventura) and a US$ 78.5 million non-cash reclamation provision (US$ 34.3 million attributable to Buenaventura), compared to a net loss of US$547.4 million reported in 4Q15. CAS in 4Q16 was US$829/oz, 11% higher than the US$747/oz reported in 4Q15 mainly due to lower volume sold (158,227 gold ounces in 4Q16 vs 216,733 gold ounces in 4Q15). Quecher Main (oxide deposit) is expected to extend the life of the Yanacocha operation to 2025 with an average annual production of approximately 200,000 gold ounces per year between 2020 and 2025. The estimated CAPEX of the project is $275 and $325 million. A project decision is expected in 2H17. Studies are in process for Yanacocha sulfides. The project added 2 million ounces to resources. Capital expenditures at Yanacocha were US$20.4 million in 4Q16, while for FY16 total capital expenditures were US$83.1 million. At Cerro Verde (19.58% owned by Buenaventura), during 4Q16 copper production was 132,814 MT (26,005 MT attributable to Buenaventura), a 39% increase compared to 4Q15 (95,619 MT and 18,722 MT attributable to Buenaventura). For FY16, copper production was 502,495 MT (98,388 MT attributable to Buenaventura). During 4Q16, Cerro Verde reported a net income of US$114.9 million compared to net loss of US$13.2 million in 4Q15. This increase was primarily due to: i) higher volumes sold and ii) higher realized price (US$2.72/Lb in 4Q16 compared to US$2.07/Lb). For FY16, net income was US$340.9 million (compared to US$33.8 million in FY15). Capital expenditures at Cerro Verde were US$72.2 million in 4Q16, while for FY16 was US$421.6 million. Syndicated Loan (US$1.8B): US$400 million have been prepaid. It is expected to be fully paid by 2018, depending on copper prices. Copper production guidance at Cerro Verde for 2017 is 500k MT – 550k MT. At Coimolache (40.10% owned by Buenaventura), attributable contribution to net income in 4Q16 was US$6.5 million (US$7.5 million in 4Q15). For FY16, the contribution was US$23.5 million, compared to US$16.6 million reported in FY15. During the February 28, 2017 Board meeting, the Directors passed the following resolution: a. Approval of the Annual Report as of December 31, 2016 b. Approval of the Financial Statements as of December 31, 2016 c. Appointment of Ernst and Young (Paredes, Zaldivar, Burga y Asociados) as External Auditors for fiscal year 2017. d. Declaration of cash dividend of US$ 0.057 per share or ADS, payable on May 2, 2017. e. Election of the new members of the board for the period 2017 – 2019. Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. is Peru’s largest, publicly traded, precious metals company and a major holder of mining rights in Peru. The Company is engaged in the mining, processing, development and exploration of gold and silver and other metals via wholly owned mines as well as through its participation in joint exploration projects. Buenaventura currently operates several mines in Peru (Orcopampa*, Uchucchacua*, Mallay*, Julcani*, El Brocal, La Zanja and Coimolache and is developing the Tambomayo project. The Company owns 43.65% of Minera Yanacocha S.R.L (a partnership with Newmont Mining Corporation), an important precious metal producer; 19.58% of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, an important Peruvian copper producer. For a printed version of the Company’s 2015 Form 20-F, please contact the investor relations contacts on page 1 of this report, or download the PDF format file from the Company’s web site at www.buenaventura.com. This press release may contain forward-looking information (as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties, including those concerning the Company’s, Yanacocha’s and Cerro Verde’s costs and expenses, results of exploration, the continued improving efficiency of operations, prevailing market prices of gold, silver, copper and other metals mined, the success of joint ventures, estimates of future explorations, development and production, subsidiaries’ plans for capital expenditures, estimates of reserves and Peruvian political, economic, social and legal developments. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s view with respect to the Company’s, Yanacocha’s and Cerro Verde’s future financial performance. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors discussed elsewhere in this Press Release. EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) consists of earnings before net interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, share in associated companies, net, loss on currency exchange difference, other, net, provision for workers’ profit sharing and provision for long-term officers’ compensation. EBITDA (including associated companies) consists of EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations), plus (1) Buenaventura’s equity share of EBITDA (Yanacocha) (2) Buenaventura’s equity share of EBITDA (Cerro Verde), plus (3) Buenaventura’s equity share of EBITDA (Coimolache). All EBITDA mentioned were similarly calculated using financial information provided to Buenaventura by the associated companies. Buenaventura presents EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) and EBITDA (including affiliates) to provide further information with respect to its operating performance and the operating performance of its equity investees, the affiliates. EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) and EBITDA (including affiliates) are not a measure of financial performance under IFRS, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. You should not consider EBITDA (Buenaventura Direct Operations) and EBITDA (including affiliates) as alternatives to operating income or net income determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of Buenaventura’s, affiliates operating performance, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities, determined in accordance with IFRS, as an indicator of cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Reconciliation of Costs Applicable to Sales and Cost Applicable to Sales per Unit Sold Cost applicable to sales consists of cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization, plus selling expenses. Cost applicable to sales per unit sold for each mine consists of cost applicable to sales for a particular metal produced at a given mine divided by the volume of such metal produced at such mine in the specified period. We note that cost applicable to sales is not directly comparable to the cash operating cost figures disclosed in previously furnished earnings releases. Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold are not measures of financial performance under IFRS, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. We consider Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold to be key measures in managing and evaluating our operating performance. These measures are widely reported in the precious metals industry as a benchmark for performance, but do not have standardized meanings. You should not consider Cost applicable to sales or Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold as alternatives to cost of sales determined in accordance with IFRS, as indicators of our operating performance. Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit of mineral sold are calculated without adjusting for by-product revenue amounts. The tables below set forth (i) a reconciliation of consolidated Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization to consolidated Cost applicable to sales, (ii) reconciliations of the components of Cost applicable to sales (by mine and mineral) to the corresponding consolidated line items set forth on our consolidated statements of profit or loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2016, and (iii) reconciliations of Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization to Cost applicable to sales for each of our mining units. The amounts set forth in Cost applicable to sales and Cost applicable to sales per unit sold for each mine and mineral indicated in the tables below can be reconciled to the amounts set forth on our consolidated statements of profit or loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2016 by reference to the reconciliations of Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization (by mine and mineral), Selling Expenses (by mine and metal) expenses and Exploration in units in operations (by mine and mineral) to consolidated Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization, consolidated Selling Expenses and consolidated Exploration in units in operations expenses, respectively, set forth below. Set forth below is a reconciliation of consolidated Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization, to consolidated Cost applicable to sales:


News Article | February 21, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) announced full year 2016 results that demonstrated improved operational and financial performance. Excluding Newmont’s share of PTNNT which was sold last November, the Company: “We continued to make Newmont a safer and more profitable business in 2016, with differentiated cash flow, financial strength and growth prospects,” said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We increased adjusted EBITDA by 25 percent to $2.4 billion and more than doubled free cash flow to nearly $800 million on the back of superior operational performance. We invested these proceeds with an eye to long-term value creation – building two mines, advancing profitable expansions in the Americas and Australia, and adding higher grade ounces to our reserve base. Work to optimize our portfolio culminated in the sale of our PTNNT stake for $920 million. These proceeds helped us retire more than $1.3 billion in debt, improve our liquidity and increase dividends. Our plans for 2017 and beyond remain focused on improving our underlying business, strengthening our portfolio and creating value for shareholders.” 1 Non-GAAP measure. See end of release for reconciliation to Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders. 2 Non-GAAP measure. See end of release for reconciliation to Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders. 3 Non-GAAP measure. See end of release for reconciliation to Net cash provided by operating activities. 4 Non-GAAP measure. See end of release for reconciliation to Costs applicable to sales. 5 Non-GAAP measure. See end of release for reconciliation to Costs applicable to sales. Fourth quarter 2016 results represented significant improvements from the prior year quarter excluding non-recurring costs associated with increased Yanacocha closure liability estimates and a related non-cash impairment charge announced on December 13, 2016: GAAP Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders from continuing operations was $(220) million, or $(0.41) per share for the year, down from $(1) million for the prior year. GAAP Net income (loss) was $(391) million, or $(0.73) per share for the fourth quarter, down from $(276) million or $(0.54) per share in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income improved 89 percent to $619 million or $1.16 per diluted share for the year with higher gold production and favorable pricing more than offsetting slightly higher CAS (see below). This excludes a non-cash impairment charge at Yanacocha of $970 million related to the increased closure costs which extend over decades of reclamation. Newmont continues to study further oxide and sulfide developments to defer or potentially lower these costs. Fourth quarter adjusted net income of $133 million, or $0.25 per diluted share was up from $(0.03) in the prior year quarter and also excluded the closure liability and impairment charges at Yanacocha. Revenue rose ten percent to $6.7 billion for the year and 23 percent to $1.8 billion for the quarter on higher gold sales and improved pricing. Average realized gold price6 improved around $100 to $1,243 per ounce for the full year and $1,193 per ounce for the fourth quarter, respectively. Attributable gold production increased seven percent to 4.9 million ounces for the year supported by new production from Merian and Long Canyon; a full year of production at Cripple Creek & Victor and Carlin’s Turf Vent Shaft; and productivity improvements at Kalgoorlie. These ounces offset the impacts of declining production at Yanacocha and geotechnical issues at Carlin. Fourth quarter production improved 17 percent to 1.3 million ounces with production at Merian, Long Canyon and Cripple Creek & Victor offsetting grade reduction at Yanacocha. Gold CAS totaled $3.5 billion for the year and $976 million for the quarter. Gold CAS per ounce rose three percent to $682 per ounce for the year and five percent to $681 per ounce for the quarter due primarily to lower grades and higher non-cash inventory costs at Yanacocha and Ahafo. These impacts were partially offset by lower-cost ounces from Long Canyon, Merian and Cripple Creek & Victor; and favorable oil prices and exchange rates. Gold AISC improved two percent to $912 per ounce for the year, on lower sustaining capital and non-cash asset retirement costs, and 11 percent to $918 per ounce for the quarter on lower sustaining capital and advanced projects spend. Attributable copper production from Phoenix and Boddington decreased five percent to 54,000 tonnes for the year; fourth quarter production of 13,000 tonnes was largely unchanged from the prior year. Copper CAS totaled $225 million for the year and $60 million for the quarter. Copper CAS per pound rose eight percent to $1.95 per pound for the year, and rose eleven percent to $1.88 per pound for the quarter on lower volumes. Copper AISC rose seven percent to $2.30 per pound for the year, and 11 percent to $2.31 per pound for the quarter, on increased unit CAS and lower volumes. Capital expenditures7 decreased 14 percent from the prior year and 29 percent from the prior quarter as growth projects such as Merian and Long Canyon moved into commercial production. Consolidated operating cash flow from continuing operations rose 21 percent to $1.9 billion for the year and more than doubled to $590 million for the quarter on increased sales and improved gold pricing. Free cash flow more than doubled to $784 million for the year with lower capital expenditures more than offsetting increases in working capital, and increased to $289 million for the quarter on improved production and pricing, CAS efficiencies and lower capital. Balance Sheet improved through $1.3 billion of debt repayment. Newmont ended the year with $2.8 billion cash on hand, a leverage ratio of 0.8x net debt to adjusted EBITDA and one of the best credit ratings in the mining sector. The Company is committed to maintaining an investment grade credit profile. 6 Non-GAAP measure. See end of release for reconciliation to Sales. 7 Capital expenditures refers to Additions to property plant and mine development from the statements of consolidated cash flows. Newmont’s capital-efficient project pipeline supports stable production with improving margins and mine life. Near-term projects are presented below. Funding for the Tanami Expansion Project has been approved. The remaining projects represent incremental improvements to production and cost guidance. Newmont’s outlook reflects steady gold production and ongoing investment in its current assets and best growth prospects. Investments to explore and develop promising expansions and to address previously announced geotechnical issues at Carlin and changes to cost allocation between gold and copper are expected to slightly increase the Company’s 2017 and 2018 gold cost outlook. Newmont does not include potential cost and efficiency improvements in its outlook beyond 2017, nor does it include projects that have not yet been funded or reached the execution stage – both of which represent upside to guidance. Economic assumptions include $1,200 per ounce gold, $2.25 per pound copper, $55 per barrel WTI and $0.75 AUD-USD exchange rate. Attributable gold production — Outlook is in line with previously published five-year guidance and expected to increase to between 4.9 and 5.4 million ounces in 2017 as full year production at Merian and Long Canyon more than offsets declines at Twin Creeks and Yanacocha. Longer-term production of between 4.5 and 5.0 million ounces is expected with production from Long Canyon and Ahafo partly offsetting declines at maturing assets. Expansion projects at Ahafo, Yanacocha and Twin Creeks represent upside to both production and cost guidance. Gold cost outlook – CAS is expected to be between $700 and $750 per ounce in 2017 and between $700 and $800 per ounce in 2018, before any portfolio improvements. We expect longer term CAS to improve to $650 and $750 per ounce. AISC is expected to be between $940 and $1,000 per ounce in 2017 and between $950 and $1,050 per ounce in 2018, excluding further cost and efficiency improvements expected through the Company’s ongoing Full Potential program. Longer-term AISC is forecast to improve to between $880 and $980 per ounce as increased production from Ahafo and Long Canyon – combined with ongoing productivity, cost and capital improvements – is expected to more than offset inflation and partially counter the effects of lower grades. Copper — Together, Boddington and Phoenix are expected to produce between 40,000 and 60,000 tonnes of copper per year in line with previous guidance excluding Batu Hijau. In 2017, copper costs are expected to be between $1.45 and $1.65 per pound CAS and between $1.85 and $2.05 per pound AISC. Longer term, copper CAS is expected to average between $1.50 and $1.90 per pound and AISC is expected to average between $1.85 and $2.15 per pound, well below previous guidance due to a shift in allocation of costs between copper and gold. Capital — Total capital is expected to be between $800 and $900 million in 2017, covering the remaining capital for Northwest Exodus and the Tanami Expansion Project. 2017 sustaining capital outlook of between $600 and $700 million represents a 24 percent reduction from previously published guidance due to cost savings and deferrals. Newmont expects to reach development decisions on Ahafo Mill Expansion, Subika Underground, Quecher Main and Twin Underground projects later this year. These projects are currently excluded from outlook. Longer-term sustaining capital is expected to be approximately $600 to $700 million per year. a2017 Outlook in the table above are considered “forward-looking statements” and are based upon certain assumptions, including, but not limited to, metal prices, oil prices, certain exchange rates and other assumptions. For example, 2017 Outlook assumes $1,200/oz Au, $2.25/lb Cu, $0.75 USD/AUD exchange rate and $55/barrel WTI; AISC and CAS estimates do not include inflation, for the remainder of the year. Production, AISC and capital estimates exclude projects that have not yet been approved, (Twin Underground, Ahafo Mill Expansion and Subika Underground). The potential impact on inventory valuation as a result of lower prices, input costs, and project decisions are not included as part of this Outlook. Such assumptions may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. See cautionary note at the end of the release. bAll-in sustaining costs or AISC as used in the Company’s Outlook is a non-GAAP metric defined as the sum of costs applicable to sales (including all direct and indirect costs related to current gold production incurred to execute on the current mine plan), remediation costs (including operating accretion and amortization of asset retirement costs), G&A, exploration expense, advanced projects and R&D, treatment and refining costs, other expense, net of one-time adjustments and sustaining capital. See reconciliation at the end of the release. cIncludes Lone Tree operations. dIncludes TRJV operations. eConsolidated production for Yanacocha is presented on a total production basis for the mine site; attributable production represents a 51.35% interest. Yanacocha CAS and AISC guidance adjusted for La Quinua leach pad revision. fBoth consolidated and attributable production are shown on a pro-rata basis with a 50% ownership for Kalgoorlie. gProduction outlook does not include equity production from stakes in TMAC (29.2%) or La Zanja (46.94%). hConsolidated expense outlook is adjusted to exclude extraordinary items. For example, the tax rate outlook above is a consolidated adjusted rate, which assumes the exclusion of certain tax valuation allowance adjustments. Beginning in 2016, regional general and administrative expense is included in total general and administrative expense (G&A) and community development cost is included in CAS. (1) Excludes Depreciation and amortization and Reclamation and remediation. Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Unless otherwise noted, we present the Non-GAAP financial measures of our continuing operations in the tables below. Management uses Adjusted net income (loss) to evaluate the Company’s operating performance and for planning and forecasting future business operations. The Company believes the use of Adjusted net income (loss) allows investors and analysts to understand the results of the continuing operations of the Company and its direct and indirect subsidiaries relating to the sale of products, by excluding certain items that have a disproportionate impact on our results for a particular period. The net income (loss) adjustments are generally presented net of tax at the Company’s statutory effective tax rate of 35% and net of our partners’ noncontrolling interests when applicable. The impact of the adjustments through the Company’s valuation allowance is included in Tax adjustments. Valuation allowance is recorded for items such as foreign tax credits, alternative minimum tax credits, capital losses and disallowed foreign losses. Management’s determination of the components of Adjusted net income (loss) are evaluated periodically and based, in part, on a review of non-GAAP financial measures used by mining industry analysts. Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders is reconciled to Adjusted net income (loss) as follows: Management uses Earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) and EBITDA adjusted for non-core or certain items that have a disproportionate impact on our results for a particular period (“Adjusted EBITDA”) as non-GAAP measures to evaluate the Company’s operating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent, and should not be considered an alternative to, net income (loss), operating income (loss), or cash flow from operations as those terms are defined by GAAP, and do not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. Although Adjusted EBITDA and similar measures are frequently used as measures of operations and the ability to meet debt service requirements by other companies, our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to such other similarly titled captions of other companies. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors. Management’s determination of the components of Adjusted EBITDA are evaluated periodically and based, in part, on a review of non-GAAP financial measures used by mining industry analysts. Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders is reconciled to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as follows: Management uses Free Cash Flow as a non-GAAP measure to analyze cash flows generated from operations. Free Cash Flow is Net cash provided by operating activities less Net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations less Additions to property, plant and mine development as presented on the Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows. The Company believes Free Cash Flow is also useful as one of the bases for comparing the Company’s performance with its competitors. Although Free Cash Flow and similar measures are frequently used as measures of cash flows generated from operations by other companies, the Company’s calculation of Free Cash Flow is not necessarily comparable to such other similarly titled captions of other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP Free Cash Flow is not meant to be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income as an indicator of the Company’s performance, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity as those terms are defined by GAAP, and does not necessarily indicate whether cash flows will be sufficient to fund cash needs. The Company’s definition of Free Cash Flow is limited in that it does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other contractual obligations or payments made for business acquisitions. Therefore, the Company believes it is important to view Free Cash Flow as a measure that provides supplemental information to the Company’s Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows. The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to Net cash provided by operating activities, which the Company believes to be the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to Free Cash Flow, as well as information regarding Net cash used in investing activities and Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities. Costs applicable to sales per ounce/pound are non-GAAP financial measures. These measures are calculated by dividing the costs applicable to sales of gold and copper by gold ounces or copper pounds sold, respectively. These measures are calculated on a consistent basis for the periods presented on a consolidated basis. Costs applicable to sales per ounce/pound statistics are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under GAAP. Other companies may calculate these measures differently. The following tables reconcile these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Newmont has worked to develop a metric that expands on GAAP measures, such as cost of goods sold, and non-GAAP measures, such as Costs applicable to sales per ounce, to provide visibility into the economics of our mining operations related to expenditures, operating performance and the ability to generate cash flow from our continuing operations. Current GAAP-measures used in the mining industry, such as cost of goods sold, do not capture all of the expenditures incurred to discover, develop and sustain production. Therefore, we believe that all-in sustaining costs is a non-GAAP measure that provides additional information to management, investors and analysts that aid in the understanding of the economics of our operations and performance compared to other producers and in the investor’s visibility by better defining the total costs associated with production. All-in sustaining cost (“AISC”) amounts are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under GAAP. Other companies may calculate these measures differently as a result of differences in the underlying accounting principles, policies applied and in accounting frameworks such as in International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), or by reflecting the benefit from selling non-gold metals as a reduction to AISC. Differences may also arise related to definitional differences of sustaining versus development capital activities based upon each company’s internal policies. The following disclosure provides information regarding the adjustments made in determining the all-in sustaining costs measure: Costs Applicable to Sales - Includes all direct and indirect costs related to current production incurred to execute the current mine plan. We exclude certain exceptional or unusual amounts from Costs applicable to sales (“CAS”), such as significant revisions to recovery amounts. CAS includes by-product credits from certain metals obtained during the process of extracting and processing the primary ore-body. CAS is accounted for on an accrual basis and excludes Depreciation and amortization and Reclamation and remediation, which is consistent with our presentation of CAS on the Statements of Consolidated Operations. In determining AISC, only the CAS associated with producing and selling an ounce of gold or a pound of copper is included in the measure. Therefore, the amount of gold CAS included in AISC is derived from the CAS presented in the Company’s Statements of Consolidated Operations less the amount of CAS attributable to the production of copper at our Phoenix and Boddington mines. The copper CAS at those mine sites is disclosed in Note 5 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. The allocation of CAS between gold and copper at the Phoenix and Boddington mines is based upon the relative sales value of copper and gold produced during the period. Reclamation Costs - Includes accretion expense related to Asset Retirement Obligation (“ARO”) and the amortization of the related Asset Retirement Cost (“ARC”) for the Company’s operating properties. Accretion related to the ARO and the amortization of the ARC assets for reclamation does not reflect annual cash outflows but are calculated in accordance with GAAP. The accretion and amortization reflect the periodic costs of reclamation associated with current production and are therefore included in the measure. The allocation of these costs to gold and copper is determined using the same allocation used in the allocation of CAS between gold and copper at the Phoenix and Boddington mines. Advanced projects, research and development and Exploration - Includes incurred expenses related to projects that are designed to increase or enhance current production and exploration. We note that as current resources are depleted, exploration and advanced projects are necessary for us to replace the depleting reserves or enhance the recovery and processing of the current reserves. As this relates to sustaining our production, and is considered a continuing cost of a mining company, these costs are included in the AISC measure. These costs are derived from the Advanced projects, research and development and Exploration amounts presented in the Statements of Consolidated Operations less the amount attributable to the production of copper at our Phoenix and Boddington mines. The allocation of these costs to gold and copper is determined using the same allocation used in the allocation of CAS between gold and copper at the Phoenix and Boddington mines. General and Administrative - Includes costs related to administrative tasks not directly related to current production, but rather related to support our corporate and regional structure and fulfilling our obligations to operate as a public company. Including these expenses in the AISC metric provides visibility of the impact that general and administrative activities have on current operations and profitability on a per ounce basis. Other expense, net - Includes administrative costs to support current production. We exclude certain exceptional or unusual expenses from Other expense, net, such as restructuring, as these are not indicative to sustaining our current operations. Furthermore, this adjustment to Other expense, net is also consistent with the nature of the adjustments made to Net income (loss) attributable to Newmont stockholders as disclosed in the Company’s non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted net income (loss). The allocation of these costs to gold and copper is determined using the same allocation used in the allocation of CAS between gold and copper at the Phoenix and Boddington mines. Treatment and Refining Costs - Includes costs paid to smelters for treatment and refining of our concentrates to produce the salable metal. These costs are presented net as a reduction of Sales on our Statements of Consolidated Operations. Sustaining Capital - We determined sustaining capital as those capital expenditures that are necessary to maintain current production and execute the current mine plan. Capital expenditures to develop new operations, or related to projects at existing operations where these projects will enhance production or reserves, are considered development. We determined the classification of sustaining and development capital projects based on a systematic review of our project portfolio in light of the nature of each project. Sustaining capital costs are relevant to the AISC metric as these are needed to maintain the Company’s current operations and provide improved transparency related to our ability to finance these expenditures from current operations. The allocation of these costs to gold and copper is determined using the same allocation used in the allocation of CAS between gold and copper at the Phoenix and Boddington mines. Similar to the historical AISC amounts presented above, AISC outlook is also a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of the 2017 Gold AISC outlook range to the 2017 CAS outlook range is provided below. The estimates in the table below are considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws. Average realized price per ounce/ pound are non-GAAP financial measures. The measures are calculated by dividing the Net consolidated gold and copper sales by the consolidated gold ounces or copper pounds sold, respectively. These measures are calculated on a consistent basis for the periods presented on a consolidated basis. Average realized price per ounce/ pound statistics are intended to provide additional information only, do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under GAAP. Other companies may calculate these measures differently. The following tables reconcile these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure: Copper is a by-product often obtained during the process of extracting and processing the primary ore-body. In our GAAP Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, the value of these by-products is recorded as a credit to our CAS and the value of the primary ore is recorded as Sales. In certain instances, copper is a co-product, or significant resource in the primary ore-body, and the revenue is recorded as Sales in our GAAP Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Gold By-Product Metrics are non-GAAP financial measures that serve as a basis for comparing the Company’s performance with certain competitors. As Newmont’s operations are primarily focused on gold production, “Gold By-Product Metrics” were developed to allow investors to view Sales, CAS per ounce and AISC per ounce calculations that classify all copper production as a by-product, even when copper is the primary ore-body. These metrics are calculated by subtracting copper sales recognized from Sales and including these amounts as offsets to CAS. Gold By-Product Metrics are calculated on a consistent basis for the periods presented on a consolidated basis. These metrics are intended to provide supplemental information only, do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate these measures differently as a result of differences in the underlying accounting principles, policies applied and in accounting frameworks, such as in IFRS. The following tables reconcile these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures: Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) announced it will report fourth quarter and full year 2016 operations and financial results after the market closes on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. A conference call will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Time); it will also be carried on the Company’s website. The fourth quarter and full year 2016 results will be available after the market closes on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 on the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website, www.newmont.com. Additionally, the conference call will be archived for a limited time on the Company’s website. This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: (i) estimates of future production and sales; (ii) estimates of future costs applicable to sales and All-in sustaining costs; (iii) estimates of future capital expenditures; (iv) estimates of future cost reductions and efficiencies; (v) expectations regarding the development, growth and potential of the Company’s operations, projects and investment, including, without limitation, expected returns, life of mine, commercial start and first production and upside; (vi) expectations regarding future debt repayments and ; (vii) expectations regarding future free cash flow generation, liquidity and balance sheet strength; and (viii) expectations regarding the potential receipt of contingent payments in connection with the sale of Batu Hijau. Estimates or expectations of future events or results are based upon certain assumptions, which may prove to be incorrect. Such assumptions, include, but are not limited to: (i) there being no significant change to current geotechnical, metallurgical, hydrological and other physical conditions; (ii) permitting, development, operations and expansion of the Company’s operations and projects being consistent with current expectations and mine plans, including without limitation receipt of export approvals; (iii) political developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; (iv) certain exchange rate assumptions for the Australian dollar to the U.S. dollar, as well as other the exchange rates being approximately consistent with current levels; (v) certain price assumptions for gold, copper and oil; (vi) prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; (vii) the accuracy of our current mineral reserve and mineralized material estimates; and (viii) other assumptions noted herein. The amount of contingent payment received in the future in connection with the sale of Batu Hijau will also remain subject to risks and uncertainties, including copper prices and future production and development at Batu Hijau and Elang. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the “forward-looking statements”. Other risks relating to forward looking statements in regard to the Company’s business and future performance may include, but are not limited to, gold and other metals price volatility, currency fluctuations, increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans, political and operational risks, community relations, conflict resolution and outcome of projects or oppositions and governmental regulation and judicial outcomes. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors, see the Company’s 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on February 21, 2017, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and as well as the Company’s other SEC filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any “forward-looking statement,” including, without limitation, outlook, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Investors should not assume that any lack of update to a previously issued “forward-looking statement” constitutes a reaffirmation of that statement. Continued reliance on “forward-looking statements” is at investors' own risk. Investors are reminded that this news release should be read in conjunction with Newmont’s Form 10-K expected to be filed on or about February 21, 2017 with the SEC (also available at www.newmont.com).


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) has appointed experienced mining executive Dean Gehring to lead the Company’s South America business beginning on 1 June 2017. Mr. Gehring is succeeding Trent Tempel who is retiring after 33 years of distinguished service to the Company. “Dean is an experienced business and operations leader with a 25-year track record of delivering step-change improvements in safety, productivity, project execution, and sustainability,” said Tom Palmer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “I look forward to Dean enhancing our South America region’s performance and prospects for future development by continuing to execute our strategy to improve the underlying business, strengthen the portfolio and create value for shareholders and other stakeholders.” Mr. Gehring joins Newmont having most recently served as Head of Safety and Security for Rio Tinto’s world-wide operations. Prior to this role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals where he improved the business unit’s safety performance, increased free cash flow and maintained financial margins in a declining market. During his tenure with Rio Tinto Mr. Gehring also served as Vice President of Operations for Rio Tinto Minerals, in addition to roles as General Manager of operations and projects with Boron Operations in California, Project Development at Ivanhoe-Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, and Resource Development at Kennecott Copper in Utah. He also held managerial roles in engineering, projects and mining operations with PT Freeport Indonesia, BHP-Billiton, Hecla Mining, and Magma Copper. Newmont operates South America’s largest gold mine, Yanacocha, along with the Merian gold mine in Suriname. Merian achieved commercial production in October 2016 – on time and $150 million below budget – and is anticipated to deliver more than a decade of profitable production. South America accounts for approximately eight percent of Newmont’s attributable gold production (not including anticipated production from Merian in 2017) and the region contains approximately nine percent of the Company’s gold reserves. Newmont continues progressing evaluation of the Quecher Main project at Yanacocha, which would extend oxide production through 2025 and provide a bridge to potential sulfide development. Newmont is a leading gold and copper producer. The Company’s operations are primarily in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and was named the mining industry leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in 2015 and 2016. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by its leading technical, environmental, social and safety performance. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925. This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbor created by such sections and other applicable laws. Such forward-looking statements may include, without limitation, future production and profitability, future enhancements to performance, prospects for future development and extensions, future portfolio and balance sheet strength, and future value creation and return to shareholders. Where the Company expresses or implies an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected or implied by the “forward-looking statements.” Such risks include, but are not limited to, gold and other metals price volatility, increased production costs and variances in ore grade or recovery rates from those assumed in mining plans, political and operational risks, community relations risks, changes in governmental and environmental regulations and judicial outcomes. For a more detailed discussion of other risks that may impact the Company’s future performance, see the Company’s 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on February 17, 2016, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other SEC filings. Investors are also encouraged to refer to the Company’s 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K expected to be filed with the SEC on or about February 21, 2017. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revisions to any “forward-looking statement” to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this news release, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Continued reliance on “forward-looking statements” is at investors' own risk.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.accesswire.com

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / February 15, 2017 / Ashanti Gold Corp. (TSX-V: AGZ) (OTC PINK: GULSF) ("Ashanti" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed formal option agreements (the "Option Agreements") with Red Back Mining Ghana Limited ("Red Back"), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Kinross Gold Corporation ("Kinross"), to earn a 100% interest in three prospecting licenses located in the Ashanti Belt in central Ghana (the "Project," as further described in Figures 1 and 2). The Option Agreements provide Ashanti with the right to earn 100% of Red Back's interest in the Project by expending US$1.0M on exploration over two years, but no less than US$500,000 in the first year. The Ghanaian government retains a 10% carried interest in all minerals projects in Ghana, therefore, upon completion of the earn-in agreement, Ashanti will have a 90% net interest. The Option Agreements will be preceded by a due diligence and title curative period (the "Due Diligence Period") that may be up to 12 months from the date of a letter agreement dated October 13, 2016. At any time during this 12-month period, Ashanti will have the sole and exclusive right to initiate the Option Agreements. Ashanti will be the operator of exploration and development programs on the Project during the Due Diligence Period and during the term of the Option Agreements. Upon completion of its earn-in rights, Ashanti will have acquired 100% of Red Back's interest in the Project, subject to Red Back retaining a 2% net smelter royalty. The Project consists of three licenses: Kwahu Oda, Asankare, and New Abirem. The Project covers a total area of approximately 68 km2 in the prolific Ashanti Belt of Ghana. These licenses have been selected to build on previous work by Red Back and Newmont Mining Corporation ("Newmont"). Their location is based on the presence of shear-zone-hosted gold targets, similar to those found along the northwest and southeast margins of the Ashanti Belt. Directly to the south of the Project is Newmont's Akyem mine, which was commissioned in 2013 and produced 473,000 ounces of gold in 2015, making it one of the largest annual gold producers in the world. On the Kwahu Oda license, in 2003, Red Back drilled 2,495m Reverse Circulation ("RC") holes to an average depth of 29m. Highlight historical results for these RC holes for gold mineralization include: 10m @ 8.8 g/t, 11m @ 1.5 g/t, 8m @ 3.1 g/t, 7m @ 3.9 g/t, 5m @ 2.5 g/t. (This information is based on incomplete, previously unpublished historic data provided by Red Back. This information is historic in nature and is not part of any resource estimate). Numerous other soil and auger geochemical samples on each license remain untested. Figure 1. Location map of the Project, Newmont's Akyem mine and Ashanti's Anumso Project within the broader Ashanti greenstone belt. Cannot view Figure 1? Please visit https://www.accesswire.com/uploads/Ashanti1.jpg to view this image. Figure 2. Location map of the Kwahu Oda, Asankare, New Abirem licenses (the Project) relative to Newmont's Akyem mine and Ashanti's Anumso Project. Cannot view Figure 2? Please visit https://www.accesswire.com/uploads/Ashanti2.jpg to view this image. Tim McCutcheon, Ashanti's CEO, said, "The Ashanti Belt Project is extremely exciting and I have personally followed this area for some time. Excellent drill results in 2003 were never given a follow-up program, simply due to corporate shuffling between Newmont - Red Back - Kinross - Abzu Gold back to Kinross over the course of 14 years, as well as severe gold price volatility, especially during the past five years. Finally, with these Option Agreements, Ashanti can give these licenses their due." Ashanti is a gold-focused, exploration and development company with projects in the northern Ashanti Belt of Ghana and the Kinieba Belt of Mali. The Company targets projects where it has a competitive advantage due to past work experience of the team and specific project know-how. On Behalf of the Board of Directors of ASHANTI GOLD CORP. For further information, please contact: The information presented in this Press Release has been reviewed by Dr. Paul Klipfel CPG of Mineral Resource Services Inc. and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian NI 43-101. Dr. Klipfel is not an Independent Person, as he is a shareholder of AGZ. The data presented has been generated by historic explorers, however the Company has not independently verified such data, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance thereon. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release. Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, the information presented in this news release and the information incorporated by reference herein, constitutes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws concerning the business, operations, and financial performance and condition of Ashanti Gold Corp. (the "Company"). All statements, except for statements of historical fact, that address activities, events, or developments that management of the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future including such things as future exploration plans concerning the Company's mineral properties, acquisitions, capital expenditures (including the amount and nature thereof), business strategies and measures to implement strategies, competitive strengths, goals, expansion and growth of the business and operations, plans and references to the future success of the Company, and such other matters, are forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by words such as "pro forma," "plans," "expects," "may," "should," "budget," "scheduled," "estimates," "forecasts," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," "potential," or variations of such words including negative variations thereof, and phrases that refer to certain actions, events or results that may, could, would, might or will occur or be taken or achieved. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such risks and other factors include, among others, operating and technical difficulties in connection with mineral exploration and development and mine development activities at the Project, including the geological mapping, prospecting and sampling program being proposed for the Project (the "Program"), actual results of exploration activities, including the Program, estimation or realization of mineral reserves and mineral resources, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of production, capital expenditures, the costs and timing of the development of new deposits, the availability of a sufficient supply of water and other materials, requirements for additional capital, future prices of precious metals, changes in general economic conditions, changes in the financial markets and in the demand and market price for commodities, possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates, possible failures of plants, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, permits or financing or in the completion of development or construction activities, changes in laws, regulations and policies affecting mining operations, hedging practices, currency fluctuations, title disputes or claims limitations on insurance coverage and the timing and possible outcome of pending litigation, environmental issues and liabilities, risks related to joint venture operations, and risks related to the integration of acquisitions, as well as those factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Management Information Circular (December 2016) and as discussed in the annual management's discussion and analysis and other filings of the Company with the Canadian Securities Authorities, copies of which can be found under the Company's profile on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking information in this news release or incorporated by reference herein, except as otherwise required by law.

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