(Reuters) – Africa-focused miner Randgold Resources said it was looking to partner with smaller competitors dwindled by the smaller gold cost and would continue to spend on exploration this year, as it posted record output for 2013.
The gold miner has proven more resilient than most of its gazes to a dropping gold price, having calculated its reserves utilizing a $1,000 benchmark even as the yellow steel soared to $1,900 an ounce in recent years. Now Randgold is looking to capitalize on its need of debt by going to come by or colleague up with miners feeling the agony, head Executive Mark Bristow notified Reuters.
Lesser mining businesses have been strike especially hard by suppler commodity prices and a shrinking pool of funding from banks and the capital markets, with investors forecasting an boost in M&A undertaking.
Randgold, with gold mines in Ivory seaboard area, Mali and the popular Republic of Congo, said it would spend $60 million on investigation in 2014, which Bristow recounted as an significant distinction from competitors – numerous of who are chopping back to decrease costs as they try to turn a earnings despite gold being 25% smaller than this time last year.
Randgold made a record allowance of gold in 2013, and outlook a further production boost of between 25 and 30% this year.
Analysts answered favourably to the outcomes with the company’s share cost up 1.5 percent in forenoon trade, against a broader FTSE 100 which was down 0.3%.
A smaller cost meant pre-tax earnings fell to $325.7 million, 36 percent smaller than in 2012, and somewhat underneath a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S sample of analysts which approximated earnings of $365 million.
The miner said a 17 percent drop in the average gold cost had dented its earnings, but that a 3% decreases in money charges for the year had assisted to counteract the lower cost.
Randgold produced 910,373 ounces of gold last year, up 15% on the previous year. Money charges this year are outlook to be between $650 and $700 per ounce.
Output in 2014 is expected to exceed the company’s long-term goal of 1 million ounces on the back of expanding grades at the Loulo-Gounkoto complex in Mali and yield from its new Kibali mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kibali begun output in September and is expected to make an important assistance to the company’s output and profits in its first full year in operation.