Centerra Gold Inc. (Centerra) and Kumtor Operating Company have summed up the operating results of the 2nd quarter of 2013. In the first six months of 2013, the Kumtor mine produced 161,983 ounces* or 5,038 kg of gold. The Company has contributed more than 2.8 billion soms in taxes and mandatory payments.
Gold Production and Sales
At the Kumtor mine, gold production in the second quarter was 2,250.8 kg (or 72,365 ounces) compared to 1,284.8 kg (or 41,307 ounces) in the same quarter in 2012. The increase in kilogrammes (ounces) poured was mainly due to the processing of higher grade ore. During the second quarter of 2013, Kumtor’s average mill head grade was 2.17 g/t with a recovery of 69%. Tonnage processed was approximately 1.4 million tonnes for the second quarter of 2013, which is similar to the comparative period in 2012.
Gold sales in the second quarter of 2013 were 70,318 ounces, or approximately 2.2 tonnes (2,187.2 kg). Total revenue from gold sales in the second quarter of 2013 was $96.5 million*.
The Dore bars produced by the Kumtor mine are purchased by Kyrgyzaltyn JSC for processing at the Kara-Balta refinery pursuant to a Gold and Silver Sales Agreement signed by KOC, Kyrgyzaltyn and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. Kyrgyzaltyn JSC enjoys the exclusive right to sell refined gold and silver both in and outside the Kyrgyz Republic.
Production costs and capital expenditures
Operating cash cost per ounce produced3 in the second quarter of 2013 was $608. This figure, however, does not include the capitalization of stripping activities and the expensing of unloading activities. All-in cash costs per ounce produced including tax3 were $1,913 in the second quarter of 2013.
Capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2013 at Kumtor amounted to $101.5 million which includes:
– $15.1 million of sustaining capital***;
– $9.3 million invested in growth capital*** for the fleet expansion;
– $77.2 million for capitalized stripping.
Exploration expenditures totaled $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2013.
A complete listing of the drill results and supporting maps for the Kumtor pit have been filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (‘SEDAR’) at www.sedar.com and are available on Centerra’s web site at www.centerragold.com
Centerra’s Board of Directors has authorized a dividend of Cdn$0.04 per common share. The dividend is payable on August 29, 2013, to shareholders of record on the Toronto Stock Exchange on August 15, 2013.
Operating Results for the Kumtor Project
|Three months ended June 30||Six months ended June 30|
|2013||2012*||% Change||2013||2012*||% Change|
|Gold sold – ounces||70,318||40,228||75%||161,935||102,425||58%|
|Gold sold – kg||2,187||1,251||75%||5,036.7||3,185.8||58%|
|Average realized gold price – $/oz*||1,372||1,592||(14%)||1,514||1,677||(10%)|
|Revenue from gold sales to Kyrgyzaltyn – $ millions||96.5||64.0||51%||245.2||171.8||43%|
|Cost of sales – $ millions||65.7||66.1||(1%)||132.0||128.9||2%|
|Cost of sales – $/oz sold*||935||1,644||(43%)||815||1,259||(35%)|
|Tonnes mined – 000’s||47,901||42,736||12%||88,085||73,482||20%|
|Tonnes ore mined – 000’s||799||16||4,894%||1,008||79||1,176%|
|Average mining grade – g/t||1.91||1.18||62%||2.02||1.30||55%|
|Tonnes milled – 000s||1,351||1,376||(2%)||2,824||2,627||7%|
|Average mill head grade – g/t||2.17||1.33||63%||2.44||1.64||49%|
|Recovery – %||69.3||71.2||(3%)||72.0||72.0||0%|
|Gold produced – ounces||72,365||41,307||75%||161,983||102,014||59%|
|Gold produced – kg||2,250.8||1,284.8||75%||5,038.4||3,172.9||59%|
|Operating cash cost – $/oz produced*||608||808||(25%)||522||709||(26%)|
|All-in cash cost (pre-tax) – $/oz produced*||1,727||3,180||(46%)||1,524||3,032||(50%)|
|All-in cash cost including tax – $/oz produced*||1,913||3,397||(44%)||1,735||3,268||(47%)|
|Capital expenditures – $ millions||101.5||112.8||(10%)||203.7||268.5||(24%)|
|Exploration expenditures- $millions||2.0||2.9||(31%)||4.4||5.1||(14%)|
* All-in cash cost (pre-tax) include operating cash costs (mining, processing, production taxes (excluding the revenue-based tax) and administrative expenses), and sustaining and growth capital (including capitalized stripping).
Operating cash cost, all-in cash cost pre-tax and including tax, average realized gold price, and cost of sales per ounce sold are non-GAAP measures and are discussed under “Non-GAAP Measures” in Centerra’s MD&A filed on SEDAR.
The Company has decided to report all-in cash costs because it believes that this measure reflects more precisely the actual amount of production costs.
Operating cash cost and capital expenditures for 2012 have been restated to reflect the impact of the adoption of IFRIC 20 on January 1, 2013.
Payments to the Kyrgyz National Budget and Mandatory Contributions
During the first six months of 2013, contributions to the national budget in taxes, deductions to the Social Fund and other mandatory payments totaled 2.8 billion soms.
Kumtor’s Contributions in Taxes and Mandatory Payments for the First Six Months of 2013
|As of June 30, 2013||USD thousands|
|Gross Proceeds Tax (13%)||39,154.31|
|Issyk-Kul Contribution (1%)||3,880.99|
|Environmental Pollution Charge for 2013||310.00|
|Employee Income Tax||2,287.58|
|Contributions to the KR Social Fund (employer and employee)||11,637.06|
|Customs Administration Fee||299.39|
|Withholding Tax on non-residents||521.21|
|Other taxes and mandatory payments||39.88|
|US$ official exchange rate to the Kyrgyz Soms as of June 30, 2013||48.63|
|Equivalent of payments effected in thousands Kyrgyz Soms||2,826,748.62|
Note: Under the Agreement on New Terms dated as of April 24, 2009, the revenue-based tax and contributions to the Issyk-Kul Region Development Fund are estimated based on actual cash revenues from sales during the period under review.
Evaluating the results of the second quarter of 2013, Michael Fischer, President of KOC, commented, “We are happy to report that the waste dump movement has slowed and stabilized. At Kumtor work on the infrastructure relocation continues and our 2013 waste dump management plan was modified. We are also happy to report that the movement rates of ice and waste in the high movement area are as expected and the stripping of waste is on track to allow access to the higher grade ore by the end of the third quarter. The mine has returned to normal operations and we expect Kumtor to achieve its gold production guidance for the year.”
Outlook for 2013
In 2013, approximately 55% of Kumtor’s gold production is expected to occur in the fourth quarter. Ore production in the fourth quarter is planned to come from the high-grade SB Zone ore that has several years of production history and the grade and recovery are well known. The high-grade ore from the SB Zone will be only available for mining at the end of the third quarter to enable the Company to produce the expected 550,000 to 600,000 ounces of gold in 2013.
Total capital expenditures, excluding capitalized stripping, are forecast to be $97 million in 2013, including:
– $67 million of sustaining capital3 (major overhaul maintenance of the heavy duty mine equipment and purchase of new mining equipment, tailings dam construction raise, etc.);
– $30 million of growth capital3, including the relocation of certain infrastructure at the mine.
The cash component of capitalized stripping costs related to the development of the open pit is expected to be $196 million in 2013.
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The Kumtor open pit mine, located in the Kyrgyz Republic, is the largest gold mine in Central Asia operated by a Western-based gold producer. It has been operating since May 1997 and, as of June 30, 2013, has produced approximately 8.86 million ounces or 275.6 tonnes of gold.
Kumtor Operating Company is the operator of the Kumtor project responsible for the entire production cycle.
Centerra Gold Inc. (Centerra) is a gold mining company focused on operating, developing, exploring and acquiring gold properties primarily in Asia, the former Soviet Union and other emerging markets worldwide. Centerra is a leading North American-based gold producer and is the largest Western-based gold producer in Central Asia. Centerra’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol CG. The Company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.
The Kyrgyz Republic, via Kyrgyzaltyn JSC, is Centerra’s largest shareholder owning 77,401,766 common shares (about 33%). As of August 23, 2013, Kyrgyzstan’s interests were estimated at $483 million.
Currently, Centerra has two producing gold mines located in the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia. The Company also owns the Oksut Project in Turkey, and has interests in promising exploration properties in Mongolia, Turkey, China and Russia.
Additional information on Centerra and the full text of its news release on the results of the second quarter of 2013 are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and www.centerragold.com. Information on KOC is available at www.kumtor.kg
* – One Troy ounce equals to 31,10348 grammes..
** – Unless specified otherwise, all dollar figures in this news release are in US dollars.
*** – Non-GAAP measure, see “Non-GAAP Measures” discussed in Centerra’s MD&A filed on SEDAR.