Barrick Gold anticipates $5.5bn write-down
Barrick Gold may take a $5.5 billion asset impairment charge for its Chilean Pascua-Lama project, the company announced on Friday.
The miner estimates write-downs of between $4.5-$5.5 billion in its Q2 report due to plummeting metal prices.
The company anticipates “significant” impairment charges on other assets such as goodwill.
Pascua-Lama’s production schedule has also been re-evaluated and will not be producing until mid-2016. Construction on the mine stopped in April due to the Chilean government’s environmental concerns.
The write-down comes at the end of a difficult month for the ore miner which hit a 21-year low last week on the Toronto exchange.
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