Shares of Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) slid further after hours after falling nearly 4% in regular trading on Wednesday after the gold miner, the world’s largest in terms of output, cut its dividend by 60% despite reporting a narrower second quarter loss.
Barrick’s market value is down 50% over the last three months and is now worth some $8 billion in New York. That compares to a $64 billion capitalization when gold was at $1,900 in 2011.
Barrick cuts its gold production forecast to between 6.1m – 6.4m ounces as it disposes of assets including 50% of its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile for $1 billion, the Cowal mine in Australia for $550 million in cash and $298 million for its Porgera mine to tackle its crippling debt-load of more than $13 billion.
The company announced additional disposals on Wednesday announcing that in the next few weeks, it will start a process to sell its Bald Mountain, Round Mountain, Spring Valley, Ruby Hill, Hilltop and Golden Sunlight assets in Nevada and Montana.
Other notable features of the quarter and outlook include further cost and capex cuts, but the $250 million debt reduction is some way off Mr Thornton’s target of $3 billion in 2015.
The scenario planning for a $200 an ounce fall in the price of gold include even more divestments and these strategies: