The gold giant said it would approach the board of Acacia Mining to back the formal proposal that would settle a long-running dispute with the Tanzanian government.
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Barrick’s Acacia Mining has been hit with a 300-million Tanzanian shillings fine (about $129,144) over allegations of environmental breaches at its North Mara mine.
The company is also seeking direct talks with the country's government, as it's been excluded so far from negotiations between controlling shareholder, Barrick Gold, and President John Magufuli.
The news comes barely a week after the company said another worker had been released on bail after being charged with corruption.
Gold production for the three months to June dropped 36% to 133,778 ounces as operations at two its three mines - Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi – were scaled back.
Barrick, which has been negotiating on Acacia’s behalf for over a year, had said it would deliver a deal for Acacia’s board to vote on by the end of June, but now says talks are ongoing and it has backed away from setting a new deadline.
Revenue in the first quarter slumped almost 50% due mainly to reduced operations at its flagship Bulyanhulu gold mine.
Tanzania's top gold producer said in conversations with potential investors over a stake in some or all of its operations in the East African nation.
The miner has also scrapped its 2017 dividend after full-year core earnings fell by more than a third because of a ban on unprocessed mineral exports in Tanzania.
Miner has spent $2 million to lock in the option to sell 120,000 ounces of future output at $1,320 an ounce, as it waits for Tanzania exports ban to end.
The Tanzanian gold producer, majority owned by Barrick, has been locked in a months-long dispute with the local government.
Chief Financial Officer Andrew Wray said the company doesn't even have the ability to make the upfront $300 million payment Barrick has promised to the government of Tanzania as part of a deal reached Thursday.
The deal does not mean Tanzania will immediately lift the demand for Barrick's subsidiary Acacia Mining to pay $190 billion in allegedly unpaid taxes.
World's number one producer still confident it will meet 2017 production guidance.
Company reached wage agreement with the main union at two of its mines in South Africa. Workers will return to work on Friday.
Stock closed 12.2% higher at 64.80p, after it had fallen on Tuesday to its lowest since late 2015.
Gold bars are not impacted by the export ban on gold and copper concentrate imposed by the Tanzanian government in March.
President John Magufuli also directed the central bank to buy the precious stone to boost reserves — the latest twist in a spat with mining firms over alleged tax evasion.
Shares in the diamond miner fell for a second consecutive day after it warned that two of its South african mines had been affected by strikes.
The Africa-focused diamond miner said that would likely happen unless it solves its issues with the government of Tanzania.
The diamond miner also had to halt operations at its Williamson mine as several key employees are being questioned by local authorities.
President John Magufuli has asked for a review of a local contract belonging to Petra Diamonds and ordered senior officials to resign over the outcome of a probe into the diamond and tanzanite sector.
The world’s largest gold miner hopes to reach an agreement over claims against its subsidiary and the country’s current ban on mineral concentrate exports.
Shares collapsed on the news to close almost 21% lower in London. Barrick, which has a 64% stake in Acacia, also fell in both Toronto and New York.
Early reports claimed that Tanzania had asked foreign workers of the gold miner to leave the country, but a spokesperson for the company denied that story.