Egypt-focused gold miner is paying a final dividend of 10 US cents per share, or a total of $144 million, as it vowed to return all of its excess cash to investors.
Egypt Mining News
The Egypt-focused gold miner also expects solid growth this year. It’s targeting 580,000 ounces in production, up from an estimate of 550,000-560,000 ounces.
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Two of them are foreign firms.
Despite the drop in production, the gold miner kept guidance unchanged for its 2017 financial year at 540,000 ounces.
Industrial and precious metals, coal, oil, as well as natural gas, collectively accounted for just 6.2% of foreign direct investment into the continent last year.
First international tender for gold mining concessions in eight years to be held on Sunday.
The country is said to be sitting on mineral deposits worth hundreds of billions of dollars which, once developed, could surpass oil as its main source of income.
Egypt's gold mining industry has for years been long on potential and short on investment.
The miner is one the very few bullion miners to have performed well during one of the most difficult markets conditions affecting gold producers in decades.
Average annual precipitation at many of these mines is zero.
The gold miner said it expected to produce 420,000 ounces at its only operating mine in Egypt this year, missing some analyst expectations.
The firm mined 93,624 ounces of the yellow metal in the three months to end September and it also maintained its full-year production forecast of 420,000 ounces of gold.
An appeal case on the company’s right to mine in Egypt is seen taking until next year to resolve.
Centamin issues in Egypt go back to 2012, when a court cancelled its mining license for Sukari, the firm’s only producing mine, and the country’s first large-scale modern gold operation.
Levels of conflict and political violence have risen significantly in 48 countries, most of them considered traditional mining destinations.
Study also says that Myanmar is the country where the business environment improved the most last year.
Terrorism, regime instability and resource nationalism, are the main risks mining investors will face in 2014.
Oil prices surpassed $100 a barrel on Wednesday.
New tension stems from a dispute over water.
Centamin was the only large producer in the country
The new authorities are considering offering a number of international bids for mineral exploration, particularly for gold.
Shares in London and Toronto-listed Centamin (LON:CEY, TSX:CEE) surged 26% to 43.95p on Monday after the miner announced it had resumed exports from its flagship Sukari gold mine in Egypt.
Stock down 65% as 97 million shares are dumped.
The company said it has to resume gold exports shortly or it will run out of money to cover running cost at its Sukari mine.