Barrick quarterly output gets boost from Dominican Republic mine

Pueblo Viejo gold mine, a joint venture between Barrick (60%) and Newmont Goldcorp (40%). (Image courtesy of RoyaldGold Inc.)

Canadian miner Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday its fourth-quarter gold production rose 4.4% from the previous quarter, partly due to higher output at its Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic.

Gold prices touched record highs in 2020, as investors flocked to the safe haven asset while the covid-19 pandemic roiled the markets. In the fourth quarter, market prices averaged $1,875 per ounce, 26.4% higher than a year earlier.

Total preliminary gold production rose to 1.21 million ounces in the quarter ended December 31 from 1.16 million ounces in the previous quarter.

Output at the Pueblo Viejo rose 23.26% to 159,000 ounces of gold. Fourth-quarter output also got a boost from the ramp-up of operations at Bulyanhulu mine in Tanzania and ongoing improvement at Turquoise Ridge in Nevada.

Total preliminary gold production rose to 1.21 million ounces in the quarter ended December 31

Barrick, scheduled to report fourth-quarter results on Feb. 18, said it expects all-in sustaining costs for gold, a key industry metric, to decrease 3% to 5% compared to third quarter.

Copper production also rose 15.5% to 119 million pounds, as plant maintenance at Lumwana in Zambia was completed in the third quarter. All-in sustaining costs per pound of copper were expected to be 4% to 6% higher than third quarter.

Shares of the company rose as much as 1.4% in early trading. They were trading up 0.6% at $23.73 at 9:54 AM ET.

The company’s preliminary full-year gold production of 4.8 million ounces and 457 million pounds of copper production fell within the range it had earlier forecast.

(By Rithika Krishna; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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