Boliden warns profit to be hit by covid-19 outbreaks among staff

Mining truck on trolley at Boliden Aitik mine. Source: Caterpillar

Boliden warned on Monday that increased sick leave due to covid-19 infections and production disruptions in its Aitik mine in Sweden and the Tara mine in Ireland would hit profits in the first quarter.

The negative effect is expected to be nearly 200 million crowns ($23.4 million) and will affect Boliden’s business area Mines, the Swedish group said in a statement.

The operator of mines and smelters in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland said that in the Aitik open pit copper mine, output was smaller than expected due to an increased spread of covid-19 among staff and hydraulic problems in one of the mills.

In the Tara zinc and lead mine, output was also hit by the spread of the disease among staff and by the breakdown of the mine’s ore hoist, Boliden said.

Shares in Boliden were down 1.5% on Monday afternoon while the wider market in Stockholm stood slightly higher on the day. The company is due to publish its first-quarter earnings report on April 27.

($1 = 8.5413 Swedish crowns)

(By Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Simon Johnson and Niklas Pollard)


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