Newmont beats quarterly profit, production estimates on Newcrest assets boost


April 25, 2024

Newmont Corp beat Wall Street estimates for first-quarter profit on Thursday, as the world's largest gold miner benefited from strong production and higher sales.

Separately, the company said operations at its Cerro Negro Mine in Argentina have been suspended as a full investigation is being conducted after the death of two members of the workforce on April 9.

Quarterly attributable gold production in the quarter rose to 1.7 million ounces from 1.3 million ounces a year earlier, boosted through sites acquired following its acquisition of Australia's Newcrest A$26.2 billion ($17.06 billion) in November.

Analysts had estimated a production of 1.61 million ounces per LSEG data.

Sales in the quarter were $4.02 billion, compared with $2.68 billion a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, the Denver, CO-based Newmont posted a net income of 55 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with the average analyst estimate of 36 cents per share, according to LSEG data.

"We view this release as positive to the shares given the EPS beat was mainly driven by better operating performance," Scotiabank analysts wrote in a note.

The company saw higher average gold price at $2,090 per ounce in the January-March quarter from $1,906 a year earlier, as spot prices of the precious metal rose about 8.2 percent. [GOL/]

All-in-sustaining cost for gold, an industry metric that reflects total expenses associated with production, rose to $1,439 per ounce of gold from $1,376 a year earlier.

The company maintained its 2024 forecasts, with production of 6.9 million ounces of gold at an AISC of $1,400.

Reporting by Seher Dareen in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri 

Photo: Newcrest Mine Caia Mine, acquired by Newmont


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