Barrick Gold Corporation ( GOLD Quick Quote GOLD - Free Report) announced the per share amount of the third and final $250-million tranche of a return of capital distribution totalling $750 million. The per share amount to be paid on Dec 15, 2021 will be roughly 14 cents, based on the number of issued and outstanding shares as of the Nov 30, 2021 record date.
This follows the approval of the total $750-million return of capital distribution by shareholders at the company’s Annual and Special Meeting on May 4, 2021. The first distribution of $250 million was made in June 2021 and the second distribution of $250 million was made in September 2021.
The company will also pay an earlier-announced dividend of 9 cents per share for the third quarter to shareholders of record at the close of business as of Nov 30, 2021.
This $750-million return of capital, in addition to quarterly dividends, will lead to total cash return to shareholders of roughly $1.4 billion during the year, which reflects the highest annual cash payout to shareholders in Barrick’s history. Even after making the distributions, the company’s balance sheet remains strong due to the robust operational and financial performance, leaving it in a position to maintain its commitment to provide shareholders with meaningful returns and continuing to invest in future growth and development, the company noted.
Shares of Barrick have declined 22.1% in the past year compared with a 12.7% fall of the
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The company, in its last earnings call, stated that it anticipates attributable gold production in the range of 4.4-4.7 million ounces. AISC is expected in the range of $970-$1,020 per ounce and cost of sales is projected in the band of $1,020-$1,070 per ounce.
The company also expects copper production in the range of 410-460 million pounds at AISC of $2.00-$2.20 per pound and cost of sales of $1.90-$2.10 per pound.
Capital expenditures are projected between $1,800 million and $2,100 million.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Barrick currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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