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Gold Fields (GFI) Reports Higher Revenues and Profits in 1H22

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Gold Fields Limited (GFI - Free Report) announced a profit attributable to owners of the parent for the six months ended Jun 30, 2022, of $510 million (or 57 cents per share). This compared favorably with the profit of $387 million (or 44 cents per share) in the comparable period last year. The upside was aided by higher production and gold prices that helped offset the impact of rising costs.

Normalized profit (excluding gains and losses on foreign exchange, financial instruments and non-recurring items after taxation and non-controlling interest effect.) increased 16% year over year to $498 million in the first half of 2022. Normalized profit per share was 56 cents in the period under review, up from 49 cents in the first half of 2021. Headline earnings per share were 58 cents compared with 45 cents a year earlier. The same came within the guided range of 56-60 cents,

Revenues were $2,235 million in the first six-month period of 2022, up 13% from the last-year level. This improved performance was driven by a 10% increase in gold sales and a 3% gain in gold price received.

Managed equivalent gold production (including 45% share of Asanko) increased 8% year over year to 1,245,300 ounces in the first half of 2022, while attributable equivalent gold production (including Asanko) rose 9% to 1,200,500.

Cost of sales before amortization and depreciation was $923 million in the six months ended Jun 30, 2022, mainly due to inflationary increases across all regions, partially offset by the weakening of the Australian Dollar and South African Rand.

Cash flow from operating activities was $871 million in the first half of 2022 compared with $689 million in the first half of 2021. The increase was mainly owing to a higher profit before royalties and taxation as well as a release of working capital, partially offset by higher royalties and taxation payment. Adjusted free cash flow was $293 million, higher than $180 million in the first half of 2021. Gold Fields declared an interim dividend of 18 cents.

Guidance Intact

Backed by the solid operational performance so far this year, GFI stated that it remains on track to achieve the production guidance for 2022. Attributable gold equivalent production (excluding Asanko) is expected between 2.25 million ounces and 2.29 million ounces in 2022. Including Asanko, attributable gold equivalent production is expected at 2.31-2.36 million ounces. All-in-sustaining-costs (excluding Asanko) are expected between $1,140 per ounce and $1,180, while all-in-costs (excluding Asanko) are projected between $1,370 per ounce and $1,410.

Gold Fields also provided an update on its pending acquisition of Yamana Gold Inc. (AUY - Free Report) , which it expects to close in mid-November, subject to shareholders’ nod at the general meetings and certain regulatory approvals. In May, GFI had announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding common shares of AUY. The deal valued at $6.7 billion will create a top-four global gold major with a diversified portfolio of high-quality, long-life flagship assets across some of the world’s most established gold mining jurisdictions with tangible near- and long-term growth opportunities.

Yamana has mines in Canada, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, in sync with Gold Field’s strategy of expanding in mining-friendly jurisdictions across the Americas. Yamana is a natural strategic fit for Gold Fields with its high-quality, diversified portfolio of long-life assets located in mining-friendly rules-based jurisdictions across the Americas.

Over the past year, shares of Gold Fields have lost 0.4% compared with the industry’s decline of 8.5%.

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Gold Fields currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks worth considering in the basic materials space are Daqo New Energy Corp. (DQ - Free Report) ,  and The Chemours Company (CC - Free Report) .

Daqo New Energy, currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), has an expected earnings growth rate of 177.5% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for DQ's earnings for the current fiscal year has been revised 20.8% upward in the past 60 days. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Daqo New Energy’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, while missing on one occasion,  the average beat being 10.8%. DQ has gained around 28% over a year.

Chemours has a projected earnings growth rate of 40% for the current year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for CC's current-year earnings has been revised 7.3% upward in the past 60 days.

Chemours’ earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the last four quarters. It has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 28.3%, on average. CC has gained around 10% in a year and currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.
 

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