Barrick Gold Corporation (GOLD - Free Report) recorded net earnings (on a reported basis) of $194 million or 11 cents per share in second-quarter 2019 against net loss of $94 million or 8 cents in the year-ago quarter.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share (EPS) were 9 cents, which fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 10 cents.
Barrick recorded revenues of $2,063 million, up roughly 21% year over year. However, the figure trailed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,090.8 million.
Total gold production was around 1.35 million ounces in the quarter, up 26.8% year over year. The results were driven by strong performances at Veladero in Argentina and Loulo-Gounkoto in Mali. Average realized price of gold was $1,317 per ounce compared with $1,313 per ounce in the year-ago quarter.
Cost of sales per ounce went up roughly 9% year over year to $964 million. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) rose 2% to $869 per ounce in the quarter.
Copper production increased 17% year over year to 97 million pounds. Average realized copper price was $2.62 per pound, down 16% year over year.
At the end of second quarter, Barrick had cash and cash equivalents of $2,153 million, up around 3.3% year over year. Long-term debt was $5,504 million at the end of the second quarter.
Net cash provided by operating activities rose more than three folds year over year to $434 million in the quarter.
Barrick stated that its annual production is expected to be at the upper end of 2019 guidance and cost metrics at the lower end of the range.
For 2019, the company anticipates attributable gold production in the range of 5.1-5.6 million ounces at AISC of $870-$920 per ounce and cost of sales of $910-$970 per ounce.
The company expects copper production in the range of 375-430 million pounds at AISC of $2.40-$2.90 per pound and at cost of sales of $2.30-$2.70 per pound.
Capital expenditure is projected between $1,400 million and $1,700 million.
Barrick’s shares have surged 72.6% in the past year compared with the industry’s 57% rally.
Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks
Barrick currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Some other top-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC - Free Report) , Alamos Gold Inc (AGI - Free Report) and Arconic Inc (ARNC - Free Report) , all sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Kinross has an expected earnings growth rate of 140% for 2019. The company’s shares have surged 59.8% in the past year.
Alamos Gold has projected earnings growth rate of 280% for the current year. The company’s shares have rallied 53.2% in a year’s time.
Arconic has an estimated earnings growth rate of 42.7% for the current year. Its shares have moved up 23.5% in the past year.
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