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Lundin Mining cuts Candelaria guidance

Share price falls

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 Lundin Mining’s Candelaria complex in Chile

Lundin Mining’s Candelaria complex in Chile

The company said the openpit contained known fault zones and it was implementing measures to manage production risks "in a localised area of Phase 10".

"This additional caution while mining in the Phase 10 fault zone areas will remove ore from this phase of mining, impact productivity and result in less ore production from the area over the remainder of this year," Lundin said.

It reduced Candelaria's 2021 production guidance, from 172,000-182,000 tonnes of copper and 95,000-100,000 ounces of gold, to 150,000-155,000t and 85,000-90,000oz on a 100% basis.

Lundin owns 80% of the complex and Sumitomo 20%.

Candelaria had accounted for more than half of the company's previously forecast 2021 guidance of 275,000-299,000t of copper and 170,000-180,000oz of gold.

Lundin had been expecting a 25% increase in copper production this year, primarily based on increasing grades at Candelaria and full-year contributions from both Candelaria, which was impacted by strike action in 2020, and Chapada in Brazil which had suffered electrical damage.

Lundin said it was reviewing the impacts of the change in mine sequence on Candelaria's life-of-mine plan and would update the outlook for future years, if needed, pending the outcome of that review. 

It also said the production outlook for its other operations, as well as C1 cash-cost guidance, would be provided in July.

Lundin shares (TSX: LUN), which have spanned C$6.58-$16.07 over the past year, closed down 9.4% yesterday to $10.27 to value it at $7.6 billion (US$6.1 billion).

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