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Kinross sees production fall in Q4 and trims 2022-2023 expectations

Canada-based senior gold producer Kinross’s production fell in the December quarter, but still met its downwardly revised 2021 guidance. The miner also trimmed its production expectations for this year and next. 
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Nathan Richardson

Kinross - which owns mines in the Americas, West Africa and Russia - produced 491,077 of gold-equivalent ounces in the December quarter, compared with 627,944oz for the same period a year earlier. 

For the quarter, the company reported a net loss of US$2.7 million, which compared with a US$783.3 million profit for the same period in 2020. Earnings for the three-months were recorded at US$101.8 million, or US$0.08/share, which compares with US$335.1 million, or US$0.27/share, for the fourth quarter of 2020. 

"Despite some challenges during 2021, we produced approximately 2.1 million ounces. We expect to increase our production in 2022 and 2023 to 2.65Moz and 2.8Moz, respectively, to drive robust free cash flow," Kinross president and CEO J Paul Rollinson said. 

The 2021 production stood at 2.07Moz, which was down from 2.38Moz in 2020. The guidance was lowered to 2.1Moz from 2.4Moz on June 21 following a fire at the West African Tasiast mill. 

Production guidance for 2022 and 2023 had previously been set at 2.7Moz and 2.9Moz, respectively. 

"Kinross made modest adjustments to its 2022 and 2023 production mid-point guidance estimates, with 2022 expected to be impacted by the COVID-19 Omicron variant's effect on productivity and supply chain logistics at Tasiast, and few ounces expected from the Vantage heap-leach pad at Bald Mountain," Kinross said. 

"Our long-term production profile remains strong, with expected production of 2.6Moz in 2024 and an annual average production estimate of at least 2.5Moz over the remainder of the decade," Rollinson said. 

Kinross traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange at C$7.45/share on February 16, which was up 2%. 

The company has a market capitalisation of C$9,270 million.