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i-80 earnings slide in Q2

Nevada-focused i-80 Gold recorded an adjusted loss of US$21.45 million in the second quarter of 2022, which is down from a loss $6.1 million in the same period last year.

i-80 Gold

i-80 Gold

On a per share basis, the company recorded a loss of $0.09, with that having dropped for a loss of $0.03 a year earlier.

Canaccord Genuity Capital Markets analyst Michael Fairbairn said that while this was broadly inline with CG's estimate of -$0.08, the company's production and all-in sustaining costs missed their forecasts.

The company produced 3,510 ounces in the three months while CG had estimated 6,5000oz, noting it was materially higher than the 1,500oz produced in Q1.

Mine site AISC of U$1,356/oz came in above CG's forecast of $1,052/oz.

"Management noted that it now expects to add a contingency to its $150 million-$200 million CapEx estimate to refurbish the Lone Tree autoclave," Fairbairn said.

"As a result, we now estimate a total cost of $240 million ($200 million previously). Importantly, i-80 has already started to lock in contracts and prices for this exercise, and the additional contingency may ultimately prove conservative," he said.

The higher Lone Tree refurbishment capex led to CG revising its estimates for i-80. It now targets a share price of C$4.75 (US$3.71), which is down from C$5.25.

On 11 August, i-80's share price rose by 7% day on day to close at C$2.76.

Fairbairn noted that i-80 is a growth-focused company and said its near-term profitability is not indicative of its longer-term potential.

The company has a market capitalisation of C$663.42 million.

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