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Endeavour Mining rises on strong results

West Africa-focused producer Endeavour Mining’s (TSX: EDV) shares rose yesterday as the company outlined increased gold production despite a severe rainy season, improved cash flow and debt reduction in its September quarter results.
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The CIL processing plant at Endeavour Mining’s Ity mine in Côte d'Ivoire

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It produced 181,000 ounces from its four mines, Agbaou and Ity in Côte d'Ivoire, plus Houndé and Karma in Burkina Faso - a 6% increase on the previous quarter.

It narrowed its 2019 production guidance to 650,000-695,000 ounces of gold thanks to Ity's quick ramp-up but increased the group's all-in sustaining cost guidance by 4% to US$795-$845/oz.

It said this reflected the higher realised royalties associated with a stronger gold price environment, Houndé's higher than expected AISC, due to the severe rainy season slowing ramp-up at its Bouéré higher-grade deposit, and Ity's AISC impacted by increased production at a lower average grade.

Endeavour said its operating cash flow, before non-cash working capital, had doubled compared with the June quarter to $115 million, while net debt was reduced from $660 million to $608 million.

Adjusted net earnings for the quarter jumped 267% to $33 million or 30c per share compared with $9 million and 8c/share at the end of June.

"The strong net free cash flow generated this quarter marks an important milestone for Endeavour as it demonstrates that we have de-risked and repositioned the group as a cash-generating business, after nearly four years of intensive growth-capital spend," president and CEO Sébastien de Montessus said.

The 25% volumetric plant upgrade to 5Mtpa at Ity is expected to be completed this quarter.

"Having successfully built our Ity and Houndé mines with minimal equity dilution, our priority now is to quickly deleverage the business, underpinned by our short investment payback periods," Montessus said.

Endeavour Mining closed 8.7% higher yesterday at C$25.22 to capitalise it about $2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion).

Its share price has risen from $16.34 in December to a peak of $28.98 in September.