Newmont announces solid second quarter results

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Newmont has announced second quarter 2021 results.

SECOND QUARTER 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Produced 1.4 million attributable ounces of gold and 303 thousand attributable gold equivalent ounces from co-products
  • Reported gold CAS* of $755 per ounce and AISC* of $1,035 per ounce
  • Full-year results continue to be back-half weighted, in line with guidance ranges**
  • Generated $993 million of cash from continuing operations and $578 million of Free Cash Flow (97 percent attributable to Newmont)*
  • Declared second quarter dividend of $0.55 per share, consistent with the previous quarter***
  • Completed $149 million of share repurchases from $1 billion buyback program***
  • Ended the quarter with $4.6 billion of consolidated cash and $7.6 billion of liquidity with a net debt to adjusted EBITDA* ratio of 0.2x
  • Reduced $550 million of debt outstanding with available cash in April 2021
  • Completed acquisition of GT Gold in May 2021, increasing our interest in the prospective Golden Triangle
  • Approved full funding for Ahafo North in July 2021, meeting Newmont’s internal hurdle rate at the base assumption of $1,200 per ounce gold price; expecting to deliver an internal rate of return of over 30 percent at current prices
  • Published 2020 Annual Sustainability Report, a transparent review of our Environmental, Social and Governance performance
  • Launched first Climate Strategy Report, including pathways to achieve our climate targets

“Throughout our history Newmont has taken an industry-leading approach to environmental, social and governance practices. We published our sustainability and climate-focused reports in the second quarter, demonstrating our commitment to responsible mining and doing our part in addressing climate change,” said Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Capitalizing on the strength of our assets and integrated operating model, Newmont delivered a solid second quarter performance with $1.6 billion in adjusted EBITDA and $578 million in free cash flow. Our performance and disciplined approach to capital allocation allowed Newmont to declare a second quarter dividend of $0.55 per share, whilst we continue to reinvest in our business through our most profitable projects. As we move into our next 100 years of mining, we remain focused on delivering value to all of our stakeholders from our world-class portfolio of long-life, responsibly managed assets located in top-tier jurisdictions.”

– Tom Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer

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*

Non-GAAP metrics; see footnotes at the end of this release.

**

See discussion of outlook and cautionary statement at end of release regarding forward-looking statements.

***

See cautionary statement and endnotes at the end of this release, including with respect to future dividends and share buybacks. Note that the buyback figure above includes $15 million settled after June 30, 2021.

SECOND QUARTER 2021 FINANCIAL AND PRODUCTION SUMMARY

Q2’21

Q1’21

Q2’20

Attributable gold production (million ounces)

1.45

1.46

1.26

Gold costs applicable to sales (CAS) ($ per ounce)

$

755

$

752

$

748

Gold all-in sustaining costs (AISC) ($ per ounce)

$

1,035

$

1,039

$

1,097

GAAP Net income (US $ millions)

$

640

$

538

$

412

Adjusted net income (US $ millions)

$

670

$

594

$

261

Adjusted EBITDA (US $ millions)

$

1,591

$

1,457

$

984

Cash flow from continuing operations (US $ millions)

$

993

$

841

$

668

Capital Expenditures (US $ millions)

$

415

$

399

$

280

Free cash flow (US $ millions)

$

578

$

442

$

388

Attributable gold production1 increased 15 percent to 1,449 thousand ounces from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher production from sites that were placed into care and maintenance or experienced reduced operations in response to Covid during 2020, and higher ore grade milled and higher mill throughput at Boddington. These increases were partially offset by lower mill availability and lower tons and grades mined at Nevada Gold Mines, the ramp down of the mill at Yanacocha during the first quarter of 2021 and a build-up of in-circuit inventory at Tanami as the mine was placed under care and maintenance in late-June as a result of Covid restrictions.

Gold CAS increased 16 percent to $1,091 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher gold ounces sold. Gold CAS per ounce2 remained flat compared to the prior year quarter at $755 per ounce as higher maintenance costs and unfavorable Australian dollar foreign currency exchange rate were largely offset by higher ounces sold and higher by-product credits.

Gold AISC3 improved 6 percent to $1,035 per ounce from the prior year quarter primarily due to care and maintenance costs in the prior year, partially offset by higher sustaining capital spend.

Attributable gold equivalent ounce (GEO) production from other metals increased 120 percent to 303 thousand ounces primarily due to higher production at Peñasquito as the site was placed into care and maintenance in the prior year and higher ore grade milled, mill throughput and recoveries at Boddington.

CAS from other metals totaled $190 million for the quarter. CAS per GEO2 increased 13 percent to $629 per ounce from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher maintenance costs at Peñasquito, unfavorable foreign currency impacts from the strengthening of the Australian dollar, higher allocation of costs to other metals and higher copper-price driven royalties, partially offset by higher other metal sales. AISC per GEO3 improved 9 percent to $886 per ounce primarily due to lower treatment and refining costs and higher care and maintenance costs in the prior year, partially offset by higher CAS per GEO.

Net income from continuing operations attributable to Newmont stockholders was $640 million or $0.80 per diluted share, an increase of $228 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to higher sales volumes and higher average realized prices in the current year. These increases were partially offset by higher income tax expense in the current year.

Adjusted net income4was $670 million or $0.83 per diluted share,compared to $261 million or $0.32 per diluted share in the prior year quarter. Primary adjustments to second quarter net income include changes in the fair value of investments, reclamation and remediation charges, asset impairment and valuation allowance and other tax adjustments.

Adjusted EBITDA5 improved 62 percent to $1,591 million for the quarter, compared to $984 million for the prior year quarter.

Revenue increased30 percent from the prior year quarter to $3,065 million primarily due to higher average realized metal prices and higher sales volumes.

Average realized price6 for gold was $1,823, an increase of $99 per ounce over the prior year quarter. Average realized gold price includes $1,819 per ounce of gross price received, the favorable impact of $9 per ounce mark-to-market on provisionally-priced sales and reductions of $5 per ounce for treatment and refining charges.

Capital expenditures7 increased 48 percent from the prior year quarter to $415 million primarily due to higher sustaining capital spend from sites that were placed into care and maintenance in response to Covid during 2020 and higher development capital spend. Development capital expenditures in 2021 primarily include advancing Tanami Expansion 2, Yanacocha Sulfides, Ahafo North, the Subika Mining Method Change, Cerro Negro expansion projects, Quecher Main and projects associated with the Company’s ownership interest in Nevada Gold Mines.

Consolidated operating cash flow from continuing operations increased 49 percent from the prior year quarter to $993 million primarily due to higher average realized metal prices, partially offset by an increase in tax payments and an increase in receivables related to timing. Free Cash Flow8alsoincreased to $578 million primarily due to higher operating cash flow, partially offset by higher capital expenditures as described above.

Balance sheet and liquidity ended the quarter with $4.6 billion of consolidated cash and approximately $7.6 billion of liquidity; reported net debt to adjusted EBITDA of 0.2x9.

Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) attributable gold production was 284 thousand ounces with CAS of $753 per ounce and AISC of $985 per ounce for the second quarter. EBITDA10 for NGM was $298 million.

Pueblo Viejo (PV) attributable gold production was 78 thousand ounces for the quarter. Pueblo Viejo EBITDA10 was $111 million and cash distributions received for the Company’s equity method investment totaled $23 million in the second quarter.

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