Clear Strategies and Strong Partnerships Set Barrick Up to Outperform, Says Bristow

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Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results
All amounts expressed in US dollars

TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD)(TSX:ABX) – A strong finish to 2023 boosted Barrick’s full-year gold production to 4.05 million ounces and its copper output to 420 million pounds1 while its Tier One2 gold mines capitalized on a record gold price to deliver a robust financial performance.

Commenting on the annual results here today, president and chief executive Mark Bristow said despite picking up the pace in the latter half of the year, Barrick couldn’t quite make up for the challenges it faced in the first half, and gold production fell slightly short of the annual guidance as flagged with the Q3 results. Nevada Gold Mines had a stronger fourth quarter on the back of higher grades and operational improvements, while Pueblo Viejo advanced the commissioning of the expansion plant, addressing most of the equipment failures.

“In true Barrick fashion, we kept our focus, dealt with the challenges, progressed our long-term strategic plans and delivered on some of our key objectives. Most significantly, we have sustained our industry-leading organic growth outlook and are still projecting a 30% increase in gold equivalent3 production by the end of this decade,” he said.

The 2023 financial results again demonstrated the ability of Barrick’s peerless asset portfolio to create value, Bristow said. Operating cash flows increased year-on-year by 7% to $3.7 billion and free cash flow4 was up by 50% at $646 million. Net earnings increased by 200% to $0.72 per share, and adjusted net earnings5 increased by 12% to $0.84 per share, while the quarterly dividend was maintained at 10 cents per share. Barrick has one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry with almost no net debt.6

Barrick also maintained its record of substantial reserve growth, replacing 109% of its gold reserve depletion and 124% of copper depletion. Since 2019, the continuing success of its brownfields exploration programs has added almost 29 million ounces of attributable proven and probable gold reserves. On a 100% basis across all Barrick-managed properties, this represents an addition of 44 million reserve ounces.14

And importantly, just before the end of the year, Nevada’s Cortez received the U.S. government’s Record of Decision for the Goldrush project and immediately started work on its surface infrastructure accesses. Goldrush is forecast to produce approximately 130,000 ounces of gold this year, rising to 400,000 by 2028.16 The adjoining Barrick-owned Fourmile project is also believed to have Tier One potential with more work and drilling scheduled to advance this project to a PFS decision by the end of 2024.

In the Dominican Republic, the commissioning of the Pueblo Viejo expansion project is on track to be ramped up in Q2 2024 after reconstruction of the feed conveyor. The project is designed to transform Pueblo Viejo into a mine capable of sustaining average annual gold production of more than 800,000 ounces beyond 2040.17 Feasibility work advanced on the giant Reko Diq copper-gold project in Pakistan and the Lumwana Super Pit project in Zambia—both targeting production in 2028. These projects will rank among the world’s largest copper mines, significantly advancing Barrick’s strategic objective of increasing the size and enhancing the quality of its growing copper portfolio.

“If you revisit the strategy we published at the time of the merger five years ago, it’s clear that we’ve met all the targets we set ourselves under the three main headings of asset quality, operational excellence and sustainable profitability. The mining industry is now entering a new era dominated by the demand for the so-called critical minerals and metals, often led by promoters rather than by responsible miners. To survive and grow in this new dynamic will need clear strategies and strong partnerships—both core to Barrick. That is why I believe we’ll continue to demonstrate that our long-term vision differentiates us from our peers and sets us up to outperform them,” Bristow said.

Q4 and Full Year 2023 Results Presentation
Webinar and Conference Call

Mark Bristow will host a live presentation today at 11:00 AM ET, with an interactive webinar linked to a conference call. Participants will be able to ask questions.

The webinar and presentation materials will be available on Barrick’s website at www.barrick.com and the webinar will remain on the website for later viewing.

Financial and Operating Highlights

Financial Results
Q4 2023
Q3 2023
2023
2022

Realized gold price1,8
($ per ounce)
1,986
1,928
1,948
1,795

Realized copper price1,8
($ per pound)
3.78
3.78
3.85
3.85

Net earnings9 
($ millions)
479
368
1,272
432

Adjusted net earnings5 
($ millions)
466
418
1,467
1,326

Net cash provided by operating activities
($ millions)
997
1,127
3,732
3,481

Free cash flow4
($ millions)
136
359
646
432

Net earnings per share
($)
0.27
0.21
0.72
0.24

Adjusted net earnings per share5
($)
0.27
0.24
0.84
0.75

Attributable capital expenditures10
($ millions)
660
589
2,363
2,417

Operating Results
Q4 2023
Q3 2023
2023
2022

Gold
 
 
 
 

Production1
(thousands of ounces)
1,054
1,039
4,054
4,141

Cost of sales1,11
($ per ounce)
1,359
1,277
1,334
1,241

Total cash costs1,12     
($ per ounce)
982
912
960
862

All-in sustaining costs1,12 
($ per ounce)
1,364
1,255
1,335
1,222

Copper
 
 
 
 

Production1   
(millions of pounds)
113
112
420
440

Cost of sales1,11  
($ per pound)
2.92
2.68
2.90
2.43

C1 cash costs1,13 
($ per pound)
2.17
2.05
2.28
1.89

All-in sustaining costs1,13 
($ per pound)
3.12
3.23
3.21
3.18

Financial Position
As at 12/31/23
As at 9/30/23
As at 12/31/23
As at 12/31/22

Debt (current and long-term)
($ millions)
4,726
4,775
4,726
4,782

Cash and equivalents
($ millions)
4,148
4,261
4,148
4,440

Debt, net of cash
($ millions)
578
514
578
342

Key Performance Indicators

Best Assets

Group 2023 reserve depletion replacement: 109% gold, 124% copper, 112% gold equivalent ounces7
Since 2019, Barrick has added almost 29 million ounces of attributable proven and probable gold reserves (44 million ounces on a 100% basis across Barrick managed assets)14
Mining and processing operations resume at Porgera, with first gold production targeted in Q1 2024
Higher Q4 gold production delivers full year gold production of 4.05 million ounces1
Highest annual production for Cortez in last four years
Annual production at Turquoise Ridge 12% higher versus 2022 on the back of improved underground and plant availability and recoveries
Veladero delivers a strong full-year performance, beating production and cost guidance
Another strong quarter for copper production results in full year copper production of 420 million pounds1
Africa & Middle East region delivers on guidance for fifth consecutive year

Leader in Sustainability

Year-on-year improvement in LTIFR (21%) and TRIFR (12%)15
Exceeded water efficiency target (recycling and reuse) for the year
Annual reclamation and rehabilitation targets exceeded
Pueblo Viejo supports local communities following devastating 1-in-500-year tropical storm event
Reko Diq delivers on its commitment to responsible development of the mega-project, hitting its first-year Community Development targets

Delivering Value

7% increase in operating cash flow versus 2022 to $3.7 billion for the year
Free cash flow4 higher by 50% to $646 million for 2023
Increase in net earnings per share and adjusted net earnings per share5 to $0.27 for the quarter
$0.10 per share dividend declared

Barrick Declares Q4 Dividend

Barrick today announced the declaration of a dividend of $0.10 per share for the fourth quarter of 2023. The dividend is consistent with the Company’s Performance Dividend Policy announced at the start of 2022.

The Q4 2023 dividend will be paid on March 15, 2024 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 29, 2024.

“The performance of our business and the continued strength of our balance sheet allowed us to maintain the distribution of a robust dividend to our shareholders in 2023, whilst still ensuring Barrick has adequate liquidity to invest in our significant growth projects,” said senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer Graham Shuttleworth.

Barrick Announces New Share Buyback Program

Barrick announced today that it plans to undertake a new share repurchase program for the buyback of its common shares.

Barrick’s Board of Directors has authorized a new program for the repurchase of up to $1.0 billion of the Company’s outstanding common shares over the next 12 months at prevailing market prices in accordance with applicable law. In connection with the new share repurchase program, Barrick has terminated the share repurchase program announced by the Company on February 15, 2023. The Company did not repurchase any common shares under its 2023 share repurchase program. Barrick repurchased $424 million in common shares under its 2022 share repurchase program.

Under the program, repurchases can be made from time to time through published markets in the United States such as the New York Stock Exchange using a variety of methods, including open market purchases, as well as by any other means permitted under the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other applicable legal requirements.

Barrick believes that, from time to time, the market price of its common shares trade at prices that may not adequately reflect their underlying value. The actual number of shares that may be purchased, if any, and the timing of such purchases, will be determined by Barrick based on a number of factors, including the Company’s financial performance, the availability of cash flows, and the consideration of other uses of cash, including capital investment opportunities, returns to shareholders, and debt reduction.

The repurchase program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular number of common shares, and the repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time at the Company’s discretion.

Meeting Two Needs With One Deed

Barrick’s holistic and integrated approach to sustainability management is underpinned by the knowledge that sustainability aspects are interconnected and that the challenges of fighting poverty, climate change and biodiversity loss are deeply connected and we have no option but to tackle them together.

This approach is not only based on science, but links to the objectives of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seeks to deliver outcomes which are achievable, demonstrable, and align with global sustainability priorities.

Grant Beringer, group sustainability executive, points to Barrick’s ongoing work in Tanzania as proof of the effectiveness of this strategy where the now-closed Buzwagi mine is undergoing environmental rehabilitation while looking for a new lease on life as a Special Economic Zone that will continue to enhance the livelihoods of the surrounding communities for years to come.

Beringer says that Barrick achieved and exceeded its reclamation target in 2023 with 985ha of disturbed land being rehabilitated. “This achievement highlights the importance of developing 5-year reclamation plans for each site, focusing on rehabilitating mines while they are still operational and reducing our closure liabilities,” he says.

At Buzwagi, a feasibility study commissioned in 2021 showed that the creation of a Special Economic Zone had the potential to replace the mine as the region’s economic driver and could sustainably create 3,000 jobs annually, generate more than $150,000 each year from service levies for the local municipality and deliver approximately $4.5 million in employment taxes each year.

Additionally, Barrick has invested $1.3 million in the KUWASA Water Supply Project where an additional 8.5km of pipeline will be connected to the existing KUWASA line and will supply approximately 34 litres of water per second to approximately 335,000 people living in the Buzwagi area.

Addressing the potable water needs for communities near North Mara is another example of how Barrick’s approach to sustainability can meet more than one need at once. Barrick invested $65 million in water treatment plants to ensure the mine’s tailings storage facility was managed within its designed capacity. However, once it achieved that objective, a portion of the water treatment plants are being used to provide potable water for over 35,000 residents in the area.

“Mining, if done well, is a powerful force for good in the global drive for social and economic development. North Mara now has a total of 172 local and regional suppliers, representing a 200% increase from 58 suppliers in 2019. This is in addition to our ongoing investment in schools and education in Tanzania as well as our continued engagement with a number of NGOs on longstanding legacy issues,” Beringer says.

On the environmental front, Beringer says Barrick is developing a bespoke biodiversity impact measurement tool that will standardize biodiversity metrics and track progress against each site’s stated biodiversity action plans (BAPs). The tool is expected to be completed by Q2 and will be piloted at five sites before the end of the year. “Every BAP includes a social dimension to ensure communities also benefit from our biodiversity projects, such as the expected increase in eco-tourism to the DRC’s Garamba National Park following the reintroduction of white rhino there,” he says.

Veladero: Back from the Brink and Going Strong

At the time of the merger in 2019 the Veladero gold mine in Argentina was seen as a liability rather than an asset: its performance was at best lackluster, it had a checkered environmental record, a shaky grip on its geology and difficult relationships with its stakeholders.

Argentina’s continuing financial crisis compounded these problems, setting up 2023 as a very challenging year for the mine. Yet in the face of all these odds, Veladero comfortably exceeded its production guidance and beat its guidance on costs. What changed?

Following the merger, Barrick set out to revitalize Veladero by reinterpreting its geology, comprehensively reviewing its business plan and adopting the Barrick approach to partnering with communities and authorities.

Execution of the revival strategy required disciplined execution by the new leadership team, agile, business-orientated decision-making and tackling the in-country issues head-on. It also called for the rightsizing of the cost base, which meant deferring some projects.

The consequent performance improvement in 2023 was supported by the Libertadores powerline’s first full year of operation. The line supplies renewable power from neighbouring Chile’s national grid, reducing GHG emissions and adding cost efficiencies.

The previously deferred Phase 7B of the leach pad will now be completed this year and planning has started for Phase 8. These will support the foundation for another year of delivery in 2024 and extend the mine’s life by two to 10 years at an annual average production rate of approximately 400,000 ounces.

Mark Hill, chief operating officer of Barrick’s Latin America and Asia Pacific region, says that recent changes to Argentina’s government have also improved Veladero’s prospects.

“We are optimistic that the new administration intends to promote mining investment with a stable regulatory and economic framework. We will continue to work closely with both federal and local governments, employing the Barrick partnership model that has served us so well in other jurisdictions,” he says.

Goldrush ROD In Hand, Cortez is Poised for Growth

Cortez received the long-anticipated Record of Decision (ROD) for the Goldrush project on 8 December and immediately started work on the surface infrastructure accesses. The mine can now complete the construction of the first ventilation raise, alleviating current ventilation constraints and allowing the expansion of the mining and development areas.

The upgrade to power supply and surface infrastructure, and development and installation of the surface dewatering infrastructure can now also commence.

Goldrush Underground is forecast to produce approximately 130,000 ounces of gold this year, reaching commercial production in 2026 and growing to approximately 400,000 ounces by 2028.16 The mine is anticipated to create 500 jobs during the construction and 570 jobs during operations.

Nevada Gold Mines’ (NGM) executive managing director Peter Richardson said that NGM’s strong social license to operate and the many partnerships it has cultivated in Nevada were instrumental in the government’s approval of the ROD.

“Our teams worked tirelessly to show the many benefits of the Goldrush project to all the stakeholders through numerous community and government engagements, including several mine tours. We hosted two tours specifically for Native Americans and the project was ultimately unopposed by their tribal governments,” he said. NGM met with the state’s wildlife agency and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and identified improvements to strengthen protections for sage-grouse, a sensitive species in the Western U.S. These protections were implemented in addition to NGM’s work restoring habitat for the sage-grouse on more than 40,000 acres degraded by wildfire and invasive plant species near the Cortez mining district and were included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the mine.

“NGM is the largest economic driver in Northern Nevada. The governor and the federal legislative delegation all understand the value we bring to Nevada through taxes paid, strong employment and meaningful socio-economic support for our local communities. When the Goldrush permitting was held up in Washington, the governor and a bi-partisan group of regulators succeeded in progressing the process by stressing the project’s economic and employment benefits to the Department of the Interior and the BLM.”

Richardson said the permitting experience NGM has gained through Cortez will help drive its next growth projects at Robertson and Fourmile. Robertson already makes a major contribution to Cortez’s reserve base and has the potential for continued growth through near-mine extensions. The Barrick-owned Fourmile is the highest-grade undeveloped gold deposit in North America. The now-completed Goldrush permits allow access to the Fourmile orebody, but the project team continues to assess the mining and access options.

Investing in Diversity Pays Off for Barrick

Barrick continues to invest in the development of a multicultural and multigenerational workforce aligned to a changing world. Its diverse workforce is the product of Barrick’s strategy of local employment and stakeholder recognition in the countries in which it operates: 96% of its workforce are host country or community hires, as are 78% of its management.

This is achieved through a variety of career and development opportunities through promotions, secondments, employee exchange programs, on-the-job training and leadership programs.

At the same time, it acknowledges and encourages the important role women should be playing in this traditionally male-dominated business. “There’s a strong commercial as well as a moral motivation to make gender diversity part of our human resource strategy. The communities in which we operate include large numbers of capable and committed women who just need an opportunity to show what they can contribute,” says Darian Rich, Barrick’s human resource executive.

In the Dominican Republic, for example, 50% of new hires were women in the fourth quarter and the gender balance there has increased to 25% of the total Dominican workforce. “Local employment at our Pueblo Viejo mine increased to 54% in the fourth quarter while our national employment remained steady at 98%,” says Rich.

Additionally, Pueblo Viejo’s Apprentices and Job Ready Programs which provides training in diesel technology, electricity and instrumentation, industrial maintenance, mechanical maintenance and welding, saw 194 participants graduate with 85% of these sourced from the local community and 76% were women. As a result of the program, 84% of the graduates were hired in permanent roles, of which 78% were women.

In Tanzania Barrick launched a program to train 10 women as truck operators, all of whom successfully completed the course in November 2023 and received a Certificate of Competence. They are now undergoing on-the-job shadow training.

“We want to have the right skills in the right jobs, but we also want to make sure that we have an appropriately diverse workforce, and that by investing in the local community, in particular women, we are building a new generation workforce to take Barrick into the future,” says Rich.

A year of accolades
Barrick’s commitment to gender equality and world-class employment practices was acknowledged globally in 2023 through the following awards:

Dominican Republic

The prestigious Igualando Republica Dominicana Stamp for Gender Equality Practices (Platinum Level) – for achieving the Gold Level for three consecutive years. This award is organized by the National Ministry of Women and the Development Program of the United Nations and recognizes the top Dominican companies that lead gender inclusion and promote social and economic autonomy for Dominican women. Pueblo Viejo was one of only five companies to receive this recognition and the first mining company to receive the Platinum Level award.
Soraya Madera, Pueblo Viejo mine superintendent was recognized as Golden Woman by Women in Mining Central America.

Côte d’Ivoire

Tongon was recognized as the Best Local Job-creating Company in the Poro region by Agence Emploi Journes.

Tanzania

North Mara received the Employer of the Year Award from the Association of Tanzania Employers for cultivating a favourable work environment and advocating for progressive, inclusive business practices and establishing decent work standards. At the same ceremony, North Mara also scooped the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award, Best Large Organization Employer of the Year Award and Overall, Best in Private Sector Award. Bulyanhulu, meanwhile picked up the Best at Management During Crisis Award.
Barrick Tanzania was named the Top Employer in Tanzania by the Top Employer Institute and was also recognized by the Gender Desk of the Tanzania Police Force for its contribution to Fighting Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Children.

Saudi Arabia

Ma’aden Barrick Copper Company received the Saudi Labour Award in the industrial, energy and mining sector from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.

How Barrick Turned a Struggling Lumwana Into an Asset With World-Class Potential

Since Barrick refocused its strategy in 2019, the once struggling Lumwana mine has been restructured and re-engineered into a significant potential contributor to Barrick’s expanding copper portfolio.

For nearly a decade, Lumwana showed poor production performance and efficiencies, with rising costs causing record losses and ultimately impairments. The mine was left financially unsustainable following years of high-grade mining and lack of reinvestment.

Today, plant throughput has increased 23% to close to a record 27 million tonnes per annum in 2023 while mining has increased by 53% and will continue to grow as the mine ramps up in preparation for the Super Pit expansion that has now been accelerated with first production scheduled for 2028. Additionally, mining costs have come down by 35% following the reinvestment in an Ultra Fleet and the transition to owner mining. General and administrative expenses have been reduced by 24% despite the ramp up in certain departments in anticipation of the expansion project. This has all been achieved by a 99%-Zambian labour force, which carried a significant expatriate contingent before 2019.

The development of the Super Pit will transform Lumwana into one of the world’s major copper mines, with projected annual production of around 240,000 tonnes per year over a +30-year life.18 It is a key component of the Zambian government’s drive to revive the country’s copper industry over the next 10 years. The estimated cost of the project is almost $2 billion and construction is scheduled to start towards the end of this year.

Since 2019, Barrick has contributed almost $3 billion to the Zambian economy in the form of royalties, taxes, salaries and the procurement of goods and services from local businesses.

Local procurement of $472 million in 2023 made up more than 81% of total spend for Lumwana. Barrick has also launched a Business Accelerator Program designed to build the business capacity of the Zambian contractors in its supply chain, equipping them to grow and diversify their enterprises and remain sustainable beyond Lumwana’s life of mine.

In line with the Company’s partnership philosophy, Barrick’s REDD+ initiative will uplift communities through conservation of the natural forest surrounding the mine. Resources have already been allocated and engagement with the communities is underway.

Passing of Gustavo Cisneros

It was with great sadness that the Board announced the passing of Gustavo Cisneros on December 29, 2023. Mr Cisneros was an independent member of the Board from 2003, chairing its Environmental, Social, Governance and Nominating Committee, and serving as a member of the Compensation Committee.

He was also a member of Barrick’s International Advisory Board, which advises the Board on geopolitical and other strategic issues.

Barrick Chairman John Thornton paid tribute to Mr Cisneros as a business leader of international stature who had built his family-owned Cisneros into a worldwide media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products group.

“Gustavo was an irreplaceable source of wisdom, judgment and insight for decades. He had an uncanny ability to get right to the core of the matter, to see around corners and to give sound, practical, forward leaning advice when one most needed it. His generous and entrepreneurial spirit and his personal and professional integrity will be missed by all of us. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, his children, Carolina, Guillermo and Adriana, and their families with whom the entire Barrick family shares this heartbreaking loss,” he said.

Recommissioning Starts as Porgera Prepares to Resume Operations in Q1 2024

Following the formal completion of the Porgera Project Commencement Agreement in December, work started on the recommissioning of the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea, which has been in care and maintenance since April 2020.

Barrick president and chief executive Mark Bristow, who was closely involved in the negotiations that eventually delivered the restart agreement, said the mine’s new ownership structure was in line with the Company’s host country partnership business model.

Operated by Barrick through Barrick Niugini Limited (BNL), a joint venture with Zijin Mining, Porgera joins the Company’s sector-leading gold asset portfolio with the potential for a Tier One production profile.

APPENDIX

2024 Operating and Capital Expenditure Guidance

GOLD PRODUCTION AND COSTS

 
2024 forecast attributable production (000s ozs)
2024 forecast cost of sales11 ($/oz)
2024 forecast total cash costs12 ($/oz)
2024 forecast all-in sustaining costs12 ($/oz)

Carlin (61.5%)19
800 – 880
1,270 – 1,370
1,030 – 1,110
1,430 – 1,530

Cortez (61.5%)20
380 – 420
1,460 – 1,560
1,040 – 1,120
1,390 – 1,490

Turquoise Ridge (61.5%)
330 – 360
1,230 – 1,330
850 – 930
1,090 – 1,190

Phoenix (61.5%)
120 – 140
1,640 – 1,740
810 – 890
1,100 – 1,200

Nevada Gold Mines (61.5%)21
1,650 – 1,800
1,340 – 1,440
980 – 1,060
1,350 – 1,450

Hemlo
140 – 160
1,470 – 1,570
1,210 – 1,290
1,600 – 1,700

North America
1,750 – 1,950
1,350 – 1,450
1,000 – 1,080
1,370 – 1,470

Pueblo Viejo (60%)
420 – 490
1,340 – 1,440
830 – 910
1,100 – 1,200

Veladero (50%)
210 – 240
1,340 – 1,440
1,010 – 1,090
1,490 – 1,590

Porgera (47.5%)22
50 – 70
1,670 – 1,770
1,220 – 1,300
1,900 – 2,000

Latin America & Asia Pacific
700 – 800
1,370 – 1,470
920 – 1,000
1,290 – 1,390

Loulo-Gounkoto (80%)
510 – 560
1,190 – 1,290
780 – 860
1,150 – 1,250

Kibali (45%)
320 – 360
1,140 – 1,240
740 – 820
950 – 1,050

North Mara (84%)
230 – 260
1,250 – 1,350
970 – 1,050
1,270 – 1,370

Bulyanhulu (84%)
160 – 190
1,370 – 1,470
990 – 1,070
1,380 – 1,480

Tongon (89.7%)
160 – 190
1,520 – 1,620
1,200 – 1,280
1,440 – 1,540

Africa and Middle East
1,400 – 1,550
1,250 – 1,350
880 – 960
1,180 – 1,280

Total attributable to Barrick23,24,25
3,900 – 4,300
1,320 – 1,420
940 – 1,020
1,320 – 1,420

 

COPPER PRODUCTION AND COSTS

 
2024 forecast attributable production (000s tonnes)26
2024 forecast cost of sales11 ($/lb)
2024 forecast C1 cash costs13 ($/lb)
2024 forecast all-in sustaining costs13 ($/lb)

  Lumwana
120 – 140
2.50 – 2.80
1.85 – 2.15
3.30 – 3.60

  Zaldívar (50%)
35 – 40
3.70 – 4.00
2.80 – 3.10
3.40 – 3.70

 Jabal Sayid (50%)
25 – 30
1.75 – 2.05
1.40 – 1.70
1.70 – 2.00

Total attributable to Barrick24
180 – 210
2.65 – 2.95
2.00 – 2.30
3.10 – 3.40

 

ATTRIBUTABLE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES27
 
 

 
(millions)

Attributable minesite sustaining10,27
1,550 – 1,750

Attributable project10,27
950 – 1,150

Total attributable capital expenditures27
2,500 – 2,900

 

2024 OUTLOOK ASSUMPTIONS AND ECONOMIC SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

 
2024 guidance assumption
Hypothetical change
Impact on EBITDA28 (millions)
Impact on TCC and AISC12,13

Gold price sensitivity
$1,900/oz
+/- $100/oz
‘+/-$550
‘+/-$5/oz

Copper price sensitivity
$3.50/lb
‘+/-$0.25/lb
‘+/- $110
‘+/-$0.01/lb

 

Production and Cost Summary – Gold

 
For the three months ended
For the years ended

 
12/31/23
9/30/23
Change
12/31/23
12/31/22
Change

Nevada Gold Mines LLC (61.5%)a
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
513
478
7
%
1,865
1,862
0
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
833
777
7
%
3,032
3,028
0
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,331
1,273
5
%
1,351
1,210
12
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
968
921
5
%
989
876
13
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,366
1,286
6
%
1,366
1,214
13
%

Carlin (61.5%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
224
230
(3
%)
868
966
(10
%)

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
363
374
(3
%)
1,411
1,571
(10
%)

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,219
1,166
5
%
1,254
1,069
17
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,006
953
6
%
1,033
877
18
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,506
1,409
7
%
1,486
1,212
23
%

Cortez (61.5%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
162
137
18
%
549
450
22
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
263
224
18
%
892
731
22
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,353
1,246
9
%
1,318
1,164
13
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
909
840
8
%
906
815
11
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,309
1,156
13
%
1,282
1,258
2
%

Turquoise Ridge (61.5%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
84
83
1
%
316
282
12
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
137
134
1
%
514
459
12
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,419
1,300
9
%
1,399
1,434
(2
%)

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,046
938
12
%
1,026
1,035
(1
%)

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,257
1,106
14
%
1,234
1,296
(5
%)

Phoenix (61.5%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
41
26
58
%
123
109
13
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
67
42
58
%
200
177
13
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,576
2,235
(29
%)
2,011
2,039
(1
%)

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
787
1,003
(22
%)
961
914
5
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
981
1,264
(22
%)
1,162
1,074
8
%

Long Canyon (61.5%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
2
2
0
%
9
55
(84
%)

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
3
3
0
%
15
90
(84
%)

Cost of sales ($/oz)
2,193
1,832
20
%
1,789
1,282
40
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
990
778
27
%
724
435
66
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,074
831
29
%
779
454
72
%

Pueblo Viejo (60%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
90
79
14
%
335
428
(22
%)

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
151
131
14
%
559
713
(22
%)

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,588
1,501
6
%
1,418
1,132
25
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,070
935
14
%
889
725
23
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,428
1,280
12
%
1,249
1,026
22
%

Loulo-Gounkoto (80%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
127
142
(11
%)
547
547
0
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
159
176
(11
%)
683
684
0
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,296
1,087
19
%
1,198
1,153
4
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
924
773
20
%
835
778
7
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,168
1,068
9
%
1,166
1,076
8
%

Kibali (45%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
93
99
(6
%)
343
337
2
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
206
221
(6
%)
763
750
2
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,141
1,152
(1
%)
1,221
1,243
(2
%)

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
737
694
6
%
789
703
12
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
819
801
2
%
918
948
(3
%)

Veladero (50%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
55
55
0
%
207
195
6
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
110
111
0
%
414
389
6
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,378
1,376
0
%
1,440
1,628
(12
%)

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,021
988
3
%
1,011
890
14
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,403
1,314
7
%
1,516
1,528
(1
%)

Porgera (47.5%)c
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)



 



 

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)



 



 

Cost of sales ($/oz)



 



 

Total cash costs ($/oz)b



 



 

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b



 



 

Tongon (89.7%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
42
47
(11
%)
183
180
2
%

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
47
53
(11
%)
204
201
2
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,489
1,423
5
%
1,469
1,748
(16
%)

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,184
1,217
(3
%)
1,240
1,396
(11
%)

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,586
1,331
19
%
1,408
1,592
(12
%)

Hemlo (100%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz)
34
31
10
%
141
133
6
%

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,618
1,721
(6
%)
1,589
1,628
(2
%)

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,407
1,502
(6
%)
1,382
1,409
(2
%)

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,671
1,799
(7
%)
1,672
1,788
(6
%)

North Mara (84%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
59
62
(5
%)
253
263
(4
%)

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
71
73
(5
%)
302
313
(4
%)

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,420
1,244
14
%
1,206
979
23
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,103
999
10
%
944
741
27
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,449
1,429
1
%
1,335
1,028
30
%

Bulyanhulu (84%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)
41
46
(11
%)
180
196
(8
%)

Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)
48
55
(11
%)
214
233
(8
%)

Cost of sales ($/oz)
1,413
1,261
12
%
1,312
1,211
8
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
1,002
859
17
%
920
868
6
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,376
1,132
22
%
1,231
1,156
6
%

Total Attributable to Barrickd
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold produced (000s oz)
1,054
1,039
1
%
4,054
4,141
(2
%)

Cost of sales ($/oz)e
1,359
1,277
6
%
1,334
1,241
7
%

Total cash costs ($/oz)b
982
912
8
%
960
862
11
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b
1,364
1,255
9
%
1,335
1,222
9
%

These results represent our 61.5% interest in Carlin, Cortez, Turquoise Ridge, Phoenix and Long Canyon.
Further information on these non-GAAP financial measures, including detailed reconciliations, is included on pages 70 to 88 of Barrick’s Q4 2023 MD&A.
As Porgera was placed on care and maintenance from April 25, 2020 until December 22, 2023, no operating data or per ounce data has been provided starting in the third quarter of 2020. On December 22, 2023, we completed the Commencement Agreement, pursuant to which the PNG government and BNL, the 95% owner and operator of the Porgera joint venture, agreed on a partnership for the future ownership and operation of the mine. Ownership of Porgera is now held in a new joint venture owned 51% by PNG stakeholders and 49% by a Barrick affiliate, Porgera (Jersey) Limited (“PJL”). PJL is jointly owned on a 50/50 basis by Barrick and Zijin Mining Group and therefore Barrick now holds a 24.5% ownership interest in the Porgera joint venture. Barrick holds a 23.5% interest in the economic benefits of the mine under the economic benefit sharing arrangement agreed with the PNG government whereby Barrick and Zijin Mining Group together share 47% of the overall economic benefits derived from the mine accumulated over time, and the PNG stakeholders share the remaining 53%. Refer to page 9 of Barrick’s Q4 2023 MD&A for further information.
Excludes Pierina, which is producing incidental ounces while in closure.
Gold cost of sales per ounce is calculated as cost of sales across our gold operations (excluding sites in closure or care and maintenance) divided by ounces sold (both on an attributable basis using Barrick’s ownership share).  

Production and Cost Summary – Copper

 
For the three months ended
For the years ended

 
12/31/23
09/30/23
Change
12/31/23
12/31/22
Change

Lumwana (100%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copper production (millions lbs)
73
72
1
%
260
267
(3
%)

Cost of sales ($/lb)
2.95
2.48
19
%
2.91
2.42
20
%

C1 cash costs ($/lb)a
2.14
1.86
15
%
2.29
1.89
21
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a
3.38
3.41
(1
%)
3.48
3.63
(4
%)

Zaldívar (50%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copper production (millions lbs attributable basis)
23
22
5
%
89
98
(9
%)

Copper production (millions lbs 100% basis)
45
46
5
%
178
196
(9
%)

Cost of sales ($/lb)
3.85
3.86
0
%
3.83
3.12
23
%

C1 cash costs ($/lb)a
2.93
2.99
(2
%)
2.95
2.36
25
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a
3.51
3.39
4
%
3.46
2.95
17
%

Jabal Sayid (50%)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copper production (millions lbs attributable basis)
17
18
(6
%)
71
75
(5
%)

Copper production (millions lbs 100% basis)
35
35
(6
%)
142
151
(5
%)

Cost of sales ($/lb)
1.59
1.72
(8
%)
1.60
1.52
5
%

C1 cash costs ($/lb)a
1.32
1.45
(9
%)
1.35
1.26
7
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a
1.50
1.64
(9
%)
1.53
1.36
13
%

Total Attributable to Barrick
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copper production (millions lbs)
113
112
1
%
420
440
(5
%)

Cost of sales ($/lb)b
2.92
2.68
9
%
2.90
2.43
19
%

C1 cash costs ($/lb)a
2.17
2.05
6
%
2.28
1.89
21
%

All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a
3.12
3.23
(3
%)
3.21
3.18
1
%

Further information on these non-GAAP financial measures, including detailed reconciliations, is included on pages 70 to 88 of Barrick’s Q4 2023 MD&A.
Copper cost of sales per pound is calculated as cost of sales across our copper operations divided by pounds sold (both on an attributable basis using Barrick’s ownership share).

 

Financial and Operating Highlights

 
For the three months ended
 
For the years ended

  
12/31/23
 
9/30/23
 
Change
 
12/31/23
 
12/31/22
 
 Change

Financial Results ($ millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Revenues
3,059
 
2,862
 
7
%
 
11,397
 
11,013
 
3
%

Cost of sales
2,139
 
1,915
 
12
%
 
7,932
 
7,497
 
6
%

Net earningsa
479
 
368
 
30
%
 
1,272
 
432
 
194
%

Adjusted net earningsb
466
 
418
 
11
%
 
1,467
 
1,326
 
11
%

Attributable EBITDAb
1,068
 
1,071
 
0
%
 
3,987
 
4,029
 
(1
)%

Attributable EBITDA marginb
42
%
45
%
(7
)%
 
42
%
44
%
(5
)%

Minesite sustaining capital expendituresb,c
569
 
529
 
8
%
 
2,076
 
2,071
 
0
%

Project capital expendituresb,c
278
 
227
 
22
%
 
969
 
949
 
2
%

Total consolidated capital expendituresc,d
861
 
768
 
12
%
 
3,086
 
3,049
 
1
%

Net cash provided by operating activities
997
 
1,127
 
(12
)%
 
3,732
 
3,481
 
7
%

Net cash provided by operating activities margine
33
%
39
%
(15
)%
 
33
%
32
%
3
%

Free cash flowb
136
 
359
 
(62
)%
 
646
 
432
 
50
%

Net earnings per share (basic and diluted)
0.27
 
0.21
 
29
%
 
0.72
 
0.24
 
200
%

Adjusted net earnings (basic)b per share
0.27
 
0.24
 
13
%
 
0.84
 
0.75
 
12
%

Weighted average diluted common shares (millions of shares)
1,756
 
1,755
 
0
%
 
1,755
 
1,771
 
(1
)%

Operating Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold production (thousands of ounces)f
1,054
 
1,039
 
1
%
 
4,054
 
4,141
 
(2
)%

Gold sold (thousands of ounces)f
1,042
 
1,027
 
1
%
 
4,024
 
4,141
 
(3
)%

Market gold price ($/oz)
1,971
 
1,928
 
2
%
 
1,941
 
1,800
 
8
%

Realized gold priceb,f ($/oz)
1,986
 
1,928
 
3
%
 
1,948
 
1,795
 
9
%

Gold cost of sales (Barrick’s share)f,g ($/oz)
1,359
 
1,277
 
6
%
 
1,334
 
1,241
 
7
%

Gold total cash costsb,f ($/oz)
982
 
912
 
8
%
 
960
 
862
 
11
%

Gold all-in sustaining costsb,f ($/oz)
1,364
 
1,255
 
9
%
 
1,335
 
1,222
 
9
%

Copper production (millions of pounds)f
113
 
112
 
1
%
 
420
 
440
 
(5
)%

Copper sold (millions of pounds)f
117
 
101
 
16
%
 
408
 
445
 
(8
)%

Market copper price ($/lb)
3.70
 
3.79
 
(2
)%
 
3.85
 
3.99
 
(4
)%

Realized copper priceb,f ($/lb)
3.78
 
3.78
 
0
%
 
3.85
 
3.85
 
0
%

Copper cost of sales (Barrick’s share)f,h ($/lb)
2.92
 
2.68
 
9
%
 
2.90
 
2.43
 
19
%

Copper C1 cash costsb,f ($/lb)
2.17
 
2.05
 
6
%
 
2.28
 
1.89
 
21
%

Copper all-in sustaining costsb,f ($/lb)
3.12
 
3.23
 
(3
)%
 
3.21
 
3.18
 
1
%

  
As at
12/31/23

 
As at
9/30/23
 
Change
 
As at
12/31/23

 
As at
12/31/22
 
Change
 

Financial Position ($ millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Debt (current and long-term)
4,726
 
4,775
 
(1
)%
 
4,726
 
4,782
 
(1
)%

Cash and equivalents
4,148
 
4,261
 
(3
)%
 
4,148
 
4,440
 
(7
)%

Debt, net of cash
578
 
514
 
12
%
 
578
 
342
 
69
%

Net earnings represents net earnings attributable to the equity holders of the Company.
Further information on these non-GAAP financial measures, including detailed reconciliations, is included on pages 70 to 88 of Barrick’s Q4 2023 MD&A.
Amounts presented on a consolidated cash basis. Project capital expenditures are included in our calculation of all-in costs, but not included in our calculation of all-in sustaining costs.
Total consolidated capital expenditures also includes capitalized interest of $14 million and $41 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2023 (September 30, 2023: $12 million; 2022: $29 million).
Represents net cash provided by operating activities divided by revenue.
On an attributable basis.
Gold cost of sales per ounce is calculated as cost of sales across our gold operations (excluding sites in closure or care and maintenance) divided by ounces sold (both on an attributable basis using Barrick’s ownership share).  
Copper cost of sales per pound is calculated as cost of sales across our copper operations divided by pounds sold (both on an attributable basis using Barrick’s ownership share).

Consolidated Statements of Income

 Barrick Gold Corporation
  
  

 For the years ended December 31 (in millions of United States dollars, except per share data)
 
2023
 
 
2022
 

Revenue (notes 5 and 6)
$
11,397
 
$
11,013
 

Costs and expenses (income)
 
 

Cost of sales (notes 5 and 7)
 
7,932
 
 
7,497
 

General and administrative expenses (note 11)
 
126
 
 
159
 

Exploration, evaluation and project expenses (notes 5 and 8)
 
361
 
 
350
 

Impairment charges (notes 10 and 21)
 
312
 
 
1,671
 

Loss on currency translation
 
93
 
 
16
 

Closed mine rehabilitation (note 27b)
 
16
 
 
(136
)

Income from equity investees (note 16)
 
(232
)
 
(258
)

Other (income) expense (note 9)
 
(195
)
 
(268
)

Income before finance items and income taxes
 
2,984
 
 
1,982
 

Finance costs, net (note 14)
 
(170
)
 
(301
)

Income before income taxes
 
2,814
 
 
1,681
 

Income tax expense (note 12)
 
(861
)
 
(664
)

Net income
$
1,953
 
$
1,017
 

Attributable to:
 
 

Equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation
$
1,272
 
$
432
 

Non-controlling interests (note 32)
$
681
 
$
585
 

Earnings (loss) per share data attributable to the equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation (note 13)
 
 

Net income
 
 

Basic
$
0.72
 
$
0.24
 

Diluted
$
0.72
 
$
0.24
 

The notes to these consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

Barrick Gold Corporation
 

For the years ended December 31 (in millions of United States dollars)
 
2023
 
 
2022

Net income
$
1,953
 
$
1,017

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes
 
 

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:
 
 

Realized losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax $nil and $nil
 

 
 
1

Currency translation adjustments, net of tax $nil and $nil
 
(3
)
 
1

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:
 
 

Actuarial gain on post-employment benefit obligations, net of tax $nil and $nil
 

 
 
8

Net change in value of equity investments, net of tax ($2) and ($7)
 
1
 
 
39

Total other comprehensive (loss) income
 
(2
)
 
49

Total comprehensive income
$
1,951
 
$
1,066

Attributable to:
 
 

Equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation
$
1,270
 
$
481

Non-controlling interests
$
681
 
$
585

The notes to these consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

Barrick Gold Corporation
 

For the years ended December 31 (in millions of United States dollars)
 
2023
 
 
2022
 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
 

Net income
$
1,953
 
$
1,017
 

Adjustments for the following items:
 
 

Depreciation
 
2,043
 
 
1,997
 

Finance costs (note 14)
 
170
 
 
301
 

Net impairment charges (notes 10 and 21)
 
312
 
 
1,671
 

Income tax expense (note 12)
 
861
 
 
664
 

Income from investment in equity investees (note 16)
 
(232
)
 
(258
)

Loss on currency translation
 
93
 
 
16
 

Gain on sale of non-current assets (note 9)
 
(364
)
 
(405
)

Change in working capital (note 15)
 
(452
)
 
(322
)

Other operating activities (note 15)
 
(65
)
 
(217
)

Operating cash flows before interest and income taxes
 
4,319
 
 
4,464
 

Interest paid
 
(300
)
 
(305
)

Interest received
 
237
 
 
89
 

Income taxes paid1
 
(524
)
 
(767
)

Net cash provided by operating activities
 
3,732
 
 
3,481
 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 
 

Property, plant and equipment
 
 

Capital expenditures (note 5)
 
(3,086
)
 
(3,049
)

Sales proceeds
 
13
 
 
88
 

Investment (purchases) sales
 
(23
)
 
381
 

Dividends received from equity method investments (note 16)
 
273
 
 
869
 

Shareholder loan repayments from equity method investments (note 16)
 
7
 
 

 

Net cash used in investing activities
 
(2,816
)
 
(1,711
)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 
 

Lease repayments
 
(13
)
 
(20
)

Debt repayments
 
(43
)
 
(375
)

Dividends (note 31)
 
(700
)
 
(1,143
)

Share buyback program (note 31)
 

 
 
(424
)

Funding from non-controlling interests (note 32)
 
40
 
 

 

Disbursements to non-controlling interests (note 32)
 
(554
)
 
(833
)

Other financing activities (note 15)
 
65
 
 
191


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