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July 28, 2014
05:40 EDTGOLDRandgold Tongon mine production ramp up impacted by technical issues
Randgold Resources' Tongon gold mine in Cote d'Ivoire is continuing to make headway in its drive to overcome the technical issues that have impacted its performance, CEO Mark Bristow said. Updating local media on progress at the mine, Bristow said this year's planned ramp-up in production had not been achieved due to the need to expand the flotation circuit and the mechanical failure of the recently installed Vibrocone crushers, intended to improve the recovery and throughput rate. Expansion of the flotation circuit was now underway and the crusher supplier, Sandvik, had agreed to replace the Vibrocone crushers with conventional cone crushers and combine them with an upgraded flowsheet, including additional equipment and circuits. He noted that the first two new crushers were already on site, along with most of the other equipment, and the Sandvik team was working hard in support of the mine team to ensure that the project would be completed early in Q4. Bristow said this exercise should increase mill throughput to its design capacity and improve the quality of the crushed product. Tongon's performance was therefore expected to show a steady improvement in the second half of the year. However, because of the ground that had already been lost and the inevitable operational impact associated with the commissioning of new equipment, completion of the flotation expansion was only expected by year end and Tongon's 2014 production was likely to fall within 10% short of its original guidance of 260,000 ounces. "Considering the challenges Tongon has had to deal with, this is a creditable performance and a tribute to the team and the ongoing support from Sandvik," he said. In the meantime, Randgold's exploration team is continuing its work to extend Tongon's life by drilling below the Southern and Northern Zone pits and evaluating adjacent satellite deposits. Four targets close to the mine have already been identified.
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February 9, 2016
10:00 EDTGOLDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:31 EDTGOLDRandgold downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Randgold to Hold saying the stock looks expensive following the 36% rally over the past month.
February 8, 2016
12:47 EDTGOLDRandGold surges after quarterly earnings, plans for dividend hike
Shares of RandGold (GOLD) rallied in midday trading after the company reporting earnings for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015 and announced plans to increase its annual dividend. WHAT'S NEW: Before the market open, RandGold Resources reported Q4 earnings per share of 47c, down from 53c in the same period last year, and below analysts' consensus estimates of 48c. The company said that the decline in year over year profits reflects the decline in gold price. Pretax profit for the quarter was $70.5M, while revenue was $272.09M, up from $226.32M in the year-ago period, the company said. RandGold said that production for the fourth quarter amounted to 326,430 ounces compared to 287,048 ounces in the same period a year ago. Looking to fiscal year 2016, the company said it is eyeing gold output of 1.25M-1.3M ounces for FY16, a 3%-75% increase over 2015, and a cash cost of $590-$630 per ounce. Additionally, RanGold expects production to be "relatively consistent" throughout FY16, but will be "slightly weighted" to the second half. RandGold added that it anticipates capital expenditures of $240M in FY16 and $115M in fiscal 2017. DIVIDEND RAISE: Separately, RandGold said that its board has recommended a 10% hike in its annual dividend to 66c per share from 60c per share. The company said that the proposed increase reflects the strong cash flows generated by the business. If approved by the company's shareholders, the dividend will be payable on May 27 to shareholders on record March 18, RandGold said. STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of RanGold's earnings report, Deutsche Bank analyst Anna Mulholland downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy. The analyst said that the offering of low cost production and an ungeared balance sheet should provide RandGold a relative premium, but that shares have overshot the firm's fair value and do not offer enough growth or yield to maintain the rally, especially when the firm anticipates gold's run to "peter out." Mulholland said the firm prefers Acacia Mining within the gold space. The analyst added that key risks for the company include higher or lower than expected gold prices, lower or higher than expected costs and volatility in the Euro/Dollar exchange rate. PRICE ACTION: At midday, RandGold jumped 9.53% to $85.76 in New York.
10:08 EDTGOLDRandgold downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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