DRDGOLD increases dividend five-fold to 62 cents per share
30 August 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa. Tuesday, 30 August 2016. DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE, NYSE: DRD) has announced a final dividend of 12 South African cents per share (cps), making a total declared dividend for FY2016 of 62cps, a more than five-fold increase on the total distribution of 10cps in FY 2015.
CEO Niël Pretorius says a 25% increase in free cash flow – “an important measure for DRDGOLD” – to R308.7 million facilitated the total dividend declaration of close to R261 million as well as the repayment of liabilities.
Volume throughput increased by 5% but yield was 9% lower, resulting in a 4% drop in gold production to 143 457oz.
Revenue rose by 16% however, reflecting a 21% increase in the average Rand gold price received to R546 142/kg and although cash operating unit costs were up 20%, operating profit was 13% higher at R434.8 million.
The operating and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) margin were virtually unchanged at 18% and 8% respectively.
Headline earnings were higher – up 39% to R53.8 million, equivalent to 12.7cps, up 28%.
Pretorius says that the company’s monetary and intellectual investment in plant and process have borne clear, measurable results, reflected in increased throughput and improved extraction efficiency.
“Both are important achievements in helping to address the diminishing grade of our reserves.”
Progress made in securing additional tailings deposition capacity for the Ergo plant at the Brakpan/Withok Tailings Complex, is a major development in terms of leveraging the Ergo plant’s increased throughput capacity in the future, Pretorius says.
“With tailings capacity locked in, we are well placed both to optimise our current 11.8 million ounce resource and to acquire additional resources within the greater Johannesburg area.”
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