Upward trend in gold production continues
24 October 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa. Friday, 24 October 2014. DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE, NYSE: DRD) has announced an 8% increase in gold production to 37 005oz for the quarter ended 30 September 2014.
CEO Niël Pretorius notes: “The carbon adsorption inefficiencies and throughput issues that plagued the initial start-up of the flotation/fine-grind (FFG) circuit did not manifest this time around, and inventory build-up in the FFG impacted gold output exactly as anticipated.”
The positive swing in gold production in the last six months, Pretorius says, was 23% or 6 879oz.
Net cash inflow from operations rose to R86.6 million for the quarter under review, which enabled the company to pay down R73.3 million in debt that was due in July, and to maintain a cash balance of R204 million.
Total all-inclusive cash expenditure for the quarter, including all operational and corporate cash costs and capital expenditure and excluding repayments of borrowings, reduced to R415 659/kg from R430 234/kg, for an all-in cash margin of 6%.
Looking ahead, Pretorius says: “We are pleased with the way the plant has been performing and the results of the test work. We are now better placed to do the fine-tuning that is necessary to get the full benefits of the FFG circuit. I am confident that we will have the system up and running by the beginning of the next quarter.”
- Report to shareholders for the quarter ended 30 September 2014 (PDF - 3.4MB)
- Presentation: Results for the quarter ended 30 September 2014 (PDF - 1.15MB)
- Webcast: Results presentation
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