Johannesburg, South Africa. 1 September 2015. DRDGOLD Limited (DRDGOLD; JSE, NYSE: DRD) has declared a final dividend of 10 South African cents per share for the year ended 30 June 2015, the eighth consecutive final dividend declared and a five-fold increase on the final dividend declared in FY2014.
The improved dividend flows from what CEO Niël Pretorius describes as “very satisfactory results” for the 2015 financial year.
A 13% increase in gold production to 150 145oz boosted operating profit for the year which increased by 48% to R384.3 million, assisted also by a 4% rise in the average Rand gold price received.
Revenue increased by 16% to R2 105.3 million and, after accounting for total cash operating costs (including the negative impact of Eskom’s higher winter tariffs in the last quarter), was 13% higher at R1.741.6 million.
Yield, up 14% to 0.197g/t, drove improved gold production and reflected a sharp turnaround in the performance of the Ergo plant.
Looking ahead to FY2016, Pretorius says the company’s focus will be to fully integrate the new high-grade FFG and established low-grade carbon-in-leach (CIL) circuits.
The company ended the 2015 financial year strongly, with substantially improved final quarter-on-quarter comparisons. Gold production was 9% higher at 40 253oz, due mainly to a 9% rise in throughput to 6 333 000 tonnes. This resulted from delivery on previously-announced plans to improve the availability of infrastructure, the commissioning of new reclamation sites, and drier winter weather conditions.
Operating profit was 26% higher at R122.6 million, a result of the higher gold production, the lower cash operating cost performance, and a slightly higher Rand gold price received.
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