Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX: AGI; NYSE: AGI) reports a second-quarter loss but generated positive free-cash flow. The net loss is listed at $11.8 million, or 4 cents per share, which Alamos says largely reflects higher non-cash share-based compensation expense of $5.9 million and an unrealized foreign-exchange loss of $3.3 million. The loss narrowed from $379.5 million in the same period a year ago. Alamos says it generated positive free-cash flow at each of the company's operations for total mine-site free cash flow of $13.4 million in the quarter, after all capital and exploration spending. The company lists quarterly production of 92,464 ounces of gold, down slightly from 95,606 in the year ago period. The second quarter output of 42,644 at Young-Davidson was the mine’s second highest in the company’s history. “The second quarter marked a significant turning point for Alamos, with all three operations generating positive free-cash flow,” says John A. McCluskey, president and chief executive officer. “This included Young-Davidson, with underground mining rates ramping up to average a new record in the quarter. We expect higher production and lower costs to drive strong free-cash-flow growth in the second half of this year, and are well positioned to achieve full year guidance.” That guidance is between 370,000 and 400,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of around $975 per ounce.
Klondex Mines Ltd. (TSX: KDX; NYSE MKT: KLDX) lists higher net income in the second quarter as gold-equivalent production hit a record 41,436 ounces, well up from 33,015 in the same period a year ago. Net income was reported at $7.1 million, or a nickel per share, up from $3.9 million, or 3 cents, in the same period a year ago. The company says it has completed drilling and rehabilitation activities at True North and expects to make a decision on production during the third quarter. Officials anticipate 8,000 to 12,000 ounces of output in the second half should the company proceed with production. “Our progress at True North has been beyond our expectations and we are looking forward to making a production decision in the third quarter,” says Paul Huet, president and chief executive officer. “In less than four years, Klondex has evolved from a junior exploration company with one project at Fire Creek to become an established gold producer with multiple projects and mills in two countries.” Klondex maintained its annual production and cost guidance.
Centamin Plc (TSX: CEE; LSE: CEY) has increased guidance for 2016 gold production and lowered its forecasts for costs. Second-quarter gold-production of 140,306 ounces was a 12% increase from the first quarter and 30% higher than the second quarter of 2015, the company says. Officials now list 2016 annual production guidance of between 520,000 and 540,000 ounces (previously 470,000) at a cash cost of production of between $530 and $550 (previously $680) per ounce and AISC of between $720 and $750 (previously $900). The company reports a profit before taxes of $73.4 million, up from $18.8 million in the year-ago period. Earnings per shares rose to 6.297 cents from 1.647 cents. The average realized price for an ounce of gold rose to $1,268 from $1,188, while all-in sustaining costs fell to $669 from $853. The company reports an interim dividend of 2 cents per ordinary share versus an interim payment of 0.97 cent in 2015. “The Sukari operation has continued to build on the strong start to the year, with total first-half production of 265,574 ounces of gold,” says Andrew Pardey, chief executive officer. “The continued optimization of the processing operation saw plant throughput increase further during the second quarter, remaining above our base-case forecast rate of 11Mt (million tonnes) per annum. The open pit delivered an increase in ore material movement and the underground mine continued to deliver both tonnes and grade in excess of our base-case forecast.”
Scorpio Gold Corp. (TSXV: SGN) announces the resignation of Peter J. Hawley from the position of president, effective immediately, for personal reasons. The company also reports that he plans to retire from the position of chief executive officer on Oct. 31 or when a replacement is found. Hawley intends to remain as chairman and a director, Scorpio says. The company reports that Chris Zerga has been promoted to president, and an independent search committee has been established to evaluate potential CEO candidates. Zerga has been with Scorpio since its inception in 2009 and has been the general manager for the Mineral Ridge and Goldwedge projects.
SEMAFCO Inc. (TSX: SMF) reports that it remained profitable in the second quarter even as gold production fell from a year ago due to lower grades as part of the mine plan. Adjusted net income was $15 million, or 5 cents per share, compared to $16.1 million, also 5 cents, in the same period of 2015. Gold production of 61,300 ounces was down from 66,000 a year ago, although the price of gold was higher. All-in sustaining costs were listed at $742 per ounce sold, compared to $604 for the same period in 2015. Cash flow from operations was $37.4 million, compared to $40.7 million in the year-ago quarter. The company also reports that permitting is anticipated the Natougou development by the end of 2016, with development on time and budget.