The latest news release from Randgold Resources Limited (LSE: RRS) (Nasdaq: GOLD) one of our favourite gold producers is good news indeed as the following excerpt reveal:
Randgold crowned a year in which it expanded its flagship Loulo operation, progressed the development of a new mine at Tongon, advanced two major new discoveries and completed the Moto acquisition by posting a 79% year-on-year profit increase on the back of record production at Loulo.
Randgold results for 2009, published today, show a profit of US$84.3 million (2008: US$47 million) for the year. The fourth quarter profit of US$38.7 million was up 185% quarter-on-quarter and 315% up on the corresponding quarter in 2008. Given the profit increase, the board increased the annual dividend by 30% to 17 US cents per share. The company’s balance sheet remains strong, with US$590 million in cash and no net debt.
Attributable group gold production for the year was up 14% at 488 255 ounces, boosted by a strong fourth quarter performance from Loulo, where the recently completed plant expansion significantly increased throughput. Loulo’s production for the year was 351 591 ounces (2008: 258 095 ounces), of which 106 564 ounces came in the last quarter. The Morila joint venture - successfully converted to a stockpile retreatment operation at the beginning of 2009 - produced 341 661 ounces, slightly higher than forecast due to better than planned recoveries and grade.
Chief executive Mark Bristow commented as follows:
“The year ahead is going to be another testing one, in which we aim to increase production at Loulo further, pour first gold at Tongon and progress the Kibali, Massawa and Gounkoto projects. We’ll also be maintaining our strong focus on the exploration programmes which have already delivered so much and will continue to be the main driver of our organic growth.”
To read the news release in full please click here or alternatively you can watch Mark Bristow on BNN discussing earnings, cash costs and the future, please click here.
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