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A tale of two mines: One shovel in the past, the other in the future – by Sunny Freeman (Financial Post – June 21, 2017)

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Booms and busts are the norm when it comes to towns built on the mining industry, but the future could see the creation of communities specifically designed to last as long as the mine and for the economic benefits to be spread among many towns. Financial Post reporter Sunny Freeman and videographer Tyler Anderson traveled to one such mine ramping up in northern Quebec and another in Timmins, Ont., which is agonizing over the closing of its increasingly old-fashioned mines

Coverall-clad miners sip coffees and clutch metal lunch boxes as they listen for the shaft operator’s familiar tap-tap-tap signalling the elevator is on its way for the start of another subterranean shift at Goldcorp Inc.’s Dome mine in Timmins, Ont.

They wait for the muddy night-shift workers to step out of the cage before turning on their headlamps, a common courtesy so as not to blind their weary colleagues, before descending a kilometre underground. It’s a daily routine that has been performed for more than a century at Canada’s oldest operating gold mine.

The Dome mine was incorporated in 1910, when northeastern Ontario’s gold rush brought eager prospectors, families and a sense of community to what was then considered the remote north. It is a working relic, an homage to a long history of towns built on the bedrock of mining, when rich, multi-generational projects breathed life into local economies. Continue Reading →

In-depth interview: Barrick’s Dushnisky and Goldcorp’s Garofalo on gold mining’s future (Northern Miner – June 11, 2017)

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At the Canadian Mining Symposium hosted by The Northern Miner at Canada House in London in early May, session moderator Greg Huffman, managing director and global head of mining sales at Canaccord Genuity, sat down with Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX; NYSE: ABX) president Kelvin Dushnisky and Goldcorp (TSX: G; NYSE: GG) CEO David Garofalo for an in-depth conversation on the strategies they use to guide both companies, plus a wider look at what the future holds for gold mining globally. The following is an edited transcript of the exchange.

Question: Looking at some of Goldcorp’s latest acquisitions such Gold Eagle, Virginia, Probe and Kaminak, is there now a premium on assets in safer jurisdictions, given the current political turmoil worldwide?

DAVID GAROFALO: It’s always been fundamental to Goldcorp’s strategy to stay in low political-risk jurisdictions — generally, investment-grade countries with the notable exception of taking a bit more risk in investing in Argentina prior to the Macri regime. But that was a generational asset in Cerro Negro, and it’s been born out in the changing regime there and the Macri economic model. Continue Reading →

Exclusive: Mexico owes Canada miners over $360 million, led by Goldcorp – documents – by Alexandra Alper and Susan Taylor (Reuters U.S. – June 8, 2017)

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MEXICO CITY/TORONTO – Mexico’s tax agency is holding over $360 million in tax rebates owed to six Canadian miners, including $230 million to Goldcorp Inc, according to sources and official documents seen by Reuters, escalating the situation into a showdown between the Mexican government and Canadian mining firms operating there.

In a string of meetings, Canadian officials have pressed Mexico to fix the problem, which hamstrings mining companies’ ability to invest in operations and is particularly difficult for smaller, cash-strapped miners and explorers, people familiar with the matter said.

Vancouver-based Goldcorp declined to comment on its outstanding refund, which represents 142 percent of its 2016 net profit and 6 percent of its full-year revenue. Goldcorp, the world’s No. 3 gold miner by market value, is owed the largest amount, according to documents seen by Reuters, followed by Torex Gold Resources, a small, Toronto-based miner which began commercial production at its Mexico mine last year and is waiting on a refund of some $66.5 million. Continue Reading →

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in FN and Goldcorp spar over mine proposal – by Dave Croft (CBC News North – June 5, 2017)

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Yukon First Nation says mining company is pushing its Coffee Mine project too fast through screening

Goldcorp says the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City has refused to allow the company to speak directly to First Nation citizens about its gold mine proposal south of the Yukon community.

The comment is made in a document filed with the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board and in response to documents filed by the First Nation complaining about consultation by the company. Goldcorp filed its 19,000 page application with the environmental screening agency at the end of March.

The assessment board is currently determining if the proposal contains enough information to allow the board to make recommendations about whether it should be permitted to move forward. There will also be a public comment phase. Continue Reading →

Canadian gold majors eye home-field exploration advantage – by Matthew Keevil (Northern Miner – May 23, 2017)

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VANCOUVER — Canada’s gold miners are naturally interested in discovery back home, but the push for more so-called homegrown ounces appears to be on the rise following the recent down cycle, with oft-cited reasons including: geopolitical risk, operational synergies, and favourable infrastructure.

The Northern Miner reviewed exploration reports from three marquee Canadian gold producers to find where these major miners are most active in Canada.

Barrick Gold

The world’s largest gold producer had its start near Wawa, Ont., but it’s subsequently developed major production centres in Nevada and abroad. Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX; NYSE: ABX) operates the historic Hemlo gold mine 35 km east of Marathon, Ont., however, where it drilled nearly 20,000 metres last year. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp shares slide after drop in output – by Frik Els (Mining.com – April 27, 2017)

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Shares in Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG)(TSX:G) dropped sharply Thursday after the company reported first quarter results that surprised to the upside in terms of profits, but fell well short of expectations for gold production.

Vancouver-based Goldcorp ended the day more than 5% lower in New York for a market capitalization of $11.8 billion after reporting a 122% jump in earnings to $170m or $0.20 per share against forecasts of $0.08.

Investors were unhappy about the fall in gold production however with output going from 799koz during Q1 2016 to 646koz in the same period this year leading to 6.6% fall in revenues for the quarter to $882 million. Continue Reading →

Hey Watson! Is there gold in them thar hills? – by Frik Els (Mining.com – April 24, 2017)

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All the easy digging has been done. All the richest seams have been mined. All the big discoveries have been made. It’s become something of a cliché in mining to pine for the good ole days of rivers of gold, oceans of diamonds and mountains of copper (as if that ever existed).

But that ignores the enormous technological strides that the mining and exploration industry has made – mostly in the interest of efficiency and cost-cutting, but also for discovery.

Advanced technology is being deployed across the industry. From remote management of mines from 1000s of kms away using autonomous trucks and trains, equipment monitoring every tiny detail of plants and processes in real time, widespread automation and mechanization to sampling, detection, imaging and surveying systems. And drones; did I mention drones. Continue Reading →

Investors look for financial restraint as good times roll for gold miners – by Josh O’Kane (Globe and Mail – April 23, 2017)

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With Canada’s biggest gold miners back in the mode of making deals and striking partnerships, analysts will be watching the companies’ self-discipline as first-quarter financials start rolling in.

Last year was a period of recovery for gold producers: balance sheets got better, gold prices were healthy and rising and share prices climbed. The S&P/TSX global gold index went up 50 per cent in 2016, and it’s up another 12 per cent so far this year.

In the past, strong gold markets have led to a round of mergers, acquisitions and mine-building, followed by a painful reckoning. Investors haven’t forgotten, so free cash flow, cost savings and debt reduction remain in their sights as precious-metal miners mull new projects in their march out of the commodity slump. Continue Reading →

Mining investments herald ‘a new day’ for Yukon economy: analyst (CBC News North – April 12, 2017)

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John Ing says major mining companies with money to invest are looking to replenish their mineral reserves

A mining analyst says money pouring into Yukon mineral exploration projects bodes well for the territory’s economy. “It’s a new day from the standpoint of exploration. It’s healthy,” said John Ing, chief executive officer of Maison Placements Canada Inc., an investment office in Toronto.

Barrick Gold announced earlier this week that it wants to initially invest more than $8 million in ATAC Resources’s Orion project, 55 kilometres east of Keno City. The multi-phased deal could reach a total investment of more than $63 million for exploration.

That follows recent announcements from Goldcorp Inc., Newmont Mining and Agnico Eagle Mines about plans to invest in the territory. Ing says major mining companies have reduced their costs and now have money to invest. He said they’re also looking to replenish their reserves. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp-Barrick Partnership Shows Miners Tip-Toeing to Growth – by Danielle Bochove (Bloomberg News – March 28, 2017)

 

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n the dark days of the commodities meltdown, mining companies turned to partnerships to lower costs and survive. Now, as prices recover, they’re hooking up for growth — or at least the possibility of it. Canada’s two biggest gold miners, Barrick Gold Corp. and Goldcorp Inc., are teaming up to develop a gold-copper deposit in Chile as part of a complex chain of transactions.

The cultures of the two companies are, in many ways, opposites. Where Goldcorp has been focused on boosting production, Barrick has repeatedly stressed that its priority is improving cash flow through better margins.

Barrick’s latest joint venture with Goldcorp means it’s off the hook for the initial development costs associated with a large project in the Maricunga mineral belt, in exchange for handing over control of part of the asset. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp spends nearly $1 billion to get into Chilean joint venture with Barrick Gold – by Sunny Freeman (Financial Post – March 29, 2017)

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Two Canadian gold giants, Barrick Gold Corp. and Goldcorp Inc., will form a partnership in Chile’s gold belt in a multi-faceted deal that will see Goldcorp commit nearly US$1 billion as miners look for creative solutions to find and fund new sources of growth.

Goldcorp will pay upfront costs of about US$445 million to get into a lucrative gold belt in a friendly mining jurisdiction through a complex series of deals involving four miners. A joint venture with Barrick will see the companies own and operate at least three properties in Chile’s Maricunga region with further investments largely funded by Goldcorp.

For Vancouver-based Goldcorp, the deal represents an opportunity to take a stake in one of the largest undeveloped gold projects in the world. Goldcorp’s stock fell 6.7 per cent to $20 in Toronto. Continue Reading →

Investors have it wrong. The Barrick-Goldcorp-Kinross deal is a smart move – by Ian McGugan (Globe and Mail – March 29, 2017)

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The three-cornered deal announced on Tuesday by Barrick Gold Corp., Goldcorp Inc. and Kinross Gold Corp. is better than the market thinks it is.

While investors’ reaction was immediately and uniformly negative – Goldcorp stock plummeted and Barrick and Kinross shares both lost ground – the shuffle of assets seems like an eminently sensible transaction.

The agreement, which centres on the Cerro Casale gold and copper project in northern Chile, gives each of the companies something it values highly: cash for Kinross, new reserve potential for Goldcorp and a low-cost way to move forward a shelved project for Barrick. It also allows Goldcorp and Barrick to share the risk of developing a swath of Chile’s Maricunga gold belt, while letting the two companies spread expenses among a number of nearby projects. Continue Reading →

Barrick, Goldcorp team up to develop one of world’s largest gold deposits in Chile – by Cecilia Jamasmie (Mining.com – March 28, 2017)

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Canada’s Barrick (TSX, NYSE:ABX) and Goldcorp (TSX:G) (NYSE:GG), the world’s No.1 and No.3 producers of the precious metal by value, are teaming up to develop projects in northern Chile, particularly Cerro Casale, one of the world’s largest gold-copper deposits.

As part of the agreement, Barrick has sold a 25% stake in Cerro Casale to Goldcorp, which will result in a 50-50 joint venture focused on building gold mines in Chile’s prolific Maricunga belt.

The move, a fresh sign that miners are moving from cost-cutting to expanding operations and investing in exploration, also prompted Goldcorp to acquire Exeter Resource Corporation (TSX:XRC) for about $250 million. The takeover makes of Goldcorp the sole owner of the Caspiche gold-copper project, conveniently located only 10 km north of Cerro Casale. Continue Reading →

Goldcorp unveils five-year growth plan – by Salma Tarikh (Northern Miner – February 21, 2017)

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Goldcorp (TSX: G; NYSE: GG) has outlined an ambitious five-year growth plan, targeting a 20% increase in both gold reserves and annual production and a 20% reduction in all-in sustaining costs, after spending 2016 restructuring its business, strengthening its management team and selling non-core assets.

“It has been a very busy year as we transition to harvest mode. But we now have a structure and people in place to increase that net asset value (NAV) per share to drive long-term shareholder value,” David Garofalo, Goldcorp’s president and CEO, said on a recent conference call.

“For 2017, our production is projected to be approximately 2.5 million oz. at all-in sustaining cost of US$850 per oz. and expected to grow to 3 million oz. at all-in sustaining cost of US$700 per oz. within five years,” he added. Continue Reading →

As growth plans return at gold miners, are investors being set up for disappointment? – by Ian McGugan (Globe and Mail – February 17, 2017)

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Canada’s leading gold companies are once again turning their attention to new projects, as resilient bullion prices and healthier balance sheets fuel guarded optimism.

The shift in emphasis was clear as senior executives discussed earnings reports with analysts on Thursday. A year ago the talk was all about cutting costs, selling assets and expanding free cash flow, but miners are now stressing growth opportunities too.

Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. said it was planning to invest more than $1.2-billion (U.S.) in two mines in Canada’s North. Goldcorp Inc. reiterated its commitment to expanding its production by 20 per cent over the next five years. Continue Reading →