Barrick Gold’s African operations are mired in uncertainty amid the Tanzanian government’s ban on the export of unprocessed mineral ores from the country. In addition, the Tanzanian government has alleged that Acacia Mining plc, the Barrick Gold subsidiary which operates the company’s mining interests in the country, has been evading taxes by understating the amount of gold concentrate that it exports.
While Barrick has not altered its production guidance for its African mining operations yet, per Acacia plc (in which Barrick holds a 63.9% stake) the mineral export ban is reportedly costing the company nearly $1 million per day in lost sales, as there isn’t enough gold smelting capacity within the country.
Barrick’s woes in Tanzania are the latest in a series of developments for mining companies in developing markets that have adversely affected the viability of their operations in these jurisdictions. Continue Reading →