Nevada joint venture creates the world’s largest gold mining operation

by Keith Powell
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A joint venture with Randgold Resources and Barrick Gold Corporation has made the Nevada Complex the largest single gold producer in the world. — Photo courtesy Barrick Gold Corporation

On March 11, 2019, Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD)(TSX:ABX) (“Barrick”) and Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM) (“Newmont”) signed an implementation agreement to create the world’s single largest gold producer at the Nevada complex, on completion of the joint venture (“JV”). The JV operations produced approximately 4.1 million ounces in 2018, more than three times the next largest gold operation.

On a roadshow with Barrick Executive Chairman John L. Thornton to update shareholders on the company’s operations, Barrick President and CEO Mark Bristow said:

“We are very excited about the prospects of the new Barrick. The merger with Randgold Resources has created significant value for shareholders, and the JV with Newmont is yet another catalyst which we believe will create further value for our shareholders and stakeholders. We are engaged in reviewing the impact of the new JV on our guidance for both 2019 and the five-year outlook, and expect to provide an update during the year. Our current 2019 gold production guidance is 5.1-5.6 million ounces, at cost of sales of $880-$940 per ounce, cash costs of $650-$700 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs of $870-$920 per ounce. We currently expect our five-year gold production and cost outlook to be within that range, albeit that cash costs and all-in sustaining costs are expected to decline over that period to below the bottom of these ranges.”

The roadshow presentation is available on Barrick’s website at www.barrick.com.

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