Gold miner Goldcorp reports Q1 profit of US479 million as revenue grows

VANCOUVER – Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) reported a first-quarter profit of US$479 million on Wednesday as it faced difficult conditions at its Red Lake mine and lower grade ore.The results fell short of analyst expectations as poor ground conditions delayed work at the mine in Red Lake, Ont., and lower than expected grades of ore in other areas of the mine cut into production.“Solid operating results throughout most of our mine portfolio were offset by a challenging first quarter at Red Lake,” Goldcorp president and chief executive Chuck Jeannes said in a statement.“Adverse ground conditions at Red Lake delayed the development of new mining faces in the high grade zone which, taken together with lower grade in other areas of the mine, led to our slow start to 2012.”Gold production at Red Lake totalled 114,200 ounces for the quarter, down from 186,100 ounces a year ago.The gold miner, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the profit amounted to 51 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter, down from $651 million or 81 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue grew to $1.35 billion, up from $1.22 billion.Excluding one-time items, the company reported an adjusted profit of $404 million or 50 cents per share, compared with $392 million or 49 cents per share a year ago.The average analyst estimate had been for a profit of 58 cents per share, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters.For the quarter, Goldcorp produced 524,700 ounces of gold, down from 637,600 a year ago, while it saw an average realized price of $1,707 per ounce, up from $1,394.Total cash costs amounted to $251 per ounce on a by-product basis, up from $188 a year ago.Silver production amounted to 6.6 million ounces compared 6.1 million ounces in the first three months of 2011.Despite the problems at Red Lake, Jeannes said the company’s Mexican operations were a particular area of strength in the first quarter with the commissioning of the final component of processing line at the Penasquito mine.Gold production at Penasquito in the quarter was 68,600 ounces, up from 57,600 a year ago.“The pace of construction and development activities at our growth projects remained impressive in the first quarter as well,” Jeannes said.“The Pueblo Viejo joint venture in the Dominican Republic is nearing completion and set to be our next source of new gold production in mid-2012. The Cerro Negro project in Argentina continues to progress toward expected initial gold production in the second half of 2013, and ongoing exploration success there is enhancing the prospects for additional gold reserve growth.”Goldcorp is Canada’s second-largest gold company.The company has mines as well as exploration and development projects in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Guatemala and Argentina.Shares in Goldcorp, which reported its results after the close of markets, were up 54 cents at $40.49 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Gold miner Goldcorp reports Q1 profit of US$479 million as revenue grows AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 25, 2012 5:57 pm MDT read more

UN agencies launch new joint initiative targeting elimination of global food waste

The new online programme, called the Global Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Loss Reduction, was jointly launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), with the goal of becoming “a global reference point” in the facilitation of information sharing between stakeholders such as public entities, civil society and the private sector. As a result, it will also permit stakeholders to tap into relevant news and events and access links to online libraries and databases as well as social networks and online trainings. In a press release marking the inauguration of the project, FAO Deputy-Director General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, stressed that with more than 800 million people in the world still suffering from hunger, saving food was of paramount of importance. “When food is saved, the resources used to produce it are saved. Reducing waste and losses by not creating these in the first place should be a priority for all,” said Ms. Semedo. According to UN estimates, in fact, roughly 30 percent of global food production, that is 40-50 percent of root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20 percent of oilseeds, meat and dairy products and 35 per cent of fish, is either lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tonnes – or enough food to feed 2 billion people.Amid the wastefulness, global efforts to reduce the “unacceptably high” rates of food loss must also be holistic, IFAD Vice-President Michel Mordasini added, pointing to the role of smallholder farmers who, he said, were “most vulnerable.” For its part, the WFP’s Post-Harvest Loss Reduction initiative currently reaches 16,000 smallholder farm families in Uganda, with the aim of reducing post-harvest losses by 70 percent amongst participating smallholder farmers. “The available technical solutions still have to be made accessible and affordable to those farming communities,” Mr. Mordasini continued. “I am therefore encouraged by the fact that the Global Community of Practice on Food Losses will engage with and tap into the knowledge of farmers and practitioners, as well as researchers, development agencies and policymakers.” read more

UN chief congratulates Algeria on peaceful parliamentary elections

“The Secretary-General notes the announcement by the Algerian Constitutional Council of the results of the 4 May 2017 elections to the People’s National Assembly,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. “The Secretary-General would welcome any further steps the Government and all stakeholders can take to continue to strengthen the democratic process,” it added.The Secretary-General deployed a panel of electoral experts to the country from 28 April to 7 May 2017, at the invitation of the Government.