Newcrest banks on strong cash position
Australia’s largest gold miner recently improved its cash position after embarking on a massive cost cutting drive.
Analysts are now confident Newcrest can reach its full year cashflow and cost targets following an improvement in the gold price and a weaker Australian dollar.
“The internal objective is to drive the business to the maximum cash flow and continue with the investment of Cadia East and reduce our debt,” Newcrest Chief Executive Greg Robinson told reporters on Friday.
“The business will be net cash flow positive.”
Newcrest shares fell 1.9 per cent on Friday after the com Louboutin Shoes pany announced a net profit of $40 million for the six months to December 31, down 88 per cent from a first half profit of $323 million a year ago.
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Free cash flow was an outflow of $229 million during the first half, but Newcrest expects to be cash flow positive by the end of the full year.
“The objective is to drive that cash flow hard and achieve a cashflow positive outcome at the lowest possible price,” Mr Robinson said.
The company achieved an average gold price of $1405 an ounce during the half and is targeting a price of $1,450 an ounce for the fu Louboutin Shoes ll year.
Mr Robinson confirmed Newcrest will repay debt before offering shareholders a dividend.
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On Friday the company blamed the slide in first half profit on a 13 per cent fall in gold prices, a $120 million tax charge and a $47 million writedown to its exploration assets in West Africa.
Newcrest said lower gold prices over the half had offset a 26 per cent increase in gold sales volumes.
The company expects to produce around 2.3 million ounces of gold for the full year, which is at the top end of its previously announced guidance.
It comes as the gold spot price pushed above $US1300 per ounce to reach a three month high on Fr Louboutin Shoes iday.
It was welcome news for Newcrest which has weathered a difficult couple of years in the wake of gold price weakness.
“It is important that we have reasonable gold prices,” Mr Robinson said.
Meanwhile, Mr Robinson refused to comment on an investigation by the corporate regulator over possible breaches of disclosure laws following speculation analysts were given market sensitive information before it was released to the wider investment market last year.