AngloGold Ashanti Cuts Adjusted Net Debt by 41%, Advances Reinvestment Projects
AngloGold Ashanti Limited
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
Reg. No. 1944/017354/06
ISIN: ZAE000043485 – JSE share code: ANG
CUSIP: 035128206 – NYSE share code: AU
(“AngloGold Ashanti”, “AGA” or the “Company”)
AngloGold Ashanti Cuts Adjusted Net Debt by 41%, Advances Reinvestment
(JOHANNESBURG) – NEWS RELEASE – AngloGold Ashanti delivered first-half
headline earnings of $363m amid a challenging first half of the year, with performance
affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, increased costs, lower realised grades
across certain operations and the voluntary suspension of underground mining activities
at the Obuasi Mine following a fatal accident on 18 May 2021.
Headline earnings of $363m, or 87 US cents per share, in the first six months of 2021,
compared to $404m, or 97 US cents per share, in the first half of 2020. Adjusted net debt
declined by 41% year-on-year to $850m at 30 June 2021, from $1.431bn at 30 June 2020.
The Company has declared a dividend of 87 ZAR cents per share (approximately 6 US
cents per share) for the six months ended 30 June 2021.
Production for the first six months of 2021 was 1.200Moz at a total cash cost of $1,003/oz,
compared to 1.323Moz at $770/ oz from continuing operations for the first six months
of 2020. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) were $1,333/oz for the first six months of 2021,
compared to $1,002/oz from continuing operations for the corresponding period last year,
mainly reflecting higher cash costs, higher sustaining capital expenditure in line with the
tailings compliance programme and the planned reinvestment objectives in the portfolio,
COVID-19 impacts, stockpile movements and lower gold sold. Production for the half year
was impacted by an estimated 42,000oz due to COVID-19.
“AngloGold Ashanti remains focused on its strategy to create long-term value, whilst
maintaining a strong balance sheet and mitigating any financial or operating risks to the
business.,” Interim Chief Executive Officer, Christine Ramon, said. “Our reinvestment
projects remain on track to improve operating flexibility and access to higher grades. We
are also pursuing operating and capital efficiencies over the remainder of the year.”
AngloGold Ashanti’s strategy of improving operating flexibility through investment in Ore
Reserve development and Ore Reserve expansion at sites with high geological potential
remains a key priority and is reflected by the 33% year-on-year increase in total capital
expenditure to $461m (including equity accounted joint ventures) in the first half of 2021,
compared to $346m from continuing operations in the first half of 2020.
This year and next remain transitional ones for the Company, with the higher volumes of
waste stripping and underground development accompanied by lower grades and the
movements of stockpiles. The Company expects the mining of lower grades and stockpile
utilisation to be transitory in nature as the reinvestment programme provides improved
flexibility and access to higher-grades, and as vaccination drives progress across our
jurisdictions most affected by COVID-19. Notwithstanding significant pressure on costs
related to the tailing storage facilities (TSF) transition in Brazil, this investment is also
transitory given the upcoming legal deadline.
Mining activities at Obuasi will remain suspended pending the conclusion of a third-party
review of the mining and ground management plans.
On 1 September 2021, Mr. Alberto Calderon will assume the role of Chief Executive
Officer of the Company and Ms. Christine Ramon will return to her role as the Company’s
Chief Financial Officer.
For the first half of 2021, the Company recorded a free cash outflow of $25m, compared
to an inflow of $177m (which included cash flow from the discontinued South African
assets of $35m) in the same period last year. Free cash flow was impacted by lower gold
sold, higher costs, and higher taxes paid.
At the end of June 2021, the Company’s attributable share of the outstanding cash
balances awaiting repatriation from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was $485m.
Free cash flow was further impacted by continued lock-ups of value added tax (VAT) at
Geita and Kibali and export duties at Cerro Vanguardia. In Tanzania, the Company
calculates that net overdue recoverable VAT input credit refunds owed to it by the
Tanzanian government increased by $5m during the first half of 2021 to $144m at 30
June 2021 from $139m at 31 December 2020 despite off-setting $22m against corporate
tax payments in June 2021. In the DRC, the Company calculates that its attributable share
of the net recoverable VAT balance owed to it by the DRC government increased by $5m
during the first half of 2021 to $74m at 30 June 2021 from $69m at 31 December 2020.
Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (Adjusted EBITDA)
decreased by 15% to $876m in the first half of 2021, from $1,035m in the first half of
2020. Basic earnings (profit attributable to equity shareholders) for the six-month period
ended 30 June 2021 were $362m, or 86 US cents per share, compared to $382m, or 91
US cents per share, in the first half of 2020.
Production for the second quarter of 2021 was 613,000oz at a total cash cost of
$1,006/oz, compared to 693,000oz at a total cash cost of $767/oz from continuing
operations for the second quarter of 2020. AISC was $1,380/oz for the second quarter of
2021, compared to $985/oz from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2020.The
Company generated $67m in free cash flow during the second quarter of 2021 compared
to an outflow of $92m in the first quarter of 2021.
The balance sheet remains in a solid position, with debt falling and ample liquidity of
approximately $2.5bn. The ratio of Adjusted net debt to Adjusted EBITDA improved to
0.37 times at 30 June 2021 from 0.73 times at 30 June 2020. The Company remains
committed to maintaining a flexible balance sheet with an Adjusted net debt to Adjusted
EBITDA target ratio not exceeding 1.0 times through the cycle.
It is with great sadness that we report two fatalities in the first half of 2021. In February
2021, an employee at the Serra Grande mine in Brazil was fatally injured in a fall-of-
ground related incident during blasting preparation activities and in May 2021 an
employee at the Obuasi mine in Ghana was fatally injured in an underground sill pillar
failure incident. AngloGold Ashanti remains strongly committed to improving safety across
its global portfolio and is focused on the execution of its safe production strategy.
REVISED GUIDANCE (*)
Group a n n u a l guidance f o r 2 0 2 1 has been revised as follows: 2.45Moz to 2.60Moz
of production at a t o t a l cash cost of $890/oz to $950/oz, AISC of $1,240/oz to
$1,340/oz and capital expenditure of $1,030m to $1,190m. Production has been revised
to mainly remove the contribution of Obuasi for the second half of 2021.
Economic assumptions for 2021 are as follows: $/A$0.76, BRL5.29/$, AP96.00/$,
ZAR14.55/$; and Brent $71/bbl.
(*) Production, cost and capital expenditure forecasts include existing assets as well as the Quebradona and Gramalote projects that
remain subject to approval, Mineral Resource conversion and high confidence inventory. Cost and capital forecast ranges are
expressed in nominal terms. In addition, production, cost and capital expenditure estimates assume neither operational or labour
interruptions (including any further delays in the ramp-up of the Obuasi redevelopment project), or power disruptions, nor further
changes to asset portfolio and/or operating mines and have not been reviewed by our external auditors. Other unknown or
unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on our future results and no assurance can be given that any
expectations expressed by AngloGold Ashanti will prove to have been correct. Measures taken at our operations together with our
business continuity plans aim to enable our operations to deliver in line with our production targets. We, however, remain mindful that
the COVID-19 pandemic, its impacts on communities and economies, and the actions authorities may take in response to it, are
largely unpredictable. Actual results could differ from revised guidance and any deviation may be significant. Please refer to the Risk
Factors section in AngloGold Ashanti’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2020 filed with the United States
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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public health crises, pandemics or epidemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic), and other business and operational risks and other factors, including mining accidents. For a discussion of such
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are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause AngloGold Ashanti’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Other unknown
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Ashanti undertakes no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the
occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by applicable law. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to AngloGold Ashanti or any person
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Date: 06-08-2021 07:06:00
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