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10|28|2015
Barrick Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results | Growing Free Cash Flow

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TORONTO, October 28, 2015

  • The company reported adjusted net earnings of $131 million ($0.11 per share)1and a net loss of $264 million ($0.23 per share) in the third quarter.

  • Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $942 million1; EBITDA was $490 million1.

  • Free cash flow was $866 million1, or $256 million excluding proceeds from the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction.

  • Gold production in the third quarter was 1.66 million ounces at all-in sustaining costs (AISC) of $771 per ounce1

  • Full-year gold production is expected to be 6.1-6.3 million ounces.

  • Full-year all-in sustaining cost guidance reduced to $830-$870 per ounce from previous range of $840-$880 per ounce.

  • On track to achieve $2 billion in cash flow improvements by end of 2016.

  • Total debt reduced by 15 percent year-to-date, on track to achieve $3 billion debt reduction target.

  • Progressing drilling and feasibility study work to convert resources to reserves over the next five years at Cortez, Goldstrike, Lagunas Norte, Pueblo Viejo, Turquoise Ridge and other sites.

Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) (Barrick or the "company") today reported adjusted net earnings of $131 million ($0.11 per share) for the third quarter and a net loss of $264 million ($0.23 per share). Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $942 million and EBITDA was $490 million. Free cash flow was $866 million, or $256 million excluding the impact of $610 million in proceeds from the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction2.

Production in the third quarter was in line with expectations at 1.66 million ounces of gold. All-in sustaining costs were $771 per ounce and cash costs were $570 per ounce1. Full-year 2015 gold production is expected to be 6.1-6.3 million ounces at lower all-in sustaining costs of $830-$870 per ounce.

Our objective is to grow free cash flow per share from a portfolio of high-quality gold assets through disciplined capital allocation and operational excellence. In support of this objective, we have returned to a leaner, decentralized operating model designed to maximize free cash flow and improve execution. Clear capital allocation criteria, including a 15 percent hurdle rate for all investments, are driving greater financial rigor and stronger returns. The divestment of non-core assets has refocused our portfolio and we have formed vital new strategic partnerships that will drive new opportunities in the future.

All of this is driving stronger performance across the business, reflected by two consecutive quarters of positive free cash flow and improved costs. At the same time, we are strengthening our balance sheet and remain on track to reduce debt by $3 billion. This momentum will support our overriding objective of growing free cash flow per share, underpinned by a strong pipeline of organic projects and mine site expansion opportunities in our core regions.

STRENGTHENING THE BALANCE SHEET

Earlier this year, we set a $3 billion debt reduction target for 2015. We said we would achieve this through the disciplined sale of non-core assets, the formation of new joint ventures and partnerships, and by maximizing free cash flow from our operations. Thus far, we have completed or announced asset sales, joint ventures and partnerships valued at $2.46 billion. We have also generated $282 million in positive free cash flow in the last two quarters despite a lower gold price, reflecting the impact of our efforts to maximize free cash flow across the company. Both asset sales and cash flow improvements have been credit positive, and have resulted in improvements to our debt-to-EBITDA ratio. Achieving our $3 billion debt reduction target will also reduce annual pre-tax interest payments by approximately $140 million.

So far this year, total debt has been reduced by 15 percent, from $13.1 billion to $11.2 billion3, significantly reducing our near-term debt repayment obligations. We currently have less than $250 million in debt due before 2018 and approximately $5 billion of our $11.2 billion in outstanding debt matures after 2032. Building on $1.9 billion in repayments already completed this year, we intend to use approximately $1 billion in proceeds from the sale of 50 percent of Zaldívar to reduce debt. The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter. This would bring total debt repayments to approximately $2.9 billion. We intend to use free cash flow to reach our target of $3 billion.

Assuming the completion of $3 billion in repayments, total debt will have been reduced by 23 percent, from $13.1 billion to $10.1 billion.

We also expect to announce the outcome of a process for the sale of certain non-core U.S. assets in the fourth quarter. As we move into 2016 and beyond, we will continue to take prudent steps to strengthen our balance sheet, balancing debt repayments with investments in profitable production that will drive growth in free cash flow and EBITDA.

Our liquidity position continues to improve, with strong cash flow generation, very modest near-term debt repayment obligations, a $4 billion undrawn credit facility and $3.34 billion in cash on hand at the end of the third quarter.

FINANCIAL DISCUSSION

Free cash flow increased to $866 million, or $256 million excluding the impact of $610 million in proceeds from the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction. This compares to $26 million in free cash flow in the second quarter of 2015. Two consecutive quarters of positive free cash flow after a prolonged period of negative free cash flow reflects our driving focus on maximizing free cash flow through greater capital discipline, operational efficiencies and strong cost management.

Third quarter 2015 adjusted net earnings were $131 million ($0.11 per share) compared to $222 million ($0.19 per share) in the prior year period. The net loss for the quarter was $264 million ($0.23 per share) compared to net earnings of $125 million ($0.11 per share) in the prior year quarter. Lower adjusted net earnings reflect lower realized gold and copper prices and higher depreciation compared to the prior year period, partially offset by increased gold and copper sales. Significant adjusting items for the quarter (net of tax and non-controlling interest effects) include:

  • $455 million in impairment charges primarily related to the reclassification of our Zaldívar mine as held-for-sale; and
  • $29 million in costs arising from the write-down of obsolete supplies inventory; partially offset by
  • $52 million of gains related to the sale of our Cowal mine and 50 percent of our interest in the Porgera mine; and
  • $45 million in unrealized foreign currency translation gains.

Third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $942 million compared to $1.1 billion in the prior year period. On an unadjusted basis, EBITDA was $490 million for the third quarter compared to $1.0 billion in the prior year period. Operating cash flow was $1.26 billion compared to $852 million in the prior year period. Higher operating cash flow in the quarter reflects the impact of $610 million in proceeds from the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction.

OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS AND GUIDANCE

Barrick's operations continued to perform in line with expectations for the year, meeting cost and production targets for the third quarter while generating stronger free cash flow. We have tightened our gold production guidance range for 2015, from 6.1-6.4 million ounces to 6.1-6.3 million ounces, reflecting lower anticipated gold production from Acacia Mining plc.

All-in sustaining cost guidance for the year has been reduced to $830-$870 per ounce from the previous range of $840-$880 per ounce. Average all-in sustaining costs for our five core mines are now expected to be $700-$725 per ounce in 2015, down from $725-$775 per ounce at the start of this year. These mines are expected to account for about 75 percent of free cash flow from operations and 60-65 percent of production in 2015.

Fourth quarter all-in sustaining costs are now expected to be similar to the third quarter while production is expected to be slightly higher, primarily driven by the impact of higher sustaining capital expenditures offset by higher production at Cortez, Pueblo Viejo, Lagunas Norte and Veladero. We expect significantly higher depreciation in the fourth quarter, primarily related to a drawdown in inventory stockpiles at Cortez, Lagunas Norte and Goldstrike and higher sales volumes at Pueblo Viejo.

Total copper guidance for 2015 remains unchanged at 480-520 million pounds. Full-year C1 cash costs are now expected to be $1.60-$1.85 per pound5, down from $1.75-$2.00 per pound, driven by currency impacts and improved costs at Lumwana.

Third Quarter Current Original
Gold 2015 2015 Guidance 2015 Guidance
Production (000s of ounces)6 1,663 6,100-6,3007 6,200-6,600
AISC ($per ounce) 771 830-870 860-895
Cash costs ($per ounce) 570 600-625 600-640
Copper
Production (millions of pounds) 140 480-520 310-340
C1 cash costs ($per pound) 1.53 1.60-1.85 1.75-2.00
Total Capital Expenditures ($millions)8 384 ~1,700 1,900-2,200

Cortez

The Cortez mine produced 321,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $501 per ounce in the third quarter. Production benefited from higher open pit tonnage and improved underground productivity through the implementation of short interval controls, an initiative identified as part of our Value Realization review for Cortez. Higher production, lower operating costs and lower sustaining capital drove improved all-in sustaining costs. Production in 2015 is now forecast to be 900,000-950,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $675-$725 per ounce. Fourth quarter production at Cortez is expected to be slightly higher than the third quarter, at higher costs.

A prefeasibility study for expanded underground mining in an area known as Deep South below currently permitted levels will be completed in late 2015 and results are expected to be disclosed with the company's fourth quarter results. Our Value Realization review at Cortez also identified long-hole stoping as the preferred mining method for the deposit, as compared to the cut-and-fill method previously contemplated for the underground expansion, which could improve the economics of the project. Mineralization in this zone is primarily oxide and higher grade compared to the current underground mine, which is sulfide in nature. The limits of the Lower Zone have not yet been defined, and drilling has indicated the potential for new targets at depth.

With a 382-square-mile land package, Cortez remains a highly prospective district for Barrick.

Goldstrike

The Goldstrike mine contributed 328,000 ounces in the third quarter in line with plan, while all-in sustaining costs of $558 per ounce were better than expected due to lower operating costs and lower sustaining capital. Our innovative thiosulfate (TCM) circuit achieved commercial production in the third quarter, coming in at a capital cost of $610 million. We expect to complete the ramp up of the TCM circuit in the first half of 2016. Goldstrike's production for 2015 is forecast to be 1.00-1.10 million ounces at improved all-in sustaining costs of $650-$700 per ounce. Fourth quarter production is expected to be similar to the third quarter, at slightly higher costs.

Exploration at Goldstrike is focused on the underground mine where good potential exists at depth, and we plan to accelerate near-mine development in 2016. During the quarter, we began development of new areas below existing workings at Meikle and Rodeo in order to access deeper reserves which are expected to come into production at the end of 2016. This work will also open up new drilling platforms to better define future potential in these areas.

Pueblo Viejo (60 percent)

Barrick's 60 percent share of production from Pueblo Viejo for the third quarter was 172,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $554 per ounce. Production was slightly below plan due to lower gold grades and recoveries from a higher proportion of carbonaceous ore. All-in sustaining costs were impacted by lower silver recoveries associated with a combination of scheduled autoclave maintenance in September, lime boil limitations and unscheduled maintenance on the limestone grinding circuit. Modifications to the lime boil are underway, including the addition of two lime boil tanks which will be operational in November. These additional tanks are expected to improve silver recoveries to the targeted 80 percent level from around 60 percent currently. We continue to forecast attributable production of 625,000-675,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $540-$590 per ounce in 2015. Production is expected to be higher and costs lower in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter on higher grades, improved recoveries and better autoclave availability.

At the end of 2014, Pueblo Viejo had approximately six million ounces of gold and 37 million ounces of silver in the measured and indicated resource category (Barrick's 60 percent share)9. A significant portion of these resources are not currently included in reserves due to tailings storage constraints. We have completed a preliminary economic assessment on a plan to remove these constraints to tailings capacity, which if implemented could significantly extend the life of the mine. We expect to complete further engineering work and commission a prefeasibility study in the second half of 2016 to refine the technical and financial analysis for the increase in tailings storage capacity and to confirm whether the measured and indicated resources described above can be brought into reserves.

Lagunas Norte

The Lagunas Norte mine contributed 108,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $581 per ounce in the third quarter, in line with expectations. Production in 2015 is now anticipated to be 550,000-590,000 ounces at improved all-in sustaining costs of $550-$600 per ounce, with stronger production expected in the fourth quarter driven by improved performance at the Phase Five leach pad. Fourth quarter all-in sustaining costs are expected to be higher than the third quarter, reflecting the sale of higher cost inventory as well as increased sustaining capital for Phase Six leach pad construction. A pre-feasibility study on a plan to extend the mine life by up to 12 years by mining nearly two million ounces of sulfide ore below the existing open pit is on schedule for completion in 2015.

Veladero

The Veladero mine produced 143,000 ounces of gold in the third quarter at all-in sustaining costs of $914 per ounce. Production was below plan primarily due to lower grades in the Federico Phase Three pit and adverse weather events in August which impacted leach operations. All-in sustaining costs were higher than plan on lower gold ounces sold, timing of sustaining capital and lower silver credits. The addition of reagents to the leach circuit was temporarily halted in September following a valve failure on a pipe carrying processing solution, which led to a discharge to the environment through a diversion channel gate that was open at the time of the incident. Since the incident occurred, our first priority has been the safety of people and the environment. Water samples analyzed by independent third-parties, including the United Nations, have confirmed that there are no risks to the health of downstream communities as a result of this incident. Restrictions on leaching activities were lifted following implementation of additional monitoring and corrective actions. Production guidance for 2015 is unchanged at 575,000-625,000 ounces while all-in sustaining cost guidance has been narrowed to $950-$1,000 per ounce. Fourth quarter production is expected to be higher, at lower all-in sustaining costs driven by better grades, lower capital expenditures and higher silver and inventory credits.

Turquoise Ridge (75 percent)

The Turquoise Ridge mine contributed 55,000 ounces in the third quarter at all-in sustaining costs of $738 per ounce, in line with expectations. The mine is forecast to produce 175,000-200,000 ounces in 2015 at improved all-in sustaining costs of $750-$800 per ounce. Detailed engineering and feasibility work on developing an additional shaft GöÇ which could bring forward more than one million ounces of production and roughly double output to an average of 500,000 ounces per year (100 percent basis) at all-in sustaining costs of about $625-$675 per ounce GöÇ is on track to be completed by the end of the year. Work to install additional ventilation capacity has also been initiated.

Porgera (47.5 percent)

The Porgera mine produced 134,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $986 per ounce, in line with plan. Attributable production in 2015 is now expected to be 400,000-450,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $1,025-$1,125 per ounce, reflecting Barrick's reduced interest following the sale of 50 percent of Barrick (Niugini) Ltd. to Zijin Mining. Recent drought conditions are not expected to have a material impact on production in 2015. We expect to increase our exploration budget at Porgera in 2016 to focus on underground targets which have been identified through a new geological model.

Other Mines

Barrick's other mines - consisting of Bald Mountain, 50 percent of Round Mountain, Golden Sunlight, Ruby Hill, Hemlo, Cowal, KCGM and Pierina - contributed 298,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $959 per ounce in the third quarter. A sale process is underway for Bald Mountain, Round Mountain, Ruby Hill, Golden Sunlight and the Spring Valley and Hilltop properties, with strong interest received to date.

Acacia Mining (63.9 percent)

Barrick's share of third quarter production was lower than expected at 104,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of $1,195 per ounce due to temporary factors impacting output from Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi. We now expect attributable 2015 production from Acacia to be about 460,000 ounces at all-in sustaining costs of approximately $1,155 per ounce.

Copper

Copper production in the third quarter was 140 million pounds at C1 cash costs of $1.53 per pound. For 2015, copper production is anticipated to be 480-520 million pounds at lower C1 cash costs of $1.60-$1.85 per pound, reflecting currency impacts and improved costs at Lumwana.

Lumwana contributed 77 million pounds at C1 cash costs of $1.59 per pound in the third quarter, in line with expectations. Power restrictions and potential reductions to smelter capacity in Zambia are not expected to have any material impact on Lumwana's 2015 production guidance. Production is now anticipated to be 260-280 million pounds at lower C1 cash costs of $1.80-$2.00 per pound in 2015, reflecting higher grades.

Production of 63 million pounds at Zaldívar at C1 cash costs of $1.47 per pound in the third quarter was in line with plan.

At Jabal Sayid, first shipments of copper-in-concentrate continue to be anticipated in early 2016. Once the mine reaches full production, average production in the first full five years is expected to be 100 million pounds per year.

TARGETING $2 BILLION IN CASH FLOW IMPROVEMENTS

This year, we have taken significant actions to improve our business plans, resulting in positive free cash flow for two consecutive quarters. We remain focused on improving productivity and driving down costs to maximize free cash flow from our assets in any gold price environment.

In support of this, we are targeting $2 billion in cash flow improvements across the company before the end of 2016, relative to our original internal plans for 2015 and 2016. These improvements are coming from productivity gains and cost reductions across operating expenses, capital spending and corporate overhead.

While a majority of these actions will be incorporated into our 2016 plans, the initial outcomes are reflected in improvements to our 2015 guidance. Total capital expenditures for the year are expected to be 20 percent lower than 2014. Combined with reductions in corporate overhead and other operating cost savings, this has allowed us to reduce our 2015 all-in sustaining cost guidance by about $30 per ounce since the start of year, from our original range of $860-$895 per ounce to $830-$870 per ounce in the third quarter. We are now focused on optimizing our 2016 plans, with an emphasis on operating cost and productivity improvements.

Our temporary suspension plan for Pascua-Lama has now been approved by the mining authority in Chile. This will enable us to complete the transition to care and maintenance, and should allow us to significantly reduce holding costs at the project in 2016. Implementation of the temporary suspension plan could require adjustments resulting from regulatory and legal actions and weather conditions, which could increase costs associated with the plan.

CONVERTING RESOURCES TO RESERVES

At the end of 2014, Barrick had 93 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves and 94 million ounces of measured and indicated gold resources10. At 1.37 grams per tonne, our reserve grade is more than 50 percent higher than the senior peer average11.

For more than 20 years, Barrick has maintained an average reserve mine life of between 10 to 20 years with a track record of replacing reserves and resources at our operations. Mine life and production rates at the majority of our mines have far surpassed initial estimates and we continue to identify excellent potential for resource conversion at many of our operations. Of our exploration budget, 65 percent is focused on opportunities at or near our existing operations. Drilling and feasibility study work to convert resources to reserves over the next five years at Cortez, Goldstrike, Lagunas Norte, Pueblo Viejo and Turquoise Ridge are progressing well. In addition, recent drilling at Hemlo and Porgera indicates strong potential for resource additions. We are also working to advance our Goldrush project in Nevada and drilling to define the limits of mineralization at the Alturas project in Chile is expected to resume in the fourth quarter, following the South American winter.

An illustration of the optionality that exists within our portfolio is the recent drill program at Hemlo. In the first quarter, Barrick completed the acquisition of surface and mineral rights adjacent to the Hemlo property in Ontario from subsidiaries of Newmont Mining. These claims included an area of geological potential adjacent to Barrick's existing underground workings. Barrick is currently undertaking an underground diamond drilling program in this area to evaluate its potential. To date, drilling has encountered a number of high grade intercepts with significant potential. These results highlight the ongoing potential of mineral deposits such as the Hemlo camp, even as they become mature operations.

A detailed update on reserves and resources will be provided with the company's fourth quarter results in February 2016.

APPENDIX 1 - Detailed 2015 Operating and Capital Expenditure Guidance 12

GOLD PRODUCTION AND COSTS
Production
(millions of ounces)
AISC13
($ per ounce)
Cash Costs14
($ per ounce)
Cortez 0.900-0.950 675-725 540-560
Goldstrike 1.000-1.100 650-700 525-550
Pueblo Viejo (60%) 0.625-0.675 540-590 450-475
Lagunas Norte 0.550-0.590 550-600 330-370
Veladero 0.575-0.625 950-1,000 550-600
Sub-total 3.800-4.000 700-725 500-525
Porgera (47.5%) 0.400-0.450 1,025-1,125 775-825
Acacia (63.9%) ~0.460 ~1,155 ~760
KCGM (50%) 0.315-0.330 850-900 725-775
Cowal15 0.156 621 560
Hemlo 0.200-0.225 900-940 675-715
Turquoise Ridge (75%) 0.175-0.200 750-800 570-600
Round Mountain (50%) 0.170-0.190 975-1,025 725-775
Bald Mountain 0.170-0.195 1,125-1,175 600-640
Golden Sunlight 0.080-0.090 1,150-1,200 925-975
Total Gold 6.100-6.30016 830-870 600-625
COPPER PRODUCTION AND COSTS
Production
(millions of pounds)
C1 cash costs
($ per pound)
C3 fully allocated costs17
($ per pound)
Zaldívar (50%) 210-230 1.65-1.85 1.95-2.20
Lumwana 260-280 1.80-2.00 2.25-2.50
Total Copper 480-520 1.60-1.85 2.10-2.35
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
($ millions)
Mine site sustaining 1,400-1,50018
Mine site expansion 100-150
Projects 100-150
Total ~1,70018

 

APPENDIX 2 - Economic Sensitivity Analysis

Hypothetical
Change
Impact on AISC19
($ per ounce)
EBITDA19
($ millions)
FCF19
($ millions)
Gold revenue, net of royalties +/- $100/oz n/a 168 79
Copper revenue, net of royalties +/- $0.50/lb n/a 66 31
Gold all-in sustaining costs
Gold royalties & production taxes $100/oz (3) 5 2
WTI crude oil price20,21 $10/bbl (2) 4 2
Australian dollar exchange rate20,21 +10% (1) 2 1
Australian dollar exchange rate20,21 -10% 1 (2) (1)
Canadian dollar exchange rate20 +10% (2) 3 1
Canadian dollar exchange rate20 -10% 1 (2) (1)
Copper C1 cash costs Impact on C1
($ per pound)
WTI crude oil price20,21 $10/bbl (0.01) 1 0
Chilean peso exchange rate20 +10% 0.01 (2) (1)
Chilean peso exchange rate20 -10% (0.07) 10 5

 

  1. Adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA, free cash flow, all-in sustaining costs per ounce and cash costs per ounce are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standardized definition under IFRS. For further information and detailed reconciliations, please see pages 52-58 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report.
  2. Please see page 23 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report for more information about the Pueblo Viejo streaming transaction.
  3. Total debt as of October 28, 2015
  4. $1.1 billion used for debt retirement purposes subsequent to quarter end. Total includes $449 million held at Acacia and Pueblo Viejo, which may not be readily deployed outside of Acacia and/or Pueblo Viejo.
  5. C1 cash costs per pound is a non-GAAP financial performance measure. See pages 52-58 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report.
  6. Barrick's share.
  7. Guidance reflects lower expected production from Acacia.
  8. Barrick's share on a 100 percent accrued basis.
  9. Estimated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities.For a breakdown and additional detail on tonnes, grade and ounces, see pages 26-33 of Barrick's 2014 Form 40-F/Annual Information Form.
  10. Estimated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities.For a breakdown and additional detail on tonnes, grade and ounces, see pages 26-33 of Barrick's 2014 Form 40-F/Annual Information Form.
  11. Senior peers include Newmont, Goldcorp, Kinross and Newcrest.
  12. 2015 guidance is based on gold, copper and oil price assumptions of $1,125/oz, $2.35/lb, and $60/bbl, respectively, a AUS:US exchange rate of 0.80:1, a CAD:US exchange rate of 1.25:1, a CLP:US exchange rate of 610:1 and a ARS:US exchange rate of 9.70:1.
  13. All-in sustaining costs are calculated in accordance with the standard published by the World Gold Council ("WGC"). See page 54 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report for further details.
  14. Cash costs reflect our equity share of unit production costs, including the impact of by-product credits, which is calculated in accordance with the standard published by the WGC. See page 54 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report for further details.
  15. The Cowal mine was sold effective July 23, 2015.
  16. Operating unit guidance ranges reflect expectations at each individual operating unit, but do not add up to corporate-wide guidance range total.
  17. C3 fully allocated costs per pound is a non-GAAP financial performance measure. See pages 52-58 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report.
  18. We now expect minesite sustaining capital expenditures to be in the range of $1,400-$1,500 million and total capital expenditures to be ~$1,700 million compared to our previous guidance ranges of $1,500-$1,700 million and $1,800-$2,100 million, respectively.
  19. All-in sustaining costs per ounce, EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial performance measures. See pages 52-58 of Barrick's Third Quarter 2015 Report.
  20. Due to our hedging activities, which are reflected in these sensitivities, we are partially protected against changes in these factors.
  21. Impact on EBITDA only reflects contracts that mature in 2015.

 

Key Statistics
Barrick Gold Corporation
(in United States dollars)
Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating Results
Gold production (thousands of ounces)1 1,663 1,649 4,498 4,722
Gold sold (thousands of ounces)1 1,596 1,578 4,447 4,712
Per ounce data
Average spot gold price $ 1,124 $ 1,282 $ 1,178 $ 1,288
Average realized gold price2 1,125 1,285 1,176 1,286
Cash costs2 570 589 614 588
All-in sustaining costs2 771 834 866 844
All-in costs2 815 975 932 951
Cash costs (on a co-product basis)2 592 607 639 609
All-in sustaining costs (on a co-product basis)2 793 852 891 865
All-in costs (on a co-product basis)2 837 993 957 972
Copper production (millions of pounds) 140 131 373 302
Copper sold (millions of pounds) 145 112 378 296
Per pound data
Average spot copper price $ 2.39 $ 3.17 $ 2.58 $ 3.15
Average realized copper price2 2.18 3.09 2.44 3.08
C1 cash costs2 1.53 1.82 1.75 1.98
Depreciation3 0.13 0.44 0.21 0.40
Other4 (0.17 ) 0.10 0.11 0.12
C3 fully allocated costs2 1.49 2.36 2.07 2.50
Financial Results (millions)
Revenues $ 2,315 $ 2,624 $ 6,791 $ 7,729
Net income (loss)5 (264 ) 125 (216 ) (56 )
Adjusted net earnings2 131 222 253 619
Adjusted EBITDA2 942 1,059 2,465 3,056
Operating cash flow6 1,255 852 2,096 1,925
Free cash flow2, 6 866 199 694 40
Per Share Data (dollars)
Net earnings (loss) (basic) (0.23 ) 0.11 (0.19 ) (0.05 )
Adjusted net earnings (basic)2 0.11 0.19 0.22 0.53
Net earnings (loss) (diluted) (0.23 ) 0.11 (0.19 ) (0.05 )
Weighted average basic and diluted common shares (millions) 1,165 1,165 1,165 1,165
As at As at
September 30, December 31,
2015 2014
Financial Position (millions)
Cash and equivalents $ 3,317 $ 2,699
Working capital (excluding cash) 1,523 1,937
  1. Production includes Acacia on a 73.9% basis until February 28, 2014 and a 63.9% basis thereafter and Pueblo Viejo on a 60% basis, both of which reflect our equity share of production. Also includes production from Plutonic up to January 31, 2014, Kanowna up to March 1, 2014, Marigold up to April 4, 2014, Cowal up to July 23, 2015 and Porgera on a 95% basis until August 31, 2015 and a 47.5% basis thereafter, the effective dates of sale of these assets. Sales include our equity share of gold sales from Acacia and Pueblo Viejo.
  2. Realized price, cash costs, all-in sustaining costs, all-in costs, cash costs (on a co-product basis), all-in sustaining costs (on a co-product basis), all-in costs (on a co-product basis), C1 cash costs, C3 fully allocated costs, adjusted net earnings, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standard definition under IFRS. Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures section of the Company's MD&A.
  3. Represents equity depreciation expense divided by equity pounds of copper sold.
  4. For a breakdown, see reconciliation of cost of sales to C1 cash costs and C3 fully allocated costs per pound in the Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures section of the Company's MD&A.
  5. Net income (loss) represents net income (loss) attributable to the equity holders of the Company.
  6. Includes a $610 million deposit received in third quarter 2015 related to the gold and silver streaming agreement.

 

Production and Cost Summary
Gold Production (attributable ounces) (000's) All-in sustaining costs5 ($/oz)
Three months ended Nine months ended Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014
Gold
Goldstrike 328 239 741 715 $ 558 $ 923 $ 698 $ 849
Cortez 321 273 647 717 501 591 711 667
Pueblo Viejo3 172 168 438 488 554 559 628 585
Lagunas Norte 108 157 441 406 581 554 510 552
Veladero 143 178 443 525 914 822 957 786
Turquoise Ridge 55 54 156 156 738 592 745 594
Porgera4 134 138 370 368 986 974 1,060 1,002
Kalgoorlie 97 82 237 244 725 1,040 923 1,004
Acacia2 104 122 339 354 1,195 1,098 1,153 1,111
Other Mines - Gold1 201 238 686 749 1,060 1,021 958 1,012
Total 1,663 1,649 4,498 4,722 $ 771 $ 834 $ 866 $ 844
Copper Production (attributable pounds) (millions) C1 Cash Costs5 ($/lb)
Three months ended Nine months ended Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014
Lumwana 77 75 206 138 $ 1.59 $ 1.84 $ 1.82 $ 2.26
Zaldívar 63 56 167 164 1.47 1.82 1.67 1.78
Total 140 131 373 302 $ 1.53 $ 1.82 $ 1.75 $ 1.98
Total Gold Production Costs ($/oz)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Direct mining costs before impact of hedges at market foreign exchange rates $ 538 $ 585 $ 588 $ 592
Losses (gains) realized on currency hedge and commodity hedge/economic hedge contracts 18 (17 ) 17 (20 )
By-product credits (22 ) (18 ) (25 ) (21 )
Royalties 36 39 34 37
Cash costs5 570 589 614 588
Depreciation 219 198 229 198
Total production costs $ 789 $ 787 $ 843 $ 786
Cash costs5 $ 570 $ 589 $ 614 $ 588
General & administrative costs 13 41 30 46
Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization (operating sites) 24 19 25 21
Mine on-site exploration and evaluation costs 6 4 7 3
Mine development expenditures 82 94 104 109
Sustaining capital expenditures 76 87 86 77
All-in sustaining costs5 $ 771 $ 834 $ 866 $ 844
All-in costs5 $ 815 $ 975 $ 932 $ 951
Total Copper Production Costs ($/lb)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
C1 cash costs5 $ 1.53 $ 1.82 $ 1.75 $ 1.98
Depreciation6 0.13 0.44 0.21 0.40
Other7 (0.17 ) 0.10 0.11 0.12
C3 fully allocated costs5 $ 1.49 $ 2.36 $ 2.07 $ 2.50
  1. Includes production from Plutonic up to January 31, 2014, Kanowna up to March 1, 2014, Marigold up to April 4, 2014 and Cowal up to July 23, 2015, the effective dates of sale of these assets.
  2. Figures relating to Acacia are presented on a 73.9% basis until February 28, 2014 and a 63.9% basis thereafter, which reflects our equity share of production.
  3. Reflects production from Pueblo Viejo on a 60% basis, which reflects our equity share of production.
  4. Reflects production on a 95% basis until August 31, 2015 and a 47.5% basis thereafter.
  5. Cash costs, all-in sustaining costs, all-in costs, C1 cash costs and C3 fully allocated costs are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standard meaning under IFRS. Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures section of the Company's MD&A.
  6. Represents equity depreciation expense divided by equity pounds of copper sold.
  7. For a breakdown, see reconciliation of cost of sales to C1 cash costs and C3 fully allocated costs per pound in the Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures section of the Company's MD&A.

 

Consolidated Statements of Income
Barrick Gold Corporation
(in millions of United States dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue (notes 5 and 6) $ 2,315 $ 2,624 $ 6,791 $ 7,729
Costs and expenses (income)
Cost of sales (notes 5 and 7) 1,742 1,681 5,139 5,031
General and administrative expenses 44 98 181 283
Exploration, evaluation and project expenses (note 8) 86 102 269 307
Impairment charges (note 10B) 452 18 492 542
Loss (gain) on currency translation (43 ) 30 (12 ) 140
Closed mine rehabilitation (8 ) (4 ) (19 ) 45
Loss on non-hedge derivatives (note 19D) 12 65 23 -
Other expense (income) (note 10A) (45 ) (13 ) (31 ) 23
Income before finance items and income taxes $ 75 $ 647 $ 749 $ 1,358
Finance items
Finance income 2 3 6 9
Finance costs (note 11) (207 ) (198 ) (597 ) (599 )
Income (loss) before income taxes $ (130 ) $ 452 $ 158 $ 768
Income tax expense (note 12) (122 ) (275 ) (330 ) (687 )
Net income (loss) $ (252 ) $ 177 $ (172 ) $ 81
Attributable to:
Equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation $ (264 ) $ 125 $ (216 ) $ (56 )
Non-controlling interests (note 22) $ 12 $ 52 $ 44 $ 137
Earnings (loss) per share data attributable to the equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation (note 9)
Net income (loss)
Basic $ (0.23 ) $ 0.11 $ (0.19 ) $ (0.05 )
Diluted $ (0.23 ) $ 0.11 $ (0.19 ) $ (0.05 )

The notes to these unaudited interim financial statements, which are contained in the Third Quarter Report 2015 available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
Barrick Gold Corporation
(in millions of United States dollars)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income (loss) $ (252 ) $ 177 $ (172 ) $ 81
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes
Movement in equity investments fair value reserve:
Net unrealized change on equity investments, net of tax $nil, $nil, $nil and $nil (3 ) (2 ) (14 ) 20
Net realized change on equity investments, net of tax $nil, $nil, $nil and $nil - (7 ) 18 -
Impairment losses on equity investments, net of tax $nil, $nil, $nil and $nil - - - 16
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:
Unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax $30, $2, $31 and $3 (74 ) (35 ) (107 ) (7 )
Realized (gains) losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax ($8), ($1), ($8) and $nil 15 (22 ) 66 (76 )
Currency translation adjustments, net of tax $nil, $nil, $nil and $nil (46 ) (26 ) (76 ) (19 )
Total other comprehensive income (loss) (108 ) (92 ) (113 ) (66 )
Total comprehensive income (loss) $ (360 ) $ 85 $ (285 ) $ 15
Attributable to:
Equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation $ (372 ) $ 33 $ (329 ) $ (122 )
Non-controlling interests $ 12 $ 52 $ 44 $ 137

The notes to these unaudited interim financial statements, which are contained in the Third Quarter Report 2015 available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
Barrick Gold Corporation
(in millions of United States dollars)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income (loss) $ (252 ) $ 177 $ (172 ) $ 81
Adjusted for the following items:
Depreciation 432 412 1,272 1,214
Finance costs 207 198 597 599
Impairment charges (note 10B) 452 18 492 542
Income tax expense (note 12) 122 275 330 687
(Increase) decrease in inventory 48 (12 ) (17 ) (7 )
Loss on non-hedge derivatives 12 65 23 -
Gain on sale of long-lived assets (54 ) (14 ) (80 ) (37 )
Deposit on gold and silver streaming agreement 610 - 610 -
Other operating activities (note 13A) (152 ) (120 ) (240 ) (345 )
Operating cash flows before interest and income taxes 1,425 999 2,815 2,734
Interest paid (86 ) (77 ) (435 ) (429 )
Income taxes paid (84 ) (70 ) (284 ) (380 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,255 852 2,096 1,925
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Property, plant and equipment
Capital expenditures (note 5) (389 ) (653 ) (1,402 ) (1,885 )
Sales proceeds 8 18 27 55
Divestitures (note 4) 842 - 844 166
Investments sales - 67 33 119
Other investing activities (note 13B) (3 ) (2 ) (10 ) (81 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities 458 (570 ) (508 ) (1,626 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Proceeds from divestment of 10% of issued ordinary share capital of Acacia - - - 186
Debt
Proceeds 1 6 6 139
Repayments (493 ) (71 ) (765 ) (164 )
Dividends (23 ) (59 ) (139 ) (175 )
Funding from non-controlling interests 10 2 32 4
Disbursements to non-controlling interests (26 ) - (90 ) -
Net cash used in by financing activities (531 ) (122 ) (956 ) (10 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents (5 ) (4 ) (12 ) (8 )
Net increase in cash and equivalents 1,177 156 620 281
Cash and equivalents excluding assets classified as held for sale at the beginning of period 2,122 2,549 2,699 2,404
Add: cash and equivalents of assets classified as held for sale at the beginning of period 20 - - 20
Cash and equivalents at the end of period $ 3,319 $ 2,705 $ 3,319 $ 2,705
Less: cash and equivalents of assets classified as held for sale at the end of period 2 - 2 -
Cash and equivalents excluding assets classified as held for sale at the end of period $ 3,317 $ 2,705 $ 3,317 $ 2,705

The notes to these unaudited interim financial statements, which are contained in the Third Quarter Report 2015 available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets
Barrick Gold Corporation
(in millions of United States dollars)
(Unaudited)
As at
September 30,
As at
December 31,
2015 2014
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and equivalents (note 19A) $ 3,317 $ 2,699
Accounts receivable 291 418
Inventories (note 15) 2,006 2,722
Other current assets 276 311
Total current assets (excluding assets classified as held for sale) $ 5,890 $ 6,150
Assets classified as held for sale (note 4A) 2,570 -
Total current assets $ 8,460 $ 6,150
Non-current assets
Equity in investees (note 14) 208 206
Other investments 8 35
Property, plant and equipment (note 16) 17,150 19,193
Goodwill 3,115 4,426
Intangible assets 273 308
Deferred income tax assets 549 674
Non-current portion of inventory (note 15) 1,482 1,684
Other assets 1,152 1,203
Total assets $ 32,397 $ 33,879
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 1,322 $ 1,653
Debt (note 19B) 1,038 333
Current income tax liabilities 1 84
Other current liabilities 414 490
Total current liabilities (excluding liabilities classified as held for sale) $ 2,775 $ 2,560
Liabilities classified as held for sale (note 4A) 571 -
Total current liabilities $ 3,346 $ 2,560
Non-current liabilities
Debt (note 19B) 11,283 12,748
Provisions 2,302 2,561
Deferred income tax liabilities 1,500 2,036
Other liabilities 1,594 1,112
Total liabilities $ 20,025 $ 21,017
Equity
Capital stock (note 21) $ 20,866 $ 20,864
Deficit (11,001 ) (10,739 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (411 ) (199 )
Other 321 321
Total equity attributable to Barrick Gold Corporation shareholders $ 9,775 $ 10,247
Non-controlling interests (note 22) 2,597 2,615
Total equity $ 12,372 $ 12,862
Contingencies and commitments (notes 15, 16 and 23)
Total liabilities and equity $ 32,397 $ 33,879

The notes to these unaudited interim financial statements, which are contained in the Third Quarter Report 2015 available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
Barrick Gold Corporation Attributable to equity holders of the company
(in millions of United States dollars) (Unaudited) Common Shares (in thousands) Capital stock Retained deficit Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)1 Other2 Total equity attributable to shareholders Non-controlling interests Total equity
At December 31, 2014 1,164,670 $ 20,864 $ (10,739 ) $ (199 ) $ 321 $ 10,247 $ 2,615 $ 12,862
Impact of adopting IFRS 9 on January 1, 2015 (note 2B) - - 99 (99 ) - - - -
At January 1, 2015 (restated) 1,164,670 $ 20,864 $ (10,640 ) $ (298 ) $ 321 $ 10,247 $ 2,615 $ 12,862
Net income - - (216 ) - - (216 ) 44 (172 )
Total other comprehensive loss - - - (113 ) - (113 ) - (113 )
Total comprehensive income (loss) - - (216 ) (113 ) - (329 ) 44 (285 )
Transactions with owners
Dividends - - (139 ) - - (139 ) - (139 )
Recognition of stock option expense - 2 - - - 2 - 2
Funding from non-controlling interests - - - - - - 33 33
Other decrease in non-controlling interest - - - - - - (95 ) (95 )
Dividend reinvestment plan (note 21) 127 - - - - - - -
Other decreases - - (6 ) - - (6 ) - (6 )
Total transactions with owners 127 2 (145 ) - - (143 ) (62 ) (205 )
At September 30, 2015 1,164,797 $ 20,866 $ (11,001 ) $ (411 ) $ 321 $ 9,775 $ 2,597 $ 12,372
At January 1, 2014 1,164,652 $ 20,869 $ (7,581 ) $ (69 ) $ 314 $ 13,533 $ 2,468 $ 16,001
Net income (loss) - - (56 ) - - (56 ) 137 81
Total other comprehensive income - - - (66 ) - (66 ) - (66 )
Total comprehensive income (loss) - - (56 ) (66 ) - (122 ) 137 15
Transactions with owners
Dividends - - (175 ) - - (175 ) - (175 )
Issued on exercise of stock options 18 - - - - - - -
Recognized on divestment of 10% of Acacia - - - - 7 7 174 181
Derecognition of stock option expense - (6 ) - - - (6 ) - (6 )
Funding from non-controlling interests - - - - - - 7 7
Total transactions with owners 18 (6 ) (175 ) - 7 (174 ) 181 7
At September 30, 2014 1,164,670 $ 20,863 $ (7,812 ) $ (135 ) $ 321 $ 13,237 $ 2,786 $ 16,023
  1. Includes cumulative translation losses at September 30, 2015: $198 million (September 30, 2014: losses of $99 million).
  2. Includes additional paid-in capital as at September 30, 2015: $283 million (December 31, 2014: $283 million; September 30, 2014: $283 million) and convertible borrowings - equity component as at September 30, 2015: $38 million (December 31, 2014: $38 million; September 30, 2014: $38 million).

The notes to these unaudited interim financial statements, which are contained in the Third Quarter Report 2015 available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

HEAD OFFICE

Barrick Gold Corporation
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Telephone: +1 416 861-9911
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INVESTOR CONTACTS

Angela Parr
Vice President
Investor Relations
Telephone: +1 416 307-7426
Email: aparr@barrick.com

Susan Muir
Vice President
Investor Communications
Telephone: +1 416 307-5107
Email: s.muir@barrick.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Andy Lloyd
Senior Vice President
Communications
Telephone: +1 416 307-7414
Email: alloyd@barrick.com

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

Certain information contained or incorporated by reference in this Third Quarter 2015 Report, including any information as to our strategy, projects, plans or future financial or operating performance, constitutes "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "intend", "project", "continue", "budget", "estimate", "potential", "may", "will", "can", "could" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this Third Quarter Report 2015 contains forward-looking statements with respect to cash flow forecasts, projected capital, operating and exploration expenditures, targeted cost and debt reductions, mine life and production rates, potential mineralization and metal or mineral recoveries, and information pertaining to Barrick's Value Realization project (including potential improvements to financial and operating performance and mine life at Barrick's Cortez, Lagunas Norte and Pueblo Viejo mines that may result from certain Value Realization initiatives). Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by the company in light of management's experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold, copper or certain other commodities (such as silver, diesel fuel, natural gas and electricity); the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; changes in mineral production performance, exploitation and exploration successes; risks associated with the fact that Value Realization initiatives are still in the early stages of evaluation and additional engineering and other analysis is required to fully assess their impact; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; increased costs, delays, suspensions and technical challenges associated with the construction of capital projects; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities, including disruptions in the maintenance or provision of required infrastructure and information technology systems; failure to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; timing of receipt of, or failure to comply with, necessary permits and approvals; uncertainty whether some or all of the Value Realization initiatives will meet the company's capital allocation objectives; the impact of global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future cash flows; adverse changes in our credit ratings; the impact of inflation; fluctuations in the currency markets; changes in U.S. dollar interest rates; risks arising from holding derivative instruments; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or changes in the administration of laws, policies and practices, expropriation or nationalization of property and political or economic developments in Canada , the United States and other jurisdictions in which the company does or may carry on business in the future; damage to the company's reputation due to the actual or perceived occurrence of any number of events, including negative publicity with respect to the company's handling of environmental matters or dealings with community groups, whether true or not; the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with the company's expectations; risks that exploration data may be incomplete and considerable additional work may be required to complete further evaluation, including but not limited to drilling, engineering and socio-economic studies and investment;
risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage and civil disturbances; litigation; contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties, or over access to water, power and other required infrastructure; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the company; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions or complete divestitures; employee relations; increased costs and risks related to the potential impact of climate change; availability and increased costs associated with mining inputs and labor; and the organization of our previously held African gold operations and properties under a separate listed company. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion, copper cathode or gold or copper concentrate losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks).

Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect our actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, us. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this Third Quarter 2015 Report are qualified by these cautionary statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying forward-looking statements.

The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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  • expectations regarding whether the Merger will be completed, including whether the conditions to completion of the Merger will be satisfied, and the anticipated timing for completion;
  • the combined company’s future plans, business prospects and performance, growth potential, financial strength, market profile, revenues, working capital, capital expenditures, investment valuations, income, margins, access to capital and overall strategy;
  • expectations regarding the receipt of all necessary regulatory and third party approvals and the expiration of all relevant waiting periods;
  • the anticipated number of Barrick common shares to be issued as consideration for the Merger, the expected total capitalization of Barrick on a consolidated basis following the Merger and the ratio of the Barrick common shares to be held by Barrick shareholders and Randgold shareholders, respectively, following the Merger;
  • the anticipated benefits of the Merger;
  • the re-rating potential of Barrick post-Merger;
  • expectations regarding the value and nature of the consideration payable to Randgold shareholders as a result of the Merger;
  • the anticipated mineral reserves of Barrick following completion of the Merger;
  • the governance and management structure of Barrick following the Merger;
  • the expenses of the Merger;
  • the potential for Strategic Assets to become Tier One Gold Assets;
  • the expectation that the New Barrick Shares will be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange upon completion of the Merger;
  • the intention of Barrick and Randgold to seek the approval of their respective shareholders in connection with the Merger;
  • the expected treatment and costs associated with Randgold’s share incentive plans as a result of the Merger;
  • the expectation that Acacia will not exercise its pre-emption right in connection with the Merger;
  • the expectation that Barrick will be able to make arrangements to ensure that the relationship agreement between Barrick and Acacia does not impair the future growth of Barrick’s African gold operations following the Merger;
  • the expectation that Barrick will retain key Barrick and Randgold employees following the Merger;
  • the expectation that Randgold will cease to be a public company following the Merger and will have its ordinary shares delisted from the London Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Shares (ADSs) delisted from Nasdaq Stock Market following the Merger;
  • the expectation that New Barrick common shares issuable to Randgold ADS holders will be distributed to such holders and that the Randgold ADS program will be terminated at completion; and
  • the relocation of the registered and records office of Barrick as a result of the Continuance.

These statements are based on the reasonable assumptions, estimates, analysis, and opinions of management made in light of management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions, and expected developments, as well as other factors that management considers to be relevant and reasonable at the date that such statements are made. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Barrick, as applicable, to be materially different from those anticipated, estimated, or intended. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, without limitation:

  • the risk that the conditions to completion of the Merger will not be satisfied;
  • the risk that any relevant shareholder approval of the Merger will not be obtained from the relevant shareholders
  • the risk that any shareholder resolution required for the Continuance will not be approved;
  • the risk that required regulatory and third party approvals necessary to complete the Merger will not be obtained, or that conditions will be imposed in connection with such approvals that will increase the costs associated with the Merger or have other negative implications for Barrick on a consolidated basis following the Merger;
  • the risk that litigation relating to the Merger may be commenced which may prevent, delay or give rise to significant costs or liabilities on the part of Barrick or Randgold;
  • the risk that Acacia will exercise or attempt to exercise its pre-emption right in connection with the Merger;
  • the risk that the relationship agreement between Barrick and Acacia will impair the future growth of Barrick’s African gold operations following the Merger;
  • the risk that Barrick will discover previously undisclosed liabilities of Randgold following completion of the Merger;
  • the risk that Barrick may be required to make a break fee payment to Randgold, under the terms of the Cooperation Agreement in certain circumstances if the Merger is not completed;
  • regulatory risks, including the risk of future changes to mining or tax laws in countries where Barrick or Randgold operate or have development or exploration projects;
  • the risk that the focus of management’s time and attention on the Merger may detract from other aspects of the respective businesses of Barrick and Randgold;
  • the risk that the anticipated benefits and value creation from the Merger will not be realized, or may not be realized in the expected timeframes;
  • the risk that a material decrease in the trading price of the Barrick common shares may occur which could result in a failure of the Merger or could be sustained following completion of the Merger;
  • the risk that there may be competing offers for Barrick or Randgold which arise as a result of or in connection with the Merger;
  • the risk that litigation against Barrick, Randgold or both may be commenced in connection with the Merger and may have a material negative impact on the companies;
  • the risk that Randgold may not be integrated successfully following the Merger;
  • the risk that Barrick may not be able to retain key employees of Barrick or Randgold;
  • risks relating to certain of the jurisdictions in which Barrick or Randgold operates, in respect of which there have been recent changes and/or proposed changes in mining laws and/or tax laws and where governments may seek a greater share of mineral wealth;
  • risks relating to political instability in certain of the jurisdictions in which Randgold operates;
  • risks that any failure by Randgold to comply with applicable laws prior to the Merger could subject Barrick to penalties and other adverse consequences following the Merger;
  • risks relating to Randgold operations near communities that may regard its operations as being detrimental to them;
  • risks relating to disruption of supply routes which may cause delays in construction and mining activities at Randgold’s more remote properties;
  • risks relating to fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold, copper or certain other commodities (such as silver, diesel fuel, natural gas and electricity), and the availability and increased costs associated with mining inputs and labour;
  • risks related to increased costs, delays, suspensions and technical challenges associated with the construction of capital projects;
  • the risk of operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities, including geotechnical challenges and disruptions in the maintenance or provision of required infrastructure and information technology systems;
  • risks related to the failure to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations, and the timing of receipt of, or failure to comply with, necessary permits and approvals;
  • risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage and civil disturbances;
  • risks related to litigation and contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties, or over access to water, power and other required infrastructure;
  • risks associated with working with partners in jointly controlled assets; and
  • increased costs and physical risks, including extreme weather events and resource shortages, related to climate change.

In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion, copper cathode or gold or copper concentrate losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks).

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