By Jaime Llinares Taboada
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. on Monday reported that its 2020 profit more than doubled and projected a 5% average production growth for 2021-2025.
The South African company, which is the world's third-largest gold miner, made a net profit from continuing operations of $946 million, meeting its own guidance of $910 million-$982 million. The company had reported a comparable figure of $364 million in 2019. Gold prices boosted revenue in 2020, whereas weaker local currencies helped lower costs.
AGA declared a dividend of 48 cents, up from 9 cents in 2019.
For 2021, the company said it expects gold production of 2.70 million-$2.90 million ounces, broadly in line with the 2.81 million reported for 2020, excluding disposals. AGA is also projecting a 2.0% average compound annual growth rate for production over the next two years relative to 2020, and an average of 5.0% between 2021 and 2025.
"The primary driver of production growth is related to Obuasi operating at steady-state, Tropicana reverting to normalised production levels following the reinvestment in its life extension, and AGA Mineracao, Siguiri and Sunrise Dam expected to increase production to higher levels," AngloGold said.
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