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Eldorado Gold Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial and Operational Results; Steady Start to 2024

 

 

 

 

 

Eldorado Gold Corporation (TSX: ELD) (NYSE: EGO) reports the Company’s financial and operational results for the first quarter of 2024. For further information please see the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis filed on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca under the Company’s profile.

 

First Quarter 2024 Highlights

 

Operations

  • Gold production: 117,111 ounces in line with expectations for the quarter. Production increased 5% from Q1 2023, reflecting higher gold production at most sites, notably an increase in production of 12% at Lamaque and 14% at Olympias.
  • Gold sales: 116,008 ounces at an average realized gold price per ounce sold(1) of $2,086. Gold sales increased 6% from Q1 2023 primarily as a result of increases in production at Lamaque and Olympias.
  • Production costs: $123.0 million in Q1 2024 compared to $109.7 million in Q1 2023. The increase was due to higher sales volumes and slightly higher cash costs in the quarter. The increase in sales volumes accounted for roughly half of the increase to production costs. The remainder relates to higher royalty expense and increases in labour costs, due to headcount, and fuel prices.
  • Total cash costs(1): $922 per ounce sold in Q1 2024. Costs increased from $857 per ounce sold in Q1 2023, primarily due to increases in labour costs and consumables such as fuel, as well as higher royalty expenses.
  • All-in sustaining costs(1): $1,262 per ounce sold in Q1 2024. Costs increased from $1,207 in Q1 2023, primarily reflecting the higher total cash costs per ounce sold in Q1 2024, and higher sustaining capital expenditures.
  • Total capital expenditures: $122.0 million in Q1 2024, including $52.5 million of growth capital(1) invested at Skouries with activity focused on major earthworks and infrastructure construction. Growth capital at the operating mines totalled $32.7 million and was primarily related to Kisladag for continued waste stripping, construction of the North Heap Leach Pad and related infrastructure.
  • Production and cost outlook: The Company is maintaining its 2024 annual production guidance of 505,000 to 555,000 ounces of gold. Production continues to be weighted to the second half of the year. Total cash costs(1) for the full year are expected to be between $840 to $940 per ounce sold and an average AISC(1) of $1,190 to $1,290 per ounce sold.

 

Financial

  • Revenue: $258.0 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 13% from revenue of $227.8 million in Q1 2023, primarily due to higher sales volumes, and higher average realized gold price.
  • Net cash generated from operating activities of continuing operations: $95.3 million in Q1 2024, an increase from $41.0 million in Q1 2023, primarily as a result of higher gold sales volumes and higher average realized gold price.
  • Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital(2): $108.3 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 16% over Q1 2023, primarily as a result of higher gold sales volumes and higher average realized gold price.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and term deposits: $514.7 million as at March 31, 2024. Cash decreased by $25.7 million in Q1 2024 over Q4 2023 primarily as a result of temporary working capital movements, combined with continued investment in growth capital.
  • Net earnings attributable to shareholders from continuing operations: Q1 2024 net earnings attributable to shareholders of the Company was $35.2 million or $0.17 earnings per share. Increased net earnings in Q1 2024, compared to Q1 2023, is primarily attributable to increased sales volumes and higher average realized gold price.
  • Adjusted net earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”)(2): $120.6 million compared to $100.6 million in Q1 2023. The increase was driven by increased gold production and gold sales and higher average realized gold price.
  • Adjusted net earnings(2): $55.2 million net earnings, or $0.27 earnings per share in Q1 2024 compared to adjusted net earnings of $16.7 million ($0.09 earnings per share) in Q1 2023. Adjustments in Q1 2024 include a $5.3 million loss on foreign exchange due to the translation of deferred tax balances net of Turkiye inflation accounting, a $16.9 million unrealized loss on derivative instruments and a $2.1 million gain on the non-cash revaluation of the derivative related to redemption options in our senior notes.
  • Free cash flow(2): Negative $30.9 million in Q1 2024, primarily due to temporary working capital movements, combined with continued investment in growth capital. Free cash flow excluding capital expenditures at Skouries(2) was $33.7 million.
  • Project Facility: Drawdowns on the Skouries Term Facility during Q1 2024 totalled €14.1 million ($15.3 million).

 

Corporate

 

“Across our global portfolio, our operations continued to perform in-line with our expectations during the first quarter, and generated free cash flow of $33.7 million excluding Skouries capital spend,” said George Burns, Eldorado Gold’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Coming off a strong fourth quarter we anticipated lower production in the first quarter with winter conditions affecting the leach kinetics at Kisladag and ore grade variability across the portfolio. Consolidated gold production continues to be weighted to the second half of 2024,” added Burns.

 

“We reached a significant milestone on March 31, 2024 as we celebrated our fifth anniversary of achieving commercial production at our Lamaque Complex in Quebec. Since completing construction on time and on budget we have produced 848,014 ounces of gold which exceeded our initial expectations for gold production by 32% compared to the initial pre-feasibility study of 644,100 ounces. With the inaugural reserve expected at Ormaque later this year we look forward to continued success at the Lamaque Complex.”

 

Skouries Highlights

 

Growth capital invested totalled $52.5 million in Q1 2024. At March 31, 2024, the growth capital invested towards the overall capital estimate of $920 million totalled $237 million.

 

In 2024, the capital spend is expected to be between $375 and $425 million.

 

As at March 31, 2024:

  • The current Phase 2 of the project was 43% complete and the entire project was 73% complete, when including the first phase of construction;
  • Detailed engineering, since project restart, was 67% complete and procurement was substantially complete;
  • Project execution and ramp-up continued for major earthworks with work progressing on water management ponds, as well as the low-grade ore stockpile;
  • Mobilized contractors and commenced work on the tailings filtration infrastructure earthworks and pilings, with the earthworks expected to be substantially completed in Q2 2024. Piling for the filter plant building is over 30% complete;
  • Progress advanced on the foundation construction of the primary crusher, with the upper portion of the north retaining wall completed and work progressing on the south, with the crusher building earthworks advancing as planned; and
  • As previously noted, the upgrade of the underground power supply to 690V and the ventilation upgrade are both completed.

 

Milestones in 2024 include:

 

Procurement and Engineering

  • Substantial completion of procurement and engineering

 

Process Plant

  • Construction of the control room and electrical room building – commenced in Q1 2024
  • Construction of the tailings thickeners – commenced in Q1 2024

 

Tailings Filter Facility

  • Awarding of the filter facility construction contract
  • Preassembly of the filter press plates and frames – commenced in Q1 2024
  • Completion of the structural steel

 

Integrated Extractive Waste Management Facility

 

Completion of the coffer dam

 

Underground

  • Awarding of the underground development and test stoping contract
  • Completion of approximately 2,200 metres of underground development

 

Construction Progress

 

Work continues to ramp up on construction of major earthworks structures including the haul roads, IEWMF construction, low-grade stockpile, water management, process facilities, crusher and filter buildings. In addition, work will focus on the underground development to support test stope mining in 2025. Mechanical, piping and electrical installations will also progress in all process and infrastructure areas.

 

On the critical path is the filter plant building which continues to advance, with the piling work having commenced in Q1 2024. The filter plant construction contract is on track to be awarded in Q2 2024, which will include the building structure, assembly of equipment within the building, including air compressors, conveyors, filter presses and other ancillary equipment and piping and electrical work.

The filter press plates arrived on site in Q1 2024 and preassembly has now commenced, with the frames for the filter press plates already fabricated and expected to ship in Q2 2024.

 

Work for the mill/flotation building is in progress with commissioning work on overhead cranes, installation of construction lighting and scaffolding, and the commencement of structural steel work. Commissioning of the overhead cranes continues with two of the three major cranes commissioned with the third to be commissioned in April 2024. Construction lighting, scaffolding and steel are progressing according to plan and mobilization of mechanical, piping and electrical work is in progress.

 

By the end of 2024, the Company expects to have completed the IEWMF coffer dam and significantly advanced the IEWMF earthworks, water management facilities, process plant and filter plant.

 

With 12 company-owned Cat 745 trucks now onsite and operational, we expect the remaining seven to be delivered through the end of Q2 2024. During construction, these trucks are used as part of an integrated fleet with the earthwork’s construction contractor for construction of the water management ponds one and two, low-grade ore stockpile, IEWMF and facilities. These trucks will continue to be used once Skouries is in operation to build the IEWMF lifts that will be required for stacking of produced dry tailings.

 

Underground Development

 

The upgrade of the underground power supply from 400V to 690V has been completed. The ventilation upgrade is also complete, and the new contact water pumping system will be fully operational in 2024.

 

The first phase of underground development continues to advance the West Decline and access to the test stopes with a local contractor. In February 2024, first ore was intersected in the top access area to the test stopes. The second underground development contract is expected to be awarded as planned in Q2 2024. This contract includes the test stope work as well as additional development and services work to support the development of the underground mine. The Company expects to complete approximately 2,200 metres of underground development by the end of 2024.

 

Engineering

 

Following the transition of engineering to Greece at the end of 2023, it is currently 67% complete as at the end of Q1 2024 and remains on track for substantial completion in Q3 2024. Detailed engineering work continues to advance in all areas. The release of structural steel for fabrication is nearing completion with approximately 35% of the total steel fabricated to date.

 

Procurement

 

At the end of Q1 2024, procurement is substantially complete, with all long lead items procured and the focus shifting to managing fabrication and deliveries.

 

Operational Readiness

 

An experienced commissioning, operational readiness and operations leadership team has been recruited to ensure that a capable organization is in place to commission, ramp up and operate. The team is currently developing an integrated commissioning strategy and schedule, and the commissioning execution plan. The Skouries operations team now consists of 95 personnel on board; this includes 84 in leadership roles, sustainability, operations, and support services, and 11 embedded in the construction projects teams of open pit mining, underground mining and dry stack tailings construction. Recruitment activities are on track with the Operational workforce plan.

 

A training centre at the Mavres Petres site has been set up to train the incoming workforce. Under the leadership of our Global Training Director and GM Greece, Operational Readiness, the program we will be implementing is framed on the Australian Competency Based Training and Assessment approach. It provides industry focused, comprehensive theoretical and hands-on practical training. Trainees are assessed on both theoretical and practical knowledge before being qualified to work independently in the mine. The training program is consistent with and compliments the applicable standards outlined in the Greek Mining Code and Labor Legislation.

 

Workforce

 

In addition to the Operational Readiness team, as at March 31, 2024, there were over 600 personnel on site which is expected to ramp up to 1,300 during 2024.

 

Consolidated Financial and Operational Highlights

 

    3 months ended March 31,  
    2024     2023  
Revenue $258.0   $227.8  
Gold produced (oz)   117,111     111,509  
Gold sold (oz)   116,008     109,817  
Average realized gold price ($/oz sold) (2) $2,086   $1,932  
Production costs   123.0     109.7  
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (2,3)   922     857  
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (2,3)   1,262     1,207  
Net earnings for the period (1)   33.6     19.3  
Net earnings per share – basic ($/share) (1)   0.17     0.10  
Net earnings per share – diluted ($/share) (1)   0.16     0.10  
Net earnings for the period continuing operations (1,4)   35.2     19.4  
Net earnings per share continuing operations – basic ($/share) (1,4)   0.17     0.11  
Net earnings per share continuing operations – diluted ($/share) (1,4)   0.17     0.10  
Adjusted net earnings continuing operations – basic (1,2,4)   55.2     16.7  
Adjusted net earnings per share continuing operations ($/share) (1,2,4)   0.27     0.09  
Net cash generated from operating activities (4)   95.3     41.0  
Cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital (2,4)   108.3     93.2  
Free cash flow (2,4)   (30.9 )   (34.4 )
Free cash flow excluding Skouries (2,4)   33.7     (19.2 )
Cash, cash equivalents and term deposits   514.7     262.3  
Total assets   5,065.5     4,501.0  
Debt   643.8     493.4  

(1)  Attributable to shareholders of the Company.
(2)  These financial measures or ratios are non-IFRS financial measures or ratios. See the section ‘Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures and Ratios’ of our MD&A for explanations and discussions of these non-IFRS financial measures or ratios.
(3)  Revenues from silver, lead and zinc sales are off-set against total cash costs.
(4)  Amounts presented for 2024 and 2023 are from continuing operations only and exclude the Romania segment. See Note 4 of our condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2024.

 

Total revenue was $258.0 million in Q1 2024, an increase of 13% from total revenue of $227.8 million in Q1 2023. The increase was the result of higher sales volumes in Q1 2024 as well as the higher average realized gold price.

 

Production costs increased to $123.0 million in Q1 2024 from $109.7 million in Q1 2023 due to higher sales volumes and slightly higher cash costs in the quarter. The increase in sales volumes accounted for roughly half of the increase to production costs. The remainder relates to higher royalty expense and increases in labour costs, due to headcount, and fuel prices. Production costs include royalty expense, which increased to $14.2 million in Q1 2024 from $8.7 million in Q1 2023, due to higher average realized gold prices, as well as higher sales volumes.

 

Total cash costs(3) in Q1 2024 averaged $922 per ounce sold, an increase from $857 per ounce sold in Q1 2023, primarily due to higher royalty expense driven by higher gold prices, as well as smaller impacts from labour and fuel. AISC per ounce sold(3) increased to $1,262 in Q1 2024 from $1,207 in Q1 2023, reflecting the higher total cash costs per ounce sold in Q1 2024 combined with higher sustaining capital expenditures.

 

Eldorado reported net earnings attributable to shareholders from continuing operations of $35.2 million ($0.17 earnings per share) in Q1 2024, compared to a net earnings of $19.4 million ($0.11 earnings per share) in Q1 2023. Higher net income in Q1 2024 is primarily attributable to increased sales volumes and higher average realized gold prices.

 

Adjusted net earnings(4) was $55.2 million ($0.27 earnings per share) in Q1 2024, compared to adjusted net earnings of $16.7 million ($0.09 earnings per share) in Q1 2023. Adjustments in Q1 2024 include a $5.3 million loss on foreign exchange due to the translation of deferred tax balances net of Turkiye inflation accounting, a $16.9 million unrealized loss on derivative instruments and a $2.1 million gain on the non-cash revaluation of the derivative related to redemption options in our senior notes.

 

Quarterly Operations Update

 

Gold Operations

  3 months ended March 31,
    2024   2023
Total    
Ounces produced   117,111   111,509
Ounces sold   116,008   109,817
Production costs $123.0 $109.7
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $922 $857
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $1,262 $1,207
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $29.1 $26.0
Kisladag    
Ounces produced   37,523   37,160
Ounces sold   36,699   37,393
Production costs $30.9 $30.5
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $820 $794
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $916 $875
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $2.2 $2.2
Lamaque    
Ounces produced   42,299   37,884
Ounces sold   44,620   38,643
Production costs $35.2 $29.2
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $779 $744
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $1,262 $1,217
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $21.1 $17.8
Efemcukuru    
Ounces produced   18,501   19,928
Ounces sold   18,614   19,751
Production costs $21.8 $17.7
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $1,154 $936
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $1,138 $1,094
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $2.4 $2.2
Olympias    
Ounces produced   18,788   16,537
Ounces sold   16,075   14,030
Production costs $35.0 $32.3
Total cash costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $1,287 $1,220
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz sold) (1,2) $1,527 $1,532
Sustaining capital expenditures (2) $3.5 $3.7

(1)  Revenues from silver, lead and zinc sales are off-set against total cash costs.
(2)  These financial measures or ratios are non-IFRS financial measures or ratios. See the section ‘Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures and Ratios’ of our MD&A for explanations and discussions of these non-IFRS financial measures or ratios.

 

Kisladag

 

Kisladag produced 37,523 ounces of gold in Q1 2024, a slight increase from 37,160 ounces in Q1 2023. The increase was primarily due to continued leaching of gold ounces from leach pads stacked in H2 2023, as well as higher average grade of new tonnes placed in the quarter. Average grade of tonnes placed increased to 0.77 grams per tonne in Q1 2024 from 0.70 grams per tonne in Q1 2023. In Q1 2024, there were lower tonnes placed on the leach pad due to annual planned maintenance work in the crushing circuit.

 

Revenue increased to $77.1 million in Q1 2024 from $72.1 million in Q1 2023, driven by the higher average realized gold price, partially offset by decreased gold ounces sold in the quarter.

 

Production costs increased to $30.9 million in Q1 2024 from $30.5 million in Q1 2023. With gold production relatively consistent, production costs in the quarter were impacted by higher fuel prices, which in turn was mostly offset by lower tonnes placed on the leach pad. Royalties were also higher in the quarter due to higher average realized gold prices. This resulted in total cash costs per ounce sold increasing to $820 in Q1 2024 from $794 in Q1 2023.

 

AISC per ounce sold increased to $916 in Q1 2024 from $875 in Q1 2023, primarily due to the increase in total cash costs per ounce sold.

 

Sustaining capital expenditures of $2.2 million in Q1 2024 primarily included equipment rebuilds. Growth capital investment of $25.5 million in Q1 2024 included waste stripping to support the mine life extension, continued construction of the second phase of the North Heap Leach Pad and adsorption-desorption-regeneration plant infrastructure, and building relocation due to pit expansion.

 

For 2024, production guidance at Kisladag is 180,000 to 195,000 ounces of gold. Production is expected to increase over the course of the second quarter as we realize increased processing throughput.

 

Lamaque

 

Lamaque produced 42,299 ounces of gold in Q1 2024, a 12% increase from 37,884 ounces in Q1 2023 primarily due to increased mill throughput as a result of increased mill utilization and access to stockpiled ore. Average grade decreased to 5.81 grams per tonne in Q1 2024 from 6.06 grams per tonne in Q1 2023.

 

Revenue increased to $93.5 million in Q1 2024 from $73.6 million in Q1 2023 primarily due to higher sales volumes but also impacted by the higher average gold price.

 

Production costs increased to $35.2 million in Q1 2024 from $29.2 million in Q1 2023, reflecting higher production volumes. Total cash costs per ounce sold increased to $779 in Q1 2024 from $744 in Q1 2023 despite higher ounces sold primarily due to additional costs incurred in labour, contractors, and equipment rentals to increase productivity during the quarter. Total cash costs were also impacted by slightly higher royalties due to the higher realized gold price.

 

AISC per ounce sold increased to $1,262 in Q1 2024 from $1,217 in Q1 2023, primarily due to an increase in sustaining capital expenditure and an increase in total cash costs per ounce sold.

 

Sustaining capital expenditure increased to $21.1 million in Q1 2024 from $17.8 million in Q1 2023 primarily due to increased underground development, combined with equipment rebuilds. Growth capital investment of $5.1 million in Q1 2024 were primarily related to resource conversion drilling at Ormaque.

 

In 2024, production guidance at Lamaque is 175,000 to 190,000 ounces of gold. Production is expected to increase in the second quarter as we realize higher grades.

 

Efemcukuru

 

Efemcukuru produced 18,501 payable ounces of gold in Q1 2024, a 7% decrease from 19,928 payable ounces in Q1 2023. The decrease in production was due to a lower planned grade of 4.96 grams per tonne in Q1 2024 from 5.45 grams per tonne in Q1 2023, and was partly offset by higher throughput during the quarter.

 

Revenue increased to $41.3 million in Q1 2024 compared to $40.7 million in Q1 2023. The slight increase was due to the higher average realized price, partially offset by slightly lower payable gold ounces sold.

 

Higher royalties and transportation costs as well as higher tonnes processed resulted in an increase in production costs to $21.8 million in Q1 2024 from $17.7 million in Q1 2023. While higher royalties were primarily a result of higher gold price, the increase in Q1 2024 was also due to $1.0 million out-of-period adjustment in Q1 2023 that reduced royalty expense in that comparative quarter. Additionally, lower gold sales volume resulted in an increase in total cash costs per ounce sold to $1,154 in Q1 2024, from $936 in Q1 2023.

 

AISC per ounce sold increased to $1,138 in Q1 2024 from $1,094 in Q1 2023, primarily due to the increase in total cash costs per ounce sold, a slight increase in sustaining capital and exploration expenditures, and lower volumes sold. AISC in the period was also offset by an adjustment to asset reclamation amortization of $3.7 million.

 

Sustaining capital expenditures of $2.4 million in Q1 2024 primarily included underground development and equipment rebuilds. Growth capital investment of $1.1 million include Kokarpinar underground development.

 

For 2024, production guidance at Efemcukuru is forecast to be 75,000 to 85,000 ounces of gold. Production in the second quarter is expected to be consistent with the first quarter.

 

Olympias

 

Olympias produced 18,788 payable ounces of gold in Q1 2024, a 14% increase from 16,537 ounces in Q1 2023. The increase was driven by increased mining and processing volumes as a result of productivity improvements. Lead and zinc production also increased in Q1 2024 as compared to Q1 2023, due to higher processing volumes. In line with 2024 guidance, we anticipate higher by-product metal production and sales as we continue to develop into the Flats Zone.

 

Revenue increased to $46.2 million in Q1 2024 compared to $41.5 million in Q1 2023 primarily as a result of higher sales volumes and higher realized gold price. The difference between gold produced and sold at Olympias was impacted by the timing of shipments at the quarter end, with a delayed shipment in March 2024 completed in early April. The corresponding gold ounces sold and related revenue attributable to such delayed shipment will be recognized in Q2 2024.

 

Increased production in the quarter resulted in an increase in production costs to $35.0 million in Q1 2024 from $32.3 million in Q1 2023. Higher labour costs and royalties led to an increase in total cash costs per ounce sold to $1,287 in Q1 2024 from $1,220 in Q1 2023. These increases were partially offset by slightly lower gold treatment and refining charges and slightly lower selling costs due to improved shipment logistics onsite.

 

AISC per ounce sold decreased slightly to $1,527 in Q1 2024 from $1,532 in Q1 2023 primarily due to higher volumes sold and slightly lower sustaining capital expenditures, partially offset by higher total cash costs per ounce sold. Sustaining capital expenditures of $3.5 million in Q1 2024 primarily included underground development and underground infill drilling.

 

For 2024, production guidance at Olympias is forecast to be 75,000 to 85,000 ounces of gold. Production in the second quarter is expected to be consistent with the first quarter.

 

For further information on the Company’s operating results for the first quarter of 2024, please see the Company’s MD&A filed on SEDAR+ at www.sedarplus.ca under the Company’s profile.


About Eldorado Gold

 

Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkiye, Canada, and Greece. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities.

 

 

Posted April 26, 2024

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