Agnico Eagle Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results
TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2022 – Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) (TSX: AEM) (“Agnico Eagle” or the “Company”) today reported financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2022.
Third quarter of 2022 highlights:
- Strong performance resulted in solid quarterly gold production and costs – Payable gold production1 in the third quarter of 2022 was 816,795 ounces at production costs per ounce of $804, total cash costs per ounce2 of $779 and all-in sustaining costs (“AISC”) per ounce3 of $1,106. For the third quarter of 2022, the Company reported quarterly net income of $0.17 per share, with adjusted net income4 of $0.52 per share. Operating cash flow after changes in non-cash components of working capital was of $1.26 per share
1 Payable production of a mineral means the quantity of a mineral produced during a period contained in products that have been or will be sold by the Company whether such products are shipped during the period or held as inventory at the end of the period.
2 Total cash costs per ounce is a non-GAAP ratio that is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company’s financial statements and, unless otherwise specified, is reported on a by-product basis in this news release. For the detailed calculation of production costs per ounce and the reconciliation of total cash costs to production costs, see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures” below. See also “Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance”.
3 AISC per ounce is a non-GAAP ratio that is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company’s financial statements and, unless otherwise specified, is reported on a by-product basis in this news release. For a reconciliation to production costs and for all-in sustaining costs on a co-product basis, see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures” below. See also “Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance”.
- Operating results include record gold production at Amaruq and sustained productivity improvements at Macassa – In the third quarter of 2022 at Amaruq, continued positive grade reconciliation and overall strong operating performance which resulted in a record quarter, with payable production of 122,994 ounces of gold. At Macassa, enhanced ventilation, better equipment availability and other operational efficiencies resulted in better-than-forecast production, with payable production of 51,775 ounces of gold
- Gold production, cost and capital expenditure guidance reiterated for 2022 – Expected payable gold production in 2022 remains unchanged at between 3.2 and 3.4 million ounces. Due to cost inflation in 2022, total cash costs per ounce and AISC per ounce are now expected to be near the top end of the guided ranges of between $725 and $775 and $1,000 and $1,050, respectively. Total expected capital expenditures (excluding capitalized exploration) for 2022 remain estimated to be approximately $1.4 billion. The Company’s guidance for 2022 includes production, costs and capital expenditures for the period commencing January 1, 2022 for the Detour Lake, Macassa and Fosterville mines
- Pressures related to cost inflation, workforce availability and COVID-19 remained manageable through the third quarter of 2022, but these pressures could be challenging in the coming months – In the third quarter of 2022, inflation on production costs was largely driven by higher input prices in key consumables (such as energy, cyanide and steel), which have experienced increases above the 5% to 7% general inflation rate forecast at the beginning of the year. Workforce availability and supply chain issues for equipment parts also remained challenging during the quarter. These pressures continued to be partially offset by solid operational performance, the pooling of resources within the regions in which the Company operates, optimization and cost saving initiatives, synergies resulting from the merger with Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. (“Kirkland Lake Gold”) on February 8, 2022 (the “Merger”) and positive foreign exchange impacts (weaker Euro and Canadian and Australian dollars). Although the Company has started to see a gradual easing of inflationary pressures and some relief in supply chain procurement, these pressures could still be challenging in the fourth quarter of 2022 and into 2023. The Company’s focus will continue to be on increasing operational efficiencies and cost optimization at all mining operations
4 Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are non-GAAP measures that are not standardized financial measures under the financial reporting framework used to prepare the Company’s financial statements. For a reconciliation to net income and net income per share see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures” below. See also “Note Regarding Certain Measures of Performance”.
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