(Reuters) - Gold miner Kirkland Lake Gold Inc KGI.TO posted higher second-quarter profit helped by a rise in gold production and prices.
The Ontario-based company forecast gold production for fiscal years 2014 to 2016 at 210,000-250,000 ounces per year. It reiterated its annual gold production target of 110,000-130,000 ounces.
Kirkland expects to add 275 employees in fiscal year 2012, and said 147 employees have been hired so far.
Second-quarter gold production rose to 24,478 ounces, while average price per ounce improved by 25 percent.
Net and comprehensive income for the quarter was C$9.2 million, compared with $C8.5 million, a year ago. Revenue rose by a quarter to C$40.3 million.
Shares of the company closed at C$17.92 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Reporting by Swetha Gopinath in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane