UPDATE 3-Kinross Gold makes more cost cuts as earnings fall

Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:48pm EST
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Nov 13 (Reuters) - Kinross Gold Corp said on Wednesday it will make further cuts to its employee numbers and capital spending as the Toronto-based gold miner reported a steep drop in third-quarter earnings hurt by weaker gold prices.

The company, which is one of the world's 10 biggest gold producers, said it has identified around $20 million in expected annual cash savings, primarily from laying off an unspecified number of employees.

Kinross and other gold miners have promised to slash costs as they grapple with tumbling profits caused by a steep decline in the gold price over the past year, as well as soaring mine development costs. Gold prices, trading at $1,272 on Wednesday, have fallen 24 percent this year.

As part of its cost-cutting drive, Kinross will chop around 1,000 jobs overall at operations around the world, company spokesman Steve Mitchell said. Some of those cuts have already been announced, including a reduction of 300 jobs in Mauritania and in Spain. Kinross employs around 9,000 people.

To save money, Kinross will merge its North and South American regions into a new Americas region, close its Reno, Nevada office and "downsize" its administrative offices in Chile and Brazil.

"We continue our focus on reducing capital and other costs in a lower gold price environment," Kinross Paul Rollinson said in a statement.

The miner has also identified a further $50 million in capital savings for 2013, on top of the $150 million it announced previously. The company now expects its 2013 capital spending to be about $1.4 billion.

Kinross said it expects its 2014 capital expenditures to be sharply lower - in the range of $800 million to 900 million.   Continued...