CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Barrick Gold aims to cut at least $2 bln in debt this year

Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:12pm EST
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(Corrects headline and paragraph 1 to say company set production and debt-reduction targets for 2016, not cut forecast and costs)

Feb 17 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp , the world's largest gold producer, on Wednesday forecast 2016 gold production of 5.0-5.5 million ounces and a debt reduction target of at least $2 billion for the year.

The company, which produced 6.12 million ounces in 2015, expects all-in sustaining costs of $775-$825 per ounce for the year, largely lower than $831 per ounce a year earlier.

The Toronto, Ontario-based miner, which has one of the highest debt loads of any gold miner, has been selling its non-core assets in order to reduce debt. It said in January it had met its $3 billion debt-reduction target.

Capital expenditures for 2016 were forecast at $1.35 billion-$1.65 billion, compared with 2015 capital expenditures of $1.51 billion.

Gold has been hit by a slowdown in China's growth, the world's top consumer, a global supply glut and a strong dollar.

The company also reported higher-than-expected quarterly profits as sale of its non-core assets helped offset the dip in gold prices.

Net loss attributable to Barrick was $2.62 billion, or $2.25 per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $2.85 billion, or $2.45 per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, it reported a profit of 8 cents per share, bigger than the average analysts' estimate of 6 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue fell about 11 percent to $2.24 billion. (Reporting by Manish Parashar in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva and Alan Crosby)