TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s Yamana Gold Inc (YRI.TO) said on Wednesday its second quarter adjusted earnings fell 28 percent on lower metal prices, copper sales volumes and higher production costs.
With three mines currently under construction, Yamana also said its 2012 capital spending remains on track at $665 million.
“We’re still on budget,” chief executive Peter Marrone told Reuters. “Some projects may be a little bit more, some projects may be a little bit less, but cumulatively, we’re on track for that $665 million.”
Cost inflation is a major issue in the mining industry with high labor, fuel and consumable costs leading to ballooning price tags on projects around the world.
Yamana expects to start up its Ernesto and C1 Santa Cruz mines in Brazil by the end of 2012, with commercial production planned for mid-2013. A third Brazilian development, Pilar, is set to start-up in 2013.
That will help ramp up output to 1.2 million-1.3 million ounces this year, with 1.5 million-1.7 million ounces in 2013.
The gold miner also said it is moving forward with project optimization at its Jeronimo joint venture in Chile. The gold mine is expected to cost some $425 million to build with average annual production of some 150,000 ounces.
A construction decision is expected this year, pending discussions with Yamana’s partner on the project, Chilean copper giant Codelco.
Net earnings fell to $42.9 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with $194.7 million, or 26 cents per share, in the year-ago period.
Adjusted to remove one-time items, earnings fell to $134.9 million, or 18 cents a share, in the quarter ended June 30. That compared with $186.2 million, or 25 cents a share, in the second quarter of 2011.
That was below analyst expectations of 25 cents a share, on average, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Revenue fell 7 percent to $526 million on lower copper sales volumes and lower realized metal prices.
Copper sales volumes were 37.4 million pounds in the second quarter, down from 41.6 million pounds in the year-ago period. That as the copper price fell 14 percent to $3.60 a pound.
Gold equivalent production rose 4 percent to 288,700 ounces in the quarter, while gold sales were 2 percent higher at 268,692 ounces. The realized gold price rose 6 percent to $1,605 an ounce.
At the same time, cash costs rose to $536 per gold equivalent ounce, up from $451 per ounce in the year-earlier period, on operational issues at the Jacobina mine in Brazil and the Minera Florida project in Chile.
Yamana said it had an inventory of 32,000 gold equivalent ounces and 3.9 million pounds of copper, as of June 30.
Reporting by Julie Gordon; Editing by Bernard Orr and Eric Meijer