August 1, 2008 / 4:33 PM / 10 years ago

Eldorado profit falls, but shares rise on output

TORONTO (Reuters) - Eldorado Gold (ELD.TO) said on Friday its second-quarter profit eased by 5.9 percent, but the miner’s shares rose as its production topped expectations.

Profit was hurt by the court-ordered shutdown of the company’s flagship Kisladag mine in Turkey last August. The mine restarted in March, and was able to ramp up production faster than anticipated.

“We though this would probably be a rebuilding quarter for them,” said Credit Suisse analyst Anita Soni.

“It turns out they had pretty good grades.”

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Eldorado, which recently acquired Frontier Pacific Mining, produced 87,340 ounces of gold at an average cash cost of $229 a ounce, most of which was produced at Kisladag.

Year-before production was 98,970 ounces at $287 an ounce.

Realized gold prices rose to $904 an ounce from $664.

Quarterly net income slipped to C$25.2 million ($24.6 million), or 7 Canadian cents a share, from C$26.7 million, or 8 Canadian cents a share.

Around midday, the company’s shares were up 29 Canadian cents, or 3.4 percent, at C$8.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Eldorado also produces from its Tanjianshan mine in China.

Kisladag was able to restart after the expiry of the injunction that shut the mine in August 2007.

The injunction had been granted pending a ruling on an appeal of an environmental approval. The Turkish high court said in February that it could not come to a decision on the appeal, allowing the injunction to expire.

Eldorado bought Frontier Pacific in early July for about C$170 million to take control of the Perama Hill gold project in Greece.

($1=$1.02 Canadian)

Reporting by Cameron French; editing by Rob Wilson

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