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Shanta Gold clears debts as production rises

Snapshot

  • Acquisition of Barrick's Kenya assets
  • 2020 production forecast between 80- 85,000oz
  • Proposal to IPO Singida asset to raise US$20mln for construction
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Quick facts: Shanta Gold Limited

Price: 16.75 GBX

AIM:SHG
Market: AIM
Market Cap: £132.98 m
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In July, Shanta revealed it produced 22,216 ounces of gold from its New Luika mine in Tanzania during the second quarter of 2020 compared to 20,167 ounces produced in the first quarter.

The company said it has also been working up the resource at Singida, which now stands at 243,000 ounces.

Shanta added that annualised Q2 2020 underlying earnings (EBITDA) at spot gold was “just under $100mln per annum from the New Luika mine with margins expanded from lower costs and a rising gold price”.

The company also noted that it had net cash of US$2.1mln at the second quarter-end, the first such occasion in its producing history having had net debt of US$15.1mln at the end of the first quarter in 2020, which furthermore excluded US$3.6m of doré available for sale.

Unrestricted cash at period’s end was US$12.9mln (Q1 2020: US$5.3mln), with US$2.5mln available to draw from its working capital facility.

Singida float

Plans to float its Singida gold mining asset in Tanzania on the Dar es Salaam stock exchange are progressing.

The gold miner wants to raise US$20mln to develop Singida, with the IPO documents now lodged with the Tanzanian authorities.

Shanta will retain at least 51% ownership of Singida and will operate the project with the money to be used to start production and for exploration to expand the resource.

Newly published project economics suggest production will average 26,000oz per annum for an initial six-year period.

What the boss says: Eric Zurrin, chief executive

 "Shanta expects to shortly conclude the acquisition of Barrick's Kenya assets whereupon Shanta will own three projects with 3mln oz of high quality gold resources.

"Shanta's near-term focus is on replacing reserves at New Luika, financing and commencing Singida's construction, and expanding the resource base at the West Kenya Project.

"We remain committed to rigorous capital allocation, growth of underlying shareholder value and to managing a sustainable and responsible mining company."

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Inflexion points

  • Details of Singida IPO
  • More VAT repayments from Tanzanian government
  • Gold price continues to rise
  • Resource upgrade from drilling at New Luika satellite deposits

 

Blue sky

Production above 100,000oz takes Shanta to next level in league of miners

Additional acreage around New Luika and Singida can boost output even more

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Shanta Gold enters new chapter with net cash as production continues to increase

Shanta Gold Ltd's (LON:SHG) Eric Zurrin tells Proactive London's Andrew Scott they produced 22,216 ounces of gold from its New Luika mine in Tanzania during the second quarter of 2020, up on the 20,167 ounces produced in the first quarter. Zurrin adds that they had net cash of US$2.1mln at the...

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