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Hochschild Mining gives production guidance for 2020 as Inmaculada hits full capacity

The overall attributable production target for 2020 has been revised down to 280,000-290,000 gold equivalent ounces.

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The company has completed an assessment of the overall impact from the stoppages to date and the resulting revised mine plans, which also reflect ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions

Hochschild Mining PLC (LON:HOC) shares headed higher after the company said its flagship Inmaculada is back to operating at full capacity.

The company has reissued (revised) full-year production guidance, aiming for 280,000 to 290,000 of gold equivalent ounces (or 24mln to 25mln silver equivalent ounces). The reduction versus the pre-coronavirus guidance is principally due to the operational stoppages and also reflects temporary delays in mine sequencing.

All-in sustaining costs are expected to be US$1,250-US$1,290 per gold equivalent ounce (US$14.5-US15.0 per silver equivalent ounce).

The forecast total sustaining and development capital expenditure for this year has been revised to around US$110-120mln.

"I am pleased to report that the team has carried out a successful remobilisation and ramp-up at our flagship Inmaculada operation and that we are now running the mine at full capacity. We have also reinstated our guidance for 2020 which reflects the impact of the ongoing restrictions in both Peru and Argentina but is expected to deliver a solid second half of production with strong expected cash flow generation,” said Ignacio Bustamante, the chief executive officer of Hochschild.

Shares in the miner were up 2.9% at 238.6p.

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Price: 199.2 GBX

Market: LSE
Market Cap: £1.02 billion

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