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Kinross reports 2019 fourth-quarter and full-year results

Meets production and cost guidance for eighth consecutive year
Tasiast delivers record annual production and costs; Paracatu achieves record annual production
Solid production with lower all-in sustaining cost per ounce and capital expenditures forecast in 2020


TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX: K, NYSE: KGC) today announced its results for the fourth-quarter and year-end December 31, 2019.
(This news release contains forward-looking information about expected future events and financial and operating performance of the Company. We refer to the risks and assumptions set out in our Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information located on page 21 of this release. All dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted.)


2019 full-year results and 2020 guidance:     

 

 2019 guidance
(+/- 5%)
2019 full-year results2020 guidance
(+/- 5%)
Gold equivalent production1
(ounces)
2.5 million2.5 million2.4 million
Production cost of sales1, 2
($ per Au eq. oz.)
$730$706$720
All-in sustaining cost1, 2
($ per Au eq. oz.) 
$995$983$970
Capital expenditures$1,050 million$1,105 million3$900 million3


CEO Commentary:
J. Paul Rollinson, President and CEO, made the following comments in relation to 2019 fourth-quarter and year-end results:


“In 2019, our portfolio of mines performed strongly, as we increased production and lowered costs year-over-year and generated robust free cash flow. Our strong performance ensured we met our production, cost and capital guidance for the eighth consecutive year.


“Our three largest producers in 2019 – Paracatu, Kupol and Tasiast – accounted for 61% of our total production and delivered the lowest costs in the portfolio. Paracatu and Tasiast each had an outstanding year, posting record annual production, with Tasiast also delivering record low costs.


“In terms of 2019 financial performance, Kinross increased operating cash flow by 55% to $1.2 billion, more than tripled adjusted net earnings to $423 million, grew our margins by 28%, and improved liquidity to $2 billion while continuing to invest in our development projects.


“We also took steps to strengthen our future production profile. We approved and launched the capital efficient Tasiast 24k expansion project and completed the IFC-led project financing. We improved our development pipeline by acquiring the high-quality and highly prospective Chulbatkan project in Russia and are now proceeding with the La Coipa Restart project in Chile. In addition, we made excellent progress at our U.S. projects, commencing production at our Round Mountain Phase W and Bald Mountain Vantage Complex projects in Nevada, and advancing Fort Knox Gilmore in Alaska.


“In 2020, we expect to continue our strong performance, producing approximately 2.4 million gold equivalent ounces, with all-in sustaining costs and capital expenditures guidance lower than last year. In 2021, generating strong free cash flow will continue to be a priority, with production expected to be at or above 2019 levels and capital expenditures and all-in sustaining costs expected to decrease compared with 2020. We currently expect a further reduction in capital expenditures and all-in sustaining costs for 2022, with production expected to remain at the 2.5 million ounce level.”


2019 Q4 and full-year highlights:


  • Production1645,344 gold equivalent ounces (Au eq. oz.) in Q4 2019 and 2,507,659 Au eq. oz. in 2019.  
  • Revenue: $996.2 million in Q4 2019 and $3,497.3 million in 2019.
  • Production cost of sales2$744 per Au eq. oz. in Q4 2019 and $706 per Au eq. oz. in 2019.
  • All-in sustaining cost2$1,050 per Au eq. oz. sold in Q4 2019 and $983 per Au eq. oz. sold in 2019. All-in sustaining cost per Au oz. sold on a by-product basis was $1,041 in Q4 2019 and $974 per Au oz. sold in 2019.
  • Operating cash flow: $408.6 million in Q4 2019 and $1,224.9 million in 2019.
  • Adjusted operating cash flow2$387.6 million in Q4 2019 and $1,201.5 million for 2019.
  • Reported net earnings4$521.5 million, or $0.41 per share in Q4 2019, and $718.6 million, or $0.57 per share, in 2019.
  • Adjusted net earnings2,3: adjusted net earnings of $156.0 million, or $0.13 per share in Q4 2019, and adjusted net earnings of $422.9 million, or $0.34 per share, in 2019.
  • Margins5attributable margins of $741 per Au eq. oz. sold in Q4 2019 and $686 per Au eq. oz. sold for 2019.


Operations highlights:


  • Paracatu delivered record annual production of approximately 620,000 Au eq. oz., mainly due to benefits from an asset optimization program that improved mill efficiencies and enhanced the understanding of the orebody.
  • Tasiast achieved record production and costs in 2019, as the mine continued to benefit from the Phase One expansion and the mill’s strong performance. Year-over-year production increased by 140,000 Au eq. oz., or 56%, with cost of sales per ounce decreasing by $374 per ounce sold, or 38%.
  • Kupol-Dvoinoye production was 8% higher year-over-year primarily due to higher-grade ore processed from Kupol’s Northeast Extension and Moroshka deposits.
  • Round Mountain performed well in full-year 2019 with the completion of the Phase W project and increases in ounces recovered from the heap leach pads and lower full-year cost of sales.


Balance sheet and liquidity:


  • Cash and cash equivalents of $575.1 million, and total liquidity of $2,028.2 million at December 31, 2019. No debt maturities until September 2021. 
  • Completed the $300 million project financing for Tasiast with the IFC (a member of the World Bank Group), Export Development Canada and two commercial banks. 
  • Sold remaining shares in Lundin Gold Inc. for gross proceeds of approximately $113 million.
  • Sold royalty portfolio to Maverix Metals Inc. (“Maverix”) for total consideration of approximately $74 million, which includes $25 million in cash and approximately 11.2 million Maverix common shares.


Environment, Social, Governance (ESG):


  • Maintained industry-leading health and safety performance.
  • Delivered strong environmental management and sustainability performance; achieved lowest energy-use and greenhouse gas emission intensities among gold industry peers.
  • Published best practice approach to safe and responsible tailings management, based on an overriding commitment to safety and environmental stewardship.
  • Governance standards continued to be robust: achieved 33% Board gender diversity target and welcomed two new independent Board members.  


Financial results


Summary of financial and operating results


        
   Three months endedYears ended 
   December 31,December 31, 
 (in millions, except ounces, per share amounts, and per ounce amounts) 2019  2018  2019  2018  
 Operating Highlights     
 Total gold equivalent ounces(1)     
 Produced(3) 650,242  615,279  2,527,788  2,475,068  
 Sold(3) 670,917  641,101  2,512,758  2,532,912  
        
 Attributable gold equivalent ounces(1)     
 Produced(3) 645,344  610,152  2,507,659  2,452,398  
 Sold(3) 666,199  636,183  2,492,572  2,510,419  
        
 Financial Highlights     
 Metal sales$996.2 $786.5 $3,497.3 $3,212.6  
 Production cost of sales$500.5 $476.4 $1,778.9 $1,860.5  
 Depreciation, depletion and amortization$210.4 $184.3 $731.3 $772.4  
 Reversals of impairment charges$(361.8)$- $(361.8)$-  
 Operating earnings$568.8 $25.1 $991.1 $200.5  
 Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders$521.5 $(27.7)$718.6 $(23.6) 
 Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders$0.41 $(0.02)$0.57 $(0.02) 
 Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders$0.41 $(0.02)$0.57 $(0.02) 
 Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders(2)$156.0 $13.5 $422.9 $128.1  
 Adjusted net earnings per share(2)$0.13 $0.01 $0.34 $0.10  
 Net cash flow provided from operating activities$408.6 $183.5 $1,224.9 $788.7  
 Adjusted operating cash flow(2)$387.6 $135.8 $1,201.5 $874.2  
 Capital expenditures$298.2 $273.0 $1,105.2 $1,043.4  
 Average realized gold price per ounce(2)$1,485 $1,226 $1,392 $1,268  
 Consolidated production cost of sales per equivalent ounce(3) sold(2)$746 $743 $708 $735  
 Attributable(1) production cost of sales per equivalent ounce(3) sold(2)$744 $743 $706 $734  
 Attributable(1) production cost of sales per ounce sold on a by-product basis(2)$728 $733 $691 $723  
 Attributable(1) all-in sustaining cost per ounce sold on a by-product basis(2)$1,041 $955 $974 $959  
 Attributable(1) all-in sustaining cost per equivalent ounce(3) sold(2)$1,050 $961 $983 $965  
 Attributable(1) all-in cost per ounce sold on a by-product basis(2)$1,337 $1,287 $1,282 $1,275  
 Attributable(1) all-in cost per equivalent ounce(3) sold(2)$1,340 $1,286 $1,284 $1,274  
        


(1) "Total" includes 100% of Chirano production. "Attributable" includes Kinross' share of Chirano (90%) production.
(2) The definition and reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures is included on pages 16 to 20 of this news release.
(3) “Gold equivalent ounces” include silver ounces produced and sold converted to a gold equivalent based on a ratio of the average spot market prices for the commodities for each period. The ratio for 2019 was 85.99:1 (2018 - 80.74:1). The ratio for Q4 2019 was 85.59:1 (Q4 2018 - 84.42:1).


The following operating and financial results are based on fourth-quarter and year-end 2019 gold equivalent production. Production and cost measures are on an attributable basis:


Production: Kinross produced 645,344 attributable Au eq. oz. in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with 610,152 in the fourth quarter of 2018, mainly due to record quarterly production at Tasiast and higher production at Round Mountain and Bald Mountain. 


Kinross produced 2,507,659 attributable Au eq. oz. for full-year 2019, which was in line with the Company’s 2019 annual guidance, and an increase compared with full-year 2018 production of 2,452,398 Au eq. oz.


Production cost of sales: Production cost of sales per Au eq. oz.2 was $744 for Q4 2019, compared with $743 for the fourth quarter of 2018. Production cost of sales per Au oz. on a by-product basis2 was $728 in Q4 2019, compared with $733 in Q4 2018, based on Q4 2019 attributable gold sales of 652,462 ounces and attributable silver sales of 1,175,772 ounces.


Production cost of sales per Au eq. oz. was $706 for full-year 2019, which was at the low end of the Company’s 2019 guidance. This compares with production cost of sales of $734 per Au eq. oz. for full-year 2018. The full-year decrease was mainly due lower costs at Paracatu, Tasiast and Round Mountain. Production cost of sales per Au oz. on a by-product basis2 was $691 for full-year 2019, compared with $723 for full-year 2018, based on 2019 attributable gold sales of 2,438,678 ounces and attributable silver sales of 4,633,932 ounces.


All-in sustaining cost2: All-in sustaining cost per Au eq. oz. sold was $1,050 in Q4 2019, compared with $961 in Q4 2018. All-in sustaining cost per Au oz. sold on a by-product basis increased to $1,041 in Q4 2019, compared with $955 in Q4 2018.


All-in sustaining cost per Au eq. oz. sold was $983 for full-year 2019, which was within the Company’s 2019 guidance range, compared with $965 for full-year 2018. All-in sustaining cost per Au oz. sold on a by-product basis was $974 for full-year 2019, compared with $959 for full-year 2018.


Revenue: Revenue from metal sales was $996.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $786.5 million during the same period in 2018.


Revenue for full-year 2019 increased to $3,497.3 million, compared with $3,212.6 million for full-year 2018.


Average realized gold price6: The average realized gold price in Q4 2019 increased 21% to $1,485 per ounce, compared with $1,226 per ounce in Q4 2018.


The average realized gold price per ounce increased 10% to $1,392 for full-year 2019, compared with $1,268 per ounce for full-year 2018.


Margins5: Kinross’ attributable margin per Au eq. oz. sold increased 53% to $741 per Au eq. oz. for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with the Q4 2018 margin of $483 per Au eq. oz. sold.


Full-year 2019 margin per Au eq. oz. sold increased 28% to $686, compared with $534 for full-year 2018.


Operating cash flow: Adjusted operating cash flow2 increased significantly to $387.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $135.8 million for Q4 2018. Adjusted operating cash flow for full-year 2019 increased 37% to $1,201.5 million, compared with $874.2 million for full-year 2018.


Net operating cash flow was $408.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $183.5 million for Q4 2018. Net operating cash flow for full-year 2019 increased 55% to $1,224.9 million, compared with $788.7 million for full-year 2018.


Impairment reversal: At December 31, 2019, Kinross recorded non-cash after-tax impairment reversals totalling $293.6 million, including $161.1 million at Tasiast and $132.5 million at Paracatu. The reversals were entirely related to property, plant and equipment, and were mainly due to an increase in the Company’s long-term gold price estimates.


Earnings/loss: Adjusted net earnings2,3  increased to $156.0 million, or $0.13 per share, for Q4 2019, compared with adjusted net earnings of $13.5 million, or $0.01 per share, for Q4 2018. Full-year 2019 adjusted net earnings more than tripled to $422.9 million, or $0.34 per share, compared with adjusted net earnings of $128.1 million, or $0.10 per share, for full-year 2018, mainly due to higher margins.


Reported net earnings increased to $521.5 million, or $0.41 per share, for Q4 2019, compared with net loss of $27.7 million, or $0.02 per share, in Q4 2018. Full-year 2019 reported net earnings increased to $718.6 million, or $0.57 per share, compared with net loss of $23.6 million, or $0.02 per share, for full-year 2018. The increase was mainly due to higher margins, non-cash impairment reversals, a gain of $72.7 million on the sale of the royalty portfolio, and a decrease in depreciation, depletion and amortization.


Capital expenditures3: Capital expenditures were $298.2 million for Q4 2019, compared with $273.0 million for the same period last year.


Capital expenditures for full-year 2019 were $1,105.2 million, compared with $1,043.4 million for 2018, primarily due to increased spending on projects at Bald Mountain, Fort Knox and Round Mountain, partially offset by lower spending at Tasiast. Capital expenditures were within the Company’s guidance.


Balance sheet


As of December 31, 2019, Kinross had cash and cash equivalents of $575.1 million, compared with $349.0 million at December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to net operating cash flow inflows, partially offset by capital expenditures at the Company’s development projects.


The Company has available credit of $1,453.1 million as of year-end 2019, for total liquidity of $2,028.2 million.


Operating results


Mine-by-mine summaries for 2019 fourth-quarter and full-year operating results may be found on pages 11 and 15 of this news release. Highlights include the following:


Americas


Paracatu had an outstanding year in 2019, achieving record annual production of 619,563 Au eq. oz. while lowering costs. The strong performance was mainly due to an asset optimization program started in 2018, which resulted in improved mill efficiencies and an enhanced understanding of the orebody. Full-year production increased approximately 98,000 Au eq. oz., or 19%, compared with 2018, as both throughput and recoveries improved. Full-year cost of sales per ounce sold decreased by approximately 19% compared with 2018 mainly due to operational efficiencies, lower power costs, and favourable foreign exchange movements. During Q4 2019 cost of sales per ounce sold increased versus Q3 2019 mainly due to higher maintenance costs, as the crusher was repaired during the quarter. Quarterly production was slightly lower compared with Q3 2019 mainly due to lower throughput.


Round Mountain performed well for full-year 2019. While there was a slight year-over-year reduction in annual production, Q4 2019 production increased 26% compared with Q3 2019 mainly due to strong performance from the heap leach pads as a result of the Phase W project. Full-year cost of sales per ounce sold was lower versus 2018 primarily due to lower operating waste. Cost of sales per ounce sold in Q4 2019 was largely in line quarter-over-quarter.


At Bald Mountain, full-year production was lower compared with 2018 mainly due to a slower-than-anticipated ramp up at the Vantage Complex project and unfavourable weather conditions at the site early in the year. As expected, production was significantly higher in Q4 2019, increasing by 95% compared with Q3 2019, as more ounces were recovered from the Vantage Complex. Cost of sales per ounce sold for 2019 was higher compared with 2018 mostly due to lower production. Cost of sales per ounce sold decreased during Q4 2019 compared with Q3 2019 primarily due an increase in production.


At Fort Knox, production for 2019 was lower compared with 2018 mainly due to a decrease in mill throughput, while 2019 cost of sales per ounce sold increased compared with the previous year mainly due to lower production and higher maintenance costs. Production and cost of sales per ounce sold for Q4 2019 were largely in line with the previous quarter.


Maricunga delivered higher-than-expected annual production from the rinsing of materials placed on the heap leach pads prior to the suspension of mining activities. Full-year cost of sales per ounce sold were largely in line with 2018. The mine has now transitioned into care and maintenance, with final production occurring in Q4 2019. For tax planning purposes, the sale of residual gold ounces are expected to continue during 2020.


Russia


The Russia region continued its strong and consistent performance in 2019. Combined full-year production at Kupol and Dvoinoye was 8% higher compared with 2018 primarily due to higher grade ore processed from Kupol’s Northeast Extension and Moroshka deposits. Production quarter-over-quarter was lower primarily due to planned lower mill grades at Kupol. Full-year cost of sales per ounce sold was higher compared with 2018 primarily due to an increase in operating waste mined, and was largely in line quarter-over-quarter.


West Africa


Tasiast outperformed in 2019, achieving record production and a record low cost of sales per ounce sold, as the mine continued to benefit from the Phase One expansion and the mill’s strong performance. During 2019, production increased by approximately 140,000 Au eq. oz., or 56%, while cost of sales decreased by $374 per ounce sold, or 38%, compared with 2018. Tasiast finished the year strongly, achieving a record quarterly production of 102,973 Au eq. oz. at a cost of sales of $494 per ounce sold, the lowest in its history. The mine also achieved a record average throughput of 15,000 tonnes per day during the quarter. Higher grades, operational efficiencies and lower operating waste during Q4 2019 also contributed to a decrease in costs compared with the same period in 2018.


At Chirano, full-year production decreased slightly compared with 2018 mainly due to lower grades. Production for Q4 2019 was higher compared with the previous quarter primarily as a result of improved mill throughput. Cost of sales per ounce sold was higher for full-year 2019 mainly due to an increase in operating waste mined associated with the return to open pit mining, and was largely in line quarter-over-quarter.


2020 Outlook
The following section of the news release represents forward-looking information and users are cautioned that actual results may vary. We refer to the risks and assumptions contained in the Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information on page 21 of this news release.


In 2020, Kinross expects to produce 2.4 million Au eq. oz. (+/- 5%) from its operations. In 2021, annual production is expected to be at or above 2019 levels, and is expected to remain at the 2.5 million Au eq. oz. level for 2022.


The slight forecast decrease compared to full-year 2019 production is primarily due to Maricunga transitioning to care and maintenance, and expected lower production at Paracatu following its record year, partially offset by an expected production increase at Tasiast and Fort Knox.


Production is expected to be relatively flat quarter-over-quarter throughout 2020, with a slight increase in the fourth quarter. Tasiast is expected to have higher production in the first half of the year mainly as a result of higher grade ore. Paracatu and Round Mountain are expected to have higher production in the second half of the year mainly due to anticipated higher grades at Paracatu and more ounces recovered at Round Mountain as the benefits of Phase W continue to be realized.


Production cost of sales is expected to be $720 per Au eq. oz. (+/- 5%) for 2020. The Company expects all-in sustaining cost to be $970 (+/- 5%) per ounce sold on both a gold equivalent and by-product basis for 2020, which is lower than full-year 2019 all-in sustaining cost per ounce, mainly due to the expected lower cost of sales per ounce sold and capital expenditures for 2020. All-in sustaining cost per ounce is expected to decrease in 2021 and 2022, compared with 2020 levels.


The table below summarizes the 2020 forecast for production and production cost of sales on a gold equivalent and by-product accounting basis:


   Accounting basis2020 Guidance
(+/- 5%)
Gold equivalent basis 
Production (Au eq. oz.)1,22.4 million
Average production cost of sales per Au eq. oz. 1,2$720
All-in sustaining cost per Au eq. oz. 1,2$970
By-product basis 
Gold ounces12.3 million
Silver ounces 4.0 million
Average production cost of sales per Au oz. 1,2$710


The following table provides a summary of the 2020 production and production cost of sales forecast by region:


RegionForecast 2020
production

(Au eq. oz.)
Percentage of total
forecast 
production7
Forecast 2020 production
cost of sales

(per Au eq. oz.)2
Americas1.3 million (+/- 5%)54%$770 (+/- 5%)
West Africa (attributable)*600,000 (+/- 10%)25%$670 (+/- 10%)
Russia500,000 (+/- 3%)21%$650 (+/- 3%)
Total2.4 million (+/- 5%)100%$720 (+/- 5%)
 
*Based on Kinross’ 90% share of Chirano


Material assumptions used to forecast 2020 production cost of sales are as follows:


  • a gold price of $1,200 per ounce,
  • a silver price of $16 per ounce,
  • an oil price of $65 per barrel,
  • foreign exchange rates of:
    • 3.50 Brazilian reais is to the U.S. dollar,
    • 1.30 Canadian dollars to the U.S. dollar,
    • 60 Russian roubles to the U.S. dollar,
    • 650 Chilean pesos to the U.S. dollar,
    • 5.0 Ghanaian cedis to the U.S. dollar, 
    • 35 Mauritanian ouguiyas to the U.S. dollar, and
    • 1.11 U.S. dollars to the Euro.

Taking into account existing currency and oil hedges:

  • a 10% change in foreign currency exchange rates would be expected to result in an approximate $14 impact on production cost of sales per ounce8
  • specific to the Russian rouble, a 10% change in this exchange rate would be expected to result in an approximate $15 impact on Russian production cost of sales per ounce;
  • specific to the Brazilian real, a 10% change in this exchange rate would be expected to result in an approximate $25 impact on Brazilian production cost of sales per ounce;
  • a $10 per barrel change in the price of oil would be expected to result in an approximate $4 impact on  production cost of sales per ounce;
  • a $100 change in the price of gold would be expected to result in an approximate $4 impact on production cost of sales per ounce as a result of a change in royalties.

Total capital expenditures for 2020 are forecast to be approximately $900 million3 (+/- 5%) and are summarized in the table below.


Capital expenditures for 2021 are expected to be lower by approximately $100 million compared with 2020 capital guidance. Capital expenditures are expected to be further reduced in 2022 compared with 2021 levels.



Region
Forecast 2020
sustaining capital
 (million)
Forecast 2020
non-sustaining capital
(million)
Total forecast capital
 (+/- 5%) (million)
Americas$265$270$535
West Africa$35$280$315
Russia$25$20$45
Corporate$5$0$5
TOTAL$330$570$900*

*Starting in 2020, the Company will exclude capitalized interest from its capital expenditures guidance and intends to report interest as a separate item going forward in order to provide greater transparency.


Sustaining capital includes the following forecast spending estimates:


  • Mine development:
$110 million (Americas); $15 million (Russia); $10 million (West Africa)
  • Mobile equipment:
$70 million (Americas); $10 million (Russia); $5 million (West Africa)
  • Tailings facilities:
$50 million (Americas); $5 million (West Africa)
  • Mill facilities: 
$20 million (Americas); $5 million (West Africa)
  • Leach facilities:
$15 million (Americas)


Non-sustaining capital includes the following forecast spending estimates:


  • Tasiast West Branch stripping:
$225 million
  • Round Mountain Phase W (primarily stripping):
$125 million
  • Fort Knox Gilmore:
$95 million
  • Tasiast 24k project:
$55 million
  • La Coipa Restart
$45 million
  • Development projects and other:
$25 million


The 2020 forecast for exploration is approximately $90 million, all of which is expected to be expensed. The increase compared to full-year 2019 is primarily due to the addition of Chulbatkan to the Company’s project pipeline.


The 2020 forecast for overhead (general and administrative and business development expenses) is approximately $150 million, approximately $20 million less than 2019 results primarily as a result of Kinross’ comprehensive cost and efficiency review across the organization. 2020 annual overhead guidance is down $55 million compared with 2015 overhead guidance.


Other operating costs expected to be incurred in 2020 are approximately $100 million, which includes approximately $50 million of care and maintenance costs in Chile and at Kettle River-Buckhorn.


Based on assumed gold price of $1,200 and other budget assumptions, tax expense is expected to be a recovery of $25 million and taxes paid is expected to be $110 million. Adjusting the Brazilian real to the exchange rate of 4.03 at the end of 2019, tax expense is expected to be $30 million. Tax expense is expected to increase at 23% of any profit resulting from higher gold prices. For every $100 increase in the realized gold price, taxes paid is expected to increase by $20 million.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization is forecast to be approximately $340 (+/-5%) per Au eq. oz.

Interest paid is forecast to be approximately $110 million, which includes $55 million of capitalized interest.


Tasiast project financing


On December 16, 2019, Kinross signed a $300 million project financing for Tasiast with the IFC (a member of the World Bank Group), Export Development Canada, and with the participation of ING Bank and Société Générale. The loan is non-recourse to Kinross, underscores the attractive foreign investment climate in Mauritania, and was signed following a comprehensive due diligence process with the lenders, including site visits, meetings with the Government of Mauritania, and significant technical and environmental reviews and evaluations. The first funding draw from the loan is expected later in Q1 2020.


Sale of Lundin Gold shares


As part of its portfolio management strategy and to further strengthen its balance sheet, on December 9, 2019 Kinross sold its remaining share position in Lundin Gold Inc. to a syndicate of buyers for gross proceeds of approximately $113 million.


Sale of royalty portfolio to Maverix Metals


On December 19, 2019, Kinross completed the sale of its royalty portfolio to Maverix for total consideration of $73.9 million, which includes $25 million in cash and approximately 11.2 million Maverix common shares, representing a 9.4% ownership interest in Maverix. The transaction enables Kinross to realize the value of its royalty portfolio and retain upside exposure through its meaningful equity position in Maverix.


Environment, Social, Governance highlights (ESG)


Kinross’ performance in its First Priorities – safety, environment and social responsibility – remains among the best in the industry, with a 2019 safety record on par with rates in low-risk non-industrial sectors. In 2019, we made major advancements in the implementation of critical risk management systems that are designed to prevent serious injuries and fatalities. Kinross’ robust approach to environmental management includes addressing climate change impacts and risks. Overall, the Company’s energy-use and greenhouse gas emission intensities are the lowest amongst gold industry peers. In 2019, Kinross published its best practice approach to safe and responsible tailings management, which is based on an overriding commitment to safety and the environment. For its strong sustainability performance, Kinross was recently ranked in the top 10 among metals and mining companies in The Sustainability Yearbook 2020, published by S&P Global in collaboration with RobecoSAM.

Kinross engages directly with local communities around its operations to understand their economic, social and development goals, working together to ensure that meaningful, long-term benefits are realized through job creation, training programs, procurement, tax payments, and targeted community programs. In 2019, Kinross interacted with more than 90,000 stakeholders and registered more than 650,000 beneficiaries from its community projects. Employing a diverse workforce comprised of 98% of people from host countries also enabled Kinross to contribute greater economic value in the areas where it operates.

Studies measuring quality of life metrics have found significant improvements in communities around the Company’s mines at Paracatu and Tasiast. In Chile, 60% of local Colla indigenous people around the La Coipa project now have access to electricity after solar panels were installed in their communities. In Chirano, more than 90% of people in communities around the mine now have access to safer piped water, compared to less than 40% in 2000, as a result of significant improvements in essential infrastructure over the past 15 years.

Kinross’ robust corporate governance standards for its Board of Directors continue to be driven by a focus on delivering value through a mix of skills and experience, diversity, director independence and succession planning. In 2019, Kinross appointed a new Chair of the Board and welcomed two new Board members. Kinross maintained its top tier governance performance by, among other things, achieving its 33% Board gender diversity target and reducing average Board tenure. Kinross was the top ranked gold mining company in The Globe and Mail’s 2019 annual corporate governance survey for the second consecutive year.

In September 2019, the World Gold Council (WGC) launched its Responsible Gold Mining Principles (RGMPs), which are an overarching framework that defines responsible gold mining. Kinross was a participant in the WGC committee that developed the RGMPs, which are largely consistent with the Company’s current approach. Kinross is well-positioned to be in substantial conformance, including obtaining external assurance within the next three years. 


Conference call details


In connection with the release, Kinross will hold a conference call and audio webcast on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8 a.m. ET to discuss the results, followed by a question-and-answer session. To access the call, please dial:


Canada & US toll-free – (877) 201-0168; Conference ID: 1756358
Outside of Canada & US – +1 (647) 788-4901; Conference ID: 1756358

Replay (available up to 14 days after the call):


Canada & US toll-free – (800) 585-8367; Conference ID: 1756358
Outside of Canada & US – +1 (416) 621-4642; Conference ID: 1756358


You may also access the conference call on a listen-only basis via webcast at our website www.kinross.com. The audio webcast will be archived on our website at www.kinross.com.

This release should be read in conjunction with Kinross’ 2019 year-end Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis report at www.kinross.com. Kinross’ 2019 year-end Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis have been filed with Canadian securities regulators (available at www.sedar.com) and furnished with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (available at www.sec.gov). Kinross shareholders may obtain a copy of the financial statements free of charge upon request to the Company.


About Kinross Gold Corporation


Kinross is a Canadian-based senior gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Russia, Mauritania, Chile and Ghana. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).


Media Contact
Louie Diaz
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
phone: 416-369-6469
louie.diaz@kinross.com


Investor Relations Contact
Tom Elliott                                                            
Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development
phone: 416-365-3390                                         
tom.elliott@kinross.com



1 Unless otherwise stated, production figures in this news release are based on Kinross’ 90% share of Chirano production.
2 These figures are non-GAAP financial measures and are defined and reconciled on pages 16 to 20 of this news release.
3 2020 capital expenditures guidance excludes capitalized interest of $55 million. The 2019 capital expenditures guidance and capital expenditures results includes capitalized interest of $65 million and $45 million, respectively.

4 Net earnings/loss figures in this release represent “net (loss) earnings from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders.”
5 Attributable margin per equivalent ounce sold is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as “average realized gold price per ounce” less “attributable production cost of sales per gold equivalent ounce sold.”

6 Average realized gold price is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined as gold metal sales divided by the total number of gold ounces sold.
7 The percentages are calculated based on the mid-point of regional 2020 forecast production.
8 Refers to all of the currencies in the countries where the Company has mining operations, fluctuating simultaneously by 10% in the same direction, either appreciating or depreciating, taking into consideration the impact of hedging and the weighting of each currency within our consolidated cost structure.



Review of operations


            
Three months ended December 31, Gold equivalent ounces       
 Produced Sold Production cost of
sales
 ($millions)
 Production cost of
sales/equivalent ounce sold
 2019 2018  2019 2018   2019  2018   2019 2018
            
Fort Knox53,183 52,194  55,040 51,889  $65.9 $49.1  $1,197$946
Round Mountain103,501 96,715  108,402 91,769   79.3  70.0   732 763
Bald Mountain66,147 47,211  65,381 68,288   49.8  46.9   762 687
Kettle River - Buckhorn- -  - -   -  -   - -
Paracatu140,224 145,634  140,430 152,395   111.1  116.6   791 765
Maricunga3,221 7,226  17,455 19,399   11.7  16.1   670 830
Americas Total366,276 348,980  386,708 383,740   317.8  298.7   822 778
            
Kupol132,009 123,478  135,083 124,408   83.3  68.7   617 552
Russia Total132,009 123,478  135,083 124,408   83.3  68.7   617 552
            
Tasiast102,973 91,548  101,940 83,780   50.4  69.5   494 830
Chirano (100%)48,984 51,273  47,186 49,173   49.0  39.5   1,038 803
West Africa Total151,957 142,821  149,126 132,953   99.4  109.0   667 820
            
Operations Total650,242 615,279  670,917 641,101   500.5  476.4   746 743
Less Chirano non-controlling interest (10%)(4,898)(5,127) (4,718)(4,918)  (4.9) (4.0)   
Attributable Total645,344 610,152  666,199 636,183  $495.6 $472.4  $744$743
            
            
 
            
Years ended December 31, Gold equivalent ounces       
 Produced Sold Production cost of
sales
 ($millions)
 Production cost of
sales/equivalent ounce sold
 2019 2018  2019 2018   2019  2018   2019 2018
            
Fort Knox200,263 255,569  200,323 256,037  $213.7 $214.4  $1,067$837
Round Mountain361,664 385,601  360,739 381,478   250.6  277.6   695 728
Bald Mountain187,961 284,646  177,802 318,091   136.6  174.1   768 547
Kettle River - Buckhorn- -  - 927   -  -   - -
Paracatu619,563 521,575  619,009 523,417   412.3  430.5   666 822
Maricunga38,601 60,066  43,756 89,959   31.5  65.7   720 730
Americas Total1,408,052 1,507,457  1,401,629 1,569,909   1,044.7  1,162.3   745 740
            
Kupol527,343 489,947  526,458 494,835   314.1  288.2   597 582
Russia Total527,343 489,947  526,458 494,835   314.1  288.2   597 582
            
Tasiast391,097 250,965  382,803 243,241   230.4  237.3   602 976
Chirano (100%)201,296 226,699  201,868 224,927   189.7  172.7   940 768
West Africa Total592,393 477,664  584,671 468,168   420.1  410.0   719 876
            
Operations Total2,527,788 2,475,068  2,512,758 2,532,912   1,778.9  1,860.5   708 735
Less Chirano non-controlling interest (10%)(20,129)(22,670) (20,186)(22,493)  (19.0) (17.3)   
Attributable Total2,507,659 2,452,398  2,492,572 2,510,419  $1,759.9 $1,843.2  $706$734


Consolidated balance sheets


       
 (expressed in millions of United States dollars, except share amounts)     
       
   As at 
   December 31, December 31, 
    2019   2018  
       
 Assets     
 Current assets     
 Cash and cash equivalents $575.1  $349.0  
 Restricted cash  15.2   12.7  
 Accounts receivable and other assets  130.2   101.4  
 Current income tax recoverable  43.2   79.0  
 Inventories  1,053.8   1,052.0  
 Unrealized fair value of derivative assets  7.2   3.8  
    1,824.7   1,597.9  
 Non-current assets     
 Property, plant and equipment  6,340.0   5,519.1  
 Goodwill  158.8   162.7  
 Long-term investments  126.2   155.9  
 Investment in joint venture  18.4   18.3  
 Unrealized fair value of derivative assets  4.5   0.8  
 Other long-term assets  568.2   564.1  
 Deferred tax assets  35.2   45.0  
 Total assets $9,076.0  $8,063.8  
       
 Liabilities     
 Current liabilities     
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $469.3  $465.9  
 Current income tax payable  68.0   21.7  
 Current portion of provisions  57.9   72.6  
 Other current liabilities  20.3   52.2  
    615.5   612.4  
   Non-current liabilities     
   Long-term debt and credit facilities  1,837.4   1,735.0  
   Provisions  838.6   816.4  
   Long-term lease liabilities  38.9   -  
   Unrealized fair value of derivative liabilities  0.8   9.6  
   Other long-term liabilities  107.7   97.9  
   Deferred tax liabilities  304.5   265.2  
 Total liabilities  3,743.4   3,536.5  
       
 Equity     
   Common shareholders' equity     
 Common share capital $14,926.2  $14,913.4  
 Contributed surplus  242.1   239.8  
 Accumulated deficit  (9,829.4)  (10,548.0) 
 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (20.4)  (98.5) 
 Total common shareholders' equity  5,318.5   4,506.7  
   Non-controlling interest  14.1   20.6  
 Total equity  5,332.6   4,527.3  
 Total liabilities and equity $9,076.0  $8,063.8  
       
 Common shares     
 Authorized  Unlimited   Unlimited  
 Issued and outstanding  1,253,765,724   1,250,228,821  
       


Consolidated statements of operations


        
 (expressed in millions of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)      
   Years ended  
   December 31, December 31,  
    2019   2018   
 Revenue      
 Metal sales $3,497.3  $3,212.6   
        
 Cost of sales      
 Production cost of sales  1,778.9   1,860.5   
 Depreciation, depletion and amortization  731.3   772.4   
 Reversals of impairment charges  (361.8)  -   
 Total cost of sales  2,148.4   2,632.9   
 Gross profit  1,348.9   579.7   
 Other operating expense  108.5   137.0   
 Exploration and business development  113.5   109.2   
 General and administrative  135.8   133.0   
 Operating earnings  991.1   200.5   
 Other income - net  72.6   3.2   
 Equity in earnings (losses) of joint ventures - net  0.1   (0.3)  
 Finance income  7.9   11.0   
 Finance expense  (107.9)  (101.2)  
 Earnings before tax  963.8   113.2   
 Income tax expense - net  (246.7)  (138.8)  
 Net earnings (loss) $717.1  $(25.6)  
 Net earnings (loss) attributable to:      
 Non-controlling interest $(1.5) $(2.0)  
 Common shareholders $718.6  $(23.6)  
        
 Earnings (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders      
 Basic $0.57  $(0.02)  
 Diluted $0.57  $(0.02)  
        
 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (millions)      
 Basic  1,252.3   1,249.5   
 Diluted  1,262.3   1,249.5   


Consolidated statements of cash flows


 (expressed in millions of United States dollars)      
   Years ended  
   December 31, December 31,  
    2019   2018   
 Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following activities:      
 Operating:      
 Net earnings (loss) $717.1  $(25.6)  
 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided from operating activities:      
 Depreciation, depletion and amortization  731.3   772.4   
 Gain on disposition of associate and other interests - net  -   (2.1)  
 Reversals of impairment charges  (361.8)  -   
 Equity in (earnings) losses of joint ventures - net  (0.1)  0.3   
 Share-based compensation expense  14.3   14.6   
 Finance expense  107.9   101.2   
 Deferred tax expense  41.1   8.9   
 Foreign exchange (gains) losses and other  (53.1)  12.5   
 Reclamation recovery  (11.9)  (8.0)  
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
 Accounts receivable and other assets  (64.5)  (22.7)  
 Inventories  53.8   (5.7)  
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  165.9   69.8   
 Cash flow provided from operating activities  1,340.0   915.6   
 Income taxes paid  (115.1)  (126.9)  
 Net cash flow provided from operating activities  1,224.9   788.7   
 Investing:      
 Additions to property, plant and equipment  (1,105.2)  (1,043.4)  
 Acquisitions  (30.0)  (304.2)  
 Net proceeds from the sale of (additions to) long-term investments and other assets  71.6   (52.9)  
 Net proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment  31.9   6.4   
 Increase in restricted cash  (2.5)  (0.6)  
 Interest received and other - net  7.6   7.7   
 Net cash flow used in investing activities  (1,026.6)  (1,387.0)  
 Financing:      
 Proceeds from drawdown of debt  300.0   80.0   
 Repayment of debt  (200.0)  (80.0)  
 Payment of lease liabilities  (14.3)  -   
 Interest paid  (55.6)  (57.9)  
 Dividends paid to non-controlling interest  (5.0)  (13.0)  
 Other - net  -   (1.7)  
 Net cash flow provided from (used in) financing activities  25.1   (72.6)  
 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  2.7   (5.9)  
 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  226.1   (676.8)  
 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  349.0   1,025.8   
 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $575.1  $349.0   
        


 Operating Summary  
 MinePeriodOwnershipTonnes Ore Mined (1)Ore
Processed (Milled) 
(1)
Ore
Processed
(Heap Leach) 
(1)
Grade (Mill)Grade
(Heap Leach)
Recovery (2)Gold Eq Production
(5)
Gold Eq Sales (5)Production
cost of sales
Production
cost of sales/oz
Cap Ex (7)DD&A 
   (%)('000 tonnes)('000 tonnes)('000 tonnes)(g/t)(g/t)(%)(ounces)(ounces)($ millions)($/ounce)($ millions)($ millions) 
AmericasFort KnoxQ4 20191007,6482,6155,4980.430.2081%53,18355,040$65.9$1,197$37.1$25.0 
Q3 20191007,0942,0975,2500.520.2183%54,02751,606 58.3$1,130 40.9 24.7 
Q2 20191004,8291,8113,4400.590.2081%55,44055,740 50.7$910 35.0 22.6 
Q1 20191005,7961,5564,2950.720.2284%37,61337,937 38.8$1,023 28.9 18.0 
Q4 20181005,6452,8562,9270.440.1983%52,19451,889 49.1$946 30.5 21.9 
Round MountainQ4 20191007,4088827,1401.000.3682%103,501108,402$79.3$732$62.7$12.6 
Q3 20191007,1281,0047,5571.050.3285%82,19581,617 57.5$705 48.3 9.1 
Q2 20191004,0749093,9101.170.3386%90,83387,106 57.8$664 58.9 10.2 
Q1 20191003,9048453,5571.310.3886%85,13583,614 56.0$670 64.2 7.9 
Q4 20181004,3869874,1721.380.4383%96,71591,769 70.0$763 68.0 9.6 
Bald Mountain (8)Q4 20191002,928-3,007-0.48nm 66,14765,381$49.8$762$54.6$36.3 
Q3 20191006,494-6,494-0.41nm 33,99537,644 30.6$813 44.0 14.8 
Q2 20191003,725-4,138-0.36nm 40,56431,547 27.0$856 57.5 12.2 
Q1 20191002,659-2,836-0.48nm 47,25543,230 29.2$675 64.6 16.2 
Q4 20181004,929-5,406-0.47nm 47,21168,288 46.9$687 40.4 22.4 
ParacatuQ4 201910012,39314,168-0.38-76%140,224140,430$111.1$791$21.4$42.8 
Q3 201910012,44214,731-0.38-78%146,396145,662 99.5$683 39.0 39.5 
Q2 201910012,30714,439-0.48-80%186,167186,520 106.8$573 34.6 45.2 
Q1 201910012,39314,283-0.38-80%146,776146,397 94.9$648 16.5 35.9 
Q4 201810011,68013,479-0.44-81%145,634152,395 116.6$765 33.3 41.7 
Maricunga (8)Q4 2019100-----nm 3,22117,455$11.7$670$-$0.4 
Q3 2019100-----nm 18,0169,203 7.0$761 - 0.4 
Q2 2019100-----nm 6,6489,474 8.0$844 - 0.5 
Q1 2019100-----nm 10,7167,624 4.8$630 - 0.4 
Q4 2018100-----nm 7,22619,399 16.1$830 - 0.6 
RussiaKupol (3)(4)(6)Q4 2019100468435-9.14-95%132,009135,083$83.3$617$15.8$34.8 
Q3 2019100338431-9.65-95%137,562136,088 82.6$607 7.8 32.2 
Q2 2019100431432-9.23-94%127,684124,873 70.2$562 8.2 30.7 
Q1 2019100362425-9.62-93%130,088130,414 78.0$598 8.2 27.4 
Q4 2018100400425-8.77-95%123,478124,408 68.7$552 19.4 30.1 
West AfricaTasiastQ4 20191001,1291,379-2.39-96%102,973101,940$50.4$494$86.3$35.0 
Q3 20191001,0101,297-2.37-97%93,86586,357 55.1$638 74.3 32.0 
Q2 20191008191,281-2.19-97%92,90194,748 58.9$622 75.2 32.2 
Q1 20191001,9621,269-2.37-97%101,35899,758 66.0$662 75.7 31.0 
Q4 20181003,2671,301-2.19-94%91,54883,780 69.5$830 71.1 28.5 
Chirano - 100%Q4 201990737844-2.00-91%48,98447,186$49.0$1,038$8.0$21.4 
Q3 201990714801-2.02-92%46,64149,458 50.0$1,011 4.8 22.0 
Q2 201990619904-1.95-92%53,34951,141 46.7$913 2.7 23.8 
Q1 201990499908-1.97-92%52,32254,083 44.0$814 3.3 25.4 
Q4 201890527840-2.08-92%51,27349,173 39.5$803 5.7 28.3 
Chirano - 90%Q4 201990737844-2.00-91%44,08642,468$44.1$1,038$7.2$19.3 
Q3 201990714801-2.02-92%41,97744,512 45.0$1,011 4.3 19.8 
Q2 201990619904-1.95-92%48,01446,027 42.0$913 2.4 21.4 
Q1 201990499908-1.97-92%47,09048,675 39.6$814 3.0 22.9 
Q4 201890527840-2.08-92%46,14644,255 35.5$802 5.1 25.5 
                 

(1) Tonnes of ore mined and processed represent 100% Kinross for all periods presented.
(2) Due to the nature of heap leach operations, recovery rates at Maricunga and Bald Mountain cannot be accurately measured on a quarterly basis.  Recovery rates at Fort Knox, Round Mountain and Tasiast represent mill recovery only.
(3) Kupol includes the Kupol and Dvoinoye mines.
(4) Kupol silver grade and recovery were as follows: Q4 2019: 65.63 g/t, 84.8%; Q3 2019: 67.44 g/t, 87.8%; Q2 2019: 75.29 g/t, 84.9%; Q1 2019: 69.61 g/t, 82.1%; Q4 2018: 73.35 g/t, 83.5%.
(5) Gold equivalent ounces include silver ounces produced and sold converted to a gold equivalent based on the ratio of the average spot market prices for the commodities for each period. The ratios for the quarters presented are as follows: Q4 2019: 85.59:1; Q3 2019: 86.73:1; Q2 2019: 87.98:1; Q1 2019: 83.74:1; Q4 2018: 84.42:1.
(6) Dvoinoye ore processed and grade were as follows: Q4 2019: 100,685, 9.89 g/t; Q3 2019: 113,497, 9.82 g/t; Q2 2019: 113,872, 9.24 g/t; Q1 2019: 135,529, 7.46 g/t; Q4 2018: 104,495, 9.82 g/t.
(7) Capital expenditures are presented on a cash basis, consistent with the statement of cash flows.
(8) "nm" means not meaningful.


Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures


The Company has included certain non-GAAP financial measures in this document. These measures are not defined under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation. The Company believes that these measures, together with measures determined in accordance with IFRS, provide investors with an improved ability to evaluate the underlying performance of the Company. The inclusion of these measures is meant to provide additional information and should not be used as a substitute for performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. These measures are not necessarily standard and therefore may not be comparable to other issuers.


Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net earnings per share are non-GAAP measures which determine the performance of the Company, excluding certain impacts which the Company believes are not reflective of the Company’s underlying performance for the reporting period, such as the impact of foreign exchange gains and losses, reassessment of prior year taxes and/or taxes otherwise not related to the current period, impairment charges (reversals), gains and losses and other one-time costs related to acquisitions, dispositions and other transactions, and non-hedge derivative gains and losses. Although some of the items are recurring, the Company believes that they are not reflective of the underlying operating performance of its current business and are not necessarily indicative of future operating results. Management believes that these measures, which are used internally to assess performance and in planning and forecasting future operating results, provide investors with the ability to better evaluate underlying performance, particularly since the excluded items are typically not included in public guidance. However, adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share measures are not necessarily indicative of net earnings and earnings per share measures as determined under IFRS.


The following table provides a reconciliation of net earnings (loss) to adjusted net earnings for the periods presented:


       
       
 Adjusted Net Earnings (Loss) 
(in millions, except per share amounts)Three months ended Years ended 
 December 31, December 31, 
  2019  2018   2019  2018  
       
Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders - as reported$521.5 $(27.7) $718.6 $(23.6) 
Adjusting items:      
Foreign exchange (gains) losses 6.0  5.5   (0.6) 4.3  
Foreign exchange (gains) losses on translation of tax basis and foreign exchange on deferred income taxes within income tax expense (12.3) 8.3   1.6  62.0  
Gain on disposition of royalty portfolio (72.7) -   (72.7) -  
Reversals of impairment charges(a) (361.8) -   (361.8) -  
Taxes in respect of prior periods (0.1) 36.3   33.3