Guyana Goldfields production guidance down by 50%


Net loss for the third quarter of 2018 amounted to US $2.2 million

The Guyana Goldfields Inc. reported a 50 per cent downward third quarter 2018 operational and financial results on its revised guidance.

In a press release, the company revealed that the 2018 gold production guidance was revised downwards to 150,000-155,000 ounces as grades have reportedly not rebounded as quickly as anticipated in the fourth quarter.

This is down from a previous guidance range of 175,000 -185,000 ounces of gold.

The Company had an improved third quarter of 2018 from both a production and cost perspective, driven by improved mining rates. The average head grade, however, was lower than anticipated.

As such, an independent firm of engineers and geologist have since been employed to investigate the geologic controls and grade variability of the deposit.

The Company expects the results from this review to be incorporated in the 2019 guidance and annual reserve and resource update to be disclosed in the first quarter of 2019.

In a statement, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Goldfields Inc expressed disappointment regarding the revised guidance’s report.

Scott Caldwell, President & CEO stated, “We acknowledge and share the disappointment surrounding the revised production guidance and are actively positioning ourselves to address the grade variability. We have engaged an independent engineer and expect to deliver a full report in the first quarter of 2019”.

The CEO however disclosed that there is some good news with regards to a 17 per cent increase in the company’s average, mining rate.

“We are achieving targeted levels of 70,000 tpd. In addition, the mill continues to perform exceedingly well with throughput and recovery rates delivering continuously above designed rates. We are excited to advance underground development to help alleviate the cyclical production nature of the Aurora open pits and the contractor has already mobilized and initiated field work earlier this month, with the portal collar scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter” Caldwell revealed.

Guyana Goldfields is a Canadian mid-tier gold producer, primarily focused on the exploration and development of gold deposits in the Guiana Shield of South America.

According to the company, the “Net loss for the third quarter of 2018 amounted to [US] $2.2 million ($0.01 per diluted share) which was influenced by increased deferred tax expense and management restructuring charges.”

Moreover it was outlined that the company “finished the third quarter with a cash balance of $92.6 million which provides ample capacity to meet near-term liquidity requirements consisting of capital purchase commitments of $13.5 million and scheduled principal debt repayments of $20.0 million over the next four quarters. As at September 30, 2018, $45.0 million of principal debt was outstanding.”

Following the downward revision in its 2018 gold production guidance, stocks for Guyana Goldfields Inc fell sharply.



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