Centamin first-half earnings jump on strong gold prices, higher Egypt mine output

The company said pretax profit rose to $191mln for the first-half ended June 30

  
An old abandoned mine is pictured in the eastern desert near the southern province of Luxor, Egypt May 20, 2016.

An old abandoned mine is pictured in the eastern desert near the southern province of Luxor, Egypt May 20, 2016.

REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Gold miner Centamin Plc reported higher first-half pretax profit on Tuesday, buoyed by increased output from its Sukari mine in Egypt and rising bullion prices on coronavirus driven safe-haven demand.

Shares of the company were up 1.2% to 209.98 pence at 0703 GMT.

Gold prices have surged about 30% so far this year, supported mainly by lower interest rates and widespread stimulus measures by global central banks to ease the economic blow from the pandemic.

This has boosted mining companies, such as Centamin, to embark on expansion opportunities.

Centamin, which recently terminated talks with Endeavour Mining Corp for a possible takeover, said pretax profit rose to $191 million for the first-half ended June 30, compared with $59.6 million a year ago.

It also declared an interim dividend of six cents per share.

The London-listed company said it remained on track to meet its full year production guidance of between 510,000 ounces and 525,000 ounces of gold and cost guidance of $630-680 per ounce produced in cash costs.

Revenue increased 56% to $449 million from gold sales of 270,529 ounces, an increase of 9% from last year.

(Reporting by Samantha Machado in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich) ((Samantha.machado@thomsonreuters.com; Within UK +44 20 7542 1810; Outside UK +918061822699; Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamanthaM_TR;))

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