Newmont To Sell Off Multiple Canadian Assets, Cut Jobs

Newmont Corp (NYSE: NEM) has announced plans to divest six non-core assets and two non-core projects to streamline its operations and reduce its significant debt load. 

Among the assets for sale are the Éléonore mine in Quebec, Musselwhite and Porcupine mines in Ontario, the Coffee project in Yukon Territory, and a 70% interest in the Havieron joint venture in Western Australia. This move follows the company’s acquisition of Newcrest Mining last November.

The decision to sell these assets is part of Newmont’s broader financial strategy to tackle its $8 billion in debt, with a targeted debt reduction of $1 billion in the near term. Additionally, the company has identified potential savings of $500 million through cost and productivity enhancements, including job cuts. 

“A big part of our commitment is to deliver $100 million of free cash flow by bringing Newmont and Newcrest together…there is a reduction in headcount in order to achieve those synergies,” CEO Tom Palmer told Reuters.

Post-divestment, Newmont will concentrate on ten prime assets, described as its “go-forward portfolio,” to secure sustainable growth. In the company’s statement, Palmer underscored the focus on tier-1 assets, which are characterized by their significant size, long lifespan, and low operational costs, offering shareholders a unique opportunity to invest in the top tier of gold and copper mining assets.

The company also reported a 6.9% decrease in gold production for 2023, producing 5.5 million ounces compared to 5.96 million ounces in the previous year.

Newmont reported a net loss of $3.21 per share for 2023, slightly below Wall Street’s expectations. This loss is attributed to various challenges, including $1.9 billion in impairment charges, $1.5 billion in reclamation charges, and $464 million related to Newcrest’s acquisition and integration. 

Nonetheless, it distributed $1.4 billion in dividends to its shareholders and projects a production increase to nearly 6.9 million gold ounces in 2024, primarily from its tier-1 assets. The miner also revealed an increase in gold reserves to 135.9 million attributable ounces and highlighted its extensive copper and silver reserves. 

Newmont shares are down 30% over the past year and are trading at their lowest since 2019.

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