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IAMGOLD says Coté 85% complete

Aug 14, 2023

IAMGOLD Corporation  reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023. 



  • Attributable gold production from continuing operations was 107,000 ounces. 
  • Revenues from continuing operations were $238.8 million from sales of 121,000 ounces (111,000 ounces on an attributable basis) at an average realized gold price of $1,973 per ounce.
  • Cost of sales per ounce sold from continuing operations was $1,376, cash cost1per ounce sold from continuing operations was $1,372 and all-in-sustaining-cost1("AISC") per ounce sold from continuing operations was $1,912.
  • Attributable gold production guidance for 2023 is unchanged and is expected to be in the range of 410,000 to 470,000 ounces. Full year costs are expected to come in at the top end of the guided ranges of between $1,125 and $1,175 per ounce sold for cash costs1 and between $1,625 to $1,700 per ounce sold for AISC1.
  • In health and safety, for the six months ended June 30, 2023, the Company reported a DARTFR (days away, restricted, transferred duty frequency rate) of 0.39 and a TRIFR (total recordable injuries frequency rate) of 0.68, with a decreasing trend since the last quarter. 


  • Net earnings attributable to equity holders1of $92.6 million or $0.19 per share and adjusted net loss attributable to equity holders1of $3.3 million or $0.01 per share.
  • Net cash from operating activities was $23.2 million. Net cash from operating activities, before movements in non-cash working capital and non-current ore stockpiles1was $21.8 million. 
  • Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA")1from continuing operations was $166.2 million and adjusted EBITDA1was $63.8 million.
  • Mine-site free cash flow1from continuing operations was $14.6 million.
  • The Company has available liquidity of $1,200.2 million comprised of cash and cash equivalents of $747.7 million and the available balance of the secured revolving credit facility ("Credit Facility") of $452.5 million as at June 30, 2023.

Côté Gold

  • As of June 30, 2023, the Côté Gold Project was estimated to be 85.7% complete. 
  • Since commencement of construction, $2.23 billion ($1.56 billion at 70%) of the planned $2.965 billion ($2.08 billion at 70%) of project expenditure has been incurred.
  • The estimated cost to complete the Côté Gold Project on a 100% basis is $665 to $735 million ($465 to $515 million at 70%) on an incurred basis assuming a USDCAD rate of 1.32, with the top end of the range approximating the planned $2.965 billion. 
  • Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. and SMM Gold Cote Inc. ("Sumitomo" or "SMM") funded the final $61.0 million of the Company's funding obligation and an incremental $18.0 million based on its increased ownership during the second quarter 2023 as per the Joint Venture Funding and Amending Agreement ("JV Funding and Amending Agreement"), reducing the Company's interest in the unincorporated joint venture to 60.3%. 
  • On a 100% basis at the UJV level, the Côté Gold Project incurred project expenditures1 of $270.1 million ($189.1 million at 70%) in the second quarter 2023. IAMGOLD is expected to fund $425 to $475 million during the remainder of 2023 based on its 60.3% ownership in Côté Gold unincorporated joint venture. See "Côté Gold Project".


  • On April 25, 2023, the Company completed the sale of its 90% interest in the Boto Gold Project in Senegal and its 100% interest in the early-stage exploration properties of Boto West, Senala West, Daorala and the vested interest in the Senala Option Earn-in Joint Venture, also in Senegal ("Senegal Assets") for aggregate gross cash proceeds of $197.6 million. See "Bambouk Assets". 
  • On May 16, 2023, the Company announced that it had entered into a five-year second lien secured term loan (the "Term Loan") of $400 million from three institutional lenders. The Term Loan proceeds have been used to pay down amounts drawn under its existing revolving Credit Facility, increasing liquidity and flexibility during the completion of construction, commissioning and ramp up of Côté Gold, as it allows for the Credit Facility to be available to support working capital and additional liquidity in case of unforeseen changes in the operating or macroeconomic environment.
  • On August 1, 2023, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its 100% interest in the Pitangui Project, a greenfield exploration property located in Brazil, as well as its interest in the Acurui Project, to Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar") via a share purchase agreement. The Company will receive 6.3 million common shares from Jaguar, for an aggregate value of $9.0 million. The Company will also retain a net smelter returns royalty on both projects. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the TSX. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter 2023.

"As we move into the second half of 2023, IAMGOLD is proud of its achievements so far this year," said Renaud Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer of IAMGOLD. "Gold production from continuing operations year to date is 220,000 ounces at cash costs of $1,234 per ounce sold. We have seen remarkable progress and a transformation of Côté Gold as project activities begin the critical transition from bulk construction to finishing activities and operational readiness, including a steady ramp up of autonomous mining activities towards production early next year. The project is now over 86% complete and the remaining capital outlay is in line with our estimates. At Essakane, we saw the mine return to full mining and milling capacity in the second quarter, as our teams worked tirelessly to manage the in-country supply chain while commencing the next phase of mining in the pit. On health and safety, the company has seen an improving trend with improvements year over year, though we will continuously work to achieve our goal of Zero Harm® for the people and the places where we operate."

"As we look to the end of this year, we see IAMGOLD is well on track to meet its gold production guidance targets of 410,000 to 470,000 ounces. We are currently forecasting costs to come in on the upper end of our guidance ranges, due to sustained higher costs of doing business from cooling, yet still present, inflationary pressures and associated complexities in the regions in which we operate. We are excited about where IAMGOLD is positioned today, as when Côté Gold comes online, the Company will have a significantly higher production base and lower cost profile, providing a strong foundation of cashflow and growth opportunities in Canada," added Mr. Adams.

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