OceanaGold Corporation - President and CEO, Michael Holmes
President and CEO, Michael Holmes
Source: The Market Herald
  • OceanaGold Corporation (TSX:OGC) has revealed a turbulent first quarter of operational disruptions and lower production figures
  • The company produced 80,707 ounces of gold across its four mine sites in 2020’s first quarter, compared to 108,000 ounces in 2019’s same quarter
  • OceanaGold stated the discrepancy is the result of lower mined gold grades 
  • However, a five-week government-mandated lockdown of the Macraes Gold Mine in New Zealand also reduced the site’s quarterly production 
  • Despite this, OceanaGold stated it has not been materially impacted, thus far, by the pandemic
  • Before the market opens, OceanaGold Corporation (OGC) is trading at C$2.27 per share, with a market cap of $1.41 billion

OceanaGold Corporation (TSX:OGC) has revealed a turbulent first quarter of operational disruptions and lower production figures.

The company produced 80,707 ounces of gold across its four mine sites in 2020’s first quarter, compared to 108,000 ounces in 2019’s same quarter.

OceanaGold stated the discrepancy is largely the result of lower mined gold grades at most of its sites. The company also ceased mining the Correnso deposit at Waihi, which pulled the mine’s overall quarterly figures down further.

The Macraes Gold Mine in New Zealand was also hindered by lower grades, but production was further impacted by a five-week government-mandated lockdown period. Operations recommenced in late April and the company is maintaining the site’s full-year guidance.

The Didipio mine in the Philippines hasn’t been operational since last year, when the local government denied the company’s FTAA permit renewal and banned access to the site.

The dispute has since made it through the country’s higher courts and the decision remains at the Office of the President.

Consequently, the site recorded no production figures this quarter, but the company was able to retrieve previously stockpiled gold, contributing to its overall gold sales. 

The newly appointed President and CEO of OceanaGold, Michael Holmes, appears pleased with the company’s quarterly production figures, given the impact the pandemic has had on the mining industry globally.

“Despite the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic creating additional and varied risks across our global operational footprint, we delivered a good quarter of operational performance while safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our workforce.

“We are focused on managing the near-term risks while executing on our long-term operational plans, restarting operations at Didipio and advancing our organic growth opportunities including the Martha Underground,” he said

Despite COVID-19 disrupting the company’s operations globally, particularly in New Zealand, OceanaGold stated it has not been materially impacted, thus far, by the pandemic.

Before the market opens, OceanaGold Corporation (OGC) is trading at C$2.27 per share, with a market cap of $1.41 billion.

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