In an April 11 research note, BMO Capital Markets analyst Andrew Kaip reported that Pretium Resources Inc. (PVG:TSX; PVG:NYSE), at its Brucejack project in northern British Columbia, "achieved better-than-expected production following signaling that production was anticipated to be similar quarter over quarter."
Q1/18 production came in at 75,700 ounces (75.7 Koz), which is higher than BMO's expected 67.9 Koz. Milling rates of 2,900 tons per day, also above estimates, were primarily responsible for the beat. Gold production should continue to increase in Q2/18 since Pretium's "grade control program has now been fully integrated into its mining process," Kaip noted. By mid- to late 2018, the company aims to achieve steady-state production.
Grades improved in Q1/18, with the average gold grade being 9.1 grams per ton, above the anticipated 9 grams per ton. The recovery rate also exceeded estimates, coming in at 96.8%, versus 96.7%.
Considering its Q1/18 results, Pretium is on track to meet its H1/18 production guidance of 150–200 Koz at an all-in sustaining cost of $700–900 per ounce, Kaip wrote. It will deliver guidance for H2/18 mid-year.
Throughout 2018 Pretium will continue building up its stope inventory by maintaining an average development rate of 700 meters per month. Around Q3/18, the company plans to update its mineral resources and reserves.
Pretium is scheduled to release its Q1/18 operational and financial results on May 10 after the market close and hold a conference call the next day.
BMO has an Outperform rating and a CA$17.50 per share target price on Pretium, whose stock is now trading at around CA$9.54 per share.
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