In a July 27 research note, Eight Capital analyst Craig Stanley reported that Eldorado Gold Corp. (ELD:TSX; EGO:NYSE) exceeded Q2/18 production estimates and, consequently, boosted its full year 2018 guidance.
The corporation's Q2/18 production was 99,105 ounces (99,105 oz) versus Eight Capitals 72,000 oz estimate and consensus' 80,000 oz forecast. The beat is attributed to production at the Kisladag mine in Turkey surpassing expectations.
Cash costs during the quarter also came in better than Eight Capital anticipated and were in line with consensus. Contributors there were lower costs at Olympias in Greece and higher byproduct credits. Cash cost guidance remains CA$5.806.30 an ounce. All-in sustaining costs in Q2/18 were as forecasted.
On the heels of the production beat, Eldorado increased guidance for the full year by 8%, as measured at midrange, to 330,000340,000 ounces (330340 Koz), up from 290330 Koz.
The miner also revised 2018 production from the Kisladag operation to 140150 Koz from 120130 Koz along with cash costs at that mine, to CA$700800 per ounce from CA$600700. Work continues on a feasibility study for a mill at Kisladag, which is due out in Q3/18.
As for specific project news, at Lamaque, underground development is progressing and is ahead of schedule. "Results from toll milling are reconciling well with the reserve block model," Stanley relayed. The target date for commercial production there is still early 2019.
Regarding Skouries, the project remains on hold pending outstanding permits, for which Eldorado continues having discussions with the Greek government. "Even if the required permits for Skouries are granted, Eldorado does not have the balance sheet to fund development of Skouries (US$689M) and Lamaque (US$100M) as well as the installation of a mill at Kisladag ($490M)," Stanley pointed out.
As far as finances, at the end of Q2/18, Eldorado had CA$430 million in cash, CA$250 million in undrawn lines of credit and CA$600 million in debt that is due December 2020.
Eight Capital has a Neutral rating on Eldorado Gold, whose stock is trading now at around CA$1.35 per share.[NLINSERT]
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