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Perseus Mining (ASX:PRU) - Managing Director and CEO, Jeff Quartermaine
Managing Director and CEO, Jeff Quartermaine
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  • Gold producer Perseus Mining (PRU) has reported a 61 per cent increase in net profit after tax to $49.1 million in the half year ending December 31, 2020
  • The ASX-lister operates three West Africa-based gold mines, which collectively produced nearly 137,400 ounces of gold during the half year
  • The profit growth reflects this strong operating performance at the low cost Sissingué mine, which produced over 55,900 ounces
  • Operating cashflows increased to $103.6 million as revenue grew and payments to suppliers and employees decreased
  • A hefty $150.6 million was spent on investing activities — most of which went towards the Yaouré gold mine, which achieved its first gold pour last December
  • Perseus ended the period with $120.5 million in cash leaving it well funded to further develop the Yaouré mine
  • Company shares ended the day 3.46 per cent in the red to trade at $1.12

Perseus Mining (PRU) has reported a 61 per cent increase in net profit after tax to $49.1 million in the half year ending December 31, 2020.

Perseus Mining is an Africa-based gold producer who operates the Edikan, Sissingué and Yaouré gold mines in West Africa. Its newest mine, Yaouré, poured its first gold in December last year.

In the half-year period, Perseus produced 137,386 ounces of gold across its three mines which marks a slight 2 per cent increase on the prior corresponding period.

The growth in profit reflects the strong operating performance at the low cost Sissingué gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire. The mine produced 55,909 ounces of gold at an all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of US$643 per ounce (roughly A$813 per ounce).

Additionally, the Edikan gold mine produced 78,790 ounces of gold at an AISC of US$1253 per ounce (roughly A$1584 per ounce).

Lastly, the Yaouré mine produced 2687 ounces of gold. Unfortunately, the mine’s activities didn’t contribute to the half-year earnings due to net costs being capitalised up until commercial production is declared.

Pleasingly, operating cashflows increased by $30.4 million to $103.6 million as revenue increased and payments to suppliers and employees decreased.

Perseus allocated $150.6 million on investing activities, with a large portion going towards the development of the Yaouré gold mine.

The company also repaid a net total of $27.6 million of borrowings which drove a significant increase in financing costs.

“In coming periods, the trend of Perseus’s steadily increasing earnings and cashflow is expected to continue, boosted by a material contribution from our third mine, the Yaouré gold mine,” Managing Director and CEO Jeff Quartermaine said.

Perseus ended the period with $120.5 million in cash which positions it well to further develop its Yaouré mine.

Company shares ended the day 3.46 per cent in the red to trade at $1.12 at market close.

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