JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS--(Marketwire - Nov 7, 2012) -
RANDGOLD RESOURCES LIMITED
Incorporated in Jersey, Channel Islands
Reg. No. 62686
LSE Trading Symbol: RRS
NASDAQ Trading Symbol: GOLD
RANDGOLD HOLDS COURSE IN CHALLENGING QUARTER
Substantial progress at the Kibali gold mine development project and
Randgold's flagship Loulo complex was offset by grid power supply problems
at the Tongon mine and lower grades processed at Gounkoto, as Randgold
Resources' third quarter results held steady but did not match its record
second quarter performance.
Q3 profit of US$121.3 million was down 15% on the prior quarter,
primarily on the back of lower sales, but in line with the
corresponding quarter in 2011. Production was 204475ounces of gold
against Q2's 210534ounces and 182362ounces in Q3 of 2011, while the
total cash cost per ounce was US$737 (Q2: US$703/Q3 2011: US$747).
Ounces sold dropped by 10% quarter on quarter, affected by the timing
of gold shipments at quarter end being disrupted by the annual stock
take at the refinery.
Highlight of the quarter was the strong improvement at Loulo, which
increased production by 78% and reduced total cash cost per ounce by
8%. Tonnes mined and processed were mostly from Loulo's two
underground mines, Yalea and Gara, which are now beginning to deliver
their full potential. Both mines also achieved a steady rise in
stoping and development rates.
Relative to Loulo's improved delivery, Gounkoto's contribution to the
complex's results was down as forecast, however grades processed were
lower than planned due to less ore being mined and more medium grade
stockpiled material being fed to make up for increased plant
throughput. Meanwhile, a geotechnical review has confirmed the
potential for an underground mine at Gounkoto, where an underground
resource of more than 1millionounces at a grade in excess of 5g/t has
been identified. Infill drilling for a prefeasibility study, due for
completion early in 2013, is underway.
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