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Edited Transcript of OGC.AX earnings conference call or presentation 18-Feb-21 10:00pm GMT

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Q4 2020 OceanaGold Corp Earnings Call Melbourne Feb 23, 2021 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of OceanaGold Corp earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:00:00pm GMT TEXT version of Transcript ================================================================================ Corporate Participants ================================================================================ * David Way OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager of New Zealand & Philippine Operations * James Whittaker OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager * Michael Harvy Lou Holmes OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director * Sam Pazuki OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development * Scott A. McQueen OceanaGold Corporation - Executive VP & CFO * Sharon Flynn OceanaGold Corporation - EVP of Sustainability ================================================================================ Conference Call Participants ================================================================================ * Levi Spry JPMorgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Research Analyst * Michael Parkin National Bank Financial, Inc., Research Division - Mining Analyst * Ovais Habib Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Research Division - Research Analyst, Mining ================================================================================ Presentation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [1] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Good morning and afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the OceanaGold 2020 Fourth Quarter Results and Investor Day Webcast and Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) This call is being recorded on Thursday, February 18, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. And I would like to turn the conference over to Sam Pazuki. Please go ahead. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [2] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks, Sylvie. Good evening, good morning, and welcome to OceanaGold's 2020 Results and Investor Day Webcast and Conference Call. I am Sam Pazuki, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for OceanaGold. I am joined today by members of the management team, including Michael Holmes, President and CEO; Scott McQueen, Chief Financial Officer; Sharon Flynn, EVP, Sustainability; Jim Whittaker, Executive General Manager of the Haile operations; David Way, Executive General Manager of New Zealand and Philippine Operations; Craig Feebrey, EVP, Exploration; and Mark Cadzow, Chief Development Officer. Before we proceed, note that the references in this presentation adhere to international financial reporting standards, and all financial figures are denominated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated. Also note that the presentation contains forward-looking statements, which, by their very nature, are subject to some degree of uncertainty. There can be no assurances that our forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as future results and events could differ materially. I refer you to the disclaimers on the forward-looking statements in our presentation. I'll now turn it over to Michael Holmes, President and CEO of OceanaGold. Michael? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [3] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Sam, and good evening, good morning to all. I hope everyone is staying healthy, and thanks for joining us today to review our 2020 results and outlook for the company. Turning to Slide 3. Delivering on our commitments is our mandate. This includes executing on our operating plans, making prudent investments and being a responsible gold mining company. We are excited about our future and our long-term vision for shareholders. And this chart says it all: increasing gold production, lowering costs and growing margins and excess free cash flows. We expect to bring online 3 new underground mines and expand our existing open pit operations, all in geopolitical stable jurisdictions. What's also very exciting about this chart is that we have a significant upside potential as our game-changing prospect near Waihi, Wharekirauponga deposit known as WKP, is just outside this 5-year plan, and we are looking at opportunities to bring it into this plan. Additionally, we have made good progress at Didipio and are committed to restarting the operations once the FTAA renewal is finalized and thus bringing it into the plan. These 2 potentials are not included in this outlook. More on all of this later. Turning to Slide 4. And before we jump into the outlook, we reflect on 2020, where we ended the year with a series of positive outcomes and developments. We achieved several of our key initiatives while navigating an operating environment complicated by the effects of the global pandemic to ensure we stayed on track to deliver on our commitments, both in the near term and the long term. We delivered on our revised guidance with Haile, delivering an exceptional fourth quarter despite managing the ongoing external factors. Waihi processing restarted at the end of the year, and we announced a couple of days ago, we achieved first gold production at Martha Underground, which continues to ramp up nicely. Adding to an already robust fourth quarter, we hit key milestones for our growth projects throughout the year and successfully strengthened our balance sheet to ensure delivery of our projects on optimal time lines irrespective of Didipio status. Moving on to Slide 5. The health and safety of our workforce is paramount, and we continue to drive a strong safety culture across our organization. Although our health and safety record is one of the best in the industry, we strive to do even better. The COVID-19 global pandemic impacted all of us personally and professionally. And I commend our team for their agility and commitment to safety to the extent that it was in our control. Our protocols kept our workers safe while on site. And we will continue to have these stringent safeguards in place for the remainder of the year. I'll now turn it over to Scott, who will go through the 2020 results overview. Thank you, Scott. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott A. McQueen, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [4] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Michael, and hello, everyone. As Michael said, the next few slides summarize our fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results. Pleasingly, the fourth quarter was our strongest quarter of the year, delivering approximately 1/3 of our full year production at the lowest cost. Higher gold sales from both Haile and Macraes, combined with the resumption of production at Waihi, delivered $169 million in revenue and $61 million of EBITDA in the fourth quarter, more than 4x that recorded in the preceding quarter. For the full year, just over 310,000 ounces sold, combined with a higher average annual gold price, generated just over $500 million in revenue and $130 million in EBITDA. Didipio transitioned to a state of operational standby during the quarter, reducing holding costs materially. During 2020, we did incur $36 million, including $9 million in the fourth quarter, to restructure the Didipio workforce and maintain the asset in the state -- optimal state while we continue to progress the renewal of the FTAA. Net profit was recorded in the fourth quarter despite noncash headwinds, including unrealized currency translation losses and some charges reflecting enhancements to our final rehabilitation plans at Reefton. However, based on the results for the first 3 quarters, on the full year, we recorded a net loss of $150 million, which included the aforementioned Didipio holding costs plus the $80 million impairment charge previously recognized. The small negative operating cash flow reported in the fourth quarter largely reflects the reversing impact of the 36,000 ounces physically delivered into the gold prepay arrangement during the quarter, along with an $18 million tax payment in respect of our New Zealand operations. That said, the full year operating cash flow of $199 million was relatively unchanged year-on-year. Investing cash flows reflected the capital plans for the year, with a decrease year-on-year primarily due to lower capital spend at Didipio plus the sales of noncore equity investments and other surplus assets undertaken to enhance liquidity in 2020. Cash from financing reflects the $50 million debt drawdown in the first quarter and the proceeds from the issuance of shares settled in the fourth quarter, both net of finance lease activities. Turning to Slide 7 and our capital investments. Our 2020 capital investment program focused on progressing our organic growth pipeline. Fourth quarter capital expenditures totaled $72 million, well over half of which was allocated to growth investments, including $36 million for TSF and PAG infrastructure as part of the Haile expansion and $16 million at Waihi, where Martha Underground development continued, totaling 2,300 meters during the quarter. For the full year, growth capital investment totaled $150 million, and this was primarily divided between the aforementioned growth initiatives at Haile and Waihi. Exploration spend totaled $23 million for the full year, the major focus being the Waihi District, where 28,000 meters of infill and extensional drilling were completed during the year and continued to yield very strong results. Turning to Slide 8, which provides a snapshot of our balance sheet. As at December 31, our total available liquidity was $229 million, including $179 million in cash, while net debt stood at $134 million. As previously discussed, we have been actively managing our liquidity in response to the suspension of operations at Didipio as well as the near-term risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, this included executing the gold prepay arrangements to reprofile and better align operating cash flow with our near-term growth plan, the well-supported equity raise and finally in December, the refinance of our revolving credit facility, which increased to $250 million with the maturity extended from 2021 out until December 2024. After having taken these steps, we believe we can now move forward with confidence and commitment to deliver our promising value-enhancing growth projects while at the same time retaining their full value and optionality in the hands of the shareholders. For the near term, we are prioritizing the reinvestment of cash flow into our high-margin growth projects, which we believe represent highly attractive investment returns and will drive long-term sustained value for shareholders. As we move through this period of investment and as the production margins increase, the forecast will shift to allocating free cash flow to shareholders and debt. I'll now turn the presentation over to Michael, who will provide additional detail on the company's short-term and longer-term outlook. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [5] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks, Scott. And moving on to Slide 9. We're excited about our 5-year plan and beyond. We are working diligently to drive shareholder value by investing in what we believe to be one of the best organic growth opportunities in the industry. The acquisitions we made at the low point of the gold cycle have allowed us to focus internally to drive value. As Scott just stated, our ability to drive long-term value for shareholders is predicated on the prudent capital allocation and maintaining the optimal balance sheet structure to fund our organic growth. Turning to Slide 10. The drive for long-term sustainable value for shareholders is underpinned by excellence in ESG performance and our responsible mining practices. Delivering on our commitments is a core value for OceanaGold. And for us, that means achieving our 2021 guidance as well as progressing organic growth on budget and on time. In addition, restarting Didipio remains a key focus for our team. Through the 2020 festive holiday period, we had several meetings with the Philippine government agencies upon the direction of the President to finalize terms related to the FTAA renewal. The discussions were very productive, and we remain cautiously optimistic of re-endorsement to the President for approval. Before we go into the details of our 2021 expectations, Sharon Flynn, our EVP of Sustainability, will take -- briefly take you through our top-rated ESG performance and focus. Sharon has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing sustainability strategies with global companies. Thank you, Sharon. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sharon Flynn, OceanaGold Corporation - EVP of Sustainability [6] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks, Michael, and hello, everyone. It's a pleasure to be here to discuss the subject that I've dedicated my career to. Turning to Slide 11. We have operated a responsible business for the last 30 years by applying robust ESG practices across the company. And this year, we will continue to advance key initiatives to keep us at the forefront of best practice globally. These key areas included climate change, biodiversity, human rights and the responsible gold mining principles. We are progressing our approach to climate change with the development of work plans and targets related to this very pressing global issue. This includes our commitment to publicly report on our climate change work in line with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, otherwise known as TCFD, by the end of 2022. This year, we are working to establish interim 2030 targets with a focus on decarbonizing mine production, clean energy and offsets, energy efficiency and physical risk assessments to identify the impact of climate change on our land biodiversity assets and infrastructure. Implementation of our biodiversity standards is a key focus for us. In 2021, operations will establish [biodiversity baselines] and management approaches consistent with our corporate standard, which commits to no net loss in areas of natural habitat and net gain in areas with critical habitat. In line with our human rights policy and global best practice, we are assessing how we respect and protect human rights across our operations in the Philippines, New Zealand and the United States. These assessments will be finalized in Q1, and we will report the results in our 2020 sustainability report and on our website. At the end of 2020, we received assurance on our first phase of compliance with the World Gold Council's Responsible Gold Mining Principles. In 2021, we will continue to progress towards the goal of 100% compliance by the end of 2022. Our progress and compliance will be externally assured at the corporate level and the asset level. Our overall ESG performance has been recognized by the major ESG ratings agencies. And most recently, we maintained our A rating with MSCI and an Outperformer ranking by Sustainalytics, putting us among the elite ESG performers in the mining industry. We are also ranked fourth overall in the industry through the Vigeo third-party reporting methodology. Our focus is to ensure that we remain on the forefront of global best practice when it comes to sustainability performance and reporting. With that, I will turn it back over to Michael. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [7] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for that, Sharon. And moving to Slide 12, our organic growth. Over the next 3 years, we expect to deliver 3 new underground mines in attractive jurisdictions, all of which will leverage existing infrastructure. Concurrently, we look forward to expanding existing open pit operations at Haile and Macraes. 2 of the 3 new underground mines will come online this year in New Zealand: Martha Underground, which we achieved first production in January ahead of schedule; and Golden Point Underground, which will achieve first production in the fourth quarter of this year. At Haile, we began preparing ourselves to commence portal development of the Haile Underground in the second half of this year with first production expected in the fourth quarter of 2022. At WKP, although it is not contributing to the 5-year plan, we are looking at opportunities to bring it forward in a responsible way. WKP represents a very good opportunity to develop a new, high-grade, low-cost underground gold mine that will leverage the existing process plant at Waihi. Permitting and exploration is ongoing and setting the stage to realize the full potential of the greater Waihi District well into the next decade. Turning to Slide 13. I will reiterate again how robust our organic growth pipeline is. While many of our peers are growing through M&A today, we are growing significantly through prudent investments in our opportunities that leverage existing infrastructure, personnel and our track record as a responsible mining company. To that end, we are forecasting 75% higher production and 25% decreased costs over the next 5 years, representing not only a production growth but a margin growth. We also expect our growth investment to decrease over the next several years as we bring the organic growth projects online, meaning we can then consider the allocation of capital to shareholder returns and deleveraging the balance sheet. Turning to Slide 14. More specifically on 2021, we expect 20% higher production at a lower all-in sustaining cost from 2020 with strong production from Haile and Waihi. Our guidance has factored in risks that we continue to face across the company, specifically related to the ongoing global pandemic, which is still being actively managed, particularly at Haile. We have laid on additional risks related to weather delays at Haile given the year we've just had last year and resulting in lower mining movements and reduced production. The good news for this year is that mining of the high grades at Haile is slated for the first half of the year. We have a healthy capital budget that will sustain production levels and allow for growth over the year -- over the near, medium and long term. Subject to any potential to accelerate the WKP project, we believe this year is our peak capital year, particularly for growth capital as we bring on our significant organic growth projects over the next few years. Exploration will continue to be one of our main drivers for growth, particularly in New Zealand, where we see multiple opportunities to convert inferred resource and extend mineralization, especially at WKP. I will now turn the presentation over to Jim Whittaker, our Executive General Manager at Haile operations, to go through Haile. Thank you very much, Jim. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- James Whittaker, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager [8] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Michael. We have made significant improvements in mining and milling productivity at Haile this year as well as step changes in retaining and training personnel and project development. We continue to view Haile as a plus 200,000 ounce producer at a life-of-mine ASIC (sic) [AISC] of less than $900 per ounce. We're on the right path and acutely focused on ensuring Haile achieves its full potential, particularly as we execute on development of our underground opportunities. Before we review the 2021 outlook, I would like to point out that our focus on health and safety has gone very well. Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic last year, we cut our accident frequency by half and delivered a record year of safety performance. The health and well-being of our employees is a top priority for us, and we remain focused on maintaining a safe operating environment for our workers and contractors. Looking ahead to 2021, we are focused on delivering on our commitments, and our 2021 guidance was developed with that in mind. We expect to produce more gold year-over-year at lower ASIC. We have provided you with more granularity on the operation to deliver these expectations, including our estimates of mining and milling rates, grades and recoveries, which are appropriately conservative given the last 2 years of operations. Turning to Slide 16. What I can share with you is that 2020 was a challenging year. It was an extraordinary year from a weather and health perspective, and sometimes the best-laid plans don't work out as seamlessly as you would like. Site recorded rainfall that was one of the highest on record and 25% higher than the 35-year average. In addition, the global COVID-19 pandemic set in and (inaudible) South Carolina and Haile's local community. Nearly all of our 500-plus workforce have had to spend 2 weeks in precautionary quarantine. This is in line with our COVID management policies to limit the spread of the virus in the workplace. Out of those 500-plus precautionary quarantines, 63 positive cases of COVID have been diagnosed. Thankfully, all have recovered. And notably, our strict protocols in place have prevented the spread at site thus far. The weather and COVID-19 disruption in workforce resulted in haul truck utilization rates of 57% of available time in 2020, which was much lower than our expectations for the year. And we now have a mine plan whose success is extremely sensitive to us achieving our mining advance rates. That said, we are focusing on what we can control, and we have the right work streams in place to mitigate these risks moving forward and deliver on our current and long-term expectations. For example, when it comes to weather, our constant focus on haul roads, ramp design improvements, pit dewatering tactics and in-bench sumps have dramatically improved our ability to work through inclement weather periods. This is reflected by the steady increase in mining rates despite the excessive rainfall and absenteeism. And though our workforce turnover rates have decreased significantly, we continue to actively recruit to mitigate this turnover and illness-related absenteeism. COVID continues to be a challenge for us in 2021. As of early February, we have 24 new positive COVID cases among our workforce, and we continue to manage this risk. And to date, given our strict health and cleaning protocols in place, we have prevented the spread of COVID at site. Turning to Slide 17. Despite the impediments we faced in 2020, the team has kept the operation moving forward in all aspects of mine activity and project development. We achieved total mining movement of 38 million tonnes in 2020, up over 50% from 2019, and concurrently reduced mining costs by 25%. The commissioning of the 19 new Komatsu 730E trucks helped with this initiative and effectively increased haulage capacity by 30%. With reduced impacts to operations from external factors, we would expect to move a lot more material which provides upside for production and unit costs in 2021 and beyond. We attribute ongoing improvements in mining productivity to haul road construction, increasing truck loading, achieving constant availability and improving manageable utilization. As you'll see on Slide 18, process plant milling rates and associated costs have also improved significantly. The plant's performance had benefited from the planned expansion to increase milling throughputs and the installation of the IsaMill in mid-2019. Full year 2020 mill feed achieved 3.5 million tonnes from the 3.2 million tonnes a year before. And at times, we were hitting annualized run rate of 3.9 million to 4 million tonnes. Recoveries also improved materially over 2019, averaging 80% at significantly lower fee grade, and milling costs decreased 9% year-over-year. Wet in-circuit material proved to be a challenge for us, particularly in the fourth quarter, given the wet material from ore mining in the bottom of Snake Phase 2 and drove down our annual average milling rate. However, we do not view this as an issue that we can't manage or which we would have a material impact to operations. 2020 figures over prior year's results show significant improvements across the board. Total material mined increased. Ore mined increased. Mill feed increased. Recoveries generally improved and costs improved. Turning now to Slide 19. Progress we've made from improving mining and milling productivity helps us to deliver an optimized near-term and life-of-mine plan. For 2021, over 60% of production is expected to be delivered in the first half of the year as we complete ore mining in Snake Phase 2 and reach higher-grade ore portions of Ledbetter Phase 1. We expect to continue development of Ledbetter Phase 2 and Haile Phase 1 and transition to ore mining in Mill Zone Phase 2 in the second half of the year. The optimized life-of-mine plan at Haile will require additional tailings storage capacity and PAG storage facilities to ensure we have matched site infrastructure with material balances. We expect to invest $60 million to $70 million in these areas this year while continuing to simultaneously advance the development of the Haile Underground. Over the life of mine, the capital investment will ensure Haile can achieve its full potential and more. We envision Haile as a plus 200,000-ounce producer at sub-$900 ASIC. The near-term capital investment supports this vision and generates attractive life-of-mine free cash flows, particularly through the expansion of the asset underground, as you see on Slide 20. We finalized the optimization of the Haile Underground feasibility study last year, including pursuit of a bottom-up mining approach with cemented rock backfill. Surface infrastructure contracts have been issued for construction and portal development to access the Horseshoe ore body in Q3. First stope production is on track and expected by fourth quarter of 2022. We see an exciting underground future for Haile, supplementing the open pit operations, and it is our desire to increase the life of the underground project through the drill bit. Turning to Slide 21. The future of Haile is underground as we continue to explore and envisage matching the underground life of mine with the open pit life of mine. Transition to underground mining results in minimal additional surface disturbance, the ability to use waste to backfill, a decreased need for more PAG waste dumps, improved operational flexibility and extends the life of mine. As you can see, Horseshoe Underground is one of several underground exploration targets at Haile, which was recognized as part of the original due diligence. These targets stretch over 1 kilometer from Horseshoe in the East to Palomino in the Southwest. In 2016, we drilled off the upper portion of Horseshoe with some excellent results that we now have converted to a reserve of approximately 0.5 million ounces, along with substantial inferred component still to be converted at deeper levels. Significant extensions to Horseshoe also remain to be tested, as highlighted on the figure on the left, with approximately 64 meters at 15 grams per tonne of gold. Palomina was the next opportunity to be drilled with a substantial inferred resource of approximately 600,000 ounces being booked in early 2020. As part of this work, we also identified the Horseshoe Extension Target, formerly Snakeshoe, and Pisces Target with excellent drill intercepts in addition to the large conceptual target still to be tested called Aquarius. Each of these substantial opportunities will be advanced over the next several years. The company is in the final stage of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement process to expand the Haile operation. We are expecting the imminent release of the draft SEIS document from the Army Corps of Engineers, who will be quickly progressing a virtual 45-day comment period for the public. The SEIS will allow continued development of the existing Haile footprint, expansion of the TSF and PAG cells and development of the Haile Underground. To date, there have been no objections by any stakeholder group to the SEIS. And at this stage, the company anticipates receipt of a record of decision after the comment period and completion of this process by midyear. It has been my pleasure to share the many exciting activities we have going on at Haile. And I'll now turn it over to David Way, our Executive General Manager for New Zealand and the Philippines, to review our Macraes and Waihi operations and the organic growth. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- David Way, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager of New Zealand & Philippine Operations [9] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Jim, and hello, everyone. I'll spend the next few slides reviewing our Macraes and Waihi operations in New Zealand, a jurisdiction that we intimately know and in which we have operated successfully in about over 3 decades. Beginning at Macraes, it's an asset that continues to be an attractive source of free cash in our portfolio given the relatively low capital intensity and industry-leading mining and processing unit costs. For 2021, we expect increased production with our guidance range between 155,000 and 165,000 gold ounces at an all-in sustaining cost of approximately $1,100 per ounce. Without any hedging at Macraes, we expect it to be a substantial source of free cash flow after investment to deliver the mine life extensions that we announced in 2020. Turning to Slide 24. In the second half of 2020, we announced the mine life extension at Macraes, including our expectation to produce over 1 million ounces at all-in sustaining costs of approximately $1,000 per ounce through 2028. The development of Golden Point Underground and additional open pit opportunities at Deepdell, Innes Mills and Gay Tan are the primary sources for the extension. As you can see, we have additional open pit sequenced over the next 5 years, including the Stage 1 Round Hill open pit, which is a smaller open pit at Round Hill for which we do not require to relocate the process plant. Moving on to Slide #25. Golden Point Underground development is well underway with first gold production expected in the fourth quarter of this year. Eventually, Golden Point Underground will replace production from Frasers Underground. Portal development commenced at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020 after receiving key permits. Receipt of these consents for both Golden Point and the open pit opportunities is a testament to our track record of environmental stewardship and social engagement in the region. Turning to Slide 26. Our focus today is on delivering the current life-of-mine ore sources through 2028 while continuing to evaluate other brownfield opportunities within the Macraes District. We are currently accelerating our exploration focus at Macraes to convert resources to reserves, better define our assets in development and deliver the enormous potential we see today. Turning to Waihi and the development of Martha Underground on Slide 27. We were pleased to announce first production after advancing nearly 7.5 kilometers of development in 2020. First gold production was achieved at the very end of 2020, and we will continue to ramp up mining to steady-state mining rates as the year progresses. We will continue to batch process in the first quarter ahead of the planned mill shutdown in March to install a new SAG mill shell, which remains on schedule for completion in the late second quarter, as originally planned. Once back on, we will have continuous production at Martha Underground. As previously forecast, we expect Waihi to produce between 35,000 and 45,000 ounces of gold in 2021. Ramp-up of gold production will continue, and we expect a steady-state production rate of 90,000 to 100,000 gold ounces per year. Turning to Slide 28. Development of the Martha Underground continues to progress on budget and on schedule. And in our view, this is a producing asset with significant upside potential. Following our successful 2020 infill drill campaign, we converted inferred resources and increased MUG's indicated resource by 36% to 1 million ounces of gold, grading 5.2 grams per tonne. We also revised the operation's exploration target to 5 million to 7 million tonnes with a grade of 4 to 5 grams per tonne gold. To date, we have added ounces to the resource at an all-in cost of $20 per ounce. We expect to drill an additional 27,000 meters at Martha Underground with a focus on resource conversion and extension in 2021 as well as completed feasibility study, including an initial mineral reserve by the end of the first quarter of this year. Turning to Slide 29. Located 10 kilometers to the north of Waihi, we continue to believe that WKP will grow into a multimillion-ounce deposit. And our recent drill results from the 2020 program highlight this. WKP is a major discovery with a resource of 1.1 million ounces, grading between 12 and 13 grams per tonne based on only 35,000 meters of drilling thus far. In 2020, the company completed approximately 4,000 meters of extensional and infill drilling of the East Graben vein to further delineate the resource. The East Graben vein is only 1 of 3 currently identified major mineralized structures at WKP, and drilling to date is identified in excess of a 1,000-meter strike and a current vertical extent of at least 200 meters. The East Graben vein system remains open in multiple directions. Our next mineral resource update for WKP is expected in mid-2021. However, it's important to note that we believe that drilling at WKP will continue for several more years and beyond, including throughout production. Thus far, we have added ounces at an all-in cost of approximately $17 per ounce, similar to the team's performance to date at Martha. And in 2021, we expect to use 2 rigs to complete a 10,500-meter drilling campaign with a focus on infill drilling at the East Graben vein and extensional drilling for all 3 major mineralized structures at WKP. Moving on to Slide 30. As shown on the slide, the resource consenting process is a critical path item to advancing our organic growth projects at Waihi. The resource consenting process is highly prescriptive, which is a good thing. More importantly, we have intimate knowledge of it. And the regulator, along with the stakeholders, know OceanaGold as a successful responsible mining company that takes no shortcuts and is engaging with key stakeholders throughout the permitting process. We kicked off the consenting process last year with the start of stakeholder engagement and feedback processes, along with finalizing scope elements and assessment of project impacts. These engagement and assessment activities are expected to continue into the first half of 2021, leading to a formal consent application submission to the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils by early 2022. This is followed by a 4-month open comment period when the regulators review and engage on all submitted concerns, and ultimately, the council submits its recommendation with a hearing and decision over the next 5 weeks. Once a decision is made, there is a 6-week appeal period when anyone who has been involved in the process can appeal the decision. From there, any appeals can involve engagement between the company and the appealing party. If there is no resolution in this way, then the matter goes before the Environment Court of Appeals for further hearings and a decision. This process could take up to 12 months. Our base case assumption is based on the permitting process proceeding to the Environment Court for the full duration of 12 months and puts first production from WKP at 2026. We are investigating opportunities where we can responsibly bring underground operations at WKP into our 5-year plan. Whenever WKP is in production, it will be a major contributor of free cash flows to the business and socioeconomic benefits for New Zealand. We have estimated over 300 jobs for the communities in the Coromandel, along with a significant amount of in-country investments. We are also looking at WKP being a state-of-the-art operation, potentially utilizing an all-electric mining fleet. With that, I will now turn the presentation back over to Michael to discuss Didipio and our company's long-term vision. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [10] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, David, and thanks for the overview on the exciting growth ahead of us in New Zealand. Moving on to Slide 31. Didipio and its potential restart represents one of the most significant near-term catalysts for the company. Didipio is a world-class operation with a fantastic Filipino workforce and one of the most responsible mining operations on the planet. We believe Didipio has been and can continue to be a significant source of jobs, social development, taxes and revenues that are critical to contributing to the Philippines' COVID-19 recovery. However, the time line for renewal is uncertain despite several positive meetings held prior to the 2020 year-end. We appreciate the patience of our shareholders have had with this process, and I share your frustrations. But our resolve remains strong to restart operations and include it in the 5-year plan and beyond. Turning to Slide 32. With the permanent layoff in the majority of the workforce in the second half of 2020, our expected time line for resumption to full operations has now extended up to 12 months, primarily driven by the considerable time and effort required to rehire and retrain our highly skilled Philippine workforce. We remain in dialogue with the appropriate representatives at national and local levels on the renewal status. And currently, our understanding is that the FTAA renewal remains with the Department of Finance for signature before re-endorsement to the Office of the President. In the meantime, we are maintaining Didipio in a state of operational standby, planning for the transition to full production when the renewal comes through. Once fully ramped up, Didipio will produce approximately 10,000 ounces of gold and 1,000 tonnes of copper per month at [first quarter] all-in sustaining costs. In summary, we're focused on what's to come. We are confident of our organic growth, delivering real value over the long term, and that is critical to creating shareholder value. Turning to Slide 34. The future of OceanaGold is in 2 attractive jurisdictions, New Zealand and the Americas. Progressing our most promising organic growth projects in these regions is expected to deliver significant growth, low-cost production within the next 5 years. And this includes building 3 underground mines and expanding existing open pits while continuing to explore the greater Waihi District. On Slide 35, OceanaGold is a resilient and dynamic gold miner with a strong and sustainable future. And although our current valuation certainly does not reflect this, our organic growth pipeline is one of the best in the industry and represents decades of opportunity for our company. My team and I look forward to delivering that value. Thank you, and now back to Sam. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [11] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, Michael. So that concludes the formal presentation segment of this webcast. I will now turn it over to the moderator to facilitate the Q&A session. Over to you, Sylvie. ================================================================================ Questions and Answers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [1] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Operator Instructions) And your first question will be from Levi Spry at JPMorgan. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Levi Spry, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Research Analyst [2] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maybe just 2 questions on costs and then one on funding. So firstly, Haile. So just the longer-term target of 200,000 ounces at $900 an ounce all-in sustaining cost. When is that -- when does that come through? Maybe just talk me through that a little bit. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [3] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Thanks, Levi. There's a lot of information and trying to sort of give the runway of what we're doing with regards to the organic. We'll find that as we sort of move through this year with regards to sort of understanding the impacts and where we are, the idea is bringing the underground online, is to get to that sustainable 200,000-ounce production and as we bring the underground and the high grade as we open up the open pits. So we'll see that in the next couple of years, and then we'll continue that process going forward. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Levi Spry, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Research Analyst [4] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Yes. So still sort of a bit of difficulty in matching the 43-101, slightly higher production rates out further. Yes. Okay. I'll work my way through that. Costs at Waihi, so in the PEA for WKP, I think you talked about $627 all-in sustaining cost. Can you just kind of put that in context and again, how that profile might look over the next -- over the 5 years? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [5] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. As we sort of ramp up the Martha Underground, so you'll see that this year's cost is predominantly based on really only putting half -- well, less than half, about 400 -- around that 380,000 tonnes through the process plant. The process plant can be up to 1.2 million tonnes. So as we ramp up the Martha Underground, you'll see those costs coming down. Then we'll start including the Gladstone open pit. So that will take the sort of the processing abilities up to that 1.6, and then WKP comes in on top of that. WKP will have the ramp-up of the -- from 2026 first production that will be ramped up over a year, 1.5 years before it gets into full production, then those costs coming through. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Levi Spry, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Research Analyst [6] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Okay. And just one on the funding for Scott. So there's an extra 50 available in the facility. I assume you'll draw that pretty soon. Confirming, are there any CPs or anything related to that? And just also confirming, does that mean there's nothing due until December '24? What are your requirements in the meantime? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott A. McQueen, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [7] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Levi, thanks for that. Look, yes, there's no CPs. That's the revolving credit facility available for us to draw, all going well. We shouldn't need to draw that anytime soon, but it's available there. And that's the intent, to have it available so we can be flexible in our approach moving forward. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Levi Spry, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Research Analyst [8] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. And that's -- what is drawn is due December '24. There's nothing in between. Is that right? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [9] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That's right, yes. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott A. McQueen, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [10] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Full repayment at December '24. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [11] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Operator Instructions) Our next question will be from Habib, Ovais at Scotiabank. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ovais Habib, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Research Division - Research Analyst, Mining [12] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've got several questions. I just might ask a couple and then pass it over to the rest of the people on the call. My first question just on Haile. Obviously, you had a really strong quarter with the high grades coming in. Is that -- you've talked about that's expected to continue into the first half. Should we assume that that's going to continue as similar kind of grades into Q1 and Q2? Can you give us a little bit of color on that? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [13] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, certainly. The -- getting to the better grades did happen. What we'll find is that 60% of that grade will come out in the first half with the sort of second quarter. I suppose higher than the first quarter is what we're sort of looking at as we sort of square up some of the phases that we've been working on at the end of last year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ovais Habib, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Research Division - Research Analyst, Mining [14] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And then just on that, should we then assume a first half weighted year in terms of consolidated production as well? Or does Waihi kind of replace some of the lower production in from Haile in the second half? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [15] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, that's correct. So Waihi sort of really ramps up in the second half of the period and replaces some of the Haile's production in the first half. Macraes is pretty well steady going all the way through. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ovais Habib, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Research Division - Research Analyst, Mining [16] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Got it. And then just sticking with Haile. This question might just be directed to Jim then. In terms of contingency, obviously, it looks like you've added in some contingency for COVID and weather for 2021 guidance. Now can you give us any sort of color in terms of what kind of contingencies are placed for downtime or absenteeism or even equipment availability? Can you compare it to what you saw in 2020? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- James Whittaker, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager [17] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Sure. Thanks for that question. These are things that we've worked on a lot, learning a lot from the 2020 year and then taking it into where we wanted to position guidance for 2021. There's 2 main issues there. One is looking at what the fleet can do. Obviously, there's a lot of variables that affect utilization. The availability isn't really too much for concern through the suite because it's new, and also in the plant, it's fairly constant. But it's actually the utilization of the equipment that we're focused on. That's affected, one by, weather. It's also affected by where we are in the ore body. As Michael mentioned, going to underground is going to give us an optional phase with a higher grade, but we will continue to dig through the upper parts of Haile into the 2023 year. And then it will be really widened out. We'll be able to really push the productivity of the open pit and, as Michael said, as well as having the underground as a feed. So a lot of the concern that we've had when we set guidance is around the total utilization of the property, what we see as material characteristics and also what we see as last year with respect to weather and then under the shadow of COVID affecting and pushing us to think of new ways that we can handle absenteeism through the operation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ovais Habib, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Research Division - Research Analyst, Mining [18] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And just -- I mean in terms of the downtime, I mean we saw downtime approximately about 60 days last year. Is that kind of similar to what you're expecting in 2021? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- James Whittaker, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager [19] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. That was a factor that we used through to the guidance, was the total downtime that we'd see on the site, both in the mine and also possibly in the plant as well. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ovais Habib, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Research Division - Research Analyst, Mining [20] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. Sounds good. And just my last question before I pass it on. Just moving on to Didipio. Obviously, you've talked about having several meetings with the Philippines government officials in December. Now is there any kind of part of the negotiation that's pending? What I'm basically asking is, have the Office of the President come back with any additional demands or any other negotiations that are pending? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [21] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Look, thanks, Ovais, and it's an interesting question. The technical working group that was put together by the different departments on the instruction of the Office of the President have worked with us over that festive period. Currently, what we're seeing more so is clarification and further information that's being sought by the government bodies, not necessarily changing to the negotiated terms. So that's what we're currently seeing, and that's sort of the conversations that we're having backwards and forwards at this point in time. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [22] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Operator Instructions) And your next question will be from Mike Parkin at National Bank. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Parkin, National Bank Financial, Inc., Research Division - Mining Analyst [23] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just one question. With the water at Haile in terms of rainfall exceeding what the technical report was based on, do you see any need for additional discharge capacity for what's accumulating in the tailings facility or any need to kind of bring forward additional tailings lifts to accommodate for the capacity of the excess water that you kind of experienced year-to-date -- or not year-to-date, to date? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [24] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Look, thanks, Mike. Jim, do you want to answer this one? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- James Whittaker, OceanaGold Corporation - Executive General Manager [25] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sorry, Michael, sure. That's actually a great question. And it is in line with a couple of very important kind of triggering projects that we have currently ongoing and that are part of the 43-101. With respect to the tailings, yes, it is a target of ours to reduce water in the tailings, and that actually pushes off capital to future list. That is currently in the 43-101, and that is based around an in-pond evaporation system we're currently designing and that we'll have running in Q3 of this year, and that will effectively start to evaporate at a higher rate the water in tailings. The other part of the question of the water that is in the mine and in the ponds and in the pits, that's also something that we manage on a daily basis. But it also requires an expansion of the existing water treatment plant. That is also currently in the capital plan for 2021. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [26] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At this time, we have no other phone questions. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [27] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you, operator. There's a couple of questions that have been forwarded to us from different means. So the first one here, which I'll read out, is related to the 5-year plan. Basically states here that it looks like a very compelling 5-year plan with production going in the right direction and costs going down. What -- based on this here, what is -- what are other factors that could improve the -- this chart that you show in the -- repeatedly in the presentation? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [28] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks, Sam, and thanks to whoever sent the question through. It is a compelling profile, and it's something that we're working on and continuing to try and improve. The 2 catalysts that I mentioned that weren't in the plan is the Didipio restart, which will have a significant step change to the business and to the plan. And the other one that we're working on as well is to try and bring the Waihi, WKP project forward. And so if we can work with the government in a responsible manner to look at fast-tracking some portions of the plan and certainly get into the development that was shown in the development project plan, if we can bring that forward, then we can actually access the ore body earlier and get that into the 5-year plan. So they're the 2 catalysts that we're working diligently on and continue to work on. It does show a very good margin, growing margin as we sort of progress through the year and then certainly working with the underground and the open pit to improve the efficiencies, and the productivity is the other part of the plan. Thank you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [29] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael, next question here is related to WKP exploration. Says here that much of the drilling to date has been focused on the East Graben vein. What are the plans to drill out the other veins? And more broadly, what are the plans for the exploration program at WKP over the next several years? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [30] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That's a very good question. And we have been focusing on building the reserve around WKP, which has been sort of the major focus that we have got. I'll -- Craig, I'll hand that question over to you to probably add a bit more color to the exploration plan that we do have in that district, in that fantastic deposit. So with that, I don't think Craig's on the line at this point in time. So with the Eastern Graben vein, there is the multiple veins off that to the footwall of the vein. And so we will continue exploring those as we do it and then stepping out for the T-Stream and the Western Graben vein. So our process is to ensure that from the platforms that we've currently got, we can actually improve the confidence within the resource to turn it to reserve and then do the step-out drilling as we move forward. So I think this year, we've got around about 28,000 meters or 38,000 meters planned, and that will be a combination of both conversion drilling and expansional drilling. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [31] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All right. Thank you, Michael. Next question here is just related to Didipio. Specifically, can you comment on any changes to the support that you guys have from the communities around Didipio? Has it changed? Are they -- do they continue to be supportive? And what efforts are they making to push for the FTAA renewal? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [32] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes. Again, thank you for that question. It is something that we're very cognizant of. And we have been working very, very well with the immediate community. We -- as everybody knows, one of the focuses was on getting critical supplies to the mine to ensure the integrity of the mine. And that was -- and that has continued and continued with the assistance of the barangay captain and the council. So we're now in a position where we have got a good supply of critical fuel at site. And so the community is still very supportive, and the community -- they're heavily invested in getting the mine up and running. They've written numerous times to the Office of the President, showing their support. And we have some great support from one of our -- one of the provinces, from both the governor and the congressman from one of the provinces that's supporting us as well. So happy and pleased to say that the support has been continuing with the good work and -- the good work and the good relationships that we do have on the ground. So thanks very much. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [33] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks, Michael. Last one that I have here on the list is related to hedging. Does the company plan on pursuing additional hedging programs going forward? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Harvy Lou Holmes, OceanaGold Corporation - President, CEO & Director [34] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- At this point, no. We've just come out of the hedging program for Macraes, and we generally hedge at Macraes to lock in the margins. Currently, I think we're all sort of looking at a higher gold price, albeit there's some volatility, but certainly a solid gold price in the future. But it's certainly something that we will continue to monitor. But we don't have any plans for continuing the hedging at this point in time. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Pazuki, OceanaGold Corporation - SVP of Corporate Development [35] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Okay. So Michael, there's no questions on the queue. I haven't received any other questions. So that concludes our webcast and conference call. A replay will be made available on our website later today. On behalf of Michael, Scott, Mark, Sharon, David, Craig and the rest of the team, thank you for joining us. Bye for now. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operator [36] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, this does indeed conclude your call for today. Once again, thank you for attending. And at this time, we do ask that you please disconnect your lines.