Acacia Mining shares wilt as Tanzania row gouges hole in profits

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Shares in gold miner Acacia toppled once again after it laid bare the monetary expense of its conflict with the federal government of Tanzania.

Earnings at the FTSE 250 company crashed 29pc to $391.6 m (₤ 301.8 m) in the 6 months to June 30 as it reeled from a restriction on exporting gold concentrate, a powdered type of the rare-earth element, which was enforced in March.

Acacia shares moved 20pc to 224.60 p on Friday afternoon as it exposed its money reserves sank from $318m to $176m over the duration. It handled to include the fall in its pre-tax earnings to simply 2pc, at $99.5 m, but it will not pay an interim dividend for the very first time since it was established in 2000.

The company is still able to export gold bars, which make up 70pc of its output, but it has been stockpiling concentrate at 2 of its 3 mines while it waits on the restriction to be raised.

Brad Gordon, president, stated Acacia’s underlying performance was “the very best it had ever attained”, explaining gold production of 428,203 ounces was 4pc greater than a year earlier– an outcome hailed as “much better than anticipated” by experts. It has cut its production assistance for the complete year, nevertheless.

Settlements to end the conflict will be led by Acacia’s bulk investor, Barrick Gold, which has a 64pc stake. Mr Gordon stated he was “not delighted” about being left out from the talks– which have yet to start– but firmly insisted Acacia management would be totally spoken with.

“I would rather be relaxing the table, but we need to appreciate the federal government’s desires,” he stated.

Mr Gordon validated Acacia might close its loss-making Bulyanhulu mine by the end of this quarter if the restriction continues. The mine is the earliest of Acacia’s 3 running websites and utilizes 3,000 people. In a different declaration, the company rejected reports a few of its global staff had been asked to leave Tanzania.

Andrew Wray, primary monetary officer, firmly insisted Acacia was creating enough money to weather the storm. “We might go on for rather a long time if we wanted to, but it specifies where it’s not sensible to do so,” he stated.