AngloGold Ashanti has indicated that its headline earnings for the period are expected to be between $207 million and $224 million, with headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 50 cents and 54 cents.
A statement from the company, which made this known, said headline earnings and HEPS for the comparative period were $27 million and 6 cents respectively.
The basic earnings for the period are expected to be between $120 million and $137 million, resulting in basic earnings per share of between 29 cents and 33 cents.
Basic loss and loss per share for the comparative period were $191 million and 46 cents, respectively.
The expected overall increases in headline earnings and basic earnings for the period compared to the comparative period were primarily due to the following reasons:
Lower amortization levels for South Africa with the closure of TauTona in 2017 and the sale of the Moab Khotsong and Kopanang operations early in 2018, as well as a reduction of Ore Reserve Development amortization in Brazil resulted in increased earnings of $78 million (post- tax) or 19 cents per share (non-cash impact); and Income from Kibali increased by $95 million (post-tax) or 23 cents per share. Significant once-off items affected basic earnings for the period are as follows:
In 2018, a non-cash impairment of the Uranium plant of Mine Waste Solutions affected basic earnings by $66 million (post-tax) or 16 cents per share compared to 2017, where non-cash impairments and de-recognition of certain of the South African assets and goodwill, largely as a result of the restructuring and disposal of the related assets, affecting basic earnings by an amount of $221 million (post-tax) or 53 cents per share; and in 2018, retrenchment costs related to the restructured South African operations were $25 million (post-tax) or 6 cents per share, while in 2017 the impact was $71 million (post-tax) or 17 cents per share.
In addition, for 2017, a once-off non-cash provision in respect of the estimated costs of the settlement of the silicosis class action claims and related expenditure, of $46 million (post-tax) or 11 cents per share, affected both basic earnings and HEPS.
The forecast financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed or reported by AngloGold Ashanti’s external auditors.