Site Visit to Quebec Project Leaves 'Positive' Impressions

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Source: Streetwise Reports   09/24/2018

A BMO Capital Markets report provided one analyst's takeaways from his trip to this gold major's Canadian mine.

In a Sept. 19 research note, analyst Andrew Kaip with BMO Capital Markets wrote "overall impressions were positive" from a site visit with management to Goldcorp Inc.'s ( (G):TSX;  (GG):NYSE) Éléonore mine.

Kaip summarized the areas of progress at Éléonore.

1. Processing rates are increasing. Goldcorp has been slowly achieving this since it completed access in Q2/18 to the fifth mining level. This progression should "set the stage for a strong finish to 2018," Kaip indicated. The processing rate at Éléonore, now at about 6,000 pounds per day (6 Ktpd), should surpass that by Q4/18.

2. Production is on the rise. Based on a 6–7 Ktpd processing rate, 2019 production should be in the 400 Koz range. The mine produced 152,000 ounces (152 Koz) of gold in H1/18, and BMO forecasts it will produce 357 Koz in H2/18, a total of 509 Koz for the full year. In comparison, Goldcorp is guiding for 2018 production of 360 Koz.

3. Improving processing and mining rates should lower costs. Goldcorp aims to reduce site costs, over the long term, to $110–120 per ton ($110–120/ton) from $148/ton in Q2/18. The goals for specific costs are $55–60/ton for mining, $30–35/ton for processing and $25/ton for general and administrative expenses.

4. The materials handling project is underway. These upgrades to the 1140 level will allow for the transfer of ore from the lower part of the mine to the surface. Goldcorp intends to finish building the loading pockets and related infrastructure in Q1/20.

5. Current initiatives should improve gold recovery by 0.85%. Those include plant modifications to "reduce corrosion and improve availability of the Isamill" and Isamill cooling. In addition, Kaip pointed out, the mill could be further optimized.

6. Éléonore's 2019 and 2020 budgets should be around 2018's $40 million. This is the case, noted Kaip, because "development of the lower mine continues to be a priority."

BMO has a Market Perform rating and a $16 per share target price on Goldcorp, whose current share price is around $10.64.

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Disclosure 5: BMO Capital Markets or an affiliate received compensation for products or services other than investment banking services within the past 12 months from Goldcorp.
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Disclosure 9B: BMO Capital Markets makes a market in Goldcorp in United States.
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Disclosure 17: Goldcorp has paid or reimbursed some or all of the research analyst's travel expenses.

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