Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Newmont Mining Corp., the largest U.S. gold producer, reported third-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates after bullion prices rose to a record.
Net income fell 8.2 percent to $493 million, or 98 cents a share, from $537 million, or $1.07, a year earlier, Greenwood Village, Colorado-based Newmont said today in a statement.
Earnings excluding an impairment charge related to securities held by the company were $1.29 a share, beating the $1.24 average of 14 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 5.7 percent to $2.74 billion from $2.6 billion a year earlier.
Chief Executive Officer Richard O’Brien plans to spend about $7 billion to boost annual gold production by 35 percent to 7 million ounces by 2017, he told investors in April. Gold, which has risen for 10 straight years, averaged $1,705 in the third quarter, 39 percent more than a year earlier. The metal reached a record $1,923.70 an ounce on Sept. 6 in New York.
“I think they’re starting to win people over,” John Stephenson, who helps manage $2.7 billion at First Asset Management Inc. in Toronto and owns Newmont shares, said in an interview before the results were released. “I think they have come a long way by getting upfront with the dividend program, they’ve shown some leadership there.”
Newmont, the second-biggest gold miner by production, said in April it would link its dividend to the gold price, and announced last month it was sweetening the payouts for quarters in which gold exceeds $1,700 an ounce. The company said on Oct. 26 it raised its quarterly dividend 17 percent to 35 cents, from 30 cents.
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