Barrick Gold's 2017 Production Review: Gold Production To Experience a Declining Trend

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Barrick Gold ( ABX ), the world's largest gold miner, released its full year production review on January 16 . The company reported a 4% year-over-year decline in gold shipments and a similar decline in its gold production. Production volume was at the bottom end of its revised 2017 production estimates.

Diminishing gold production volume is in line with our earlier analysis of an expected decline in global gold production to support future gold prices . Barrick reported Q4 average realized gold prices at $1,275 per ounce, resulting in an average price for its full year at approximately $1,260/ ounce, at a similar level as that of 2016. Thus, with the decline in gold production and stagnant gold prices, we expect Barrick to report a decline in its revenue for full year 2017. Barrick's fall in gold output was further exaggerated by the ongoing disruption in Acacia mining, which is expected to be resolved by the first half of 2018.

The following table summarizes the production figures for gold and copper as produced by Barrick. Copper production also remained stagnant in 2017, however copper's (as a commodity) stellar performance throughout 2017 should provide a boost to Barrick's copper division. You can view our base case for Barrick's production volume here and create different scenarios using our interactive platform.

Barrick will release it Q4 and full year financials on February 14 which will provide us a deeper insight into its operational performance for 2017.

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