IAMGOLD (IAG) Raises $300M to Increase Stake in Cote Mine

IAMGOLD Corporation IAG announced the successful closing of its previously announced bought deal equity financing, raising gross proceeds of $300.24 million. The net proceeds will be used to repurchase a 9.7% interest in the Côté Gold mine from Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Sumitomo SSUMY, thereby restoring its 70% interest in the Côté Gold Mine.

IAMGOLD, on May 21, 2024, announced that it entered an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters per which they have agreed to purchase, on a bought deal basis, 72,000,000 shares of the company at $4.17 per common share.

At a steady run rate, the Côté Gold mine is expected to become one of the largest operating gold mines in Canada with an expected mine life of more than 18 years. On a project level, combining the Côté and Gosselin deposits, Côté has a total estimated measured and indicated mineral resource of 16.5 million ounces and an additional 4.2 million ounces of Inferred resources.

The Côté Gold mine is operated as a joint venture between IAG and Sumitomo. Per the JV funding and amending agreement entered by the two parties on Dec 19, 2022, IAMGOLD’s stake in the Côté Gold mine was 60.3% and the company had the option to repurchase a 9.7% interest from Sumitomo.
The joint venture started construction on the Côté Gold Project in the third quarter of 2020 and per schedule, the Côté Gold mine commenced production during the first quarter of 2024. The mine contributed 1,000 ounces to the quarter’s output.

With Côté Gold now coming online, IAMGOLD now operates three active mines, alongside Essakane in Burkina Faso and Westwood in Quebec, Canada.

The Essakane mine reported attributable production of 118,000 ounces in the first quarter, a 28% increase year over year mainly due to higher grades. Westwood’s output was 32,000 ounces (up 50% year over year), its highest quarter of production since the mine restarted in 2021. Including the contribution of Côté Gold, IAG’s attributable production was 151,000 ounces in the first quarter, up 34% year over year.

The company expects the Côté Gold mine to produce 220,000-290,000 ounces of gold (on a 100% basis) in 2024. It plans to ramp up operations in the second quarter and achieve commercial production in the third quarter.

For 2024, excluding Côté Gold, IAMGOLD anticipates attributable gold production to be between 430,000 and 490,000 ounces. It reported attributable gold production of 465,000 ounces for 2023.

IAMGOLD announced first-quarter adjusted earnings per share of 11 cents on May 9, which reflected a solid 120% year-over-year increase. The upside was driven by higher gold sales and realized gold prices. Revenues were up 50% year over year to $339 million.

Gold sales were 150,000 ounces on an attributable basis, 38% higher than 109,000 ounces in the first quarter of 2023. The average realized gold price per ounce was up 10% year over year to $2,077.

Price Performance

IAMGOLD shares have risen 54.3% in the past year, outpacing the industry’s 14.3% growth.


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