Trading statement for H1 2020
Gold Fields Limited
(Reg. No. 1968/004880/06)
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(“Gold Fields” or “the Company”)
JSE, NYSE Share Code: GFI
ISIN Code: ZAE000018123
Trading statement for H1 2020
Johannesburg, 5 August 2020: Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields)
(JSE, NYSE: GFI) advises that basic earnings per share for the six
months ended 30 June 2020 (H1 2020) are expected to be between
US¢17.1-18.9 per share, an increase of 90-110% (US¢8.1-9.9 per
share) from the basic earnings of US¢9.0 per share reported for the
six months ended 30 June 2019 (H1 2019).
Headline earnings per share (HEPS) for H1 2020 are expected to be
US¢19.5-20.5 per share, 290-310% (US¢14.5-15.5 per share) higher
than the US¢5.0 per share reported for H1 2019.
Normalised earnings for H1 2020 are expected to be US¢35.5-38.5
per share, 137-157% (US¢20.5-23.5 per share) higher than the
US¢15.0 per share reported for H1 2019.
The increase in earnings for the period is driven largely by the increase
in the gold price received.
Attributable gold equivalent production for the six months ended 30
June 2020 increased marginally YoY to 1,087koz (H1 2019:
1,083koz), with the contribution from Gruyere (only commenced
production in July 2019) and increased production days, largely offset
by the impact of Covid-19 stoppages at South Deep and Cerro Corona
as well as the impact of the lower copper price at Cerro Corona, which
resulted in lower gold equivalent ounces.
The increase in production days relates to a decision that was taken,
during Q2 2020, to align the production months with the calendar
months, which resulted in an extra 10 production days in H1 2020.
These 10 extra production days also impacted Q2 2020. This once-off
adjustment has no impact on H2 2020.
All-in sustaining costs (AISC) for the Group for H1 2020 is US$986/oz,
compared to US$891/oz in H1 2019, an increase of 11% YoY, driven
by an increase in net operating costs (mainly driven by a move of
waste tonnes from capital to operating costs at Damang following
intersection of the main orebody), sustaining capital expenditure and
royalties (approximately US$15/oz) as well as lower by-product credits
(due to the lower copper price). Covid-19 related costs are estimated
at approximately US$20/oz for H1 2020 and are embedded in the
All-in costs (AIC) for H1 2020 was 4% lower YoY at US$1,065/oz (H1 2019: US$1,106/oz) as project
capital was US$137m lower in H1 2020 compared to H1 2019, which more than offset the increases
relating to AISC, discussed above.
For Q2 2020 attributable group gold-equivalent production was 550koz (Q1 2020: 537koz),with AISC of
US$997/oz (Q1 2020: US$975/oz) and AIC of US$1,069/oz (Q1 2020: US$1,060/oz).
Revised cost guidance for FY 2020
FY 2020 Production guidance, as updated with the Q1 2020 operating update, remains intact at between
2.200Moz and 2.250Moz.
In light of the increase in costs in H1 2020, we are increasing our cost guidance for the year. AISC is
expected to be between US$960/oz and US$980/oz (original guidance: US$920/oz - US$940/oz) and
AIC is expected to be between US$1,070/oz and US$1,090/oz (original guidance: US$1,035/oz -
US$1,055/oz). The revised cost guidance is based on an estimated rand exchange rate of R17.00 and
A$ exchange rate of 0.70 for H2 2020. Increased royalties (due to the higher gold price) account for
US$15/oz of the cost increase, while Covid-related costs account for US$10/oz. Potential further Covid-
19 related disruptions increases the risk to Group production and cost guidance.
The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed, and reported
on, by the Company’s external auditors.
Gold Fields is expected to release H1 2020 financial results on Thursday, 20 August 2020.
Tel: +27 11 562-9775
Mobile: +27 82 312 8692
Email : Avishkar.Nagaser@goldfields.com
Tel: +27 11 562 9849
Mobile: +27 72 493 5170
Tel: +27 11 562-9763
Mobile: +27 83 260 9279
Email : Sven.Lunsche@goldfields.com
Notes to editors
About Gold Fields
Gold Fields is a globally diversified gold producer with nine operating mines in Australia, Peru, South Africa and West Africa (including the
Asanko JV), as well as one project in Chile. We have total attributable annual gold-equivalent production of 2.2Moz, attributable gold-equivalent
Mineral Reserves of 51.3Moz and Mineral Resources of 115.7Moz. Our shares are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and our
American depositary shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Sponsor: J.P. Morgan Equities South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Date: 05-08-2020 08:30:00
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