ENP Newswire -
Release date- 14022014 -
Fourth quarter adjusted profit attributable to shareholders was
'We were pleased with our operating performance in 2013,' said
Highlights and Significant Items
Gross profit before depreciation and amortization in 2013 was
Cash flow from operations, before working capital changes, was
Profit attributable to shareholders was
To date we have reached agreements with our coal customers to sell 5.9 million tonnes of coal in the first quarter of 2014 and we expect total sales in the first quarter, including spot sales, to be at or above 6.3 million tonnes.
Our cash balance was
We achieved a number of significant operating and sales records in the quarter and year, including:
record annual coal sales of 26.9 million tonnes as a result of increased global steel production;
new quarterly record copper production at 105,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter and
record annual throughput at Greenhills, Antamina, Carmen de Andacollo and Red Dog.
At Highland Valley Copper, the mill optimization project achieved substantial mechanical completion in the quarter and commissioning of the new flotation facility has commenced.
We continue to implement our cost reduction program and to date our existing operations have identified over
Since mid-2013, the Canadian/U.S. dollar exchange rate has moved significantly in our favour. At the current exchange rate, EBITDA would be positively impacted by approximately
Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains certain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements as defined in applicable securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements, principally under the heading 'Outlook,' but also elsewhere in this document, include estimates, forecasts, and statements as to management's expectations with respect to, among other things, anticipated costs and production at our business units and individual project and operations and expectation that we will meet our production guidance, sales volume and selling prices for our products (including settlement of coal contracts with customers), the expected timing of the submission of the SEIA for the Quebrada Blanca supergene facilities, statements under the heading 'Copper Development Projects,' the mine life, capital cost and timing of first oil from the
These forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary materially.
These statements are based on a number of assumptions, including, but not limited to, assumptions regarding general business and economic conditions, the supply and demand for, deliveries of, and the level and volatility of prices of, zinc, copper and coal and other primary metals and minerals as well as oil, and related products, the timing of the receipt of regulatory and governmental approvals for our development projects and other operations, our costs of production and production and productivity levels, as well as those of our competitors, power prices, continuing availability of water and power resources for our operations, market competition, the accuracy of our reserve estimates (including with respect to size, grade and recoverability) and the geological, operational and price assumptions on which these are based, conditions in financial markets, the future financial performance of the company, our ability to attract and retain skilled staff, our ability to procure equipment and operating supplies, positive results from the studies on our expansion projects, our coal and other product inventories, our ability to secure adequate transportation for our products, our ability to obtain permits for our operations and expansions, our ongoing relations with our employees and business partners and joint venturers.
The foregoing list of assumptions is not exhaustive. Events or circumstances could cause actual results to vary materially.
Factors that may cause actual results to vary materially include, but are not limited to, changes in commodity and power prices, changes in market demand for our products, changes in interest and currency exchange rates, acts of foreign governments and the outcome of legal proceedings, inaccurate geological and metallurgical assumptions (including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral reserves and resources), unanticipated operational difficulties (including failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate in accordance with specifications or expectations, cost escalation, unavailability of materials and equipment, government action or delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or other job action, adverse weather conditions and unanticipated events related to health, safety and environmental matters), union labour disputes, political risk, social unrest, failure of customers or counterparties to perform their contractual obligations, changes in our credit ratings, unanticipated increases in costs to construct our development projects, difficulty in obtaining permits, inability to address concerns regarding permits of environmental impact assessments, and changes or further deterioration in general economic conditions.
Our Fort Hills project is not controlled by us and construction and production schedules may be adjusted by our partners.
Statements concerning future production costs or volumes, and the sensitivity of the company's profit to changes in commodity prices and exchange rates are based on numerous assumptions of management regarding operating matters and on assumptions that demand for products develops as anticipated, that customers and other counterparties perform their contractual obligations, that operating and capital plans will not be disrupted by issues such as mechanical failure, unavailability of parts and supplies, labour disturbances, interruption in transportation or utilities, adverse weather conditions, and that there are no material unanticipated variations in the cost of energy or supplies.
We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required under securities laws. Further information concerning risks and uncertainties associated with these forward-looking statements and our business can be found in our Annual Information Form for the year ended
Teck will host an Investor Conference Call to discuss its Q4/2013 financial results at
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