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Newcrest Mining Limited - Financial Results for the 12 months ending 30 June 2014

August 18, 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia, Aug. 18 2014 /CNW/ - Newcrest Mining Limited ("Newcrest") (ASX: NCM) (TSX: NM) today released its Annual Financial Report for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014.

This market release is a summary document and readers are directed to the full text of the release which is filed on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com and Newcrest's website at www.newcrest.com.au. This market release contains non-IFRS financial information that is not subject to external audit. For definitions, reconciliations and rationale of use of the non-IFRS information refer to the notes on pages 5 to 7. See also the disclaimer in note 7 on page 8 regarding forward looking statements.

Key points

•Statutory loss1 of A$2,221 million and Underlying profit2 of A$432 million•Significant items representing a net loss after tax of A$2,653 million, due primarily to A$2,353 million of asset impairments at Lihir, Telfer, Bonikro and Hidden Valley•EBITDA2 of A$1,514 million and EBIT2 of A$821 million•Gold production of 2,396,023 ounces and gold sales of 2,405,163 ounces was 14% and 17% higher than the prior year •Free cash flow2 was an inflow of A$133 million compared with a net outflow of A$1,417 in the prior year, with all operations free cash flow positive in the current year except Hidden Valley•Cash flow from operating activities was an inflow of A$1,037 million•All-In Sustaining Cost2 of A$976 per ounce (US$897 per ounce at an A$:US$ exchange rate of $0.9187) was 24% (32%) lower than the prior year •Gearing3 of 33.8% at 30 June 2014•A$1,808 million4 in cash and undrawn, committed bank facilities at 30 June 2014•No dividend for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014

Newcrest Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas said: "The Company's improved operating performance in FY14 shows progress in productivity improvements and cost reductions. These initial improvements enabled the company to maintain its underlying profit2 and profit margins notwithstanding a lower gold price, and deliver free cash flow2 of $133 million for the year."

"Asset value impairments of $2.4 billion after tax were the major drivers of a statutory loss for the year of $2.2 billion. The most significant component of the write downs related to Lihir," he said.

"While we have realised some initial operating improvements, I am not satisfied with either the current operating performance or the cash generation of the business."

"Looking ahead, the Company is firmly focused on realising the potential of its assets. A Company-wide improvement program has been initiated, which includes a major review at Lihir. We expect Group production this year to be similar to that in financial year 2014 as we ramp up Cadia East and make improvements at Lihir which will lay the foundations for future production growth," Mr Biswas said.

Summarised Financial and Operating Results







For the twelve months ended 30 June





Measure

2014

2013

Change

Change %

KEY FINANCIAL DATA













Revenue



A$ million

4,040

3,775

265

7%

EBITDA2



A$ million

1,514

1,473

41

3%

EBIT2



A$ million

821

745

76

10%

Statutory profit/(loss)1



A$ million

(2,221)

(5,783)

3,562

62%

Underlying profit2



A$ million

432

446

(14)

(3%)

Cash flow from operating activities



A$ million

1,037

1,147

(110)

(10%)

Cash flow from investing activities



A$ million

(904)

(2,564)

1,660

65%



Sustaining capital5



A$ million

(298)

(572)

274

48%



Production stripping



A$ million

(191)

(440)

249

57%



Major projects (non-sustaining) 5



A$ million

(354)

(1,374)

1,020

74%



Exploration expenditure



A$ million

(62)

(152)

90

59%

Free cash flow2



A$ million

133

(1,417)

1,550

n/c

Gearing3



%

33.8

29.3

4.5

15%

EBITDA margin2



%

37.5

39.0

(1.5)

(4%)

EBIT margin2



%

20.3

19.7

0.6

3%

ROCE2



%

6.4

4.8

1.6

33%

KEY OPERATIONAL DATA













Total ore mined



tonnes 000's

45,701

60,518

(14,817)

(24%)

Total waste mined



tonnes 000's

48,935

111,783

(62,848)

(56%)

Total material mined



tonnes 000's

94,636

172,301

(77,665)

(45%)

Total material treated



tonnes 000's

56,176

58,571

(2,395)

(4%)

Gold produced



000's ounces

2,396

2,110

286

14%

Gold sales



000's ounces

2,405

2,055

350

17%

Realised gold price



A$/ ounce

1,408

1,550

(142)

(9%)

Realised gold price



US$/ ounce

1,292

1,585

(293)

(18%)

Copper produced



tonnes 000's

86.1

80.4

5.7

7%

Copper sales



tonnes 000's

84.2

78.9

5.3

7%

Realised copper price



A$/pound

3.46

3.38

0.08

2%

All-In Sustaining Cost2



A$ million

2,329

2,607

(278)

(11%)

All-In Sustaining Cost2



A$/ounce sold

976

1,283

(307)

(24%)

All-In Sustaining Cost2



US$/ounce sold

897

1,318

(421)

(32%)

Closing foreign exchange rate



AUD/USD

0.9420

0.9275

0.0145

2%

Average foreign exchange rate



AUD/USD

0.9187

1.0272

(0.1085)

(11%)

Average foreign exchange rate



PGK/AUD

2.19

2.17

0.02

1%

Average foreign exchange rate



IDR/AUD

10,493

9,910

583

6%






Full year results

Newcrest's operating and financial performance for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 reflects the Company's focus on improving productivity, reducing costs and capital expenditure and maximising free cash flow2 while maintaining growth options.

Increased gold and copper production and free cash flow2 generation in the 2014 financial year follows major expansion investments at Cadia Valley and Lihir, improved operating performance across all operations, and a reduction in All-In Sustaining Cost2 expenditure.

Newcrest's 2014 financial year gold production of 2.4 million ounces exceeded guidance of 2.0 to 2.3 million ounces. Full year copper production of 86 thousand tonnes also exceeded guidance of 75 to 85 thousand tonnes. Total capital expenditure in the 2014 financial year of A$843 million, All-In Sustaining Cost2 expenditure of A$2.33 billion and exploration expenditure of A$62 million were also below their guidance of A$895 to A$1,025 million, A$2.45 to A$2.73 billion and A$80 to A$90 million, respectively.

Statutory loss1 for the current year was A$2,221 million (compared with a prior year statutory loss of A$5,783 million), including significant items after tax totalling A$2,653 million. The significant items comprise asset impairments of A$2,353 million, an additional income tax expense for the period of A$120 million as a result of the voluntary amendment of research and development claims6 in prior periods, restructure costs of A$34 million and A$146 million in write downs of inventory, property, plant and equipment at Lihir and Cadia Valley.

The asset impairments were primarily a result of Newcrest's review of physical, cost, capital and economic assumptions applied in the valuation of Newcrest's assets as at 30 June 2014. The outcome of this review, and total asset impairments of A$2,353 million, primarily reflects applying updated operating and capital cost assumptions at Lihir, Bonikro and Hidden Valley, and the impact of applying updated foreign exchange assumptions at Telfer.

Underlying profit2 for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 was A$432 million (prior year A$446 million) and primarily reflects the impact of a 9% lower average realised gold price partially offset by a 17% increase in gold sales volumes.

EBITDA2 of A$1,514 million and EBIT2 of A$821 million for the current year represent EBITDA margins2 and EBIT margins2 of 37.5% and 20.3% respectively.

Free cash flow2, being cash flow from operating activities less cash flow from investing activities of the Company, for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 was an inflow of A$133 million, A$1,550 million higher than the prior year outflow (of A$1,417 million). All operations were free cash flow positive in the current year except Hidden Valley.

Cash flow from operating activities for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 was A$1,037 million, A$110 million lower than the prior year (of A$1,147 million), reflecting higher revenue compared to the prior year as a result of increased sales volumes offset by the continued effect of a lower average realised gold price for the current year and the unwinding of approximately A$200 million of favourable working capital balances as at 30 June 2013. Cash flow from operating activities in the current year was also adversely impacted by a A$64 million increase in interest payments associated with higher average debt levels during the current year, a A$70 million cash tax payment associated with the Company's voluntary amendment of its past Australian research and development claims, and A$65 million of restructuring expenditure associated with office closure and redundancy costs.

Consistent with the Company's stated aim of focusing on free cash flow2 generation, a number of initiatives were implemented during the current year. These initiatives included reducing mining activity and increased stockpile processing at Lihir, the cessation of processing low-grade stockpiles at Cadia Valley and reduced open pit activity at Telfer. These initiatives, combined with the completion of major production stripping programs at Telfer and Bonikro, resulted in a reduction in open pit material movements across the Company. Cost reduction activity has also resulted in the transition to new contracts with reduced unit rates across consumables and labour services, reduction in workforce numbers through restructuring, and improved consumption rates for power, reagents and consumables.

Cash flow from investing activities for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 was an outflow of A$904 million, A$1,660 million lower than the prior year (an outflow of A$2,564 million). This was primarily the result of the completion of the Lihir expansion project and the commencement of commercial production at Cadia East Panel Cave 1 in the prior year, lower sustaining capital in the current year, and a lower level of production stripping activity (primarily at Telfer and Bonikro). Exploration expenditure of A$62 million was A$90 million lower than the prior year.

Newcrest's All-In Sustaining Cost2 per ounce sold for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 was A$976 per ounce (US$897 per ounce), A$307 per ounce lower than the prior year result of A$1,283 per ounce (US$1,318 per ounce). This improvement is primarily the result of the higher sales volumes, production efficiencies and reductions in sustaining capital expenditure and production stripping activity.

Capital structure

As at 30 June 2014, Newcrest's gearing level was 33.8%. Under current market and operating conditions, the Board remains comfortable with gearing being at this level in the short to medium term given the near term cash flow growth outlook of the Group.

As at 30 June 2014 Newcrest had an equivalent of A$1,808 million in cash and undrawn, committed bank facilities. As announced on 28 March 2014, Newcrest extended the tenor of many of its existing bilateral bank loan facilities to provide a smoother and longer average maturity profile of its debt facilities.

Consistent with the Company's dividend policy - with dividend levels set with regard to profitability, balance sheet strength, and reinvestment options in the business - the Newcrest Board has determined there will be no dividend for the 2014 financial year having regard to the level of profitability and free cash flow2 in the current year, the level of gearing at 30 June 2014, and the planned application of operating cash flow to Cadia East Panel Cave 2 in the 2015 financial year.

Outlook7

All sites achieved production and cost guidance for the current year, with some sites performing significantly better. Looking ahead, Newcrest is firmly focused on realising the full potential of each of the Company's assets, with a focus on the following:

•operational discipline (including safety); •cash; and •profitable growth

The Company expects to be free cash flow2 positive7,8 in the 2015 financial year at an average realised gold price of US$1,250 per ounce, subject to market and operating conditions, with the following guidance:

•Group gold production is expected to be in the range of 2.2 to 2.4 million ounces •Group copper production is expected to be in the range of 75,000 to 85,000 tonnes •Group silver production is expected to be in the range of 2.2 to 2.5 million ounces •Group All-In Sustaining Cost2 expenditure is expected to be in the range of A$2,300 to A$2,600 million8•Total capital expenditure (inclusive of project and development capital, production stripping and sustaining capital) is expected to be in the range of A$660 to A$740 million, including approximately A$240 to A$280 million relating to the development of Cadia East Panel Cave 2 •Total exploration expenditure (inclusive of on-site exploration) is expected to be in the range of A$60 to A$70 million

Depreciation and amortisation of site assets (including production stripping) is expected to be in the range of A$600 to A$670 million, including the amortisation of capitalised production stripping.

Notes

1. Statutory profit/(loss) is profit/(loss) after tax attributable to owners of the parent.

2. Non-IFRS financial information

•'Underlying profit' is profit after tax before significant items attributable to owners of the parent company •EBITDA is 'Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, and significant items'. EBIT is 'Earnings before interest, tax and significant items' •EBITDA margin is EBITDA expressed as a percentage of revenue. EBIT margin is EBIT expressed as a percentage of revenue •'AISC' is All-In Sustaining Cost and 'AIC' is All-In Cost as per World Gold Council Guidance Note on Non-GAAP Metrics released June 2013. All-In Sustaining Costs in USD terms are converted to USD at an average A$:US$ exchange rate for the 12 months ended 30 June 2014 of $0.9187•ROCE is 'Return on Capital Employed' and is calculated as EBIT expressed as a percentage of average total capital employed (net debt and equity) •'Free Cash Flow' is calculated as cash flow from operating activities less cash flow related to investing activities

These terms are non-IFRS financial information which Newcrest employs in managing the business. They have been included in this market release to provide additional insight and understanding of business performance for users of this financial information. When reviewing business performance this non-IFRS information should be used in addition to, and not as a replacement of, measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. These measures have not been subject to audit by the Company's external auditor.

These measures do not have any standard definition under IFRS and may be calculated differently by other companies. The tables below reconcile these non-IFRS measures to the most appropriate IFRS measure.

Reconciliation of Statutory profit to Underlying profit

Underlying profit is reported by Newcrest to provide greater understanding of the underlying business performance of its operations. Underlying profit excludes significant items of income or expense which are, either individually or in aggregate, material to Newcrest or to the relevant business segment and are either outside the ordinary course of business or are part of the ordinary activities of the business but unusual due to their size and nature. Examples include gains/losses and other costs incurred for acquisitions and disposals of mining interests and asset impairment and write-down charges. Underlying profit and Statutory profit both represent amounts attributable to Newcrest shareholders.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Statutory profit to Underlying profit:







For the twelve months ended 30 June 2013

A$ million

Before Tax

Tax

Non-

controlling

interest

After tax

Profit after tax attributable to Newcrest shareholders

"Statutory profit/(loss)"

(2,725)

510

(6)

(2,221)

Research and development tax claim amendment

-

120

-

120

Impairment loss

3,128

(747)

(17)

2,364

Asset write downs

174

(52)

-

122

Inventory write downs

35

(11)

-

24

Investment in Evolution investment impairment reversal

(11)

-

-

(11)

Restructure costs

46

(12)

-

34

Total of significant items

3,372

(702)

(17)

2,653

Underlying profit

647

(192)

(23)

432











For the twelve months ended 30 June 2013

A$ million

Before Tax

Tax

Non-

controlling

interest

After tax

Profit after tax attributable to Newcrest shareholders

"Statutory profit/(loss)"

(6,199)

419

(3)

(5,783)

Impairment loss

6,147

(564)

(27)

5,556

Asset write downs

166

(50)

-

116

Inventory write downs

177

(47)

(2)

128

De-recognition of deferred tax assets

-

105

-

105

Investment in Evolution share of associates impairment

122

-

-

122

Investment in Evolution investment impairment

151

-

-

151

Restructure costs

72

(21)

-

51

Total of significant items

6,835

(577)

(29)

6,229

Underlying profit

636

(158)

(32)

446







Reconciliation of Underlying profit to EBITDA





For the twelve months ended 30 June

A$ million

2014

2013

Underlying profit

432

446

less non-controlling interest in controlled entities

(23)

(32)

less income tax expense

(192)

(158)

less net finance costs

(174)

(109)

EBIT

821

745

less depreciation and amortisation

(693)

(728)

EBITDA

1,514

1,473







Reconciliation of All-In Sustaining Cost and All-In Cost to cost of sales

"All-In Sustaining Cost" and "All-In Cost" is a non-IFRS measure which Newcrest has adopted from 2013. This non-IFRS measure was developed in conjunction with other members of the World Gold Council. The "All-In Sustaining Cost" measure more fully defines the costs associated with producing gold from current operations.







For the twelve months ended 30 June





2014

2013





$A million

A$ per ounce sold

$A million

A$ per ounce sold

Gold sales (koz)9



2,386



2,032



Cost of sales



3,059

1,282

2,764

1,360

less depreciation



(664)

(278)

(706)

(347)

less by-product revenue



(681)

(285)

(626)

(308)

plus corporate costs



105

44

110

54

plus sustaining exploration



7

3

32

16

plus capitalised stripping and underground mine development

197

82

452

222

plus sustaining capital expenditure



298

125

572

281

plus other10



8

3

9

5

All-In Sustaining Cost



2,329

976

2,607

1,283

plus non-sustaining capital expenditure

354

148

1,374

677

plus non-sustaining exploration and other



55

23

156

76

All-In Cost

2,738

1,147

4,137

2,036






Reconciliation of Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)

ROCE is "Return on Capital Employed" and is reported by Newcrest to provide greater understanding of the underlying business performance of its operations. ROCE is calculated as EBIT expressed as a percentage of average total capital employed (net debt and equity).













As at 30 June

As at 30 June

A$ million



2014

2013

EBIT



821

745

Total capital (net debt and equity) as at 30 June 2012





17,183

Total capital (net debt and equity) as at 30 June 2013



14,144

14,144

Total capital (net debt and equity) as at 30 June 2014



11,642



Average total capital employed



12,893

15,664

Return on Capital Employed (EBIT/average total capital employed)



6.4%

4.8%





3. Gearing is calculated as net debt expressed as a percentage of net debt plus equity.

4. Comprises undrawn bilateral loan facilities of US$1,520 million and an additional unutilised US$50 million loan facility at a closing foreign exchange rate of AUD/USD $0.9420, and cash and cash equivalents of A$141 million.

5. Sustaining capital and major projects (non-sustaining) are non-IFRS financial information used by Newcrest to measure performance and have not been subject to audit by the Company's external auditor.

6. Refer Market Release of 17 October 2013.

7. Disclaimer For Forward Looking Statements

This release includes forward looking statements. Often, but not always, forward looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward looking words such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "plan", "estimate", "anticipate", "continue", and "guidance", or other similar words and may include, without limitation, statements regarding plans, strategies and objectives of management, anticipated production or construction commencement dates and expected costs or production outputs. Forward looking statements inherently involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements. Relevant factors may include, but are not limited to, changes in commodity prices, foreign exchange fluctuations and general economic conditions, increased costs and demand for production inputs, the speculative nature of exploration and project development, including the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits and diminishing quantities or grades of reserves, political and social risks, changes to the regulatory framework within which the Company operates or may in the future operate, environmental conditions including extreme weather conditions, recruitment and retention of personnel, industrial relations issues and litigation.

Forward looking statements are based on the Company and its management's good faith assumptions relating to the financial, market, regulatory and other relevant environments that will exist and affect the Company's business and operations in the future. The Company does not give any assurance that the assumptions on which forward looking statements are based will prove to be correct, or that the Company's business or operations will not be affected in any material manner by these or other factors not foreseen or foreseeable by the Company or management or beyond the Company's control.

Although the Company attempts and has attempted to identify factors that would cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those disclosed in forward looking statements, there may be other factors that could cause actual results, performance, achievements or events not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, and many events are beyond the reasonable control of the Company. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Forward looking statements in these materials speak only at the date of issue. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant stock exchange listing rules, in providing this information the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward looking statements or to advise of any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

8. Assumes weighted average gold price of US$1,250 per ounce, copper price of US$3.00 per pound, silver price of US$20 per ounce and AUD/USD exchange rate of 0.93.

9. Sales for the twelve months ended 30 June 2014 excludes 18,675 pre-commissioning and development sales gold ounces and 1,770 tonnes of copper for the Cadia East project. Sales for the twelve months ended 30 June 2013 includes 22,695 pre-commissioning sales gold ounces, and 1,879 tonnes of copper for the Cadia East project. Expenditure associated with these sales are capitalised and not included in the operating cost calculations.

10. Other includes rehabilitation accretion and amortisation and other costs categorised as sustaining.

Copies of the full Market Release Financial Results, ASX Appendix 4E and Annual Financial Report and Presentation can be found on Newcrest's website: www.newcrest.com.au; and on SEDAR: www.sedar.com.

SOURCE Newcrest Mining Limited


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