Wesdome Gold Mines
Let’s see what investors liked about the company’s latest quarterly performance and if Wesdome Gold stock can go on a rally from here.
Impressive Growth in Grades Driving Results
Wesdome Gold delivered first-quarter production of 19,000 ounces, an increase of 6% from the prior-year period’s production. The increase in the company’s production was driven by higher grades at the Eagle River Mine.
Wesdome witnessed a head grade of 18.5 grams per ton (g/t) during the quarter, up from the prior-year period’s head grade of 12.0 g/t. The increase in grades helped Wesdome boost its production at a lower cost base. More specifically, Wesdome’s cash cost per ounce of gold sold fell to $651 from $790 in the year-ago period, an annual decrease of 13%.
Its all-in sustaining costs dropped to $986 per ounce from $1,061 an ounce a year ago, a small decline of 2%. What’s more, Wesdome witnessed an average realized gold price of C$1,733 an ounce during the first quarter of 2019, which was up from the year-ago period’s pricing of C$1,698 an ounce.
Thanks to the higher average price and an increase in production, Wesdome’s revenue increased 24% year over year to $32.5 million. The company’s net income came in at $8.1 million, or $0.06 per share. This was a major improvement over the year-ago period’s net income of $2.9 million, or $0.02 per share.
In all, Wesdome delivered an impressive performance during the quarter as all of the company’s key metrics improved substantially. But more importantly, investors can expect the company to sustain its momentum in subsequent quarters.
A Bright Future Ahead
Wesdome Gold has been able to outperform its own expectations. The company’s first-quarter grade profile was better than its original estimate of 15.5-16.5 grams per ton. The better-than-expected grades were a result of Wesdome getting access to richer ore at one of its drill sites.
As it stands, Wesdome will continue drilling in the high-grade areas going forward, which should potentially boost its resource profile. According to the company’s press release:
As a result, don’t be surprised to see an uptick in Wesdome’s gold grades in the future quarters. This would eventually result in an increase in production and also lower costs, allowing the company to boost both its top and bottom lines.
Not surprisingly, analysts expect Wesdome’s earnings to double year over year in 2019 to $0.22 per share, while next year, its earnings are expected to increase to $0.34 per share. So, don’t be surprised to see an uptick in the company’s financial performance and stock price in the future.
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