Centamin dividends to exceed $100m in 2020 and 2021
Centamin said it would pay more than $100m (£74.4m) of dividends in each of the next two years as the gold miner set out production and cost-cut targets.
The FTSE 250 company said it intended to pay a $35m final dividend for 2020 taking the annual payout to $104m. In 2021 it is targeting a minimum annual dividend of $105m.
Centamin said it was aiming for $100m of cost cuts by 2024 and that it was positioning its Sukari mine in Egypt to produce 450,000-500,000 ounces of gold a year at all-in costs of less than $900 per oz sold from 2024.
Chief Executive Martin Horgan said: "Today we are setting out how we will unlock Centamin's potential. We have already strengthened the board and management as we embark on a programme to optimise Sukari and ensure it remains one of the world's leading, low-cost gold mines for the long-term. By generating strong and sustainable cash flows, we will be able to exploit our excellent growth opportunities while delivering returns for all our stakeholders."
The company published its ambitions ahead of a presentation to investors. It cut 2020 production guidance for Sukari in October after halting operations because of movement.