Newcrest Mining Limited – Quarterly Report for the Three Months Ended 30 June 2021

Strong June Quarter delivers FY21 guidance and quarterly records Creating a brighter future for people through safe and responsible miningGoal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 Industry leading low injury rates underpinned by a 27% improvement in TRIFR in the June 2021 quarter Achieved FY21 production guidance, with Cadia exceeding the top end of its guidance range Quarterly gold production of 542koz and copper …

(figures are unaudited and in US$ except where stated)

Strong June Quarter delivers FY21 guidance and quarterly records

  • Creating a brighter future for people through safe and responsible mining

    • Goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050(1)
    • Industry leading low injury rates(2) underpinned by a 27% improvement in TRIFR(3) in the June 2021 quarter
  • Achieved FY21 production guidance, with Cadia exceeding the top end of its guidance range(4)
  • Quarterly gold production of 542koz(5) and copper production of 38kt
  • All-In Sustaining Cost (AISC) of $797/oz(5)in the June quarter
  • June quarter AISC margin of 55% or $983/oz(6)
  • Cadia achieved record annualised mined ore and mill throughput rates
  • Cadia recorded its lowest reported quarterly AISC of negative $377/oz
  • Red Chris recorded its lowest reported quarterly AISC of $651/oz
  • FY21 AISC of $905/oz, delivering an AISC margin of 49% or $884/oz(6) for the financial year
  • Advancing multiple organic growth options
  • Exploration decline development works progressing well at Red Chris and Havieron
  • Cadia Molybdenum Plant first production is expected by the end of September 2021(7)
  • Lihir Phase 14A Pre-Feasibility Study expected to be released by the end of September 2021(8)
  • Cadia PC1-2 Pre-Feasibility Study expected to be released by the end of September 2021(8)
  • Red Chris Pre-Feasibility Study expected to be released by the end of September 2021(8)
  • Havieron Pre-Feasibility Study expected to be released in the second half of CY21(8)

Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) (TSX: NCM) Newcrest Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, said, “Newcrest has safely delivered its group production and cost guidance for the year following a strong fourth quarter. Cadia exceeded the top end of its production guidance range and delivered mine and mill throughput records, showcasing the quality of this world class asset. Newcrest’s All-In Sustaining Cost of $797oz for the June quarter was underpinned by record quarterly AISC outcomes for Cadia and Red Chris, translating to an impressive All-In Sustaining Cost margin of $983oz.”

“We have made significant progress advancing our multiple organic gold and copper growth options during the quarter. At Red Chris and Havieron we commenced decline development works which are the critical path to reaching commercial production. We are also on track to release the outcomes of several of our exciting growth studies through the remainder of the calendar year which we believe will help articulate the future potential of our business.”

“Following the localised seismic event at Cadia earlier this month, the Prohibition Notice has been lifted and we are currently rehabilitating the affected area. As previously disclosed, we do not expect this event to impact gold and copper production in FY22 and our development and expansion works continue uninterrupted,” said Mr Biswas.

Overview

Gold production was 6% higher than the prior period(9) driven by a strong performance from Cadia and Telfer. Lihir’s gold production was 4% lower in the quarter due to unplanned downtime in the autoclaves, lower head grade and recovery rates, and the overrun of the planned March 2021 shutdown.

Newcrest’s AISC for the June 2021 quarter of $797/oz(5) was$96/oz lower than the prior period, reflecting the benefit of higher copper sales volumes at Cadia, Telfer and Red Chris, a higher realised copper price and higher gold sales volumes at Telfer and Cadia. These benefits were partially offset by the associated increase in treatment, refining and transportation costs and royalties.


Metric Jun 2021 Qtr Mar
2021 Qtr
Dec 2020 Qtr Sep
2020 Qtr
FY21 FY20 FY21 Guidance(10)
Group(5)
– gold
oz 542,332 512,424 535,477 503,089 2,093,322 2,171,118 1,950-2,150koz
– copper t 38,370 35,034 34,557 34,763 142,724 137,623 135-155kt
– silver oz 270,797 228,543 230,769 214,412 944,521 983,431
Cadia – gold oz 194,757 179,546 194,088 196,504 764,895 843,338 680-760koz
– copper t 28,105 26,324 26,643 25,329 106,402 96,042 95-105kt
Lihir – gold oz 176,341 183,231 200,173 177,337 737,082 775,978 720-820koz
Telfer – gold oz 125,603 105,228 98,855 86,452 416,138 393,164 360-420koz
– copper t 4,685 3,666 2,443 2,384 13,177 16,278 10-20kt
Red Chris(11) – gold oz 10,815 11,095 11,375 12,636 45,922 38,933 45-55koz
– copper t 5,580 5,044 5,471 7,050 23,145 25,302 25-30kt
Gosowong(12) – gold oz 103,282
Fruta del Norte(5),(13) – gold oz 34,816 33,324 30,986 30,160 129,285 16,422 95-110koz









Fatalities Number 0 0 0 0 0 0
TRIFR(14) mhrs 1.9 2.6 1.6 2.6 2.3 2.6
All-In Sustaining Cost(5),(15) $/oz 797 893(16) 963(16) 980 905 862
All-In Cost(17) $/oz 1,242 1,253 1,349 1,275 1,278 1,044
All-In Sustaining Cost margin(6) $/oz 983 854 836 847 884 668
Realised gold price(18) $/oz 1,780 1,751 1,815 1,837 1,796 1,530
Realised copper price(18) $/lb 4.42 3.86 3.26 2.97 3.66 2.57
Realised copper price(18) $/t 9,744 8,510 7,187 6,548 8,069 5,666
Average exchange rate AUD:USD 0.7700 0.7729 0.7303 0.7147 0.7467 0.6715
Average exchange rate PGK:USD 0.2843 0.2846 0.2853 0.2872 0.2854 0.2927
Average exchange rate CAD:USD 0.8124 0.7896 0.7667 0.7504 0.7789 0.7452

All figures are shown at 100% unless stated otherwise.

Operations

Cadia, Australia

Highlights Metric Jun 2021 Qtr Mar
2021 Qtr
Dec
2020 Qtr
Sep
2020 Qtr
FY21 FY20 FY21
Guidance
TRIFR mhrs 2.0 11.3 7.5 3.6 6.1 4.9
Total production – gold oz 194,757 179,546 194,088 196,504 764,895 843,338 680-760koz
– copper t 28,105 26,324 26,643 25,329 106,402 96,042 95-105kt
Head Grade
– gold g/t 0.92 0.94 0.95 1.02 0.95 1.14
– copper % 0.40 0.41 0.39 0.40 0.40 0.39
Sales
– gold oz 201,494 175,295 194,183 195,146 766,118 848,959
– copper t 29,039 25,332 26,477 24,596 105,444 96,437
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz (377) (160) (6) 113 (109) 160
All-In Sustaining Cost margin $/oz 2,157 1,911 1,821 1,724 1,905 1,370

Cadia achieved record annualised mined ore volumes from Cadia East of 38.1mtpa and a record annualised mill throughput rate of 34.3mtpa in the June 2021 quarter. The higher volumes of ore processed offset the reduction in grade and contributed to an 8% increase in gold production in the period. Mill throughput also benefited from no major planned shutdown events, higher plant availability and debottlenecking initiatives in Concentrator 1.

Cadia’s new quarterly AISC record of negative $377/oz reflects the benefits of higher gold and copper sales volumes and a higher realised copper price. These benefits were only partially offset by associated higher royalty payments and treatment, refining and transportation costs.

On 2 July 2021, a localised seismic event occurred in the Eastern end of Panel Cave 2. No injuries were sustained and all personnel working in the affected area were accounted for and safely returned to surface in accordance with Newcrest’s standard operating procedure. Mining operations in all other areas, development activities and
above-ground operations all continued uninterrupted. The Prohibition Notice that was issued by the New South Wales Government Resources Regulator in respect of the event was lifted on 5 July 2021. An improvement notice has been issued and rehabilitation of the affected area is currently underway. Newcrest does not expect this event to impact gold or copper production in FY22.

As foreshadowed in Newcrest’s March 2021 quarterly report, the replacement of the SAG mill motor commenced in early July 2021 and is expected to take ~19 weeks(19) to complete. Newcrest has implemented a SAG bypass for the duration of the SAG mill motor replacement and Concentrator 1 is operating at ~60% of its normal capacity, which will temporarily reduce gold and copper production and increase AISC/oz during this period.

Newcrest is on track to complete commissioning of the Molybdenum Plant (Moly Plant) and expects to achieve first production by the end of September 2021(19). The Moly Plant is expected to deliver an additional revenue stream for Cadia in the form of a molybdenum concentrate which will be recognised as a by-product credit to AISC.

The Cadia PC1-2 Pre-Feasibility Study is expected to be released by the end of September 2021(20).

Lihir, Papua New Guinea

Highlights Metric Jun 2021 Qtr Mar
2021 Qtr
Dec
2020 Qtr
Sep
2020 Qtr
FY21 FY20 FY21
Guidance
TRIFR mhrs 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.6
Production – gold oz 176,341 183,231 200,173 177,337 737,082 775,978 720-820koz
Head Grade
– gold g/t 2.45 2.58 2.27 2.34 2.40 2.38
Sales
– gold oz 197,651 194,356 170,308 210,831 773,146 760,724
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz 1,481 1,293 1,438 1,283 1,370 1,206
All-In Sustaining Cost margin $/oz 299 458 377 554 426 324

Gold production of 176koz was 4% lower than the prior period reflecting the impact of unplanned downtime in the autoclaves, lower head grade and recovery rates, and the overrun of the planned March 2021 shutdown. This was partially offset by the benefit of there being no planned shutdown events in the period, which enabled a 6% increase in mill throughput. Head grade and recovery were impacted by a higher proportion of lower grade stockpile feed as access to expit ore in Phase 14 was obstructed by high rainfall events.

Scheduled maintenance activities that were planned for September 2021 have been brought forward and are expected to be completed during a period of unplanned downtime of Autoclave 4. This planned maintenance activity is currently underway, largely offsetting the impact on FY22 gold production associated with the Autoclave 4 downtime.

Lihir’s AISC of $1,481/oz was 15% higher than the prior period driven by an increase in stripping activities in Phase 15, timing of sustaining capital spend and higher COVID-19 related costs. These impacts were partially offset by marginally higher gold sales volumes.

Technical and risk mitigation studies to support the Phase 14A Pre-Feasibility Study were substantially progressed during the June 2021 quarter. Newcrest expects to release the findings of the Phase 14A Pre-Feasibility Study by the end of September 2021(21). Newcrest also expects to complete the Seepage Barrier Feasibility Study by the end of September 2021.

Lihir – Material Movements

Ore Source Metric Jun 2021 Qtr Mar 2021 Qtr Dec 2020 Qtr Sep 2020 Qtr FY21 FY20
Ex-pit crushed tonnes kt 819 1,407 1,918 1,236 5,379 5,445
Ex-pit to stockpile kt 364 695 615 1,610 3,283 6,585
Waste kt 6,776 6,967 4,793 6,269 24,805 18,055
Total Ex-pit kt 7,959 9,068 7,326 9,115 33,467 30,085
Stockpile reclaim kt 2,229 1,566 1,765 2,192 7,752 8,250
Stockpile relocation kt 3,164 3,139 2,884 3,306 12,493 13,599
Total Other kt 5,393 4,705 4,649 5,498 20,244 21,850
Total Material Moved kt 13,352 13,774 11,975 14,613 53,712 51,935

Lihir – Processing

Equipment Metric Jun 2021 Qtr Mar 2021 Qtr Dec 2020 Qtr Sep 2020 Qtr FY21 FY20
Crushing kt 3,048 2,973 3,683 3,426 13,130 13,696
Milling kt 3,010 2,835 3,691 3,255 12,792 13,798
Flotation kt 2,191 2,070 2,835 2,780 9,876 10,414
Total Autoclave kt 1,722 1,642 1,998 1,592 6,954 7,319

Telfer, Australia

Highlights Metric Jun
2021 Qtr
Mar
2021 Qtr
Dec 2020 Qtr Sep 2020 Qtr FY21 FY20 FY21
Guidance
TRIFR mhrs 4.3 5.2 1.8 4.6 4.2 4.9
Production – gold oz 125,603 105,228 98,855 86,452 416,138 393,164 360-420koz
– copper t 4,685 3,666 2,443 2,384 13,177 16,278 10-20kt
Head Grade – gold g/t 0.87 0.88 0.94 0.86 0.89 0.90
– copper % 0.13 0.12 0.09 0.09 0.11 0.14
Sales
– gold oz 135,799 102,449 87,992 85,096 411,336 391,339
– copper t 5,098 3,000 2,152 2,311 12,560 16,283
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz 1,203 1,489 1,560 1,797 1,473 1,281
All-In Sustaining Cost margin(22) $/oz 577 262 255 40 323 249

Gold production of 126koz was 19% higher than the prior period driven by higher throughput and recovery, partially offset by lower head grade and a reduction in dump leach ounces. Mill throughput was 20% higher in the June 2021 quarter reflecting the increased operational run time. The increase in gold recovery is a result of successful sulphur blending strategies together with other recovery improvement initiatives.

Telfer’s AISC of $1,203/oz was 19% lower than the prior period primarily driven by higher gold and copper sales volumes and a higher realised copper price. These benefits were partially offset by an increase in sustaining capital expenditure and higher treatment, refining and transportation costs and royalty payments.

Red Chris, Canada

Highlights(23) Metric Jun 2021 Qtr Mar 2021 Qtr Dec 2020 Qtr Sep 2020 Qtr FY21 FY20 FY21
Guidance
TRIFR mhrs 6.6 4.1 1.8 11.1 6.6 12.7
Production – gold oz 10,815 11,095 11,375 12,636 45,922 38,933 45-55koz
– copper t 5,580 5,044 5,471 7,050 23,145 25,302 25-30kt
Head Grade – gold g/t 0.35 0.42 0.42 0.40 0.39 0.39
– copper % 0.40 0.43 0.45 0.46 0.44 0.54
Sales – gold oz 10,390 10,778 12,641 11,834 45,643 37,271
– copper t 5,299 4,988 6,072 6,642 23,002 24,432
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz 651 2,169 3,278 2,621 2,248 1,703
All-In Sustaining Cost margin $/oz 1,129 (418) (1,463) (784) (452) (173)

Gold production of 11koz was in line with the prior period, with higher throughput and recovery offset by lower gold head grade.

Red Chris’ AISC of $651/oz is 70% lower than the prior period and is a quarterly record for the site. This record outcome reflects Phase 7 stripping costs being of a non-sustaining nature, the benefit of a higher copper price, higher copper sales volumes and the completion of production stripping activities in Phase 5. These benefits were partially offset by an increase in sustaining capital expenditure and lower gold sales volumes.

In the period, production stripping costs relating to Phase 7 have been classified as Non-Sustaining in accordance with World Gold Council guidance, reflecting the multi-year nature of the stripping and that the associated ore production phase is expected to be more than five years. These costs will continue to be classified as Non-Sustaining over the expected duration of the Phase 7 stripping campaign.

During FY21, Newcrest invested in a number of additional improvement initiatives across the site including a new fleet management system, the replacement of the conventional CAT 793 truck tubs with high performance trays and a new cleaner column that was commissioned in the June 2021 quarter and is expected to improve recoveries. These initiatives have contributed to elevated full year AISC expenditures but are expected to help deliver reductions in site unit costs in the longer term.

The latest drilling results for Red Chris are included in the June 2021 Quarterly Exploration Report which was also released today. An update on the Red Chris Block Cave studies and associated activity is contained later in this report.

Fruta Del Norte, Ecuador

Newcrest acquired the gold prepay and stream facilities and an offtake agreement in respect of Lundin Gold Inc’s Fruta del Norte mine for $460 million in April 2020.

In the June 2021 quarter, Newcrest received net pre-tax cash flows of ~$33 million from these financing facilities, and has received a total of ~$95 million net pre-tax cash flows since acquisition of the facilities.

Included within Newcrest’s gold production for the June 2021 quarter is 35koz relating to Newcrest’s 32% equity interest in Lundin Gold Inc, the owner of the Fruta del Norte mine.

Project Development

Red Chris, Canada

Newcrest commenced development of the exploration decline at Red Chris following receipt of regulatory approval at the end of April 2021. Other achievements include:

  • Box cut excavation has been completed
  • Exploration decline has advanced 21 metres as at 14 July 2021
  • Surface earthworks, offices and other infrastructure is in place to support the decline development
  • Pre-permitting activities for the next stages of the early works program are underway

Newcrest expects to release its Red Chris Block Cave Pre-Feasibility Study by the end of September 2021(24).

Havieron, Western Australia

The Havieron Project is located 45km east of Newcrest’s Telfer operation and is operated by Newcrest under a Joint Venture Agreement with Greatland Gold plc.

Newcrest received the required regulatory approvals to commence construction of an exploration decline at Havieron following approval of the Water Management Plan on 30 April 2021.

Construction activities are progressing to plan with achievements as at 14 July 2021 including:

  • Box cut and portal completed in May 2021
  • Exploration decline commenced on 14 May 2021 and has advanced 69 metres
  • Decline contractor has moved to 24 hour operations
  • All surface support infrastructure is nearing completion

Works to progress the necessary approvals and permits that are required to commence the development of an operating underground mine and associated infrastructure at the Project are ongoing(25).

Newcrest expects to release its Havieron Pre-Feasibility Study in the second half of CY21(24).

The latest drilling results for the Havieron Project are included in the June 2021 Quarterly Exploration Report which was also released today.

Wafi-Golpu, Papua New Guinea

In December 2020 an Environment Permit for the Wafi-Golpu Project was granted.

As previously advised, subsequent to the grant of the Environment Permit, the Governor of Morobe Province and the Morobe Provincial Government commenced legal proceedings in the National Court in Papua New Guinea seeking judicial review of the decision to issue the Environment Permit. The participants in the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (including Newcrest) are not defendants to the proceedings. The National Court is yet to determine this judicial review application. At this stage, project and permitting activities can still progress.

Newcrest, together with its Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture partner Harmony, is currently engaging with the State of Papua New Guinea to progress permitting of the Wafi-Golpu Project and has commenced discussions in relation to the Special Mining Lease.

Exploration

See the separately released “Quarterly Exploration Report” for the June 2021 quarter.

COVID-19 Update

To date, Newcrest has not experienced any material COVID-19 related disruptions to production or to the supply of goods and services.

The number of COVID-19 cases at Lihir remains at levels that are within the capability of the care and treatment and isolation facilities, with the majority of these cases continuing to be asymptomatic. Newcrest continues to strengthen its COVID-19 controls at Lihir, focusing on containment through extensive contact tracing and isolation procedures. Charter flights with restricted capacity are operating between Papua New Guinea and Australia, as are limited commercial flights between Port Moresby and Brisbane.

There were no material COVID-19 related events impacting gold production at Lihir during the financial year. However, as advised in the March 2021 quarterly report, the ability to attract labour, travel restrictions, contact tracing and associated isolation requirements has impacted total material mined. Delays have also been experienced on development projects (including Phase 14A ground support trials) and shutdown performance due to difficulty in mobilising and accommodating labour. There remains a risk of COVID-19 impacting production at Lihir and this continues to be closely managed.

There is currently a COVID-19 related lockdown in the Orange district of New South Wales in which the Cadia operation is located. Cadia has escalated the controls under its Pandemic Response Plan in order to manage risks pertaining to the health and safety of its workforce and ongoing operations.

All Newcrest operations have business continuity plans and contingencies in place which strive to minimise disruptions due to the pandemic and to best position the operations to continue producing. Should any material impacts arise, Newcrest will inform the market in line with its continuous disclosure obligations.

In FY21, Newcrest incurred ~$70 million in COVID-19 management costs, of which $53 million related to Lihir. Costs associated with managing COVID-19 risks in FY21 were around $30 million higher than anticipated due to more extensive testing, longer quarantining periods, additional accommodation, rostering and other labour costs, and other preventative actions. Elevated costs related to the pandemic are expected to continue through FY22.

Corporate

Goal of Net Zero Carbon Emissions

As previously announced, Newcrest has set a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 which relates to its operational (Scope 1 and Scope 2) emissions. Additionally, Newcrest will continue to work across its value chain to reduce its Scope 3 emissions. See release titled “Newcrest sets goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050” dated 18 May 2021 for further information.

Community Support Fund

Newcrest’s A$20 million Community Support Fund was established in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception it has supported a variety of initiatives ranging from immediate health assistance to livelihood restoration and economic recovery across Papua New Guinea, Australia, Canada (British Columbia) and Ecuador. Recent initiatives have included:

  • A commitment of ~US$1.8 million to support vaccine rollout (and additional in-kind logistical support) as part of the UNICEF Australia COVID Vaccination Alliance in Papua New Guinea with a focus on New Ireland Province.
  • The establishment of the first Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Province of Zamora-Chinchipe (Ecuador) which Newcrest completed in partnership with Lundin Gold, SolGold, and Ecuadorian authorities. The ICU will provide much needed care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the longer term the ICU is expected to support other critical health needs and emergency response capabilities of the regional Yantzaza Hospital.

Board and Executive Announcements

In May 2021, Newcrest announced the impending retirement of Gerard Bond, the Company’s Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer. Mr Bond is the longest serving member of Newcrest’s Executive Committee and Board and he will retire on 3 January 2022 after 10 years in the role. The process to select Mr Bond’s successor has commenced. See separate release titled “Senior Management Announcement – Finance Director & CFO to retire” dated 5 May 2021 for further information.

Ms Jane McAloon was appointed to the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director and a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee, effective from 1 July 2021. See release titled “Newcrest Board Appointment” dated 24 June 2021 for further information.

Interactive Analyst CentreTM

Newcrest’s financial and operational information can now be viewed via the Interactive Analyst CentreTMwhich is locatedunder the Investor tab on Newcrest’s website (www.newcrest.com). This interactive tool allows users to chart and export Newcrest’s current and historical results for further analysis.

Sandeep Biswas
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Gold Production Summary

June 2021
Quarter
Mine Production Tonnes
(000’s)(26)
Tonnes Treated
(000’s)
Head
Grade
(g/t Au)
Gold Recovery
(%)
Gold Production (oz) Gold Sales (oz) All-In Sustaining Cost
($/oz)(5)
Cadia East Panel Cave 1 1,057
Cadia East Panel Cave 2 8,189
Cadia East Panel Cave 2-3 263
Cadia(27) 9,509 8,550 0.92 77.3 194,757 201,494 (377)
Telfer Open Pit 10,209 4,821 0.81 79.5 99,360
Telfer Underground 543 598 1.40 84.7 22,873
Telfer Dump Leach 3,370
Telfer 10,752 5,419 0.87 80.4 125,603 135,799 1,203
Lihir 7,959 3,010 2.45 74.5 176,341 197,651 1,481
Red Chris 6,765 1,745 0.35 55.4 10,815 10,390 651
Fruta del Norte(28) 34,816 34,816 800
Total 34,986 18,725 1.10 76.3 542,332 580,149 797

All figures are shown at 100%, except for Red Chris which is shown at Newcrest’s 70% share and Fruta del Norte which is shown at Newcrest’s 32% attributable share through its 32% equity interest in Lundin Gold Inc.

Copper Production Summary

June 2021
Quarter
Copper Grade
(%)
Copper Recovery
(%)
Concentrate Produced
(tonnes)
Metal Production
(tonnes)
Cadia 0.40 82.7 119,617 28,105
Telfer Open Pit 0.10 61.2 29,075 3,062
Telfer Underground 0.30 91.4 17,644 1,623
Telfer 0.13 69.1 46,718 4,685
Red Chris 0.40 79.6 25,573 5,580
Total 0.29 80.3 191,909 38,370

All figures are shown at 100%, except for Red Chris which is shown at Newcrest’s 70% share.

Silver Production Summary

June 2021
Quarter
Tonnes Treated
(000’s)
Silver Production
(oz)
Cadia 8,550 166,024
Telfer 5,419 58,896
Lihir 3,010 12,715
Red Chris 1,745 33,162
Total 18,725 270,797

All figures are shown at 100%, except for Red Chris which is shown at Newcrest 70% share.

All-In Sustaining Cost – June 2021 Quarter

3 Months to 30 June 2021
Units Cadia Telfer Lihir Red Chris Corp/
Other
Group(29)
Gold Produced oz 194,757 125,603 176,341 10,815 507,516
Mining $/oz prod. 162 576 259 1,906 335
Milling $/oz prod. 287 376 576 1,221 429
Administration and other $/oz prod. 145 206 410 1,188 274
Lease adjustments $/oz prod (3) (24) (6) (218) (14)
Third party smelting, refining and transporting costs(30) $/oz prod. 201 182 4 722 139
Royalties $/oz prod. 118 74 47 93 82
By-product credits $/oz prod. (1,476) (407) (1) (4,923) (772)
Ore inventory adjustments(31) $/oz prod. (16) (3) 97 (331) 20
Production stripping adjustments(31) $/oz prod. (111) (512) (49)
AOD adjustments(31) $/oz prod. 6 1
Net Cash Costs $/oz prod. (582) 986 1,275 (854) 445
Gold Sold oz 201,494 135,799 197,651 10,390 545,334
Adjusted operating costs(32) $/oz sold (532) 1,015 1,261 (1,110) 492
Corporate general & administrative costs(33),(34) $/oz sold 68 68
Reclamation and remediation costs $/oz sold 6 3 9 73 8
Production stripping (sustaining)(35) $/oz sold 76 (3) 27
Advanced operating development $/oz sold (5) (1)
Capital expenditure (sustaining) $/oz sold 146 143 128 1,429 19 182
Exploration (sustaining) $/oz sold 15 2 169 8
Leases (sustaining) $/oz sold 3 32 5 93 13
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz sold (377) 1,203 1,481 651 87 797
Growth and development costs(34) $/oz sold 4 4
Production stripping (non-sustaining)(35) $/oz sold 23 536 18
Capital expenditure (non-sustaining)(36) $/oz sold 708 131 1,655 25 365
Exploration (non-sustaining) $/oz sold 1 5 355 43 51
Leases (non-sustaining) $/oz sold 5 5 7
All-In Cost $/oz sold 337 1,208 1,635 3,197 164 1,242
Depreciation and amortisation(37) $/oz sold 277 274 395 2,316 12 370

All figures are shown at 100%, except for Red Chris which is shown at 70%. AISC and AIC may not calculate based on amounts presented in these tables due to rounding.

All-In Sustaining Cost – Year ended 30 June 2021

12 Months to 30 June 2021
Units Cadia Telfer Lihir Red
Chris
Corp/ Other Group(38)
Gold Produced oz 764,895 416,138 737,082 45,922 1,964,037
Mining $/oz prod. 171 731 254 1,683 356
Milling $/oz prod. 318 425 554 1,107 447
Administration and other $/oz prod. 117 202 331 1,268 242
Lease Adjustments $/oz prod (3) (28) (6) (53) (10)
Third party smelting, refining and transporting costs(39) $/oz prod. 175 139 3 665 114
Royalties $/oz prod. 103 61 47 78 73
By-product credits $/oz prod. (1,138) (261) (1) (3,982) (592)
Ore inventory adjustments(40) $/oz prod. (1) (17) 83 (52) 26
Production stripping adjustments(40) $/oz prod. (163) (606) (75)
AOD adjustments(40) $/oz prod. 9 2
Net Cash Costs $/oz prod. (258) 1,261 1,102 108 583
Gold Sold oz 766,118 411,336 773,146 45,643 1,996,243
Adjusted operating costs(41) $/oz sold (258) 1,273 1,079 64 583
Corporate general & administrative costs(42),(43) $/oz sold 55 55
Reclamation and remediation costs $/oz sold 5 4 10 66 8
Production stripping (sustaining)(44) $/oz sold 135 488 63
Advanced operating development $/oz sold (9) (2)
Capital expenditure (sustaining) $/oz sold 139 146 140 1,538 13 186
Exploration (sustaining) $/oz sold 2 19 1 38 6
Leases (sustaining) $/oz sold 3 40 5 54 13
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz sold (109) 1,473 1,370 2,248 68 912
Growth and development costs(43) $/oz sold 5 5
Production stripping (non-sustaining)(44) $/oz sold 21 122 11
Capital expenditure (non-sustaining)(45) $/oz sold 601 91 636 14 294
Exploration (non-sustaining) $/oz sold 1 4 476 40 52
Leases (non-sustaining) $/oz sold 6 1 4
All-In Cost $/oz sold 499 1,477 1,482 3,482 128 1,278
Depreciation and amortisation(46) $/oz sold 260 252 358 1,538 12 337

All figures are shown at 100%, except for Red Chris which is shown at 70%. AISC and AIC may not calculate based on amounts presented in these tables due to rounding.


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Corporate Information
Board

Peter Hay Non-Executive Chairman
Sandeep Biswas Managing Director and CEO
Gerard Bond Finance Director and CFO
Philip Aiken AM Non-Executive Director
Roger Higgins Non-Executive Director
Sally-Anne Layman Non-Executive Director
Jane McAloon Non-Executive Director
Vickki McFadden Non-Executive Director
Peter Tomsett Non-Executive Director

Company Secretaries
Maria Sanz Perez and Claire Hannon

Registered & Principal Office
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Issued Share Capital
At 30 June 2021, Newcrest’s issued capital was 817,289,692 ordinary shares.

Quarterly Share Price Activity

High Low Close
A$ A$ A$
Apr – Jun 2021 28.79 25.05 25.28

Forward Looking Statements

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These forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Newcrest’s actual results, performance and achievements or industry results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements, or industry results, expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. 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 licences and permits and diminishing quantities or grades of reserves, political and social risks, changes to the regulatory framework within which Newcrest operates or may in the future operate, environmental conditions including extreme weather conditions, recruitment and retention of personnel, industrial relations issues and litigation. For further information as to the risks which may impact on Newcrest’s results and performance, please see the risk factors included in the Annual Information Form dated 13 October 2020 lodged with ASX and SEDAR.

Forward looking statements are based on Newcrest’s good faith assumptions as to the financial, market, regulatory and other relevant environments that will exist and affect Newcrest’s business and operations in the future. Newcrest does not give any assurance that the assumptions will prove to be correct. There may be other factors that could cause actual results or events not to be as anticipated, and many events are beyond the reasonable control of Newcrest. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements, particularly in the current economic climate with the significant volatility, uncertainty and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Forward looking statements in this document speak only at the date of issue. Except as required by applicable laws or regulations, Newcrest does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward looking statements or to advise of any change in assumptions on which any such statement is based.

Non-IFRS Financial Information

Newcrest results are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This document includes non-IFRS financial information within the meaning of ASIC Regulatory Guide 230: ‘Disclosing non-IFRS financial information’ published by ASIC and within the meaning of Canadian Securities Administrators Staff Notice 52-306 – Non-GAAP Financial Measures. Such information includes All-In Sustaining Cost (AISC) and All-In Cost (AIC) as per updated World Gold Council Guidance Note on Non-GAAP Metrics released in November 2018. AISC will vary from period to period as a result of various factors including production performance, timing of sales and the level of sustaining capital and the relative contribution of each asset. AISC Margin reflects the average realised gold price less AISC per ounce sold.

These measures are used internally by Newcrest management to assess the performance of the business and make decisions on the allocation of resources and are included in this document to provide greater understanding of the underlying performance of Newcrest’s operations. The non-IFRS information has not been subject to audit or review by Newcrest’s external auditor and should be used in addition to IFRS information. Such non-IFRS information/non-GAAP measures do not have a standardised meaning prescribed by IFRS and may be calculated differently by other companies. Although Newcrest believes these non-IFRS/non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors in measuring the financial performance and condition of its business, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any non-IFRS financial information/non-GAAP financial measures included in this document. 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, available on Newcrest’s website and the ASX and SEDAR platforms.

Technical and Scientific Information

The technical and scientific information contained in this document relating to Wafi-Golpu and Lihir was reviewed and approved by Craig Jones, Newcrest’s Chief Operating Officer PNG, FAusIMM and a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101). The technical and scientific information contained in this document relating to Cadia was reviewed and approved by Philip Stephenson, Newcrest’s Chief Operating Officer Australia and Americas, FAusIMM and a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101.

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Appendix

Reconciliation of Newcrest’s operational performance including its 32% attributable share of Fruta del Norte through its 32% equity interest in Lundin Gold Inc.

Gold production Metric Jun
2021 Qtr
Mar
2021 Qtr
Dec
2020 Qtr
Sep
2020 Qtr
FY21 FY20
Gold production – Newcrest operations oz 507,516 479,100 504,491 472,929 1,964,037 2,154,696
Gold production – Fruta del Norte (32%) oz 34,816 33,324 30,986 30,160 129,285 16,422
Gold production oz 542,332 512,424 535,477 503,089 2,093,322 2,171,118

All-In Sustaining Cost Metric Jun
2021 Qtr(48)
Mar
2021 Qtr(49)
Dec
2020 Qtr(50)
Sep
2020 Qtr(51)
FY21
All-in Sustaining Cost – Newcrest operations $m 434 433 455 498 1,820
All-in Sustaining Cost – Fruta del Norte (32%) $m 28 22 26 14 90
All-In Sustaining Cost $m 462 455 481 512 1,910
Gold ounces sold – Newcrest operations oz 545,334 482,878 465,125 502,907 1,996,243
Gold ounces sold – Fruta del Norte (32%) oz 34,816 26,178 33,981 19,891 114,866
Total gold ounces sold oz 580,149 509,056 499,105 522,798 2,111,109
All-In Sustaining Cost – Newcrest operations $/oz 797 897 979 990 912
All-In Sustaining – Fruta del Norte (32%) $oz 800 830 747 728 779
All-In Sustaining Cost $/oz 797 893 963 980 905

All-In Sustaining Cost margin Metric Jun
2021 Qtr
Mar
2021 Qtr
Dec
2020 Qtr
Sep
2020 Qtr
FY21
Realised gold price(52) $/oz 1,780 1,751 1,815 1,837 1,796
All-In Sustaining Cost – Newcrest operations $/oz 797 897 979 990 912
All-In Sustaining Cost margin $/oz 983 854 836 847 884


[1]Relating to its operational (Scope 1 and 2) emissions. Newcrest will work across its value chain to reduce its Scope 3 emissions.

[2] Injury rates are lowest quartile when compared to the International Council on Mining & Metals report titled “Safety Performance – Benchmarking progress of ICMM members in 2020.

[3] Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (injuries per million hours).

[4]See information under heading “Non-IFRS Financial Information” on Page 17 of this report for further information.

[5] Includes 35koz based on Newcrest’s 32% attributable share of Fruta del Norte. The AISC estimate for Fruta del Norte did not impact Newcrest’s AISC from its operations for the quarter.Refer to the Appendix for calculation and further details.

[6]Newcrest’s AISC margin has been determined by deducting the All-In Sustaining Cost attributable to Newcrest’s operations from Newcrest’s realised gold price.Refer to the Appendix for details.

[7]Subject to market and operating conditions and potential delays due to COVID-19 impacts.

[8]Subject to Board approval.

[9] References to the prior period are to the March 2021 quarter.

[10]Newcrest’s guidance for Fruta del Norte is an annualised figure based on Lundin Gold Inc’s production guidance for 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. See Appendix for further details.

[11]The figures shown represent Newcrest’s 70% share of the unincorporated Red Chris JV.Production outcomes for FY20 are reported from the date of acquisition (15 August 2019).

[12] The figures shown represent 100%. Prior to the divestment on 4 March 2020, Newcrest owned 75% of Gosowong through its holding in PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals, an incorporated joint venture. Production and financial outcomesfor FY20 represent Newcrest’s period of ownership to the divestment date.

[13]The figures shown represent Newcrest’s 32%attributable share, through its 32% equity interest in Lundin Gold Inc.

[14]TRIFR for FY20 includes safety results for Red Chris from acquisition.

[15]Due to the negligible impact of Fruta del Norte on Newcrest’s Group AISC for FY20 it has been excluded from the FY20 calculation.

[16]AISC for the March 2021 and December 2020 quarters have been restated following the release of Lundin Gold’s March 2021 quarterly results on 12 May 2021 and their 2020 Annual Report on 15 March 2021. This resulted in a $2/oz increase to Newcrest’s previously reported AISC outcome for the March 2021 quarter and a $5/oz benefit to Newcrest’s previously reported AISC outcome for the December 2020 quarter.

[17]From Newcrest’s operations only and does not include Newcrest’s 32% attributable share of Fruta del Norte through its 32%equityinterest in Lundin Gold Inc.

[18]Realised metal prices are the US$ spot prices at the time of sale per unit of metal sold (net of Telfer gold production hedges), excluding deductions related to treatment and refining charges and the impact of price related finalisations for metals in concentrate. The realised price has been calculated from sales ounces generated by Newcrest’s operations only (i.e. excluding Fruta del Norte).

[19]Subject to market and operating conditions and potential delays due to COVID-19 impacts.

[20]Subject to Board approval.

[21]Subject to Board approval.

[22] AISC margin calculated with reference to the Group average realised gold price.

[23]The figures shown represent Newcrest’s 70% shareof the unincorporated Red Chris JV. Productionand financial outcomesfor FY20 are reported fromthe date of acquisition (15 August 2019).

[24]Subject to Board approval.

[25] In addition, the development of any underground mine at the Havieron Project will also be subject to the completion of a successful exploration program and further studies, market and operating conditions, Board approvals, and a positive decision to mine.

[26] Mine production for open pit and underground includes ore and waste.

[27] Includes development tonnesfrom the Cadia East PC2-3 project. Costs associated with this production were capitalised and are not included in the AISC calculation in this report.

[28]Due to timing of Lundin Gold’s June 2021 quarterly report, Newcrest has estimated its 32% attributable share, through its 32% equity interest in Lundin Gold Inc, of Fruta del Norte’s All-In Sustaining Cost for the quarter. For the purposes of All-In Sustaining Cost, Newcrest has assumed that production is equal to sales. Refer to the Appendix for further details.

[29]Group AISC is for Newcrest’s operations only and does not include Newcrest’s 32% attributable share of Fruta del Norte.

[30] Includes deductions related to treatment and refining charges for metals in concentrate.

[31] Represents adjustment for ore inventory movements, removal of production stripping costs and movement in Advanced Operating Development costs.

[32] Adjusted operating costs represents net cash costs adjusted for finished goods inventory movements, divided by ounces sold.

[33] Corporate general & administrative costs includes share-based remuneration.

[34] Costs of this nature were previously reported within Corporate Costs. In accordance with the updated World Gold Council guidance, growth and development costs are now presented in AIC.

[35]In accordance with World Gold Council Guidance stripping campaigns can be classified as non-sustaining expenditure if they are expected to take at least 12 months and are expected to deliver ore production for more than five years. Newcrest has determined that Phase 16 at Lihir and Phase 7 at Red Chris satisfies this criteria and has reported spend in relation to these campaigns as capitalised stripping (non-sustaining).

[36] Represents spend on major projects that are designed to increase the net present value of the mine are not related to current production. Significant projects in the current period include key expansion projects at Cadia (including PC2-3 developmentand the molybdenum plant)and Lihir (Seepage Barrier feasibilitystudy, front end recovery and HV upgrade).

[37] Depreciation and amortisation of mine site assets is determined on the basis of the lesser of the asset’s useful economic life and the life of the mine.Life-of-mine assets are depreciated according to units of production and the remainder on a straight line basis. Depreciation and amortisation does not form part of All-In Sustaining Cost or All-in Cost with the exception of amortisation on reclamation and remediation (rehabilitation) assets.

[38]Group AISC is for Newcrest’s operations only and does not include Newcrest’s 32% attributable share of Fruta del Norte.

[39] Includes deductions related to treatment and refining charges for metals in concentrate.

[40] Represents adjustment for ore inventory movements, removal of production stripping costs and movement in Advanced Operating Development costs.

[41] Adjusted operating costs represents net cash costs adjusted for finished goods inventory movements, divided by ounces sold.

[42] Corporate general & administrative costs includes share-based remuneration.

[43] Costs of this nature were previously reported within Corporate Costs. In accordance with the updated World Gold Council guidance, growth and development costs are now presented in AIC.

[44]In accordance with World Gold Council Guidance stripping campaigns can be classified as non-sustaining expenditure if they are expected to take at least 12 months and are expected to deliver ore production for more than five years. Newcrest has determined that Phase 16 at Lihir and Phase 7 at Red Chris satisfies this criteria and has reported spend in relation to these campaigns as capitalised stripping (non-sustaining).

[45]Represents spend on major projects that are designed to increase the net present value of the mine are not related to current production. Significant projects in the year include key expansion projects at Cadia (including PC2-3 feasibility study and the molybdenum plant) and Lihir (Seepage Barrier feasibility study, front end recovery and HV upgrade).

[46] Depreciation and amortisation of mine site assets is determined on the basis of the lesser of the asset’s useful economic life and the life of the mine.Life-of-mine assets are depreciated according to units of production and the remainder on a straight line basis. Depreciation and amortisation does not form part of All-In Sustaining Cost or All-in Cost with the exception of amortisation on reclamation and remediation (rehabilitation) assets.

[47]As notified to Newcrest under section 671B of the Corporations Act 2001.

[48]Due to timing of Lundin Gold’s June 2021 quarterly report, Newcrest has estimated its 32% attributable share, through its 32% equity interest in Lundin Gold Inc, of Fruta del Norte’s All-In Sustaining Cost for the June quarter. The AISC estimate was derived by taking the mid-point of Lundin Gold’s CY21 AISC guidance of $770-830/oz (released 15 March 2021). For the purposes of AISC, Newcrest has assumed that production is equal to sales. Newcrest will restate its June quarter and full year AISC outcome once the outcomes for Fruta del Norte’s June quarter are known. On the basis of materiality, Newcrest has not restated its FY21 guidance for Fruta del Norte. Newcrest’s guidance with respect to the gold production of Fruta del Norte is based on Lundin Gold’s July to December 2020 guidance of 150,000 – 170,000 ounces which has been annualised on the assumption that production levels will be same for the January to June 2021 period (presented at 32% and rounded to nearest 5koz). With respect to Newcrest’s guidance for AISC, the dollar million range has been derived by multiplying the low end of annualised production of Newcrest’s guidance by the high end of Lundin Gold’s July – December 2020 AISC guidance of $770/oz – $850/oz, and the high end of annualised production of Newcrest’s guidance multiplied by the low end of the same AISC guidance range.

[49]The All-In Sustaining Cost and gold ounces sold outcomes for Fruta del Note for the March 2021 quarter have been restated following the release of Lundin Gold’s March quarterly report on 12 May 2021. This resulted in a $2/oz increase to Newcrest’s previously reported All-In Sustaining Cost outcome for the March quarter.

[50]The All-In Sustaining Cost and gold ounces sold outcomes for Fruta del Note for the December 2020 quarter have been restated following the release of Lundin Gold’s 2020 Annual Report on 15 March 2021. This had a $5/oz benefit to Newcrest’s previously reported All-In Sustaining Cost outcome for the December quarter.

[51]The All-In Sustaining Cost and gold ounces sold outcomes for Fruta del Norte for the September 2020 quarter have been restated following the release of Lundin Gold’s September quarterly report on 9 November 2020. Newcrest’s All-In Sustaining Cost outcome of $980/oz for the September quarter remains unchanged.

[52]Realised metal prices are the US$ spot prices at the time of sale per unit of metal sold (net of Telfer production hedges), excluding deductions related to treatment and refining charges and the impact of price related finalisations for metals in concentrate. The realised price has been calculated from sales ounces generated by Newcrest’s operations only (i.e. excluding Fruta del Norte).

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It was not until near the end of the 20th century that the sector began to flourish. Constitutional reform in 1994 shifted ownership of natural resources from state to province, while a new regulatory framework attracted considerable investment from both Canada and Australia. Notably, from 1990 to 1999, joint production of minerals increased by 104 percent. During this period, the gross domestic product of Argentina's mining industry grew at a rate of between 5 and 7 percent per annum.

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Looking at the longer-term fundamentals that have gotten us here, Forwood pointed to lack of investment capital as a main driver.

“I think the big one, the long term one, is under investment,” he said, noting that the early 2000s mining boom led to a lot of investment, which we aren’t seeing today.

“But over the last seven or eight years, we've seen a real dearth of capital going back into the sector. And in fact, we've also seen a dearth of M&A — something that we've been looking out for and it's just not happening.”

In fact, as one of the slides Forwood presented laid out, investment from the resource industry back into itself reached a 19 year low late last year.

Despite the lack of large investment, Australia’s junior resource index was up 16 percent at the end of April compared to the broader market and the Dow Jones Index, which had slipped 9 percent.

“So that may represent a rotation from other sectors into the resources sector. And if that is the start of what's happening, that could be very, very significant for resource company prices,” he said, explaining the resource sector is actually very small on a global scale.

“And if you see significant global money flowing into that sector, you know, it's almost the sky's the limit,” Forwood added.

Gold and volatility

While speaking about several commodities, the CIO for Lowell Resource Funds Management took time to highlight how gold could also be positioned for an upward trend, because “commodities do best when inflation is rising, and interest rates are rising.”

He then displayed a chart that indicated gold was the top performer among US stocks and the US greenback during the first six months following the commencement of a Fed rate hike period.

Real interest rates, which are hovering around 0 percent, are likely to have no effect on gold's price because, according to the Forwood, rates would have to be 3 percent or higher to impact gold.

He did warn that stagflation could add more wind to the yellow metal’s sails moving forward.

“We think there's a decent chance of (stagflation) occurring, so what should you buy?” he posited. “If you think that stagflation is on its way, well, the answer is also gold.”

Forwood concluded his address by encouraging attendees to invest in the junior resource space.

“Finally, at the Lowell Fund, we like to invest in junior explorers,” he said.

“Because they're the ones who make the discoveries, and discoveries is where you can really add the most value.”

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"I'm bearish on the markets, (but) I'm bullish on gold — physical bullion — and farmland right now," said Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp.

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With the general markets in turmoil, Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp sees few places to turn.

"It's a difficult situation," he said at the recent Vancouver Resource Investment Conference (VRIC). "I am very bearish, not necessarily on commodity prices, but on the whole resource space and the ability of companies to explore, develop, produce — there's a variety of factors against that right now."

Those include resource nationalism, socialism, anti-development initiatives and green agendas, Fulp explained. Meanwhile, mining companies are seeing energy and labor costs pushed up by inflation.

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Tempus Resources

Tempus Resources Ltd is pleased to announce that in relation to its US-based OTC Markets listing under the symbol "TMRFF", it has now received confirmation from the Depository Trust Company that its common shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement through the DTC in the United States.

Tempus Resources Ltd ("Tempus" or the "Company") (ASX:TMR), (TSXV:TMRR), (OTCQB:TMRFF)(ASX:TMR), (TSXV:TMRR), (OTCQB:TMRFF) is pleased to announce that in relation to its US-based OTC Markets listing under the symbol "TMRFF", it has now received confirmation from the Depository Trust Company ("DTC") that its common shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement through the DTC in the United States.

Tempus Resources President and CEO, Jason Bahnsen, commented "DTC eligibility is a key step in the development of our shareholder base and market presence across the United States. It allows current and prospective shareholders of Tempus Resources a reliable, cost-efficient, and timely method for clearing and settlement of our common shares and positions US investors to participate in the growth of the Company's Americas-based asset suite."


The DTC is a subsidiary of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. that manages the electronic clearing and settlement of publicly traded companies in the United States, including the Company's OTCQB listing. Tempus Resources' share cusip has been approved for DTC Eligibility allowing holders and their brokers with the ability to process transactions efficiently via Deposit/Withdrawal At Custodian ("DWAC") at the DTC. DTC is a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, a limited-purpose trust company under New York State banking law and a registered clearing agency with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

This announcement has been authorised by the Board of Directors of Tempus Resources Ltd.

For further information:

TEMPUS RESOURCES LTD

Melanie Ross - Director/Company Secretary
Phone: +61 8 6188 8181

About Tempus Resources Ltd

Tempus Resources Ltd ("Tempus") is a growth orientated gold exploration company listed on ASX ("TMR") and TSX.V ("TMRR") and OTCQB ("TMRFF") stock exchanges. Tempus is actively exploring projects located in Canada and Ecuador. The flagship project for Tempus is the Elizabeth-Blackdome Project, a high-grade gold past producing project located in Southern British Columbia. Tempus is currently midway through a drill program at Elizabeth-Blackdome that will form the basis of an updated NI43-101/JORC resource estimate. The second key group of projects for Tempus are the Rio Zarza and Valle del Tigre projects located in south east Ecuador. The Rio Zarza project is located adjacent to Lundin Gold's Fruta del Norte project. The Valle del Tigre project is currently subject to a sampling program to develop target geological anomalies identified through geophysical work.

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This press release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company's beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Tempus's control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "will continue", "will occur" or "will be achieved". The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein may include, but are not limited to, the ability of Tempus to successfully achieve business objectives, and expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Forward-looking statements and information are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the ability of Tempus to control or predict, that may cause Tempus' actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied thereby, and are developed based on assumptions about such risks, uncertainties and other factors set out herein and the other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading "Risk and Uncertainties" in the Company's Management's Discussion & Analysis for the quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2022 dated May 16, 2022 filed on SEDAR. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although Tempus believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Tempus does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking information and statements attributable to Tempus or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.

Neither the ASX Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Winsome Resources CEO Chris Evans

Winsome Resources CEO Chris Evans said, “Canada and the US are working feverishly to develop an internal battery materials supply chain and we think we're going to play a critical role in that.”

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Winsome Resources (ASX:WR1) CEO Chris Evans joined the Investing News Network to discuss the company and its Cancet lithium project in Quebec, Canada.

"We listed on the ASX on November 30, 2021," he explained. "We're lithium focused but based in Canada, and we've been pretty successful in the last six months — our share price has done well. I think I've been putting this down to the success factors which we possess as a company, including the fact that we're into lithium at a moment with high demand. Any mining company that's associated with lithium has tended to do well.

“Our assets are in Quebec, a fantastic mining jurisdiction for all sorts of reasons. Also, being listed on the ASX — Australian investors tend to like early stage plays a bit better. They've certainly woken up to the electric vehicle and lithium revolution that's occurring in the world. And it's a pleasure having the assets in Canada.”


Next, Evans got into specifics about the company's flagship project. “The Cancet project is our flagship, in the James Bay region of Quebec. All our projects are hard-rock lithium; that's digging the rocks out of the ground and concentrating the lithium in them. Then it gets converted into the final product, which is lithium carbonate or hydroxide, that then goes into electric vehicle batteries,” he explained.

“Cancet’s had about 5,500 metres of drilling done on it historically, so we know that there's a great deposit of lithium at fantastic grades. It outcrops on the surface, the lithium-containing spodumene from the pegmatite rock, where we have 3.7 percent lithium oxide over a 17 metre interval from the surface at our most successful drill hole. We just completed 2,000 metres of drilling ourselves, increasing our knowledge of the orebody that's there, and also looking for extensions to the orebody. We've got 395 claims, and our drilling and exploration is only over about 15 of the claims. So we've got a lot further to look here and a lot more to develop.”

As for supply location, and the company's relationship with the international market, Evans said, “We think it's fantastic for us, and our shareholders, that we have assets in Quebec. Roughly 50 percent of the world's hard-rock lithium comes from Australia, where it’s mined and concentrated. The problem is that final conversion into lithium carbonate or hydroxide all occurs at the moment in China ... lithium is on the critical minerals list in Canada, the US and Australia, and Canada and the US are working feverishly to develop an internal battery materials supply chain. We think we're going to play a critical role in that.”

Elaborating on the sustainability industry that drives the battery revolution, he said, “(Nearly) all power in Quebec is generated by hydroelectricity and renewable forms of electricity. That’s very important, because the mining and concentration process for lithium products traditionally produces a large carbon footprint, because it's energy intensive. The EU, from 2024, has mandated that all batteries are labeled with the carbon footprint of all the materials that are contained within them. Then, by about 2026, there's specific targets that batteries have to meet in order to be sold in the EU. If you don't have a renewable source of energy to produce your lithium products that go into those batteries, it's going to severely restrict your markets — and that's another bonus for us being in Quebec.”

Evans said that Winsome Resources’ approach is to develop a mine itself, rather than selling or partnering. “We will approach this as if we are going to be developing the Cancet project, and producing lithium ourselves, in four or so years. And I think that'll best serve our shareholders.” With regards to other ways the company could benefit investors, Evans said, “Being listed on the ASX, and having access to a lot of capital, I think there's a great opportunity for us to acquire other projects in Canada. We're about to start our summer exploration. And we're on the lookout for a new project. So I think the good news is really to come.”

Watch the full interview of Winsome Resources CEO Chris Evans above.

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This interview may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, receipt of property titles, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. The issuer relies upon litigation protection for forward-looking statements. Investing in companies comes with uncertainties as market values can fluctuate.

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Where are the silver mines in Australia? You might be surprised to learn that the country is home to one of the world’s top primary silver producers.

Mining is a big part of Australia’s history, and it continues to shape the country’s economy and position in the world today. The nation is one of the world’s top producers and exporters of resources, with coal, uranium, copper and gold being some of its best-known commodities.

Australia is also a key producer of silver — it was the world’s fifth-largest producer of the metal in 2021, tied with Russia, putting out 1,300 MT. Interestingly, most of Australia's silver is produced from silver-bearing galena, but some is also produced from copper and gold mining.

Refined silver comes mainly from the Port Pirie lead smelter and refinery in South Australia, though silver is also refined at gold refineries in Perth, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne.


But where are the silver mines in Australia, exactly? While it’s interesting to know what types of deposits the precious metal is found in, many investors want to know what companies are producing silver and where their mines are located geographically. Read on to find the answers to those questions.

Where are the silver mines in Australia?

Silver has played a role in Australia since the mid-1800s — Wheal Gawler, Australia’s first metal mine, was a silver-lead mine developed in South Australia in the 1840s. And that’s not Australia’s only early silver-mining operation — the Broken Hill deposit in New South Wales and the Mount Isa deposit in Queensland are two other early Australian silver discoveries.

Broken Hill, a lead-zinc-silver deposit, was discovered in 1883 by German immigrant Charles Rasp, and the Broken Hill Proprietary Company was born in 1885; it ultimately merged in 2001 with another mining giant, Billiton, to form BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP,NYSE:BHP,LSE:BLT). BHP Billiton is no longer involved with Broken Hill, but ore is still being extracted there today. Perilya now runs the southern and northern operations.

For its part, Mount Isa was discovered in 1923 by John Campbell Miles, and like Broken Hill is still producing today. It was acquired by Glencore (LSE:GLEN) in 2013 and in addition to silver is also a producer of zinc.

These major early Australian silver discoveries are not the country’s only sources of silver. Other silver mines in Australia include Cannington, one of the world’s top primary silver producers. It’s a fly-in, fly-out mining and processing operation that is owned by South32 (ASX:S32,LSE:S32), a diversified resource company spun out from BHP Billiton in 2015. Cannington also produces lead and zinc.

Australia holds the McArthur River mine as well, which opened in 1995 and is owned by Glencore subsidiary McArthur River Mining. The mine is one of the world’s largest zinc-lead-silver mines, and is located in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Glencore’s 2021 annual report claims total silver production reached 31.519 million ounces for the year, representing a 4 percent drop from 2020. That includes 625,000 ounces from McArthur River.

The Century mine, which previously belonged to MMG (HKEX:1208), shut its doors at the end of 2015, but was a major producer of zinc (and silver) until that time. It was reopened in mid-2018 by New Century Resources (ASX:NCZ) and the company says it now has an estimated annual production capacity of 264,000 tonnes of zinc and 3 million ounces of silver.

Independence Group (ASX:IGO) also produces silver, along with copper and zinc, at its Jaguar operation in Western Australia. Gold producer Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) owns some projects with silver reserves as well. As you can see, there are and have been many silver mines in Australia.

Future silver mines in Australia?

In addition to being home to a slew of large silver mines, Australia also plays host to many companies that are exploring and developing silver projects. Below are a few that have made recent progress.

Please let us know in the comments if we’ve forgotten to mention any Australia-focused silver companies. All companies listed had market caps of at least AU$5 million on May 19, 2022.

Argent Minerals (ASX:ARD) — Argent Minerals’ main asset is its 100-percent-owned Kempfield polymetallic project in New South Wales. In May 2018, the company announced an updated resource estimate for the asset — its silver equivalent contained metal now stands at an estimated 100 million silver equivalent ounces at 120 g/t silver equivalent; that’s approximately double the previous estimate.

In total the company has three projects, with all of them being in New South Wales.

Investigator Resources (ASX:IVR) — Investigator Resources is advancing silver, copper and gold deposits in South Australia. Currently its properties include the Peterlumbo/Paris silver project, the Eyre Peninsula and Stuart Shelf projects and the Northern Yorke Peninsula projects.

The total resource for Paris stands at an estimated 18.8 million tonnes at 88 g/t silver and 0.52 percent lead for 53.1 million ounces of contained silver and 97,600 tonnes of contained lead (at a cut off of 30 g/t silver). The indicated component is 12.7 million tonnes of silver (95 g/t) and represents 73 percent of the total estimated resource ounces.

Horizon Minerals (ASX:HRZ) — Horizon Minerals owns the Nimbus silver-zinc project in Western Australia. Nimbus has a high-grade silver-zinc resource estimate of 255,898 tonnes at 773 g/t silver and 13 percent zinc; the total Nimbus resource stands at 1.21 million tonnes at 52 g/t silver, 0.9 percent zinc and 0.2 g/t gold.

Silver Mines (ASX:SVL) bills itself as a leading Australian silver exploration company, and has spent a considerable amount of time acquiring Australian silver projects. Those include Malachite Resources’ (ASX:MAR) Conrad project and Kingsgate Consolidated’s (ASX:KCN) Bowdens silver project.

While the company’s main focus has been on the Webbs silver project in New South Wales, the Bowdens project represents the largest undeveloped silver project in Australia, and Silver Mines is working to get the project through the feasibility, environmental impact statement and permitting stages.

In a 2018 report, the feasibility study demonstrated an average silver production of 3.4 million tonnes per annum for the project, with 5.4 million during the first three years of operation. Estimations also included 6,900 tonnes of zinc and 5,100 tonnes of lead.

This is an updated version of an article first published by the Investing News Network in 2018.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Ryan Sero, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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