Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (NYSE:HMY) posted adjusted earnings of 17 cents per share for the first half of fiscal 2018 (ended Dec 31, 2017), compared with 11 cents recorded a year ago, a 55% year over year increase.
Revenues and Costs
Revenues increased 4.1% year over year to $735 million for the first half of fiscal 2018 from $706 million registered a year ago.
Gold production increased roughly 1% to 560,003 ounces (oz) for the first half of the fiscal year compared with 553,862 oz recorded a year ago. Average gold prices received during the period rose roughly 3% year over year to $1,348 per oz, while total gold sales improved 2%.
Cost of sales increased 1.5% to $658 million for the first half of fiscal 2018, while cash operating costs remained flat year at $974 million. All-in-sustaining costs of $1,161 per oz rose around 2% year over year due to the strengthening of Rand versus the U.S. dollar.
Cash and cash equivalents fell 2.3% year over year to $86 million as of Dec 31, 2017 from $88 million as of Dec 31, 2016. Cash flow from operating activities was $137 million for the first six months of the fiscal ended Dec 31, 2017.
Harmony Gold remains on track to achieve its group production guidance of 1.1 million oz of gold for fiscal 2018. Expected increase in production at the Hidden Valley will further help the company to boost its annual production.
Shares of Harmony Gold have moved up 6.3% in the last three months, outperforming the industry’s 6% decline.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Harmony Gold currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ:STLD) , The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Steel Dynamics has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 12%. Its shares have soared 26.6% over the last six months.
Mosaic has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 9.5%. Its shares have moved up 24.2% over the past six months.
U.S. Steel has an expected long-term earnings growth rate of 8%. Its shares have rallied 57.7% over the last six months.
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