A Year of Delivery and Development as Barrick Meets Targets, Advances Growth Projects

All amounts expressed in US dollars

TORONTO, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE:GOLD)(TSX:ABX) reported today that it had met its production targets for 2020, thanks to a consistent operating performance across the group that demonstrated management’s ability to manage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and other challenges. While cost of sales per ounce was impacted, total cash costs1 and AISC per ounce1 were contained within guidance despite higher royalty expenses from the higher gold price environment.

At the same time, Barrick has continued to progress major capital projects, including the Pueblo Viejo plant expansion, the development of the underground mine at Gounkoto, the transition to a new heap leach phase at Veladero and the re-establishment of the Bulyanhulu mine.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Barrick delivers on 2020 gold production guidance
  • Consistent operating performance across all quarters of the year demonstrated Barrick’s ability to manage impact of Covid-19
  • Higher gold and copper prices delivered annual operating cash flow of $5.4 billion and record annual free cash flow2 of $3.4 billion
  • Gold total cash costs1 and AISC1 within guidance in spite of higher royalty costs
  • Strong performance from Barrick operated copper assets with costs at low end, or below, the guidance range
  • Zero net debt achieved and credit rating upgraded
  • Net earnings per share of $1.31 for 2020; adjusted net earnings per share3 of $1.15 for the year (up 125% on prior year)
  • Pueblo Viejo plant expansion approved and work commences
  • Attributable group reserves partially replaced net of depletion, excluding Massawa disposition, while resources grow as focus on geology models pays dividends
  • Continued portfolio rationalization supports further industry consolidation
  • Exploration results confirm significant orebody extensions at most operations
  • High-grade resource continues to grow at Fourmile as attention turns to accelerating the project into the mine plan
  • Bedded down exploration focus and developing significant exploration opportunities across the portfolio; new frontiers opening in all regions
  • Significant safety improvement in 2020: 38% decrease in LTIFR9 and 29% decrease in TRIFR10 year-on-year
  • Zero Class 1 Environmental Incidents11 for Q4; continued to exceed 75% water reuse and recycling target for 2020
  • Barrick declares $0.09 quarterly dividend per share plus proposes $750 million capital return

Financial and Operating Highlights

Financial ResultsQ4 2020Q3 20202020 2019
Realized gold price4,5
($ per ounce)
1,871 1,9261,778 1,396
Net earnings
($ millions)
685 8822,324 3,969
Adjusted net earnings3
($ millions)
616 7262,042 902
Net cash provided by operating activities ($ millions)1,638 1,8595,417 2,833
Free cash flow2
($ millions)
1,092 1,3113,363 1,132
Net earnings per share
($)
0.39 0.501.31 2.26
Adjusted net earnings per share3 ($)0.35 0.411.15 0.51
Attributable capital expenditures
($ millions)
445 4361,651 1,512
Debt, net of cash
($ millions)
(33)417(33)2,222
Operating ResultsQ4 2020

Q3 2020

2020

 2019

Gold
Production5                             
(000s of ounces)
1,206 1,1554,760 5,465
Cost of sales (Barrick's share)5,6        
($ per ounce)
1,065 1,0651,056 1,005
Total cash costs1,5                                
($ per ounce)
692 696699 671
All-in sustaining costs1,5              
($ per ounce)
929 966967 894
Copper    
Production7                          
(millions of pounds)
119 103457 432
Cost of sales (Barrick's share)6,7
($ per pound)
2.06 1.972.02 2.14
C1 cash costs7,8                           
($ per pound)
1.61 1.451.54 1.69
All-in sustaining costs7,8                
($ per pound)
2.42 2.312.23 2.52

Higher gold and copper prices drove annual operating cash flow up 91% to $5.4 billion and annual free cash flow2 to a new record high of $3.4 billion. Net earnings per share were $1.31 for 2020 and adjusted net earnings per share3 of $1.15 was up 125% on the previous year. The company ended the year with zero debt, net of cash, down from a peak of $13.4 billion in 2013, and with an improved credit rating of Baa1 from Moody’s, among the best in the gold sector.

Barrick declared an unchanged quarterly dividend of 9 cents per share and announced that it would propose a return of capital distribution of approximately 42 cents per share based on the issued and outstanding shares as of December 31, 2020. The total distribution of $750 million is derived from the $1.5 billion in proceeds from the company’s sale of non-core assets since 2019, and will be effected in three equal tranches to shareholders of record on dates to be determined in May, August and November this year. This return of capital is subject to shareholder approval at the Annual and Special Meeting on May 4, 2021.

Senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer Graham Shuttleworth said this return of capital, which will provide shareholders with a significantly enhanced return in 2021, was in line with Barrick’s strategy of returning surplus funds to shareholders.

President and chief executive Mark Bristow said despite 2020’s unprecedented difficult operating conditions — which in addition to the pandemic had included a coup in Mali, the financial meltdown in Argentina and the Papua New Guinea government’s flirtation with resource nationalism — the company made further progress towards delivering on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments, and expected to improve on its rating in last year’s industry-first scorecard, published in its sustainability report.

“We have a detailed road map towards clearly defined emission reduction targets, based on climate science and operational realities. Unlike others, our plan does not rely on mine closures and production cutbacks. Our ultimate aim is net zero emissions with landmarked targets towards this goal, which are constantly reviewed and updated as new emissions-reduction opportunities are identified and realized. In addition, each operation has an effective plan for the continued transition to cleaner, more efficient energy sources, and our water usage performance continues to improve,” Bristow said.

“Our long-established partnership philosophy is the beating heart of our ESG strategy. It was invaluable in our management of the impact of the coronavirus on our business and our people and it also enabled us to provide much-needed support to our host communities and governments. On an everyday level, every operational site now has a fully functional community development committee to deal with local issues.”

The group’s total attributable gold resources grew in 2020, net of depletion and excluding the impact of the disposition of Massawa, as a result of the focus on high-confidence geology models following the merger with Randgold. Attributable gold reserves achieved a 76% replacement of depleted ounces, excluding Massawa, with the Africa and Middle East region once again more than replenishing their reserves.12

Bristow said that since the merger with Randgold, the company had made significant progress in improving its knowledge of the legacy Barrick orebodies and in developing Life of Mine optimizations based on updated models, operating plans and cost forecasts.

“As our understanding of the orebodies increases, the potential for resource conversion to reserves will grow, but we still have some way to go to reach the replacement levels of the Africa and Middle East region across the group,” he said.

Bristow said an in-principle agreement about the future of the Porgera mine, which has been on care and maintenance for most of the past year, was reached with the government of Papua New Guinea in October 2020 and teams from both sides continue to work on the details of a mutually acceptable settlement.

In the meantime, Porgera has been excluded from the group’s 2021 production guidance of 4.4 to 4.7 million ounces of gold but, if an agreement is reached, will be added back in once the terms and timing of the settlement have been finalized. The company is expecting per ounce costs to be similar to prior year actual results. Sustaining capital guidance includes investments previously deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Q4 and Full Year 2020 Results Presentation
Webinar and Conference Call

President and chief executive Mark Bristow will host a virtual presentation on the results today at 11:00 EST/16:00 UTC, with an interactive webinar linked to a conference call. Participants will be able to ask questions.

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The Q4 and Full Year 2020 presentation materials will be available on Barrick’s website at www.barrick.com and the webinar will remain on the website for later viewing.

BARRICK PROPOSES RETURN OF CAPITAL DISTRIBUTION AND DECLARES DIVIDEND

Barrick today announced it intends to propose to shareholders a return of capital distribution of approximately $0.42 per share13. Barrick also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2020 of $0.09 per share, payable on March 15, 2021, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 202114.

The return of capital will be proposed to shareholders at Barrick’s Annual and Special Meeting on May 4, 2021. This distribution is derived from a portion of the proceeds from the divestiture of Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines in November 2019 and from other recent dispositions made by Barrick and its affiliates. It is proposed that the total distribution of approximately $750 million will be effected in three equal tranches to shareholders of record on dates to be determined in May, August and November 2021.

Senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer Graham Shuttleworth said that the return of capital distribution demonstrates Barrick’s commitment to return surplus funds to shareholders as outlined in the strategy announced at the time of the Randgold merger in September 2018. Since that time, the quarterly dividend has tripled, and this capital distribution further increases returns to shareholders.

“The Board believes that the return of capital distribution is the most efficient way to return these surplus funds to shareholders. Based on the current number of outstanding shares, this distribution represents approximately 14 cents per share13 for each tranche, or approximately 42 cents per share13 in total. In addition to the current quarterly dividend of 9 cents per share14, this distribution will provide shareholders with a significantly enhanced return in 2021,” said Shuttleworth.

The Board continues to review further returns to shareholders, which will be balanced and evaluated equally across other capital uses, including disciplined growth and debt management.

BARRICK DIGITAL MOVES FORWARD WITH KEY INITIATIVES

With the implementation of SAP S4 HANA at Nevada Gold Mines in 2020, Barrick laid one of the key foundations for its updated digital roadmap. As the remaining mines and regions bring SAP online in 2021, a major portion of the data used for operational and financial analysis will become standardized globally.

Having successfully implemented the financial consolidation process into OneStream during Q4, the next building block is a concurrent roll-out of a more agile financial planning system, also within the new OneStream application. The full integration of these two major platforms (SAP and OneStream) will enable much quicker insight into the group’s key cost drivers and enormously increase the potential for efficiency analysis, benchmarking and other value-added reporting.

Barrick’s Global Data Platform (GDP) is at the core of our digital strategy and drives the way in which data moves between different systems and enables improved visibility and decision making by managers.

“The Global Data Platform roadmap is built around visibility of business processes and automation of data currently collected in a more manual way,” says vice president group information technology Nico West.

“Projects have been prioritized starting with foundational work around the visibility of data, understanding and getting to grips with the complexities of disparate source systems. This allows us to work towards integration, automation and optimization using fit for purpose technologies at each step. Our investment approach to the GDP is to pick specific but varied pilot projects to demonstrate the success and value that the projects will deliver to Barrick, and grow the platform incrementally, rather than a big bang approach.”

Barrick’s approach to delivering digital innovation is to let subject matter experts from within the business functions drive the programs, as opposed to a centralized innovation office. They do this by taking responsibility for identifying opportunities, prioritizing roadmaps and providing key business sponsorship on selected projects. This has the benefit of ensuring tight ownership by the business and alignment with technology teams.

By using tried and tested technology in the Azure Cloud, which sources data from core applications, we are creating common data models that allow the business to standardize how applications integrate and share information, including daily, weekly and monthly reporting.

BUILDING A MULTI-CULTURAL, MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKFORCE ALIGNED TO A CHANGING WORLD

To build a modern mining business at the top of the field, we need the best people to run our portfolio of best-in-class assets, says group human resources executive Darian Rich.

To build a modern mining business at the top of the field, we need the best people to run our portfolio of best-in-class assets, says group human resources executive Darian Rich.

Barrick’s Human Capital Framework sets a clear path for recruiting, developing, assessing and rewarding our most valuable resource, our workforce. At the same time, we encourage employees to think and act like owners through our share ownership program.

This framework is anchored by our operating philosophy of meritocracy, where employees are selected and advance on the basis of their demonstrated abilities and merit. A modern mining business needs people who share its vision and its values and are entrepreneurial, agile, alive to technological and societal changes and profit oriented. Having the best minds and leadership are crucial to finding innovative and sustainable solutions to business challenges and embedding a high-performance culture.

At Barrick, we are building an effective multi-cultural and multi-generational workforce aligned to a changing world. There are many examples of employees whose first exposure to industry was through their hire and development at Barrick. The company has a long tradition of hiring locally for both operational and managerial roles: 97% of our workforce and over 80% of our management positions are hired locally. This policy leads to greater team effectiveness and workforce stability.

We strongly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce. We have operations in 13 countries and are committed to harnessing the talents, skills, and perspectives of a diverse workforce in each of them. We have embarked on a drive to recruit more young people and women. 10% of our workforce are women. We have concentrated on placing women in our university-sponsored and new graduate programs to increase the pool for future development and advancement.

We develop the company’s most promising employees to help build their leadership skills and to guide career advancement through tailored executive and management development programs developed in partnership with leading universities in Africa, Europe, and the US. Barrick recently partnered with the University of Miami in collaboration with Bacardi and Boston Scientific to design and launch a management development curriculum for our respective LATAM and AP leaders.

We offer training programs to develop a foundation of operational knowledge through our Compass Development and Young Professional Programs, which provide structured training and mentorship opportunities for early career technical employees. We have piloted the Barrick Greenfields Talent Program at Nevada Gold Mines which provides new engineering graduates with meaningful direct underground mining experience as a solid foundation for their mining engineer careers. Our Finance for Business Leaders program develops financial acumen across the organization to help our people have an ownership mindset and integrate financial and business needs into their everyday thinking. Our skills training programs are delivered in modules and updated based on equipment and mining methods used. We are implementing standards for trainers; better tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the training for new workers and assess trainees’ competencies once they have completed the training; and opportunities for ongoing and refresher training.

This year we strengthened our application of talent assessments to ensure employees are receiving quality feedback about their performance and demonstration of Barrick values. These talent reviews served as inputs for our succession planning. The executive team and key senior leaders held succession planning reviews to discuss our talent capability critical to drive business priorities across the regions and sites by ensuring we have the right skills in the right jobs. Succession slates were compiled, individual profiles were reviewed and follow up actions were identified as we assess the performance and potential of our employees and build individual development plans for our leaders and our high-potential talent pools.

Our compensation programs are an integral part of our Human Capital Framework. Our reward programs are designed to recognize safe production and cost management in our operations and our short- and long-term incentive programs reward individual and collective performance measured against business plan objectives. The performance measures that we have selected for our incentive plans reflect our accountability for delivering on sustainable value creation. A cornerstone of our compensation design is all Barrick senior leaders receive a significant portion of their compensation in shares tied to company performance which are held based on market-leading requirements.

TANZANIAN ASSETS DELIVER ON PRODUCTION GUIDANCE AS BARRICK CONTINUES TO UNLOCK VALUE

The North Mara and Bulyanhulu gold mines both produced near the top end of their production guidance in 2020, their first full year under Barrick’s management. Including Buzwagi, the Tanzanian assets delivered a combined output of 462,472 ounces for the year15.

The mines have been successfully revived, with North Mara delivering significant improvements and underground production restarted at Bulyanhulu. The mines, managed through the Twiga joint venture with the Government of Tanzania, paid a maiden dividend of $250 million in October 2020.

North Mara posted a record throughput in Q4 and Bulyanhulu recommenced processing of underground ore during the quarter. Bulyanhulu is scheduled to be in full production by the second half of 2021, when its ramp-up is completed. Both mines performed creditably on the health, safety and environmental front, with Bulyanhulu gaining ISO 14001 certification for the first time.

Speaking at a briefing for local media at the Bulyanhulu mine, Barrick president and chief executive Mark Bristow said the mines’ strong performance was the product of the speed and effectiveness with which the company’s Africa and Middle East regional team was unlocking the unrealized value of these assets, despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“These mines are now very different businesses. North Mara’s Life of Mine production profile has been vastly improved and implementation of its comprehensive water management plan is on track. Bulyanhulu’s resurrection was a particularly exceptional achievement, considering that both its shaft and plant had to be refurbished extensively. The new mine plan delivers a sustainable long-term value-driven operation,” Bristow said.

“We’re optimizing our 10-year plan to make the combined North Mara and Bulyanhulu mines the seventh Tier One16 complex in the Barrick portfolio by bringing them into the lower half of the industry’s cost curve. At the same time, the combined total of Mineral Resources for North Mara and Bulyanhulu grew, net of depletion, compared to 2019 on the back of fixing the legacy geological models and supporting data. Subsequently, the complete re-optimization of the mine plans for the potential Tier One complex is underway and is expected to deliver further growth. Concurrently, we continue to improve relations with our host communities, securing Barrick’s social licence to operate in Tanzania. Past grievances have been resolved and the remaining land legacy issues are being addressed. Fully functional community development committees have been established to focus on education, health, water and agribusiness, and 21 agribusiness groups from 11 villages are already being supported at North Mara. Barrick also proved its value as a partner through its tangible support for the government’s pandemic containment campaign.”

During 2020, Barrick invested $800 million in the Tanzanian economy in the form of taxes, permits, infrastructure development, salaries and payments to local suppliers. In line with its groupwide policy of employing host country nationals, the company continued to recruit locally, with over 600 new workers employed during the year at Bulyanhulu alone. Tanzanian nationals now make up 96% of the mines’ total workforce.

Capital and exploration expenditures exceeded $180 million for the year15, of which half related to growth projects, and this investment is continuing into 2021. Bristow said Tanzania’s large-scale mineralized systems held the potential for world-class discoveries and, in addition to brownfields exploration designed to increase and convert the existing mines’ resources, Barrick had also initiated greenfields programs to generate new targets.

TONGON GETS IT RIGHT

Barrick’s Tongon mine produced a total of 284,863 ounces of gold in 2020, at the top end of its guidance for the year15, driven by strong plant throughput with runtime setting a record of 95.2% in October. This improved throughput, combined with cost-reduction initiatives, had a positive impact on per ounce costs compared to 2019.

Addressing a group of local media at the mine, Barrick president and chief executive Mark Bristow said Tongon had to overcome enormous obstacles to achieve this exceptional performance. Built and commissioned in the midst of a civil war, it has since operated in a very unstable socio-political environment and has been impacted by a broad range of problems, including a mill fire, recurring technical issues and an erratic grid power supply.

“Despite all these challenges, Tongon has been consistently profitable and in 2020 again paid a $150 million dividend to its shareholders. It provided $1.2 million to the government to support its campaign against Covid-19 while implementing effective prevention measures at the mine to protect its people and the business. And it maintained its commitment to its host community with the installation and start-up of a number of income-generating projects,” Bristow said.

He noted that Tongon had the best safety record in the worldwide Barrick group. Until it suffered one lost-time injury on October 28, 2020, the mine had recorded more than 15 million lost-time injury-free work hours over 1,120 days. There were no Class 1 or 2 environmental incidents11 during the year and the mine retained its ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certifications.

Continued exploration and the conversion of resources to reserves have extended the life of the mine to 2023 and further opportunities for replacing reserves are being pursued.

In line with Barrick’s policy of supporting local business, Tongon spent $105 million – 66% of its total procurement budget – with Ivorian contractors and suppliers in 2020. Since Tongon poured its first gold in 2010, it has paid more than $1.6 billion into the Ivorian economy in the form of taxes, infrastructure development, salaries and payments to local suppliers.

KIBALI CONTINUES TO SHINE

The Barrick operated Kibali Joint Venture in the DRC produced 808,134 ounces of gold in 2020, achieving the top-end of production guidance for the year15.

This performance was driven by its underground operation which achieved record monthly and quarterly ore production in December and Q4 2020. Kibali is a world leader in automated underground mining, through systems that allow multiple autonomous machines to operate on the same haulage and production levels, and provide real-time visibility of all operations as well as automated control of the ventilation fans. Leading-edge technology is also being harnessed elsewhere at Kibali and the successful commissioning of an on-line particle size analyzer will optimize fine grinding on its ultrafine grind (UFG) mills.

Kibali has, since commissioning, consistently lowered its carbon emissions thanks to its three hydropower stations and the implementation of predictive maintenance monitoring at these plants will further minimize downtime. Its new battery-based reactive power support system has further reduced the mine’s reliance on back-up thermal power.

At the same time, Kibali has retained its focus on exploration and resource conversion and replaced the ounces depleted by mining, thus extending the life of the mine. Its open-pit operation is set up for a solid year with development of the access to the Sessenge orebody completed ahead of plan. A robust open-pit component has been included in the mine plan and will provide additional processing flexibility to the plant over the next 10 years.

Kibali retained its ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 safety and environmental accreditations. Effective Covid-19 prevention protocols also remain in place. Having donated more than $2 million to the DRC government in the form of equipment to support the national campaign against the pandemic, Kibali is currently partnering with the National Laboratory Institution in training medical staff to diagnose the disease.

Barrick president and chief executive Mark Bristow says the pandemic response has once again demonstrated the company’s value as a partner to its host countries and communities.

“While protecting our people and our business from the impact of Covid-19, we have continued to invest in community improvement projects, skills development programs to deliver more Congolese managers and technicians, and the implementation of the second phase of the Watsa/Durba concrete road construction. Kibali’s policy of supporting and mentoring local contractors and suppliers has created a new economic frontier in this remote region. Last year we spent more than $200 million with local businesses on services such as civil construction, roadworks, plant maintenance, trucking and catering,” he said.

Over the past 10 years, Kibali has pumped $3.4 billion into the Congolese economy in the form of taxes, permits, infrastructure, salaries and payments to local suppliers.

LOULO-GOUNKOTO BEATS GUIDANCE, REPLACED DEPLETED RESERVES

Barrick’s Loulo-Gounkoto mine complex delivered production of 680,215 ounces of gold in 2020, exceeding its full year guidance despite Covid-19 and other challenges15.

At the same time, it improved its safety performance, reducing its Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate9 by more than half compared to 2019 and achieving a lost-time injury-free year in its underground operations. The complex retained its ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 health, safety and environmental certifications.

The underground operations have reached a world-class level of automation, hard on the heels of pace-setter Kibali. The two existing underground mines, Yalea and Gara, will shortly be joined by a third when Gounkoto underground delivers its first ore tonnes planned for the second quarter of this year.

In another major technological advance, Loulo commissioned Barrick’s first solar power plant in the Africa and Middle East region, delivering 20MW of capacity into the microgrid. Projects scheduled for completion in 2021 include the commissioning of a water treatment plant, an expansion of power generating capacity and a powerline upgrade to support the new Gounkoto underground mine.

The complex continued to support and develop local businesses, spending more than $375 million with local contractors and suppliers in 2020. Its accelerator program, designed to equip budding businessmen and women with commercial skills, established 48 entrepreneurs and granted them credit totalling about $390,000. Loulo-Gounkoto’s local content program was further improved by the formation of a transport consortium which incorporates most of its existing Malian transport providers.

In a presentation to local media and stakeholders at the Loulo mine, Barrick president and chief executive Mark Bristow said that thanks to continuing successful exploration, the complex’s gold reserves were now larger than they had been 15 years ago, and indications were that it would once more have replaced ounces depleted by mining in 2020.

“The Loulo district lies at the heart of one of the world’s most prolific gold regions. Over the past 15 years, this has delivered more world-class discoveries than any other, and our extensive exploration programs are designed not only to replenish our reserves but to find our next Tier One16 mine,” he said.

Loulo and Gounkoto paid and declared combined dividends of $240 million for 2020. Over the past almost 24 years, Barrick and its legacy company Randgold Resources contributed $7.7 billion to Mali’s economy in the form of taxes, royalties, salaries and payments to local suppliers. Its annual contribution amounts to between 5% and 10% of the country’s GDP.

The company hosted Mali's minister of mines, Lamine Seydou Traore, and a delegation from his department who visited the mine and toured the operation with the Barrick team.

ESG: A CLEAR ROADMAP TOWARDS REALISTIC TARGETS

Long before the values now known collectively as ESG were promoted to a prime investment criterion, they were foundational to Randgold Resources and a significant factor in its success. Following the merger with Barrick, these principles were also embedded in the new business.

Barrick’s group sustainability executive, Grant Beringer, says the company’s commitment to ESG is not a form of virtue-signaling but a key component of its strategies and plans, designed to secure its social licence to operate, de-risk the business and leverage opportunities.

“This commitment is driven at the operational level, not set in a corporate office as part of a compliance exercise. This ensures that we are making constant improvements on the ground and can measure our progress accurately,” he says.

“Our partnership philosophy is central to Barrick’s ESG strategy. Our senior corporate and regional executives engage regularly with our host countries’ presidents, ministers, governors and community leaders. Each operational site has a fully functional community development committee, where Barrick acts not as an owner but as a participant, and where frank and open communication is encouraged. We also communicate regularly with our investment partners: last year, we had more than 30 meetings with shareholders where we kept them informed about our ESG progress and plans.”

Barrick’s sustainably profitable mines enable it to deliver on its promise to share the value they create with all stakeholders. They pay substantial taxes, have a locals-first employment policy, spend billions of dollars on goods and services procured from in-country suppliers, and last year invested more than $30 million in Covid-19 support for their host governments and communities.

On the environmental front, Barrick recognizes that climate change presents both risks and opportunities for the business. The company has a clear roadmap for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which is based on climate science and operational realities. It does not rely on mine closures, production cutbacks or the hopeful expectation of reductions by suppliers or governments. The ultimate aim is net zero emissions but the roadmap has landmarked targets towards this goal based on practical and available options. The company’s target is not static, however, and is constantly reviewed and updated as further reduction opportunities are identified and realized. The rapid development of battery technology looks particularly promising.

“Every one of our operations has an effective energy conversion management plan. During the past year, for example, Pueblo Viejo converted its Quisqueya power plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas, Kibali added battery energy storage to the grid to offset the cyclical load and reduce dependence on diesel generators in the wet season, and Loulo-Gounkoto commissioned a 20MW solar power plant,” says Beringer.

Future projects include Nevada Gold Mines’ conversion of its TS Power Plant to natural gas and the construction of a 200MW solar farm. Loulo-Gounkoto is doubling the capacity of its solar plant and Pueblo Viejo is switching its lime kiln from diesel to natural gas. The project to link Veladero in Argentina to the power grid in neighboring Chile, halted by the pandemic, is underway again. The Chilean grid has the largest renewable power component in the world.

“Transitioning to cleaner, more efficient energy sources is not only the right thing to do environmentally – power is the biggest cost factor in mining, so this also makes commercial sense,” says Beringer. And so our focus is not only about reducing the GHG emissions at our current operations but it’s about tracking and embracing new technology and innovation to ensure the new mines we build in the future are designed to be industry leading when it comes to power and other ESG measures.

BARRICK’S FIT-FOR-PURPOSE LEGAL TEAM

A global company with many moving parts needs a legal team with world-class expertise as well as an in-depth knowledge of the business and the jurisdictions in which it operates.

Following the merger, Barrick implemented a lean and fit-for-purpose legal management model capable of ensuring that the company moves forward successfully in an increasingly complex environment.

General counsel Rich Haddock’s small office is complemented by strong legal managers in each region. Each manager sources the best external legal advisors and integrates these outside resources into the internal teams. In addition to decades of experience, many of Barrick’s lawyers also have training or experience as geologists, mining engineers and environmental professionals.

The legal team is engaged at all levels of the business and at an early stage of all processes. It is deeply involved in corporate transactions such as the completion of the Nevada Gold Mines joint venture and the partnership with the government of Tanzania. It also plays a key part in operational matters, including permitting, human resources and labor relations, title and land management, and compliance.

The team has developed a deep expertise in dealing with resource nationalism, having worked in diverse jurisdictions to achieve successful outcomes, and is currently closely involved in the Porgera special mining lease negotiations. It is also playing a key part in resolving Barrick’s remaining legacy issues.

More generally, it follows trends and changes of laws and policies in the mining sector, positioning Barrick as the industry leaders in discussions and negotiations with mining authorities.

RESOURCES GROW AS FOCUS ON GEOLOGY DELIVERS DIVIDENDS

Attributable mineral reserves reflect a 76% replacement of depletion, with a consistent reserve grade maintained year-on-year, after adjustment for the disposal of Massawa. Similarly, excluding the impact of Massawa, the net reduction in reserves year-on-year is approximately 2%. Attributable group reserves, reported at $1,200/oz17, stand at 1,300 million tonnes at 1.66g/t for 68 million ounces12 of gold.

Armed with the introduction of on-site mineral resource management and an intensified focus on geology, Barrick has spent the two years since the Randgold merger improving knowledge of its orebodies. At the same time, it has transferred ownership and responsibility for the orebodies to the mines, empowering and integrating the on-site mineral resource, geology and planning teams.

Barrick’s mineral resource management and evaluation executive, Rod Quick, says the company has made significant progress in developing Life of Mine optimizations based on high-confidence geological models as well as operating plans, ounce profiles and cost forecasts.

“As our understanding of the orebodies increases, the potential for sustainable resource to reserves conversion will grow, but it will take time for the group to reach the replacement levels of the Africa and Middle East region,” Quick said.

Total attributable group gold resources increased in 2020, net of depletion and excluding the impact of the disposal of Massawa. Inclusive of reserves and reported at a gold price of $1,500/oz17, attributable measured and indicated resources stood at 3,300 million tonnes at 1.52g/t for 160 million ounces12, with a further 980 million tonnes at 1.4g/t for 43 million ounces12 in the inferred category.

Copper mineral reserves for 2020 are calculated using a copper price of $2.75 per pound and mineral resources are calculated at $3.50 per pound, both rates unchanged from 2019. Attributable measured and indicated copper resources were 25 billion pounds12 at an average grade of 0.36%, and inferred copper resources were 2.2 billion pounds12 at an average grade of 0.2%. Attributable proven and probable copper reserves were 13 billion pounds12 at an average grade of 0.39%.

For further details, please refer to the Reserves and Resources section of the MD&A in Barrick’s Q4 and year-end 2020 report.

TO BE GREAT, BE GLOBAL

The Covid-19 pandemic, perhaps more than anything else, has demonstrated that a world-class business has to have a global presence. It has also underlined the importance of real partnerships between a mining company and its stakeholders.

Three factors were key to Barrick’s effective management of the pandemic’s impact on its business and people. The first is the flat, decentralized and agile management structure introduced after the Randgold merger. Our managers literally live in our businesses and our senior corporate and regional executives visit them regularly. This meant quick, site-specific decision-making, within the guidance provided by the group’s global perspective, and the sharing of experience between operations. The African mines, for example, have dealt with several Ebola outbreaks while the North American ones have not had to contend with a crisis like Covid-19 for generations.

Second is our partnership philosophy. Barrick is a trusted ally to its host countries and communities, bonded to them in mutually rewarding relationships built up over years. This enabled us to work closely with them in devising and implementing their own pandemic containment campaigns. This cooperation included financial support as well as the provision of testing facilities and isolation centers and participation in Covid-19 crises committees.

The third is our demographic profile, which is dominated by host country nationals as a consequence of our robust policy of employing, training and promoting them. Their deep identification and familiarity with local conditions, cultures and creeds, is always invaluable to the business, but never more so than in a crisis.

“By being global, we diversify our risk and we leverage our experience across a range of jurisdictions to navigate dynamic operational environments,” says Catherine Raw, Barrick’s chief operating officer for the North America region.

“The depth of our local talent; the independence, agility and innovation of our operational leaders; and our commitment to being a good corporate citizen and a welcome neighbor – these have combined to ensure that we are delivering on our promises, progressing our strategy and adding value for all our stakeholders. To be great is to be global.”

Appendix 1

2021 Operating and Capital Expenditure Guidance

GOLD PRODUCTION AND COSTS
 2021 forecast attributable
production (000s ozs)
2021 forecast cost of
sales6 ($/oz)
2021 forecast total cash
costs1 ($/oz)
2021 forecast all-in
sustaining costs1 ($/oz)
Carlin (61.5%)18940 - 1,000920 - 970740 - 7901,050 - 1,100
Cortez (61.5%)500 - 5501,000 - 1,050700 - 750940 - 990
Turquoise Ridge (61.5%)390 - 440950 - 1,000620 - 670810 - 860
Phoenix (61.5%)100 - 1201,800 - 1,850725 - 775970 - 1,020
Long Canyon (61.5%)140 - 160800 - 850180 - 230240 - 290
Nevada Gold Mines (61.5%)2,100 - 2,250980 - 1,030660 - 710910 - 960
Hemlo200 - 2201,200 - 1,250950 - 1,0001,280 - 1,330
North America2,300 - 2,450990 - 1,040690 - 740940 - 990
     
Pueblo Viejo (60%)470 - 510880 - 930520 - 570760 - 810
Veladero (50%)130 - 1501,510 - 1,560820 - 8701,720 - 1,770
Porgera (47.5%)19
Latin America & Asia Pacific600 - 6601,050 - 1,100600 - 6501,000 - 1,050
     
Loulo-Gounkoto (80%)510 - 560980 - 1,030630 - 680930 - 980
Kibali (45%)350 - 380990 - 1,040590 - 640800 - 850
North Mara240 - 270970 - 1,020740 - 790960 - 1,010
Tongon (89.7%)180 - 2001,470 - 1,5201,000 - 1,0501,140 - 1,190
Bulyanhulu170 - 200980 - 1,030580 - 630810 - 860
Buzwagi30 - 401,360 - 1,4101,250 - 1,3001,230 - 1,280
Africa & Middle East1,500 - 1,6001,050 - 1,100690 - 740920 - 970
     
Total Attributable to Barrick20,21,224,400 - 4,7001,020 - 1,070680 - 730970 - 1,020
     
COPPER PRODUCTION AND COSTS
 2021 forecast attributable
production (M lbs)
2021 forecast cost of
sales6 ($/lb)
2021 forecast C1 cash
costs8 ($/lb)
2021 forecast all-in
sustaining costs8 ($/lb)
  Lumwana250 - 2801.85 - 2.051.45 - 1.652.25 - 2.45
  Zaldívar (50%)90 - 1102.30 - 2.501.65 - 1.851.90 - 2.10
 Jabal Sayid (50%)70 - 801.40 - 1.601.10 - 1.301.30 - 1.50
Total Copper22410 - 4601.90 - 2.101.40 - 1.602.00 - 2.20
     
ATTRIBUTABLE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES   
 (millions)  
Attributable Minesite Sustaining1,250 - 1,450  
Attributable Project550 - 650  
Total Attributable Capital Expenditures231,800 - 2,100  

2021 OUTLOOK ASSUMPTIONS AND ECONOMIC SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS

 2021 guidance assumptionHypothetical changeImpact on EBITDA24 (millions)Impact on TCC, C1 cash costs and AISC1,8
Gold price sensitivity$1,700/oz+/- $100/oz+/- $620+/-$4/oz
Copper price sensitivity$2.75/lb+/- $0.25/lb+/- $60+/- $0.01/lb


 

Appendix 2
Production and Cost Summary - Gold

 For the three months ended 
For the years ended
 12/31/20 9/30/2020 Change 12/31/20 12/31/2019 Change 
Nevada Gold Mines (61.5%)a            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)546 538 1%2,131 2,218 (4%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)885 875 1%3,467 2,967 17%
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,007 1,060 (5%)1,029 924 11%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b667 723 (8%)702 634 11%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b873 956 (9%)941 828 14%
Carlin (61.5%)c            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)260 276 (6%)1,024 968 6%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)422 448 (6%)1,665 1,315 27%
Cost of sales ($/oz)917 985 (7%)976 1,004 (3%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b740 800 (8%)790 746 6%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b1,005 1,036 (3%)1,041 984 6%
Cortez (61.5%)d            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)118 113 4%491 801 (39%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)191 184 4%799 963 (17%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,043 1,060 (2%)957 762 26%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b738 763 (3%)678 515 32%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b906 1,133 (20%)998 651 53%
Turquoise Ridge (61.5%)e            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)91 76 20%330 335 (2%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)147 124 20%537 504 7%
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,064 1,097 (3%)1,064 846 26%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b687 745 (8%)711 585 22%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b757 805 (6%)798 732 9%
Phoenix (61.5%)f            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)26 30 (13%)126 56 125%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)42 49 (13%)205 91 125%
Cost of sales ($/oz)2,054 1,773 16%1,772 2,093 (15%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b590 520 13%649 947 (31%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b670 659 2%814 1,282 (37%)
Long Canyon (61.5%)f            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)51 43 19%160 58 176%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)83 70 19%261 94 176%
Cost of sales ($/oz)674 877 (23%)869 1,088 (20%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b145 212 (32%)236 333 (29%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b324 384 (16%)405 681 (41%)
Pueblo Viejo (60%)            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)159 129 23%542 590 (8%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)265 215 23%903 983 (8%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)803 791 2%819 747 10%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b493 450 9%504 471 7%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b689 609 13%660 592 12%
Loulo-Gounkoto (80%)            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)123 139 (12%)544 572 (5%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)153 174 (12%)680 715 (5%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,149 1,088 6%1,060 1,044 2%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b734 682 8%666 634 5%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b923 1,161 (21%)1,006 886 14%
Kibali (45%)            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)92 91 1%364 366 (1%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)205 203 1%808 813 (1%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,163 1,088 7%1,091 1,111 (2%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b616 617 0%608 568 7%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b783 817 (4%)778 693 12%
Veladero (50%)            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)58 44 31%226 274 (18%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)116 89 31%452 548 (18%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,074 1,136 (5%)1,151 1,188 (3%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b698 708 (1%)748 734 2%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b1,428 1,159 23%1,308 1,105 18%
Porgera (47.5%)g            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)   86 284 (70%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)   181 597 (70%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)   1,225 994 23%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b   928 838 11%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b   1,115 1,003 11%
Tongon (89.7%)            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)66 64 3%255 245 4%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)73 71 3%284 273 4%
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,371 1,329 3%1,334 1,469 (9%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b810 731 11%747 787 (5%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b853 777 10%791 844 (6%)
Hemlo            
Gold produced (000s oz)57 55 4%223 213 5%
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,379 1,257 10%1,256 1,137 10%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b1,104 1,099 0%1,056 904 17%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b1,464 1,497 (2%)1,423 1,140 25%
North Marah            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)61 67 (9%)261 251 4%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)73 80 (9%)311 334 (7%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,073 903 19%992 953 4%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b799 649 23%702 646 9%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b989 758 30%929 802 16%
Buzwagih            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)21 21 0%84 83 1%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)25 25 0%100 115 (13%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,314 907 45%1,021 1,240 (18%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b1,267 687 84%859 1,156 (26%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b1,283 693 85%871 1,178 (26%)
Bulyanhuluh            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)23 7 229%44 27 63%
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)27 8 229%52 37 41%
Cost of sales ($/oz)1,181 1,502 (21%)1,499 1,207 24%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b610 874 (30%)832 676 23%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b664 913 (27%)895 773 16%
Kalgoorlie (50%)i            
Gold produced (000s oz attributable basis)        206 (100%)
Gold produced (000s oz 100% basis)        413 (100%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)        1,062 (100%)
Total cash costs ($/oz)b        873 (100%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b        1,183 (100%)
Total Attributable to Barrickj            
Gold produced (000s oz)1,206 1,155 4%4,760 5,465 (13%)
Cost of sales ($/oz)k1,065 1,065 0%1,056 1,005 5%
Total cash costs ($/oz)b692 696 (1%)699 671 4%
All-in sustaining costs ($/oz)b929 966 (4%)967 894 8%
  1. Represents the combined results of Cortez, Goldstrike (including our 60% share of South Arturo) and our 75% interest in Turquoise Ridge until June 30, 2019. Commencing July 1, 2019, the date Nevada Gold Mines was established, the results represent our 61.5% interest in Cortez, Carlin (including Goldstrike and 60% of South Arturo), Turquoise Ridge (including Twin Creeks), Phoenix and Long Canyon.
  2. These are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For further information and a detailed reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure used in this section of the press release to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, please see the endnotes to this press release.
  3. On July 1, 2019, Barrick's Goldstrike and Newmont's Carlin were contributed to Nevada Gold Mines and are now referred to as Carlin. As a result, the amounts presented represent Goldstrike on a 100% basis (including our 60% share of South Arturo) up until June 30, 2019, and the combined results of Carlin and Goldstrike (including our 60% share of South Arturo) on a 61.5% basis thereafter.
  4. On July 1, 2019, Cortez was contributed to Nevada Gold Mines, a joint venture with Newmont. As a result, the amounts presented are on a 100% basis up until June 30, 2019, and on a 61.5% basis thereafter.
  5. Barrick owned 75% of Turquoise Ridge through to the end of the second quarter of 2019, with our joint venture partner, Newmont, owning the remaining 25%. Turquoise Ridge was proportionately consolidated on the basis that the joint venture partners that have joint control have rights to the assets and obligations for the liabilities relating to the arrangement. The figures presented in this table are based on our 75% interest in Turquoise Ridge until June 30, 2019. On July 1, 2019, Barrick's 75% interest in Turquoise Ridge and Newmont's Twin Creeks and 25% interest in Turquoise Ridge were contributed to Nevada Gold Mines. Starting July 1, 2019, the results represent our 61.5% share of Turquoise Ridge and Twin Creeks, now referred to as Turquoise Ridge.
  6. A 61.5% interest in these sites was acquired as a result of the formation of Nevada Gold Mines on July 1, 2019.
  7. As Porgera was placed on care and maintenance on April 25, 2020, no operating data or per ounce data has been provided starting the third quarter of 2020.
  8. Formerly part of Acacia Mining plc. On September 17, 2019, Barrick acquired all of the shares of Acacia it did not own. Operating results are included at 63.9% until September 30, 2019 (notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience), on a 100% basis from October 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, and on an 84% basis thereafter as the GoT’s 16% free-carried interest was made effective from January 1, 2020.
  9. On November 28, 2019, we completed the sale of our 50% interest in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited for total cash consideration of $750 million. Accordingly, the amounts presented represent our 50% interest until November 28, 2019.
  10. Excludes Pierina, Golden Sunlight starting in the third quarter of 2019, Morila (40%) starting in the third quarter of 2019 up until its divestiture in November 2020, and Lagunas Norte starting in the fourth quarter of 2019. These assets are producing incidental ounces as they reach the end of their mine lives.
  11. Cost of sales per ounce (Barrick’s share) is calculated as cost of sales - gold on an attributable basis (excluding sites in care and maintenance) divided by gold equity ounces sold.

Production and Cost Summary - Copper

 For the three months endedFor the years ended
 12/31/209/30/2020Change12/31/2012/31/19Change
Lumwana      
Copper production (millions lbs)78 62 26%276238 16%
Cost of sales ($/lb)1.96 2.06 (5%)2.012.13 (6%)
C1 cash costs ($/lb)a1.58 1.49 6%1.561.79 (13%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a2.60 2.58 1%2.433.04 (20%)
Zaldívar (50%)      
Copper production (millions lbs attributable basis)23 24 (4%)106128 (17%)
Copper produced (millions lbs 100% basis)46 48 (4%)212256 (17%)
Cost of sales ($/lb)2.68 2.20 22%2.462.46 0%
C1 cash costs ($/lb)a2.01 1.64 23%1.791.77 1%
All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a2.70 2.27 19%2.252.15 5%
Jabal Sayid (50%)      
Copper production (millions lbs attributable basis)18 17 6%7566 14%
Copper produced (millions lbs 100% basis)36 34 6%150132 14%
Cost of sales ($/lb)1.53 1.43 7%1.421.53 (7%)
C1 cash costs ($/lb)a1.15 1.14 1%1.111.26 (12%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a1.27 1.17 9%1.241.51 (18%)
Total Copper      
Copper production (millions lbs)119 103 16%457432 6%
Cost of sales ($/lb)b2.06 1.97 5%2.022.14 (6%)
C1 cash costs ($/lb)a1.61 1.45 11%1.541.69 (9%)
All-in sustaining costs ($/lb)a2.42 2.31 5%2.232.52 (12%)
  1. These are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For further information and a detailed reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure used in this section of the press release to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, please see the endnotes to this press release.
  2. Cost of sales per pound (Barrick’s share) is calculated as cost of sales - copper plus our equity share of cost of sales attributable to Zaldívar and Jabal Sayid divided by copper pounds sold.

Technical Information

The scientific and technical information contained in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Steven Yopps, MMSA, Manager of Growth Projects, Nevada Gold Mines; Craig Fiddes, SME-RM, Manager – Resource Modeling, Nevada Gold Mines; Chad Yuhasz, P.Geo, Mineral Resource Manager, Latin America & Asia Pacific; Simon Bottoms, CGeol, MGeol, FGS, FAusIMM, Mineral Resources Manager: Africa & Middle East; Rodney Quick, MSc, Pr. Sci.Nat, Mineral Resource Management and Evaluation Executive; John Steele, CIM, Metallurgy, Engineering and Capital Projects Executive; and Rob Krcmarov, FAusIMM, Executive Vice President, Exploration and Growth — each a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

All mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates are estimated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Unless otherwise noted, such mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates are as of December 31, 2020.

Endnotes

Endnote 1

“Total cash costs” per ounce, “All-in sustaining costs” per ounce and "All-in costs" per ounce are non-GAAP financial performance measures. “Total cash costs” per ounce starts with cost of sales related to gold production and removes depreciation, the non-controlling interest of cost of sales, and includes by product credits. “All-in sustaining costs” per ounce start with “Total cash costs” per ounce and add further costs which reflect the expenditures made to maintain current production levels, primarily sustaining capital expenditures, sustaining leases, general & administrative costs, minesite exploration and evaluation costs, and reclamation cost accretion and amortization. "All-in costs" per ounce starts with "All-in sustaining costs" per ounce and adds additional costs that reflect the varying costs of producing gold over the life-cycle of a mine, including: project capital expenditures and other non-sustaining costs. Barrick believes that the use of “Total cash costs” per ounce, “All-in sustaining costs” per ounce and "All-in costs" per ounce will assist investors, analysts and other stakeholders in understanding the costs associated with producing gold, understanding the economics of gold mining, assessing our operating performance and also our ability to generate free cash flow from current operations and to generate free cash flow on an overall Company basis. “Total cash costs” per ounce, “All-in sustaining costs” per ounce and "All-in costs" per ounce are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS. Although a standardized definition of all-in sustaining costs was published in 2013 by the World Gold Council (a market development organization for the gold industry comprised of and funded by gold mining companies from around the world, including Barrick), it is not a regulatory organization, and other companies may calculate this measure differently. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick’s financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Reconciliation of Gold Cost of Sales to Total cash costs, All-in sustaining costs and All-in costs, including on a per ounce basis

  For the three months ended For the years ended
($ millions, except per ounce information in dollars)Footnote12/31/209/30/20 12/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
Cost of sales applicable to gold production 1,681 1,768  6,832 6,514 4,621 
Depreciation (495)(508) (1,975)(1,902)(1,253)
Cash cost of sales applicable to equity method investments 69 53  222 226 0 
By-product credits (56)(84) (228)(138)(131)
Realized (gains) losses on hedge and non-hedge derivativesa(1)0  0 1 3 
Non-recurring itemsb1 0  1 (55)(172)
Otherc(55)(24) (129)(102)(87)
Non-controlling interestsd(323)(337) (1,312)(878)(313)
Total cash costs 821 868  3,411 3,666 2,668 
General & administrative costs 24 50  185 212 265 
Minesite exploration and evaluation costse22 19  79 69 45 
Minesite sustaining capital expendituresf354 415  1,559 1,320 975 
Sustaining leases 12 9  31 27 0 
Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization (operating sites)g11 13  46 65 81 
Non-controlling interest, copper operations and otherh(142)(166) (594)(470)(374)
All-in sustaining costs 1,102 1,208  4,717 4,889 3,660 
Project exploration and evaluation and project costse52 53  216 273 338 
Community relations costs not related to current operations 0 0  1 2 4 
Project capital expendituresf184 126  471 370 459 
Non-sustaining leases 4 0  4 0 0 
Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization (non-operating sites)g4 3  10 22 33 
Non-controlling interest and copper operations and otherh(61)(47) (157)(105)(21)
All-in costs 1,285 1,343  5,262 5,451 4,473 
Ounces sold - equity basis (000s ounces)i1,186 1,249  4,879 5,467 4,544 
Cost of sales per ouncej,k1,065 1,065  1,056 1,005 892 
Total cash costs per ouncek692 696  699 671 588 
Total cash costs per ounce (on a co-product basis)k,l718 742  727 689 607 
All-in sustaining costs per ouncek929 966  967 894 806 
All-in sustaining costs per ounce (on a co-product basis)k,l955 1,012  995 912 825 
All-in costs per ouncek1,083 1,076  1,079 996 985 
All-in costs per ounce (on a co-product basis)k,l1,109 1,122  1,107 1,014 1,004 
  1. Realized (gains) losses on hedge and non-hedge derivatives
    Includes realized hedge losses of $nil and $nil for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively (September 30, 2020: $nil; 2019: $nil; 2018: $4 million), and realized non-hedge gains of $1 million and $nil for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, respectively (September 30, 2020: $nil; 2019: gains of $1 million; 2018: gains of $1 million). Refer to note 5 to the Financial Statements for further information.

  2. Non-recurring items
    These costs are not indicative of our cost of production and have been excluded from the calculation of total cash costs. Non-recurring items in 2019 relate to organizational restructuring. In 2018, non-recurring items mainly relate to inventory impairment of $166 million at Lagunas Norte.

  3. Other
    Other adjustments for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 include the removal of total cash costs and by-product credits associated with Pierina, Golden Sunlight starting in the third quarter of 2019, Morila starting in the third quarter of 2019 up until its divestiture in November 2020, and Lagunas Norte starting in the fourth quarter of 2019 of $26 million and $104 million, respectively (September 30, 2020: $27 million; 2019: $92 million; 2018: $87 million). These assets are producing incidental ounces as they reach the end of their mine lives.

  4. Non-controlling interests
    Non-controlling interests include non-controlling interests related to gold production of $490 million and $1,959 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $508 million; 2019: $1,306 million; 2018: $453 million). Non-controlling interests include Pueblo Viejo; North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi (until September 30, 2019, notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience; and from January 1, 2020 onwards, the date the GoT’s 16% free carried interest was made effective). Commencing January 1, 2019, the effective date of the Merger, the non-controlling interests also include Loulo-Gounkoto and Tongon and starting July 1, 2019, it also includes Nevada Gold Mines. Refer to note 5 to the Financial Statements for further information.

  5. Exploration and evaluation costs
    Exploration, evaluation and project expenses are presented as minesite if it supports current mine operations and project if it relates to future projects. Refer to page 88 of the Q4 2020 MD&A.

  6. Capital expenditures
    Capital expenditures are related to our gold sites only and are presented on a 100% cash basis starting from January 1, 2019 and on a 100% accrued basis for 2018. They are split between minesite sustaining and project capital expenditures. Project capital expenditures are distinct projects designed to increase the net present value of the mine and are not related to current production. Significant projects in the current year are the expansion project at Pueblo Viejo, the Goldrush exploration declines, the restart of mining activities at Bulyanhulu, and construction of the third shaft at Turquoise Ridge. Refer to page 87 of the Q4 2020 MD&A.

  7. Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization
    Includes depreciation on the assets related to rehabilitation provisions of our gold operations and accretion on the rehabilitation provisions of our gold operations, split between operating and non-operating sites.

  8. Non-controlling interest and copper operations
    Removes general & administrative costs related to non-controlling interests and copper based on a percentage allocation of revenue. Also removes exploration, evaluation and project expenses, rehabilitation costs and capital expenditures incurred by our copper sites and the non-controlling interest of North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi (until September 30, 2019 notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience; and from January 1, 2020 onwards, the date the GoT’s 16% free carried interest was made effective), Pueblo Viejo and South Arturo (63.1% of South Arturo from July 1, 2019 onwards as a result of its contribution to Nevada Gold Mines). Commencing January 1, 2019, the effective date of the Merger, also removes the non-controlling interest of our Loulo-Gounkoto and Tongon. Also removes Nevada Gold Mines starting July 1, 2019. It also includes capital expenditures applicable to equity method investments. Figures remove the impact of Pierina, Golden Sunlight starting the third quarter of 2019, Morila starting in the third quarter of 2019 up until its divestiture in November 2020, and Lagunas Norte starting in the fourth quarter of 2019. The impact is summarized as the following:
($ millions)For the three months endedFor the years ended
Non-controlling interest, copper operations and other12/31/209/30/2012/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
General & administrative costs(5)(6)(25)(58)(104)
Minesite exploration and evaluation costs(9)(5)(25)(16)(3)
Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization (operating sites)(3)(3)(14)(13)(6)
Minesite sustaining capital expenditures(125)(152)(530)(383)(261)
All-in sustaining costs total(142)(166)(594)(470)(374)
Project exploration and evaluation and project costs(6)(9)(25)(54)(16)
Project capital expenditures(55)(38)(132)(51)(5)
All-in costs total(61)(47)(157)(105)(21)


 i.Ounces sold - equity basis
  Figures remove the impact of Pierina, Golden Sunlight starting in the third quarter of 2019, Morila starting in the third quarter of 2019 up until its divestiture in November 2020, and Lagunas Norte starting in the fourth quarter of 2019. These assets are producing incidental ounces as they reach the end of their mine lives.
   
 j.Cost of sales per ounce
  Figures remove the cost of sales impact of Pierina of $4 million and $18 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $4 million; 2019: $113 million; 2018: $116 million); starting in the third quarter of 2019, Golden Sunlight of $nil and $nil, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $nil; 2019: $1 million; 2018: $nil); starting in the third quarter of 2019 up until its divestiture in November 2020, Morila of $2 million and $22 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $7 million; 2019: $23 million; 2018: $nil); and starting in the fourth quarter of 2019, Lagunas Norte of $26 million and $92 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $22 million; 2019: $26 million; 2018: $nil). These assets are producing incidental ounces as they reach the end of their mine lives. Cost of sales per ounce excludes non-controlling interest related to gold production. Cost of sales applicable to gold per ounce is calculated using cost of sales applicable to gold on an attributable basis (removing the non-controlling interest of 40% Pueblo Viejo, 16% North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi starting January 1, 2020, the date the GoT’s 16% free carried interest was made effective (36.1% from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019; notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience); and 63.1% South Arturo from cost of sales from July 1, 2019 onwards as a result of its contribution to Nevada Gold Mines (and on a 40% basis from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), divided by attributable gold ounces. Commencing January 1, 2019, the effective date of the Merger, the non-controlling interest of 20% Loulo-Gounkoto and 10.3% Tongon is also removed from cost of sales and our proportionate share of cost of sales attributable to equity method investments (Kibali, and Morila until the second quarter of 2019) is included. Cost of sales applicable to gold per ounce also removes the non-controlling interest of 38.5% Nevada Gold Mines from July 1, 2019 onwards.
   
 k.Per ounce figures
  Cost of sales per ounce, cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs per ounce and all-in costs per ounce may not calculate based on amounts presented in this table due to rounding.
   
 l.Co-product costs per ounce
  Cash costs per ounce, all-in sustaining costs per ounce and all-in costs per ounce presented on a co-product basis remove the impact of by-product credits of our gold production (net of non-controlling interest) calculated as:


($ millions)For the three months endedFor the years ended
 12/31/209/30/2012/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
By-product credits56 84  228 138 131 
Non-controlling interest(27)(29) (92)(48)(45)
By-product credits (net of non-controlling interest)29 55  136 90 86 

Endnote 2

“Free cash flow” is a non-GAAP financial performance measure that deducts capital expenditures from net cash provided by operating activities. Barrick believes this to be a useful indicator of our ability to operate without reliance on additional borrowing or usage of existing cash. Free cash flow is intended to provide additional information only and does not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. Free cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on this non-GAAP measure are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick’s financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow 

 For the three months ended For the years ended
($ millions)12/31/209/30/20 12/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
Net cash provided by operating activities1,638 1,859  5,417 2,833 1,765 
Capital expenditures(546)(548) (2,054)(1,701)(1,400)
Free cash flow1,092 1,311  3,363 1,132 365 

Endnote 3

“Adjusted net earnings” and “adjusted net earnings per share” are non-GAAP financial performance measures. Adjusted net earnings excludes the following from net earnings: certain impairment charges (reversals) related to intangibles, goodwill, property, plant and equipment, and investments; gains (losses) and other one-time costs relating to acquisitions or dispositions; foreign currency translation gains (losses); significant tax adjustments not related to current period earnings; and the tax effect and non-controlling interest of these items. The Company uses this measure internally to evaluate our underlying operating performance for the reporting periods presented and to assist with the planning and forecasting of future operating results. Barrick believes that adjusted net earnings is a useful measure of our performance because these adjusting items do not reflect the underlying operating performance of our core mining business and are not necessarily indicative of future operating results. Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. They should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick’s financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Earnings per Share, Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Net Earnings per Share

 For the three months ended For the years ended
($ millions, except per share amounts in dollars)12/31/209/30/20 12/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
Net earnings (loss) attributable to equity holders of the Company685 882  2,324 3,969 (1,545)
Impairment charges (reversals) related to long-lived assetsa40 4  (269)(1,423)900 
Acquisition/disposition (gains) lossesb(126)(2) (180)(2,327)(68)
(Gain) loss on currency translation16 16  50 109 136 
Significant tax adjustmentsc(2)(66) (119)34 742 
Other (income) expense adjustmentsd15 (90) 71 (687)366 
Unrealized gains (losses) on non-hedge derivative instruments0 0  0 0 1 
Tax effect and non-controlling intereste(12)(18) 165 1,227 (123)
Adjusted net earnings616 726  2,042 902 409 
Net earnings (loss) per sharef0.39 0.50  1.31 2.26 (1.32)
Adjusted net earnings per sharef0.35 0.41  1.15 0.51 0.35 
  1. Net impairment reversals for the current year primarily relate to non-current asset reversals at our Tanzanian assets. Net impairment charges for 2019 primarily relate to non-current asset reversals at Lumwana and Pueblo Viejo, partially offset by impairment charges at Pascua-Lama.

  2. Acquisition/disposition gains for the current year primarily relate to the gain on the sale of Eskay Creek, Morila and Bullfrog in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was further impacted by the sale of Massawa in the first quarter of 2020. Acquisition/disposition gains for 2019 primarily relate to the gain on the remeasurement of Turquoise Ridge to fair value as a result of its contribution to Nevada Gold Mines and the gain on sale of our 50% interest in Kalgoorlie.

  3. Significant tax adjustments in the current year primarily relate to deferred tax recoveries as a result of tax reform measures in Argentina and adjustments made in recognition of the net settlement of all outstanding disputes with the GoT. Significant tax adjustments for 2018 primarily relate to the de-recognition of our Canadian and Peruvian deferred tax assets.

  4. Other expense adjustments for the current year primarily relate to the impact of changes in the discount rate assumptions on our closed mine rehabilitation provision, care and maintenance expenses at Porgera and donations related to Covid-19, partially offset by the gain on the remeasurement of the residual cash liability relating to our silver sale agreement with Wheaton. Other expense adjustments for 2019 primarily relate to the gain on the de-recognition of the deferred revenue liability relating to our silver sale agreement with Wheaton and the gain on a settlement of customs duty and indirect taxes at Lumwana.

  5. Tax effect and non-controlling interest for the current year primarily relates to the impairment charges related to long-lived assets.

  6. Calculated using weighted average number of shares outstanding under the basic method of earnings per share.

Endnote 4

“Realized price” is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes from sales: unrealized gains and losses on non-hedge derivative contracts; unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses on provisional pricing from copper and gold sales contracts; sales attributable to ore purchase arrangements; treatment and refining charges; export duties; and cumulative catch-up adjustments to revenue relating to our streaming arrangements. This measure is intended to enable Management to better understand the price realized in each reporting period for gold and copper sales because unrealized mark-to-market values of non-hedge gold and copper derivatives are subject to change each period due to changes in market factors such as market and forward gold and copper prices, so that prices ultimately realized may differ from those recorded. The exclusion of such unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses from the presentation of this performance measure enables investors to understand performance based on the realized proceeds of selling gold and copper production. The realized price measure is intended to provide additional information and does not have any standardized definition under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick’s financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Reconciliation of Sales to Realized Price per ounce/pound

 For the three months endedFor the years ended
($ millions, except per ounce/pound information in dollars)GoldCopperGoldCopper
 12/31/209/30/2012/31/209/30/2012/31/2012/31/1912/31/1812/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
Sales3,028 3,237 19521911,670 9,186 6,600 697393512
Sales applicable to non-controlling interests(934)(967)00(3,494)(1,981)(734)000
Sales applicable to equity method investmentsa,b168 183 135121648 543 0 483492442
Realized non-hedge gold/copper derivative (losses) gains0 0 000 1 2 000
Sales applicable to sites in care and maintenancec(41)(53)00(170)(140)(111)000
Treatment and refinement charges1 4 39397 0 1 15799144
Export duties0 0 000 0 (1)000
Otherd(1)0 0013 22 12 000
Revenues – as adjusted2,221 2,404 3693798,674 7,631 5,769 1,3379841,098
Ounces/pounds sold (000s ounces/millions pounds)c1,186 1,249 1081164,879 5,467 4,544 457355382
Realized gold/copper price per ounce/pounde1,871 1,926 3.393.281,778 1.396 1,270 2.922.772.88
  1. Represents sales of $168 million and $648 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $176 million; 2019: $505 million; 2018: $nil) applicable to our 45% equity method investment in Kibali and $nil and $nil, respectively (September 30, 2020: $nil; 2019: $39 million; 2018: $nil) applicable to our 40% equity method investment in Morila for gold. Represents sales of $82 million and $298 million, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020 (September 30, 2020: $66 million; 2019: $343 million; 2018: $300 million) applicable to our 50% equity method investment in Zaldívar and $59 million and $204 million, respectively (September 30, 2020: $59 million; 2019: $168 million; 2018: $161 million) applicable to our 50% equity method investment in Jabal Sayid.

  2. Sales applicable to equity method investments are net of treatment and refinement charges.

  3. Figures exclude Pierina, Golden Sunlight starting in the third quarter of 2019, Morila starting in the third quarter of 2019 up until its divestiture in November 2020, and Lagunas Norte starting in the fourth quarter of 2019 from the calculation of realized price per ounce. These assets are producing incidental ounces as they reach the end of their mine lives.

  4. Represents cumulative catch-up adjustment to revenue relating to our streaming arrangements. Refer to note 2f to the Financial Statements for more information.

  5. Realized price per ounce/pound may not calculate based on amounts presented in this table due to rounding.

Endnote 5

Includes North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi on a 84% basis starting January 1, 2020 (and on a 63.9% basis from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019; notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience; and on a 100% basis from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019), Pueblo Viejo on a 60% basis, South Arturo on a 36.9% basis from July 1, 2019 onwards as a result of the contribution to Nevada Gold Mines (and on a 60% basis from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), and Veladero on a 50% basis, which reflects our equity share of production and sales. Commencing on January 1, 2019, the effective date of the merger with Randgold Resources Limited (the “Merger”), also includes Loulo-Gounkoto on an 80% basis, Kibali on a 45% basis, Tongon on an 89.7% basis, and Morila on a 40% basis until the second quarter of 2019. Also removes the non-controlling interest of 38.5% Nevada Gold Mines from July 1, 2019 onwards.

Endnote 6

Cost of sales applicable to gold per ounce is calculated using cost of sales applicable to gold on an attributable basis (removing the non-controlling interest of 40% Pueblo Viejo, 16% North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi starting January 1, 2020, the date the GoT’s 16% free carried interest was made effective (36.1% from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019; notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience); and 63.1% South Arturo from cost of sales from July 1, 2019 onwards as a result of its contribution to Nevada Gold Mines (and on a 40% basis from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), divided by attributable gold ounces. Commencing January 1, 2019, the effective date of the Merger, the non-controlling interest of 20% Loulo-Gounkoto and 10.3% Tongon is also removed from cost of sales and our proportionate share of cost of sales attributable to equity method investments (Kibali, and Morila until the second quarter of 2019) is included. Cost of sales applicable to gold per ounce also removes the non-controlling interest of 38.5% Nevada Gold Mines from July 1, 2019 onwards. Cost of sales applicable to copper per pound is calculated using cost of sales applicable to copper including our proportionate share of cost of sales attributable to equity method investments (Zaldívar and Jabal Sayid), divided by consolidated copper pounds (including our proportionate share of copper pounds from our equity method investments).

Endnote 7

Amounts reflect production and sales from Jabal Sayid and Zaldívar on a 50% basis, which reflects our equity share of production, and Lumwana.

Endnote 8

“C1 cash costs” per pound and “All-in sustaining costs” per pound are non-GAAP financial performance measures. “C1 cash costs” per pound is based on cost of sales but excludes the impact of depreciation and royalties and production taxes and includes treatment and refinement charges. “All-in sustaining costs” per pound begins with “C1 cash costs” per pound and adds further costs which reflect the additional costs of operating a mine, primarily sustaining capital expenditures, general & administrative costs and royalties and production taxes. Barrick believes that the use of “C1 cash costs” per pound and “all-in sustaining costs” per pound will assist investors, analysts, and other stakeholders in understanding the costs associated with producing copper, understanding the economics of copper mining, assessing our operating performance, and also our ability to generate free cash flow from current operations and to generate free cash flow on an overall Company basis. “C1 cash costs” per pound and “All-in sustaining costs” per pound are intended to provide additional information only, do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS, and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick’s financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Reconciliation of Copper Cost of Sales to C1 cash costs and All-in sustaining costs, including on a per pound basis

 For the three months ended For the years ended
($ millions, except per pound information in dollars)12/31/209/30/20 12/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
Cost of sales125 154  556 361 558 
Depreciation/amortization(41)(61) (208)(100)(170)
Treatment and refinement charges39 39  157 99 144 
Cash cost of sales applicable to equity method investments72 57  267 288 281 
Less: royalties and production taxesa(16)(16) (54)(35)(44)
By-product credits(5)(4) (15)(9)(6)
Other0 0  0 (5)(11)
C1 cash cost of sales174 169  703 599 752 
General & administrative costs5 4  18 19 28 
Rehabilitation - accretion and amortization1 2  8 15 16 
Royalties and production taxes16 16  54 35 44 
Minesite exploration and evaluation costs1 2  5 6 4 
Minesite sustaining capital expenditures65 74  223 215 220 
Sustaining leases2 2  9 5 0 
Inventory write-downs0 0  0 0 11 
All-in sustaining costs264 269  1,020 894 1,075 
Pounds sold - consolidated basis (millions pounds)108 116  457 355 382 
Cost of sales per poundb,c2.06 1.97  2.02 2.14 2.40 
C1 cash costs per poundb1.61 1.45  1.54 1.69 1.97 
All-in sustaining costs per poundb2.42 2.31  2.23 2.52 2.82 
  1. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2020, royalties and production taxes include royalties of $16 million and $54 million, respectively (September 30, 2020: $16 million, 2019: $34 million and 2018: $39 million).
  2. Cost of sales per pound, C1 cash costs per pound and all-in sustaining costs per pound may not calculate based on amounts presented in this table due to rounding.
  3. Cost of sales per pound related to copper is calculated using cost of sales including our proportionate share of cost of sales attributable to equity method investments (Zaldívar and Jabal Sayid), divided by consolidated copper pounds sold (including our proportionate share of copper pounds sold from our equity method investments).

Endnote 9

Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (“LTIFR”) is a ratio calculated as follows: number of lost-time injuries x 1,000,000 hours divided by the total number of hours worked.

Endnote 10
Total reportable incident frequency rate (“TRIFR”) is a ratio calculated as follows: number of reportable injuries x 1,000,000 hours divided by the total number of hours worked. Reportable injuries include fatalities, lost-time injuries, restricted duty injuries, and medically treated injuries.

Endnote 11

Class 1 - High Significance is defined as an incident that causes significant negative impacts on human health or the environment or an incident that extends onto publicly accessible land and has the potential to cause significant adverse impact to surrounding communities, livestock or wildlife. Class 2 - Medium Significance is defined as an incident that has the potential to cause negative impact on human health or the environment but is reasonably anticipated to result in only localized and short-term environmental or community impact requiring minor remediation.

Endnote 12

Estimated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Estimates are as of December 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted. Proven reserves of 280 million tonnes grading 2.37 g/t, representing 21 million ounces of gold, and 350 million tonnes grading 0.39%, representing 3,000 million pounds of copper. Probable reserves of 990 million tonnes grading 1.46 g/t, representing 47 million ounces of gold, and 1,100 million tonnes grading 0.39%, representing 9,700 million pounds of copper. Measured resources of 530 million tonnes grading 2.11 g/t, representing 36 million ounces of gold, and 600 million tonnes grading 0.36%, representing 4,800 million pounds of copper. Indicated resources of 2,800 million tonnes grading 1.41 g/t, representing 130 million ounces of gold, and 2,500 million tonnes grading 0.36%, representing 20,000 million pounds of copper. Inferred resources of 980 million tonnes grading 1.4 g/t, representing 43 million ounces of gold, and 440 million tonnes grading 0.2%, representing 2,200 million pounds of copper. Complete mineral reserve and mineral resource data for all mines and projects referenced in this press release, including tonnes, grades, and ounces, can be found on pages 136-143 of Barrick’s Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2020 Report.

Endnote 13
Per share amounts for the proposed return of capital distribution are based on issued and outstanding Barrick shares as of December 31, 2020 and are subject to change.

Endnote 14

The declaration and payment of dividends is at the discretion of the Board of Directors, and will depend on the company’s financial results, cash requirements, future prospects and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

Endnote 15

On a 100% basis.

Endnote 16

A Tier One Gold Asset is an asset with a reserve potential to deliver a minimum 10-year life, annual production of at least 500,000 ounces of gold and total cash costs per ounce over the mine life that are in the lower half of the industry cost curve.

Endnote 17

Unchanged from 2019.

Endnote 18

Includes our 36.9% share of South Arturo.

Endnote 19

Based on the communication we received from the Government of Papua New Guinea that the SML will not be extended, Porgera was placed on temporary care and maintenance on April 25, 2020 to ensure the safety and security of our employees and communities. Due to the uncertainty related to the timing and scope of future developments on the mine’s operating outlook, 2021 guidance for Porgera has not been included.

Endnote 20

Total cash costs and all-in sustaining costs per ounce include costs allocated to non-operating sites.

Endnote 21

Operating division guidance ranges reflect expectations at each individual operating division, and may not add up to the company-wide guidance range total. The 2021 guidance ranges exclude Pierina, Lagunas Norte, and Golden Sunlight, which are mining incidental ounces as they enter closure.

Endnote 22

Includes corporate administration costs.

Endnote 23

Attributable capital expenditures are presented on the same basis as guidance, which includes our 61.5% share of Nevada Gold Mines, our 60% share of Pueblo Viejo, our 80% share of Loulo-Gounkoto, our 89.7% share of Tongon, our 84% share of North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi and our 50% share of Zaldívar and Jabal Sayid.

Endnote 24

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, which excludes the following from net earnings: income tax expense; finance costs; finance income; and depreciation. Management believes that EBITDA is a valuable indicator of our ability to generate liquidity by producing operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, service debt obligations, and fund capital expenditures. Management uses EBITDA for this purpose. Adjusted EBITDA removes the effect of impairment charges; acquisition/disposition gains/losses; foreign currency translation gains/losses; other expense adjustments; and the impact of the income tax expense, finance costs, finance income and depreciation incurred in our equity method accounted investments. We believe these items provide a greater level of consistency with the adjusting items included in our Adjusted Net Earnings reconciliation, with the exception that these amounts are adjusted to remove any impact on finance costs/income, income tax expense and/or depreciation as they do not affect EBITDA. We believe this additional information will assist analysts, investors and other stakeholders of Barrick in better understanding our ability to generate liquidity from our full business, including equity method investments, by excluding these amounts from the calculation as they are not indicative of the performance of our core mining business and not necessarily reflective of the underlying operating results for the periods presented. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures of performance presented by other companies. They should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Further details on these non-GAAP measures are provided in the MD&A accompanying Barrick’s financial statements filed from time to time on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

 For the three months ended For the years ended
($ millions)12/31/209/30/20 12/31/2012/31/1912/31/18
Net earnings (loss)1,058 1,271  3,614 4,574 (1,435)
Income tax expense404 284  1,332 1,783 1,198 
Finance costs, neta72 72  306 394 458 
Depreciation544 574  2,208 2,032 1,457 
EBITDA2,078 2,201  7,460 8,783 1,678 
Impairment charges (reversals) of long-lived assetsb40 4  (269)(1,423)900 
Acquisition/disposition (gains)/lossesc(126)(2) (180)(2,327)(68)
Foreign currency translation (gains)/losses16 16  50 109 136 
Other (income) expense adjustmentsd15 (90) 71 (687)336 
Unrealized gains on non-hedge derivative instruments0 0  0 0 1 
Income tax expense, net finance costsa, and depreciation from equity investees83 94  360 378 97 
Adjusted EBITDA2,106 2,223  7,492 4,833 3,080 
  1. Finance costs exclude accretion.
  2. Net impairment reversals for the current year primarily relate to non-current asset reversals at our Tanzanian assets. Net impairment charges for 2019 primarily relate to non-current asset reversals at Lumwana and Pueblo Viejo, partially offset by impairment charges at Pascua-Lama.
  3. Acquisition/disposition gains for the current year primarily relate to the gain on the sale of Eskay Creek, Morila and Bullfrog in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was further impacted by the sale of Massawa in the first quarter of 2020. Acquisition/disposition gains for 2019 primarily relate to the gain on the remeasurement of Turquoise Ridge to fair value as a result of its contribution to Nevada Gold Mines and the gain on sale of our 50% interest in Kalgoorlie.
  4. Other expense adjustments for the current year primarily relate to the impact of changes in the discount rate assumptions on our closed mine rehabilitation provision, care and maintenance expenses at Porgera and donations related to Covid-19, partially offset by the gain on the remeasurement of the residual cash liability relating to our silver sale agreement with Wheaton. Other expense adjustments for 2019 primarily relate to the gain on the de-recognition of the deferred revenue liability relating to our silver sale agreement with Wheaton and the gain on a settlement of customs duty and indirect taxes at Lumwana.

 

Financial and Operating Highlights

 For the three months ended For the years ended
 12/31/209/30/20Change 12/31/2012/31/19Change
Financial Results ($ millions)       
Revenues3,279  3,540 (7)% 12,595  9,717 30%
Cost of sales1,814  1,927 (6)% 7,417  6,911 7%
Net earnings (loss)a685  882 (22)% 2,324  3,969 (41%)
Adjusted net earningsb616  726 (15)% 2,042  902 126%
Adjusted EBITDAb2,106  2,223 (5)% 7,492  4,833 55%
Adjusted EBITDA marginb,c64 %63%2% 59 %50%18%
Total minesite sustaining capital expendituresd354  415 (15)% 1,559  1,320 18%
Total project capital expendituresd184  126 46% 471  370 27%
Total consolidated capital expendituresd,e546  548 0% 2,054  1,701 21%
Net cash provided by operating activities1,638  1,859 (12)% 5,417  2,833 91%
Net cash provided by operating activities marginf50 %53%(6)% 43 %29%48%
Free cash flowb1,092  1,311 (17)% 3,363  1,132 197%
Net earnings (loss) per share (basic and diluted)0.39  0.50 (22)% 1.31  2.26 (42%)
Adjusted net earnings (basic)b per share0.35  0.41 (15)% 1.15  0.51 125%
Weighted average diluted common shares (millions of shares)1,778  1,778 0% 1,778  1,758 1%
Operating Results       
Gold production (thousands of ounces)g1,206  1,155 4% 4,760  5,465 (13%)
Gold sold (thousands of ounces)g1,186  1,249 (5)% 4,879  5,467 (11%)
Market gold price ($/oz)1,874  1,909 (2)% 1,770  1,393 27%
Realized gold priceb,g ($/oz)1,871  1,926 (3)% 1,778  1,396 27%
Gold cost of sales (Barrick’s share)g,h ($/oz)1,065  1,065 0% 1,056  1,005 5%
Gold total cash costsb,g ($/oz)692  696 (1)% 699  671 4%
Gold all-in sustaining costsb,g ($/oz)929  966 (4)% 967  894 8%
Copper production (millions of pounds)i119  103 16% 457  432 6%
Copper sold (millions of pounds)i108  116 (7)% 457  355 29%
Market copper price ($/lb)3.25  2.96 10% 2.80  2.72 3%
Realized copper priceb,i ($/lb)3.39  3.28 3% 2.92  2.77 5%
Copper cost of sales (Barrick’s share)i,j ($/lb)2.06  1.97 5% 2.02  2.14 (6%)
Copper C1 cash costsb,i ($/lb)1.61  1.45 11% 1.54  1.69 (9%)
Copper all-in sustaining costsb,i ($/lb)2.42  2.31 5% 2.23  2.52 (12%)
 As at 12/31/20As at 9/30/20Change As at 12/31/20As at 12/31/19Change
Financial Position ($ millions)       
Debt (current and long-term)5,155  5,161 0% 5,155  5,536 (7)%
Cash and equivalents5,188  4,744 9% 5,188  3,314 57%
Debt, net of cash(33) 417 (108)% (33) 2,222 (101%)
  1. Net earnings (loss) represents net earnings (loss) attributable to the equity holders of the Company.
  2. Adjusted net earnings, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, adjusted net earnings per share, realized gold price, all-in sustaining costs, total cash costs, C1 cash costs and realized copper price are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For further information and a detailed reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, please see pages 96 to 122 of our fourth quarter MD&A.
  3. Represents adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue.
  4. Amounts presented on a consolidated cash basis. Project capital expenditures are included in our calculation of all-in costs, but not included in our calculation of all-in sustaining costs.
  5. Total consolidated capital expenditures also includes capitalized interest.
  6. Represents net cash provided by operating activities divided by revenue.
  7. Includes North Mara, Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi on a 84% basis starting January 1, 2020 (and on a 63.9% basis from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019; notwithstanding the completion of the Acacia transaction on September 17, 2019, we consolidated our interest in Acacia and recorded a non-controlling interest of 36.1% in the income statement for the entirety of the third quarter of 2019 as a matter of convenience; and on a 100% basis from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019), Pueblo Viejo on a 60% basis, South Arturo on a 36.9% basis from July 1, 2019 onwards as a result of the contribution to Nevada Gold Mines (and on a 60% basis from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), and Veladero on a 50% basis, which reflects our equity share of production and sales. Commencing on January 1, 2019, the effective date of the merger with Randgold Resources Limited (the “Merger”), also includes Loulo-Gounkoto on an 80% basis, Kibali on a 45% basis, Tongon on an 89.7% basis, and Morila on a 40% basis until the second quarter of 2019. Also removes the non-controlling interest of 38.5% Nevada Gold Mines from July 1, 2019 onwards.
  8. Gold cost of sales (Barrick’s share) is calculated as cost of sales - gold on an attributable basis (excluding sites in care and maintenance) divided by ounces sold.
  9. Amounts reflect production and sales from Jabal Sayid and Zaldívar on a 50% basis, which reflects our equity share of production, and Lumwana.
  10. Copper cost of sales (Barrick’s share) is calculated as cost of sales (copper) plus our equity share of cost of sales attributable to Zaldívar and Jabal Sayid divided by pounds sold.

Consolidated Statements of Income

Barrick Gold Corporation  
For the years ended December 31 (in millions of United States dollars, except per share data) 2020 2019
Revenue (notes 5 and 6)$12,595  $9,717  
Costs and expenses  
Cost of sales (notes 5 and 7) 7,417   6,911  
General and administrative expenses (note 11) 185   212  
Exploration, evaluation and project expenses (notes 5 and 8) 295   342  
Impairment reversals (note 10) (269)  (1,423) 
Loss on currency translation 50   109  
Closed mine rehabilitation (note 27b) 90   5  
Income from equity investees (note 16) (288)  (165) 
Other (income) expense (note 9) (178)  (3,100) 
Income before finance items and income taxes 5,293   6,826  
Finance costs, net (note 14) (347)  (469) 
Income before income taxes 4,946   6,357  
Income tax expense (note 12) (1,332)  (1,783) 
Net income$3,614  $4,574  
Attributable to:  
Equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation$2,324  $3,969  
Non-controlling interests (note 32)$1,290  $605  
Earnings (loss) per share data attributable to the equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation (note 13)  
Net income  
Basic$1.31  $2.26  
Diluted$1.31  $2.26  

The notes to these unaudited consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Statements
of Comprehensive Income

Barrick Gold Corporation 
For the years ended December 31 (in millions of United States dollars) 2020
 2019
Net income$3,614  $4,574  
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes  
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss:  
Unrealized gains (losses) on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax $nil and $nil (3)    
Realized (gains) losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges, net of tax $nil and $nil 4     
Currency translation adjustments, net of tax $nil and $nil (7)  (6) 
Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss:  
Actuarial gain (loss) on post-employment benefit obligations, net of tax $1 and ($3) (6)  (6) 
Net change in value of equity investments, net of tax ($38) and $nil 148   48  
Total other comprehensive income 136   36  
Total comprehensive income$3,750  $4,610  
Attributable to:  
Equity holders of Barrick Gold Corporation$2,460  $4,005  
Non-controlling interests$1,290  $605  

The notes to these unaudited consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

Barrick Gold Corporation 
For the years ended December 31 (in millions of United States dollars) 2020 2019
OPERATING ACTIVITIES  
Net income$3,614  $4,574  
Adjustments for the following items:  
Depreciation 2,208   2,032  
Finance costs (note 14) 364   500  
Net impairment reversals (note 10) (269)  (1,423) 
Income tax expense (note 12) 1,332   1,783  
Loss on currency translation 50   109  
Gain on sale of non-current assets (note 9) (180)  (441) 
Remeasurement of Turquoise Ridge to fair value (note 4)    (1,886) 
Change in working capital (note 15) (308)  (357) 
Other operating activities (note 15) (381)  (1,113) 
Operating cash flows before interest and income taxes 6,430   3,778  
Interest paid (295)  (333) 
Income taxes paid1 (718)  (612) 
Net cash provided by operating activities 5,417   2,833  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES  
Property, plant and equipment  
Capital expenditures (note 5) (2,054)  (1,701) 
Sales proceeds 45   41  
Divestitures (note 4) 283   750  
Investment sales (purchases) 220   (4) 
Cash acquired in merger (note 4)    751  
Other investing activities (note 15) 220   213  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  (1,286)  50  
FINANCING ACTIVITIES  
Lease repayments (26)  (28) 
Debt repayments (353)  (281) 
Dividends (note 31) (547)  (548) 
Funding from non-controlling interests (note 32) 11   140  
Disbursements to non-controlling interests (note 32) (1,367)  (421) 
Other financing activities 28   (1) 
Net cash used in financing activities (2,254)  (1,139) 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents  (3)  (1) 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents 1,874   1,743  
Cash and equivalents at beginning of year (note 25a) 3,314   1,571  
Cash and equivalents at the end of year $5,188  $3,314  

1 Income taxes paid excludes $203 million (2019: $115 million) of income taxes payable that were settled against offsetting VAT receivables.

The notes to these unaudited consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Barrick Gold CorporationAs at December 31, 2020
As at December 31, 2019
         
(in millions of United States dollars)        
ASSETS  
Current assets  
Cash and equivalents (note 25a)$5,188  $3,314  
Accounts receivable (note 18) 558   363  
Inventories (note 17) 1,878   2,289  
Other current assets (note 18) 519   565  
Total current assets (excluding assets classified as held-for-sale) 8,143   6,531  
Assets classified as held-for-sale (note 4)    356  
Total current assets 8,143   6,887  
Non-current assets  
Non-current portion of inventory (note 17) 2,566   2,300  
Equity in investees (note 16) 4,670   4,527  
Property, plant and equipment (note 19) 24,628   24,141  
Intangible assets (note 20a) 169   226  
Goodwill (note 20b) 4,769   4,769  
Deferred income tax assets (note 30) 98   235  
Other assets (note 22) 1,463   1,307  
Total assets$46,506  $44,392  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Current liabilities  
Accounts payable (note 23)$1,458  $1,155  
Debt (note 25b) 20   375  
Current income tax liabilities 436   224  
Other current liabilities (note 24) 306   622  
Total current liabilities 2,220   2,376  
Non-current liabilities  
Debt (note 25b) 5,135   5,161  
Provisions (note 27) 3,139   3,114  
Deferred income tax liabilities (note 30) 3,034   3,091  
Other liabilities (note 29) 1,268   823  
Total liabilities 14,796   14,565  
Equity  
Capital stock (note 31) 29,236   29,231  
Deficit (7,949)   (9,722)  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss 14   (122)  
Other 2,040   2,045  
Total equity attributable to Barrick Gold Corporation shareholders 23,341   21,432  
Non-controlling interests (note 32) 8,369   8,395  
Total equity 31,710   29,827  
Contingencies and commitments (notes 2, 17, 19 and 36)  
Total liabilities and equity$46,506  $44,392  

The notes to these unaudited consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity

Barrick Gold Corporation Attributable to equity holders of the Company  
(in millions of United States dollars)Common
Shares (in
thousands)
Capital stockRetained
earnings (deficit)
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income (loss)1
Other2Total equity
attributable to
shareholders
Non-
controlling
interests
Total
equity
At January 1, 20201,777,927 $29,231 ($9,722) ($122) $2,045  $21,432  $8,395  $29,827  
Net income    2,324         2,324   1,290   3,614  
Total other comprehensive income       136      136      136  
Total comprehensive income $ $2,324  $136  $  $2,460  $1,290  $3,750  
Transactions with owners        
Dividends (note 31)    (547)         (547)      (547)  
Issuance of 16% interest in Tanzania mines (note 21)                238   238  
Sale of Acacia exploration properties          (13)   (13)   13     
Issued on exercise of stock options99  1           1      1  
Funding from non-controlling interests (note 32)                11   11  
Disbursements to non-controlling interests (note 32)                (1,578)   (1,578)  
Dividend reinvestment plan (note 31)164  4  (4)                 
Share-based payments          8   8      8  
Total transactions with owners263 $5 ($551) $  ($5) ($551) ($1,316) ($1,867) 
At December 31, 20201,778,190 $29,236 ($7,949) $14  $2,040  $23,341  $8,369  $31,710  
         
At January 1, 20191,167,847 $20,883 ($13,453) ($158) $321  $7,593  $1,792  $9,385  
Net income    3,969         3,969   605   4,574  
Total other comprehensive income       36      36      36  
Total comprehensive income $ $3,969  $36  $  $4,005  $605  $4,610  
Transactions with owners        
Dividends    (218)         (218)      (218)  
Merger with Randgold Resources Limited (note 4)583,669  7,903           7,903   872   8,775  
Nevada Gold Mines JV with Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (note 4)          1,645   1,645   5,910   7,555  
Acquisition of 36.1% of Acacia Mining plc (note 4)24,837  423        70   493   (495)   (2)  
Issued on exercise of stock options131  2           2      2  
Funding from non-controlling interests                140   140  
Other decrease in non-controlling interests                (429)   (429)  
Dividend reinvestment plan1,443  20  (20)                 
Share-based payments          9   9      9  
Total transactions with owners610,080 $8,348 ($238) $  $1,724  $9,834  $5,998  $15,832  
At December 31, 20191,777,927 $29,231 ($9,722) ($122) $2,045  $21,432  $8,395  $29,827  

1 Includes cumulative translation adjustments as at December 31, 2020: $95 million loss (December 31, 2019: $88 million loss).

2 Includes additional paid-in capital as at December 31, 2020: $2,002 million (December 31, 2019: $2,007 million).

The notes to these unaudited consolidated financial statements, which are contained in the Fourth Quarter and Year End Report, available on our website are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

Corporate Office

Barrick Gold Corporation
161 Bay Street, Suite 3700
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1
Canada

Telephone: +1 416 861-9911
Email: investor@barrick.com
Website: www.barrick.com

Shares Listed

GOLD
The New York Stock Exchange

ABX
The Toronto Stock Exchange

Transfer Agents and Registrars

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Telephone: 1-800-387-0825
Fax: 1-888-249-6189
Email: inquiries@astfinancial.com
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Enquiries

President and Chief Executive Officer
Mark Bristow
+1 647 205 7694
+44 788 071 1386

Senior Executive Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer
Graham Shuttleworth
+1 647 262 2095
+44 779 771 1338

Investor and Media Relations
Kathy du Plessis
+44 20 7557 7738
barrick@dpapr.com

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

Certain information contained or incorporated by reference in this press release, including any information as to our strategy, projects, plans or future financial or operating performance, constitutes “forward-looking statements”. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “vision”, “target”, “plan”, “opportunities”, “objective”, “pursuit”, “assume”, “intend”, “intention”, “project”, “goal”, “continue”, “budget”, “estimate”, “potential”, “strategy”, “prospective”, “following”, “future”, “aim”, “may”, “will”, “can”, “could”, “would” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, with respect to: Barrick’s goal to be the world’s most valued gold mining business; Barrick’s forward-looking production guidance; estimates of future cost of sales per ounce for gold and per pound for copper, total cash costs per ounce and C1 cash costs per pound, and all-in sustaining costs per ounce/pound; cash flow forecasts; projected capital, operating and exploration expenditures; mine life and production rates; Barrick’s engagement with local communities to manage the Covid-19 pandemic; potential mineralization and metal or mineral recoveries; our ability to identify, invest in and develop potential Tier One, Tier Two and Strategic Assets; our strategies and plans with respect to environmental matters, including climate change, greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, and tailings storage facility management projects; our future plans, growth potential, financial strength, investments and overall strategy, including with respect to dispositions of non-core assets, maximizing the long-term value of our strategic copper business, and our participation in future consolidation of the gold industry; the potential impact of proposed changes to Nevada’s Net Proceeds of Minerals tax on Nevada Gold Mines and Barrick’s engagement with affected stakeholders to reach a solution that secures the long-term viability of the Nevada mining industry; our plans and expected completion and benefits of our growth projects, including construction of twin exploration declines at Goldrush, the Turquoise Ridge Third Shaft, Pueblo Viejo plant and tailings facility expansion, Bulyanhulu production ramp-up, Zaldívar chloride leach project, and Veladero power transmission project; our ability to convert resources into reserves; the proposed return of capital distribution, including the timing and amount of the distribution; the partnership between Barrick and the Government of Tanzania (“GoT”) and the agreement to resolve all outstanding disputes between Acacia and the GoT; Barrick and Barrick Niugini Limited’s response to the government of Papua New Guinea’s decision not to extend Porgera’s special mining lease and to the Internal Revenue Commission’s proposed tax adjustments; the agreement in principle regarding arrangements for a new Porgera partnership with Papua New Guinea, and efforts to reach a binding memorandum of agreement; the duration of the temporary suspension of operations at Porgera; asset sales, joint ventures and partnerships; our economic and social development priorities within our host communities, including local hiring, procurement, training and community development initiatives; our digital innovation initiatives; and expectations regarding future price assumptions, financial performance and other outlook or guidance.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions including material estimates and assumptions related to the factors set forth below that, while considered reasonable by the Company as at the date of this press release in light of management’s experience and perception of current conditions and expected developments, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements and information. Such factors include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in the spot and forward price of gold, copper or certain other commodities (such as silver, diesel fuel, natural gas and electricity); the speculative nature of mineral exploration and development; changes in mineral production performance, exploitation and exploration successes; risks associated with projects in the early stages of evaluation and for which additional engineering and other analysis is required; disruption of supply routes which may cause delays in construction and mining activities at Barrick’s more remote properties; diminishing quantities or grades of reserves; increased costs, delays, suspensions and technical challenges associated with the construction of capital projects; operating or technical difficulties in connection with mining or development activities, including geotechnical challenges and disruptions in the maintenance or provision of required infrastructure and information technology systems; failure to comply with environmental and health and safety laws and regulations; non-renewal of key licences by governmental authorities, including non-renewal of Porgera’s Special Mining Lease; changes in national and local government legislation, taxation, controls or regulations and/or changes in the administration of laws, policies and practices; expropriation or nationalization of property and political or economic developments in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions in which the Company or its affiliates do or may carry on business in the future; timing of receipt of, or failure to comply with, necessary permits and approvals; uncertainty whether some or targeted investments and projects will meet the Company’s capital allocation objectives and internal hurdle rate; the impact of global liquidity and credit availability on the timing of cash flows and the values of assets and liabilities based on projected future cash flows; adverse changes in our credit ratings; the impact of inflation; fluctuations in the currency markets; changes in U.S. dollar interest rates; risks arising from holding derivative instruments; lack of certainty with respect to foreign legal systems, corruption and other factors that are inconsistent with the rule of law; risks associated with illegal and artisanal mining; risks associated with new diseases, epidemics and pandemics, including the effects and potential effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic; damage to the Company’s reputation due to the actual or perceived occurrence of any number of events, including negative publicity with respect to the Company’s handling of environmental matters or dealings with community groups, whether true or not; the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with the Company’s expectations; risks that exploration data may be incomplete and considerable additional work may be required to complete further evaluation, including but not limited to drilling, engineering and socioeconomic studies and investment; risk of loss due to acts of war, terrorism, sabotage and civil disturbances; litigation; contests over title to properties, particularly title to undeveloped properties, or over access to water, power and other required infrastructure; business opportunities that may be presented to, or pursued by, the Company; risks associated with the fact that certain of the initiatives described in this press release are still in the early stages and may not materialize; whether benefits expected from recent transactions are realized; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions or complete divestitures; risks associated with working with partners in jointly controlled assets; employee relations including loss of key employees; increased costs and physical risks, including extreme weather events and resource shortages, related to climate change; and availability and increased costs associated with mining inputs and labor. Barrick also cautions that its 2021 guidance may be impacted by the unprecedented business and social disruption caused by the spread of Covid-19. In addition, there are risks and hazards associated with the business of mineral exploration, development and mining, including environmental hazards, industrial accidents, unusual or unexpected formations, pressures, cave-ins, flooding and gold bullion, copper cathode or gold or copper concentrate losses (and the risk of inadequate insurance, or inability to obtain insurance, to cover these risks).

Many of these uncertainties and contingencies can affect our actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, us. Readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Form 40-F/Annual Information Form on file with the SEC and Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a more detailed discussion of some of the factors underlying forward-looking statements and the risks that may affect Barrick’s ability to achieve the expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.


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