Enough Growth In Our Backyard, Not Looking At Acquisitions: AngloGold Ashanti CEO | BMO Conference
|Traded as||GSE: AGA
|Headquarters||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Key people||Tito Mboweni
(Chairman of the Board)
|Revenue||US$ 5.334 billion (2010)|
|Operating income||US$ 0.518 billion (2010)|
|Net income||US$ 0.076 billion (2010)|
|Total assets||US$ 9.532 billion (2010)|
|Total equity||US$ 3.989 billion (2010)|
|Employees||62,046 – June 2011|
AngloGold Ashanti Limited is now a global gold producer with 21 operations on four continents. The company is listed on the New York, Johannesburg, Accra, London and Australian stock exchanges, as well as the Paris and Brussels bourses.
In 2008, AngloGold produced 4.98 million ounces of gold from its operations, estimated to be seven percent of the global production. In 2009, the company's gold output dropped to 4.6 million ounces.
The company was formed on 26 April 2004, after the High Court of Ghana approved the merger of AngloGold and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation three days earlier. This came almost a year after the merger was announced on 16 May 2003. In the transaction, Ashanti shareholders received 0.29 ordinary shares of AngloGold for every Ashanti share.
Russell Edey, chairman of AngloGold since 2002 and, after the merger also of AngloGold Ashanti, was replaced by Tito Mboweni in May 2010. The company's Tau Lekoa Gold Mine in South Africa was sold to Buffelsfontein Gold Mines Limited in February 2009, with ownership being transferred on 1 August 2010.
The company announced the elimination of the last of its hedge book in October 2010. The company had heged 11.3 million ounces of gold, as of early 2008, under previous CEO Bobby Godsell. Under its new CEO, this was gradually reduced to 3.22 million. In October 2010, this remaining amount was paid off with US$2.63 billion, or US$1,300 per ounce of gold.
AngloGold Ashanti is a signatory participant of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
In August 2008 British charity War on Want published a report accusing AngloGold Ashanti's parent company Anglo American of profiting from the abuse of people in the developing countries in which the company operates. The report alleges abuses committed by AngloGold Ashanti subsidiaries in Colombia, Ghana and Mali.. War on Want stated that AngloGold Ashanti was accused in 2008 in Colombia for "murders of trade union and community leaders who opposed the company's activities in the region". The company disclosed itself in 2006 or in 2008 unacceptable safety performance in its platinum mines. Safety measures were taken.
In January 2011, AngloGold Ashanti was named the world's "Most Irresponsible Company" at the Public Eye Awards, hosted by the Berne Declaration and Greenpeace in Davos, Switzerland. The nominating organisation, WACAM (Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining), said the company had a history of "gross human rights violations and environmental problems."
|Revenue (US$ million)||3,113||3,743||3,961|
|Gold income (US$ million)||2,393||2,646||3,002||3,619||3,768||5,334||6,570||6,353|
|Gross loss/profit (US$ million)||109||277||−248||594||−578||1,082||2,623||2,256|
|Dividends per share (US$ cents)||56||36||62||19||11||17||20||49||36|
|Total cash cost (US$/ounce)||264||281||308||357||444||514||638||728||862|
|Total production cost (US$/ounce)||332||374||414||476||567||646||816||950||1,078|
Gold production figures for the company's mines since 2004 in ounces per annum were:
|Cerro Vanguardia (92.5%)||Argentina||211,000||211,000||215,000||204,000||154,000||192,000|
|Cripple Creek & Victor||United States||329,030||329,625||283,486||282,000||258,000||218,000|
|Great Noligwa||South Africa||795,000||693,000||615,000||483,000||330,000||158,000|
|Moab Khotsong 2||South Africa||---||---||44,000||67,000||192,000||247,000|
|Serra Grande (50%)||Brazil||94,000||96,000||97,000||91,000||87,000||77,000|
|Tau Lekoa 4||South Africa||293,000||265,000||176,000||165,000||143,000||124,000|
|Surface Operations||South Africa||119,000||95,000||113,000||125,000||92,000||164,000|
Fatalities in the South African gold mining industry, especially the underground mines, are common, with, as of 2009, 100 to 120 reported every year. Since 2007, AngloGold Ashanti has reduced the number of fatalities in its operations by 70%. One of the main reasons for this development is a program led by CEO Mark Cutifani, aimed at reducing the company's number of fatalities to zero by 2015. Of the 16 fatalities experienced by the company in 2009, 13 were in South Africa (2007: 27 of 34, 2008: 11 of 14). The number of fatalities in company since formation in 2004 were:
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