Ore moving along
the conveyor system
at Hidden Valley
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — 20 June 2013 – It appears likely that Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited will write-down of a portion of the carrying value of its Hidden Valley operation in Papua New Guinea, due to its recent poor performance and the reduction in the US dollar gold and silver prices.

The company is currently compiling its financial year 2014 business plans, which will be completed by the end of its 2013 financial year, being 30 June 2013.

Once approved, Harmony will use these plans to assess the carrying value of its assets to determine if any impairments are required. This will be informed by a number of factors, including estimates of the future gold price and exchange rates, life of mine plans, and operating and capital cost estimates, the company said in a statement released here.

“At this early stage it appears likely that there will be a write-down of a portion of the carrying value of Hidden Valley in Papua New Guinea, due to its recent poor performance and the reduction in the US dollar gold and silver prices,” the statement revealed.

“Harmony will advise the market of the outcome of the impairment testing, which the company anticipates to be towards the end of July 2013,” it added.  “It should be noted that the write-down of the carrying value of Hidden Valley will reduce the net profit of the company, but will not have an impact on reported cash balances and free cash flow.”

Source: Harmony Gold Mining Company. For more information, click here.