Kazakhmys Plc Plunges To $193m First-Half Loss

The shares of Kazakhmys (LSE: KAZ) climbed 1% to 305p this morning despite the mining giant posting a $193m loss for the first half of 2013.

Kazakhmys, which primarily mines copper across 16 sites in Kazakhstan, blamed a combination of rising industry costs and lower metal prices for its loss. The company’s average realised selling price for copper slipped 9% from $8,253 per tonne in 2012, to $7,508 during the six month period.

Despite this, Kazakhmys’ half-year revenues grew by 4% to reach $1.57bn, as its output of copper cathode expanded by 7% to 144,000 tonnes.

Commenting on the results, Kazakhmys boss Oleg Novachuk added:

“Our drive to maintain copper output through improved resource management is having an impact and we should be at the upper end of our anticipated range for annual copper production. As we move through the year our focus will remain on improving cash flow from our existing assets and continuing to drive our growth projects forward.”

With a market cap of £1.6bn, Kazakhmys’ shares trade at 32 times expected earnings, and offer a prospective dividend yield of 2.3%.

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> Mark does not own any share mentioned in this article.