West African Resources (ASX:WAF) share price falls 22% on quarterly earnings and coup concerns

Here’s what’s been weighing on the West African Resources share price this week.
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Key points

The West African Resources share price has tumbled 22% since it released its quarterly earnings on Monday
Its stock might have also been impacted by news of a coup in its operating nation
The company reached its full year guidance during the previous quarter and underwent 2 notable acquisitions

The West African Resources Ltd (ASX: WAF) share price has tumbled 22% this week after the company released its activities and cash flow report for the quarter ended 31 December on Monday.

Additionally, the gold miner’s stock has likely been weighed down by news of a coup in Burkina Faso, the West African nation where the company’s operations are based, as reported by SBS.

The company issued an announcement today stating its staff and contractors are safe and work is continuing as normal at its Sanbrado Gold Operations.

As of Tuesday’s close, the West African Resources share price is $1.06. That’s 16.86% lower than it was at the end of Monday’s session and 22% lower than it was at Friday’s close.

Let’s take a look at what the company announced on Monday.

West African Resources share price tumbles after quarter 4 update

Quarterly gold production increased 7% to 87,324 ounces
An all-in sustaining cost (AISC) averaged at US$721 per ounce over the period
Generated $139 million of operating cash flow
Cash balance at the end of the quarter was $183 million – up from $130 million

During the December quarter, West African Resources produced 87,324 ounces of gold, bringing its annual production to a record 288,719 ounces – exceeding its previous guidance of between 250,000 ounces and 280,000 ounces.

Its AISC also increased by 4.4% to US$721 per ounce. That brought its full-year AISC to US$796 per ounce – at the higher end of its guidance of US$720 to US$800 per ounce.

The company’s combined open-pit and underground mined ounces for the quarter came to 94,659 ounces – 2% less than the prior quarter’s production.

It also saw 86,516 ounces of unhedged gold sales at an average price of US$1,812 per ounce last quarter, bringing its full-year average price to US$1,808 per ounce.

During the quarter, the company repaid US$109.5 million to its Taurus debt facility, thereby extinguishing the facility.

The company also acquired the Kiaka Gold Project and the Toega Gold Project. It paid $53 million for the projects.

What else happened in the December quarter?

During the quarter just been, the company underwent a placement and share purchase plan to raise $136 million before costs.

As part of the capital raise, it offered West African Resource shares for an issue price of $1.25 apiece.

The company also implemented COVID-19 management measures at its operations last quarter. The pandemic remained stable in Burkina Faso during the period.

What did management say?

West African chair and CEO Richard Hyde commented on the company’s results for the fourth quarter of 2021 and looked to the future, saying:

Sanbrado had another outstanding quarter, producing a record 87,320 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost of US$721 per ounce in quarter 4 and reaching full year 2021 production guidance…

With our acquisition of the advanced Kiaka Gold Project [West African Resources] aims to be a +400,000 ounce per year producer by 2025.

With the repayment of Taurus, [West African Resources] has no senior debt and ended the quarter with a positive net cash position of US$137 million.

What’s next?

During the current quarter, West African Resources will progress the Kiaka Project’s feasibility study and environmental and social impact assessment updates, as well as kickstart the mobilisation of site early works.

It plans to publish the Toega Project’s feasibility study in the current quarter, while that of the Kiaka Project isn’t expected to be released until the second quarter of 2022.

The company’s share price closed 3.7% lower on Monday.

Less than 24 hours later, the company issued another announcement today, stating it will continue to monitor the political situation in Burkina Faso and provide updates when appropriate.

However, it seems investors were not convinced, dumping West African Resources shares that were trading as high as $1.22 this morning before news of the coup broke.

West African Resources share price snapshot

The West African Resources share price has had a rough trot lately.

It has fallen 19% over the last month although it has gained almost 9% since this time last year.

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