Location and date
London, 27 June 2013
Publication of the World Gold Council’s Guidance Note on NonGAAP Metrics - All-In Sustaining Costs and All-In Costs
The World Gold Council today publishes a Guidance Note on “all-in sustaining costs” and “all-in costs”
metrics, which gold mining companies can use to report their costs as part of their overall reporting
disclosure. The World Gold Council has worked closely with its member companies to develop these
non-GAAP measures which are intended to provide further transparency into the costs associated
with producing gold.
It is expected that these new metrics, the “all-in sustaining cost” and the “all-in cost” will be helpful to
investors, governments, local communities and other stakeholders in understanding the economics of
gold mining. The “all-in sustaining costs” is an extension of existing “cash cost” metrics and
incorporate costs related to sustaining production. The “all-in costs” includes additional costs which
reflect the varying costs of producing gold over the life-cycle of a mine. It is up to individual companies
to determine how they report to the market and to decide whether their stakeholders will find these
new metrics of value in understanding their businesses; it is expected that, since many companies
report on a calendar year basis, they may choose to use these metrics from 1 January 2014.
Terry Heymann, Director Responsible Gold, World Gold Council said: “These new metrics have been
developed to help provide greater clarity and improve investor understanding. All companies involved
in gold-mining, including those which are not Members of the World Gold Council, will be free to use
these metrics. Individual companies have responsibility for their own reporting, but we expect that
many will use these new metrics, providing further consistency for investors and other stakeholders.”
The methodology for determining these costs can be found below and HERE
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World Gold Council
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GUIDANCE NOTE ON NON-GAAP METRICS – ALL-IN SUSTAINING COSTS AND
US $ / gold ounces sold
On-Site Mining Costs (on a sales basis)
On-Site General & Administrative costs
Royalties & Production Taxes
Realised Gains/Losses on Hedges due to
Community Costs related to current
Permitting Costs related to current
3 party smelting, refining and transport
Non-Cash Remuneration (Site-Based)
Stock-piles / product inventory write down
Operational Stripping Costs
Sub-Total (Adjusted Operating Costs)
(k) Note: this will be a credit
(l) = (a) + (b) + (c) + (d) + (e)
+ (f) + (g) + (h) + (i) + (j) + (k)
Corporate General & Administrative costs
(including share-based remuneration)
Reclamation & remediation – accretion &
amortisation (operating sites)
Exploration and study costs (sustaining)
Capital exploration (sustaining)
Capitalised stripping & underground mine
Capital expenditure (sustaining)
All-in Sustaining Costs
(s) = (l) + (m) + (n) + (o) + (p)
+ (q) + (r)
Community Costs not related to current
Permitting Costs not related to current
Reclamation and remediation costs not
related to current operations
Exploration and study costs (non-sustaining)
Capital exploration (non-sustaining)
Capitalised stripping & underground mine
Capital expenditure (non-sustaining)
= (s) + (t) + (u) + (v) + (w) +
(x) + (y) + (z)
1. All companies using this guidance are encouraged to disclose both their all-in sustaining costs and
all-in costs and reconcile these metrics to their GAAP reporting. It is not expected that companies
will disclose all individual cost items.
The use of the sub-total (adjusted operating costs) may be helpful for certain companies in
providing reconciliation to historical metrics but it is not expected that all companies will provide
disclosure at this level. The sub-total (adjusted operating costs) metric may not be directly
comparable across companies, for example, because of differences between IFRS and US GAAP.
2. It is recognised that accretion related to asset retirement obligations (“ARO”) and amortisation of
the ARO assets for reclamation and remediation do not reflect annual cash outflows but these
accounting calculations are considered to be more representative of the periodic costs of
reclamation and remediation.
3. Non-sustaining costs are those costs incurred at new operations and costs related to ‘major
projects’ at existing operations where these projects will materially increase production. Companies
need to publicly disclose those operations and ‘major projects’ which are considered nonsustaining. All other costs related to existing operations are considered sustaining.
4. Costs should be reported on the same basis as sales (i.e. if sales figures are reported on a
consolidated basis, costs should be reported on a consolidated basis; if sales figures are reported
on an attributable basis, costs should be reported on an attributable basis).
5. Costs Excluded
The following costs are excluded from the guidance:
Working capital (except for adjustments to inventory on a sales basis).
All financing charges (including capitalised interest).
Costs related to business combinations, asset acquisitions and asset disposals.
Items needed to normalise earnings, for example impairments on non-current assets and onetime material severance charges. Costs related to any of the listed line-items used to calculate
all-in costs in the above table should not be excluded.