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Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Reports Third-Quarter And Nine-Month 2012 Results

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX):

  • Net income attributable to common stock for third-quarter 2012 was $824 million, $0.86 per share, compared with net income of $1.1 billion, $1.10 per share, for third-quarter 2011. Net income attributable to common stock for the first nine months of 2012 was $2.3 billion, $2.41 per share, compared with $3.9 billion, $4.10 per share, for the first nine months of 2011.
  • Consolidated sales from mines for third-quarter 2012 totaled 922 million pounds of copper, 202 thousand ounces of gold and 21 million pounds of molybdenum, compared with 947 million pounds of copper, 409 thousand ounces of gold and 19 million pounds of molybdenum for third-quarter 2011.
  • Consolidated sales from mines for the year 2012 are expected to approximate 3.6 billion pounds of copper, 1.0 million ounces of gold and 82 million pounds of molybdenum, including 930 million pounds of copper, 255 thousand ounces of gold and 20 million pounds of molybdenum for fourth-quarter 2012. Consolidated sales from mines for the year 2013 are expected to total 4.3 billion pounds of copper, 1.4 million ounces of gold and 90 million pounds of molybdenum.
  • Consolidated unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) averaged $1.62 per pound of copper for third-quarter 2012, compared with $0.80 per pound for third-quarter 2011. Based on current 2012 sales volume and cost estimates and assuming average prices of $1,700 per ounce for gold and $11 per pound for molybdenum for fourth-quarter 2012, consolidated unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) are estimated to average approximately $1.50 per pound of copper for the year 2012.
  • Operating cash flows totaled $526 million for third-quarter 2012 (net of $765 million in working capital uses and other tax payments) and $2.5 billion (net of $1.5 billion in working capital uses and other tax payments) for the first nine months of 2012, compared with $1.8 billion for third-quarter 2011 (including $256 million of working capital sources and other tax payments) and $5.9 billion (net of $126 million in working capital uses and other tax payments) for the first nine months of 2011. Based on current 2012 sales volume and cost estimates and assuming average prices of $3.70 per pound for copper, $1,700 per ounce for gold and $11 per pound for molybdenum for fourth-quarter 2012, operating cash flows are estimated to approximate $4.0 billion for the year 2012 (net of an estimated $1.4 billion in working capital uses and other tax payments).
  • Capital expenditures totaled $971 million for third-quarter 2012 and $2.5 billion for the first nine months of 2012, compared with $717 million for third-quarter 2011 and $1.7 billion for the first nine months of 2011. Capital expenditures are expected to approximate $3.6 billion for the year 2012, including $2.2 billion for major projects and $1.4 billion for sustaining capital.
  • At September 30, 2012, consolidated cash totaled $3.7 billion and total debt totaled $3.5 billion.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX) reported third-quarter 2012 net income attributable to common stock of $824 million, $0.86 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, $1.10 per share, for third-quarter 2011. Third-quarter 2012 net income included net credits for adjustments to Cerro Verde's deferred income taxes and to FCX's environmental obligations and related litigation reserves totaling $168 million ($0.18 per share), compared with net charges totaling $73 million ($0.07 per share) for third-quarter 2011. For the first nine months of 2012, FCX reported net income attributable to common stock of $2.3 billion, $2.41 per share, compared with $3.9 billion, $4.10 per share, for the first nine months of 2011.

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