On February 16, 2017, the Company held a conference call to discuss its 2016 fiscal year financial results. On the call, Defendant Palmes stated that "[a]t Veladero, 2016 was a very challenging year" do to the pipe-related damage, but that the Company "completed a series of remedial works to prevent such an incident from occurring again." On the same call, Defendant Palmes provided fiscal year 2017 Veladero production guidance, stating: "For 2017, we expect increased production of 770,000 ounces to 830,000 ounces at all-in sustaining cost of $840 per ounce to $940 per ounce."On March 28, 2017, the Company's Veladero troubles reappeared, when a pipe carrying gold-bearing solution ruptured. Surprisingly, in response to the rupture, the Company reaffirmed its fiscal year 2017 guidance. On March 30, 2017, the Company stated: "[a]t this time, we do not anticipate a material impact to Veladero's 2017 production guidance." Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) that the pipes and safety systems at the Veladero mine were not robust enough to prevent gold-bearing solution spills; (ii) that, as a result, Argentinian authorities would restrict the addition of cyanide to the Veladero mine's heap leach facility and require remedial work; (iii) that these developments would impact (and were impacting) the production capacity of the Veladero mine; (iv) that as such, the Company's Veladero mine production guidance and total gold production guidance were overstated; and (v) as a result of the foregoing, Barrick's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. On April 24, 2017, the truth about the Veladero mine began to emerge when the Company issued a press release announcing its first quarter 2017 financial results. Therein, the Company revised its full year guidance, stating that "[f]ull-year gold production is now expected to be 5.3-5.6 million ounces, down from our previous range of 5.6-5.9 million ounces." The Company further stated that "[a]pproximately two-thirds of this reduction is attributable to the anticipated sale of 50 percent of Veladero." The Company also provided Veladero-specific guidance, stating: "we now expect full-year production at Veladero of 630,000-730,000 ounces of gold, at a cost of sales of $740-$790 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs of $890-$990 per ounce. . . . This compares to our original 2017 guidance of 770,000-830,000 ounces (100 percent basis), at a cost of sales of $750-$800 per ounce, and all-in sustaining costs of $840-$940 per ounce."
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