World Gold Council publishes update to its Guidance Note on Non-GAAP Metrics – All-In Sustaining Costs and All-In Costs

The World Gold Council today published an update to its Guidance Note on “all-in sustaining costs” and “all-in costs”, which was first issued in June 2013. 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.

Terry Heymann, Chief Financial Officer at the World Gold Council, commented: “Since its launch in 2013, we have monitored the use and application of the Guidance Note to ensure that it meets its objective of providing transparency into the costs associated with producing gold, by setting out a consistent methodology.”

“In light of new accounting standards and to support further consistency of application, we have included incremental enhancements in the Guidance Note, as well as provided a set of “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We believe this will be of benefit to investors and other stakeholders”. 

The use of the “all-in sustaining costs” and “all-in costs” metrics has been widely adopted by gold mining companies as part of their overall reporting disclosure. These non-GAAP metrics have helped provide greater clarity and improve investor understanding. All companies involved in gold-mining are encouraged to use these metrics. 

Individual companies have responsibility for their own reporting; it is expected that companies may choose to use the updated guidance from 1 January 2019 or on commencement of their financial year if later.

The Guidance Note and associated FAQs can be found here.

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Stephanie Mackrell
World Gold Council
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