NEW YORK Southern Copper Corp.s earnings
fell sharply in the second quarter on lower copper prices and a
decline in production.
The company posted net income of $372.7 million for the three
months ended June 30, down 33.9 percent from $563.5 million
in the same period last year on sales that fell 15 percent to
The earnings report said copper production slid 4.9 percent
to 157,592 tonnes in the second quarter from 165,717 tonnes
a year earlier, and average Comex copper prices fell 8.5
percent to $3.25 per pound from $3.55 in the same
Phoenix-based Southern Copper is a subsidiary of Americas
Mining Corp. (AMC), the mining division of Mexican
conglomerate Grupo Mexico. AMC, which includes Southern
Copper and Tucson, Ariz.-based Asarco LLC, saw its
second-quarter net income slide 40.6 percent to $325.2
million from $547.4 million on an 18.5-percent decline in
sales to $1.71 billion from $2.09 billion.
Southern Copper, which has operations in Mexico and Peru,
said its new Buenavista SX/EW III plant in Mexico is 62
percent complete and should start operations in the second
quarter of 2014. The company expects the plant to produce
120,000 tonnes of copper per year.
Southern Copper completed construction earlier this year of
its first molybdenum plant at Buenavista, and is expected
to begin commercial production in the third quarter at an
annual rate of 2,000 tonnes.
Despite the current turbulence in the metals market,
we maintain our commitment to the development of our
capital program, Grupo Mexico chairman and chief
executive officer German Larrea said in a statement. He
noted that total production capacity at Southern
Coppers Buenavista operations should increase
from 180,000 tons to 488,000 tons of copper by