Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Hudbay CEO David Garofalo resigns leaving company mired in debt and stock hovering near five-year lows"

Given the headline of the report at rosemontminetruth.com, you'd think this guy would have some trouble finding a CEO job in the mining industry. You would? Silly you.

Hudbay Minerals Inc. CEO David Garofalo will leave the parent company of the Rosemont Copper project at the end of the year to take over the helm of Goldcorp, one of the world’s largest gold miners.

Good luck to Goldcorp. Here is what Garofalo brings to the table.

Garofalo’s surprise resignation announced at the close of trading on Friday, Dec. 4 stunned investors and the company’s stock dropped 14 percent over the next four trading sessions on the NYSE. The stock has fallen from a peak of $18.70 in December 2010 to Thursday’s close of $3.95 during Garofalo’s tenure.

Garofalo leaves Hudbay after overseeing a period of rapid growth with the opening of two new mines in Canada and the Constancia open pit copper mine in Peru, which is by far its largest operation. He also leaves the company with $1.2 billion in debt that is putting a squeeze on its cash flow.

“With copper prices plummeting from $2.90 per pound in May 2015 to $2.06 per pound as of this writing, Hudbay Minerals is not having a very good 2015, and things could get even worse heading into 2016,” according to a Dec. 10 story in Seeking Alpha, an investment website.

h/t Jim Nintzel at TucsonWeekly/TheRange

Note. Garofalo's move to Goldcorp might be an instance of the lateral arabesque (from The Peter Principle) in which an employee is moved to another division or location. The employee and his or her successor then has more opportunity to rise to their level of incompetence. I thought Garofalo was there, but maybe not.

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