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Participants
Ankit Shah Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Renaud Adams President and Chief Executive Officer
Rob Chausse Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Trevor Turnbull Scotiabank
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Operator

Hello and thank you for standing by, and welcome to the New Gold First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator instructions] Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. I'd now like to hand conference over to your speaker today, Ankit Shah, VP of Strategy and Business Development. Please go ahead.

Ankit Shah

Thank you, Michelle, and good morning, everyone. us call New and joining XXXX first you conference earnings webcast. appreciate today Gold's for quarter I

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Rob Chausse

very highlights Thanks providers release. our with And production Slide details consistent our morning, for X Ankit. much good operating are The press QX. April production

and year and at primarily from Total lower Amount to River to equivalent Afton. prior New quarter During ounces gold of ounces XX.X ounces consisted from QXm throughput grades Rainy pounds due as gold gold million copper, Afton. the ounces. produced is compared XX,XXX lower gold company of XX,XXX of the lower of XX,XXX production New XX,XXX gold

to $X.XX was prior due FX first equivalent rate impact rate against volumes of higher the guided in FX rate, than lower around year regards the of impact Canadian strengthening operating expense million. sales ounce dollar US the our CAD was with FX Our dollar quarter per and a quarter to $X the our

and $X sensitivity the a $X,XXX lower ounce, volumes. change X% basis due equivalent year sustaining cash in primarily about CAD quarter $X.XX impact a the our million all-in forward operating to than US prior represents quarter sales the for per Consolidated Going on costs were FX rate higher flow.

on into revenue first our was prior the per pounds by of year Turning quarter $X.XX revenue ounce, due financial at metal driven average XX,XXX pound. X; realized QX $XXX.X XX.X of of higher million $X,XXX and gold gold than of quarter results at approximately prices. price slide an was to higher sales sales ounces per copper XX% million

operating prices. metal by $X.XX higher adjustments share a per earnings share per Our the for charges, million XXXX, share of cash differences share of compared $XX.X or Company certain lower earnings quarter revenue primarily loss was share $X.XX due other net $X.XX recorded in to in to than flow the loss in prior of $X.XX for or before $XX.X per driven net capital or compared first quarter, net per $XX QX to the QX or million million were QX adjusting working $X.XX XXXX. of After higher depreciation. and million a $X.X quarter during year per higher

on Our to royalty. the adjustments adjusted unrealized mark-to-market flow cash related our and QX includes adjustments River earnings free Rainy stream,

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Renaud Adams

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season plan as on a Our the of and development construction C-Zone track remains planned. for start

track on we're So results pleased with achieve phase well really as of both exploration New mines first their Afton. at are to the very guidance,

first in And focused pretty interpretations patterns deposit. be different we're to some nearly interesting we're the similar drilling Afton of engaged deeper going XX,XXX the showed pretty us phase drilling second of where phase on The now those meters New to priority as three follow drilling have this in well as come well, targets, or some like has the on on to more commenced up We mentioned we to on underground got year. as trends. that the program

Operator? portion. now of the presentation will turn -- call really the to this completing is the call. portion back I the So to for the operator Q&A our

Operator

[Operator Turnbull from first comes from Trevor question Scotiabank. Instructions] Your

TrevorTurnbull

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RenaudAdams

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TrevorTurnbull

about think material year? -- you process any going XX,XXX talked tonnes all Or to to in the able is for a I this you Are do be future? And of the stockpiled put sometime you stockpile. this add looking having develop to that to

RenaudAdams

going. some the year. we'll you comes stockpile truth is, average - a impact a There is tonnes in many currently be how as really from result, we're underground. mean, imagine. imagine to stockpiling you to the taken, some first is the if XX,XXX precautions is a and can the eventually, and XX But we'll I see are but see with not can day, this definitely something when It metals quarter where processed lot It's we you of XX,XXX tonnes we're this later

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TrevorTurnbull

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RenaudAdams

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blend. the case is is basic just plan Our to

Operator

over will presenters the we our the time, for turn further closing this questions no At have remarks. in queue. I back call to

Ankit Shah

To of us who Michelle. joined you you all today. Thank you, Thank have again.

or additional you out As by to always, reach should have hesitate any great phone much. questions, please do us day. very not Have a email. Thanks to

Operator

Thank you, call. everyone. This concludes today's conference

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