ENP Newswire - 08 August 2014
Release date- 07082014 - TORONTO - Franco-Nevada Corporation (TSX: FNV; NYSE: FNV) reported second quarter 2014 results with $107.7 million in revenue, an increase of 15% over second quarter 2013.
In addition, 64,734 Gold Equivalent Ounces(1) ('GEOs') were earned with Net Income of $36.9 million, or $0.25 per share, Adjusted Net Income(2) of $36.0 million, or $0.24 per share and Adjusted EBITDA(3) of $87.2 million, or $0.59 per share.
'Franco-Nevada's diversified portfolio continues to provide impressive results. This quarter, it was our oil & gas assets that made a particularly strong contribution,' said David Harquail, CEO. 'We remain a gold-focused company and in the past nine months have invested over $260 million, primarily in gold assets, adding over 30 new royalties to our portfolio. Franco-Nevada remains financially strong, debt free and we expect to continue to make further investments.'
For the second quarter of 2014, revenue grew to $107.7 million, an increase of 15%, over the second quarter of 2013. GEOs were 64,734 representing a 15% increase over the same period of 2013. The Company saw growth in revenue and GEOs from recent acquisitions and higher production levels from Canadian, International, and Australian gold assets, PGM assets and other minerals, partially offset by lower production from U.S. gold assets.
In addition, our oil & gas assets generated $23.7 million in revenues during the quarter, an increase of 30% due to a higher realized oil price and lower capital spending attributable to our Weyburn net royalty interest. Revenue was earned 74% from precious metals (61% gold and 13% PGM) and 80% from North America and Australia (42% Canada, 16% U.S., 17% Mexico and 5% Australia).
Franco-Nevada realized 64,734 GEOs from its mineral assets and $23.7 million in revenue from its oil & gas assets for the second quarter of 2014. For the first half of 2014, Franco-Nevada realized 130,570 GEOs and $42.4 million in revenue from its oil & gas assets.
Franco-Nevada continues to expect to receive between 245,000 to 265,000 GEOs from its mineral assets and is now expected to earn $70.0 to $80.0 million in revenue from its oil & gas assets for fiscal 2014. Of the 245,000 to 265,000 GEOs, Franco-Nevada expects to receive 125,000 to 135,000 GEOs under its various stream agreements.
For 2014 guidance, platinum and palladium metals have been converted to GEOs using commodity prices of $1,300/oz Au, $1,400/oz Pt and $725/oz Pd. For the remainder of 2014, the WTI oil price is assumed to average $95 per barrel with similar discounts for Canadian oil as experienced in 2013. 2014 guidance assumes the continued steady state of operations from our assets.
Corporate & Portfolio Updates
Business Development: During the quarter, Franco-Nevada closed the previously announced Cerro Moro acquisition for $19.6 million and a $2.5 million acquisition of eight exploration royalties located in Australia.
In addition, Franco-Nevada and Coeur Mining Inc. agreed to end the existing Palmarejo gold stream following the completion of the minimum ounce obligation and enter into a new gold stream agreement under which Franco-Nevada will invest $22.0 million in the Guadalupe project.
Gold - U.S.: GEOs from Barrick Gold Corporation's ('Barrick') Goldstrike mine increased by 1,507 GEOs quarter over quarter ('QoQ') due to lower capital being allocated to the Company's net profits interest ('NPI') royalty and higher production levels with associated revenue increasing by $1.7 million to $5.2 million for the quarter.
Capital spending at Goldstrike is expected to decrease by the end of 2014 with the NPI benefitting in 2015. The newly acquired Fire Creek/Midas royalty will contribute to GEOs and revenue in the second half of 2014.
Completed and proposed corporate transactions in the quarter resulted in the Marigold mine in Nevada being acquired by Silver Standard Resources Inc. and Augusta Resource Corporation, which is developing the Rosemont project in Arizona, being acquired by HudBay Minerals Inc.
Gold - Canada: Overall GEOs from Canadian gold assets increased by 69% QoQ with the largest increases coming from Hemlo due to audit adjustments related to prior quarters recorded in the quarter, and Detour Lake, an asset that began generating GEOs in February 2013 and achieved commercial production in August 2013. Production at Detour Lake is expected to increase as ramp-up activities continue.
Higher GEOs came from Kirkland Lake, a recent acquisition, and Timmins West due to higher production. Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. released an update on Macassa operations with higher production expected for 2015. In addition, Pretium Resources Inc. released an updated feasibility study on its Brucejack project and Rubicon Minerals Corporation released positive initial results on its Phoenix infill drilling program.
Gold - Australia: Unity Mining Inc. announced plans to put Henty on care and maintenance following the mining of the remaining reserves, which is expected to be within the next 18 months.
Gold - Rest of World: GEOs from international gold assets saw growth with the addition of the Sabodala gold stream in Q1 2014 which immediately contributed to GEOs and revenue. Franco-Nevada expects to fund approximately $200.0 million later in 2014 under its precious metals stream agreement on the Cobre Panama project. Discussions between Franco-Nevada and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. related to the security and reporting requirements under the precious metals stream continued during the quarter.
PGM Assets: PGM assets saw a 17% increase in GEOs in the quarter due to higher production from Stillwater and the Sudbury assets.
Oil & Gas: Revenue from oil & gas assets for the quarter was $23.7 million, an increase of 30% QoQ. The increase is due to higher realized oil and gas prices and deferred capital expenditures allocated to the Weyburn net royalty interest.
The Board of Directors of Franco-Nevada is pleased to announce that today it has declared a dividend for the third quarter of $0.20 per share. The dividend will be paid on September 25, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 11, 2014. The Canadian dollar equivalent is determined based on the noon rate posted by the Bank of Canada on August 5, 2014. Under Canadian tax legislation, Canadian resident individuals who receive 'eligible dividends' are entitled to an enhanced gross-up and dividend tax credit on such dividends.
The Company adopted a Dividend Reinvestment Plan ('DRIP') commencing with the October 2013 dividend. Participation in the DRIP is optional. The Company will issue the additional common shares through treasury at a 3% discount to the Average Market Price, as defined in the DRIP.
However, the Company may, from time to time, in its discretion, change or eliminate the discount applicable to treasury acquisitions or direct that such common shares be purchased in market acquisitions at the prevailing market price, any of which would be publicly announced. The DRIP and enrollment forms are available on the Company's website at www.franco-nevada.com.
Registered shareholders may also enroll in the DRIP online through the plan agent's self-service web portal at www.investorcentre.com/franco-nevada. Beneficial shareholders should contact their financial intermediary to arrange enrollment.
This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer of securities. A registration statement relating to the DRIP has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may be obtained under the Company's profile on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov.
For more information, please go to our website at www.franco-nevada.com
Chief Financial Officer
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