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GOLD ROYALTY REPORTS 2023 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS AND FORECASTS APPROXIMATE 100% GROWTH IN REVENUE IN 2024 DRIVEN BY CORNERSTONE ROYALTIES ENTERING PRODUCTION

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GOLD ROYALTY REPORTS 2023 FINANCIAL AND OPERATING RESULTS AND FORECASTS APPROXIMATE 100% GROWTH IN REVENUE IN 2024 DRIVEN BY CORNERSTONE ROYALTIES ENTERING PRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Royalty Corp. (NYSE American: GROY) is pleased to announce the filing of its operating and financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2023. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.

 

David Garofalo, Chairman and CEO of Gold Royalty, commented: “In just three years, we have grown rapidly from 18 development stage royalties to 240 royalties, including 5 producing projects. We feel our portfolio is poised to deliver one of the strongest revenue growth trajectories in the royalty and streaming sector. We executed several important acquisitions in 2023, including the Borborema and Cozamin royalties, which supplement our organic revenue growth from key assets entering and ramping up production, such as Côté and Odyssey. 2024 is expected to be a pivotal year, with approximately 100% growth expected in gold equivalent ounces and positive operating cash flow based on the public forecasts and other disclosure by the owners and operators of our assets. With gold at an all-time high, and several important potential catalysts across our portfolio, we are very excited by the outlook for 2024.”

 

2023 Results Summary:

 

The following table sets forth selected financial information for the three and full year ended December 31, 2023:

 

For three months
ended
For the year ended
December
31, 2023
December
31, 2022
December
31, 2023
December
31, 2022
(in thousands of dollars, except per share and GEO amounts) ($) ($) ($) ($)
Revenue 1,016 582 3,048 3,993
Net loss (19,360) (2,204) (26,756) (12,709)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted (0.13) (0.02) (0.18) (0.10)
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital (995) (2,315) (5,049) (9,604)
Non-IFRS and Other Measures
Total Revenue, Land Agreement Proceeds and Interest* 1,319 1,131 5,216 5,837
Cash Operating Expenses* (2,017) (2,940) (8,004) (12,580)
Adjusted Net Earnings/(Loss)*(1) 935 (2,824) (3,965) (11,254)
Adjusted Net Earnings/(Loss) Per Share, basic and diluted* 0.01 (0.02) (0.03) (0.08)
Total Gold Equivalent Ounces (“GEOs“) 667 653 2,703 3,204
(1) Adjusted Net Earnings for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2023, includes $2.3 million deferred tax recovery that was recognized as a result of convertible debt financing. An offsetting deferred tax expense has been recognized directly in equity. See Note 11 of our audited annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023 for further information.

* See Non-IFRS Measures below.

 

For further detailed information, please refer to the Company’s consolidated financial statements and Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2023, copies of which are available under the Company’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca and www.sec.gov.

 

*Adjusted Net Earnings/(Loss) Per Share, Total Revenue, Land Agreement Proceeds and Interest, GEOs, and Cash Operating Expenses are non-IFRS measures and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results under IFRS. See “Non-IFRS Measures” below for further information.

 

2023 Highlights and 2024 Outlook:

 

  • The Company currently forecasts between approximately 5,000 and 5,600 GEOs* in 2024, based upon the current disclosed plans of the underlying operators, which equates to approximately $10.0 million to $11.2 million in Total Revenue, Land Agreement Proceeds and Interest at a gold price of $2,000 per ounce. If achieved, this would represent an increase in GEOs of over 100% compared to 2023. Cash Operating Expenses are expected to remain essentially unchanged in 2024. Taken together, this would lead to positive operating cash flow in 2024.
  • Revenue was $3.0 million and Total Revenue, Land Agreement Proceeds and Interest* was $5.2 million (2,703 GEOs) for 2023, which was slightly below guidance primarily due to the continued deferral of production at Canadian Malartic into 2024. Cash Operating Expenses* of $8.0 million were 36% lower than the prior year and within the guidance range on a total and recurring basis.
  • Net loss per share for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023 was $0.13, which included a non-cash impairment charge taken on select non-core assets. Adjusted Net Earnings Per Share for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023 were $0.01 compared to an Adjusted Net Loss Per Share of $0.02 in the fourth quarter of 2022.
  • All of the Company’s core assets have demonstrated considerable progress in 2023 contributing to what we believe is industry-leading revenue growth through the end of this decade. Côté is expected to commence production imminently; Odyssey continues to ramp up and we will benefit from a full year of revenue in 2024 from our most recent acquisitions, Borborema and Cozamin.

 

2024 Outlook

 

The Company currently forecasts between approximately 5,000 and 5,600 GEOs in 2024 which equates to approximately $10.0 million to $11.2 million in Total Revenue, Land Agreement Proceeds and Interest at a gold price of $2,000 per ounce. This represents a midpoint increase in GEOs of approximately 100% relative to 2023. Total GEOs is a non-IFRS financial measure. See “Non-IFRS Measures”.

 

The Company’s recurring Cash Operating Expenses are currently expected to be consistent with 2023 and the Company expects to achieve positive operating cash flow in 2024 when a number of its growth projects ramp up in production, including the long-life cornerstone mines at Côté and Odyssey and a full year of cash inflows from the recently acquired Cozamin and Borborema royalties. Cash Operating Expenses is a non-IFRS financial measure. See “Non-IFRS Measures”.

 

The 2024 outlook regarding total GEOs is based on public forecasts, expected development timelines and other disclosure by the owners and operators of the properties underlying our interests and our assessment thereof.

 

Portfolio Update

 

Odyssey Project (3.0% NSR over the northern portion of the project): Agnico Eagle Mines Limited owns and operates the Canadian Malartic Complex that is one of the world’s largest gold mining operations and is comprised of the open-pit Canadian Malartic mine and the underground Odyssey mine. The Canadian Malartic complex will progressively transition from open pit to underground mining between 2023 and 2028.

 

On February 15, 2024, Agnico Eagle announced its full year 2023 results as well as providing an update on 2023 exploration results and 2024 exploration plans. Exploration drilling at the Odyssey mine in 2023 amounted to a total of 131,565 meters which exceeded the budget of 101,500 meters due to a supplemental 25,000 meters of additional drilling. Agnico Eagle reported conversion of mineral resources into inaugural reserves at Odyssey and have stated that with additional exploration they believe mineralization will continue to be added into the existing 20-year mine life with good potential to grow yearly gold production and extend mine life. Specifically, Agnico Eagle stated that continued positive results from the Odyssey internal zones show the potential to add mineral resources with further drilling at shallow depth near existing underground mine infrastructure.

 

For further information see Agnico Eagle’s news release dated February 15, 2024, available under its profile on www.sedarplus.ca

 

Côté Gold Project (0.75% NSR royalty over the southern portion of the project): On February 15, 2024, IAMGOLD Corporation announced its 2023 results and provided its outlook for 2024. As of December 31, 2023, the Côté Gold Project was estimated to be 98% complete construction with production at Côté Gold, on a 100% basis, expected to be between 220,000 and 290,000 ounces for the year. IAMGOLD’s estimate assumes initial gold production by the end of March, with a steady ramp up of gold production throughout 2024 with expected commercial production being achieved in the third quarter. Once at steady run-rate, IAMGOLD expects Côté Gold will be Canada’s third largest gold mine with an expected mine life exceeding 18 years with additional opportunities for growth.

 

For further information see IAMGOLD’s news release dated February 15, 2024, available under its profile on www.sedarplus.ca.

 

Borborema Gold Project (2.00% NSR royalty and gold-linked royalty-convertible loan): On February 20, 2024, Aura Minerals Inc. announced its 2023 annual results including an update on construction at the Borborema project. Following commencement of construction in Q3 2023, construction is well underway with 17% completed to date, and production expected to start in early 2025. Gold Royalty expects to receive 1,440 GEOs in 2024 from Aura through fixed pre-production payments associated with the 2.0% NSR royalty and gold-linked coupon payments associated with the gold-linked royalty-convertible loan.

 

The Borborema royalty decreases to a 0.5% NSR after 725,000 oz of gold production. Subject to a buyback right of the operator, whereby a 0.5% NSR may be repurchased for $2.5 million after the earlier of 2,250,000 oz of production or 2050.

 

For further information see Aura’s news release dated February 20, 2024, available under its profile on www.sedarplus.ca.

 

Ren Project (1.5% NSR royalty and 3.5% NPI): On September 12, 2023, Barrick Gold Corporation issued a news release that included an update on the embedded growth projects. It disclosed that at Carlin, Ren was highlighted as an expected continued driver of growth with expected increases in resources and a pre-feasibility study targeted by Barrick for 2026. In its management’s discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2023, Barrick highlighted continued exploration success at the Ren deposit. The step-out surface drilling program intercepted the targeted Corona dike at a depth of approximately 900 meters downhole and returned 4.7 meters at 24.90 g/t Au, which it stated confirmed the continuity of high-grade mineralization and paving the way for underground platform development in the future to convert more material to the west.

 

For further information see Barrick’s news releases dated September 12, 2023, and management’s discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2023, available under its profile on www.sedarplus.ca.

 

Granite Creek Mine Project (10.0% NPI): On February 7, 2024, i-80 Gold Corp provided a summary of 2023 activities and 2024 exploration and development plans, including ongoing initiatives at the Granite Creek Mine Project. The South Pacific Zone is a priority area of development for i-80 and, and they have announced plans to advance a development plan that will include extending a decline in order to provide access to the SPZ allowing it to become part of Granite Creek mine plan in H1-2024. Ewan Downie, CEO of i-80 stated, “The results from our 2023 definition programs demonstrate the potential for the SPZ to be a significant deposit located on strike from one of North America’s largest gold mining operations. Mineralization remains open at depth and along strike to the north with the average intercept grade in the northern extension definition program of approximately 15 g/t gold with true widths ranging up to 15 metres.”

 

For further information see i80’s news release dated February 7, 2024, available under its profile on www.sedarplus.ca.

 

Cozamin Mine (1.0% NSR over a portion of the mine): On January 24, 2024, Capstone Copper Corp. reported 2023 production and 2024 guidance. Production from Cozamin in 2024 is anticipated by Capstone to be similar to 2023 at 22,000 to 24,000 tonnes of copper on a 100% basis. Operating costs in 2024 are forecasted to be higher than those in 2023 driven by a higher proportion of cut-and-fill mining methods compared to longhole stoping, along with a stronger Mexican peso.

 

For further information see Capstone’s news release dated January 24, 2024, available under its profile on www.sedarplus.ca.

 

Royalty Generation Model Update

 

Our Royalty Generator Model continues to generate positive results with six new royalties added in the year ended December 31, 2023. We have generated 39 royalties since the acquisition of Ely Gold Royalties Inc. in 2021 through this model.

 

We currently have 29 properties subject to land agreements and 7 properties under lease generating land agreement proceeds. The model continues to incur low operating costs with only $0.16 million spent on maintaining the mineral interests in 2023.

 

About Gold Royalty Corp.

 

Gold Royalty Corp. is a gold-focused royalty company offering creative financing solutions to the metals and mining industry. Its mission is to invest in high-quality, sustainable, and responsible mining operations to build a diversified portfolio of precious metals royalty and streaming interests that generate superior long-term returns for our shareholders. Gold Royalty’s diversified portfolio currently consists primarily of net smelter return royalties on gold properties located in the Americas.

 

Qualified Person

 

Alastair Still, P.Geo., Director of Technical Services of the Company, is a “qualified person” as such term is defined under Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information disclosed in this news release.

 

Posted March 28, 2024

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