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Osisko Reports 2018 Results and Provides 2019 Guidance

 

 

 

 

 

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (TSX:OR) (NYSE:OR) today announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 and provides guidance for 2019.

 

Highlights

 

  • Earned 20,005 gold equivalent ounces1 in the fourth quarter, for record annual GEOs of 80,553 in 2018, an increase of 37% compared to 2017;
  • Generated cash flows from operating activities of $18.6 million for the quarter and $82.2 million for the year 2018, an increase of 69% compared to 2017;
  • Recorded adjusted earnings2 of $13.0 million, $0.08 per basic share2 ($31.4 million for the year 2018, $0.20 per basic share), compared to $1.0 million, $0.01 per basic share in the fourth quarter of 2017 ($22.7 million for the year 2017, $0.18 per basic share);
  • Recorded cash operating margins3 of 90% from royalty and stream interests in the fourth quarter and for the full year 2018, maintaining the highest margin in the metals and mining sector, generating $27.8 million in operating cash flow in the fourth quarter ($114.1 million for the year 2018), in addition to a quarterly cash operating margin of $0.9 million from offtake interests in the fourth quarter ($5.0 million for the year 2018);
  • Fully repaid its credit facility in January 2019 ($71.7 million in the fourth quarter 2018 for a total of $123.5 million for the year 2018, in addition to a payment of $30.0 million in January 2019), and extended the maturity date by one year to November 14, 2022; Osisko now has up to $450.0 million available under the credit facility;
  • Incurred impairment charges of $166.3 million ($123.7 million, net of income taxes), including $148.5 million on the Éléonore NSR royalty interest ($109.1 million, net of income taxes), compared to $89.0 million in 2017 on the Éléonore NSR royalty interest ($65.4 million, net of income taxes). On February 13, 2019, Goldcorp Inc. announced an impairment expense of US$1.4 billion, net of income taxes, against the carrying value of the Éléonore mine, as a result of the previously announced acquisition of the company by Newmont Mining Corporation and due to the decrease in mineral reserves and resources and the reduction in the estimated fair value of Éléonore’s exploration potential;
  • Received payment from Pretium Exploration Inc. for the repurchase of Osisko Bermuda’s interest in the Brucejack gold and silver stream for US$118.5 million ($159.4 million), generating a gain of $9.1 million;
  • Maintained ownership and financing rights in respect to the Curraghinalt Gold project through the take-private acquisition of Dalradian Resources Inc. by Orion Mine Finance. Osisko holds a put option, subject to certain restrictions, to sell its shares for a period of 180 days at $1.47 per share;
  • Amended the Renard diamond stream, thereby investing an additional $21.6 million and improving the cash margin on this stream;
  • Acquired for cancellation 2,709,779 of our common shares for $32.9 million in the year 2018, in addition to 852,500 common shares acquired in 2019 for $10.2 million (total of $20.0 million under the $100.0 million buyback program announced in December 2018);
  • Held $174.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and $397.1 million in equity investments4 as at December 31, 2018;
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per common share payable on January 15, 2019 to shareholders of record as at December 31, 2018; and
  • Declared quarterly dividends totaling $0.20 per common share for the year 2018 for $31.2 million, bringing the total to $86.3 million since inception in 2014.

 

For more details, please refer to the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Recent Performance

 

Sean Roosen, Chair and Chief Executive Officer commented on the 2018 activities: “We achieved record revenues and cash flow with the full year production from our portfolio of assets acquired from Orion in 2017.  During the year, we continued to build on our asset base to position our shareholders to benefit from increasing production and favorable precious metal prices.  In less than 5 years we have invested over $2.5 billion in royalty, streaming and offtake assets, as well as in our mining equity portfolio of emerging producers.

 

We would also like to thank all our operating partners for their contribution to our success. We would particularly highlight the strong performance of Canadian Malartic, our flagship 5% NSR royalty asset, which achieved record gold production of 698,000 ounces in 2018.”

 

Outlook

 

Osisko’s 2019 outlook on royalty, stream and offtake interests is based on publicly available forecasts, in particular the forecasts for the Canadian Malartic mine published by Yamana and Agnico Eagle, for the Éléonore mine published by Goldcorp, for the Renard mine published by Stornoway, and for the Island Gold mine published by Alamos. When publicly available forecasts on properties are not available, Osisko obtains internal forecasts from the producers, which is the case for the Sasa mine and the Mantos Blancos mine, or uses management’s best estimate.

 

Attributable GEOs for 2019, estimated between 85,000 and 95,000, and cash margin by interest are as follows:

 

 

               
 
 
  Low   High   Cash
margin
 
    (GEOs)   (GEOs)   (%)  
               
Royalty interests   54,700   61,100   99.9  
Stream interests   28,000   31,300   65.5  
Offtake interests   2,300   2,600   1.2  
    85,000   95,000      
               

 

For the 2019 guidance, silver, diamonds and cash royalties have been converted to GEOs using commodity prices of US$1,300 per ounce of gold, US$15.50 per ounce of silver and US$95 per carat for diamonds from the Renard mine (blended sales price) and an exchange rate (US$/C$) of 1.30.

 

Board of Directors

 

Messrs. Pierre Chenard and André Gaumond have advised the Company that they will not be standing for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting of Osisko to be held on May 1, 2019.

 

Sean Roosen, Chair and CEO noted: “André has been a leading explorationist in Québec and a visionary in seeing the potential of mine development in the Northern region of Québec. He has also been a key industry member that worked on a collaborative effort with all stakeholders, especially in the James Bay region, to ensure the sustainable development of the region under Québec’s Plan Nord. André will continue to be a friend to the Osisko Board and we will take advantage of his experience and knowledge when we can. André led the team and investment required for the discovery of Éléonore, which is a great example of development in the north, providing high quality jobs in an area that will continue for many years to come”.

 

Mr. Roosen also noted: “Pierre provided great insights to our Board and Management over his tenure on the Board and we look forward to working with him in his new functions with a major gold producer and wish him best success in his new functions”.

 

About Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

 

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd is an intermediate precious metal royalty company that holds a North American focused portfolio of over 130 royalties, streams and precious metal offtakes. Osisko’s portfolio is anchored by its 5% NSR royalty on the Canadian Malartic Mine, which is the largest gold mine in Canada. Osisko also owns a portfolio of publicly held resource companies, including a 32.2% interest in Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd., a 16.7% interest in Osisko Mining Inc., a 15.4% interest in Victoria Gold Corp., a 17.8% interest in Falco Resources Ltd and a 10.6% interest in Osisko Metals Incorporated.

 

Posted February 20, 2019

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