Record Annual Cash Flows from Operating Activities of $91.6 Million
Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (TSX:OR) (NYSE:OR) announced its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019 and provides guidance for 2020.
Sean Roosen, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the activities of the fourth quarter of 2019: “Our royalty and stream business continues to be strong with record cash flows from operating activities of $91.6 million for the year 2019. Going forward in 2020, we welcome the addition of royalty production from the newly commissioned Eagle mine operated by Victoria Gold Corp. The addition of the Cariboo Gold project to our portfolio adds a potentially world-class asset in Canada in an impacted brownfield site with significant infrastructure in place. Our goal is to create significant value at Cariboo within the North Spirit Discovery Group.”
Impairment of Assets
The non-cash impairment charges in the fourth quarter of 2019 on stream and offtake interests of $93.9 million ($86.7 million, net of income taxes) included $66.7 million on the Amulsar gold/silver stream and offtake (Lydian International Ltd. applied for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in December 2019) and $27.2 million ($20.0 million net of income taxes) on the Éléonore royalty (Newmont Corporation released a decrease in reserves and resources of approximately 50% in February 2020). In addition, the Company incurred a non-cash impairment charge of $50.0 million on the Coulon zinc project ($37.6 million, net of income taxes) (the Company has decided not to pursue the development of the project in the near term).
Osisko is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Murray John to its Board of Directors. Mr. John currently serves as a director of O3 Mining Inc. and has been a director of Osisko Mining Inc. from August 2015 to June 2018. Prior to his retirement in December 2015, Mr. John was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Resources Limited, a private resource-focused investment company, and Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager with Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel Inc. Mr. John was also the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Corona Gold Corporation and Ryan Gold Corporation up to 2015. He has been involved with the resource investment industry since 1992 and has worked as an investment banker, buy-side mining analyst, sell-side mining analyst, and portfolio manager. Mr. John graduated from the Camborne School of Mines in 1980. He also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto in 1992. Sean Roosen commented: “We are pleased to welcome Murray to the Board of Directors and we look forward to benefiting from his extensive experience in the global resource sector.”
Osisko’s 2020 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 Gold Inc. and Agnico Eagle Mines Limited and for the Éléonore mine published by Newmont Corporation. When publicly available forecasts on properties are not available, Osisko obtains internal forecasts from the producers, which is the case for the Renard mine and the Mantos Blancos mine, or uses management’s best estimate.
GEOs and cash margin by interest are estimated as follows for 2020:
|* Excluding the offtake interests|
For the 2020 guidance, silver, diamonds and cash royalties have been converted to GEOs using commodity prices of US$1,450 per ounce of gold, US$17.00 per ounce of silver and US$70 per carat for diamonds from the Renard mine (blended sales price) and an exchange rate (US$/C$) of 1.30.
About Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd
Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd is an intermediate precious metal royalty company focused on the Americas that commenced activities in June 2014. Osisko holds a North American focused portfolio of over 135 royalties, streams and precious metal offtakes. Osisko’s portfolio is anchored by its cornerstone asset, a 5% net smelter return royalty on the Canadian Malartic mine, which is the largest gold mine in Canada. Osisko also owns the Cariboo gold project in Canada as well as a portfolio of publicly held resource companies, including a 15.9% interest in Osisko Mining Inc., 17.9% interest in Osisko Metals Incorporated and a 19.9% interest in Falco Resources Ltd.
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