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Teck Reports Unaudited First Quarter Results for 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Delivering on Our Key Priorities

 

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B) (NYSE: TECK) announced its unaudited first quarter results for 2021.

 

“Strong first quarter operational performance, in line with plan, and higher commodity prices contributed to a very solid start to 2021,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “We achieved major milestones for our priority projects, including surpassing the half-way point at our flagship QB2 copper growth project and moving into the commissioning phase of our Neptune steelmaking coal terminal upgrade. We remain absolutely focused on implementing the necessary protocols to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our people and local communities.”

 

Highlights

 

  • Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders1 of $326 million or $0.61 per share in Q1 2021, an increase of 247% compared to the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $967 million in Q1 2021, an increase of 59% compared to the same period last year.
  • Overall QB2 project progress surpassed the half-way point in April.
  • Our Neptune port upgrade is now in the commissioning phase and ramp-up will continue as planned. To date 18 vessels have been loaded using the new outbound system.
  • Our operations continue to be resilient despite ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19, with production in line with plan across our business units and sales meeting our Q1 2021 guidance.
  • Our copper business unit had a strong Q1 2021 with an increase in gross profit before depreciation and amortization1 of 76% compared to the same period last year, supported by an average realized copper price of US$3.92 per pound and copper production of 71,700 tonnes, in line with plan.
  • Sales of steelmaking coal were 6.2 million tonnes in Q1 2021, with approximately 2 million tonnes sold to Chinese customers based on CFR China prices, which were significantly higher than FOB Australia prices.
  • Teck Coal Limited has resolved Fisheries Act charges in connection with discharges of selenium and calcite from our steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley of British Columbia in 2012.
  • The Elkview Saturated Rock Fill (SRF) was successfully commissioned in Q1 2021, on schedule and below budget. The SRF is now treating and reducing selenium and nitrate and improving water quality in the receiving environment.
  • Liquidity of $6.3 billion as at April 27, 2021.

 

Note:

  1. Non-GAAP Financial Measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section below for further information and reconciliation.

 

 

Financial Summary Q1 2021

 

Financial Metrics
(CAD$ in millions, except per share data)
Q1 2021 Q1 2020  
Revenues $ 2,547 $ 2,377  
Gross profit before depreciation and amortization1 $ 1,032 $ 776  
Gross profit $ 654 $ 398  
Adjusted EBITDA1 $ 967 $ 608  
Profit (loss) attributable to shareholders $ 305 $ (312 )
Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders1 $ 326 $ 94  
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.57 $ (0.57 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.57 $ (0.57 )
Adjusted basic earnings per share1 $ 0.61 $ 0.17  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share1 $ 0.61 $ 0.17  

 

Note:

  1. Non-GAAP Financial Measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section below for further information and reconciliation.

 

Key Updates

 

Executing on our copper growth strategy – QB2 a long-life, low-cost operation with major expansion potential

  • Overall project progress surpassed the half-way point in April;
  • Pace of construction continues to trend upwards hitting new weekly records over the last month;
  • The project continues to manage through the current COVID-19 wave in Chile; and
  • First production continues to be expected in the second half of 2022.
  • Click here for a photo gallery and click here for a video of construction progress on QB2.

 

Neptune Bulk Terminals – securing a low-cost reliable supply chain for our steelmaking coal business unit

  • Our Neptune port upgrade project is now in the commissioning phase and ramp-up will continue as planned.
  • To date 18 vessels have been loaded using the new outbound system. Click here for a video of the new rotary double dumper in operation.

 

Guidance

  • There has been no change in our previously issued annual guidance, outlined in summary below. Our usual guidance tables, including three-year production guidance, can be found on pages 27 – 31 of Teck’s full first quarter results for 2021 at the link below.

 

2021 Guidance – Summary    
Production Guidance    
Copper (000’s tonnes)   275 – 290
Zinc (000’s tonnes)   585 – 610
Refined zinc (000’s tonnes)   300 – 310
Steelmaking coal (million tonnes)   25.5 – 26.5
Bitumen (million barrels)   8.6 – 12.1
Sales Guidance – Q2 2021    
Red Dog zinc in concentrate sales (000’s tonnes)   35 – 45
Steelmaking coal sales (million tonnes)   6.0 – 6.4
Unit Cost Guidance    
Copper net cash unit costs (US$/lb.) $ 1.30 – 1.40
Zinc net cash unit costs (US$/lb.) $ 0.40 – 0.45
Steelmaking coal adjusted site cash cost of sales (CAD$/tonne) $ 59 – 64
Steelmaking coal transportation costs (CAD$/tonne) $ 36 – 39
Bitumen adjusted operating costs (CAD$/barrel) $ 28 – 32
     

 

Click here to view Teck’s full first quarter results for 2021.

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Our financial results are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. This document refers to a number of Non- GAAP Financial Measures which are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the
United States. These Non-GAAP Financial Measures are discussed below, as well as defined and reconciled, as applicable, to the relevant IFRS measure.

 

Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders – For adjusted profit, we adjust profit attributable to shareholders as reported to remove the after-tax effect of certain types of transactions that reflect measurement changes on our balance sheet or are not indicative of our normal operating activities. We believe adjusted profit helps us and readers better understand the results of our normal operating activities and the ongoing cash generating potential of our business.

 

Adjusted basic earnings per share – Adjusted basic earnings per share is adjusted profit divided by average number of shares outstanding in the period.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share – Adjusted diluted earnings per share is adjusted profit divided by average number of fully diluted shares in a period.

 

EBITDA – EBITDA is profit before net finance expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization.

 

Adjusted EBITDA – Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA before the pre-tax effect of the adjustments that we make to adjusted profit attributable to shareholders as described above.

 

The adjustments described above to profit attributable to shareholders and EBITDA highlight items and allow us and readers to analyze the rest of our results more clearly. We believe that disclosing these measures assists readers in understanding the ongoing cash generating potential of our business in order to provide liquidity to fund working capital needs, service outstanding debt, fund future capital expenditures and investment opportunities, and pay dividends.

 

Gross profit before depreciation and amortization – Gross profit before depreciation and amortization is gross profit with the depreciation and amortization expense added back. We believe this measure assists us and readers to assess our ability to generate cash flow from our business units or operations.

 

 

Profit (Loss) and Adjusted Profit

 

  Three months
ended March 31,
(CAD$ in millions)   2021     2020  
         
Profit (loss) attributable to shareholders $ 305   $ (312 )
Add (deduct) on an after-tax basis:    
Asset impairment       474  
COVID-19 costs       22  
Environmental costs   (33 )   (87 )
Inventory write-downs (reversals)   (6 )   27  
Share-based compensation   10     (22 )
Commodity derivative losses   15     15  
Taxes and other   35     (23 )
     
Adjusted profit attributable to shareholders $ 326   $ 94  
Adjusted basic earnings per share $ 0.61   $ 0.17  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.61   $ 0.17  
     

 

 

Reconciliation of Basic Earnings per share to Adjusted Basic Earnings per share

 

      Three months
ended March 31,
(Per share amounts)   2021     2020  
         
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.57   $ (0.57 )
Add (deduct):    
Asset impairment       0.87  
COVID-19 costs       0.04  
Environmental costs   (0.06 )   (0.16 )
Inventory write-downs (reversals)   (0.01 )   0.05  
Share-based compensation   0.02     (0.04 )
Commodity derivative losses   0.03     0.03  
Other   0.06     (0.05 )
     
Adjusted basic earnings per share $ 0.61   $ 0.17  
     

 

 

Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings per share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings per share

 

      Three months
ended March 31,
(Per share amounts)   2021     2020  
         
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.57   $ (0.57 )
Add (deduct):    
Asset impairment       0.87  
COVID-19 costs       0.04  
Environmental costs   (0.06 )   (0.16 )
Inventory write-downs (reversals)   (0.01 )   0.05  
Share-based compensation   0.02     (0.04 )
Commodity derivative losses   0.03     0.03  
Other   0.06     (0.05 )
     
Adjusted diluted earnings per share $ 0.61   $ 0.17  
     

 

 

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

 

  Three months
ended March 31
(CAD$ in millions)   2021     2020  
       
Profit (loss) $ 292   $ (311 )
Finance expense net of finance income   51     47  
Provision for (recovery of) income taxes   209     (69 )
Depreciation and amortization   378     378  
     
EBITDA   930     45  
     
Add (deduct):    
Asset impairment       647  
COVID-19 costs       44  
Environmental costs   (46 )   (121 )
Inventory write-downs (reversals)   (10 )   36  
Share-based compensation   14     (30 )
Commodity derivative losses   20     21  
Other   59     (34 )
     
Adjusted EBITDA $ 967   $ 608  
       

 

Reconciliation of Gross Profit Before Depreciation and Amortization

 

  Three months
ended March 31,
(CAD$ in millions)   2021     2020  
       
Gross profit $ 654   $ 398  
Depreciation and amortization   378     378  
     
Gross profit before depreciation and amortization $ 1,032   $ 776  
     
Reported as:    
Copper    
Highland Valley Copper $ 202     77  
Antamina   202     123  
Carmen de Andacollo   47     60  
Quebrada Blanca   11     3  
Other       (1 )
       
    462     262  
     
Zinc    
Trail Operations   43     11  
Red Dog   125     158  
Other   3     14  
       
    171     183  
     
Steelmaking coal   412     421  
     
Energy   (13 )   (90 )
     
Gross profit before depreciation and amortization $ 1,032   $ 776  
       

 

Posted April 28, 2021

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