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May 6, 2020, 4:31 p.m. EDT

Royal Gold Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Third Quarter Key Metrics Compared to Prior Year Quarter: Revenue of $136.4 million, an increase of 24.3% Operating cash flow of $99.7 million, an increase of 28.7% Volume of 86,200 GEOs1, an increase of 2.4% Dividends paid of $18.4 million, an increase of 5.7% Average price of $1,583 per gold ounce, an increase of 21.4%

Royal Gold, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203440759/composite RGLD +2.48% (together with its subsidiaries, “Royal Gold” or the “Company,” “we” or “our”) reports net income of $38.6 million, or $0.59 per share, on revenue of $136.4 million in its fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2020 (“third quarter”). Adjusted net income [2] was $44.3 million, or $0.68 per share, after excluding a loss on changes in the fair value of equity securities of $0.05 per share and a one-time non-cash employee stock compensation expense item of $0.04 per share.

“Our business model, underpinned by a large, diverse and gold-based operating portfolio, has performed well and allowed us to deliver another solid quarter of operating and financial results as unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 began to develop,” commented Bill Heissenbuttel, President and CEO.

“The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and we are successfully managing our business remotely. Although our high margin provided operating cash flow of approximately $100 million during the quarter, we drew $200 million on our revolving credit facility after the end of the quarter as a precautionary liquidity measure in the event that production suspensions at assets within our portfolio arise, continue or are reinstated. While the impact of COVID-19 has had a limited impact on our producing properties to date, it is difficult to confirm the potential revenue impact of future or ongoing suspensions and we will look to manage our credit facility balance accordingly as the environment evolves.”

The uncertain economic outlook facing the mining industry more generally may present new business development opportunities, and our strong balance sheet and continued access to liquidity position us well to take advantage of new opportunities that may become available. While we are focused on these opportunities, we recognize the significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the communities where we live and work, and Royal Gold has made donations totaling $525,000 to charities working in Colorado, Toronto, Vancouver and Lucerne to help address a variety of needs including food, community programs, and medical supplies and equipment. Working with our Peak Gold project partner, Contango ORE, Inc., we also increased community support to the Native Village of Tetlin.”

Recent Developments

Khoemacau Project

According to Khoemacau Copper Mining (Pty.) Limited (“KCM”), progress continued at the Khoemacau Project (“Khoemacau”) in Botswana, and the project reached approximately 43% of construction completion at the end of the third quarter with 80% of the capital committed. Also according to KCM, activities are focused on underground development, boxcut construction, construction of accommodation, power and water infrastructure at Zone 5, completing construction of the haul road between Zone 5 and the Boseto mill, and refurbishment of the Boseto mill. KCM also reported that underground development on two of the five planned declines started in early February and a further two started in early March.

On April 3, Royal Gold made the third advance payment of $47.9 million, which brings the total contribution to $135.7 million. Royal Gold expects to fund approximately $65 million during the remainder of calendar year 2020, and the total remaining commitment in calendar year 2021 is expected to range from approximately $11 million for the base stream of 80% of payable silver to approximately $64 million should KCM elect to increase the stream from 80% to 100% of payable silver. Further payments are subject to certain conditions and are scheduled to be made on a quarterly basis using an agreed formula and certification process as project spending progresses.

According to KCM, although a six-month state of emergency has been declared by the Government of Botswana to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, mining has been designated an “essential service” and activity at Khoemacau is continuing. Barring any potential delays caused by COVID-19 considerations, KCM continues to expect the first shipment of concentrate by the middle of calendar 2021.

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[1] Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See Schedule A of this press release for additional information.
[2] See Schedule A of this press release for additional information about gold equivalent ounces, or GEOs.

Mount Milligan

On March 26, 2020, Centerra Gold Inc. (“Centerra”) published an updated Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) technical report for the Mount Milligan mine, which provides a detailed update to the life of mine plan contained in the previous NI 43-101 report for Mount Milligan published by Centerra in February of 2017.

Centerra reported a reduction in proven and probable reserves due to increased costs, lower expected productivities, and lower process plant throughput compared to the 2017 report, as well as an update to the resource model and re-estimation of metallurgical recoveries. Details for the reserves and updated life of mine plan, which does not contemplate any growth capital or inclusion of additional mineralized material, were reported by Centerra as follows:

  • Reserves as of December 31, 2019 containing 2.4 million ounces of gold and 959 million pounds of copper (comprised of 191.0 million tonnes grading 0.39 grams per tonne of gold and 0.23% of copper). Reserves were calculated using a gold price of $1,250 per ounce, a copper price of $3.00 per pound, and an exchange rate of US$ 1.00 to C$ 1.25;

  • Production based on a 9-year reserve life through calendar 2028;

  • Average life of mine recoveries of 61.8% for gold and 80.6% for copper;

  • Life of mine payable gold production of 1.45 million ounces, or an average of 161,000 ounces per year;

  • Life of mine payable copper production of 735.6 million pounds, or an average of 81.7 million pounds per year; and,

  • Average life of mine all-in sustaining cost of $704 per ounce of gold sold on a by-product basis, which includes sustaining capital and copper revenue credits (assuming a copper price of $3.00 per pound and an exchange rate of US$ 1.00 to C$ 1.25).

As of March 31, 2020, Royal Gold has recognized a total of $711.5 million in revenue, or $483.4 million of revenue net of cash payments for gold and copper received, which represents approximately 62% of the total $781.5 million investment in Mount Milligan. The net book value of Royal Gold’s investment as of March 31, 2020, was $572.3 million. Due to the reduction in gold and copper reserves, as reported by Centerra, the depletion rate of Royal Gold’s investment at Mount Milligan increased from $402 to $764 per ounce of gold and from $0.81 to $1.48 per pound of copper.

On April 1, 2020, Centerra announced that reductions of manpower and throughput to 50,000 tonnes per day at Mount Milligan would occur as a result of actions implemented to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 1, Centerra announced that processing of surface ore stockpiles using only the primary crusher continued during this period of reduced operations, and a planned two-week maintenance shut-down occurred during mid-April. Centerra further reported that process plant operations restarted in late April and mine operations are expected to ramp up production in mid-May, and the short-term decrease in activity is not expected to have a material impact on calendar 2020 production, or cause changes to calendar 2020 guidance.

Pueblo Viejo

Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”) reported that it continues to advance engineering and evaluation work towards a feasibility study for the process plant expansion and proposed tailings storage facility that could extend the mine life at Pueblo Viejo to beyond calendar 2040. Barrick estimates that the process plant and tailings expansion project could significantly increase throughput and allow the mine to maintain average annual gold production of approximately 800,000 ounces after calendar 2022 (on a 100% basis), and that the increase in tailings storage capacity has the potential to convert approximately 11 million ounces of mineralized material to reserves (on a 100% basis).

Peñasquito

On May 5, 2020, Newmont announced that operations at Peñasquito were placed on care and maintenance on April 12 due to a Mexican federal government decree to temporarily suspend all non-essential activities in Mexico as part of a nationwide effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Newmont further stated that it has continued to engage with government at all levels on a restart plan, and the site is well positioned to ramp back up quickly and efficiently over a two-week period once operations are allowed to restart.

Rainy River

On February 13, 2020, New Gold Inc. (“New Gold”) announced the results of an updated life of mine plan for the Rainy River mine. The corresponding NI 43-101 technical report was filed on March 27, 2020. New Gold reported that the mine plan was based on proven and probable reserves estimated at a gold price of $1,275 per ounce and a silver price of $17.00 per ounce, and it expects there may remain potential to extend the underground mine life beyond calendar 2028 should the prevailing gold price support the development of additional underground mining areas during that period and/or exploration efforts increase the resource inventory. Key highlights of the updated plan as reported by New Gold include:

  • A mine plan covering the calendar 2020 to 2028 period, which considers mining from a smaller and higher-grade open pit through to early 2025, with concurrent mining from a smaller and more selective underground operation from 2022 through 2027. Processing of stockpiled low-grade open pit material is expected to supplement underground mill feed during 2026 to 2028;

  • Overall gold grade of 1.10 grams per tonne mined and 1.06 grams per tonne milled;

  • Average gold recovery of 89%;

  • Average gold equivalent production of 289,000 ounces per year (including 3.6 million ounces of silver converted to gold equivalent using a gold price of $1,300 per ounce and silver price of $16.00 per ounce); and,

  • Proven and probable reserves of 2.636 million ounces of contained gold and 6.266 million ounces of contained silver as at December 31, 2019.

As of March 31, 2020, Royal Gold has recognized revenue from gold and silver produced at Rainy River net of cash payments of approximately $38.0 million, which represents approximately 22% of the total $175 million advance payment for its investment at Rainy River.

As of March 31, 2020, the net book value of Royal Gold’s investment at Rainy River was $152.6 million. Due to the reduction in gold and silver reserves at Rainy River, as reported by New Gold, Royal Gold’s depletion rates increased from $591 to $848 per ounce of gold and from $6.34 to $11.27 per ounce of silver.

As a result of measures to address the spread of COVID-19, Rainy River completed a voluntary two-week shutdown from March 20 to April 2, 2020 according to New Gold. On April 29, 2020 New Gold reported that the mill facility is operating at full capacity with ore supplied from the open pit and medium-grade stockpile, and the mine is operating at approximately 70% of the productivity achieved before the shutdown. New Gold announced that it has withdrawn its calendar 2020 guidance until the impact of COVID-19 is better understood.

Wassa

On March 27, 2020, Golden Star Resources Ltd. (“Golden Star”) reported that deep drilling in calendar 2019 successfully extended the mineralization at Wassa by 200 meters to the south where the deposit remains open to the south and down dip. Golden Star further reported that the exploration strategy during calendar 2020 would transition away from growth of the overall resource to infill drilling to help define the potential mine plans for the southern extension of the operation. According to Golden Star, as of December 31, 2019 the total proven and probable mineral reserves at Wassa contained 1.4 million ounces of gold, and total mineralized material increased over the prior year to approximately 11.2 million contained ounces of gold.

Cortez

During the quarter, Barrick provided the Company with an updated reserve statement and life of mine plan for Cortez. According to Barrick, as of December 31, 2019, total proven and probable reserves subject to the Company’s royalty interests contained 3.5 million ounces of gold (consisting of 87.0 million tonnes of ore at a grade of 1.26 grams per tonne). Reserves were calculated at a gold price of $1,200 per ounce.

Further according to Barrick, total gold production at Cortez from the regions subject to the Company’s interests is expected to be approximately 175,000 ounces in calendar 2020, increasing to an approximate average of 425,000 ounces from calendar 2021 through calendar 2026. The expected production increase from calendar 2020 to calendar 2021 is primarily due to higher contribution from the Crossroads deposit, which is expected to ramp up through calendar 2023 and offset declining production from the other royalty regions.

Third Quarter 2020 Overview

Third quarter revenue was $136.4 million compared to $109.8 million in the prior year quarter, with stream revenue totaling $97.5 million and royalty revenue totaling $39.0 million. The increase in total revenue for the third quarter compared to the prior year quarter was due to higher average gold and silver prices, as well as an increase in gold sales at Andacollo and Pueblo Viejo and higher copper sales at Mount Milligan. These increases were partially offset by lower gold sales at Rainy River and Mount Milligan due to a decrease in deliveries.

Cost of sales, which excludes depreciation, depletion and amortization, increased to $22.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 from $19.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to increased gold sales from Pueblo Viejo and Andacollo and increased gold and silver prices when compared to the prior year quarter. Cost of sales is specific to the Company’s stream agreements and is the result of the purchase of gold, silver and copper for a cash payment.

General and administrative costs increased to $9.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 from $6.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase was due to approximately $3.3 million in additional non-cash compensation in the March 2020 quarter primarily as a result of accelerated vesting of certain equity awards in connection with the retirement of the Company’s former President and Chief Executive Officer and former Vice President and General Counsel.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization increased to $51.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 from $39.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to higher copper sales at Mount Milligan and higher gold sales at Pueblo Viejo. An increase in the depletion rates at Mount Milligan and Rainy River as a result of updated reserves, as discussed above, also contributed to the increase in depletion expense.

Interest and other expense decreased to $2.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, from $7.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower interest expense as a result of a decrease in average debt amounts outstanding when compared to the prior year quarter. As discussed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, in June 2019 the Company repaid at maturity the $370 million aggregate principal amount due under its 2.875% convertible senior notes.

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company recognized an income tax expense totaling $8.7 million, compared with an income tax expense of $9.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2019. The income tax expense resulted in an effective tax rate of 18.5% in the current period, compared with 24.7% in the prior year quarter. The effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2020 included income tax benefits resulting from foreign exchange rate movements compared to the U.S. dollar.

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had current assets of $150.6 million compared to current liabilities of $49.8 million resulting in working capital of $100.8 million. This compares to current assets of $154.7 million and current liabilities of $33.6 million, or working capital of $121.1 million, at June 30, 2019.

During the third quarter, liquidity needs were met from $99.7 million in net cash provided by operating activities and available cash resources. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had $105 million outstanding and $895 million available under its revolving credit facility. Working capital, combined with the Company’s undrawn revolving credit facility, resulted in approximately $1 billion of total liquidity as of March 31, 2020.

In April 2020, the Company drew an additional $200 million on its revolving credit facility at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 1.10% for an all-in rate of 2.54%, resulting in a total of $305 million outstanding and $695 million available. There is no immediate requirement for the additional funds. However, due to the uncertain environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic at certain operations where the Company holds a stream or royalty interest, management believes the drawdown is a prudent precautionary measure taken to help ensure cash is readily available to support continued business activities.

Property Highlights

A summary of third quarter and historical production reported by operators of the Company’s principal stream and royalty properties can be found on Tables 1 and 2. Calendar year 2020 operator production estimates for these properties compared to actual production at these properties through March 31, 2020 can be found on Table 3. Results of the streaming business for the third quarter, compared to the prior year quarter, can be found on Table 4. Highlights at certain of the Company’s principal producing and development properties during the third quarter, compared to the prior year quarter, are detailed in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

CORPORATE PROFILE

Royal Gold is a precious metals stream and royalty company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal streams, royalties and similar production-based interests. As of March 31, 2020, the Company owned interests on 187 properties on five continents, including interests on 42 producing mines and 16 development stage projects. Royal Gold is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “RGLD.” The Company’s website is located at www.royalgold.com .

Note: Management’s conference call reviewing the third quarter results will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at noon Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Mountain Time). The call will be webcast and archived on the Company’s website for a limited time.

Third Quarter Earnings Call Information:

Dial-In 855-209-8260 (U.S.); toll free
Numbers: 855-669-9657 (Canada); toll free
Conference Title: Royal Gold
Webcast URL: www.royalgold.com under Investors, Events & Presentations
   

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are any statements other than statements of historical fact. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from these statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by words like “will,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “forecast,” “potential,” “intend,” “continue,” “project,” or negatives of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include, among others, the following: statements about our expected financial performance, including revenue, expenses, earnings or cash flow; operators’ expected operating and financial performance, including production, deliveries, mine plans and reserves, development, cash flows and capital expenditures; planned and potential acquisitions or dispositions, including funding schedules and conditions; liquidity, financing and dividends; our overall investment portfolio; macroeconomic and market conditions including the impacts of COVID-19; prices for gold, silver, copper, nickel and other metals; potential impairments; or tax changes.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, among others, the following: a low-price environment for gold, silver, copper, nickel or other metals; operating activities or financial performance of properties on which we hold stream or royalty interests, including variations between actual and forecasted performance, operators’ ability to complete projects on schedule and as planned, changes to mine plans and reserves, liquidity needs, mining and environmental hazards, labor disputes, distribution and supply chain disruptions, permitting and licensing issues, contractual issues involving our stream or royalty agreements; risks associated with doing business in foreign countries; our ability to identify, finance, value and complete acquisitions; adverse economic and market conditions; changes in laws or regulations governing us, operators or operating properties; changes in management and key employees; and other factors described in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Most of these factors are beyond our ability to predict or control.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. We disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Statement Regarding Third-Party Information: Certain information provided in this press release, including production estimates for calendar 2020, has been provided to us by the operators of the relevant properties or is publicly available information filed by these operators with applicable securities regulatory bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. Royal Gold has not verified, and is not in a position to verify, and expressly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of any such third-party information and refers the reader to the public reports filed by the operators for information regarding those properties.

Information in this press release concerning the Khoemacau Copper Project mine life, construction completion, current staffing levels and activity focus, underground development, cost information and initial deliveries of silver under the streaming agreement was provided to the Company by Cupric Canyon Capital L.P., the privately-held owner and developer of Khoemacau. Such information may not have been prepared in accordance with applicable laws, stock exchange rules or international standards governing preparation and public disclosure of technical data and information relating to mineral properties. Royal Gold has not verified, and is not in a position to verify, and expressly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of this third-party information, and investors are cautioned not to rely upon this information.

TABLE 1
        Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended
        March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019
Stream/Royalty   Metal(s)   Revenue Reported Production(1)     Revenue   Reported Production(1)
Stream:                    
Mount Milligan       $   32,298           $ 26,938      
    Gold           14,000 oz           15,200 oz
    Copper           4.3 Mlb           2.4 Mlb
Pueblo Viejo       $   28,302           $ 20,787      
    Gold           13,100 oz           10,400 oz
    Silver           417,800 oz           469,000 oz
Andacollo   Gold   $   22,055   13,900 oz     $ 15,638   12,000 oz
Rainy River       $   4,838           $ 7,074      
    Gold           2,600 oz           5,000 oz
    Silver           47,900 oz           40,800 oz
Wassa   Gold   $   8,647   5,600 oz     $ 5,773   4,400 oz
Other [(2)]   Gold   $   1,320   800 oz     $ 1,555   1,200 oz
Total stream revenue       $   97,460           $ 77,765      
Royalty:                                
Peñasquito       $   7,425           $ 4,465      
    Gold           97,200 oz           37,300 oz
    Silver           8.7 Moz           4.9 Moz
    Lead           60.5 Mlb           34.5 Mlb
    Zinc           124.5 Mlb           72.8 Mlb
Cortez   Gold   $   6,400   57,700 oz     $ 4,127   32,700 oz
Other [(2)]   Various   $   25,152   N/A       $ 23,421   N/A  
Total royalty revenue       $   38,977           $ 32,013      
Total revenue       $   136,437           $ 109,778      
                                 
        Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
        March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019
Stream/Royalty   Metal(s)   Revenue Reported Production(1)     Revenue   Reported Production(1)
Stream:                    
Mount Milligan       $   93,423           $ 63,954      
    Gold           43,500 oz           38,500 oz
    Copper           10.9 Mlb           5.8 Mlb
Pueblo Viejo       $   73,534           $ 58,504      
    Gold           33,100 oz           28,500 oz
    Silver           1,355,800 oz           1.5 Moz
Andacollo   Gold   $   63,324   41,800 oz     $ 51,016   40,900 oz
Rainy River       $   19,566           $ 17,067      
    Gold           11,700 oz           12,300 oz
    Silver           133,500 oz           85,600 oz
Wassa   Gold   $   18,760   12,500 oz     $ 17,557   14,000 oz
Other [(2)]   Gold   $   5,458   3600 oz     $ 7,382   6,000 oz
Total stream revenue       $   274,065           $ 215,480      
Royalty:                                
Peñasquito       $   19,422           $ 12,763      
    Gold           228,500 oz           141,000 oz
    Silver           22.6 Moz           14.1 Moz
    Lead           151.7 Mlb           100.4 Mlb
    Zinc           303.6 Mlb           220.1 Mlb
Cortez   Gold   $   14,109   120,800 oz     $ 7,066   59,700 oz
Other [(2)]   Various   $   71,257   N/A       $ 72,053   N/A  
Total royalty revenue       $   104,788           $ 91,882      
Total revenue       $   378,853           $ 307,362      
1 Reported production for stream interests relates to the Company’s actual metal sales, and for royalty interests relates to the amount of metal sales that are subject to the Company’s royalty interests for the stated period, as reported to the Company by operators of the mines.
2 Individually, no stream or royalty included within the “Other” category contributed greater than 5% of the Company’s total revenue for either period. The “Other” category for streams is the Prestea gold stream.
TABLE 2
                Reported Production For The Quarter Ended1
Property   Operator   Stream/Royalty   Metal(s)   Mar. 31, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019   Sep. 30, 2019   Jun. 30, 2019   Mar. 31, 2019
Stream:                                          
Mount Milligan   Centerra   35% of payable gold   Gold   14,000 oz   12,900 oz   16,600 oz   23,100 oz   15,200 oz
        18.75% of payable copper   Copper   4.3 Mlb   4.3 Mlb   2.4 Mlb   2.5 Mlb   2.6 Mlb
Pueblo Viejo   Barrick (60%)   7.5% of Barrick's interest in gold produced up to 990,000 ounces; 3.75% thereafter   Gold   13,200 oz   10,500 oz   9,500 oz   12,400 oz   10,400 oz
        75% of Barrick's interest in payable silver up to 50 million ounces; 37.5% thereafter [(2)]   Silver   417,800 oz   462,400 oz   475,600 oz   553,000 oz   469,000 oz
Andacollo   Teck   100% of gold produced up to 900,000; 50% thereafter   Gold   13,900 oz   13,900 oz   14,000 oz   14,100 oz   12,000 oz
Rainy River   New Gold   6.50% of gold produced up to 230,000 ounces; 3.25% thereafter   Gold   2,600 oz   4,500 oz   4,600 oz   3,500 oz   5,000 oz
        60% of payable silver up to 3.1 million ounces; 30% thereafter   Silver   47,900 oz   51,100 oz   34,500 oz   36,400 oz   40,900 oz
Wassa   Golden Star   10.5% of gold produced up to 240,000 ounces; 5.5% thereafter [(3)]   Gold   5,600 oz   3,300 oz   3,600 oz   3,500 oz   4,400 oz
Royalty:                                          
Peñasquito   Newmont Corporation   2.0% NSR   Gold   97,200 oz   95,800 oz   35,500 oz   17,800 oz   37,300 oz
            Silver   8.7 Moz   9.3 Moz   4.6 Moz   2.3 Moz   4.9 Moz
            Lead   60.5 Mlb   61.5 Mlb   29.7 Mlb   17.0 Mlb   34.5 Mlb
            Zinc   124.5 Mlb   72.1 Mlb   107.1 Mlb   (3.9) Mlb   72.8 Mlb
Cortez   Nevada Gold Mines
LLC
  GSR1, GSR2, GSR3, NVR1, NVR1C   Gold   57,700 oz   28,000 oz   35,100 oz   37,000 oz   32,700 oz
1 Reported production for stream interests relates to the Company’s actual metal sales, and for royalty interests relates to the amount of metal sales that are subject to the Company’s royalty interests for the stated period, each as reported to the Company by operators of the mines and may differ from the operators’ public reporting.
2 The Pueblo Viejo silver stream is determined based on a fixed metallurgical recovery of 70% of silver in mill feed.
3 The 240,000 ounce threshold includes production from Golden Star’s Prestea mine.
TABLE 3                        
    Operator's Estimated Production for   Operator's Actual Calendar 2020
    Full Year Calendar 2020(1)   Production to Date(2)
Stream/Royalty   Gold (oz)   Silver (oz)   Base Metals (lb)   Gold (oz)   Silver (oz)   Base Metals (lb)
Stream:                        
Andacollo [(3)]   53,000           14,800        
Mount Milligan [(4)]   140,000 - 160,000           33,700        
Copper           80 - 90 Million           20.1 Million
Pueblo Viejo [(5)]   530,000 - 580,000   N/A       143,000   N/A    
Rainy River [(6)]   Withdrawn   Withdrawn       50,400   61,300    
Wassa [(7)]   155,000 - 165,000           N/A        
Royalty:                        
Cortez GSR1   66,500           27,700        
Cortez GSR2   109,000           30,000        
Cortez GSR3   145,700           17,200        
Cortez NVR1   113,200           45,800        
Cortez NVR1C   29,900           200        
Peñasquito [(8)]   Withdrawn   Withdrawn       116,000   9.5 Million    
Lead           Withdrawn           62 Million
Zinc           Withdrawn           135 Million
                         
1 Production estimates received from the operators are for calendar 2020. There can be no assurance that production estimates received from the operators will be achieved. Please also refer to our cautionary language regarding forward-looking statements above, as well as the Risk Factors identified in Part I, Item 1A, of the Company’s Fiscal 2019 Form 10-K for information regarding factors that could affect actual results.
2 Actual production figures shown are from the operators and cover the period January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted in footnotes to this table.
3 The estimated and actual production figures shown for Andacollo are contained gold in concentrate.
4 The estimated and actual production figures shown for Mount Milligan are payable gold and copper in concentrate.
5 The estimated and actual production figures shown for Pueblo Viejo are payable gold in doré and represent Barrick’s 60% interest in Pueblo Viejo. Barrick did not provide estimated or actual silver production.
6 The actual production figures shown for Rainy River are produced gold and silver in doré. Estimated production figures are not available as of the date of this press release.
7 The estimated production figures shown for Wassa are payable gold in doré. Actual production figures are not available as of the date of this press release.
8 The actual gold production figures shown for Peñasquito are payable gold and silver in concentrate and doré. The actual lead and zinc production figures shown are payable lead and zinc in concentrate. Estimated production figures are not available as of the date of this press release.
TABLE 4                            
      Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended     As of   As of
      March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020   June 30, 2019
Gold Stream     Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)   Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)     Inventory (oz)   Inventory (oz)
Mount Milligan     12,100   14,000   23,100   15,200     8,500   7,100
Pueblo Viejo     10,200   13,200   12,400   10,400     10,200   9,500
Andacollo     9,400   13,900   9,900   12,000     300   4,300
Wassa     3,800   5,600   4,600   4,400     600   1,500
Rainy River     3,600   2,600   4,400   5,000     2,300   1,800
Other     900   800   1,200   1,200     400   400
Total     40,000   50,100   55,600   48,200     22,300   24,600
                             
      Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended     As of   As of
      March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020   June 30, 2019
Silver Stream     Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)   Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)     Inventory (oz)   Inventory (oz)
Pueblo Viejo     394,700   417,800   553,000   469,000     394,700   475,600
Rainy River     40,800   47,900   35,700   40,800     41,300   36,500
Total     435,500   465,700   588,700   509,800     436,000   512,100
                             
      Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended     As of   As of
      March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020   June 30, 2019
Copper Stream     Purchases (Mlb)   Sales (Mlb)   Purchases (Mlb)   Sales (Mlb)     Inventory (Mlb)   Inventory (Mlb)
Mount Milligan     3.4   4.3   2.5   2.6       0.8
                             
                             
      Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended     As of   As of
      March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020   June 30, 2019
Gold Stream     Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)   Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)     Inventory (oz)   Inventory (oz)
Mount Milligan     44,900   43,500   46,100   38,500     8,500   7,100
Andacollo     37,700   41,800   35,900   41,000     300   4,300
Pueblo Viejo     33,900   33,100   31,700   28,500     10,200   9,500
Wassa     11,600   12,500   12,300   14,000     600   1,500
Rainy River     12,200   11,700   12,500   12,300     2,300   1,800
Other     3,700   3,600   4,700   6,000     400   400
Total     144,000   146,200   143,200   140,300     22,300   24,600
                             
      Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended     As of   As of
      March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020   June 30, 2019
Silver Stream     Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)   Purchases (oz)   Sales (oz)     Inventory (oz)   Inventory (oz)
Pueblo Viejo     1,274,900   1,355,800   880,200   938,000     394,700   475,600
Rainy River     138,300   133,500   97,500   85,600     41,300   36,500
Total     1,413,200   1,489,300   977,700   1,023,600     436,000   512,100
                             
      Nine Months Ended   Nine Months Ended     As of   As of
      March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019     March 31, 2020   June 30, 2019
Copper Stream     Purchases (Mlb)   Sales (Mlb)   Purchases (Mlb)   Sales (Mlb)     Inventory (Mlb)   Inventory (Mlb)
Mount Milligan     10.2   11.0   6.8   6.7       0.8
ROYAL GOLD, INC.                
      March 31, 2020     June 30, 2019
ASSETS                
Cash and equivalents     $ 93,715     $ 119,475
Royalty receivables       32,322       20,733
Income tax receivable       11,361       2,702
Stream inventory       11,947       11,380
Prepaid expenses and other       1,232       389
Total current assets       150,577       154,679
Stream and royalty interests, net       2,317,413       2,339,316
Other assets       81,874       50,156
Total assets     $ 2,549,864     $ 2,544,151
LIABILITIES                
Accounts payable     $ 1,501     $ 2,890
Dividends payable       18,359       17,372
Income tax payable       21,027       6,974
Other current liabilities       8,943       6,374
Total current liabilities       49,830       33,610
Debt       100,154       214,554
Deferred tax liabilities       86,776       88,961
Uncertain tax positions       36,441       36,573
Other long-term liabilities       6,128       -
Total liabilities       279,329       373,698
Commitments and contingencies                
EQUITY                
Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; and 0 shares issued       -       -
Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized; and 65,512,248 and 65,440,492 shares outstanding, respectively       655       655
Additional paid-in capital       2,209,098       2,201,773
Accumulated earnings (losses)       30,483       65,747
Total Royal Gold stockholders’ equity       2,240,236       2,136,681
Non-controlling interests       30,299       33,772
Total equity       2,270,535       2,170,453
Total liabilities and equity     $ 2,549,864     $ 2,544,151
ROYAL GOLD, INC.                                      
    For The Three Months Ended     For The Nine Months Ended
      March 31, 2020       March 31, 2019       March 31, 2020       March 31, 2019
Revenue     $ 136,437         $ 109,778         $ 378,853         $ 307,362  
Costs and expenses                                      
Cost of sales (excludes depletion, depreciation and amortization)       21,961           19,075           63,149           53,764  
General and administrative       9,551           6,798           23,658           24,147  
Production taxes       851           1,006           2,934           3,206  
Exploration costs       565           330           4,705           5,534  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization       51,228           39,368           130,038           120,726  
Total costs and expenses       84,156           66,577           224,484           207,377  
Operating income       52,281           43,201           154,369           99,985  
Fair value changes in equity securities       (3,819 )         1,781           (4,972 )         (3,318 )
Interest and other income       620           499           1,621           1,089  
Interest and other expense       (2,088 )         (7,499 )         (7,139 )         (22,786 )
Income before income taxes       46,994           37,982           143,879           74,970  
Income tax (expense) benefit       (8,702 )         (9,388 )         3,700           (11,355 )
Net income and comprehensive income       38,292           28,594           147,579           63,615  
Net loss and comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests       262           178           2,750           3,753  
Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Royal Gold common stockholders     $ 38,554         $ 28,772         $ 150,329         $ 67,368  
Net income per share available to Royal Gold common stockholders:                                      
Basic earnings per share     $ 0.59         $ 0.44         $ 2.30         $ 1.03  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding       65,511,878           65,398,369           65,501,678           65,389,499  
Diluted earnings per share     $ 0.59         $ 0.44         $ 2.29         $ 1.03  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding       65,600,770           65,515,234           65,626,400           65,494,902  
Cash dividends declared per common share     $ 0.59         $ 0.265         $ 0.825         $ 0.78  
ROYAL GOLD, INC.                        
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019   March 31, 2020   March 31, 2019
Cash flows from operating activities:                        
Net income and comprehensive income   $ 38,292     $ 28,594     $ 147,579     $ 63,615  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                        
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     51,228       39,368       130,038       120,726  
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs     285       4,018       851       11,882  
Non-cash employee stock compensation expense     4,644       1,440       8,283       5,510  
Fair value changes in equity securities     3,819       (1,781 )     4,972       3,318  
Deferred tax (benefit) expense     (991 )     (5,022 )     (37,117 )     (5,329 )
Other     (148 )           (148 )      
Changes in assets and liabilities:                        
Royalty receivables     (3,875 )     (1,895 )     (11,589 )     (1,198 )
Stream inventory     3,389       (4,458 )     (567 )     (3,102 )
Income tax receivable     (1,690 )     4,003       (8,658 )     (8,750 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets     1,249       169       (5,771 )     2,474  
Accounts payable     (366 )     2,700       (1,295 )     (4,326 )
Income tax payable     6,662       5,512       14,054       (2,002 )
Uncertain tax positions     (3,362 )     933       (132 )     3,130  
Other liabilities     563       3,860       8,695       (5,039 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 99,699     $ 77,441     $ 249,195     $ 180,909  
Cash flows from investing activities:                        
Acquisition of stream and royalty interests     (35,438 )     (1,000 )     (107,855 )     (1,055 )
Purchase of equity securities     (50 )     (4 )     (461 )     (3,573 )
Other     (1,547 )     (70 )     3,227       (157 )
Net cash used in investing activities   $ (37,035 )   $ (1,074 )   $ (105,089 )   $ (4,785 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                        
Repayment of debt     (30,000 )           (115,000 )      
Net payments from issuance of common stock     (1,510 )     235       (4,257 )     (1,982 )
Common stock dividends     (18,356 )     (17,360 )     (53,111 )     (50,114 )
Contributions from non-controlling interest     600       420       3,300       3,210  
Other     (187 )     (202 )     (798 )     8  
Net cash used in financing activities   $ (49,453 )   $ (16,907 )   $ (169,866 )   $ (48,878 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents     13,211       59,460       (25,760 )     127,246  
Cash and equivalents at beginning of period     80,504       156,536       119,475       88,750  
Cash and equivalents at end of period   $ 93,715     $ 215,996     $ 93,715     $ 215,996  

Schedule A – Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Certain Other Measures

Overview of non-GAAP financial measures:

Non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standard meaning prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). These measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures varies among companies, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

We have provided below reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors for analysis of our business. We use these non-GAAP financial measures to compare period-over-period performance on a consistent basis and when planning and forecasting for future periods. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison and investment recommendations of companies in our industry. Many investors use the published research reports of these professional research analysts and others in making investment decisions. The adjustments made to calculate our non-GAAP financial measures are subjective and involve significant management judgement. Non-GAAP financial measures used by management in this report or elsewhere include the following:

  1. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, or adjusted EBITDA, is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated by the Company as net income adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results from period to period, as set forth in the reconciliation below. We consider adjusted EBITDA to be useful because the measure reflects our operating performance before the effects of certain non-cash items and other items that we believe are not indicative of our core operations.

  2. Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share are non-GAAP financial measures that are calculated by the Company as net income and net income per share adjusted for certain items that impact the comparability of results from period to period, as set forth in the reconciliations below. We consider these non-GAAP financial measures to be useful because they allow for period-to-period comparisons of our operating results excluding items that we believe are not indicative of our fundamental ongoing operations.

  3. Net debt is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated by the Company as debt (excluding debt issuance costs) at the end of a period minus cash and equivalents for that same date. Net debt to adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated by the Company as net debt for a period divided by adjusted EBITDA (as defined above) for that same period. We believe that these measures are important to monitor leverage and evaluate the balance sheet. Cash and equivalents are subtracted from the GAAP measure because it could be used to reduce our debt obligations. A limitation associated with using net debt is that it subtracts cash and equivalents and therefore may imply that there is less Company debt than the most comparable GAAP measure indicates. We believe that investors may find these measures useful to monitor leverage and evaluate the balance sheet.

  4. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated by the Company as net cash provided by operating activities for a period minus acquisition of stream and royalty interests for that same period. We believe that free cash flow represents an additional way of viewing liquidity as it is adjusted for contractual investments made during such period. Free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. We believe it is important to view free cash flow as a complement to our consolidated statements of cash flows.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to U.S. GAAP measures                                    
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,   March 31,
(amounts in thousands)   2020   2019     2020     2019   2020   2019
Net income and comprehensive income   $ 38,292   $ 28,594     $ 147,579     $ 63,615   $ 173,045   $ 87,622
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     51,228     39,368       130,038       120,726     172,369     163,043
Non-cash employee stock compensation     4,644     1,440       8,283       5,510     9,390     7,832
Fair value changes in equity securities     3,819     (1,781 )     4,972       3,318     8,454     3,318
Interest and other, net     1,468     7,000       5,518       21,697     11,151     29,209
Income tax expense (benefit)     8,702     9,388       (3,700 )     11,355     2,443     16,083
Non-controlling interests in operating loss of consolidated subsidiaries     410     178       2,898       3,753     3,891     6,396
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 108,563   $ 84,187     $ 295,588     $ 229,974   $ 380,743   $ 313,503
Adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share:                        
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
(amounts in thousands, except per share data)   2020     2019     2020     2019  
Net income and comprehensive income attributable to Royal Gold common stockholders   $ 38,554     $ 28,772     $ 150,329     $ 67,368  
Fair value changes in equity securities     3,819       (1,781 )     4,972       3,318  
Non-recurring non-cash employee stock compensation     3,338             3,338        
Tax effect of adjustments     (1,403 )     475       (1,634 )     (710 )
Adjusted net income attributable to Royal Gold common stockholders     44,308       27,466     $ 157,005     $ 69,976  
                         
Net income attributable to Royal Gold common stockholders per diluted share   $ 0.59     $ 0.44       2.29       1.03  
Fair value changes in equity securities     0.06       (0.03 )     0.08       0.05  
Non-recurring non-cash employee stock compensation     0.05             0.05        
Tax effect of adjustments     (0.02 )     0.01       (0.02 )     (0.01 )
Adjusted net income attributable to Royal Gold common stockholders per diluted share   $ 0.68     $ 0.42     $ 2.40     $ 1.07  
Net debt and net debt to adjusted EBITDA :      
    March 31,
(amounts in thousands)   2020  
Debt   $ 100,154  
Debt issuance costs     4,846  
Cash and equivalents     (93,715 )
Net debt   $ 11,285  
       
Twelve months ended March 31, 2020 adjusted EBITDA   $ 380,743  
Net debt to adjusted EBITDA     .03x
Free cash flow:                        
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
(amounts in thousands)   2020     2019     2020     2019  
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 99,699     $ 77,441     $ 249,195     $ 180,909  
Acquisition of stream and royalty interests     (35,438 )     (1,000 )     (107,855 )     (1,055 )
Free cash flow   $ 64,261     $ 76,441     $ 141,340     $ 179,854  

Other measures

We use certain other measures in managing and evaluating our business. We believe these measures may provide useful information to investors for analysis of our business. We use these measures to compare period-over-period performance and liquidity on a consistent basis and when planning and forecasting for future periods. We believe these measures are used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in our industry. Many investors use the published research reports of these professional research analysts and others in making investment decisions. Other measures used by management in this report and elsewhere include the following:

  1. Gold equivalent ounces, or GEOs, is calculated by the Company as revenue (in total or by reportable segment) for a period divided by the average gold price for that same period.

  2. Depreciation, depletion, and amortization, or DD&A, per GEO is calculated by the Company as depreciation, depletion, and amortization for a period divided by GEOs (as defined above) for that same period.

  3. Working capital is calculated by the Company as current assets as of a date minus current liabilities as of that same date.

  4. Dividend payout ratio is calculated by the Company as dividends paid during a period divided by net cash provided by operating activities for that same period.

  5. Operating margin is calculated by the Company as operating income for a period divided by revenue for that same period.

 

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SOURCE: Royal Gold

Alistair Baker
Vice President Investor Relations and Business Development
(720) 554-6995

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