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Franco-Nevada Reports Strong Q3 Results

Cobre Panama funding complete 

(in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted)


TORONTO , Nov. 5, 2018 /CNW/ - "Franco-Nevada's diversified portfolio and business model continues to generate strong revenues and margins," commented David Harquail , CEO.  "Subsequent to quarter end, we made the final installment on our $1 billion funding commitment for the Cobre Panama project.  Franco-Nevada expects substantial growth in its revenues and EBITDA from assets already in place.  Revenues are expected to increase by more than 30% once Cobre Panama ramps-up towards full production, Candelaria returns to normal operations and with the continued development of our U.S. oil & gas assets.  We are also pleased to again increase our oil & gas revenue guidance for 2018."

Q3/2018 Financial Highlights

  • $170.6 million in revenue
  • 120,021 Gold Equivalent Ounces1 ("GEOs") sold
  • $134.7 million of Adjusted EBITDA2 or $0.72 per share
  • $52.1 million of net income or $0.28 per share
  • $54.6 million of Adjusted Net Income3 or $0.29 per share
  • $45.0 million of dividends declared in the quarter



















 Revenue and GEOs by Asset Categories



Q3/2018


Q2/2018


Q3/2017




GEOs


Revenue


GEOs


Revenue


GEOs


Revenue




#


(in millions)


#


(in millions)


#


(in millions)


Precious Metals

















Gold


91,820



$110.6


83,870



$108.6


89,240



$114.4


Silver


17,023



20.5


14,147



18.1


20,698



26.8


PGMs


7,635



9.0


7,546



9.6


8,518



11.1


Precious Metals  - Total


116,478



$140.1


105,563



$136.3


118,456



$152.3


Other Mining Assets


3,543



4.3


1,770



2.3


5,331



6.7


Oil & Gas




26.2




22.7




12.5




120,021



$170.6


107,333



$161.3


123,787



$171.5


 

For Q3/2018, revenue was sourced 82.1% from precious metals (64.8% gold, 12.0% silver and 5.3% PGM) and 82.7% from the Americas (43.7% Latin America , 19.9% U.S., and 19.1% Canada ).  The percentage from precious metals is expected to increase next year as Cobre Panama begins its ramp-up and Candelaria returns to normal operations.  Operating costs and expenses for the quarter were in-line with the prior year. Oil & gas revenue increased 109.6% year-over-year, reflecting the additional contributions from the SCOOP/STACK, Midland, Delaware and Orion royalties, higher prices and increased payments from Weyburn.  Cash provided by operating activities was $128.2 million , an increase of 10.5% compared to Q3/2017.

Corporate Updates

  • Strategic Relationship with Continental Resources, Inc.: On October 23, 2018 , Franco-Nevada contributed $214.8 million to close its previously announced transaction with Continental Resources, Inc. to acquire mineral rights in the SCOOP and STACK plays of Oklahoma . Franco- Nevada has also committed, subject to satisfaction of agreed upon development thresholds, to spend up to $300 million over the next three years to acquire additional mineral rights through a newly-formed company. Acquisition of mineral rights is ongoing and Franco-Nevada now expects to fund additional capital contributions of between $35 and $55 million in 2018 as part of its $300 million commitment.
  • 2018 Oil & Gas Guidance: To reflect the continued strong performance of the oil & gas assets, Franco-Nevada now expects to generate $75 to $85 million in revenue from oil & gas for 2018. This represents a further increase to our updated guidance in August of $65 to $75 million and our original guidance in March of $50 to $60 million . This guidance assumes the WTI oil price will average $65 per barrel for the balance of the year.
  • Cobre Panama: In late September 2018 , the Supreme Court of Panama announced a ruling in connection with the constitutionality of Law 9 of 1997.  According to First Quantum, Law 9 granted the status of national law to the mining concession contract, establishing a statutory legal and fiscal regime for the development of the Cobre Panama project.  First Quantum understands that the ruling relates to the enactment of Law 9 and not the legality of the mining concession allowing for the continuation of the development.  Following the announcement, the Government of Panama issued a news release in support of the Cobre Panama project and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry considers the mining concession contract in effect.  First Quantum indicated that it continues to work with appropriate parties to identify suitable remedies and to clarify the legal position of Law 9 and is confident in a near-medium term resolution.


Q3/2018 Portfolio Updates

  • Precious Metals — Latin America : GEOs from Latin American precious metals assets decreased 7.2% year-over-year, with 61,967 precious metal GEOs earned in Q3/2018, reflecting decreased deliveries from Candelaria and Antamina which was partly offset by increased deliveries from Antapaccay.
  • Precious Metals — U.S.: GEOs from U.S. precious metals assets increased by 8.0% year-over-year due to strong quarters from Marigold, Bald Mountain and Fire Creek which was offset by reduced deliveries from Stillwater and South Arturo. 17,866 GEOs were earned from U.S. precious metal assets.
  • Precious Metals — Canada : 13,391 GEOs from Canadian precious metals assets were earned during the quarter, an increase of 15.6% year-over-year compared with Q3/2017, as almost all producing assets had strong contributions.
  • Precious Metals — Rest of World: 23,254 GEOs from Rest of World precious metals assets were earned during the quarter, essentially unchanged year-over-year.
  • Oil & Gas: Revenue from oil & gas assets increased to $26.2 million in Q3/2018 compared to $12.5 million in Q3/2017, reflecting the additional contributions from the SCOOP/STACK, Midland, Delaware and Orion royalties, higher prices and increased payments from Weyburn .


Dividend Declaration 

Franco- Nevada is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share.  The dividend will be paid on December 20, 2018 to shareholders of record on December 6, 2018 (the "Record Date").  The Canadian dollar equivalent is to be determined based on the daily average rate posted by the Bank of Canada on the Record Date.  Under Canadian tax legislation, Canadian resident individuals who receive "eligible dividends" are entitled to an enhanced gross-up and dividend tax credit on such dividends.

The Company has a Dividend Reinvestment Plan (the "DRIP"). Participation in the DRIP is optional. The Company will issue additional common shares through treasury at a 3% discount to the Average Market Price, as defined in the DRIP. However, the Company may, from time to time, in its discretion, change or eliminate the discount applicable to treasury acquisitions or direct that such common shares be purchased in market acquisitions at the prevailing market price, any of which would be publicly announced. The DRIP and enrollment forms are available on the Company's website at www.franco-nevada.com. Canadian and U.S. registered shareholders may also enroll in the DRIP online through the plan agent's self-service web portal at www.investorcentre.com/franco-nevada. Canadian and U.S. beneficial shareholders should contact their financial intermediary to arrange enrollment.  During Q2/2018, the Company amended and restated the DRIP to allow for certain non-Canadian and non-U.S. shareholders to participate in the DRIP, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions.  Non-Canadian and non-U.S. shareholders should contact the Company to determine whether they satisfy the necessary conditions to participate in the DRIP.

This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer of securities. A registration statement relating to the DRIP has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may be obtained under the Company's profile on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.

Shareholder Information

The complete Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis can be found today on Franco‑Nevada's website at www.franco-nevada.com, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

Management will host a conference call tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review Franco‑Nevada's Q3/2018 results.

Interested investors are invited to participate as follows:

  • Via Conference Call: Toll-Free: (888) 390-0546; International: (416) 764-8688
  • Conference Call Replay until November 13 th: Toll-Free (888) 390-0541; International (416) 764-8677; Pass code 181248#
  • Webcast: A live audio webcast will be accessible at www.franco-nevada.com


Corporate Summary

Franco-Nevada Corporation is the leading gold-focused royalty and stream company with the largest and most diversified portfolio of cash-flow producing assets.  Its business model provides investors with gold price and exploration optionality while limiting exposure to many of the risks of operating companies.  Franco-Nevada has a strong balance sheet and uses its free cash flow to expand its portfolio and pay dividends.  It trades under the symbol FNV on both the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.  Franco-Nevada is the gold investment that works.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward looking information" and "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, respectively, which may include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to future events or future performance, management's expectations regarding Franco-Nevada's growth, results of operations, estimated future revenues, carrying value of assets, future dividends and requirements for additional capital, mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates, production estimates, production costs and revenue, future demand for and prices of commodities, expected mining sequences, business prospects and opportunities and the remedies relating to and consequences of the ruling of the Supreme Court of Panama in relation to the Cobre Panama project. In addition, statements (including data in tables) relating to reserves and resources and gold equivalent ounces ("GEOs") are forward looking statements, as they involve implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, and no assurance can be given that the estimates and assumptions are accurate and that such reserves and resources and GEOs will be realized. Such forward looking statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. Often, but not always, forward looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budgets", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "predicts", "projects", "intends", "targets", "aims", "anticipates" or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases or may be identified by statements to the effect that certain actions "may", "could", "should", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Franco-Nevada to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. A number of factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from any forward looking statement, including, without limitation: fluctuations in the prices of the primary commodities that drive royalty and stream revenue (gold, platinum group metals, copper, nickel, uranium, silver, iron-ore and oil and gas); fluctuations in the value of the Canadian and Australian dollar, Mexican Peso and any other currency in which revenue is generated, relative to the U.S. dollar; changes in national and local government legislation, including permitting and licensing regimes and taxation policies and the enforcement thereof; regulatory,  political or economic developments in any of the countries where properties in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest are located or through which they are held; risks related to the operators of the properties in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest, including changes in the ownership and control of such operators; influence of macroeconomic developments; business opportunities that become available to, or are pursued by Franco-Nevada; reduced access to debt and equity capital; litigation; title, permit or license disputes related to interests on any of the properties in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest; whether or not Franco-Nevada is determined to have "passive foreign investment company" ("PFIC") status as defined in Section 1297 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; potential changes in Canadian tax treatment of offshore streams; excessive cost escalation as well as development, permitting, infrastructure, operating or technical difficulties on any of the properties in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest; actual mineral content may differ from the reserves and resources contained in technical reports; rate and timing of production differences from resource estimates, other technical reports and mine plans; risks and hazards associated with the business of development and mining on any of the properties in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest, including, but not limited to unusual or unexpected geological and metallurgical conditions, slope failures or cave-ins, flooding and other natural disasters, terrorism, civil unrest or an outbreak of contagious disease; and the integration of acquired assets. The forward looking statements contained in this press release are based upon assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including, without limitation: the ongoing operation of the properties in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest by the owners or operators of such properties in a manner consistent with past practice; the accuracy of public statements and disclosures made by the owners or operators of such underlying properties; no material adverse change in the market price of the commodities that underlie the asset portfolio; Franco-Nevada's ongoing income and assets relating to determination of its PFIC status; no material changes to existing tax treatment; the expected application of tax laws and regulations by taxation authorities; the expected assessment and outcome of any audit by any taxation authority; no adverse development in respect of any significant property in which Franco-Nevada holds a royalty, stream or other interest; the accuracy of publicly disclosed expectations for the development of underlying properties that are not yet in production; integration of acquired assets; and the absence of any other factors that could cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. However, there can be no assurance that forward looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Investors are cautioned that forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Franco- Nevada cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward looking statements and investors should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein. For additional information with respect to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, please refer to the "Risk Factors" section of Franco-Nevada's most recent Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities on www.sedar.com and Franco-Nevada's most recent Annual Report filed on Form 40-F filed with the SEC on www.sec.gov. The forward looking statements herein are made as of the date of this press release only and Franco-Nevada does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new information, estimates or opinions, future events or results or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

NON-IFRS MEASURES:  Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.  These measures are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under IFRS.  Other companies may calculate these measures differently. For a reconciliation of these measures to various IFRS measures, please see below or the Company's current MD&A disclosure found on the Company's website, on SEDAR and on EDGAR. Comparative information has been recalculated to conform to current presentation.

  1. GEOs include our gold, silver, platinum, palladium and other mining assets. GEOs are estimated on a gross basis for NSR royalties and, in the case of stream ounces, before the payment of the per ounce contractual price paid by the Company. For NPI royalties, GEOs are calculated taking into account the NPI economics. Platinum, palladium, silver and other mining commodities are converted to GEOs by dividing associated revenue, which includes settlement adjustments, by the relevant gold price. The gold price used in the computation of GEOs earned from a particular asset varies depending on the royalty or stream agreement, which may make reference to the market price realized by the operator, or the average for the month, quarter, or year in which the mining commodity was produced or sold. For Q3/2018, the average commodity prices per ounce were as follows: $1,218 gold (Q3/2017 - $1,278 ), $14.99 silver (Q3/2017 - $16.83 ), $814 platinum (Q3/2017 - $953 ) and $953 palladium (Q3/2017 - $901 ).
  2. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA per share are non-IFRS financial measures, which exclude the following from net income and earnings per share ("EPS"): income tax expense/recovery; finance expenses; finance income; depletion and depreciation; non-cash costs of sales; impairment charges related to royalty, stream and working interests and investments; gains/losses on sale of royalty interests; gains/losses on investments; foreign exchange gains/losses and other income/expenses and unusual non-recurring items.
  3. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per share are non-IFRS financial measures, which exclude the following from net income and EPS: foreign exchange gains/losses and other income/expenses; impairment charges related to royalty, stream and working interests and investments; gains/losses on sale of royalty interests; gains/losses on investments; unusual non-recurring items; and the impact of income taxes on these items.


Reconciliations to IFRS measures:

















For the three months ended


For the nine months ended




September 30, 


September 30, 


(expressed in millions, except per share amounts)


2018


2017


2018


2017


Net Income


$

52.1


$

60.0


$

170.3


$

151.2


Income tax expense



13.8



2.9



38.4



24.4


Finance expenses



0.7



0.8



2.4



2.4


Finance income



(0.7)



(1.6)



(2.4)



(3.6)


Depletion and depreciation



66.0



70.5



186.2



209.2


Non-cash costs of sales



2.0



0.6



5.7



4.7


Transaction costs on Continental Minerals Venture



0.9





0.9




Foreign exchange (gains)/losses and other (income)/expenses



(0.1)



0.9



(0.6)



(0.2)


Adjusted EBITDA


$

134.7


$

134.1


$

400.9


$

388.1


Basic weighted average shares outstanding



186.1



185.5



186.1



181.9


Adjusted EBITDA per share


$

0.72


$

0.72


$

2.15


$

2.13














































For the three months ended

For the nine months ended




September 30, 


September 30, 


(expressed in millions, except per share amounts)


2018


2017


2018


2017


Net Income


$

52.1


$

60.0


$

170.3


$

151.2


Foreign exchange (gains)/losses and other (income)/expenses



(0.1)



0.9



(0.6)



(0.2)


Transaction costs on Continental Minerals Venture



0.9





0.9




Tax effect of adjustments



(0.3)



(1.1)



(0.3)



(1.1)


Other tax related adjustments:














Valuation allowance





(0.7)





0.1


Utilization of tax attributes for which no deferred tax asset was previously
recognized





(3.8)





(3.8)


U.S. Tax Reform impact



2.0





2.0




Adjusted Net Income


$

54.6


$

55.3


$

172.3


$

146.2


Basic weighted average shares outstanding



186.1



185.5



186.1



181.9


Adjusted Net Income per share


$

0.29


$

0.30


$

0.93


$

0.80


 

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

(unaudited, in millions of U.S. dollars)





















At September 30, 



At December 31, 




2018



2017


ASSETS









Cash and cash equivalents (Note 4)


$

76.9



$

511.1


Receivables



60.7




65.9


Prepaid expenses and other (Note 6)



34.9




39.4


Current assets



172.5




616.4











Royalty, stream and working interests, net (Note 3)



4,436.0




3,939.2


Investments (Note 5)



197.7




203.1


Deferred income tax assets



14.9




14.5


Other assets (Note 7)



13.4




15.2


Total assets


$

4,834.5



$

4,788.4











LIABILITIES









Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


$

21.2



$

21.5


Current income tax liabilities



1.4




1.1


Current liabilities



22.6




22.6











Deferred income tax liabilities



67.0




60.3


Total liabilities



89.6




82.9











SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (Note 14)









Common shares



5,136.3




5,107.8


Contributed surplus



18.7




14.2


Deficit



(245.5)




(310.0)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(164.6)




(106.5)


Total shareholders' equity



4,744.9




4,705.5


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

4,834.5



$

4,788.4




















Subsequent events (Note 16)










The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements and can be found in our Q3/2018
Report available on our website

 

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(unaudited, in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)




















For the three months ended



For the nine months ended




September 30, 



September 30, 




2018



2017



2018



2017


Revenue (Note 10)


$

170.6



$

171.5



$

505.0



$

507.8



















Cost of sales

















Costs of sales (Note 11)



33.4




33.0




93.4




106.8


Depletion and depreciation



66.0




70.5




186.2




209.2


Total cost of sales



99.4




103.5




279.6




316.0


Gross profit



71.2




68.0




225.4




191.8



















Other operating expenses (income)

















General and administrative expenses



5.2




5.2




17.4




17.9


Loss (gain) on sale of gold bullion



0.2




(0.2)




(0.1)




(0.3)


Total other operating expenses (income)



5.4




5.0




17.3




17.6


Operating income



65.8




63.0




208.1




174.2


Foreign exchange gain (loss) and other income (expenses)



0.1




(0.9)




0.6




0.2


Income before finance items and income taxes



65.9




62.1




208.7




174.4



















Finance items

















Finance income



0.7




1.6




2.4




3.6


Finance expenses



(0.7)




(0.8)




(2.4)




(2.4)


Net income before income taxes



65.9




62.9




208.7




175.6



















Income tax expense (Note 13)



13.8




2.9




38.4




24.4


Net income


$

52.1



$

60.0



$

170.3



$

151.2



















Other comprehensive income (loss):


































Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit and loss:

















Changes in the fair value of available-for-sale investments, net of income

















 tax (Note 5)






17.7







7.4


Currency translation adjustment



11.2




41.4




(29.3)




81.9



















Items that will not be reclassified subsequently to profit and loss:

















Changes in the fair value of equity investments at fair value through other

















comprehensive income, net of income tax (Note 5)



13.6







(1.7)





Other comprehensive income (loss)



24.8




59.1




(31.0)




89.3



















Comprehensive income


$

76.9



$

119.1



$

139.3



$

240.5


Basic earnings per share (Note 15)


$

0.28



$

0.32



$

0.92



$

0.83


Diluted earnings per share (Note 15)


$

0.28



$

0.32



$

0.91



$

0.83



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements and can be found in our Q3/2018
Report available on our website

 

Franco-Nevada Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited, in millions of U.S. dollars)












For the nine months ended




September 30, 




2018



2017


Cash flows from operating activities









Net income


$

170.3



$

151.2


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:









Depletion and depreciation



186.2




209.2


Non-cash costs of sales



5.7




4.7


Share-based payments



4.1




4.0


Unrealized foreign exchange gain



(0.1)




(0.6)


Deferred income tax expense



7.5




10.2


Other non-cash items



(0.9)




(2.0)


Acquisition of gold bullion



(19.4)




(17.8)


Proceeds from sale of gold bullion



8.1




13.3


Operating cash flows before changes in non-cash working capital



361.5




372.2


Changes in non-cash working capital:









Decrease in receivables



5.2




6.2


Increase (decrease) in prepaid expenses and other



10.3




(9.9)


Decrease in current liabilities






(6.2)


Net cash provided by operating activities



377.0




362.3











Cash flows from investing activities









Acquisition of royalty, stream and working interests



(702.3)




(371.1)


Acquisition of oil & gas well equipment



(1.1)




(1.3)


Acquisition of investments






(12.3)


Net cash used in investing activities



(703.4)




(384.7)











Cash flows from financing activities









Credit facility amendment costs



(0.5)




(1.0)


Payment of dividends



(104.5)




(94.0)


Proceeds from exercise of warrants






356.4


Proceeds from exercise of stock options



0.1




10.3


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities



(104.9)




271.7


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



(2.9)




31.0


Net change in cash and cash equivalents



(434.2)




280.3


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



511.1




253.0


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

76.9



$

533.3











Supplemental cash flow information:









Cash paid for interest expense and loan standby fees


$

1.7



$

1.8


Income taxes paid


$

20.9



$

36.6



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated interim financial statements and can be found in our Q3/2018
Report available on our website

 


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