MONTRÉAL, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (the “Company” or “Osisko”) (OR: TSX & NYSE) today announced its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2020.

Highlights

  • Cash flows from operating activities of $23.8 million (Q1 2019 – $24.8 million); $27.9 million before changes in non-cash working capital items (Q1 2019 – $22.6 million), an increase of 23%;

  • Revenues from royalties and streams of $37.8 million (Q1 2019 – $33.5 million), an increase of 13%;

  • Earned 18,159 gold equivalent ounces1 (“GEOs”) (Q1 2019 – 19,753 GEOs);

  • Cash on hand of $158.3 million and up to $400.0 million further available under the credit facility as at March 31, 2020, excluding the $85.0 million equity financing completed on April 1, 2020;

  • Closed a non-brokered private placement of $85.0 million with Investissement Québec on April 1, 2020;

  • Drew down US$50.0 million on our revolving credit facility as a cautionary measure given the current uncertainty to ensure adequate financial capacity during our asset shutdowns;

  • Incurred a non-cash impairment charge on the Renard diamond stream of $26.3 million ($19.3 million, net of income taxes);

  • Net loss of $13.3 million, $0.09 per basic share (Q1 2019 – net loss of $26.5 million, $0.17 per basic share), as a result of the non-cash impairment charge;

  • Adjusted earnings2 of $7.5 million or $0.05 per basic share (Q1 2019 – $5.8 million, $0.04 per basic share);

  • Cash operating margin3 of 91% from royalty and stream interests, generating $34.5 million in operating cash flow, in addition to a cash operating margin of $0.8 million from offtake interests;

  • Withdrew the 2020 production guidance as a result of the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic impact;

  • Mining activities were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including our cornerstone asset, the Canadian Malartic mine, which was placed on care and maintenance from March 25 to April 15;

  • Acquired for cancellation 429,722 common shares for $3.9 million (average acquisition cost of $9.15 per share);

  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per common share paid on April 15, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2020; and

  • Improved the silver stream on the Gibraltar mine by investing $8.5 million to reduce the transfer price from US$2.75 per ounce of silver to nil in April 2020.

Recent Performance

Sean Roosen, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the activities of the first quarter of 2020: “We are living through an unprecedented period and we continue to strongly support the initiatives and efforts of the mine operators to put the health and safety of their workforce and communities first.  Even though our business has been impacted by the measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, the revenue deferral is manageable given our efficient business model. We further believe that our opportunity set will grow in the coming quarters, and we are well positioned to deploy capital toward royalty and streaming transactions and create value for our stakeholders.”

Impairment of Assets

In March 2020, the selling price of diamonds decreased significantly as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the diamond market. On March 24, 2020, activities at the Renard diamond mine were suspended following the announcement of the Government of Québec to shutdown all non essential services, and on April 14, 2020, despite the announcement by the Government of Québec to include mining activities as an essential service, the operator of the Renard diamond mine announced the extension of the care and maintenance period of its operations due to depressed diamond market conditions as well as major structural impediments to sell finished products. These were considered indicators of impairment among other facts and circumstances and, accordingly, management performed an impairment assessment as at March 31, 2020. The Company recorded an impairment charge of $26.3 million ($19.3 million, net of income taxes) on the Renard diamond stream.

Outlook

On March 23, 2020, given the uncertainties with respect to future developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the duration, severity and scope of the outbreak, the actions taken to contain or treat the COVID‑19 outbreak, and impacts on mining operations, Osisko announced the withdrawal of its 2020 production guidance and expects to provide new guidance once operations in the mining industry stabilize. The Company will continue to monitor the situation closely and expects its results for the second quarter of 2020 to be affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on several mining activities on which it holds a royalty, stream or other interest.

Q1 2020 Results Conference Call

Osisko will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00 am EDT to review and discuss its first quarter 2020 results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial in at 1-(833) 979-2701 (North American toll free) or 1-(236) 714-2175 (international). An automated voice system will ask you to record your name and to enter the conference identification number 1793021.

The conference call replay will be available from 1:00 pm EDT on May 13, 2020 until 11:59 pm EDT on May 20, 2020 with the following dial in numbers: 1-(800) 585-8367 (North American toll free) or 1-(416) 621-4642, access code 1793021. The replay will also be available on our website at www.osiskogr.com.

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 15.8% interest in Osisko Mining Inc., 17.9% interest in Osisko Metals Incorporated and an 18.3% interest in Falco Resources Ltd.

Osisko’s head office is located at 1100 Avenue des Canadiens-de Montréal, Suite 300, Montréal, Québec, H3B 2S2.

For further information, please contact Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd:  

Sandeep Singh
President
Tel. (514) 940-0670
ssingh@osiskogr.com

 
Notes:
(1)GEOs are calculated on a quarterly basis and include royalties, streams and offtakes. Silver earned from royalty and stream agreements was converted to gold equivalent ounces by multiplying the silver ounces by the average silver price for the period and dividing by the average gold price for the period. Diamonds, other metals and cash royalties were converted into gold equivalent ounces by dividing the associated revenue by the average gold price for the period. Offtake agreements were converted using the financial settlement equivalent divided by the average gold price for the period.
  

Average Metal Prices and Exchange Rate

 Three months ended
March 31,
 20202019
   
Gold(i)$1,583$1,304
Silver(ii)$16.90$15.57
   
Exchange rate
(US$/Can$)(iii)
1.34491.3295

 

(i)The London Bullion Market Association’s pm price in U.S. dollars.
(ii)The London Bullion Market Association’s price in U.S. dollars.
(iii)Bank of Canada daily rate.

 

(2)The Company has included certain non-IFRS measures including “Adjusted Earnings” and “Adjusted Earnings per basic share” to supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are presented in accordance with IFRS.

The Company believes that these measures, together with measures determined in accordance with IFRS, provide investors with an improved ability to evaluate the underlying performance of the Company. Non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS, and therefore they may not be comparable to similar measures employed by other companies. The data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

 “Adjusted earnings” is defined as “Net loss” adjusted for certain items: “Foreign exchange gain (loss)”, “Impairment of assets”, “Gains (losses) on disposal of exploration and evaluation assets”, “Unrealized gain (loss) on investments”, “Impairment on financial assets and investments in associates”, “Share of loss of associates”, “Deferred income tax expense (recovery)” and other unusual items such as transaction costs.

Adjusted earnings per basic share is obtained from the “adjusted earnings” divided by the “Weighted average number of common shares outstanding” for the period.
  

 

 Three months ended 
March 31,
 2020 2019 
(in thousands of dollars,  except per share amounts)$$
   
Net loss(13,318)(26,549)
   
Adjustments:  
Impairment of assets26,300 38,900 
Foreign exchange loss (gain)(2,101)1,159 
Unrealized loss (gain) on investments(1,535)35 
Share of loss of associates1,716 1,762 
Deferred income tax recovery(3,515)(9,482)
   
Adjusted earnings7,547 5,825 
   
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (000’s)155,374 155,059 
   
Adjusted earnings per basic share0.05 0.04 

 

(3)Cash operating margin, which represents revenues less cost of sales, is a non-IFRS measure. The Company believes that this non-IFRS generally accepted industry measure provides a realistic indication of operating performance and provides a useful comparison with its peers. The following table reconciles the cash margin to the revenues and cost of sales presented in the consolidated statements of income and related notes:
  

 

(In thousands of dollars)Three months ended
March 31,
 2020  2019 
 $$
   
Revenues52,605 100,726 
Less: Revenues from offtake interests(14,771)(67,226)
Revenues from royalty and stream interests37,834 33,500 
   
Cost of sales(17,283)(70,104)
Less: Cost of sales of offtake interests13,922 66,510 
Cost of sales of royalty and stream interests(3,361)(3,594)
   
   
   
   
Revenues from royalty and stream interests37,834 33,500 
Less: Cost of sales of royalty and stream interests(3,361)(3,594)
Cash margin from royalty and stream interests34,473 29,906 
 91.1%89.3%
   
Revenues from offtake interests14,771 67,226 
Less: Cost of sales of offtake interests(13,922)(66,510)
Cash margin from offtake interests 849 716 
 5.7%1.1 %
     

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements (together, "forward‑looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, that address future events, developments or performance that Osisko expects to occur including management’s expectations regarding Osisko’s growth, results of operations, estimated future revenue, requirements for additional capital, production estimates, production costs and revenue, business prospects and opportunities are forward-looking statements. In addition, statements relating to 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 GEOs will be realized. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words "expects", "is expected" "plans", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "projects", "potential", "scheduled" and similar expressions or variations (including negative variations of such words and phrases), or may be identified by statements to the effect that certain actions, events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur including, without limitation, the performance of the assets of Osisko, that sufficient funding will be available to fund work at the Cariboo Project, that significant value will be created within the accelerator group of companies and Osisko’s ability to seize future opportunities. Although Osisko believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors and are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may accordingly differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results deriving from Osisko’s royalties, streams and other interests to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include, without limitation: the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 impacts, the influence of political or economic factors including fluctuations in the prices of the commodities and in value of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions; regulations and regulatory changes in national and local government, including permitting and licensing regimes and taxation policies; whether or not Osisko 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 treatments of offshore streams or other interests, litigation, title, permit or license disputes; risks and hazards associated with the business of exploring, development and mining on the properties in which Osisko holds a royalty, stream or other interest including, but not limited to development, permitting, infrastructure, operating or technical difficulties, unusual or unexpected geological and metallurgical conditions, slope failures or cave-ins, flooding and other natural disasters or civil unrest, rate, grade and timing of production differences from mineral resource estimates or production forecasts or other uninsured risks; risk related to business opportunities that become available to, or are pursued by Osisko and exercise of third party rights affecting proposed investments. 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 Osisko 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; Osisko’s ongoing income and assets relating to the determination of its PFIC status, no material changes to existing tax treatments; no adverse development in respect of any significant property in which Osisko 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; 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. Osisko 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 these and other factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements made in this press release, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the most recent Annual Information Form of Osisko which is filed with the Canadian securities commissions and available electronically under Osisko's issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. The forward-looking information set forth herein reflects Osisko’s expectations as at the date of this press release and is subject to change after such date. Osisko disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

 

   
Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Unaudited)  
(tabular amounts expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)  
      
 March 31,  December 31, 
   2020    2019 
 $ $
Assets   
    
Current assets   
    
Cash158,325  108,223 
Short-term investments21,228  20,704 
Amounts receivable8,797  6,330 
Other assets4,444  5,172 
 192,794  140,429 
    
Non-current assets   
    
Investments in associates102,684  103,640 
Other investments61,176  67,886 
Royalty, stream and other interests1,140,113  1,130,512 
Mining interests and plant and equipment358,115  343,693 
Exploration and evaluation43,065  42,949 
Goodwill111,204  111,204 
Other assets7,038  6,940 
 2,016,189  1,947,253 
    
Liabilities   
    
Current liabilities   
    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities17,498  18,772 
Dividends payable7,879  7,874 
Current portion of long-term debt49,024  - 
Provisions and other liabilities1,303  1,289 
 75,704  27,935 
    
Non-current liabilities   
    
Provisions and other liabilities29,953  29,365 
Long-term debt374,475  349,042 
Deferred income taxes43,711  47,465 
 523,843  453,807 
    
Equity    
    
Share capital1,654,146  1,656,350 
Warrants18,072  18,072 
Contributed surplus37,840  37,642 
Equity component of convertible debentures17,601  17,601 
Accumulated other comprehensive income36,195  13,469 
Deficit(271,508) (249,688)
 1,492,346  1,493,446 
 2,016,189  1,947,253 
      

                                         

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd     
Consolidated Statements of Loss    
For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019    
(Unaudited)  
(tabular amounts expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)  
      
 2020  2019 
 $  $ 
      
Revenues52,605  100,726 
      
Cost of sales(17,283) (70,104)
Depletion of royalty, stream and other interests(13,700) (12,376)
Gross profit21,622  18,246 
      
Other operating expenses     
General and administrative(6,284) (5,901)
Business development(1,138) (1,738)
Exploration and evaluation(42) (33)
Impairment of assets(26,300) (38,900)
Operating loss(12,142)  (28,326)
Interest and dividend income1,121  1,172 
Finance costs(6,862) (5,747)
Foreign exchange gain (loss)2,326  (1,121)
Share of loss of associates(1,716) (1,762)
Other gains (losses), net629   (35)
Loss before income taxes(16,644) (35,819)
Income tax recovery3,326  9,270  
Net loss(13,318) (26,549)
      
Net loss per share      
Basic and diluted(0.09) (0.17)
      

 

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd     
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows     
For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019     
(Unaudited)     
(tabular amounts expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)     
      
 2020  2019 
 $  $ 
Operating activities   
Net loss(13,318) (26,549)
Adjustments for:   
Share-based compensation2,683  2,701 
Depletion and amortization14,132  12,660 
Impairment of assets26,300   38,900 
Finance costs2,624  1,683 
Share of loss of associates1,716  1,762 
Net (gain) loss on acquisition of investments(2,845) 175 
Change in fair value of financial assets at fair value through profit or loss1,310  529 
Net gain on disposal of investments  (669)
Foreign exchange (gain) loss(2,101) 1,159 
Deferred income tax recovery(3,515) (9,482)
Other948  (248)
Net cash flows provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital items27,934  22,621 
Changes in non-cash working capital items(4,134) 2,129 
Net cash flows provided by operating activities23,800  24,750 
    
Investing activities   
Short-term investments(1,069) (13,119)
Acquisition of investments(15,587) (5,759)
Proceeds on disposal of investments322  422 
Acquisition of royalty and stream interests(7,500) (27,969)
Exploration and evaluation expenses, net of tax credits(116) 186 
Mining assets and plant and equipment(14,854)  
Other156  (155)
Net cash flows used in investing activities(38,648) (46,394)
    
Financing activities   
Exercise of share options and shares issued under the employee share purchase plan360  5,683 
Increase in long-term debt71,660   
Repayment of long-term debt  (30,000)
Normal course issuer bid purchase of common shares(2,956) (11,901)
Dividends paid(7,542) (6,298)
Other(1,155) (174)
Net cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities60,367  (42,690)
    
Increase (decrease) in cash before effects of exchange rate changes on cash45,519  (64,334)
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash4,583  (1,434)
Increase (decrease) in cash 50,102  (65,768)
Cash – beginning of period108,223  174,265 
Cash – end of period158,325  108,497