Osisko reports first quarter 2018 results

MONTREAL, May 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (the “Company” or “Osisko”) (TSX:OR) (NYSE:OR) today announced its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 and an update on matters following quarter-end.

Highlights

  • Earned 20,036 gold equivalent ounces1 (“GEOs”), in-line with the 2018 annual guidance of 77,500 to 82,500 GEOs;
  • Generated cash flows from operating activities of $23.3 million, a record which represents a 94% increase compared to the first quarter of 2017;
  • Recorded cash operating margins2 of 91% from royalty and stream interests, maintaining the highest margin in the metals and mining sector, generating $29.5 million in addition to a cash operating margin of $2.4 million from offtake interests;
  • Invested $148 million in Victoria Gold Corp.’s near-term Eagle Gold project located in Yukon, Canada, of which $98 million was for a 5% net smelter return royalty on the project. ($49 million will be funded pro rata to other debt facilities). The project is permitted, fully financed and in construction. Osisko expects to receive an average of 10,000 GEOs annually from the project once in production expected by 2020;
  • Converted the Matilda gold offtake into a 1.65% gold stream;
  • Sold investments for gross proceeds of $25.6 million, generating a cash gain3 of $15.5 million;
  • Repaid $32 million on the revolving credit facility in April;
  • Held $205 million in cash and cash equivalents and $382 million in equity investments4 as at April 30, 2018;
  • Distributed $7.8 million in dividends to shareholders through its 14th consecutive dividend payment, bringing the total to $62.9 million since inception in 2014;
  • Repurchased 1,607,099 shares during the first quarter of 2018 at a total cost of $20.3 million, or at an average price of $12.65.

For more details, please refer to the Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Recent performance

“While the current environment remains challenging in the global metals and mining sector, Osisko has had a very good start to the year being able to announce and close the Eagle Gold royalty acquisition, which further strengthens our Canadian-focused portfolio. Our value creation approach to investing in both near-term and long-term opportunities keeps us focused on finding the right opportunities for Osisko and its shareholders.

Osisko is in an excellent position to continue to invest in the opportunities that present themselves in the current market environment. We have nearly a billion dollars of available financial capacity to deploy into new investments and are actively reviewing new opportunities.

In addition to our financial capacity, we are continuously discussing with other capital providers within the global metals and mining sector to develop strategic relationships and alliances to further increase our capacity, enhance our suites of financial products and offer complete financing solutions to our mining partners”, said Sean Roosen, Chair and Chief Executive Officer.

Q1 2018 results conference call

Osisko will host a conference call on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:00 EDT to review and discuss its Q1 2018 results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial in at 1-(647) 788-4922 (international), or 1‑(877) 223-4471 (North American toll free). An operator will direct participants to the call.

The conference call replay will be available from 1:00pm EDT on May 4, 2018 until 11:59 pm EST on May 11, 2018 with the following dial in numbers: 1-(800) 585-8367 (North American toll free) or 1-(416) 621-4642, access code 6387003.

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, the realization of the anticipated benefits deriving from Osisko’s investments and transactions and the estimate of GEOs to be received in 2018. 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: 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. 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.