- 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.
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.
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:
Tel. (514) 940-0670
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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.