Wheaton Precious Metals Increases Operating Cash Flow by Ove

|May 6|magazine106 min read

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VANCOUVER, May 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - "Wheaton had a strong start to 2020 with over $177 million generated in operating cash flow in the first quarter. Given our strong financial position and the immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wheaton launched a $5 million fund designed to support our local communities and those around the mines from which we receive precious metal, more than doubling our budget for community support. At this time, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we and our partners operate." said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheaton Precious Metals. "With one of the highest quality portfolios in the precious metals space, we remain confident in the strength and sustainability of our business model through this pandemic, and our ability to continue delivering shareholder value. We hope everyone stays safe and well."

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Attributable gold equivalent2 production was over 180,000 ounces in the first quarter partially driven by record attributable silver production at Peñasquito.
  • Over $177 million in operating cash flow generated in the quarter, an increase of over 50%.
  • Net debt1 reduced by $182 million with Wheaton ending the first quarter in a net debt position of $589 million.
  • Declared quarterly dividend1 of $0.10 per common share.
  • At the Constancia mine, Hudbay announced the formal approval of the surface rights agreement for the higher-grade Pampacancha satellite deposit.
  • Launched a $5 million Community Support and Response Fund combatting COVID-19.

Operational Overview

(all figures in US dollars unless otherwise noted)



Q1 2020



Q1 2019


Change

Ounces produced









Gold



94,707



94,918


(0.2)%

Silver



6,704



5,656


18.5 %

Palladium



5,312



4,729


12.3 %

Gold equivalent 2



182,241



169,098


7.8 %

Ounces sold









Gold



100,405



115,020


(12.7)%

Silver



4,928



4,294


14.8 %

Palladium



4,938



5,189


(4.8)%

Gold equivalent 2



166,121



173,464


(4.2)%

Revenue


$

254,789


$

225,049


13.2 %

Net earnings


$

94,896


$

57,349


65 %

Per share


$

0.212


$

0.129


64.3 %

Adjusted net earnings 1


$

96,160


$

56,540


70.1 %

Per share 1


$

0.215


$

0.127


68.8 %

Operating cash flows


$

177,588


$

118,194


50.3 %

Per share 1


$

0.397


$

0.266


49.2 %

Dividends declared 1


$

44,815


$

40,074


11.8 %

Per share


$

0.10


$

0.09


11.1 %

All amounts in thousands except gold, palladium and gold equivalent ounces produced and sold, per ounce amounts and per share amounts.

Updates on COVID-19

Business Continuity and Employee Health and Safety
In accordance with local government restrictions and guidelines, Wheaton closed its physical offices in mid-March and successfully transitioned to telecommuting for all of its employees. As Wheaton has always maintained detailed business continuity plans, the transition was seamless with an uninterrupted flow of business.

Partner Mining Operations
Wheaton has completed a thorough review of operations with our counterparties to better understand their policies and procedures around COVID-19. We have been advised that each operation has a crisis management team in place and will make decisions according to their local situation and applicable laws, as well as considering the health and safety of their employees. As of May 5, 2020, six partner operations located in Mexico and Peru (Constancia, Yauliyacu, San Dimas, Los Filos, Peñasquito and Antamina) were temporarily suspended due to government restrictions focussed on reducing the impacts of COVID-19. The restrictions on non-essential activities in Mexico and Peru are currently scheduled to be lifted by the end of May. In 2018 and 2019, these mines accounted for 36% of the Company's gold equivalent2 production. There can be no assurance that the restrictions noted above will be lifted as currently planned nor that our partners' operations that are currently operational will continue to remain operational for the duration of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. In addition, even if operational, these operations may be subject to adverse impacts on production and other impacts due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic response measures, absenteeism and otherwise as a result of the pandemic.

Production Guidance
Due to the temporary suspensions noted above, Wheaton has withdrawn its production guidance for 2020. We are closely monitoring and regularly assessing the impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic on partner mining operations; however, this pandemic is evolving rapidly and its effects are uncertain.   

Community Support – Wheaton CSR Fund to Combat COVID-19
Subsequent to the quarter, Wheaton announced the launch of a $5 million Community Support and Response Fund (the "CSR Fund") in order to support the global efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus pandemic and its impacts on our communities. The CSR Fund is designed to meet the immediate needs of the communities in which Wheaton operates and around the mines from which Wheaton receives precious metals. This fund is incremental to Wheaton's already active Community Investment Program that currently provides support to over 50 programs in multiple communities around the world.

Financial Review

Revenues
Revenue was $255 million in the first quarter of 2020 representing a 13% increase from the first quarter of 2019 due primarily to an 18% increase in the average realized gold equivalent² price; partially offset by a 4% decrease in the number of gold equivalent² ounces sold.

Costs and Expenses
Average cash costs¹ in the first quarter of 2020 were $403 per gold equivalent² ounce as compared to $399 in Q1 2019. This resulted in a cash operating margin¹ of $1,131 per gold equivalent² ounce sold, an increase of 26% as compared with Q1 2019.

Balance Sheet (at March 31, 2020)

  • Approximately $127 million of cash on hand.
  • $716 million outstanding under the Company's $2 billion revolving term loan (the "Revolving Facility").
  • During Q1 2020, the Company has repaid $159 million under the Revolving Facility.
  • During Q1 2020, the net debt¹ was reduced by $182 million to $589 million.
  • The average effective interest rate for the first quarter of 2020 was 3.03%.

First Quarter Asset Highlights

Salobo: In the first quarter of 2020, Salobo produced 62,600 ounces of attributable gold, virtually unchanged relative to the first quarter of 2019. According to Vale S.A.'s ("Vale") First Quarter 2020 Performance Report, physical completion of the Salobo III mine expansion was 47% at the end of the first quarter. Since the end of March 2020, only critical work fronts have reportedly been continued as a preventive measure related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Vale reports that the expansion remains on track to start up in the first half of 2022.

Peñasquito: In the first quarter of 2020, Peñasquito produced a record 2.7 million ounces of attributable silver, an increase of approximately 67% relative to the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to higher grades.

San Dimas: In the first quarter of 2020, San Dimas produced 11,300 ounces of attributable gold, an increase of approximately 10% relative to the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to higher throughput offset partially by slightly lower grades.

Antamina: In the first quarter of 2020, Antamina produced 1.3 million ounces of attributable silver, an increase of approximately 11% relative to the first quarter of 2019, primarily due to higher grades.

Constancia: In the first quarter of 2020, Constancia produced 0.5 million ounces of attributable silver and 3,700 ounces of attributable gold, a decrease of approximately 27% and 24%, respectively, relative to the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to lower grades as expected and the temporary suspension of the mine beginning on March 20, 2020. As per Wheaton's precious metals purchase agreements ("PMPA") with Hudbay Minerals Inc. ("Hudbay"), the failure to achieve a minimum level of throughput at the Pampacancha deposit during 2019 entitles Wheaton to an additional 8,020 ounces of gold in 2020 (received in quarterly installments), of which 2,005 ounces of gold was received during the first quarter of 2020 and included as production. As per Hudbay's news release dated February 18, 2020, the surface rights agreement with Hudbay for the Pampacancha satellite deposit was formally approved by the community of Chilloroya in February. In accordance with Peru's Consulta Previa law, additional consultation between the Peruvian government and the local community is required before Hudbay can begin development activities.

Sudbury: In the first quarter of 2020, Sudbury produced 7,500 ounces of attributable gold, a decrease of approximately 34% relative to the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to lower grades.

Other Gold: In the first quarter of 2020, total Other Gold attributable production was 6,700 ounces, an increase of approximately 50% relative to the first quarter of 2019, primarily due to the resumption of mining at the Minto mine.

Produced But Not Yet Delivered 3

As at March 31, 2020, payable ounces attributable to the Company produced but not yet delivered amounted to:

  • 88,400 payable gold ounces, a decrease of 10,100 ounces during Q1 2020, primarily the result of a draw down during the period relative to the Salobo mine.
  • 5.3 million payable silver ounces, an increase of 0.8 million ounces during Q1 2020, primarily the result of an increase during the period relative to the Yauliyacu mine.
  • 4,900 payable palladium ounces, virtually unchanged from the balance at Q4 2019.

Detailed mine-by-mine production and sales figures can be found in the Appendix to this press release and in Wheaton's consolidated MD&A in the 'Results of Operations and Operational Review' section.

Webcast and Conference Call Details

A conference call and webcast will be held Thursday, May 7, 2020, starting at 11:00 am (Eastern Time) to discuss these results. To participate in the live call, please use one of the following methods:

Dial toll free from Canada or the US: 

888-231-8191

Dial from outside Canada or the US: 

647-427-7450

Pass code: 

6167928

Live audio webcast:

link

Participants should dial in five to ten minutes before the call.

The conference call will be recorded and available until May 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time). The webcast will be available for one year. You can listen to an archive of the call by one of the following methods:

Dial toll free from Canada or the US:

855-859-2056

Dial from outside Canada or the US:

416-849-0833

Pass code: 

6167928

Archived audio webcast: 

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This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Wheaton Precious Metals' MD&A and Financial Statements, which are available on the Company's website at www.wheatonpm.com and have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Mr. Wes Carson, P. Eng., Vice President, Mining Operations is a "qualified person" as such term is defined under National Instrument 43-101, and has reviewed and approved the technical information disclosed in this news release.

Wheaton Precious Metals believes that there are no significant differences between its corporate governance practices and those required to be followed by United States domestic issuers under the NYSE listing standards. This confirmation is located on the Wheaton Precious Metals website at http://www.wheatonpm.com/Company/corporate-governance/default.aspx.

About Wheaton Precious Metals Corp.

Wheaton is the world's premier precious metals streaming company with the highest-quality portfolio of long-life, low-cost assets. Its business model offers investors commodity price leverage and exploration upside but with a much lower risk profile than a traditional mining company. Wheaton delivers amongst the highest cash operating margins in the mining industry, allowing it to pay a competitive dividend and continue to grow through accretive acquisitions. As a result, Wheaton has consistently outperformed gold and silver, as well as other mining investments. Wheaton creates sustainable value through streaming.

In accordance with Wheaton Precious Metals™ Corp.'s ("Wheaton Precious Metals ", "Wheaton" or the "Company") MD&A and financial statements, reference to the Company includes the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries.

End Notes

______________________________

1

Please refer to non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release. Dividends declared in the referenced calendar quarter, relative to the financial results of the prior quarter.

2

Commodity price assumptions for the gold equivalent production and sales in 2020 are $1,500 / ounce gold, $18 / ounce silver, and $2,000 / ounce palladium.

3

Payable gold, silver and palladium ounces produced but not yet delivered are based on management estimates only and rely upon information provided by the owners and operators of mining operations and may be revised and updated in future periods as additional information is received.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings




Three Months Ended
March 31

(US dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts - unaudited)


2020

2019

Sales


$

254,789

$

225,049

Cost of sales






Cost of sales, excluding depletion


$

66,908

$

69,214

Depletion



64,841


68,381

Total cost of sales


$

131,749

$

137,595

Gross margin


$

123,040

$

87,454

General and administrative expenses



13,181


16,535

Earnings from operations


$

109,859

$

70,919

Other (income) expense



(597)


(266)

Earnings before finance costs and income taxes


$

110,456

$

71,185

Finance costs



7,118


13,946

Earnings before income taxes


$

103,338

$

57,239

Income tax (expense) recovery



(8,442)


110

Net earnings


$

94,896

$

57,349

Basic earnings per share


$

0.212

$

0.129

Diluted earnings per share


$

0.211

$

0.129

Weighted average number of shares outstanding






Basic



447,805


444,389

Diluted



448,891


445,121

Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets


As at
March 31

As at
December 31

(US dollars in thousands - unaudited)

2020

2019

Assets





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents

$

126,676

$

103,986

Accounts receivable


2,384


7,138

Current taxes receivable


-


124

Other


43,876


43,504

Total current assets

$

172,936

$

154,752

Non-current assets





Mineral stream interests

$

5,669,265

$

5,734,106

Early deposit mineral stream interests


32,491


31,741

Mineral royalty interest


3,036


3,036

Long-term equity investments


157,067


309,757

Investment in associates


479


882

Convertible notes receivable


21,066


21,856

Property, plant and equipment


6,939


7,311

Other


13,662


14,566

Total non-current assets

$

5,904,005

$

6,123,255

Total assets

$

6,076,941

$

6,278,007

Liabilities





Current liabilities





Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

10,964

$

11,794

Dividends payable


44,815


-

Current taxes payable


17


-

Current portion of performance share units


18,623


10,668

Current portion of lease liabilities


695


724

Other


41,513


41,514

Total current liabilities

$

116,627

$

64,700

Non-current liabilities





Bank debt

$

715,500

$

874,500

Lease liabilities


3,155


3,528

Deferred income taxes


168


148

Performance share units


2,420


8,401

Pension liability


845


810

Total non-current liabilities

$

722,088

$

887,387

Total liabilities

$

838,715

$

952,087

Shareholders' equity





Issued capital

$

3,608,501

$

3,599,203

Reserves


13,627


160,701

Retained earnings


1,616,098


1,566,016

Total shareholders' equity

$

5,238,226

$

5,325,920

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

6,076,941

$

6,278,007

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



Three Months Ended
March 31

(US dollars in thousands - unaudited)


2020

2019

Operating activities






Net earnings


$

94,896

$

57,349

Adjustments for






Depreciation and depletion



65,352


68,874

Impairment charges



362


-

Interest expense



5,978


13,152

Equity settled stock based compensation



1,503


1,357

Performance share units



3,277


(592)

Pension expense



35


-

Income tax expense (recovery)



8,442


(110)

Loss on fair value adjustment of share purchase warrants held



71


-

Share in losses of associate



41


62

Fair value (gain) loss on convertible note receivable



790


(871)

Investment income recognized in net earnings



(117)


(242)

Other



(720)


428

Change in non-cash working capital



4,620


(7,170)

Cash generated from operations before income taxes and interest


$

184,530

$

132,237

Income taxes recovered (paid)



89


(3,562)

Interest paid



(7,148)


(10,707)

Interest received



117


226

Cash generated from operating activities


$

177,588

$

118,194

Financing activities






Bank debt repaid


$

(159,000)

$

(80,500)

Credit facility extension fees



(1,360)


(1,100)

Share purchase options exercised



6,922


14,891

Lease payments



(167)


(170)

Cash (used for) generated from financing activities


$

(153,605)

$

(66,879)

Investing activities






Mineral stream interests


$

-

$

(174)

Early deposit mineral stream interests



(750)


-

Dividend income received



-


16

Other



(257)


(1,154)

Cash generated from (used for) investing activities


$

(1,007)

$

(1,312)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


$

(286)

$

11

Increase in cash and cash equivalents


$

22,690

$

50,014

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



103,986


75,767

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

126,676

$

125,781

Summary of Ounces Produced


Q1 2020 

Q4 2019 

Q3 2019 

Q2 2019 

Q1 2019 

Q4 2018 

Q3 2018 

Q2 2018 

Gold ounces produced ²









Salobo

62,575

74,716

73,615

67,056

60,846

76,995

72,423

67,466

Sudbury 3

7,503

6,468

6,082

9,360

11,374

6,646

6,510

6,476

Constancia 8

3,681

4,757

5,172

4,533

4,826

4,266

3,634

3,281

San Dimas 4, 8

11,318

11,352

11,239

11,496

10,290

10,092

10,642

5,726

Stillwater 5

2,955

3,585

3,238

3,675

3,137

3,472

6,376

-

Other










Minto6

2,124

2,189

-

-

-

1,441

2,546

2,554


777

4,551

3,987

4,278

4,788

4,445

4,248

4,124

4,982

Total Other

6,675

6,176

4,278

4,788

4,445

5,689

6,670

7,536

Total gold ounces produced

94,707

107,054

103,624

100,908

94,918

107,160

106,255

90,485

Silver ounces produced 2









San Dimas 4, 8

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

607

Peñasquito 8

2,658

1,895

2,026

702

1,594

1,455

1,050

1,267

Antamina 8

1,311

1,342

1,223

1,334

1,176

1,225

1,406

1,394

Constancia 8

461

632

686

552

635

695

682

552

Other










Los Filos 8

29

55

33

37

38

29

21

33


Zinkgruvan

662

724

630

631

479

608

530

453


Yauliyacu 8

557

358

620

627

528

233

597

719


Stratoni

183

147

131

172

143

149

165

211


Minto 6

18

18

-

-

-

8

25

30


Neves-Corvo

377

385

431

392

498

509

458

421


Aljustrel

352

325

240

322

470

475

514

138


777

96

81

62

93

95

113

136

152

Total Other

2,274

2,093

2,147

2,274

2,251

2,124

2,446

2,157

Total silver ounces produced

6,704

5,962

6,082

4,862

5,656

5,499

5,584

5,977

Palladium ounces produced ²









Stillwater 5

5,312

6,057

5,471

5,736

4,729

5,869

8,817

-

GEOs produced 7

182,241

186,673

183,901

166,895

169,098

180,974

185,021

162,204

SEOs produced 7

15,187

15,556

15,325

13,908

14,091

15,081

15,418

13,517

Average payable rate 2









Gold

95.4%

95.6%

95.1%

95.3%

95.6%

95.5%

95.4%

94.9%

Silver

84.9%

85.4%

85.1%

83.4%

83.0%

83.1%

83.5%

86.8%

Palladium

93.0%

99.4%

83.5%

87.6%

98.5%

96.4%

94.6%

n.a.

1)

All figures in thousands except gold and palladium ounces produced.

2)

Ounces produced represent the quantity of gold, silver and palladium contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions.  Production figures and average payable rates are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the mineral stream interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available.  Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received. 

3)

Comprised of the Coleman, Copper Cliff, Garson, Creighton and Totten gold interests.

4)

Pursuant to the San Dimas SPA with Primero, the Company acquired 100% of the payable silver produced at San Dimas up to 6 million ounces annually, and 50% of any excess for the life of the mine. The San Dimas SPA was terminated on May 10, 2018 and concurrently the Company entered into the new San Dimas PMPA. Under the terms of the San Dimas PMPA, the Company is entitled to an amount equal to 25% of the payable gold production plus an additional amount of gold equal to 25% of the payable silver production converted to gold at a fixed gold to silver exchange ratio of 70:1 from the San Dimas mine. If the average gold to silver price ratio decreases to less than 50:1 or increases to more than 90:1 for a period of 6 months or more, then the "70" shall be revised to "50" or "90", as the case may be, until such time as the average gold to silver price ratio is between 50:1 to 90:1 for a period of 6 months or more in which event the "70" shall be reinstated. Effective April 1, 2020, the fixed gold to silver exchange ratio has been revised to 90:1. For reference, silver production from prior periods is as follows: Q1-2020 – 419,000 ounces; Q4-2019 – 415,000 ounces; Q3-2019 – 410,000 ounces; Q2-2019 – 401,000 ounces; Q1-2019 – 351,000 ounces; Q4-2018 – 342,000 ounces; Q3-2018 – 361,000 ounces; and Q2-2018 – 202,000 ounces.

5)

Comprised of the Stillwater and East Boulder gold and palladium interests.

6)

The Minto mine was placed into care and maintenance from October 2018 to October 2019.

7)

GEOs and SEOs, which are provided to assist the reader, are based on the following commodity price assumptions: $1,500 per ounce gold; $18.00 per ounce silver; and $2,000 per ounce palladium, consistent with those used in estimating the Company's previously issued production guidance for 2020.

8)

Operations at these mines have been temporarily suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Summary of Ounces Sold


Q1 2020 

Q4 2019 

Q3 2019 

Q2 2019 

Q1 2019 

Q4 2018 

Q3 2018 

Q2 2018 

Gold ounces sold









Salobo

74,944

58,137

63,064

57,715

84,160

75,351

65,139

70,734

Sudbury 2

4,822

7,394

7,600

8,309

4,061

4,864

2,560

4,400

Constancia 9

3,331

5,108

4,742

4,409

5,512

3,645

2,980

2,172

San Dimas 3, 9

11,358

11,499

11,374

10,284

11,510

8,453

9,771

3,738

Stillwater 4

3,510

2,925

3,314

3,301

2,856

3,473

2,075

-

Other










Minto 5

-

-

-

765

3,307

2,674

796

2,284


777

2,440

4,160

4,672

5,294

3,614

4,353

5,921

3,812

Total Other

2,440

4,160

4,672

6,059

6,921

7,027

6,717

6,096

Total gold ounces sold

100,405

89,223

94,766

90,077

115,020

102,813

89,242

87,140

Silver ounces sold









San Dimas 3, 9

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1,070

Peñasquito 9

2,310

1,268

1,233

912

1,164

901

1,241

1,547

Antamina 9

1,244

1,227

1,059

1,186

1,255

1,300

1,333

1,422

Constancia 9

350

672

521

478

735

629

567

410

Other










Los Filos 9

37

26

44

26

38

15

27

35


Zinkgruvan

447

473

459

337

232

543

326

297


Yauliyacu 9

9

561

574

542

15

317

697

521


Stratoni

163

120

126

240

80

78

125

171


Minto 5

-

-

-

2

30

22

-

28


Neves-Corvo

204

154

243

194

265

240

234

178


Aljustrel

123

121

139

216

381

226

302

-


Lagunas Norte 6

-

-

-

-

-

-

1

65


Pierina 6

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

54


Veladero 6

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

104


777

41

62

86

108

99

129

163

70

Total Other

1,024

1,517

1,671

1,665

1,140

1,570

1,877

1,523

Total silver ounces sold

4,928

4,684

4,484

4,241

4,294

4,400

5,018

5,972

Palladium ounces sold









Stillwater 4

4,938

5,312

4,907

5,273

5,189

5,049

3,668

-

GEOs sold 7

166,121

152,514

155,116

148,004

173,464

162,340

154,352

158,789

SEOs sold 7

13,843

12,709

12,926

12,334

14,455

13,528

12,863

13,232

Cumulative payable gold ounces PBND 8

88,395

98,475

85,335

81,535

75,236

99,474

99,987

88,547

Cumulative payable silver ounces PBND 8

5,322

4,546

4,138

3,403

3,585

3,184

3,015

3,375

Cumulative payable palladium ounces PBND 8

4,875

4,872

4,163

4,504

4,754

5,282

4,671

-

1)

 All figures in thousands except gold and palladium ounces sold.

2)

Comprised of the Coleman, Copper Cliff, Garson, Creighton and Totten gold interests. 

3)

Pursuant to the San Dimas SPA with Primero, the Company acquired 100% of the payable silver produced at San Dimas up to 6 million ounces annually, and 50% of any excess for the life of the mine. The San Dimas SPA was terminated on May 10, 2018 and concurrently the Company entered into the new San Dimas PMPA.

4)

Comprised of the Stillwater and East Boulder gold and palladium interests.

5)

The Minto mine was placed into care and maintenance from October 2018 to October 2019.

6)

In accordance with the Pascua-Lama precious metal purchase agreement, all deliveries from Lagunas Norte, Pierina and Veladero ceased effective March 31, 2018.

7)

GEOs and SEOs, which are provided to assist the reader, are based on the following commodity price assumptions: $1,500 per ounce gold; $18.00 per ounce silver; and $2,000 per ounce palladium, consistent with those used in estimating the Company's previously issued production guidance for 2020.

8)

Payable gold, silver and palladium ounces produced but not yet delivered ("PBND") are based on management estimates. These figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received.

9)

Operations at these mines have been temporarily suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results of Operations 

The operating results of the Company's reportable operating segments are summarized in the tables and commentary below.

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020


Ounces
Produced²

Ounces
Sold

Average
Realized
Price
($'s Per Ounce)

Average
Cash Cost
($'s Per
Ounce)3

Average
Depletion
($'s Per
Ounce)

Sales

Net
Earnings

Cash Flow
From
Operations

Total
Assets

Gold

















Salobo

62,575

74,944

$

1,589

$

408

$

374

$

119,094

$

60,459

$

89,137

$

2,577,202

Sudbury 4

7,503

4,822


1,585


400


828


7,641


1,719


5,616


340,050

Constancia

3,681

3,331


1,589


404


338


5,294


2,823


3,948


109,281

San Dimas

11,318

11,358


1,589


606


315


18,049


7,587


11,166


190,787

Stillwater

2,955

3,510


1,589


284


449


5,578


3,006


4,582


228,418

Other 5

6,675

2,440


1,585


420


305


3,866


2,096


2,840


12,424


94,707

100,405

$

1,589

$

426

$

389

$

159,522

$

77,690

$

117,289

$

3,458,162

Silver

















Peñasquito

2,658

2,310

$

17.41

$

4.26

$

3.24

$

40,223

$

22,893

$

30,383

$

367,212

Antamina

1,311

1,244


17.41


3.43


8.74


21,661


6,524


17,397


657,937

Constancia

461

350


17.41


5.96


7.63


6,088


1,337


4,004


225,520

Other 6

2,274

1,024


15.57


5.83


2.56


15,945


7,345


14,126


485,068


6,704

4,928

$

17.03

$

4.50

$

4.80

$

83,917

$

38,099

$

65,910

$

1,735,737

Palladium

















Stillwater

5,312

4,938

$

2,298

$

402

$

428

$

11,350

$

7,251

$

9,364

$

247,856

Cobalt

















Voisey's Bay

-

-

$

n.a.

$

n.a.

$

n.a.

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

227,510

Operating results








$

254,789

$

123,040

$

192,563

$

5,669,265

Other















General and administrative










$

(13,181)

$

(10,732)



Finance costs












(7,118)


(8,110)



Other











597


3,778



Income tax












(8,442)


89



Total other









$

(28,144)

$

(14,975)

$

407,676












$

94,896

$

177,588

$

6,076,941

1)

All figures in thousands except gold and palladium ounces produced and sold and per ounce amounts.

2)

Ounces produced represent the quantity of gold, silver and palladium contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions. Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the mineral stream interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available. Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received.

3)

Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measure (iii) at the end of this press release.

4)

Comprised of the operating Coleman, Copper Cliff, Garson, Creighton and Totten gold interests as well as the non-operating Stobie and Victor gold interests.

5)

Comprised of the operating 777 and Minto gold interests in addition to the non-operating Rosemont gold interest.

6)

Comprised of the operating Los Filos, Zinkgruvan, Yauliyacu, Stratoni, Neves-Corvo, Aljustrel, Minto and 777 silver interests as well as the non-operating Keno Hill,  Loma de La Plata, Pascua-Lama and Rosemont silver interests.

On a gold equivalent and silver equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2020 were as follows:

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020


Ounces
Produced 1, 2

Ounces
Sold 2

Average
Realized
Price
($'s Per
Ounce)

Average
Cash Cost
($'s Per
Ounce) 3

Cash
Operating
Margin
($'s Per
Ounce) 4

Average
Depletion
($'s Per
Ounce)

Gross
Margin
($'s Per
Ounce)

Gold equivalent basis 5

182,241

166,121

$    1,534

$    403

$    1,131

$    390

$    741

Silver equivalent basis 5

15,187

13,843

$   18.41

$   4.83

$   13.58

$   4.68

$   8.90

1)  Ounces produced represent the quantity of gold, silver and palladium contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions. Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the mineral stream interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available. Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received. 

2)  Silver ounces produced and sold in thousands.

3)  Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measure (iii) at the end of this press release.

4)  Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measure (iv) at the end of this press release.

5)  GEOs and SEOs, which are provided to assist the reader, are based on the following commodity price assumptions: $1,500 per ounce gold; $18.00 per ounce silver; and $2,000 per ounce palladium, consistent with those used in estimating the Company's previously issued production guidance for 2020.

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019


Ounces
Produced²

Ounces
Sold

Average
Realized
Price
($'s Per
Ounce)

Average
Cash Cost
($'s Per
Ounce)3

Average
Depletion
($'s Per
Ounce)

Sales

Net
Earnings

Cash Flow
From
Operations

Total
Assets

Gold

















Salobo

60,846

84,160

$

1,308

$

404

$

383

$

110,070

$

43,822

$

76,070

$

2,673,812

Sudbury 4

11,374

4,061


1,297


400


819


5,267


315


3,642


363,136

Constancia

4,826

5,512


1,311


400


361


7,227


3,031


5,135


115,556

San Dimas

10,290

11,510


1,314


600


310


15,130


4,661


8,224


204,632

Stillwater

3,137

2,856


1,303


234


519


3,721


1,570


3,052


234,946

Other 5

4,445

6,921


1,298


372


241


8,984


4,739


6,733


19,691


94,918

115,020

$

1,308

$

417

$

385

$

150,399

$

58,138

$

102,856

$

3,611,773

Silver

















Peñasquito

1,594

1,164

$

15.72

$

4.21

$

3.06

$

18,301

$

9,835

$

13,401

$

385,156

Antamina

1,176

1,255


15.63


3.10


8.73


19,614


4,770


15,580


699,120

Constancia

635

735


15.48


5.90


7.50


11,372


1,528


7,684


240,721

Other 6

2,251

1,140


15.68


5.96


1.43


17,875


9,450


10,805


501,012


5,656

4,294

$

15.64

$

4.64

$

5.05

$

67,162

$

25,583

$

47,470

$

1,826,009

Palladium

















Stillwater

4,729

5,189

$

1,443

$

254

$

470

$

7,488

$

3,733

$

6,171

$

257,250

Cobalt

















Voisey's Bay

-

-

$

n.a.

$

n.a.

$

n.a.

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

393,422

Operating results








$

225,049

$

87,454

$

156,497

$

6,088,454

Other















General and administrative










$

(16,535)

$

(24,700)



Finance costs












(13,946)


(11,246)



Other











266


1,205



Income tax












110


(3,562)



Total other









$

(30,105)

$

(38,303)

$

390,246












$

57,349

$

118,194

$

6,478,700

1)

All figures in thousands except gold and palladium ounces produced and sold and per ounce amounts.

2)

Ounces produced represent the quantity of gold, silver and palladium contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions. Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the mineral stream interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available. Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received.

3)

Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measure (iii) at the end of this press release.

4)

Comprised of the operating Coleman, Copper Cliff, Garson, Creighton and Totten gold interests as well as the non-operating Stobie and Victor gold interests.

5)

Comprised of the operating 777 gold interests in addition to the non-operating Minto and Rosemont gold interests. The Minto mine was placed into care and maintenance from October 2018 to October 2019.

6)

Comprised of the operating Los Filos, Zinkgruvan, Yauliyacu, Stratoni, Neves-Corvo and 777 silver interests as well as the non-operating Keno Hill, Minto, Aljustrel, Loma de La Plata, Pascua-Lama and Rosemont silver interests. The Minto mine was placed into care and maintenance from October 2018 to October 2019.

On a gold equivalent and silver equivalent basis, results for the Company for the three months ended March 31, 2019 were as follows:

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019


Ounces
Produced 1, 2

Ounces
Sold 2

Average
Realized
Price
($'s Per
Ounce)

Average
Cash Cost
($'s Per
Ounce) 3

Cash
Operating
Margin
($'s Per
Ounce) 4

Average
Depletion
($'s Per
Ounce)

Gross
Margin
($'s Per
Ounce)

Gold equivalent basis 5

169,098

173,464

$    1,297

$    399

$    898

$    394

$    504

Silver equivalent basis 5

14,091

14,455

$   15.57

$   4.79

$   10.78

$   4.73

$   6.05

1)  Ounces produced represent the quantity of gold, silver and palladium contained in concentrate or doré prior to smelting or refining deductions. Production figures are based on information provided by the operators of the mining operations to which the mineral stream interests relate or management estimates in those situations where other information is not available. Certain production figures may be updated in future periods as additional information is received.

2)  Silver ounces produced and sold in thousands.

3)  Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measure (iii) at the end of this press release.

4)  Refer to discussion on non-IFRS measure (iv) at the end of this press release.

5)  GEOs and SEOs, which are provided to assist the reader, are based on the following commodity price assumptions: $1,500 per ounce gold; $18.00 per ounce silver; and $2,000 per ounce palladium, consistent with those used in estimating the Company's previously issued production guidance for 2020.

Non-IFRS Measures

Wheaton has included, throughout this document, certain non-IFRS performance measures, including (i) adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share; (ii) operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted); (iii) average cash costs of gold, silver and palladium on a per ounce basis; (iv) cash operating margin; and (v) net debt.

i. Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share are calculated by removing the effects of the non-cash impairment charges, non-cash fair value (gains) losses, non-cash share of losses of associates and other one-time (income) expenses. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance. 

The following table provides a reconciliation of adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share (basic and diluted).


Three Months Ended
March 31

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)


2020


2019

Net earnings


$

94,896


$

57,349

Add back (deduct):







Impairment loss



362



-

Share in losses of associate



41



62

(Gain) loss on fair value adjustment of share purchase warrants held



71



-

(Gain) loss on fair value adjustment of convertible notes receivable



790



(871)

Adjusted net earnings


$

96,160


$

56,540

Divided by:







Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding



447,805



444,389

Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding



448,891



445,121

Equals:







Adjusted earnings per share - basic


$

0.215


$

0.127

Adjusted earnings per share - diluted


$

0.214


$

0.127

ii. Operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted) is calculated by dividing cash generated by operating activities by the weighted average number of shares outstanding (basic and diluted). The Company presents operating cash flow per share as management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance in comparison to other companies in the precious metal mining industry who present results on a similar basis.

The following table provides a reconciliation of operating cash flow per share (basic and diluted).


Three Months Ended
March 31

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)


2020


2019

Cash generated by operating activities


$

177,588


$

118,194

Divided by:







Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding



447,805



444,389

Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding



448,891



445,121

Equals:







Operating cash flow per share - basic


$

0.397


$

0.266

Operating cash flow per share - diluted


$

0.396


$

0.266

iii. Average cash cost of gold, silver and palladium on a per ounce basis is calculated by dividing the total cost of sales, less depletion, by the ounces sold. In the precious metal mining industry, this is a common performance measure but does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. In addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance and ability to generate cash flow.

The following table provides a reconciliation of average cash cost of gold, silver and palladium on a per ounce basis.


Three Months Ended
March 31

(in thousands, except for gold and palladium ounces sold and per ounce amounts)


2020


2019

Cost of sales


$

131,749


$

137,595

Less:  depletion



(64,841)



(68,381)

Cash cost of sales


$

66,908


$

69,214

Cash cost of sales is comprised of:







Total cash cost of gold sold


$

42,759


$

47,982

Total cash cost of silver sold



22,163



19,915

Total cash cost of palladium sold



1,986



1,317

Total cash cost of sales


$

66,908


$

69,214

Divided by:







Total gold ounces sold



100,405



115,020

Total silver ounces sold



4,928



4,294

Total palladium ounces sold



4,938



5,189

Equals:







Average cash cost of gold (per ounce)


$

426


$

417

Average cash cost of silver (per ounce)


$

4.50


$

4.64

Average cash cost of palladium (per ounce)


$

402


$

254

iv. Cash operating margin is calculated by subtracting the average cash cost of gold, silver and palladium on a per ounce basis from the average realized selling price of gold, silver and palladium on a per ounce basis. The Company presents cash operating margin as management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's performance in comparison to other companies in the precious metal mining industry who present results on a similar basis as well as to evaluate the Company's ability to generate cash flow. 

The following table provides a reconciliation of cash operating margin.


Three Months Ended
March 31

(in thousands, except for gold and palladium ounces sold and per ounce amounts)


2020


2019

Total sales:







Gold


$

159,522


$

150,399

Silver


$

83,917


$

67,162

Palladium


$

11,350


$

7,488

Divided by:







Total gold ounces sold



100,405



115,020

Total silver ounces sold



4,928



4,294

Total palladium ounces sold



4,938



5,189

Equals:







Average realized price of gold (per ounce)


$

1,589


$

1,308

Average realized price of silver (per ounce)


$

17.03


$

15.64

Average realized price of palladium (per ounce)


$

2,298


$

1,443

Less:







Average cash cost of gold 1 (per ounce)


$

(426)


$

(417)

Average cash cost of silver 1 (per ounce)


$

(4.50)


$

(4.64)

Average cash cost of palladium 1 (per ounce)


$

(402)


$

(254)

Equals:







Cash operating margin per gold ounce sold


$

1,163


$

891

As a percentage of realized price of gold



73%



68%

Cash operating margin per silver ounce sold


$

12.53


$

11.00

As a percentage of realized price of silver



74%



70%

Cash operating margin per palladium ounce sold


$

1,896


$

1,189

As a percentage of realized price of palladium



82%



82%

1) Please refer to non-IFRS measure (iii), above.

v. Net debt is calculated by subtracting cash and cash equivalents from the outstanding bank debt under the Revolving Facility. The Company presents net debt as management and certain investors use this information to evaluate the Company's liquidity and financial position.

The following table provides a calculation of the Company's net debt.


As at
March 31

As at
December 31

(US dollars in thousands - unaudited)

2020

2019

Bank debt

$

715,500

$

874,500

Less: cash and cash equivalents


(126,676)


(103,986)

Net debt

$

588,824

$

770,514

These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS, and other companies may calculate these measures differently.  The presentation of these non-IFRS measures 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. For more detailed information, please refer to Wheaton's MD&A available on the Company's website at www.wheatonpm.com and posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING-STATEMENTS 

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation concerning the business, operations and financial performance of Wheaton and, in some instances, the business, mining operations and performance of Wheaton's precious metals purchase agreement ("PMPA") counterparties. Forward-looking statements, which are all statements other than statements of historical fact, include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the future price of commodities, the impact of epidemics (including the COVID-19 virus pandemic), the estimation of future production from Mining Operations (including in the estimation of production, mill throughput, grades, recoveries and exploration potential), the estimation of mineral reserves and mineral resources (including the estimation of reserve conversion rates) and the realization of such estimations, the commencement, timing and achievement of construction, expansion or improvement projects by Wheaton's PMPA counterparties at mineral stream interests owned by Wheaton (the "Mining Operations"), the ability of Wheaton's PMPA counterparties to comply with the terms of a PMPA (including as a result of the business, mining operations and performance of Wheaton's PMPA counterparties) and the potential impacts of such on Wheaton, the costs of future production, the estimation of produced but not yet delivered ounces, any statements as to future dividends, the ability to fund outstanding commitments and the ability to continue to acquire accretive PMPAs, future payments by the Company in accordance with PMPAs, including any acceleration of payments, projected increases to Wheaton's production and cash flow profile, projected changes to Wheaton's production mix, the ability of Wheaton's PMPA counterparties to comply with the terms of any other obligations under agreements with the Company, the ability to sell precious metals and cobalt production, confidence in the Company's business structure, the Company's assessment of taxes payable and the impact of the CRA Settlement for years subsequent to 2010, possible audits for taxation years subsequent to 2015, the Company's intention to file future tax returns in a manner consistent with the CRA Settlement, and assessments of the impact and resolution of various legal and tax matters, including but not limited to outstanding class actions and audits. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "projects", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", "potential", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Wheaton to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to risks associated with fluctuations in the price of commodities (including Wheaton's ability to sell its precious metals or cobalt production at acceptable prices or at all), risks of significant impacts on Wheaton or the Mining Operations as a result of an epidemic (including the COVID-19 virus pandemic), risks related to the Mining Operations (including fluctuations in the price of the primary or other commodities mined at such operations, regulatory, political and other risks of the jurisdictions in which the Mining Operations are located, actual results of mining, risks associated with the exploration, development, operating, expansion and improvement of the Mining Operations, environmental and economic risks of the Mining Operations, and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined), the absence of control over the Mining Operations and relying on the accuracy of the public disclosure and other information Wheaton receives from the Mining Operations, uncertainty in the estimation of production from Mining Operations, uncertainty in the accuracy of mineral reserve and mineral resource estimation, the ability of each party to satisfy their obligations in accordance with the terms of the PMPAs, the estimation of future production from Mining Operations, Wheaton's interpretation of, compliance with or application of, tax laws and regulations or accounting policies and rules being found to be incorrect, any challenge or reassessment by the CRA of the Company's tax filings being successful and the potential negative impact to the Company's previous and future tax filings, assessing the impact of the CRA Settlement for years subsequent to 2010 (including whether there will be any material change in the Company's facts or change in law or jurisprudence), credit and liquidity, indebtedness and guarantees, mine operator concentration, hedging, competition, claims and legal proceedings against Wheaton or the Mining Operations, security over underlying assets, governmental regulations, international operations of Wheaton and the Mining Operations, exploration, development, operations, expansions and improvements at the Mining Operations, environmental regulations and climate change, Wheaton and the Mining Operations ability to obtain and maintain necessary licenses, permits, approvals and rulings, Wheaton and the Mining Operations ability to comply with applicable laws, regulations and permitting requirements, lack of suitable infrastructure and employees to support the Mining Operations, inability to replace and expand mineral reserves, including anticipated timing of the commencement of production by certain Mining Operations (including increases in production, estimated grades and recoveries), uncertainties of title and indigenous rights with respect to the Mining Operations, Wheaton and the Mining Operations ability to obtain adequate financing, the Mining Operations ability to complete permitting, construction, development and expansion, global financial conditions, and other risks discussed in the section entitled "Description of the Business – Risk Factors" in Wheaton's Annual Information Form available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, and in Wheaton's Form 40-F for the year ended December 31, 2019 and Form 6-K filed March 11, 2020 both on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. (the "Disclosure"). Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management currently believes to be reasonable, including (without limitation): that there will be no material adverse change in the market price of commodities, that neither Wheaton nor the Mining Operations will suffer significant impacts as a result of an epidemic (including the COVID-19 virus pandemic), that the Mining Operations will continue to operate and the mining projects will be completed in accordance with public statements and achieve their stated production estimates, that the mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates from Mining Operations (including reserve conversion rates) are accurate, that each party will satisfy their obligations in accordance with the PMPAs, that Wheaton will continue to be able to fund or obtain funding for outstanding commitments, that Wheaton will be able to source and obtain accretive PMPAs, that any outbreak or threat of an outbreak of a virus or other contagions or epidemic disease will be adequately responded to locally, nationally, regionally and internationally, without such response requiring any prolonged closure of the Mining Operations or having other material adverse effects on the Company and counterparties to its PMPAs, that expectations regarding the resolution of legal and tax matters will be achieved (including ongoing class action litigation and CRA audits involving the Company), that Wheaton has properly considered the interpretation and application of Canadian tax law to its structure and operations, that Wheaton has filed its tax returns and paid applicable taxes in compliance with Canadian tax law, that Wheaton's application of the CRA Settlement for years subsequent to 2010 is accurate (including the Company's assessment that there will be no material change in the Company's facts or change in law or jurisprudence for years subsequent to 2010), and such other assumptions and factors as set out in the Disclosure. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Wheaton. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary. The forward-looking statements included herein are for the purpose of providing readers with information to assist them in understanding Wheaton's expected financial and operational performance and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Any forward looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, reflects Wheaton's management's current beliefs based on current information and will not be updated except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Although Wheaton has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward‑looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

In accordance with the Company's MD&A and financial statements, reference to the Company includes the Company's wholly owned subsidiaries.

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