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Silver Wheaton Reports Record 2012 Operating And Financial Results

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[1] Please refer to non-IFRS measures at the end of this press release.

[ 2] Silver equivalent reserves and resources assume a gold/silver ratio of 53.3:1.

"2012 was another exceptional year for Silver Wheaton, anchored by a fourth quarter that saw record production, sales, revenue, net income, and cash flow for the company," said Randy Smallwood, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton. "With the addition of production from Hudbay's 777 mine midway through the year, plus growing production from Peñasquito, San Dimas and Zinkgruvan, 2012 production exceeded our forecast by over one and a half million ounces."

"This translated into sales of over 27 million ounces, with the fourth quarter coming in at over nine million ounces, and full year cash flows of over $719 million. Given our dividend policy of paying out 20% of the trailing quarter's cash flow, Silver Wheaton's strong production growth profile directly translates into higher dividends, with $0.35 per common share paid during 2012, almost double what was paid in 2011, and our strong fourth quarter resulted in our first dividend in 2013 being $0.14 per share."

"With the recently announced acquisition of gold streams from Vale S.A.'s Salobo and Sudbury mines, we are confident that 2013 and beyond will bring further growth and many new records to Silver Wheaton. While our organic growth profile now forecasts roughly an 80% increase of silver equivalent production over the next five years, we firmly believe there are yet more accretive opportunities for us to further add to our world-class portfolio of precious metals streams."

Financial Review


Revenue was $287.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, on silver equivalent sales of 9.1 million ounces (7.3 million ounces of silver and 33,000 ounces of gold). This represents a 50% increase from the $191.9 million of revenue generated in the fourth quarter of 2011, due primarily to a comparable increase in the number of ounces sold with relatively unchanged gold and silver prices.

Revenue was $849.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, on silver equivalent sales of 27.3 million ounces (24.8 million ounces of silver and 46,100 ounces of gold). This represents a 16% increase from the $730.0 million in revenue generated for the year ended December 31, 2011, due primarily to a 30% increase in the number of ounces sold and a 6% increase in the average realized gold price, which were partially offset by a 10% decrease in the average realized selling price of silver.

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