Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV) Q2 2012 Earnings Call August 9, 2012 10:00 AM ET Executives Stefan Axell – Manager, IR David Harquail – President and CEO Sandip Rana – CFO Paul Brink – SVP, Business Development Analysts Stephen Walker – RBC Capital Markets Greg Barnes – TD Securities Adrian Day – Adrian Day Asset Management Tanya Jakusconek – Scotia Bank Brian MacArthur – UBS Presentation Operator
David HarquailThank you, Stefan. I think as most of you have seen the press release and this was a pretty solid quarter for Franco-Nevada. Sandip is going to review the financial numbers after I make a few brief comments. I think in our press release, we also covered what I think was a lot of good news across the portfolio. In general, we’re seeing positive developments among a number of our operating assets and as well in our development pipeline of assets. I think the press release covered that pretty well, so I’m not going to belabor all those updates. The one thing that we couldn’t update you on, of course, last night was Tasiast, Kinross came out about the same time, we did, and I apologize to the analysts for that. We have a 2% revenue royalty at Tasiast. And personally, I only see upside on that asset for Franco-Nevada. Last year, we booked a little short of $3 million on that royalty, this year we’re expecting closer to $7 million. And even if the Kinross expansion, ultimately, is only half of what they previously projected, this royalty could potentially generate $25 million a year for over 20 years to Franco-Nevada. So, this is going to be – I expect it to be a great asset for Franco-Nevada going forward, and we’re confident we’re going to see the value out of this over time. On the business development front, you recall our last quarterly we had a pretty busy first quarter with a number of smaller deals. We spent about $110 million in the first quarter. In the second quarter, our focus has been on the larger opportunities, where we’re confident that we should be able to report some success in this area, and so we’re working very hard on that.
Yesterday’s announcement by Silver Wheaton and HudBay, that type of transaction in our view is yet a further endorsement of the growth potential of the royalty streaming business model. Royal Gold, as well, made some news this morning. There are more than enough opportunities for all the royalty and streaming companies and we fully expect to get our share of the deals.I’ll be happy to take your questions after Sandip reviews our Q2 numbers. Sandip, if you can take it away from here. Sandip Rana Thank you, David. Good morning, everyone. Thank you for taking the time to join us on our call to discuss the company’s financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. With respect to our financial results, as you will have seen from the press release issued yesterday, the company had another good quarter. Our royalty and stream operations continued to perform well. This was the fifth consecutive quarter that the company surpassed the $100 million mark in revenue. Revenue was slightly lower at $102.7 million for second quarter 2012, when compared to second quarter 2011. But our net income of $36.9 million was higher for the same period due to lower depletion and lower cost of sales reported. As mentioned, revenue was $102.7 million for the quarter. This compares to $106.3 million for second quarter of 2011. On a year-to-date basis, revenue was $207.7 million compared to $179.4 million a year ago, a 15.8% increase. Although, revenue was slightly less in second quarter 2012 compared to prior year, actual production attributable to (inaudible) Franco-Nevada from our royalty and stream properties was in line with our expectations for the quarter and six months ended June 30. With respect to pricing, average commodity prices were mixed in the quarter. The average gold price was $1,611 per ounce for the quarter compared to $1,504 in second quarter 2011, an increase of 7.1%. For the six months ended June 30, the average gold price was $1,651 per ounce compared to $1,444 per ounce for the six months ended June 30, 2011, a 14% increase. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com