ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland and Labrador--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Altius Minerals Corporation (“Altius” or the “Corporation”) reports attributable royalty revenue(1) of $16.5 million ($0.38 per share) for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to $15.1 million ($0.35 per share) for the three month period ended July 31, 2017 and total revenue of $16.8 million ($0.39 per share) for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared to $15.4 million ($0.36 per share) for the three month period ended July 31, 2017.
The revenue growth over the prior year comparable quarter reflects both price and volume improvements and is the first full quarter where the recently acquired additional potash royalties are included in consolidated revenue. Second quarter royalty revenue is also an increase over the first quarter of $738,000 despite the impact of the nine-week strike, since resolved, at Iron Ore Company of Canada, which reduced Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation (“LIORC”) dividend income.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $13 million ($0.30 per share) for the three months compares to $12.6 million ($0.29 per share) for the three months ended July 31, 2017. Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the three months were $5.3 million ($0.12 per share) compared to earnings per share of $0.10 in the comparable quarter last year and $0.06 per share in the first quarter this year. The current quarterly net earnings were impacted by higher interest expense which included a one-time charge of $812,000 reflecting the extinguishment of the previous credit facility, and also include a $1.9 million non-cash unrealized gain on the revaluation of a convertible debenture and share purchase warrants. Royalty revenue highlights are as follows:
- Base metal royalty revenue was up by 10% over its comparable quarter in 2017 and accounted for 46% (38% copper and 8% zinc) of royalty revenue with higher copper production volumes at Chapada partially offset by lower copper and zinc production at 777.
- Potash royalty revenue has now become the second largest portfolio contributor and represented 23% of royalty revenue during the quarter. This reflects the consolidation of a full quarter of revenue from recently acquired additional royalty interests and, more importantly, significant increases in production volumes combined with price increases of approximately 7% over the comparable quarter last year.
- Thermal coal royalty revenue was down 8% compared to its year-ago comparable quarter, mainly due to mine sequencing changes at Sheerness. Thermal coal accounted for 20% of quarterly royalty revenue in Q2 this year.
- Indirect iron ore revenue related to LIORC dividends was down 43% from its comparable quarter last year, reflecting the impact of the strike that ran from March 27 to May 28 this year. Iron ore revenue accounted for 5% of the quarterly royalty revenue, just below zinc at 8% and above metallurgical coal at 4%.
The following table summarizes the financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
|Three months ended,|
|June 30, 2018||July 31, 2017|
|Attributable revenue (1)||16,757||15,363|
|Adjust: joint venture revenue||(3,965)||(5,776)|
|IFRS revenue per consolidated financial statements||12,792||9,587|
|Net earnings per share|
|basic and diluted||0.12||0.10|
|Cash dividends declared & paid to shareholders||3,457||2,600|
|(1) See non-IFRS measures section of this MD&A for a reconciliation and explanation of attributable revenue.|
|Summary of attributable royalty revenue||Three months ended||Six months ended|
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars)||June 30, 2018||July 31, 2017||Variance||June 30, 2018||July 31, 2017|
|Thermal (Electrical) Coal|
|Iron ore (1)||788||1,391||(603)||1,891||2,245||(354)|
|Coal bed methane||110||428||(318)||321||657||(336)|
|Interest and investment||146||278||(132)||246||284||(38)|
|Attributable royalty revenue||16,543||15,100||1,443||32,348||28,478||3,870|
|See non-IFRS measures section of this MD&A for definition and reconciliation of attributable revenue|
|(1) LIORC dividends received|
Attributable revenue and adjusted EBITDA are intended to provide additional information only and do not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Other companies may calculate these measures differently. The attributable revenue and adjusted EBITDA per share metrics divide the respective values by the weighted average number of shares at period end. For a reconciliation of these measures to various IFRS measures, please see the Corporation’s MD&A which is available at http:/altiusminerals.com/financial-statements.
The Corporation’s junior equities portfolio value was $60.3 million at quarter end compared to $44.1 million at January 1, 2018 and $49.8 million at March 31, 2018. The change since March 31, 2018 includes an addition to the position in Constantine Metals and participation in a Canstar Resources (“Canstar”) flow-through placement of $500,000 following the vend-out of properties to Canstar as detailed in the Corporation’s project generation press release issued July 10, 2018. In addition, Altius holds a $10 million, 8% debenture that is convertible into Champion Iron Ore common shares at $1.00 per share,and share purchase warrants and indirect interests that are not included in this quarter end total.
Additional information on the Corporation’s results of operations and developments in its Project Generation division are included in the Corporation’s MD&A and Financial Statements which were filed on SEDAR today and are also available on the Corporation’s website at www.altiusminerals.com.
Outlook, Liquidity and Dividend Declaration
Royalty revenue guidance for the year remains unchanged at $64 - $69 million. Despite the overall weakness in the junior mining investment sector, our Project Generation business continues to perform counter to the trend, ending the quarter with increased value in its junior equity portfolio and strong demand for its remaining project inventory. The Project Generation business has entered into agreements on eight exploration projects so far in 2018 while continuing to negotiate the sale of other remaining projects.
The Corporation also advises that its board of directors has declared a cash dividend on its common shares of four cents per common share payable to all shareholders of record at the close of business on September 6, 2018. The dividend is expected to be paid on or about September 20, 2018. The declaration, timing and payment of future dividends will largely depend on the Corporation’s financial results as well as other factors. Dividends paid by Altius on its common shares are eligible dividends for Canadian income tax purposes unless otherwise stated.
A conference call will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. EST to further discuss the quarter and guidance for 2018. To participate in the conference call, use the following dial-in numbers and conference ID, or join the webcast on-line as detailed below.
9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, August 9, 2018
+1 844-473-0974 local or +1-480-696-7316 international
Altius Q2 2018 results
The call will be webcast and archived on the Corporation’s website for a limited time.
Altius directly and indirectly holds diversified royalties and streams that generate revenue from 15 operating mines. These are located in Canada and Brazil and produce copper, zinc, nickel, cobalt, iron ore, potash and thermal (electrical) and metallurgical coal. The portfolio also includes numerous pre‐development stage royalties covering a wide spectrum of mineral commodities and jurisdictions. In addition, Altius holds a large portfolio of exploration stage projects which it has generated for deal making with industry partners that results in newly created royalties and equity and minority interests.
Altius has 43,215,026 shares issued and outstanding that are listed on Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange. It is a member of both the S&P/TSX Small Cap and S&P/TSX Global Mining Indices.