Pan American Silver — Skarn PEA confirms its early potential

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Pan American Silver — Skarn PEA confirms its early potential

Pan American Silver (PAAS) released a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the La Colorada Skarn project, confirming its potential to become a large-scale operation producing an average 17.2Moz of silver per annum over the first 10 years of its 17-year mine life. At a base case throughput rate of 50ktpd, the company estimates the project’s post-tax NPV8 at US$1.1bn, with an IRR of 14% and a payback period of 4.3 years. We intend to update our valuation shortly to incorporate the PEA and the prevailing stronger than expected gold and silver prices.

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Andrey Litvin

Energy and Resources Analyst

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Metals & Mining

Pan American Silver

Skarn PEA confirms its early potential

Project update

Metals and mining

20 December 2023

Price

US$15.4

Market cap

US$5,612m

Net debt (US$m) at Q323, including short-term investments

423

Shares in issue

364.4m

Free float

100%

Code

PAAS

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TSX

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NYSE

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Business description

Pan American Silver is one of the largest global primary silver producers and a sizeable gold miner, with operations in North, Central and South America since 1994. Following the acquisition of selected assets as part of the Yamana transaction, the company owns 11 producing operations, the currently suspended top-tier Escobal silver mine and several large-scale advanced exploration and development projects.

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Pan American Silver is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Pan American Silver (PAAS) released a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the La Colorada Skarn project, confirming its potential to become a large-scale operation producing an average 17.2Moz of silver per annum over the first 10 years of its 17-year mine life. At a base case throughput rate of 50ktpd, the company estimates the project’s post-tax NPV8 at US$1.1bn, with an IRR of 14% and a payback period of 4.3 years. We intend to update our valuation shortly to incorporate the PEA and the prevailing stronger than expected gold and silver prices.

Year end

Revenue
(US$m)

EBITDA
(US$m)

EPS*
(US$)

DPS
(US$)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/21

1,632.8

593.2

0.60

0.34

25.7

2.4

12/22

1,494.7

272.0

(0.54)

0.45

N/A

3.1

12/23e

2,303.3

674.6

0.21

0.41

73.3

2.8

12/24e

2,645.3

908.7

0.38

0.40

40.5

2.8

Note: *EPS is normalised, excluding exceptional items.

La Colorada Skarn’s PEA envisages processing 50ktpd of ore to produce an average 17.2Moz of silver, 427kt of zinc and 218kt of lead pa over the initial 10 years of operation, with the overall mine life of 17 years. The estimated life of mine (LOM) is based on mineral resource as at December 2022 and therefore does not take into account the 2023 drilling results. With the construction period of six years and overall pre-production capital expenditure of US$2.8bn, Skarn is expected to generate an after-tax IRR of 14% and to have a payback period of just 4.3 years (undiscounted). At a LOM silver price of US$22/oz (US$2,800/t for zinc and US$2,200/t for lead), PAAS estimates the project’s after-tax NPV8 at US$1.1bn.

While the PEA is an early-stage assessment, it clearly demonstrates Skarn’s potential and opens the way for the company to seek development partners, in particular in relation to the zinc portion of projected output. To put the potential scale of the project in perspective, Skarn’s estimated annual silver production represents c 80% of PAAS’s guided FY23 silver output at midrange, while for zinc it is c 10x above FY22 output. Its average annual silver production over first 10 years is also broadly in line with Escobal’s feasibility study based silver output. Putting the project into production will require additional permitting and it is expected to use some of the current La Colorada vein silver mine’s infrastructure.

We plan to update our model shortly to incorporate the results of the PEA and revise our valuation, which at present includes the resource-based value of the Skarn project. We also note the current strength of commodity prices, with both silver and gold prices exceeding our near-term expectations. The company plans to provide its FY24 outlook in mid-January.

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